Did you know that you can stop Leliana from going all murder rogue in Dragon Age: Inquisition? It’s true, but it’s hard. And in many ways, it may be what’s “right” for the character. There will be spoilers following, but only regarding Leliana’s characterization and her individual plot throughout the game.
Why Would You Want to Soften Leliana?
Whether you hardened her in DA:O or not, she’s definitely hardened at this point in the game. She deals with death and treachery and is very eager with the knife. Many people noticed that she’s a little overeager with the knife. If you don’t soften Leliana, she ends up, well, a little crazy by the end.
Leliana will have a personal quest towards the end of the game in which she gets a postmortem message from Divine Justinia. The Divine directs her to a box in a small chantry cloister. This box is empty but has a message from Justinia intended to set Leliana free.
If Leliana is hardened, at this point, she will kill Natalie (a chantry sister she suspected of spying on her). She will then return to Skyhold and give an absolutely chilling speech about how death and deception are her only trade. If she becomes Divine later on, things will get bloody.
If Leliana is softened, at this point, she will let Natalie go. She will then go to Skyhold and she will sound just like old Leliana. She will talk about how she almost lost herself and how she would have lost herself without the Herald. How she now sees that she doesn’t have to murder knife every single person who gets in her way. If she becomes Divine later on, things will go well.
How Do You Soften Leliana?
- In Haven, when she’s praying, offer her sympathy.
- Later in Haven, go into her tent until you see her talking about killing a traitor. Tell her to, you know, not do that.
- In Skyhold, after Haven, tell her that your men are not disposable and that she did the right thing by pulling them out.
When she goes to kill Natalie, tell her not to. This will only succeed if you’ve done everything right up until this point.
- After she sees the box, tell Leliana to stop beating herself up about things. This will secure her position as softened.
Softening Leliana Didn’t Work
Here’s the unfortunate thing. You have to do every single thing right to get Leliana softened. If you miss even one conversation, she stays hardened. It’s unfortunate, but true. In particular, many people miss the Haven conversation the first time around.