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|quests = [[Human Noble Origin]] <br> [[Rescue the Queen]] <br> [[Kill the Arl]]
 
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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
During the [[Orlais|Orlesian]] occupation of [[Ferelden]], Rendon's father, Tarleton Howe, sided with the occupiers and was subsequently hanged by the [[Cousland family|Couslands]] after they captured [[Harper's Ford]].<ref>[[Codex entry: The Howes of Amaranthine]]</ref> His uncle [[Byron Howe|Byron]] became the new Arl of Amaranthine and joined the rebel cause in 8:97 [[Blessed Age|Blessed]]. Like his uncle, Rendon Howe joined the [[Fereldan Rebellion|rebellion]] led by the future king, [[Maric Theirin]].
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During the [[Orlais|Orlesian]] occupation of [[Ferelden]], Rendon's father, Tarleton Howe sided with the occupiers and was hanged by the [[Cousland family|Couslands]] after they captured [[Harper's Ford]].<ref>[[Codex entry: The Howes of Amaranthine]]</ref> His uncle [[Byron Howe|Byron]] became the new Arl of Amaranthine who joined the rebel cause in 8:97 [[Blessed Age|Blessed]]. Like his uncle, Rendon Howe also joined the [[Fereldan Rebellion|rebellion]] led by the future king, [[Maric Theirin]]. He fought alongside the young [[Bryce Cousland]] of [[Highever]] and [[Leonas Bryland]], future arl of South Reach, at the bloody battle of White River. The battle was the most catastrophic defeat of the entire occupation, from which only 50 rebel soldiers escaped alive. Although he was decorated for valor by King Maric, Howe's abrasive manners earned him almost universal dislike among his peers. Bryland implied that Howe's personality altered after the battle. He has three known children: [[Nathaniel Howe|Nathaniel]], Thomas, and [[Delilah Howe|Delilah]].
   
He fought alongside the young [[Bryce Cousland]] of [[Highever]] and [[Leonas Bryland]], future arl of South Reach, at the bloody [[Fereldan Rebellion#Battle of White River|Battle of White River]]. The battle was the most catastrophic defeat of the entire occupation, from which only 50 rebel soldiers escaped alive. Rendon fought with the Army of the North led by Bann Angus Eremon, tasked with holding the valley against the Orlesian cavalry's charges. He was gravely wounded on the second night and had to be dragged off the field by Bryce and Leonas. When Bann Angus finally announced the retreat, Rendon's friends carried him to a freehold in [[Redcliffe]]. While the rest of the survivors left to find the Army of the South, Bryce and Leonas stayed with Rendon almost a month while he recuperated. Though all three were personally decorated for valor by King Maric, Rendon was too wounded to rejoin the army, and while his friends joined the Army of the South, he spent months in [[South Reach]] being tended by Eliane Bryland, Leonas' sister and an accomplished physician and herbalist.
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Nathaniel later recounts the proud history of the [[Howe family]]. He states that Rendon hated his wife; when asked why, he says that he doesn't know, but he remembers that her family was wealthy.<ref>Referenced by the "Portrait of a Howe" in ''[[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening]]''.</ref>
 
Byron Howe died just a few months later, which made Rendon the new arl. Eliane Bryland insisted on accompanying him to Amaranthine; he proposed to her a year later, saying that if she wasn't going to leave already they might as well marry. Leonas had become concerned by the changes in his friend's behavior since the battle and attempted to prevent the marriage. When Rendon told him that he needed her for dowry and connections, he severed all contact. Because some believed the arling should have passed to Byron's daughter, and because Eliane was half-Orlesian, only Bryce Cousland and his fiancee came to witness their vows.<ref>{{Cite wot2|112-114}}</ref> They had three children [[Nathaniel Howe|Nathaniel]], Thomas, and [[Delilah Howe|Delilah]]. According to their son Nathaniel, Rendon hated his wife; when asked why, he says that he doesn't know, but he remembers that her family was wealthy.<ref>Referenced by the "Portrait of a Howe" in ''[[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening]]''.</ref>
 
 
Since the Battle of White River, Howe's abrasive manners have earned him almost universal dislike among his peers.
 
   
 
== Involvement ==
 
== Involvement ==
 
The [[Human Noble Origin]] begins with Arl Howe's arrival at [[Castle Cousland]] in [[Highever]]. Howe explains to Teyrn Cousland that his troops have been delayed, and that he will march with them when they arrive. Teyrn Cousland then tasks his eldest child, [[Fergus Cousland]], with leading the Cousland forces ahead to [[Ostagar]], where they have been called by King [[Cailan Theirin]] to fight against the [[darkspawn]].
 
The [[Human Noble Origin]] begins with Arl Howe's arrival at [[Castle Cousland]] in [[Highever]]. Howe explains to Teyrn Cousland that his troops have been delayed, and that he will march with them when they arrive. Teyrn Cousland then tasks his eldest child, [[Fergus Cousland]], with leading the Cousland forces ahead to [[Ostagar]], where they have been called by King [[Cailan Theirin]] to fight against the [[darkspawn]].
 
