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[[folder: Chantry]]

!Cassandra Pentaghast

->''"I'm not interested in stories. [[SeekerArchetype I came to hear the truth]]."''

A member of the enigmatic Seekers, who interrogates Varric in order to find the true story of the Champion.

''For more info, see Characters/RecurringDragonAgeCharacters.''

!Grand Cleric Elthina

->''"We will never have peace unless we try to understand one another."''

The Grand Cleric of Kirkwall. She is the only authority that both sides of the Mage-Templar divide respect. Her presence in the city is the only thing that has stopped tensions from boiling over.
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* BadassPacifist: Elthina is able to look [[OneManArmy Orsino]] and [[KnightTemplar Meredith]] in the eyes and basically tell them to go to their rooms. They will comply.
* BigGood: The only person keeping Meredith and Orsino from straight-up murdering each other. [[spoiler:Once she's gone, all hell breaks loose]].
* CoolOldLady: She remains friendly, polite and level-headed at all times. She barely even raises her voice, even when dressing down some of the most powerful people in the city.
* GoodIsNotDumb: [[spoiler:Even if you side with Petrice and don't speak out against her claims against the Qunari, Elthina sees right through it]]. Whether you agree with her actions (or lack thereof) in the rest of the game, this moment certainly cements she is no fool.
* GoodShepherd: Cares deeply for the people of Kirkwall and will not abandon them, even if it means assassination. She isn't a pushover though, and if [[spoiler: Patrice gets shot down]] she barely blinks.
%%* GrayEyes
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:One of the casualties of Anders' destruction of the Chantry.]]
* HeadInTheSandManagement: A very sympathetic example, but she is increasingly characterized by her passivity in the face of a situation that requires proactive leadership. Her inaction leads to the Templars turning Kirkwall into a draconian police state, and radicalizes the mages, already frustrated by the status quo and perceiving her passivity as tacit approval. She defends her lack of action by saying her power is far more limited than it would seem, but still makes virtually no onscreen attempt to stop any of the events of Kirkwall beyond essentially telling Orsino and Meredith to go to their rooms at the start of Act III.
* TheMentor: To Sebastian.
* MoralityChain: To Meredith, Orsino, and [[spoiler:Sebastian, as once she dies he [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge forgets the lessons of peace and forgiveness she taught him and swears vengeance on Anders]]]].
* NeutralityBacklash: [[spoiler:Her insistence on remaining neutral eventually gets her killed.]]
* NonAnswer: If you question her about Petrice and Varnell abusing her seal, she gives an extremely uninformative response and promises to step in "when it's time." [[spoiler:In this case, "when it's time" apparently means "too late"]].
* NotAfraidToDie: Will not leave Kirkwall and abandon her flock, even as things start to get ''really'' bad and Sebastian and even the other branches of the Chantry warn her of the danger of staying.
* ParentalAbandonment: Was adopted by the Chantry after her parents passed away due to illness.
* ParentalSubstitute: Again, to Sebastian.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Willing to listen to Hawke despite the fanatical rantings of Sister Petrice and is opposed to violence against the Qunari despite their mass conversions. She's also one of the very few powerful people in the Chantry willing to give consideration to the mages.
** [[spoiler:While certainly one of the most levelheaded leaders in Kirkwall, she could actually be seen as a subversion; while she will hear out both sides of an issue, she does very little to soothe tensions, fostering more anger and resentment all around and pushing things closer to the boiling point]].
* TeamMom: By Sebastian's account, she's "like a mother to everyone in the Chantry".
* ThePlotReaper: [[spoiler:One of the only people in Kirkwall that could keep Orsino and Meredith from trying to kill each other. Then Anders went and blew up the Chantry with her in it]].
* UnflinchingWalk: When [[spoiler: a Qunari assassin kills Mother Petrice]] right behind her, she doesn't even ''blink'', except to pause and tell Hawke to inform the Viscount.

!Sister/Mother Petrice

->''"My order will soon realize the Qunari presence is more than a test of faith - it is an open challenge. But for now, I must act on my own."''

A seemingly benign Chantry priestess who is working to have the Qunari removed from Kirkwall so they don't interfere with Chantry rule.
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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Even if she gets her comeuppance, Kirkwall eventually comes to war with the Qunari, which ends with them leaving: exactly what she wanted]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: A pious Chantry priestess on the surface, but a [[TheFundamentalist dangerous fundamentalist]] underneath.
* BlatantLies: She thinks she's good at this whole fibbing thing but, with the application of a bit of common sense, it turns out that she's really not.
* BlondesAreEvil: Very, ''very'' evil.
* TheChessmaster: Thinks of herself as one, attempting to use Hawke as an UnwittingPawn to further her plan to eradicate the Qunari "heathens". Hawke, already suspicious of her motives to begin with, quickly puts the pieces together.
* CorruptChurch: She's been spreading suspicion of the Qunari using her lectures, in and out of Chantry services. [[spoiler:Many of the listeners end up her rather violent followers later, spurred by promises of "earning their place at the Maker's side"]].
* DeceptiveDisciple: If [[spoiler:she survives Act II]], dialogue in Act III indicates that [[spoiler:she's planning to instigate a schism in the Chantry to regain power, against Elthina]].
* DevilInPlainSight: Openly flaunts the fact that no-one would believe a mercenary like Hawke over a Chantry priest.
* TheFundamentalist / SinisterMinister: One of the worst examples thus far in the series.
* GrayEyes: Cold and unfeeling ones, [[{{Foil}} to contrast]] with Elthina's.
* HateSink: Petrice's general loathsomeness is one of the few things the Dragon Age fandom agrees on.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:If you side against her. She's denounced by Elthina and then killed by a qunari]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Possibly subverted. If you side with her, she gets no serious comeuppance beyond a stern lecture from Elthina and a demotion. However, it's possible that she was killed in the Chantry explosion. Granted, that would be overkill on karma's part, but take what you can get]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Fans cheered when Sister Petrice was shot in the head by a Qunari]].
* KnightTemplar: A different flavor than the actual Templars, and directed at a different place. The real moment that cemented it was [[spoiler:killing Seamus for being "corrupted" by the Qun and using false information about the incident to try to start a holy war]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Although not as much as she'd like to [[SmallNameBigEgo believe she is]].
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: If you side against her, you can expose how much of a colossal bitch she is before Grand Cleric Elthina. Her expression afterwards ''reeks'' of this trope]].
* ObviouslyEvil: There's no way any player mistook her for a good person.
* SmugSnake:
** It's obvious she considers herself a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]], and even more obvious that she doesn't have the chops.
** Though when you first meet her, she admits she's new to the whole [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] thing.
** [[spoiler: It's actually possible for her to succeed in her plans... but only if Hawke decides to work with her. Considering that Petrice goes out of her way to antagonize Hawke early on... yeah, she didn't think this through]].
* TooDumbToLive: When you first meet her she walks down an alley with a bunch of thugs. Subverted, in that she was testing the skill of her rescuers.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: When you first meet her, she hires you [[spoiler: fully expecting you to die to advance her agenda]]. When you get back, after killing a squad of Qunari, she makes the... [[TooDumbToLive questionable]] decision to outright tell you this, expecting you to just disappear in Lowtown. Years later, after you're made nobility and you've made a name for yourself, she's still largely dismissive of you and [[SmugSnake expects you to play right into her hands]].
** She also seems to think the Grand Cleric is very, very stupid. Unless you actively play along with her attempt to frame you she'll talk herself into being surrendered to the guards for her deeds.
* UnreliableExpositor: It quickly becomes obvious during "Shepherding Wolves" that her information isn't entirely accurate and the other party members point this out repeatedly. [[spoiler:By the end of the quest, it's revealed she set up the whole ambush to further her own cause, and much of what she told you was entirely fabricated]]. Unfortunately, her quest is one that ''must'' [[ButThouMust be completed]] to continue the game, so she can't be ignored.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Right in front of the Grand Cleric, no less. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Oops]].]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Although it's possible to subvert said publicity.

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[[folder: Templars]]

!Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard

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->''"Cold corpses speak louder than abstract freedoms, do they not?"''

