Character No#14 (Dragon Age Inquisition)
Name: Owain Trevelyan
Place of Birth: Ostwick, the Free Marches
Age: Mid-to-late 30’s
Height: 194cm (approx. 6’4”)
Eye Colour: Hazelnut
Skin Pigmentation: Warm Chocolate
Hair Colour: Raw Umber
Hair Style: Crew Cut
Distinctive Features: Broad torso that belied an expansive belly that made it difficult for Owain to fit into his templar uniform & a jutting double chin
Character Class/ Archetype: Warrior (Templar Specialisation)
Personality Traits: Calm and stoic in demeanour, enthusiastically proud of his family lineage and devotional to his Andrastian faith, but very glutinous where food was concerned
Owain Trevelyan was born the youngest son of Bann Trevelyan and his Rivaini wife in the city of Ostwick, situated in the southeastern reaches of the Free Marches. Being the youngest son who stood to inherit nothing, Owain joined the Templar Order during his early adolescence after years of volunteer service as an altar boy in Ostwick’s Chantry, serving the Order and the Chantry proudly and dutifully, rising up in the ranks of the Templar Order to Knight-Lieutenant, becoming a man of considerable size and strength that other templars would want to emulate, despite his gluttonous appetite for food that had some negative impact on his physical fitness, of which a number of his peers and betters within both the Templar Order and the Chantry, as well as a number of mages in Ostwick’s Circle of Magi had commented on, included among them the Knight-Commander of Kirkwall’s templars, Meredith Stannard, and her second-in-command and occasional acquaintance of the Champion of Kirkwall, Cullen Rutherford, which was during his visit to Kirkwall on official Templar Order business that involved hunting down a blood mage that he and a squad of templars under his command had pursued throughout the Free Marches and killed in the year 9:34 Dragon, mere weeks before the Arishok’s attempted coup in the city, of which by then he and his fellow templars accompanying him on his mission had already returned to Ostwick.
Chaos would further consume Kirkwall when all-out war between the mages and the templars erupted a few years later, resulting in the deaths of both Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard and the Kirkwall’s Circle of Magi’s First Enchanter, both reportedly killed by Robert Hawke, the Champion of Kirkwall, who was appointed as the new viscount of Kirkwall just moments after Meredith’s death by her second-in-command, Cullen. The madness of the war between the mages and templars had quickly spread to every Circle of Magi in Thedas, including the one in Ostwick that Owain was posted, where he fought to prevent the escape of Ostwick’s Circle mages that had rebelled, personally killing a few of them, one of whom was his fraternal twin sister.
In the following years Owain continued to carry out his duties in the Templar Order. In the year 9:40 Dragon when Lord Seeker Lambert of the Seekers of Truth had seized control of the Templar Order and annulled the Nevarran Accord and divorced the Templars and Seekers from the Chantry due to their negligence in their handling of the rebellious mages that hade assembled in the old Tevinter fortress Andoral’s Reach, Owain was one of a number of templars who had refused to march to Orlais under Lord Seeker Lambert’s banner, instead choosing to remain loyal to the Chantry, which was seeking a peaceful resolution to the Mage-Templar War. It was in that time that he and his fellow Chantry-loyalist templars were contacted by Seeker Cassandra Pentaghast, who was sent by Divine Justinia V, informing him and the other templars under his command that the Divine was organising a peace summit in the Temple of Sacred Ashes in Ferelden to end the war between the mages and templars and that the Chantry wanted Owain and the other Chantry-loyalist templars to attend the peace summit, to represent the Chantry and assist the Valo-Kas mercenaries in protecting the Chantry’s representatives during the Divine Conclave.
The Divine Conclave that was held in Haven had initially promised to bring peace and order back to Thedas, as was the intention of Divine Justinia V. What no one had anticipated was a massive Veil tear known as the Breach opening up in the sky of the Frostback Mountains above the Temple of Sacred Ashes that spewed forth demons, killing many of the attendees of the Divine Conclave in a cataclysmic explosion that obliterated the Temple of Sacred Ashes, where Owain was somehow brought into the Fade against his will, where he would first encounter the ancient darkspawn Corypheus, the mastermind behind the attack on the Conclave, though he knew not his identity at the time, having lost nearly all memory of his time in the Fade, only able to recall being pursued by hideous spiders and aided in his escape by some sort of feminine spirit. He somehow narrowly escaped from the Fade, emerging just outside the destroyed Temple of Sacred Ashes, where he was detained by the Inquisition and questioned by both Leliana and Cassandra Pentaghast, otherwise known as the Left and Right Hands of Divine Justinia V, who was among those killed in the explosion that had destroyed the Temple of Sacred Ashes. Leliana and Cassandra had initially believed Owain was somehow involved in the attack on the Conclave that killed Justinia V but soon believed that Owain had nothing to do with the Breach and had afterwards brought him to the Temple of Sacred Ashes to use the mysterious magical mark on his left hand, otherwise known as the Anchor, that he had somehow received in the Fade to attempt to seal the Fade rift in the Temple of Sacred Ashes, accompanied along the way by the famed dwarven author and acquaintance of the Champion of Kirkwall, Varric Tethras, and a bald-headed apostate elf called Solas who possessed significant knowledge about the Fade and was someone who could teach Owain on how to use the Anchor, also meeting along the way an old acquaintance, Cullen Rutherford, who had also attended the peace summit under the capacity of the commander of the Inquisition’s armed forces. It was there that Owain had used the Anchor on the Fade rift, though he could only stop it from growing, and when he had used it to halt the Fade rift’s growth did he and those accompanying him had heard an echo from Owain’s recent past, of Divine Justinia V calling out to him for help, presumably to rescue her from an unknown male entity that had abducted her when the Breach had opened, though Owain could provide no answer to Cassandra or Leliana. After successfully halting the growth of the Breach, the many of the survivors of the attack on the Conclave, as well as refugees and pilgrims in the area had begun to venerate Owain, whom they dubbed the Herald of Andraste, convinced that the dutiful templar officer had been sent by the Maker after he was presumably led out of the Fade by his prophetess Andraste and saved the survivors from the demons that had attacked the Conclave.
