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Skyhold Academy has a much bigger cast than its authors expected, so it was only a matter of time before it had a character sheet. Included are the Hypothetical Casting choices, with links to what the authors consider the 'definitive' pictures of the all-human cast.

Beware the spoilers.

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World Leaders

A few of the people running Thedas are important to the series.

    Alistair Theirin 
Alistair Theirin, President (formerly King) of Ferelden

    Elissa Theirin 
Elissa Theirin, nee Cousland, First Lady of Ferelden and Commander of the Grey Wardens

    Sebastian Vael 
Prince Sebastian Vael, despite the democratization of the Free Marches, is still the guy running Starkhaven.



The teachers and administrators at Skyhold Academy are deeply attached to their school, their students, and each other.

    Tropes which apply to the staff as a whole 
  • Badass Teacher: Usually downplayed, but they have no second thoughts about risking their lives to protect their students.
  • Berserk Button: None of them take kindly to anyone threatening the school, the kids, or their colleagues.
  • Family of Choice: As Blackwall points out in one story, most of them don't have any family outside of the school - just like many of their students.
  • Informed Ability: Somewhat improbably, they can all sing pretty well. The reader has to just accept the narrative's word for it, since the medium doesn't allow proof.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Most of them are shown drinking coffee or tea a lot.
  • Parental Substitute: For most of their students, who either have terrible parents or none at all.
  • Secret Keeper: They're the only ones who know the truth about what Skyhold really is.
  • True Companions: How they see each other.

    Cullen Rutherford 
Cullen Rutherford, history teacher

    Evangeline Trevelyan 
Evangeline Trevelyan (later Rutherford), substitute art teacher

    Dorian Pavus 
Dorian Pavus, music teacher and school librarian


    Varric Tethras 
Varric Tethras, writing arts teacher and secret school philanthropist

    Cassandra Pentaghast 
Cassandra Pentaghast, girls' physical education teacher

    Marian Hawke 
Marian Hawke, art teacher

  • Affectionate Nickname: She frequently calls her sister "Bethy."
  • Big Sister Instinct: Don't even think about touching her little sister. She's already lost her little brother.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: With Varric, post-Disorienuptials.
  • Boyish Short Hair: As seen in her 'casting' image.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Bethany; they're very different but nevertheless very close.
  • Happily Married: To Fenris.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Anne Hathaway
  • Informed Ability: As with Evvy, the reader just has to take the narrative's word for it that she's an exceptional artist, since there's no way to prove it in the medium.
  • It's Personal: Part of her backstory; she's the one who finally put an end to the White Lily Murders in Kirkwall a few years before the series. Sadly, she wasn't able to stop the killer in time to save his final victim, her mother.
  • Last-Name Basis: Very few people are allowed to call her Marian.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Averted. According to Word of God, Hawke and Fenris don't really mind that they've never had children because of the demands of their careers. (That said, she can't wait to be the Cool Aunt to Bethany's baby.)
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Owing to the traveling he does for his career, her relationship with Fenris is this, even since their marriage.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Varric - they adore each other, but it's not even faintly romantic.
  • Present Absence: Her sabbatical from Skyhold Academy is what kicks off the first story, and affects a significant chunk of its plot.
  • Self-Made Woman: Arguably, more than anyone else in the series.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Bethany and Varric, despite the latter's expectation that she would be against it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Bethany's girly-girl. She wears her hair short by choice and comments more than once on her dislike of wearing dresses. She's seen to wear only one in the whole series, when she serves as matron of honor in a wedding.
  • Troll: Occasionally, but usually only to Varric. He gives as good as he gets.

     Ivan Ronbul 
Coach Bull, the boys' physical education teacher and football coach

    Solas Harel 
Solas Harel, teacher of all forms of science

  • Confirmed Bachelor: One of the only adults in the series with no love interest.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion.
  • Hidden Depths: In addition to singing (like the rest of the staff), he's a well-known gamer and also a gifted mime.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Mark Strong
  • Let's Play: He moonlights as popular Let's Player "The Dread Wolf."
  • Mysterious Past: No one knows anything about his past. The authors admit that they just never found an opportunity to work it into the plot.
  • Not So Above It All: He occasionally startles his colleagues by participating in things like talent shows and bachelor parties.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: The main reason he was hired, despite the mysterious past. By bringing in one guy who could effectively teach all the necessary sciences, Skyhold could stretch their budget farther than if they hired multiple teachers.
  • Sweet Tooth: To the point where some reviewers have suggested that the real OTP of the series is Solas/Cake.

