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You know, one good thing about the Blight is how it brings people together.


Alistair is a playful and compassionate Grey Warden and one of the companions in Dragon Age: Origins. He is a potential romance option for a female Warden.

Background


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


Alistair believes his mother to have been a serving maid who died giving birth to him. He was raised by Arl Eamon Guerrin of Redcliffe. The arl's wife, Arlessa Isolde suspected the reason her husband took an interest in the welfare of a servant's child was that Alistair was Eamon's son. She insisted the boy be sent away to the Chantry. Isolde's suspicions were unfounded, however. Alistair was not Eamon's son, but King Maric's. Eamon sheltered the boy to hide his existence from Queen Rowan, Maric's wife, on the advice of his friend Teyrn Loghain Mac Tir. His illegitimate status notwithstanding, Alistair's parentage makes him a possible heir to the throne, after the demise of his half-brother King Cailan.

Alistair was trained to become a templar for many years by the Chantry, this being how he learned most of his skills. He was found to be ill-suited to a life of religious devotion, however. When Duncan, a friend to his father, found him, Alistair had not yet taken his vows and was desperately unhappy. During a tourney held to honor the Grey Wardens, Duncan decided to recruit him. Alistair was not the most skilled fighter, and was bested by acclaimed templars such as Ser Eryhn, a woman who wielded a sword and shield with unequaled grace, Ser Talrew, leader of many victories against the Chasind, and Ser Kalvin, one of the finest blades in Ferelden[1]. Despite this, Duncan admired Alistair's character above the other templars present. Sensing that he had a good and loyal heart, Duncan used the Right of Conscription to force the Chantry to hand Alistair over to the Grey Wardens before he took the sacramental vows. The Grand Cleric did not wish to let him go, but could not supersede the Right of Conscription.

Involvement

Dragon Age: Origins


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


NPC-Alistair

Alistair at camp.

Newest of Ferelden's Grey Wardens, Alistair is the first party companion that joins the Warden when he helps them prepare for the Joining. He is proud to be a Grey Warden, and informs the Warden of several of the sacrifices that being a Grey Warden entails. However, even his knowledge of the difficult path that Grey Wardens travel does not stop him from being devastated when Duncan and the rest of Ferelden's Grey Wardens die at Ostagar. Alistair takes his responsibility to end the Blight seriously and will stand by The Warden to see this done, even if The Warden acts in a way he disapproves of.

Family is important to Alistair. Despite sleeping in the stables when under Eamon's care, and Isolde being responsible for his being sent to the Chantry, helping save them all is very important to him. Alistair also longs to be reunited with his half sister Goldanna. However their reunion does not go well. While on the quest Alistair's Family you will have the opportunity to permanently harden Alistair's personality by telling him, "Everyone is out for themselves. You need to learn that." after leaving his sister's home. If the Warden reinforces this advice in follow-up conversations, Alistair will gain confidence and put himself first more often. This means he is more willing to become king, and to put his personal feelings above his sense of duty.

The Landsmeet is a critical event for Alistair. As the only known living child of King Maric, Alistair has a strong claim to the throne and he can become king, ruling by himself, with Anora, or with a female Human Noble Warden. However, despite his willingness to overlook other actions the Warden has taken, if the Warden accepts Riordan's advice to let Loghain undergo the Joining, Alistair will leave the party for good. He can still be persuaded to marry Anora, therefore becoming king, but he will not serve alongside Loghain under any circumstances. Also, if he has called for Loghain's death and does not marry Anora, she will call for his execution to secure the throne. The Warden can intervene to save his life, or allow Alistair to die.

Note: If Alistair is executed, a chest appears in the Arl of Redcliffe's Estate with all his equipment. If he simply leaves the chest is not present.

After Morrigan's Ritual has been accepted the Warden can choose to involve Alistair by asking him to sleep with Morrigan. If Alistair is in love with the Warden and Morrigan's offer is accepted, he will have sex with Morrigan, though this will not change his feelings for the Warden. If the Warden is a male, you can accept her offer or convince Alistair to accept it. Whatever the choice, Alistair will accompany the Warden into the final battle.

