Solas is a single of the very best-composed people in online video video games. It’s really hard for me to assume of a character whose loathsome worldview is so well created, who, even when he’s on your side, manages to be a entire piece of shit about every little thing. He is a these a wonderful character that I want to strangle that dude with my bare arms.
Solas, apart from currently being an egg-lookin’ ass motherfucker, is an advisor to the player character in Dragon Age: Inquisition. He’s an elven apostate—meaning he practices magic outside the lawfully sanctioned circles of mages—and boy, does he have opinions about elves, magic and rather much every little thing else. Voiced by Gareth David-Lloyd, you may possibly be fooled into imagining that Solas is not only value listening to, but is a fantastic individual. You would be completely wrong.
Solas’s introduction has him bursting on to the scene to enable you, and his abilities in the Fade is extremely handy for your quest to close the huge glowing gap that’s appeared in the sky. I only started out to dislike Solas after I realized that he was generally type of putting me down. He was smug, and passive aggressive. In reality, the 1st time you talk to him about himself, his reaction is just, “why?” You ought to be a hoot at parties dude!
My hatred of this character is the deepest compliment I can assume to give the builders of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Solas is so powerful for the reason that his worldview, where by pursuit of information is paramount and all those who disagree are worthy of scorn, is absolutely created. Each individual time Solas snarked at me or a occasion member about how the Qun is stupid and the Gray Wardens are ineffective, I rolled my eyes for the reason that of program he would. In a single playthrough I recruited the Templars, who after policed mages and typically oppressed them, and assumed to myself, “well, Solas isn’t gonna like this.” It does not shock me at all that Solas is a popular character with a big fanbase. There are so couple of people in video games that really feel this real. In some twisted way, my hatred of Solas tends to make me a fan, inasmuch as I hope he arrives back again for later video games and I can explain to him how I seriously really feel. I empathize with Solas. I really realize why he is so condescending, thinks he is aware of the alternative to every little thing, is dismissive of other factors of perspective, and is a huge racist. I applaud the writers of Inquisition for their hard work, and I thank them for writing a scene where by I can punch Solas in the confront.
He is the type of man who only does not assume other people today are worthy of respect. Acquire, for example, the way he speaks to Iron Bull, a Qunari occasion member. The Qun is a religion in the Dragon Age universe that is a catch all for regressive, rigid societies. Less than the Qun, people today really don’t select their professions or roles in lifestyle, but have them selected for them. Solas thinks this is bonkers, and will not stop needling Iron Bull about what it’s like to stay underneath the Qun. Iron Bull is a wonderful man. He goes out of his way to explain to Solas that the Qun’s said aim of bringing everyone into the fold is not value the bloodshed, but Solas won’t permit it relaxation until Iron Bull disavows the Qun fully. If, in Iron Bull’s individual quest, he does depart the Qun, Solas smarmily claims, “You are a man who produced a decision… perhaps the 1st of your lifestyle.” Iron Bull has just offered up his overall society and entire way of lifestyle, which is not an quick decision and is rather traumatic, and Solas is congratulating him on not currently being a single of the sheeple any more.
Solas does not just loudly denigrate a single race: he compares the dwarven society to a severed arm. “Whatever ability of arms it experienced, gone without end,” he claims to Varric, a dwarf. “Although it may possibly twitch to give the look of lifestyle, it will never dream.” Hey Varric—your overall society is worthless I guess! He’s also received something to say about the Gray Wardens, mages who are help the circle, Templars, and primarily other elves, and he voices all his criticisms, unprompted, to the people who slide into all those classes.
Solas, like a good deal of assholes, fetishizes his information and works by using it as a bludgeon to get his way. If, in that scene that can conclude with you punching him, you talk to Solas why he does not just depart, he’ll talk to if there is any other specialist on the Fade you can recruit. Of program there isn’t. Solas is the only individual who has the degree of abilities that your occasion wants. This is why he talks down to Iron Bull about the Qun and lectures Varric about how the Dwarves have stagnated. He is an specialist on in a industry that couple of even investigate, and that, of program, need to be respected. But Solas is convinced that a single location of abilities signifies that the is aware of every little thing about every little thing else, and on top of that it offers him the right to act like a dick continually.
It does not even stop if you romance him. You can only do this if you’re a feminine elf, and Solas’s courtship method is generally condescending to you about elvish society. Dalish elves, kinds who expand up outside of towns in nomadic clans, try out to maintain their society even with much of it currently being lost to time. To honor the elven gods, they have confront tattoos named “vallaslin.” If you romance Solas, he will reveal to you that vallaslin are essentially the markings of a slave and provide to remove them for you. As the player character laments that they really really don’t know something about their society, that elven record has really been lost, Solas remarks, “For all the Dalish received completely wrong, they did a single detail right. They produced you.” You tiny tiny moron infant, he is stating to you. Your people today are so stupid, but you’re just not-stupid enough for me to place my dick in you.
Even when he likes you, he just can’t enable but give you a backhanded compliment. If you have superior approval from Solas soon after his individual quest, he’ll talk to you if the anchor, a glowing wound in your hand that offers you distinctive powers, has improved your countenance in any way. “Has it influenced you?” he asks. “Changed you in any way? Your mind, your morals, your… spirit?” What he signifies is: I assumed a member of an inferior race could not do items that I personally deem as clever. Have you been bodily and mentally altered by magic to be a tiny extra like me, who is right all the time?
I’ve achieved people today like Solas right before, even though granted not kinds who discuss with spirits and walk in goals. But in the real earth, there are people today who are smug, dismissive, who just can’t even give a compliment without the need of insulting you a tiny, who delight at a probability to lecture you, and who are big racists. It is a testament to the writing of Dragon Age: Inquisition that Solas feels just like a single of all those people today. His character leaps off the display. Or at least I desire he would, so I could break his goddamn nose.