- “Colleague?! More like rival! Though his exploits pale compared to mine.”
Cedric Marquette is an adjunct scholar who specializes in the recovery of historical artifacts and archaeology.
Marquette is a guest at Sebastian Vael's birthday party in Starkhaven. During the celebration, he gifts Sebastian with what looks to be a blue crystal skull, which he claims to have found while on an expedition that involved a templar under a lake. While Sebastian gracefully receives the gift, Ser Aaron Hawthorne proclaims that the piece belongs in a museum, and calls Marquette a thief. Marquette retorts that Ser Aaron is the more likely thief, as there have been a rash of thefts across Thedas in his wake. When Ser Aaron defends his honor by demanding that they settle this "like men," Sebastian intervenes to keep the peace.
When Ser Aaron and Varric return from a walk outside, Marquette confronts them once again. When Seneschal Granger finally steps in to defend Ser Aaron, as a guest of Sebastian, Marquette leaves the party. He joins a group of Venatori soldiers, who have already infiltrated the palace and killed several guards to steal Sebastian's journal on red lyrium. Marquette says that no more palace guards should be killed, as it would seem improbable for one woman to have killed so many. He also reveals that he deliberately brought up the thefts in Thedas at the party to cast suspicion on Vaea. Marquette switches masks upon joining the Venatori. It is also revealed that they are working for a magister, and that Marquette was chosen because he had access to Sebastian's birthday party.He appears later in Sebastian's chambers while Ser Aaron and Vaea are talking, and confesses to being the one responsible for the killings of the guards in an attempt to steal the journal. He leaves a dozen Venatori to take care of Ser Aaron while he pursues Vaea and the journal. However, Vaea outmaneuvers him and is able to defeat him, leaving him unconscious. Vaea later hands Cedric over to Granger to deal with.