Friday, September 28, 2018

The Dragon Age Timeline Part 5: The Dragon Age Tale of Years

Be afraid, be very afraid! My first attempt at the Dragon Age "Tale of Years" is now complete!

So... (gulp... drumroll... faint shriek...)

Here's what I've been leading up to with all my timeline research for my attempt at creating a cohesive, "ultimate" Dragon Age Timeline: The Dragon Age!

This is the product of a solid 6-8 weeks of serious work, and it's really exciting to get here. Of course, this is the Age that has taken me the most work and assembly, but it's also been so much fun, and so exciting! In assembling this information, I used the following sources and resources:

World of Thedas, Volume 1
World of Thedas, Volume 2
The Dragon Age Wiki
Dragon Age: Origins Codices
Dragon Age II Codices
Dragon Age: Inquisition Codices
Dawn of the Seeker
The Stolen Throne
The Calling
The Masked Empire
Last Flight
The Silent Grove
Those Who Speak
Until We Sleep
Dragon Age: MageKiller (Series)
BioWare blog posts
BioWare conversations with writers and editors

Plus: a variety of links and websites by some terrifically knowledgeable and dedicated Dragon Age fans across Tumblr and Reddit, as I noted in my first timeline post here

So, in all of the above, I went through every single page, biography, and codex to try to nail down important births and deaths, as well as major milestones and events beyond what we know instantly in the games (oh hush, I have no life). Piecing together Cassandra's was fun, for instance, because I had plenty of hard facts, but a handful of important moments that aren't specified (I suspect I'm going to have to adjust her activities during and after Dawn of the Seeker considerably in the future). 

And don't even get me started on the challenges of characters like Merrill, or Bull, or Sera and others... characters who live off the grid in the game (and behind it!).

With this in mind, I not only used specific dates of reference, but I attempted to incorporate implied/estimated elements and information as well—sometimes from tweets (for instance, Patrick Weekes once tweeted that Briala is 2-3 years younger than Celene, which gave me a wealth of plot points), and sometimes from game dialogue and Codices. All of the writers have tweeted similarly useful and pivotal information, from David Gaider, to Mary Kirby, Jennifer Hepler, and so many others, as always reminding me of how passionate, supportive and accessible the Dragon Age team continues to be for us fans. Given the increasing toxicity of gaming and pop culture these days, I really want to call out my thanks to them for their kindness to myself and so many other fans.

For another example—we know Bull is in Seheron for 8 years. We know he breaks down and is then lightly reeducated, then sent to Orlais, where he spends approximately 10 years (first with another mercenary band, then founding the Chargers on his own).

I had to guess at things like Krem's age when he left Tevinter... which means I'll probably have to further update this several times in the future!
Refinements and Guesswork

Which also means that each of these birth dates and milestones is also a potential house of cards. Bull's age is approximate, and has been referenced casually by some Dragon Age writers on social media. By the same token, if I estimate when Krem was born (I posit that he's about 28 during events of Dragon Age: Inquisition in 9:40), I could then attempt to at least generally define when he became a soldier, when he fled Tevinter, when he was rescued by Bull, etc. 

Yet all of those will have to be adjusted if I get further confirmation of Krem's actual age, etc. (for this and many other "estimated" elements). But that's going to be fun, too, and I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can so that this is as accurate and comprehensive as possible.

Discovering the Confluences...

So that's the scoop! I know the "estimated" stuff isn't necessarily canon or verifiable, but I think it's useful and helps to flesh out the picture of this world as a whole. And it does, ultimately, what I wanted it to do—it provides a "big picture," a look at the confluence of events across Thedas that can add richness to our understanding of its world. There is something poignant to me about knowing that Morrigan and Zevran were born in the same year, as were Nathaniel and Varric, or Alistair and Cullen. Or that the year Anders was hauled off to Kinloch Tower in chains, Dorian was born (and who knew Dagna and Dorian were the same ages?!). 

Please note that I am using Bioware canon where necessary, so Alistair becomes King as a baseline. I do try to include some multiple outcomes dependent on choice (potential companion deaths during game events and via allusion or action in "Trespasser"), but it gets pretty messy here and there. Still—I've made the attempt.

How Wrong Am I??

Meanwhile, I'll look forward to your thoughts, comments and feedback, as always! This is a living work—it will evolve and no doubt require a ton of correction, so let me know what I got wrong, or what I missed. What's your most surprising revelation here? For me, it was realizing that Gaspard is in his mid-60s when he tries to bring down Celene, and the little other realizations of character ages. I also love when multiple events overlap, so we see how Hawke's family's adventures actually take place across many years, and how they went on to affect Thedas...

Stop looking at me like that, Flemeth, I did the best I could. Also, wanna have lunch? Let's do lunch!
Previous Timeline Installments

And as before, if you're still catching up on these, please don't miss my previous timeline entries in the series (with the posting of the Dragon Age, I will next post the timeline in its entirety in a single entry for ease of reference, as well):

The Dragon Age Timeline and Tale of Years: Part 1 (Ancient Age)
The Dragon Age Timeline: Part 2: From the Divine Age to the Towers Age
The Dragon Age Timeline Part 3: From the Black Age Through the Steel Age
The Dragon Age Timeline, Part 4: The Blessed Age

The Dragon Age:
  • 9:00 Dragon - Prince Maric defeats Orlais occupying force with the help of Loghain Mac Tir. In a duel at Fort Drakon, he kills usurper King Meghren. 
  • 9:01 Dragon - ~(Estimated) Birth of Isabela.
    ▪ Birth of Nathaniel Howe.
    ▪ Birth of Varric Tethras.
    ▪ Marriage of King Maric to Rowan.
  • 9:02 Dragon - Chivalry Threnhold becomes Viscount of Kirkwall.
    ▪ "Three-Queens Era" begins in Antiva.
    ▪ Aneirin is assigned to Wynne's tutelage in the Circle of Magi at Kinloch Hold.
    ▪ Birth of Rhys (son of Wynne, and possibly, of Knight-Commander Greagoir), who is taken to a Chantry orphanage in the monastery at Lydes.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Leliana.
  • 9:03 Dragon - Maric Theirin crowned as King of Ferelden.
    ▪ Oisine and an infant Leliana accompany Lady Cecilie back to Orlais.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) birth of Sebastian Vael.

  • 9:04 Dragon - ~(Estimated) Birth of Ashkaari/Hissrad/The Iron Bull.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Cassandra Allegra Portia Calogera Filomena Pentaghast in a carriage, to Lord Mathias and Lady Tigana Pentaghast.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) birth of Sigrun.
    ▪ Shale the Golem is deactivated and frozen in place.
    ▪ Birth of Celene Valmont.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Michel de Chevin.
    ▪ Death of Leliana's mother, Oisine. She is adopted by Lady Cecilie.
  • 9:05 Dragon - Birth of Fenris.
    ▪ Death of Zevran Aranai's father.
    ▪ Birth of Cailan Theirin to Maric and Queen Rowan.
    ▪ Knight-Captain Greagoir named Knight-Commander of the Circle Tower at Kinloch Hold.
  • 9:06 Dragon - ~(Estimated) Birth of Aveline du Lac to Chevalier Benoit du Lac.
    ▪ Birth of Zevran Arainai. Death of Zevran Aranai's mother.
    ▪ Birth of Morrigan.
    ▪ Galen Vedas, Starkhaven ambassador to Nevarra, notes the practices of the Mortalitasi at the Nevarran court.
    ▪ Malcolm and Leandra flee Kirkwall for Ferelden.
  • 9:07 Dragon - Birth of Hawke.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) birth of Tallis.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) birth of Briala.
  • 9:08 Dragon - Death of Queen Rowan of Ferelden.
  • 9:10 Dragon - Branka is made Paragon for inventing smokeless coal.
    ▪ The Architect attempts to kill all remaining Old Gods and bring the Taint to the surface of Thedas. He is stopped by King Maric and Grey Wardens. Maric subsequently allows the Grey Wardens to return to Ferelden after 200 years of exile.
    ▪ Execution of Lord Mathias and Lady Tigana, parents of Cassandra and Anthony Pentaghast by King Markus Pentaghast. Adoption of Cassandra and Anthony by Vestalus and relocation to the Grand Necropolis of Nevarra.
    ▪ Birth of Alistair Theirin.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Cullen Rutherford.
  • 9:11 Dragon - Birth of Dorian Pavus.
    ▪ Anders's magic manifests, and his father reports it. He is taken from his home in chains and transferred to the Mage Circle at Kinloch Hold in Ferelden.
    ▪ Birth of Dagna.
  • 9:12 Dragon - ~(Estimated) birth of Merrill, to the Alerion Clan.
    ▪ Gordon Blackwall volunteers for the Grey Wardens.
    ▪ Rediscovery of Kal-Sharok beneath the Hunterhorn mountains.
    ▪ The Kathaban of the Qunari navy attack Tevinter and are defeated.

