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{{Quote|These men and women are giving their lives, [[Livius Erimond|magister]]. That might mean little in [[Tevinter]], but for the Wardens, it is a sacred duty.}}
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'''Clarel''' is a [[Commander of the Grey|Warden-Commander]] stationed at the [[Adamant Fortress]] in [[Orlais]].
   
 
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'''Clarel de Chanson''' is the [[Commander of the Grey|Warden-Commander]] of [[Orlais]] in 9:41 [[Dragon Age (time period)|Dragon]].
 
 
== Background ==
 
 
Clarel was the Warden who conscripted Ser [[Jean-Marc Stroud]] into the [[Grey Wardens]].<ref>[[Codex entry: Ser Stroud]].</ref> Unlike other Grey Warden [[mage]]s, who join the Order after their [[Harrowing]]s, Clarel was an [[Circle of Magi#Hierarchy|enchanter]] before joining the Grey Wardens.<ref>[[Codex entry: A Letter from Warden-Commander Clarel]].</ref>
 
 
During the [[Fifth Blight]], she was one of the Orlesian Grey Wardens [[Fereldan royalty and nobility|King]] [[Cailan Theirin|Cailan]] approached for help, but due to the King's death in the [[Battle of Ostagar]] and the sealing of the [[Ferelden|Fereldan]] borders after that, she was unable to help against the [[Blight]]. She always resented that.<ref>According to dialogue with Stroud.</ref>
 
 
Clarel was promoted to Commander of the Grey of Orlais in 9:36 Dragon, when the former Warden-Commander, Alisse Fontaine, undertook her [[Grey Wardens#Calling|Calling]].<ref name="wot2">{{Cite wot2|235}}</ref>
 
 
After her promotion, she was eager to help the Fereldan Grey Wardens to rebuild, and tried to negotiate with [[Fereldan royalty and nobility|Arl]] [[Teagan Guerrin|Teagan]] of [[Redcliffe]] on many occasions, but due to Fereldan mistrust of the Orlesians, and the [[Battle of Soldier's Peak|incident]] with Warden-Commander [[Sophia Dryden]] during the [[Storm Age]], she was again unable to help.<ref>[[Codex entry: Warden-Commander Clarel]].</ref>
 
   
 
== Involvement ==
 
== Involvement ==
 
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In order to bind the Grey Wardens to his will, [[Corypheus]] discovered a way to make every Warden in [[Orlais]] hear the Calling. Fearing their deaths and the extinction of their order, the Wardens began to desperately seek allies to help them fulfill their mission of eradicating the [[darkspawn]].
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When every [[Grey Wardens|Grey Warden]] in [[Orlais]] began to hear the [[Calling]]- a bluff elicited by [[Corypheus]], the Grey Wardens grew desperate and sought out allies to help them accomplish their mandate before they perished. Lord [[Livius Erimond]], a [[Venatori]] [[Magister]], convinced Clarel to use their blood magic techniques to raise a [[demon]] army and invade the [[Deep Roads]] and kill the [[Old Gods]] before they wake. Unbeknownst to the Grey Wardens, the demon binding rituals Erimond taught the Grey Warden mages however has the side effect of enslaving them to Corypheus, who will use them to conquer Thedas. Believing that their end is near, Warden-Commander Clarel planned on using the Venatori's [[blood magic]] rituals to end all [[Blight]]s before they all perished, even if it meant sacrificing her fellow Wardens. [[Stroud]], [[Alistair]], or [[Loghain Mac Tir]] was branded a traitor for protesting Clarel's plan and went into hiding. The fugitive Warden, [[Hawke]], and the [[Inquisitor]] scouted the ancient Tevinter ritual tower in the Western Approach to investigate a Grey Warden congregation and learned the truth of the Venatori's blood sacrifice rituals.
   
Lord [[Livius Erimond]], a [[Tevinter Imperium|Tevinter]] [[magister]] and [[Venatori]] agent, convinced Clarel to use [[blood magic]] to raise a [[demon]] army, invade the [[Deep Roads]] and kill the [[Old Gods]] before they wake. Though Clarel reluctantly consented to the human sacrifice necessary for the binding rituals Erimond taught the Grey Wardens, she was unaware that the rituals also enslaved the Wardens to Corypheus. The temptation of ending the [[Blight|Blights]] proved too great for Clarel, and opposition to her alliance with Erimond was crushed swiftly, sending veteran Wardens into exile for their insubordination.
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By the time the Inquisitor and company arrive Clarel has already begun her blood magic ritual by sacrificing an elven girl named [[Jana]] or a fellow warden if Jana is convinced not to join. The Ritual is disrupted when the Inquisitor attempts to sway the Wardens and Clarel to move against [[Livius Erimond]], who in turn summons [[Corypheus]]' [[dragon]] to kill the Inquisitor. After a brief skirmish with Livius, Clarel is mangled by the dragon and while near death, she shocks it with a blast of lightning, buying the Inquisition time to escape.
 
Learning of Clarel's plans, the reformed [[Inquisition]] lay siege to [[Adamant Fortress]] just as Clarel begins to summon her demon army. Following a bloody battle, [[the Inquisitor]] breaks Erimond's hold over Clarel, who attacks the magister. After this, she commands her wardens to either help or kill the Inquisitor.
 
 
Overcome with guilt after realizing the part she played in Corypheus' schemes, Clarel pursues Lord Erimond through Adamant Fortress, overcoming him in battle with ease. Before she strikes the magister down, Clarel is mortally wounded by the [[Red Lyrium Dragon|dragon]] under Erimond's control.
 
 
Her final act is to save the lives of the Inquisitor and their companions by unleashing a huge bolt of energy upon the dragon as it is about to turn on the Herald, injuring the dragon and making it damage part of the bridge as it falls. This causes the Inquisitor and their allies to fall into the [[Fade]].
 
 
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== See also ==
 
{{:Codex entry: Warden-Commander Clarel|style=iconmini}}{{clrl}}
 
{{:Codex entry: A Letter from Warden-Commander Clarel|style=iconmini}}{{clrl}}
 
 
== Gallery ==
 
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Warden Commander Clarel tarot.png|Warden Commander Clarel tarot card
 
Clarel_Promotional.jpg|Promotional image of Clarel in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''
 
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== References ==
 
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[[Category:Characters]]
 
[[Category:Dragon Age: Inquisition characters]]
 
[[Category:Heroes of Dragon Age characters]]
 
 
[[Category:Humans]]
 
[[Category:Humans]]
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[[Category:Magi]]
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[[Category:Grey Wardens]]
 
[[Category:Orlesians]]
 
[[Category:Orlesians]]
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[[Category:Dragon Age: Inquisition characters]]
[[Category:Magi]]
 
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