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|ranks = Ariqun<br>Viddasala<br>Hissrad<br>Salit<br>Tallis
 
|ranks = Ariqun<br>Viddasala<br>Hissrad<br>Salit<br>Tallis
 
|location = [[Par Vollen]], [[Seheron]]
 
|location = [[Par Vollen]], [[Seheron]]
|appearances = [[Dragon Age: Those Who Speak]] <br> [[Mark of the Assassin]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Redemption]] <br> [[Heroes of Dragon Age]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Inquisition]] - [[Trespasser]] <br>
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|appearances = [[Dragon Age: Those Who Speak]] <br> [[Mark of the Assassin]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Redemption]] <br> [[Heroes of Dragon Age]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Inquisition]] - [[Trespasser]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Blue Wraith]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights]]
 
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[[File:Ben-Hassrath (Those Who Speak).png|thumb|250px|Ben-Hassrath educating new converts in [[Rivain]]]]
 
   
'''Ben-Hassrath''' means "the Heart of the Many" in the [[Qunari language]]. The purpose of the Ben-Hassrath is protecting the [[Qun|faith]]<ref name="MotA">{{BWF|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151105064745/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/239877-mark-of-the-assassin-feedback/?bioware=1|title=Mark of the Assassin feedback|author=Gaider, David|date= October 12, 2011|access=April 13, 2014}}</ref> and the innocents<ref name="Banter">Party banter: [[Tallis/Dialogue#Tallis_and_Aveline|Aveline and Tallis]]</ref>. Ben-Hassrath fall under the [[Ariqun]], and the [[Qunari]] consider them as priests.<ref name="MotA" /> For Qunari they are leaders who maintain unity, which Qunari believe to be a strength.<ref name="MotA" />
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The '''Ben-Hassrath''', meaning "the Heart of the Many" in [[Qunlat]], form a significant portion of the Qunari priesthood.<ref>[[Codex entry: Qunari: Ben-Hassrath]]</ref> The Ben-Hassrath fall under the authority of the [[Ariqun]], as such the [[Qunari]] consider them priests.<ref name="MotA">{{BWF|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151105064745/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/239877-mark-of-the-assassin-feedback/?bioware=1|title=Mark of the Assassin feedback|author=Gaider, David|date= October 12, 2011|access=April 13, 2014}}</ref> The purpose of the Ben-Hassrath is protecting the [[Qun|faith]]<ref name="MotA" /> and the innocents.<ref name="Banter">Party banter: [[Tallis/Dialogue#Tallis_and_Aveline|Aveline and Tallis]]</ref> They are leaders who maintain unity, which Qunari believe to be a strength.<ref name="MotA" />
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== Involvement ==
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=== ''Trespasser'' ===
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The [[Viddasala]] leads the 'Dragon's Breath' plot against southern Thedas. The original plan was to take out southern leadership with strategically placed barrels of gaatlok in seats of power. However, agents of [[Fen'Harel]] have disrupted those plans and uncovered its existence to the [[Inquisitor]]. They pursue the Viddasala to the Darvaarad, where she reveals that [[Solas]] is the one who has been opposing her. The Viddasala is turned to stone by Solas when she tries to kill him.
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=== ''Dragon Age: Blue Wraith'' ===
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Qunari led by a male Viddasala attack the estate of [[Magister]] [[Nenealeus]]. They interrogate the elven slaves as to their master's motives and whereabouts. One slave tells the Viddasala that Nenealeus is planning on using a sarcophagus that imbues elves with [[lyrium]]. The Viddasala slits her throat before escaping from [[Fenris]], who had infiltrated the estate himself and attacks the Qunari when the sarcophagus is mentioned.}}
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=== ''Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights'' ===
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The Antaam invades Tevinter without the blessing of the other Qunari. After rumors that they did not act in accordance with the Qun in [[Ventus]], Saarbrak of the Ben-Hassrath poses as the Huntmaster to investigate the actions of Bas-taar, leader of a work camp for ''bas'' prisoners. He concludes that Qunari like Bas-taar are what threaten the Qun, and lets the prisoners he was pursuing in his guise as the Huntmaster go.<ref>''[[Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights]]'', Three Trees to Midnight</ref>
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After the Inquisitor infiltrated [[the Darvaarad]] fortress, the Ben-Hassrath thought it would be safer to pursue their study of magical energies on a dreadnought, thinking that a mobile fortress with speed and secrecy would prove more effective than fortifications. However, the vessel is destroyed after an agent of [[Fen'Harel]] within their ranks tricks them into placing a volatile artefact on board. Their ultimate goal was to force the Ben-Hassrath out of neutrality and into the war between [[Tevinter]] and the [[Antaam]] by tricking an [[Altus]] into destroying [[Kont-aar]]. This plan was thwarted by [[Vadis]] and [[Irian Cestes]].<ref>''[[Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights]]'', Half Up Front''</ref>
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== Duties ==
 
