I’ve been niggling at this little puzzle for a while now, ever since I read the description for Velanna’s starting item the Keeper’s Charm:
Although elven enchantment is more complicated than Tranquil methods, this ring proves that the old ways are still strong.
The Dalish don’t have ready access to lyrium, and even if they did, they wouldn’t be able to work with it without Tranquil or dwarves to help. Yet they clearly can do it - even without this item description to confirm it, we’ve seen plenty of Dalish-made items throughout the games that have enchantments placed upon them. So how are they doing it?
Turns out I’m a bit slow, because the answer has been staring us in the face since Inquisition came out - or rather, it’s been staring us in the Fade.
[Image: The Inquisition inventory screen showing a lovely selection of Fade-touched materials.]
With this and a bit of information from Origins, Trespasser and Jaws of Hakkon, I think we can make a pretty good stab at deconstructing both ancient and modern elven enchantment methods.( Trespasser spoilers to follow, of course. As usual )