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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 Dragon Age: Origins, into Dragon Age II, and then through Dragon Age: Inquisition before finally moving on to the adventures of the next generation of heroes (the children of Hawke and the Wardens, among others).

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  • 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 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.
    • 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. Manages to effectively survive the entire series with no special powers.
  • Badass Family: The Amells, and by extension the Hawkes. Ruya pointing out that one of her great-grandparents was an Amell is enough to scare Jerath and Anders Both of whom are extremely powerful abominations.
  • Character Development: Brehan by far, going from shem hating jerk to the trusted left hand (and lover) of the Divine herself.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Killed Off for Real: Skyhunter and her entire crew. Oghren. Duncan. Wynne. Once you get to Apocalypse, characters start dropping left and right.
  • Lured into a Trap: Hawke knows it's a trap. He goes anyway because he's got nothing better to do at the moment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Properly Paranoid: Jerath Gilmore assumes everything they encounter is going to try to kill them. He's rarely wrong.

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

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  • 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.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Kathan throws this out all over the place. Including introducing the Dread Wolf to someone as 'my dog, Fluffy.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • Covered with Scars: Iron Bull and Sulana regularly flirt by comparing scars.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Despite being stated to be slightly taller than Iron Bull, Kathan regularly asks people if they were expecting someone taller.
  • A Father to His Men: Kas may not be the nicest person in Thedas, but she does not tolerate anyone screwing with her people.
  • From Bad to 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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Sulana throws a lot of this at Solas. Kathan does too. Except it turns out he's not so oblivious.
  • 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.

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  • Spiders Are Scary: One trait all the Inquisitors share is a fear of spiders. The reasons for these run the gamut 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.
  • 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.

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