->Voiced by Jean Gilpin

Leader of the Kirkwall Templars. Since the current Viscount only holds power due to the support of the Templars, this makes her a very influential woman.
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* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler:Her lyrium broadsword]].
* AndYourLittleDogToo: [[spoiler:During the FinalBattle, Meredith may grab your LoveInterest, stab him/her, and taunt Hawke about it]].
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Quoth [[WordOfGod David Gaider]]: "Meredith is not to be fucked with."
* AxCrazy: Mostly in Act III.
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler:The FinalBattle consists of her versus your ENTIRE team plus Cullen and (potentially) Donnic, Nathaniel, and Zevran, and for all intents and purposes she is '''WINNING'''. The only reason she actually goes down is because she overdoses on the power from her Lyrium sword, leaving her TakenForGranite]].
* BigBad: About as close that the game gets to having one, given its GreyAndGrayMorality and EvilVersusEvil conclusion. The Kirkwall Templars were always powerful, but before her "reforms", they had leeway in carrying out their duties (e.g Malcolm and Maurevar). Meredith puts an end to that, leading to both sides radicalising.
* BigDamnHeroes: How she first meets Hawke -- pulling the party out of the fire as things start to look bad.
* BlondesAreEvil: Although she's not evil to begin with.
* ChekhovsGunman: Briefly seen at the beginning of Act I and occasionally mentioned. It's not until the end of Act II that she starts gaining significance. She doesn't even get a speaking line [[spoiler: until after she takes out a Saarebas that had gotten the drop on Hawke and co.]] in Act II.
* ChurchMilitant: In addition to her belief that Mages are dangerous, Meredith is a strongly religious woman. Her faith is such that the Grand Cleric is pretty much the ''only'' person in Kirkwall she will listen to.
* ConspiracyTheorist:
** [[spoiler:Turns on Hawke in the endgame on both paths out of an insane conviction that Hawke is somehow behind the entire conflict]].
** [[spoiler:If Hawke is a Mage, it's implied she's under the delusion that they've used BloodMagic to enthrall her fellow Templars against her. When Cullen, her loyal second-in-command, informs her that to get to Hawke she'll have to [[GoThroughMe go through them]], it only serves to convince her further]].
* ControlFreak: Was like this to begin with, [[spoiler:which only got worse with her SanitySlippage]].
* CoolSword: [[spoiler:Her lyrium broadsword]].
%%* DarkActionGirl
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:During her boss fight, she animates statues to fight against you. She dies by accidentally turning herself into one]].
* DeathGlare: When Hawke is proclaimed the Champion of Kirkwall. It becomes far more insidious if Hawke is also a Mage. She also doesn't take kindly to you [[spoiler:undermining her command when three mages surrender during the Templar endgame]].
* DeliberatelyBadExample: As compared to Cullen, her second. You know things are bad when the guy that wanted to use the Rite of Annulment on the Fereldan Circle thinks someone is going kind of overboard.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Played with. Meredith clearly sees herself as the hero, but this doesn't stop her from realising just why testing a Paragon Mage Hawke's patience is clearly a bad idea.
** After Hawke becomes the Champion, this appears to be why Merrill and Anders are left alone. In fact, should Hawke take Anders with them to the Gallows in Act III, he will chew out the Knight-Commander ''to her face'', causing her to [[TranquilFury glare quietly and then remark]] that Anders' friendship with the Champion protects him ''only so far''.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: [[spoiler:During the final battle]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: She appears briefly looking at a thief just before Hawke meets Varric.
* EnemyMine: If you're playing a mage, she overlooks your status as an apostate ''without hesitation'' in order to help drive back [[spoiler:the Qunari]] in Act II. Should Mage Hawke get snippy with her in Act III, Meredith will not fail to remind Hawke that their clemency is only at her discretion and her leniency ''does'' have its limits.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her first introduction to Hawke features her taking out a Qunari Sarabas in the most BadAss fashion.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the Anders companion quest "Dissent," you'll find a letter that states that Meredith rejected a proposal by an especially extreme Templar to make ''all'' mages in the Free Marches Tranquil.
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:In the Templar campaign of "The Last Straw," when Meredith calls for the slaughter of mages who surrendered to the Champion, Silly!Hawke calls it out as being petty when s/he decides to spare them. Meredith angrily glares at Hawke while her men carry out Hawke's orders]].
* EvilWeapon: [[spoiler:Her lyrium broadsword is melted down from an ArtifactOfDoom, with all of its [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity effects]] intact]].
* FallenHero: She is shown to be quite reasonable at times and straight up admits that despite her treatment of them, she ''knows'' that there are non-villainous mages and outright benevolent ones. Unfortunately, [[SanitySlippage her mental state quickly deteriorated]] [[spoiler:due to the cursed Lyrium idol]].
* FantasticDrug: [[spoiler:As a Templar, she's been addicted to lyrium. Its side effects include delusions, paranoia, dementia, obsessive behavior, and hallucinations]].
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:Regardless of which side you take in the mage/Templar conflict, Meredith is your final opponent]].
* FoeYay: [[invoked]] With First Enchanter Orsino, according to Snarky!Hawke.
-->'''Hawke''': The way you two carry on, people will ''talk!''
* {{Foreshadowing}} : One of the more common loading screens shows a painting of her becoming dark and corrupted.
* FreudianExcuse: Her sister was an apostate-turned-abomination who killed their family (Meredith survived, obviously) and many villagers before eventually being slain by the Templars.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Snarky!Hawke even comments on it.
* GeneralRipper: Enemy X being blood mages.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Sees magic as a curse, and mages as a major threat to her city who must be contained at all costs. So she uses an ancient magical artifact to give herself magical superpowers and animate statues to indiscriminately attack people in the final battle. While at least some of her decline can be attributed to the influence of the artifact, that she ''chose'' to purchase it from Bartrand (apparently without her colleagues' knowledge) and use it to begin with is certainly suspect]].
%%* IcyBlueEyes
* IgnoredEpiphany: During [[spoiler:the final battle with her]], she openly wonders if she's doing the wrong thing by fighting against the mages. She then blows it off with her next line of dialogue, and goes straight back to fighting.
* IronLady: Varric calls her such at one point.
* {{Jerkass}}: Few people, if any, genuinely like her, and even fewer support her out of anything but fear.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Before she takes control of Kirkwall, she's implied to be one of the more lenient knight-commanders, as she doesn't oppress the mages at every turn, mostly because she's got much bigger fish to fry. She even admits to Orsino that she ''knows'' not all mages are villains, and when you tell her that Emile de Launcet was lying about being a blood mage, she laughs it off. If you're playing a Mage Hawke, she basically shrugs off the fact that you can use magic [[EnemyMine so that you can both protect the city]]. Unfortunately, this doesn't last.
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: In Act III.
%%* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope
* KnightTemplar: One doesn't become Knight-Commander in the Templar Order by being anything less.
* LadyOfWar: Subverted. Her first on-screen action is a BigDamnHeroes BackStab that saves Hawke's life... but then she decapitates the attacker with a {{BFS}}. Grace and elegance be damned.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:During the final battle, she claims that the Maker will smile on her actions]].
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:As she finally loses it during the final battle, she starts quoting the Chant of Light]].
* MakeAnExampleOfThem: Should you turn over Grace and the other Starkhaven apostates, Thrask will tell you Meredith has three of them executed at random, "to teach them a lesson." And this is still Act I, years before [[spoiler:the idol]].
* NotSoDifferent / {{Foil}}: Her backstory actually resembles that of a non-mage Hawke, from the mage younger sibling to being a [[SelfMadeMan Self-Made Woman]]. Particularly noticeable if [[spoiler:a non-Mage Hawke chooses the Templar ending, where they ascend to the Viscountcy, much like Meredith had assumed power after Dumar's death]].
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Subverted. She ''tries'']]...
** ClippedWingAngel: ...[[spoiler:but all she gets is [[TakenForGranite petrified]]]].
* PetTheDog: Siding with Meredith and working with her in Act III shows us a human side to her. If [[AManIsNotAVirgin Emile de Launcet]] is convinced to surrender without incident, she thinks of executing him, but his father pleads that he was merely an idiot. Hawke can comment that he said he was a blood mage just to impress girls. Meredith laughs, and simply imprisons him.
* ProperlyParanoid: She might seem unhinged, seeing blood mages and abominations right and left. Then again, [[spoiler:seemingly half of all the mages you meet in the story are maleficars and/or blood mages, including two of your party members and even First Enchanter Orsino!]] Of course, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy acting on her paranoia led to the situation becoming exactly what she was paranoid about]]: it's outright stated by Anders that the Mage Underground, which was mostly composed of apostates using otherwise legal magic, was completely destroyed by her by Act III. Whoever was not made Tranquil was probably a blood mage, because it was the only way to survive an encounter with a Templar brigade.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Blessed are those who stand before the corrupt and the wicked and DO! NOT! FALTER!"
* RabidCop: Her natural inclination.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:A side effect of the Red Lyrium Idol.]]
* RegentForLife: After [[spoiler:Viscount Dumar's death]], Meredith takes control of Kirkwall. She soon begins using her power to crack down harder on mages, causing further tension between mages and templars. She refuses to consider appointing a proper successor, claiming that as long as evil exists, Kirkwall needs its Templars more than it needs a new viscount.
** It's implied that another reason she refuses to do so is because many of the nobles want ''Hawke'' to take the job.
* SanitySlippage: At the end of the game.
* SarcasmBlind: Her interaction with Snarky!Hawke - she's either totally sarcasm-blind or is refusing to play along no matter what; e.g., a glib comment about her armor gets a confused "I do not wear this armor for the way it looks."
* SelfMadeMan: Rose from next to nothing to become Knight-Commander, [[spoiler:as well as de-facto ruler in Kirkwall in the power-vacuum caused by the murder of the Viscount]].
* SlaveToPR: [[spoiler:She claims to be this when invoking the Rite of Annulment, claiming that the people of Kirkwall will want blood in retaliation for the destruction of the Chantry. Ultimately, though, she reveals that she is pursuing her own agenda, as [[WellIntentionedExtremist the destruction of the Kirkwall Circle is not enough to satisfy her sense of "justice."]]]]
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Is frozen into a statue due after overtaxing the Lyrium Idol by trying to go OneWingedAngel.]]
* TautologicalTemplar: Is fully convinced ''she'', not Hawke, is the true hero of the story and this justifies her actions.
* UngratefulBitch: [[spoiler:Even if you support the Templars, Meredith still tries to kill you]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:During the final breakdown.]]
* VillainousRescue: She is introduced saving Hawke from a Qunari Saarebas.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Averted. She has many opportunities to achieve her goals without extremism -- or at least acting on it. By the ending, it's clear she's in it for the bloodbath. She's a one-woman example of how extremism erodes well-intentioned aims.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: A great deal of her problems stem from either her unwillingness or her inability to negotiate, and her belief that using harsh measures at all times will address the problems surrounding her.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: [[spoiler:A side-effect of Red Lyrium exposure.]]
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As the conflict with the mages becomes more dire, she becomes convinced that anyone who doesn't completely support her is either a blood mage or a blood mage thrall.
* WrongGenreSavvy: As mentioned above, Meredith seems to be under the impression that she's TheHero.
* YouMonster: [[spoiler:The first diplomatic dialogue option when confronting Meredith before the FinalBoss Battle in the mage campaign of The Last Straw]].

