Hanley originates from the Cumberland Circle of Magi. He was not participating in the mage rebellion, but when the Circles followed the Grand Enchanter Fiona's decision to rebel, he simply followed his First Enchanter, as he always has, and she lead him to Redcliffe.
If the mages are recruited:When the Inquisitor is sent a year forward in time to 9:42 Dragon, in a possible future where the Inquisition was defeated, Hanley joins the Venatori and becomes a torturer. When encountered by the Inquisitor, Hanley is torturing a Chantry priest. He is one of the Venatori leaders holding a red lyrium shard, needed to open the door leading to Alexius, and needs to be killed in order to obtain it.
- Hanley will not show up in Redcliffe until Gereon Alexius is spoken to at the Gull and Lantern during In Hushed Whispers. Likewise, he will disappear after In Hushed Whispers or Champions of the Just is done.