Denounced by the surviving Chantry leadership, foremost among them Chancellor Roderick, and accused of heresy for harbouring and following the sole survivor of the Conclave’s destruction, Cassandra Pentaghast had declared the Inquisition, an old institution that dated back to the days before the founding of the Chantry during the Second Blight, reformed and independent of the Chantry. With little political and financial support, the Inqusition had begun reaching out for potential allies like Sebastian Vael, the Prince of Starkhaven, and Anora Theirin, the reigning queen of Ferelden, to support the Inquisition in its early days. With the unended threat of the Breach looming above them, the Inqusition sought for help from the mages and templars. With the mages and templars resuming their hostilities against one another, the Inquisition only had one option and that was to approach the wise and benevolent Revered Mother, Gisele, who was located near the crossroads that led to the village of Redcliffe in Ferelden’s Hinterlands. Accompanied by Cassandra, Varric, Solas and the Inquisition’s fledgling army comprised of templars and those from the Seekers of Truth that had not rallied under Lord Seeker Lambert’s banner a year prior to assault the mages in Andoral’s Reach as well as fresh-faced recruits that volunteered to join the Inquisition, Owain was able to reach out to Mother Gisele, who had suggested he should travel to Val Royeaux and seek out support from the Chantry. Owain would heed Mother Gisele’s advice, and after quelling the threat that the rebel mages and renegade templars had posed to the farmers and refugees in the Hinterland and recruiting an elderly man called Dennet, Arl Eamon’s former horsemaster, into the Inquisition, Owain would travel next to Orlais.
Accompanied once again by Cassandra, Varric and Solas, Owain journeyed to Orlais’ capital of Val Royeaux to meet with the Chantry’s officials, just as Mother Gisele had suggested. Upon arriving in Val Royeaux, one of Leliana’s scouts had reported to the Herald that the templars were present in force waiting for his arrival. A tense confrontation with the Chantry’s Revered Mothers and the templars under the command of Lord Seeker’s Lambert’s successor, Lucius Corin ended with the templars leaving Val Royeaux with the proclamation that the Orlesian capital was unworthy of their protection. With uncertainty and doubt rampant within the Chantry, the Herald would find allies in Val Royeaux from a couple unexpected sources, one of whom was the Chantry loyalist mage, advisor to the Orlesian Empress and paramour of Duke Bastien de Ghislain, Vivienne, the First Enchanter of Montsimmard’s Circle of Magi, who had offered an invitation for him to attend a party at Duke Bastien de Ghislain’s estate, offering her service to the Inquisition to end the chaos of Mage-Templar War and confront the parties responsible for the Conclave’s destruction as well as bringing a resolution to the civil war that gripped Orlais. Owain was also approached by the leader of the Mage Rebellion, Fiona while in Orlais, who had suggested an alliance with the mages, convincing the Inquisition to negotiate with the rebel mages that resided in Redcliffe. After returning to Haven, Owain was approached by a member of the Bull’s Chargers, a mercenary company led by the Qunari Ben-Hassrath agent, Iron Bull, who offered not just the services of the Bull’s Chargers, but also an offer of an alliance with the Qunari, although no agreement of an alliance was agreed to at the time.
Despite disapproval from a couple of his advisors, Owain had approached the rebel mages in Redcliffe. When he had arrived, he was immediately suspicious, for not only had First Enchanter Fiona had never recollected meeting him in Val Royeaux when he had come to see her, but that she had in fact never even left Redcliffe since first arriving there after the mages were driven out of Andoral’s Reach. Pondering on who the imposter he had met in Val Royeaux was, he was introduced to the Tevinter magister Gereon Alexius, whom had taken the rebel mages under his indentured servitude in exchange for protection and was the one that the Inquisition had to negotiate with when asking for the mages’ help in sealing the Breach. Owain would realise that there was more going on in Redcliffe than he realised when Alexius’ Blight-tainted son, Felix had discreetly given him a message to meet in Redcliffe’s Chantry. It was there that Owain and his companions had met Alexius’ former apprentice Dorian Pavus battling demons that were emerging out of a Fade rift in the middle of the Chantry. After sealing the Fade rift, Dorian and Felix warned Owain of Alexius’ involvement with a Tevinter supremacist group, the Venatori, a group that was involved with the party responsible for the explosion at the Conclave and banishing Arl Teagan Guerrin from Redcliffe, and that the magister was interested in procuring the Anchor in Owain’s hand, using unstable time-manipulating magic to travel to Redcliffe to conscript the mages into the Venatori even before the Inquisition’s arrival. Owain, Dorian and Felix then conspired to thwart Alexius’ plans, with Owain, Varric and Iron Bull meeting with the magister to negotiate with him while Dorian helped Leliana infiltrate Inquisition agents into Castle Redcliffe to take Alexius prisoner. With his Venatori guards slain, Alexius had in his desperation after realising that his son had betrayed him attempted to use his time-manipulating magic to travel back in time to prevent the events that had transpired before him to happen, but had instead accidentally sent Owain and Dorian into the future that had been conquered by his master, the entity responsible for the Conclave’s destruction that was only known as the “Elder One”. With the help of Varric, Iron Bull and Leliana, who had been taken prisoner by the Venatori when Owain and Dorian had disappeared through time and spirited a full year forward into the future, Owain and Dorian were able to find a way back to the present, thwarting Alexius’ plans in their totality but also learning much during their time in the future, that the “Elder One” commanded a demon army and had Empress Celene assassinated. With Gereon Alexius taken prisoner by the Inquisition and the mages conscripted into the Inquisition after Queen Anora had rescinded her offer of sanctuary for the rebel mages after Arl Teagan’s banishment from his lands, the Herald was able to finally close the Breach. With the Breach taken care of, the Inqusition could then focus on the “Elder One” and how to disrupt his plans. Dorian had parted ways with the Inquisition right there and then, returning to Tevinter, though he would continue to aid the Inquisition in opposing the Venatori in whatever capacity he could.
