In the elven language, "hahren" means "elder", and there may be several elders in an elven community, male or female.

Background Edit

Among the Dalish elves, the hahren is primarily a storyteller and caretaker of children, working in tandem with but deferring to a clan's Keeper.[1] However, in the alienages the term takes on a specific, formal connotation as well.

The hahren of an alienage is a surrogate uncle (or aunt, as the case may be)[2], as well as an administrator[3] to the alienage and its denizens. He or she is elected to the position not on the basis of age but on the merits of wisdom, cleverness and levelheadedness.[2] The hahren essentially runs the day-to-day workings of an alienage, managing altercations and leading the alienage spiritually.

Hahrens in the cities also, significantly, arrange marriages between alienages for young elves without parents to do so for them. Hahrens in the city are not allowed to officiate during weddings, per se, as that duty is left to Chantry Revered Mothers much as in human communities, but are allowed to offer their thoughts and prayers for the couple.[4]

Though the hahren does not have political power specifically, human authorities coming to the alienage may respect the hahren's opinion on elven matters. Also, though one hahren may act as administrator of a specific alienage, other elves in the community may also be referred to as elders.

Known Hahrens Edit

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: The City Elves
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Vhenadahl: The Tree of the People

Trivia Edit

  • A gathering of the hahrens and Keepers during a Dalish arlathvhen is called a hahren'al.[7]

References Edit

  1. According to the Dalish Elf Origin.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Codex entry: Valendrian
  3. According to dialogue with the guard captain during the City Elf Origin.
  4. As seen in the City Elf Origin.
  5. Codex entry: Alienage Culture
  6. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 164.
  7. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 108.
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