The Old Gods

Old Gods are beings that were worshiped by a significant number of Thedosians, specifically the mages of theTevinter Imperium, thousands of years ago. The mages worshiped them in the form of dragons. Legend holds that it was the Old Gods who initially taught mages how to use magic. It is widely believed (if not generally accepted as self-evident) throughout Thedas that the archdemons are the sleeping Old Gods, tainted and corrupted by the darkspawn.

Background
In the days of the Tevinter Imperium, the Old Gods were a pantheon of deities widely revered by most citizens, with temples and priesthoods dedicated to their veneration, such as the acolytes of Dumat, who swore oaths of silence in homage to their lord1 . The first magister, Archon Thalsian, accredited his discovery of blood magic  to the Old God Dumat, and his power led to the foundation of the Tevinter Imperium. Dragon imagery and iconography was equated with Imperial power all throughout the Imperium. Holidays were popularly celebrated in tribute to the Old Gods, namely the Festival of Urthemiel, which spanned an entire week.

What the Old Gods actually are and their relation to the Maker is very mysterious. The Chantry teaches that the Old Gods were false deities. They turned mortals from worship of the Maker , recognized as the “First Sin”. As a result, the Maker imprisoned them underground. Their minds continued to roam the Fade  like any other dreaming individuals’ mind would, and they were able to contact the Magisters  and teach them to use magic in hope that the magisters might free them. It was for this reason that the magisters entered the Golden City  in a failed attempt to usurp the Maker’s throne, inadvertently causing the First Blight .

The event of the First Blight led to a crisis of faith across the Imperium, shaken at the devastation their own god relentlessly championed. Several temples were razed by betrayed believers, slaughtering priests to the Old Gods as retribution for their unheeded prayers. Today, cults devoted to the Old Gods are rumored to still exist in some places, but the religion has since been for the most part replaced with the monotheistic worship of the Maker.

The Seven Old Gods
The Magisters worshipped seven Old Gods. The first―and the leader of the others―was called Dumat, the Dragon of Silence. According to scholars, Dumat was the first Old God to transform into an archdemon and consequently slain during the First Blight.

Dumat , the God of Silence and the archdemon of the First Blight
Zazikel , the God of Chaos and the archdemon of the Second Blight
Toth , the God of Fire and the archdemon of the Third Blight
Andoral , the God of Slaves and the archdemon of the Fourth Blight
Urthemiel , the God of Beauty and the archdemon of the Fifth Blight
Razikale , the God of Mystery
Lusacan , the God of Night

The Old Gods

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