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Calpernia will first be seen during the Venatori attack on Haven, standing beside her master, Corypheus.
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Calpernia will first be seen during the Venatori attack on Haven, standing beside her master, [[Corypheus]].
   
Eventually, the Inquisitor will be given the [[Under Her Skin]] quest, during which it will be revealed that Calpernia is preparing herself to become a 'Vessel' of sort, though of what is not revealed until later in the game. It is also revealed during this quest that not only does Calpernia not entirely trust the Elder One, but that her distrust is justified as Corypheus secretly intended to imprison and bind Calpernia as soon as she became this Vessel, effectively re-enslaving her to his will.
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Later, [[Leliana]] decides to [[Under Her Skin|investigate]] Calpernia. [[The Inquisitor]] goes to [[Val Royeaux]] to investigate a Tevinter slaver named Vicinius, only to find his residence torn apart. Find three pieces of a memory crystal and reassembling them reveal that Calpernia killed Vicinius for abusing her purchased slaves. [[Dagna]] tinkers with the crystal back at [[Skyhold]], causing it to project images of Corypheus and Calpernia, discussing the latter preparing herself to become a 'Vessel' of sort. The recording reveals that Calpernia does not entirely trust the Elder One.
   
When encountered at the Well of Sorrows, in the Temple of Mythal, her Venatori soldiers slaughtering a number of Ancient Elves while seeking passage to the well. The Inquisitor will eventually come into confrontation with her and Calpernia will give them the opportunity to leave or fight.
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With the Venatori scouting elven ruins, Inquisition agents plant half the crystal in Calpernia's camp to spy on her. The next recording details Calpernia requesting to train at the [[Shrine of Dumat]] but Corypheus refuses her. Calpernia then discovers the crystal and smashes it. Nonetheless, the Inquisitor investigates the Shrine to find out what Corypheus is keeping from Calpernia. In the heart of the shrine, the Inquisitor discovers Magister [[Erasthenes]], Calpernia's former master, who reveals that Corypheus secretly intends to imprison and bind Calpernia as soon as she became this Vessel, effectively re-enslaving her to his will.
   
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When encountered at the [[Well of Sorrows]], in the Temple of Mythal, her Venatori soldiers slaughtering a number of Ancient Elves while seeking passage to the well. The Inquisitor will eventually come into confrontation with her and Calpernia will give them the opportunity to leave or fight.
   
 
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If the Inquisitor chose to side with the Mages instead of the Templars, then Calpernia does not appear in the game, nor is she even mentioned. Instead, she is replaced by [[Samson]], leader of the [[Red Templars]], as Corypheus' lieutenant and potential Vessel.
 
If the Inquisitor chose to side with the Mages instead of the Templars, then Calpernia does not appear in the game, nor is she even mentioned. Instead, she is replaced by [[Samson]], leader of the [[Red Templars]], as Corypheus' lieutenant and potential Vessel.
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== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==

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So close, the well knows its vessel and those who would despoil it.


Calpernia is a Tevinter mage who leads the Venatori mages on behalf of the Elder One.

Background


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


Originally, Calpernia was a slave in Minrathous, in service to Magister Erasthenes, a scholar of the Old Gods. One night, Erasthenes was approached by Corypheus, for his relics and writings, as presumed by the Magister. Instead of his knowledge, however, the Elder One was more interested in his slave, Calpernia, whom he took to his side, where she eventually rose to become the leader of his Venatori.

Involvement


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


CalperniaTarot

Calpernia tarot card

If the inquisition recruits the Templars...

Calpernia will first be seen during the Venatori attack on Haven, standing beside her master, Corypheus.

Later, Leliana decides to investigate Calpernia. The Inquisitor goes to Val Royeaux to investigate a Tevinter slaver named Vicinius, only to find his residence torn apart. Find three pieces of a memory crystal and reassembling them reveal that Calpernia killed Vicinius for abusing her purchased slaves. Dagna tinkers with the crystal back at Skyhold, causing it to project images of Corypheus and Calpernia, discussing the latter preparing herself to become a 'Vessel' of sort. The recording reveals that Calpernia does not entirely trust the Elder One.

With the Venatori scouting elven ruins, Inquisition agents plant half the crystal in Calpernia's camp to spy on her. The next recording details Calpernia requesting to train at the Shrine of Dumat but Corypheus refuses her. Calpernia then discovers the crystal and smashes it. Nonetheless, the Inquisitor investigates the Shrine to find out what Corypheus is keeping from Calpernia. In the heart of the shrine, the Inquisitor discovers Magister Erasthenes, Calpernia's former master, who reveals that Corypheus secretly intends to imprison and bind Calpernia as soon as she became this Vessel, effectively re-enslaving her to his will.

When encountered at the Well of Sorrows, in the Temple of Mythal, her Venatori soldiers slaughtering a number of Ancient Elves while seeking passage to the well. The Inquisitor will eventually come into confrontation with her and Calpernia will give them the opportunity to leave or fight.

Calpernia Corypheus

Calpernia & Corypheus

A third option, in which the Inquisitor reveals the Elder One's intent to betray and bind Calpernia as he did her previous owner, Erasthenes, is available should the aforementioned quest is completed. If taken, Calpernia will demand that the Inquisitor prove their claim, to which they will show her a scroll containing the ritual used to bind her old master. After reading the contents of the scroll, a furious Calpernia will burn the scroll in a rage before revealing the reasons why she joined the Elder One in the first place, that she desired to see a reborn Tevinter Imperium, free of its corruption. Afterward, Calpernia will leave the Inquisitor's party free access to the Well of Sorrows as she goes to confront her former master, promising to return to Tevinter if she survived.

If the option to battle is taken, Calpernia will summon Venatori soldiers as well as demons to her aid while she attacks the Inquisitor with fire-based spells.

As soon as the fight is concluded, she will teleport up to a ledge, proclaiming that she will not fall to the Inquisitor, and commits suicide by plummeting off.

If the inquisition recruits the Mages...

If the Inquisitor chose to side with the Mages instead of the Templars, then Calpernia does not appear in the game, nor is she even mentioned. Instead, she is replaced by Samson, leader of the Red Templars, as Corypheus' lieutenant and potential Vessel.

Quotes

  • "If I fall it will not be by your hand!"
  • "I will be ready. As the Vessel, and Tevinter's champion."
  • "Tevinter was the cradle of civilization. Imagine what her future could be. A crafter of wonders, standing against the savage Qunari. A beacon for all."

Trivia

  • According to Patrick Weekes, Calpernia quickly became a favorite of the writers due to her intriguing story and personality.[1]
  • According to Leliana, Calpernia is the name of an ancient Tevinter legend. The Calpernia of old was a priestess of Dumat and foster-mother to the founder of the Imperium.

Codex entries

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Calpernia

Gallery

References

  1. Nerd Appropriate Interview with Patrick Weekes.
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