Path of the Grey Warden: Order to Orzammar

So it looks like rambling about my progress through Dragon Age Origins turned into a thing I’m sticking with, surprisingly. Check out the rest of my babble-through series here:

Hello, internet!

Thank the Maker, I’m enjoying Day 2 of my awesome 4 Day vacation! It’s Labour Day here in Canada on Monday (same as our American neighbours, except we spell it differently because of our great British overlords) and I’m visiting family in the middle of nowhere until Sunday night. Unfortunately, that means I had to leave Dragon Age Origins behind for a bit… but I can still ramble about it online! Besides, I really need a break from trying to write about robots and soccer balls.

By the way, I love taking in game screenshots! I have almost 6 GB of images from various video games stored on my hard drive. Since I’m playing the PC version of Origins, I’ve been quite the shutterbug. Every time I see something cool, I just have to tap a key and then I have a digital image to treasure forever (or until some sort of catastrophic technology error happens). It’s always disappointing when I have to go back to consoles that don’t have that glorious feature.

Anywho, something I really enjoyed blogging about this year was my journey through Horizon Zero Dawn, in the form of a bunch of rambling progress posts, complete with some of the over 1,500 screenshots I took in that game. I’m loving every damn minute of Dragon Age Origins (it’s already surpassed HZD for my personal GoTY) so I think I’m going to do the same thing with this game. I wish I would have done this sooner, but oh well.

Progress thus far…

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That’s right! Grey Warden Ellen can mess anyone up now.

Where I’m At: Just entered The Dead Trenches (it lives up to its name)
What I Just Did:
Fought a bunch of creepy-freaking giant spiders to get to a journal. *shudders*
What I’m Doing:
Searching for a missing Paragon, in what appears to be Darkspawn grand central, all to resolve a ‘minor’ dwarf political dispute.
Grey Warden Ellen’s Level: 17 (4957/10000 until next level up)
Playtime: 39 hours 15 minutes

Details on what I’ve been doing…

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!! DO NOT read anything else unless you want this great game ruined… I’m serious.

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I care what you want, my dorky knight man!

On my first impressions post, I mentioned I was heading off to the underground dwarf city called Orzammar, where I need to use the last Grey Warden treaty. I was so excited to FINALLY get a pinch of ash from the Urn of Sacred Ashes, that I forgot I needed to use them to cure Arl Eamon, so I did that first! Good news – it worked so he’s alive and well. I also took pity on Jowan, the Blood Mage responsible for poisoning him in the first place, under direction of that king wannabe Loghain. Earlier, I used Jowan to enter the Fade and exercise a demon from Connor. Because of this, I was able to easily convince Eamon to send Jowan to the Circle of Magi, instead of executing him. See, I’m a nice person! It seems there’s talk of my man Alistair becoming king, and there’s a Landsmeet thing I need to go to in Denerim. But first, I need to get some dwarves on my side!

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Welcome to Orzammar! Don’t mind the political bloodbath…

After a minor disagreement with Loghain’s men at the gate (they’re dead now), I went to Orzammar for the first time (and then the second-first time after my game crashed.. sigh). It immediately reminded me of Ironforge from World of Warcraft (I can NEVER go back to that game). The dwarves here are the final group I need to recruit for my Darkspawn destroying army. They have some rather serious political issues at the moment, and they selfishly refuse to consider my needs until they have a new king. Their old king has died under suspicious circumstances, and two nobles want his job. While they are king-less, I have no one to unleash my treaty rights on. They also have a very strict caste system, worship their ancestors as a religion, and are really intolerant of unfortunate outcasts. Normally, I don’t like getting involved in politics, but with the fate of Ferelden on the line, I had no choice but to speed the process along by taking a side.

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The Blight can wait! Childhood dreams are far more important.

But first, a little dwarf girl needed my help to fulfil her dreams. Dwarves supposedly can’t be mages, but I met Dagna, a determined girl who wants to learn about magic anyway. I love it when people chase their dreams! I dropped everything and personally went to the Circle of Magi tower on her behalf. Since I destroyed their demon problem earlier, it was an easy sell, and Dagna was accepted as a student.

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You respect me, I respect you. We’re cool now, dude!

Oh and I decided to track down Sten’s stolen sword while I was out. And you know what, I don’t hate him anymore since he doesn’t hate me anymore. I’m still not going to use him much because my Grey Warden rocks the whole Two-Handed Weapon user thing.

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Back underground, Leliana mentioned she likes Nugs, cute little squeaky vermin things, so I bribed a dude to go find a cool one for her. She loved it too! I’m such a great friend, eh?

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Grey Warden Ellen is such a champion!

After talking to the city’s distraught dwarf citizens, I went with who I thought was the more benevolent choice for their new king – Lord Harrowmont. This resulted in me conquering an arena style event called The Proving (which was fortunately nothing like Aloy’s event of the same name in HZD), dealing with some tough criminals (wow those tunnels took a LONG time to get through), and then getting sent into a scary Darkspawn-filled place called The Deep Roads in search of the missing Paragon Branka. Her influence can help sway the dwarves to pick Harrowmont as king, if she’s still alive that is.

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I immediately bribed him to max approval rating with gifts and alcohol.

I picked up a new party member on my way into the Deep Roads, Oghren. I haven’t had a chance to chat with him in camp yet, but he seems like a decent dwarf. He has a history with Branka so we shall see how that unfolds. I decided to give Leliana and Alistair a break from my party for this trek. Grey Warden Ellen, Oghren, Shale, and Wynne are doing a fine job so far. The Deep Roads areas are crawling with Darkspawn (this is their domain after all) but I made my way to Ortan Thaig with minimal issues.

