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“Protect what matters with everything you have, or you'll have nothing, and deserve it.”

Aveline Vallen (née du Lac, potentially Hendyr) is a human warrior. She was fleeing Ostagar with her husband Ser Wesley during the Fifth Blight when they were set upon by darkspawn and rescued by Hawke and their family. Aveline is the first companion Hawke encounters besides their siblings.


See also: Aveline (short story)

"Aveline Vallen is a soldier, a master of sword and shield, and a tireless guardian... to a point. The daughter of an exiled chevalier, Aveline is not the knight her father wished her to be. Although fully trained in chivalrous combat, she was raised in the shadow of a lost life and will not lose another for the sake of honor. Protecting her adopted home of Kirkwall becomes a chosen duty, not a privileged calling. The people she stands for will not be wasted on lost causes or protecting the foolish from themselves. Pride can be bandaged like any other wound—when threats are dead and everyone is safely home."[1]

Aveline is the daughter of a chevalier named Benoit du Lac, who fled from Orlais to Ferelden after losing his patron to assassination. Raising her on stories of knights and adventures, he hoped Aveline would be a knight, even naming her after Ser Aveline, the Knight of Orlais. He eventually sold everything he had to sponsor her into King Cailan Theirin's service.

Aveline met and married Wesley Vallen while in the Fereldan army, where she was an officer. Her company was part of the first charge. However, Loghain's betrayal at the Battle of Ostagar forced them to flee the darkspawn horde.[2] She ordered a scattered retreat and told her people to make their way home.[3] She and Wesley eventually made their way to Lothering's outskirts, where they met Hawke.


Dragon Age II[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age II.

Hawke saves Aveline and her husband, Ser Wesley, from imminent death while escaping Lothering. When Flemeth indicates Wesley will die of the darkspawn taint, either Hawke or Aveline delivers a mercy blow to him. Wesley's death leaves Aveline with few options, and she accompanies the Hawke family to Kirkwall.

Upon arriving at Kirkwall, the group finds the guards must be bribed in order for them to enter the city. Hawke's uncle provides contacts who can help them, in exchange for mercenary services from the Hawkes through the next year. With no other options, Aveline assists the Hawkes in entering the city; if Hawke chooses to help Athenril in dealing with Cavril, the merchant's cheating ways incense Aveline, and she deals with him very effectively.

Act 1

After entering the city, Aveline joins the Kirkwall City Guard to make a living. If Hawke aids her in her companion quest, The Way It Should Be, Aveline and Hawke will uncover a conspiracy involving Jeven, the current Captain of the City Guard, and the Coterie. Hawke and Aveline discover that Jeven has been sending guardsmen on dangerous patrols with a satchel of valuable city information in order to sacrifice them to the Coterie so that the thieves could obtain the information with out looking suspicious. When Jeven's scheme is revealed to the authorities, Jeven will be arrested by his own guardsmen and Aveline will replace him as the new Captain of the Guard for her role in ending Jeven's corruption. Aveline will still be the Captain of the Guard, though considered "interim", if Hawke does not aid her in her companion quest since the previous captain left suddenly and Aveline with her previous military experience made her the most viable replacement. Aveline's guard and Guard-Captain positions allows her to deal with certain people effectively, namely other guards and scoundrels.

Act 2

When Hawke visits Aveline three years later and her companion quest, The Way It Should Be, was completed, she warns Hawke that their new found wealth and influence has changed the fortunes of many people in Kirkwall—and not always for the better. When asked how she was settling into her new position as Guard Captain, Aveline complains that they are spread thin and how the templars are unwilling to requisition a few of their men to fight for the city guard as it was considered "demeaning". Even so, many of the guardsmen seem to have rallied under her leadership. If her companion quest was not completed, she states that the previous captain left suddenly, and she now realizes why running the guard is so difficult. The viscount is weak and is unwilling to commit the resources she needs for the city guard. Not only because her position is only "interim", but also because he fears it would upset the templars. If Hawke encourages her to just leave the guard and work for them, she says that she knows the type of trouble Hawke gets into and that a casual relationship with them suits her just fine.

Hawke can also assist Aveline in her relationship with Guardsman Donnic Hendyr; if helped, she marries him at the Hawke Estate. If not, Aveline remains single.

If brought into the Fade during Night Terrors, the desire demon will succeed in turning Aveline against Hawke by using her memory of Wesley; after returning from the Fade, Aveline confesses her worries in Doubts that Linger.

If brought along, Aveline disapproves of accusing Grand Cleric Elthina of wrongdoing in Offered and Lost.

