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The Void, also known as "the abyss" is a place of nothing, an undefined location mentioned mainly in connection with various religious beliefs in Thedas.

Chantry teachings Edit

All that the Maker has wrought is in His hand
Beloved and precious to Him.
Where the Maker has turned His face away,
Is a Void in all things;
In the world, in the Fade,
In the hearts and minds of men.

Passing out of the world, in that Void shall they wander;
O unrepentant, faithless, treacherous,
They who are judged and found wanting
Shall know forever the loss of the Maker's love.
Only Our Lady shall weep for them.

The Chantry views the Void as the antithesis of the Maker's creation. The relationship between the Void, or the abyss and the Fade is ambiguous. Andraste said all are children of the Maker and deserve the freedom to walk by His side or throw themselves to the Void,[1] two fates that await the faithful and the unworthy in the afterlife, respectively.[2] The Chantry also teaches that at death all souls cross the Veil and enter the Fade. Those who lived good lives and earned the Maker’s forgiveness move beyond the Fade and journey to join the Maker.[3][4][5] The sinners are lost, endlessly wandering the Fade[4][5] or even returning to the "ether" (the primeval matter of the Fade) from which they were made.[3] However, according to the Canticle of Threnodies the Void is not equal to the Fade but rather is in it, as well as in other things.

Here lies the abyss, the well of all souls.
From these emerald waters doth life begin anew.
Come to me, child, and I shall embrace you.
In my arms lies Eternity.

This fragment is where Andraste goes to speak to the Maker for the first time and convinces him to forgive mankind. It describes a beautiful temple deep under the earth surrounded by emerald waters.[6]

One interpretation of this verse directly equates "the emerald waters of the abyss" to "the waters of the Fade".[7]

Elven beliefs Edit

The elves believe that the Void, or the abyss is the home of the Forgotten Ones, the gods of disease, terror, spite and malevolence.[8] It is dangerous even to the elven Creators.[8]

When Andruil began stalking the Forgotten Ones in the Void, she suffered longer and longer periods of madness after returning. She put on armor made of the Void, and all forgot her true face. She made weapons of darkness, and plague ate her lands. She howled things meant to be forgotten, until Mythal turned into a great serpent and sapped Andruil's strength with her magic, stealing her knowledge of how to find the Void. Andruil couldn't get back to the abyss ever since, and peace returned.[8]

In the legend known as the Great Betrayal Fen'Harel tricked the Forgotten Ones into returning to the abyss and the Creators into withdrawing to the heavens. Then he betrayed both groups and sealed the ways shut behind them, so that they would never again walk among the People.[9][10][11] Some accounts mention that the elven gods are trapped in the Eternal City at the heart of Beyond[12] and that Fen'Harel still roams the Beyond, keeping watch over the gods lest they escape from their prisons.[10]

The elves also believe that when the sun burned the creations of the earth to ashes, the earth's sorrow created a deep abyss[13] and Elgar'nan temporarily buried the sun in it.[13][14] It is unclear whether this is the same "abyss" as the one in which the Forgotten Ones thrive.

The Empty Ones Edit

The Empty Ones were a small and short-lived Nevarran cult predating the Chantry. They worshiped the Blight itself and, by extension, the darkspawn. They preached that the Blight came from the Void, a place of nothing, and that returning to the Void would end all suffering and thus should be celebrated.[15]

Trivia Edit

References Edit

  1. According to the final conversation with Sebastian, if he doesn't leave and Hawke sides with the mages.
  2. See the banter between Sebastian and Isabela in Act 3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 115.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 142.
  6. Explained by Maric Theirin in Dragon Age: The Calling, Chapter 9
  7. Codex entry: Here Lies the Abyss
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Codex entry: Elven God Andruil
  9. Codex entry: Fen'Harel: The Dread Wolf
  10. 10.0 10.1 Codex entry: Arlathan: Part Two
  11. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 121
  12. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 143
  13. 13.0 13.1 Codex entry: Elgar'nan: God of Vengeance
  14. Landmarks in the Emprise du Lion:Pools of the Sun
  15. Codex entry: The Empty Ones
  16. Codex entry: Bottles of Thedas
  17. Dragon Age: Asunder

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