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The Stolen Throne
King Maric Theirin
The protagonist of The Stolen Throne and The Calling. After his mother, Moira the Rebel Queen was betrayed and murdered by Bann Ceorlic, he took command of the rebel army and overthrew the Orlesian usurper Meghren. He married Rowan Guerrin, who died a few years after giving birth to Cailan. He later lifted the ban on Grey Wardens entering Ferelden. He died about five years prior to Origins.He finds it difficult to make decisions regarding the lives of others, and desperately wants to be a good man but many of the decisions he makes as king make him feel that it is impossible.
- Adorkable: Very much so early in The Stolen Throne. Like father, like son.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The King of Ferelden is not to be triffled with.
- Back for the Dead: His final fate in Until We Sleep, where Maric is revealed to have been forcefully wired to an Ancient Tevinter Blood Magic artifact called the Magrallen, which uses his Reaver-descendant blood to augment its power. Unfortunately, by the time Alistair arrived to rescue him, Maric's body is so ravaged that the Magrallen is the only thing sustaining him, forcing Alistair to Mercy Kill him to end his suffering
- Being Good Sucks: He has to give up a lot for his kingdom and it hurts him. But it never stops him.
- Break the Cutie: He kills his first love in a fit of rage brought about by his best friend's manipulations. His second love dies a few years later. It nearly drives him to suicide.
- The Chains of Commanding: The pressures of ruling wearing him down lead to him joining in on the plot of the second novel.
- Cool Sword: He finds a dwarven sword that glows blue in the presence of darkspawn as a Shout-Out to Sting. The Warden can acquire it in Origins's "Return to Ostagar" DLC.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a witty retort for just about everything. Where do you think Alistair got it from?
- Dissonant Serenity: He's just as snarky when fighting as when he's not.
- The Good King: His reign is fondly regarded by many Fereldans.
- Gaydar: Averted. The fact that Julien and Nicolas are an item goes right over his head, despite it being common knowledge with the rest of his traveling companions. Maric kicks himself for not realizing it sooner.
- Good Feels Good: Well, Fiona convinces him that doing good will make him feel better.
- The Hero: He's the protagonist of the first two novels and one of the more moral characters in the franchise.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- In "The Stolen Throne", Maric starts the story in one due to the recent betrayal and death of his mother. And his reaction to Katriel's betrayal and finding out she allowed him to kill her afterwards stinks of this.
- He spends most of "The Calling" in one due to Rowan's death between novels, although he disguises it with sarcasm. Fiona eventually snaps him out of it.
- Love Hurts: He killed Katriel in a fit of rage brought about by Loghain's manipulations. Eventually, Maric fell in love with his wife, Rowan, but she died of Blight sickness a few years later, nearly driving Maric to suicide. He falls in love with Fiona, but their duties mean that they could never be together (besides, as a Grey Warden, her days are numbered anyway; and the people of Ferelden would never accept an elven queen).
- Never Found the Body: He was lost at sea. He turns out to be alive in The Silent Grove.
- Reluctant Ruler: It took him years to realize that he actually had what it takes to be king.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At the end of The Stolen Throne, he has one against Severan after Katriel dies. He also goes on one against the traitor nobles who murdered his mother after luring them into an ambush.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Subverted in "The Calling''. While Maric goes with the Grey Wardens on their mission, it's because Maric wants an excuse to abandon his royal duties.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He's the protagonist of both prequel novels but dies before Origins.
- Tranquil Fury: Exhibits this after executing one of the nobles who murdered his mother. When one of the remaining men protests that their families will fight him to the bitter end if he kills them, Maric calmly and coldly replies that the children of his mother's killers will have one day to denounce the treachery of their fathers and swear allegiance to him. If they agree, he will spare them. If they refuse, he will kill them all and give their lands to subjects who understand the consequences of betraying him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Loghain. The two snipe at one another constantly, but it is clear that they are true friends. They have a falling out over Katriel's death, but when Maric attempted to starve himself to death after Rowan died, Loghain was the one who was able to talk him down. The two remained close friends for the rest of Maric's life.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: While many bad things happen to Maric, he remains idealistic.
Loghain Mac TirFor more info, see Dragon Age Origins NPCs.
Queen Rowan Theirin (nee Guerrin)
Wife of Maric, mother of Cailan and sister of Eamon and Teagan, Rowan is the female lead of The Stolen Throne.