  • 9:13 Dragon - Birth of Josephine Montilyet, to Yves Montilyet and his wife.
    ▪ The fortress of Bownammar falls to Darkspawn.
    ▪ Rhys's magic manifests and he is taken to the Circle of Magi at The White Spire, where he is apprenticed to Arvin.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Cremisius Aclassi (Krem).
  • 9:14 Dragon - Perrin Threnhold becomes Viscount of Kirkwall.
    ▪ Briala becomes a child handmaiden to princess Celene.
    ▪ Michel is saved from a street brawl by Comte Brevin de Chalons, who then adopts him for training with his family's guards.
  • 9:15 Dragon - Arvin is transferred to the consulate in Teraevyn, Tevinter, and brings Rhys with him as well.
  • 9:16 Dragon - Vivienne is transferred to the Circle of Magi at Montsimmard.
    ▪ Anthony Pentaghast is murdered by blood mages. Cassandra begins training with the Seekers of Truth and is apprenticed to Seeker Byron.
    ▪ As the third child in her clan with magic, Merrill is traded during the Arlathvenn to Marethari of the Sabrae clan as its future First.
    ▪ Hissrad/The Iron Bull is assigned to early training under the Ben-Hassrath.
    ▪ Vivienne attends the Imperial Wintersend Ball and meets Duke Bastien de Ghislain, and the two immediately fall in love. By summer she has a suite of rooms in his house.
  • 9:17 Dragon - Gordon Blackwall recruited into the Grey Wardens from the city of Cumberland.
    ▪ Comte Brevin de Chalons pays an expert in heraldry and legal documents to create a title for Michel, who becomes Ser Michel de Chevin, a "distant cousin" to the de Chevins.
    ~(Estimated) Awakening of Felassan, a mysterious Dreamer mage (and potential ancient elven companion) by Solas (a/k/a "Fen'Harel" or "The Dread Wolf") from within the Fade, from uthenera, to act as his spy and agent in the waking world.
  • 9:18 Dragon - Morrigan's magical abilities manifest.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Sera.
    ▪ Varric Tethras publishes his first book, The Dasher's Men.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Thom Rainier wins the melee of the Grand Tourney, thanks in part to Chevalier Ser Geoffroy de Bordelon.
    ▪ Cullen Rutherford declares his intention to become a Templar.
    ▪ Rhys is sent back to the White Spire after being beaten by three magister's apprentices.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Michel de Chevin attends the Academie des Chevaliers.

  • 9:19 Dragon - Alistair takes his vows as a Templar.
    ▪ Cassandra undergoes her vigil in a remote castle in the Blasted Hills of Orlais (the youngest Seeker to successfully do so).
    ▪ ~(Estimated) adoption of Sera from the Denerim Elven Alienage by Lady Taraline Emmald.
    ▪ Leliana meets and befriends Marjolaine, who begins training her as a bard at her Val Royeaux estate.
    ▪ Death of Emperor Florian, most likely at the hands of his former lover, Lady Mantillon.
  • 9:20 Dragon - Isabela marries Luis.
    ▪ Morrigan spies on the Avvar.
    ▪ Death of Celene Valmont's mother in a hunting accident at the hands of Calienne (wife of Grand Duke Gaspard) and father, Prince Reynaud (via poisoned dagger) after he killed Calienne in vengeance.
    ▪ Assassination of the entire Valmont household and its servants, including Briala's parents, at the direction of Celene and Lady Mantillon. Celene helps Briala to escape and flee to the Dalish without disclosing her own hand in the massacre.
    ▪ Felassan saves Briala from bandits on the road past Halamshiral and becomes her teacher. He convinces her to return to Celene, but maintains regular contact with her over the years.
    ▪ Michel de Chevin completes his final trial at the University by slaughtering city elves.
    ▪ Ferelden and Orlais make peace after the coronation of Celene Valmont.
    ▪ Celene chooses Vivienne as Enchanter to the Imperial Court of Orlais.
    ▪ Malcolm and Leandra Hawke settle in Lothering.
    ▪ Alistair is sent to the Bournshire Monastery.
    ▪ Nevarra invades Orlais. Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons drives them out.
    ▪ Dorian is apprenticed to the Circle of Magi in Carastes.
    ▪ Varric publishes Darktown's Deal.
  • 9:21 Dragon - Zevran Aranai kills Luis. Isabela goes to sea.
    ▪ Viscount Perrin Threnhold is arrested and executed, and Marlowe Dumar is appointed Viscount of Kirkwall. Meredith Stannard is rewarded for her part in Threnhold's arrest with a promotion to Knight-Commander of Kirkwall by Grand Cleric Elthina.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) birth of Yvette Montilyet, sister to Josephine.
    ▪ Marjolaine attempts to frame Leliana. Death of Tug.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Michel de Chevin begins service with Celene.

  • 9:22 Dragon - Blood mages, working with a rogue Orlesian Grand Cleric, conspire to assassinate Divine Beatrix III. Cassandra Pentaghast foils the conspiracy, with help from Regalyan D'Marcall, and is named Hero of Orlais and the Right Hand of the Divine.
    ▪ The Sun Gates to Val Royeaux are ordered closed when dragons attack the city.
  • 9:23 Dragon - Vaea is born.
    ▪ Cullen Rutherford begins training with the Templar Order.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Hissrad/The Iron Bull is sent to keep the peace in Seheron.
    ▪ Varric publishes The Viper's Nest.
  • 9:25 Dragon - Aveline du Lac meets and later marries Ser Wesley Vallen.
    ▪ King Maric of Ferelden is assumed to be lost at sea, but is imprisoned by Antivan Crows in Velabanchel.
    ▪ Maric's son Cailan inherits the throne of Ferelden, and a month later, marries Anora, daughter of Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir.
    ▪ The Tamassrans promote a new Arishok after the death of the previous one on Seheron.
    ▪ The Grey Wardens sense the approach of a new Blight.
    ▪ Leliana escapes Marjolaine's plots with the help of Dorothea (who becomes Justinia V).
  • 9:26 Dragon - Death of Varric Tethras's mother. To comfort her during her illness, he wrote The Mercenary's Price, which he read aloud to her during her illness. Upon her death, he burned the book without publishing it.
  • 9:27 Dragon - Malcolm Hawke dies in Lothering.
    ▪ Magister Urian Nihalias and his followers depose the ruling Black Divine, setting Nihalias as the new Black Divine.
  • 9:28 Dragon - Paragon Branka takes her house into the Deep Roads to pursue the Anvil of the Void, leaving her husband Oghren.
    ▪ Rhys publishes A Comprehensive Study on Denizens of the Fade.
    ▪ Fenris escapes from his master Danarius and heads south.
    ▪ Leliana ends up in Lothering and joins the Chantry there, reaffirming her deep faith in the Maker.
    ▪ Warden-Constable Alisse Fontaine becomes Commander of the Grey in Orlais. Gordon Blackwall succeeds her as Warden-Constable in Val Chevin upon her promotion.
    ▪ Cullen becomes a Templar and is assigned to the Circle Tower at Kinloch Hold, under Knight-Commander Greagoir.
  • 9:29 Dragon - Alistair is recruited into the Grey Warden order by Warden-Commander Duncan of Ferelden.
  • 9:30 Dragon - The Fifth Blight begins in the Korcari Wilds and southern Ferelden when the Architect attempts to perform a modified Joining ritual on Urthemiel in the hopes of freeing the darkspawn from the call of the Old Gods. Instead, Urthemiel is corrupted into an Archdemon.
    ▪ Loss of Tamlen of Clan Sabrae in the Old Elven ruins, despite the efforts of Merrill and Keeper Marethari. Merrill meets the imprisoned demon Audacity in a cave above Sundermount, and the demon offers her knowledge on how to repair the eluvian.
    ▪ Warden-Constable Gordon Blackwall receives Silverite Wings of Valor for rescuing seven Wardens when a tunnel collapses.

