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The Chantry

    Divine Justinia V 
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Voiced By: Kath Soucie

The head of the Chantry. She had been investigating the treatment of mages and possible alternatives prior to the rebellion, but traditions were too ingrained for her to make real change. She managed to convince both the mages and the Templars to attend a conclave at the Temple of Sacred Ashes, which was subsequently destroyed at the start of the third game.


  • Anti-Hero: Leliana's personal quest, if you encourage her to be merciful, paints her in a more exploitative light, since she took advantage of both Leliana's skills as a bard and her Undying Loyalty to her personally to get her back into a line of work (spying, assassination) that she was desperately trying to escape. On the other hand, Justinia wanted her Left Hand to lay down her burdens once she had died. She wanted Leliana to move on.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally, she was just a Chantry mother who freed Leliana from her cell in Leliana's Song. In Inquisition, she was Divine, the highest rank of the Chantry, and her death kicks off much of the conflict in the game, as well as serving as the focal point of Leliana's character arc.
  • Cool Old Lady: The high priest of the Chantry, an advocate for mages' rights, and a fan of Varric's adventure serials. In The Last Court, it's revealed she's quite fond of Celestine Black wine, and drinks it liberally.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Inquisition was her backup plan should the Conclave fail. She had all the writs properly signed, and briefed her Hands on the contingency, in case she perished for whatever reason.
  • Damsel in Distress: An old lady, but certainly a lady in peril.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Knocking the Orb out of Corypheus's hand probably saved Thedas right then and there. She gets another one where she leads the Herald out of the Fade and sacrifices herself to hold off the demons.
    • If the being you meet in the Fade really is her, instead of a spirit, she gets a third by blasting the Nightmare demon long enough to help you escape.
  • Fangirl: According to party banter, the real reason Cassandra was bringing Varric to the Conclave to meet her was so that he could sign her copy of Hard in Hightown.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She and the Inquisitor escaped into the Fade, but when they found a rift out, there were nightmares approaching. She sacrificed herself so the Inquisitor could escape.
  • Human Sacrifice: Corypheus tried to use her as a sacrifice as part of his plan to merge the Fade and the material world. When the future Inquisitor haplessly barges in on the ritual, Justinia seizes the moment and knocks the Orb from Coreypheus, and the ensuing mayhem causes the breach..
  • Parental Substitute: There are pretty strong mother-daughter undertones in her relationship with Leliana, especially since she was the one who saved Leliana's life in Leliana's Song, and then mentored her in her life as a Sister in the Chantry. Leliana, in turn, shows total devotion to her. The spirit who impersonates her in the Nightmare's realm gives you one last message for Leliana: "I'm sorry; I failed you, too."
  • Posthumous Character: The event that kills Divine Justinia is shown before the Inquisition even starts, so it falls to reason that she only appears in flashbacks. Although the flashbacks show that it wasn't the explosion itself that killed her; it just sent her to the Fade where she performed a Heroic Sacrifice to save the Inquisitor.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is extremely sympathetic to the mage plight, but at the same time knows that full mage freedom could end up with a second Tevinter Imperium if not done carefully.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Was it Justinia that the Inquisitor encounters in the Fade, or a Spirit of Faith? Or both?
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's the highest priest in the Andrastian Chantry, and beyond loving and caring. She'll sacrifice herself without hesitation to save the Herald, someone she doesn't even know, and wants Leliana to lay down her burdens. But she's also a political genius and a master of the Grand Game of Orlais.
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     Chancellor Roderick Asignon 
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Voiced By: Christopher Godwin

A man from the Chantry who came to the Conclave with the Seekers and the Divine. He dislikes the Inquisitor, and believes them responsible for the Breach.


  • Big Damn Heroes: During the invasion of Haven, he attempts to save a villager from Red Templars or Venatori and is mortally wounded in the process; despite this, he still leads the denizens of Haven to safety via a secret passage after Corypheus attacks. It's likely the number of casualties would have been far higher without his assistance.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has massive bushy eyebrows in comparison to other characters.
  • Chekhov's Gun: He invokes this in dialogue about taking the Summer Pilgrimage. Everyone else who knew about the path died in the Conclave.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rare, but he does show the capacity for it.
    Cole: He tried to stop a Templar. The blade went deep. He is going to die.
    Roderick: What a... charming boy.
  • Death Equals Redemption: After consistently antagonizing the Inquisition, he offers assistance when Haven comes under attack by the Elder One's forces, being mortally wounded in the process. He uses the last of his strength to direct the survivors to escape through a lost pilgrimage path that only he knows about (as the rest of those who knew died in the Conclave explosion). The coincidence of this makes him wonder if there really are divine forces aiding the Herald.
  • Disaster Democracy: Despite the need for investigation and action now, he obstinately insists that everything gets held up until the Grand Clergy (what's left of it) can elect a new Divine.
  • Harmless Villain: For all his bluster, he and the rest of the Chantry are incapable of impeding the Inquisition beyond a brief PR barrier.
  • Hate Sink: He's designed to showcase the bad parts of the Chantry. He does gain redemption in the end.
  • Irony: The man who is initially one of the most hostile and disbelieving people to the Inquisition and the Herald ultimately saves them all in their time of need.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cassandra insists that he isn't a bad person, per se, just absolutely terrified and woefully out of his depth due to everyone higher-ranking than him in the entire Chantry ending up dead.
  • Jerkass: Most of his dialogue is either blaming the Inquisitor for the Conclave explosion or belittling the very notion of the Inquisition existing.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he undeniably acts like a complete dick, most of his objections regarding the Inquisitor and the Rift, at least early in the game, do make a certain amount of sense.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: According to Cole, his last thoughts were regrets for how he treated the Herald, and wondering if his last act was enough to make up for it.
  • Non-Action Guy: When compared to Cassandra and Leliana. He still picks up a sword and fights off either a Venatori or Red Templar, though he's mortally wounded in the process.
  • Not Worth Killing: Cullen points out that his running at the mouth is insufficient reason to make him a martyr.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: His hat. When confronted with the fact that the Inquisitor saved many people, he still wants the Inquistor executed.
  • Peaceful in Death: According to Cole, hearing "The Dawn Will Come" filled his heart with faith as he passed on. His only regret was that he did not support the Inquisition from the beginning.
  • Pet the Dog: He engages in a bit of this during the last days of his life. He tells the Herald that he realizes that he might have been wrong about them, and adds that he will pray for them. According to Cole, he also at one point calls the spirit boy "a fine young man."
  • You Are in Command Now: Everyone above him in the Chantry leadership died at the Conclave, leaving him as the highest ranking member alive. He's left distraught and unsure of his own authority. He copes by trying to assert himself and by trying to get everyone to stick to established succession protocols, making him appear unreasonably obstructive to the Inquisition and the Inquisitor-to-be.

     Mother Giselle 
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A Revered Mother from Orlais who came with the Divine, but did not go to the Conclave. After the explosion, she started tending to wounded refugees in the Hinterlands, not far from Redcliffe, and joins with the Inquisition to help gain some Chantry support in Val Royeaux.


  • Badass Pacifist: Giselle does not fight and has neither magic nor martial training. But she knows how to motivate and rally people, and managed to defy the entire Chantry in her backstory when Jader was overrun with refugees. However, she does note that the First Inquisition was rightfully brutal — which was fine with her because the Inquisition immediately disbanded after the crisis.
  • Cincinnatus: She expects the Inquisitor to be one. In fact, she seems dismayed when a non-faithful Inquisitor reveals the truth behind the events at Haven as it validates their claim that what happened was merely coincidence and not a result of divine aid. Both of them can even go into a debate about logic and religious faith (see Logical Fallacies below), showing that in spite of the truth she still wants the Inquisitor to claim that they're the Maker's chosen.
    Inquisitor: ... And Andraste didn't send me: the figure everyone saw was Divine Justinia.
    Giselle: So it is as you have always maintained. You must feel quite vindicated.
    Inquisitor: Too many people look to the Maker to solve their problems. It’s never that easy.
    Giselle: You do a disservice to their faith, Inquisitor. Those who looked to the Maker never asked for a literal hand to stretch out of the Fade to protect them. They wanted a sign that in this harsh and unforgiving world, there existed some reason to hope. And they found that in you.
    Inquisitor: That’s a generous interpretation of things, Revered Mother. Do you think the world shares it? "Oh s/he wasn’t literally sent by Andraste, but s/he’s still the Herald metaphorically."
  • Friend to All Living Things: Giselle shows none of the Fantastic Racism that permeates Thedas (except towards Tevinter, which is not unwarranted), and believes in welcoming elves, dwarves, and even the Qunari under the Chant. She's also quite pro-magic (for healing purposes at least) for a Chantry Member.
  • Godwin's Law: At one point, she will even accuse an Inquisitor who refuses to accept the validity of faith-based interpretations (in favor of their own evidence-based beliefs) of being on par with Corypheus. (This is technically true, except the Inquisitor isn't wantonly murdering innocent people who disagree with them.)
  • Good Counterpart: To Chancellor Roderick. Whereas he is (mostly) an ass, Giselle shows the nurturing and warm side of the Chantry that cares for people.
  • Good Shepherd: A kindly priest who does nothing but tend to wounded refugees. This was true even in her backstory, as when she was given supplies from the Chantry to feed a refugee population, she was told to prioritize the clerics and Orlesians over Fereldans and elves. She instead had her priests fast while feeding all those in need.
  • Hope Bringer: She almost single-handedly restores the people's faith in the Inquisition after Haven. We say "almost" because Solas then helps nurture the spark she created by leading you to Skyhold.
  • Logical Fallacies: When debating religion with the Inquisitor, she will often employ these. The Inquisitor, at one point, can call her out on it and she will state that this is the problem with trying to explain faith to logical people. Justified, because her job and goal is to provide hope and guidance for people in the Darkest Hour, not further academia or study theology. Thus, whatever the person needs to hear at that moment is what she'll tell them.
    • Ironically, if The Inquisitor chooses to use this as a reason to dismiss her case, they are also carrying out a logical fallacy, namely the Fallacy Fallacy.
  • Moral Myopia: If a Dalish Inquisitor brings up the Exalted March against the Dales, Mother Giselle coldly justifies what the Chantry did by stating that by the time an Exalted March was called, the Elves had taken Montsimond and sacked Val Royeaux, so "they were not victims." She ignores how the Dales and Orlais had been at war for years by that point, and Orlesian soldiers had done their own share of damage to the Dales.
  • Ms. Exposition: After being recruited, she'll give history on the Chantry and the first Inquisition.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: She's very quick to point out how the Chantry's bigotry regarding elves, dwarves and men is simply political propaganda, not the truth of Andraste. She also asserts that Andraste's tenant "Magic is to serve man, not rule him" certainly does not justify the Chantry's more draconian attitudes/actions towards mages.
    Mother Giselle: We do not teach that magic is evil. We teach that pride is evil...and corrupts more than just mages.
  • Nice Guy: About the only flaw the good Mother seems to possess is a slight disapproval of Dorian, for his libertine ways and Tevinter heritage. And even that doesn't get further than a few tame arguments and concerns about "rumors." In Trespasser, she even admits to being mistaken about him and wants to issue a public apology (because he would want an audience to see his reaction).
  • Nice Hat: Like all in the Chantry.
  • Noble Bigot: Despite her otherwise broad tolerance for all other races and minorities, she is very suspicious of Tevinter (not unwarranted) and may even attempt to get you to kick out Dorian, though she only does this because she's afraid Dorian's presence in the Inquisition is feeding rumors that Tevinter is trying to exert some sort of influence on the Inquisitor through him. She eventually apologizes for her assumptions.
    • It's impossible to find out unless the Inquisitor is Dalish and chooses a rather obscure dialogue option, but Mother Giselle feels the Chantry was justified in calling an Exalted March on the Dales (and presumably everything that occurred after) because Dales elves daring to send forces into Orlais while the two were at war meant the elves deserved to be conquered, forcefully converted, sent to fantastic ghettos, and lose their only homeland.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Much like Cassandra, the normally benevolent and open-minded Mother Giselle can become suddenly harsh, judgmental, and unsympathetic once elves come up. If the Dalish Inquisitor mentions that they wish more moderate voices like hers were around when the Chantry declared an Exalted March against the Dales, Giselle coldly replies that by the time said Exalted March was held, the elves had sacked Val Royeaux. Furthermore, only Orlesian forces had responded to the call, so "it was not as bad as it might have been."
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her role in the main plot ends when you get to Skyhold, but her actions before then make everything afterward possible. She effectively sets up the Herald to be named Inquisitor, and seeing the survivors of the fall of Haven join her in song is what convinces Solas to lead the Inquisition to Skyhold.
  • Small Steps Hero: When asked why she didn't try to change the Chantry, since she questions everything about it, she says that she thought it was more important to save lives.
  • Song of Courage: After the destruction of Haven, Giselle rallies the hopes of the despondent Inquisition by singing a slow hymn. She sings the first verse by herself, but then Leliana, Cullen, and the rest of the Inquisition gathers, bowing to the Inquisitor.
  • Team Mom: Revered Mother Giselle is the highest ranking Chantry priest serving in the Inquisition that actually carries out the typical duties of "tending the flock". When the Inquisition's advisers are arguing following the destruction of Haven, she is the one who smooths over tensions.
  • Villains Never Lie: Discussed and defied. After reaching Skyhold, the Inquisitor can point out that what Corypheus says about entering the Black City and what the Chant of Light says are similar, but do not match completely. Giselle will remark that, while the Chantry is a tool of men and might have erred in speaking of it, that doesn't mean Corypheus is right and truthful. He might well be choosing to remember things in a manner more flattering to himself, or have confused memories after being sealed away for a thousand years.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: If a Dalish Inquisitor brings up the Exalted March against the Dales, much like the rest of the Chantry, Mother Giselle responds that only Orlesian forces responded to the call, so "it was not as bad as it might have been." Cold comfort to a Dalish elf whose people are still homeless and face racial discrimination and religious persecution due to said March.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: While very accepting and open-minded, nearly everything she says is to preach Chantry rhetoric and Andrastian faith, even to non-human Inquisitors. A Dalish Elven Inquisitor in particular can repeatedly tell her, "You know I worship elven gods, right?"

