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|family = Tarleton Howe <small>(father)</small> <br> Eliane Bryland <small>(wife)</small> <br> [[Nathaniel Howe]] <small>(son)</small> <br> [[Delilah Howe]] <small>(daughter)</small> <br> Thomas Howe <small>(son)</small><ref>[[Samuel]] mentions that Thomas died in the war, presumably the Ferelden civil war during the Blight.</ref> <br>Unnamed grandson <small>(by Delilah)</small> <br> [[Byron Howe|Byron]] <small>(uncle)</small> <br> [[Habren Bryland]] <small>(niece)</small> <br> [[Leonas Bryland]] <small>(brother-in-law)</small>
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|voice = [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000347/ Tim Curry]
 
|voice = [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000347/ Tim Curry]

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Maker spit on you... I deserved... more...


Arl Rendon Howe is an old friend of Teyrn Bryce Cousland and the Arl of Amaranthine. He is also the father of Nathaniel Howe, a companion in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

Background

During the Orlesian occupation of Ferelden, Rendon's father, Tarleton Howe sided with the occupiers and was hanged by the Couslands after they captured Harper's Ford.[1] His uncle Byron became the new Arl of Amaranthine who joined the rebel cause in 8:97 Blessed. Like his uncle, Rendon Howe also joined the 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, Thomas, and Delilah.

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.[2]

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.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


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 Warden is only able to escape with Duncan's aid, which Duncan gives only in return for recruiting them into the Grey Wardens.

With the castle secure, Arl Howe declares himself the new teyrn and reveals his new political ally and lord is none other than the Teyrn of Gwaren, Loghain Mac Tir. Unless the City Elf Warden kills the previous Arl of Denerim's heir, Howe uses his position to gain more power by kidnapping Vaughan and claiming the arling for himself. Meanwhile Regent Loghain comes to depend more and more on Howe's political ability. By the time Lothering is destroyed by the Darkspawn, Howe has become the most powerful person in Ferelden, after the regent.

After hearing reports of surviving Grey Wardens, Howe hires an agent of the Antivan Crows to assassinate them. Eventually, Howe witnesses Queen Anora questioning her father's actions and involvement in Cailan's death. While Howe attempts to direct Loghain's attention to the increasing darkspawn threat, and both Howe and Anora ask him to consider asking for reinforcements, Loghain refuses to be swayed, citing Orlais as a major threat.

Howe is responsible for many of the terrible events that happen during the Blight. Along with brutalizing the elves of the Denerim Alienage and imprisoning any loose ends that could threaten Loghain's rule, he imprisons Anora in his Denerim 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.

However, his plan goes awry when the Warden is enlisted to rescue Anora from her captivity. While doing so, the Warden tracks Howe to the 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


This section contains spoilers for:
Darkspawn Chronicles.


Rendon Howe survives the Landsmeet and joins forces with Alistair in the battle against the darkspawn. He leads a strike force to the Denerim City Gates and must be fought during the quest Kill the Arl alongside Ser Cauthrien, who leads his bodyguards at the Denerim City Gates.

Strategy

See Rendon Howe (strategy).


Notes

Quotes

  • (Regarding Cailan) "I think of him as much as he thinks at all."
  • (Speaking to a female Human Noble) "Well, well. Bryce Cousland's little spitfire. All grown up and still playing the man."

Trivia

  • 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.

Gallery

See also

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Arl Rendon Howe
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Letter to Rendon Howe
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Response from Rendon Howe

References

  1. Codex entry: The Howes of Amaranthine
  2. Referenced by the "Portrait of a Howe" in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.
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