  • 9:30-31 Dragon - Arl Rendon Howe murders Teyrn Bryce Cousland and Teyrna Eleanor Cousland in a surprise attack on Highever after their son, Fergus Cousland, had already led most of the Teyrn's soldiers to Ostagar to join King Cailan's forces.
    ▪ The Sabrae clan of the Dalish elves finds a tainted Eluvian in the wilds of Ferelden and loses two of their number to it. To escape the taint and the coming Blight, the clan crosses the Waking Sea to the Free Marches and sets up camp on Sundermount. Companion Merrill is among them on the journey.
    ▪ Crown Prince Trian Aeducan of Orzammar is murdered and his middle sibling is banished to the Deep Roads for the deed due to the machinations of their youngest brother, Bhelen. King Endrin Aeducan falls ill in his grief.
    ▪ The Hero of Ferelden is inducted into the Grey Wardens.
    ▪ Ferelden is defeated at the Battle of Ostagar by the darkspawn; the battle is lost when Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir deserts, resulting in the destruction of the Fereldan army, the near-destruction and exile of the Grey Warden order, and the deaths of King Cailan Theirin and Warden Commander Duncan.
    ▪ The Hero of Ferelden and Alistair are saved from the Tower of Ishal following the Battle of Ostagar by Flemeth.
    ▪ Sten is attacked and robbed in Lothering, and (awakening in trauma) murders the farming family that sheltered him, thinking they are his attackers. He realizes his error and accepts sentencing to a slow death by public imprisonment. Depending on the Warden's choice, Sten is either rescued for redemption or he dies in the cage to atone for his crime.
    ▪ Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir returns to Denerim and declares himself Regent, triggering the "Fereldan Civil War" between Ferelden's nobility. Bodahn and Sandal Feddic join the Warden's traveling party and appear regularly thereafter at camp.
    ▪ Abomination of several mages at the Circle Tower at Kinloch Hold, who massacre mages and templars alike. Cullen is imprisoned, then rescued by the Hero of Ferelden. Potential death of Wynne.
    ▪ Lothering is destroyed by the darkspawn, and the Hawke family (along with Aveline and Ser Wesley Vallen) flees to Kirkwall with the aid of Flemeth. Death of Ser Wesley Vallen. Potential death of either Carver Hawke or Bethany at the hands of an ogre.
    ▪ Potential death of Leliana if left to the Blight. Potential death of Sten if left to Blight or starvation.
    ▪ Flemeth is potentially killed at the request of Morrigan, her daughter, and defeated in high dragon form.
    ▪ On the 8th day of the fifth month (Bloomingtide), the dam in Crestwood is broken in order to flood the invading darkspawn.
    ▪ Shale the Golem is reawakened.
    ▪ Marjolaine sends assassins to murder Leliana and is unsuccessful.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Krem becomes a soldier in the Tevinter army.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Michel de Chevin becomes the Champion of Celene Valmont.
    ▪ Potential death of Zevran Aranai in a failed attempt to assassinate the Hero of Ferelden at the order of Loghain Mac Tir (later revealed to be a deliberate attempt at suicide by Zevran). Potential deaths of Wynne and Leliana at the Temple of Sacred Ashes at the hands of the Warden. Potential destruction of Shale in the Deep Roads.

  • 9:31 Dragon - The Landsmeet. Potential death of Loghain Mac Tir or Alistair.
    ▪ Arrival of the remaining Hawke family with Aveline in Kirkwall. The Hawkes take up residence with Gamlen Hawke.
    ▪ End of the Fifth Blight. Death of Urthemiel at the Battle of Denerim. The Warden becomes the "Hero of Ferelden," and Ferelden now has a true ruler in either Alistair or Anora (BioWare canon is Alistair). Potential death of Alistair, Loghain, or the Hero of Ferelden in the killing of the Archdemon if the Dark Ritual was not chosen.
    ▪ At Flemeth's request, Hawke delivers an amulet to Dalish Keeper Marethari in exchange for safe passage, leading to Flemeth's resurrection (with Merrill's accompaniment) as Flemeth had hidden a part of herself within the amulet.
    ▪ Orlesian Grey Wardens are dispatched to Ferelden to help disperse the darkspawn that failed to return to the Deep Roads after the Archdemon was slain. They are put under the command of Lieutenant Gable of Vigil's Keep.
    ▪ Grey Warden Kristoff is killed by the minions of an intelligent brood mother known as "the Mother: while investigating the Blackmarsh.
    ▪ In Seheron, Hissrad/The Iron Bull loses his entire unit, witnesses the mass killing of a school full of children, and goes on to wreak violent retribution on all involved before breaking down and turning himself in as unfit for duty. He is submitted to the Ben-Hassrath reeducators, then released and sent to Orlais to act as a spy.
    ▪ The "Darkspawn Civil War" begins. Remaining darkspawn in Ferelden are purged by the Warden-Commander and the replenished Fereldan Wardens. The Darkspawn Civil War ends.
    ▪ The dwarves of Orzammar are able to reclaim the great thaig of Kal'Hirol.
    ▪ Amgarrak Thaig is overrun by harvesters after failed attempts to re-create Caridin's golem research. The Warden-Commander of Ferelden slays one of them and destroys the research.
    ▪ The Circle of Magi in Starkhaven burns to the ground and surviving mages are relocated to Kirkwall, making the Gallows the largest Circle within the Free Marches.
    ▪ Anders escapes the Circle of Magi at Kinloch Hold for the final time.
    ▪ Qunari set out to meet Orlesian forces who agreed to return the Tome of Koslun to them. However, the book is intercepted by a Rivaini pirate, Isabela. Following a storm, both ships founder off the coast of Kirkwall. The Arishok and his surviving army take up residence in the Qunari Compound, a section of the docks set aside for them by the Viscount, until they can reclaim the Tome of Koslun.
    ▪ The Grey Wardens force Anders to give up Ser Pounce-a-lot.
    ▪ Anders joins with the spirit of Justice and massacres a contingent of Grey Wardens following his trail.
    ▪ "The Mother" is defeated by the Hero of Ferelden, now the Warden-Commander, or (if the HoF died defeating the Archdemon) by the Orlesian Warden.
    ▪ Anders, Fenris, Isabela, Varric and Merrill join Hawke for a series of adventures and jobs in Kirkwall. Merrill continues her efforts with the reconstruction of the eluvian.
    ▪ A shipwrecked Qunari mage is imprisoned underneath Kirkwall by the Chantry after causing the destruction of an entire village. The Saarebas uses a Dalish artifact in an attempt to tear the Veil. A Qunari agent, Tallis, is sent to retrieve him.
    ▪ Hawke helps to fund an expedition to the Deep Roads with Bartrand Tethras and Varric Tethras. They discover an ancient, pre-First Blight Primeval Thaig, and an ancient lyrium idol contained within. Potential death of Bethany or Carver in the Deep Roads, or if they survive, they join the Grey Wardens.
    ▪ Cullen is promoted to Knight-Captain of the Gallows, directly answering to Knight-Commander Meredith.
    ▪ Wynne travels to the White Spire to introduce herself to Rhys.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Dorian flees school and is found in a house of ill repute by Magister Gereon Alexius, who is impressed enough with his intelligence to offer him an apprenticeship.
    ▪ With tension mounting over her insistence in continuing to repair the eluvian, Merrill is confronted by Keeper Marethari, who casts her out on behalf of the Sabrae clan. Merrill moves into the alienage in Kirkwall and joins Hawke's group of adventurers while continuing her work.
  • 9:31-37 Dragon - Orlesian noble Prosper de Montfort strikes a deal with a Tal-Vashoth named Salit to purchase a list of Qunari sleeper agents. He is killed by Hawke.

  • 9:32 Dragon - The Iron Bull joins the mercenary company Fisher's Bleeders.
    ▪ Entrance/physical birth of Cole at The White Spire Mage Circle.
    ▪ The Warden-Commander of Ferelden confronts Morrigan in the Dragonbone Wastes; she leaves through an Eluvian.
    ▪ The elves of Edgehall Alienage revolt against their Arl and many elves are killed.
  • 9:32-9:37 Dragon - Varric Tethras publishes Swords and Shields, a romance series about the adventures of a female Guard Captain and a Templar Knight-Captain. While not a success, the series gains a passionate cult following.
  • 9:33 Dragon - ~(Estimated) Krem is threatened with exposure by a military doctor and flees Tevinter. He is caught and attacked near the border, and rescued by The Iron Bull in a tavern brawl that results in the loss of an eye when he takes a blow from a flail meant for Krem. Bull invites Krem to join the Chargers, where he quickly ascends to second in command.
    ▪ Morrigan, potentially with newborn son Kieran, is rumored to join Empress Celene's court.
    ▪ Rhys becomes a senior enchanter.
    ▪ Varric publishes Hard in Hightown.
  • 9:34-9:41 Dragon - The Iron Bull takes the best of the men from Fisher's Bleeders to form his own mercenary company, The Bull's Chargers. While publicly acting as the head of his own high-demand mercenary troupe, Bull continues to act on behalf of orders from the Ben-Hassrath, accepting contracts from Orlesian nobles and contacts and then relaying them back to Par Vollen.
    ▪ The Chargers swell to a large and popular mercenary resource of under fifty members, specializing in spycraft, shock troops and skirmishers. They become well-known in Orlais, Nevarra, The Free Marches, and in Ferelden, eventually becoming one of the most popular and prestigious mercenary companies across Thedas.

