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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
Oghren was one of the best [[Warrior caste|warriors]] of his generation and a member of [[House Kondrat]] in [[Orzammar]], and in his youth he became quite popular, especially among women, due to his many victories against decorated veterans in the [[Provings]]. He became interested in a young woman of the [[merchant caste]] named [[Felsi]]<ref>{{Cite wot2|89}}</ref>, but before they were able to pursue a relationship his house betrothed him to a woman of a wealthy [[smith caste]] family named [[Branka]]. Oghren's family, believing the match to be of benefit to both families, pressured him to marry their choice. Even though she was eccentric and seemed more interested in smithing than in her new husband, the first months of the union were relatively happy and peaceful.
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Oghren used to be one of the best [[Warrior caste|warriors]] of his generation and member of [[House Kondrat]] in [[Orzammar]], and in his youth he became quite popular, specially among women, because his many victories against decorated veterans in the [[Provings]]. He became interested in a young woman of the [[merchant caste]] named [[Felsi]]<ref>{{Cite wot2|89}}</ref>, but before they were able to pursue a relationship his house engaged with a woman of a wealthy [[smith caste]] family named [[Branka]]. Oghren's family, believing the match to be of benefit to both families pressured him to marry the girl. Even though she was eccentric and seemed more interested in smithing than in her new husband, the first months of the union were relatively happy and peaceful.
   
Within a year after their marriage Branka was declared a living [[Paragon]], and founded the [[Noble caste|noble]] [[House Branka]]. Soon after its founding, House Branka absorbed the entire House Kondrat. Normally he could have been a [[deshyr]] on behalf of his new noble house<ref>Mentioned by the [[Mines Commander]] before heading out to the [[Deep Roads]] with Oghren in the party.</ref> but the stress of Branka's Paragon status put a heavy strain on Oghren and Branka's marriage. As the marriage crumbled, Oghren began [[Dwarven diet|drinking]] heavily, and Branka began an affair with his cousin [[Hespith]]. The couple stopped talking to each other and Branka's disdain for Oghren influenced the rest of his House; Oghren found himself shunned by even his own [[House|family]].
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Within year after their marriage Branka was declared a living [[Paragon]], and founded the [[Noble caste|noble]] [[House Branka]]. Soon after its founding, House Branka absorbed the entire House Kondrat. The stress of Branka's Paragon status put a heavy strain on Oghren and Branka's marriage. As the marriage crumbled Oghren started [[Dwarven diet|drinking]] heavily, and Branka began an affair with his cousin [[Hespith]]. The couple stopped talking to each other and Branka's disdain for Oghren influenced the rest of his House, and he found himself shunned even by his own [[House|family]].
   
Over Oghren's objections, in 9:28 [[Dragon Age (time period)|Dragon]]<ref>{{Cite wot|145}}</ref> Branka took her entire household, with the sole exception of her husband, into the [[Deep Roads]] in search of the secrets of the legendary [[Anvil of the Void (object)|Anvil of the Void]].<ref name="wot107"/><ref>{{Cite wot2|90}}</ref> They were not heard from again.
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Despite Oghren's objections, in 9:28 [[Dragon Age (time period)|Dragon]]<ref>{{Cite wot|145}}</ref> Branka took her entire household, with the sole exception of her husband, into the [[Deep Roads]] in search of the secrets of the legendary [[Anvil of the Void (object)|Anvil of the Void]].<ref name="wot107"/><ref>{{Cite wot2|90}}</ref> They were not heard from again.
   
Oghren, left behind, became a laughingstock. In a failed attempt to forget Branka, Oghren tracked down Felsi, and began a relationship with her that soon foundered, as he was no longer the man she fell in love with. When Oghren made a scene at her father's funeral Felsi broke with him, and left for the surface to join her mother.<ref name="wot91">{{Cite wot2|91}}</ref>
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Oghren, left behind, became a laughingstock. In a failed attempt to forget Branka, Oghren tracked down Felsi, and began a relationship with her that didn't last long because he was no longer the man she fell in love with. After Oghren made a scene at her father's funeral Felsi broke things off with him, and left for the surface to join her mother.<ref name="wot91">{{Cite wot2|91}}</ref>
   
Oghren began drinking even more heavily than he had been, making his situation even worse when one day the youngest son of [[House Meino|Lord Meino]] mentioned that it was impossible for Branka and her house to have survived for that long in the Deep Roads. Oghren considered this as an insult to the Paragon, challenged his honor, and killed the man in a first-blood match while drunk. Oghren was stripped of his house name and barred from bearing weapons within the city, a punishment considered worse than exile for a warrior.
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He started drinking even more heavily than he already did, making his situation worse as one day the youngest son of [[House Meino|Lord Meino]] mentioned that it was impossible for Branka and her house to have survived for that long in the Deep Roads. Oghren considered this as an insult to the Paragon, challenged his honor, and killed him in a first-blood match while drunk. Oghren was stripped of his house name and barred from bearing weapons within the city, a punishment considered worse than exile for a warrior.
   