Like other companions, Aveline has a gift, The Shield of the Knight Herself. Regardless of what Hawke has done with Ser Wesley's Shield, Aveline will complain about having to replace it when she is presented with the new shield. To avoid rivalry points, Hawke must explain that the shield is a gift for a friend or take it back.

In Prime Suspect, Aveline requests Hawke's help in silencing Emeric's investigations into a series of murders. Aveline explains that she and the guards followed his leads but were made fools of themselves by the noble Gascard DuPuis, who was the prime suspect of the case. Emeric will later be killed. In All That Remains, Hawke's mother Leandra is kidnapped and killed and DuPuis' mentor is revealed to be the serial killer. Aveline will attempt to console Hawke for their mother's death in The Captain's Condolences. Hawke can assure her they're fine or confide their sorrow to her for friendship points. In seeking to comfort Hawke, Aveline offers to tell a story about her father. Hawke can also blame Aveline's incompetence for Leandra's death for rivalry points. In response, Aveline dismisses the accusation by focusing on Hawke's grief.

In the quest Demands of The Qun, Aveline enlists Hawke's aid in trying to arrest two fugitive elves who have been granted religious sanctuary in the Qunari Compound for converting to the Qun. The elves murdered the guardsman who raped their sister after their complaints were dismissed by the Guards. The Arishok takes offense to the attempted arrest of his new converts and counterattacks, marshaling his forces to conquer the city and convert it to the Qun.

Act 3

When Hawke visits Aveline three years after the Qunari attack, she states that without a viscount, the templars have been trying to influence the city guard more.

Aveline can meet Jeven again in her companion quest, Favor and Fault. Since his fall from grace, Jeven has taken up with base types who hold prejudiced views against Fereldans like Aveline and Hawke. He became the leader of a dangerous group of insurgents who attempted to have Captain Aveline expelled by forcing anonymous complaints that she was coddling her men. Jeven even attempted to coax guards into joining his cause. In addition to getting revenge for his arrest at Aveline's hands if Aveline's first companion quest was completed, the scheme was intended to reduce what Jeven saw as excessive Fereldan influence in Kirkwall, though the plan backfired when Captain Aveline confronted him in the sewers of Kirkwall. He was killed after attacking Aveline.

Aveline's attitude towards her position as Guard-Captain depends on Hawke's friendship or rivalry status. If Aveline has a friendship status, she is proud of her efforts in reforming the Kirkwall City Guard and is thankful to Hawke for encouraging her. Aveline allows every guard to choose their patrol and promotes from the bold and the cautious. Both the Guard and most of the citizenry approve of Aveline's efforts to turn the Kirkwall City Guard into a force of order and stability for the city. If rivalry, Aveline becomes disillusioned with her efforts as Guard-Captain and is plagued with doubts. In a rivalry relationship, Aveline is stricter and more demanding of the Kirkwall City Guard in order to maintain its reputation as a competent and respectable police institution. Aveline only retains the employment of the guards who are tough enough by her appraisal. Even so, casualties amongst the city guard are down thanks to her leadership. Her high-handed measures and stringent leadership have led to discontent among some of the guards (several of whom benefited from Jeven's corruption and favor), while others believe they need her leadership to keep the Kirkwall City Guard from falling apart. If some of her guardsmen were killed in Jeven's attempted insurrection she may even consider resigning from her position.

During the Last Straw, Aveline does not approve of allowing Anders to live; if Hawke does, and puts both Aveline and Anders in the party, she will tell him to turn himself in. Aveline always joins Hawke who sided with the templars. In most cases she also immediately joins Hawke who sided with the mages.

However, Aveline initially refuses to support Hawke who sided with the mages if her Act 3 quest Questioning Beliefs has not been completed and Hawke has 100% friendship or rivalry with Fenris and has completed his last personal quest. Later Hawke meets Aveline in the Gallows courtyard. Hawke can still convince Aveline to join the party at this point. Otherwise Aveline walks away and then shows up inside the Gallows with a group of city guards. She refuses to fight Hawke in battle because she owes her life to Hawke. Instead, she angrily leaves stating that she wants nothing to do with Hawke anymore.

If Aveline decides to help Hawke side with the mages, and has been married to Donnic, Donnic will order the city guard to protect the civilians, keeping them out of the fight. If Aveline did not marry Donnic and decides to help the mages, the guards will participate in the fight, and Aveline will blame Hawke for their deaths.