    Gordon Blackwall 
Gordon Blackwall, industrial arts teacher

     Josephine Montilyet 
Josephine Montilyet, guidance counselor and deputy headmistress

    Leliana Nightingale 
Leliana Nightingale, headmistress of Skyhold Academy

  • The Chanteuse: She occasionally sings solos at the various events (an Informed Ability, as with everyone else's singing) and is explicitly cast in this role in one of Jim and Rory's fanfics.
  • The Chessmaster: A very benign version. It's implied and outright stated many times that nothing happens in Skyhold without her knowledge; she has her fingers in many pies and her eyes are everywhere. In I Must Be Going, Varric casts her in the Miracle Max role because he reasons that if he were ever going to ask anyone to perform a literal miracle, it would be Leliana.
    • Failed a Spot Check: However, in the first story, even she fails to realize that a number of the school's support staff are actually moles for Venatori Prep.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Largely averted; she's one of the few adults in the series with no confirmed love interest. However, when Michel's friends from the University of Orlais are invited to visit, he acknowledges that "Fairbanks would be here tomorrow" if he thought Leliana would give him the time of day.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Kate Winslet
  • In-Series Nickname: Varric calls her "Songbird," since Nightingale is her actual surname here.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Almost too reasonable; until she learns the truth about the school, Evvy is genuinely shocked at some of the things Leliana tolerates among the staff, not least the romantic shenanigans.
  • Secret Keeper: She knows pretty nearly everything about everyone in the school.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She's very partial to a specific blend of tea which includes peppermint and lavender.

    Vivienne de Fer 
Vivienne de Fer, foreign language instructor

  • The Fashionista: She wears nothing less than cutting edge fashion. Rory describes her Instagram as featuring "wicked sweet fashion" that one might wear while killing people.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Lupita Nyong'o
  • Pet the Dog: When she returns for the school reunion, she engages in some of this with Varric, of whom she appears genuinely fond.
  • Put on a Bus: She gets subjected to this early in the first story, owing to a personal crisis.note 
  • The Rival: She seems to view Morrigan this way, although Morrigan's own feelings on the subject are unknown.

    Michel de Chevin 
Michel de Chevin, substitute foreign language instructor

  • Hot Teacher: To the point where some of Cullen's fan base defects.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Simon Baker
  • Pair the Spares: Later stories in the series have him dating Cullen's sister Mia.
  • Unknown Rival: He has no idea that Cullen thinks, in the first story, that they're in a Love Triangle with Evvy. By the time it's finally explained to him, Cullen and Evvy are in a relationship, so they can both afford to be amused by it and Michel doesn't hold a grudge.

    Lace Harding 
Lace Harding, administrative assistant

    Felix Alexius 
Felix Alexius, assistant librarian, aspiring filmmaker, and yearbook photographer

  • Camera Fiend: He's frequently seen playing photographer in the stories.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Theo James
  • Ill Boy: He has an undefined chronic condition (a nod to his illness in the game). It doesn't seem to affect him too heavily, but is the reason for his very minor role.
  • The Mole: During the first story, he undertakes this role, venturing into Venatori Prep in search of information.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The authors just couldn't bring themselves to kill him off as in canon.


Students at Skyhold Academy are very special, although not for the reasons the world thinks. As such, their teachers are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they're happy and safe.

    The student body in general 

  • Abusive Parents: It's not described in detail, but some of them have these.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Most of them have some form of this.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Inquisition, Sera is a member of the inner circle. Here, she's a student named Sera Archer, who appears mostly by mention.
  • Drama Club: When Dorian forms one, it might be easier to count the kids who don't join.
  • Good Parents: A lucky few (like Rory) have these, but were chosen to come to Skyhold because their families are struggling in other ways.
  • Only One Name: Several of the students have only been identified by their first names in the stories, but the authors have given them surnames which will eventually be shown.
  • Parental Abandonment: Some of them, like Jim and Cole, suffer from this.
  • Shipper on Deck: For the various pairings among their teachers, which naturally results in...
  • Squee!: Often and loudly.