If Alistair is in love with The Warden, and Morrigan's offer is declined, Alistair will insist on sacrificing himself to slay the Archdemon regardless of conversation choice, admitting that duty alone is not the real reason for his actions. If told that his decision is crazy, Alistair will reply that it is the "sanest thing I've ever done" before kissing the warden one last time and slaying the Archdemon. If the Warden is a female there are only two ways of keeping Alistair alive. 1, Leave him behind to guard the gates or 2, when he volunteers to sacrifice himself, choose the "I'm sorry, I can't let you" option. The cut-scene where the Warden kills the Archdemon will play.

Epilogue

  • If he is not hardened and Alistair becomes King of Ferelden, he travels frequently during his reign, ruling with a "common touch".
  • If he is hardened, he will surprise many by studying governance, though he still likes to sneak out of the castle to visit local taverns. He will also be willing to continue his relationship with the Warden if it has occurred (if they are not of Human Noble origin). Spending time after with his love before leaving for Weisshaupt - promising to return shortly.
  • If Alistair does not become king, and is in a romance with The Warden, he can stay with the Grey Wardens, not leaving his love's side except to make a memorial for Duncan.
  • If Loghain is conscripted into the Grey Wardens and Alistair is not married to Anora, he leaves Ferelden and becomes a wandering drunkard.
  • If the Warden makes the Sacrifice and Alistair has not been made king, he stays with the Grey Wardens for a time. Later, saying he doesn't "feel right anymore", and after making a memorial for Duncan, Alistair disappears.

Dragon Age: Awakening


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.


Alistair is only seen in Awakening if he was elected king at the Landsmeet. He will appear at Vigil's Keep after the first attack, clad in a set of armor resembling the Armor of Hirol's Defense Set and accompanied by a platoon of templars. He arrives to observe the situation, and decide on what The Warden must do. If The Warden is Orlesian, the game assumes Alistair was elected king at the Landsmeet. If The Warden was in a romance with Alistair during the game, or is a human noble and married to him, he will acknowledge the relationship.

The Darkspawn Chronicles

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Codex entry: Leliana states that Leliana is rumoured to be Alistair's lover.

Dragon Age II


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age II.


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Three fortunes of Alistair.

If Alistair was made king in Origins, he will make a brief appearance in Dragon Age II during the quest King Alistair. He will be accompanied by Bann Teagan. He will be having a slight confrontation with Meredith, regarding a few mages who have fled to Ferelden. Alternatively, if he granted freedom to the Ferelden Circle of Magi, this will be the reason for their dispute. If Aveline is in the party and Loghain was kept alive during the Landsmeet, Alistair will make a comment about it. If a female human noble Warden married Alistair and became Queen, he will humorously refer to her as "the old ball and chain." When Bann Teagan comments that the Queen hates being called this, Alistair will say that "Just because she killed an Archdemon, she doesn't scare me", to which Teagan replies, "You keep telling yourself that, Your Majesty". Alternatively, he will be informed that the "Hero of Ferelden" will be returning to Denerim soon by Bann Teagan if the Warden did not marry him or went through Awakening, to which Alistair will comment that Teagan is always so formal and that the Warden has a name. If Alistair is in a relationship with the female Warden but married to Anora, Teagan will mention that "you-know-who" will be arriving back from a mission and Alistair will comment that they'd best not tell Anora. Should Hawke ask Alistair about the situation in Orlais, Teagan will mention that the Orlesians are starting to swoop upon Ferelden, and that many Fereldans believe it is bad, to which Alistair replies: "Yes. Swooping is bad.", one of his famous quotes from Dragon Age: Origins.

If Alistair remained with the Wardens in Origins, he will appear during the Qunari battle with Bethany/Carver, provided Hawke's sibling survived The Deep Roads Expedition. He expresses regret that he cannot help Hawke during the battle because as a Grey Warden he must remain neutral, but he will give Hawke an amulet The Sacred Heart that belonged to a "friend" (or "the love of (his) life") - presumably the Warden. If an appropriate fix is applied, Alistair will acknowledge his relationship with the Warden if applicable, including her final fate.

If exiled at the end of The Landsmeet, Alistair eventually appears as a drunk patron at the Hanged Man in Kirkwall, whining about his misfortunes and how he's supposed to be the prince of Ferelden. Hawke may approach him in Act 1 and attempt a conversation. Additionally, Isabela will comment on Alistair's behavior if she is present in Hawke's active party. When approached by Hawke a second time, in Act 2, Alistair's presence at the Hanged Man eventually gains the attention of Bann Teagan, who tells him that he can now return to Ferelden.