The Grey Wardens

     Warden-Commander Clarel de Chanson 
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"I stand against the Blight, and no man, no Inquisitor, and no magister will get in my way."

The Warden-Commander of Orlais who appears in the Adamant Fortress missions.


  • Anti-Villain: She truly believes that the ritual is the only way to stop all future Blights. By the time she learns differently, dozens of Wardens have been killed. Her rage at Erimond is something to behold, worse because - as he points out - he barely needed to convince her.
  • The Archmage: She was once an Enchanter in the Circle, and as a Grey Warden she has grown tremendously powerful, being capable of defeating Erimond with zero effort. Erimond also implies that she is the only one strong enough to bring Nightmare through the Fade rift.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One does not become a Warden-Commander without being badass. She hands Erimond his ass in their fight.
  • Badass Creed: She repeats the Grey Wardens' as she prepares to blast an Archdemon with lightning, despite being mortally wounded.
  • Bald of Awesome: Seems to be of the shaved variety. It also emphasises her extreme dedication to her duties above all else.
  • Bald Women: Short hair and female.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She No Sells everything Erimond throws at her and beats him so badly he has to summon an Archdemon to save his ass.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Clarel can be seen using Stone Fist in her duel with Erimond.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: She blasts said Archdemon with lightning to allow the Inquisitor time to get away. After nearly being bitten in half by the thing.
  • Heel Realization: Once she realizes that Erimond is using the Grey Wardens to help Corypheus (i.e. one of the original darkspawn) she and the remaining Wardens immediately attack him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She's working with Erimond, a Tevinter blood mage, and is trying to capture and imprison the more cautious Stroud (or Alistair or Loghain, if they are still Grey Wardens).
  • Last Stand: Her primary reason for everything she does - she believes the false Calling and is desperately searching for a way to end the Blights forever before the Order is extinguished.
  • Made of Iron: What with how the Archdemon bit her upper body and threw her through the air, it's amazing that she was still in one piece. Let alone alive.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Chanson' coming from the French word for 'song'. It's The Elder One's false Calling, which many Grey Wardens describe as a creepy, unearthly and yet beautiful song, that pushes her into taking drastic action and her part in the story.
  • More Than Mind Control: When she accuses Erimond of destroying the Wardens through mind control, he counters that all he gave were suggestions. They agreed to his plans of their own free will. Cole can clarify later that her decisions were made from a place of pure fear, no magical compulsion necessary.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she realizes just how badly she was fooled, she kills herself to collapse part of Fort Adamant to drive off the "Archdemon".
  • No-Sell: She brushes aside absolutely everything that Erimond throws at her as if it were a tiny nuisance. The only thing that stops her from taking the finishing blow is when the "Archdemon" closes its jaws on her and tosses her into the air.
  • Shock and Awe: She seems to have an affinity for lightning magic.
  • The Unfettered: Her one and only goal is to oppose the Blight. No measure is too extreme so long as it serves this goal. This is why Erimond summoning an Archdemon was a bad idea on his part, because it immediately and indisputably clued her in that Erimond had a different goal.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Erimond and his master, Corypheus.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She truly believed that sacrificing the lives of her subordinates and summoning demon armies was the only way to stop the Blights when it seemed that all the Wardens were dying at once. And many of them agreed.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Like every other Warden in the game, she has begun to hear the Calling. It is not real.

     Ser Jean-Marc Stroud 
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Voiced By: Stephane Cornicard

"Being a Grey Warden is not a cure. It is a calling."

Jean-Marc Stroud is a high ranking member of the Orlesian Grey Wardens. He's first encountered in Dragon Age II, and can help save Hawke's sibling from the Blight if they get Tainted in the Deep Roads, and possibly during the Qunari invasion of Kirkwall. If Loghain is dead and Alistair is dead or no longer a Warden, he will return in Inquisition. He is one of the few Grey Wardens who were not corrupted, though he does hear Corypheus's false Calling.


  • Ascended Extra: He was a relatively insignificant character in Dragon Age II who might not have even appeared depending on your decisions. Inquisition gives him a much bigger supporting role, should he be the Warden ally.
  • The Atoner: He wants to make up for the Wardens' mistakes, so much that he's willing to die to do so.
  • Badass Mustache: His mustache is his most distinctive feature. Varric and Sera comment on it.
  • Blue Blood: He is the youngest son of a minor Orlesian noble family who were killed because of the Great Game.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Can stay in the Fade to hold the line against the Nightmare Demon.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Grey Wardens have the ability to sense darkspawn, but Stroud is first and foremost a fighter.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He's Hawke's Warden ally if Alistair is King and Loghain is dead. During the first meeting with Erimond and during the Siege of Adamant Fortress, he is a non-controllable tag-along to the usual four-man player team.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: If he's chosen to stay behind in the Fade, he presumably dies to cover the Inquisitor and Hawke's escape. Varric is upset by his death, especially if he saved Bethany or Carver.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Stroud was a Chevalier before he became a Warden, and unlike many of them he acts according to their expressed ideals without abusing his position.
  • Makes Us Even: If Anders persuades him to take Bethany or Carver. Why he owed Anders a favour in the first place is never explained.
  • Neutral No Longer: In Inquisition, though he does apologize for being unable to help with the Qunari when they attacked Kirkwall.
  • Nice Guy: A little abrasive at times, but he's overall a good guy, not forcing Anders to return and willingly taking Hawke's sibling solely on Hawke's word that they're a good candidate.
  • Noodle Incident: We never learn how he and Anders know each other, or what Anders did for him that Stroud repays by taking on Bethany/Carver.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He's the only Warden to question Warden-Commander Clarel's plan to summon a demon army to end future Blights when they hear the premature Calling. He's forced to go into hiding for his troubles.
  • You Are in Command Now: If Stroud survives, he becomes the unofficial leader of the Wardens, since he's the highest ranking member left in Orlais.
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     Ser Ruth 
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An Orlesian senior Warden. Following the Siege of Adamant, she willingly allows herself to be trialed by the Inquisition. If the Inquisitor so chooses, she can be pardoned and end up joining the Chantry, where her efforts support the Inquisition.


  • Anti-Villain: As with Commander Clarel, she was doing what she thought was right to stop any future Blights. When she realized what had really happened, she turned herself over.
  • The Atoner: If allowed to live, she dedicates her life to supporting the Inquisition and doing good deeds in general.
  • Death Seeker: Out of guilt for her parts in the Wardens' blood rituals, she asks not only for death, but for public humiliation so she can serve as an example and warning to the other Grey Wardens. She's not very happy with the traditional way of dying in the Deep Roads though.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Of the Grey Wardens I Did What I Had to Do mindset.
  • Go and Sin No More: An Andrastian Inquisitor can invoke this on her, simply telling her that "the Herald of Andraste forgives you in Her name," and urging her to go and atone through good works. Doing so ends up being the best choice for her, since she has a Heel–Faith Turn and ends up convincing people to support the Inquisition.
  • Heel Realization: What compelled her to turn herself in.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Defied. Ruth refuses to use this in her defense, believing that the Wardens should not hide behind this since it makes them Easily Forgiven.
  • Irony: Ser Ruth is the only person that the Inquisitor puts on trial by their own choice and believes her punishment should be death. Yet none of the choices for her include you executing her. The only choice that gives her the death she thinks she deserves is the one that nobody would see.
  • Karma Houdini: Defied. Josephine all but states she could make herself one if she wanted, but Ruth refuses to play this straight. Should you pardon her or give her to the Wardens, she'll be concerned whether that was the best choice.
  • Make an Example of Them: Invokes this on herself. She believes she must serve as a example of how Wardens should not use the I Did What I Had to Do mindset for everything. The only judgment the Inquisitor can make to which she will object is being sent to the Deep Roads, mainly because nobody will learn from her example.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she realized the truth of what Erimond was doing, and that it was all a lie, she had a understandable reaction.
  • Oh, Crap!: If you choose to send her to the Deep Roads, her reaction is more or less this - not because she'll die, but because she feels the punishment doesn't send a message.
  • Suicide Mission: One fate for her is to go to the Deep Roads. She knows that she would not come back alive if so. She also tries one if you pardon her. Picking the right advisor on the War Table can talk her out of it.
  • Uncertain Doom: If she becomes a missionary for the Inquisition, she eventually leaves for hostile territory to try and gain as many converts as she can. Unless you take the necessary measures, you stop hearing any news about her after she ventures near suspected Venatori hideouts, leaving her final fate unknown. This can be prevented by misdirecting her on Leliana's advice to areas already cleared of enemies which will result in her turning up safe and sound in Val Chevin, or rebuking her in Josephine's advice, where she gives up in her self-destructive plan but at least she survives.

