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The '''Right of Annulment''' is the right of the [[Templar Order|templars]] to kill all [[mage]]s in a [[Circle of Magi]] used as a last resort to restore order.<ref>{{cite wot|81}}</ref>
{{See also|Codex entry: The Right of Annulment}}
[[Divine]] Galatea granted the Right of Annulment to all the [[Grand Cleric]]s of the [[Chantry]] in 2:83 [[Glory Age|Glory]] after an [[abomination]] slaughtered all mages and templars in the [[Nevarra]]n Circle.<ref>[[Codex entry: The Right of Annulment]]</ref><ref>{{cite wot|81}}</ref> Normally, the Right can only be invoked by a Grand Cleric or a ''de facto'' successor (Revered Mother); if there is no access to a Grand Cleric or Revered Mother, then [[Knight-Commanders]] of the Templar Order have legal authority to invoke the Right.<ref>David Gaider's [http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/304/index/6981321&lf=8 Forum posts 1] and [http://social.bioware.com/forums/forum/1/topic/304/index/6901812&lf=8 Forum posts 2]</ref> Depending on the exact circumstances and how long it takes the relevant Grand Cleric to respond, the Right can be invoked but not carried out.
'''The Right of Annulment''' is the right to purge a [[Circle of Magi]] that is ruled irredeemable by ordering the [[Templar Order|templars]] to kill all the mages in this Circle. [[Divine]] Galatea first granted it to all the [[Grand Cleric]]s of the [[Chantry]] in 2:83 [[Ages#Glory|Glory]]. However, if there is no Grand Cleric and no immediate successor (Revered Mother) in evidence, a Knight-Commander of the templars has legal authority to use the right. <ref> David Gaider's [http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/304/index/6981321&lf=8 Forum posts 1] and [http://social.bioware.com/forums/forum/1/topic/304/index/6901812&lf=8 Forum posts 2]</ref>
By the beginning of the [[Fifth Blight]], the Right had been invoked 17 times. The Right was requested three more times between 9:30 and 9:40 [[Dragon Age (time period)|Dragon]], and was carried out in at least two of these instances.
By the beginning of the [[Fifth Blight]] the right has been invoked 17 times. Three more Circles were annulled between 9:30 and 9:40 [[Ages#Dragon|Dragon]].
According to [[Fenris]], the [[Imperial Chantry|Imperial]] templars also possess the Right of Annulment, but the line that mages must cross for it to be invoked is "elsewhere".
'''Known Annulments:'''
*2:83 Glory: The Circle of Magi in [[Nevarra]]
== Known uses of the Right of Annulment ==
*9:30 Dragon: The Circle of Magi in [[Ferelden]] (''see also'' [[Broken Circle]] ''and'' [[Storyline for Dragon Age: Origins#Circle Tower|the Circle Tower]])
* 3:09 [[Towers Age|Towers]]: The third time the Right of Annulment was invoked. Knight-Commander Gervasio of [[Antiva]] killed all of the city's mages for demonic possession, though the [[Seekers of Truth]] later found evidence that this may have been a cover-up of Knight-Captain Nicholas' crimes, who confessed to murdering over a hundred mages.<ref>[[Magehunter]]</ref>
*9:37 Dragon: The Circle of Magi in [[Kirkwall]] (''see also'' [[the Last Straw]] ''and'' [[Battle of Kirkwall (9:37 Dragon)|the Battle of Kirkwall]])
* 9:30 Dragon (conditional): The [[Circle Tower|Circle of Magi]] in [[Ferelden]] (during [[Broken Circle]]). After the Circle was overrun by [[abomination]]s following [[Uldred]]'s rebellion, Knight-Commander [[Greagoir]] invoked the Right and sent request to [[Elemena|Grand Cleric Elemena]] to grant it along with additional templar reinforcements. Depending on [[the Warden]]'s actions, Greagoir may revoke his request to invoke the Right of Annulment.
*9:38-9:39 Dragon: The Cicle of Magi in Dairsmuid, [[Rivain]] (''see also'' [[Dragon Age: Asunder]])
* 9:37 Dragon: The [[Gallows|Circle of Magi]] in [[Kirkwall]] (during the [[Kirkwall Rebellion]]). According to Knight-Lieutenant [[Karras]], Knight-Commander [[Meredith Stannard]] requested the Right of Annulment directly from the [[Divine]] in [[Val Royeaux]]. Following [[Anders]]' destruction of the [[Kirkwall Chantry]], Meredith invoked the Right of Annulment herself without waiting for an official authorization.
* 9:40 Dragon: The Circle of Magi in Dairsmuid, [[Rivain]].<ref>''[[Dragon Age: Asunder]].'' Chapter 22. p. 406</ref><ref>{{cite wot|102}}</ref> When the other Circles rose up against the Templars, the Seekers were sent to the Dairsmuid Circle to investigate, and found them freely mixing with their families and training young women in the tradition of the seers. They denounced them as apostates and invoked the Right of Annulment.<ref>[[Codex entry: The Annulment at Dairsmuid]]</ref>
== See also ==
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== References ==
== References ==
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