[Interviewer]: I’m more interested in how blood magic works. There are a lot of…not “conflicting” opinions that we’ve heard from “oh, Bioware considers this” with blood magic. Like, is it - I believe the phrase “Is blood magic inherently evil?” Is it?
[David Gaider]: That is a…there’s an amount of judgment call. Even I, as a creator, I could come out and say “Yes, blood magic is inherently evil” but what would that even mean? What is the nature of evil there? Are we talking about morally evil? Morally wrong? Are we talking about evil as far sort of like a corruptive influence as far as darkspawn? There is evil - there is blood magic as is defined by the chantry, which is more involved in the use of blood sacrifice and mind control. But blood magic really goes further than that as well. I mean if you really think of it, the use of phylacteries is a type of blood magic. The Joining is a type of blood magic. So, I think it’s a situation where blood magic is something that is often used for evil, but ultimately, it is a tool. Yet, one must address the moral question of it. If you have something like blood magic that is easily used for evil and so commonly used for evil, it presents such a tempting route to evil purposes. Does that mean that it should not be regulated or controlled or probably disallowed entirely? Sort of - I think the topic is more in common with gun control than anything else.
I: So you mentioned blood sacrifices - as far as the difference between using blood as a catalyst versus using lyrium as a catalyst, what is the level between them? For instance, in Redcliffe, when you can either use blood or lyrium in order to enter the Fade, what is the amount that needs to be used? Is blood more…do you not have to use as much as lyrium as far as cost goes?
DG: Woo, if you’re going for cost breakdown, they both offer power - ultimately. Blood has the potential to offer more power, I’d say. But ultimately if you had enough lyrium at your command, you probably wouldn’t need blood magic, per se. There’s things you can do with blood magic that you couldn’t do just with lyrium, like mind control. Cause blood magic is just not a source of power - it’s a type of power. So, that allows you to control other life force - to control minds. Whereas lyrium is just a source of power for all magic. You can use lyrium to power blood magic as well. It’s one of those things where blood magic is kind of a separate way of doing magic that allows different things. Allows a source of power. It’s not to say blood magic is a source of magical power - it’s actually both.