- Action Girl
- Arranged Marriage: With Maric.
- Horseback Heroism: During the rebellion, she led Maric's cavalry.
- Life Will Kill You: She dies young between The Stolen Throne and The Calling of a wasting disease. While Maric wonders if it was caused by exposure to the Blight, the Blight usually kills much faster than years down the road; it's more likely to be, say, cancer.
- Love Triangle: With Maric and Loghain. The latter solves it rather pragmatically when he persuades Rowan to marry Maric and become queen, because Ferelden needs her.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Fears this, given her combat skills and muscular body. However, many people in-universe still find her plenty attractive.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Makes her living commanding the rebel cavalry.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: According to Loghain, definitely. Though she does it to get Maric's attention... and ends up overhearing him and Katriel. Ouch.
An elven spy brought from Orlais to Ferelden to seduce and betray Maric, before succumbing to her growing feelings for him. She causes a battle plan to fail catastrophically, and after Loghain and Rowan find out about it, she willingly allows Maric to kill her, just not before leaving detailed instructions on how to take Severan down.
- Action Girl
- Becoming the Mask: She eventually grows sympathetic to the rebel cause.
- Dual Wielding: Twin daggers, as is common with DA rogues.
- Femme Fatale: Her MO.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: She joins the rebels for Maric, just like Loghain did.
- Honey Trap: Comes with being a bard.
- Redemption Equals Death: And she knew it.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: How she first meets Maric. She is "attacked" by a group of thugs in Gwaren just as the prince is passing by.
King Meghren the UsurperThe Orlesian-appointed King of Ferelden. He has a nasty habit of piking heads to the castle walls and having rape-and-torture parties in the castle. Other hobbies include exploiting and demeaning the people of Ferelden while begging his cousin the Emperor to let him return to Orlais.
- The Caligula: Well, torture and rape parties, raging mental instability, seems to fit.
- Didn't Think This Through: Against the warnings of his advisors, Meghren orders mass executions of anyone suspected of sympathising with the rebels to discourage people from siding with Maric after West Hill. This backfires spectacularly: instead of suppressing further revolts, such brutality only encourages further rebellion from the populace, and drives most of Meghren's grudging supporters amongst the nobility and the Chantry to side with Maric.
- Incest Is Relative: It's a rumor in Orlais that he was the Emperor's lover and that is why he was sent to Ferelden.
- Ironic Echo: After killing him, Maric has Meghren's head put on a pike outside the Royal Palace, as Meghren did to Maric's mother and countless others of his supporters.
- Kick the Dog: He mistreats the Arl of Amaranthine just for kicks.
- Miles Gloriosus: Starts fancying himself as a great warrior after his forces win a major battle over the rebels, even though he was never near the battlefield.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Technically the reason he is the current regent. He frequently begs the Emperor to bring him back to Orlais.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one when it transpires that Maric survived the Battle of West Hill, the army he dispatched to recapture Gwaren from the surviving rebels has been defeated and riots against his rule are breaking out all over Ferelden.
SeveranA cunning advisor and mage to Meghren. He uses his position to take liberties that no other mage could dream of short of being an apostate. He plays Meghren's insanity to his favor but makes the mistake of crossing Maric.
- Ambition Is Evil: Severan's goal is to gain actual political power despite being a mage. To accomplish this, he has no problem with allowing Meghren to terrorize Ferelden.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He didn't become the royal mage for nothing.
- Batman Gambit: He hired Katriel to get close to Maric and assassinate him. This fails miserably. He hadn't thought that Katriel would betray him, or that Maric would take vengeance personally.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Meghren may be the nominal King of Ferelden, but Severan's the one who really runs the show.
- Ignored Epiphany: Before cutting her ties with him, Katriel warns Severan that Meghren's regime is a lost cause and Severan would do well to get out of Ferelden before his association with the King gets him killed. Severan doesn't heed the warning.
- Kick the Dog: He recalls jailing a prostitute who gave him a somewhat backhanded compliment.
- Man Behind the Man: Meghren was far too crazy to be effective without him pulling the strings.
- The Starscream: Implied he would have betrayed Meghren when the rebellion was over.
For recurring characters, see above.