Dragon Age: The Silent Grove


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: The Silent Grove.


BioWare canon
The plot follows BioWare's own canon, meaning that Alistair is king of Ferelden in the comic's story.

Alistair arrives in Antiva City where he enters the headquarters of the Antivan Crows along with the pirate Isabela and Varric Tethras. They are ambushed by Prince Claudio Valisti, though Claudio realises who Alistair is. The pair exchange a hushed conversation, where Alistair is asked whether he "is convinced". They also speak briefly of an escape from Velabanchel, a prison run by the Antivan Crows before parting ways.

He later makes his way into Velabanchel, where he encounters a wizened prisoner within a cell, who, when Alistair utters, "King Maric?", tells him that he is "too late".

Alistair escapes Velabanchel with his companions and the prisoner they found. The old man tells him that Yavana, a Witch of the Wilds rescued Maric. Alistair goes to the Tellari swamps and is attacked by a high dragon. Yavana then appears and calms the beast.

Alistair discusses his father with Claudio in the Crows' camp. Claudio prepares to reveal who his patron is - the one who ordered Alistair's kidnap - though Isabela and Varric attack the camp before he continues. As Isabela prepares to kill Claudio, Alistair orders her to stop, but she does so anyway. He then explains that Claudio had information about Maric that is now lost.

Approval

See Alistair/Approval for more information.


The Warden can increase Alistair's approval rating through gifts (covered below), dialogue, and plot decisions. Alistair responds well when you ask him to speak about himself. Typically, Alistair will try to deflect your question with a joke, which you can move past either by joking (often leading to humorous conversation) or calling Alistair's bluff. Neither approach will affect his approval. Alistair is, in a sense, shy and speaks often of Duncan and the Grey Wardens. In many ways, Alistair views Duncan as a surrogate father. Always affirm his emotional responses, and his approval rating will increase.

When speaking of one's post-Joining experiences, Alistair approves of responses that reflect his own. Admit to nightmares, increased appetite, etc. to slightly bump his approval. When the hero speaks to Alistair about other personal things (such as sex), Alistair admires answers which suggest both strength and experience. Do not mock him for his own softness and relative inexperience, however, as these will negate any approval benefits the hero receives through insisting on his own prowess.

Romance


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


Alistair is romantically interested in women. He doesn't take relationships lightly. There are various ways to begin a romance with him during his dialogue. Compliment him; tell him you like him, essentially anything but openly mocking him will put you in his good graces. If propositioned before an appropriate approval rating he may turn you down due to his own inexperience, saying that he wasn't raised to take that sort of thing lightly; continued propositioning after this point will lead to disapproval. If continued approval is built, he will eventually join you in your tent. He likes to feel wanted and needed, and will even respond to a little bit of bossiness. However, he doesn't like being mocked about intimacy.

Alistair will take the lead and invite you to bed if your approval rating is high enough after completing his personal quest (and you haven't already gotten him to go back to your tent). The conversation will be initiated the next time you go to camp.

When Alistair becomes interested in the female Warden, he will offer a gift of a rose. You may choose to accept it or not. If you have high approval with Alistair and high approval with Zevran or Leliana (adore or love levels), when you next speak to Alistair, he will force you to choose one of them.

If Alistair becomes king and the Warden is anything but a human noble, or is a human noble but is not going to marry Alistair, their relationship can only continue if Alistair has been hardened. If he has not, the relationship will end. Even if he has been hardened the relationship can still end if the correct dialogue options are not chosen when he speaks to the Warden after the Landsmeet. Be sure to choose "Nobody can force the king to do anything he doesn't want to" in order to convince Alistair to continue the relationship.

Note: A human noble must pass a Persuasion check in order to marry Alistair when choosing between him and Anora at the Landsmeet, though it is not necessary to be in a relationship with him or even to have high approval. With a hardened Alistair, this option only becomes available if you did not accept Riordan's proposal to make Loghain a Grey Warden; if you accepted the idea then the hardened Alistair takes the throne directly and executes Loghain, thus avoiding the whole dialog where you could choose between Alistair and Anora and would have had the option to rule beside him.

If the Warden has already slept with Alistair and "hardened" him during his personal quest, and his approval is ~high enough~, she can have a threesome with him and Isabela on her ship.