 
Oghren has spent the last two years trying to convince the [[Assembly]], or anyone else who will listen to him, to look for Branka in the Deep Roads, often in a drunk state. Because of his insistence, even when told that there would be no rescue, Oghren became something of a pest in the [[Orzammar Diamond Quarter|Diamond Quarter]].<ref name="wot91"/><ref>Based on discussion with [[Loilinar Ivo]].</ref>
 
Oghren has spent the last two years trying to convince the [[Assembly]], or anyone else who will listen to him, to look for Branka in the Deep Roads, often in a drunk state. Because of his insistence, even when told that there would be no rescue, Oghren became something of a pest in the [[Orzammar Diamond Quarter|Diamond Quarter]].<ref name="wot91"/><ref>Based on discussion with [[Loilinar Ivo]].</ref>
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=== ''Dragon Age: Origins'' ===
 
=== ''Dragon Age: Origins'' ===
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[[File:Oghren2.jpg|thumb|270px|Oghren fighting a [[werewolf]].]]
 
[[File:Oghren2.jpg|thumb|270px|Oghren fighting a [[werewolf]].]]
 
After the Warden has spoken to either [[Dwarven royalty|Prince]] [[Bhelen Aeducan|Bhelen]]'s or Lord [[Pyral Harrowmont|Harrowmont]]'s representatives and given a task, Oghren appears, arguing with [[Loilinar Ivo]] in the entrance of the Diamond Quarter. Loilinar can be questioned about Oghren and Branka after Oghren leaves. He can be found again at [[Tapster's Tavern]] in the [[Orzammar Commons]]. The Warden can talk to him there, and learn more about Branka. However, he is aware that the Warden is working for one of the candidates for the throne, which makes him think that any concern expressed about Branka is not genuine. If the Warden attempts to talk to Oghren at Tapster's again, no matter how the conversation is structured, Oghren will tell the Warden to "sod off".
 
After the Warden has spoken to either [[Dwarven royalty|Prince]] [[Bhelen Aeducan|Bhelen]]'s or Lord [[Pyral Harrowmont|Harrowmont]]'s representatives and given a task, Oghren appears, arguing with [[Loilinar Ivo]] in the entrance of the Diamond Quarter. Loilinar can be questioned about Oghren and Branka after Oghren leaves. He can be found again at [[Tapster's Tavern]] in the [[Orzammar Commons]]. The Warden can talk to him there, and learn more about Branka. However, he is aware that the Warden is working for one of the candidates for the throne, which makes him think that any concern expressed about Branka is not genuine. If the Warden attempts to talk to Oghren at Tapster's again, no matter how the conversation is structured, Oghren will tell the Warden to "sod off".
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=== ''Dragon Age: Awakening'' ===
 
=== ''Dragon Age: Awakening'' ===
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After the [[Urthemiel|Archdemon]] is defeated, Oghren settles down with his old flame [[Felsi]] and had a child. This happens even if Oghren's attempts to woo her while accompanying the Warden were unsuccessful. Those who know him say that he was truly happy, at least for a time. To Felsi's dismay, he returned to the ale soon again, unable to forget his insecurities and faults. The second time he dropped his baby, he realized that he wasn't fit to be a husband or a father.<ref name="wot91"/>
 
After the [[Urthemiel|Archdemon]] is defeated, Oghren settles down with his old flame [[Felsi]] and had a child. This happens even if Oghren's attempts to woo her while accompanying the Warden were unsuccessful. Those who know him say that he was truly happy, at least for a time. To Felsi's dismay, he returned to the ale soon again, unable to forget his insecurities and faults. The second time he dropped his baby, he realized that he wasn't fit to be a husband or a father.<ref name="wot91"/>
   
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Oghren will also support siding with the Architect, arguing that it's worth the risk if sentience allows the darkspawn to stop assaulting Orzammar, which he [[Shale/Dialogue#Shale and Oghren|mentions]] is still a major problem.
 
Oghren will also support siding with the Architect, arguing that it's worth the risk if sentience allows the darkspawn to stop assaulting Orzammar, which he [[Shale/Dialogue#Shale and Oghren|mentions]] is still a major problem.
   
