Damn, Dragon Age. You sure know how to hold a grudge.

Especially you, Circle of Magi.

Alright. I am sick and tired of that glitch in the Circle of Magi haunting my ass. I’ve talked about this several times, but if you’re a new reader and you have no effin’ idea what I’m talking about…

For Dragon Age junkies: During the Broken Circle quest, DA:O glitched on me and I was able to skip the fight with the sloth demon as well as the Fade mini-quest.

In English: While I was at this tower for mages called The Circle of Magi, the game glitched, and I skipped a boss fight and mini quest that I otherwise would have had to do. The mini quest would have taken place in this dream-realm called the Fade.

Seeing as I hate playing through Fade, this glitch originally made me happy in the pants. But let’s go over the immediate and long-term consequences of that glitch:

  • I missed out on permanent stat boosts I would have received in the Fade.
  • First Enchanter Irving died because I didn’t fight the sloth demon.
  • Because First Enchanter Irving was killed, the Circle was annulled.
  • I had to kill Isolde in Redcliffe Castle because there was no Circle to conduct the spell I needed to save her.
  • Alistair yelled at me because Isolde was killed.
  • Dagna from Orzammar was refused admission to the Circle because Knight-Commander Whats-His-Butt was a douche.

Now if I may continue my bitching…

Upon the completion of Origins, I had hoped that I’d seen the last remnants of the SNAFU. Surely, the DLC wouldn’t be so cruel as to again remind me that a simple glitch had altered my game in a minor, yet consequential manner.

So I began the DLC Witch Hunt. Now, out of ALL of the landmarks and locations in Ferelden, where do you think Witch Hunt had me visit?

…Take a guess. You might get lucky.

The Circle of Magi. The first place I needed to visit was the fucking Circle of Magi.


As soon as I entered the tower, I was greeted by Knight-Commander Hadley who didn’t let me so much breathe before he reminded me that the “Templars haven’t forgotten” what had happened the last time I visited the circle.


Thanks, brah. Believe it or not, I haven’t forgotten either. After all, killing an entire tower of mages isn’t something that one forgets so easily. As I walked about the circle, I heard conversations amongst the mages. You know, the typical stuff. Like, how my Grey Warden Elissa supposedly slept with three pirates and a Nug.

I don't even...

I see my reputation has held well within the good ol’ Circle. Not only that, but I’m sure I’ll catch some flak in Dragon Age 2. But I have to admit I think it’s super-duper cool that these…”decisions”…forever have a ripple effect in Ferelden’s history.

Too bad it was a glitch that screwed me over!

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  • Joe

    Britt…noone rages like you do…I feel horrible how hard I’m laughing at what is obviously a frustrating experience. I’m definitely picking up DA:O though thanks to your rants and raves 🙂

  • Zak

    Wow, I admit I hate the fade, hate it so much. But your right messing all those stat bonuses and the subsequent aftermath is just vicious. The 2 or so time I did it, luckily for me it didn’t glitch.

    -hugs hugs- I haven’t had any glitches like that in DA 2, just the game froze on me twice randomly.

  • You can slay thousands of Darkspawn and take down the Archdemon with one hand tied behind your back, and people remember you as a hero. BUT YOU SCREW ONE NUG…