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|quests = [[Wayward Son]] <br> [[Best Served Cold]] <br> [[In Your Heart Shall Burn]] <br> [[Before the Dawn]] <br> [[What Pride Had Wrought]] <br> [[Sit in Judgment]]
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'''Samson''' is a former [[Templar Order|Templar]], turned beggar.
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'''Raleigh Samson''' is a former Templar from [[Kirkwall]], turned beggar.
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== Background ==
 
Samson was, at one point, a good templar. According to Samson, the preceding [[Knight-Commander]], Guylian, personally gave him his sun shield. He claims that he left the Templar Order due to "philosophical differences" in order to help [[apostate]] [[mage]]s escape. In truth he was dismissed because [[Meredith Stannard|Meredith]] caught him delivering messages between a mage named Maddox and his sweetheart.
 
   
Samson is addicted to [[lyrium]] dust, and is clearly suffering from withdrawal. Many templars are known to be addicted, as all templars have to ingest it by the orders of the [[Chantry]]; the fear of losing the supply of "dwarf dust" (as Samson calls it) is something that prevents them from leaving [[Templar Order|the order]].
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== Background ==
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Samson used to be part of the Templar Order before [[Meredith Stannard|Meredith]] became [[Knight-Commander]]. According to Samson, the preceding [[Knight-Commander]], Guylian, personally gave him his sun shield. He was later dismissed from the Order by Meredith after she caught him delivering messages between a young [[mage]] named [[Maddox]] and his lover in Kirkwall. He then turned into a beggar, and helped smuggling young mages out of the Circle in order to earn money, which he would spend on [[lyrium]].
   
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Samson has been addicted to lyrium for years, and has been suffering from withdrawal. He states that the Order isn't forcing Templars to stay, but, as the Chantry controls the lyrium trade, leaving means losing their primary source of lyrium.
 
== Involvement ==
 
== Involvement ==
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=== ''Dragon Age II'' ===
 
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Samson is involved in the quests [[Wayward Son]] and [[Best Served Cold]].
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Samson can be found in [[Lowtown]] during the night, near the entrance to [[Darktown]].
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==== Act 1 ====
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Samson is involved in the quest [[Wayward Son]]. Whilst searching for [[Feynriel]], both [[Vincento]] and [[Thrask]] will tell [[Hawke]] about Samson: a retired Templar who, according to them, aids mages out of guilt. Samson discloses that the boy didn't have a penny on him, so he sent him to Captain Reiner who has been known to take on refugees from time to time, and may be holding him captive. He mentions Hawke might find him at a warehouse by the [[Docks]] at night.
   
Whilst searching for [[Feynriel]], both [[Vincento]] and [[Thrask]] will tell [[Hawke]] about Samson: a retired templar who aids mages. Samson can be found in [[Lowtown]] during night. However, Samson discloses that he sent the boy to Captain Reiner, who may be holding him captive. He mentions Hawke might find him at a warehouse in the [[Docks]] at night.
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==== Act 2 ====
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Back from the [[Deep Roads]], a conversation with Samson triggers when speaking to him, where he'll ask [[Hawke]] to share their newly acquired fortune with him. Afterwards, he rambles about his past and how he ended up where he is.
   
Samson and Hawke meet again several years later in 9:37 [[Dragon Age (time period)|Dragon]]. Samson is part of [[Thrask]]'s conspiracy to oust Meredith from her post. Hawke encounters Samson in passing while looking for the group that has kidnapped one of their allies. Samson admits to having joined the conspiracy to unseat Meredith but is slowly growing more sympathetic to the Knight-Commander's beliefs. Samson flees and leaves Hawke to confront the conspirators. Meanwhile Samson brings Knight-Captain [[Cullen]] to break up the renegades. Depending on Hawke's reccomendation, Cullen will permit Samson to become a templar once more if Hawke requests that he give him another chance. Alternatively if Hawke suggests Cullen execute the mages, Cullen will state that Samson will likely be killed as well. If Samson rejoins the Templar order, he will remark that he's happy to have, "all the lyrium that [he] can quaff".
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==== Act 3 ====
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Samson and Hawke meet again several years later in 9:37 [[Dragon Age (time period)|Dragon]] during the quest [[Best Served Cold]]. Samson is part of [[Thrask]]'s conspiracy to oust [[Meredith Stannard|Meredith]] from her post. Hawke encounters Samson in passing while looking for the group that has kidnapped one of their allies. Samson admits to having joined the conspiracy to unseat Meredith, but is beginning to doubt whether or not the Knight-Commander may be right in her beliefs, at which point Hawke can tip the balance in favour of either sides. Samson leaves Hawke to confront the conspirators. Meanwhile Samson brings Knight-Captain [[Cullen]] to break up the renegades. Depending on Hawke's recommendation, Cullen will permit Samson to become a Templar once more if Hawke requests that he give him another chance.
   
