The Disciples of Andraste are a group of people who came together after the death of Andraste for the purpose of protecting and continuing her legacy.

Background[edit | edit source]

Statuary of Andraste disciples and martyrs.[1]

The Disciples made their home high in the Frostback Mountains, in a village called Haven, which is now a sanctuary for pilgrims of the Chantry. It is understood that the Disciples were descendants of the first followers of Andraste, who brought her ashes to Ferelden and built the temple to house it. Because they had pledged themselves to the keeping of the Temple of Sacred Ashes, the Disciples of Andraste never left the Frostbacks. For nine hundred years, they kept strangers away, killing all who came close, and were completely oblivious to the world that advanced beyond the boundaries of their home.

The original Disciples were some of the first followers of Andraste and her teachings on the Maker. When Archon Hessarian killed and burned the prophet in -170 Ancient in the capital of the Tevinter Imperium[2], far in the north of Thedas, Havard and others from his group gathered her ashes and carried them to the other corner of the Imperium, in the Frostback Mountains to the south. They vowed to forever revere her memory and guard her.

However, at some point before 9:30 Dragon, some 1000 years later, some cultists declared themselves prophets and claimed that Andraste has been reborn in the form of a High Dragon, and that the ashes are nothing but dust. All those who opposed them were silenced by force. For their attempts to destroy the ashes, they were banished from the temple of Sacred Ashes by the Guardian. Since then, only the Guardian resides in the The Gauntlet chamber with the Urn and is protecting the ashes, as the rest of the disciples are unable to kill him. The other disciples reside in the ruins of the temple's nearby caverns, and upon the mountain side, in their village called Haven.

Unlike some of the other so-called "Cults of the Maker" that began to spread around the same time, the Disciples no longer revere the Maker, as Andraste did, but rather they revere Andraste herself. They created their own version of the Chantry, based on Andraste's chant. However, the Disciples' chantry is more akin to the Imperial Chantry, rather than the Orlais-based southern Chantry, in that their priests are male. They remained secluded through centuries, killing or scaring away any outsiders. Their religion remained largely unchained.

By 9:30 Dragon, a man by the name of Kolgrim has taken over the leadership of the cult. He prophesizes that Andraste cannot ascend as long as her ashes are revered. He devises a plan to taint the ashes of old Andraste with the blood of Andraste reborn - the High Dragon he claims to be a reincarnation of Andraste.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Origins.

In 9:30 Dragon, the cultists' village by the name of Haven is discovered by Brother Genitivi, who was searching for the Urn of Andraste. The Disciples held him captive and interrogated him, hoping to learn enough to send an impostor into the outside world. They also sent an agent to kill and impersonate his assistant Weylon in Denerim to dissuade or misdirect any other searchers, as well as arranged for the capture or ambush of Redcliffe knights sent in search of Genitivi.

The cultists try to defend the temple against the Warden and their party, who are trying to reach the Urn. They have trained Brontos to fight with them, as well as summon Ash Wraiths. Many fall by the Warden's hand.

The cult leader, Kolgrim, will recognise the Warden's strength and will offer them a membership among the Disciples. The Warden may choose to ally with them and follow Kolgrim's task to spill the blood of the High Dragon, that Kolgrim believes to be Andraste, onto the ashes.

If the Warden declines...
The Warden may reject the offer and attack the cultists, in which case even more cultists, along with their leader, are killed. Some of the more peaceful cultists survive, but the death toll inflicted on the group is high, as witnessed by the Warden, who can attend a funeral upon returning to Haven later, and as evidenced by a large number of gravestones found.

If the Warden accepts...

The Warden may accept Kolgrim's offer and enter the temple. Upon being tested by the Guardian, and passing, the Warden can taint the ashes, which will earn them the title of champion by the cultists, and being considered as one of them. As a reward, the Disciples will offer the Warden the privilege of drinking ritually prepared dragon blood, in order to become a reaver.

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

After the Temple of Sacred Ashes was reclaimed by the Chantry, the surviving members of the cult were forced out of Haven and into the mountains. Only one cultist, Tamar, is known to have survived.[3]

Historical disciples[edit | edit source]

Some of these disciples can be found in The Gauntlet as part of A Test of Faith quest by giving riddles to the Warden. They are, in fact, Ash Wraiths which were summoned by an ancient Tevinter ritual. This ritual involved the immolation of the disciple.

  • Cathaire: Leader of Andraste's army.
  • Havard: He gathered Andraste's ashes and hid them for safekeeping.
  • Guardian: One of the original disciples.
  • Hessarian, the Redeemed:[4] The Tevinter Archon who repented of his execution of Andraste and turned the Imperium to the worship of the Maker.
  • Brona:[4] Andraste's mother.
  • Hector:[4] Lord of the fortress of Nevarra. When Maferath betrayed Andraste and Tevinter captured her at Hector's stronghold, Hector leapt to her defense and was shot full of arrows.[5]
  • Shartan:[4] Leader of the elven slave rebellion who joined Andraste in battling the Imperium.
  • Justinia:[4] A Tevinter slave and friend of Andraste who remained by Andraste's side during her war against Tevinter.

Cultist disciples[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

When facing a group of Cultists, it is best to send a character with a fair amount of armor (though not your parties tank) to attack the group's mage. Doing so will distract the mage from attacking the entire party with high damage area of effect spells.

Types[edit | edit source]

Cultist archer[edit | edit source]

Skills used:

Dirty Fighting Dirty Fighting

Pinning Shot Pinning Shot

Shattering Shot Shattering Shot

Cultist assassin[edit | edit source]

Skills used:

Mark of Death Mark of Death

Stealth Stealth

Cultist mage[edit | edit source]

Spells used:

Cone of Cold Cone of Cold

Winter's Grasp Winter's Grasp

Lightning Lightning

Shock Shock

Chain Lightning Chain Lightning

Fireball Fireball

Weakness Weakness

Vulnerability Hex Vulnerability Hex

Misdirection Hex Misdirection Hex

Cultist overseer[edit | edit source]

Skills used:

Anti-Magic Ward Anti-Magic Ward

Spell Shield Spell Shield

Dispel Magic Dispel Magic

Aura of Pain Aura of Pain

Devour Devour

Combat Magic Combat Magic

Shimmering Shield Shimmering Shield

Cultist reaver[edit | edit source]

Skills used:

Flurry Flurry

Precise Striking Precise Striking

Indomitable Indomitable

Powerful Swings Powerful Swings

Sunder Arms Sunder Arms

Locations[edit | edit source]

Ruined Temple Ruined Temple

Haven Haven

Caverns Caverns

Lake Calenhad Docks Lake Calenhad Docks

Genitivi's Home Genitivi's Home

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: The Disciples of Andraste Codex entry: The Disciples of Andraste

References[edit | edit source]

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