- “Once, I had a son who trusted me. A trust I betrayed.”
Halward is a highly regarded, highly respected and very traditional Imperium magister. It is mentioned that Halward had plans to marry Dorian off to a noble Tevinter woman to preserve the prestigious Pavus family line, and that he had expectations that Dorian failed to meet.
Soon after recruiting Dorian Pavus and settling into Skyhold, a conversation with Mother Giselle reveals that his father, Halward, has sent a letter from Tevinter requesting that the Inquisitor convince his son to meet a family retainer at Redcliffe's Gull and Lantern tavern. Bringing Dorian to the tavern will reveal that it is Halward himself and not a family representative who has come to meet them. Halward then asks for his son's forgiveness, confessing that he believed what he tried to do back in Tevinter was a misguided attempt at securing Dorian's happiness, and claiming he only wanted what was best for his son. The Inquisitor can decide to either persuade Dorian to reconcile with his father or encourage him to hold onto his anger, but regardless Halward does not encounter the Inquisitor again, although he is still mentioned occasionally by Dorian.If the Inquisitor brings Dorian into the fade on the quest, Here Lies the Abyss, the fade demon will taunt Dorian with his relationship with his father, which Dorian will say is, "Rather uncalled for."