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See also: Character: Sten

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"Either you have an enviable memory, or a pitiable life, to know nothing of regret."

The northern islands are remote: lush jungles that harbor cities rumored to be the most extraordinary ever built. These are the lands of the Qunari—lands that no foreign eyes ever see. Only the stories of the three Exalted Marches waged against the giants have reached the south... until the arrival of Sten.

The stoic giant in the cage was surely the strangest thing the people of Lothering had ever seen, until the Blight struck.

If Sten is not rescued from his cage...

He remained in his cage to await death, and most likely found it.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

If Sten tells the Warden why he was imprisoned...

He was sent with a small group of Qunari soldiers to investigate the Blight and report back. Outside Lothering, they were ambushed by darkspawn. They fought off the attack, but only Sten survived. Farmers found him dying and took him in, but when he awoke, alone and unarmed, he panicked, killing the entire family. Realizing he had sacrificed his honor, Sten waited for the villagers to come, and surrendered, expecting death.

If the quest the Sword of the Beresaad is completed...

His sword and his honor restored, Sten chose to continue with The Warden and take the battle to the archdemon.

If Sten's approval reaches 20...

Sten has an eye for paintings, an appreciation that might seem out of character, but is actually an extension of Qunari discipline. He respects an artist for careful composition, a skill that is as much about where the brushstroke stops as where it begins.

If Sten leaves...

He left, intending to seek out the archdemon alone.

Sten was a soldier of the Beresaad, the vanguard of the Qunari. He was sent to Ferelden to investigate the threat of the Blight, but Sten and his brothers-in-arms were ambushed by darkspawn one night. Only Sten survived. He chose not to return to Par Vollen with his report, but lingered instead to fight the Blight, and to uncover the secrets of Ferelden's sweet, crumbly baked goods.