If the Warden killed him during the events of ''Origins'' while attempting to leave the party at -100 disapproval, the Warden-Commander can ask him about it. He will claim that he woke up with nothing on and compliment the Commander on trying to kill him.
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If the Warden killed him during the events of ''Origins'' while attempting to leave the party at -100 disapproval, the Warden-Commander can ask him about it. He will claim that he woke up with nothing on and compliment the Commander on trying to kill him.}}
 
Before the [[Siege of Vigil's Keep]] takes place, Oghren will send a letter to his child describing that he may not have a chance to contact again because he may not survive the upcoming battle. But even if he does, he feels that he won't live long. Affectionally calling his child "Nugget", he apologizes for leaving but says that it was better than being there. He also compliments Felsi and laments that he didn't do right by her.<ref name="wot91"/>}}
 
   
 
=== ''The Darkspawn Chronicles'' ===
 
=== ''The Darkspawn Chronicles'' ===
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Oghren, like the other heroes, appears as a [[Rank#Boss|boss]], and is encountered in the [[Denerim Market District]] accompanied by four violent drunks. He wields the [[Forge Master's Hammer]], though it is not explained how he obtained it. The codex explains that through circumstances that are not clarified, Oghren took up residence in the [[Gnawed Noble Tavern]] after he came to the surface, and was still there when the Battle of Denerim began.}}
 
Oghren, like the other heroes, appears as a [[Rank#Boss|boss]], and is encountered in the [[Denerim Market District]] accompanied by four violent drunks. He wields the [[Forge Master's Hammer]], though it is not explained how he obtained it. The codex explains that through circumstances that are not clarified, Oghren took up residence in the [[Gnawed Noble Tavern]] after he came to the surface, and was still there when the Battle of Denerim began.}}
   
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=== ''Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening'' ===
 
=== ''Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening'' ===
[[File:Oghren promotional HoDA.jpg|thumb|275px|Grey Warden Oghren in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''.]]
 
 
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* '''The Warden-Commander''': "You're not allowed to spit."
 
* '''The Warden-Commander''': "You're not allowed to spit."
 
* '''Oghren''': "Heh. That's what I always say..."
 
* '''Oghren''': "Heh. That's what I always say..."
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* ''(In a letter send to his child, just before the [[The Siege of Vigil's Keep|Siege of Vigil's Keep]])'' "Maybe if your ma's alright with it, you can ask her to tell you about the time we first meet, when I was a real warrior. I didn't do right by her. I'm trying to do it right by you. ''Atredum na satolva. Atrast tunsha''".<ref name="wot91"/>
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
[[File:Oghren promotional finished.png|right|270px]]
 
[[File:Oghren promotional finished.png|right|270px]]
 
* Oghren is the first companion to be available in two different games, the others being [[Anders]] and [[Varric Tethras|Varric]].
 
* Oghren is the first companion to be available in two different games, the others being [[Anders]] and [[Varric Tethras|Varric]].
* Oghren does not know how to swim.<ref>Mentioned in [[Oghren/Dialogue|dialogue]] in [[Lake Calenhad Docks]].</ref>
 
 
* Oghren was mostly written by [[Jay Turner]], but [[Sheryl Chee]] also had a hand in writing him.<ref>{{BWF|date=January 7, 2010|author=[[David Gaider]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160802094211/https://forum.bioware.com/topic/43582-writers-of-dragon-age/page-2|title=Writers of Dragon Age}}</ref> [[Mary Kirby]] wrote his personal quest.<ref>{{BWF|date=January 11, 2010|author=[[Mary Kirby]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151105065642/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/43582-writers-of-dragon-age/page-16|title=Writers of Dragon Age}}</ref>
 
* Oghren was mostly written by [[Jay Turner]], but [[Sheryl Chee]] also had a hand in writing him.<ref>{{BWF|date=January 7, 2010|author=[[David Gaider]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160802094211/https://forum.bioware.com/topic/43582-writers-of-dragon-age/page-2|title=Writers of Dragon Age}}</ref> [[Mary Kirby]] wrote his personal quest.<ref>{{BWF|date=January 11, 2010|author=[[Mary Kirby]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151105065642/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/43582-writers-of-dragon-age/page-16|title=Writers of Dragon Age}}</ref>
 
* Although Oghren becomes a surface dwarf when he joins the Warden's party and leaves for the surface, he isn't forced to paint a tattoo on his face when the Warden and their party returns to Orzammar in order to indicate that he is a surfacer.<ref>Like [[Ademaro]] does so.</ref>
 