The Inquisition didn’t have to wait long for the “Elder One” to make his next move, which was to have his Red Templar forces, renegade templars under the command of the disgraced templar Samson that had been exposed and mutated by red lyrium, assault Haven with all their strength. Help had come unexpectedly at that very same time in the form of a young blond-haired man, who was in truth a Fade spirit called Cole, who had warned the Inquisition of the Red Templars that were marching to Haven. The Inquisition was forced to take a stand against the Red Templars, where Owain had led his companions in battle to demolish the siege weapons that the Red Templars had deployed outside Haven and come face-to-face with the Red Templars’ leader and the individual responsible for the destruction of the Conclave, the ancient Tevinter magister and darkspawn that Varric had recognised as Corypheus, the same darkspawn that Robert Hawke had once fought in the Grey Warden prison in the Vimmark Mountains, a high dragon tainted by red lyrium at his side, leading the assault on Haven to kill the Inquisitor and seize the Anchor in the Herald’s left hand. Owain succeeded in repelling the advancing Red Templar army by firing a trebuchet at the nearby mountain to trigger an avalanche that would bury a sizeable portion of the Red Templar army and allow the Inqusition and the refugees that had taken refuge in Haven to flee through a secret path that Chancellor Roderick had used to travel to the Conclave, but would at the same time almost get him killed when he was almost buried in the avalanche. After tracking down where the survivors had retreated to and burying Chancellor Roderick, who had been fatally wounded while protecting the refugees from the Red Templars, Solas had led Owain and the Inquisition to the long-forgotten and abandoned stronghold known as Skyhold, which was located in the Frostback Mountains on the border between Ferelden and Orlais, where he had spoken to the Herald of the elven relic that Corypheus possessed, the Orb of Destruction.
After establishing itself in Skyhold, the Inquisition began organising its forces to challenge Corypheus, knowing all too well that should the ancient darkspawn attack again, the Inqusition might not survive the confrontation. Reaching out to the various nations and prominent organisations and noble families in Thedas to gather support against Corypheus’ Red Templar and Venatori forces, the Inquisition would have the support to match Corypheus. What was more important was what Owain had discovered while he and Dorian were in Castle Redcliffe after Alexius had accidentally sent them into the future, who remained a prisoner of the Inquisition, and that was to find Corypheus’ demonic army and destroy it and prevent the assassination of the Orlesian empress, who was currently at war with her cousin for the throne of Orlais.
While Seeker Cassandra was dispatched to the Hissing Wastes with a contingent of Inquisition scouts and soldiers to investigate the Venatori activity of ancient surface dwarven ruins situated north of the arid expanse of Western Approach in Western Orlais and the Inquisition’s ambassadorial personnel was busy contacting Empress Celene and Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons to arrange peace talks, Owain was contacted by Robert Hawke, whom Varric had reached out to for help with Corypheus, who had told the Inquisitor that he had an ally within the Grey Wardens that could help. This Grey Warden, Alistair Theirin, the bastard son of the “late” King Maric and half-brother to the “late” King Cailan, companion of Aenian Tabris the Hero of Ferelden who had sacrificed his life to slay the Archdemon Urthemiel, and a Senior Warden stationed in Ferelden, was being hunted by his fellow Warden brothers and sisters while he was investigating corruption within the Grey Warden Order. After telling Owain that his investigations led to a Tevinter ruin in the Western Approach, the Inquisitor led Varric, Solas, Iron Bull, Alistair and Robert Hawke to the Tevinter ruin where they were faced with numerous Grey Warden mages under the sway of a Tevinter magister, the Tevinter mage Lord Livius Eremond, sacrificing Grey Warden warriors to summon and bind demons under their control, only for the demons and the Grey Warden mages to be under the control of the Venatori agent, Eremond. The Inquisitor, his companions and allies were forced to slay the enthralled Grey Warden mages and the demons they had summoned while Eremond could escape. After learning that Eremond had escaped to Adamant Fortress and was summoning demons with the help of the ensorcelled Grey Warden mages, the Inquisition had laid siege to Adamant Fortress, battling the Grey Wardens that defended the fortress. It was in the heart of the fortress that Owain, Varric, Solas, Iron Bull, Alistair and Robert Hawke confronted Eremond, who was accompanied by Warden-Commander Clarel, where they briefly parleyed before they were forced to fight through the Grey Wardens who were blindly defending the Venatori mage, who had fled in an attempt to escape from not just the Inquisition, but also Warden-Commander Clarel, who had realised that Eremond was using the Grey Wardens to summon a demon army for their arch-nemesis, the darkspawn Corypheus. Despite Corypheus’ Blight-tainted dragon raining fire from the sky and demons and Grey Wardens in their way, Owain and his party were able to confront Eremond, who had summoned the dragon to his side to kill Clarel, who was also chasing him, but not before the Warden-Commander could cast a final spell that destroyed parts of the fortress’ ramparts in an attempt to destroy Corypheus’ dragon, where Owain and those accompanying him