    Cole Rutherford 
Cole is a lonely and withdrawn boy who eventually becomes Cullen and Evvy's son.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: He's capable of delivering these from time to time, most particularly to his father.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason for his attachment to all of the Skyhold staff, and especially to the two who become his parents.
  • Berserk Button: A very mild example compared to most, but there are a few references from I Must Be Going onward to the fact that Cole really hates the word "smaragdine." He even writes an essay about it!
  • Big Brother Instinct: After I Must Be Going, he has this toward his baby sister Skye.
  • Canine Companion: As of Where the Sky is Held, he has a mabari named Snow.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's very kind to animals.
  • Happily Adopted: After the first story.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Evan Peters. This crosses into Accidentally Correct Writing territory, since it was not until after he was picked for the hypothetical casting that the authors discovered that David Gaider had described the character as looking like Evan Peters.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: His are mentioned a few times.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Despite not being biologically related, he and Cullen share a number of mannerisms and interests.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Until Evvy helps him come out of his shell, he's very solitary.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname before adoption was Hughes, from the Germanic element hug meaning "heart, mind, and spirit." This has yet to be revealed in the stories.
  • Momma's Boy: To an extent.
  • Name's the Same: His backstory includes two people named Rhys and Evangeline, as in the novel Asunder, though of course their involvement in his life is changed to reflect the setting. This has only been mentioned once in the series thus far, when he explains that he immediately trusted his mother when they met because her name was also Evangeline, but AuroraBorealia has actually written his history to flesh out the details.
  • Nice Hat: He's very fond of hats.
  • The Quiet One
  • Rainbow Motif: He's the one who originally gives Evvy her 'rainbow' nickname; he also decides that Cullen is the sun and he himself is the rain, since a rainbow needs both sun and rain in order to appear.
  • Trauma Button: A mild example, but after the events of the first story, he has a hard time with the idea of anything happening to his mother. There are a few offhanded mentions of him seeing a therapist, even after the events are long over.

    The Partners in Crime 
Aurora Norbertson, James Scout, and Janessa Dasher are three of the students who have been attending Skyhold since it first opened, and have been best friends since the beginning.

    Cremisius Aclassi 
Krem is the quarterback for the Chargers (until he graduates) and pretty universally beloved by the cast.

  • Big Man on Campus: During the time of the main series, he's this; it's later indicated that he inherited the role from Delrin Barris.
  • The Cast Showoff: Arguably more than any of the other students. He really seems to relish the chances he gets to strut his stuff onstage.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Like many Skyhold students, though by his own admission his is somewhat different.
  • Family of Choice: Bull is basically his adoptive father.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Froy Gutierrez note 
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: He sometimes makes these, which he blames on all the time he spends with Bull.
  • Lovable Jock
  • Lovely Assistant: With great amusement, he plays this role for Rory during the school talent show.
  • Mistaken for Romance: He eventually admits that he would have asked Rory out a lot sooner than he did, except that he was under the impression that she was dating Jim.
  • Precocious Crush: He admits to Rory that he had a small crush on Evvy for a brief time during her first year at the school.
  • The Quarterback: Until he graduates, this is his position on the team.
  • Romantic Wingman: He's "the greatest wingman ever" when he helps introduce Michel de Chevin to Mia Rutherford.
  • Twice Shy: With his crush, Rory.

Family members of the staff

Although they're not always on hand for all the shenanigans, a few of the staff members do have family members who have a role to play in the assorted stories.

    The Rutherford Siblings 
Mia is Cullen's older sister, and Branson and Rosalie are their younger siblings. They live in South Reach, but occasionally make the trek to Skyhold for important occasions.

     Fenris Hawke 
Fenris Hawke is the art teacher's husband, and a professional ballet dancer. He appears in the stories infrequently.