!Knight-Captain Cullen

->''"Mages cannot be treated like people! They are not like you and me."''

A returning character from Origins, where he was one of the surviving Templars of the Circle tower massacre. Sent to Kirkwall due to his newfound radical view on mages, he is now Meredith's second in command, and your primary contact in the Templar allegiance.

''For more info, see RecurringDragonAgeCharacters.''

!Ser Thrask

->''"The Circle is a sanctuary, not a prison! If you kill these people, I will see you disciplined by the Divine herself!"''

A Templar who has been stationed in Kirkwall since before Meredith came to power. While he is loyal to the order, he has doubts about Meredith's harsh methods.
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* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:He orders the kidnapping of Hawke's lover or sibling, in order to convince them to join his rebellion against Meredith. Hawke can respond by pointing out that they might have done so if he had just ''[[WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis asked!]]'']]
* CovertPervert: Surprisingly, he can be found at the Blooming Rose.
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:His daughter is a Mage. Thrask doesn't keep this secret because he's ashamed of her, but because he fears what the other Templars would do to both of them if they found out]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:He rebels against Meredith once he decides that she has gone too far in containing the mages]].
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:Grace kills him before he gets the chance to negotiate with Hawke]].
* KickTheDog: Hawke can blackmail him with [[spoiler:the knowledge of his daughter being a Mage]].
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Blames himself for the death of his daughter, Olivia, during her escape attempt]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His reaction if [[spoiler:he helps kill Ser Karras]].
* OddFriendship: Varric's short story indicates he comes to the Hanged Man every once in a while for a few drinks and a card game.
** Also could be seen to have one with a Mage Hawke.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: [[spoiler:His daughter Olivia, killed after becoming an abomination]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** One of the scarce few Templars in Kirkwall who are. If Hawke informs him they sent Feynriel to the Dalish, he praises them for finding a better solution to the problem and considers the matter dropped.
** [[spoiler:Subverted later on, as he becomes an AntiVillain]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:He finally realises he's gone too far and tries to negotiate with Hawke, but Grace kills him]].
* ThePresidentsDaughter: [[spoiler:Tasks Hawke with rescuing some escaped mages who've been targeted by slavers, one of whom is his daughter, Olivia. Unfortunately, she resorts to BloodMagic and becomes an abomination, forcing the party to kill her]].
* YouMonster: His response to Hawke blackmailing him with [[spoiler: his daughter's letter.]]

!Ser Wesley

-> ''"Be strong, my love..."''

Templar and Aveline's husband. He and his wife join the Hawke family when they flee Lothering. He has been infected with the Blight, and prior to escaping Lothering, must be [[MercyKill mercy killed]].
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* BattleCouple: With Aveline. Their first meeting actually entailed fighting side-by-side.
* EnemyMine: Despite Bethany (and possibly Hawke) being apostates, is convinced to put aside his duty as a Templar while they escape the darkspawn.
* FantasticRacism: Against mages. Pretty standard for a Templar.
* HonorBeforeReason: He threatens the apostate Bethany when they first meet, despite being heavily wounded. Fortunately, Aveline makes him see reason before [[BigBrotherInstinct a Hawke of any gender or class plants him six feet under the nearest hill.]]
* IGaveMyWord: He admits that he ''will'' be forced to do [[HonourBeforeReason his duty]] to arrest Bethany and Mage Hawke once they are safe out of danger, but pledges that until that time, he will protect them from danger as [[EnemyMine they have an accord]].
* MauveShirt: Despite being Aveline's husband and a Templar, he contracts the taint in the battle where you meet him.
* MercyKill: He is being slowly and painfully turned into a mindless ghoul. Either you or Aveline must kill him.
* PetTheDog: Says a prayer for Hawke's fallen sibling; particularly poignant if it's Bethany.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Comes across as being one of the saner Templars. In fact, his reaction to Snarky!Hawke's gentle ribbing of him being a Templar is to joke right back, even though Hawke possibly is a mage.
-->'''Snarky!Hawke''': The wrath of the Templars is ''terrible'' indeed.\\
'''Wesley''': Moreso their ''wives!'' But as long as there is a greater danger, you and I have an accord.
* SacrificialLamb: For the prologue, along with one of Hawke's siblings.
* TheSadisticChoice: Do you kill him, make his wife do it, or let her decide who does it? She chooses herself in the latter case.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Only appears for less than a quarter of an hour,before dying.

!Ser Otto Alrik

A sadistic Templar whom Hawke and their companions encounter in the quest "Dissent", although they witness his handiwork in "Tranquility".
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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Oh, come ''on''. "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Tranquil Solution]]", anyone?
* BaldOfEvil / BeardOfEvil: As befitting him being a rather SociopathicSoldier.
* ChekhovsGunman: If she is sent to the Circle, in her letter, Bethany will mention him as a "creep" and one of the Templars she specifically avoids. FridgeHorror and [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Brother/Sister Instinct]] get turned UpToEleven when you find out what kind of man he is, especially since his target, Ella, is one of Bethany's apprentices.
* ColdBloodedTorture: According to Anders' informants, he likes to "experiment on mages, find out what it takes to [[DespairEventHorizon push them]] into the arms of demons."
* CreepyBlueEyes: Of the ''extremely sinister'' pale kind.
* EvilOldFolks: He's one of the senior Templars in the Gallows.
* FinalSolution: Have a guess.
* FlatCharacter[=/=]HateSink: He's evil, sadistic, sexually abusive, and trying to turn all mages Tranquil. And that's really about all there is to him.
* ForTheEvulz: He doesn't even ''try'' to justify his actions to the party.
-->'''Anders''': The knight-commander is at least sincere in her convictions. However misguided, she believes she's helping people. Ser Alrik's a ''sadist''. Cold-blooded as a lizard.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty:
** Implied through his threatening Ella to make her Tranquil that he intends to use her as a sex slave.
** [[spoiler:A conversation between a recently-made Tranquil mage and her former lover in the Gallows in Act II strongly suggests that this isn't the first time]].
* MindRape: Is not above using the Rite of Tranquility on mages that have passed their Harrowing, especially on young females. This is supposed to be illegal except in extreme circumstances (Uldred comes to mind), and the Chantry is definitely not in favor of the Templars abusing their power that way.
* ObviouslyEvil: One of the few antagonists who is never portrayed in any shade of moral grey.
* TheSoulSaver: Some of the mages he's made Tranquil imply he views himself as such, saying he calls the Rite of Tranquility the only thing that can keep their souls from the Void. They refer to the ritual as rescuing them from their "sins."
* [[KillEmAll Tranquilize Em All]]: Bear in mind that most mages view being made Tranquil as a FateWorseThanDeath.

