[=NPCs=] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.

[[index]]
* Characters/DragonAgeOriginsNonPlayableCharactersGreyWardens
* Characters/DragonAgeOriginsNonPlayableCharactersFereldanNobles
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[[folder:Residents of Denerim]]

!!Shianni
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->'''Voiced by:''' Beth Graham

-->''"Andraste's Ass, you'd think I'd learn some social graces."''

Cousin of the City Elf PC, Shianni is to be a bridesmaid at the upcoming wedding. Unfortunately, things go awry when a human nobleman arrives with his posse.
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* BadassNormal: Shianni is a perfectly ordinary elf woman with a fiery spirit but no combat training of note. She will willingly help the Grey Warden fight an army. Had circumstances been different, it seems entirely possible that she, rather than a City Elf protagonist, could have been recruited as a Grey Warden and done well in her own right.
* BreakTheCutie: Poor Shianni! At least by the time you meet her again in the alienage she's recovered, at least to an extent, and back to being ornery.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She can come across pretty cold to a non-City Elf Warden when they're finally allowed into the Alienage, although she mellows if she recognizes the Warden as being the one who freed Soris from Howe's dungeon. After the Warden stops the Tevinter slavers, she apologizes.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Says that as far as the others in the Alienage know, Vaughan just "roughed [her] up a bit". She's fine with that, as she doesn't want them to start treating her like some fragile doll.
* FieryRedhead: Oh yes.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl:
** Definitely comes across as one:
-->'''Shianni:''' Do you know what today is?\\
'''Warden:''' Judging by your breath, it's get drunk before noon day.
** And this later bit of dialogue.
-->'''Warden:''' You'll look for any excuse to get drunk.\\
'''Shianni:''' Who needs an excuse to get drunk?
** Becomes harsher in hindsight when you realise this is what likely motivated her to think bottling Vaughan was a ''good'' idea.
* HeroWorshipper: Towards the City Elf Warden.
-->'''Shianni:''' They'll [[FolkHero write legends]] about you someday. When the world was at its darkest, [[BigDamnHeroes there you came]], [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge fire in your eyes]], like something out a storybook.
* TheLadette: It frequently comes up how "un-ladylike" she acts.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Pretty much fills this function to the Male City Elf in the Origin and even a little post-Origin. Her dialogue actually comes across as [[IncestSubtext more intimate than the woman the Warden was supposed to marry]], despite the fact that Shianni is supposedly one of your ''[[KissingCousins cousins]]''. The fact that the Warden had [[ArrangedMarriage only just met his prospective bride]] might at least explain some of that.
* OnlySaneWoman: Shianni is pretty much the only elf to see through and point out the Tevinter "healers'" PaperThinDisguise in the Unrest in the Alienage questline. If playing as a City Elf, she is also one of the few elves to openly stand by Soris [[spoiler: if [[TheScapegoat he's blamed]] for Howe's purge]].
* RankUp: [[spoiler:One epilogue reveals she eventually came to lead the Alienage Elves as a popular, if outspoken, [[WastelandElder Elder]].]]
** [[spoiler: Alternatively, if the City Elf Warden puts her name forward as Bann, she serves the role admirably for many years... until she tragically gets murdered by a human bigot, leading to a ''[[ThisMeansWar massive riot]]'' breaking out in the city.]]
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:She is the only "guest" of Bann Vaughan to be raped before you get to her. It's implied that his friends took turns as well...]]
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:She can be persuaded to help fight the darkspawn that invade the Alienage in the finale. If the player's a City Elf, she ''volunteers''.]]

!!Soris
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->'''Voiced by:''' Josh Rubinow

-->''"You've been my hero since we were kids, it's just official now."''

Another cousin of the City Elf PC. The two were scheduled to have an [[ArrangedMarriage arranged double wedding]] when Bann Vaughan came and... crashed the ceremony. He goes with the male PC (or with the bridegroom of the female PC) to save the kidnapped women.
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* ButtMonkey: Poor guy just can't catch a break no matter what happens. [[spoiler: If he's not imprisoned for his involvement of the (attempted) murder of Vaughn, then he'll be blamed for the purge of the Alienage afterward and be ostracized by his own people.]]
* CowardlyLion: During the City Elf's rescue/escape attempt, he feels better about hiding from Vaughn than confronting him.
* HeroWorshipper: Has shades of this towards the City Elf.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:In his epilogue (City Elf PC only), he marries a human woman and has many children with her.]]
* NonActionGuy: When breaking out the Female City Elf, both Soris and the two guards are [[GenreSavvy fully aware]] he's not skilled enough to fight them, so he immediately slides the sword over to his cousin instead. Cue the guards' laughter [[OhCrap quickly dying]], with them following [[CurbStompBattle shortly after]].
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: If the City Elf PC takes responsibility for killing Vaughan so Soris isn't locked up, the alienage will want to blame someone after Howe purges the alienage on account of said murder. Since the PC isn't around, they turn on Soris instead.]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler: His ending if the player is a City Elf is honestly fairly happy, considering the rest of his appearances in-game haven't been.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: The PC seems to be the only elf in the Alienage who has actually been trained in combat, but Soris still does his job accompanying them storming the Arl's estate.

!!Cyrion
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->'''Voiced by:''' Fred Tatasciore

-->''"Our world is full of so many injustices."''

Father of the City Elf Warden, and uncle of Shianni and Soris. [[TheMourningAfter Still grieving]] over the untimely murder of his wife Adaia, Cyrion nevertheless wishes for his child to experience the same marital bliss and [[ArrangedMarriage arranges]] the upcoming wedding for him/her.
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* ArrangedMarriage: How he met the City Elf Warden's mother, and what he arranges for him/her at the start of the game.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: His support of [[ArrangedMarriage Arranged Marriages]] and dismissal of a PC who expresses a desire to MarryForLove is meant to showcase the Alienage cultural attitude regarding marriage and love. That is: MarriageBeforeRomance.
* DotingParent: Clearly adores his son/daughter, is noted to be fairly wealthy by Alienage standards, and uses said wealth to pay a handsome dowry for the most attractive and able match for his son/daughter.
* GoodParents[=/=]ParentsAsPeople: Thought which he is depends on your character's stance on their {{ArrangedMarriage}}. If okay with it, he can come across as kind, gentle, loving, understanding, etc. If you do NOT want to get married, he can come across as well-meaning but infuriating for forcing you into a marriage you don't want just because it worked out for him and Adaia.
* HappilyMarried: To Adaia, before her untimely death.
* IHaveNoSon: If you accept Vaughan's bribe.
* TheLostLenore: Adaia.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Guess who.
-->'''Cyrion:''' I was ready to hunt for the Dalish until I saw Adaia.
* TheMourningAfter: Adaia's death hit him pretty hard.
* NonActionGuy: Doesn't seem to know any combat, even though his [[{{Badass}} wife]] did and child still does.
* OpenMindedParent: Seems pretty okay with his kid (of either gender) knowing how to fight, despite how it's seen as the mark of a trouble-maker for most of the Alienage. Also supports them becoming a Grey Warden and running around saving the world, though he is saddened that it means the PC has to leave home.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Spends most of the game believing he did after being told all the Grey Wardens perished at Ostagar. [[spoiler:Can do so for real if the PC chooses to perform the Ultimate Sacrifice.]]
* ParentsInDistress: Gets captured by Tevinter slavers and has to be rescued by his child. [[spoiler: Although said child can opt to [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential let the slavers take him or sacrifice him in a stat-boosting blood magic ritual]] [[YouBastard if the player so chooses]].]] If the PC is not a City Elf, then they need to rescue Valendrian instead.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: With Adaia. Also what he tries to do for his kid.
* RankUp: [[spoiler:If the CE Warden chooses to perform the Ultimate Sacrifice, King Alistair/Queen Anora will name him Bann of the Denerim Alienage in his/her memory.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Readily agrees to allow Nessa to stay in his home (even if the PC arranges it without telling him) to save her from the risk of getting raped by soldiers when her family goes to work at Ostagar. He still won't let the PC off the hook regarding their ArrangedMarriage, though.
* SoProudOfYou: No matter what the City Elf Warden accomplishes, [[note]]agreeing to go through with the ArrangedMarriage, saving the women from Vaughan, getting conscripted into the Grey Wardens, returning to save the Alienage, saving Ferelden from the Blight, and getting an Elven Bann elected[[/note]] Cyrion glows with pride. (The one exception is if you leave the women in the hands of Vaughan, but then EveryoneHasStandards.)
* WealthyPhilanthropist: By city elf standards, anyway. He's noted to be fairly wealthy compared to those around the alienage, and is always willing to help an elf in need. In the game, he's readily willing to take in Nessa to save her from certain rape at Ostagar, takes in Soris if [[spoiler: the Alienage [[TheScapegoat blames him]] for Howe's purge]], and ''The World of Thedas: Volume 2'' reveals that he paid to have Shianni moved from Southern Ferelden to the Denerim Alienage after her parents died when she was a little girl, and even gave her his child's stuffed Mabari doll to comfort her.

!!Marjolaine
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KathSoucie

-->''"Oh, Leliana, do you even know why you excelled in the arts I taught you? It's because you loved the game, you loved the power it gave you."''

An Orlesian Bard and Leliana's former friend/lover and mentor. She is a key figure in Leliana's past.
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* ArcVillain: Of the [=DLC=] ''Leliana's Song''.
* {{Archenemy}}: To Leliana.
* ArtificialStupidity: Her "Captivating Song" ability continually stuns everyone in the immediate vicinity, making it quite lethal when there's backup around to take care of the damage-dealing part of combat. [[spoiler:If you fight her, it's quite possible to lure her away from her lackeys, and she continues to sing the song even as you [[CurbStompBattle whale her to death at your leisure.]]]]
* BiTheWay: The ''Leliana's Song'' DLC makes it very evident that Marjolaine swings both ways.
* BrokenPedestal: She taught Leliana all she knew about the game before betraying her.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Uses this to distract a guard in the ''Leliana's Song'' DLC.
* EvilCounterpart: To Leliana, obviously.
* EvilFormerFriend: Used to be Leliana's mentor, best friend, and lover until Marjolaine ultimately betrayed her.
* FrenchJerk: Or the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Orlesian]] equivalent thereof.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She's convinced that, even after years, she's still Leliana's top priority. It doesn't occur to her that she might be less important than a Blight ravaging the country.
* KarmaHoudini: If the Warden convinces Leliana not to fight her, Marjolaine will get away with her crimes scot-free.
* ManipulativeBastard: Obvious enough in the base game, but ''Leliana's Song'' takes it into overdrive.
** Toward the end of the DLC, it's implied that [[spoiler: she [[HotForPreacher seduced a Chantry sister]] in order to achieve one of her goals. Said Chantry sister is now the Divine Justinia.]]
* NotSoDifferent: She insists Leliana is just like her. You are given the option of convincing Leliana either way.
* SkippableBoss: You can persuade her to go away and never bother Leliana again instead of fighting her if you wish.
* SmugSnake: Very narcissistic, arrogant and cruel.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Became one to Leliana over the course of ''Leiana's Song''.
* TheUnfettered: Unlike Leliana, she has absolutely no scruples whatsoever. [[spoiler: Which says something when you consider that even though Leliana admits she was a bard and assassin, she utterly refused to get involved in political espionage.]]

!!Wade and Herren
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-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/PatFraley (Wade) & Creator/CamClarke (Herren)

->'''Herren:''' ''A year to make one suit or armor is too much.''
->'''Wade:''' ''That was once! And you never let me hear the end of it!''

