What is this? The read-a-long is an opportunity to do a long distance book club with other Dragon Age fans, where once a week one chapter will be discussed in David Gaider's tie-in novel, The Calling
[Official book teaser blurb]After two hundred years of exile, King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to finally return to Ferelden. When they come, however, they bring dire news: one of their own has escaped into the Deep Roads and aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn.
The Grey Wardens need Maric's help, and he reluctantly agrees to lead them into the passages he traveled through many years before (see: The Stolen Throne), chasing after a deadly secret that will threaten to destroy not only the Grey Wardens but also the kingdom above.
If you've read it and have Thoughts or Feels, comment to discuss! Discussion can be serious or snarky, but please keep it constructive and not destructive.
(If the first person who gets to this post can start a comment thread entitled 'Serious Discussion' and a second one for 'Snarky Discussion', I would greatly appreciate it.)
- Chapter 1 (16-Apr)
- Chapter 2 (22-Apr)
[Chapter 3--Synopsis, mild spoiler for Dragon Age: Origins]Chapter 3 Synopsis
Those who had been cast down,
The demons who would be gods,
Began to whisper to men from their tombs within the earth.
And the men of Tevinter heard, and raised altars
To the pretender-gods once more,
And in return were given, in hushed whispers,
The secrets of darkest magic.
-- Canticle of Threnodies 5:11
King Maric with the Grey Wardens left Denerim "like common criminals", making they way across the North Road to Kinloch Hold--the tower of Mages. Maric asks Duncan about where the darkspawn come from, Duncan answers best he can.
We learn a little about Fiona, an anecdote of her childhood about a cat, that her father died, she doesn't think much of Maric and has been eloquent in voicing that opinion and his suitability of his company for most of the journey.
There's a ceremony with the mages, Grey Wardens, and King Maric. Bored, Duncan sneaks out, pickpockets a set of keys off a Tranquil, and starts looking for something to steal. He finds what he believes is the First Enchanter's office and a small locked box containing a black-bladed knife with red veins that he tucks into his shirt and starts noticing "it tingles". He exits the office only to see a female mage, Vivian, he'd noticed in the conclave at the end of the hall, likely having seen him leaving the First Enchanter's office. She thought he was signaling her for an assignation, he decides to roll with it.