In addition to my annoyance towards writing inconsistencies in Thedas, there are some things that cannot even be waved away as cultural differences.
I wanted to list Isabela as an example, Isabela from Rivain, the land that revers their seers, female hedge mages who existed long before the Chant of Light, Isabela who was sold into marriage by her mother and it didn’t seem like something terribly uncommon or out of place.
But then I remembered the way the Stolen Throne book treated Rowan, and decided that this is my absolute favourite.
Ferelden is a country that has been described numerous times as a country that treats both men and women equally, so a female ruler or warrior is not terribly uncommon or unheard of.
Moira, the Rebel Queen, was (and still is) grealy respected by her countrymen, she is described as strong and fearsome and incredibly charismatic leader who would ride into the battle in her shining armour and people would follow her without second thought.
Rowan, who was meant to eventually become a queen, is similar to her in some ways, not only because she was a warrior who saved Maric’s life and was capable of kicking Loghain’s ass, but also because her role in the rebellion was vital, and her people also recognized that.
And then there’s this gem later in the book.
And then the lantern gave up at long last, and the room was blanketed in darkness. She continued to hold him, after a time he quieted and they held each other in the shadows, Rowan lent him her strength, what little of it she had to give. He needed it. Perhaps this was what queens did. Perhaps they held their kings in the darkness deep within their castles and allowed them that moment of weakness they could never show to anyone else. Perhaps they gave strength to their kings because everyone else only took it from them.
And I just