!Emeric

-> ''"What if one of the women who died was [[{{Foreshadowing}} someone you loved?]]"''

A Templar tracking down a ruthless serial killer in Kirkwall, first encountered in "The First Sacrifice".
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* AesopAmnesia: Despite realising he's getting too old for adventure in "The First Sacrifice", apparently decides to begin investigating again sometime before "Prime Suspect", long enough to earn Aveline's ire.
* CassandraTruth: Despite no-one believing his warnings, he turns out to be entirely correct about a serial killer operating in Kirkwall.
* CovertPervert: Can be occasionally found in the Blooming Rose.
* OccultDetective: Although he's a little past his prime.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Killed by a Shade in "Prime Suspect"]].
* PerilousOldFool: According to Aveline, who's a little frustrated that his well-meaning investigations keep causing him to blunder into things that really should be left to the Kirkwall City Guard to deal with.
--> '''Aveline''': Why can't he spend his declining years [[Series/{{NCIS}} building a boat or something?]]

!Samson

->''"Huh. "Retired." Sounds better than "burned-out husk of a templar begging for coins in the chokedamp."''

A former Templar who helps runaway mages flee the city.
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* DefectorFromDecadence: He leaves the [[spoiler:Mage-Templar alliance against Meredith in Act III because he realizes some of the mages ''were'' using BloodMagic the moment they felt backed into a corner]]. After that, he sort of [[GenreSavvy saw the writing]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere on the wall]].
* FantasticDrug: Shown to be a lyrium addict. [[spoiler:His getting back in good graces with Meredith to become a Templar is basically just to feed his addictions]].
* GloryDays: Samson laments that he used to be a good Templar back when he was with the Order.
* OldFriend: He and Thrask were friends back when they were both in the Order.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: He'll help smuggle mages out of Kirkwall... but only the ones that can pay, because he needs to get his hands on more lyrium. Though it is implied he does sympathize with them (the whole reason he was kicked out of the Templars was that he was caught [[PetTheDog delivering a letter from a Circle mage to their lover]]).
* PetTheDog: You can choose whether or not to request that Samson rejoin the Order.
* UndergroundRailroad: Not part of the more organized efforts by certain Kirkwall residents to sneak mages out of the city, as far as we know, but he does give information or safe passage to some of the young people who have recently discovered their powers and are trying to flee before the Templars find them. For a price, of course. Surprisingly, his lack of affiliation with the mage underground that Anders is involved in [[spoiler: is probably the only reason he survives to Act III.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Mages]]

!First Enchanter Orsino

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->''"Blood magic, where do you NOT see blood magic? My people cannot sneeze without you accusing us of corruption!"''

->Voiced by: Creator/JimWard

The First Enchanter of the Kirkwall Circle of Magi.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Orsino was clearly involved in some pretty shady stuff, like working with Quentin, harboring blood mages, and being one himself. However, his motives as well as his exact actions are left so ambiguous that it's hard to really put a label on him]].
* TheArchmage: One of the youngest First Enchanters in the history of the Kirkwall Circle.
* BadassBookworm: You don't get to be First Enchanter without being one of these. He proves it at the end of Act II if you work with him and use him as a distraction. He lobs fireballs like standard attacks.
* BloodMagic: [[spoiler:He resorts to it in the endgame after the casualties pile too high for him to bear]].
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: He forms into a ... ''creature''... that is comprised of his dead acolytes.]]
* BrokenPedestal: May become one to [[spoiler:Bethany if she joins the Circle and Hawke takes the Templar path. She's still horrified at having to kill him, and blames Meredith for driving him into a corner. If you side with the mages, he only briefly mentions Quentin and Bethany's reaction is much shorter]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: Concept artist Matt Rhodes went full-on "Disney villain" in his design to contrast Meredith's "heroic" look. "He looks like a vampire but is a pretty nice guy."
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:He reaches it in the mage endgame when most of his mages get killed]].
-->'''Orsino''': [[spoiler:Why don't they just drown us as infants? Why wait? Why give us the illusion of hope?]]
* DetachmentCombat: [[spoiler:In his Harvester form.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Hints of this if the right dialogue is chosen.
-->'''Hawke''': So I shouldn't slit my wrists and dance naked under the moonlight just to fit in?\\
'''Orsino''': Well, if that's what you intend, perhaps I'll join you after all.
* AFatherToHisMen: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]]. His willingness to protect his charges from Templar scrutiny means he is more likely to let transgressions slide. Then again, his opposite number in the Templars is [[GeneralRipper Meredith]]...[[spoiler:and when he sees so many of them die, he snaps and turns himself into a monster]].
* FoeYay: [[invoked]] Silly!Hawke can call him and Meredith on it.
-->'''Hawke''': The way you two carry on, people will talk.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Hawke assumes his face in Feynriel's "Pride" dream before you meet him in person.
** [[spoiler:In the lair of Quentin, you find letters for him about getting him reference materials signed "O", meaning that Orsino is at least partly responsible for killing Hawke's mother]].
** [[spoiler:His [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Staff of Violation]] has a three-headed snake/dragon motif. A similar design is seen in the form of statues scattered throughout a Blood Mage hideout in ''Origins'', plus one under Vigil's Keep in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'']].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters / JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:After suffering a DespairEventHorizon at all the dead Mages]].
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:In the Templar ending]].
* OneManArmy: The man annihilates a platoon of Qunari by himself at the end of Act II.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:He turns himself into a Harvester]].
* TheRival: To Meredith.
* SchrodingersGun: [[spoiler:In the mage ending, he offhandedly admits that he indeed knew of Quentin's experiments, but is clearly repulsed by them and only used Quentin's findings to turn into a Harvester out of desperation. In the Templar ending, he is much more forthcoming when admitting the connection between himself and Quentin, claiming he kept the killer's existence a secret in order to avoid provoking Meredith and adding to the anti-mage fervor. It's possible a sense of guilt led him to downplay his involvement in the mage ending, while his anger and slipping sanity in the Templar ending resulted in a more embittered account]].
* SilverFox: He's fairly easy on the eyes [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror before he turns into a Harvester]]]].
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler:Going OneWingedAngel in the Mage path just meant the Champion had to waste time killing him, and strengthened Meredith's argument]].
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: If you side with him in the end, he all but says this trope's name aloud right before [[spoiler:using blood magic to turn into a Harvester]].
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Orsino is introduced to the player at the tail end of Act II and only has a handful of scenes in Act III. Prior to that, he's not even mentioned, except in Feynriel's Fade dream]].
* WeNeedADistraction: His plan during the Act II climax, in his own words. If Hawke chooses his side, he draws enemy attention and leaves fewer mooks to stand in your way.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Apparently the youngest First Enchanter elected in the history of the Circle. Either all the rest of them were tremendously old upon assuming their positions, or contending with Meredith has really aged him.

!Quentin

->''"I have done the impossible. I have touched the face of the Maker and lived."''

A maleficar SerialKiller who preys on Kirkwall's female populace.
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* AxCrazy: One look at his absolutely demented expression should be enough to tell you the kind of guy this man is.
* BloodMagic: A very unique and unsettling use of it compared to most, since his plan is [[spoiler:to revive his dead wife by killing women and magically sew them together into a new body for her soul to possess.]]
* CallingCard: Prior to kidnapping his victim, he sends them a bouquet of white lilies.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Quentin's handiwork is the subject of an early sidequest.
** ChekhovsBoomerang: In the endgame, [[spoiler:it's not only revealed that Quentin and Orsino worked together in some capacity, but Orsino uses Quentin's magic to go OneWingedAngel]].
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Orsino...sort of. Maybe. It's complicated]].
* AGodAmI: Listen to his rant when Hawke catches up to him. He's got delusions of grandeur up the wazoo.
* IgnoredEpiphany: During a Codex entry written by Quentin, he wonders if he is doing the right thing and if he should just surrender and be killed when someone inevitably finds him. He brushes it off, figuring he's already too far gone and if he was doing the wrong thing, [[BoltOfDivineRetribution the Maker would have smote him long ago]].
* JackTheRipoff: He's a murderer who targets the women of Kirkwall.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: He clearly misses his wife and loved her dearly, [[spoiler:but his grief turned him into a murderer willing to pervert life itself to bring her back.]]
* MadScientist: In his lair, you can find notes scattered about detailing his research and experimentation.
* {{Necromantic}}: [[spoiler:As if being a mere {{Necromancer}} wasn't enough, he's willing to spend the rest of his life with a zombie version of his wife.]]
* SerialKiller: Murders women [[spoiler:who have features that resemble his late wife's. He then cuts them off and stitches them together into a Frankenstein-esque monstrosity in order to recreate his wife]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: To [[spoiler:Gascard. You can convince him to not accept, though Varric [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim won't let him make a choice]]]].