would had fallen to their deaths had the Inquisitor had not used the Anchor to open a Fade rift to send them into the Fade. In the Fade trying to find a way out, Owain was able to recollect his memory of his brief time in the Fade when Corypheus had destroyed the Conclave with the help of a Fade spirit that posed as Divine Justinia V, discovering that Corypheus had been controlling the Grey Wardens, who had helped the ancient darkspawn to sacrifice the Divine to power the Orb of Destruction, when Owain had unexpectedly interrupted Corypheus, who was going to sacrifice the Divine, acquiring the Anchor in his hand and escaping from the Fade with Divine Justinia V’s help. The Inquisitor and his companions were able to escape from the Fade, even though Alistair had volunteered to remain in the Fade to distract the Nightmare demon that ruled the area of the Fade they were in to allow the Champion of Kirkwall to escape with the Herald. With the Grey Wardens surrendered and Eremond captured by Inquisition forces, Owain could rejoice in denying Corypheus his demon army and conscripting the surviving Grey Warden warriors into the Inquisition’s ranks, whose expertise and skill-in-arms were an invaluable asset, though Solas would disapprove of Owain’s decision. Robert Hawke had then left to report the events that had transpired to the Grey Warden leaders in the Anderfels. It was also around this time that the Fade spirit known as Cole had left the Inquisition, although Owain would not realise any of this as he had all memory of Cole erased from his mind when he the Fade spirit departed.
After depriving Corypheus of his demon army, all that was left was to prevent Empress Celene’s assassination. With the civil war in Orlais raging, protecting the Orlesian empress was next to impossible, but the Inquisition was able to convince Celene and Gaspard to put aside their animosity. During the ceasefire between the two feuding Orlesian factions, the Inquisition was able to lend aid to Celene’s and Gaspard’s armies in the Exalted Plains from the Fade spirits possessing the corpses of the slain that rose as the undead that was threatening them, battling elements of the Freemen of the Dales, Orlesian soldiers from both Celene’s and Gaspard’s armies that had deserted and united together to annex the Dales from the Orlesian Empire and contacting a Dalish clan that was in the area. The Inquisitor and his companions then travelled to the Emerald Graves, where the Orlesian deserters-turned-separatists, the Freemen of the Dales, were harassing the refugees of the war between Celene and Gaspard. With the help of a man called Fairbanks, the Inquisitor was able to protect the refugees from the Freemen and liberated those who had been taken captive by the Freemen to mine red lyrium, discovering the alliance between the Freemen and the Red Templars in the area. The Inquisition was swift in annihilating the Freemen and the Red Templars, freeing the region from the Red Templars and their Freemen allies for Celene and Gaspard.
With the Red Templar activities in the Emerald Graves disrupted, the Inquisition was able to get both Empress Celene and Grand Duke Gaspard, as well as the leader of the elven rebellion, Briala, together in the Winter Palace in Halamshiral to find a diplomatic solution to end Orlais’ civil war. In a night of courtly intrigue, plots and conspiracies that wove around Celene, Gaspard and Briala, Owain and his companions, along with Celene’s occult advisor Morrigan, the Witch of the Wilds and former companion of the Hero of Ferelden and the Inquisition’s spymaster, were able to uncover the assassination plot that was being carried out by the Venatori and an Orlesian traitor that was collaborating with them, Gaspard’s younger sister Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons. The Inquisition was unsuccessful in preventing the assassination of Empress Celene, but they were able to eliminate the Venatori and the traitor Florianne. With the death of Celene, Grand Duke Gaspard was crowned Emperor of Orlais, who had after ordering Briala’s execution to put an end to the elven rebellion had brought Orlais’ civil war to an end and agreed to aid the Inquisition against Corypheus, sending Morrigan to Skyhold to assist the Inquisition.
With the efforts of the Inquisition successful in preventing chaos from engulfing Orlais, Corypheus was forced to go to ground and consolidate his remaining Red Templar forces in the Arbor Wilds. To further weaken Corypheus, the Inquisition had sent its forces to Emprise du Lion, shutting down the Red Templars’ red lyrium mining operation and capturing Suledin Keep from the Desire demon Imshael, who was inhabiting the keep that the Red Templars had been using as their base of operations in the region, recruiting the disgraced chevalier Michel de Chevin into the Inquisition and formally sealing an alliance with the Qunari after destroying a Venatori smuggling operation in the Storm Coast, though the alliance did cost the lives of the members of the Bull’s Chargers who had sacrificed their lives to save a Qunari dreadnought.
When the Inquisition’s forces were ready, they marched in force into the Arbor Wilds to destroy the Red Templars once and for all and deny Corypheus the prize that he sought, which was the Well of Sorrows, situated within a long-forgotten elven ruin that was defended by its immortal elven guardians, who had fought both the Inquisitor, accompanied by Morrigan and his companions, as well as the Red Templars to protect the Well of Sorrows from desecration. They were successful in denying Corypheus a victory when Morrigan had drunk from the Well, escaping from the ancient darkspawn’s wrath through an Eluvian nearby.
