I would rather die a mage than live as a templar puppet.

Karl Thekla is a mage friend and ex-lover of Anders who resides in Kirkwall.

Background Edit

Karl spent many years at Kinloch Hold, the Fereldan Circle of Magi. He was transferred to the Gallows when Kirkwall's Circle required new talent.

Involvement Edit

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age II.

Karl is involved in the quest Tranquility.

Anders asks Hawke to assist him in helping Karl escape from the Circle. Anders has been corresponding with Karl for some time and has arranged to meet him in the Kirkwall Chantry. In reality, Karl was caught in contact with Anders and was made Tranquil at the behest of Ser Otto Alrik. When Anders and Hawke arrive at the Chantry to help Karl, they realize the Templars are using Karl to lure Anders into a trap. When confronted by Karl, Anders becomes enraged and unleashes Vengeance. Vengeance's emergence brings with it a piece of the Fade, which, for a short time, restores Karl's emotions. Karl confesses that he does not want to live as an emotionless puppet serving the templars, and he begs Anders to end his life. Hawke can advise Anders to grant Karl his wish or ask Anders to spare Karl. Either way, Anders will kill Karl in order to put him out of his misery, apologizing for failing Karl before killing him.

If the player chooses to visit Anders in Act 1 after completing the quest, Anders, if Hawke is male, may admit that he and Karl were once lovers, and that Karl was his "first."

Quotes Edit

  • "Anders. I know you too well. I knew you would never give up."
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