!Grace

An apostate who escaped from the Starkhaven Circle thanks to her blood mage lover - who Hawke kills shortly before meeting her. Surely that won't sour the relationship...
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* BloodMagic: Early on she claims she doesn't practice it, but in Act 3 she gives up the act and uses it to turn into an Abomination.
* IrrationalHatred: Of Hawke; should Hawke let her go at the end of the "Act of Mercy" quest, she still shows up [[spoiler:and kidnaps someone close to Hawke, refusing to let them then go and tries to kill Hawke]]. Part of this is due to her blaming Hawke for killing Decimus (despite it being self-defence) and her failure to escape the Templars.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Again, she was faking the opposite of this the first time Hawke meets her.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: If you insist on taking her back to the Circle, she reluctantly tells her fellow escapees to stand down rather than throw their lives away.
* ObviouslyEvil: Let us count the ways. A crazed Blood Mage who forces Hawke to kill him was her lover. She immediately asks you to murder one of the only decent Templars around so she can escape. Despite your best efforts to help her escape, she gets herself caught and bitterly blames Hawke for it when you meet her in the Gallows. [[SarcasmMode Surely]] there's no way this can possibly come back to haunt you?
* RevengeByProxy: [[spoiler:She never forgives Hawke for Decimus's death,]] and attempts this with a hostage [[spoiler:Hawke cares about]].
* TattooedCrook: Inked and untrustworthy.
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler:She somehow convinces herself that her own failure to escape the Templars is Hawke's fault]].
* WhatTheHellHero:
** If you hand her over to the Templars.
** Invokes this if Hawke is a Mage, accusing them of being a Templar puppet and [[HunterOfHisOwnKind betraying their own kind]]. Hawke can counter that ''they're'' not the one using blood magic to murder people.

!Idunna

An "apostitute" who works at the Blooming Rose.
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* TheAtoner: If you spare her in Act I, she writes you a letter in Act II thanking you for your mercy and informing you that she has found religion in the Circle. She also sends you information about [[TomeOfEldritchLore dangerous spellbooks]] so you can find them before they fall into the wrong hands.
* BloodMagic: Sensing a pattern yet?
* HeelFaceTurn: See TheAtoner, above.
* NoSell: If Hawke is a mage, they can throw off her PsychicAssistedSuicide. Leads to a wonderful OhCrap reaction from her.
-->'''Mage Hawke''': I... will ''not''... be ''toyed with!''
* OhCrap: When either Mage Hawke or one of the mages in the Hawke's party stops her PsychicAssistedSuicide.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Tries to do this to Hawke but fails.
* ReliableTraitor: Turns on Tarohne the moment her spell on Hawke and co. fails and offers up all the information she knows in exchange for her life.
* TheVamp: As soon as Hawke starts asking questions, she starts up with the overly flirtatious remarks and body-language. Then, when that doesn't work, in comes the MindManipulation.

!Alain

->''"You don't know what it's like! We're locked in our cells all day, no light, no air! The Templars...ask things of us."''

A hapless apostate from Starkhaven who seems to end up in the worst situations regularly.
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* BloodMagic: He's got some at least, judging by how he wakes up a hostage held under a spell later in the game. He never uses it to summon demons or attack others like the others as far as we can tell though.
* ButtMonkey: Seriously, this guy is a pretty benign mage, but he always ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. He gets involved in an escape from the Starkhaven Circle, only to panic and turn himself in when Decimus uses blood magic. After six years of abuse in the Gallows, he latches onto [[spoiler:Thrask's plan]] out of desperation, only for that to blow up in his face as well. And after all that, Hawke can still sell the poor guy out to Cullen.
* RapeAsDrama: If you let Ser Karras live in Act I, some lines in Act II imply he's sexually abusing Alain and threatening to [[FateWorseThanDeath make him Tranquil]] if he tells anyone. If you kill Karras, the above quote from "Best Served Cold" still doesn't change.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Of the apostate group that Decimus and Grace lead.

!Feynriel

A half-elven boy who's been dodging the attention of the Circle even as his magical powers grow harder and harder to disguise, making him the target of the Kirkwall Templars... and a gang of slavers... [[FromBadToWorse and several demons]].
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* BigDamnHeroes: Offscreen, but worth mentioning. A noblewoman in the Act III quest "Who Needs Rescuing?" recounts how Feynriel saved her life from a pack of thugs; impressively, he managed this while his body was still in Tevinter.
* BoyOfMyDreams: If you let him go to Tevinter, he becomes this for Orlanna. He appears in her dream to assure her she'll be safe just before killing her kidnappers.
* BreakTheCutie: Snapping him out of demonic illusions too quickly will result in him begging to be made Tranquil.
* DareToBeBadass: Hawke can pull this with him to make him control his Fade-walking powers.
* DarkIsNotEvil: If you help him fight off the demons in the Fade, he journeys to Tevinter and learns to control his power from a magister, remaining a good mage at heart.
* DisappearedDad: Vincento walked out on Feynriel's mother when he discovered she was pregnant, partly because his work as a trader couldn't allow family time, but mostly because he wasn't interested in having a son. It obviously had quite an effect on Feynriel, because in "Night Terrors," the Desire Demon's LotusEaterMachine scenario involves him being accepted by Vincento and taken along with him on his travels.
* DreamWeaver: As a dreamer, or "somniari," he can enter the Fade without lyrium and exercise a certain degree of control over it - to the point that he can kill people in their dreams. Hell, one quest reveals he can make people kill each other while they're still awake. ''From the other side of the continent.''
* TheDreaded: If he is possessed by a demon in "Night Terrors," a terrified Guardsman in Act III calls him [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Dreamstalker]].
** And a heroic version in "Who Needs Rescuing?", rescuing a woman from her kidnappers by causing them to murder each other, whilst his physical body is located half a continent away.
* FateWorseThanDeath: He can be made Tranquil at the end of "Night Terrors".
* FishOutOfWater: The Circle, the Templars, and the Dalish all lack either the will or the knowledge to help him cope with his powers and to control them. Eventually he goes to Tevinter, where he finally masters his powers; sadly, he also feels out-of-place here due to the ruthlessness and cruelty of the magisters.
* HalfHumanHybrid: All Human/Elf children are 100% genetically human, but he invokes this in hopes that simply being eleven born will help the Dalish accept him.
* HeroicBastard: Born from an affair, so he fits the Bastard part. However, he only becomes heroic in Act 3 if you help him control his powers in act 2.
* HeroWorshipper: Demonstrates shades of this behaviour to Hawke in his letters.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: Dalish mother (Elf), Antivan father (Human).
* PassFail: There's no defined "half-elf" category in this universe, but Feynriel is lither and has more pointed features than a human while being taller than the average elf, in addition to his eyes being larger and more elven than human. In Kirkwall, he felt everyone could tell, but if you let him join the Dalish, he comes to appreciate how easily he passed for human.
* TookALevelInBadass: Should he make it to Act 3 alive. He becomes a full fledged dreamer and has enough power to kill people from half a ''continent'' away.
* YouAreNotAlone: How Mage Hawke reassures him that they understand what he's going through.
-->'''Feynriel''': Why do you care? ''You don't even know me!''\\
''(Hawke creates a ball of light in their palm)''\\
'''Mage Hawke''': ''(gently)'' I ''am'' you.