Dragon Age: Inquisition[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The Inquisitor can ask Varric Tethras about her fate. Varric will state that she is still Guard-Captain and is responsible for a lot of Kirkwall's stability. In a letter from Bran Cavin, it is revealed that Aveline has formed and marshals the Kirkwall citizens militia to defend the city from occupation by foreign forces.[3][4]

If Hawke sided with the Templars:
A speech given by Senior Encanter Lorace of Cumberland given before the Divine Conclave describes that Hawke left running of the city to Aveline and Seneschal Bran, and that Aveline refused to speak about Hawke's whereabouts.[5]

If Hawke's sibling has joined the Grey Wardens:
Hawke will mention at Skyhold's battlements that Aveline helped by taking their sibling away from Corypheus' influence in order to be safe.

Sebastian Vael recruited by Hawke, Anders survived, and the Inquisitor accepts Sebastian's offer of friendship:
Sebastian Vael reclaims his title as Prince and later leads an invasion of Kirkwall. In the mission Annexing Kirkwall, Sebastian requests support from the Inquisition in helping him suppress the city's resistance forces led by Guard-Captain Aveline Vallen and hunt down Anders' associates. The Inquisitor can choose to send Leliana's agents to bolster Sebastian's forces and strong-arm Aveline to back down or send Cullen's military to bolster Aveline's resistance forces and repel Sebastian's occupation forces back to Starkhaven or, alternatively, not get involved at all.

Provided that the Inquisitor looks into Varric's issues that correspond to the war table, and opts to send Cullen to deal with the developing problems of her former comrade, Aveline is involved with the Hard In Hightown series of war table mission chains. She keeps regular correspondence with members of the Inquisition, sending letters to Varric, and at the completion of the mission chain, provided that Commander Cullen's troops were part of the operation, she sends along a message commenting about the events that have occurred and tells Varric that he owes her.


This section contains spoilers for:

In the Trespasser DLC, Aveline is seen in Varric's epilogue picture, smiling, implying she is still the Guard-Captain of Kirkwall.

If the Inquisitor is a Qunari, Bran will mention that Varric giving the guard job to Valo-kas in Kirkwall irritated Aveline so much that she came to his office eleven times to complain.

Note: Dragon Age Keep settings indicating that Aveline left Hawke at the end of Dragon Age II do not affect any of the aforementioned events.


Dragon Age II[]


The Destruction of Lothering The Destruction of Lothering

Act 1

A Friend in the Guard A Friend in the Guard
The Way It Should Be The Way It Should Be

Act 2

Calling on the Captain Calling on the Captain
The Long Road The Long Road
Questioning Beliefs Questioning Beliefs
Doubts that Linger Doubts that Linger
The Shield of the Knight Herself The Shield of the Knight Herself (gift)
The Captain's Condolences The Captain's Condolences
Demands of the Qun Demands of the Qun

Act 3

Champions and Captains Champions and Captains
Favor and Fault Favor and Fault
Questioning Beliefs Questioning Beliefs

Mark of the Assassin

A Romantic's Gift A Romantic's Gift
The Du Lac Sign The Du Lac Sign

Dragon Age: Inquisition[]

Hard in Hightown: A Dagger in the Back Hard in Hightown: A Dagger in the Back (war table)
Hard in Hightown: No Dwarf Less Worthy Hard in Hightown: No Dwarf Less Worthy (war table)
Annexing Kirkwall Annexing Kirkwall (war table)

Friendship and rivalry[]

See the approval page for more information.

Aveline is a kind and moral person who respects authority and values friendship and family. Friendship is earned when Hawke acts lawfully and helps those in need. She is not unreasonable, however, and will occasionally favor bending the law in order to help her friends (especially Isabela).

Rivalry with Aveline is earned when Hawke ignores people in need, takes illegal or seedy jobs, or takes jobs solely for personal profit.


Shield of the Knight Herself Shield of the Knight Herself - found at Sir Varnell's Refuge during the quest Offered and Lost.


Initial talents[]

Available talent trees Initially selected talents
Weapon and Shield Weapon and Shield Shield Defense Shield Defense
Vanguard Vanguard
Battlemaster Battlemaster
Defender Defender
Warmonger Warmonger Taunt Taunt
Guardian Guardian (specialization)

Initial equipment[]

Weapons Chevalier's Reach Chevalier's Reach
Shields Ser Wesley's Shield Ser Wesley's Shield
Armor Aveline armor.png Modified Officers' Issue

Armor upgrades[]

See also: Companion armor

Upgrades to Aveline's armor, Modified Officers' Issue, can be found at the following locations:

Underpadding – Guardsman Pattern Underpadding – Guardsman Pattern (Act 1) – at the Armor Merchant in Lowtown. Increases attack.
Flex-Chain – Guardsman Pattern Flex-Chain – Guardsman Pattern (Act 2) – during the Raiders of the Cliffs quest. Extra rune slot.
Impact Plating – Guardsman Pattern Impact Plating – Guardsman Pattern (Act 2) – at the Armor Merchant in Lowtown. Increases armor.
Deflecting Joints – Guardsman Pattern Deflecting Joints – Guardsman Pattern (Act 3) – on Jeven's corpse during the Favor and Fault quest. Increases defense.