One of the greatest blacksmiths in Ferelden, Wade is an obsessive perfectionist whose attention to detail nearly forced him into destitution. Herren is a skilled merchant and the manager of Wade's shop; under his guidance, Wade's armor shop has become a profitable enterprise. However, Wade has a tendency to ignore his commissioned orders if a customer approaches him with materials of superior quality, much to Herren's chagrin. In the ''Darkspawn Chronicles'' DLC, Herren is a Desire Demon, although since the [=DLC=] takes place in an AlternateUniverse, this is not canon. The two return in ''Awakening'' and set up shop at the Vigil.
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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Wade will drop ''everything'' when he finds something interesting to craft.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Though they clearly care about one another, Wade is unhappy that Herren doesn't respect his ''artistry'', while Herren gets angry when Wade doesn't charge for his work.
* CloudCuckoolander: Wade gets totally lost in his art.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Herren, who openly admits that his forcing Wade to actually ''charge'' for his services is the only reason he still has a business, a roof over his head and food to eat!
* DeadpanSnarker: Herren.
* LargeHam: Wade.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: [[YaoiGuys With good reason.]]
* LostForever: [[spoiler:Don't have Wade complete a second set of drakescale armor if you ever want to shop with them again.]]
* NiceToTheWaiter: Despite Herren eventually ''banning'' the Warden from the store, they show up again in ''Awakening'' to open up shop in Vigil's Keep. According to Wade, the money they were given by the crown had a lot to do with their decision.
** Another interpretation is that Herren realised that without the Warden's trade they were losing a ''lot'' of business, since the Warden's high status in Fereldan society ensured a lot of free promotion for Wade's craftsmanship. Alternatively, since we saw the darkspawn do a lot of damage to the market district during the Battle of Denerim, it's very possible that their shop was destroyed.
* OhCrap: Herren, whenever the Warden brings Wade something rare that he will drop ''[[AttentionDeficitOohShiny everything]]'' in the store to craft instead. Eventually, Herren outright ''bans'' the Warden from his store.
* PitbullDatesPuppy: Downplayed - Herren is usually the pit bull, and Wade usually is the puppy, but Wade will override Herren's business decisions if he thinks a client's order is sufficiently interesting or unique.
* StraightMan: Herren.
* TalkerAndDoer: Herren and Wade, respectively.
* UltimateBlacksmith: Wade. He provides/forges you the best armor in ''Origins'', and the InfinityPlusOneSword in ''Awakening''.
* TheWonka: Wade.

!!Brother Ferdinand Genitivi
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->'''Voiced by:''' Jason Singer

-->''"There was a passage in one of the books I read... how some of Andraste's followers gave their lives to the fire, to become Her eternal guardians. Isn't that beautiful?"''

A Brother of the Andrastian Chantry who lives in the Market District of Denerim, Genitivi is one of the Chantry's foremost scholars and the in-universe author of a great many of the entries in the codex relating to the history, culture, and folklore of Ferelden. He's not encountered in the flesh until relatively late in the game, but once the Warden does meet him, he plays a major part in the search for the Urn of Sacred Ashes, on which he is a renowned expert.
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Gets distracted easily when inside the Temple housing the Urn of Sacred Ashes.
* AlreadyUndoneForYou: Given that he's a [[NonActionGuy not much good in a fight]], it may seem like something of a mystery how Genitivi manages to get as close to the location of the Urn as he does, since the Warden has to deal with all manner of difficulties in reaching him. Truth is, he only gets there because the Cultists kidnap him and drag him to Haven to be sacrificed.
* DeadpanSnarker: He makes a few quips here or there about politics and Haven.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: He lightens the mood for just about anything, even his own leg injury.
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: [[spoiler:Genitivi wants to essentially turn Andraste's Ashes into a tourist attraction. One of your options is to throw a dagger into his forehead.]]
* TheMunchausen: He has a reputation as a teller of tall tales, or at the very least a serial exaggerator, but in regards to the Urn he's telling the truth.
* NonActionGuy: As he says himself, he's a scholar, not a fighter.
* RenaissanceMan: Judging from the excerpts of his writings you get to read, he's an expert on Ferelden's history, art, literature, religion, and culture, if not more.
* WalkingTheEarth: In his travels he's covered the length and breadth of Thedas, and even spent time in Orzammar to study the culture of the dwarves. He's also had some (limited) interaction with the Qunari whilst he was in Rivain, though he admits he wasn't able to study them closely.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: If he's not [[spoiler:KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade]], it's noted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' that he has disappeared in the intervening years between the first and third games.

!!Goldanna
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->'''Voiced by:''' Belinda Cornish

-->''"Who in the Maker's name are you?"''

A laundress in Denerim. Visiting and meeting her is vital to Alistair's character development.
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: From Alistair's perspective, all she wants from him is his money, but won't offer so much as a kind word or hint of thanks in return. (Unless a Male Warden makes a high persuasion check to [[DefrostingIceQueen soften her]] a bit.)
** Interestingly, from Goldanna's perspective, ''Alistair'' is the one with all take and no give. From her perspective, [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild he took her mother from her]] and left her impoverished while he lived it up as a wealthy noble and illustrious Grey Warden, and now shows up rubbing his success in her face instead of helping her.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Inverted. A baby, as far as Goldanna is concerned, is what made her life hell. Not to mention she has "five mouths to feed."
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Goldanna was orphaned as a child and has had to make her own way ever since. The circumstances of her being orphaned have left her quite jaded.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Though she acts like a bitch on the surface, if your Warden is male and has a high enough persuasion skill, you can open a line of dialogue that reveals her to be more tired and jaded by her life than anything, and not wholly opposed to [[spoiler:having a relationship with her brother]].
* DisappearedDad: It's never stated who her father is, or if she even knows.
* GoldDigger: Certainly acts like one. The Warden can remark to Alistair that "It seems like all she wants is your money," and Alistair can even call her a "gold-digging harridan" after the meeting.
* LongLostRelative: Alistair's long lost sister. [[spoiler:Not really, but she believes she is and so does Alistair.]]
* MissingMom: She was cut loose from the Arl of Redcliffe's estate after the death of her mother.
* RevealingCoverUp: Knows that the baby brother she was told died in childbirth survived and was of noble blood because "thems at the castle" made a huge show of paying her off and chasing her out to shut her mouth. When the "royal bastard" Alistair turns up at her doorstep claiming to be her brother, she's not surprised. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out "thems at the castle" deliberately invoked this trope to hide his ''true'' parentage.]]
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: She's related to the bastard son of Maric. [[spoiler:Or so they've both been led to believe.]]
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: She runs a laundry service to support her family.
* TooManyBabies: Implied; she remarks that she has "five mouths to feed," although whether this means that she has five children or if she's including her husband and herself in the count is unclear. Either way, she seems to have a rough time keeping food on the table.
* UngratefulBastard: Unless your Warden is male and makes a very high persuasion check to [[DefrostingIceQueen defrost]] her, Goldanna just demands more money and support from Alistair, and remains critical and ungrateful no matter how much he gives her.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Her fate during and after the Battle of Denerim is never revealed in the game. [[spoiler:However, the second volume of ''World of Thedas'' states that an inquest was held regarding Alistair's paternity, and that Goldanna testified at that inquest, so she evidently survived.]]
* WidowWoman: Suggested by Alistair's offhand remark, when he first asks to go and visit her, that "I think she's remarried."

!!Sergeant Kylon
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->'''Voiced by:''' Mark Hildreth

-->''"I said beat down, not kill. Let me make that really clear. Not on fire, or exploded, or Maker knows whatever type of grisly death you can dream up. ...Sorry, used to giving orders to my boys."''

The chief of the guards on the Market Place of Denerim. He provides the Warden with minor quests to help improve the security in Denerim.
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* BullyingADragon: Defied; He flat out admits to the Warden that, even if he ''did'' believe Loghain's story, he would still not bother trying to arrest him/her, seeing how he has no chance and his men are incompetent cowards. When he witnesses mercenaries actually attempting to assault the Warden, he is amazed by their idiocy.
-->'''Kylon:''' And people actually voluntarily attack you? Are they just stupid?
* DeadpanSnarker: He delivers some enjoyable snark about the idiocy of his bastard men.
-->'''Kylon:''' If I send some of my boys here, one of them might get, Maker forbid that, hurt, and I would have to explain his noble father being a guard actually ''is'' dangerous.
* GenreSavvy: He is both aware of the fact that he is SurroundedByIdiots and of the Warden being a OneManArmy, and as such know better than to provoke him/her.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He makes it quite clear he doesn't believe Loghain's version of what happened in Ostagar.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Due to his job not being taken seriously by the nobility, his men are almost all bastard sons of nobles who were sent here to have a safe job and as such are untrained and irresponsible. To say this annoys him would be putting it lightly.

!!Master Ignacio
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->'''Voiced by''': Dan Hildebrand

-->''"Ferelden is a busy place: Blight, civil war, other mayhem. Lots of people not getting along. Sometimes, they '''really''' don't get along; maybe you want to do something about it."''

An Antivan merchant working in the Denerim marketplace. He's actually an agent of the Antivan Crows that offers the Warden some assassination sidequests in exchange for a favor.
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* AffablyEvil: Despite being an assassin, he is undeniably polite toward the Warden, unless provoked.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The targets he gives you to assassinate include two of Arl Howe's men, including one who kidnapped a child and another who was setting traps to ambush Grey Warden sympathizers. He also implies at the end of the questline that all of the targets were more or less connected to Loghain or Howe.
* MurderInc: He represents the Antivan Crows in Ferelden, and provides you with assassination missions for them.
* NobleDemon: Should you complete his questline, he will reward you and leave without backstabbing you, promising the Crows won't be after you anymore save for Taliesen and offering you an invitation to Antiva should you ever consider a career in their ranks. You actually have the option to express surprise about not being double-crossed.
** Also, if you flat-out refuse to assist him, he apologizes and never bothers you again. No harm, no foul.
* NothingPersonal: How he justifies the Antivan Crows trying to murder the Warden if confronted about it; as far as he is concerned, this was just business, and the one in charge of that contract was a different member, so he isn't concerned himself and sees no problem with negotiating with the Warden.
* NotSoStoic: He stays very civil and polite for most of the conversations, though Zevran can get him to become threatening with a comment. The Warden can also wear away his patience by refusing to engage in SpySpeak long enough, till he finally loses his temper.
-->'''Master Ignacio:''' All right, yes! You kill them, look in the bleeding chest! Happy? Everything clear?! Now if you don't mind...
* PragmaticVillainy: The reason he decides to approach the Warden; after Zevran's failed attempt to murder him, he decides it's best to have such a fearsome person as an ally rather than a foe. He also mentions to Zevran that he never would have accepted a contract on a Grey Warden himself, since he knows [[BullyingADragon attacking members of an order specifically known for being fearsome warriors would be suicide]].
* SpySpeak: He expresses himself entirely in this way when giving his quests to ensure nobody catches him.

!!Isabela

A Rivaini pirate captain who can be found at The Pearl in Denerim.

''For more info, see [[DragonAgeRecurringPartyMembers here]].''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dwarves]]

!!King Endrin Aeducan
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->'''Voiced by:''' Richard [=McGonagle=]

-->''"Denial of the traditions of our people does not qualify as a political technicality."''