== Duties ==
Ben-Hassrath primarily act as enforcers of religious law<ref name="FemFighters">{{BWF|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160406171920/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/130908-female-qunari-fighters/?bioware=1|title=Female Qunari Fighters|author=Gaider, David|date=August 9, 2010|access=April 13, 2014}}</ref> in the Qunari society who are responsible for policing the populace<ref name="Questions">{{BWF|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160406191825/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/129021-questions-about-the-qunari/?bioware=1|title=Questions about the Qunari|author=Gaider, David, & Kirby, Mary|date=August, 2010|access=April 13, 2014}}</ref> and "re-educating" both the Qunari who do not follow the established norms<ref name="Questions" /> and new converts.<ref name="Codex">[[Codex entry: The Ben-Hassrath]]</ref> They also act as spies<ref name="MotA" /> and assassins for the Qunari as well as perform other clandestine missions.
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[[File:Ben-Hassrath (Those Who Speak).png|thumb|250px|Ben-Hassrath educating new converts in [[Rivain]]]]
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In Qunari society, Ben-Hassrath primarily act as enforcers of religious law,<ref name="FemFighters">{{BWF|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160406171920/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/130908-female-qunari-fighters/?bioware=1|title=Female Qunari Fighters|author=Gaider, David|date=August 9, 2010|access=April 13, 2014}}</ref> responsible for policing the populace<ref name="Questions">{{BWF|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160406191825/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/129021-questions-about-the-qunari/?bioware=1|title=Questions about the Qunari|author=Gaider, David, & Kirby, Mary|date=August, 2010|access=April 13, 2014}}</ref> and "re-educating" both the Qunari who do not follow the established norms<ref name="Questions" /> and new converts.<ref name="Codex">[[Codex entry: The Ben-Hassrath]]</ref> They also act as spies<ref name="MotA" /> and assassins as well as perform other clandestine missions.
   
 
The entire group is under the jurisdiction of the [[Ariqun]] and would therefore be considered priests. The [[Qunari]] divide all Ben-Hassrath activities into three distinct categories: "Dangerous Purpose," "Dangerous Action," and "Dangerous Questions." Three priests form a mini-triumvirate that manages all their operations, with each priest presiding over actions in a single category.
 
The entire group is under the jurisdiction of the [[Ariqun]] and would therefore be considered priests. The [[Qunari]] divide all Ben-Hassrath activities into three distinct categories: "Dangerous Purpose," "Dangerous Action," and "Dangerous Questions." Three priests form a mini-triumvirate that manages all their operations, with each priest presiding over actions in a single category.
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The "Dangerous Purpose" branch is run by a priestess called the [[Viddasala]], or "one who converts purpose," handles the conversion of foreigners, the reeducation of Qunari dissidents, and the collection and quarantine of [[mage|magic]]. Things that, by Qunari definition, are threats to themselves and others by nature.<ref>[[Codex entry: Viddasala]]</ref>
 
The "Dangerous Purpose" branch is run by a priestess called the [[Viddasala]], or "one who converts purpose," handles the conversion of foreigners, the reeducation of Qunari dissidents, and the collection and quarantine of [[mage|magic]]. Things that, by Qunari definition, are threats to themselves and others by nature.<ref>[[Codex entry: Viddasala]]</ref>
   
