Magisters are members of the Magisterium, the upper house of the Tevinter Imperial Senate. 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. 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.
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.
- 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.
After the Third Blight, the Andrastian Chantry promoted the story that a group of magisters managed to physically enter the Fade and the Golden City of the Maker, According to that story, this act, recognized as the "second sin", corrupted the city and led to the creation of the first darkspawn.
Known magisters[edit | edit source]
- Archons, rulers of the Imperium, are 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
- 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 against blood mages and demonic possession.
- Aesthia, she lived in 7:71 Storm and criticized blood magic in a letter to her apprentice.
- Vibius Agorian, who authored the text Questioning the Chant, banned by the Chantry.
- Ahriman, according to Hadriana, Fenris' sister, Varania, serves at his court.
- Sethius Amladaris, one of the ancient magisters who entered the Golden City and became one of the first darkspawn.
- Anodatus, a descendant of Archon Ishal. His family is traditionally responsible for the upkeep of the Juggernaut Golems which guard Minrathous.
- Gereon Alexius, 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.
- Irian Amladaris, current representative of House Amladaris in the Magisterium as of 9:40 Dragon.
- Zaldereon Antonidas, an acquaintance of Professor Frederic.
- Aurarius, who campaigned for increased funding to the Circles in 9:39. 
- Bicklius, a centurion.
- 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. He lived before 7:71 Storm.
- Callistus, of Teraevyn, his research on the Fade earned him the epithet "the Fade-Touched".
- Cavellus, creator of the Amulet of the War Mage.
- Cruxis, he led an expedition into the Arbor Wilds.
- Danarius, Fenris's former master.
- Delphine, lived in Minrathous at 8:65 Blessed.
- Dulcia, rumored to be a Venatori.
- Erasthenes, a famed scholar of the Old gods
- Gallus, a magister in league with the Venatori who studied the gangue in the Hissing Wastes.
- Livius Erimond, a magister and a member of the Venatori.
- Hadriana, an apprentice of Danarius.
- Harach, the famous creator of the Juggernaut armor set.
- Emerius Krayvan, founder of Kirkwall.
- Nanterius, Praetor of Vyrantium in 9:40 Dragon with an interest in mining activities beyond Tevinter borders.
- Nenealeus, trains slaves into mage-killers
- Urian Nihalias, 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
Items of magisters[edit | edit source]
A significant number of artifacts formerly owned by magisters can also be found in the games:
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.
- 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.
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