No one can beat the Chargers 'cause we'll hit you where it hurts.
Unless you know a tavern with loose cards and looser skirts!
For every bloody battlefield, we'll gladly raise a cup.
No matter what tomorrow holds, our horns be pointing up!
 ―Bull's Chargers' Anthem

The Bull's Chargers are a famous mercenary band founded and led by a Qunari by the name of Iron Bull.

Background Edit

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Iron Bull was originally a mercenary working for a company known as Fisher's Bleeders. Apparently, the captain of the company by the name of Fisher was not very good, and so Iron Bull took the best of his men and founded his own company; he called it the Bull Chargers. However, he founded the company whilst acting on orders from his superiors in the Ben-Hassrath. The company acts as a front, accepting contracts from Orlesian nobles and then relaying the gathered intelligence back to the Ben-Hassrath. Being a Qunari, Iron Bull couldn't be picky about who he should hire and so he accepted anyone who got his back and earned their keep, no matter race, age, or origin.

The Bull's Chargers became known across Orlais, Nevarra, the Free Marches, and Ferelden; and have become one of the most prestigious mercenary companies in all of Thedas. The company has less than fifty standing members and as a result they specialize as shock troops and skirmishers. Their creativity in solving problems and the diversity of its members are among its more remarkable characteristics. Its hodgepodge members are fiercely loyal to the Iron Bull, whether they are led into battle or into taverns.[1][2]

Involvement Edit

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Bull's Chargers emerge victorious from a skirmish with a contingent of Tevinter zealots just as the Breach opens up in the sky. Spotting the disturbance, Bull orders his troops to clean up and clear out.[3]

After the Inquisitor returns from Val Royeaux, Lieutenant Cremisius Aclassi awaits outside the Haven chantry to offer the Chargers' services to the Inquisition. After meeting with the company at the Storm Coast, if they choose to employ Bull and the Chargers, the company can be deployed on various operations on behalf of the Inquisition. Meanwhile, Iron Bull personally serves with the Inquisitor.

If the mages are recruited: The Chargers can be deployed to Therinfal Redoubt to investigate, ending in a confrontation with the chargers slaying an Envy demon.

If the Templars are recruited: The Chargers can be deployed to Redcliffe Castle to investigate the missing mages, capturing several Venatori and exposing Arl Gallagher Wulff's unwitting involvement.

In the wake of the battle between the Inquisition and the Grey Wardens, the Chargers aid in the demolition of what remains of Adamant Fortress and exposing a Grey Warden supply cache.

Following the resolution of the War of the Lions at the Winter Palace in Halamshiral, the Chargers help persuade several other mercenary companies hired by dissident elements of the Orlesian Nobility.

Following the battle with the Red Templars and Venatori at the Arbor Wilds, the Chargers are deployed in a series of diversionary tactics, to help the Inquisition's numbers seem more substantial, while the bulk of their forces returns from south of the Dales.

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Dragon Age: Magekiller.

The Chargers are dispatched to the Hissing Wastes, with Krem leading them to assist Dorian and the mage assassin Marius in liberating a group of slaves from the Venatori.

Eventually, the Iron Bull is contacted by the Ben-Hassrath to discuss an alliance with the Inquisition. Returning to the Storm Coast, they disrupt Venatori attempts to sink a Qunari dreadnought, only for the Chargers to be overrun. The Iron Bull, and consequently the Inquisitor, are left with the choice to order a retreat, thus dooming the dreadnought and resulting in Bull being declared Tal-Vashoth, or to have the Chargers hold their position long enough for the dreadnought to get clear, resulting in the deaths of the entire company but cementing the alliance between the Qunari and the Inquisition and destroying the Venatori cohort on the coast.


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If the Chargers survive the war against Corypheus, during the Exalted Council at the Winter Palace, Krem asks the Inquisitor to distract the Iron Bull while they move a dragon skull for his birthday surprise. Whether or not the Inquisitor continues the charade, the Iron Bull was aware of what the Chargers were doing.

In the years after the Council, they continue to hunt down threats to the peace, including surviving elements of the Venatori.

Known members Edit

Notable jobs Edit

Since their founding, the Chargers have had a number of interesting jobs[4]:

  • In one of their first missions, Krem, Bull, and five others defended a town from fifty bandits, after which the villagers attempted to pay them in rice.
  • Cleared magic trees from land belonging to a noble from the Dales (who really don't like being called "Dalish nobles"), the worst part of which was the squirrels.
  • Dressed up in feathers to scare a noble's rival whose death was foretold to come "on feathered wings" (who later choked on a chicken bone).
  • Cleared a nest of spiders from a Nevarran's winter estate (after a full season to lay eggs).
  • Teamed up with a group of bandits they were hired to remove from a mine, after it became apparent that the client was working with the bandits and simply wanted them eliminated to cover up his shady dealings.
  • Defeated Gattler's Giants, a bandit group outfitted in "a dragon's weight in armor," when Bull challenged their leader to single combat and broke a dam, drowning them while the Chargers simply swam away.
  • Harassed an actual giant to get it to chase them out of its resting cave into the path of a noble who would use a purchased charm to control the giant. The charm did not work and the noble was crushed.
  • Sent to the Hissing Wastes with Dorian Pavus to help Marius and Tessa Forsythia take down a camp of fifty Venatori.

See also Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Iron Bull
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Iron Bull and the Last Few Years

References Edit

  1. Lieutenant Cremisius Aclassi, second-in-command of the Chargers, noted that they have fewer deaths than any other company. He credits the Iron Bull's excellent instincts and fierce loyalty to his troops for their continued success.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 255
  3. Iron Bull Character Trailer
  4. Separate dialogue from Krem and Iron Bull
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