Din'an Hanin - the final resting place of the knights

The Emerald Knights were an order of Dalish warriors responsible for protecting the Dales when they were still an independent elven nation.

When the Second Exalted March struck, the Emerald Knights led the battles against the human forces; but in the end, all perished. Their legend endures as remnant of a time when the Dales belonged to the elvhen alone.

History[edit | edit source]

The Orlesians and the elves hold different opinions of these fabled Knights. To the former, whose ties with the elven Dales were famously growing hostile, the knights were savages; to the latter, they were the romantic heroes of their time.[1]

When an elf swore themselves to service as an Emerald Knight a tree was planted in their honour in the Emerald March as a symbol of their oath. When an Emerald Knight died, their remains were interred at Din'an Hanin. They rode halla into battle and fought alongside wolf companions known as the Knight's Guardians.[2]

The Fade Hunters were a division of the Emerald Knights who defended the Dales against demons and maleficars.[3]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The actions of several Emerald Knights played a major role in triggering the Exalted March on the Dales. Elandrin, one of the knights, fell in love with a human woman, Adalene, who lived in the human village of Red Crossing. Knowing he would have to swear himself to the Maker to reside with her outside of the Dales, Elandrin willingly agreed to do so, reasoning that the Maker was just as absent as the elven deities and so his 'worship' was irrelevant in either case. The other Emerald Knights realized Elandrin's intentions and, assuming his change of loyalty meant he would reveal their secrets to the humans, sent a squad of Knights, led by Elandrin's sister Siona, to Red Crossing to retrieve him, where they encountered Adalane waiting for him.

Adalane caught sight of Siona, and mistaking her for Elandrin, ran toward her, only to be shot by Siona. The men of the village heard Adalane cry out and came to investigate. When they noticed the Knights, they immediately attacked, but stood no chance against the elves. Elandrin finally arrived after the fighting had stopped, and moved to embrace Adalane's body, where he remained until human reinforcements arrived. Finding only dead humans and a bloody elf, the humans had no interest in an explanation, and immediately shot Elandrin, later disposing of his body in a nearby river.

This descent into armed conflict between humans and elves became the final catalyst for the Exalted March.


Known Emerald Knights[edit | edit source]

Statue of a Knight's Guardian wolf found in the Emerald Graves

  • Andrale was known for her lovely voice.[4][5]
  • Briathos helped keep the Chantry missionaries and templars away from the Dales border.[6] A section of the Exalted Plains is named after him.
  • Calmar was the First of Elnora, listed below.[6]
  • Elandrin was one of the main parties involved in the events of Red Crossing. He fell in love with a human woman, Adalene, and planned to run away with her. The Emerald Knights believed that he had genuinely converted to the Maker, and feared that he would betray their secrets to the Chantry. When they went to confront him, Siona—listed below—shot Elandrin's lover with an arrow, possibly mistaking her as hostile. Elandrin was killed by the humans who came to claim Adalene's body, as he would not be parted from it. The Knights retrieved his corpse, which had ben thrown in the river, and honored him in death.[4][7]
  • Elnora was revered for her work reviving the magical arts of Arlathan.[6]
  • Ilan was in some manner connected to Rin, listed below. It is noted in their joint epitaph that they fought and fell as one.[4][5]
  • Lindiranae was the last to wield the blade Evanura, and the last of the Emerald Knights to fall during the Exalted March against the Dales.[6][8] When Halamshiral fell to Orlesian forces, she was at the helm of a last, desperate resistance mounted in the Exalted Plains. There, she faced the Orlesian Champion, Ser Brandis of Lac Celestine, the Silver Knight, and refused to yield. In the end, however, it was not Brandis's blade that killed her, but an arrow fired by another soldier. After her death, the Silver Knight took her sword and buried it in the Vallasdahlen.[9]
  • Mahariel was a founding member of the Sabrae clan and likely ancestor of the Mahariel family within that clan.[10]
  • Mathalin is believed to have been the first Emerald Knight, and the first to wield the legendary sword Evanura which was forged specifically for him by the High Keeper of June.[6][11]
  • Nomaris was one of the last of the Emerald Knights who survived the Exalted March on the Dales. He famously lodged his axe into a tree, declaring, "Let it remain here until my people are free, to mark my soul, which shall never rest." He then threw himself into a river, and his body was never recovered.[12]
  • Rajmael was a great elven general during the Exalted March on the Dales who hurled the axe named The Veshialle at the enemy before leaping to his death over Forlorn Falls.
  • Ralaferin was a great lord of the elven Halamshiral. A tribe of the same name claims to descend from him.[6]
  • Rin was in some manner connected to Ilan, listed above. It is noted in their joint epitaph that they fought and fell as one.[4][5]
  • Siona was one of the main parties responsible for the escalation at Red Crossing. After her sister was killed by humans for wandering too close to the hunters' path, Siona was determined not to lose her brother, Elandrin, as well. Believing that he had turned away from his people and converted to the Maker, Siona led the Emerald Knights to Red Crossing to retrieve him, but found his human lover instead. When the woman started running towards her, Siona killed her with an arrow. The other humans heard the young woman's scream and fell upon the elves. This was the tipping point that led to war in the Dales.[4][5][7]
  • Soran was a Knight listed among the fallen in Din'an Hanin. Not much is said about them other than that they wielded a bow and their body was brutally mauled during or after their death.[4][5]
  • Sulan was Mathalin's young squire. Mathalin bestowed Evanura to the boy after he saved the older knight's life during a battle.[6][11]
  • Talas was a founding member of the Sabrae clan and likely ancestor of the Talas family.[10]
  • Talim was honored for saving a child by shielding them from arrows with his body.[4][5]
  • Tanaleth was a smith and High Keeper of June. She crafted Dhal Vallasan as well as other bows for Fade Hunters. She was likely the one who crafted Evanura for Mathalin as well.[3][6][11]
  • Vaharel was responsible for leading the successful invasion of the city of Montisimmard during the Second Exalted March.[6]

See also[edit | edit source]

Axe of Green Edges Axe of Green Edges
Dhal Vallasan Dhal Vallasan
Evanura Evanura
Helm of the Emerald Knights Helm of the Emerald Knights
Ring of the Emerald Knights Ring of the Emerald Knights
Tenasarin Tenasarin
The Veshialle The Veshialle
Codex entry: Epitaphs for the Lost Codex entry: Epitaphs for the Lost
Codex entry: Knight's Guardian Codex entry: Knight's Guardian
Codex entry: Memorials of the Second Exalted March Codex entry: Memorials of the Second Exalted March
Codex entry: The Death of Elandrin Codex entry: The Death of Elandrin
Codex entry: The Emerald Knights Codex entry: The Emerald Knights
Codex entry: Vallasdahlen Codex entry: Vallasdahlen

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