Minaeve was born into a Dalish clan. At the age of seven, she was cast out into the wilderness after displaying magical ability as her Dalish clan kept a limit on mages to avoid attracting too much attention. Shaken and malnourished, she eventually came upon a human village, but when the humans discovered her using magic to repel woodland predators, they attempted to kill her. The templars stepped in and she was taken to a mage Circle. Never particularly good at magic, Minaeve spent most of her time in the Circle studying as an apprentice. Minaeve speculates she was a year or so from undergoing her Harrowing. When her circle rebelled during the Mage-Templar War, Minaeve gathered a small group of tranquil and fled. Eventually, she and her wards found themselves under the protection of Cassandra Pentaghast, and when the Inquisition was reformed she signed on as head creature researcher.
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- Minaeve's claim that "the Dalish limit the number of mages within a clan" seems in contradiction with the previous presentation of multiple mages in Zathrian's clan in Dragon Age: Origins. It is unknown whether this limitation is common among the Dalish or something that occurs only in specific clans.