Orlais

    Empress Celene Valmont I 
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Voiced By: Katherine Pageon

The 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. Many of these tropes are only known if the player has read The Masked Empire, as she doesn't have enough screen time in Dragon Age: Inquisition to reveal them all.


  • Armor-Piercing Question: In The Masked Empire, Celene tries to woo Briala back by promising that this time she'll help the elves. When Briala demands to know how she intends to do this, Celene falters and evades the question. This finally convinces Briala that Celene has no intention of helping her people, and leaves for good.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Celene is trained as a bard and has some enchanted rings which give her an edge in combat. She actually spends most of The Masked Empire fighting alongside Michel de Chevin rather than governing Orlais.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The signs are there, if the Inquisitor digs deep enough, that she and Briala still have feelings for each other, but there's too much pride and too many politics in the way for them to reconcile. You can help them overcome this if you wish, though the Epilogue makes it clear that there's still a long way to go.
  • Bad Samaritan:
    • Any assistance given by Orlais to another country should always be met with suspicion, so some see every plan to aid Ferelden (fighting the Blight, marrying Cailan, etc.) that Celene cooked up as just a soft-power way to bring the country back under the Orlesian yoke.
    • A War Table operation has her extend "reconciliation" toward Michel de Chevin. Leliana, however, doesn't buy it and suggests that this is a front for the Empress to be in both Michel and the Inquisition's good graces while at the same time publicly disavowing him. If Leliana demands that Michel deserves better than friendship behind closed doors, the Empress never pursues the matter further.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: In the novel, she continually promises Briala she'll help the elves, and continually disappoints her. At times it seems she honestly believes herself when she makes these promises, but when the going gets tough Celene always dumps the elves by the wayside. Realizing this is what gives Briala the strength to finally leave her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Zig-zagged. She's quite a piece of work, as the rest of these entries show, but she is always polite to the Inquisitor and there are hints that she's legitimately remorseful for the horrible things she's done. In particular, she kept Briala's locket, even though its discovery might well ruin her, because she still cares for Briala. She still does not allow sentimentality to curb her ruthlessness.
  • Byronic Hero: A rare female version. Celene wants to bring peace and prosperity to the world, but she's willing to make a mountain of corpses to see it happen. Mostly elven corpses. Her actions in pursuit of her goal are specifically what led to the Orlesian Civil War.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Briala has been Celene's handmaid since they were children.
  • Cycle of Revenge: She lost both of her parents in one of these not long after she became Empress. After Celene successfully took the throne, Gaspard's wife Calienne orchestrated the murder of Celene's mother. Celene's father retaliated and murdered Calienne, but died himself due to a wound from her poisoned blade. It's noted that Celene's mother's cousin, Duke Prosper, became something of a father figure to her after this as a result.
  • Distressed Damsel: Leliana and Josephine point out that Celene's life is usually in danger because she's an Empress, but Grand Duchess Florianne can get close and hold her at knifepoint. If it gets that far, Celene dies.
  • Easily Forgiven: All it takes is for the Inquisitor to find a locket to convince Briala to forgive all the horrible things Celene did to her and her people in The Masked Empire: She flung racial slurs against Briala when they were children, had Briala's family slaughtered in a fake assassination attempt on herself to gain the nobles' sympathy for the throne, allowed Briala to think someone else did it for years to keep her unwittingly as a lover, trivialized and dismissed Briala's repeated requests that she use her influence as Empress to help the elves, and then shortly after promising to help them she personally butchered and burned over 3,000 elves alive just to show the nobles she "wasn't soft with elves." Despite all the spoilers, that alone is enough to persuade Briala to take Celene back.
  • Fantastic Racism: In childhood, Celene threw racial insults at Briala for her elven heritage and "horse dung-brown" skin/hair colour. As an adult, she fetishizes the typically elven facets of Briala's physique, and kills 3,000 elves while refusing to ever give a true apology, showing how expendable she considers them.
    • This is more complicated than with a lot of anti-elf characters. Celene (as an adult) shows no particular issue with elves personally, even (due to Briala's influence) pushing for elven rights in some areas, such as admittance to the University of Orlais. She is, however, unwilling to challenge the entrenched bigotry of her court. If reunited with Briala in Inquisition, she steps up and begins to improve things for elves in her empire.
    • Yet, Celene shows clear indifference to their plight and thinks nothing of maintaining their systemic oppression to maintain her own power. Despite constantly rationalizing that her crimes will help the Empire, Celene doesn't consider elves worth helping and will actively enforce their poverty to benefit her human subjects and her own throne. Even while she has her Chevaliers butcher and burn over three thousand elves alive, all she can think is what a nuisance they've been rioting over being serially murdered too much, and how she knew so many poor nobles who had to change their winter holiday plans because of the unsightliness of elves expanding their alienage walls due to overpopulation problems.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: A mixture of this and The High Queen. Celene is a regal and benevolent Empress who genuinely wants the best for her people. That said, she doesn't consider her elven people worth helping and is willing to do whatever it takes to secure her own power, even if it means murdering 3,000 of her elven citizens to make an example.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Tries to justify her response to the elven rebellion of Halamshiral and the murder of her servants (including Briala's parents) with this.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Celene makes it clear she doesn't think highly of any elves that aren't Briala, and even then... This attitude is part of why Briala becomes disillusioned with Celene and decides to leave her. If the Inquisitor helps the two reconcile, Celene finally putting herself out there by openly allying with Briala and the elves is a huge part of why the two are able to reforge their relationship.
  • In-Series Nickname: Not seen in the games, but many people in the book call her "The Lioness."
  • The Insomniac: Celene has trouble sleeping due to the stress of running the empire. Her caffeine addiction isn't helping matters either.
  • Interspecies Romance: Her relationship with Briala.
  • Killed Off for Real: If the Inquisitor so chooses.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: One of the reasons she was able to take the throne, or at least the reason Gaspard himself blames in conversation with the Inquisitor. Celene is a Valmont, and is a granddaughter of Judicael I through her father, Prince Reynaud; Gaspard, on the other hand, is Judicael's only surviving grandson, but traces his descent through his mother, Princess Melisande.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Celene is a master of manipulating people or using them to get what she wants. For example, her crown came to her as a result of gaining favor with the Council of Heralds (at sixteen years old); she romantically courted the married King Cailan of Ferelden in an attempt to unify the two countries (and would have succeeded had Loghain not betrayed the king to his death); and in Inquisition, she sexually seduces a captain of Gaspard's Chevaliers to learn of his plans.
    • Celene also manipulated her lover Briala into staying by her side and using her bard skills to do her dirty work for years, by lying about who murdered Briala's family and promising she'll eventually help the elves. When Briala learns the depths of Celene's deceptions and manipulations against her, she leaves.
  • Masochism Tango: Has shades of this with Briala in The Masked Empire, given Celene's contempt for elves and Briala's increasing discontent over it. More overt after Briala discovers Celene's crimes against elves, yet the two still harbor feelings for each other. Dragon Age: Inquisition glosses over this, however.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Celene sleeps poorly due to the stress of running the empire. She has multiple cups of tea to get started in the morning, and has servants following her with a teapot enchanted to keep her tea warm at all times. She even mentions she gets headaches only alleviated by her afternoon tea - one of the hallmarks of a caffeine addiction.
  • Out-Gambitted:
    • Gaspard catches her off-guard in The Masked Empire by anticipating her reaction to the elven rebellion, and gets very close to taking the throne through one simple battle.
    • She was well aware of Gaspard's plans to invade the Winter Palace, and had already made moves to counter it. She didn't, however, know anything about Gaspard's Fereldan mercenaries, nor Florianne's far more dangerous assassination plot.
  • Shoot the Dog: Celene does a lot of nasty things for the sake of the Empire:
    • She burns down the elven slums of Halamshiral, killing 3,000 elves, to put down an elven rebellion so Gaspard can't use it to start a civil war.
    • She is also responsible for the deaths of Briala's parents and the other servants. She did this so the nobles would be outraged that the Emperor tried to assassinate a child (as noted, she was sixteen at the time) and rally behind her, so she could become Empress and make the Empire a better place. (At least for humans—she doesn't care about the elves.)
  • Slave to PR: Since her grip on the throne relies on the Deadly Decadent Court throwing their support behind her over Gaspard (who has a greater claim to the throne), Celene keeps her relationship with Briala a tight secret. She won't do more than the bare minimum to help her elven subjects, and tries to justify her more brutal actions against elves by claiming she has to act like she's not soft with elves to keep the racist nobles from shifting their support to Gaspard. Briala eventually realizes she's not "acting" like she doesn't care about elves, and leaves. If the Inquisitor discovers Briala's locket, Celene is half-furious, half-terrified that someone found it since public discovery would ruin her.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Tries to invoke this to keep Briala under her thumb after Celene changes her mind about having her kill the noble who started the elven rebellion by serial murdering them too much, and has Briala arrested for the murder of the said noble they agreed on. The context makes it clear that Celene intends to keep Briala under house arrest until she has no choice but to forgive Celene, through this trope. However, Briala escapes before it can take effect.
  • Straight Gay: She is a lesbian. Her prospective relationship with King Cailan was purely political.
  • Succession Crisis: Mentioned in passing by a few NPCs in Inquisition; Celene has no children, so even though she and Gaspard are at war with one another, he remains her heir apparent simply because there are so few members of the royal family left.
  • Unequal Pairing: Her relationship with Briala. While they're both gifted bards in The Game, Celene is still the Empress of an Empire steeped in Fantastic Racism, and thus has the final say in both their relationship and how to run the Empire. When she uses her power as Empress to massacre the alienage and have Briala arrested on trumped up charges, this convinces Briala to leave.
  • The Vamp: She uses her looks and sexuality for the purpose of manipulation. Briala is the only one she loves, and even then...
  • Youngest Child Wins: She was the youngest grandchild of Emperor Judicael I, and used her political savvy to bypass her surviving cousins to take the throne.

    Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons 
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Voiced By: Anthony Howell

Gaspard is an exceptionally skilled and chivalrous Chevalier and one of the most powerful nobles in Orlais. He was the presumptive heir to his uncle, Emperor Florian Valmont, but the political machinations of his cousin, Celene Valmont, denied him the imperial throne. Gaspard believes that Celene's cooperation with the Divine and Ferelden is a sign of weakness and seeks to install himself as Emperor.


