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Lady Josephine Cherette Montilyet is the ambassador and chief diplomat of the Inquisition and a bisexual romance option for the Inquisitor.[2][3]

Background

The eldest daughter of a noble Antivan family, Lady Josephine is an eminent figure in diplomacy, forging relations with grace, charm and careful favors. Josephine has worked for years as an ambassador in the royal courts in Thedas and is very familiar with Orlesian politics. She possesses a good mind for administration and understands that restoring the Inquisition to its former glory is an impossible task without the backing of Thedas's most influential figures. Fortunately, Josephine enjoys a challenge and is committed in her belief that the Inquisitor is Thedas's last, best chance at halting the chaos that engulfs it.[2][4]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


Josephine's family's trading connections have made her a target of assassins from the House of Repose, and she hopes to find a way to quell their intent on her life.[5]

Josephine was a former bard who got into the life with a bunch of other nobles from Antiva, enticed by the romanticism. However, during the mission, she encountered a rival bard and killed him by accident. When she removed the man's mask, she saw that it had been a former friend of hers. This caused her to renounce the life, and violence in general.

Involvement

Dragon Age: Inquisition


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


Josephine tarot

Josephine tarot card

Leliana, an old friend of Josephine, enlisted her as the newly created Inquisition's diplomatic advisor and emissary. She refers to Josephine as "Josie."[6]

After meeting the Herald of Andraste, Josephine becomes engaged in a debate with Marquis DuRellion, who politely protests the Inquisition's presence in Haven. Regardless of the Herald's response, Josephine performs a shrewd diplomatic word play to get the Marquis to reconsider his stance.

After being forced out of Haven by Corypheus, Josephine joins the rest of the Inquisition as they journey to Skyhold. Upon arrival, as the Herald is elevated to the rank of Inquisitor, Cassandra calls out to Josephine, asking if their people have been told. Josephine confirms it and promises that the world will soon know. Josephine then lets out a small cheer before catching herself.

In her attempts to rescind Orlais' trading edict against her family, her messengers were intercepted and the documents to lift the edict were destroyed. Asking the Inquisitor for aid, they go to Val Royeaux to meet with Comte Boisvert. Upon meeting the Comte, he produces a copy of a contract of the House of Repose assassins guild to target anyone attempting to reinstate the Montilyets in Orlais. The family who put out the contract, the Du Paraquettes, had lost their noble status sixty years ago, had invoked it a hundred and nine years ago and the Guild isn't one to ignore a contract. Josephine cunningly deduces that the "Comte" is an impostor given how well informed he is. The Repose assassin admits to having bound and gagged the real comte in the closet nearby and explains that he wanted to grant Josephine the courtesy. Afterwards, the Inquisitor can either let him go or kill him.

Afterwards, Josephine seeks to restore the Du Paraquettes' titles to get them to annul the contract. However, Leliana suggested that she send agents into the House of Repose to steal the contract on her life so the guild would not have any cause to attack her, an option that Josephine is opposed to. The Inquisitor can either authorize Leliana's spies for an infiltration mission at the risks of their lives or go with Josephine's intended plan of bludgeoning through bureaucracy.

During the ball at the Winter Palace, Josephine is forced to put up with her sister Yvette and interrupts every time she attempts to talk about her past. Josephine also advocates preserving Empress Celene's claim to the throne.

Upon returning to Skyhold, Josephine is accosted by a cleric, who insists on having Leliana and Cassandra stand as candidates for the Divine. Josephine politely tells the cleric that the Inquisition needs them for the time being.

Romance

Josephine can be romanced by a male or female Inquisitor of any race.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


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Josephine Alternate tarot card

It is possible to dance with Josephine in the ball during Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts after deciding what happens to the Empress Celene (and the others.)

The romance can be initiated at the close of the first personal quest for Josephine. Should the Inquisitor pursue a romance, Leliana will caution against it, claiming that Josephine does not see their attraction to her and that she's "innocent in love". When the Inquisitor later brings this up with Josephine, it is an opportunity to cement the relationship, resulting in a kiss.

Later, if the Inquisitor asks if her ancestors were Orlesian, Josephine will confirm it and mention her desire to see her family's lost ancestral crest. This prompts a war table operation to recover this crest. Once complete, the Inquisitor can purchase it from a vendor in Val Royeaux and present it to Josephine, to her delight.

The relationship hits a snag when Josephine receives word that her parents had engaged her to Lord Adorno Ciel Otranto of Antiva. She asks the Inquisitor to put their relationship on hold while she tries to find a way out of the engagement. However, she lets slip that one option would be to challenge Otranto to a duel. The Inquisitor then arranges for a duel against Otranto without Josephine's knowledge. However, Josephine arrives in the middle of the duel and chastises the Inquisitor for risking their life. The Inquisitor can then either break off the romance or confirm it. For the latter option, Josephine reciprocates her love and the pair share a kiss. Otranto admits that he knows true love when he sees it and withdraws his family's betrothal.

Back at Skyhold, the Inquisitor and Josephine share a tender moment by the fireplace.

After the final battle, Josephine shares a hug with the Inquisitor. When the Inquisitor chooses to retire from the festivities, Josephine joins her lover and together they hold hands on the bedroom balcony.

If Blackwall or Josephine isn't romanced, banter between Blackwall and other companions suggests that he has feelings for Josephine. Both Josephine and Blackwall acknowledge that they both have feelings for each other but cannot consummate it as it would be inappropriate since they are of different stations. They seem content to flirt in subtle ways- such as exchanging romantic tokens or looks to express their fondness for one another, yet always in secret.

See also

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Josephine Montilyet

Gallery

Trivia

  • Josephine was written by Sylvia Feketekuty.[2]
  • Before her name was revealed, Josephine was referred to as "Scribbles" by fans. The writers liked the nickname but it didn't make it into the game. Instead, Varric nicknamed her "Ruffles".[7][8]
  • Allegra Clark, Josephine's voice actor, has said that she's "sweet and caring, has a lot of integrity, and has a bunch of really cute and funny moments".[9]
  • Josephine's writer estimates that Josephine is somewhere between 27 and 29 years old.[10]

References

  1. Caroline Livingstone Twitter.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Character Profile: Josephine
  3. Raptr Q&A: Dragon Age: Inquisition developers
  4. Official Dragon Age: Inquisition website
  5. Skyhold and Companion Twitch Feed.
  6. Skyhold and Companion Twitch Feed.
  7. Patrick Weekes twitter
  8. Sylvia Feketekuty Twitter
  9. Allegra Clark's twitter
  10. Sylvia Feketekuty Twitter
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