Both genders can be Ben-Hassrath but they're separated by specialization:<ref name="Questions" /> female Ben-Hassrath watch and re-educate adult females and children, while male Ben-Hassrath deal with adult males.<ref name="Codex" /> Male Qunari can join the Ben-Hassrath despite the fact that they fall under the priesthood.<ref name="MotA" /> Female Ben-Hassrath learn how to fight—but in a different manner from a soldier, and unlike the soldiers the Ben-Hassrath do not live by their blade.<ref name="FemFighters" /> As a result, they do not possess a weapon that signifies their soul like the Antaam do, but are instead free to use whatever tools are most effective at their task.<ref>Conversation between [[Varric Tethras|Varric]] and [[Iron Bull]]</ref> In fact, it seems that the Ben-Hassrath prefer to use non-violent means to achieve their goals, as [[Tallis]] argues: "There are other paths. They do not all need to lead to the same destination."
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While both genders can be Ben-Hassrath, they're separated by specialization:<ref name="Questions" /> female Ben-Hassrath watch and re-educate adult females and children, while male Ben-Hassrath deal with adult males.<ref name="Codex" /> Male Qunari can join the Ben-Hassrath despite the fact that they fall under the priesthood.<ref name="MotA" /> Female Ben-Hassrath learn how to fight—but in a different manner from a soldier, and unlike soldiers, the Ben-Hassrath do not live by their blade.<ref name="FemFighters" /> As a result, they do not possess a weapon that signifies their soul like the Antaam do, but are instead free to use whatever tools are most effective at their task.<ref>Conversation between [[Varric Tethras|Varric]] and [[Iron Bull]]</ref> In fact, it seems that the Ben-Hassrath prefer to use non-violent means to achieve their goals, as [[Tallis]] argues: "There are other paths. They do not all need to lead to the same destination."
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As most of the [[Qunari]] Ben-Hassrath are hornless, Qunari consider a lack of horns to be very intimidating.<ref>{{BWF|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150923001737/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/128270-game-informer-a-look-at-the-qunari-evolved/?bioware=1|title=Game Informer: A Look At The Qunari, Evolved|author=[[David Gaider]]}}</ref> The Qunari prefer Ben-Hassrath from races other than Qunari to be spies in foreign lands since they are better suited to this role.<ref name="MotA" />
   
Most of the [[Qunari]] Ben-Hassrath are hornless, therefore Qunari consider a lack of horns to be very intimidating.<ref>{{BWF|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150923001737/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/128270-game-informer-a-look-at-the-qunari-evolved/?bioware=1|title=Game Informer: A Look At The Qunari, Evolved|author=[[David Gaider]]}}</ref> The Qunari prefer Ben-Hassrath from races other than Qunari to be spies in foreign lands since they are better suited to this role.<ref name="MotA" />
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The Ben-Hassrath are usually in charge of interrogating mages, to determine which should live and what doses of [[qamek]] to give them.<ref>According to Bas-taar in ''[[Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights]]'', Three Trees to Midnight</ref>
   
 
== Ranks ==
 
== Ranks ==
* Ariqun - Chief priest of the Ben-Hassrath.
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* '''Ariqun''': supreme priest of the Ben-Hassrath
* Hissrad - spy
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* '''Hissrad''': "one who creates illusions; liar,"<ref>{{Cite wot2|239-240}}</ref> a spy
* Tallis - assassin
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* '''Tallis''': "to solve,"<ref>Per [[Tallis]] in ''[[Dragon Age: Redemption]]''</ref> an assassin
* Salit - unknown function
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* '''Saarbrak''': unknown function
* Viddasala - co-leader of the Ben-Hassrath specifically in charge of the "Dangerous Purpose" branch; specialized in finding, studying, and stopping magic. Also handling the conversion of foreigners and the reeducation of Qunari dissidents.
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* '''Salit''': unknown function
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* '''Viddasala''': high ranking member specializing in finding, studying, and stopping magic. Also handles the conversion of foreigners and the reeducation of Qunari dissidents. Runs the The "Dangerous Purpose" branch.
   