  • Affably Evil: Gaspard is described as "fiendishly charming" by the Empress's ladies-in-waiting, and he treats the Inquisitor with nothing less than utter politeness, even flat-out explaining the truth of his goals for the Empire. However, those goals include war-mongering, expansionism, and ruling through force rather than diplomacy. He sees this as the only "honorable" way to rule. Politics are too muddy and gray; in war, you either win or you die.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Gaspard is an exceptionally skilled Chevalier. Subverted in The Masked Empire's epilogue, when Gaspard tells Michel that the wound he received during their duel will likely mean that his fighting days are over.
  • Badass Baritone
  • Badass Grandpa: Retains much of his martial skill even though at the time of Inquisition, he is sixty-seven years old.
  • Badass Normal: No magic powers, no enchanted items, but he is one of the most physically skilled characters in the book.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Should the Inquisitor decide to let Celene die and place Briala on the throne through Gaspard, he's elated that you got rid of Celene for him and allowed him to become Emperor for about two seconds, until the Inquisitor and Briala reveal that he's emperor in name only.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the game, Gaspard acts like a rather coarse but friendly straight-shooter who has no patience for Orlais' political games. The Masked Empire reveals that this is an act. Gaspard is just as scheming and manipulative (and has both committed and plans to commit his share of atrocities) as all the nobles he claims to despise; it's just that acting like he hates The Game is his mask in The Game.
  • Canon Immigrant: He originated from the book The Masked Empire, which detailed the beginnings of the Orlesian civil war.
  • Career-Ending Injury: His duel with Michel de Chevin put an end to his days as a personal combatant.
  • Cycle of Revenge: He lost his wife, Grand Duchess Calienne, in one of these several years earlier. After Celene successfully took the throne, Calienne orchestrated the murder of Celene's mother. Celene's father retaliated and murdered Calienne, but died himself due to a wound from her poisoned blade.
  • The Dreaded: Or the usurper. He has few fans at Celene's ball.
  • False Dichotomy: In a rather hilarious example of just how the Orlesian nobility views the elves of Orlais, Gaspard expresses his belief in The Masked Empire that the elves will never be happy in Orlais' slums or in their forests, and so Celene should stop relying on their allegiance, because the idea of elves being equal citizens and living anywhere other the slums or the forests is beyond the comprehension of most human nobles.
  • Fantastic Racism: Seemingly a requirement for the Orlesian nobility; you have to hate or at least look down on elves. We don't see much of this in the game, but The Masked Empire makes it clear that while Celene may certainly be condescending towards the elves and views them as expendable, Gaspard cares for them even less. He may outright call Briala a "rabbit" (Orlesian slur for elves) to her face.
    • He also sponsors scholars to write academic papers about how elves' pointed ears makes them biologically closer to rabbits than humans, and thus a relationship between a human and elf is akin to bestiality. He also wants to make elf-hunting legal.
  • A Father to His Men: His army definitely loves him.
  • Friendly Enemy: Gaspard treats Celene and her followers with complete respect. Part of it is the Game, other parts are the Chevalier's code.
  • Honor Before Reason: Downplayed; Gaspard believes strongly that honor does not preclude tactics and is skilled at interpreting the Chevalier's code to his advantage, but there are some situations where the code forces him to do the disadvantageous thing. In those cases, Gaspard will always choose the code over victory.
  • I Gave My Word: Gaspard promises the Inquisition that they will have his support should they help him ascend the throne. If that happens, he lives up to that no matter what, while Celene may betray the Inquisitor.
  • Kick the Dog: He tried to antagonize Teagan Guerrin (who was an ambassador for Ferelden at the time) by saying that they took Rebel Queen Moira's sword from her corpse and used it to kill rats. Empress Celene defused the situation when she decreed the obligatory honor duel that Teagan would have to call to be fought with... chevalier's helmet plumage feathers.
  • Kissing Cousins: In The Masked Empire, he makes one final bid to take the throne peacefully by asking Celene to marry him. When she refuses, he draws his sword on her, but they are found by other nobles before it can turn too bloody, and she declines to have him arrested for fear of rebellion.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: One of the reasons Celene was able to take the throne, or at least the reason Gaspard himself blames in conversation with the Inquisitor. Celene is a Valmont, and is a granddaughter of Judicael I through her father, Prince Reynaud; Gaspard, on the other hand, is Judicael's only surviving grandson, but traces his descent through his mother, Princess Melisande.
  • Noble Demon: Gaspard may be an ambitious warmonger, but he is a strong believer in the Chevalier's code. He will not torture prisoners, he treats his enemies with respect, and he will honor truces. He even goes so far as to kill Duke Remarche, his most politically powerful ally, for attempting to kill Celene during a truce.
  • Puppet King: If Briala is put in power, Gaspard becomes the Emperor, but one under her control.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Should the Inquisitor allow Celene to die and then help Briala blackmail Gaspard into being her puppet king. He gets the throne like he wanted, but not on his own terms.
  • Rightful King Returns: How his supporters view him. He was technically Emperor Florian's heir, and spent much of his youth as a royal prince. It was the machinations of Celene's aunt that put her ahead of Gaspard.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Pulls a minor one against the Inquisition if made Emperor, at least as Leliana assesses it. If Michel de Chevin is recruited, Gaspard sends him an invitation to return to the Orlesian court, noting that he personally has never had any reason to want Michel exiled; whether the offer is accepted or refused, it benefits Gaspard one way or the other (either he gets a powerful Chevalier or a spy within the Inquisition).

    "Ambassador" Briala 
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Voiced By: Siobhan Hewlett

The leader of the elven rebellion and Orlais and a (rumored) jilted lover of Celene.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Should Briala become Marquise of the Dales, she fights side by side with the Inquisitor during the battle at the Arbor Wilds. Her newfound title does little to diminish her skill at combat.
  • Badass Normal: She has no magical powers or enchanted items, but she is a very skilled archer.
  • Broken Bird: Her many traumas, betrayals, and broken pedestals in The Masked Empire catch up with her by Dragon Age: Inquisition. By the time the Inquisitor meets her, she comes across as much more rude, cynical, and bitter than she did in the novel. Helping her help the elves softens her somewhat, and she is genuinely grateful to the Inquisitor for helping her people.
  • Broken Pedestal: She is disheartened to learn that the proud and noble Dalish that she dreamed of as a child are just as bigoted and narrow-minded as the humans she serves. Celene also becomes this after Briala realizes that Celene will never help the elves. As soon as the nobles complain, Celene will drop the elves by the wayside in order to keep her power base.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In Trespasser, it's revealed that Solas managed to take away her control of the Eluvians.
  • Canon Immigrant: She originated from the book The Masked Empire, which focused on the start of the civil war.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Briala has been Celene's handmaid since they were children, and has used her position to subtly help elves throughout Orlais.
  • Deuteragonist: Of The Masked Empire. While Celene may be the center of all the action, a good deal of the novel is focused on Briala's character development.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Briala is unhappy when she realizes that her efforts to better the lives of elves in Orlais will never be acknowledged. Other city elves look down on her as a class traitor for working for nobility. Dalish elves dismiss her as a flat-ear that is beyond saving.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: invoked Reuniting Briala with Celene is treated as the Optimal Happy Ending, yet those who read The Masked Empire know their Unequal Pairing is rife with unresolved toxicity and abuse. Not to mention Celene has proven she'll dump the elves like a hot potato the second helping them jeopardizes her support from other nobles. Trespasser further reveals that Solas took Briala's eluvian network password from her, and he has countless elven spies helping him find a way to tear down the Veil to restore ancient Elvhenan. It's doubtful Celene will stand by Briala and the elves when the Orlesian nobility find out that countless elves are helping the Qunari or Fen'Harel try to destroy their way of life.
    • Even helping Briala rule through Gaspard by killing Celene has limits, since her rule lasts only as long as her blackmail over him. The second he dies, subverts her blackmail fodder, or loses favor, her hold over Orlais will crumble.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: As an Orlesian Elf, Briala is pretty used to witnessing and receiving hideous Fantastic Racism from most nobles. She's even used to receiving racialized insults and blithe dismissals of her people's suffering from her lover Celene. But when she learns Celene butchered a whole alienage, and had Briala's parents murdered, Briala feels so hurt and betrayed that even she can't forgive her.
  • Foil:
    • To Solas. As Felassan notes, the two of them are very much alike. Both of them are rebels who try to use the Eluvians to improve the lot of the elven people. While Briala has rejected Elvhenan and seeks to save the elves through political reform, Solas believes that the only way to save the elves is to restore Elvhenan.
    • To Sera, another lesbian city elven archer who's part of a vast spy network that aims to help the downtrodden. However, while Sera and the Red Jennies are Terrorists Without a Cause whose goal is to "stick it to nobles that abuse commoners, and that's it," Briala and her elven spy network plan to raise Orlais's elves permanently through political reform. And while Sera believes in helping the general common folk and greatly disapproves of helping elves specifically, Briala intends to help elves specifically.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From an elven handmaiden to the master of a vast elven spy network armed with their own network of eluvians, whose mastery of The Game allows her to become one of the three biggest players in the outcome of the Civil War.
  • Gilded Cage: Her relationship with Celene is basically this. She enjoys more privileges and luxuries than most of her people could ever hope for... as long as she smiles, nods, and does whatever Celene says. She can argue and try to persuade her otherwise, but ultimately Celene wields all the power, and can revoke her favor to keep Briala in line any time she wishes. When Celene butchers the alienage and has Briala arrested on a trumped-up charge because she changed her mind about the noble they both agreed should be killed, she does just that.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: Briala knows that she could be sitting pretty as the lover of the Empress if she just stopped caring about other elves and focused on herself. However, she can't enjoy all the special privileges knowing her people still suffer and starve under human oppression, and she willingly gives up her Gilded Cage to help her people instead.
  • Hope Bringer: To the elves of Orlais, should the Inquisitor help her in "Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts."
    Briala: The elves of Orlais have a future. For the first time in centuries.

    Morrigan: The elves raise glasses in your honor while the newly crowned emperor glowers.
  • I Gave My Word: Should the Inquisitor help Briala cement an alliance of power for the elves, she will use her skill to help the Inquisition. While there might be a bit of tension, she always works with them.
  • Internalized Categorism: Thanks to Celene's racialized abuse when they were children, young Briala grows to hate her "horse dung-brown" skin and hair, and feels deeply ashamed of being an elf; to the point that she asks her mother about wearing her hair to hide her ears so she can "pass" as human. Her mother helps her overcome her shame for being an elf, though she remains self-conscious about her skin, hair, and freckles.
  • Interspecies Romance: Her relationship with Celene.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While rude and abrasive to the Inquisitor (regardless of race), at the end of the night Briala just wants to help the most brutalized and hopelessly impoverished population of Orlais. And she is deeply grateful if the Inquisitor helps her - not for herself, but for her people.
    Briala: The elves of Orlais have a future. For the first time in centuries... My people will find a way to repay you, I promise you.
  • Jerkass Ball: Depending on where she's first encountered at Halamshiral, Briala may pick this up with her initial dialogue to the Inquisitor. For instance, if Trevelyan meets her for the first time after killing a group of Venatori, Briala comments about being surprised that "they got you sobered up" for the occasion. There is no explanation offered for why she feels the need to be insulting to someone she's just met, nor any opportunity to ask.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Should Gaspard become Emperor of Orlais and Briala is not dealt with, the epilogue makes it clear that Briala is the one who really pulls the strings.
  • Masochism Tango: Has shades of this with Celene in The Masked Empire, given Celene's open contempt for elves despite having one as a lover, and Briala's increasing discontent over it. More overt after Briala discovers Celene's crimes against elves, yet the two still harbor feelings for each other. Dragon Age: Inquisition glosses over this, however.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: She says that if she is killed for murdering Celene's and Gaspard's ambassadors and forging documents, the elves will revolt.
  • Open Secret: Should the Inquisitor help Briala blackmail Gaspard into being her puppet king, comments from ambassadors in Trespasser suggest that pretty much everyone knows Briala keeps the Orlesian Emperor on a tight leash, but no one objects too strongly.
    Arl Teagan: I'm sure whenever Gaspard complains, Lady Briala gives a quick tug on his leash.
  • The Scapegoat: In Inquisition, when Celene's burning of Halamshiral comes up, it's used as blackmail material against her because they were in a relationship at the time (and it was one of the many things that led to the end of the relationship). Justified, to an extent, because the Inquisitor has no way of knowing that the burning partially caused the breakup; the elf who shares this intelligence with them probably doesn't know it, nor does Briala offer it as any sort of defense.
  • Sherlock Scan: Briala can figure out a person's secrets and plots just by looking at them.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her entire role in the Orlesian Civil War.
  • The Spymaster: Briala is very skilled at learning the secret plans of nobles and also commands a network of servants who can provide her with a wealth of information. Gaspard also calls her such at Halamshiral.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She acts much more bitter, cynical, and rude in the game compared to her book counterpart. This is probably to make her seem Not So Different from Gaspard and Celene, rather than A Lighter Shade of Grey like she is in the novel.
  • Unequal Pairing: Her relationship with Celene, full stop. While Briala can lend her ear and make suggestions, ultimately being the elven handmaiden of an Empress of an Empire steeped in Fantastic Racism leaves Briala with little bargaining power, in terms of their relationship or governing. Realizing the extent of this after Celene uses her influence as Empress to massacre her people and have her arrested on a trumped up charge is what convinces Briala to leave.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Or rather, "a better future for Orlais' elves" justifies the means. Briala uses her eluvian and elven spy networks to prolong Celene's and Gaspard's Civil War from the shadows and has an elf who threatened to out her as Celene's lover killed at the Winter Palace, all with the end goal of improving conditions for her people.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: Briala's attempts to convince Celene to help elves since she's an elf fall on deaf ears.
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    Morrigan 

"Darkness closes in."