!Marethari

The Keeper of the Sabrae clan, newly settled by Sundermount to flee the Blight in Ferelden. The Dalish Warden of the first game came from her clan, as did the unfortunate Tamlen.
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* TheArchmage: Keepers in general tend to be some of the most powerful and adept mages in Thedas and Marethari is no exception. During ''Origins'', she even managed to use "the old magic" to briefly stop the Dalish Warden from succumbing to the Taint.
* BigGood: To the core. Not only does she keep a watchful eye over Merrill and ask Hawke to keep her on the right path, but she even braves entering a city run by Templars to help Feynriel when his dreams become too much for him.
%%* DemonicPossession
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Claims to have been aware of Hawke's arrival in Kirkwall long in advance. Of course, it's entirely possible that Flemeth informed her that she'd be sending someone during the NoodleIncident which caused Marethari to have an undisclosed debt to her.
%%* EccentricMentor
* FigureItOutYourself: When it comes to Merrill, she expects Hawke to do what she would do without properly informing her/him of the truth behind [[spoiler:the Eluvian]].
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Sacrifices herself to the Demon in order to prevent Merrill ending up suffering the same fate]].
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Do enough damage to the pride demon, and Marethari will turn back to normal, expressing disbelief that the party decided to TakeAThirdOption by simply being strong enough to kill the demon itself. This is a lie, and falling for it will result in the fight resuming and Merrill getting stabbed for letting her guard down]].
* IdiotBall: Yes, she's a wise and benevolent leader for the Dalish, but in Act III it's revealed that [[spoiler:she ''knew'' that a demon was manipulating Merrill into trying to restore the Eluvian]] and, no, it ''never'' occurred to her to explain it. Doubles up as an OutOfCharacter moment when you consider how much unrelated stuff she ''does'' share with Hawke.
** Although, she doesn't share this with Hawke either. If she simply explained to Hawke ''why'' she wants to keep Merrill out of harm's way, it'd have been nipped in the bud very early on. While you could argue that she might not have trusted Hawke as a Shemlen, you'd think that after befriending Merrill, sending Feynriel to the Dalish in Act I and after "Night Terrors" in Act II, she'd realise that Hawke is a friend to the Dalish.
* TheMentor: Serves as one to Merrill, even after she enters her self-imposed exile.
%%* MentorOccupationalHazard
* NoodleIncident: We never find out what happened that caused her to owe a debt to Flemeth.
* [[SubvertedTrope Not-So]] SimpleStaff: [[BladeOnAStick The thing's ordained with several sharp blades]] and [[PlayingWithFire it's fire-elemental as well]].
%%* TheObiWan: Again, to Merrill.
* ObiWanMoment: [[spoiler:The Act III quest "Pride's End."]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: Good lord. For nine years, she tells Merrill that trying to repair an ancient magic mirror was dangerous and would only end badly, adding no further detail beyond that. There was absolutely no reason not to tell her - or anyone else - [[spoiler: that the demon who told her how it can be repaired was tricking her into releasing it from its prison. This leads to her allowing the demon to possess her so it won't possess Merrill, which leads to her death. That would be bad enough, but her words encourage the clan to fear Merrill, leading to Pol's death and possibly the entire clan.]]
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* TeamMom: To the whole clan, especially Merrill.

!Tarohne

The head maleficar in the quest "Enemies Among Us".
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* BloodMagic: Her whole deal is transforming Templars into Abominations with it.
* DealWithTheDevil: A bit more forthcoming about her dealings with demons than most.
* EvilSorcerer: She certainly makes a big deal out of liberality seeking out power as opposed to being a helpless waif.
* {{Hypocrite}} / SelectiveObliviousness: Passionately hates Templars for their belief that Mages are dangerous tyrants who could destroy a city in a fit of pique... but freely admits her plans involve planting demons in Templars to drive the Knight-Commander mad and attempting to recreate another Imperium, since it's obvious to her that [[{{Magocracy}} Mages should rule everyone]]. A snarky Hawke can point out how [[YoureInsane utterly insane]] this proves she is.
* UncannyValleyMakeUp: It makes her look just as crazy as her plans.
* YouGotSpunk: Her response to Hawke pointing out s/he just cut through all the enemies to get to her.
-->'''Tarohne''': Good, good, the demons ''like'' spirit!
* YoureInsane: A snarky Hawke may comment to her: "Good to know you're barking mad."
* YouMonster: Hawke has the option of calling her "worse than a monster."

!Varania

A Tevinter mage in training.
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: To her brother [[spoiler:if she survives]], regarding how he [[spoiler:fought for the lyrium markings and wanted them]], in direct opposition to how he's regarded them for the entire game.
* DealWithTheDevil: Not literally (for once) - [[spoiler:Danarius offered her an escape from whatever "free" elves live with in the Imperium. All she had to do was lure her brother into a trap.]]
* KilledOffForReal: A possible ending.
* LongLostSibling: [[spoiler:Fenris's]] sister.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler: Her mother died at some point after Fenris went through the ritual.]]
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler: Her brother worked hard to earn her a life of freedom. In response, she sells out him out to Danarius for a chance to apprentice under him. According to her, "freedom" in the Imperium wasn't a step up.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Qunari]]

!The Arishok

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->''"I am here to satisfy a demand you cannot understand."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/RickDWasserman

