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A 2012 anime tie-in to the Dragon Age franchise. Cassandra Pentaghast, a talented female recruit of the Seekers, finds herself forced to work together with a Circle Mage named Galyan to uncover a conspiracy that threatens the Chantry.

Cassandra previously appeared in Dragon Age II as a Framing Device but was promoted to party member in Dragon Age: Inquisition (both games chronologically take place about two decades after the movie).

The film provides examples of following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Cassandra, as the protagonist; this is the first piece of Dragon Age media showing her in a fight, as the framing device of Dragon Age II didn't have her in combat.
  • Action Prologue: The first scene (besides the voice-overed prologue) is a fight between seekers and blood mages.
  • Animation Bump: The dragons and their subsequent battle near the end of the movie are much more noticeably animated and detailed compared to the animation from much of the rest of the film.
  • Armor Is Useless: To the point that Cassandra is able to punch out armored foes with her bare fists.
  • Battle Cry: "For the Chantry!" is often said by templars prior to fighting.
  • The Beastmaster: The young Elf girl, Avexis, is noted for having a very unusual ability to control all animals. This makes her vital for the conspiracy's plan: using her to command a whole pack of dragons — and even one of the even larger, fire-breathing high dragons — to attack the Ten Year Gathering.
  • Black Knight: The Seekers are clad in black armor.
  • Blood Magic: The Blood Mages, as per the original games.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Cassandra's armour gives full coverage to her body, but leaves her thighs bare — this is wholly consistent with the skirt armours seen in Origins.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Averted. After a training match with Cassandra, Byron says, "Sometimes your sword can be your shield and your shield can be your sword." Although this seems like it's setting up for some later event where Cassandra uses the same move, it never really comes up again.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Cassandra and Galyan are attacked mid-way through the film by a group of ogres and golems, said to be controlled by Frenic's cult. Even if you're familiar with the setting, this kind of comes out of nowhere.
  • Dramatic Deadpan: "In the end, it came to this." Cassandra, after she cuts off the Knight-Commander's head. Also an Ironic Echo.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The Divine extends her arms towards the high dragon, ready to face death, as it flies directly towards her.
  • Fantastic Racism: Cassandra hates mages, as her family was murdered by blood mages who hoped to force them to help them capture dragons so they could use their blood for their rituals.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Cassandra performs one of these at the beginning, slicing her way through a crowd of cultists.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Frenic forcing Avexis to be able to control dragons proves to be his undoing when she uses said dragons against him near the end of the film after she breaks free of his control.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: Cassandra when she beats the Knight-Commander. She changes her mind quickly though.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The High Seeker and the Grand Cleric of Orlais.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: The Divine. She has French accent which is used in the DA universe for Orlesian characters. Awkwardly, she's the only one speaking with that accent. Not every character in the story is Orlesian but it still takes place on Orlais.
  • Just Between You and Me: The Knight-Commander just cannot resist the urge to go to the prison and tell Cassandra and Galyan almost his whole plan.
  • Kaiju: The battle between the high dragon and the pride abomination.
  • Light Is Not Good: Knight-Commander Martel is a Templar clad in silver armor and one of the conspirators who betrayed The Chantry.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Cassandra and Galyan. Not only they have reversed gender roles within the warrior/mage dynamic but Ragalyan even says he sucks in battle magic and specializes in healing. Which he proves by healing Cassandra and being really useless in battles.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard Byron. From the scene where he has a mock-fight with Cassandra, it's just painfully obvious he will get offed very, very soon.
  • Mooks: Despite their allegedly powerful spells, enemy mages do little more than stand around waiting to be sliced in half.
  • Obviously Evil: Frenic, complete with a Red Right Hand in the form of a wicked-looking mask that covers half his face.
  • Off with His Head! How Cassandra kills Martel.
  • One-Winged Angel: Frenic becomes a pride demon abomination when his plans have been foiled.
  • Parental Substitute: It seem Byron fulfills this role to Cassandra.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The High Seeker proves quite willing to listen to Cassandra after she breaks into his office and accepts the evidence she presents as proof of a conspiracy. Unfortunately, he gets killed by Knight-Commander Martel about two minutes after listening to her story.
  • Smooch of Victory: Galyan gets a pretty chaste one from Cassandra at the end of the film.
  • Sole Survivor: Cassandra is the only survivor from her family after a blood mage attack.
  • Suggestive Collision: Occurs between Cassandra and Galyan when they're chained together and escaping.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Cassandra and Galyan, in a rare female warrior/male mage configuration.