Why didn’t the Orlesian wardens cut through the deep roads, travel to Orzammar and come out in the Frostback mountains.
They’re in the deep roads literally all the time.
And it’s a fucking blight. The deep roads are mostly empty and there’s really no excuse to not send literally every Warden available.
There are deep roads entrances in Orlais. I know there are.
Huh, good question.
Bullshitty half-answer: possibly Loghain was having all (known) exits guarded?
Getting Orlais to send aid to anybody even in blights is like pulling teeth. They generally only give a fuck about themselves, or will send out ‘help’ basically just to give themselves the opportunity to help themselves to the subsequently weakened territory afterward, taking advantage of war and blight to expand their empire. They usually end up getting kicked out (Kirkwall, Ferelden), but it takes a while.
The Chantry is completely in bed with the Orlesian empire, but whether that also extends to the Orlesian chapters of the Grey Wardens, I’m not 100% sure.
Actually Orlesian wardens were sitting on the other side of the mountains, waiting. It’s in World of Thedas - a letter that Blackwall (yes that one).
Transcribed it says:
"A Fine Time to Close a Border:
The news is dire. There are rumors that our Warden brothers and sisters in Ferelden have all perished. Without the Grey Wardens, the Blight will take Ferelden. Then it will undoubtedly spread. It will go north to Nevarra and the Marches. It will come west to Orlais. At the head will be an Archdemon, and in its wake will come thousands upon thousands of darkspawn. We must be ready to stare squarely into the eyes of oblivion.
Many of you have asked why we remain here when such threats are mounting in the east. The problem, you see, is not a new one for us. Politics. To say Ferelden and Orlais have been at odds is an understatement. These two are like dogs and cats. We Wardens are Orlesian by address only, but that does not seem to matter to Ferelden’s leaders.
Word is that the king of Ferelden is dead. And his successor, Loghain Mac Tir, decrees that no Warden set food in the country. Mac Tir, a national hero who helped expel invading Orlesian forces from Ferelden, seems to have it out for our Order too. Maybe he doubts our abilities. Maybe he is more foolish than the history books make him out to be.
This is why we must wait, even as Ferelden willingly welcomes its fate.”
Also, there is only one Warden outpost in the Free Marches, which is in Ansburg - which if I remember properly from maps is almost at the border of Antiva - so a pretty far way to go.
(I’ve had to research all of this pretty thoroughly for one of my fanfics, so I’m a huge nerd, I admit it. XD)
The deep roads themselves are a complete mess, and it may have been too difficult to try and move that many people (the darkspawn would very likely have noticed that many people with the taint) through, not to mention that the exit would have been right through Orzimmar. I don’t know that Orzimmar would have been okay with that, even if they were all Grey Wardens.
Don’t forget also that the whole reason Riordan was in Howe’s dungeon to begin with was because he’d come through to try and find out what was going on and if they could convince Loghain to let the Wardens through to help. Riordan never even saw Loghain - Howe tricked him and locked him up before he got that far.