The King of Orzammar on the eve of the Fifth Blight, Endrin has ruled for over 40 years and is widely regarded the most respected King in four generations. But while Orzammar is in the middle of a much needed reprieve from the threat of the darkspawn, the machinations of Dwarven politics do not rest and are often far more deadly.
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* DeadGuyJunior: The male Dwarf Noble can potentially father a son with one of two casteless women during the origin story. Upon his return from exile, he gets to meet said son and choose his name; one of the options available is to name him Endrin. Similarly, Bhelen's child with [[spoiler: Rica Brosca]] is mentioned to have been named Endrin as well.
* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:If Bhelen's telling the truth about not poisoning him.]]
* TheGoodKing: The reason he's one of the most respected monarchs in generations.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:The death of Trian, the exile of his second child, and his realization of the extent of Bhelen's ambition all take a heavy toll on him, ultimately leading to his death. However, some suspect poison may have been involved somewhere]].
* ParentalFavoritism: The Dwarf Noble seems to be the child upon whom he lavishes the most praise.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Often comes across as this. [[spoiler: Despite his grief at Trian's death and his other child standing over the body, he's still willing to hear his child's [[NotWhatItLooksLike side of the story]] first.]]
* SoProudOfYou: Tells the Dwarf Noble this during the ceremony announcing them as new [[FourStarBadass Commander of Orzammar's Army]]. [[spoiler: After their return from exile, the Dwarf Noble can find a letter written before his death, where he repeats this sentiment and admits his guilt at being forced to send them to the death into the Deep Roads, despite their possible innocence, as it was the only way to prevent a scandal in the Assembly.]]
* SpareToTheThrone: He was the second son of King Angsar, but ascended to the throne when after the death of his elder brother.
* SuccessionCrisis: [[spoiler:His suspicious death, after Bhelen's sudden rise to prominence, leads to an all-out civil war]].
* TheUriahGambit: Supposedly, Endrin convinced his older brother to fight in a Proving against a convicted murderer and provided said opponent with a poisoned blade. At least, [[UnreliableNarrator according to Bhelen]].

!!Prince Trian Aeducan
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->'''Voiced by:''' Zach Hanks

-->''"I know I will never be loved in Orzammar, but I will rule. Nothing, not even treacherous kin, will stop me from claiming my right."''

The eldest of the three Aeducan siblings, and the direct heir to Orzammar's throne. Despite his status, he isn't very popular due to his poor attitude.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Let's just say that the only reason he's in line for the throne is because he's the eldest sibling. And it's quite likely he was going to be passed over in favor of the middle child ''anyway''.
* DeadGuyJunior: The male Dwarf Noble can potentially father a son with one of two casteless women during the origin story. Upon his return from exile, he gets to meet said son and choose his name; if he was merely framed for Trian's murder rather than actually committing it, one of the options available is to name the boy Trian.
* DropTheHammer: Trian's Hammer is used by Bhelen, and later gifted to a Warden (of any race) who puts Bhelen on the throne.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler:Even if you decide not to have him killed as per Bhelen's suggestion, he winds up dead anyway.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: His journal notes his jealousy at their getting an entire Glory Proving dedicated to them upon receiving a military command, something he never got when he received his.
* HiddenDepths: . His journal reveals that he greatly respects Gorim for his UndyingLoyalty to the family, and mentions caring about keeping the relations between houses strong. He doesn't seem to quite get why Jaylia Helmi wants to be courted when he considers their marriage a foregone conclusion, but he conscientiously notes her favorite color.
* {{Jerkass}}: According to Bhelen, he once told a legless boy to essentially suck it up and deal with it.
* PrinceCharmless: In comparison to [[TheEvilPrince Bhelen]] and the [[TheWisePrince Dwarf Noble]].
* TheResenter: Towards his middle sibling, who is their father's favorite child and far more popular with the people, and therefore more likely to inherit the throne than he is.
* RoyalBrat: Clearly seems to believe that being heir to the throne entitles him to push everyone around.
* UnwittingPawn: Of Bhelen.

!!Prince Bhelen Aeducan
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/WallyWingert

-->''"We need absolute unity to fight against the fulcrum of true evil."''

The cunning and intelligent third Prince of Orzammar, and younger brother to the Dwarf Noble PC. He wishes to become king so that he may end Orzammar's isolationism, but his succession is unlikely, since eldest brother Trian is the acknowledged crown prince, while the Dwarf Noble PC is far more popular with the people. Of course, if a tragic "accident" were to befall his siblings...
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* AffablyEvil: He can be charming and polite in conversation, and he does have many progressive views on civil rights and foreign policy, but it's equally clear that he's utterly ruthless and calculating.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The Dwarf Noble player character can tell Bhelen that they finally realize that Bhelen was only following the unwritten rules of dwarven politics and simply "playing the game," and admit that Bhelen is the only one of the three siblings who is really suited to a political life. Bhelen naturally approves.
* AmbitionIsEvil: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. He either kills Trian and frames their middle sibling for the act, or actually cons the middle child into doing the deed; either way, Trian is dead and the Dwarf Noble PC is exiled to the Deep Roads. It is also implied that [[spoiler: he poisoned his father, King Endrin]]. He is eager to kill off any competitor to the throne and [[KickTheDog kicks the dog]] anytime something gets in his way. But [[spoiler: if he gets the throne, it can be said that he becomes a strong king and empowers Orzammar economically, recovers some of the thaigs lost to the darkspawn in certain circumstances, and gives the casteless greater rights.]]
** If the told of Bhelen's actions, Duncan will basically shrug and say, "Dwarven politics again."
* EvilPrince: This trope fits Bhelen to a 'T', although [[spoiler:he turns out to be a skilled, albeit ruthless ruler.]].
* TheExtremistWasRight: [[spoiler:If he's elected king, he eases discrimination against the casteless and makes it easier for Orzammar to trade with outside world.]]
* TheGoodKing: What he becomes if he is elected by the Assembly, with a healthy dose of GoodIsNotSoft. [[spoiler: He encourages trade with the surface, gives the Casteless civil rights, allows them to join the army and, generally, moves Orzammar to the future]]. Banter between two dwarven ambassadors in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Inquisition]]'' reveals that [[spoiler: he supports Empress Celene in the power struggle for Orlais, trades food and other essentials with her, and has Orzammar well supplied and organized despite trade difficulties]]. Contrast these with [[SlaveToPR Harrowmont]].
* GreenEyedMonster: Like Trian, a few of his lines imply that he's always been jealous of the Dwarf Noble's charm and popularity, particularly with their father.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Sneers at a male Dwarf Noble [[spoiler:if he fathers a child upon noble-hunter Mardy, and calls her a whore, in spite of the fact that he's done something rather similar with Rica Brosca.]] In his defense, mind, [[spoiler: he ''has'' made an honest woman out of Rica in the end.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler:He takes it poorly if you elect Harrowmont and attacks the assembly in a rage.]]
* IWillFindYou: In ''Inquisition'', he refuses to give up on [[spoiler: the Dwarven Warden and only living (or sane, if Branka also lives) Paragon]] and declare them dead, as the Assembly wants.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:If you elect him king and use that save as a base for a ''Dragon Age II'' game, Harrowmont's last surviving relative is found in Kirkwall. He's fleeing assassins Bhelen sent after him and mentions that Bhelen systematically exterminated his entire house because Lord Harrowmont opposed him.]]
* LikeFatherLikeSon: He [[spoiler:believes his father used similar underhanded methods to remove his own elder brother.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: See NotSoHarmlessVillain below.
* NiceToTheWaiter:
** While he's ruthless towards anyone who is a threat to his ambitions, he's also one of the only nobles who actually treats the casteless as people, to the point of [[spoiler:marrying one for love. If he becomes king he also grants more rights to the casteless.]]
** The tradition of "noble hunting", raising in status by having a child of a higher caste, clearly disgusts him. If the Warden is his brother and sires a child from such an encounter, he will admit the child into the family only grudgingly.
* NotMeThisTime: If confronted about it by a dwarven noble Warden, he denies having poisoned their father; whether or not he's being honest is anyone's guess.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In the Dwarf Noble origin, he seems to be a bit of an idiot. [[spoiler:Then he tricks you into/frames you for killing Trian.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He pretends to be a bit of a playboy and a buffoon, if Trian's regard for his youngest sibling is any indication.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: If the Dwarf Noble PC is female, she can have a conversation with Bhelen in which he affectionately refers to her as "my favorite sister." She is, of course, his ''only'' sister. (It makes a little more sense when the PC is male and therefore "my favorite brother.")
* PetTheDog: Some that aren't very apparent, unless you play the Dwarf Commoner origin. [[spoiler:In the Commoner origin, your sister Rica mentions that not only has she met a noble, but that he's also very kind to her and has agreed to move her and her family out of Dust Town. When you return to Orzammar, this man is revealed to be Bhelen. This is also foreshadowed by an awed beggar mentioning that he was in Dust Town and smiled at her. His PetTheDog tendencies are much less clear in other origins, but there is some dialogue around the city which says Bhelen's in a relationship with/engaged to marry a casteless.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: If the Dwarf Noble decides to make him King. Bhelen has his eldest brother murdered, (supposedly) has his father poisoned, and gets his remaining sibling exiled, all to claim the throne for himself. Unfortunately, his exiled sibling comes back as a Grey Warden, ''still'' commands respect from the people of Orzammar and, instead of getting revenge, is ultimately the person to whom [[CruelMercy Bhelen owes his throne]]. Even worse, while Bhelen gets to be King, his [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter sibling]] ends up being declared a ''[[TheAce Paragon]]''.
** And if the Dwarf Noble is male and you make certain choices, the Warden also [[spoiler:has a child with a strong claim to the throne by virtue of his royal descent and his father's Paragon-hood, meaning that it may have all been for nothing.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Essentially Bhelen's motto. More to the point, he marries Rica because he loves her, rather than keeping her as a concubine while taking a noblewoman bride as per custom.
* TheUnfettered: Is willing to do almost anything to achieve his goals, no matter how distasteful.
* UngratefulBastard: [[AvertedTrope Completely averted]], especially towards the dwarven Wardens. He has nothing but respect for Warden Brosca, [[spoiler: going so far as to place their Paragon statue in front of the palace so that all of Orzammar can venerate his wife's (that's Rica) noble house.]] Warden Aeducan gets no less: [[spoiler: their Paragon statue is actually grander than the others, and the King is very proud of the second paragon from his house.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He sees ruthlessness as the only way to strong-arm a regressive ruling class into submission in order to save their society from a slow lingering death. [[spoiler:And if chosen as king, [[TheExtremistWasRight he does]].]]
* XanatosGambit: Shows how to pull one off. [[spoiler: His coup against his two siblings was a good one, if only because he made sure that even in the worst circumstances, it would work, by being honestly prepared for all eventualities... except Duncan, and even that didn't necessarily stop him.]]

!!Lord Pyral Harrowmont
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RobinSachs

-->''"Your father made me swear on his deathbed that you would not succeed him."''

