Knight-Captain Rylen is the Inquisition commander of Griffon Wing Keep and Cullen's second-in-command.

Background[edit | edit source]

Rylen is the youngest of five children of a Starkhaven stonemason. He joined the Templar Order at fifteen because he wanted to do something useful with his life. He quickly gained a reputation as a problem solver among Starkhaven's Templars, and eventually became Knight-Captain.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age II.


Following the destruction of the Kirkwall chantry in 9:37 Dragon, Rylen was dispatched to lead an aid mission, and coordinate rescue efforts. While in Kirkwall, he met Cullen leading the remnants of Kirkwall's Templars.

When the Mage-Templar War broke out, Knight-Commander Karsten elected to follow the Lord Seeker's edict, and joined the revolt against the Chantry. Rylen and many of the other senior Templar officers dissented and refused to follow. When Cullen offered them a position within the Inquisition, Rylen and many of his loyalists chose to join.[1]


Personality[edit | edit source]

Rylen is a somewhat blunt, pragmatic but reasonable man, who, while taking his duties both for the Templars and the Inquisition seriously, will not overlook a more pressing problem just for the sake of his faith, stating that "when the barracks are on fire, [he] will go and get a bucket of water, not [smite] the ashes for the heresy."

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Knight-Captain Rylen is first mentioned during the Herald of Andraste's first private conversation with Cullen. As they talk, an Inquisition soldier runs up to Cullen and informs him of Ser Rylen's report regarding supplies. Rylen may also be involved in Truth or Dare: The Imperial Court war table operation, where he escorts nobles to the remains of the Temple of Sacred Ashes. Later on, he can be found in person on the upper-most level of Griffon Wing Keep after the Inquisitor captures the Griffon Wing Keep.

When the Inquisitor takes Griffon Wing Keep from the hands of the Venatori, Rylen takes over as commander of the fort, coordinating reports from the Inquisition's agents in the area. The Inquisitor can consult Knight-Captain Rylen on the status of Keep.

Quests[edit | edit source]

The Trouble with Darkspawn The Trouble with Darkspawn
Fortress Squatters Fortress Squatters
This Water Tastes Funny This Water Tastes Funny

Status reports[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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