Gaming

Dragon Age and Arthurian Myth Pt 1: Maric, Loghain, and Rowan

I started playing Dragon Age in 2009.

I had a lot of weird obsessions back then. There was a lot of black in my wardrobe. I wore lace fingerless gloves, went to a lot of literary clubs, and tried to pretend I was a Serious English Student. I obsessively played Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind with the lights out, wrote stories about werewolves and vampires that were so much better than Twilight, and all in all was attempting to be a Grown Up.

The only problem with that is, well – hi? Have you met me?

I started playing Dragon Age because it was “Dark Fantasy”. (It’s not.) But once I realized that you could marry the cute prince boy and get a happily ever after complete with castle and a dog, my inner fairytale fiend started scratching and whining at the door. Dragon Age was like me in college- pretending to be dark and gritty, and utterly bad at it.

So once you wipe away the dark and gritty patina, what do you get? Well, fortunately for me, being a Serious English Student allowed me to get a glimpse into the chief of all fairytales – the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

And I started to notice a few things. These are those things.

There’s a lot to talk about here, so we’re going to break up this post into three parts – this one, about Maric, Rowan, and Loghain, the second one, in which we discuss the urn of Sacred Ashes, and the third, in which we get in depth about the subject of Morrigan.

The Daughter of the King’s Servant

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Queen Guinevere’s Maying, John Collier (1900)

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A Lengthy Engagement

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Queen Rowan Guerrin, the cover of The Stolen Throne

The King’s Right Hand Man

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Robert Goulet as Lancelot and Julie Andrews as Guinevere in the musical Camelot. (1961) Source: Wikipedia.

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The Accolade, Edmund Leighton (1901)

Subverting The Trope

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