The leader of the Qunari army. He appeared in the "Destiny" trailer as Hawke's opponent.
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* AntiVillain: Firmly a WellIntentionedExtremist. The Arishok spends the majority of the game bothering no one. He and his Qunari occupy a district for three years [[spoiler:simply to retrieve back an artifact Isabela stole from them.]] It's not until [[MuggingTheMonster extremists]] provoke him one too many times that he finally lashes back.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Easily the strongest of the Qunari.
** LargeAndInCharge: The largest as well.
* {{Badass}}: If you pay attention in the extended version of the Destiny trailer, you can see that the staircase behind the Arishok is literally carpeted with all the guards that he had to fight through, apparently alone and without suffering so much as a scratch.
* BadassBaritone: He has one of the deepest voices in the game.
* BaddieFlattery: If Hawke becomes his WorthyOpponent, the Arishok gives this during the final confrontation.
-->'''Arishok''': ''(to Hawke)'' You alone are Basalit-an. ''(to nobles)'' This is what respect looks like, bas! Some of you will never earn it!
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Comes with being a Qunari.
* BullyingADragon: Initially, he just wants to complete his task and get the hell out of Kirkwall. But most of the populace really seem to do their hardest to try to piss him off, particularly Sister Petrice, which just serves to make him hate the city even more to the point where he's finally had enough. It is played with, however, as most of the anti-Qunari {{Muggles}} feel like the dragon is bullying ''them,'' since Qunari are best known to the general public as conquerors who kill anyone that doesn't follow the Qun.
* CatchPhrase: According to the Viscount, it's "Begone."
* ChekhovsGunman: The Arishok was mentioned in the previous game as Sten's superior.
* TheChessmaster: Shows signs of this when he explains that [[spoiler:the theft of the poison gas formula instead of the blackpowder formula in "Blackpowder Courtesy"]] was entirely planned by the Arishok, knowing he could then get Hawke to track it down and deal with it, and that [[spoiler:the gas would kill the thieves anyway]]. It works.
* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:His defeat is your [[GloryDays Finest Hour]], and the setup for the real final battle]].
* ConflictKiller: [[spoiler: Subverted - see below. He's enough of a threat for the mages and Templars to briefly join forces, but once that's resolved it's back to business as usual.]]
* [[spoiler:DiscOneFinalBoss]]
* DualWielding: Dual-wields a longsword and an ax.
* DuelBoss: Hawke can choose to challenge him to a CombatByChampion. Either that or fight him and his guards with your party members.
* EvilSoundsDeep: As befitting a man of his stature.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Arishok is not his name, it is his title/rank. Qunari names are more akin to social security numbers, and they go by their titles in everyday life.
* ForegoneConclusion: The ''Destiny'' trailer reveals that you'll have to fight him.
* FromACertainPointOfView / MetaphoricallyTrue: At the beginning of Act 2, it's mentioned that the Qunari are supposedly waiting for a second ship before they will return home. The could be considered a truthful statement, since we later learn [[spoiler:they're looking for the stolen Tome of Koslun, which was aboard the ''Siren's Call'' when it was sunk during the same storm that stranded the Qunari. In other words, they're waiting ''to find'' the second ship that arrived ''with'' them, in the hopes of retrieving its precious cargo]].
* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy: One way to gain his respect is by being honest with him and not lying or trying to cover up things. He himself makes no effort to hide how he feels about the city and its people, and that its corruption may force him to make a drastic change. Although, [[spoiler:he doesn't reveal the real reason they've arrived is to reclaim the relic Isabela stole]].
%%* HornedHumanoid
* KnightTemplar: In a sense, but not the same as the rest of them. Every day he's in Kirkwall, he sees the corruption, depravity, weakness, chaos, and foolishness that spits in the face of the Qun. [[spoiler:Eventually, he decides to do something about it]].
* LawfulStupid: He even cops to it if you call him out.
-->'''Hawke''': I see a man willing to start a war on principle.\\
'''The Arishok''': [[ShutUpKirk And what would the Qunari be without principle]]? [[WorthyOpponent You, I expect]].
* LightningBruiser: The guy is big, he hits hard, and he hits fast.
* MarathonBoss: He also has plenty of HP and health potions. If you duel him, prepare for a slog on anything above Easy.
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[spoiler:The Arishok is featured extensively in all marketing for the game, making it seem as if he's the BigBad. While important to the story, he has nothing to do with the game's final act]].
* NotSoDifferent: Combined with WorthyOpponent, this is very explicitly spelled out as the relationship between him and Hawke. Even if you don't get the achievement and his respect, he still acknowledges this.
* ObviouslyEvil: Deconstructed. Almost everybody hates the Qunari and makes them out to be monsters because of their reputation for being militaristic heathens. Because of this, the Arishok and his followers get the blame for almost everything from destroying culture to deception and murder, no matter how much the Arishok tries to make it clear that converting Kirkwall to the Qun is the last thing on his mind. [[spoiler:Well, until he decides he's taken enough crap from Kirkwall and launches a full-scale invasion, thus [[SelfFulfillingProphecy turning him into the antagonist many accused him of being]]]].
* OneHandedZweihander: He dual-wields a claymore and a two-handed battleaxe; not that surprising given he's pretty darn huge even by qunari standards. Interestingly, his in-game model is a Rogue rather than a Warrior - by his standards, his weapons are daggers.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Implied and then outright stated to everyone, the only person in Kirkwall he believes is worthy enough to defeat him is Hawke.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: For three years, he and his people mostly keep to themselves in their corner of the docks. [[spoiler:He turns out to be a subversion, as he spent most of the four years he was stuck in Kirkwall searching for the relic Isabela stole and on the side, planning his takeover after he became fed up with the corruption of the city]].
* PerpetualFrowner: It seems to be his default expression.
%%* PrinciplesZealot
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivers one to the nobility of Kirkwall at the climax of Act II.
* ShouldersOfDoom: His armor just wouldn't be complete without it.
* ShootTheMessenger: If you warn him about [[spoiler:the kidnapped envoy]] before finding them yourself, he actually says that if anyone else had delivered that message, they'd be dead right now.
* TheStoic: He generally projects a calm and collected demeanor.
** NotSoStoic: Beneath said demeanor lies a terrible rage that really shows when unbridled.
* SuicideByCop: If Hawke has his respect, he reveals strong implications of this. He doesn't believe [[spoiler:the takeover of Kirkwall]] will have lasting success, nor does he want it to; he just doesn't see any other way to extricate himself from it. Killing him is one way to grant him release from his own principles.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: [[spoiler:"The provocations we have suffered have worked."]]
* TryNotToDie: He expresses this sentiment to Hawke as "I ''do not hope'' that you die."
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Kirkwall is full of {{Badass}}es, on both sides of the field, but the Arishok couldn't care less about anybody who isn't Hawke. This is made abundantly clear when [[DaChief Aveline]], a woman hardcore enough to beat darkspawn to death with her ''bare hands'', confronts him about [[spoiler:the elven fugitives]]; he all but ignores her and focuses on talking to Hawke instead.
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler:If you choose to give Isabela to the Qunari, the Arishok promptly leaves the city.]]
* WorthyOpponent: He identifies Hawke as the most "promising" in Kirkwall early on. You can earn this as an achievement from being honest with him and gaining his respect.
-->"I don't call anyone in Kirkwall an ally or even a good rival. But you have shown competence."\\
"Panahaden, Hawke. I do not hope you die."
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Some of his comments to a Hawke he respects fairly drip with this sentiment.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: He can't return to his homeland unless he completes his mission: [[spoiler:capturing Isabela and the relic she stole]]. A lot of his more villainous actions are partly motivated by his frustrations over this.
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: Subverted. [[spoiler:The Arishok refuses to tell you what he plans to do with Isabela after capturing her, though it clearly won't be pleasant]]. Afterwards, {{party banter}} between Fenris and Isabela reveals that [[spoiler:if taken, Isabela would've likely been brutally {{brainwashed}} into an [[EmptyShell empty]] menial worker for the Qun]].

!Ketojan

"Ketojan" is the name given to a Saarebas, a Qunari mage, by Sister Petrice.
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:If you slay the Arvaarad, he will commit suicide rather than risk the possibility that he has been corrupted by demons, as is demanded by the Qun]].
* BloodMagic: [[spoiler:Not outright stated, but the "precious thing" he gives Hawke before he immolates himself is a Blood Magic boosting accessory]].
* EyeScream: The blood stains on his mask imply something... unpleasant.
** Though averted if you look closely; he ''does'' still have eyes behind his mask.
* BodyHorror: His lips are sewn shut and sealed through some sort of magic.
%%* ChainedByFashion
%%* FaceDeathWithDignity
* ManOnFire: [[spoiler:His means of suicide]].
%%* MaskPower
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: He was given the name Ketojan by Sister Petrice. Among the Qunari, he's referred to by his rank of Saarebas.
%%* PrinciplesZealot
* TheUnintelligible: Until his lips are unsealed by an Arvaarad (mage handler).

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[[folder:Tal'Vashoth]]

!Maraas

-->''I know what I am. I don't need to belabor it.''

A minor character and Tal'Vashoth, Maraas leaves the Qun to take up life as a mercenary.
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* DefectorFromDecadence: Leaves the Tal'Vashoth raiders because he doesn't want to steal or murder from caravans, and becomes a mercenary. In his words, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality this makes him worse]] than the Tal'Vashoth; he's selling his sword and his honor for coin.
-->'''Maraas:''' I did not like my "role", so I left the Qun. I did not wish to be a murdering thief, so I left the Tal'Vashoth to warn their...victims. ''You'' are no victim.
%%* HiredGuns
* MeaningfulName: After leaving the Tal'Vashoth, he chose to name himself Maraas, making him the first kossith encountered to explicitly have a name rather than just a rank/role. Maraas means "Nothing" in the Qunari language, referring to how he has no role or purpose beyond that which he chooses.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: His original reason for leaving the Qun, as he was tired of strict adherence to purpose and a role in life.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Refuses to work for people with titles, as they "don't have jobs, they have causes." Hawke can offer to hire him when they first meet, but he refuses to fight his own people (no matter how low they've sunk) for coin.

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[[folder: Kirkwall Government]]

!Lord Viscount Marlowe Dumar

->''"I am losing my sense of how to balance this nightmare."''

The Viscount of Kirkwall is appointed after the death of Lord Viscount Perrin Threnhold at the hands of the Templars. During his reign, the Templar Order has grown extremely powerful in Kirkwall, and have become the center of Chantry strength in eastern Thedas, holding their Circle of Magi in a terrifying, iron grip.
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* ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster: He starts out as this...
* AuthorityInNameOnly: ...then gets reduced to this. See below.
* BigGood: In Act II.
* DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler:The Arishok calmly throws his severed head down a flight of stairs]].
* DespairEventHorizon: He crosses it when [[spoiler:Saemus dies. Sadly, he never recovers, leaving the city vulnerable to the Qunari]]. "What hope for this city, when we fail our own so completely?"
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:He is killed during the Qunari invasion of Kirkwall. May also count as OhAndXDies given that the ''Destiny'' trailer and the introductory sequence both strongly indicate it]].
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Viscount Focus Group, mainly. Also Viscount Personable and Viscount Target.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Along with the Grand Cleric, Dumar is one of the few politically powerful players (for a given definition of powerful) in Kirkwall who ''doesn't'' seem bent on starting a full-scale war.
* SlaveToPR: A good man at heart, but afraid of taking any decisive action for fear of assassination by one of the extremist Kirkwall factions.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:The ''Destiny'' trailer shows him being killed by the Arishok]].
* TraumaCongaLine: Not as much as some of the other characters, but he gets one. He's powerless to do anything about problems he knows full well are coming but is still held responsible for them, his son [[spoiler:runs away to join the Qunari, is rescued, then kidnapped again and murdered by a Chantry priestess to provoke a war with the Qunari,]] and when [[spoiler:that war finally happens, he gets executed by the Arishok]] even though he had little if anything to do with it. His life more or less goes downhill from the start of the game onwards.