If re-instated Samson will fight alongside Hawke against Meredith.
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Alternatively if Hawke suggests Cullen execute the mages, Cullen will state that Samson will likely be killed as well, but this may not occur. If the Inquisitor sides with the mages, Samson will be [[Corypheus]]' lieutenant regardless of what happens during Best Served Cold and if they side with the templars, his fate is unknown, but again not dependent on the events in Dragon Age II.
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If Samson rejoins the Templar order, he can now be found at the [[Templar Hall]] and will remark that he's happy to have, "all the lyrium that [he] can quaff" and will fight alongside Hawke against Meredith.}}
   
 
=== ''Dragon Age: Inquisition'' ===
 
=== ''Dragon Age: Inquisition'' ===
 
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[[File:DAI-Samson.png|thumb|200px|left|Samson after joining the Red Templars]]
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[[File:Samson tarot.png|thumb|150px|Samson tarot card]]
Samson returns in ''[[Dragon Age: Inquisition]]'' as a general of the [[Red Templars]]. He was one of the first of the high-ranked Templars who were infected with Red Lyrium, and is fully aware of and complacent in [[Corypheus]]'s actions, willingly infecting his lower ranked subordinates with Red Lyrium knowing that he was rotting their minds and warping their bodies.
 
   
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{{See also|Short Story: Paper & Steel}}
He is overseeing the assault on [[Village of Haven|Haven]] with [[Corypheus]] standing beside him. Samson is captured after the Inquisition assault on the Well of Sorrows in the Arbor Wilds.}}
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{{Note|This story takes place after the events of [[Dragon Age II]] and just before [[Dragon Age: Inquisition]].}}
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In the aftermath of the [[Kirkwall Rebellion (9:37 Dragon)|incident]] at the [[Gallows]] and the collapse of the Kirkwall [[Circle of Magi]], Samson rescued his friend [[Maddox]], the very mage who got Samson discharged from the Templars for passing messages on behalf of him and his lover and had become a [[Tranquil]]. With the [[Mage-Templar War]] wreaking havoc across [[Thedas]], Samson was able to rally some of the floundering Templar Order and was made their general. Samson had begun serving [[Corypheus]] and introduced his [[Red Templar]] Order to the [[Red Lyrium]] he supplied. Samson inspired his fellow Red Templars to master the red lyrium with the sole purpose of overthrowing the Chantry and take their revenge for controlling them by lyrium addiction and using them for their dirty work.
   
When brought for judgement he defends his actions as merely feeding his men the same lies that the Chantry fed both him and them during their time with the Templar order, "Hope instead of Despair" and "pain for purpose". He's wanted for his actions in Kirkwall and Orlais. The Inquisitor has the options of:
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Samson was one of the first of the high-ranking Templars who were infected with the substance but was acutely aware of and complicit in Corypheus's actions. Samson willingly infected his subordinates, knowing that he was rotting their minds and warping their bodies. He himself, however, was found to be largely immune to the red lyrium's debilitating effects, sparing his mind while still gaining its benefits. During this time, Corypheus began outfitting Samson with equipment befitting his second-in-command. He reforged the red lyrium blade of the late Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard, which was dubbed [[Certainty]], for Samson to wield.<ref>[[Certainty]]</ref> With the aid of Maddox, Corypheus also fashioned a unique suit of red lyrium armor which drastically increased Samson's physical abilities and allowed him to manipulate red lyrium physically.
   
