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Seeing as I hate playing through Fade, this glitch originally made me happy in the pants.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 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!