House Cadash is a ruthless dwarven crime family which is part of the Carta. They were formerly a warrior house with Cadash Thaig being their ancestral home. However as exiles they are now casteless surfacers.

Background[edit | edit source]

House Cadash was exiled from Orzammar several generations before the Dragon Age. Only the Shaperate knows the exact reasoning behind it but it's revealed that House Cadash was feared long before its exile and that their "offensive" methods used in an attempt to find information about a particular war golem from the First Blight were seemingly the last straw.[1] House Cadash eventually became a prominent crime family of the Carta operating across various city-states in the Free Marches. Since then House Cadash has come to specialize in smuggling lyrium across Thedas.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

Shayle, a member of the house and a friend of Paragon Caridin, volunteered to be transformed by the Anvil of the Void into a golem around -255 Ancient (940 TE). She was the only woman to ever volunteer. An unspecified time later, she fell into stasis in Cadash Thaig.[2]

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Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne.

Centuries after it fell into stasis, Shale was awakened by a human mage, Wilhelm Sulzbacher, and under his control fought against the Orlesians in the Fereldan Rebellion. It fell into stasis again when it killed Wilhelm.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

Some 30 years later Shale was awakened by the Warden, who obtained Shale's control rod from Felix de Grosbois.

If Shale was recruited:
Shale was recruited by the Warden to fight against the Fifth Blight.

If Shale turned against the Warden:

Shale was killed after coming into conflict with the Grey Warden who awoke her.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Asunder.

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After the Blight ended, Shale traveled with Senior Enchanter Wynne from the Circle of Magi to Orlais where she was involved in the revolt at the White Spire which marked the outbreak of the Mage-Templar War.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

In 9:41 Dragon, a Cadash carta dwarf was sent to spy on the Divine Conclave at the Temple of Sacred Ashes seeking to put an end to the Mage-Templar War, since the conclave would have an enormous impact on the demand for lyrium.

If the Inquisitor is a dwarf:
After a cataclysmic event they ended up becoming the Inquisitor, the leader of the reformed Inquisition.

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By 9:44 Varric Tethras is the new Viscount of Kirkwall and if he is friends with the dwarven Inquisitor he will attend the Exalted Council, and offer House Cadash an official seat on the Dwarven Merchants' Guild.

Known members[edit | edit source]

Cadash tarot card

See also[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Shale Codex entry: Shale
Codex entry: Cadash, the Casteless Codex entry: Cadash, the Casteless
Cadash Thaig Cadash Thaig
Cadash Stompers Cadash Stompers

References[edit | edit source]

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