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 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 inside Redcliffe Castle. He is one of the Venatori leaders holding a red lyrium shard, needed to open the door leading to Gereon Alexius, and must be killed in order for the shard to be obtained.
- Hanley will not show up in Redcliffe until after Alexius is spoken to at the Gull and Lantern during the main quest In Hushed Whispers. Likewise, he will no longer be available after In Hushed Whispers or Champions of the Just is completed.