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'''Antaam''', meaning "body" in [[Qunlat]], is the military branch of the [[Qun]] led by the [[Arishok (title)|Arishok]]. Metaphorically the army is the eyes, ears, legs, arms and hands of the creature, everything that one needs to interact with the world, and so most Qunari encountered by Theodesians belong to the military.<ref name="Kirby">Kirby, Mary. [http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/141/index/5913976&lf=8 "Question about the antaam."] Retrieved 27 March, 2012.</ref> Due to Qunari belief that only males can be professional warriors, members of the antaam are always male, or more exactly always regarded as male. <ref>[http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/141/index/5913976#5914913]</ref> A female who has both the talent and dedication to fight can join the Antaam as part of a military classification known as the Aqun-Athlok where they are for all intents and purposes treated as if they were male despite being born otherwise.
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The '''Antaam''', meaning "body" in [[Qunlat]], is the military branch of the [[Qun]] led by the [[Arishok (title)|Arishok]]. Metaphorically, the Antaam are the eyes, ears, legs, arms and hands of the creature, everything that one needs to interact with the world, and so most [[Qunari]] encountered by Thedosians belong to the military.<ref name="Kirby">{{BSN|author=[[Mary Kirby]]|url=http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/141/index/5913976&lf=8|title="Question about the antaam."}} Retrieved 27 March, 2012.</ref> Due to Qunari belief that only males can be professional warriors, members of the antaam are always male, or more exactly always regarded as male. A female who has both the talent and dedication to fight can join the Antaam as part of a military classification known as the Aqun-Athlok where they are for all intents and purposes treated as if they were male despite being born otherwise.<ref>Dialogue with [[Iron Bull]]</ref>
   
All Qunari are given a tool which signifies their role in Qunari society, for soldiers this tool is always a weapon of some kind. In the case of soldiers, to lose this tool brands the owner as soulless and one who is to be executed on sight by the Antaam. These items are held in high regard, and upon the owner's death the Qunari may take the item to honor the fallen individual.<ref name="Kirby" />
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All Qunari are given a tool which signifies their role in Qunari society. For soldiers, this tool is always a weapon of some kind. Soldiers who lose this tool are branded as soulless and one who is to be executed on sight by the Antaam. These items are held in high regard, and upon the owner's death the Qunari may take the item to honor the fallen individual.<ref name="Kirby" />
   
==Duties==
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== Involvement ==
The purpose of the Antaam is: to gather military intelligence for the Qunari, seek and destroy anything that threatens Qunari society, and protect or recover its votaries, revered artifacts, and technology.
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Sometime around 9:44 [[Dragon Age (time period)|Dragon]],<ref>Unofficial BSN. http://bsn.boards.net/post/1170071/thread Based on the fact that Vaea, born in 9:23, is 21 during the events of Deception.</ref><ref name=NdP>{{Twitter|author=Nunzio De Filippis|url=https://twitter.com/ndefilippis/status/1209570705580400640}}</ref> the Antaam invades [[Tevinter Imperium|Tevinter]], taking the cities of [[Ventus]]<ref>''[[Dragon Age: Deception]]'', issue 3</ref> and [[Carastes]].<ref>''[[Dragon Age: Blue Wraith]]'', issue 1</ref> This attack was launched without the blessing of the other Qunari, leading to logistical problems, such as late supplies and damaged ships.<ref>According to Bas-taar in ''[[Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights]]'', Three Trees to Midnight</ref> Rumors that the Antaam didn't act in accordance with the Qun when taking Ventus prompted Saarbrak of the [[Ben-Hassrath]] to investigate. [[Rasaan]] claims that the Antaam in Tevinter is hers.<ref>''[[Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights]]'', Genitivi Dies in the End</ref>
   
The beresaad makes up as the vanguard of the Antaam, branching beyond Qunari lands to find answers to the Arishok's questions. They also task their youngest soldiers with protecting the port of [[Seheron]]<ref>{{Cite wot2|94}}</ref>. It is a relatively easy task, mostly requiring a tolerance for boredom and the ability to pay close attention even after hours of inactivity. There are occasional threats to the city's security–assassins, spies, infiltrators–and the young beresaad stationed there, most of them under eighteen years old<ref>{{Cite wot2|94}}</ref>, are the city's first line of defense.
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According to Qunari plans stolen from Ventus by the [[Dalish]] elf Thantiel, the Qunari are moving into Rivain.<ref name="tttm">''[[Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights]]'', Three Trees to Midnight</ref> Emil Kortez of the [[Antivan Crows]] was also approached by the [[Qunari]] to eliminate the Crow leadership and facilitate an invasion into [[Antiva]].<ref>''[[Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights]]'', Eight Little Talons</ref>
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Taarbas is another rank in the Antaam. Those with this position are tasked with finding and gathering the weapons of fallen Qunari.
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== Duties ==
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The purpose of the Antaam is to gather military intelligence for the Qunari, seek and destroy anything that threatens Qunari society, and protect or recover its votaries, revered artifacts, and technology.
   