The best friend and confidant of King Endrin Aeducan, as well as High-General of Orzammar and a deshyr in the Assembly. At Endrin's request, he tries to claim the throne to stop Bhelen's schemes.
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* CreepyMonotone: At times.
* ExtremeDoormat: [[spoiler: If elected King, Harrowmont does everything in his power to [[SlaveToPR appease the Nobles,]] regardless of how broken their system is.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Towards [[spoiler: the Warden Aeducan ]], according to two chatting dwarven ambassadors in ''Inquisition''. [[spoiler: The Paragon statue in his/her honor]] is somewhat smaller than normal, as some deshyrs quickly point out. Note that [[spoiler: Paragon Brosca gets a normal-sized statue]].
* HonorBeforeReason: He follows Orzammar's laws and traditions to the letter. [[spoiler:This is why he doesn't resist if King Bhelen orders him executed.]]
* IWillFindYou: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. In ''Inquisition'', he gives up rather easily on [[spoiler: the Dwarven Warden and only living (or sane, if Branka's still alive) Paragon]], declaring them dead per the Assembly's request soon after they disappear.
* LaserGuidedKarma: If a falsely accused Dwarf Noble Warden gets him his kingship.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: [[spoiler:If chosen as king, he means well, but will turn out to be ineffectual and traditional. Harrowmont passes several isolation- and seclusion-related bills to placate the noble caste and causes further stagnation in Dwarven society.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In the Dwarf Noble origin; he's shown to be a very kind man who wants what's best for king and kingdom alike, and does his best to help the doomed PC.
** Again to the Warden upon reaching Orzammar, refusing to stoop to Bhelen's underhanded tactics and instead requesting the Warden only do tasks that are to the letter of Dwarven law and honour.
* SlaveToPR: Harrowmont toes the line with being a Tradionalist, which makes him more popular with his fellow nobles than a radical former like Bhelen.
** In ''Inquisition'', he [[spoiler: supports Grand Duke Gaspard, [[{{Irony}} the nephew of the previous Emperor]], for the Orlesian throne, sending him weapons. His isolation of the Dwarves and disdain for the casteless almost costs him Orzammar, due to insufficient supplies after trade gets disrupted and the constant threat of the darkspawn. ]]
* TroubledSympatheticBigot: Hates the casteless, but otherwise appears as a sympathetic character.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Endrin appointed Harrowmont as his successor on his deathbed over his own son. [[spoiler:But given that said son practically killed both his siblings and basically caused Endrin to die of grief...]] Harrowmont himself claims he never wanted to be king, but runs since Endrin wished it so.
* UngratefulBastard: He knows he owes his throne to the Warden. See GreenEyedMonster above.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He is polite, honorable, friendly, loyal, and trustworthy. And he is so prejudiced against the casteless you couldn't even call him a NobleBigotWithABadge.

!!Gorim Saelac
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SteveBlum

-->''"Dwarven crafts! Fine dwarven crafts! Direct from Orzammar! You won't find better."''

The second of the Dwarven Noble PC.
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Marries a surfacer shortly after being exiled from Orzammar, [[MultipleChoicePast even if]] he and the female Dwarf Noble were lovers. He'll even gush to her about how happy he is with his new wife and unborn child.
* BadassNormal: Warrior caste dwarfs are about as normal in combat as they get.
* BrokenRecord: "Dwarven crafts! Fine dwarven crafts! Direct from Orzammar!"
* DeadpanSnarker: SteveBlum nails every single line.
-->'''Gorim:''' Why not? I'll just wear a sign that says 'assassinate me before Lady Aeducan marries beneath her'.
* DoggedNiceGuy[=/=]StarCrossedLovers: Depending on what the female Dwarf Noble PC chooses.
* DoubleStandard: A victim of this [[MultipleChoicePast if]] he and the female Dwarf Noble PC are in love. While male dwarf nobles take lovers, concubines, and marry beneath their station all the time, female dwarf nobles cannot marry beneath them under ''any'' circumstances. (They can even run into her brother Bhelen's socially accepted casteless lover, while they have to keep their relationship a secret.) See DeadpanSnarker.
* HappilyMarried: He admits to the Dwarf Noble Warden that he's happier in exile on the surface than he ever would have imagined possible, including being married to a lovely woman and expecting their first child.
* IWillWaitForYou: Subverted if the Dwarf Noble is female [[MultipleChoicePast and they're in love]]. Even though he's the one to suggest the Dwarf Noble seek out Duncan and the Grey Wardens to survive exile in the Deep Roads, he marries a surfacer soon out of his exile from Orzammar, without even waiting to see if it worked. Granted, he had no real way of knowing if she would survive, but still...
* RetiredBadass: If you haven't played through the Dwarf Noble origin, you would never guess that the somewhat snarky merchant you met in Denerim was formerly a badass soldier.
* UndyingLoyalty:
** While it's up to the player to establish what the dwarf noble PC's relationship with their second is like (lovers, friends, master and servant), Gorim's loyalty to his Lord/Lady Aeducan will be one of his defining traits throughout the origin sequence. [[spoiler:He's so loyal, in fact, that it is neatly and efficiently used after Trian's murder to condemn him via guilt by association. "Your loyalty makes you a useless witness, Ser Gorim." However, he's not loyal enough to stay faithful to the female PC he's in love with - although in his defense, he had no way of knowing that the Warden was still alive.]]
** When re-encountered in Denerim, he will provide the Dwarf Noble with the [[AncestralWeapon Shield of Aeducan]] and [[SoProudOfYou letter]] given to him [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacguffin by their dying father]], in addition to one of the best discounts in the game.

!!Paragon Branka
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->'''Voiced by:''' Helen Wilson

-->''"I am your Paragon."''

The only Paragon in four generations, Branka was a master smith who invented a new kind of smokeless fuel that allowed Orzammar to increase its production level by a third and ended many diseases related to it. She also happens to be Oghren's wife, who left him two years ago to search the Deep Roads for an artifact that she was convinced could restore the glory of the Dwarven Kingdom. Whichever candidate for the throne the PC supports, Branka's vote is the final push they need to take the throne... assuming she can be found.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Implied to be one of the reasons she married Oghren.
** ArrangedMarriage: ''World of Thedas'' volume 2 states that it was actually this.
* BadassBookworm: In addition to her intellect, she's also a good fighter with a sword and shield.
* TheBlacksmith: A master smith and most gifted individual since Caridin over a thousand years ago. Her discovery of a smokeless fire, ensuring that miners could work in safety and reducing deaths from "Black Lung" by two-thirds, made the Assembly raise her to Paragon status. Even so, she falls short of being considered the UltimateBlacksmith, due to having to heavily rely on surviving fragments of Caridin's research in her attempt to rediscover the secret to creating Golems, rather than recreate it independently.
* BrainyBrunette: The only current Paragon has dark brown hair.
* BrokenPedestal: Let's just say that by the time you actually meet her, you'll find yourself wondering why the dwarves revere her as a Paragon.
* DepravedBisexual: Apparently. Well, except that this was her [[spoiler:only humanizing factor, which she cheerfully discarded when she was made to choose between relationship and obsession.]]
* TheDeterminator: [[spoiler:Insanely so when it comes to the Anvil. She has no problem in sacrificing anything and everything to get there.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''Golems of Amgarrak'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:she knew about what was going on in the titular Thaig, but either found it too inhumane or too dangerous to consider using]].
* GirlishPigtails: [[spoiler: Inverted to hell and back. Branka is tough, driven, and rather insane.]]
* InsufferableGenius: She wasn't very social to begin with.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:It's implied that she was originally somewhat stable, though eccentric; but eventually she became so obsessed with finding the Anvil that by the time of the game's story, it's literally the ''only'' thing she cares about anymore.]]
** [[spoiler:If she succeeds in getting it, there are two ''very bad'' possibilities in the epilogue. Under King Harrowmont, she will eventually get volunteers refused to her, which causes her to kidnap people from the surface in raids to create more golems; this kicks off a war with Ferelden, whose forces besiege Orzammar and the dwarves have to seal its gates. Under King Bhelen, she will eventually refuse to create golems only for him, having him ban the use of the Anvil. Bhelen's soldiers attempt to besiege Branka's fortress in the Deep Roads to enforce the decree. They do not succeed after years of the siege, and Branka's stronghold remains locked up tight with golems manning its gates.]]
* TheLadette: She's an interesting take on this trope, but even Oghren says that she was barely more of a woman than him.
* MeaningfulName: Branka is a form of the Slavic name Branislava, which almost literally means 'defender of glory'. Perhaps unintentional is the other meaning: the word ''branka'' means 'goal' (at least when one is referring to soccer).
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:After siding with her, the Warden can convince her that she has truly gone mad and that the Anvil of the Void is an ArtifactOfDoom. If persuaded, she'll not only destroy it but [[RedemptionEqualsDeath jumps into lava soon afterwards]]]].
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: An almost literal example.
* PsychoLesbian: [[spoiler:An interesting inversion. Coldly condemning her lesbian lover to AFateWorseThanDeath to further her goal of acquiring the Anvil of the Void is part of what makes her a monster.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: From Oghren's conversations, it's quite clear that Branka alternated between "loving and caring" to "violently beating people up" with regularity.
-->'''Oghren:''' Truth is, I don't know. She was almost crazier than when we were married, it looked like.\\
'''Shale:''' Almost? It is exaggerating, surely.\\
'''Oghren:''' Branka was always a bit twitchy. There was that day she took her forging hammer to my head for misplacing her tongs... ah, good times.\\
'''Shale:''' I am finding the nature of its relationship to this Branka difficult to imagine.\\
'''Oghren:''' Make-up sex. She really knew how to polish the old anvil, if you take my meaning! ''[whistles]'' Paragon! ''[laughs]''\\
'''Shale:''' I am done imagining, now.
* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler: There is ''nothing'' that is too monstrous for Branka if it means finding the Anvil of the Void, as her followers and her lover discover too late.]]
* VillainOverride: [[spoiler:She turns some of the golems to her side in the fight against her]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Her seeking of the Anvil of the Void is to ensure the dwarves can build an army to wage war against the darkspawn, retake territory, and rebuild their empire. The way she sees it, no price is too high for that. A particularly ruthless or desperate Warden may agree, possibly when prompted by Zevran.]]

!!Hespith
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->'''Voiced by:''' Wendy Braun

-->''"That's why they hate us... that's why they need us. That's why they take us.... that's why they feed us."''

Hespith is the commander of Branka's troops as well as the Paragon's former lover. When Branka disappeared into the Deep Roads along with her entire House, Hespith went with her, and she's presumed lost by the people of Orzammar. She turns up near the end of the Warden's search for the Anvil of the Void, however, offering some helpful information about Branka as well as what became of the rest of the house.
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* CreepyMonotone: At almost all times, she speaks in a dead-still tone.
* DissonantSerenity: The result of [[spoiler: being broken both by circumstances and Branka's obsession]] isn't pretty.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:It's implied that she leaps off a ledge to her death after speaking to the party, rather than face transformation into a Broodmother.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Though it's suggested she avoids it.]]
* IAmAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:Forced to eat her fellow dwarfs in order to turn into a broodmother.]]
* IronicNurseryRhyme: And a very disturbing one at that.
* MadnessMantra: ''First day they come, and catch everyone,...'' and then she basically repeats the entire poem until you engage her.
* MyGreatestFailure: Implied by something she says to the Warden regarding Branka.
-->'''Hespith:''' [[spoiler:I was her captain, and I could not stop her... her lover, and I could not save her.]]

!!Rica Brosca
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->'''Voiced by:''' Corri English

-->''"I can only imagine the horrible things he's made you do."''

Sister of the Dwarf Commoner PC, Rica was forced into noble-hunting by the crime lord Beraht, while her sibling does Beraht's dirty work to pay off the debts from the lessons to make her act like a noble lady.
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* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:After the Dwarf Commoner origin story, she gives birth to Bhelen's son Endrin and becomes an official royal concubine. Given that Bhelen does apparently actually love her, she's as close to being queen as anyone in Orzammar can get. According to the town criers he intends to marry her as well.]]
* TheCameo: Briefly appears during the Dwarf Noble origin, where she mistakes their footsteps for Bhelen coming to visit her.
* CoolBigSis: She's the elder sibling, and her younger brother/sister can be played as genuinely adoring her.
* GirlNextDoor: Very much. The toolset even describes her as this, word for word.
* GoldDigger: Not that as a casteless dwarf she has much choice about it.
* HighClassCallGirl: The crime lord Beraht spared no expense on fine dresses, music and vocal lessons, all so Rica could snag a promising noble, get pregnant and ascend them out of Dust Town.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: She's been forced into the role of concubine out of necessity more than choice.
* MoralityPet: Possibly to a Dwarf Commoner PC. [[spoiler:Definitely to Bhelen.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Their father left the family, causing their mother to take to drinking shortly afterwards.
* ParentalSubstitute: Forcing Rica to become this to her younger sibling.
* RagsToRiches: Orzammar criers announce that [[spoiler: Prince Bhelen]] actually intends to marry her
* SelectiveObliviousness: Says that if her sibling ignores what Beraht forces her to do, she'll pretend to ignore all the times they've come back from a job, covered head-to-toe in blood.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: She's the key to Beraht becoming a Noble.
* TeamMom: Has been forced to take on this role, since her mother spends most of the day [[TheAlcoholic stuck in a bottle]].
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Compared to the Female Dwarf Commoner, who works for Beraht as [[HiredGuns Hired Muscle]], while Rica is a HighClassCallGirl.

