A year and a half has passed since the Grey Warden's victory over the Fifth Blight at Denerim. A new dawn has broken over the nation of Ferelden, though despite the victory and unity against the ultimate evil, the country was torn asunder and the lands and peoples of Ferelden remain in disarray. Many have paid the ultimate price for the greater good, but the heroes who stood out foremost against the threat are still amongst their people. The Grey Wardens, the proud yet quiet protectors of Ferelden, had shown the world once again their might and gallantry, and never again would their valor be forgotten.
Aedan Cousland of Highever, known in legend to the people as the Warden whom united the peoples of Ferelden against the Blight remains with the Grey Wardens, but currently travels to answer some long unanswered questions. King Alistair has continued the reconstruction of Denerim and the remainder of the ravaged countryside, all while learning the political ins and outs of being King of Ferelden. With the lands of Amaranthine given to the Wardens and the fortress at Soldier's Peak slowly being prepared for future utility, the Wardens are finding a new strength in their order that has not been seen in many long ages. The new Warden-Commander and Arl of Amaranthine, Nathaniel Howe, continues to seek individuals to rebuild the Grey Wardens and protect their weakened arling from harm.
Gifted a large area of the Korcari wilds, the Dalish elves have begun settling into a land they can finally claim as their own. Their main focus, as ever, is the reclamation and retention of their ancestral elven heritage. However, still face conflict with the humans based on their imprinted, ignorant fear of the elves, regardless of their essential role in the battle against the Blight. Similarly, their City Elf counterparts have been facing heightened tension with the humans in Denerim. After the Blight, the elves were given a place in the council. Some more 'old-fashioned' members of the council see this as wrong, and the formation of opposing sides has created a rift between the members the council. Some bigoted humans took to acting out against the elves, only creating more hostility between the two races. Still, the hope is that some day there will be equal rights for all races, despite the present reluctance of some of the people to accept this.
Following the disaster at the Circle Tower, the Circle of Magi have been slowly rebuilding their ranks and reputations. After some time, the tower was finally cleansed of the last spirits to slip through the Veil, and no more abominations were created. Subsequently, however, the mages faced higher restrictions from the Chantry and the Templars than ever before. Some mages obeyed begrudgingly, while others rebelled. Coincidentally, the number of Apostates has risen, leaving the Chantry to deal with them as well as containing the magi in the tower effectively. Meanwhile, underground in the dwarven city of Orzammar, the rule of King Bhelen has been faced with controversy. His policies regarding surface dwarves and more rights for the casteless were not popular with some members of the noble and warrior castes, and several assassination attempts have been made on his life. Additionally, after the end of the Blight, some of the Darkspawn who did not stay on the surface retreated underground once more, leaving the dwarves to contend with their increased numbers.
Despite the victory over the Blight, Ferelden is still a land very much in turmoil. Many of the nobles that had perished left vacant holes of power and the next generation has begun to step into place. Outside forces look to the weakened kingdom, eager to take advantage. The new faces of the Landsmeet politically maneuver to thwart them or perhaps even aid them in their own bid for power. At this dawn of what is promised to be a new golden age, who will rise to carry the torch? And what part will the Grey Wardens play in all this?
The future is yet to be seen.
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