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I wonder if the Inquisitor is going to have to foot Cullen’s lyrium addiction.

Been wondering this myself, and after looking, there’s no mention on the wikia site that a templar can even kick the habit.

So I’m worried.  =|

One of the devs said that this would definitely be addressed in the game. I’m thinking it’ll be a personal quest for him, but I’m not sure what the outcome will be.

The outcome probably depends on your responses/reactions to whatever and however the lyrium addiction story plays out.  But I’m guessing, if this is addressed in the game and if it actually does concern Cullen, that he’s the one who’s still addicted (it could be a case where perhaps some of his men are former templars who’ve yet to kick the habit while he has, but I suppose we’ll just have to wait and find out on that score).

I’m also guessing that you’ll probably have the option to provide Cullen (or his men, depending on the story) with more lyrium, or help him kick the habit altogether, and that each option will have consequences, good or bad, at some point in the story or another.  For instance:  If you help him/them to get a supply of lyrium, you may end up losing that supply later, which could cause your military forces to suffer at a crucial plot point.

Maker’s breath, why does this have to be so hard to handle?  LoL

Oh, ouch.  Now I’m imaging a scenario where the Inquisitor chooses to help Cullen kick his addiction, and it’s all very heartwarming… up until the point where some Templar skills are needed to deal with a demon attack.  And Cullen is dragged back to torture town because he no longer has them.

I wonder if there are any long-term consequences to lyrium addiction, other than being at the mercy of your supplier?

Confessions of a lyrium addict

Tremors, problems with concentration, claustrophobia, general mental erosion.  And then there’s Carroll.

And as far as lifetime usage, there’s the elder, nameless templar in Denerim who’s not really sure what the hell’s going on:


Dialogue (templar 1 is on the left; 2 is on the right)

Warden: What’s wrong with your friend?
Tem 1: He should have retired to Val Royeaux years ago, but he wanted to stay and serve the remainder of his days in his homeland. It’s the lyrium that does this.
Warden: Lyrium did this to him? Why doesn’t he stop taking it?
Tem 1: He wouldn’t be a templar anymore.
Tem 2: “Blessed are they who stand before the corrupt and the wicked and do not falter.”
Tem 1: He doesn’t forget who he is, even if he can’t remember anything else.

*starts biting fingers nails nervously*


It’s nice how consistent the DA universe is about handing out consequences for superpowers.

  • Wanna be a Grey Warden?  Welcome to infertility, early death, and a horrible kinship with monsters. 
  • Wanna be a Templar?  Hello drug addiction, constant risk of blood mage attacks, and eventual magic alzheimers.
  • Wanna be a Mage?  Well, you don’t really have a choice, but the benefits package includes constant risk of demonic possession, which many are completely unable to cope with.

I’m dying to learn what the drawback is for the Inquisitor’s control of the rifts.  Players will apparently be able to keep going past the main story, so I figure it will be something more painful and complicated than death.

Wonder if it’ll make you a spirit, in the end.  Like some sort of spreading from the hand to the whole body until you end up just like Cole… ? Or something similar, anyway…

And now I’ve made myself sad…

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