Leliana's Codex entry in The Darkspawn Chronicles (DLC) states that she is rumored to be Alistair's lover. This is not directly addressed in Origins, however, even if the Warden does not romance either character.

If Alistair's approval rating reaches a high enough point, Wynne will engage in conversation on this topic, saying that she disapproves of the relationship and that she does not wish for Alistair to be hurt.

After Alistair's approval reaches Adore/Love, if the Warden talks to Leliana she enquires about his 'performance'. If this takes place outside camp with Alistair in the party, he'll interrupt, asking why Leliana is giggling. The Warden may respond:
- "You. And your performance." Alistair will be confused at first, then Leliana will say that you are discussing how he 'treats her in bed'. Alistair will finally cotton on and say "Maker... What is wrong with you women?"
- "Uh.. Darkspawn." Skeptical, Alistair will respond, "Right. Yes, you're giggling about darkspawn. So funny, them darkspawns!"
- "Nothing, just girl talk." Alistair will decide not to enquire further.

Quests

Dragon Age: Origins

Ico Quest Alistair's Family

Dragon Age II

Quest icon DA2 King Alistair

Gifts

Despite being raised by the Chantry to be a templar, Alistair has a deep interest in the arcane and occult, as evidenced by his preference for gifts of statues and rune stones. His plot items, however, are his mother's (repaired) amulet, found on the desk of the Arl of Redcliffe in Castle Redcliffe and Duncan's Shield, found inside Market Warehouse, in Denerim Market District.

Name Notes Description

Tre ico alistair amulet
Alistair's Mother's Amulet
Located: Redcliffe Castle
Plot Item
This silver emblem of Andraste's Flame is riddled with cracks. Someone with a lot of patience has carefully glued it back together.
Tre ico runestone 2
Black Runestone
Located: Aeducan Thaig
A flat black stone with a glowing silver rune carved into it.
Tre ico dunc shield
Duncan's Shield
Located: Grey Warden Vault
Plot Item
Becomes: Duncan's Shield
The symbol of the Grey Wardens is emblazoned on this shield, which once belonged to Duncan. It was found in the Grey Wardens cache in Denerim.
Tre ico silver chalice
Joining Chalice
Located: Ostagar
Requires:
Return to Ostagar'
Darkspawn blood still encrusts this silver chalice. With a shudder, you remember the day you brought it to your lips and drank deeply of all the mysteries that lay within.
Tre ico statuette 4
Onyx Demon Statuette
A small statue of a demon, carved out of onyx.
Tre ico statuette 3
Small Carved Statuette
Located: Lothering
A small carving of a robed woman.
Tre ico statuette 1
Stone Dragon Statuette
A small stone carving of a dragon.
Tre ico statuette 2
Stone Warrior Statuette
A small stone carving of a humanoid warrior.
Tre ico runestone 1
White Runestone
Located: Circle Tower
A small, flat white stone with a gold rune carved into it.
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Sometimes if you put Alistair into your party, he may respond as if he has just received a gift that has improved his approval to you by +1

Initial statistics

See Companion Strategies for suggestions on how to develop Alistair.
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Alistair in battle

Relative Attribute Weightings on Auto-Level: Strength 1.5, Dexterity 0.8, Willpower 0.4, Magic 0, Cunning 0, Constitution 0.9.

Class: Warrior

Specialization: Templar

Skills: Expert Combat Training

Starting Talents:

Templar: Righteous Strike

Warrior: Powerful

Weapon and Shield: Shield Bash, Shield Pummel, Shield Block, Shield Cover

Gear

Initial gear

Plt ico commem coin Runic Worry Token
Ico armor med Splintmail
Ico boots med Splintmail Boots
Ico gloves med Splintmail Gloves
Ico shield kitewood Templar Shield

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Alistair-specific gear

Plt ico commem coin Runic Worry Token

Plot skills

As you befriend Alistair and gain his approval he will gain the following additional abilities:

Skill Name Benefit Requirement
Inspired: Minor Constitution +1 to Constitution 25% approval
Inspired: Moderate Constitution +2 to Constitution 50% approval
Inspired: Major Constitution +4 to Constitution 75% approval
Inspired: Massive Constitution +6 to Constitution 90% approval
Note: These bonuses are non-cumulative, i. e. the companion will get a total bonus of +6, not of +13.