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KILL IT WITH FIRE AXE!! (and LightningShale)

This is the first time I’ve used Shale, the murderous Golem, in the field too. I think he’s awesome! I equipped him with a Lightning elemental crystal weapon (for no tactical reason at all) and he seems to smash things like a pro. His is also very entertaining. Apparently, some very big spiders (and an almost as creepy dwarf man) have been eating tainted Darkspawn flesh and getting themselves all corrupted. I squashed the queen spider and her skittering minions to find Branka’s journal. She wrote something about having a secret message for Oghren, and said she was heading into an area called The Dead Trenches to look for a legendary anvil that can create more Golems (or something like that?). That’s my next destination!

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Judging from the big intro scene, I’m in for a fun time!

Wannabe Writer’s Notes:
-I don’t know why, but I LOVE writing progress posts like this for big adventure games. I guess it helps me keep track of what I’m doing, and they are fun for me to look back on.
-Happy Labor/Labour Day weekend!! 😀

⚡Thanks for reading!⚡

41 thoughts on “Path of the Grey Warden: Order to Orzammar

      1. When I get stuck a part it makes it hard to continue since I’m not a hardcore gamer, BUT I really enjoy this game so I’ll probably make my husband beat the hard part for me so I can continue. LOL. I’ve had to have beat the flying robots for me a couple of times because I just cannot for the life of me shoot things in the air. :3

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        1. In the latest update, they did add a new difficulty setting called Story that significantly weakens the enemies and increases your damage. Maybe that’ll help get you through the more difficult sections? Those flying ones gave me a lot of trouble as well, haha.

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            1. If that’s the room I think it is, there should be a bunch of supply crates scattered around the room. If you can find a safe place to avoid its rockets, try using your Focus and tagging the supply crates. Maybe they’ll have what you need to craft the right ammo.

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  1. Excellent choice of crew for the Deep Roads! You should meet my friend BadgersAndBowties; you have similar brute-force melee styles and I am enjoying reading about your playthrough immensely. I am an elf in every sense of that stereotype and talk my way out of anything I can in these games, so I always smile when I see that one event or another was solved by hitting people on the head with a sword. Don’t get me wrong, if it works it works and I can’t argue with results!! 🙂

    Just remember, Schmooples is not a snack.

    I can’t wait to hear about what happens next!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad the Dragon Age champion approves of my crew 🙂 It’s working out really well so far – 3 people smashing things while Wynne heals when necessary. I think your friend has awesome playstyle tastes! Like in real life, I’m terrible at talking my way out of things.

      Noted about Schmooples!

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  2. Interesting rundown of your play through. I’m surprisingly off Labor day. I’m fortunate in that I work in one of the few small bizzes in the area that closes for the day. I’ll probably spend the day doing laundry.

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          1. I did. Already had Axiom Verge, but for $5 I got it again as a physical disc, the soundtrack CD, a full color manual, and the obvious steelbook case. I also got Rogue Legacy, and Guacamelee in the same vein. Later this week I’ll be hunting for some more of those for gifting.

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  3. Happy Labor day weekend! You’re right we spell it differently but it’s a holiday regardless lo;/ I haven’t played any Dragon Age games but it looks amazing. Great screenshots by the way! Xbox One and Ps4 now have options to take screenshots and record small clips of gameplay now so you can have fun with that when you return to consoles. The nugs look sooo cute! Thanks for sharing!

    -Luna 🙂

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  4. I’m a sucker for screenshots too, and I wish that feature was available when I played through the game on Xbox 360. I love Origins and Awakening so much and it was really cool to read through your progress. I went through the game for the first time as a Mage (a Blood Mage, no less) so my story was a tad bit different, as you’d imagine.

    Now I want to replay Origins again, but this time on PC. It looks far more optimized, rather than trying to map all of those damn spells and abilities to a controller.

    Enjoy your Labour Day, our Labor Day!

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    1. I hate going back to consoles that don’t do screenshots. I’ll bet being a Blood Mage is quite the different experience!

      The UI reminded me of World of Warcraft so I’m loving it.

      Thanks! I hope you have a good one 🙂


      1. Blood Magic is super fun, but requires a few specific gear pieces to function properly. Being a Blood Mage definitely causes your party and NPCs to be weary of you, which made for some interesting dialogue exchanges.

        The PC UI seems much cleaner than the console version. On the console you can map three abilities to the face buttons and access three more by pressing the same buttons in addition to R1 or something. I forget.

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  5. I want a Nug for a pet. It’s nice that you help people with their dreams, although from what I recall being a mage can suck in the Dragon Age universe. Although I love this game I never got the DLC for it so I missed out on the golem companion. That makes me a sad panda.

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  6. With the Fade and the Deep Roads out of the way, you’ve got the two parts I hated most about this game through. So hey! All uphill from here! So if you’ve been enjoying it so far, you’ll likely be enjoying it even more!

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  7. I haven’t played Origins for such a long time! I completely forgot about Dagna the dwarf, there’s a nice little bit in Inquisition that follows on from that which I hadn’t even made a connection to until I read this, it’s not really a spoiler but I’ll say no more anyway just in case. Are you playing all the Dragon Age games afterwards?

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  8. Y’know, Dragon Age Origins kinda flew over my head originally. Now though, it looks very similar to Path of Exile, the game I’ve been playing these days. If I ever reduce my own goddamn backlog (Still have to play Horizon: Zero Dawn, after Crash Bandicoot and DLC from Final Fantasy XV, oh and let’s not forget a whole bunch of Switch games I just got… UGH), I will definitely give this a try.

    Great job as always!

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