It was during the assault in the Arbor Wilds when a powerful earthquake had struck along the Storm Coast, even though they had been occurring along the north Ferelden coast for several months, which had been threatening the lyrium mining operations in the Deep Roads that supported Orzammar’s economy and the Inquisition’s lyrium trade with the dwarven kingdom. Owain and his companions went to the site of a fissure opening in the Sword Coast that led to the Deep Roads where the cause of the earthquakes was, accompanied in their expedition by Valta, a member of the Shaperate, and a Legion of the Dead veteran called Renn, battling through the darkspawn hordes, venturing far underground beyond the Deep Roads investigating the cause of the earthquakes, which Valta speculated was a Titan. Renn was slain below the Deep Roads by the mysterious guardians of the Titan, the Sha-Brytol, but the Inquisitor, his companions and Valta persevered deeper, eventually finding their way inside the Wellspring, a vast cavern supporting its own ecosystem, realising then that they were inside the Titan. After battling the gargantuan rock wraith guardian protecting the Titan’s heart and putting an end to the earthquakes that threatened Orzammar’s lyrium mining operations, Owain and his companions had left Valta, who wanted to remain in the Wellspring after being exposed to raw lyrium by the Titan’s heart.
With Corypheus’ Red Templars destroyed and their leader Samson slain by the Inquisitor, and the Venatori severely decimated by the Inquisition and its many allies, the only thing that remained was to confront the ancient darkspawn and his red lyrium-tainted high dragon. To match Corypheus’ dragon, Morrigan had suggested summoning the elven goddess Mythal to aid them. Owain and Morrigan travelled together back to the Arbor Wilds to an altar, from where they could summon Mythal. When Morrigan had performed the summoning ritual to summon the elven goddess, they were greeted instead by her mother Flemeth, also known by other aliases, including Asha’bellanar to the Dalish, and more commonly the Witch of the Wilds, whom was supposedly slain by the Hero of Ferelden, Aenian Tabris, slain more than ten years earlier during the Fifth Blight. Despite her surprise to meet her mother, Morrigan was taught how to shapeshift into a high dragon by her mother.
With Morrigan, Cassandra, Iron Bull, Varric, Vivienne, Solas and a small detachment of Inquisition soldiers accompanying him back to Haven, Owain returned to the valley where the Temple of Sacred Ashes were, where Corypheus had shown himself with his dragon and a small army of demons at his beck and call, using the Orb of Destruction to reopen the Breach to destroy Thedas in his mad quest to attain godhood. It was there that a cataclysmic battle was fought, during which Owain and his companions had chased Corypheus through the ruins of the Temple of Sacred Ashes that the ancient magister had raised into the sky with his powerful magic and Morrigan had duelled with the red lyrium dragon in the sky. The battle was fierce and Morrigan was gravely wounded, though she was able to survive when Owain had intervened and slew Corypheus’ high dragon before using the Anchor to cast the ancient darkspawn into the Fade, where he was presumably destroyed and seizing the Orb of Destruction, though the elven artefact was destroyed, sealing the Breach closed one final time, securing victory for all of Thedas. Solas had departed around that time, and since then the Inquisition had focussed some of its attentions on attempting to tracking down the elven apostate.
Shortly after Corypheus’ defeat, the Chantry had elected a new Divine. The Divine to succeed Justinia V was the loyalist mage Vivienne, whom with the support of the Herald of Andraste was able to ascend to the sunburst throne, becoming Divine Victoria, which caused controversy throughout Thedas, giving that Vivienne was the first mage to ever be elected as Divine of the Chantry. Vivienne’s reign as Divine Victoria was quickly cemented when opposition to her appointment as Divine of the Chantry was swiftly quelled, though many that continued to criticise the choice of the Divine turned to blame the Inquisitor.
It was two years after Vivienne ascension into the Sunburst Throne that an Exalted Council was convened in the Winter Palace in Halamshiral at the request of both the nations of Ferelden and Orlais. These two southern Thedas nations, once the Inquisition’s biggest supporters, had called into question the continued justification for the Inquisition’s existence, given that the continental-sized independent organisation carried political weight that rivalled the most powerful countries of Thedas. The two nations at the heart of the Exalted Council had agendas of their own, with their representatives Arl Teagan Guerrin of Ferelden and Lord Cyril de Montfort of Orlais respectively pushing for their agendas, that Ferelden demanded the Inquisition to disband while Orlais sought for the Inquisition to scale down in size and make it a vassal for the Orlesian Empire. To add to the drama in the Winter Palace, the Inquisition had stumbled upon a plot by the Qunari, led by one of the leaders of the Ben-Hassrath, a Qunari woman known as the Viddasala, who had accused the Inquisition of harbouring agents of Fen-Harel, enemies of the Qunari, to assassinate the representatives of the Exalted Council. Furthering the problems facing the Inquisition, the Anchor in the Herald’s left hand was beginning to become unstable, causing him incredible pain and even threatening his life. Calling for a temporary reprieve for the Exalted Council’s negotiations to investigate the discovery of a slain Qunari soldier inside the Winter Palace, Owain, Cassandra, Varric and Iron Bull discovered an Eluvian inside the Winter Palace that the Qunari were using to gain entry into the Winter Palace. Together with his three companions, the Inquisitor explored the Eluvian network, also known as the Crossroads, a nexus point of the Eluvians that the Qunari had gained limited control over, following the Qunari, through the Eluvians to various places, such as elven ruins, the Deep Roads, an ancient elven library within the Crossroads, and even to a distant Qunari fortress where the Qunari were making Gaatlok to attack the Exalted Council, where by the order of the Viddasala, Iron Bull had betrayed Owain and attempted to kill him, only for Cassandra to strike him down like a common traitor. After killing Iron Bull, the Inquisitor, Cassandra and Varric pursued Viddasala, who had told them of how Solas, otherwise known as the elven god of betrayal, Fen-Harel, had been manipulating the Inquisition from the beginning and that he was the one who had arranged for Corypheus to acquire the Orb of Destruction before she retreated through an Eluvian to an elven ruin littered with Eluvians. Owain, Cassandra and Varric then followed Viddasala through the Eluvian, accompanied unexpectedly by Dorian Pavus, who had been following them since they had discovered the dead Qunari soldier and the Eluvian the Qunari had emerged from in the Winter Palace, fighting their way through the Viddasala’s Qunari warriors, even though the Anchor was becoming more unstable every minute they were in the elven ruin. Owain had found Solas and Viddasala, and after witnessing his former companion turn the Ben-Hassrath leader to stone demanded an explanation from the elven apostate.