Quotes

Main article: Alistair/Dialogue

Dragon Age: Origins

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Alistair's Concept Art

  • "You know, one good thing about the Blight is how it brings people together."
  • "Just so you know, if the king ever asks me to put on a dress and dance the Remigold, I'm drawing the line. Darkspawn or no."
  • (After first giving advice on Archdemon-dreams) "That's what I'm here for. To deliver unpleasant news and witty one-liners."
  • (After Redcliffe) "Now that the warm and fuzzy part of the day is over we can get back to the ritual dismemberments. Oh wait, it's not Tuesday is it?"
  • "You smell great; is that death you're wearing? It really suits you."
  • (Revived from unconsciousness) "We won? We did? Yay!"
  • (After battle, heavily injured) "Injured! As in me, as in Ow!"
  • "Have you ever licked a lamp post in winter?"
  • (On Queen Anora) "Oh, and she turned on us. What a shock. She seemed like such a nice despot."

Dragon Age II

  • "I'm Alistair, uh... King of Ferelden. And this is Teagan, my uncle. Sort of."
  • "I was hoping we could talk. Would've been better timing before being emasculated by Meredith, but I'm not picky."
  • (Drunk Alistair to Isabela) "You sound like Morrigan."

Dialogue

(Leliana's second attempt to join the party, if she was refused the first time)

  • Warden: "Alistair, she's one Archdemon short of a blight."
  • Alistair: "Yes, but she seems more... "Ooh, pretty colors!" than "Muahaha! I am Princess Stabbity! Stab, kill, kill!"
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(Presenting a rose to a female Warden)

  • Alistair: "Here, look at this. Do you know what it is?"
  • Warden: "Your new weapon of choice?"
  • Alistair: "Yes, that's right! Watch as I thrash our enemies with the mighty power of floral arrangements! Feel my thorns, darkspawn! I will overpower you with my rosy scent!"
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(Gossiping about the other companions)

  • Alistair: "I've got this nefarious plan to go around to each of them, and secretly tell them all the nasty things you said. That way they'll mutiny, and I shall become the group leader!" (evil laugh)
  • Warden: "If you want to lead, all you have to do is ask."
  • Alistair: "What? Lead? Me? No, no, no. No leading. Bad things happen when I lead. We get lost, people die, and the next thing you know I'm stranded somewhere without any pants."

Trivia

  • When asked to compare a set list of NPC companions to food, BioWare employee Cori May said that Alistair was most comparable to "strawberries and cream, sweet and wholesome and delicious, and a little goofy."[2] While writer Sheryl Chee says "Alistair is an apricot. Cute, sweet and just a little fuzzy."[3]
  • Writer Sheryl Chee has said that when going out for a drink Alistair would "have half a pint and giggle uncontrollably for the rest of the night." [4]
  • In writing Alistair, David Gaider was inspired by Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly.[5] Gaider also wanted Nathan Fillion, who played Mal, to be Alistair's voice actor but it was decided to choose a British actor instead.[6]
  • Alistair was originally supposed to be a "grizzled Grey Warden veteran". That didn't work well for a character that needed to join the player early, and he was rewritten. [7]
  • Alistair is David Gaider's favorite NPC from Dragon Age: Origins. [8]
  • The name Alistair can mean "Defender of the People", or "One who holds off the enemies".
  • Alistair seems to have a persistent fear of mages turning him into a toad.
  • David Gaider apparently once compared Alistair to a "gateway drug", causing Sheryl Chee to question Gaider in shock believing him to have said "date-rape drug". To this Gaider responded "I said a GATEWAY drug!" [9]
  • Alistair's surname after becoming king has been confirmed as Theirin in the comic series, but it is unknown if he takes this name after his coronation or holds it since birth.
  • Alistair's romance bears some resemblance to that of Sir Anomen Delryn, from Baldur's Gate II Shadows of Amn (One of Bioware Corp's first RPG'S). They both will give the main character a flower to announce their romantic interest in them.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. Alistair - Dragon Age Wiki
  2. Cori May, Dragon Age Central[dead link]
  3. Sheryl Chee, Dragon Age Central[dead link]
  4. Sheryl Chee, Dragon Age Central[dead link]
  5. David Gaider, BioWare Social Network
  6. David Gaider, BioWare Social Network
  7. David Gaider, BioWare Social Network
  8. David Gaider, Dragon Age Central[dead link]
  9. David Gaider's Twitter

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