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The Nevarran Accord was an agreement signed in 1:20 Divine[1] between the Inquisition and the Chantry to unite under one cause and establish the Chantry’s military arm. Together the Chantry and the Inquisition created the Circle of Magi[1][2] during the rule of Orlais’s Emperor Drakon I, who is sometimes credited with the creation of the Circles.[3] The Inquisition subsequently developed into two groups: the Templar Order and the Seekers of Truth.[4]

Background of the Accord[]

In the early years of the Divine Age, the Chantry was newly established in Orlais and the use of magic, though illegal, was rampant and unchecked. The Inquisition was a group who rose up to defend the people against the tyranny of magic in whatever form it might take, blood mages, abominations, cultists or heretics.[5] After the first Blight, the Chantry recognized the mages’ value in helping protect humanity and so sought a better solution.[4]

In 1:20 Divine, the Nevarran Accord was signed, and the Inquisition agreed to lower its banner and submit to the authority of the Chantry.[1] The mage hunters switched their focus from hunting to guarding mages and established the Templar Order as the wardens for the newly created Circle of Magi.[5] The senior members of the Inquisition became the Seekers of Truth, overseers of the templars and special agents of the Divine.[4]

Breaking of the Accord[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Asunder.

In 9:40 Dragon, after the separation of Circle mages from the Chantry, Lord Seeker Lambert van Reeves submitted a letter to the Chantry breaking the Nevarran Accord. Dismayed at what he saw as the Chantry’s abdication of its duty to properly curb the mage uprising, he divorced the Seekers of Truth and the Templar Order from Chantry authority in order to manage the mage threat as he saw fit. The letter was directed to be hand-delivered to Divine Justinia V at the Grand Cathedral in Val Royeaux. It is unknown how this letter was received or how the schism proceeded.

The letter read:[1]

Most Holy,

The Seekers are well aware of the part you played in the rebellion. You call me to the Grand Cathedral in the middle of the night on "urgent" business only to speak of trivial matters? And then, when I return to the White Spire, I discover chaos... and one of your agents in the midst of the apostates.

Did you think I would not notice? Did you believe yourself above repercussions for such acts? It was a dark day when the Chantry placed such an incapable woman upon the Sunburst Throne. I will not stay idle and watch you destroy what ages of tradition and righteousness have built.

In the twentieth year of the Divine Age, the Nevarran Accord was signed. The Seekers of Truth lowered our banner and agreed to serve as the Chantry's right hand, and together we created the Circle of Magi. With the Circle no more, I hereby declare the Accord null and void. Neither the Seekers of Truth nor the Templar Order recognize Chantry authority, and instead we will perform the Maker's work as it was meant to be done, as we see fit.

Signed this day on the fortieth year of the Dragon Age,

Lord Seeker Lambert van Reeves

—Letter sent to Divine Justinia from the former Lord Seeker[6]

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Templars Codex entry: Templars
Codex entry: The Seekers of Truth Codex entry: The Seekers of Truth
Codex entry: The History of the Chantry: Chapter 4 Codex entry: The History of the Chantry: Chapter 4
Codex entry: History of the Circle Codex entry: History of the Circle
Codex entry: The Templar Order: End of an Accord Codex entry: The Templar Order: End of an Accord


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dragon Age: Asunder, Epilogue, p. 412.
  2. David Gaider. "Why did the Circle allow themselves to be put under the Chantry's governship?" Bioware Social Network. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  3. c.f. Codex entry: The History of the Chantry: Chapter 4
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Thedas UK (January 14, 2012). "David Gaider Interview". Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "On Templars, Raiders, City Guards and The Coterie". Official BioWare blog. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  6. Codex entry: The Templar Order: End of an Accord