Shieldy madness! UPDATED 17 Mar 2013
Almost all of these are canon per the toolset filenames or the game. Where the two contradict, I always go with what’s said in-game.
The only ones I chose for my own map-making and storytelling purposes are:
- West Hill (actually Andruil: Goddess of the Hunt according to filename)
- River Dane (just called “ursubera” in the filename)
- Lothering (probably Mythal: the Great Protector based on filename).
Some notes on how I’ve labeled these:
Why did I feel it was ok to arbitrarily stick elvehn pantheon heraldry on human bannrics? Well, a lot of the heraldry files are named with things that didn’t end up being their eventual use. Harrowmont's heraldry is labeled “Dumat” who was the archdemon in the First Blight. Denerim's is Razikale, one of the two Old Gods who haven't yet had a Blight, and the Dragon’s Peak heraldry is Lusacan, the other sleeping Old God. The Templar heraldry is actually the symbol for the primal school of magic, with the file actually labeled “templar” having two crossed swords above a sun.
Filenames for arlings and tyrnirs were labeled with an “aof” and “teyof” for “arling of” and “teyrnir of” respectively. There were no official heraldry for any bannrics that I could discern.
Conversely, the heraldry that was originally meant to be for the Cousland family was labeled “teyrncous” so I assume that this means that it’s the heraldry of the Couslands themselves rather than of the teyrnir. That the soldiers have the Cousland heraldry on their shields says, to me at least, that the heraldry applies to the family and not to Bryce himself.
Just to muddy the waters, though, the Howe family heraldry was labeled “aohowe” which gives the impression that at some point Howe was a place and not a person, but given that the DA team isn’t known for its consistency in minor details I’m just going to assume that they meant it to be for the Howe family because otherwise it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
The Ferelden heraldry was labeled “kingfere” so again, I assume that this means it applies to the Kingdom of Ferelden and not to the Theirins as a family.
The Avvar one is Hakkon Wintersbreath, one of the Avvar gods, so not the heraldry of the entire Avvar race but still applicable. I probably should have labeled it as such in this image.
The Alamarri one is from Gregoir’s heirloom shield and is labeled as being Alamarri, but the heraldry is actually Lady of the Skies, another Avvar deity. Fun fact: Avvar don’t burn or bury their dead, they just leave them out on a peak and let the birds eat them, in honor of the Lady of the Skies.
If the heraldry had a shield-shaped background I just expanded that to fill the shield; it seemed silly to have some sort of meta-shield thing going on.
Here are the individual shields for some of the ones that don’t have defined places/groups or wouldn’t show up in my story/maps in the next post. I made these composite images solely so that I could quickly look at them while writing and making maps rather than having to look at each individual shield file.
i like the amarathine one. it really just screams WE’RE A BUNCH OF FUCKING BEARS