I'm a little bit afraid to think about all those shards of red lyrium the Inquisitor picks up over the course of DAI.
Oh a little bit of loot, no biggie, I can sell it to someone, get a couple of coins. What's the worst that could happen?
I feel ya! The fact that I could loot it surprised me... But everything for research, am I right ;)
Red Templars have to come from somewhere.
My mage religious zealot Trevelyan (who makes Vivienne look like a softened Leliana by comparison) collected red lyrium, much to the distress I'm sure of Varric.
Varric: Great work on destroying the red lyrium veins!
Ellaria Trevelyan: My pleasure. Have you seen my SHINY NEW RED LYRIUM CORRUPTING STAFF
Varric: :O INQUISITOR NO
Ellaria: INQUISITOR YES
Things ended poorly for most people involved.
@zenat: you so shouldn't be talking Varric, remember that you potentially took the lyrium from your brother that drove him nuts in DAII?
The proportions of the stuff in DA:I is ridiculous. Shouldn't these huge-a** crystals make you go crazy in ,like, 2 seconds ?!
I always thought it was funny how you'd destroy this one chunk of red lyrium and pat yourself on the back for a job well done as you wander away through corridors lined with giant spikes of red lyrium. Congratulations, guys. You made a huge difference. Gold star.
I also found it odd that 'destroying' red lyrium deposits was depicted by smashing the biggest crystal... and then traipsing away leaving the rest of the vein completely intact. I always suspected my Inquisitor was somewhat irresponsible.
@Malla: Indeed, it is such a shame that there was no one to warn you about the consequences. No one who had seen what red lyrium, even a tiny piece, can do to someone... Not a single soul...
@Deonis: I now have images of tiny red templars being grown from the giant pikes in my head, whole infants slowly growing inside one large chunk of red lyrium.
@Sharp-Claw: One would think so, yes, but... they also look really cool soooo...
@Guesty Guestface: Nevermind that when you just blow it up... the pieces go somewhere? And are now more portable and easier to collect. Good going heroes!
@Guest: What Varric did with that shard got retconned in this game so that, instead of being ridiculously stupid, it's now arguably intelligent. To wit: he had a safe built for it that is three times as well shielded as the safes used to secure regular lyrium, and has a bunch of alchemists studying it to try to figure out how to make it safe. Each alchemist is given an hour-long shift and has to wait a week between them.
@Estora: I wonder how he feels about my habit of giving Meredith's sword to IB?
@zenat: I always assumed that those small pieces of smashed red lyrium went directly into the water system. Which would make everything that much worse. WAY TO HELP OUT, GUYS.
yeah, the inquisitor is almost as bad at destroying red lyrium as they are at keeping the darkspawn down.
remember origins? when you had your own keep with like 3 huge, thick metal doors in your underground tunnel and your dwarven ally said it should 'hold them for a decade or so'? and then the inquisitors STOPS THE DARKSPAWN... with a wooden plank or a small grate over a single hole... yeah...