*Handing him over to Kirkwall.
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{{CodexConditionalSection|If the inquisition recruits the Mages|}}
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With the Templars who withdrew to [[Therinfal Redoubt]] now fully corrupted and turned into Red templars, Samson leads them along with a small vanguard of [[Venatori]] to attack the [[Inquisition]] at the village of [[Haven]]. Samson personally takes the field alongside Corypheus and his [[Red lyrium dragon|dragon]]. However, Cullen recognizes Samson from across the battlefield and identifies him. Samson leads the Red Templars to a decisive victory over the Inquisition, although the Inquisitor escapes.
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In the aftermath of the battles at Haven, Samson continues to advance Corypheus' agenda and pays particular attention to ensuring the supply of red lyrium is maintained, keeping careful tabs on the Red Templar officers in charge. He also is careful to issue as much medicine as is needed for Templars suffering from the myriad of painful side effects of the red lyrium, to ensure they do not suffer. Samson eventually chooses the [[Shrine of Dumat]] as his personal base and sets up Maddox and a contingent of Red Templars there to research ways to manipulate red lyrium further and improve his armor.
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{{CodexConditionalParagraph|If the Inquisitor investigates Samson|}}
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At Cullen's suggestion, the Inquisitor tracks down Samson's base at the Shrine of Dumat and personally leads a raiding party along with Cullen to attempt to capture Samson. However, the Inquisition forces are spotted as they approach the Shrine and Samson flees. Meanwhile, Maddox and a group of Red Templars remain behind to delay the Inquisitor and attempt to destroy any information which could potentially be used against Samson and the Red Templars. Maddox then takes his own life to prevent himself from being used against Samson. The Inquisition recovers the tools Maddox used to forge Samson's armor and from them [[Dagna]] can reverse-engineer a rune that can disable the armor.
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[[File:Samson and Corypheus.png|thumb|250px|Samson at Haven with Corypheus]]
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After the failures at [[Adamant Fortress]] and the [[Winter Palace]] in [[Halamshiral]], Corypheus decides his only option is to seize the magical knowledge of the [[Well of Sorrows]] at the [[Temple of Mythal]] in the [[Arbor Wilds]]. Corypheus deploys the bulk of his remaining forces to the Wilds. Led by Samson, they engage in a pitched battle throughout the Wilds against the Inquisition, the former [[Circle of Magi|Circle]] mages, the Imperial Army of [[Orlais]], and the Elven sentinels guarding the temple. Samson, however, orders his troops to disregard the opposition as much as possible and that their priority it to reach the Well of Sorrows in the Temple at all costs. Samson encounters the Inquisitor in person at the Temple entrance as he storms the gates with a platoon of Red Templars, gleefully sneering as they blast open the Temple's inner sanctum.
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Samson and the Red Templars with him fight their way through the Temple in close combat with the [[Sentinel elves|elven guardians]] and eventually comes face to face with the Inquisitor beside the Well of Sorrows. Samson reveals that he has been chosen by Corypheus to drink from the Well, becoming "The Vessel" of its knowledge for Corypheus, since his armor has made him "a fortress both in mind and body." If informed of Maddox's death, Samson momentarily loses his composure, remarking mournfully that his friend "died as one of '''us''', one of the faithful..."
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Samson attempts to kill the Inquisitor once and for all. If the rune was acquired, Samson's armor may be disabled. Otherwise, the Inquisitor and their companions face him at full strength. After the battle, Samson is defeated and taken prisoner by Inquisition troops.
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The Inquisitor can later elect to [[Bring Samson to Skyhold for Judgment]].
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At his [[Sit in Judgment#Samson|trial]], Samson defends his actions as merely feeding his troops the same lies that the Chantry fed both him and them: "Hope instead of Despair" and "pain for purpose." Samson believed that Templars have always been used and that he was providing the Templar Order a mercy by having them go out in a blaze of glory instead of letting them be thrown away by the Chantry as soon as the lyrium destroyed their minds. Samson remains wanted for criminal charges in both [[Kirkwall]] and [[Orlais]] as well.
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The Inquisitor has the options of:
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*Handing him over to Kirkwall for judgment
 
*Exiling to the Wilderness.
 