An elven mage and Grey Warden who accompanies Maric, Duncan and the others into the Deep Roads and shows the grieving Maric how to live again. In Asunder, she re-emerges as the Grand Enchanter of the College of Magi, and continues to hold that role in Dragon Age: Inquisition.For more info, see Characters - Dragon Age: Inquisition
Warden-Commander GenevieveA female Commander of the Grey whose obsession with finding her brother borders on insanity. She is from Orlais, but despite Loghain's suspicions is not working to overthrow Ferelden. She is willing to do anything and sacrifice anyone to find Bregan, even if it costs the lives of her entire squad and the King of Ferelden himself.
- Action Girl: Despite her faults, Genevieve is a skilled fighter. She lands the final blow on a high dragon the Wardens encounter in the Deep Roads.
- Broken Pedestal: The Grey Wardens to Genevieve. Genevieve always dreamed of being a Grey Warden, but when a Warden finally came to recruit, her brother Bregan was chosen instead. Bregan had no desire to become a Warden, but knowing his sister's greatest wish, he agreed to be recruited on the condition that Genevieve was accepted as well. Once the reality of being a Grey Warden set in, Genevieve came to understand the full depth of the sacrifice her brother made; knowledge that somewhat soured her opinion of the order.
- Cruel Mercy: Why Genevieve used the Rite of Conscription on Duncan. She only did so in the hope he would die during the Joining.
- Hero Antagonist: She is doing what she is doing ostensibly to end a Blight before it begins.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Screams a hate-filled one at Duncan in the Fade: she explains that when she used the Rite of Conscription to recruit Duncan, she hadn't done it to save him... she'd done it in the hope he would die in the Joining after getting a taste of her fiancee Guy, a Grey Warden accidentally murdered by Duncan in a robbery gone wrong, went through to protect people like him, only to have the Maker "play one more cruel joke" on her and let him survive.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: So she claims. She really is just using the Wardens to live out her childhood fantasy.
Senior Warden Kell ap Morgan
"Our duty is to defend mankind from the Blight. There is a difference. We have stood up against the onslaught of the darkspawn time and time again, and that is our task. It is not for us to judge, to gamble with the lives of those in our care… It is for us to make the hard decisions that must be made. We cannot pretend that this also makes us gods."A former Avvar Jarl turned Grey Warden. He is Genevieve's second-in-command and owns a warhound named Hafter.
- Archer Archetype: Uses a bow as his primary weapon, and is notable for being a somewhat stoic and distant Warden.
- Designated Point Man: Due to his increased ability to sense Darkspawn, he takes point during the mission to the Ortan Thaig.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He leads the Darkspawn following the Architect away from Duncan, Fiona, and King Maric so they can escape to the surface.
- Never Found the Body: Several years after his death, the Wardens investigated the location of his death. They found his bow amongst a large pile of Darkspawn corpses, but no sign of his body.
- Number Two: To Genevieve.
- Shoo the Dog: He tries to get Hafter to leave with the others before his Heroic Sacrifice, but the dog refuses to leave his side.
NicolasA Orlesian Grey Warden who accompanies Genevieve into the Deep Roads.
- Badass Gay: His orientation is only revealed shortly before his death.
- Badass Mustache: Has a mustache in the latest Orlesian style.
- Carry a Big Stick: He uses a mace and shield in combat.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Gets put in one by a Sloth Demon in the Deep Roads, and refuses to come out of it due to being reunited with Julien. The other Wardens and Maric reluctantly decide to leave him in it when they can't get him to snap out of his fantasy.
- Those Two Guys: With Julien.
JulienA quiet Orlesian Grey Warden and lover of Nicolas.
- Badass Beard: Has a beard in addition to the typical Orlesian mustache.
- Badass Gay: Although his orientation is not revealed until after his death.
- Badass Mustache: Like Nicolas, he has a mustache.
- BFS: He wields a greatsword in combat that is nearly as large as him.
- Neck Snap: He is killed by a high dragon in the Deep Roads when it knocks him through the air and he breaks his neck upon landing.
- The Quiet One: He does not speak a lot, although Nicolas makes up for it.
- Those Two Guys: With Nicolas, who is crushed when Julien is killed.
UthaA female dwarven Grey Warden who used be one of the Silent Sisters.For more info, see Characters - Dragon Age Awakening.
BreganA Grey Warden who, when he went on his Calling, was captured by the Architect. He eventually joins him in an attempt to kill all the Old Gods before they can be made Archdemons and free the darkspawn, as well as achieve lasting peace with them by turning all humanity into ghouls, if they can survive the Joining.
