Light a lamp, would you, Calpernia? Everything's so dark.

Erasthenes is a Magister of the Tevinter Imperium. A resident of Minrathous, he is renowned as the greatest scholar of the Old Gods within the Imperium.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Erasthenes employed Marius, a Slave soldier of unusual skill as his bodyguard before eventually selling him off to a renowned trainer, much to the displeasure of another of his slaves; Calpernia, who had been close to Marius.

One night a stranger visited Erasthenes' home. To Erasthenes' surprise, Calpernia readily turned on Erasthenes and went to the stranger's side.

If the Inquisition recruits the Templars: Erasthenes was imprisoned within the Shrine of Dumat using a unique binding spell of phenomenal power and endurance. Eventually The Inquisitor raids the Shrine during the quest Under Her Skin and discovers Erasthenes. Erasthenes reveals that the binding spell forces him to answer any question put to him completely truthfully or else suffer immense physical pain. Erasthenes elaborates that this same binding spell is in fact intended also for Calpernia after she becomes 'The Vessel' and that his binding was merely a prototype.

Afterwards, the Inquisitor may elect to kill Erasthenes by breaching the wards or keep him alive for Leliana to question and potentially find a way to undo the binding spell. He can also be made Tranquil.

  • "I can make you Tranquil." (Mage Only)
    • Not available when Vivienne is in the party
    • Cole (even when not present)/Iron Bull DAIApproval.png Approves
    • Sera DAIApproval.png Slightly Disapproves
    • Blackwall/Dorian DAIApproval.png Disapproves
    • Solas DAIApproval.png Greatly Disapproves
  • "You're too useful to kill."
    • Solas DAIApproval.png Approves
    • Iron Bull DAIApproval.png Slightly Approves
    • Sera DAIApproval.png Slightly Disapproves
    • Cole (even when not present)/Dorian DAIApproval.png Disapproves
  • "Your death will be a message."
    • Cassandra DAIApproval.png Slightly Approves
    • Iron Bull DAIApproval.png Approves
    • Cole (even when not present)/Blackwall/Sera DAIApproval.png Disapproves
  • "I'll free you from your pain."
    • Cole (even when not present) DAIApproval.png Approves
    • Sera/Dorian DAIApproval.png Slightly Approves
    • Cassandra DAIApproval.png Slightly Disapproves

Magister Erasthenes as seen in Heroes of Dragon Age

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