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Duncan, while hunting information on the Blight, manages to recruit six candidates to be Wardens. Left to their own devices after Ostagar, they change the face of Thedas forever.

The Age of Dragons spans the entirety of the Dragon Age series and then goes a bit beyond into what happens with the children of the protagonists from the main game. It starts with assuming all the origins happened, and goes from there. The saga goes through Origins, into Dragon Age 2, then through Inquisition before finally moving on to what the next generation of heroes (the children of Hawke and the Wardens among others) get up too.

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The series is also excellent because you don't have to have actually played Dragon Age in order to follow the story.


Provides Examples Of:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Hawke and Inquisitor Ruya clearly achieve this, though Hawke admits to the toll doing so took on him.
  • A Father to His Men: Cullen
  • Badass Adorable: Lenore Amell The Messenger gets a few moments of this
  • Badass Army: The Inquisition and the Wardens
  • Badass Boast: Several characters make these. Jerath's borders on a catchphrase, and is occasionally borrowed by other characters.
    If it were easy, someone else would do it.
  • Badass Crew : The entire blight killing gang
  • Badass Creed: Brehan gets a moment of awesome by spitting the Dalish Oath into the face of the Divine herself, reducing the woman to tears
  • Badass Normal:
    • The younger Jerath has no special abilities to speak of save for some templar training he can't really use. He kills Abelas
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    • Kels: Fled Ferelden to Kirkwall and was rescued by Hawke from Erlina. Hawke entreats Cullen to take Kels and a few others under his wing in the templars. Kels never becomes an actual templar, but follows Cullen to the Inquisition and acts as his runner and right hand. Managed to effectively survive the entire series with no special powers.
  • Badass Family : The Amells, and by extension the Hawkes. Ruya pointing out one of her great grandparents was an Amell is enough to scare Jerath and Anders Both of whom are extremely powerful abominations
  • Battle Couple : Pretty much every couple that gets any page time
  • Bears Are Bad News: Kieran likes to turn into one when a door needs to be broken down
  • Benevolent Boss : Hawke especially, though most of the main characters have shades of this
  • Beware the Silly Ones : Hawke. Lenore, Sera, and Loghain Junior are lesser cases
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  • Big Brother Instinct : Hawke's defining characteristic, though it could also be simply a result of being a Hawke or Amell as the same trait shows up in Lenore, Carver, and Leandra.
  • Big Damn Heroes: A Warden specialty.
  • Bi the Way: Unless you are paying close attention, you'll never pick up that Brehan is this
  • Blatant Lies: Brosca loves these. Carver is prone to dipping into this on occasion when someone asks what he's been up to lately Except he turned out to be telling the truth. Caleb and Varric, however, are the grand masters of the art.
  • Bullying a Dragon: At various points characters do this literally.
  • Character Development: Brehan by far, going from shem hating jerk to the trusted left hand (and lover) of the Divine herself.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Several show up
  • Childhood Friends: Lenore and Cullen. Their renewing their friendship towards the end of the series is absolutely heartwarming.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander : Lenore and Merrill
  • The Comically Serious : Sten, and to a lesser extent Jerath
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • Tisallan. He's older than all existing civilizations, having been born in Arlathan itself. Caleb asks him for advice. Tisallan's response?
    Tisallan: Always walk a mile in the other man's shoes. That way, when you fully realize just how wrong he really is, you are a mile away. And he is barefoot.
    Caleb: Tisallan, you don't even wear shoes.
    Tisallan: I used to. But people kept walking off in them and never coming back
    • Loghain also turns into one eventually, though he's a far grumpier version than Tisallan.
    • Brehan, by the time of the events of Bloodline of the Dragon
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Happens pretty much anytime Jerath decides to draw his sword.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Several characters, but Hawke and Jerath especially. Tisallan may have been the first ever Snark Knight in Thedas.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Loghain Mac Tir goes from enemy of the Wardens to so loyal he effectively returns from the dead to continue fighting at Jerath's side
  • Defector from Decadence : Dorian
  • Defrosting Ice Queen : Morrigan to Jerath, and on some levels Fenris to Hawke. Vivienne defrosts a little in some of the alternate worlds.
  • Demonic Possession : Anders, Jerath, Kieran, and Loghain Junior, though the latter two much more benevolent versions
  • Doomed by Canon: Duncan Made even sadder by him and Saitada falling in love prior to the battle at Orzammar. Bethany and Leandra are also this.
  • Doom Magnet : Both Hawke and Ruya
  • Dual Wielding: Multiple characters, most notably Jerath.
  • Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Hawke and the Inquisitor especially. Hawke occasionally laments his apparent inability to turn down a quest.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome : Rather than the ignominious death he gets in the game, Keenan gets to have one of these.
  • Easily Forgiven: Anders is very much not.
  • Elfeminate: Subverted for Brehan and Fenris, played straight for Jerath.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Each story has a group of these, and part of what makes Bloodlines great is that the descendants of the original groups become Fire-Forged Friends themselves Loghain Junior's parentage makes this especially heartwarming
  • Flirting Under Fire : Done by a lot of characters, but Iron Bull and Sulana often seem to treat fighting for their lives as foreplay.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: If any character's eyes change, bad things are about to happen
  • Good Is Not Nice: Saitada, Jerath, and occasionally Hawke.
  • Hero of Another Story : Jerath and his crew occasionally pass through the stories of the others. Reading Order of the Broken Dragon before Inquisition will cause a lot of spoilers.
  • Hidden Backup Prince : Alistair is one for Cailan. Matril is one for Sebastian Vael
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... : Delivered by several characters over the course of the story. Duncan Therin giving this to Agatha Amell actually serves as their friendship bonding moment.
  • Killed Off for Real: Skyhunter and her entire crew. Oghren. Duncan. Wynne. Once you get to Apocalypse, characters start dropping left and right.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero : Most of the Blight crew. Brehan makes sure to point out how hypocritical Alistair is being when he later yells at his son for being the same thing
  • Lady and Knight : Alistair and Cathiel, as well as Ruya and Cullen are bright options. Jerath and Morrigan, despite technically being on the side of good, are much closer to the dark archetype
  • Lady of War: Saitada, and Cathiel to a lesser extent.
  • Lap Pillow: Morrigan and Jerath engage in this several times.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Kieran does this a lot, even yelling at the author after the party ends up in the Deep Roads
  • Let's Dance : Salla's call to battle at the end of Bloodline of the Dragon. It starts one of the most awesome running fight scenes in the series.
  • Lured into a Trap: Hawke knows it's a trap. He goes anyway because he's got nothing better to do at the moment.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Characters with minor bit parts end up playing larger roles, such as Rory Gilmore and Nesiara.
  • Magic Knight: Ruya is quite skilled with a sword. Her son Gavren inherits this trait, and Kieran has shades as well. Hawke can use a sword, but relies mainly on his magic and lets Fenris and Aveline handle the swordplay
  • Mercy Kill : Jerath is prone to delivering these. He keeps count.
  • Mugging the Monster : Happens to the main characters often. In Bloodline of the Dragon Salla and her team actually ask their attackers if they know who they are attacking. Upon realizing the muggers don't, they introduce themselves. The muggers promptly wish them a pleasant evening and find other things to do.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution : For a rather young elf, Jerath is disturbingly prone to this. Turns out there is a good reason for this
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast : Salla and her crew tell their names to a group of Crows. The Crows promptly vacate the premises, proving themselves the smartest people in Tevinter.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon : Fereldans subvert this.
  • Noodle Incident : Hawke and Varric have quite a collection of these, as does Sera
  • No-Sell : Various templars can do this to magic, especially Carver and Jerath toward the end of the series.
  • Odd Friendship : Varric's brain breaks just a little upon learning that Cullen and Lenore actually used to be involved.
  • Old Master: Tisallan He's only a few years younger than Fen'Harel, who happens to be his big brother was born in Arlathan. In Apocalypse of the Dragon Duncan pretty much hands him control of Ferelden's university.
  • One Steve Limit : Averted. Some members of the younger generation are named after the older generation, such as Duncan, Jerath, Leandra, and Loghain.
  • Only Sane Man : Saitada tries to be this. How well she succeeds is occasionally up for debate.
  • One-Man Army: Hawke is referred to as this several times. It's accurate.
  • One True Threesome : Lenore, Brosca, and Zevran. And it's adorable.
  • Papa Wolf: Hawke and Fenris are a pair of these, with Hawke serving as this for all of Kirkwall. Alistair and Cullen later get in on the act. Tisallan is more of a grandpa wolf.
  • Polyamory : Lenore, Brosca, and Zevran
  • Properly Paranoid: Jerath Gilmore assumes everything they encounter is going to try to kill them. He's rarely wrong.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits : In all stories
  • Rape as Backstory : For several characters. Jerath turns out to have one, it's the reason for his 'doesn't like to be touched' and 'doesn't drink' issues
  • Reasonable Authority Figure : Varric, Cullen, Ruya, Leliana, and Alistair all end up as this.
  • Revenge Before Reason : Both Saitada and Alistair have this where Loghain is concerned.