- A Father to His Men: Bregan was apparently well-liked by his fellow Wardens, which is why he was promoted ahead of his sister.
- Body Horror: His corruption makes him almost completely resemble a hurlock.
- Heel–Face Turn: Bregan turns on the Architect when the latter kills Genevieve, even though he'd been trying to kill her himself.
- Redemption Equals Death: He has Maric order his death to atone for his sins.
- The Resenter: Bregan never wanted to become a Grey Warden, but the recruiter refused to allow his sister to join the Order unless he signed up as well. His resentment of Genevieve is partly why he tries to kill her at the climax of the book.
The ArchitectA strange sentient darkspawn emissary with a mysterious goal.For more info, see Characters - Dragon Age Awakening.
RhysRhys is a Senior Enchanter of Orlais' White Spire Circle of Magi who is suspected of murdering five apprentices. He is also Wynne's son, although he does not get along with her.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Unfortunately for Rhys, he is inevitably drawn into Circle politics when he succeeds his mother as the leader of the Aequitarians.
- Calling The Old Woman Out: Rhys has several choice words with his mother over the course of Asunder.
- Combat Medic: He's a spirit healer like his mother, like son.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's very willing to make fun of those who annoy him.
- Demonic Possession: Lambert implies that Cole is not actually a mage, but a demon subtly influencing Rhys, and will eventually make him his host throughout the novel. Rhys asserts that this is not the case. It is confirmed at the end that Cole is a spirit and was influencing Rhys in some way, but whether Cole is demonic or even malevolent is ambiguous. Given Cole's childlike mentality, as clearly evidenced both by his actions and his POV, that he would be capable of manipulating a senior Enchanter, not to mention the rest of the group, so readily seems unlikely.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- He all but shuts down after witnessing Lambert banish Cole and mortally wound Evangeline while he was too weak to stop either.
- A more humorous example occurs when Wynne reveals that his father was a Templar. Rhys has to take a few moments to wrap his mind around this revelation.
- Parental Abandonment: Being born in the Circle, Rhys never knew either of his parents until Wynne sought him out after the Fifth Blight. The fact that his father was a Templar as well didn't do him any favors.
- Papa Wolf: Rhys is very protective of Cole. He doesn't take it well when Cole is threatened.
- Parental Substitute: Has this vibe at times with Cole.
- Refusal of the Call: Although Rhys is charismatic, popular and hates the Chantry control over the Circles, he is very reluctant to become involved in Circle politics.
- Unwitting Pawn: Throughout Asunder, Rhys is used to further the schemes of at least four different parties.
ColeA mysterious young man who has somehow become invisible to everyone except for spirit mediums such as Rhys and Wynne. Cole has killed at least five mage apprentices in order to prevent himself from disappearing completely.For more info, see Characters - Dragon Age: Inquisition
Evangeline de BrassardThe Knight-Captain of the White Spire Circle, Evangeline is an idealistic Templar who believes that the Templars exist not only to defend the people against mages, but also to defend mages against the common folk, demons and other threats.
- Action Girl: The most physically powerful member of the party in Asunder/
- Defector from Decadence: Once it becomes apparent that Lambert is looking for an excuse to wipe out the mages, she decides to join the mage rebellion both for the violation of her ideals, and for Rhys's sake.
- Disney Death: Lambert mortally wounds her at the end of Asunder, but Wynne sacrifices her life to bring her back from the brink of death.
- Humanoid Abomination: She becomes the new host of the Spirit of Faith by the end of the book, but she does note that she's not sure if this changes anything for her physically or mentally yet.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Though she had growing doubts throughout the story, Lambert ignoring a direct order from the Divine and leading a large contingent of templars into the Enchanter's conclave causes her to lose faith in the order as it was being run and join the defecting mages, if only for Rhys' sake.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers one of these to Lord Seeker LambertLambert You are a disgrace to the Order, to your family and to the Maker.Evangeline: Of all those things, you're wrong about my family. My father would be proud of what I've done. He always said tyranny was the last resort of those who have lost the right to lead.
- To Be Lawful or Good: She'll always eventually pick the "good" option if forced to choose.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She sincerely believes in the Templars's mission.
AdrianRhys' best friend and former lover, Adrian is also a Senior Enchanter of the White Spire Circle. She has a very bad temper and is very vocal about her hatred of the Templars.
