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 managed to physically enter the Fade and the Golden City of the Maker,[7] 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]

  • 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.[8][9][10]
  • Aesthia, she lived in 7:71 Storm and criticized blood magic in a letter to her apprentice.[11]
  • Vibius Agorian, who authored the text Questioning the Chant, banned by the Chantry.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • Irian Amladaris, current representative of House Amladaris in the Magisterium as of 9:40 Dragon.[14]
  • Zaldereon Antonidas, an acquaintance of Professor Frederic.[15]
  • Aurarius, who campaigned for increased funding to the Circles in 9:39. [16]
  • Bicklius, a centurion.[17]
  • 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.[11]
  • Callistus, of Teraevyn, his research on the Fade earned him the epithet "the Fade-Touched".[18]
  • Cavellus, creator of the Amulet of the War Mage.
  • Cruxis, he led an expedition into the Arbor Wilds.[19]
  • Danarius, Fenris's former master.
  • Delphine, lived in Minrathous at 8:65 Blessed.[20]
  • Dulcia, rumored to be a Venatori.[21]
  • Erasthenes, a famed scholar of the Old gods
  • Gallus, a magister in league with the Venatori who studied the gangue in the Hissing Wastes.[22]
  • Livius Erimond, a magister and a member of the Venatori.
  • Hadriana, an apprentice of Danarius.
  • Harach, the famous creator of the Juggernaut armor set.[23]
  • Emerius Krayvan, founder of Kirkwall.[24]
  • Nanterius, Praetor of Vyrantium in 9:40 Dragon with an interest in mining activities beyond Tevinter borders.[25]
  • Nenealeus, trains slaves into mage-killers[26]
  • 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[27]

This section contains spoilers for:

  • Dorian Pavus, becomes head of House Pavus after his father is assassinated. He Assumes his father's seat in the Magisterium c. 9:43 Dragon.[28]

  • Gideon Pavus, an ancestor of House Pavus who was tried for treason during the Exalted Age.[29]
  • Halward Pavus, 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.[30]
  • Pellinar, who wrote about the cultural habits of the Orlesians to his countrymen.[31]
  • Pendictus, a researcher of the secrets of elven Veilfire[32]
  • Leviculix Porenni, a Tevinter supremacist.[33]
  • Prycis, a magister in league with the Venatori, who commanded to examine the elven ruins near Crestwood.[34]
  • Quillan, who served under Claudian and enforced the cruel practices within the Bone Pit in -35 Ancient.[35]
  • Zara Renata, a member of the Venatori.[36]
  • Talerio, a magister involved in the Imperium's first expedition against the Avvars, and later against the rest of the Alamarri, including Chasind, in -712 Ancient (483 TE). Sanctioned the culling of many residents of the Frostbacks and sacked their encampments for trophies.[37]
  • Tebrin, his apprentices have worked with Arcanist Dagna in South Post.[38]
  • Athanir Tilani, 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[39]
  • Maevaris Tilani, a magister and widow of Varric Tethras's cousin, Thorold.
  • Aurelian Titus, 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.
  • Mareno Vadis, disowned his daughter for taking an elven lover.[40]
  • Varas, a magister whose apprentice researched the capabilities of vitaar in 9:32 Dragon.[41]
  • Verixsus, a magister in contact with the Inquisition, with a particular view concerning the proper use of spirit-bindings[42]
  • Viren, a magister who lectured on the threat of the "oxmen in the north" [43]
  • Claudian Vyrantus, who was the last attendant of the Bone Pit and was feared for his cruelty, owner of the Armor of the Overseer.[44]
  • Items of magisters[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.[45]
    • 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.

    See also[edit | edit source]

    Codex entry: Tevinter: The Magisters Codex entry: Tevinter: The Magisters

    Codex entry: The Magisterium Codex entry: The Magisterium

    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. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 141
    13. Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 285
    14. Complete the wartable mission "House Amladaris" with Josephine
    15. Codex entry: Professor Frederic of Serault
    16. Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius
    17. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, An Old Crow's Old Tricks
    18. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 136
    19. Codex entry: Arbor Wilds
    20. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, pp. 78-79
    21. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Luck in the Gardens
    22. Codex entry: Demons of the Stone
    23. Codex entry: Legend of the Juggernaut
    24. Codex entry: History of Kirkwall: Chapter 1
    25. Note: Elegantly Written Letter
    26. Dragon Age: Magekiller
    27. Codex entry: Spirits and Demons
    28. Codex entry: Dorian Pavus
    29. Codex entry: Dorian Pavus
    30. Codex entry: Astrariums
    31. Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater
    32. Codex entry: The Lost Art of Veilfire
    33. Note: Ancient Tevinter
    34. Note: Sealed Orders
    35. Codex entry: The Bone Pit
    36. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, The Wigmaker Job
    37. Codex entry: The Mountain-Father's Haft
    38. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 260
    39. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 43
    40. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Half Up Front
    41. Codex entry: Vitaar
    42. A Cultured Exchange if done with Josephine
    43. Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius
    44. Codex entry: Armor of the Overseer
    45. Codex entry: Lyrium (Origins)
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