Andraste’s Mabari

When I came across the codex entry for Andraste’s Mabari in Haven, it went straight onto my list of songs to set to music… and on the list it stayed for months!  I tried a few different arrangements for it and didn’t really like any of them until I realised it needed to be a much simpler song; something that could be raucously bellowed along to in a tavern.  So here’s my very rough demo!

For some reason I’ve had massive issues uploading the video, so instead of having to look at me and my guitar, so I went for one of my favourite screenshots – Hawke’s mabari photobombing Isabela’s action shot!

The lyrics belong to Bioware, the music is mine.

Link to my original song, Lindiranae’s Fall

Lyrics

You know Andraste’s old mabari.
He don’t show up in the Chant.
And if you ask those holy sisters,
Well, they’ll say Andraste can’t
Have had some big old smelly wardog.
But all Ferelden knows it right:
Our sweet Lady needed someone
Who would warm her feet at night.

And there’s Andraste’s mabari
By the Holy Prophet’s side.
In the fight against Tevinter,
That dog would never hide.
They say the Maker sent him special,
Always loyal, without pride,
So he could be the sworn companion
Of the Maker’s Holy Bride.

Oh, that dog, he guards Andraste
Without arrogance or fear,
Only asking of his mistress
Just a scratch behind the ears.
But then old Maf’rath gets to plotting,
Tries to lure that dog away.
But even as they trap the Prophet,
Her mabari never strays.

And there’s Andraste’s mabari
By the Holy Prophet’s side.
In the fight against Tevinter,
That dog would never hide.
They say the Maker sent him special,
Always loyal, without pride,
So he could be the sworn companion
Of the Maker’s Holy Bride.

Oh they thought the wounds had killed him,
But then he limped out toward the fire.
And Hessarian, he shed a tear,
As that dog laid on the pyre.

And there’s Andraste’s mabari
By the Holy Prophet’s side.
In the fight against Tevinter,
That dog would never hide.
They say the Maker sent him special,
Always loyal, without pride,
So he could be the sworn companion
Of the Maker’s Holy Bride.

Yes that mabari’s the companion
Of the Maker’s Holy Bride.

-A popular, if historically unlikely, Ferelden tavern song