The [[Arvaarad]] is an individual that, according to [[the Qun]], holds back the evil. Since one of the greatest values for a Qunari is mastery of the self, there is little trust for those who are most likely to be deceived from knowing who they are. Thus [[Saarebas]], who are susceptible to the whisperings and temptations of [[demon]]s, are regulated by their Arvaarad.
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The beresaad serves as the vanguard of the Antaam, branching beyond Qunari lands to find answers to the Arishok's questions. They also task their youngest soldiers with protecting the port of [[Seheron]]<ref name="wot94">{{Cite wot2|94}}</ref>. It is a relatively easy task, mostly requiring a tolerance for boredom and the ability to pay close attention even after hours of inactivity. There are occasional threats to the city's security&mdash;assassins, spies, and infiltrators&mdash;and the young beresaad stationed there, most of them under eighteen years old<ref name="wot94" />, are the city's first line of defense.
   
The role of the Arvaarad is strictly to hunt [[Tal-Vashoth]] or bas who have not yet been enlightened, and also to hold the leash of the [[Saarebas]] in their care. The latter task, however, takes precedent over any other that may come to an Arvaarad. An Arvaarad is the Qunari equivalent of a [[templar]]; one who takes care of (or imprisons, depending on where in [[Thedas]] the organisation is) mages.
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Taarbas is another rank in the Antaam. Those with this position are tasked with finding and gathering the weapons of fallen Qunari.
   
If a Saarebas has been outside their Karataam, a group of several mages held together on the same leash, then they are considered at risk for certain corruption, if not already corrupted. When this occurs the mage, and all who have come in contact with it, are to be killed.
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The [[Arvaarad]] is an individual that, according to [[the Qun]], holds back evil. Since one of the greatest values for a Qunari is mastery of the self, there is little trust for those who are most likely to be deceived from knowing who they are, like [[Saarebas]]. As such, the role of the Arvaarad is to hunt [[Tal-Vashoth]] or bas who have not yet been enlightened, and also to hold the leash of the Saarebas in their care. The latter task, however, takes precedent over any other that may come to an Arvaarad. An Arvaarad is the Qunari equivalent of a [[templar]]; one who takes care of (or imprisons, depending on where in [[Thedas]] the organisation is) mages.
   
==Notable members==
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If a Saarebas has been outside their Karataam, a group of several mages held together on the same leash, then they are considered at risk for certain corruption, if not already corrupted. When this occurs, the mage, and all who have come in contact with it, are to be killed.
*[[Arishok]]
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*[[Arvaarad]]
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== Notable members ==
*[[Ketojan]]
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* [[Arishok]]
*[[Saarebas (Dragon Age: Redemption)|Saarebas]]
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* [[Arvaarad]]
*[[Sten]]
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* [[Katari]] <small>(formerly)</small>
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* [[Ketojan]]
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* [[Saarebas (Dragon Age: Redemption)|Saarebas]]
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* [[Sten]]
   
 
== Ranks ==
 
== Ranks ==
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* '''Kithshok''': Leaders of the Qunari army of Seheron; a general; They also are in charge of negotiating trade between the Qunari and foreign traders at ports.
 
* '''Kithshok''': Leaders of the Qunari army of Seheron; a general; They also are in charge of negotiating trade between the Qunari and foreign traders at ports.
 
* '''Karasten''':<ref>[[Codex entry: Karasten's Belt]]</ref> Infantry commander.
 