  • 9:34 Dragon - Depending on her choices, Aveline may end up marrying Donnic Hendyr.
    ▪ Beatrix III suffers a stroke after nearly 50 years as Divine.
    ▪ Revered Mother Dorothea ascends as Divine of The Chantry, taking the name Justinia V after her predecessor Beatrix succumbs to old age after long suffering from dementia.
    ▪ Leliana answers a summons from Divine Justinia V and agrees to become her Left Hand and Spymaster.
    ▪ Justinia invites Cassandra to serve as her official Right Hand, and Cassandra accepts.
    ▪ Dorian becomes a fully-ranked Enchanter in the Minrathous Circle.
    ▪ Merrill engages Hawke's help to call upon Marethari of the Sabrae Clan to receive the Arulin'Holm, the dagger she needs to move forward with her work on the eluvian, and calling upon the sacred Dalish vir sulevanan. Marethari refuses, then asks Merrill to kill a nearby varterral first, to help protect the clan. Merrill, Hawke and their companions do so, and encounter Pol, who has run to the caves in fear of Merrill at Marethari's words. He runs from Merrill and is killed by the varterral. The varterral is defeated by Hawke, Merrill and their companions. Marethari requests for Merrill to return to the Clan and Merrill refuses. Marethari does not honor her promise and instead gives the dagger to Hawke for safekeeping on Merrill's behalf. Hawke may either pass it along or refuse.
  • 9:35 Dragon - Murder of Leandra Hawke at the hands of Quentin. Death of Quentin at the hands of Hawke.
    ▪ The Arishok decides to overthrow Kirkwall's rulers to impose order on the city, starting the First Battle of Kirkwall. Marlowe Dumar is killed by the Qunari. Potential imprisonment of Isabela by the Qunari if Hawke turns her over to the Arishok, resulting in cessation of hostilities by the Arishok and Qunari, who depart for Par Vollen.
    ▪ If Isabela is not handed over to Qunari custody, the Arishok is defeated and killed by Hawke, who repels the Qunari invaders and is named "Champion of Kirkwall" by Kirkwall's Knight-Commander, Meredith Stannard. Meredith takes over the Viscount's seat and stewardship of Kirkwall. She imposes tighter sanctions on the Kirkwall Circle of Magi and increasing regulations across the city for martial law.
    ▪ Merrill enlists the help of Hawke and her companions to go to the cave above Sundermount for further guidance from the demon Audacity. Upon arrival, it is discovered that Keeper Marethari released the demon and allowed herself to be possessed, in a misguided attempt to protect Merrill. Death of the possessed Marethari at the hands of Hawke and company. Upon confrontation after the fact by the Sabrae Clan, if blame is placed on Merrill, the Clan allows the companions to leave unharmed. If any other explanation is attempted for Marethari's death, the Clan attacks. Potential death of the entire remaining Sabrae Clan. Depending on outcome, Merrill may shatter the eluvian or be inspired to continue her efforts.
    ▪ Lord Vincent Callier and his family are ambushed by Thom Rainier's soldiers on their way to their summer residence at Lake Celestine. None of the lord's servants or family survive, including his four children, all of whom are under the age of 15. Rainier is later revealed to have been hired by Ser Robert Chapuis, an ally of Grand Duke Gaspard's, to carry out the assassination in exchange for, according to Leliana, "a great deal of coin." Shortly after, when it becomes clear he is under suspicion, Rainier flees, leaving his soldiers to face justice and execution alone.
    ▪ As Felix is making the trip back to Hossberg from the university for the winter holidays with his parents, their party is attacked by hurlocks. His mother Livia Arida is killed in the attack and Felix is infected with Blight sickness. Dorian moves into the estate to assist Alexius in seeking a cure for Felix.
    ▪ Sten of the Beresaad becomes the new Arishok of the Qunari people.
  • 9:36 Dragon - Warden-Constable Gordon Blackwall journeys to Montsimmard to confer with Fontaine. Thom Rainier helps to save a barmaid from harassment by a patron, an act witnessed by Blackwall, who recruits Thom Rainier to the Wardens. Shortly after, Blackwall is killed by darkspawn at an entrance to the Deep Roads by the Storm Coast while Rainier is diverted, killing a darkspawn for its blood for use in the Joining ritual. Thom Rainier adopts the persona of Blackwall in penance and tribute.
    ▪ Varric Tethras's Hard in Hightown becomes the bestselling book in five nations (outselling Brother Genitivi's Travels of a Chantry Scholar). Varric begins work on a sequel, Hard in Hightown 2: Siege Harder.
  • 9:36-37 Dragon - The elves of Edgehall rebel against their Arl once again. After heavy elven casualties, Ser Aaron steps in and resolves the issue. King Alistair decrees that the Arl of Edgehall cannot touch the elves' sacred tree, Vhenadahl.
    ▪ Corypheus awakens in his prison and is defeated by Hawke.

  • 9:37 Dragon - Danarius arrives in Kirkwall, and is either killed by Hawke, or given custody of Fenris after his escape attempt. Potential death of Varania.
    ▪ If Fenris is betrayed into custody by Hawke, Danarius later writes that Fenris is his "usual compliant self" following his latest memory wipe.
    ▪ Sandal and Bodahn Feddic are invited to join Empress Celene's court. Sandal prophesies the rise of a mysterious entity (who may be Solas) and the return of magic to Thedas.
    ▪ Activists of the conspiracy set up by Thrask kidnap either Carver, Bethany, or Hawke's current love interest (with the exception of Sebastian) will be held as hostage until Hawke arrives.
    ▪ Meredith calls for the Right of Annulment and is opposed by Hawke and Orsino. Anders destroys the Kirkwall Chantry, sparking the Kirkwall Rebellion. Merrill argues against his summary execution. Death of Elthina. Death of Orsino. Death of Meredith. (Possible) deaths of Anders, Carver/Bethany, Fenris, Merrill, and more. Hawke flees Kirkwall.
    ▪ In the household of Erasthenes, Marius and Calpernia become lovers and successfully hide their affair. Erasthenes sells Marius to Nenealeus.
    ▪ Fiona is elected Grand Enchanter. At the Conclave, Fiona calls for a vote on whether to remove the Circle of Magi from Chantry oversight. Wynne argues against her and Fiona's effort fails.
    ▪ Morrigan is officially appointed as "Arcane Advisor" to Empress Celene I.
    ▪ Dorian leaves the Alexius estate for three months, then returns to find Alexius and Felix gone. He falls back into debauchery and, discovered in bed with another young man, is abducted by his father from the home of Lord Ulio Abrexius and brought back to Qarinus by ship. He is imprisoned on the Pavus estate for several months, then escapes.
    ▪ Varric publishes The Tale of the Champion, about Hawke's adventures during the Kirkwall Rebellion.
  • 9:38 Dragon - The Templars disband the College of Enchanters.
    Calpernia leaves Erasthenes and joins Corypheus. Corypheus imprisons Erasthenes in the Shrine of Dumat.
    ▪ King Alistair of Ferelden, with the help of Isabela and Varric Tethras, travels to Antiva City looking for clues regarding King Maric's ultimate fate and confront Prince Claudio Valisti. They infiltrate Velabanchel prison, but are pursued by the Crows and flee into the Tellari swamps, where they are confronted by Yavana (a Witch of the Wilds and daughter to Flemeth) and a high dragon.
    ▪ Yavana aids Varric and Isabela, who rescue Alistair, then they continue their quest to Qarinus, meeting up with magister Maevaris Tilani, who helps them by disguising the registry of Isabela's ship.
    ▪ Alistair, Varric and Isabela attempt to sail to Seheron to find Titus, and are captured and briefly imprisoned by the new Arishok (formerly known as Hero of Ferelden companion Sten).
    ▪ Alistair duels Sten, but doesn't kill him, and Sten joins their mission, bringing Qunari forces to assault the Tevinter fortress of Ath Velanis in Seheron with King Alistair in order to stop Aurelian Titus' exploitation of King Maric and the Magrallen.
    ▪ Death of Yavana at the hands of Alistair. (Editorial note: I'm still not okay about this.)
    ▪ Halward Pavus steps down as consiliare to the Archon.
    ▪ Maevaris Tilani is imprisoned by Titus, and is freed by Varric, Alistair, and Isabela at Ath Velanis. Maric is discovered imprisoned and feeding the Magrallen. Alistair destroys the Magrallen, resulting in the death of Maric.
    ▪ A new Conclave is ordered on behalf of Divine Justinia V to investigate the abuse of the Rite of Tranquility and to broker peace.
  • 9:38–9:39 Dragon - Unrest brews in Orlais as Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons stirs dissent against reigning Empress Celene, eventually starting the War of the Lions.
    ▪ Solas (a/k/a Fen'Harel a/k/a The Dread Wolf) awakens after millennia of slumber and begins to lay his plans for tearing down the Veil. He activates his spies, most notably, Felassan, on a mission to gain the keystone and control of the eluvian network. 
  • 9:39 Dragon - Cassandra Pentaghast, one of the few Seekers of Truth still loyal to the Chantry, and Leliana, Divine Justinia V's spymaster, set out to restore the Inquisition. Initially they seek out the Warden-Commander to lead the new Inquisition, but they are unable to find them. Their search for the Champion of Kirkwall as a potential Inquisitor leads them to capture and interrogate Varric Tethras, one of Hawke's former companions, before releasing him.
    ▪ Cassandra receives further orders from Divine Justinia, and accompanied by Cullen and Leliana, travels across the Waking Sea from Kirkwall to Ferelden for the formation of the Inquisition, accompanied by Varric, who is once again her prisoner.
    ▪ Dorian goes to Ferelden to try to uncover Alexius's activities and discovers that he is experimenting with time magic.
    ▪ Lord Seeker Lambert labels the Conclave as treason. Fiona is captured along with several other mages, who are later freed, and at Andoral's Reach, Fiona calls for another vote for separation. The mages agree. The Mage/Templar war begins in earnest.
    ▪ Scout Lace Harding is recruited to the Inquisition by Charter in Redcliffe.

