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The Fool is an NPC in Dragon's Dogma.

Benign, viewed as nonsensical and nothing more. However, there may be something deeper than people care to ponder.


OverviewEdit

The Fool is the Pawn of The Dragonforged; he remains by the Dragonforged in the cave at Hillfigure Knoll.

The Fool quite resembles his master, the Dragonforged - this is like as not through the process known as Bestowal of Spirit.

After the defeat of the Dragon the Fool remains in the cave, and probably by the process of Bestowal of Spirit now claims to be the Dragonforged, though he still seems most confused.


QUOTE DD2
"In northern Gransys there is a small hillock called Hillfigure Knoll. The name naturally arose from the great carving of a human figure that adorns the hillside. None of those living nearby have any idea who created the figure. It had been there as long as anyone had been aware. It was assumed by the people to be the ancient remnant of some sort of forgotten culture, and the scholars who studied the site reached similar conclusions.
At some point, a man also appeared on Hillfigure Knoll, sitting on a rock on the hillside, staring off at nothing. Passersby tried to talk to him, but all the man did was to speak gibberish. People heard the rumors of this and came purposefully just to see him. As they had heard, there he sat on his rock, staring at nothing. When asked what he was doing there, he did not disappoint and the words he rattled off were completely incomprehensible. Day after day, the man sat on Hillfigure Knoll. He never did a thing other than stare out into the distance and ramble on if anyone spoke to him. At some point, he began to be known as “the Fool”. It started when someone suggested that he must have lost his mind after suffering a dragon attack because one of the few words the Fool still repeated was “dragon”. Once he had been written off as a senseless fool, though, no one ever gave him any deeper thought nor questioned the reason behind his presence. Yet the Fool is still there, alone, sitting on Hillfigure Knoll. He can always be found by those who take the time to look, almost as if he is waiting there for someone—and indeed he is.
"
―The Fool's Tale.[1]

QuestEdit

Company for the Road , Escort quest, available after Come to Court

NotesEdit

  • Like other pawns, when killed, the Fool is returned to the rift.

Quotes Edit

  • "Him who knows that I know what he seeks to know, knows it well while he who knows not, knows not what I know or know not."
  • "The Dragonforged suffered mortal injury in combat with the wyrm, though he persists now between life and death. And so he waits for Arisen to come, that he may bequeath his knowledge unto them."
  • "There have been other Arisen come before you to meet my master...Two, perhaps. Or three..."
  • "Even when the dragon descends upon the land, the Arisen may never come to find this place."
  • "In truth, the Arisen is not bound to join the dragon in combat, should they not will it. While the dragon lives, so lives each stolen heart... The Arisen has time unending to decide how to spend time unending."
  • "In the fullness of time, I shall come to know when the time has come. Know that all I know is that I shall know all who know me. I am not but my shadow, though my shadow be not shadow, but myself. I am come here at the end of my journeys, rich in scars and rich of mind. I am dragon-forged, knower of the beast, and known to it in kind."

During Company for the Road

  • "As you've like come to know, this pawn served the Dragonforged in his journeys as the Arisen. The path we walked to the dragon's door saw its end long ago... So long ago, 'tis lost to the haze of oblivion now. Did we truly walk this world? Or was it but a dream glimpsed from beyond the rift? I cannot say even that much, so long ago it was..."

TriviaEdit

  • The Fool in Dragon's Dogma may well have been inspired by the character of The Fool in King Lear, who was in fact the wisest character in the play. He too spoke in riddles which masked his critiques on Elizabethan society and Lear's actions. The Fool in King Lear dissappears at some point during the play and the question as to why is an issue of much debate... whereas the The Fool in this game lingers on alone after his master's death.

SourcesEdit

  1. Dragon's Dogma Characters (Capcom)

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