 
== Known Ben-Hassrath ==
 
== Known Ben-Hassrath ==
 
[[File:HoDA Ben-Hassrath.jpg|thumb|500px|Tier progression of a Ben-Hassrath agent in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]'']]
 
[[File:HoDA Ben-Hassrath.jpg|thumb|500px|Tier progression of a Ben-Hassrath agent in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]'']]
* [[Iron Bull|Hissrad]]<ref>http://www.dragonage.com/#!/en_US/characters/qunari/the-iron-bull. Iron Bull profile on Inquisition official site.</ref>
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* [[Iron Bull|Hissrad]]<ref>[https://www.ea.com/games/dragon-age/dragon-age-inquisition/characters/the-iron-bull Character profile: Iron Bull.]</ref>
 
* [[Tallis]]
 
* [[Tallis]]
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* Saarbrak
 
* [[Salit]] <small>(formerly)</small>
 
* [[Salit]] <small>(formerly)</small>
 
* [[Ariqun]]
 
* [[Ariqun]]
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* The [[Arishok]] had planned to deliver the [[Isabela|thief]] of the [[Tome of Koslun]] to the Ben-Hassrath for reeducation.
 
* The [[Arishok]] had planned to deliver the [[Isabela|thief]] of the [[Tome of Koslun]] to the Ben-Hassrath for reeducation.
 
* [[Iron Bull]] compares the Ben-Hassrath to the [[Seekers of Truth]] in one of his [[Iron_Bull/Dialogue#Iron_Bull_and_Cassandra|conversations]] with [[Cassandra Pentaghast]].
 
* [[Iron Bull]] compares the Ben-Hassrath to the [[Seekers of Truth]] in one of his [[Iron_Bull/Dialogue#Iron_Bull_and_Cassandra|conversations]] with [[Cassandra Pentaghast]].
* [[Iron_Bull/Dialogue#Iron_Bull_and_Blackwall|Banter]] between the [[Iron Bull]] and [[Blackwall]] reveal that the Ben-Hassrath are disturbed by the existence of ogres due to their apparent connection to the Qunari, and thus wish to gather more information about them.
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* [[Iron_Bull/Dialogue#Iron_Bull_and_Blackwall|Banter]] between the [[Iron Bull]] and [[Blackwall]] reveals that the Ben-Hassrath are disturbed by the existence of ogres due to their apparent connection to the Qunari, and thus wish to gather more information about them.
   
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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The Ben-Hassrath, meaning "the Heart of the Many" in Qunlat, form a significant portion of the Qunari priesthood.[1] The Ben-Hassrath fall under the authority of the Ariqun, as such the Qunari consider them priests.[2] The purpose of the Ben-Hassrath is protecting the faith[2] and the innocents.[3] They are leaders who maintain unity, which Qunari believe to be a strength.[2]

Involvement Edit

Trespasser Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Trespasser.


The Viddasala leads the 'Dragon's Breath' plot against southern Thedas. The original plan was to take out southern leadership with strategically placed barrels of gaatlok in seats of power. However, agents of Fen'Harel have disrupted those plans and uncovered its existence to the Inquisitor. They pursue the Viddasala to the Darvaarad, where she reveals that Solas is the one who has been opposing her. The Viddasala is turned to stone by Solas when she tries to kill him.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Knight Errant.


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

Qunari led by a male Viddasala attack the estate of Magister Nenealeus. They interrogate the elven slaves as to their master's motives and whereabouts. One slave tells the Viddasala that Nenealeus is planning on using a sarcophagus that imbues elves with lyrium. The Viddasala slits her throat before escaping from Fenris, who had infiltrated the estate himself and attacks the Qunari when the sarcophagus is mentioned.

Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights 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.

The Antaam invades Tevinter without the blessing of the other Qunari. After rumors that they did not act in accordance with the Qun in Ventus, Saarbrak of the Ben-Hassrath poses as the Huntmaster to investigate the actions of Bas-taar, leader of a work camp for bas prisoners. He concludes that Qunari like Bas-taar are what threaten the Qun, and lets the prisoners he was pursuing in his guise as the Huntmaster go.[4]

After the Inquisitor infiltrated the Darvaarad fortress, the Ben-Hassrath thought it would be safer to pursue their study of magical energies on a dreadnought, thinking that a mobile fortress with speed and secrecy would prove more effective than fortifications. However, the vessel is destroyed after an agent of Fen'Harel within their ranks tricks them into placing a volatile artefact on board. Their ultimate goal was to force the Ben-Hassrath out of neutrality and into the war between Tevinter and the Antaam by tricking an Altus into destroying Kont-aar. This plan was thwarted by Vadis and Irian Cestes.[5]

Duties Edit

Ben-Hassrath (Those Who Speak)

Ben-Hassrath educating new converts in Rivain

In Qunari society, Ben-Hassrath primarily act as enforcers of religious law,[6] responsible for policing the populace[7] and "re-educating" both the Qunari who do not follow the established norms[7] and new converts.[8] They also act as spies[2] and assassins as well as perform other clandestine missions.