- Anti-Hero: She is highly abrasive and an all around unpleasant person, but her heart is in the right place. She eventually becomes a villain when she murders Pharamond and frames Rhys so she can start a mage rebellion.
- Black Magician Girl: An older example, but with the proper personality. She explicitly states that she doesn't know any healing spells.
- Cruel Mercy: Rhys contemplates throwing her off the walls of Andoral's Reach for her sins, but instead ends their friendship and tells her to live with her guilt and regret over it.
- Evil Sorcerer: Of the fairly unusual Well-Intentioned Extremist/Anti-Villain, rather than cackling, variety.
- Fiery Red Head: She's a redhead with a bad temper.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Even among the Libertarians, only Rhys is able to get on her good side, much less want to befriend her. How she ended up the new First Enchanter of White Spire at the end with that kind of popularity is anyone's guess.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's very jealous of Evangeline.
- Jerkass: Rhys is the only person she seems able to get along with. Until she betrays him to start the revolution.
- Karma Houdini: Her murder of Pharamond is one of the leading factors in how the incident at Kirkwall became a full fledged world war. As of the end of Asunder, only Rhys knows of this, and while he was furious with her, he did not tell anyone else about it.
- Motor Mouth: She talks a lot when she's angry and Adrian is always angry.
- Not Good with People: Type 2. While she initially does not like horses at all, (and cannot get along with most people on a good day), they eventually bring out a gentle side of her.
- Playing with Fire: Almost every spell she uses is a fire spell.
- Spanner in the Works: She deliberately derails the careful plotting between Wynne and Divine Justina to ensure that there would be full rebellion.
- Tsundere: One whose dere side may actually even more difficult to find than both Fiona's and Morrigan's. It only seems to come out around Rhys (and later the horses) and even then it's mostly when she's drunk.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Although she was the one who broke off her relationship with Rhys, her jealousy of Evangeline makes her realize that doing so was a mistake. She blows any remote chance she had of being with Rhys when he learns that she murdered Pharamond (framing him for the deed) and decides that he doesn't want to have anything more to do with her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She claims to be willing to do anything to free the mages. Then she murders Pharamond to start a revolution.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Even though Adrian is partially responsible for starting the Mage-Templar war, she is never mentioned in Inquisition, leaving her final fate unknown.
WynneOne of the most respected enchanters within the Circle, and former companion to the Warden. Also, Rhys' mother.For more info, see her Origins Character page.
ShaleA sentient golem who serves as Wynne's companion.For more info, see the Origins Character page.
Lord Seeker Lambert
The leader of all Templars in Thedas. Lambert is a ruthless man who takes control over the White Spire Circle when it became apparent that the Knight-Commander stationed there could not solve the murders.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He takes on almost the entire cast of Asunder and wins.
- Big Bad: Of Asunder. He suspects Rhys of being a serial killer and deliberately provokes the mages into rebellion so he can have an excuse to wipe them all out.
- Blood Knight: He gets very excited during the final confrontation and is disappointed at how easy it is for him to put down the Mage Rebellion.
- Freudian Excuse: He used to be a Templar in the Tevinter Chantry. He strongly believed that mages and non-mages could live in peace and worked with a mage friend to reform the Imperium. However, once that mage friend became a Magister, the mage became just as corrupt as the rest of Tevinter, shattering Lambert's idealism.
- Gray Eyes: His cold gray eyes are his most commented on feature and the most obvious sign that he is a cold, uncaring figure.
- Jerkass: Nearly all characters in the book despise the man for his unrelenting attitude, but most fear him too much to do anything about it.
- Karmic Death: He dies by Cole's hand after forcing him to remember his inhuman nature - and that the Templars forgot about the real Cole, inadvertently allowing him to starve in his cell.
- Knight Templar: In the purest sense of the trope. He'd sooner see the Divine fall than relent on any of his conclusions.
- Loophole Abuse: When Cassandra protests Cole's revelation that he killed Lambert in Dragon Age: Inquisition banter, she insists that Lambert should have been brought to justice. Cole states that Lambert found ways to use rules to hurt people, and to always come out "right", and that his killing Lambert was the only way justice could have been done.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Cole kills him for his brutality and corruption, and to stop him from brutalising the mages further.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He eventually grows so dissatisfied by the perceived lack of control over the mages in Orlais that he declares the original treaty that bound the templars to the Chantry null and void, going rogue and taking the rest of the templars/seekers with him.