*Exiling to the Wilderness.
*Having [[Dagna]] study him.
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*Having Dagna study him.
*Conscript him under Cullen.
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*Conscript him for the Inquisition with Cullen as his handler (Requires the completion of [[Before the Dawn]]).
*Or simply locking him in a hole.
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*Life Imprisonment. If imprisoned Samson can be spoken to in his cell in the [[Skyhold]] dungeon and the Inquisitor may ask him several questions about serving Corypheus
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== Bugs ==
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{{CodexConditionalSection|If the inquisition recruits the Templars|
If Samson is reinstated as a templar, he will still show up at night begging in Lowtown, but when spoken to he will speak as Keran.
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Samson's fate is unknown; however, a letter to [[Calpernia]] states Corypheus no longer has Samson to lead the Templars. Corypheus' memoirs also mention that Samson "has failed" although they do not elaborate on his exact fate.
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{{See also|Skyhold prisoner dialogue}}}}
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== Quests ==
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=== ''Dragon Age II'' ===
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'''Act 1'''
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'''Act 3'''
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{{:Best Served Cold|style=iconmini2}}{{clrl}}
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=== ''Dragon Age: Inquisition'' ===
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{{:Before the Dawn|style=iconmini}} (sided with mages)<br>
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{{:Sit in Judgment|style=iconmini}} (sided with mages)<br>
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== Quotes ==
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=== ''Paper & Steel'' ===
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* "Tranquil with a lyrium brand. Maddox would no longer dream of the horizon, or fix something for the joy of it, or make his little paper birds. They retained his skills without having to treat him as a person, which seemed like the natural end point of every bloody thing the Chantry did."
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* "The Chantry lyrium? You never realized it was taking more than just the fear, slowly, painlessly, until one day you woke up and you couldn’t do without the stuff."
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== Codex entries ==
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{{:Codex entry: "Samson's Tale"|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Samson|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Letter About Lyrium|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Letter of Confirmation|style=iconmini}}<br>
   
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
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Samson best served cold.png|Samson in ''Dragon Age II''
 
Samson Artbook.png|Samson DA:I concept art
 
Samson Artbook.png|Samson DA:I concept art
Samson well of sorrows.png|Samson
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DAI-Samson.png|Samson leading the Red Templars into battle
samsontarot.png|Samson tarot
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Samson well of sorrows.png|Samson after joining the Red Templars
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Promotional_Templar_Samson.jpg|Promotional image of Samson as a Templar in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''
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Samson Red Templar Heroes of Dragon Age Art.png|Promotional artwork of Samson as a Red Templar in ''Heroes of Dragon Age''
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HoDA Templar Samson Tiers.png|Tier progression of Samson as a Templar in ''Heroes of Dragon Age''
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Samson HoDA tier.jpg|Artwork of Templar Samson's tier progression in ''Heroes of Dragon Age''
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</gallery>}}
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== Trivia ==
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* Cullen shared quarters with Samson when the former was transferred to Kirkwall. He thought Samson was a "decent man" at the time.
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* Samson is probably in his late forties in ''Inquisition''.<ref>[http://forum.bioware.com/topic/544622-the-last-hope-of-tevinter-calpernia-fan-and-discussion-thread/#entry18529735 Jo Berry - The BioWare Forums]</ref>
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* Samson's pupils in Dragon Age II are big, larger compared to others' eyes. This is typical for some drug addicts, so it may apply to those addicted to lyrium.
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* Samson's favorite dish is [[Starkhaven]] fish and egg pie.
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* Samson's armour in ''Inquisition'' bears the sigil of Kirkwall on the back torso.
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== Bugs ==
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* If Samson is reinstated as a templar, he will still show up at night begging in Lowtown, but when spoken to he will speak as Keran.
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== References ==
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<references/>
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== External links ==
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* [http://blog.bioware.com/2015/04/30/short-story-paper-steel/ Paper & Steel, a short story about Samson]
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Latest revision as of 15:46, July 26, 2020

Templars have always been used. How many were left to rot, like I was, after the Chantry burned away their minds?


Raleigh Samson is a former Templar from Kirkwall, turned beggar.

Background Edit

Samson used to be part of the Templar Order before Meredith became Knight-Commander. According to Samson, the preceding Knight-Commander, Guylian, personally gave him his sun shield. He was later dismissed from the Order by Meredith after she caught him delivering messages between a young mage named Maddox and his lover in Kirkwall. He then turned into a beggar, and helped smuggling young mages out of the Circle in order to earn money, which he would spend on lyrium.

Samson has been addicted to lyrium for years, and has been suffering from withdrawal. He states that the Order isn't forcing Templars to stay, but, as the Chantry controls the lyrium trade, leaving means losing their primary source of lyrium.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age II Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age II.


Samson can be found in Lowtown during the night, near the entrance to Darktown.

Act 1

Samson is involved in the quest Wayward Son. Whilst searching for Feynriel, both Vincento and Thrask will tell Hawke about Samson: a retired Templar who, according to them, aids mages out of guilt. Samson discloses that the boy didn't have a penny on him, so he sent him to Captain Reiner who has been known to take on refugees from time to time, and may be holding him captive. He mentions Hawke might find him at a warehouse by the Docks at night.

