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The Forgotten Ones are a mysterious group of elven gods

The Forgotten Ones are a maligned aspect of the ancient Elven pantheon,[1] the other half being the benevolent Creators led by Mythal and Elgar'nan. During the event the Dalish elves refer to as the Great Betrayal, the Dread Wolf Fen'Harel was said to have tricked both sets of gods: locking the Forgotten Ones away from the world in their realm of the abyss,[2] and shutting the Creators away in their realm of the heavens. According to popular belief, not even the Dalish properly remember the Forgotten Ones since then, outside of their dreams.[3]

Legend suggests the Forgotten Ones were many, but even the names of most of them have been largely lost to time, making their title exceedingly appropriate. Some fragments of lore do remain, however, as do intimations of their intentions.

Powers and domain Edit

Where the Creators are gods of justice, knowledge and craft, who seek to guide and protect the elven people, the Forgotten Ones are by contrast a dark mirror presiding over arguably the worst aspects of existence: disease, terror, spite and malevolence.[4] They serve not as shepherds of the elves, but rather as figures of fear and dread. Indeed, it is unclear what—if any—natural purpose their place in the pantheon entailed during the time of Elvhenan.

According to the legend of the Dread Wolf's betrayal of both camps of elven gods during the fall of Arlathan, the Forgotten Ones were easily swayed by his alleged plan to organize a truce by which the Creators would be defeated and, by consequence, the elves would be left alone and unaided.[5] An alternate version of this tale has both camps of gods seeking out a weapon in their respective realms that Fen'Harel promised would bring their war to an end.[6] Whatever the reason, the Forgotten Ones' hunger for destruction made them easy prey for his manipulation, but did not detract from their malice and their allure.

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The Forgotten Ones had resided in a place known as the "Void," where no mortal nor god could have remained in.[7] They may have greatly resented the Creator gods, and in fact asserted that there are no "gods" and that the right of dominance over others comes from deeds rather than nature.[8]

Veneration Edit

Priests of the Forgotten Ones were persecuted during the time of the elven Dales. Yet secret worship of these gods continues.[1] It is said that some souls, seeking revenge against humans for their past affronts to the elven people, have sought the Forgotten Ones out through hidden, dark cults.[3] According to the Dalish, these individuals have committed a great crime and forsaken their people in return for the keys to a twisted and terrible strength.[3]

Members of one such cult on the western fringes of Orlais, in the Tirashan forest wore brilliant crimson vallaslin. Unlike the Dalish, who invoke the names of their gods in battle for aid, they were offering their enemies as a sacrifice.[9]

Known Forgotten Ones Edit

  • Anaris (according to an old tale he was once tricked by Fen'Harel while dueling the Great Hunter Andruil[10])
  • Geldauran
  • Daern'thal
  • Fen'Harel, arguably, as he was known to both sets of elven gods

Trivia Edit

  • The Seekers of Truth in Kirkwall secretly created the Band of Three to investigate, among other things, whether the Forgotten Ones in elven lore are connected to the Forbidden Ones in other works.[11] The note left by the last surviving member of the team calls Xebenkeck, one of the Forbidden Ones, "the Forgotten One, or demon or whatever it is" and urges to destroy him.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pyre of the Forgotten.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 121
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 23
  4. Codex entry: Fen'Harel: The Dread Wolf
  5. Codex entry: Arlathan: Part Two
  6. According to conversation with Merrill regarding the Sylvanwood Ring gift.
  7. Codex entry: Elven God Andruil
  8. Codex entry: Geldauran's Claim.
  9. Sylvan Raids
  10. See the tale of Fen'Harel and the tree.
  11. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 165

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