- Sadist: According to Cole, Lambert "cared more about hurting mages than helping people", part of the reason why Cole kills him.
- The Stoic: He almost never shows any sign of emotion.
- Not So Stoic: He takes obvious pleasure in the brutal beatings he dispenses on Rhys, Evangeline, and Cole in the finale of the book.
- The Starscream: In Inquisition, Cole mentions in a banter with Cassandra that Lambert intended to use the Templars to overthrow the Divine so that he would be the ultimate power in Thedas.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Emphasis on "extremist". Absolutely nothing will prevent him from bringing the Circle back under control.
The Masked Empire
Empress Celene IThe Empress of Orlais, Celene ascended to the throne at the age of 16 after overthrowing her uncle, Emperor Florian. She has grand ambitions for her empire, but her political power has greatly weakened in the wake of the Fifth Blight and the mage revolution.For more info, see Non Playable Characters - Dragon Age: Inquisition
BrialaOfficially, Briala is the personal handmaid to Celene. Unofficially, Briala is Celene's most trusted advisor, spymaster, and lover. Briala uses her position to encourage Celene to adopt policies which will improve the lot of Briala's elven brethren in Orlais.For more info, see Non Playable Characters - Dragon Age: Inquisition
Ser Michel de ChevinSer Michel is a Chevalier of Orlais and Celene's Champion. Michel is a fairly chivalrous soul, but he has some dark secrets in his past.For more info, see Agents - Dragon Age: Inquisition
FelassanA Dalish mage who Briala met many years ago. Felassan speaks little of himself, but he has taught Briala much about the mythology of the Dalish elves.
- Anti-Magic: Felassan has a spell that will negate all other magical effects within an area. This ability gives Celene's group an edge when fighting a possessed Mihiri.
- Deadpan Snarker: Felassan has a witty retort to everything.
- Heroic Sacrifice: It is strongly implied that Felassan knew that his master would kill him for refusing to let Briala tell him the passphrase to use the Eluvians.
- Mysterious Past: Briala is his closest friend and even she knows nothing of his history. It's eventually revealed that he's a somniari (dream-manipulating mage) like Feynriel and it's hinted that he might not actually be Dalish, but neither Briala nor the reader ever learn anything substantial about his past, although Inquisition's "Trespasser" DLC strongly implies that he was an agent of Fen'harel.
- Trickster Mentor: He often presents lessons in the form of stories. It's up to Bria to read between the lines and figure what she's supposed to learn from the stories.
Grand Duke Gaspard de ChalonsGaspard is an exceptionally skilled and chivalrous Chevalier and one of the most powerful nobles in Orlais. Gaspard believes that Celene's cooperation with the Divine and Ferelden is a sign of weakness and seeks to install himself as Emperor.For more info, see Non Playable Characters - Dragon Age: Inquisition
A desire demon (though he/it prefers being called a "choice spirit") trapped by the Dalish clan encountered by Celene on her journey. Imshael tricks Ser Michel into releasing it, allowing it to pursue bloody vengeance on the Dalish clan for trapping it.
- Affably Evil: He presents a calm and reasonable personality when speaking to Michel or the Inquisitor.
- Bonus Boss: He appears as an optional, multiform boss in "Inquisition".
- Briar Patching: Tells Ser Michel that destroying the stone wards would kill Imshael. Turns out, that was a lie. Breaking the stones ends up freeing the spirit.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Inflicts this on the Dalish clan that trapped it. Even Gaspard, a veteran of many battles, is visibly disturbed.
- Cruel Mercy: A variation of this trope. World of Thedas Volume 2 reveals that he actually spared the children of the Dalish clan he slaughtered. However, he sent them on to another clan so they would be forced into a desperate situation during the coming winter."The mouths of hungry youngsters create such good choices for others."
- Demonic Possession: Possesses Mihris.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Appears to be a short, balding human man when meeting Michel.
- Presents himself as a young dark-haired man wearing apostate robes similar to that of Anders from Dragon Age II when meeting the Inquisitor.
- Insistent Terminology: Choice. Spirit.
- Moral Dilemma: As suggested by the term he prefers people use for him, he loves to present victims with two misleading options in order to manipulate them. He offers Michel two choices upon their first meeting: free Imshael and gain access to the eluvians or leave the spirit trapped and take the slow route to Val Royeaux.
