In episode 4 of this Dragon Age Inquisition tale, we fought our way out of the Fade, and a good friend sacrificed his life to save ours. Now, we must stay on the offensive to continue to push Corypheus back and keep him weak.
After we escaped the Fade, the Inquisition headed back to Skyhold to plan the next attack. Morrigan (who is helping the Inquisition by Celene’s orders) shows me an Eluvian. This is essentially a very tall mirror that can be powered up and walked through, much like a teleporter. There are lots of them scattered about the land, and some are still in working order. Others are broken. After all, they are ancient elven devices.
Corypheus wants to control these Eluvians, according to Morrigan. Since his plan to gain the Mark went awry when I absorbed it instead, he’s been looking for another way into the Fade and to godhood. Morrigan is certain that the Eluvians are the answer; if Corypheus controls these, it would probably result in a worst-case-scenario.
We set up camp near the fighting as our Inquisition forces clash with Corypheus’ Red Templars near the Crossroads. As my party fights through blockades, we soon find out that Morrigan was quite wrong in her assumption. Corypheus isn’t after the Eluvians after all. Instead, he wants the Well of Sorrows. Morrigan is quite confused. First off, she is amazed that her logic and assumption was incorrect. Secondly, she has no idea what or where the Well of Sorrows is. She’s never heard of it before.
My party begins to discredit Morrigan and question whether or not we should trust her. They claim that because she was wrong about the Crossroads, we shouldn’t trust her when she says to continue on toward the Well of Sorrows, whatever it may be. Morrigan claims that although she was wrong before, that’s not a reason to stop advancement. We don’t know what the Well of Sorrows is or what it does; that much is true. But, because we heard Corypheus’ men talking about it along the way, it must be important to him. Whatever is important to Corypheus is important to us, she says. If he wants something, we have to be sure to take it from him.
It’s sound enough logic, and I totally agree with the final statement, We sojourn on.
We soon make our way to the Temple of Mythal; it appears to be an ancient Elven temple, but it has fallen into a state of disrepair over the years. Despite that, the Temple still has guards that protect it. When we arrive, we see that the Red Templars have already blown a hole under the temple in order to reach the Well. Why go through the trouble of exploding a temple? The temple’s doors are sealed and cannot be opened without performing a ritual…a ritual that Corypheus’ men don’t know.
We have to make a decision here. We can follow Corypheus’ men down the hole they’ve created, or we can try to solve the puzzles and complete the rituals. If we go for the former, we could probably catch Corypheus’ men faster and take them out. On the other hand, it we complete the rituals, there is a fair chance that we would make it to the Well sooner instead. Doing things the way the temple wants them done will probably aid our cause.
Despite my party’s grumbling, I agree. If we can finish the rituals, I have a feeling the doors will lead us right to the Well of Sorrows, so we begin. In certain areas of the temple, the floor tiles work as puzzle pieces. Stepping on one will illuminate it, and all must be illuminated to perform the ritual. The catch? For any given puzzle, I cannot step on the same tile twice, and I cannot jump off the puzzle to reach another tile. I have to connect them all smoothly.
After completing three of these puzzles, the door opens, and we head into the Inner Sanctum, where the Temple of Mythal’s guards are holed up. They initially protest our presence. Nobody should be inside the temple, and we are certainly not worthy of the Well of Sorrows. We cannot drink from it.
This is news to us, so I ask for more information. The guard tells us that the Well of Sorrows is like a pool filled with wisdom. When one of their members would die, their knowledge and wisdom would flow into the pool. Anyone who drinks from it would gain incredible knowledge, but it is the guard’s duty to protect it from those who are unworthy and from those who would defile it. So, we must leave, he says.
I tell him that we’re here to stop Corypheus and his men; we’re not here to drink from the Well, despite Morrigan’s protests. For some reason, once the guard said that the Well holds knowledge, Morrigan has been transfixed; we must have the Well, she says. I ignore her.
The guard’s attitude changes a bit when he finds that Corypheus is our enemy. He agrees to help us out. His men will join forces with ours to take out the Red Templar threat, but once they’re taken care of, we are banned from the temple. Forever.
Morrigan protests like a child denied a toy. She adamantly argues that we cannot side with these men; we must drink from the Well! By this time, I am very confused by her suddenly erratic behavior, and I once again ignore her. I accept the guard’s terms, and he agrees to lead us to where the worst of the fighting is taking place. At this point, Morrigan screams out in dissatisfaction and shape-shifts into a crow, flying through a nearby open door, hoping to find the Well before anybody can stop her. Great; now I have to stop the Templars and Morrigan!
As our escort leads us through the Temple of Mythal, we see clusters of guardsmen fighting Red Templars along the way. My party swiftly aids them before moving onto the main event: the location of the Well of Sorrows. There, the commander of the Red Templar forces assaulting is nearly ready to drink from the Well and become Corypheus’ Vessel. I am intrigued, and I ask what he means.
He informs me that although the Well of Sorrows brings great power, there’s a price to pay, and he will take that burden to allow Corypheus to achieve the godhood he so desires. After trying hopelessly to talk sense into this man (named Samson), we soon just resort to fighting.
After a lengthy and difficult battle, we finally knock Samson unconscious and head up the stairs to the Well just as Morrigan swoops in and shifts back into a human. At the same time, the guard from the Inner Sanctum arrives as well. He basically tells us that it’s all over for him. Since people -unworthy ones, at that- have broken their way into the courtyard where the Well sits, there’s no point in guarding it anymore. The guards have failed, the Well has been defiled, and we can do whatever we want; he doesn’t much care anymore.
He does, however, tell us what will happen to the person who drinks from the Well of Sorrows. They will be bound to Mythal’s will forever. Morrigan scoffs. According to the Elves, Mythal was an ancient goddess of justice. But according to everybody else, there was really no proof of her existence; it could’ve just been a myth or a legend. Despite what Mythal was or was not, Morrigan does know that Mythal is dead. So, for drinking from the Well, a person will be bound to the will of a dead goddess? That doesn’t carry much weight with her.
Morrigan begs to let her drink from the Well. She has the training necessary to properly deal with the knowledge and power it would bestow upon her, she says. I worry that she would become a wild card, but she tries to calm my suspicion. It really doesn’t work. However, I do weigh my options. I could drink from the Well, or she could. If I do, I’m worried that she might leave the Inquisition, not to mention that if Mythal is actually real or still alive, there’s no telling what she would bind me to do.
Morrigan also does point out that she was right about Corypheus wanting the Eluvians at the Crossroads after all. How so? Right next to the Well is a broken and dead Eluvian. The Well acts as a key, and she is certain that when somebody absorbs the Well’s power, the Eluvian will open, thus proving her initial assumption. After weighing my options, I come to decide that if Morrigan wants it, she can have it; I’ll find a way to deal with whatever comes next.
So, Morrigan anxiously absorbs the pool’s power in an impressive show of light. No sooner does this happen then Corypheus enters the scene. Of course, he is absolutely furious that we stole the Well of Sorrows from him. He charges after us, but Morrigan opens the Eluvian just in time for us to hop through it and leave Corypheus behind.
Victory is ours yet again! But wait; there’s more. Morrigan has a card up her sleeve thanks to the Well’s powers, and she thinks she knows exactly how to finish off Corypheus once and for all. Are you ready? You should be, because this Dragon Age Inquisition story will likely be coming to an epic close with the next chapter. Stay tuned!