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While some of my contemporaries dispute whether the Fifth Blight was a true Blight or merely a large darkspawn resurgence, historians agree that it began in the swamps of the Korcari Wilds on the southeastern border of Ferelden in the year 9:30 Dragon.

King Cailan Theirin was swift in responding to the threat, gathering the royal army, every Grey Warden in his country, and sending a call for aid to the Ferelden nobility. The assembled armies laid a trap in the ruins of Ostagar, hoping to crush the force before it reached civilization. But they failed.

Darkspawn overran the defenders of Ostagar and decimated the king and his army. They continued their advance into Ferelden unopposed. Only two Grey Wardens managed to escape the slaughter. And somehow, they came into possession of ancient treaties, which compelled the races of men to join arms against the massing horde.

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“There are men who embrace destiny; these are the ones that change the world forever.” — Flemeth
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Broken Circle...

If the Hero of Ferelden (preset) or Martyr (preset) is selected or imported from a save where the mages were recruited:

The surviving Wardens made their way to Kinloch Hold, home of the Ferelden Circle, and conscripted the mages.

If the No Compromise (preset) is selected or imported from a save where the Templars were recruited:

The surviving Wardens made their way to Kinloch Hold, and assisted in annulling the Fereldan Circle of Magi, which had fallen to abominations. With the end of that tragic disaster, the Wardens conscripted the templars.


Nature of the Beast...

If the Hero of Ferelden (preset) or Martyr (preset) is selected or imported from a save where the Dalish Elves were recruited:

In desperation to find more allies, the Wardens journeyed into the Brecilian Forest, seeking the Dalish. The elves, too, joined the growing army.

If the No Compromise (preset) is selected or imported from a save where the the Werewolves were recruited:

In desperation to find more allies, the Wardens journeyed into the Brecilian Forest, seeking the Dalish. The elves failed to uphold their treaty, but another answered in their place: Werewolves, straight out of Fereldan folktales, joined the growing army.


A Paragon of Her Kind-Supported Paragon and Fate of The Anvil of the Void...

If the Hero of Ferelden (preset) is selected or imported from a save where the Anvil of the Void is destroyed:

Into the Deep Roads the surviving Wardens went, searching for Paragon Branka in hopes she could settle the unrest in Orzammar and unite the dwarves in the battle against the Archdemon. Branka could not be located, but another Paragon was found: the legendary Caridin, who forged a crown that ended all question of succession.

If the Martyr (preset) is selected or imported from a save where Branka commits suicide:

Into the Deep Roads the survivors went, searching for Paragon Branka in hopes she could settle the unrest in Orzammar and unite the dwarves in the battle against the Archdemon. They found her, and she forged a crown that played a key role in sorting out the royal succession.

If the No Compromise (preset) is selected or imported from a save where the Anvil of the Void was reclaimed:

Into the Deep Roads the surviving Wardens went, searching for Paragon Branka in hopes she could settle the unrest in Orzammar and unite the dwarves in the battle against the Archdemon. Not only did the Paragon settle the matter of royal succession, but she also reclaimed the lost secrets of golem manufacture. An army of stone and steel joined the war effort.

A Paragon of Her Kind-Ruler of Orzammar...

If the Martyr (preset) is selected or imported from a save where Prince Bhelen is crowned king:

Bhelen Aeducan was crowned king of Orzammar, and the dwarven armies marched for the surface.

If the Hero of Ferelden (preset) or No Compromise (preset) is selected or imported from a save where Lord Harrowmont is crowned king:
Pyral Harrowmont was crowned king of Orzammar, and the dwarven armies marched for the surface.

Despite their successes, though, greater challenges were yet to come.

—From A Study of the Fifth Blight, by Sister Petrine, Chantry scholar

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