  • 9:40 Dragon Age - The Nevarran Accord is nullified.
    ▪ Grand Duke Gaspard challenges Empress Celene for the throne of Orlais. Celene is called out of Val Royeaux after news of an elven rebellion in Halamshiral. The move is thought to have been orchestrated by Gaspard. Celene's absence fuels rumors of her death or capture. Anticipating unrest, the Sun Gates to Val Royeaux are ordered closed for the first time since 9:22 Dragon.
    ▪ Leliana as the representative of Divine Justinia meets with Celene at the University of Orlais to discuss ending the war between the mages and Templars. Leliana provides the terms--that Celene must end the elven revolt at Halamshiral.
    ▪ Gaspard de Chalons returns to Val Chevin to resume the civil war; Empress Celene reappears at the Winter Palace near Halamshiral and begins to marshal her own forces.
    ▪ Massacre of the elves at Celene's direction at Halamshiral.
    ▪ Celene, Briala, Felassan and Michel flee to the Dalish, Clan Virnehn, which captures them. Michel eventually kills several elves to free Celene, but spares the clan's First, Mihris. Michel then tricks  the demon Imshael and obtains the keystone to the eluvians for Celene. Imshael massacres the rest of the Dalish clan, who are left to their fates by the Orlesians and Felassan.
    ▪ Briala, Celene, Felassan, and Michel then enter the eluvian network, fleeing from pursuit to the central chamber. Michel duels Gaspard, but Briala uses the favor Michel owes her to keep him from killing Gaspard, and to yield instead, deposing Celene by doing so.
    ▪ Briala steals the keystone from Celene and declares the eluvians for the elves. Briala confronts Celene for her role in murdering her parents, and sends Celene back to Halamshiral, and transports Michel and Gaspard outside of Val Chevin. Michel decides to dedicate the rest of his life to pursuing and defeating Imshael in penance.
    ▪ Death of Felassan at the hands of Solas, for refusing to complete his mission to gain access to the eluvians.
    ▪ A violent uprising at the White Spire leaves many senior mages dead. The uprising is apparently supported by the Divine through her agents, including Sister Nightingale.
    Following the conflict at the White Spire, Lord Seeker Lambert van Reeves cancels the Nevarran Accord, severing ties between the Seekers and the Chantry. Allegiances between amongst the Seekers of Truth and Templars are split. Some still support the Divine.
    ▪ The Circle of Dairsmuid in Rivain, a more liberal and easygoing circle than most, is annulled by the Chantry. The mages fight back but are defeated. Among the mages killed is the Circle's First Enchanter Rivella, daughter of Captain Revaud of the Felicisima Armada.
    ▪ The College of Enchanters votes to separate from the Chantry.
    ▪ Lord Seeker Lambert declares the Circle of Magi to no longer exist.
    ▪ Rhys accompanies Wynne to the western wastelands to rescue Pharamond, who has discovered a way to reverse the Rite of Tranquility. He, Pharamond, Cole, Wynne and Evangeline survive the events at Adamant and attempt to support Divine Justinia in an attempt at peace, with Rhys and Evangeline now romantically involved. A violent uprising at the White Spire. Death of Pharamond. Death of Wynne, who gives her life to save Evangeline's.
    ▪ Death of Lord Seeker Lambert at the hands of Cole.
    ▪ Lucius Corin becomes the next Lord Seeker.
    ▪ Divine Justinia V calls for a Divine Conclave between the mages and Templars at the Temple of Sacred Ashes to negotiate an end to the Mage-Templar War.
    ▪ Marius becomes an assassin-for-hire and mage-killer under the training of Nenealeus. Marius kills Corinnia Crallius and Paulus Nimian. He confronts his third target only to realize it is Calpernia his former lover. He refuses to kill Calpernia, who helps him to flee with Tessa to the Frostback Mountains.
    ▪ Solas leaves the Fade and presents himself as a modern elven apostate. He approaches the Dalish but is turned away.
    ▪ Bitter and frustrated by his failure, Solas manipulates the Orb of Fen'Harel to Corypheus.

  • 9:41-9:44 Dragon - Varric publishes Tales of the Inquisition's Agents
  • 9:41 Dragon - Several mages from the Hossberg Circle of Magi join the Grey Wardens and begin researching records from the Fourth Blight. Elven mage and Grey Warden Recruit Valya discovers the diary of a Grey Warden named Isseya, the sister of Garahel, one of the last griffon riders during the Fourth Blight.
    ▪ The Conclave is destroyed when Corypheus activates the Orb of Fen'Harel in a ritual involving the sacrifice of Justinia V. The Inquisitor interrupts the ritual and the Temple of Sacred Ashes explodes. The resulting Breach destroys the temple and kills the assembled leaders of the mages, Templars, and Chantry. Death of Justinia V. Death of Regalyan D'Marcall.
    ▪ The Iron Bull and his Chargers emerge from a skirmish with Tevinter zealots just in time to witness the appearance of the Breach. Krem urges Bull to go to the Inquisition and offer their services, and Bull agrees, notifying Par Vollen of his decision.
    ▪ Surviving the explosion thanks to Justinia V, the Inquisitor is captured and interrogated, then accepted into the Inquisition. After it is discovered that the Mark/Anchor on the Inquisitor's hand can control the Breach and close the rifts, the survivor is hailed as the Herald of Andraste.
    The Inquisition, based out of Haven, is reborn, and seeks to seal the Breach and restore order to Thedas.
    ▪ Par Vollen sends Bull new orders: to investigate the Breach, to aid the Inquisition against Corypheus and the rifts, to insinuate himself into the inner circle of the Inquisition, and (if possible) to seduce the Inquisitor. Krem shows up in Haven and offers the services of Bull and the Chargers to the Inquisition.
    ▪ The Mage-Templar War ends as the Inquisition recruits either the rebel mages or Templars to their cause. The remaining faction is corrupted by Corypheus into the Venatori or the Red Templars, respectively.
    ▪ The Herald seals the Breach with the help of Solas and the mages or Templars. Corypheus leads his army in a surprise assault on the Inquisition to reclaim the Anchor. The Herald stays behind so that the townspeople can escape, and destroys Haven. Potential death of Seggrit, Flissa, Adan, Minaeve, Lysette, and Threnn. Death of Roderick. Potential death of Fiona or Knight-Captain Denam.
    ▪ Corypheus escapes with his dragon. The Inquisitor rejoins the townspeople in the wilderness, and Solas then leads them all to the mountain fortress of Skyhold.
    ▪ The Herald is officially named Inquisitor, the leader of the Inquisition.
    ▪ The Grey Wardens in Orlais begin to hear a false Calling and are scared into desperation to end all Blights before their perceived end. They join forces with the Venatori and blood sacrifice their own warriors to raise a demon army, ostensibly to march into the Deep Roads and kill the remaining Old Gods.
    ▪ The Inquisition learns that they are being manipulated and lays siege to their base at Adamant Fortress, putting an end to their machinations. After defeating the Nightmare demon that was controlling the Grey Warden mages, the Inquisitor decides to either ally with the surviving Grey Wardens or exile them from Orlais. Potential abandonment of Hawke, Alistair, Loghain or Stroud in the Fade. Alternatively, Hawke, if surviving the encounter, journeys to Weishaupt, implying future reunion with (if surviving) Anders, Merrill, Isabela, or Fenris, if romanced.
    ▪ Potential rescue of Rhys and Evangeline from Red Templars by Inquisition troops.
    ▪ Potential massacre of Clan Lavellan in Wycome.
    ▪ Potential meeting between Halward Pavus and Dorian Pavus at The Gull and Lantern in Redcliffe, in which Halward apologizes for his actions.
    ▪ Death of Duke Bastien de Ghislain.
    ▪ The Inquisitor attends a ball held by Empress Celene I at her winter palace in Halamshiral after learning of an assassination plot against her. The Inquisitor's actions resolve the Orlesian Civil War and decide who holds the throne of Orlais. Potential death of Celene Valmont, Grand Duke Gaspard, or Florianne. While at the ball, an eluvian identical to Merrill's completed eluvian may be glimpsed in a nook just off Empress Celene's library (perhaps utilized by Briala while she had control of the eluvian network). At Celene's request, Morrigan joins the Inquisition.