The Witch of the Wilds, who accompanied the Warden during the Fifth Blight and disappeared soon thereafter, now returns with motives of her own.

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    Grand Enchanter Fiona 
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Voiced By: Ève Karpf

"I came to the Circle from the Grey Wardens because I saw something had to be done. In the Wardens, we learn to watch for our moment and seize it—and that moment is now."

Former Grey Warden and Grand Enchanter of the disbanded College of Magi. After the events of Asunder she and her fellow mages took shelter in Redcliffe.


  • Action Girl: In her youth, she kicked plenty of ass. And she's still got it. If you side with the Templars, she's the final boss in Haven. If you side with the Mages, you can find her fighting Red Templars at the final blockade in the Arbor Wilds with her compatriots.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Dark-eyed in The Calling and has light blue eyes in-game.
  • The Archmage: Was a Grey Warden, then First Enchanter of Montsimmard before becoming Grand Enchanter.
  • Big Good: She's seen as such by the free mages.
  • Body Horror: When possessed by the Demon and as the darkspawn corruption spreads. In Alexius' bad future, you find her with red lyrium growing out of her body.
  • Canon Immigrant: She was a major character in several of the books before making her appearance in the series in Inquisition.
  • Character Development: As an older woman in Inquisition, she's much calmer than in The Calling, while holding fast to her principles.
  • Combat Medic: Fiona is a trained Spirit Healer that is also well-versed in combat magic.
  • Cool Old Lady: In Inquisition, if you save the mages, you can talk to her about her time as a Grey Warden, her time with the mage rebels, her relationship with King Maric, possibly being the mother of the current King of Ferelden, and being cured of the Blight. It becomes very clear that she's led a very interesting life.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the books, she's this to Maric when she realizes he is not like the Count.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In Redcliffe, she's upset when Alexius lets slip that her mages would be conscripted into the Tevinter army, something she never wanted.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: For her, and for all southern mages. If Leliana becomes Divine and the mages are saved, Fiona achieves her dream of leading a free College of Magi.
  • Elite Mook: If the Inquisitor sides with the Templars, Fiona is met during the Battle of Haven as the final boss. She has a lot of health, but fights like any other Venatori mage.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A rare Libertarian mage who isn't The Unfettered or a blood mage. She follows procedure to the letter when trying to declare independence, beginning the rebellion only once she won a vote. While Vivienne may grumble about being forced into rebelling, Fiona was able to convince even the moderate Aequitarians to support her and never forced them to do anything. In Inquisition, she is disillusioned with Alexius's "help" once he lets slip that he considers her mages cannon fodder for Tevinter's army. Unlike the Tevinters, she genuinely cares for her charges, and only entered into an alliance with them to save the mages' lives.
  • Expansion Pack Past: She's been a Sex Slave to an Orlesian nobleman, a Circle mage, a Grey Warden, the Grand Enchanter of the Circle of Magi, and a Rebel Leader.
  • Fantastic Racism: As a city elf, she was abused by humans from an early age, and made a sex slave by a human lord until she came into her magic and was moved to a Circle. As a mage, she was victim of this as "normal" people are highly distrustful of mages.
  • Fatal Flaw: Inquisition reveals it to actually be paranoia. If she wasn't so afraid of the Templars (who were in no position to attack her mages anyway), a lot of the Redcliffe questline wouldn't have happened.
  • Foil: To Vivienne. Both are Orlesian mages who were First Enchanters of Montsimmard, but while Fiona is brash, fiercely revolutionary, and a Self-Made Woman, Vivienne is an Ice Queen, utterly conservative, and one step away from nobility. Unsurprisingly, she and Vivienne are very cool to each other.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Fiona gave up Alistair as a baby because she didn't want him to live with the Fantastic Racism associated with elves that she had to live with, and asked Maric to tell him his mother was a human who died giving birth to him. (Not that she could have kept him as a Grey Warden anyway.)
  • Hot-Blooded: She has a tendency to let her temper get the better of her all the bloody time. This is presumably the reason why Duncan named an axe after her, according to one of the item packs from Dragon Age II.
  • The Immune: It's hinted at the end of The Calling that after having her premature Calling reversed, she might not have to go through it in the future. In Inquisition, she can explain that not only is she cured of the taint, she's completely immune to it now; the Wardens tried to put her through the Joining again and it didn't work or kill her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be abrasive, judgmental and pushy, but clearly genuinely cares about her friends and unlike other characters with similar beliefs (Anders and Adrian spring to mind),
  • Magnetic Hero: Manages to get most of the Circle mages to rebel along with her, bridging a lot of philosophical and political divides and leaving the Loyalists with a small rump of the College led by Vivienne.
  • Missing Mom: In The Calling, she reveals to Maric that she has given birth to his illegitimate son, and makes him promise to tell the boy that his mother was a human woman who died when he was born. That child was Alistair.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She cares deeply for her mages, and was devastated when several of her closest friends died at the Breach, having gone to the Conclave to negotiate on her behalf. She allies with Tevinter specifically to keep them safe, and is not at all pleased when she is shut out of negotiations by Alexius, nor when he lets slip that he views her mages as Cannon Fodder for the Tevinter army. Vivienne later comments that she coddled her subordinates too much to be effective at her position.
  • My Greatest Failure: Allying with Tevinter in a knee-jerk attempt to stave off the Templars. She comes to regret it, and is genuinely contrite for the first time in the series. If Alistair is king, then she also makes it clear she ruined her only chance of getting closer to her son.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: She may have made a desperate alliance with Tevinter, but she is horrified when Alexius reveals his true allegiance to the Elder One and the fact her fellow rebels will be merely cannon fodder for the Venatori, and wants no more part in it.
  • Older and Wiser: She's mellowed a bit with age, though still famously blunt-spoken.
  • Older Than They Look: In Inquisition, she looks quite a bit younger than she really is.
  • One Degree of Separation: She knows or knew Wynne, Vivienne, Empress Celene, Lord Seeker Lucius, King Maric, Loghain, and Duncan personally, and she's Alistair's mother. If Alistair did the dark ritual with Morrigan in Origins, that means she's also Kieran's grandmother.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Potentially. This only happens if Alistair is still an active Warden and you leave him behind in the Fade. Fiona will take some solace in knowing that he had "a hero's death"... and then vanish from Skyhold altogether.
  • Precision F-Strike: Drops the first F-bomb of the series during the Conclave in Asunder; when it's pointed out to her that the Divine is willing to help the mages, her response is an emphatic, "Fuck the Divine!"
  • Rape as Backstory: Only it's actually relevant. She was the sex slave of an Orlesian noble from ages seven to fourteen, and assumed that all noblemen, if not all humans, were like that.
  • Rebel Leader: She becomes one for the mages in Asunder. If offered an alliance and anyone but Leliana becomes Divine, she becomes this again, forming the College of Magi in opposition to the Circle.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In The Calling, Maric isn't convinced he isn't using her as a replacement for Katriel.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Downplayed. The Inquisitor remembers their original meeting, but Fiona does not. She does get a "strange" feeling when the Inquisitor mentions it.
  • The Rival: Once upon a time, to Wynne. Later, Vivienne portrays herself as this, as Fiona's opposite number in the Loyalists.
  • Second Love: For King Maric. Alistair is their son.
  • Self-Made Woman: She started out as an abused city elf, working her way through the Circle and the Grey Wardens, became Grand Enchanter, led the mage rebellion, and may finally realize her wish of leading the free mages of southern Thedas.
  • Shock and Awe: If she's fought in Haven, she uses lightning spells.
  • Skippable Boss: If fought in Haven, she can be ignored entirely, as the battle ends when the trebuchet is calibrated.
  • Taken for Granite: Taken for Red Lyrium, with a dash of Human Resources. In the Bad Future, she was imprisoned in a cell with red lyrium growing in it, so that her body could turn into the stuff and the Venatori could mine it.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Fiona resigned from the Grey Wardens because she'd been cured of the Calling and trying to put her through the Joining again didn't work. This led to..
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Fiona says that her former fellow Grey Wardens came to resent her for being cured of the taint, feeling as if she somehow "cheated" death while they were still doomed to succumb to their Calling.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: To the point where it's difficult to imagine the foul-tempered character from the books is the same as the woman you meet in Inquisition.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Magister Alexius. Because of his time magic, Alexius is able to send Venatori agents to infest and undermine the already delicate position of the Redcliffe rebel mages immediately after the Breach. He then appears shortly afterwards, and gives them a tantalizing offer of Tevinter help in resisting the renewed Templar offensive before they have the chance to meet any other potential allies. Because Fiona retroactively never met with the Herald of Andraste, and therefore has no idea such an individual exists, she takes him up on the offer because she thinks she has no other choice.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: When she took Alexius's offer of help, she thought she was saving her mages from being killed by Templars.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The monarch of Ferelden is outraged that she took advantage of their hospitality by bringing a Tevinter magister into the country, and evicting Arl Teagan. She admits when confronted about it that she was desperate after the Breach, and feared that the Templars were coming, but she really should not have alienated the only monarch in Thedas openly supportive of her cause. And if that monarch happens to be her only child, it's so much the worse for her personally.

     Felix Alexius 
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"Everybody dies, Father."

Felix is the only child and heir of Magister Gereon Alexius. His mother died in a darkspawn attack en route to Hossberg and Felix caught the Blight from the attack, resulting in him suffering a slow death.


