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It shapes the Stone. It is the Stone. It sculpts the world within and without. ―Primeval dwarven carvings

The Titans, also known as "the pillars of the earth"[1], are ancient beings that dwell deep beneath the earth. They are massive creatures who sing in the Stone, shaping it.[2]

BackgroundEdit

There is no mention of the Titans in Orzammar's Memories[3], although there are at least two dwarven texts which describe them predating the First Blight.[4] The knowledge of the titans was likely erased from the Memories by the Shapers[5] as it would have huge implications for dwarven culture and faith.

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“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor
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The titans are likely the Stone's first children, if not what the original progenitor for the concept of the Stone itself. They sculpted the world, and the earthquakes may be their method of reshaping Thedas. The titans consider dwarves their "children". Lyrium is the blood of the titans, and through it they emanate a song that is different[6] from the call of the Old Gods.

The space within the only known titan is a gargantuan cavern with its own verdant ecosystem, with stalactites interconnected with bridges and dotted with structures. It houses the entire civilization of the Sha-Brytol who regard themselves as the titan's guardians and drink its blood for sustenance. The place has an organic feel to it, and darkspawn avoid it[7] for an unknown reason.

This titan has been asleep for centuries. The last time it awoke was during the rule of king Orseck Garal, around -1170 Ancient, before the fall of Arlathan, and its rhythm "bled despair".[8] Eventually something caused the titans to fall, and the fate of dwarves fell with them.[9]
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Death of a titan - The Trespasser

Death of a titan

Earthquakes once shook elven cities, and they sought to tame the land.[10] They prepared to hunt down the pillars of the earth and watched their workers scurry, witless, soulless.[11] Mythal struck down at least some of the titans and gave the land to the elves[1], who would make it blossom with the titans' passing.[11] They mined titan's bodies for lyrium, but eventually collapsed the mines and sealed them with stone and magic out of fear - what the Evanuris in their greed could unleash would destroy all in its anger.[1]

InvolvementEdit

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“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor
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Following the Battle of Haven, a string of violent earthquakes grip the Storm Coast region. Ordinarily, it wouldn't have been brought to the Inquisitor's attention, but the quakes aren't subsiding and are threatening the Inquisition's vital lyrium trade with the dwarves of Orzammar, collapsing mining tunnels and causing casualties. The Inquisitor is asked to meet with a Shaper on the scene named Valta.

The Inquisition descend into the Deep Roads to find the cause of the worsening earthquakes with Valta and Renn. Along the way they battle the monstrous Darkspawn and the the dwarven Sha-Brytol guardians. Renn was a casualty of an ambush by the Sha-Brytol. During their adventure, they discover that the source of the earthquakes is a recently stirred titan. Valta uncovers information about the ancient titans from old lyrium etchings and piece together its relationship with lyrium and the Sha-Brytol. Eventually they reach a verdant cavern that is surmised to be the inside of the titan itself. At the heart of the cavern is a massive stone of raw lyrium which strikes Valta with lyrium energy and knocks her unconscious. Rocks and stone armor the raw lyrium and form a rock-lyrium guardian that the Inquisition defeats.

The Titan's Heart

The Heart of the Titan

Following the guardian's defeat, Valta regains consciousness but is pained by a loud song until she releases a wave of telekinetic force. Valta reveals that the raw lyrium's energy blast established a connection between her and the titan. She reveals the titan was disturbed by The Breach but seems to have calmed now that it has established a connection with one of its "children". Valta has come to believe that everything that has transpired went according to the titan's plan. Though she admits that she is now different, she assures the Inquisitor that she is still a Shaper and wishes to stay in the verdant cavern to commune with the titan. She hopes in time, its song will reveal more knowledge about the dwarves and their mysterious history.

TriviaEdit

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  • Titans are mentioned by Kieran, should he have the soul of an Old God. In response to a humorous jest made by a dwarven Inquisitor about attempting to be taller, Kieran says, "But you can't be taller. Not without the titans."
  • After completing The Arcanist and the Fade Dagna tells that she was face-deep in a rune and for a moment felt mountain-tall, moving and as if around all her people, their combined thoughts constituting her thought like parts.
  • Some of Cole's cryptic comments may be related to the titans:
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      • During the events of the game, Cole may be asked to give his opinion on Templars. To this, he explains that they use Lyrium to reach out to a powerful something that fills in the gaps, which Solas describes Templar abilities as pulling in the reality of the world around them to shut out the use of magic. Templar abilities may potentially be the result of humans establishing a connection with the Titans through Lyrium, but it does not explain the origin of a Seeker's powers.
    • (In the Descent)"It's singing. A they that's an it that's asleep, but still making music."
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      • (In Trespasser) "Their ancient shapers were mountains drawn of all their wills, walking their memories into valleys of the world".
      • (In Trespasser) "They made bodies from the earth, and the earth was afraid. It fought back, but they made it forget."

    Codex entriesEdit

    Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Titans
    Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Old Elven Writing
    Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Veilfire Runes in the Deep Roads

    ReferencesEdit

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Codex entry: Veilfire Runes in the Deep Roads
    2. The Descent
    3. The Descent
    4. The bedtime story Valta found one year before the Descent and the book that belonged to Orseck Garal found during the Descent.
    5. As speculated by Valta
    6. According to Cole in Dragon Age: Asunder, Chapter 11
    7. Banter between The Inquisitor and Valta shortly after entering the Bastion of the Pure
    8. Conversation near the lift to the Forgotten Caverns, if the Inquisitor is a dwarf and the special dialogue option is chosen
    9. Codex entry: Titans
    10. Codex entry: Song to Elgar'nan
    11. 11.0 11.1 Codex entry: Old Elven Writing

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