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The '''Ash Warriors''' are an elite unit of [[Fereldan]] fighters who use vicious [[mabari]] war dogs in battle. They are mercenaries who work for no pay, historically related to the Alamarri.<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>
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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. 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.
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The '''Ash Warriors''' are an elite and renowned unit of [[Fereldan]] fighters who use vicious [[mabari]] war dogs in battle. They are pious mercenaries who work for no pay, instead working for whatever cause is just. They are so admired by common Fereldans that wherever they go, they are treated as heroes. <ref>[[Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide|Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 353]]</ref>
   
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 [[Legion of the Dead]], a dwarven unit); 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. Another similarity to the Legion is that 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 "[e]ven in legal records their old life is erased—contracts voided, marriages annulled, records of birth erased."
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==Joining==
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Despite the prestige, few people choose to join the Ash Warriors. They are denied the opportunity for both personal wealth and for personal golry.<ref>[[Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide|Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 353]]</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]] over land.{{Citation needed}} 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]].
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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 "[e]ven in legal records their old life is erased—contracts voided, marriages annulled, records of birth erased."{{Citation needed}}
   
Ash Warriors are proud of their traditions; if the [[Warden]] in Dragon Age: Origins 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.
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==Training==
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Part of their training focuses on the belief that you should "die" before battle. This ritual involves other warriors drawing blood via shallow cuts, and then rubbing salt into the bleeding gashes.<ref>[[Kell]] in ''[[Dragon Age: The Calling]]''</ref>
   
Ash Warriors in the past once stood with [[King Calenhad]] when he was uniting [[Ferelden]], and still remain "king's men."{{Citation needed}}
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==Fighting style==
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The Ash Warriors' training has, according to the Ash Warriors, been passed down since Luthias the Dwarfson, and Alamari, 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.
   
They are found in [[Ostagar]] before the battle.
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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>
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==History==
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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 [[Avvar]]s and [[Chasind]] over land.<ref>[[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]].
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Ash Warriors in the past once stood with [[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>
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== Involvement ==
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===''Dragon Age: The Calling''===
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In ''[[Dragon Age: The Calling]]'', [[Kell]] reveals that he trained with the Ash Warriors.
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===''Dragon Age: Origins''===
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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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The Ash Warriors are an elite and renowned unit of Fereldan fighters who use vicious mabari war dogs in battle. They are pious mercenaries who work for no pay, instead working for whatever cause is just. They are so admired by common Fereldans that wherever they go, they are treated as heroes. [1]

Joining

Despite the prestige, few people choose to join the Ash Warriors. They are denied the opportunity for both personal wealth and for personal golry.[2]

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 "[e]ven in legal records their old life is erased—contracts voided, marriages annulled, records of birth erased."[citation needed]

Training

Part of their training focuses on the belief that you should "die" before battle. This ritual involves other warriors drawing blood via shallow cuts, and then rubbing salt into the bleeding gashes.[3]

Fighting style

The Ash Warriors' training has, according to the Ash Warriors, been passed down since Luthias the Dwarfson, and Alamari, first harnessed the battle-rage of the dwarves. [4] 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.[5]

History

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 over land.[6] 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 King Calenhad when he was uniting Ferelden, and still remain "king's men."[7]

Involvement

Dragon Age: The Calling

In Dragon Age: The Calling, Kell 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.

Known Ash Warriors

See also

Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Legend of Luthias Dwarfson
Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: The Ashen Cuirass
Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: Hauberk of Gelgenig the Faithful
Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: Willem's Bulwark

References

  1. Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 353
  2. Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 353
  3. Kell in Dragon Age: The Calling
  4. 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.
  5. Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 353
  6. Codex entry: Hauberk of Gelgenig the Faithful
  7. Prima Game Guide: Collector's Edition, pg. 353
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