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Jan 30, 2023 1:40 PM
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It means... she's being seen as an emissary of the divine (as in the Maker, not the leader of the Chantry). As a savior, blessed with power and purpose beyond the ordinary. It's not a formal theological position so much as a catchy and evocative image.

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Her reaction to that is approximately 'yuck,' though she's able to temper it to just an unhappy-confused face. 

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"You do not agree?" Josephine says questioningly.

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"It's not true, and - it's not something I'd want. People should stand on their own two feet, they shouldn't wait around for a savior to rescue them or a prophet to tell them what to do."

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"Ah," she says, sound faintly disappointed, maybe.

"Still," says Cullen. "People do need stories. To give them goals to work for, to inspire them, give them hope and comfort in these dark times."

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"I'm not that kind of story."

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"Fair enough," he says. "We have no right to ask that of you if you don't want it."

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"And I wouldn't cooperate, anyways."

"I get the concept of things being confidential, and spec-ops, and political untruths, and diplomatic lies... But that's not sustainable and not fair to the people being deceived if it isn't - understood to be the case that you're lying. Like, the military always keeps things classified, but... It should be stuff that can go in a folder clearly marked classified in the typical citizen's mind, like exact troop movements, not 'oh yeah by the way we recruited you to the army on false pretenses.'"

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"It is not a lie that the people believe. It is faith that they see."

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"Confirming a false conclusion is still lying, to me."

"I don't think we should go root out every thought that I'm the herald. Ideas should be given room to flourish, even wrong ones. But I don't want to act like it's true, or support the idea."

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"People will draw their own conclusions from your actions, whatever they may be."

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"They have the right to that. I'm not going to be silent if someone calls me the Herald, though."

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"I think that's a fair compromise."

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Nod. 

And on to more logistics stuff? 

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More logistics things. At this point, mostly consolidating things here in Haven in the wake of the attack. Supplies to count, casualties to tend, new recruits to train.

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Lionheart can help with a lot of that. 

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Anything she can do would be useful.

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There's a lot under the heading of supplies she can just make, and more she can repair.

She's also a doctor and medical alchemist, and can treat injuries, sterilize equipment (...and teach medics about germ theory if they don't have that), manufacture a few different useful medicines she's memorized the formulae for, create equipment...

(Something like automail is very difficult to make with any speed, but she can set anyone missing a limb up with good general prosthetics - and there's certain generic medical machines she can make if there's a calling. She's also a certified automail mechanic and biomedical engineer.)

And, obviously, she can fix their earthworks up a bit.

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With Lionheart's assistance, things in Haven go much more smoothly than anyone would have expected. This, uh, doesn't really discourage people from looking at her as a blessed figure sent by Andraste to save them in their time of need, no matter how prosaic the explanations for her feats she gives or how completely Leliana, Cassandra, Cullen, and Josephine decline to repeat these stories. She has powers and knowledge no one else does, and she's using it to help everyone. That's more than enough.

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She retreats a lot to talking about magic with Solas or about politics with Leliana and Cassandra and Josephine or keeping up with her fighting practice with Cassandra and Cullen. (And to her nightly meetings with El, which she doesn't share just yet with anyone.)

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A few days later, Leliana calls another leadership meeting. She received a raven from Mother Giselle, an influential cleric in southern Ferelden, to the east of Haven. Giselle is asking the Inquisition for aid in protecting the common people from fighting between mages and templars, which has recently flared up in the region.

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Good, she's been getting bored and cooped up.

"We're answering her call?"

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"I don't think we can afford not to. Giselle is offering us a chance to prove ourselves, to introduce what we are to the world."

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"And it sounds like they need the help."

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"That as well. Are you willing to go?"

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