* '''Karasten''':<ref>[[Codex entry: Karasten's Belt]]</ref> Infantry commander.
* '''[[Arvaarad]]''':<ref name="Sar">[[Codex entry: The Qunari - Saarebas]]</ref> "One Who Holds Back Evil"; a Qunari who watches over the [[saarebas]] (Qunari mages) and hunts Tal-Vashoth.
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* '''[[Arvaarad]]''': "one who holds back evil,"<ref name="Sar">[[Codex entry: The Qunari - Saarebas]]</ref> a Qunari who watches over the [[saarebas]] (Qunari mages) and hunts Tal-Vashoth.
* '''[[Sten]]''': Infantry platoon commander,<ref name="Kirby2">Kirby, Mary. [http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/47/index/450002&lf=8 "So "Sten" ... who are you really?"] Retrieved 27 March, 2012.</ref> a vanguard.<ref>As explained by [[Sten]] during the first conversation with him [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvuYh6OMV4E&feature=youtu.be&t=33s]</ref>
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* '''[[Sten]]''': Infantry platoon commander,<ref name="Kirby2">{{BSN|author=Mary Kirby|url=http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/47/index/450002&lf=8|title="So "Sten" ... who are you really?}} Retrieved 27 March, 2012.</ref> a vanguard.<ref>As explained by [[Sten]] during the first conversation with him [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvuYh6OMV4E&feature=youtu.be&t=33s Youtube]</ref>
* '''Karasaad''':<ref name="Shep" /> Soldier rank. - a melee Qunari warrior.
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* '''Bas-taar''': "Keeper of ''bas''," leader of the work camp for ''bas'' prisoners.<ref name="tttm" />
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* '''The Huntmaster''': Tracks down ''bas'' prisoners who try to escape.<ref name="tttm" />
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* '''Karasaad''':<ref name="Shep" /> Soldier rank, a melee Qunari warrior.
 
* '''Karashok''':<ref name="Kirby2" /><ref name="Shep">During [[Shepherding Wolves]] in ''[[Dragon Age II]]''.</ref> Infantry private. One appears in Sten's dream, the latter states the former was decapitated by darkspawns.
 
* '''Karashok''':<ref name="Kirby2" /><ref name="Shep">During [[Shepherding Wolves]] in ''[[Dragon Age II]]''.</ref> Infantry private. One appears in Sten's dream, the latter states the former was decapitated by darkspawns.
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* '''[[Katari]]''': "one who brings death."<ref>{{Cite wot2|266}}</ref>
 
* '''Ashaad''':<ref name="Kirby2" /><ref name="Shep" /> Ash, "to seek" and Aad "unit". A Qunari scout. One of them with a sense of humor appears in Sten's dream.
 
* '''Ashaad''':<ref name="Kirby2" /><ref name="Shep" /> Ash, "to seek" and Aad "unit". A Qunari scout. One of them with a sense of humor appears in Sten's dream.
* '''[[The Lost Swords|Taarbas]]''': A title/rank of Qunari. Apparent role is to retrieve the weapons of fallen Qunari.
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* '''[[The Lost Swords|Taarbas]]''': Apparent role is to retrieve the weapons of fallen Qunari.
 
* '''[[Saarebas]]''':<ref name="Sar" /> A "dangerous thing," the Qunari word and title for mages.
 
* '''[[Saarebas]]''':<ref name="Sar" /> A "dangerous thing," the Qunari word and title for mages.
   
==See also==
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== See also ==
 
*[[The Lost Swords]]
 
*[[The Lost Swords]]
 
*[[Sword of the Antaam]]
 
*[[Sword of the Antaam]]
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The Antaam, meaning "body" in Qunlat, is the military branch of the Qun led by the Arishok. Metaphorically, the Antaam are the eyes, ears, legs, arms and hands of the creature, everything that one needs to interact with the world, and so most Qunari encountered by Thedosians belong to the military.[1] Due to Qunari belief that only males can be professional warriors, members of the antaam are always male, or more exactly always regarded as male. A female who has both the talent and dedication to fight can join the Antaam as part of a military classification known as the Aqun-Athlok where they are for all intents and purposes treated as if they were male despite being born otherwise.[2]

All Qunari are given a tool which signifies their role in Qunari society. For soldiers, this tool is always a weapon of some kind. Soldiers who lose this tool are branded as soulless and one who is to be executed on sight by the Antaam. These items are held in high regard, and upon the owner's death the Qunari may take the item to honor the fallen individual.[1]

Involvement Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights.


BioWare canon
The plot follows BioWare's own canon, meaning it may not follow some of the player's choices in the games.