  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a Tevinter Mage, but he's a Nice Guy.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Ultimately stops his father's plans by, when Alexius protests he is going to die, pointing out that "Everyone dies."
  • Ill Boy: He's suffering from the Blight. After his father is defeated, he returns to Tevinter to tell them what happened. Shortly afterwards, his illness catches up with him and he dies. If the Inquisition sides with the Templars, the Venatori execute him before it gets that far.
  • Missing Mom: As noted above, he lost his mother in the same darkspawn attack which left him infected with the Blight.
  • Morality Pet: Inverted. Felix possesses all of the traits of a standard Morality Pet, being ill and a good person for whom a less good person cares deeply. But it is precisely these traits that cause his father to slip into forbidden magic and abandon the concept of reforming Tevinter in favor of trying to save Felix's life.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: He loves his father and country, but joining cults and using time magic are taking things too far in his opinion.
  • Not Afraid to Die: He comments that there are worse things than dying.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Dorian. Dorian remarks that he had better things to do than get in trouble for seducing his mentor's son, and they're just good friends.
  • Nice Guy: He's not only Dorian's best friend, but he's unfailingly polite to everyone, even his father when he's Calling the Old Man Out.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Felix is an only child, which is how Dorian explains why Alexius fusses over him so much, and is so desperate to keep him from dying.
  • The Pig Pen: Dorian mentions that Felix occasionally neglected to bathe.
  • Reverse Mole: He's Dorian's inside man in the Venatori. If the player sides with the Templars, the Venatori find out about this and kill Felix.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: No matter what happens, he dies, and Dorian laments the loss of one of the best people he's ever known. (Should he and the Inquisitor be on good terms, he adds that he's grateful that "Felix wasn't the only decent sort kicking around Thedas.")
  • The Undead: In the Bad Future, Felix becomes a ghoul because his father won't allow him to die.

     Magister Halward Pavus 
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Voiced By: David Schofield

Dorian's father, Lord of Asariel, and a well-respected member of the Magisterium. He is mentioned often by his estranged son, and appears in Dorian's personal quest, "The Last Resort of Good Men."


  • Anti-Villain: Compared to most Magisters. His feud with Dorian shows how good men can be brought low by prejudice and valuing the power of the family name over the happiness of its members.
  • The Archmage: He is a sitting member of the Magisterium.
  • Arranged Marriage: He married Dorian's mother only for the social alliances and to produce an heir. They completely hate each other.
    Dorian: My mother was chosen for my father because magical power ran strongly in her bloodline, never mind the fact they loathed each other.
  • Blue Blood: A nobleman from a long family line.
  • Broken Pedestal: To his son, who revered him and admired everything he once represented. Then he resorted to Blood Magic... Dorian even says to Cole that he still loves his father; that's what makes his betrayal the most painful of all.
  • Character Development: If you reconcile him and his son. He doesn't care that Dorian is gay anymore; he's desperately sorry that he betrayed his son's trust, still loves him, and wants only to be forgiven.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Once upon a time, he told Dorian that Blood Magic was the weapon of the weak and the cowardly. It doesn't stop him from working up a plan to use it on Dorian, to rewire his brain to make him heterosexual.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: He was planning to use Blood Magic on his own son to turn him straight. His motivations were not out of genuine disgust for his son's sexuality, since homosexuality isn't considered immoral in Thedas, but because of the pressure placed on nobility in Tevinter to continue and cultivate their bloodlines.
  • I Have No Son!: When he finds out Dorian is gay. It's a memory that Cole finds in Dorian's mind. According to Cole, he wished that he didn't mean it.
  • It's All About Me: Dorian accuses Halward of being more concerned about his "fucking legacy" than his son's well-being.
  • Killed Offscreen: In Trespasser, Dorian says that Halward was assassinated while he campaigned for his son to be named Tevinter's ambassador to the Exalted Council.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: Part of the reason Halward expected Dorian to do this is because it is heavily implied that he and his wife handled their own marriage the same way.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When discovering the plan for his Blood Magic spell resulted in Dorian leaving his family, he really regretted it.
    Halward: Once I had a son who trusted me, a trust I betrayed. I only wanted to talk to him, to hear his voice, to...ask him to forgive me.
  • So Proud of You: When Dorian became an enchanter. It's a happy memory that Cole encounters when he reads Dorian's mind.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like his son, plus about twenty years and with a less prominent mustache.
  • Token Good Teammate: One of a scant two actual Magisters to be portrayed mostly sympathetically. He has scruples that Dorian respects, and always looked down on blood magic. Even when he ended up resorting to it, it was out of prejudice and desperation, not a bid for power. There's no talk of actual sacrifices and he eventually regrets it.
  • Unexplained Accent: He's the only Tevinter mage with a French accent. Not even his son has any trace of it.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Halward and his wife, Aquinea Thalrassian, mutually hate each other and only did the bare minimum to preserve their status in Tevinter. Thus, they had no other children to fall back on when their heir proved unwilling to play the Game.

     Magister Erasthenes 
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Calpernia’s former master and a scholar of the Old Gods, Corypheus bound him with a ritual that tortures him to answer every question truthfully. This was in preparation for Calpernia once she drinks from the Well of Sorrows so Corypheus could bind her with a perfected version of the same ritual.


  • All There in the Manual: More information about him is found in the short story "Paying the Ferryman".
  • Benevolent Boss: On the one hand, he was a temperate man who treated his own slaves relatively better than other slave owners, even training Calpernia to use her magic for a time. On the other, he was still a slave owner, and Calpernia sometimes found his absent-mindedness more frustrating than outright malice.
    If he had viciously beaten or humiliated her, Calpernia would have had somewhere to direct what burned inside her. But Erasthenes wanted only to potter about his relics or study with Anodatus, oblivious to everything else.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He and his friends were accused of this by Calpernia when she saw them chatting idly when they should’ve used their position and skills for Tevinter’s benefit.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: You can choose to keep him alive so the Inquisition can question him.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Corypheus turned him into an undying vessel of knowledge tortured to answer every question truthfully.
    • He can even be made Tranquil if a mage Inquisitor so chooses.
  • Men Can't Keep House: His mansion was described as littered with books and ancient relics.
  • Mercy Kill: He asks the Inquisitor to end Corypheus’s binding ritual, which would kill him in the process.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: If you choose to keep him alive as a source of information, he retorts that you're doing to him what Corypheus plans to do to Calpernia. If you choose to kill him, Leliana will chide you for destroying valuable information.

     Abelas 
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Voiced By: Matthew Gravelle

One of the Ancient Elves guarding the Well of Sorrows in the Arbor Wilds, he awakens from dormancy only to defend the Well from potential defilers.


  • Abusive Precursors: In a very literal sense of "abusive," if a Dalish Inquisitor attempts to appeal to racial sympathy from him.
    Dalish Inquisitor: Our people have lost everything. They need you. They could learn from you!
    Abelas: Our people? The ones we see in the forest, shadows wearing vallaslin? You are not my people. And you have invaded our sanctum as readily as the shemlen.
  • The Archmage: Immensely powerful with magic.
  • Enemy Mine: He'll work with an Inquisitor (of any race) to defend the Well, even though the Inquisitor is technically an intruder, provided the Inquisitor first shows homage to Mythal.
    Abelas: If these invaders are enemies of yours, we will aid you in destroying them.
  • Fantastic Racism: He doesn't like anyone who aren't ancient elves, but he really doesn't like humans.
    Abelas: You would not know truth. Shemlen history is as short as the pool of your years.
  • Facial Markings: Abelas and his followers all wear Mythal's vallaslin.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Toyed with. When asked why he doesn't tell the truth of elven history, Abelas replies that the elves of the present day likely wouldn't believe the truth, and even if they did, the knowledge would potentially do more harm than good.
    Abelas: Would the elves of your time even believe the truth?
    Dorian: They might. Would it hurt to try?
    Abelas: Perhaps more than you know, shemlen.
  • Hold the Line: Though aware that the culture they knew is long extinct, Abelas and the Sentinels are compelled by their duty to defend the Well until the last of them falls.
    Abelas We wake only to fight, to preserve this place. Our numbers diminish with each invasion [...] We awaken only when called, and each time find the world more foreign than before. It is meaningless. We endure. The Vir'Abelasan must be preserved.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His view on being willing to destroy the Well of Sorrows, believing that to be better than potentially allowing its power to fall into the wrong hands.
    Abelas: The Vir'Abelasan will not be despoiled... even if I must destroy it myself.
  • Living Relic: Alongside his fellows, he is a survivor from at least as early as just around the self-wrought fall of Arlathan, almost two thousand years ago. He's painfully aware that the culture he swore his life to defend is long gone.
    Solas: [regarding Abelas] He clings to all that remains of his world because he lacks the power to restore it.
  • Meaningful Name: Abelas means "sorrow" in elven. At the end of the mission, Solas can comment that he hopes Abelas finds a new name.
  • Pride: He has little but contempt for the Dalish.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's from a time when elves were still immortal. How old he truly is can't be said, or if age is even relevant to him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the leader of the Sentinels, and will work with the party provided they performed the rituals, even though they're trespassing. He's ultimately willing to give the Inquisitor control of the Well, observing that "there is a righteousness in you I cannot deny."
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: He can live through eternity, only to be stabbed in the back by Morrigan.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: One the features that sets him apart from modern elves. Notably, Abelas and his followers are the only people with such eyes other than Flemeth and her daughters. There is a connection.
  • The Time of Myths: When he's from.
  • Walking the Earth: After the Arbor Wilds is over, he leaves in order to help his other people. If he's not killed, of course.
  • Wham Line: He gets two, in fact. The first: "The shemlen did not destroy Arlathan. We elvhen warred amongst ourselves." The second: "'Elven' legend is wrong. The Dread Wolf had nothing to do with [Mythal's] murder."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chews out Morrigan because she wants to steal the Well for herself.
    Morrigan: Fool! You'd let your people's legacy rot in the shadows?!
    Abelas: To keep it from your grasping hands! Better it be lost forever than bestowed upon the unworthy!

Kirkwall

    Hawke 
"Everyone has a story they tell themselves to try and justify bad decisions... and it never matters. In the end, you are always alone in your actions."

The Champion of Kirkwall, who disappeared some time after the Annulment of the Kirkwall Circle.

For more info, see Characters - Dragon Age II: Hawke Estate.

    Bianca Davri 
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Voiced By: Laura Bailey

The original Bianca, a surface dwarf mechanic and member of the Dwarven Merchants' Guild. She's a contact of Varric's who may have had something going on with him in the past.


