"And so is the Golden City blackened with each step you take in my hall. Marvel at perfection, for it is fleeting. You have brought sin to Heaven and doom upon all the world.
" - Canticle of Threnodies 8:13
The Chantry teaches us that it is the hubris of men which brought the Darkspawn into our world. The Mages had sought to usurp Heaven, but instead they destroyed it.
They were cast out, twisted and cursed by their own corruption. They returned as monsters, the first of the Darkspawn. They became a blight on the lands, unstoppable and relentless.
The Dwarven kingdoms were the first to fall. And from the Deeproads the Darkspawn drove at us again and again until finally we neared annihilation. Until, the Grey Wardens came.
Men and women from every race, warriors and mages, Barbarians and kings. The Grey Wardens sacrificed everything to stem the tide of darkness, and prevailed.
It has been four centuries since that victory and we have kept our vigil. We have watched and waited for the Darkspawn to return. But those who once called us heroes have forgotten.
We are few now and our warnings have been ignored for too long. It may even be too late for I have seen with my own eyes what lies on the horizon. Maker help us all.