The entire group is under the jurisdiction of the Ariqun and would therefore be considered priests. The Qunari divide all Ben-Hassrath activities into three distinct categories: "Dangerous Purpose," "Dangerous Action," and "Dangerous Questions." Three priests form a mini-triumvirate that manages all their operations, with each priest presiding over actions in a single category.

The "Dangerous Questions" branch seems to handle the vast majority of the Qunari intelligence gathering and sabotage missions.

The "Dangerous Actions" branch appears to be the branch responsible for enforcement; their agents almost never leave Qunari-controlled territory except to hunt defectors.

The "Dangerous Purpose" branch is run by a priestess called the Viddasala, or "one who converts purpose," handles the conversion of foreigners, the reeducation of Qunari dissidents, and the collection and quarantine of magic. Things that, by Qunari definition, are threats to themselves and others by nature.[9]

While both genders can be Ben-Hassrath, they're separated by specialization:[7] female Ben-Hassrath watch and re-educate adult females and children, while male Ben-Hassrath deal with adult males.[8] Male Qunari can join the Ben-Hassrath despite the fact that they fall under the priesthood.[2] Female Ben-Hassrath learn how to fight—but in a different manner from a soldier, and unlike soldiers, the Ben-Hassrath do not live by their blade.[6] As a result, they do not possess a weapon that signifies their soul like the Antaam do, but are instead free to use whatever tools are most effective at their task.[10] In fact, it seems that the Ben-Hassrath prefer to use non-violent means to achieve their goals, as Tallis argues: "There are other paths. They do not all need to lead to the same destination."

As most of the Qunari Ben-Hassrath are hornless, Qunari consider a lack of horns to be very intimidating.[11] The Qunari prefer Ben-Hassrath from races other than Qunari to be spies in foreign lands since they are better suited to this role.[2]

The Ben-Hassrath are usually in charge of interrogating mages, to determine which should live and what doses of qamek to give them.[12]

Ranks Edit

  • Ariqun: supreme priest of the Ben-Hassrath
  • Hissrad: "one who creates illusions; liar,"[13] a spy
  • Tallis: "to solve,"[14] an assassin
  • Saarbrak: unknown function
  • Salit: unknown function
  • Viddasala: high ranking member specializing in finding, studying, and stopping magic. Also handles the conversion of foreigners and the reeducation of Qunari dissidents. Runs the The "Dangerous Purpose" branch.

Known Ben-Hassrath Edit

HoDA Ben-Hassrath

Tier progression of a Ben-Hassrath agent in Heroes of Dragon Age

Trivia Edit

See also Edit

Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: The Ben-Hassrath
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Ben-Hassrath
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Ben-Hassrath Reeducators
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Viddasala

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Codex entry: Qunari: Ben-Hassrath
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 BSN Gaider, David (October 12, 2011). "Mark of the Assassin feedback" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 13, 2014.
  3. Party banter: Aveline and Tallis
  4. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Three Trees to Midnight
  5. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Half Up Front
  6. 6.0 6.1 BSN Gaider, David (August 9, 2010). "Female Qunari Fighters" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 13, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 BSN Gaider, David, & Kirby, Mary (August, 2010). "Questions about the Qunari" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 13, 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Codex entry: The Ben-Hassrath
  9. Codex entry: Viddasala
  10. Conversation between Varric and Iron Bull
  11. BSN David Gaider"Game Informer: A Look At The Qunari, Evolved" . The BioWare Forum.
  12. According to Bas-taar in Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Three Trees to Midnight
  13. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, pp. 239-240
  14. Per Tallis in Dragon Age: Redemption
  15. Character profile: Iron Bull.
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