From left to right: Modified Officers' Issue, Guardsman Plate and Chain, and Guard-Captain's Ranked Plate

Aveline's armor changes from Modified Officers' Issue to Guardsman Plate and Chain after Hawke's first year in Kirkwall. When Aveline becomes the new guard captain (whether The Way It Should Be is completed or not) her armor changes to Guard-Captain's Ranked Plate, reflecting her new role.

Restricted shields[]

Shield of the Knight Herself Shield of the Knight Herself – see Gifts

Restricted accessories[]

The Guardian's Weighted Backhander The Guardian's Weighted Backhander – requires Warrior Item Pack DLC
Chevalier's Banded Pride Chevalier's Banded Pride – requires Warrior Item Pack II DLC
Signet of the Red Signet of the Red – requires Mark of the Assassin DLC
True Love's Course True Love's Course – requires Mark of the Assassin DLC


Concept art of Aveline

Main article: Aveline Vallen/Dialogue
  • "The people of Kirkwall need to see themselves in their guard. Lose that connection, we're just targets."
  • (To Wesley) "They will not have you...not while I breathe."
  • (About her father) "That big man made every step of the story my choice. I loved that."
  • (To Hawke about Dog) "Just checking on my best guardsman. He's teaching my men respect... and how to run."
  • (About Fenris) "You talk to him, Hawke. I've had my fill for today."
  • (To Hawke) "Shout if you need me, Hawke. I'll always be there for you. Just... knock first."
  • (About Leliana) "I'm uncomfortable around Chantry sisters. All because of that red-haired trickster in Lothering."

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Aveline Vallen Codex entry: Aveline Vallen
Codex entry: Aveline - After the Deep Roads Codex entry: Aveline - After the Deep Roads
Codex entry: Aveline - The Last Three Years Codex entry: Aveline - The Last Three Years


  • Lukas Kristjanson wrote Aveline for Dragon Age II.
  • Aveline shows exasperation towards her namesake, the first female chevalier in Orlais.[6]
  • According to Lukas Kristjanson, if Aveline were a food she would be "Steak. Rare. But with caramelized onions and baby corn nibbled from the side like a full cob when no one is looking."[7]
  • Aveline's favorite color is green.[8]
  • Aveline has an antagonistic relationship with Isabela.
  • Aveline was at Ostagar, and remembers Carver and Hawke (if a warrior or rogue).
  • Though Aveline was born in Orlais, she was raised Fereldan and later comes to identify as a Marcher and Kirkwaller.[3]
  • Although Aveline is not a romance option, she can be flirted with by both a male and female Hawke during The Way It Should Be in Act 1 and The Long Road during Act 2. If all the flirt options are taken during the latter, Aveline will kiss Hawke in thanks, and then inquire if she and Hawke could have ever had a relationship.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, should the Inquisitor persuade Varric to write the latest chapter of his romance serial "Swords and Shields" for Cassandra, the cover of the book features an image of a woman greatly resembling Aveline in her Guard Captain gear.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Scout Harding at Skyhold can say that Varric told her a story about copper marigolds (Aveline's gift to Donnic; see The Long Road).
  • Isabela describes her as "A woman-shaped battering ram"
  • In her last Questioning Beliefs quest, she'll beat Hawke up if they are rivals and antagonize her too much.
  • In the Forbidden Oasis in Dragon Age: Inquisition, there is an area called "The DuLac Path". DuLac was the surname of Aveline's father. A note describing one of the landmarks also mentions a letter from one Leon DuLac to his sister, Manon DuLac. It's possible these people are related to Aveline.


  • When using the skill "Immovable", Aveline has a chance of becoming frozen in place in the combat stance, unresponsive to even manual control. Unlike the skill associated movement reduction, this will not eventually wear off and can only be fixed by leaving the area.
  • When giving Aveline the Shield of the Knight Herself, her dialogue indicates that Ser Wesley's Shield was sold even if it was merely being kept in Hawke's storage chest. (all platforms) However, if you make her equip Wesley's shield and then initiate the dialogue - she will say that she "still has his shield and doesn't need a new one".
  • During the quest Demands of The Qun, when the Arishok attacks the guards in the compound, Aveline's shield will disappear and her sword will revert to the one she carried when first met for the duration of the scene.