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We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment...and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.

Character
Flemeth

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Race:
Unknown
Gender:
Female
Class:
Title:
Witch of the Wilds
Asha'bellanar
Specialization:
Location:
Family:
Morrigan (Daughter)
Yavana (Daughter)
Appearances:

Flemeth is a shapeshifter known as the "Witch of the Wilds" and "Asha'bellanar"—the woman of many years in Dalish. She is widely recognized as an immortal and extremely powerful being. She is the eponymous character of an age-old legend, which describes her as "terrible in her temper and wild in her beauty." Flemeth is also known for being mother to many daughters, all of whom are witches as she herself is.

Background

The name "Flemeth" apparently belonged to a legendary and fearsome personage that walked the Wilds centuries ago. According to legend, the daughters of Flemeth can kill a man by fear alone. The "Witch of the Wilds" is not a clan so much as a superstitious name the locals of the Korcari Wilds had given to the infamous Flemeth and her daughters. Although Morrigan claimed her mother was an abomination, she later realized that Flemeth "is not a blood mage, not an abomination and not even truly human."[1]

Involvement

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne

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“I fall off horses. It's this thing I do.” — Maric
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While on the run from Orlesian sympathizers, Maric and Loghain are captured by the Dalish, who deliver them to Flemeth. In exchange for leading them out of the Wilds, she requests that Maric make a promise to her that he may not share that knowledge with anyone. She also tells Maric that a Blight will occur one day in Ferelden, and gives Maric a cryptic warning that Loghain will betray Maric if the prince keeps him close, "each time worse than the last."

Dragon Age: Origins

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Dragon Age II

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“There are men who embrace destiny; these are the ones that change the world forever.” — Flemeth
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"There is a clan of Dalish elves near the city of Kirkwall. Deliver this amulet to their keeper, Marethari."

Flemeth makes a return in Dragon Age II. Early in the game, the Hawke family along with Ser Wesley Vallen and his wife Aveline Vallen were attempting to escape the Blight in Lothering. Flemeth, in dragon form, saves them from Hurlocks.[2] Materializing as a more attractive human form, Flemeth attributes her actions to mere curiosity towards Hawke for defeating an Ogre earlier. Afterward, Flemeth offers Hawke safe passage with the request that Hawke delivers an amulet to a Dalish Keeper, Marethari from the Dalish Elf Origin, whose clan resides near Kirkwall. This begins the quest Long Way Home. She also warns Hawke and Aveline that Wesley is dying from darkspawn corruption, forcing Hawke or Aveline to put him out of his misery. As these events occur during the fall of Lothering to the darkspawn hordes, it is before the Warden can perform Morrigan's quest to kill Flemeth. [3] When Cassandra expressed disbelief about Flemeth's involvement, Varric Tethras suggests he relate the tale of the Warden, to which Cassandra admits that she shouldn't be surprised to hear of the witch's involvement.

Before Hawke or Aveline kills Wesley, Flemeth mentions that the only cure for the taint is to become a Grey Warden. Hawke/Aveline will respond by saying that they all died at Ostagar. Flemeth corrects them, stating "Not all, but the last are now beyond your reach". Once the choice is made, Flemeth will give a cryptic warning about their troubles just beginning.

After giving the amulet to the keeper and performing a Dalish ritual upon it, Flemeth is reborn, as she stored a part of herself within it. She reveals this was a form of security in case Morrigan was successful in convincing the Warden to kill her. If asked "Are you real?" she will comment on the fact that unlike mortals, she is not limited to being in one place at a time. Her current self is merely a piece of herself that she has projected, effectively enabling her to live on regardless of whether the Warden killed her or not. She then tells Hawke that change is about to come to the world, and gives a number of cryptic warnings to Hawke and Merrill. After this, she flies away in her high dragon form and does not reappear in the game.

Late in the game, Sandal mentions an old woman with a scary laugh who tells him bad things, which mystifies Bodahn and Hawke. It is possible that Sandal is referring to Flemeth.

Dragon Age: The Silent Grove

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“I assure you -- the truth is never out of reach.” — Yavana
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Flemeth is mentioned by her daughter, Yavana, who reveals that Flemeth made Maric promise to come to the Silent Grove once his children were grown. She also says that Flemeth's ritual that Morrigan tried to halt is a "gift".

Quotes

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne

  • "There are things hidden in the shadows of your kingdom, young man, which you couldn't begin to guess."
  • (To Loghain) "You've rage enough inside you, tempered into a blade of fine steel. Into whose heart will you plunge that one day, I wonder?"
  • "Keep him close and he will betray you. Each time worse than the last".
  • (To Maric) "You will hurt the ones you love the most, and become what you hate in order to save what you love".

Dragon Age: Origins

  • "You are required to do nothing, least of all believe. Shut one's eyes tight or open one's arms wide, either way, one's a fool."
  • "Such manners! And always in the last place you look... like stockings!"
  • "Men's hearts hold shadows darker than any tainted creature."
  • "Why dance at all? Why not sing? (laughs)"
  • "I laugh at a world full of stupid humans, who ignore the Blight's evil and abandon their vigilance to pursue mortal goals."
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  • Warden: "Believed or not, some things must simply be accepted."
  • Flemeth: "Ah, there is the answer I sought. An open mind, and not one made of mush."

Dragon Age II

  • "Hurtled into chaos, you fight... and the world will shake before you." (Aside, to herself) "Is it fate or chance? I can never decide."
  • "Regret is something I know well. Take care not to cling to it, to hold it so close that it poisons your soul."
  • (To Merrill) "As for you child, step carefully. No path is darkest than when your eyes are shut."
  • "We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment... and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly."
  • "There is always a catch. Life is a catch! I suggest you catch it while you can."

Trivia

  • After she saves Hawke and their company, she mentions Alistair and the Warden as the only Grey Warden survivors of the Battle of Ostagar.
  • Her first words in Dragon Age II are, "Well, well... what have we here?" The same words first spoken by Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins.[4]
  • During an exchange with Hawke when a sarcastic option is chosen, Flemeth will mention Morrigan, but not by name.
  • Much like Isabela and Varric, Flemeth will respond positively to sarcastic choices.
  • After it is mentioned that she is the Witch of the Wilds, she quips that one of her names is, "an old hag who talks too much." This is what Alistair calls her in Dragon Age: Origins, just days before her encounter with Hawke.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. Witch Hunt
  2. Game Informer (Print Edition), pp. 7-8
  3. [1]
  4. Game-play Video of Dragon Age 2

External links

  • Flemeth on the BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins wiki.
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