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Ghilannain- Mother of the Halla

Ghilan'nain: Mother of the Halla

They say Ghilan'nain was one of the People, and the chosen of Andruil the Huntress. One day, Ghilan'nain came across a hunter she did not know. At his feet lay a hawk, shot through the heart by an arrow. Ghilan'nain was filled with rage, for the hawk is an animal much beloved of Andruil. Ghilan'nain called upon the goddess to curse him, so that he could never again hunt and kill a living creature. Ghilan'nain's curse took hold, and the hunter found that he was unable to hunt. Ashamed, the hunter swore he would find Ghilan'nain and repay her for what she had done to him. He blinded her first, and then bound her as one would bind a kill fresh from the hunt. But because he was cursed, the hunter could not kill her. Instead he left her for dead in the forest. And Ghilan'nain prayed to the gods for help. Andruil sent her hares to Ghilan'nain and they chewed through the ropes that bound her, but Ghilan'nain was still wounded and blind, and could not find her way home. So Andruil turned her into a beautiful white deer—the first halla.
—From Codex entry: Ghilan'nain: Mother of the Halla

Ghilan'nain is called the Mother of the halla—white deer-like creatures revered by the Dalish and used to pull their aravel, or "landships"—and goddess of navigation. According to Dalish tales, Ghilan'nain was once a mortal elven woman and beloved[1] of Andruil. She was betrayed by an elven hunter and left for dead, only to be transformed into a halla and offered apotheosis for her devotion to animals. Ghilan'nain is invoked when the Dalish wish to travel quickly.[2]

According to an inscription in the Temple of Mythal, however, in addition to the halla, Ghilan'nain had created many other creatures ─giants, monsters, and beasts that spanned across the sky, water, and earth. These creatures Ghilan'nain had killed after Andruil approached her with an offer for apotheosis—all except a few, with the halla being one of them. She thus became known as the youngest elven god.[3]

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The sinner who dared to fly in the shape of the divine took wings at the urging of Ghilan'nain.[4]

Symbols and shrines Edit

Ghilan'nain's sacred animal is a halla. Constellation "Equinor", referred to as "the Stallion" in common parlance, might have been associated with the goddess.[5]

Ghilan'nain's Grove is located in the Exalted Plains.

Trivia Edit

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  • In an elven riddle a halla is fleeing from the hunter. The riddle could have a second meaning, if the hunter in question is Andruil and all other animals correspond to their patrons in the pantheon.


See alsoEdit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Ascension of Ghilan'nain

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Constellation: Equinor


  1. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 23
  2. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 23
  3. Codex entry: The Ascension of Ghilan'nain
  4. Codex entry: Ancient Elven Writing
  5. Codex entry: Constellation: Equinor

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