Sometime around 9:44 Dragon,[3][4] the Antaam invades Tevinter, taking the cities of Ventus[5] and Carastes.[6] This attack was launched without the blessing of the other Qunari, leading to logistical problems, such as late supplies and damaged ships.[7] Rumors that the Antaam didn't act in accordance with the Qun when taking Ventus prompted Saarbrak of the Ben-Hassrath to investigate. Rasaan claims that the Antaam in Tevinter is hers.[8]

According to Qunari plans stolen from Ventus by the Dalish elf Thantiel, the Qunari are moving into Rivain.[9] Emil Kortez of the Antivan Crows was also approached by the Qunari to eliminate the Crow leadership and facilitate an invasion into Antiva.[10]

Duties Edit

The purpose of the Antaam is to gather military intelligence for the Qunari, seek and destroy anything that threatens Qunari society, and protect or recover its votaries, revered artifacts, and technology.

The beresaad serves as the vanguard of the Antaam, branching beyond Qunari lands to find answers to the Arishok's questions. They also task their youngest soldiers with protecting the port of Seheron[11]. It is a relatively easy task, mostly requiring a tolerance for boredom and the ability to pay close attention even after hours of inactivity. There are occasional threats to the city's security—assassins, spies, and infiltrators—and the young beresaad stationed there, most of them under eighteen years old[11], are the city's first line of defense.

Taarbas is another rank in the Antaam. Those with this position are tasked with finding and gathering the weapons of fallen Qunari.

The Arvaarad is an individual that, according to the Qun, holds back evil. Since one of the greatest values for a Qunari is mastery of the self, there is little trust for those who are most likely to be deceived from knowing who they are, like Saarebas. As such, the role of the Arvaarad is to hunt Tal-Vashoth or bas who have not yet been enlightened, and also to hold the leash of the Saarebas in their care. The latter task, however, takes precedent over any other that may come to an Arvaarad. An Arvaarad is the Qunari equivalent of a templar; one who takes care of (or imprisons, depending on where in Thedas the organisation is) mages.

If a Saarebas has been outside their Karataam, a group of several mages held together on the same leash, then they are considered at risk for certain corruption, if not already corrupted. When this occurs, the mage, and all who have come in contact with it, are to be killed.

Notable members Edit

Ranks Edit

  • Arishok: Supreme commander of the Antaam.
  • Kathaban: Leader of the Qunari naval forces; the admiral.
  • Kithshok: Leaders of the Qunari army of Seheron; a general; They also are in charge of negotiating trade between the Qunari and foreign traders at ports.
  • Karasten:[12] Infantry commander.
  • Arvaarad: "one who holds back evil,"[13] a Qunari who watches over the saarebas (Qunari mages) and hunts Tal-Vashoth.
  • Sten: Infantry platoon commander,[14] a vanguard.[15]
  • Bas-taar: "Keeper of bas," leader of the work camp for bas prisoners.[9]
  • The Huntmaster: Tracks down bas prisoners who try to escape.[9]
  • Karasaad:[16] Soldier rank, a melee Qunari warrior.
  • Karashok:[14][16] Infantry private. One appears in Sten's dream, the latter states the former was decapitated by darkspawns.
  • Katari: "one who brings death."[17]
  • Ashaad:[14][16] Ash, "to seek" and Aad "unit". A Qunari scout. One of them with a sense of humor appears in Sten's dream.
  • Taarbas: Apparent role is to retrieve the weapons of fallen Qunari.
  • Saarebas:[13] A "dangerous thing," the Qunari word and title for mages.

See also Edit

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 BSN Mary Kirby""Question about the antaam."" . BioWare Social Network. Retrieved 27 March, 2012.
  2. Dialogue with Iron Bull
  3. Unofficial BSN. http://bsn.boards.net/post/1170071/thread Based on the fact that Vaea, born in 9:23, is 21 during the events of Deception.
  4. Twitter icon Nunzio De Filippis. https://twitter.com/ndefilippis/status/1209570705580400640 . Twitter.
  5. Dragon Age: Deception, issue 3
  6. Dragon Age: Blue Wraith, issue 1
  7. According to Bas-taar in Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Three Trees to Midnight
  8. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Genitivi Dies in the End
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Three Trees to Midnight
  10. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Eight Little Talons
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 94
  12. Codex entry: Karasten's Belt
  13. 13.0 13.1 Codex entry: The Qunari - Saarebas
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 BSN Mary Kirby. ""So "Sten" ... who are you really?" . BioWare Social Network. Retrieved 27 March, 2012.
  15. As explained by Sten during the first conversation with him Youtube
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 During Shepherding Wolves in Dragon Age II.
  17. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 266
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