Magisters are members of the Magisterium, the upper house of the Tevinter Imperial Senate.[1] These coveted seats are split among the Circle of Magi, the Chantry, and the major families — who are currently all mages. Their edicts rule the Tevinter Imperium.[2] Young mages often aspire to become a magister's apprentice because it offers them the best chance of ascending to the rank of magister. Foreign mages may also indenture themselves to a magister in order to eventually become imperial citizens.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

When Tevinter tribes were ruled by kings, before founding of the Tevinter Imperium, a magister was a top representative of a local society of mages, the Circle of Magi, in a state council of the most powerful mages.[4]

The Magisterium known today was established by Archon Darinius[5]. One can be part of the Magisterium in various ways:

  • A magister is chosen from each of the seven Circles of Magi in Tevinter, usually from the ranks of senior enchanters. However, First Enchanters are ineligible for becoming magisters.
  • Every Grand Cleric of the Imperial Chantry has a seat, as does the Imperial Divine.
  • Seats can be inherited by the magisters' heirs.
  • The Imperial Archon reserves the right to appoint new magisters of his choosing at any time.[6]

The Archon used to be elected from the ranks of the Magisterium but this practice has been banned since the Black Age.[6]

After the Third Blight, the Andrastian Chantry promoted the story that a group of magisters who managed to physically enter the Fade and the Golden City of the Maker[7] were responsible for the corruption of the city and led to the creation of the first darkspawn. The Chantry refers to this as the "second sin."

Known magisters[edit | edit source]

Archons – rulers of the Imperium and part of the Magisterium
Magisters Sidereal – high priests to the Old Gods that the Canticle of Silence names as the ones who breached into the Golden City
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Adralla – born in Vyrantium; after she fled from Tevinter, she was commissioned by Divine Clemence I in 4:46 Black to write the Litany of Adralla, a tool used against blood mages and demonic possession [8][9][10]
Aesthia – she lived in 7:71 Storm and criticized blood magic in a letter to her apprentice [11][12]
Agorian, Vibius – who authored the text Questioning the Chant, banned by the Chantry [13]
AhrimanFenris' sister, Varania, serves at his court [14]
Amladaris, Sethius – one of the ancient magisters who entered the Golden City and became one of the first darkspawn [15]
Anodatus – a descendant of Archon Ishal; his family is traditionally responsible for the upkeep of the Juggernaut Golems which guard Minrathous
Alexius, Gereon – a member of the Venatori and the mentor of Dorian Pavus
Allineas – a famous researcher during the Towers Age who first coined the term "arcanist derangement" in relation with apostates [16]
Amladaris, Irian – current representative of House Amladaris in the Magisterium as of 9:40 Dragon [17]
Antonidas, Zaldereon – an acquaintance of Professor Frederic [18]
Aurarius – campaigned for increased funding to the Circles in 9:39 [19]
Bicklius – a centurion [20]
Calanthus – he believed he would become the "Ascended Man" and for that purpose he sacrificed thirty three slaves in a rite which turned him into an abomination (7:71 Storm; deceased) [11][21]
Callistus – of Teraevyn; his research on the Fade earned him the epithet "the Fade-Touched" [22]
Cavellus – creator of the Amulet of the War Mage [23]
Cruxis – he led an expedition into the Arbor Wilds [24]
DanariusFenris's former master
Delphine – lived in Minrathous (8:65 Blessed) [25][26][27]
Dulcia – rumored to be a Venatori [28]
Erasthenes – a famed scholar of the Old gods
Gallus – a magister in league with the Venatori who studied the gangue in the Hissing Wastes (9:41 Dragon) [29]
Erimond, Livius – a magister and a member of the Venatori (9:41 Dragon)
Hadriana – an apprentice of Danarius
Harach – the famous creator of the Juggernaut armor set [30]
Invidus, Alerio – father of Francesca Invidus and Florian Invidus[31]
Krayvan, Emerius – founder of Kirkwall [32]
Nanterius – Praetor of Vyrantium in 9:40 Dragon with an interest in mining activities beyond Tevinter borders [33]
Nenealeus – trains slaves into mage-killers [34]
Nihalias, Urian – a magister who became the Black Divine in 9:27 Dragon after a coup against his predecessor
Oratius – a poet who authored the Chant for Dreamers [35]

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Trespasser.


Pavus, Dorian – becomes head of House Pavus after his father is assassinated. He Assumes his father's seat in the Magisterium (c. 9:43 Dragon) [36]


