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The '''Ash Warriors''' are an elite unit of fighters who use vicious [[Mabari War Dogs]] in battle. They are found in [[Ostagar]] before the Battle.
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The '''Ash Warriors''' are an elite and renowned unit of [[Ferelden|Fereldan]] fighters who use vicious [[mabari]] war dogs in battle. According to the [[Codex entry: The Legend of Luthias Dwarfson|legend]] their training is considered to descend from the [[Dwarf|dwarven]] [[berserker]]s. They are pious mercenaries who work for no pay, instead working for whatever cause they deem just. They are so admired by common Fereldans that wherever they go, they are treated as heroes.<ref name="prima353">''[[Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide#Collector's Edition|Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide]]'', p. 353</ref>
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The Ash Warriors' training has been passed down since Luthias the Dwarfson first harnessed the battle-rage of the dwarves. Ash Warriors harness the battle rage inside, nurture it, and draw it out so they cannot fall in battle until their last foe is slain. Ash Warriors trust their hounds with their lives, as the hounds do them, and fight side by side with their hounds in battle.
   
== Joining ==
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In [[Dragon Age: The Calling]], [[Kell]] reveals that he trained with the Ash Warriors. Part of their training focuses on the belief that you should "die" before battle (somewhat similar to the dwarven [[The Legion of the Dead]]); this death is a ritual that, for Kell, involved the other warriors drawing blood from him via shallow cuts, and then rubbing salt into the bleeding gashes.
Despite the prestige, few people choose to join the Ash Warriors. They are denied the opportunity for both personal wealth and for personal glory.<ref name="prima353"/>
 
   
Indeed, the Ash Warriors' ranks are often composed of former criminals, joining the group as a means to redeem themselves. Their past identities are expunged, as "even in legal records their old life is erased—contracts voided, marriages annulled, records of birth erased".<ref>[[Codex entry: The Ashen Cuirass]]</ref>
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Ash Warriors are proud of their traditions; if your [[Warden]] is an [[elf]] they will show little to no respect for you, if you are a [[human]] they will simply ask you to let them be, if however you choose to be a [[dwarf]] their leader will show you great respect and be much more polite.
   
== Training ==
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Ash warriors in the past once stood with [[King Calenhad]] when he was uniting [[Ferelden]].
Part of their training focuses on the belief that you should "die" before battle. Otherwise death will catch you unaware.<ref>''[[Dragon Age: The Calling]]'', p. 112</ref> Ash Warriors also receive training in tracking.<ref>''[[Dragon Age: The Calling]]'', p. 245</ref>
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==See Also==
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*[[Codex Entry: The Legend of Luthias Dwarfson]]
== Fighting style ==
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*[[Ash Warrior Axe]]
The Ash Warriors' training has, according to the Ash Warriors, been passed down since Luthias the Dwarfson, first harnessed the battle-rage of the dwarves.<ref>The Ash Warrior leader in [[Ostagar]] can tell the Warden that the Ash Warriors' training has been passed down since Luthias the Dwarfson, an Alamarri, first harnessed the battle-rage of the dwarves.</ref> Ash Warriors harness the battle rage inside, nurture it, and draw it out so they cannot fall in battle until their last foe is slain.
 
 
Ash Warriors are also famous for their use of mabari. They trust their hounds with their lives, as the hounds do them. They fight side by side with their hounds in battle and it is common for an Ash Warrior to pair with their dog for life. The sight, and smell, of the Ash Warriors fighting with their dogs is legendary.<ref>[[Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide|Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 353]]</ref>
 
 
== History ==
 
In -355 Ancient{{confirm}} the Battle of Red Falls occurred. This was last great battle between the [[Alamarri]] with their legendary leader Luthias and the [[Avvar]] with their warrior queen [[Morrighan'nan]]. Even though he was thought to be unbeatable, he and Morrighan'nan slew each other. The Ash Warriors were founded shortly after his death in order to honour his memory.<ref>[[Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide|Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 358]]</ref>
 
 
Some time before or during the [[Blessed Age]], the Ash Warriors were led by a man named Gelgenig who received a vision of [[Andraste]] while the Alamarri warred with the Avvars and [[Chasind Wilder|Chasind]] over land.<ref name="Gelgenig">[[Codex entry: Hauberk of Gelgenig the Faithful]]</ref> He then helped spread the faith of the [[Maker]] and helped unify the religion where Andraste could not, and ever since the Ash Warriors have been fierce adherents. However, this is not to say they are a part of the [[Chantry]], as they predated its formation and do not practice the [[Chant of Light]].
 
 
Ash Warriors in the past once stood with [[Calenhad Theirin|King Calenhad]] when he was uniting [[Ferelden]], and still remain "king's men."<ref>[[Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide|Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 353]]</ref>
 
 
== Involvement ==
 
 
=== ''Dragon Age: The Calling'' ===
 
[[Kell ap Morgan]] reveals that he trained with the Ash Warriors.
 
 
=== ''Dragon Age: Origins'' ===
 
The Ash Warriors stand with King [[Cailan Theirin]] ready to fight the [[darkspawn]] at [[Ostagar]]. If [[the Warden]] in ''[[Dragon Age: Origins]]'' is an [[elf]] they will show little to no respect for them, if [[human]] they will simply ask to be let be, if however the Warden is a [[dwarf]] their leader will show great respect and be much more polite.
 
 
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A group of [[Bandits on the Road|bandits]] just outside [[Lothering]] will mention that some wounded Ash Warriors passed through the village just prior to the [[Grey Wardens]].
 
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== Known Ash Warriors ==
 
* [[Ash Warrior Leader]]
 
* Gelgenig<ref name="Gelgenig"/>
 
* Willem Halfear<ref>[[Codex entry: Willem's Bulwark]]</ref>
 
 
== Gallery ==
 
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Fereldan Ash Warrior (HoDA).png|An Ash Warrior in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''.
 
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== See also ==
 
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{{:Codex entry: The Ashen Cuirass|style=iconmini}}{{clrl}}
 
{{:Codex entry: Hauberk of Gelgenig the Faithful|style=iconmini}}{{clrl}}
 
{{:Codex entry: Sundering|style=iconmini}}{{clrl}}
 
 
== References ==
 
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[[Category:Groups]]
 
[[Category:Groups]]
[[Category:Berserkers|*]]
 
[[Category:Ferelden]]
 
[[Category:Human lore]]
 
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