  • Refuge in Audacity : A favorite tactic of Hawke. Though adopted, both his children inherit this trait
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue : Several characters get these.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something : Alistair and Cathiel And later their son, Duncan
  • Ruling Couple : Alistair and Cathiel
  • Running Gag : Saitada ordering someone shot or pointing out that 'at least morale is high'.
  • Shipper on Deck: Lenore and Dorian are prone to falling into this, especially involving Cullen and the Inquisitor. Leliana and occasionally Varric have this tendency as well. Lenore is notable for being the first to ship Morrigan and Jerath.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts : Oghren accuses Brehan and Leliana of being this
  • Silk Hiding Steel : Many of the female characters.
  • Suicide by Cop : Anders attempts this. Jerath helps him commit a Heel–Face Turn instead
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: Brehan's ability to sense darkspawn borders on Blessed with Suck
  • A Tankard of Moose Urine : Never chug something Oghren hands you.
  • Time Skip : Several occur during or between stories
  • Token Evil Teammate: Despite effectively being the 'big good' of the entire series, Jerath borders on this at times
  • Too Dumb to Live : Hawke explicitly calls Sebastian this After he makes the mistake of arresting the children of Thedas's premiere badasses
  • Team Mom: Saitada and Ruya. Ruya even comments about knitting scarves for all the Inquisition soldiers.
  • Trickster Mentor : Solas, to Ruya And later her son, Gavren
  • True Companions: A group of these forms the core of each of the stories.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jerath invokes this in several such as Carver Hawke, Nathaniel Howe, and Loghain mac Tir. His namesake has it toward Duncan as a defining characteristic.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Jerath, and later Loghain Junior
  • Violently Protective Girl Friend: Gavren is the most powerful mage in Thedas. Mess with him, and Leandra will beat you up.
  • Warrior Prince: Alistair And his son, Duncan
  • What Happened to the Mouse? : Sidetrips and Order of the Broken Dragon answer a lot of these questions, and a few end up being Chekovs Guns many in-story years later.

The author goes further with Inquisition, creating full on separate realities where different individuals became the Inquisitor, walking A Different Path.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance : Kathan claims most of his most spectacular moments are because nobody bothered to tell him he couldn't do something before he went and did it.
  • Adorkable: Kas is this around Sera. Varric and Solas have trouble wrapping their minds around it. Kathan and Sulana also have this trait at times.
  • Affectionate Nickname : Kathan throws this out all over the place. Including introducing the Dread Wolf to someone as 'my dog, Fluffy.
  • Ambadassador : Dorian and Matril end up as these.
  • Ambiguously Bi : Kathan and Sulana may both be this. However, despite doing what he has to do in order to sell a con, Matril has a distinct preference for men.
  • Apocalypse Cult : Kathan gets rather fed up with the number of cults out there, especially after he manages to start a few more
  • Badass Adorable: Kathan and Sulana
  • Badass Gay : Matril and Kas, along with their respective partners, are most definitely this.
  • Battle Couple : Several Inquisitors and their partners are this, but Sulana and Iron Bull take it to a whole new level.
  • Blood Knight : Sulana and to a lesser extent Kas
  • Broken Bird : Matril can nearly be said to have multiple personality disorder. He manages to weaponize this later.
  • Call-Back : Kathan wants to hit people with signs.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander : Sulana can be this at times. How much Kathan really is this and how much is just him screwing with people is up for debate.
  • Combat Sadomasochist : Wounding Sulana just tends to make her even more dangerous.
  • Covered with Scars : Iron Bull and Sulana regularly flirt by comparing scars.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Kathan is quick to point out that pretty much every bad thing that ever happened could have been avoided if various gods had just talked to each other.
  • Cultured Badass : Matril moves through the nobility of Thedas as though he were born there. Subverted in that it turns out he was. He's a Vael and around 4th in line for the throne of Starkhaven Surprisingly to most, Kathan is also this through his varied and eclectic education.
  • Crazy Awesome: Kathan puts special emphasis on crazy. Sulana is saner, sometimes.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The relationship between Solas and Kathan improves considerably after Kathan tosses Solas around like a rag doll.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? : Both Kas and Vathran punch Solas in the face. Kathan does this too, but he takes the precaution of dosing Solas with an anti-magic poison first. What makes it even more awesome is he actually asked Solas for the recipe
  • Earn Your Happy Ending : Despite various individuals not liking Kas one bit, they all agree she did this. All the Inquisitors but Vathran and Tan do this.
  • Expecting Someone Taller : Despite being stated to be slightly taller than Iron Bull, Kathan regularly asks people if they were expecting someone taller.