  • 9:42 Dragon Age - The Inquisition pursues Corypheus to the Temple of Mythal in the Arbor Wilds, where he attempts to gain the knowledge to use the eluvian network and so reenter the Black City. The Inquisitor meets Abelas, an ancient Sentinel elf. Potential massacre of the Sentinel elves. The Inquisitor may or may not end up drinking from the Well of Sorrows, which immediately binds the drinker to the service of Mythal. Alternatively, Morrigan may drink from the Well. Departure of Abelas from the Temple of Mythal (or potential death of Abelas at Morrigan's hands).
    ▪ After the Inquisitor foils his plans, in desperation Corypheus retreats to the Temple of Sacred Ashes to reopen the Breach.
    ▪ Morrigan demonstrates the usefulness of her eluvian at Skyhold to the Inquisitor and takes them to the Crossroads. While in the Crossroads, Merrill's completed eluvian may be glimpsed.
    ▪ Following a message from Professor Bram Kenric of the University of Orlais about new discoveries relating to the disappearance of the last Inquisitor, Ameridan, the Inquisition goes to the Frostback Basin to investigate. New alliances are forged with the Avvar people. Ameridan awakens for a few moments, then dies, and his body disappears. Hakkon arises in dragon form and is defeated. Judgment of Storvacker, who may become an agent of the Inquisition.
    ▪ Josephine Montilyet is potentially engaged (without her knowledge) by her parents to Lord Adorno Ciel Otranto of Antiva. If in a relationship with Josephine, the Inquisitor will duel Lord Adorno, who releases Josephine from the engagement.
    ▪ The Qunari reach out for a potential alliance against the Venatori. If the Qunari are supported, death of Krem and the Bull's Chargers at the hands of the Venatori.
    ▪ If the Qunari are not supported, The Iron Bull goes Tal-Vashoth and the Dreadnought is destroyed by the Venatori, killing all Qunari on board.
    ▪ Thom Rainier leaves the Inquisition to prevent the execution of Mornay in Val Royeaux. He admits his identity and is imprisoned at Val Royeaux. He may then be judged, freed, pardoned, or sentenced to continue his deception.
    ▪ The Inquisitor investigates mysterious earthquakes in the Deep Roads, accompanied by dwarf Shaper Valta and Renn, a Lieutenant of the Legion of the Dead. Death of Renn. Discovery of further links between lyrium, the dwarves, and the ancient elves. Discovery of the Sha-Brytol, the guardians of a mysterious area/presence that turns out to be a living Titan. Transformation of Valta, who attains magical powers.
    ▪ Flemeth confronts Morrigan, reveals her Mythal identity, takes the Old God soul from Kieran (if present), and provides a potential tool against Corypheus.
    ▪ The Inquisitor finally defeats Corypheus and reseals the Breach. The Orb of Fen'Harel is shattered.
    ▪ Divine Victoria is elected to lead the Chantry. Depending on choices, candidates include Leliana, Cassandra, or Vivienne.
    ▪ Solas leaves the Inquisition. Flemeth puts a wisp into the eluvian then meets with Solas in an elven temple. Solas absorbs her energy and she appears to die.
    ▪ Morrigan (and potentially Kieran) depart the Inquisition.
    ▪ At Red Bride's Grave in the Anderfels, Grey Warden-Recruits Valya, Reimas, Sekah and Caronel find and save the last nest of 13 magically protected griffon eggs hidden by Isseya. Death of Sekah, who is killed by an Ash Wraith. The eggs, out of suspension, quickly hatch into live baby griffons (including one who is already a doppelganger of Crookytail).
    ▪ Varric becomes Viscount of Kirkwall.

  • 9:44 Dragon - The Inquisition attends a new Exalted Council in Halamshiral to discuss the organization's future.
    ▪ Death of Halward Pavus.
    ▪ Events at the Exalted Council are interrupted by treachery and death that are eventually shown to be part of a Qunari plot called "Dragon's Breath" that would destroy all of southern Thedas' nobility simultaneously. Leliana reports that sentinel elves are active in The Tirashan (Forest).
    ▪ The plot is stopped by the Inquisition thanks to clues and assistance from Solas. At the same time, the Inquisitor's Anchor begins to malfunction on an almost constant basis, endangering the life of the Inquisitor.
    ▪ Solas draws the Inquisitor to him through the eluvian network. The Inquisitor and companions take down the Qunari forces led by the Viddasala. If the Chargers are dead or if he is still otherwise Qun-Loyal, death of The Iron Bull on the final run through the Darvaarad, when he follows the Viddasala's orders and attacks the Inquisitor and their party.
    ▪ Solas speaks to the Inquisitor and reveals his true identity as Fen'Harel, as well as his plans to tear down the Veil. He then takes the Anchor from the Inquisitor before it kills them. The process also magically removes the Inquisitor's left forearm.
    ▪ The Inquisitor returns to the Exalted Council, throws down the book, and declares that the Inquisition either downsizes drastically and enters Divine Victoria's service, or disbands entirely, with its core members continuing to act independently with no legal standing.
    ▪ Varric reveals the publication of his book All This Shit is Weird, based on the Inquisition's antics during the Breach.
    ▪ Core Inquisition leaders regroup secretly in the dungeons of Haven to plot their next move. The Inquisitor either vows to redeem or kill Solas.
    ▪ Elves from across Thedas, ranging from servants, to Dalish, to sworn members of the Inquisition, abandon their positions to follow Solas.

  • 9:44-46 Dragon - If he had chosen to become more spirit, Cole returns to the Fade, saying he will be needed in the future. Krem and Maryden remain together and romanced. If more human, Cole departs with Maryden to wander the world and make people happy through music.
    ▪ If the Inquisition is disbanded, the Inquisitor may have joined Sera and the Red Jennies in their antics against those in power (if romanced, as Sera's wife). If unromanced, Sera returns for occasional visits to Dagna, her "Widdle."
    ▪ Return of Varric to Kirkwall, where he rules as Viscount and continues to rebuild the city.
    ▪ Bull and his Chargers (if surviving) return to peacekeeping and mercenary work across Orlais and Ferelden, while Bull also continues to fight demons and Venatori. If romanced, Bull will return periodically to trysts with the Inquisitor.
    ▪ If Bull died at the Darvaarad and remained Qun-loyal, a romanced Inquisitor is mocked for their blindness in tavern songs and Orlesian plays across Thedas for years to come.
    ▪ Potential retirement of Cullen to a quiet life of peace (and mabari, and if romanced, with the Inquisitor as his wife). Alternatively, he may remain active in a peacekeeping role, while also offering support and expansion to the Chantry's treatment for Templars affected by the long-term use of lyrium.
    ▪ Death of Blackwall if still a Grey Warden. If not made a Grey Warden, Blackwall wanders the world to assist the condemned and forgotten in penance (if romanced, with the Inquisitor by his side).
    ▪ If Leliana is Divine, the restoration of the Canticle of Shartan to the Chant of Light. If she romanced the Warden, she will reportedly take time to be with the Warden at a villa on the Waking Sea.
    ▪ Disappearance of Leliana in a flurry of raven wings, and she is revealed to be a lyrium ghost if killed in Dragon Age: Origins.
    ▪ Josephine returns to Antiva and her family, where she is visited by the Inquisitor if romanced.
    ▪ Yvette Montilyet is captured by Rivaini pirates and rescued before she can elope with their Captain.
    ▪ Dorian Pavus returns to Tevinter to try to change his country for the better, taking his father's place in the Magisterium.
    ▪ Cassandra Pentaghast may attempt to rebuild the Seekers of Truth from the Hunterhorn Mountains North of Orlais. In this case, or if she is Divine, she will still reportedly be visited by a romanced Inquisitor.
    ▪ If not named Divine, Vivienne may unite her mage followers under a new Circle system, with herself as Grand Enchanter, in direct competition with the College of Enchanters. Depending on a variety of outcomes for Divine, the two organizations may rival one another for years to come.

  • 9:48 Dragon - ~(Estimated) Dorian Pavus, if in a relationship with The Iron Bull, meets him occasionally in a secret location on the border between Orlais and Tevinter. Bull later rescues him from a Venatori ambush in the nick of time. If in a relationship with the Inquisitor, meanwhile, Dorian meets him on occasion in Minrathous, in secret.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Dragon Age Timeline, Part 4: The Blessed Age

As usual in our Thedosian timelines and histories, The Blessed Age sees an awful lot of the Great Game, as mortals jockey for riches, thrones, and assorted vengeances.
Here's my next installment on my all-encompassing "Tale of Years" or ultimate Dragon Age timeline project, a fairly quick but succinct look at the Blessed Age.

