Brothels are establishments where sexual services can be purchased in addition to food and drink. In Dragon Age brothels can often be visited in major cities and are sometimes quest hubs or locations where important characters can be found.
Prostitution in Thedas
Prostitution in Thedas is legal and prostitutes and patrons come from numerous races and strata of society. So long as sexual indulgence is not done indiscreetly or taken to unseemly excess it is tolerated. According to Sanga, proprietor of The Pearl, brothels are crafthalls afforded protection by a guild. Guild rules appear to require that brothels have guards to protect the prostitutes and to make certain patrons pay the fees.
Both women and men may act as prostitutes and patrons. It is notable, however, that in all depictions of brothels Qunari appear neither as prostitutes nor patrons.
- The Pearl: A relatively fancy brothel located in Denerim in Ferelden. The proprieter of the establishment is Sanga.
- The Blooming Rose: An upscale brothel located in Kirkwall's Hightown in the Red Lantern District. The proprieter of the establishment is Madam Lusine. Jointly owned by Harlan, leader of the Coterie.
- The Bone Pit: A brothel located on the "sunny side" of Antiva.
The Blooming Rose
- The Lay Warden
- Upon entering The Pearl in Dragon Age: Origins, Leliana will mention that she once did a stint serving complementary tea in a brothel.
- Upon entering The Pearl in Dragon Age: Origins, Alistair will speculate on whether the establishment is called a brothel because they serve broth. In what appears to be an homage to this dialog in Dragon Age II, upon entering The Blooming Rose, Merrill will also wonder whether the brothel is named such because of broth.
- In romance dialog with Alistair, if told he is handsome, he will mention that he was called such in Denerim once but those women were "nothing like you," possibly implying that the women were prostitutes.
- Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 72
- Per Sanga's explanation of the rules should The Warden patronize The Pearl. It is unclear if this applies to brothels throughout Thedas or those solely in Ferelden.
- Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 14
- Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, Chapter 1
- Mentioned in location-specific banter by Isabela.
- Mentioned in Dragon Age: Warden's Fall.
- As mentioned in conversation with Zevran in Dragon Age: Origins.
- Referenced in banter between Anders and Isabela in Dragon Age II.