     Bethany Hawke 
Bethany Hawke (later Tethras) is Hawke's younger sister and Varric's "fangirl in chief."

  • Age-Gap Romance: She's about twelve years younger than her love interest.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Downplayed, but she definitely misses her brother.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: With her sister's husband Fenris; they're clearly very fond of each other.
  • The Fashionista: Her hat in this universe, owing to her in-game love of pretty clothes. She has a degree in fashion design and manufacture, runs a blog about the subject, and helps with the costumes for the school play, among other things.
  • Happily Married: To Varric, post-Disorienuptials.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Lily Collins. Doubles as a bit of a Casting Gag, since Lily Collins played Snow White in Mirror, Mirror and there are a number of playful comparisons made between Bethany and that princess.
  • Ill Girl: This is the secret real reason for Hawke's sabbatical in the first story.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: With Varric, until they get married.
  • Nice Hat: She has a thing for hats.
  • Second Love: She's this for Varric, although details about her predecessor aren't mentioned at all until The Memory Band.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Between Hawke and Varric (especially Varric), she can have pretty much anything she wants. It doesn't make her one iota less kind or considerate.
  • Sweet Tooth: Her love of sugar rivals that of Solas.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly-girl to Hawke's tomboy; Bethany loves pretty dresses and girly things.
  • What Does She See in Him??: According to Varric, Bethany's greatest flaw is her questionable taste in men.

    Mahanon Lavellan 
Mahanon Lavellan is Evvy's oldest friend, who becomes immediately smitten with a certain gym teacher.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Evvy is his "little lady" and has been since childhood.
  • The Cast Showoff: Second only to Dorian, he takes the most obvious delight in singing, dancing, and otherwise pushing his way into the limelight. The others find it more amusing than anything, on account of him being such a Nice Guy.
  • The Charmer: Evvy explicitly describes him this way.
  • Childhood Friend: He and Evvy have been friends since they were very young.
  • Cool Uncle: Participates in the "uncle-off" in The Memory Band to try to prove that he's the coolest.
  • Family of Choice: Even beyond his friendship with Evvy, he's basically an honorary member of the Trevelyan family. In one letter, Evvy's mother refers to him as "my extra son."
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Arguably the best way to describe his occupation; he does a lot of consulting with police departments, doing things like codebreaking.
  • Happily Married: To Cassandra, post-Disorienuptials.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Aiden Turner
  • In-Series Nickname: Varric dubs him "Lockpick."
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Evvy, who tells him that he's "my other self or something." They've been friends since they were very small children, and he absolutely dotes on her in his own weird way.
  • Like Father, Like Son: It may be too early to really say this, but he and his adopted son Anthony seem to have the same sense of humor. Evvy invokes the trope more than once.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: When he starts dating Cassandra, his work requires that they have one of these. This remains true even after they get married.
  • Romantic False Lead: Cullen initially questions the relationship between Evvy and "Non," although she later acknowledges that his confusion was understandable.
  • Troll: He's prone to this sort of thing, especially with Evvy, who sometimes refers to him as "my darling pain in the ass."

    The Baby Brigade - unmarked spoilers! 
These are the Spinoff Babies of the main cast, the children (other than Cole) of the assorted Skyhold staff.

  • Babies Ever After: As the folder title would imply.
  • Baby Language: Their appearances in the later installments show them communicating with each other in this.
  • Baby's First Words: Skye's is "da;" Anthony's is "mama." Both are treated with all the importance one would expect.
  • Cuteness Proximity: They have this effect on pretty much everyone.
  • Dead Guy Junior:
    • Skye is named after her paternal grandmother.
    • Anthony is named after his maternal uncle.
  • Doorstop Baby: Anthony's introduction to the series was to be left on the steps of an abandoned Chantry.
  • Happily Adopted: Anthony is the adopted son of Cass and Mahanon.
  • Hometown Nickname: Eleanor Skye Rutherford is usually called Skye, which is in honor of Skyhold.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Since they're being raised together, it's generally presumed by the adults that this will be their relationship as they get older.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Evvy frequently comments that Anthony has Mahanon's sense of humor. Gender flipped with Skye, who has inherited her father's love of blueberries.


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