Things start to get really fun here, since we witness some big milestones when it comes to battles and births of some familiar faces (speaking of which, among the many surprises I encountered in my research, one of these was Sten's age—I'd always pictured him as relatively young because of his occasional naivete in Origins). As always, please let me know if I get anything wrong here... I'll look forward to your thoughts!

If you're still catching up on these, please don't miss my previous timeline entries in the series:

The Blessed Age:
  • 8:05 Blessed - Kirkwall rebels against Orlais and gains the status of free city.
  • 8:10 Blessed - Qunari in Par Vollen welcome Rivaini diplomats in a successful presentation of the Qunari way of life as something ordered and civilized.
  • 8:24 Blessed - The Orlesian Empire launches its Second Invasion of Ferelden. Redcliffe, Vigil's Keep and the City of Amaranthine are taken by Orlais.
    ▪ King Vanedrin Theirin is killed at the Battle of Lothering and Calenhad the Great's sword Nemetos is lost. Ardal Cousland, Teyrn of Highever, is killed.
  • 8:25 Blessed - Vanedrin's son, young King Brandel, attempts to unite the country of Ferelden but fails to keep the peace.
  • 8:31 Blessed - The House of Repose accepts a contract from the du Paraquette family to keep the Montilyet family's mercantile activities restrained to outside of Orlais.
  • 8:44 Blessed - Orlais sacks Denerim, driving King Brandel into hiding.
  • 8:47 Blessed - Emperor Reville orders the murder of Grand Duke Gratien, his wife, three grown children, and all eight grandchildren.
  • 8:50 Blessed - Emperor Reville fears retribution for the assassinations of Gratien and his family, and confines himself to his room in paranoia and guilt for the rest of his days.
  • 8:51 Blessed - Death of Emperor Reville.
  • 8:55 Blessed - Qunari forces land in Seheron and begin the first of the next wave of assaults against Tevinter.
  • 8:58 Blessed - The Qunari successfully reconquer Seheron.
  • 8:60 Blessed - Aurelian Pentaghast attempts the Nevarran throne, is unmasked as an impostor, and in disgrace, joins the dwarven Legion of the Dead, the only human to ever do so.
  • 8:62 Blessed - The burning of Treviso in Antiva.
  • 8:65 Blessed - Shunned for centuries after Andraste, blood magic use is once more on the rise in Tevinter.
  • 8:70 Blessed - Orlais and Nevarra battle for control of the Perendale western hills. Nevarra is eventually victorious.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Duke Bastien de Ghislain.
  • 8:74 Blessed - Birth of Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons.
  • 8:75 Blessed - Birth of Loghain Mac Tir.
  • 8:76 Blessed - Apostate Adain of Starkhaven escapes the Circle of Magi.
  • 8:77 Blessed - The epidemic of The Hundred Days' Cough in Orlais, killing the twin sons of the Emperor Judicael II and the baby daughter of his brother Florian.
  • 8:78 Blessed Age - Birth of Maric Theirin.
  • 8:82 Blessed - Nevarra attempts conquest of the Free Marches, but are foiled by Cade Arvale, later named Champion of Tantervale.
    ▪ Birth of Wynne.
  • 8:84 Blessed - Emperor Judicael II dies. Florian Valmont ascends the throne of Orlais.
    ▪ Birth of Eamon Guerrin, future Arl of Redcliffe.
  • 8:89 Blessed Age - Birth of Oghren Kondrat. Birth of Sten.
  • 8:91 Blessed Age - Birth of Teagan Guerrin
  • 8:95 Blessed Age - The Witch of the Wilds prophesies the return of the dragons.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) birth of Gordon Blackwall
  • 8:96 Blessed - Moira the Rebel Queen is assassinated by Bann Ceorlic  upon orders from King Meghren of Orlais.
    ▪ Moira's son Maric escapes after his mother is murdered.
    ▪ Endrin Aeducan ascends the throne of Orzammar.
    ▪ Death of Duchess Marissa de Ghislain, sister to Duke Bastien de Ghislain, of the blue death.
  • 8:97 Blessed Age - Birth of Vivienne.
  • 8:98 Blessed Age - ~(Estimated) Birth of Thom Rainier (Blackwall). 
    ▪ House Tethras is exiled for its denial of the Voice of the Ancestors, and for willfully manipulating the sacred Provings.
    ▪ Maric leads Ferelden to take the town of Gwaren.
  • 8:99 Blessed Age - ~(Estimated) Birth of Velanna.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Anders.
    ▪ ~(Estimated) Birth of Anthony Pentaghast.
    ▪ Fereldan rebels are defeated at the battle of West Hill and Maric is presumed dead.
    ▪ Maric, very much alive, kills Bann Ceorlic and three other nobles responsible for his mother's death.
    ▪ The first returning dragons emerge in Antiva, then wreak havoc across Orlais, Nevarra, then the Frostback Mountains.
    ▪ The Seekers of Truth abandon Therinfal Redoubt in Ferelden.
    ▪ Loghain Mac Tir leads Fereldan forces to victory at the Battle of the River Dane.
  • After another dragon is sighted on the Orlais side of the Frostbacks, Divine Faustine II declares the coming age the Dragon Age.

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Dragon Age Timeline: From the Black Age Through the Steel Age (Griffons and Nugs and Blights, Oh My!)

Welcome to the next installment on my own personal take on the Dragon Age Timeline, taking us from the Black Age through the Exalted and Steel Ages, and then on to the Storm Age. Please don't miss my earlier installments on the Ancient Age, and from the Divine Age through the Towers Age.

We hit some exciting stuff here, especially when we get to the Exalted Age and the events of the Fourth Blight and of Last Flight!

As always, let me know what's missing or wrong here, so I can add or edit as needed—meanwhile, faster than a griffon's wing, here are those next ages for your review and enjoyment!

The Black Age:
  • 4:00 Black - Werewolves reappear in Ferelden.
  • 4:20 Black - Herbalists rediscover elfroot and its healing properties.
  • 4:22 Black - King Guiomar the Younger of Antiva dies at the hands of Callisti di Bastion, of the Antivan Crows.
  • 4:30 Black - Queen Asha Subira Bahadur is born in Rivain.
  • 4:40-5:10 Black - Exalted Marches are declared by the Chantry, continuing through 5:10 Exalted.
  • 4:45 Black - The elf Alidda of Halamshiral is arrested for slaying twelve chevaliers. She escapes and kills twenty more, before cutting her own throat to avoid capture.
  • 4:46 Black - Divine Clemence I commissions Tevinter fugitive (and former magister) Adralla of Vyrantium to write the Litany of Adralla in order to protect against blood mages and demonic possession.
  • 4:50 Black - ~(Estimated) marriage of King Dario Campana to Asha Subira Bahadur, Gana of Ayesleigh.
  • 4:52 Black - The Great Riot of Val Royeaux takes place.
  • 4:80–84 Black - The Orlesian Empire crosses the Frostbacks and attempts invasion of Ferelden for the first time.
  • 4:83 Black - The Teyrns of Ferelden unite to push back Orlais. Orlais attempts to take Highever, but its siege is repelled successfully by the port.
  • 4:85 Black - The minstrel Uccam records the saga of Dane and the Werewolf.
  • 4:85-4:90 Black - (Estimated) Birth of Isseya. Birth of Garahel.
    ▪ Chateau Haine is built in the Western Vimmark Mountains by Lord Norbert de la Haine
  • 4:97 Black - Divine Rosamund is born.
  • 4:99 Black - Divine Justinia II names the Exalted age.