!!Leske
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BrianBloom

-->''"Could everyone who isn't about to die please turn around for a moment? This may be unpleasant. Thank you."''

Best friend of the Dwarf Commoner PC, Leske works with the PC as one of Beraht's casteless thugs.
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* BoisterousBruiser: He's more this about the Dwarf Commoner warden than himself.
* DeadpanSnarker: His conversations can be a good source of witty banter between him and the PC.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:By the time the Dwarf Commoner returns to Orzammar, Leske has sided with Jariva.]]
* GenreSavvy: He gives a pretty good speech about how YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle if you announce your intention to take over the Carta after killing Beraht, pointing out that he has a powerful family and many connections, as well as the fact that his death left a power vacuum they couldn't possibly fill. [[spoiler:In retrospect, this also makes him DangerouslyGenreSavvy.]]
* GuestStarPartyMember: He accompanies you throughout the Dwarf Commoner origin.
* LockedInTheDungeon: If the PC is any origin other than the Dwarf Commoner, this is where he will be found during the invasion of Jarvia's hideout.
* LoveableRogue: His cheerful, devil-may-care attitude, enthusiasm for his job and tendency to flirt with virtually every woman he encounters (including a female Dwarf Commoner) as well as his encouraging you to join the Grey Wardens when Duncan offers you to make him a rather archetypical one.[[spoiler: This is subverted later in the game, however, when he willingly betrays you in order to secure his position as Jarvia's lover and second-in-command and doesn't express a hint of remorse.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: A possible reaction to his open lust for your sister.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Leske pretty much has no spine or even an honest desire to take charge of his own life in the Carta, instead willingly kowtowing to Beraht and later [[spoiler:Jarvia]].
* ThoseTwoGuys: If the Dwarf Commoner is male.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Possibly, depending on dialogue choices.

!!Beraht
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/PatFraley

-->''"You keep your head down and say 'aye' to any job I decide is low enough for scum like you."''

The leader of the Carta, one of Orzammar's largest crime syndicates. He dreams of becoming a noble and moving to the Diamond Quarter. The Dwarf Commoner PC and his/her sister, Rica, are forced to work for him due to their Casteless status.
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Dreams of becoming a noble and moving to the Diamond Quarter.
* BullyingADragon[=/=]TooDumbToLive: Oh sure, mouth off to your two ex-carta thugs (one of whom just won a tournament against Orzammar's most seasoned darkspawn veterans) who just broke out of your personal jail and cut their way through your hideout guards like weeds to escape. That'll intimidate them into submission, Beraht.
* TheMafia: He certainly runs the Carta like one.
* SelfMadeMan: His lack of brand, shop and ability to provide a legitimate pass to the Commons imply that he's likely a member of the Merchant Caste. However, his dreams of becoming a Noble are hampered due to his well-known connections to Dust Town and role in the Carta.
* StarterVillain: For the Dwarf Commoner.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Not personally, but after the Dwarf Commoner is discovered at the Proving and locked up in his dungeon, he plans to cut Rica loose as well, and casually informs his guards that they can have their way with her since he no longer cares about getting his investment back from her.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: It's stated a few times that he has "good friends" in the upper Castes.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Plans to have Brosca and Leske tortured to death for getting discovered at the Proving, even though they were JustFollowingOrders. (Granted, he didn't tell them to impersonate a contestant, but since they found said contestant too blind drunk to compete, the narrative makes it clear they ''had'' to to ensure that the warrior he bet on won, as he would have tortured and killed them for failing anyway.)

!!Jarvia
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->'''Voiced by:''' Salli Saffioti

-->''"Well, you picked the wrong side, stranger. It doesn't matter who's king, as long as there's a queen!"''

Beraht's second-in-command and rumored lover, who takes over the Carta after his death. Like him, she cultivates allies among the people of Orzammar, both common and noble, which makes it difficult for the authorities to act against her. Both Bhelen and Harrowmont will ask the Warden to eliminate her in order to curry favor with the assembly.
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* BenevolentBoss: It's hinted she does care to some extent about her men (at least probably more than Beraht). If you chose a different origin than the Dwarf Commoner, itís possible to [[BerserkButton make her lose her cool]] by taunting her about how you just slaughtered her whole Carta.
* CombatPragmatism: When you finally meet and fight her in person, she faces you [[JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards surrounded by several of her henchmen, including several archers]], in a closed room [[HomeFieldAdvantage full of traps]] and spends half the fight in stealth mode.
* DepravedBisexual: Implied to have been in a relationship with Beraht before he died, and pulls an IHaveYouNowMyPretty with a female PC of any background. Still in the Carta regardless.
* {{Gayngster}}: If the PC is a female Warden of any race, Jarvia specifically tells her goons to kill the entire party, "but leave the pretty one - I have plans for her." (The male Warden is "the mouthy one.")
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: She's strongly hinted to intend to do this with the Warden, [[DepravedBisexual regardless of the Warden's gender]].
* JustifiedCriminal: Many of the people of Dust Town consider her one, to the point that they'll attack the Warden for killing her.
* TheMafia: Takes over as the boss after Beraht's death.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: As with her boss, she's got lots of connections, and is actually fairly well-liked among the inhabitants of Dust Town, because she looks after them. At least, she's liked by the ones that aren't cowering in fear at the mere mention of her. After she's killed by the Warden, a group of them attempt to avenge her death.

!!Paragon Caridin
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->'''Voiced by:''' David Lodge

-->''"The Anvil of the Void allowed me to forge a man of stone and steel, and because of it I was made into a Paragon."''

An ancient dwarven smith of legendary skill and one of Orzammar's most famous Paragons, Caridin was the creator of the Golems. At the time of ''Origins'', his home thaig has long since fallen to the Darkspawn and everyone assumes the discoveries he made are LostForever, but Branka is fascinated by his research and goes into the Deep Roads in an attempt to recover it.
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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:Was turned into a golem after attempting to destroy his research]].
* ArtifactOfDoom: In his opinion, this is what the Anvil of the Void is.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:He only realized that being turned into a golem was this when he was turned into a golem himself.]]
* ForgingScene: [[spoiler: If you choose to side with him, he forges a crown for the new king of Orzammar for you.]]
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: Caridin was responsible for the creation of Shale. [[spoiler: In her former life as Shayle of House Cadash, she was one of his closest friends and staunchest allies.]]
* {{Golem}}: Duh. [[spoiler:Was sentenced to go under the hammer himself.]]
* HumanResources: [[spoiler:He discovers that as powerful as the Anvil of the Void is, it can't create life from scratch - meaning he has to use dwarves to make golems.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:Not exactly, because he can and will once the Anvil of the Void is destroyed. But prior to that he won't, because he can't destroy the Anvil himself and is unwilling to risk allowing it to fall into the wrong hands.]]
* KnightInSourArmour: Due to his creation of the Golems. [[spoiler: After being forcibly turned into a Steel Golem, a rather ''literal'' example]].
* ModestRoyalty: Despite becoming a Paragon and being able to found his own house, he chose to remain in his ancestral home in Ortan Thaig. [[spoiler: Furthermore, when chosen to smith the crown for the King of Orzammar, he uses the crest of House Ortan instead of his own]].
* MrExposition: If Shale is in the party, he'll spill all of the beans of just who the golem really is: [[spoiler: Shayle of House Cadash.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He eventually came to view his research this way.
* PetTheDog: Designed the fortress of Bownammar to serve as a headquarters and mausoleum for the [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores Legion of Dead]], in recognition of their sacrifices to safeguard the Dwarven Empire from the darkspawn.
* SkippableBoss: [[spoiler:Though if you don't fight him, you'll have to fight Branka instead.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At first, though he later came to regret his creation of the Golems.
* UltimateBlacksmith: Could seriously be a contender for ''the'' ultimate one in the history of Thedas.

!!Ruck
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NolanNorth

-->''"It's my claim, not yours! Crunch your bones!"''

Ruck is a young Dwarf who was stranded in the Deep Roads for five years. Like anyone abandoned there, he's grown deformed and half-mad from consuming darkspawn flesh, likely in the early stages of ghoulification. However, he is willing to trade with you, and is essentially a store in the middle of the Dark Roads.
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* AFateWorseThanDeath: Most companions see his condition as this, and feel it would have been better if he ''had'' died in a mining accident with the others. [[spoiler: Zevran will even insist on the Warden performing a MercyKill rather than let him continue to live like this, and [[ButThouMust the Warden has to agree]].]]
* AnythingButThat: He ''begs'' you to tell his mother he's dead. He doesn't want her to see him like that. His mother is enough of a MamaBear that she'll rush to the Deep Roads to seek him out if you tell her he's alive.
-->'''Ruck:''' [[RapidFireNo Nonononono!]] No Filda! No mother! No warm blanket and stew and pillow and soft words! Ruck doesn't deserve good memories! No, no, ''[[BigNo NO]]''!
* {{Expy}}: Of [[TheHobbit Gollum]]. WasOnceAMan who has become a TalkativeLoon ThirdPersonPerson, simultaneously misses and curses his old life, lives alone in deep, dark, undermountain caves, is forced to eat giant spiders and [[ImAHumanitarian worse]] to survive, etc.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: When you ask to trade with him, he'll tell you that you don't have to pay him for his wares...but you do. And if you kill him, you won't be able to loot any of these wares (including a rare and expensive Templar chestpiece) but will get some random low-level item.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Can receive one from the Warden, [[ButThouMust especially if Zevran is in the party]].]]
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: He's likely undergoing ghoulification from eating darkspawn flesh, since he can sense the Taint within the Warden.
* TalkativeLoon: He never stops jabbering to himself.
* ThatManIsDead: Ruck firmly believes this about himself.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Ruck refers to himself as such.

!!Bodahn Feddic

A dwarven merchant whom the Warden and his companions rescue on the Imperial Highway outside of Lothering, Bodahn and his adopted son Sandal thereafter travel with the party, providing a ready source of supplies as well as enchanting services.

''For more info, see [[DragonAgeRecurringNonPlayableCharacters this page]].''

!!Sandal Feddic

The adopted son of the dwarven merchant Bodahn Feddic. Sandal is...special, to say the least, as he is lyrium-addled. However, he has a unique and natural talent when it comes to enchanting, displaying skill that surpasses that of even grandmasters. He follows the party along with his father and the two offer their services in the party camp.

''For more info, see [[DragonAgeRecurringNonPlayableCharacters this page]].''

!!Dagna

A young girl of the Smith Caste, who wishes to study in the Circle of Magi.

''For more info, see [[Characters/DragonAgeInquisitionStaff Characters - Dragon Age Inquisition]].''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Circle of Magi]]

!!First Enchanter Irving
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SteveBlum

-->''"We should seize moments of levity, especially in troubled times."''

