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Denam is a Knight-Captain of the Templar Order.

Background[edit | edit source]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Denam has in fact abandoned the Templars and joined the Red Templar splinter faction.

Knight-Captain Denam led the Templars at Therinfal Redoubt alongside the Envy demon impersonating the Lord Seeker Lucius Corin, where he killed the Knight-Vigilant who commanded the Order, thus paving the way for the demon, as Lucius, to take his place. Denam also provided the Templars at Therinfal with red lyrium, beginning with the officers and working his way down, with the full knowledge of just how dangerous the Red Lyrium was.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

If the Inquisitor recruited the Templars:
During the main quest Champions of the Just, the Inquisitor will go to Therinfal along with representatives of the noblest houses of Orlais, headed by Lord Abernache, to speak with Lord Seeker Lucius and convince him to bring his Templars out of their self-imposed exile and help seal the Breach. Rather than appear before them himself, Denam is sent in the Lord Seeker's stead, whereby looking at him it was immediately clear to the Inquisitor that there was something very wrong with the Templar.

Denam explains to the Inquisitor that the Lord Seeker had a plan for the Order, but that the Inquisition's arrival to Therinfal had raised too many questions from among the Templar ranks, to the point that the plan was all but ruined. Thus, to salvage what they could, those Templars who had been corrupted by the Red Lyrium were tasked to purge the rest of the Order, as well as the Inquisitor and their noble allies, with Denam declaring that no one will leave Therinfal who is not "stained red".

Denam attacks the Inquisitor along with several Red Templars but is defeated and is captured by the Inquisition.

Later, once the Inquisition relocates to Skyhold, they can Sit in Judgment over Denam. Cullen will relieve Josephine from presenting the former Knight-Captain for judgement, while Denam defends his actions by stating that he only did "as [he] was told."

However if Denam's quarters were broken into and the evidence of Denam's advance knowledge of the dangers of red lyrium along with the body of the Knight-Vigilant were found, Denam will then change his defense. Stating to the Inquisition that he served a greater power, and accuses all present that none of them would have been fool enough to deny it. He then demands justice, which the Inquisitor happily gives him.

Given the choice, the Inquisitor can either:

  • Have him executed, to which he will be taken to the gallows.
  • Have him handed over to the remaining Templars so that they could punish him. Denam will note that they will more than likely execute him.
  • Exile him to a wasteland known as the Sea of Ash. Historically, this was the standard punishment for Seekers who failed their charges when stationed at Thereinfal Redoubt.
  • Have him questioned about Red Lyrium and then imprisoned until the Inquisition dealt with Corypheus.
  • Conscript him. (Only possible if Denam's quarters were not broken into preventing the corpse of Knight-Vigiliant Trentwatch from being discovered)

After he is judged, with the exception of the final choice, Denam will then be dragged away from the throne room as he protests the Inquisitor's judgement over him. If Denam is conscripted it will unlock an additional War table operation: Judgment: Denam Red Templar Patrols.

Denam transformed into a Behemoth

Regardless of the judgement, Denam's case is one of the rare few where none of the choices end with disapproval for any of the companions (unless he is conscripted, whereby Blackwall approves, Sera will slightly disapprove, and Cole and Cassandra will disapprove). If Denam is imprisoned he can be approached in the dungeon for some additional ambient dialogue.

If the Inquisitor recruited the mages:
As soon as the Mages are recruited and the Breach is sealed, Haven is attacked by the Red Templars. As the Inquisitor is preparing the trebuchet to be fired at the invading army, they will have to fight off Red Templar reinforcements; Denam can be seen leading the final wave as a Behemoth but is slain by the Inquisitor and the accompanying party in the process.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Champions of the Just Champions of the Just
In Your Heart Shall Burn In Your Heart Shall Burn
Quest icon DAI.png Sit in Judgment of Knight-Captain Denam
Judgment: Denam's Red Templar Patrols Judgment: Denam's Red Templar Patrols (war table) (conditional)

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "There is a greater power walking in this world! I wasn't fool enough to deny it. None of you would have. I demand justice!"

Note texts[edit | edit source]

Lyrium Manifest Lyrium Manifest
Notes and Letters from Therinfal Notes and Letters from Therinfal

See also[edit | edit source]

Red Templars Red Templars

Gallery[edit | edit source]