Exalted Age:
  • 5:10 Exalted - Orlais marches in the last Exalted March on the Tevinter Imperium but then ultimately retreats.
    ▪ Calenhad the Great is born to a Highever merchant.
    ▪ The Grey Wardens sign treaties with Alamarri teyrns and build a fortress in Denerim, along with several other outposts.
    ▪ Isseya leaves the mage Circle to join her brother with the Grey Wardens.
  • 5:11 Exalted - ~(Estimated) Isseya and Garahel survive the Joining and join the Grey Wardens.
  • 5:12 Exalted - Andoral awakens, and the Fourth Blight begins.
    ▪ Garahel meets and bonds with his griffon Crookytail. ▪ Darkspawn overrun Antiva, and the soldiers evacuate Antiva City. The royal family refuses to depart, and the Antivan Royal Guard rebels and kills King Elaudio before the Grey Wardens stop them.
    ▪ The Wardens evacuate the surviving royals and court members using griffons, but on the retreat, the Archdemon attacks, and pretty much all of the royals are killed, as well as most of the Wardens.
    ▪ Isseya, her griffon Revas, Garahel, his griffon Crookytail, and a small number of Grey Wardens survive, including the mage Calien. Amadis Vael, Princess-Captain of the Ruby Drakes Mercenary company, survives the trip.
    ▪ Using enchanted Aravels drawn by griffons (thanks to a brainstorm by Isseya), the Grey Wardens are able to evacuate many civilians from Wycome to Starkhaven.
    ▪ Darkspawn pour into the Free Marches and Rivain.
    ▪ The Blight rises in the Anderfels, and Hossberg comes under siege.
    ▪ Orlais and Tevinter successfully drive back the darkspawn attacking their cities.
    ▪ Tevinter refuses to send any aid to the Free Marches or the Anderfels, while Orlais sends only a token force.
  • 5:16 Exalted - Divine Hortensia II dies. Divine Rosamund is elected. 
  • 5:20 Exalted - Garahel leads an army of Wardens and Anders to successfully break the siege of Hossberg.
    ▪ Kirkwall declares the common nug to be vermin and a possible carrier of the Blight, causing mass exterminations of the creatures that came to be known as the Battle of Squealing Plains.
    ▪ Attempting to save the darkspawn-infected griffon Shrike, Isseya discovers a way to put griffons through the Joining.
  • 5:21 Exalted - Darkspawn destroy most of the Free Marches.
    Chateau Haine becomes Fortress Haine, a Grey Warden garrison commanded by Isseya.
    ▪ The refuge known as The Retreat is carved into the mountain at Fortress Haine, eventually housing hundreds of refugees.
    ▪ Garahel orders Isseya to put the griffons at Fortress Haine through the Joining, and Isseya does so under protest, save only for a few remaining griffons including Revas.
    ▪ Thanks to the griffons and Grey Wardens, Kirkwall is successfully evacuated.
  • 5:22 Exalted - Garahel assembles Wardens from Orlais and the Anderfels and marches to Starkhaven, where he organizes an alliance between the leaders of the Free Marches. They march north as a united army under the Grey Warden banner.
  • 5:24 Exalted - Isseya's corruption from the Taint progresses visibly. She puts most of the remaining griffons through the modified Joining.
    ▪ Battle of the city of Ayesleigh. Garahel kills the archdemon Andoral and perishes, along with Crookytail.
    ▪ Lambert Valmont, a young Orlesian captain, is declared a hero by King Azar Adalberto Campana of Antiva. Lambert weds one of Azar's daughters and the Valmont family is elevated to the nobility.
    ▪ Upon returning home, the Orlesian emperor is forced to match Azar's honors by granting Lambert a Marquisate.
    ▪ Darkspawn continue to plague the Deep Roads and to attack Orzammar.
  • 5:25 Exalted - Isseya is called back to Weisshaupt Fortress at news of an illness among the griffons, and she realizes that her modified Joining has infected and doomed all of the griffons, even those not put through the ritual.
    ▪ Isseya goes to Amadis Vael, who gives her the world's only remaining clutch of griffon eggs.
    ▪ Isseya uses blood magic to take the darkspawn taint from the eggs and into herself, then conceals the eggs in a state of magical suspended animation in a cave in the Anderfels. She then leaves clues in records at Weisshaupt and hides her journal for a future mage to uncover.
    ▪ Isseya flies Revas one last time, then both perish in her Calling.
  • 5:33 Exalted - Calenhad Theirin defeats Teyrn Simeon in the Battle of the White Valley and is named Teyrn of Denerim.
  • 5:37 Exalted - Tylus Van Markham, the first king of the Nevarran Van Markham family, kills the ruling Pentaghast and is crowned King, winning several major battles against Orlais.
  • 5:38 Exalted - King Tylus Van Markham turns the western Free Marches against the growing power of Orlais. He wins several major border wars against the Orlesians, expanding Nevarra into a nation.
  • 5:42 Exalted - With the crowning of King Calenhad in Denerim, the warring factions of Alamarri are at last united under a single banner to form the country of Ferelden.
  • 5:71 Exalted - Divine Rosamund dies after fifty-five years in power. Divine Amara III is elected.
  • 5:99 Exalted - Queen Madrigal of Antiva is assassinated. Divine Theodosia I receives news of Queen Madrigal's assassination by four blades and declares the Steel Age.

The Steel Age: 
  • 6:15 Steel - Dragons are hunted to near-extinction, most famously by the Pentaghast family of Nevarra.
  • 6:18 Steel - Fionne Theirin becomes the new Queen of Ferelden.
  • 6:30 Steel - The Qunari land in Par Vollen, conquering it from Tevinter.
  • 6:32 Steel - Beginning of the Qunari Wars in Seheron and along the coast of Rivain.
  • 6:35 Steel - The Qunari conquer the Antivan city of Treviso.
  • 6:42 Steel - The Qunari continue to conquer much of Tevinter, Rivain, and Antiva and begin to assault the Free Marches. They attack but do not take Minrathous. 
  • 6:50 Steel - Under warlord Balak, the Avvar sweep into the heart of the Ferelden Valley in massive numbers. The Bannorn is put to the torch.
  • 6:52 Steel - The Avvar are pushed out of Ferelden, leading to a terrible famine in Ferelden, and to hostile relations between the Avvar and Ferelden for ages.
  • 6:85 Steel - Tevinter begins to successfully beat back the Qunari.
  • 6:90 Steel - The Qunari besiege the city of Seleny. The appearance of a dragon, rumored to be called by Yavana, the Witch of the Wilds, forces them to retreat.
  • 6:99 Steel - Divine Hortensia III names the next age the Storm Age, foreseeing a growing storm of violence across Thedas.

The Storm Age:
  • 7:05 Storm - Sophia Dryden loses the Fereldan throne to her cousin Arland Theirin, joins the Grey Wardens and rises to the rank of Warden-Commander in Ferelden.
    ▪ Arland is a brutal leader, and Banns approach Sophia to intercede, and she attempts a coup against her cousin using the Grey Wardens.
    ▪ At the Battle of Soldier's Peak, Arland defeats Sophia, who is killed.
    ▪ The Grey Wardens are expelled from Ferelden and Soldier's Peak is abandoned.
  • 7:23 Storm - The Qunari are pushed back to Seheron and Rivain.
    ▪ The Battle of the Nocen Sea takes place as the largest naval engagement in history and despite ending in stalemate results in the destruction of many ships on both sides.
  • 7:25–85 Storm - The Exalted Marches on the Qunari are declared by both the Imperial Chantry (to retake Seheron and Qarinus) and by the Andrastian Chantry (in a pledge to retake Rivain).
    ▪ During the Exalted Marches, Orlais manages to steal the Tome of Koslun from the Qunari.
  • 7:28 Storm - A dragon cult following High Dragon Urzara devastates the northern Free Marches until the dragon is slain by a militia group.
  • 7:34 Storm - Archon Nomaran is elected directly from the ranks of enchanters in Tevinter, overturning the old rules forbidding mages from taking part in Tevinter politics.
    ▪ Hessarian's tale of his own conversion is translated.
  • 7:44 Storm - Freyan, the newly crowned emperor of the Orlesian Empire, allows women to become knights after witnessing the death of Ser Aveline, the Knight of Orlais.
  • 7:52 Storm - The second New Exalted March ends in disaster, as the Qunari capture much of Antiva.
  • 7:54 Storm - The Qunari land in Estwatch and use it as a launching point for fleets of dreadnoughts.
  • 7:55 Storm - Raiders from Llomerryn unite under the banner of the Felicisima Armada and help to turn the tide against the Qunari at sea.
    ▪ A third and final Exalted March on the Qunari is called.
  • 7:56 Storm - The Qunari even in retreat gain a foothold in the Free Marches by landing near Ostwick and launching assaults against Starkhaven and Kirkwall.
    ▪ Starkhaven rallies but Kirkwall falls, and is then occupied until the end of the Third New Exalted March.
  • 7:60 Storm - Kirkwall is liberated by Orlesian chevalier Ser Michel Lafaille, who becomes the city's first Viscount. The Kirkwall City Guard is founded.
  • 7:75 Storm - The Battle of Afsaana takes place between Orlais and the Qunari.
  • 7:78 Storm - The Felicisima Armada takes Estwatch following a massive naval battle with the Qunari.
  • 7:84 Storm - By the end of the Third New Exalted March, much of Northern Thedas has been laid waste by the Qunari, but efforts to rebuild become a priority.
    ▪ The Qunari relinquish Seheron to the Imperium and have only one stronghold left on the continent: the city of Kont-aar.
    ▪ A meeting between human envoys and the Qunari at Llomerryn results in the signing of the Llomerryn Peace Accords. The Qunari pull back to Par Vollen.
  • 7:88 Storm - The Chantry names Calenhad Theirin one of the Anointed.
  • 7:90 Storm - Ceridweth of the Spiral Eye, one of the more popular apostates of The Gallows, is made Tranquil.
  • 7:99 Storm - The end of Orlais's war with the Qunari. This, and the birth of twin boys to Emperor Etienne I, ushers in the Blessed Age.

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