!Saemus Dumar

The son of the viscount, Seamus is rebellious and idealistic in his political views. He is also very sympathetic to the Qunari, making him something of a controversial figure.
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Many characters insinuate about his ''close'' relationship with Ashaad.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The main reason he finds the absolute certainty of the Qun attractive.
%%* NonActionGuy
* PardonMyKlingon[=/=]PrecisionFStrike: Angrily calls his "rescuer" [[CallBack Vashaden]]-''bitch''.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:His death kicks off Act II's downward spiral]].
%%* ShelteredAristocrat
* WellDoneSonGuy: Nonetheless, in conversations with him it's clear that Dumar loves his son despite their disagreements.
%%* WideEyedIdealist
* WordOfGay: [[http://social.bioware.com/index/forum/1/topic/315/index/11724520/4#11788695 Here]].

!Donnic Hendyr

->''"Aveline? You're a beautiful sight. I mean, uh, I was on patrol and they came out of nowhere..."''

A member of the Kirkwall city guard. Aveline's LoveInterest and potential second husband, starting in Act II.
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%%* SeventiesHair
* AloofAlly:
** Donnic and Hawke's relationship, implied to be due to tension caused by Hawke being the [[PlatonicLifePartners "other wo/man"]] in Aveline's life. Even if Hawke indicates in dialogue s/he thinks of Donnic highly, Act III indicates the two never became close friends or socialise with each other unless it's via Aveline.
** [[spoiler:Likewise, he will only join in the final battle at your side if Aveline is present]].
* AmazonChaser: Self-described; he clearly has the hots for Aveline from his very first appearance, and he explicitly states when he thinks [[FanNickname Lady Hawke]] is hitting on him that he prefers women with "backbone."
** On the other hand, Donnic will think a male Hawke is trying to use him as a go between/matchmaker to Aveline and states that he doesn't like someone without backbone... when in fact Aveline was the one who's trying to do [[{{Irony}} exactly that!]]
* {{Badass}}: As the situation in Kirkwall has deteriorated, by Act III, Donnic's patrols are frequently ambushed, leaving him fighting for his life at least ''twice'' a week! Donnic then mentions that he actually ''asked'' for the most dangerous patrols, since as one of the most capable fighters, they'd lose a lot more guards if he ''wasn't'' there!
** BadassNormal: As normal as the setting gets; no magic, no legendary weapons and armor, only as much martial training as Aveline introduces to the guard, and faces throngs of gangsters on what he considers to be a good day. He gets a DistressedDude moment when Aveline rescues him in Act I, but after that he's a dedicated asskicker.
** [[spoiler:He helps out in the FinalBattle, if Aveline is in your active party]].
%%* BrownEyes
%%* ByTheBookCop
* CityGuards: Holds the rank of Guardsman.
* HappilyMarried: To Aveline, if you finish the quest correctly. It's mentioned in Act III that they spent three weeks honeymooning in Orlais and are considering starting a family.
* HeroesWantRedheads: He's clearly enamoured with Aveline from the get-go.
* ObliviousMockery: See above, although luckily Aveline isn't quite in earshot. "How sad would it be if you needed a go-between?"
* OddFriendship: With Fenris; apparently he comes over once a week for a round of cards. Fenris is quick to add that they [[BlatantLies never gamble]].
* RescueRomance: Aveline comes to his rescue in Act I, after realising he's walking into a trap.
* ThatCameOutWrong: "It will be grand [[FreudianSlip having you over me.]] [[DiggingYourselfDeeper Above me!]] In rank."
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: His disgusted reaction to being given a lightweight patrol.

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[[folder: Other Characters]]

!Flemeth

->''"The world will shape before you."''

The Witch of the Wilds, a legendary feared figure of myth and stories. She helps Hawke at the start of the game, for a simple favor.

''For more info, see Characters/RecurringDragonAgeCharacters.''

!Bartrand Tethras

->''"Useless! What am I paying you idiots for ?!"''

Varric's brother, who leads an expedition to the Deep Roads that Hawke joins as a partner.
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Compare his behavior to that of his brother, who is content to hang out in the Hanged Man all day with a drink, some cards, and a few friends.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:In Act II, as a result of the Lyrium Idol]].
* BadBoss: He punches a henchman who gives him bad news.
* CainAndAbel: Cain to Varric's Abel.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: If you skip the quest where you confront him, Varric later tells you that Bartrand killed himself and most of his underlings.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:If Anders [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone temporarily restores his sanity]] and Varric decides to [[MercyKill kill him]], Bartrand doesn't protest or beg for his life. He just closes his eyes.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:He's essentially a look at things to come with Meredith]].
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Unlike Varric, who was born on the surface (and is extremely happy there), Bartrand was born in Orzammar before House Tethras was exiled in disgrace. Having grown up in such a DeadlyDecadentCourt, it goes a long way to explain why he's such an arrogant jerk. It's also mostly his job to deal with the Merchant Guilds, which Varric says would make anyone a paranoid asshole.
* {{Jerkass}}: His introduction ends with him insulting Hawke, insults Leandra before the Deep Roads Expedition sets off, and his reaction to being told that a cave-in has blocked their path, is to punch the Scout [[BadBoss in the face]].
* KickTheDog: If he was bad before, he only gets worse after [[spoiler:he takes the Idol, where his first act is to lock his own brother and business partner in the Thaig. He also murders half of his henchmen in insane experiments, by force feeding them Lyrium]].
-->'''Varric:''' I always thought he was more prone to puppy-kicking than...[[spoiler: mutilation and torture.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:If Anders comes along on the "Family Matters" quest and temporarily snaps him out of his insanity, Bartrand is horrified at what he's done and asks Varric to ensure that House Tethras doesn't fall with him]].
* SelfMadeMan: Took ever the Tethras family business after the death of their father.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Due to becoming obsessed with the Idol.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity / SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:The idol that he takes drives him horribly insane, yet gives him unusual powers]].


!Xenon

->''"WELCOME. TO THE. BLACK. EMPORIUM."''

->Voiced by Nicholas Boulton

A living corpse with a loud, echoing voice hidden in the underbelly of Kirkwall. He is the mysterious merchant who runs The Black Emporium, which houses many powerful but expensive items. One of its most important features is providing easy access to rare items, such as Maker's Sigh.
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* AgeWithoutYouth: He sought immortality and got it... but he forgot to clarify that he wanted an ageless body as well.
* AndIMustScream: Though he doesn't show it in front of the customers. The codex mentions that the only reason he runs the Emporium is that he's desperately looking for a cure for his condition.
* ArmsDealer: In addition to magical artefacts and curiosities, he also sells a lot of enchanted weaponry.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Shoplifting is punishable by golems, leading him to quickly yell "NO CHARGE!" when Hawke collects some free goods.
** Xenon also mentions that the Templars occasionally make the mistake of coming to the Emporium. "The bloodstains take just weeks to clean up."
* BodyHorror: Due to numerous attempts at magically restoring his youth, he has a number of extra appendages on his corpse-like body.
* CloudCuckooLander: His mind has began to decay along with his body.
-->''Some Dane fellow asked me, "Why make a shop so hard to find?" I mean, '''really!''' He just has no concept.''
* CollectorOfTheStrange: And exhibitor of it, too.
* CoolOldGuy: Despite being half-insane and suffering from major BodyHorror, he's pretty jovial.
* DealWithTheDevil: Got his immortality through a deal with the Antivan Witch of the Weyrs.
** [[spoiler:Depending on her age, it may have been Yavana, the Antivan Witch of the Wilds and Flemeth's ''other'' daughter]].
* FluffyTheTerrible: His personal Golem, dubbed "Thaddeus Gigantus Crumbum the Third".
* LargeHam: When you're confined to a chair as a result of your decaying body and the BodyHorror you caused trying to reverse your immortality, it seems you have to make your own fun.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: While he appears to be a corpse, he's actually still alive - just ''really'' emaciated.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: PLEEEEEEASE. DON'T FONDLE ANDRASTE.
** '''''DON'T!''''' '''MAN'''HANDLLLLLLLLLE! The ''URRRRRRRRRRRRR''CHIN!
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He's about 300 years old. ''[[AgeWithoutYouth It shows]]''.
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: The Black Emporium. Only those personally invited by Xenon are able to find the shop. However, if they ever decide to part with the charm he sent them, they will be rendered unable to do so, even if they [[MindScrew already]] know where it is. (And the consequences will be "unpleasant.") [[note]]Of course, it should be noted this is impossible to do in-game.[[/note]]
** That said, it's implied that it ''is'' possible to find the shop without the charm, just incredibly difficult. Templars have been known to try, but they met a [[NotEnoughToBury sticky]] end at the hands of [[FluffyTheTerrible Thaddeus]]. Or should we say, ''[[MegatonPunch under]]'' them.

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