A Wild Theory About Dragon Age's Most Surprising Character

Without spoiling anything, not everyone in Dragon Age: Inquisition is who they seem. And if you delve into the game's lore, things can get very, very interesting.

Warning: if you haven't beaten Dragon Age Inquisition, don't read this post or watch the video!

Those of you that have beat the game know that Solas is actually an ancient elven god. That much, everyone seems certain of, and we break down the reasons why in this post. But what if Solas has had more of an influence in the world of Dragon Age than we think?

Finding a way to separate Thedas from the Fade, as Solas is famed for doing, is already pretty huge. But Geek Remix makes a convincing, yet outlandish case for why it's possible that Solas is another key figure from Dragon Age lore.

Andraste, Dragon Age's Jesus figure, had a friend named Shartan. Shartan was the leader of the elven slaves, who joined against Andraste's rebellion against Tevinter. Shartan was a bald elf that looks a hell of a lot like Solas, and there are in-game clues that make them seem like the same person, too. Most notably, both characters can be connected to orbs...though, it's just as possible that what Shartan is carrying in is the Urn of Sacred Ashes. Who knows! What I can say is that I love this theory, and it would make Solas even more interesting than he already is.

Fan Theory: The Many Names of Solas [Dragon Age Inquisition] [Geek Remix]


    Skipped straight to the comments since I have not finished the game (in fact only just started) but I had a few conversations with Solas and I suspect he's 'possessed by a desire demon' or something similar. Just writing this here so I can come back when I beat the game to read the article and watch the video. :P

      Nice theory, but unlikely. Everything is currently hinting (or outright stating in the after credits scene) that Solas is actually...

      The Dread Wolf. After locking away the Elven Gods in the fade, Solas/DW went into a long-lasting slumber. When he awoke, he found that his decision to trap his compatriots in the Fade had led to the fall of Elven society, and the rise of humanity in its wake. Realising that the only way to correct his mistake is to return the Elven Gods to the world, he devises a scheme to permanently remove the Veil, thereby mixing the real world with the Fade and releasing the Elven Gods from their imprisonment. Unfortunately, after such a long sleep, he lacks the power to control his own Foci (the orb), and so seeks out someone who is capable of using it in his place. As with his past decisions however, he makes yet another mistake in choosing Corypheus as his instrument. Although Corypheus does indeed posses the skill necessary to unlock the Foci, he does so with the intent of ascending to Godhood and ruling over Thedas himself. Solas/DW realises he has lost control of the situation and seeks to correct his mistake by assisting the Herald in closing the Breach.
      After sealing the breach, Solas/DW is overcome with grief upon discovering that his Foci has been destroyed, thereby ruining his plans of destroying the Veil. He seeks out the only other being alive who can help him in his quest, Mythal. Admitting his mistake, he apologises to Mythal, but claims he cannot be punished for his error as "the people need him", most likely referring to the Elves needing the return of their Gods. What happens next is left vague. Either Solas/DW absorbs Mythal's power (thereby killing her), or as I personally believe, Mythal transfers her essence into Solas/DW and possesses his body as her own. Hopefully we'll find out in either some story-DLC, or the next game.

      Last edited 31/12/14 10:31 am

    Oooh, that's one intriguing theory! The pieces certainly do seem to fit together.
    Ending spoilers within...
    I'm so conflicted about Solas' storyline. On the one hand, I'm like 'Well played Bioware, well played'. On the other, I'm more 'Screw you Bioware, you bunch of heartless sons-of-bitches! First he dumps me, then he turns out to be a freakin' elven god that caused this whole mess? I have feelings you know!'

    Do-it! Do-it! One-of-us! One-of-us!

    I'm on my second playthrough have nearly hit another hundred hours for that character! WHOO!!

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