Act 2

Back from the Deep Roads, a conversation with Samson triggers when speaking to him, where he'll ask Hawke to share their newly acquired fortune with him. Afterwards, he rambles about his past and how he ended up where he is.

Act 3

Samson and Hawke meet again several years later in 9:37 Dragon during the quest Best Served Cold. Samson is part of Thrask's conspiracy to oust Meredith from her post. Hawke encounters Samson in passing while looking for the group that has kidnapped one of their allies. Samson admits to having joined the conspiracy to unseat Meredith, but is beginning to doubt whether or not the Knight-Commander may be right in her beliefs, at which point Hawke can tip the balance in favour of either sides. Samson leaves Hawke to confront the conspirators. Meanwhile Samson brings Knight-Captain Cullen to break up the renegades. Depending on Hawke's recommendation, Cullen will permit Samson to become a Templar once more if Hawke requests that he give him another chance.

Alternatively if Hawke suggests Cullen execute the mages, Cullen will state that Samson will likely be killed as well, but this may not occur. If the Inquisitor sides with the mages, Samson will be Corypheus' lieutenant regardless of what happens during Best Served Cold and if they side with the templars, his fate is unknown, but again not dependent on the events in Dragon Age II.

If Samson rejoins the Templar order, he can now be found at the Templar Hall and will remark that he's happy to have, "all the lyrium that [he] can quaff" and will fight alongside Hawke against Meredith.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


Samson tarot

Samson tarot card

See also: Short Story: Paper & Steel
Note: This story takes place after the events of Dragon Age II and just before Dragon Age: Inquisition.

In the aftermath of the incident at the Gallows and the collapse of the Kirkwall Circle of Magi, Samson rescued his friend Maddox, the very mage who got Samson discharged from the Templars for passing messages on behalf of him and his lover and had become a Tranquil. With the Mage-Templar War wreaking havoc across Thedas, Samson was able to rally some of the floundering Templar Order and was made their general. Samson had begun serving Corypheus and introduced his Red Templar Order to the Red Lyrium he supplied. Samson inspired his fellow Red Templars to master the red lyrium with the sole purpose of overthrowing the Chantry and take their revenge for controlling them by lyrium addiction and using them for their dirty work.

Samson was one of the first of the high-ranking Templars who were infected with the substance but was acutely aware of and complicit in Corypheus's actions. Samson willingly infected his subordinates, knowing that he was rotting their minds and warping their bodies. He himself, however, was found to be largely immune to the red lyrium's debilitating effects, sparing his mind while still gaining its benefits. During this time, Corypheus began outfitting Samson with equipment befitting his second-in-command. He reforged the red lyrium blade of the late Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard, which was dubbed Certainty, for Samson to wield.[1] With the aid of Maddox, Corypheus also fashioned a unique suit of red lyrium armor which drastically increased Samson's physical abilities and allowed him to manipulate red lyrium physically.

If the inquisition recruits the Mages...

With the Templars who withdrew to Therinfal Redoubt now fully corrupted and turned into Red templars, Samson leads them along with a small vanguard of Venatori to attack the Inquisition at the village of Haven. Samson personally takes the field alongside Corypheus and his dragon. However, Cullen recognizes Samson from across the battlefield and identifies him. Samson leads the Red Templars to a decisive victory over the Inquisition, although the Inquisitor escapes.

In the aftermath of the battles at Haven, Samson continues to advance Corypheus' agenda and pays particular attention to ensuring the supply of red lyrium is maintained, keeping careful tabs on the Red Templar officers in charge. He also is careful to issue as much medicine as is needed for Templars suffering from the myriad of painful side effects of the red lyrium, to ensure they do not suffer. Samson eventually chooses the Shrine of Dumat as his personal base and sets up Maddox and a contingent of Red Templars there to research ways to manipulate red lyrium further and improve his armor.

If the Inquisitor investigates Samson: At Cullen's suggestion, the Inquisitor tracks down Samson's base at the Shrine of Dumat and personally leads a raiding party along with Cullen to attempt to capture Samson. However, the Inquisition forces are spotted as they approach the Shrine and Samson flees. Meanwhile, Maddox and a group of Red Templars remain behind to delay the Inquisitor and attempt to destroy any information which could potentially be used against Samson and the Red Templars. Maddox then takes his own life to prevent himself from being used against Samson. The Inquisition recovers the tools Maddox used to forge Samson's armor and from them Dagna can reverse-engineer a rune that can disable the armor.