Solas, revealing himself as Fen-Harel, had revealed to Owain why he had manipulated the Inquisition, that after awakening from a long slumber after creating the Veil that imprisoned the other elven gods he had warred against in the Ancient Age, who were in truth either powerful elven mages or spirits possessing incredible power, he had intended to trick Corypheus to unlock the Orb of Destruction so that he could use its power to destroy the Veil and restore the lost glory of the elves but did not anticipate the ancient darkspawn to have attained immortality, instead expecting Corypheus to be destroyed after unlocking the Orb of Destruction, which resulted in the destruction of the Divine Conclave and Owain acquiring the Anchor, which was flaring up and was going to kill the Inquisitor while he and Solas had conversed. Solas had in a final act of kindness for Owain removed the Anchor, along with his left forearm before departing through an Eluvian, leaving the wounded Inquisitor to deal with the conclusion of the Exalted Council, of which he announced that the Inquisition was not disbanding, but rather shrinking in size and pledging its service to the Chantry and the Divine instead of Orlais. With the downscaling of the Inquisition, its duties relegated to the direct service of Divine Victoria, the Inquisition’s focus was turned towards thwarting the machinations of Solas despite the constant threat of being undermined by elven spies loyal to Solas within the Inquisition.
Cassandra Pentaghast – a Chantry Seeker and the Right Hand of Divine Justinia V, who was also one of the people responsible for the restoration of the Inquisition that accompanied Owain Trevelyan in his mission to thwart Corypheus’ plans to conquer Thedas
Varric Tethras – a dwarven rogue and friend of the Champion of Kirkwall that helped Owain in his mission against Corypheus and his Red Templar soldiers, later becoming the Viscount of Kirkwall due to Robert Hawke’s continued absence from the city-state
Solas – an elven apostate who voluntarily aided the Inquisition against Corypheus until departing mysteriously after the ancient darkspawn was destroyed, was later revealed by the Viddasala to be the Dread Wolf, otherwise known as the elven god Fen-Harel, who had originally manipulated Corypheus into unlocking the power of the Orb of Destruction, knowing that doing so would destroy him, for the purpose of restoring the long-lost glory of the ancient elves, only to be disappointed when the ancient darkspawn had survived, manipulating the Inquisition into cleaning up the mess he had made concerning Corypheus, and was actively being hunted by the Inquisition after he removing the Anchor from Owain to stop his mad quest to that threatened Thedas
Vivienne – the First Enchanter of the Orlesian Circle of Magi in Montsimmard, mistress to Duke Bastien de Ghislain and one of the few mages loyal to the Chantry that had joined the Inquisition to restore order to Thedas after many years of conflict between mages and templars and the civil war between Empress Celene and Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons, of whom Owain had fancied romancing but was rejected multiple times, was the first mage to be elected as Divine of the Chantry, becoming known as Divine Victoria, where she represented the Chantry during the Exalted Council to determine the Inquisition’s future, of which it continued to exist as her personal honour guard
Iron Bull – a Qunari warrior and Ben-Hassrath agent that led the mercenary company, the Bull’s Chargers, serving in the Inquisition as Owain Trevelyan’s bodyguard until he betrayed the Inquisition during the Qunari’s attempt to assassinate the leaders of the Exalted Council in 9:44 Dragon
Cole – a mysterious Fade spirit that had assumed the form of a young, pale-skinned, blond-haired man, who expressed empathy and compassion that had joined the Inquisition to help people but was compelled to leave due to his personal dissatisfaction of how Owain was leading the Inquisition
Leliana – the Left Hand of Divine Justinia V and former companion of the Grey Wardens Aenian Tabris and Alistair that co-founded the Inquisition with Cassandra Pentaghast, serving as the Inquisition’s spymaster
Cullen Rutherford – a Knight-Captain in the Templar Order that was stationed under Knight-Commander Meredith during the crisis that preceded the Mage-Templar War, who was an ally of both the Hero of Ferelden Aenian Tabris and the Champion of Kirkwall Robert Hawke that was recruited by Cassandra Pentaghast to lead the Inquisition’s military forces, had left the Inquisition and disappeared after the Exalted Council had concluded, presumably because he felt he was unfit to continue leading the Inquisition’s troops due to his lyrium addiction
Josephine Montilyet – an Antivan noblewoman and one of the Herald of Andraste’s advisors that was versed in diplomacy, who Leliana had convinced to join the Inquisition as its ambassador and lead diplomat
Corypheus – an ancient darkspawn that was also one of the Tevinter magisters and the High Priest of Dumat that had entered the Fade in order to seize the Golden City to attain godhood but instead unleashed the Blight on Thedas, later attempted to enter the Fade to achieve godhood with elaborate schemes, forming alliances with demons, leading the Tevinter supremacist cult known as the Venatori and the red lyrium-corrupted Red Templars, and plotted the destruction of Thedas’ most powerful factions and institutions, namely the Chantry, with the obliteration of many of the representatives of the Divine Conclave in Haven between the mages and templars and sacrificing Divine Justinia V to power an elven artefact called the Orb of Destruction, only for his plans to become undone by one of the templars responsible for the protection of the Chantry representatives of the peace summit in Haven, Owain Trevelyan, on numerous occasions in Haven, Redcliffe, Adamant Fortress, Halamshiral, the Hissing Wastes, Emprise du Lion and the Arbor Wilds, was cast into the Fade by Owain when they had fought in the ruins of the Temple of Sacred Ashes and presumably destroyed