The First Enchanter of the Circle of Magi, Irving is a prominent and powerful mage who tries to compromise with the Templars and ensure that both sides of the conflict receive fair judgment.
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* TheArchmage: The oldest and most powerful mage in the Fereldan Cirlce.
* BadassBaritone: It's Creator/SteveBlum, after all.
* BadassBeard: An indicator of how long he's lived in the Circle teaching others.
* BadassBookworm: His office is also his personal library of magic and forbidden knowledge.
* BadassGrandpa: "Maker, I'm too old for this." Doesn't impede his badassitude one bit.
* BerserkButton: He is not happy when the Demon in Connor's mind tries to make a deal.
* CoolOldGuy: He's very kind and friendly to his apprentices.
* CreepyMonotone: He speaks in a heavy, gargled hagger.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mainly towards Greagoir. Also when he snarkily wonders who thought it was a good idea to put the Circle of Magi in a tower with so many stairs, given the age of some of the Mages (including him).
* GuestStarPartyMember: If he's the one to confront Connor Guerrin's demon.
* TheObiWan: Is this to the Mage Warden. Irving gives some good last minute advice before the Harrowing and later does as much as he can to defend you to Greagoir. It's implied numerous times that Irving took on the Mage Warden as his personal apprentice; apparently he talks up a storm about his star pupil to others, as Duncan recognises you pretty much immediately, Wynne has heard about your "remarkable self-confidence," and even ''Loghain'' has heard of you and concedes it's impressive to be so well regarded by the First Enchanter at such a young age. Whether he lives or dies is entirely up to you, though. In the novels' canon, he lives past the events of the sequel.
* TheStoic: No matter the situation, he's very nonchalant about it.
* ParentalSubstitute: It's implied that the Mage Warden regards him as such.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When the Warden tells him about [[spoiler: Connor's possession]], Irving immediately gathers a group of mages and heads forth to Castle Redcliffe.
* TheRedMage: Irving uses a vast mixture of spells from the various schools of magic. [[ShockAndAwe Lightning spells]] from the Primal tree, the [[BlackMagic Hex line]] from the Entropy tree, [[TrapMaster Glyph spells]] and [[WhiteMagic Heal spells]] from the Creation tree.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:If he's chosen to go into the Fade to save Connor, he gives a ''very'' satisfying one to the demon.]]
-->'''Irving:''' Do you think me a '''[[NotSoStoic FOOL?!]]'''
* SoProudOfYou: To the Mage Warden after they defeat the Archdemon. Irving says he never imagined the day when people would be celebrating in the street and singing the praises of a ''mage'' as their national hero.
* SquishyWizard: Like most mages you can play as, he doesn't have much health or armor.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Lawful. While he genuinely cares for the mages in his charge, he firmly believes that performing the Rite of Tranquility on Jowan is the best course given the evidence that he's a Maleficar. [[spoiler: Turns out he's right.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Apparently, he and Knight-Commander Greagoir aren't entirely unfriendly, despite their frequently clashing opinions. Their reunion after the mages are saved is genuinely warm, though Irving jokes that they'll be at each other's throats again before too long.
* WizardClassic: Complete with a traditional WizardBeard.

!!Knight-Commander Greagoir
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->'''Voiced by:''' Brian George

-->''"It is the innocent folk of Ferelden who matter. I would lay down my life, and the life of any mage, to protect them."''

Leader of the Templars in the Circle tower. Greagoir is unpopular with most of the mages for his strict and uncompromising attitude, but is not entirely unmovable. Wynne says that he is not an unreasonable man.
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* ByTheBookCop: A law abiding Templar.
* DaChief: [[spoiler: To Cullen, should the player side with the mages.]]
* [[spoiler:DatingCatwoman: Quite possibly with Wynne in their youth. Greagoir's entry in ''The World of Thedas Vol. II'' lines up suspiciously well with an unsigned letter written by Rhys's father.]]
* EnemyMine: With the Mage Warden. He's the first to protest when Duncan recruits you to save you from execution if you have helped Jowan, but will still cooperate with you to deal with the crisis when you come back.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He behaves rather unlikable toward mages in the Mage Origins, and attempts to have Jowan made a Tranquil due to believing he is a Blood Mage; essentially, he is the main reason players will usually choose to help Jowan escape. Turns out Jowan ''is'' a Blood Mage, so his accusations were at least founded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He supports the Chantry's hard-line stance against magic and keeps the mages locked up in the Tower where he can keep an eye on them, but he's not so unreasonable as to persist with the Annulment once given the all-clear, and much of what he does is out of a sense of duty to his position.
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:Subverted, as until the Grey Warden arrives, what was going on in the Circle tower more than justifies his actions. He's willing to let the Warden take a shot at possibly finding survivors inside the tower, though he thinks it's a suicide run. Also, he's willing to draw back his order to exterminate the Circle of Magi once the Grey Warden successfully neutralizes the threat and saves Irving.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Especially if you compare him to [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Knight-Commander Meredith]]. It is discovered in ''Inquisition'' that Greagoir is considered one of the most permissive Knight Commanders in southern Thedas.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Irving.

!!Jowan
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->'''Voiced by:''' Desmond Askew

-->''"You don't care about mages, you just bow to the Chantry's every whim!"''

The best friend of the Mage PC, Jowan is an apprentice who is highly anxious about getting to his Harrowing. He and a Chantry initiate, Lily, are in a secret relationship and wish to elope - a sentiment which is reinforced when Lily finds an order to make Jowan Tranquil, as he is suspected of being a Blood Mage. Desperate, they enlist the Mage PC's help.
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* AbortedArc: Originally, one of the ways to decide his fate after the resolution of the Redcliffe plotline would have been to make him undergo the Joining and become a party member, but the idea was scrapped as it didn't fit into the overall storyline. A shame, really, because there are arguably too few mages among the game's recruitable characters (and too many warriors), and because [[spoiler:the only way to gain access to the Blood Mage specialization is to agree to let a demon have the soul of a young child, unless you TakeAThirdOption and pass a very difficult Intimidate check.]]
* TheAtoner: He becomes quite a {{Woobie}} when he decides that he's done enough damage and just wants to atone for ''everything'', even quietly accepting death or becoming Tranquil, which is the entire reason he ''fled'' and ''became'' an Apostate in the first place.
* BeleagueredChildhoodFriend: Serves as the plot of the Mage Origin.
* BloodMagic: He uses it to escape the Circle. If you send him into the Fade, he even has Blood Magic as his PrestigeClass.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: BloodMagic, obviously. Moreso in his case because he ''knows'' it's dangerous.
* DrivenByEnvy: [[spoiler:His jealousy of the Mage PC's talent is what made him turn to blood magic, though he had put that behind him after falling in love with Lily.]].
* EvilFormerFriend: Not so much evil as simply having a tendency to make foolish decisions.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: If you opt to execute him in the prison cell he's locked in, he accepts it quietly and understandingly.
* GuestStarPartyMember: During the Circle Mage Origin and during Arl of Redcliffe if you choose.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:If released from his cell in the Redcliffe Dungeons and told to run, the quest "Jowan's Intention" reveals that he ''does'' finally manage to pull this off. Under the guise of "Master Levyn", he's found protecting Blight refugees from Bereskarn and Blight Wolves and apparently has saved them from at least three previous darkspawn attacks]]. [[note]]Unfortunately, said quest is bugged and only accessible via console commands[[/note]].
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Poor fool can't seem to do ''anything'' well-meaning without the consequences spiraling out of control.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Platonic with a female Mage PC. He even mentions she's like a sister to him.
* MyGreatestFailure: Learning BloodMagic, which costs him his one true love and his friendship with the Mage Warden and turns him into a wanted apostate.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother rejected him after finding out he was a mage. He was five or six at the time.
* PersonAsVerb: According to a conversation between Finn and a Mage Warden in ''Witch Hunt'', the phrase "To pull a Jowan" has started being used by apprentices to mean "[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption enacting a plan that has little or no chance in succeeding]]". Of course, since Jowan ''did'' escape and destroy his phylactery, Finn admits this is technically a misnomer.
* RedemptionDemotion: Despite being a Blood Mage, he's actually quite weak, as you'll discover if you attempt to use him to [[spoiler: rescue Connor from the Desire Demon]]. This comes as a surprise after he uses BloodMagic to blast his way past a small army of mages and Templars attempting to apprehend him during the mage origin story. Of course, all ''evil'' Blood Mages in the game are, unlike him, extremely powerful.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Lily.
* VitriolicBestBuds: The Mage Warden has several [[DeadpanSnarker dialogue options]] that hint at this type of friendship.
--> '''Jowan''': A few months ago I told you I... met a girl. This is Lily.\\
'''Mage Warden''': Ah, I was beginning to doubt her existence. / My condolences, Lily.

!!Lily
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/WendeeLee

-->''"You wish me to sneak around?!"''

A Chantry initiate working in the Circle Tower. She is in love with Jowan, despite the fact that intimacy between Mages and Chantry members is forbidden.
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* AFateWorseThanDeath: The Aeonar is not a pleasant place to be sent... at all.
* FireForgedFriends: Thanks the Warden for risking everything to help her and Jowan escape the Circle, and later attempting to spare her from being sent to [[TheAlcatraz Aenoar]] by claiming responsibility for her actions.
* GuestStarPartyMember: During the Circle Mage origin, same as Jowan.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When she learns that Jowan lied to her and really ''is'' a Blood Mage, she is horrified that she helped him and willingly accepts being sentenced to [[TheAlcatraz Aeonar]].
* NaughtyNuns: As a Chantry initiate, she's sworn to a vow of celibacy, which she violates by getting involved with Jowan.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Jowan.
* WhatTheHellHero: She's ''not'' happy when she learns of Jowan's deceit.

!!Senior Enchanter Uldred
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->'''Voiced by:''' Barry Dennen

-->''"You are a thorn in my side, and I must remove you before you fester!"''

One of the mages of the Circle sent to help the army at Ostagar.
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* ArcVillain: For the ''Broken Circle'' quest, as his plan to turn as many mages as he can into abominations is what causes the Templars to lock the tower down and seek the Right of Annulment on the Fereldan Circle.
* BaldOfEvil: As seen in the above image.
* ChekhovsGunman: He has one line during your time in Ostagar; you will hardly suspect, on your first playthrough, that he will show up later in such a horrifying manner. Indeed, his presence in Ostagar is so minimal that many players don't necessarily ''recognize'' him when they reach the Circle during their first playthrough.
** He is also spoken of at some length during the Mage Origin during the discussion of the mage fraternities, hinting that he's going to be a problem later in the game.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Both blood magic and, according to Niall, demonology.
* DemonicPossession: Let's himself become a vessel for a Pride Demon.
* EvilIsHammy: During Ostagar, he sounds reserved and calm, if worried about the battle. After his possession, he drops all subtlety and starts living it up in his evil.
* EvilTeacher: At least, he's ''supposed'' to be a teacher. Wynne mentions he's thus far refused to mentor any apprentices.
* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}}. Judging by Wynne's comments about him, Uldred's overconfidence and arrogance about his own abilities made him easy pickings for the Pride Demon to possess him.
* LargeHam: Only after becoming an abomination.
* MoleInCharge: His record of catching blood mages is largely the reason the First Enchanter trusts him. He is also the ringleader of the blood mages, and betrays a few to give himself a good reputation and throw the Templars off his scent.
* MookMaker: He will keep turning his captive mages into Abominations until there are none left, including Irving.
* MoreThanMindControl: [[spoiler: To the point where it's impossible to tell how much of what he's spewing is his own opinion and how much is the demon's.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: According to Wynne.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Takes on the form of a demon when the Warden fights him.]]
* TeachersPet: Mockingly refers to the Mage Warden as this.
* VillainHasAPoint: At Ostagar, he suggests that the contingent of Mages at Ostagar use their offensive magic to combat the darkspawn and help support the troops. Despite this being a reasonable suggestion and one even shared by Duncan in the Mage Origin, he's quickly silenced by the Revered Mother of the Chantry, who ''refuses'' to [[HonorBeforeReason trust soldiers' lives to magic]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He is able to create a ring of blood mages within Kinloch Hold because Irving trusts him. ''The World of Thedas: Volume 2'' states this is because he would throw one of his maleficarum to the wolves every once in a while, gaining him a reputation as one who roots out corruption within the ranks.