  • Amicable Exes: The game is really vague on what exactly caused the split, but implies that they're still on good terms. Her appearance with him in the Dragon Age comics from Dark Horse suggests that it took a while before they got to this point, however.
  • The Archer: She uses a regular bow and arrow in combat. She claims to be a better shot than Varric, something that he'll never admit, at least to the Inquisitor.
  • Arranged Marriage: Her parents set her up with someone from the smith caste. She eventually went along with it, though she still may have something going with Varric.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: To the point that during an argument, the Inquisitor can tell her and Varric to "Get a Room!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much like Varric.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Not in appearance, but she's mentioned in Dragon Age II in party banter between Varric and Merrill. She asks about the crossbow and why he won't talk about it, and he explains that "There was a girl, and I made a promise. It's the one story I can never tell." The girl in question was, of course, Bianca.
    • She has an actual Early-Bird Cameo appearance in Until We Sleepnote , where Varric encounters her (or rather, her likeness). The way she behaves toward him is what tips him off that he's actually in the Fade.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: When asked by Solas why the dwarves don't mass-produce more Automatic Crossbows, Varric states that Bianca (the person) does not want to make dwarven warfare even bloodier.
  • Foreshadowing: She's the one who drops the bomb on the player that red lyrium is simply lyrium with the Blight, and by extension, lyrium is in fact alive. This revelation comes full circle in The Descent DLC, when it's revealed that lyrium is the blood of the Titans.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Bianca, Thedas's only auto-crossbow, came from the hands of Bianca the dwarf.
  • In the Hood: Skulks around, befitting her roguish past, and wears a hood which completely obscures her hair. (This may be at least in part due to the fact that she's not supposed to be anywhere near Varric, and the only times she's seen in the game, she is; she could well be in disguise.) The Dragon Age comics show her to be a brunette.
  • Must Make Amends: What her entire quest is about.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The whole reason for her mission is that she wants to right her well-intentioned wrongs.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Accidentally gives Corypheus information about where he can acquire a large supply of red lyrium. Her quest revolves around setting this right, as much as possible.
  • Non-Answer:
    • If the Inquisitor asks Bianca if she is the person for whom Varric named his weapon, her only response is that half of the females in the Dwarven Merchants' Guild have the same name.
    • Likewise, when asked how the smugglers found out about the thaig, Bianca immediately states that it doesn't matter. Because she was the leak.
  • Runaway Bride: Varric implies that she left someone at the altar, though he doesn't clarify whether she skipped out on him or on the man she later married.
    Varric: I heard it was a lovely wedding. The one she actually showed up for, anyway.
    • The Dragon Age comics, however, make it pretty clear that she and Varric were going to elope and she backed out at the last minute.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Averted. In party banter, Iron Bull explicitly refers to Bianca as Varric's girlfriend; Varric does not contradict him.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: The romance between her and Varric was so controversial that they were forced to separate by the Dwarven Merchants' Guild for almost starting a clan war.
    Varric: If we're seen together, the Guild would freeze my assets and kill me. Not necessarily in that order.
  • The Tease: Towards Varric.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: As the creator of Varric's crossbow, she's a blacksmith of considerable talent. She brags that she's ten times the smith that Branka (a Paragon) ever was. A large number of dwarves are petitioning for her to be named Paragon herself, though she's well aware a surface dwarf will never gain that honor.
  • The Un-Reveal: It's explained, as noted above, that her romance with Varric almost caused a clan war and they are explicitly forbidden to see one another (not that this stops them). What has yet to be explained, however, is why the romance was such a problem.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She tells the Inquisitor in no uncertain terms that if Varric is killed, she will feed the Inquisitor their own eyeballs.
  • Wrench Wench: A genius mechanic.
    Iron Bull: So... your girlfriend is a smith.
    Varric: Yes.
    Iron Bull: So that means she makes weapons. With her own hands.
    Varric: (confused) Among other things.
    Iron Bull: That's hot.

Bull's Chargers

    In General 

The mercenary company led by The Iron Bull, following him if hired by the Inquisition.


  • Action Girl: Dalish and Skinner, the only girls on the team, are just as capable in combat as their male teammates.
  • Badass Creed: "Horns pointing up!"
  • Badass Mustache: Rocky sports an impressive handlebar mustache.
  • Blatant Lies: Dalish uses a "bow" that has a crystal at the tip "for aiming." She's not a mage!
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Skinner is stated to prefer knives to a worrying degree, but she is also seen using a bow when the situation calls for it.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: They have one of their own that they sing a capella.
    No man can beat the Chargers, 'cause we hit you where it hurts,
    Unless you know a tavern with loose cards and looser skirts!
    For every bloody battlefield, we'll gladly raise a cup.
    No matter what tomorrow holds, our horns be pointing up!
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They are a very odd bunch, and many of them were rejected by other mercenary companies for it. They are also very good at what they do.
  • Call-Back/Mythology Gag: The healing "potion" Stitches makes tastes terrible because it's actually a poultice and not meant to be swallowed.
  • Combat Medic: Stitches, who mentions having picked up a sword when the Blight hit, and never put it down.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly Krem, though all of them (except for Grim) get in on it.
  • Demolitions Expert: Rocky is an explosives expert who thinks that he's close to discovering Gaatlok, to which Bull states that he's not even close.
  • Due to the Dead: If they die, Bull says a prayer while spreading the ashes in the wind. The Inquisitor can promise to honor their sacrifice.
  • The Exile: Rocky was exiled from Orzammar due to "stupid noble crap" and "accidentally blowing up a bit of the Shaperate." Dalish, as well: Her clan had too many mages in it, and since having too many of them in one clan can attract trouble, Dalish set off. Skinner's also on the run for killing some Orlesian Chevaliers who thought testing their new swords on the elves in her Alienage was a good idea.
  • Facial Markings: Dalish, as a Dalish elf, has vallaslin.
  • Fantastic Racism: Skinner hates shems (humans) for testing swords on her people, but it's not a pure racism; she's perfectly fine with Krem, Stitches, and Grim, and has no quarrel with a human Inquisitor.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Rocky sports an impressive set of scars that one would normally expect to see on a criminal, but he's pretty nice.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: The two elves. Dalish is blonde and the nicer of the two, while Skinner is a borderline Ax-Crazy brunette.
  • Hero of Another Story: If asked, Krem will provide missions that the Chargers can go on at the War Table, including destroying Adamant Fortress, buying up mercenary contracts for the jilted party in Orlais after Halamshiral, killing the Envy Demon if the Inquisitor recruits the mages, and discovering Venatori infiltrators in the Bannorn if the Inquisitor recruits the Templars. He can also be asked to tell the Inquisitor about some of their past exploits.
  • Implausible Deniability: Dalish is a mage, but insists she's merely an archer. The gem at the end of the staff is an old Elven aiming technique and not magical focus at all. In Trespasser, a note from a nobleman marvels at how Dalish's arrows can create walls of ice.
  • Insistent Terminology: Dalish is an "archer" who uses a "bow."
    • Leads to a very funny Call-Back in supplemental material: When the Chargers appear in the Magekiller comic, Dalish's mage staff is finally seen. It actually is shaped like a bow.
  • Irony: Dalish's vallaslin venerates Dirthamen, Keeper of Secrets; the fact that she is a mage is the worst kept secret in the Chargers.
  • King Incognito: Bull suspects that Grim might be a long-lost authority figure.
  • Knife Nut: Skinner.
  • Morality Pet: Collectively. This isn't revealed until Trespasser, however.
  • Noodle Incident: Rocky somehow blew up part of the Shaperate by accident.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: If the Inquisitor did not visit Therinfal Redoubt, and so did not encounter the Envy demon, Bull's Chargers will be sent to hunt and kill it instead through a War Table mission.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Each member of the Chargers goes by a short nickname, though Krem's full name, Cremisius Aclassi, is known, and used with formal reports to the War Table.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Dalish is quite adamant that she is an "archer"; the glowing crystal on the tip of her "bow" is just an elven aiming trick. The rest of the company cheerfully mocks her for this.
  • The Quiet One: Grim "doesn't talk much" and communicates in short grunts. Interestingly, before Grim is met, Iron Bull passes the Inquisitor off as Grim to meet with some rank-and-file Inquisition soldiers and get their perspective on the war. Bull tells the Inquisitor to act in that same way.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: An exiled dwarf sapper, a Dalish mage/"archer", a Fereldan healer and Fifth Blight veteran, a shem-killing Alienage elf, a quiet man who's suspected of being some kind of long-lost royal, and a transgender man from Tevinter, plus their Blood Knight Qunari reaver leader. Bull mentions that pretty much all of them were rejected by other mercenary companies for their idiosyncrasies.
  • Sadistic Choice: At one point you have to choose between a Total Party Kill except for Bull, or letting the Qunari Dreadnought get blasted by Tevinters. Bull can either keep his people safe and get branded Tal-Vashoth, or get the Inquisition an alliance with the Qunari.
  • The Smart Guy: Stitches as The Medic, Rocky as the explosives expert, and Dalish as the mage.
  • True Companions: They are intensely loyal to one another.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Dalish and Skinner.
  • Undying Loyalty: To The Iron Bull. If you let them die, Cole reveals that this loyalty truly was undying; their last thoughts weren't of despair or betrayal. Rather, it was the desperate hope that the Bull hadn't left them to die, and "Horns pointing up."
  • The Unintelligible: Grim communicates primarily in grunts.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mostly Krem and Bull, but to a lesser extent, this is the case with the rest of them. Well, except Grim, at least out loud.
    Krem: The Chargers might give Bull more lip than you might expect, but every one of us would lay down our lives for the big ass.

    Lieutenant Cremisius "Krem" Aclassi 
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Voiced By: Jennifer Hale

Second-in-command of the Chargers, Krem is a warrior from Tevinter.


  • Adorkable: When the typically cool, casual, and collected Krem tries his hand at courting Maryden, his subsequent crumble into awkwardness is equal parts endearing and hilarious. (But it works.)
  • Ascended Glitch: He's apparently incapable of using chairs properly. In Trespasser, it turns out he's been standing up to better admire Maryden as she sings.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Cole implies that meeting Bull was the first time in his life that Krem had been accepted by anyone.
  • Berserk Button: Annoyed Button in this case, but calling him a woman is a good way to set off Krem himself, his fellow Chargers, and/or Bull.
  • Drop the Hammer: He uses a giant hammer when you see him fight at Storm Coast for the Bull's Chargers quest.
  • Easy Sex Change: Subverted. Using magic to physically change one's sex isn't out of the question in Thedas. The problem is, magic is heavily stigmatized in Thedas outside of the Tevinter Imperium; and even there, non-magical Tevinter citizens like Krem are often wary of it. As such, Krem says he would never let any gender-affirming magic go anywhere near his body.
  • The Exile: He has shades of this. Women are allowed to fight in Tevinter, but they are in sex-segregated units. While being transgender isn't a problem in Tevinter, Krem didn't disclose it when recruited, so Krem deserted before punishment (either a massive fine or slavery) could occur after he was discovered.
  • The Face: Krem is the usual point of contact for contractors, since he's the most level-headed of the bunch (even over Bull himself).
  • The Lancer: As second-in-command, Krem is this to Iron Bull.
  • Nice Guy: Krem is a sweetheart, being unfailingly polite to the Inquisitor. This also factors into why he is The Face for the Chargers, as he has the manners and demeanor to interact with people from all walks of life.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Was on the receiving end of this. A magister in Krem's hometown tried to be charitable by having his slaves churn out clothes and practically give them away. It may have kept the poor from freezing to death, but the flooded market ruined Krem's father's tailoring business.
  • Number Two: He is Bull's lieutenant, and handles leading the Chargers while Bull is busy providing the Inquisitor a personal protection detail. He also is probably the only one with enough professional demeanor to handle client interactions (even over Iron Bull himself).
  • Odd Friendship: With Bull, who is a Qunari. Krem is from Tevinter. The "Vints" and the Qunari have been at war for decades and have very different societal approaches towards magic, but these two are devoted pals.
  • Only Sane Employee: Krem acts the most professional of the group, which is why Bull sends him to meet with the Inquisitor, and why he organizes all of the missions. Stitches and Dalish are considerably calmer and friendlier than the rest, but as Dalish is an "archer" with a magic staff and Stitches almost never puts his sword down, Krem handles the diplomacy.
  • Recruitment by Rescue: How Krem and Bull met, with Bull saving Krem and losing his eye to a flail in the process.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Not blatantly, but the more professional Krem is the blue to the significantly more wild Iron Bull's red.
  • Supernaturally Validated Trans Person: Cole sees him as a man and only a man, which even Iron Bull is surprised at.
  • Transgender: Krem was born biologically female, but is male and presents himself as such.
  • Trangst: Played With. While he's not upset over the fact he's transgender, lying that he was born male got him in trouble, along with the fact that his father sold himself to slavery. When Iron Bull explains the concept of an "Aqun-Athlok" to the Inquisitor, Krem asks with concern if they're considered proper men, to which Iron Bull assured him ones like Krem were treated like any other man.
  • Twice Shy: Krem had long harboured a crush on Maryden, but hadn't made a move on her due to nerves. When they start talking and the idea of a date comes up, Maryden is also awkward about her interest in Krem.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While Krem and Bull love to toss racial and cultural insults at one another, it's all in good fun and the two are fiercely loyal to one another.