- One-Winged Angel: Should the Inquisitor choose to fight Imshael, he turns into a Fear Demon, a Rage Demon, and finally a Pride Demon.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: The Inquisitor can simply go straight to blows, or hear him out and then come to blows.
- Skippable Boss: Killing Imshael isn't necessary to capture the keep he's guarding. He'll leave without a fight if you agree to make a deal with him. But he'll murder Michel on his way out.
A Dalish mage and the First of the clan that Celene comes across. Her entire clan is killed by a vengeful Imshael after Michel accidentally releases it.
- Aesop Amnesia: In Inquisition, she dismisses Solas as a "flat-ear" despite seeing her entire clan killed in an incident that could have been prevented if they had been willing to let Briala, another "flat-ear" reason with them.
- The Cameo: Appears in a brief mission in Inquisition, where she asks the Inquisitor's help in searching an ancient elven ruin. The Inquisitor has the option of killing her over some treasure.
- Demonic Possession: By Imshael.
- Fantastic Racism: Hates shems, as expected from a Dalish. Also despises 'flat-ears' like Briala.
- Humble Pie: On the receiving end in Inquisition, courtesy of Solas.
- Red Right Hand: Prior to being possessed, her staff emitted a white light. After being possessed, the light becomes red. Briala notices this and deducts Imshael's presence.
- Revenge Before Reason: She allows Imshael to possess her in order to take revenge on Michel for murdering her lover and for releasing the spirit. Mihris even joins up Gaspard after he promises her a chance at Michel.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: With Michel as the target.
The Dragon Age
ValyaThe viewpoint character of the Dragon Age segments of Last Flight. Valya is an elven mage from the Hossberg Circle of Magi who seeks to join the Grey Wardens as a refugee from the mage-templar war. She finds the diary of Isseya and learns the true story of the extinction of the griffons.
- Action Girl: She lacks experience, but she is a capable combatant when she is pushed.
- Badass Bookworm: She's matched in her enthusiasm for research only by Sekah.
- Naïve Newcomer: Valya is young and has been confined to the Circle all her life prior to being recruited.
SekahA mage apprentice from the Hossberg Circle and another prospective Grey Warden.
- Almighty Janitor: He's capable of holding his own in a fight, but he's still an apprentice because he didn't undergo the Harrowing before the mage-templar war started.
- Creepy Child: At sixteen, he is one of the youngest recruits. And yet, he faces the darkspawn horrors with unflinching fascination, and is obsessed with the Grey Warden duty. He is also the only recruit to have fought darkspawn prior to arriving in Weisshaupt.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies at the hand of the ash wraith when he chooses to heal his friends rather than shield himself. Fittng, as he understood best the Grey Warden sacrifice.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's killed by an Ash Wraith in the last chapter.
CaronelAn elven Grey Warden from Ferelden.
- The Charmer: Valya and Berrith are instantly smitten upon meeting him, and he affects a detached yet personable facade.
- Magic Knight: Wields both a sword and uses spells. He appears to be an arcane warrior.
- Ship Tease: Valya has a crush on him and it's implied that Caronel feels the same way about her.
- Stepford Snarker: Even when discussing his friends' death, he remains casual and aloof.
- Survivor Guilt: He lost many fellows in arms at the Red Bride's Grave, and still bears the mental scars.
ReimasA templar who left the Order when it abandoned the Chantry to fight the mages.
- Defector from Decadence: She left the Templars out of disgust for their abandoning the Chantry to fight the mage rebellion.
- Internal Reformist: She joined the templars so she could improve the lot of mages.
- Odd Friendship: She and Valya become friends, despite the two of them formerly belonging to opposing sides in a war that is devastating Thedas.
The Exalted Age
IsseyaThe viewpoint character of the Exalted Age segments of Last Flight. Isseya is an elven mage and sister to Garahel, the Hero of the Fourth Blight.
- Action Girl: She was a skilled mage and griffon rider even before she learned blood magic.
- The Archmage: The enchantments she used to hide the griffins are still working centuries later. Even Valya notes that it's an impressive feat of magic.
- Bad Powers, Good People: One of the few heroic blood mages in the series, although she thinks otherwise.
- Blood Magic: She eventually asks Calien to teach her blood magic.
- Brother-Sister Team: She and Garahel joined the Wardens at the same time, and worked together as Wardens did.