Samson – a templar that had been dishonourably discharged from the Order many years prior to the Mage-Templar War before rallying the discontent templars that had rejected the Chantry’s authority into the ranks of Corypheus’s Red Templar army, leading the Red Templars as their general, was slain by the Inquisitor in the elven ruin when they had fought in the Arbor Wilds
Viddasala – one of the Qunari’s Ben-Hassrath leaders whose field of expertise was the research of magic for the sole purpose of the suppression of magic that was involved in a Qunari conspiracy to eliminate the leaders of the southern Thedas, including Owain Trevelyan, who she accused of harbouring agents of Fen-Harel within the Inqusition, in order to pave the way for a Qunari invasion and occupation of Orlais and Ferelden, was killed by the Dread Wolf when he had used his magic to turn her to stone
Saarath – a qunari Saarebas under Viddasala’s command during her research of the Veil as part of the Qunari’s plan to kill the attendees of the Exalted Council, only for her to lose control of him during a confrontation with Owain Trevelyan in the Shrine to the Dread Wolf, was destroyed by the Inquisitor when he had used the Anchor on him
Meredith Stannard – the Knight-Commander of the Templars in Kirkwall that Owain was once acquainted with during his brief visit to Kirkwall before the Arishok’s attempt to seize control of Kirkwall, who was ultimately destroyed by her red lyrium sword that she had wielded when she had attempted to kill Robert Hawke in the Gallows
Lord Seeker Lambert van Reeves – a former templar Knight-Captain and member of the Seekers of Truth that had taken command of the Templar Order and the Seekers of Truth when the Nevarran Accord was annulled to crush the Mage Rebellion, had disappeared under mysterious circumstances and was presumed dead
Robert Hawke – the Champion of Kirkwall that briefly ruled Kirkwall as viscount until his ousting by templars that were using red lyrium, who helped the Inquisition along with the Ferelden-born Grey Warden and former templar trainee Alistair with confronting the enthralled Grey Wardens by the Venatori magister Livius Eremond at Adamant Fortress and the Fade, surviving the battle and travelling to Weisshaupt Fortress to brief the rest of the Grey Wardens on the events that had transpired in Orlais
Alistair – the Warden-Commander of Ferelden’s Grey Wardens, the illegitimate son of the “late” King Maric Theirin and companion of the Hero of Ferelden Aenian Tabris that was investigating corruption within the Grey Warden Order that he had sought help from the Champion of Kirkwall and the Inquisition that led them to Adamant Fortress, where the Grey Warden mages were enslaved to the Venatori mage, Livius Eremond, sacrificing his life in the Fade to allow the Inquisitor and the Champion of Kirkwall to escape from the Fade
Morrigan – one of the Hero of Ferelden’s companions during the Fifth Blight that had insinuated herself into Orlais’ prominent social circles, serving as Empress Celene’s occult advisor before being temporarily transferred into the Inquisition’s service after the empress’ assassination until Corypheus was defeated when she had left the Inquisition’s services and vanished without a trace
Empress Celene Valmont I – the Empress of Orlais who was defending her reign from her rebellious cousin, Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons for several years before the peace summit in Haven and the formation of the Inquisition, was assassinated by her cousin Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons during the peace negotiations in the Winter Palace that the Inquisition was cordially invited to that were to end the civil war in Orlais
Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons – the cousin of the reigning Orlesian empress that had openly rebelled against her, who succeeded her and became the Emperor of Orlais after Celene’s assassination during the peace talks between him, Celene and Briala’s elven insurgents by his sister, Florianne
Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons – the younger sister of Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons who had conspired with the Venatori to assassinate her cousin, Celene Valmont I, was slain by one of Owain’s companions that had accompanied him to the peace talks in the Winter Palace
Briala – an elven insurgent leader during Orlais’ civil war, a civil rights champion for the elves of Thedas and a former paramour of Celene’s that the Orlesian empress had been attempting to procure the support of, was arrested and executed on Gaspard’s order after he was named Emperor of Orlais
Teagan Guerrin – the Arl of Redcliffe and Ferelden’s ambassador to Orlais that had wanted the Inquisition to disband at the Exalted Council
Cyril de Montfort – a prominent Orlesian nobleman and a member of the Council of Heralds that had wanted the Inqusition to become a vassal to the Orlesian Empire
Lace Harding – a Ferelden-born female dwarf that served as the Inquisition’s lead scout
Mother Gisele – a charitable and benevolent Revered Mother that the Inquisition had sought for help in securing Chantry support in the Inquisition’s early days when it was denounced as a heretical organisation by the Chantry hierarchy
