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Maevaris Tilani is a Tevinter magister recognized by the Imperial Senate and the widow of Varric Tethras' cousin Thorold.

Involvement

BioWare canon
The plot follows BioWare's own canon, meaning that Alistair is king of Ferelden in the comic's story.

Dragon Age: Those Who Speak


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Those Who Speak.


Alistair, Isabela and Varric meet Maevaris at a ball in Tevinter. Maevaris promises her protection to Alistair, Isabela and Varric. She introduces Lord Devon whom she asked to watch for Isabela's ship and keep it off the registry. It appears that she was gathering information on Aurelian Titus. When he arrives and the trio attacks him, she fights on their side, claiming that she can't let anything happen to Varric and that as a magister she will stand by her word. When the fight is over, she urges Alistair, Isabela and Varric to leave before the guard arrives: there will be questions and it'd be better if a magister is the one answering them.

Dragon Age: Until We Sleep


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Until We Sleep.


The Qunari assault Ath Velanis at the command of their new Arishok, led by Alistair and Isabela as they confront Aurelian Titus. Meanwhile Varric infiltrates the fortress undetected and searches for Maric Theirin. While there he liberates Maevaris Tilani who had been taken prisoner and tortured by Titus. She then reveals to Varric Titus' scheme to restore Tevinter to its former glory and directs him to the laboratory where King Maric is most likely being held.

Maevaris -Ath Velanis Dungeon

Maevaris imprisoned in the Ath Velanis Dungeon

Varric's attempt to free King Maric from the Magrallen causes everyone to be pulled into the Fade. Varric finds Maevaris in the Fade, reunited with her deceased husband Thorold and being catered to by male servants in a lavish pool. Maevaris is well aware that it is all just an illusion of the Fade, but delights in indulging in the dream anyway. To Varric, she reveals Titus' plan to use the Magrallen to shape the minds and spirits of Thedas in order to brainwash the common folk so that the mages can rule the "ungifted" with impunity and gratitude. Varric resolves to stop him and asks Maevaris for her help. Maevaris is content to indulge herself in the Fade, but after being reminded of the suffering she had to endure as Titus' prisoner, she becomes motivated to stop him as well.

Maevaris travels with Varric to rescue his other friends from the illusions the Fade has seduced them with. They liberate Isabela from her Fade nightmare and convince Alistair and Maric to help them kill Aurelian Titus. Maevaris opens a portal to allow Maric to attempt to ambush Titus while Alistair, Isabela and Varric distract him, as well as conjuring a henge to protect Maric from Titus' demons.

After fleeing the Fade and killing Titus, she joins the others in the Ath Velanis laboratory, where they witness Maric in a weakened state, kept barely alive by the Magrellen. Maevaris states that she has heard rumors about the Dalish and a magister exiled to the Anderfels, and the ability to graft a spirit onto the flesh to restore life, but it is a magic she has little knowledge of. At Varric's behest, Alistair destroys the Magrallen, killing Maric.

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Trivia

  • Maevaris' appearance, and her nickname of "Mae", is be based on actress Mae West.[1]
  • In Until We Sleep, it is revealed that Maevaris is Dragon Age's first true transgender character. Although Serendipity appeared earlier, the writers envisioned her as more of a drag queen; game engine limitations prevented this from being apparent.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 David Gaider. On Transgender Characters. Tumblr.
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