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Clarel de Chanson is the Warden-Commander of Orlais in 9:40 Dragon


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

When every 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 Blights 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.

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.