Yea, this is my first playthrough and I had no idea how to save them. I ran up, and everybody was an abomination and I just killed them all. I used the Littany, but it only stunned them. I didnt realize you were supposed to use it as he did the summon thing. Very confusing. Could've made it way easier. It also ****ed me over for (SPOILERS) the Redcliffe ending as I wanted to use them to save Connor, but couldnt.
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~ Rogers Hornsby