Character Spotlight: Cole from Dragon Age: Inquisition with Mod Knight!

Dragon Age: Inquisition is an excellent game full of varied and interesting characters, with deep and involved stories that draw you into the world of the game and it’s characters. However, none are quite as curious (or quite as mysterious) as Cole, the spirit of mercy.

When we first meet Cole in Inquisition, he appears before us within a twisted mindscape filled with demons and nightmares. At first, we’re left to assume that he is another one of the horrible visions that’s being used in an attempt to break the inquisitor’s spirit. However, after talking to him we discover that Cole is…different. He seems to be entirely concerned with helping people and granting them mercy.

After they return to Skyhold, Cole can be found doing cryptic things which, at first, seem like pranks or mischief. However, if you wait and talk to him, you’ll discover that these are all things done to help people throughout the castle.

Cole’s story is one of struggling to find an identity and place in the world. His struggles begin as he attempts to relate to humans, while he is a spirit and used to an entirely different form of communication. Therefore Cole might seem awkward or strange; however, he is just as intelligent and bright as the rest of the cast.

Another of Cole’s struggles is that of learning a method of coping with pain, pain being a feeling that spirits are not usually aware of. Cole himself is a spirit masquerading as a human whom he was unable to save and who he lives on as. The inquisitor is given the choice to help him come to terms with either his spirit nature, or the budding humanity within him. Interestingly, neither choice is correct or incorrect, as there are positives and negatives to both.

Ultimately, Cole is a fascinating character, one who finds a way to do what he deems kindest, even if it may not be what others would expect! His disposition and ways of communication may throw people off at first, but deep down, is a compassionate soul who believes in doing the kind thing.

–Mod Knight

Character Spotlight: Morrigan from Dragon Age with Mod Loser!

Hey there, Nasties! This is Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me. And I still have more characters I’m ready to rant about! Although, I feel very positively about Morrigan as opposed to Kairi. If you’ve played Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age: Inquisition you’re very well aware of Morrigan as a character, however the details of what makes Morrigan so fantastic are hidden in her romance and goals during Dragon Age: Origins.

While only men can romance Morrigan, what I find the most interesting is that she changes nothing about herself through the duration of the relationship. It’s made very clear she wants to have a child with the soul of the Archdemon for selfish, powerful reasons, and your character goes along with it. Much of Morrigan’s romance arc also involves coping with the fact that her mother, Flemeth, supposedly has been stealing the bodies of her daughters to gain immortality.

Rather than simply running and “protecting,” Morrigan, she demands that you both go attack and kill her mother. Flemeth may not truly die in this encounter, but it speaks volumes about Morrigan. As an individual, she is accepting of her own violent tendencies and doesn’t feel guilt or shame about protecting herself, she has her own desires and goals that do not disappear when romanced. In the DLC Witch Hunt, at the very end, you can choose to leave the world with Morrigan; to live with her, sacrificing your job as a Grey Warden for her ambition. This is very forward–to display a man in a role that is supportive to the woman in serious relationships. And that is something that I respect greatly about Morrigan and her romance.

Morrigan is still, however, a dynamic character. She does learn, over time, the value of a life as well as the value of her loved ones during Dragon Age: Origins, and this is on full display in Dragon Age: Inquisition when she is ready to murder Flemeth “again,” to protect her son. That doesn’t stop Morrigan from seeking, albeit selfishly, immense power during the story of Inquisition.

To put it bluntly, neither motherhood nor romance changes who Morrigan is at her core, yet she does learn to have a more healthy relationship with her loved ones and husband (who chooses actively to support her dreams and ambitions) rather than the stereotypical idea that the woman must support the man’s ambitions. Nasties, expect many articles about Dragon Age characters. Because they’re some of the best.

Thanks for reading! This is Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me and I’m signing off!