- “It doesn't matter that they won't remember me. What matters is I helped.”
Cole is a ghost, walking entirely unnoticed among crowds. He can slit an enemy's throat before they even realize he's there, and those few who do notice him forget he ever existed. Cole himself is unsure he does exist. He is a unique entity, impossibly caught between the immaterial realm of the Fade and the confusing realities of Thedas. Cole also has the uncanny ability to sense people who are in pain. He uses this ability to find people in the most painful moment of their lives and offers them comfort with out hesitation, judgement, or expectation of thanks. Since Cole's abilities are unprecedented, Cole is unsure what he is. Many question whether Cole is a human, mage, a spirit, or a malevolent demonic pretender. All Cole knows for certain is that the world is full of pain and he must find his place within it.
Dragon Age: Asunder
Cole first appears as the Ghost of the Spire, though in actuality, no one can see or remember him - none save Rhys, who goes on to form a friendship with the young man over the course of a year. Cole is also the murderer who has been stalking the corridors of the Spire, granting apprentices and newly-arrived mages a swift end rather than the eventual prospect of Tranquility or execution by the templars. He does these mercy killings because those who wish for death or are about to die are the only ones who can see and "remember" him.
Before Rhys, Wynne, Evangeline and Adrian leave for the Adamant Fortress, Cole overhears Evangeline's conversation with Lord Seeker Lambert who orders her to kill the mages should they discover that the Rite of Tranquility can be reversed. Worried, Cole follows the group in an attempt to warn Rhys and to keep him safe. While in Adamant, the group, including Cole, are drawn into the Fade and they face various nightmares - one of which is Cole's. It turns out Cole came from a very poor family with an abusive and violent father who thought his children cursed for having magic. It is further revealed that Cole and his sister (who died hiding) lived in terror until finally one day, Cole used his mother's dagger and killed his father. Some time after this, the templars found him and brought him to the Spire.
After Rhys is imprisoned for the apparent murder of Pharamond, everyone suspected Cole to be the culprit. However, when confronted by Wynne and Evangeline, Cole confessed that Pharamond begged him for death but he refused. Cole then joined Leliana in storming the Spire's cells and freeing the imprisoned mages. Cole then found Rhys and freed him. They then attempted to escape the Spire through the sewers, but were discovered by Lambert. He found them using Rhys' phylactery, which he had kept on his person to prevent it from being destroyed. Cole tried to attack Lambert, but the Lord Seeker is able to disrupt Cole's invisibility using the Litany of Adralla, revealing that Cole is in fact a spirit who uses blood magic to keep people from remembering him, or even noticing him at all. The Lord Seeker relentlessly assaulted Cole, accusing him of using Rhys to murder. Cole slowly realizes what he is and with that knowledge, fades completely.In the epilogue of Asunder, after the Lord Seeker has dictated a letter, Cole appears with a dagger to his throat. The Lord Seeker is surprised but Cole explains that there was in fact a human mage named Cole who had been brought to the dungeons of the Spire and subsequently forgotten about by the Templars. His cries had attracted the spirit who now posed as Cole, who had stayed with him to console him until the very end. The Templars later erased all evidence of his existence to hide their shame. As the novel concludes, the spirit tells Lord Seeker Lambert to "look into [his] eyes" - the same thing he told all his victims before killing them.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Asunder
- "Now I walk within the shadows. I can see the light, but it never finds me. I reach for it, but it slips through my fingers. In the shadows you are always alone, the world oblivious to your passing."
- "Look into my eyes..."
- In promotional material for Dragon Age: Inquisition, he is described as "The Spirit"
- While he was originally written by David Gaider in Dragon Age: Asunder he is written by Patrick Weekes in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
- ↑ Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 254
- ↑ Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 230
- ↑ Cole Character profile
- ↑ Inquisition official website
- ↑ Cole Character Bio.