Fade

The Fade, known by the Dalish as the Beyond, is a metaphysical realm that is part of Thedas yet separated by the Veil. According to the Chantry, the Black City – a feature of the Fade which tends to be distantly visible to all ‘visitors’ – is the corrupted Golden City, despoiled by over-ambitious mages (in the early days of the Tevinter Imperium) attempting to wrest control and/or power from The Maker by physically invading the Fade (the first and last time such an attempt has been made). This is also the standard explanation for the origin of the Blights.

Fade

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