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I never wanted this job. Hunting demons was so much simpler than politics.


Ameridan was the last Inquisitor of the original Inquisition before its dissolution shortly after the creation of the Chantry.

Background

He was a renowned dragon hunter and a close friend of the first Orlesian Emperor Kordilius Drakon, who also formalized the Chantry in Thedas. Sources describe Ameridan as both a man of passion and a man of faith. He is said to have disappeared in the final years of the Ancient Age, shortly after the Inquisition split into the Templar Order and the Seekers of Truth. It is unknown what happened to him, with some speculating that he deliberately vanished from public scrutiny to not overshadow the newly formed Templars. Despite an exhaustive search by Emperor Drakon, Ameridan was never seen again.[1]

Involvement


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The truth about Ameridan may be quite different in some ways than believed by most Thedosians. It appears that Ameridan was an elf who revered both the Maker and the elven pantheon, and loved an elven Dreamer mage, Telana. Ameridan says that when the Inquisition joined the Chantry, they required a leader that inspired loyalty instead of fear. Drakon personally asked him to become the Inquisitor in order to show a united front; thus he took up the mantle out of duty.

During the peril of the Second Blight, the Avvar of the Frostback Basin resented the inaction of Ferelden and summoned their god, Hakkon, in the form of a dragon. Ameridan was able to seal the dragon and himself with time magic, remaining in stasis for eight hundred years. By 9:41 Dragon, the Jaws of Hakkon attempted to draw their god into another vessel. They are thwarted by the present day Inquisitor, who then addresses their predecessor. If the Inquisitor is an elf, Ameridan is informed of the fall of the Dales, and bitterly laments its loss--as well as its betrayal by Drakon's son--when informed of what occurred by the current Inquisitor.[2] If Cassandra is in the party, she asks how the leader of the Seekers could be a mage. Ameridan explains that most Inquisitors were never Seekers and they used to include mages in their ranks for the purpose of hunting demons and maleficarum. If Cassandra had discovered the truth about the Seekers and the Rite of Tranquility, Ameridan reveals that he opposed the wide-spread use of Tranquility out of fear that it would lead to abuse and his compatriots agreed.

Because the Hakkonites disrupted Ameridan's bindings, Hakkon would soon be freed while Ameridan would fade to dust. Ameridan leaves the task of destroying Hakkon to his successor and leaves a few parting gifts before fading away.

References

  1. Item description of Helm of the Inquisitor
  2. Per Jaws of Hakkon DLC.
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