Pavus, Gideon – an ancestor of House Pavus who was tried for treason during the Exalted Age [37]
Pavus, Halward – the former representative of House Pavus in the Magisterium and father of Dorian
Parthalan – his legion was supposed to quell a slave uprising in Kirkwall, but none of them ever arrived. Owner of a special staff
Pelidanus – head of the Corial Order in the early Exalted Age [38]
Pellinar – who wrote about the cultural habits of the Orlesians to his countrymen [39]
Pendictus – a researcher of the secrets of elven Veilfire [40]
Porenni, Leviculix – a Tevinter supremacist [41]
Prycis – a magister in league with the Venatori, who commanded to examine the elven ruins near Crestwood (9:41 Dragon) [42]
Quillan – served under Claudian and enforced the cruel practices within the Bone Pit in -35 Ancient [43]
Renata, Zara – a member of the Venatori [44]
Talerio – a magister involved in the Imperium's first expedition against the Avvars; and later against the rest of the Alamarri including the Chasind in -712 Ancient (483 TE); sanctioned the culling of many residents of the Frostbacks and sacked their encampments for trophies [45]
Tebrin – his apprentices have worked with Arcanist Dagna in South Post [46]
Tilani, Athanir – father of Maevaris who was most known for his gentle nature and inoffensiveness in the Imperial Senate, executed in 9:32 Dragon by the Imperial Templars [47]
Tilani, Maevaris – a magister and widow of Varric Tethras's cousin, Thorold
Titus, Aurelian – a magister with no known lands or family but with a reputation for power and knowing things no others do
Tlaxius – one of the last generals who tried to invade Ferelden and owner of the Staff Of The Magister Lords
Urathus – a magister in league with the Venatori who was active in the Hissing Wastes [29][21]
Vadis, Mareno – disowned his daughter for taking an elven lover [48]
Varas – a magister whose apprentice researched the capabilities of vitaars in 9:32 Dragon [49]
Verixsus – a magister in contact with the Inquisition, with a particular view concerning the proper use of spirit-bindings [50]
Viren – a magister who lectured on the threat of the "oxmen in the north" [51]
Vyrantus, Claudian – who was the last attendant of the Bone Pit and was feared for his cruelty, owner of the Armor of the Overseer [52]

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Tevinter: The Magisters Codex entry: Tevinter: The Magisters
Codex entry: The Magisterium Codex entry: The Magisterium
Codex entry: The Magister's Shield Codex entry: The Magister's Shield
Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius
Codex entry: Magister Erimond Codex entry: Magister Erimond
Codex entry: A Missing Slave Codex entry: A Missing Slave
Codex entry: The Lost Art of Veilfire Codex entry: The Lost Art of Veilfire
Codex entry: A Magister's Needs Codex entry: A Magister's Needs
Codex entry: Armor of the Overseer Codex entry: Armor of the Overseer

Magister items[edit | edit source]

A significant number of artifacts formerly owned by magisters can also be found in the games:

Amulet of the War Mage Amulet of the War Mage
Armor of the Overseer Armor of the Overseer
Belt of the Magister Lords Belt of the Magister Lords
Magister's Shield Magister's Shield
Magister's Cinch Magister's Cinch
The Magister's Scythe The Magister's Scythe
Ring of the Magister Ring of the Magister
Robes of the Magister Lords Robes of the Magister Lords
Staff of the Magister Lord Staff of the Magister Lord
Staff of Parthalan Staff of Parthalan

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Well-Read Pig-Farmer was also part of the Magisterium.
  • The ancient magisters suffered physical mutations as a result of massive lyrium consumption.[53]
  • It is common for non-Tevinters to attach the label "magister" to any and all Tevinter mages. This inaccurate practice is considered a mark of ignorance in the Imperium.
  • In the French translation of the first two games of the series, the Magisters were called "Inquisiteurs" (Inquisitors). This translation was dropped for Dragon Age: Inquisition.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Codex entry: The Magisterium
  2. Per conversation with Dorian
  3. dialogue with Fiona
  4. Codex entry: Tevinter: The Magisters
  5. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 122
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 76
  7. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 125
  8. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 94
  9. Codex entry: The Litany of Adralla
  10. Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 393
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 109
  12. Codex entry: Responsible Blood Magic
  13. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 141
  14. according to Hadriana
  15. According to Dorian's research via the war table operation The Name of Our Enemy and House Amladaris, confirmed in Dragon Age: The World of Thedas vol 2, see also Dumat, the Architect and Magisters Sidereal for additional verification.
  16. Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 285
  17. Complete the wartable operation House Amladaris with Josephine or Leliana
  18. Codex entry: Professor Frederic of Serault
  19. Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius
  20. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, An Old Crow's Old Tricks
  21. 21.0 21.1 Codex entry: Folded Letter
  22. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 136
  23. This amulet was forged during the height of the ancient Tevinter Imperium's power, a time when entire armies would flee upon seeing a Tevinter magister stride into battle. While the name Cavellus remains engraved on its back, any memory of the magister who created it has been lost to the mists of time.
  24. Codex entry: Arbor Wilds
  25. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, pp. 78-79
  26. Codex entry: A Missing Slave
  27. Codex entry: A Magister's Needs
  28. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Luck in the Gardens
  29. 29.0 29.1 Codex entry: Demons of the Stone
  30. Codex entry: Legend of the Juggernaut
  31. Tumblr icon.png Nunzio DeFilippis. "Francesca and Alerio Invidus" . Tumblr.
  32. Codex entry: History of Kirkwall: Chapter 1
  33. Note: Elegantly Written Letter
  34. Dragon Age: Magekiller
  35. Codex entry: Spirits and Demons
  36. Codex entry: Dorian Pavus
  37. Codex entry: Dorian Pavus
  38. Codex entry: Astrariums
  39. Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater
  40. Codex entry: The Lost Art of Veilfire
  41. Note: Ancient Tevinter
  42. Note: Sealed Orders
  43. Codex entry: The Bone Pit
  44. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, The Wigmaker Job
  45. Codex entry: The Mountain-Father's Haft
  46. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 260
  47. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 43
  48. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Half Up Front
  49. Codex entry: Vitaar
  50. War table operation A Cultured Exchange if completed with Josephine
  51. Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius
  52. Codex entry: Armor of the Overseer
  53. Codex entry: Lyrium (Origins)


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