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“I haven't taken my Joining yet, but I look forward to fighting at your side.”

Ser Mhairi is a warrior and Grey Warden recruit. She is a companion in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.


Mhairi is a knight from Dragon's Peak.

When Mhairi was a child, she was enraptured by tales of kings and nobles. All she wanted was to be like them, to fight for what she believed. Betrothed to a trader when she turned sixteen, she saw the life that lay ahead of her and enlisted in the army instead. Her fierce loyalty and devotion to Ferelden earned her the love and respect of her commanders and brothers-in-arms and she was eventually knighted.[1]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

Mhairi fought in the Battle of Ostagar. Loghain's betrayal of King Cailan and the King's death hit her hard, and when she learned of the two Grey Wardens who quelled the Blight almost single-handedly, she vowed to serve the Wardens. When the call came for volunteers to help rebuild the order in the Arling of Amaranthine, Mhairi jumped at the chance to join.


Mhairi was serving at Vigil's Keep under the Orlesian Grey Wardens who were assigned to Ferelden to help re-establish the Order there. Oghren was present at the Vigil at the same time and Mhairi found herself irritated by his cavalier attitude. She was assigned to escort the new Warden-Commander back to Vigil's Keep. Upon returning to discover the fortress is under assault, Mhairi assists the Warden-Commander in clearing the Keep of darkspawn. If engaged in conversation, Mhairi will mention that she hasn't gone through her Joining yet.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

During the defense of Vigil's Keep, Mhairi and the Warden-Commander encounter her friend, Rowland, a fellow knight from Denerim who is also a Warden-Recruit. Rowland has already been fatally wounded however and dies from the darkspawn taint. Mhairi swears to avenge his death.

Despite her enthusiasm for the Wardens, Mhairi does not survive the Joining ritual. Fellow Warden Nolan, who undertook the Joining a week after her, wrote down her name in his list of Wardens who didn't survive the Joining as a way to honor and remember her.[2]

The Warden can get an approval increase or decrease of +13 or -25 with her before the first Joining, without the use of gifts. The Warden only has to tell her that they will kill the darkspawn anyway and show concern for the wounded Rowland, or threaten to leave her behind and vote for an early death of Rowland. Her approval can be increased further using gifts imported with a character from Origins. Unlike other party members, her approval bonus for multiple gifts does not appear to decrease but high approval also does not give her any attribute bonus.


The Assault on Vigil's Keep The Assault on Vigil's Keep


Initial specialization[]

Champion Champion

Initial skills[]

Improved Survival Improved SurvivalMaster Combat Training Master Combat TrainingImproved Combat Tactics Improved Combat Tactics

Initial talents[]

Warrior Powerful Powerful PowerfulThreaten ThreatenBravery Bravery
Precise Striking Precise Striking Precise StrikingTaunt Taunt
Champion War Cry War CryRally RallyMotivate MotivateSuperiority Superiority

Initial equipment[]

Weapons Longsword LongswordHeavy Metal Shield Heavy Metal Shield
Armor Grey Warden Helmet Grey Warden HelmetHeavy Chainmail armor set Heavy Chainmail armor set

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Mhairi Codex entry: Mhairi


  • Unlike other companions, her helmet remains present in dialog cutscenes if equipped.
  • Mhairi is the only temporary companion whose approval increases and decreases and who has a character trailer.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

  • This is presumably to prevent spoiling the fact that she dies.


When you start a game in Awakening, she will be knocked out while your game is saving for the first time. pcpcps3ps3xbox360xbox360



  1. Varel will mention this during Velanna's Joining.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 119