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The Vir Tanadhal is a Dalish philosophy espoused by a clan's hunters in the spirit of the elven goddess of the hunt, Andruil.[1] It teaches young Dalish hunters to respect nature, work together and be resolute in purpose.

The Way of Three Trees Edit

The Vir Tanadhal translates as "the way of three trees", and encompasses three basic tenets:[2]

  • Vir Assan, the Way of the Arrow: fly straight and do not waver.
  • Vir Bor'assan, the Way of the Bow: bend but never break.
  • Vir Adahlen, the Way of the Forest: together we are stronger than the one.

Trivia Edit

  • A Dalish mage apprentice, or "First" to a Keeper, would be taught subjects like magic and history rather than the Vir Tanadhal of the hunters.[3]
  • The Vir Tanadhal appears to be the philosophical opposite of the Vir Atish'an, the "way of peace" belonging to Andruil's sister Sylaise, that is taught to Dalish healers.[4]

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Vir Tanadhal: The Way of Three Trees

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 120
  2. Codex entry: Andruil: Goddess of the Hunt
  3. According to conversation with Merrill in Dragon Age II.
  4. Codex entry: Vir Atish'an

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