- Celibate Hero: She swore off romance when she became a Warden: between the Blight and the Wardens's limited lifespan, she believes that any attempt at romance will just end in sorrow.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She becomes convinced that she's a monster for creating and administering the griffon Joining.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She tries to purge the taint from the griffons, and this accelerated her own taint. As such, she had a very early Calling.
- Miles to Go Before I Sleep: She holds off going on her Calling until the Fourth Blight is over and she's done what she could to save the last griffon eggs.
- Power at a Price: Her overuse of blood magic winds up accelerating the darkspawn taint inside her, forcing her to go on an early Calling.
- Sanity Slippage: She eventually starts hearing demons whenever she uses blood magic. And then she starts hearing the Calling.
GarahelThe Hero of the Fourth Blight.
- The Ace: Garahel is handsome, charming, an brilliant strategist, a great warrior, and a skilled leader.
- Foregone Conclusion: Garahel will sacrifice himself to kill the Archdemon and end the Fourth Blight. This is explained in the first chapter for readers who are unfamiliar with that part of Dragon Age lore.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gives his life to deal the final blow to the Archdemon.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In between time skips, Garahel travels throughout Thedas, gathering a huge and diverse army to fight the Blight, just like the Hero of Ferelden would do four hundred years later.
- Really Gets Around: Garahel was quite promiscuous before he met Amadis. He even managed to sleep with a Qunari some 100 years before the Qunari arrived in Thedas.
Calien d'EvalisteAn Antivan crow and a blood mage.
- The Atoner: He gives up blood magic at the end of the novel. It's partially because the templars are starting to crack down on blood mages with the Blight over, but he also feels guilty about what he helped Isseya do to the griffons.
- Bad Powers, Good People: While Calien starts the story being fairly amoral, he refuses to abuse his blood magic powers.
- Cain and Abel: He suspects that he might have killed his long-lost brother on a mission for the Crows.
- The Not-Love Interest: He's Isseya's most trusted confidant, but she's sworn off romance and he never makes any romantic gesture toward her.
- Tykebomb: He was raised to be a Crow from a very young age.
Amadis VaelA lady of Starkhaven and the leader of the Ruby Drakes mercenary company.
- Action Girl: She's a skilled fighter.
- The Amazon: She's described as thick with muscle.
- Boyish Short Hair: At the start of the Blight. This creates a contrast between her and other noblewomen.
- Black Sheep: The Vaels are a pious family, but Amadis runs a mercenary company that openly employs apostates.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She and Garahel have a brief falling out when the Queen-Regent of the Anderfels refuses to give Garahel the support he needs unless Garahel sleeps with her. While Amadis agrees that Garahel needs to do it, she's clearly uncomfortable with it.
- Interspecies Romance: With Garahel, an elf.
- Lady of War: She's both a princess of Starkhaven and the commander of a mercenary company. Additionally, despite having some tomboyish traits like her short hair and musculature, she also has a notable appreciation for the finer things in life, even in the midst of the Fourth Blight.
LismeA gender fluid Warden mage.
- Covered with Scars: She got several burn scars after having to use several fire spells at close range to ward off a group of Darkspawn that surrounded her.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Her specialty with magic is causing tremors, which she uses to collapse an entrance to the Deep Roads the Darkspawn use during their siege of Hossberg.
- Shoot the Dog: Lisme gives Isseya permission to Join Lisme's griffon. Unfortunately, this turns Lisme's griffon into a Leeroy Jenkins and costs both the griffon and the rider their lives.
- Transgender: Lisme periodically changes their gender presentation between male and female. Lisme is referred to using pronouns of whichever gender they currently present as. Isseya suspects that Lisme was persecuted while in the Circle.
OgosaA casteless dwarf who joined the Grey Wardens during the Fourth Blight.
- Bear Hug: Greet Isseya with one when they are reunited at Fortress Haine, which causes Isseya to gasp for breath afterwards.
- Braids of Action: Her hair is styled into braids with pierced copper coins on the ends. Ogosa chose this Chasind hairstyle as a rebellion against typical dwarven hair styles.
- Facial Markings: As a casteless dwarf, her face is covered in tattoos marking her status.
- Jumped at the Call: She eagerly joined the Grey Wardens when their calls for recruits reached Orzammar, eager to escape the persecution against her for being casteless.