!!Cullen

A young Templar at the Circle tower, Cullen harbors a long-standing infatuation with the female Mage PC, despite knowing of the impossibility of this sentiment.

''For more info, see [[Characters/DragonAgeRecurringNonPlayableCharacters this page]].''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Brecilian Forest Residents]]

!!Keeper Zathrian
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->'''Voiced by:''' Tim Russ

-->''"I am Zathrian, the keeper of this clan, its guide, and preserver of our ancient lore."''

The keeper of the Dalish clan from which the Warden seeks aid. His clan is under attack by a pack of werewolves led by a beast called Witherfang.
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* TheArchmage: As a Keeper, he is an incredibly powerful mage.
* BaldOfEvil: He looks like an elven SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.
* BloodMagic: [[spoiler:He created Witherfang and the werewolf curse using his own blood as a catalyst for the ritual (granting him immortality as long as the curse is active as a bonus)]].
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:The Warden can convince him to let go of his rage and end the curse.]]
* FantasticRacism: He hates humans. [[spoiler:More specifically, he hates the human tribe that used to live in the forest. He's polite enough to a human Warden.]]
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:If the Warden forces Zathrian to end the curse, Zathrian comes to realize that his anger has turned him into a monster. If the Warden helps Zathrian kill all the werewolves, Zathrian eventually leaves his clan after he realizes that his hatred of humans is undoing the goodwill the Dalish earned by helping to save Ferelden from the Blight.]]
* ImmortalityImmorality: [[spoiler:He can't die of natural causes as long as the werewolf curse exists.]]
* PapaWolf:
** His apprentice, Lanaya, relates a story of how he slaughtered a group of bandits who murdered one of his clan's scouts.
** [[spoiler:This is also the reason why he unleashes the curse on humans - they destroyed his children. His son was beaten to death and his daughter was raped and committed suicide when she learned that she was pregnant.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:If he releases the curse.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: There's an implication that he sees Lanaya as this [[spoiler:for his deceased daughter]], since he found her being forced to serve as "servant" for a group of bandits with the heavy implication that they sexually abused her.
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler:He refuses to lift the werewolf curse even after it's pointed out to him that all he's doing anymore is punishing the descendants of the men who killed his family.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Why he unleashed the curse and lets it continue.]]
* TheStoic: Not openly emotional unless the topic shifts to his family, then he becomes NotSoStoic.
* TreacherousQuestgiver: [[spoiler:It's clear he wasn't being forward about the entire situation once you meet The Lady of the Forest.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:The Warden can convince him that his long life has only succeeded in making him more angry.]]

!!Lanaya
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->'''Voiced by:''' Kimberly Brooks

-->''"The clan has placed great trust in me. One day, I will lead them and be the one who secures our future."''

Lanaya is Zatharian's First. She was born outside of the Dalish, but was brought into the clan after Zatharian rescued her from bandits.
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* TheApprentice: To Zatharian.
* NumberTwo: As her clan's First, she is Zatharian's second and heir should he die.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her parents were murdered by bandits when she was just a child.
* RankUp: Should [[spoiler:Zatharian die, she will become her clan's new Keeper]].
* RapeAsBackstory: When bandits raided the caravan her parents worked in, Lanaya was the only survivor and taken as a "servant". She was eventually rescued after several years when Zatharian killed the bandits for killing one of his clan's scouts.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite her background, she is actually significantly more reasonable and personable than Zatharian. The Epilogue notes that she is instrumental in keeping the peace between the Dalish clans and humans in Fereldan.

!!Witherfang [[spoiler:[=/=]the Lady of the Forest]]
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The werewolf responsible for the curse that is afflicting Zathrian's clan.
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: [[spoiler:Of the Brecilian forest.]]
* ArcVillain: Of the ''Nature of the Beast'' quest. Witherfang's infecting the Dalish camp with the werewolf curse is keeping them from aiding the Warden during the Blight. [[spoiler:after TheReveal, Zatherian turn out to be the real villain.]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler:Not evil and probably nicer than Zathrian, but]] her eyes are the same as those of a Desire demon. It's possible that she was one a very, ''very'' long time ago - though this is unlikely, since both she and Zathrian explicitly state she was the spirit of the Brecilian forest, and she claims that she was not sentient until Zathrian came along.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:The Lady knows that ending the curse would end her existence as a sapient being, but wants Zathrian to do it anyway.]]
--->'''[[spoiler:The Lady of the Forest:]]''' You are my maker, [[spoiler:Zathrian]]. You gave me form and consciousness where none existed. I have known pain and love, hope and fear, all the joy that is life. Yet of all things, [[spoiler:I desire nothing more than an end]]. I beg you, maker, [[spoiler: put an end to me]]... we beg you... have mercy.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: [[spoiler:As the Lady of the Forest, she's able to calm the werewolves and reduce their suffering, and even helps them take names and identities for themselves. In return, the werewolves are ''violently'' protective of her.]]
* GodivaHair: [[spoiler:As the Lady of the Forest. Though interestingly enough, she doesn't actually appear to ''have'' nipples judging by her hair falling a bit short. Then again, why would she?]]
* JekyllAndHyde: [[spoiler:Witherfang is a violent, male wolf whereas the Lady is calm, female and humanoid.]]
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler:To the Werewolves, particularly Swiftrunner. She is the one who helped them to free themselves from their savage state, and is the only one able to calm down Swiftrunner's IrrationalHatred of the Dalish.]]
* NatureSpirit: [[spoiler:The Lady's appearance is basically that of a dryad.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: While the other werewolves are bipedal and considerably hairier, Witherfang has the appearance of an actual white wolf.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Provided that the Warden is respectful during their parley.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler:Both a dryad and a wolf. Both are expressions of her true self.]]

!!The Grand Oak
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/FredTatasciore

-->''"Hrrrrm... what manner of beast be thee that comes before this elder tree?"''

A sentient oak tree that dwells in the West Brecilian Forest, the Grand Oak holds the key to passing through the barriers that guard the heart of the forest, and thus stands in the way of the Warden's pursuit of the beast Witherfang. He speaks [[RhymesOnADime entirely in rhyme]] and, unlike other walking trees in the forest, does not attack the Warden on sight.
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* AndIMustScream: Implies that he, like the other Sylvans, was once a Fade Spirit who got trapped possessing a tree. Unlike the other Sylvans, he wasn't driven insane by this; possibly the spirit which possessed the oak was more benevolent than those of the other Sylvans.
* BadassBaritone: Speaks in a deep, powerful voice, as befitting someone of his stature.
* CoolOldGuy: Insofar as a tree can be one.
* FetchQuest: He can persuaded to give you the key to entering the heart of the forest voluntarily, though not unless you [[spoiler:retrieve his stolen acorn for him]].
* GratuitousIambicPentameter: Tetrameter, actually.
* {{Homage}}: To the Ents of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** When asked why he rhymes all his lines:
-->Perhaps a poet's soul's in me... does that make me a poet tree?
** If called on the pun:
-->It was just a simple jest, with which to entertain my guest.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Unlike the other Sylvans, he's not instantly aggressive and can talk.
* NiceGuy: He's quite polite to the Warden.
* RhymesOnADime: He's happy to point out this fact to you.
* SkippableBoss: The alternative to killing him is completing his FetchQuest.
* WhenTreesAttack: Though not unless provoked.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Though not as excessive as some examples.

!!Swiftrunner
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->'''Voiced by:''' Fred Tatasciore

The Werewolf leader in the Brecilian Forest.
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* BadassBaritone
* BerserkButton: The Dalish in general, but especially Zathrian. He also doesn't like [[spoiler:people being disrespectful toward the Lady.]]
* TheDragon: To Witherfang. [[spoiler:Subverted when Zathrian turns out to be the real villain.]]
* FantasticRacism: Toward the Dalish, though [[spoiler:as the reveal shows, he has good reasons for that.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: Even by Werewolves standards, he seems quite agressive and quick to get angry.
* IrrationalHatred: His hatred of the Dalish is so strong, he doesn't even consider trying to negociate a peaceful solution to the conflict with the Warden, even though it's pretty clear to him the Warden doesn't know the whole story. [[spoiler:The Lady of the Forest eventually talks him into it after his attempt to repel the Warden costed the lifes of several werewolves.]]
* ItCanThink: The first werewolf you meet to actually talk, and quite sophisticatedly with that. A dialogue option allows you to lampshade this.
-->'''Warden:''' You speak? I thought werewolves were savage beasts.\\
'''Swiftrunner:''' We ''are'' beasts, but we are no longer simple or mindless. Let that thought chill your spine!
* SugarAndIcePersonality: He is agressive and violent when interacting with either the Warden or [[spoiler:Zathrian]], but shows a nicer, more loving side toward [[spoiler:the Lady of the Forest]].
* UndyingLoyalty: [[spoiler:To the Lady of the Forest.]]

!!Tamlen
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->'''Voiced by:''' Chris Edgerly

Fellow hunter of the Dalish Elf PC, Tamlen is seen last when he and the PC discover a strange mirror in undead-infested ruins.
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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:To the female Dalish Elf - "Always... loved you...]]
* ChekhovMIA: [[spoiler:Assumed dead after the Dalish origin, but shows up late in the game as a Darkspawn.]]
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot: He's downright suicidal, something the PC does naturally get plenty of chances to lampshade along with his lack of GenreSavvy.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Falls victim to [[spoiler:Blight corruption]] before he could confess his feeling to a female warden.
* FantasticRacism: While none of the Dalish are very fond of humans, he's easily the most vocal of them, openly expressing contempt for the "shemlen" and scolding you if you let the humans go at the beginning of the origin without at least demanding to know what they were doing in the forest in the first place.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: If what's seen of him is any indication. [[FantasticRacism Extremely hostile to]] ''[[FantasticRacism shemlen]]'', rather nice and easygoing toward the PC.
* TemptingFate: "I just want to look around. [[FamousLastWords How dangerous could it be?]]"
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Unlike the PC, who survives the taint by becoming a Grey Warden, Tamlen becomes a shriek and begs the PC to kill him.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Big time towards the female Dalish Elf.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between him and a female PC [[SchrodingersGun who has expressed interest]], [[EveryoneCanSeeIt according to the rest of the clan]]. In fact, when the Warden tells him that she likes him, he literally tells her they can talk about it later at camp. [[spoiler:Although they do eventually talk about it at ''a'' camp, it's probably not how he intended it...]]
* WasOnceAMan:[[spoiler: Was once an elf, now a Darkspawn ghoul.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Apostates]]

!!Flemeth

The legendary Witch of the Wilds, mother of Morrigan and fear of Chasind tribes everywhere. She is apparently centuries old and '''loves''' cryptic hints.

''For more info, go [[Characters/DragonAgeRecurringNonPlayableCharacters here]].''

!!The Mad Hermit
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->'''Voiced by:''' Jamie Glover

-->''"Ask a question and you'll get a question, but give an answer and you'll receive the same! Oh, I do so love to trade!"''

