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Blood Mages are almost universally hated in Dragon Age Origins.

Does choosing that specialization affect the story line? Will people hate me if I pick it?

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Even though Jowan is hated in the game, I think that's because he's a bit of a twat, and your character could do the exact same things and not get in a spot of bother. Mind you, not sure what would happen if you're a blood made, and you copulate with Leilana, while in the Tower. That might bring bad some bad memories with Gregor. –  glasnt Mar 3 '11 at 22:24
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No, they won't know, and or won't care. Feel free to go Blood Mage and wreak havoc.

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if you need an RP perspective, perhaps they overlook it because you are a Grey Warden –  Xantec Jan 15 '11 at 13:14
    
As pointed out by @brolin-mislef, it should be noted that doing the quest to become a blood mage will result in Wynn leaving the party - although it is for the actions taken to become a blood mage, not for being a blood mage. –  Wipqozn Apr 26 '11 at 10:43
    
@Wipqozn - I finished the game multiple times with Wynne in the party playing as a Blood Mage. There are multiple ways to unlock the specialty, and not all of them result in her departure. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Apr 26 '11 at 11:55
    
Another edit... my third. I kept getting the blood mage quest mixed up with the reaver :/ –  Wipqozn Apr 26 '11 at 12:13
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in Awakening, if party member Anders can is a blood mage, he has a one-liner which refers to this.

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I hear that in the beta, if you were a blood mage, Wynne would refuse to group with you. That probably got changed for obvious reasons, so now you can be a blood mage and use your blood spells in front of anyone, even the Circle of Magi.

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Even more hilariously, you can turn Wynne into a blood mage. –  ILMTitan Mar 3 '11 at 20:26
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Wynne would leave or fight the warden to death if they were a blood mage –  user8994 Apr 26 '11 at 8:00
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