What they will give us freely is never free for them. Remembering that is the only way we will be worthy of it.

Moira Theirin, known as the Rebel Queen, was the daughter of King Brandel and mother of Maric Theirin.

Background[edit | edit source]

After her father's death, Moira was responsible for first inspiring the rebellion against the Orlesian occupation of Ferelden, personally leading it until her death. Charismatic and determined, Moira gained the support of some of the most powerful Fereldan nobles for her rebellion purely through the confidence she inspired.[1]

The Painting of the Rebel Queen depicts her with fiery red hair, though Maric describes her as having long blonde hair and as a "tower of strength".[1] She was a physically powerful warrior capable of wearing heavy armor, but with a gentle nature.[2]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age RPG: Duty Until Death Adventure[edit | edit source]

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When Orlais occupied Ferelden, the Rebel Queen Moira hid for a time in a fortified tower by the village of Greenthorn. Orlesian forces led by Henri LaPointe tracked the Queen to the fortress and the Queen fled the tower. The Commander of the fortress, Ser Victor Greenthorn, covered the escape by ambushing the Orlesians and then luring them to assault the tower.[3]

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne[edit | edit source]

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Maric's father is related to Teyrn Voric of Gwaren; after his death, Moira raised Maric on her own. Determined to bring Arl Rendorn Guerrin to her cause, she allowed herself to be captured by him and placed in Redcliffe's dungeon. Convinced by King Brandel's lack of success that Orlesian rule was inevitable, Rendorn initially intended to hand Moira over to the Empire. Her gamble that his conscience would get the better of him paid off, however, and the Arl soon sent his young sons to the Free Marches, before going into exile with Moira and his daughter. Moira agreed that Maric would marry Rowan when they came of age, and a coronation was held for her at Redcliffe. (This ceremony was never formally acknowledged by the Chantry.) Rendorn would be Moira's right-hand man and commander of her rebel army for the rest of her life.

The Rebel Queen was assassinated in 8:96 Blessed by Bann Ceorlic and other Fereldan nobles collaborating with Orlais who initially pretended to defect to her cause. King Meghren had her head mounted on a pike and displayed as both trophy and warning before the gates of the Royal Palace. Maric avenged his mother's murder three years later, luring her killers into an ambush by promising them amnesty in exchange for their support. When he killed Meghren in 9:2, Maric put his head on a pike as the usurper had hers.

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire[edit | edit source]

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Moira's sword was taken from her body by Meghren after her death and has remained in Orlais since the time of the rebellion. Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons came into possession of the weapon and had it used by his servants to kill rats. Gaspard gives the sword as a cruel gift to the visiting Fereldan ambassador Teagan Guerrin, hoping to taunt him into a duel which Gaspard hopes will stoke animosity between the countries. Empress Celene intercedes and defuses the situation by having the men duel with feathers, the symbol of the Chevalier. Teagan returns to Ferelden afterward, presumably returning the sword to its homeland.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, p. 19.
  2. Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, p. 20.
  3. Dragon Age RPG: Duty Until Death by Green Ronin
  4. Tumblr icon.png David GaiderDavid Gaider's tumblr, 16 July 2014 . Tumblr.
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