Roderick Asignon – the Grand Chancellor of the Chantry and de-facto leader of the Chantry after the deaths of Divine Justinia V and all the other higher-ranking Chantry officials at the Divine Conclave in Haven that had denounced the Inquisition when it was formed and initially believed that Owain was involved in the destruction of the Temple of Sacred Ashes and the deaths of Divine Justinia V and many of the other Conclave attendees, was wounded during the Red Templar’s attack on Haven after the massive Veil tear over Haven was sealed, directing the Inquisition to a secret passage where they could retreat from Corypheus’ Red Templar army before the Inquisition could be overrun, dying from his wound after confiding to Owain that he had been wrong about him
Dennet – a retired horsemaster that was once in the service of Arl Eamon that Owain had sought out for his expertise in horses and in procuring his horses for the Inquisition
Lord Seeker Lucius Corin – the leader of the Seekers of Truth and the commander of the renegade templars that had turned their backs on the Chantry, succeeding his predecessor, Lambert van Reeves after he had disappeared under mysterious circumstances but was believed to have been killed in retribution by the mages
Cremisius Aclassi – a transgendered Tevinter-born mercenary and Iron Bull’s second-in-command in the Bull’s Chargers’ mercenary company, was killed along with the rest of the Bull’s Chargers when Owain and the Iron Bull led an assault on a Venatori smuggling operation in the Storm Coast and had sacrificed the lives of the Chargers to save a Qunari dreadnought
Fiona – an elven mage that was at one stage in her life a Grey Warden before she was kicked out of their Order after she had been mysteriously cured of the taint that affected every Grey Warden, becoming the Grand Enchanter of the Circle of Magi, leading the Mage Rebellion, seeking refuge in Redcliffe and had negotiated with the Tevinter magister Gereon Alexius on the mages’ behalf for protection in exchange for service to the Tevinter Imperium, was conscripted into the Inquisition along with the other mage refugees after Owain and Dorian had thwarted Magister Alexius’ schemes in Redcliffe when Queen Anora had revoked her offer of sanctuary for the rebel mages in Ferelden
Magister Gereon Alexius – a Tevinter magister and magical researcher that focussed his studies on the manipulation of time that had joined the Venatori in the hope that in doing so he could cure his son Felix from the Blight that was slowly killing him
Felix – Magister Alexius’ son, who was infected with the Blight when darkspawn had ambushed the caravan he was travelling in which had also killed his mother many years earlier, whom his father, Gereon Alexius had conspired with Corypheus and his Venatori extremists to kill Owain Trevelyan in the slim hope that Corypheus could save his son from dying from the Blight
Dorian Pavus – a charming and charismatic mage from the Tevinter Imperium and Magister Alexius’ former apprentice that had aided the Inquisition in thwarting Magister Alexius’ plans to kill Owain, leaving Haven after Owain had debriefed his advisors on what had transpired in Redcliffe when he had gone to meet with the magister, later met the Inquisitor in the Winter Palace a couple years after Corypheus’ defeat where he was sent by the Magisterium to observe the Exalted Council’s decision on whether the Inquisition was to disband or serve as Divine Victoria’s personal honour guard
Lord Livius Eremond – a high-ranking Venatori agent and Tevinter blood mage that had enthralled the Grey Warden mages into summoning Corypheus’ demon army in Adamant Fortress, was taken prisoner by the Inquisition’s forces after Adamant Fortress was taken and the defeated Grey Wardens conscripted into the Inquisition
Hawen – the Keeper of the Dalish clan that Owain had met in the Exalted Plains
Fairbanks – an Orlesian man that had contacted the Inquisition for help in ridding the Emerald Graves of the Freemen of the Dales and their Red Templar allies
Michel de Chevin – a disgraced chevalier that once served as Empress Celene’s champion, who Owain Trevelyan had met while he was tracking down the desire demon Imshael, joining the Inquisition after Owain and his companions slew Imshael in Suledin Keep
Baron Edouard Desjardins – the Inquisition’s commander of Suledin Keep and a family friend of Josephine Montilyet
Imshael – a desire demon that was being pursued by Michel de Chevin, who was slain by Owain Trevelyan
Abelas – one of the Sentinel elves responsible for guarding the Temple of Mythal in the Arbor Wilds that Owain Trevelyan had encountered in the elven ruin while he was searching for the Well of Sorrows, was slain by Morrigan to stop him from destroying the Well of Sorrows to prevent Morrigan from drinking from it
Valta – a female dwarven historian and Shaperate field researcher from Orzammar that had aided Inquisitor Owain Trevelyan in investigating the earthquakes that threatened Orzammar’s lyrium mining industry and investigated the myth of the Titans, parting ways with the Inquisitor after they were able to put an end to the earthquakes that had threatened Orzammar’s economy
Renn – a member of the Legion of the Dead and former cobbler that had accompanied Owain Trevelyan and Valta in their investigation of the earthquakes Deep Roads, was killed in the natural caverns beneath Heidrun Thaig by the Sha-Brytol
Numerous family members and relatives, both close and distant, most notably his father Bann Trevelyan and his Rivaini wife, and a fraternal twin sister, a Circle mage in Ostwick’s Circle that Owain was forced to kill in the early days of the Mage-Templar War