Bioware has created such an incredibly rich world in Dragon Age: Inquisition that it’s probably understandable that so many fans are kicking around the myriad of possibilities, such as the theory that Sera is actually Andruil. The lore is intentionally vague and obscured by time, so pretty much anything could be true, with a little work. Here are some of the most fun, crazy fan theories floating around.
Old Gods, Forgotten Gods, Elven Gods — Whose Gods!?
The pantheon in Thedas is a bit confusing. Now, first you have the old gods, which are seven (or possibly eight) dragons that were trapped underground. Then you have the Forgotten Gods, which are “numerous” and things like “plague” and “war,” those are shoved in The Void. Then you have the Creators, which are the elven gods, who were trapped beyond the Eluvians. And on top of all of that you have the Maker, who is said to have sealed away the old gods in the time of Andraste!
One popular theory states that the old gods and the forgotten gods are one in the same. We don’t know who the forgotten ones are and we know that Mythal could turn into a dragon (and was possibly the eighth old god), so it makes sense that the forgotten ones could be related to the old gods. There’s one problem though: it’s indicated that the forgotten gods were high in number.
Red Lyrium is the Maker — Andraste Was Addicted to Lyrium
In DAI we find out that Red Lyrium “sings” and that it’s alive. It’s also presumably ancient. Some believe that red lyrium is actually the Maker. It’s the source of all magic. Some take this even one step further: Andraste was “spoken” to by the Maker and believed to be a powerful mage, so she could have gotten her powers from red lyrium. The problem with this theory? As far as we know, Andraste didn’t go stark-raving insane. The amount of lyrium needed to get to the “hearing voices” point seems prohibitively large.
Arlathan May Have Fallen Due to Red Lyrium
We know that Arlathan — and the ancient elves — warred themselves to death from the Temple of Mythal, and we also know that at least one member of the elven pantheon was probably driven crazy by something like red lyrium — she was said to have crafted armor made out of “the void” and slowly gone mad, exactly as Samson does in the game. Red lyrium might, then, have something to do with the void. We saw in Kirkwall how quickly a city fell apart when exposed to red lyrium. The parallels may be intentional.
Sandal is the Maker — Or Some Form of Old God
Sandal (enchantment!) seems to have an incredible amount of power and an ability to intuitively work with incredibly dangerous magics. This has led many to believe that he has a very large role to play in the game itself. Some believe that he is the maker, quietly guiding events. Others believe that he may have the soul of an old god. Or he could just be a one-off character that gained unexpected interest.
The Architect May Have Been a Magister
Taking a look at the Architect, it’s easy to see why people might think this. His character design is very similar to that of Corypheus’ and he’s eloquent and well-spoken… so much so that you have to wonder when he got time to go to preparatory school in the Deep Roads. Some believe the Architect may have been one of the Magisters who journeyed to the Black City, but that he has been affected somehow so that he no longer remembers.