The Mad Hermit is a deranged apostate who lives in the East Brecilian Forest.
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* BiggerOnTheInside: He apparently constructed a tower in the Brecilian Forest which has since mysteriously disappeared. It is implied that he has shrunk said tower and placed it in the tree trunk, and thus resides in one within the other.
* BloodMagic: The Hermit is a Blood Mage hiding from the Chantry.
* ChainOfDeals: Part of dealing with him consists of several trades for items with items you obtain as sidequest rewards.
* ConspiracyTheorist: He believes the trees are out to get him and that "they" sent the Warden as part of some conspiracy.
* FlunkyBoss: He will be aided by 2 shades in his boss fight.
* NoFairCheating: "No fair, bringing mages to a guessing game!"
* SkippableBoss: In the Brecilian Forest, the Grand Oak and the Mad Hermit will each try to get you to kill the other to settle their dispute over the Grand Oak's acorn. You could kill one of them... or you could just trade the Hermit one of the items you picked up from various sidequests earlier in the level for the acorn.

!!Caladrius
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->'''Voiced by:''' Simon Templeman

-->''"Sarcasm is beneath us both, my dear Warden."''

A Tevinter magister who has recently set up shop in the Denerim Alienage, supposedly to provide a magical cure to the Blight sickness afflicting its citizenry.
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* BadBoss: [[spoiler:He'll use blood magic to siphon the health of his own minions to heal himself in battle.]]
* BadSamaritan: He's a slaver, a practice not outlawed in Tevinter.
* BloodMagic: He uses it in battle. Also uses it in his offer to the Warden should the Warden agree to it.
* DealWithTheDevil: If defeated in combat, he will offer to use his power to augment the Warden's health in exchange for his life. [[spoiler:And the lives of the elven captives, whose blood will power the spell.]]
* EvilIsHammy: A slaver with a flair for the dramatic.
* EvilSorcerer: He's a magister of Tevinter, and a blood mage.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is unfailingly polite to the Warden at all times.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: He is perfectly willing to pull up stakes and leave... provided he can still turn a profit at the end of the day.
* ReliableTraitor: He is only too eager to turn over evidence against [[spoiler:Loghain]] if it means he can get out with his skin (and his money) intact.
* SissyVillain: Noticeable when he's reduced to a simpering wimp after his defeat.
* SkippableBoss: You can pay him 100 gold in order to get the slaver documents needed to implicate Loghain, but lose the elven slaves.
* SmugSnake: Acts WickedCultured when you first meet him, but begs for his life after his boss fight.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dragon Cultists]]
!!"Weylon"
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->'''Voiced by:''' Matthew Ashforde

-->''"No, don't touch that door!"''

"Weylon" is the loyal assistant of Brother Genitivi. In reality this guy's a Dragon Cult plant meant to lead anyone who tries to find Genitivi off his trail, by any means necessary.
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* BadLiar: If the Warden's Cunning is high enough, they can point out the inconsistencies in "Weylon's" story and provoke him into attacking.
* BareFistedMonk: Is one of, if not the only mage in the game who will fight you with his bare hands.
* BerserkButton: This Weylon will also attack if the Warden insists on entering the closed back room of the house.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: This guy murdered the real Weylon and took his place.
* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler: The fate of the real Weylon.]]
* SquishyWizard: In addition to having no real armor, he's outnumbered by the Warden's party.
* TreacherousQuestGiver: When you first meet, he suggests you go to ''The Spoiled Princess'' in Lake Calenhad to find any clues for Genitivi's whereabouts. Turns out it's really directions to an ambush of Dragon Cultists.

!!Father Eirik
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NolanNorth

-->''"We find outsiders... disruptive. They bring others, and before long, Haven is changed. We will go to any lengths to prevent that."''

The revered father of the Haven Chantry.
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* BeardOfEvil: Gives him an air of false promise and menace.
* FlunkyBoss: You face him alongside his congregation.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: He is a priest with a [[WhiteMage Spirit Healer]] specialization. As well as a member of the [[PathOfInspiration Disciples of Andraste]], mentioned to have gleefully tortured and executed the knights who were looking for Genitivi.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Judging by what Genitivi said, he really was proud of the horrors he accomplished.
-->'''Genitivi:''' He was so self-righteous about it, so smug. He seemed pleased that he had tortured and murdered these men.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: How he justifies his actions.
* KickTheDog: The aforementioned torture and murder of the knights, and subsequently gloating about it in Genitivi's face.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Even if you offer to just leave Haven peacefully while still knowning nothing of importance about the village (at least as far as he knows), he will ''still'' try murdering you just in case you would show the way to Haven to other people.

!!Father Kolgrim
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->'''Voiced by:''' Douglas Weston

-->''"All of us stumble through the darkness, before being found and shown the light. Perhaps through Andraste's mercy, her greatest enemy will become her greatest champion."''

The leader of the dragon-worshipping cult known as the Disciples of Andraste, Kolgrim is encountered in a ruined Tevinter temple high in the Frostback Mountains rumored to be the final resting place of the prophetess herself. Despite the [[AxCrazy violent nature]] of the group he leads, and the fact that by the time the Warden encounters him s/he will have slaughtered many of its members, he doesn't attack on sight, and depending on the player's choices he can even end up giving the Warden a reward for rendering him a certain service.
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* AnAxeToGrind: Wields the giant battleaxe "Faith's Edge."
* ArcVillain: Of the ''Urn of Sacred Ashes'' quest, as his cult is killing anyone looking for the ashes the Warden needs to cure Eamon.
* BeardOfEvil: Overlapping with a BadassBeard.
* BerserkButton: You can [[SkippableBoss avoid a fight]] if you so wish, but not if you say anything remotely derogatory about either Andraste or the cult's beliefs. [[spoiler: If you want to have the option of agreeing (or even just listening) to his request, don't have Oghren in your party. The dwarf will antagonize Kolgrim into attacking.]]
* GuideDangIt: Many players kill him right away rather than listening to his offer, unaware that doing so [[spoiler: makes it impossible to unlock the Reaver specialization on that playthrough]].
* {{Homage}}: He appears to be one to Gerard Butler's portrayal of King Leonidas of Sparta in ''ThreeHundred'', from his [[BadassBeard appearance]] to his [[PunctuatedForEmphasis speaking style]] to his choice of words - he warns of a "rain of arrows" awaiting those that dare to attack "Andraste", similar to a phrase used by Leonidas in the film.
* IdenticalGrandson: He shares quite a strong physical resemblance to the Guardian of the Urn of Sacred Ashes, who was one of the first disciples of Andraste, and was the one who brought her ashes to the temple. Given that Kolgrim claims that his ancestors have long resided in the shadow of the temple, a [[WildMassGuessing common fan theory]] is that Kolgrim is most likely one of his wayward descendants.
* {{Irony}}: The Disciples of Andraste have become a dragon-worshipping cult not unlike the Tevinter Magisters of old - the very ones Andraste defied in the first place.
* LargeHam: He starts off chewing the scenery with his [[IncomingHam very first words]], and only gets more over-the-top from there.
* NoIndoorVoice: When angered, he seems to lose control over all volume.
* PathOfInspiration[=/=]ReligionOfEvil: The cult straddles the line between the two.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Quite a bit.
-->'''Kolgrim:''' To arms, my brethren! Andraste shall grant us...VICTORY!!
* SkippableBoss: You can agree to his terms and not have to fight him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Darkspawn]]
!!The Archdemon
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The leader of the armies of darkspawn invading Ferelden. As long as he lives, the Blight will continue forever. His true identity is Urthemiel, the Tevinter god of beauty.
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* BigBad: Of the Blight.
* BlackSpeech: How he communicates with the other darkspawn.
* BodySurf: [[spoiler:The Archdemon can do this among the darkspawn, which is why it's necessary for a Grey Warden to either perform Morrigan's ritual or make a HeroicSacrifice in order to kill it.]]
* ForTheEvulz: In the ''Return to Ostagar DLC'', the darkspawn are shown to have moved [[spoiler: King Cailan's]] body from the valley and mockingly crucified it from atop the bridge. Considering the individual in question, the effort involved and the fact that darkspawn usually desecrate corpses were they lay, this seems far too calculated not have been done deliberately by the Archdemon.
* FluffyTheTerrible: It's the former Old God of Beauty.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[spoiler:The Architect's attempt to turn him into a Disciple to free all darkspawn from the Old Gods at once resulted in the very Blight he sought to avoid.]]
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:If slain, he can transmit his soul to the nearest darkspawn or the Grey Warden who killed him. Doing so to the former causes it to transform the darkspawn's body into one resembling its previous one. Doing so to the latter kills them both.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: He leads the Darkspawn and therefore kicks the plot in motion, but [[TheHeavy Loghain]] serves as the most significant antagonist for the majority of the game until Urthemiel attacks the surface.
* ICanSeeYou: The last dream the Warden has, the Archdemon will look directly at the camera. Both the Warden and Alistair are freaked when they wake up, because the Archdemon knows exactly where they are.
* ItCanThink: Hinted at several times.
** Without the Archdemon intentionally steering the horde to do so, it seems [[ContrivedCoincidence highly fortuitous]] otherwise that they just happened to break through to the surface in the middle of the Korcari Wilds, the perfect place to mass the horde for some time before being detected.
** After their shared nightmare and the attack on the camp, Alistair speculates that the Archdemon was watching them and personally sent the Shrieks after them to eliminate the only real threats to him in the whole of Ferelden.
** [[spoiler: Riordan]] later expresses disbelief that the Archdemon was seemingly aware of his listening in via the Taint, feinting an attack on Redcliffe to divert forces away from Denerim, the true target.
** The non-canonical ''Darkspawn Chronicles'' similarly features the Archdemon proving to be highly tactical on the battlefield.
* NightmareFuel: An in-universe example. One of the side effects of the taint is that the Warden and Alistair both see the Archdemon frequently in their dreams, including a particularly terrifying dream in which ''it'' appears to also see ''them''.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:In fact, according to the official ''Dragon Age'' wiki, the Archdemon is neither a dragon ''nor'' a darkspawn - and for this reason, weapons and runes which have advantages over either species do not give advantages over it.]]
* SequentialBoss: Has four distinct phases, one for each 25% of his health.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:He can't be killed without the Grey Warden who delivers the final blow dying too.]]
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Read his codex once you've visited the Dead Trenches and discover what he once was.]]
* TheUnintelligible: Like most other darkspawn, he communicates in [[BlackSpeech roars and shrieks]]. Alistair claims that Grey Wardens are eventually able to interpret at least ''some'' of his roars in their dreams. The ''Darkspawn Chronicles'' DLC allows the player to finally understand his screeching. He's quite tactical.

!!The Broodmother
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A [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]], hideous monster that dwells in an abandoned dwarven fortress in the Deep Roads, the Broodmother stands in the way of the Warden's search for the lost Paragon Branka.
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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Read the Codex description of the transformation process. Yikes.]]
* CombatTentacles: Her boss fight involves using these to slam your party members away.
* EldritchAbomination: A giant fat pink blob monster with multiple breasts and tentacles.
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler:If you didn't throw up a little when she started fondling one of her many breasts... you have a stronger stomach than most.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:The process of becoming a broodmother is presented as one.]]
* ForWantOfANail: [[spoiler:One can imagine the FridgeHorror would hit the Female Dwarf Noble particularly hard, when she realizes that if Duncan hadn't rescued her from the Deep Roads, that Broodmother could have very well been ''her''.]]
* FlunkyBoss: Gives birth to Darkspawn in the middle of her boss fight.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:Part of the process of her transformation involved being forced by the darkspawn to feed on her fellow dwarves - including her own husband. Who was alive at the time.]]
* MookMaker: The purpose of all Broodmothers is to birth more Darkspawn.
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: [[spoiler:As the name implies.]]
* ViralTransformation: [[spoiler: Normally short dwarves change into these fat hulking monsters.]]
* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:All Broodmothers were once normal women.]]
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