Other

     Ser Delrin Barris 
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Voiced By: Mark Healy

A Templar who serves at Therinfal Redoubt. He marshals a defense of the remaining Templars to save themselves from their corrupted brethren and pet demons.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He earns his way into this role at Therinfal.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: After Therinfal, he runs what's left of the Templars, so he becomes this.
  • Big Good: Potentially towards the Templars.
  • Blue Blood: He's the second son of a Fereldan bann. Though it matters very little for some nobles.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: If you recruit the Templars and complete all of his War Table missions, Barris becomes the new Knight-Commander of the Templar Order.
  • Fantastic Drug: Like all Templars, addicted to lyrium. A plot point, because that was how Corypheus controlled them.
  • Go Through Me: He refuses to back down from Knight-Captain Denam.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He will travel through the first half of Therinfal with the Inquisitor. Barris is a guardian-type with a tower shield and fights exactly like one.
  • Hero of Another Story: Like the Chargers, he can go off on Templar missions from the War Table if he survives Therinfal.
  • Hold the Line: He organizes one of these missions, having the Templars fight horrors in the hall while the Inquisitor secures lyrium and finds uncorrupted high ranking Templars. If their strength falls, the game fails.
  • Killed Off for Real: Barris can get killed off if the strength of the barrier falls below 25%.
  • Killed Offscreen: Given that, if the player sides with the mages, he doesn't appear again - even as an enemy, like Fiona - it's implied his Only Sane Man nature got him killed, either by the Envy demon or the Red Templars in general.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Holds the ideals of the Templars of old, wanting to protect the mundane and mages alike from demons. If the Templars are recruited, he leads a series of War Table missions potentially ending in him getting promoted to Knight-Vigilant of the new order. Even Solas, who greatly dislikes the templars, respects the man.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: In combat, Ser Barris wields a tower shield nearly as tall as he is. He's quite badass with it as well.
  • Nerves of Steel: Doesn't bat an eyelash when dealing with demons, horrors, or poncy nobles.
  • Noodle Incident: His first routine assignment involved looking into some rumors of apostasy. It ended up involving blood mages, a pride demon, an entire Dalish clan, two Seekers of Truth, and Brainwashed and Crazy Tal-Vashoth.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Most of his war table missions are this - especially if the right adviser is picked, so that he not only does the stuff below but does so while saving countless lives:
    • Leads a group of Templars to route a Venatori strike force.
    • Stops an army of demons roaming through a town - the town wants to build a statue in his honor. If Cullen is picked, he saves the whole town and the ruling countess.
    • Single-handedly saves a boy, who has just developed magical powers and is falsely accused of being an abomination, from being lynched by an Angry Mob without drawing his sword.
  • One-Scene Wonder: If the Inquisitor sides with the mages, he's only seen during Lord Seeker Lucius's appearance in Val Royeaux, where he comes across as an Only Sane Man. Many players wish he could be recruited even outside of siding with the Templars, as he's made such a favorable impression.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Even before he gained his authority. He's a voice of reason among the Templars, and even questions the Envy Demon posing as Lord Seeker Lucius back in Val Royeaux.

    Kieran 
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Played By: Odin Black

"People fear the next age if it comes too soon."

Should she have been romanced in Dragon Age: Origins and/or have performed the Dark Ritual, Morrigan's son Kieran will join her when she arrives at Skyhold.


  • Bad Dreams/Past-Life Memories: If he has Urthemiel's soul, he suffers from nightmares. These nightmares are never described, but they're implied to be memories of what he did as an Old God and Archdemon.
  • Casting Gag: He is voiced by Claudia Black's actual son.
  • Cheerful Child/Creepy Child: If he's Urthemiel's vessel, he has traits of both, while normal!Kieran is solely the former.
  • Child Mage: Regardless of whether or not he is Urthemiel's vessel, he is implied to have inherited Morrigan's magic.
  • Child Prodigy: If he has Urthemiel's soul, he can do feats like opening Eluvians and physically walking through the Fade unharmed. He's ten years old.
  • Curious as a Monkey: Morrigan notes that he's a very curious boy and often wanders away from her.
  • Good Parents: He's lucky enough to have at least one of these; Morrigan adores her son. If his father actively romanced Morrigan and is still alive, he helped raise Kieran to this point. Morrigan notes that he is an excellent father and that "Kieran misses him greatly."
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Possibly, if the Warden is an elf or a dwarf. If his father is Alistair, that makes Kieran one-fourth elf, although nobody is aware of it.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is of Irish origin and means "little dark one".
  • Morality Pet: For his mother Morrigan; the scene where he goes into the Fade suggests that he could also be something like this for his grandmother Flemeth.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: His mother is always Morrigan. His father could be Male!Warden, Alistair, or Loghain, or he may not even exist. He also may or may not have have the soul of a Tevinter Old God riding along with his own.
  • The Quiet One: According to Morrigan, he's "a quiet, well-spoken lad." He only speaks directly to the Inquisitor when you first meet him.
  • Reincarnation: Potentially of Urthemiel.
  • Royal Blood: If he is Alistair's son, he's technically this, even if Alistair doesn't become king. The same applies if he's Loghain's son, since in this case he's Queen Anora's half-brother. He is also this if his father is a Dwarf Noble Warden, since this makes him King Endrin's grandson; or, if his father is a Human Noble Warden or a Human Mage Warden, he's a Blue Blood since he's either Teyrn Cousland's grandson or a descendent of the Amell family in Kirkwall. No matter which of these situations apply (if any), the implications of it never come up at any point in the story.
  • Sharing a Body: It's implied that this is the case if he has Urthemiel's soul. Rather than being a straight reincarnation, he's merely Urthemiel's host. When Flemeth removes the Old God's essence, he expresses relief that the nightmares will end, but later remarks that he feels lonely without it.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Considering who he has for parents, it's not surprising. Especially if he's partly Urthemiel.

     Lord Adorno Ciel Otranto 
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A lord from Antiva. If the Inquisitor decides to romance Josephine, she finds out she has been engaged to Lord Otranto. The Inquisitor must deal with him in order to complete her romance.


  • Act of True Love: When Josephine breaks up the duel, the Inquisitor declares that the duel was this in front of the crowd. Otranto politely steps aside once he witnesses this, as he thought the relationship between Josephine and the Inquisitor was just one of passion.
  • Arranged Marriage: He and Josephine have never even met each other; the match is made by their parents. While he's perfectly content with it, she is not.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A keen fighter and a lively man, his herald mentions that his duel with the Inquisitor is just one of the many he has planned for the upcoming season.
  • Cutscene Boss: Even if the quest has him and the Inquisitor duel, it's played out in a cutscene only and you don't actually fight him.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Regardless of whether or not the Inquisitor stays with Josephine, Otranto is out of luck. Ironically, if the Inquisitor doesn't romance Josephine, the betrothal - which could have worked in that situation - never takes place. (Or, if it does, she never thinks to mention it to the Inquisitor.)
  • Friendly Enemy: He has nothing but respect for the Inquisition, and for what the Inquisitor is doing. He just must address the fact that he is betrothed to Josephine.
  • Graceful Loser: He's okay with losing once he sees the Act of True Love the Inquisitor makes. Even if the Inquisitor and Josephine call off their relationship, Otranto declares the duel a draw. If the Inquisitor still wants to fight, the two of them can continue with no prize at all.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: On his side, at least. He's perfectly okay with marrying Josephine.
  • Royal Rapier: Befitting his lordly heritage and his dueling. It gives him an advantage, since it seems that the Inquisitor is completely unfamiliar with fencing sabers.
  • Shipper on Deck: Once he sees how much the Inquisitor loves Josephine, Otranto is all too happy to support them.

    Gatt 
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A Ben-Hassrath agent and friend of the Iron Bull. He is sent to help coordinate the alliance between the Inquisition and the Qunari against the Venatori.


  • Brutal Honesty: When Bull tries to tiptoe around what his name Hissrad actually means, Gatt simply tells everyone that it means "Liar."
  • Expy: A elven slave with anger issues, mistreated by his Tevinter master, who ended up fighting in Seheron: Gatt is what Fenris would have become if he had joined the Qun instead of ending up in Kirkwall.
  • Graceful Loser: While he's not pleased about it, he is very polite when informing the Inquisitor there will be no alliance if the Chargers are saved, and does not try to kill Bull, even though the Qun probably demands he should.
  • Hot-Blooded: Gatt's name comes from gaatlok, Qunari gunpowder. Gatt only displays it in-game if you save the Chargers.
  • Internal Reformist: While he admits that there are aspects to the Qun which he dislikes, Gatt chooses not to leave it because he feels that he could do more good trying to promote changes to it from within.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Unlike the Qunari encountered in previous games, Gatt outright admits there are parts of the Qun that are wrong. He settles on fixing it from within, rather than leaving.
  • Rape as Backstory: Implied. Gatt says that his master brought him to Seheron that last time for "company" (when he was eight), and that he originally stayed with the Qun willingly because they killed the magister who hurt him.
  • Slave Liberation: He was a slave to a Tevinter magister who was en route to Seheron when Iron Bull and his men attacked the magister's ship and killed him, liberating Gatt.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His friendship with Iron Bull is completely destroyed if the dreadnought is not saved from the Venatori.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He is furious if Iron Bull chooses to save the Chargers over the Qunari dreadnought, believing that he has violated the Qun and become Tal-Vashoth. This is particularly upsetting for Gatt, since he had been defending Iron Bull for years to the rest of the Ben-Hassrath, who had become very suspicious of Iron Bull's loyalty to the Qun.
    • He gets this from Solas if he's brought along for Bull's loyalty mission; Solas tells Gatt that he traded slavery for something far worse.
    • Dorian makes similar remarks about the Qun being worse than slavery, but considering that Dorian himself is a Tevinter aristocrat who benefited from slave labor...

     Maddox 
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A Tranquil mage from Kirkwall, Maddox was acquainted with Samson and joined him when Samson founded the Red Templars.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: His reason for joining Samson, who took him in while most other Tranquil were abandoned to their fate when the mages rebelled.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Like all Tranquil.
  • Creepy Monotone: Tranquil do not inflect or emote, but Maddox's is especially eerie since he's poisoned himself and in great agony before he was found.
  • Desperately Seeking A Purpose In Life: Samson gave him one, even before the Red Templars. That was why Maddox was so grateful to him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He was the recipient of it. For the crime of having a templar pass love letters, Maddox was made Tranquil.
  • Emotionless Boy: Tranquil have no emotions, and Maddox is no exception.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Maddox cannot love, because, as a Tranquil, he has no emotions. Even before that, he liked women. But he and Samson are very close and very loyal to each other. Maddox refuses to betray Samson, and Samson is saddened when he learns Maddox is dead.
  • Insistent Terminology: Addresses Cullen as "Knight-Captain," even though that hasn't been Cullen's title for a few years at this point.
  • Power Tattoo: Inverted; like all Tranquil from Kirkwall, the sunburst on his forehead is a symbol that he has been stripped of magic.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Even with his suicide, Cullen and Dagna find a way to destroy Samson's armor.
  • Undying Loyalty: He believes in Samson and would not betray him, even committing suicide to prevent spilling his secrets.


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