Samson and Corypheus

Samson at Haven with Corypheus

After the failures at Adamant Fortress and the Winter Palace in Halamshiral, Corypheus decides his only option is to seize the magical knowledge of the Well of Sorrows at the Temple of Mythal in the Arbor Wilds. Corypheus deploys the bulk of his remaining forces to the Wilds. Led by Samson, they engage in a pitched battle throughout the Wilds against the Inquisition, the former Circle mages, the Imperial Army of Orlais, and the Elven sentinels guarding the temple. Samson, however, orders his troops to disregard the opposition as much as possible and that their priority it to reach the Well of Sorrows in the Temple at all costs. Samson encounters the Inquisitor in person at the Temple entrance as he storms the gates with a platoon of Red Templars, gleefully sneering as they blast open the Temple's inner sanctum.

Samson and the Red Templars with him fight their way through the Temple in close combat with the elven guardians and eventually comes face to face with the Inquisitor beside the Well of Sorrows. Samson reveals that he has been chosen by Corypheus to drink from the Well, becoming "The Vessel" of its knowledge for Corypheus, since his armor has made him "a fortress both in mind and body." If informed of Maddox's death, Samson momentarily loses his composure, remarking mournfully that his friend "died as one of us, one of the faithful..."

Samson attempts to kill the Inquisitor once and for all. If the rune was acquired, Samson's armor may be disabled. Otherwise, the Inquisitor and their companions face him at full strength. After the battle, Samson is defeated and taken prisoner by Inquisition troops.

The Inquisitor can later elect to Bring Samson to Skyhold for Judgment.

At his trial, Samson defends his actions as merely feeding his troops the same lies that the Chantry fed both him and them: "Hope instead of Despair" and "pain for purpose." Samson believed that Templars have always been used and that he was providing the Templar Order a mercy by having them go out in a blaze of glory instead of letting them be thrown away by the Chantry as soon as the lyrium destroyed their minds. Samson remains wanted for criminal charges in both Kirkwall and Orlais as well.

The Inquisitor has the options of:

  • Handing him over to Kirkwall for judgment
  • Exiling to the Wilderness.
  • Having Dagna study him.
  • Conscript him for the Inquisition with Cullen as his handler (Requires the completion of Before the Dawn).
  • Life Imprisonment. If imprisoned Samson can be spoken to in his cell in the Skyhold dungeon and the Inquisitor may ask him several questions about serving Corypheus

If the inquisition recruits the Templars...
Samson's fate is unknown; however, a letter to Calpernia states Corypheus no longer has Samson to lead the Templars. Corypheus' memoirs also mention that Samson "has failed" although they do not elaborate on his exact fate.

See also: Skyhold prisoner dialogue


Quests

Dragon Age II

Act 1

Quest icon DA2 Wayward Son

Act 3

Quest icon DA2 Best Served Cold

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Quest icon DAI Before the Dawn (sided with mages)
Quest icon DAI Sit in Judgment (sided with mages)

Quotes

Paper & Steel

  • "Tranquil with a lyrium brand. Maddox would no longer dream of the horizon, or fix something for the joy of it, or make his little paper birds. They retained his skills without having to treat him as a person, which seemed like the natural end point of every bloody thing the Chantry did."
  • "The Chantry lyrium? You never realized it was taking more than just the fear, slowly, painlessly, until one day you woke up and you couldn’t do without the stuff."

Codex entries

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: "Samson's Tale"
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Samson
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Letter About Lyrium
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Letter of Confirmation

Gallery


Trivia Edit

  • Cullen shared quarters with Samson when the former was transferred to Kirkwall. He thought Samson was a "decent man" at the time.
  • Samson is probably in his late forties in Inquisition.[2]
  • Samson's pupils in Dragon Age II are big, larger compared to others' eyes. This is typical for some drug addicts, so it may apply to those addicted to lyrium.
  • Samson's favorite dish is Starkhaven fish and egg pie.
  • Samson's armour in Inquisition bears the sigil of Kirkwall on the back torso.

Bugs Edit

  • If Samson is reinstated as a templar, he will still show up at night begging in Lowtown, but when spoken to he will speak as Keran.

References Edit

  1. Certainty
  2. Jo Berry - The BioWare Forums

External links Edit

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