  • From Badto Worse: Vathran manages to take the crapsack world that is Thedas and break it more
  • Godzilla Threshold : The main reason Kathan didn't kill Solas was he acknowledged the world was going to reach this point.
  • Handwave : Kathan never does answer how exactly he manages to get his information. Solas flat out tells him he suspects Kathan has some sort of innate Fade link
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl : Iron Bull and Sulana, and to a lesser extent Kathan and Cassandra.
  • Humble Hero : Several Inquisitors are this, particularly Kathan and Sulana, both of whom really didn't want the job. Tan and Vathran, however, subvert it.
  • Immortality Seeker : Kathan subverts this, stating plainly that he thinks being immortal would suck and that Solas may have done the world a favor by introducing mortality.
  • Incompatible Orientation : Both Sulana and Kathan flirt playfully with Dorian, though in Kathan's case there is probably some question as to how incompatible the orientation actually is.
  • Iron Lady : Kas Adaar. Her name basically translates as 'melee-weapon flamethrower' and it shows.
  • Kick the Dog : Practically Tan's hat, and he does it gleefully. Vathran's are more unintentional Though they do lead to Jerath giving Cullen a brutal dog-kicking.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Vathran's motto.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! : Despite being a brutal man with no redeeming features, Tan may have accomplished this.
  • Manchurian Agent : Sulana and Matril both end up as this for Mythal. Matril doesn't take it well.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kathan, in spades It even works on Solas despite Solas knowing full well its an act.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging : Sulana throws a lot of this at Solas. Kathan does too. Except it turns out he's not so oblivious.
  • A Father to His Men : Or rather mother. Kas may not be the nicest person in Thedas, but she does not tolerate anyone screwing with her people.
  • Papa Wolf : Vathran is a deconstructed version. His biggest mistakes come in part from wanting to build a world for his daughter in which elves are held in high regard.
  • Pet the Dog: Vivienne gets several such moments with Dorian when helping him deal with Tan
  • Rape as Backstory : Poor Matril has multiple such events in his past. Sulana was in danger of this, but the men who rescued her turned out to the heroic style of templars.
  • Relationship Upgrade : In two stories where Brehan and Leliana don't reconcile, he and Cassandra get one of these.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something : Matril ultimately turns out to be one of these
  • Sadistic Choice : Tan offers people a few of these. He gets in serious trouble when those people start taking third options
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual : Iron Bull and Sulana. Subverted for Tan and pretty much anyone who catches his eye.
  • Shipper on Deck : Kathan is this for Iron Bull and Dorian. Dorian cheers for Kathan and Cassandra in return. Interestingly, Vivienne seems to be this for Dorian and Eben.
  • Spiders Are Scary : One trait all the Inquisitors share is a fear of spiders. The reasons for these run the gamet from hilarious to tearjerking Poor Matril
  • Spotting the Thread : Kathan's ability to do this borders on the supernatural. Matril has this skill as well, though he's less open minded than Kathan and thus misses some of the more outrageous things like Solas's true identity.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat : Matril is good with a bow, but if he can't shoot you he's got no problem cutting you down verbally. Kathan will also happily make you look like an idiot, often by acting like one himself.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork : Kas and every mage except Vivienne. Vathran and Solas. Tan and everyone except Leliana.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kathan gives a rather epic and hilarious one to Mythal, Fen'Harel, and Razikale
  • They Do : Kas and Sera. And it's adorable.
  • Trickster Mentor : Solas performs this role a little too well with Kathan
  • The Unchosen One : Kathan denies being in any way divinely chosen and is an atheist. He manages to maintain being this even after threatening to become a god himself. Sulana doesn't consider herself chosen, but doesn't worry too much about it.
  • Unwanted False Faith : Kathan really doesn't like it when people treat him as a messiah. Subverted by Tan and Vathran, both of whom cultivate it. Matril cultivates it at first before he begins to think that maybe it's not false after all.
  • Vague Age : Dorian realizes that Matril cultivates this intentionally. Sulana's age is never given. She acts young, but is clearly old enough to be an experienced fighter.
  • Waif-Fu : Sulana is a slender elven woman. She manages to impress both Cassandra and Iron Bull with her ability to kick ass.
  • Wham Line : Kathan delivers several. Most notably when he informs Solas that he knows exactly who Solas is, and then later when he calls Mythal out. Matril has a few of his own.
  • What Is One Man's Life in Comparison? : All of the Inquisitors are willing to sacrifice themselves at Haven. Kathan gets a second such moment when he tells Solas that offering to save Kathan's life isn't reason enough for Kathan to be willing to let the Dread Wolf run around loose.
  • What the Hell, Hero? : Kathan asks this question a lot.
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