So, every time the Dark Ritual pops up in the Bioware forums, it’s like stirring an anthill. I wanted to put in my two cents.
Polemizing about the Dark Ritual again?
Ok, let’s start this off with saying that as a female player, I didn’t like at all the way it was put before you.
If you decided to romance Alistair it really puts you in a pinch that you can’t escape without a sacrifice. But if you play as a male, it’s not such a big deal. You either have another night with your LI or, if you’ve romanced someone else and don’t want to “betray” them, just send Alistair/Loghain. Boo.
But this said, I think it’s pretty much established that Morrigan and Alistair don’t like each other. At all. It is a sacrifice for both of them and Morrigan is only trying to play cocksure, but in truth she’s full of misgivings.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t come out in the game. There is the Revelation comic, which is pretty much canon, (blog.bioware.com/2010/03/01/dragon-age-the-revelation-comic/), but it only goes part of the way to show you what was really happening. Then I stumbled into this.
It’s a mod, all right, but as you can hear there’s the voices from the original voice actors, so it was an actual scene that was going to be in the game and has been cut for reasons I can’t fathom.
From this scene, you can see a side to both Morrigan and Alistair that is not so evident in the game.
She really wants to help the Warden, she really cares for him/her, and she’s not sure at all she should do this, but it’s the only thing she has to offer.
And Alistair truly, deeply hates her. He goes to the point of completely misjudging her and her intentions. It’s a part of him that it’s very interesting to see, because it shows he’s not just the goofy, naive boy he seems elsewhere in the game, but he’s also fully capable of negative feelings - other than towards Loghain, that is. And if you recruit Loghain you may find Alistair has partly misjudged him, too.
So will you please stop saying that Alistair lusted after Morrigan or some such thing? It’s simply not true. They’d both rather sleep with a genlock. Yes, Morrigan too.
The voice acting in the mod is not dialogue from a scene that was cut. It’s pieced together (in some places, rather obviously) from dialogue that appears elsewhere in the game, with entirely different contexts.
Not interested in any discourse on your salient points, because it’s a poisonous subject, but I do think it is important to be accurate (especially when that is your primary supporting evidence).
I do have to agree with KH here, there are dialogues in the deep roads where if you listen, while they might not be “lusting after each other” it errs on the side of elementary school/middle school crush where they easily get under each other’s skin and both easily get flustered around one another.
That being said, yes, Morrigan *does* want to be the Warden’s friend (think back to the dialogue with the mirror).