* Although Oghren becomes a surface dwarf when he joins the Warden's party and leaves for the surface, he isn't forced to paint a tattoo on his face when the Warden and their party returns to Orzammar in order to indicate that he is a surfacer.<ref>Like [[Ademaro]] does so.</ref>
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* Oghren's "Asschabs" was added as a joke between the writers of ''Dragon Age: Origins''. David Gaider would, "[a]t least once or twice a week, [...] come in [their offices] groaning about having "chair butt", which is essentially when your butt goes numb from sitting in your chair for too long". Someone then coined the name "'''Ass'''ociation of '''Cha'''ir '''B'''utt '''S'''ufferers"; its abbreviation, ASSCHABS, was then written on their whiteboard. At that time, Jay Turner was writing Oghren, and the word "would be staring at him. So since it sounds like something Oghren would say, he decided to make Oghren say it, to make sure ASSCHABS was never forgotten."<ref>Chee, Sheryl. [http://social.bioware.com/245/blog/760/ "Asschabs?"]. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2011-01-07.</ref>
 
* Oghren's "Asschabs" was added as a joke between the writers of ''Dragon Age: Origins''. David Gaider would, "[a]t least once or twice a week, [...] come in [their offices] groaning about having "chair butt", which is essentially when your butt goes numb from sitting in your chair for too long". Someone then coined the name "'''Ass'''ociation of '''Cha'''ir '''B'''utt '''S'''ufferers"; its abbreviation, ASSCHABS, was then written on their whiteboard. At that time, Jay Turner was writing Oghren, and the word "would be staring at him. So since it sounds like something Oghren would say, he decided to make Oghren say it, to make sure ASSCHABS was never forgotten."<ref>Chee, Sheryl. [http://social.bioware.com/245/blog/760/ "Asschabs?"]. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2011-01-07.</ref>
 
* Oghren named his child after the Warden.
 
* Oghren named his child after the Warden.
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* When he talks about his child, he calls it 'the Nugget'.<ref name="wot91"/>
 
* In a dialogue with the Warden he mentions that he feels bad about leaving Felsi and the child alone.
 
* In a dialogue with the Warden he mentions that he feels bad about leaving Felsi and the child alone.
 
* In ''Dragon Age II'', a painting of Oghren's concept art can be seen near the bar at the Hanged Man.
 
* In ''Dragon Age II'', a painting of Oghren's concept art can be seen near the bar at the Hanged Man.
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== Bugs ==
 
== Bugs ==
* '''Infinite approval exploit:''' Take Oghren with you when you are confronting [[Dwyn]] before [[The Attack at Nightfall]]. When trying to persuade Dwyn to fight for the village, choose '''"You're a coward,"''' followed by '''"Stay in here, then, if you prefer."''' This will end the conversation, and you can start it again as many times as needed. Oghren will gain {{Approval|1}}
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* '''Infinite approval exploit:''' Take Oghren with you when you are confronting [[Dwyn]] before the [[The Attack at Nightfall]]. When trying to persuade Dwyn to fight for the village, choose '''"You're a coward,"''' followed by '''"Stay in here, then, if you prefer."''' This will end the conversation, and you can start it again as many times as needed. Oghren will gain {{Approval|1}}
 
* Under unknown circumstances, Oghren may not show up in the entrance of the Deep Roads and enter the Warden's party during the last part of [[A Paragon of Her Kind]] quest line.
 
* Under unknown circumstances, Oghren may not show up in the entrance of the Deep Roads and enter the Warden's party during the last part of [[A Paragon of Her Kind]] quest line.
 
* If you have used the console command '''runscript selectparty''' before meeting Oghren for the first time in the [[Orzammar Diamond Quarter]], he will not spawn at [[Tapster's Tavern]] and will be missing for the rest of the game. To fix the bug, go to Tapster's (preferably after acquiring the quest [[A Paragon of Her Kind]]), leave, and then enter '''runscript selectparty''' into the console again. Oghren should appear on the screen and remain there from that point on.
 
* If you have used the console command '''runscript selectparty''' before meeting Oghren for the first time in the [[Orzammar Diamond Quarter]], he will not spawn at [[Tapster's Tavern]] and will be missing for the rest of the game. To fix the bug, go to Tapster's (preferably after acquiring the quest [[A Paragon of Her Kind]]), leave, and then enter '''runscript selectparty''' into the console again. Oghren should appear on the screen and remain there from that point on.
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== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
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OghrenHoDA.png|Tier progression of Oghren in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''
 
OghrenHoDA.png|Tier progression of Oghren in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''
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