 
{{SpoilerDAO|Fergus leaves [[Castle Cousland]] immediately, taking most of the Highever troops with him and leaving behind only a small guard. After they are well away, Howe's treachery is revealed: [[Siege of Castle Cousland|his soldiers attack the castle in the middle of the night]], killing almost all the inhabitants, including Fergus' wife and son, as well as the Teyrn.
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{{SpoilerDAO|Fergus leaves [[Castle Cousland]] immediately, taking most of the Highever troops with him and leaving behind only a small guard. After they are well away, Howe's treachery is revealed: his soldiers attack the castle in the middle of the night, killing almost all the inhabitants, including Fergus' wife and son, as well as the Teyrn.
   
 
The Human Noble [[the Warden|Warden]] is only able to escape with [[Duncan]]'s aid, which Duncan gives only in return for recruiting them into the [[Grey Wardens|Grey Wardens]].
 
The Human Noble [[the Warden|Warden]] is only able to escape with [[Duncan]]'s aid, which Duncan gives only in return for recruiting them into the [[Grey Wardens|Grey Wardens]].
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Howe is responsible for many of the terrible events that happen during the [[Fifth Blight|Blight]]. He is shown to be a cruel and iron-fisted ruler as he gains land holdings and titles; in Denerim and Highever alike people mention suffering under his heavy taxation and harsh treatment from his guards, and the dungeon at his Estate is full of tortured prisoners; his brutality earns him the sobriquet ''"The Butcher of Denerim"'', his ill reputation becoming notorious as far as the Free Marches. Along with brutalizing the [[Alienage|elves]] of the [[Elven Alienage|Denerim Alienage]] and imprisoning any loose ends that could threaten Loghain's rule, he imprisons Anora in his [[Denerim]] [[Arl of Denerim's Estate|estate]] after she visits to inquire about the negative rumors about her father. He also tries to convince Loghain to murder his daughter and pin the crime on Arl Eamon, in the hopes of sullying Eamon's popularity at [[the Landsmeet]] and is also [[A Fistful of Silver|implied to be embezzling]] funds from Denerim's treasury behind Loghain's back.
 
Howe is responsible for many of the terrible events that happen during the [[Fifth Blight|Blight]]. He is shown to be a cruel and iron-fisted ruler as he gains land holdings and titles; in Denerim and Highever alike people mention suffering under his heavy taxation and harsh treatment from his guards, and the dungeon at his Estate is full of tortured prisoners; his brutality earns him the sobriquet ''"The Butcher of Denerim"'', his ill reputation becoming notorious as far as the Free Marches. Along with brutalizing the [[Alienage|elves]] of the [[Elven Alienage|Denerim Alienage]] and imprisoning any loose ends that could threaten Loghain's rule, he imprisons Anora in his [[Denerim]] [[Arl of Denerim's Estate|estate]] after she visits to inquire about the negative rumors about her father. He also tries to convince Loghain to murder his daughter and pin the crime on Arl Eamon, in the hopes of sullying Eamon's popularity at [[the Landsmeet]] and is also [[A Fistful of Silver|implied to be embezzling]] funds from Denerim's treasury behind Loghain's back.
   
However, his plan goes awry when the Warden is enlisted to [[Rescue the Queen|rescue Anora]] from her captivity. While doing so, the Warden tracks Howe to the [[Arl of Denerim's Estate - Dungeon|dungeons]] of his estate and kills him and most of his men-at-arms. He dies cursing the Warden, lamenting that he "deserved more."}}
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However, his plan goes awry when the Warden is enlisted to [[Rescue the Queen|rescue Anora]] from her captivity. While doing so, the Warden tracks Howe to the [[Arl of Denerim's Estate - Dungeon|dungeons]] of his estate and kills him and most of his men-at-arms. He dies cursing the Warden, lamenting that he deserved more.}}
   
 
=== ''The Darkspawn Chronicles'' ===
 
=== ''The Darkspawn Chronicles'' ===
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* Howe suggests a match between the male Human Noble and his daughter Delilah; in Awakening, Delilah mentions this in passing. The male Human Noble Warden has an opportunity to respond to her.
 
* Howe suggests a match between the male Human Noble and his daughter Delilah; in Awakening, Delilah mentions this in passing. The male Human Noble Warden has an opportunity to respond to her.
 
* If playing as a female Human Noble, then he will suggest a match between you and Thomas, his son. However, Thomas does not survive the Blight.
 
* If playing as a female Human Noble, then he will suggest a match between you and Thomas, his son. However, Thomas does not survive the Blight.
* After the Fifth Blight, Howe has been nicknamed by some "The Butcher of Denerim".<ref> The title is mentioned by [[Hawke]] in ''[[Dragon Age II]]'' if [[Anders]] is not in the party during the conversation with [[Delilah Howe]].</ref>
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== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
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