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Facial '''tattoos''' serve an important function in several cultures in [[Thedas]].
 
Facial '''tattoos''' serve an important function in several cultures in [[Thedas]].
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== Lore ==
   
== Dwarves ==
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=== Humans ===
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Facial tattoos are uncommon among most [[human]]s. However, in [[Rivain]] tattoos are almost as popular as piercings. According to [[Isabela]] in ''[[Dragon Age II]]'' Rivaini sailors often have tattoos. [[Chasind Wilder|Chasind]] use tattoos as well to reflect descent from a prominent tribe.
[[File:Noble male duster female.jpg|thumb|220px|A tattooed male noble dwarf and a branded casteless female dwarf]]
 
Among [[dwarves]], the [[Casteless|casteless]] are "branded" to set them apart from regular dwarven citizens. Other dwarves may have a different pattern of facial tattoos, though this is not common. Grim tattoos are also applied at the "funerals" of the dwarves who join the [[Legion of the Dead]].
 
   
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Cahir Closeup.jpg|Cahir, a Chasind bodyguard
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== Elves ==
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=== Elves ===
 
{{Main|Vallaslin}}
[[File:Athras.png|thumb|180px|Vallaslin, or blood writing, on the face of [[Athras]], a Dalish hunter.]]
 
 
{{CodexQuote|Vallaslin: Blood Writing|I asked him about the intricate tattoos on his face; he told me they were called vallaslin--"blood writing." His were symbols of [[Andruil]] the Huntress, one of the most highly revered elven goddesses.}}
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When a [[Dalish|Dalish Elf]] comes of age, they are marked with intricate tattoos representing one of the elven gods. The tattooing is preceded by meditation on the gods and the ways of the Dalish, and by purifying the body and the skin. It is not known whether this practice was part of the worship of elven gods in ancient [[Elvhenan]] or is a more recent development. As Ilen says to Hawke, Dalish ink is very valuable to them, Merrill said to Fenris that blood is used to make their tattoos.
{{CodexQuote|Vallaslin: Blood Writing|I asked him about the intricate tattoos on his face; he told me they were called vallaslin--"blood writing." His were symbols of Andruil the Huntress, one of the most highly revered elven goddesses.}}
 
When a [[Dalish|Dalish Elf]] comes of age, they are marked with intricate tattoos representing one of the elven gods. The tattooing is preceded by meditation on the gods and the ways of the Dalish, and by purifying the body and the skin. It is not known whether this practice was part of the worship of elven gods in ancient [[Elvhenan]] or is a more recent development. As Ilen says to Hawke, Dalish ink is very valuable to them, Merrill said to Fenris that blood is used to make their tatoos.
 
   
Tattoos are uncommon among city elves, though the [[Warden]], if a city elf, may choose to wear tattoos of the same designs available to human characters.
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Tattoos are uncommon among [[Alienage|city elves]], though [[the Warden]], if a city elf, may choose to wear tattoos of the same designs available to human characters.
   
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== Humans ==
 
 
Athras.png|Vallaslin, or blood writing, on the face of [[Athras]], a Dalish hunter.
[[File:Cahir_Closeup.jpg|thumb|140px|A Chasin tribal tatoo]]
 
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=== Dwarves ===
Fereldan soldiers sometimes put tatoos of mabari on their bodies. Facial tattoos are uncommon among [[humans]] considered as civilised, among [[Chasind]]s they usually reflect descent from a prominent tribe. In [[Rivain]] tatoos are almost as popular as piercing.
 
 
Among [[Dwarf|dwarves]], the [[casteless]] are "branded" to set them apart from regular dwarven citizens. This also applies to [[surface dwarves]] who return to Orzammar in order to conduct business.<ref>As described in conversation with [[Ademaro]].</ref> Other dwarves may have a different pattern of facial tattoos, though this is not common. Grim tattoos are also applied at the "funerals" of the dwarves who join the [[Legion of the Dead]].
   
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== Antivan Crows ==
 
 
Noble male duster female.jpg|A tattooed male [[Noble caste|noble]] dwarf and a branded casteless female dwarf.
[[File:ZevranBetter.png|thumb|120px|Zevran's facial tattoo]]
 
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According to [[Zevran]], there are some tattoos sacred to the [[Crows of Antiva]], and Antivans may also have tattoos for aesthetic purposes.<ref>[[Zevran/Dialogue#Zevran and Leliana|Zevran's Dialogue with Leliana]]: it probably should be borne in mind that Zevran has been known to teasingly assert falsehoods.</ref> Zevran claims to have tattoos on his back and other places, as he intimates in banter with [[Leliana]], but player can see that he didn't say truth as his backs are bare.
 
   
== Qunari ==
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=== Qunari ===
 
The [[antaam]] of the [[Qunari]] people use war paint known as [[Vitaar]] on their body instead of permanent tattoos.
[[File:QunariSwordMan.jpg|thumb|250px|Qunari covered with war paint]]
 
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The [[Qunari]], as well as some [[Tal-Vashoth]], use war paint instead of permanent tattoos.
 
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QunariSwordMan.jpg|Qunari covered with war paint.
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=== Other groups ===
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==== Antivan Crows ====
 
According to [[Zevran Arainai]], there are some tattoos sacred to the [[Antivan Crows]], and Antivans may also have tattoos for aesthetic purposes.<ref>Based on [[Zevran Arainai|Zevran]]'s [[Zevran/Dialogue#Zevran and Leliana|dialogue]] with [[Leliana]].</ref> Zevran claims to have tattoos on his back and other places, as he intimates in banter with [[Leliana]], but it is unknown if he really does considering that ''Dragon Age: Origins'' was not developed to allow body tattoos on characters.
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ZevranBetter.png|Zevran's facial tattoo
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==== Tal-Vashoth ====
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Several [[Tal-Vashoth]] follow the example of the Qunari [[Antaam]] and use war paint on their bodies as well.
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Salit1.jpg|Salit and other Tal-Vashoth covered with war paint
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=== On bestiary ===
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==== Mabari ====
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Mabari handlers, such as [[Ash Warriors]] use a special warpaint named [[kaddis]] on [[mabari]] so that they can distinguish allies from enemies in the thick of battle.
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DAO Warpaint of the West Hills - warpaint.jpg|[[Warpaint of the West Hills]]
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DAO Kaddis of the Siege-Breaker - warpaint.jpg|[[Kaddis of the Siege-Breaker]]
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DAO Warpaint of the Vanguard - warpaint.jpg|[[Warpaint of the Vanguard]]
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== Gameplay ==
 
== Gameplay ==
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=== ''Dragon Age: Origins'' ===
 
=== ''Dragon Age: Origins'' ===
The Warden may choose to have facial tattoos, with sliders for color and intensity. The selection is limited by origin story: specifically, the Dalish, Dwarf Commoner, and Dwarf Noble have unique tattoos; the remaining three origins use the regular set. Also note that by default Dalish Elves and Dwarf Commoners will have a tattoo for story reasons (though this can be removed during character creation). Note that even if the Dwarven Commoner removes his or her face brand during character creation, other characters will still make reference to it as if it were still there, and still refer derisively to the Warden as "brand".
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[[The Warden]] may choose to have facial tattoos, with sliders for color and intensity. The selection is limited by origin story: specifically, the [[Dalish Elf Origin|Dalish]], [[Dwarf Commoner Origin|Dwarf Commoner]], and [[Dwarf Noble Origin|Dwarf Noble]] have unique tattoos; the remaining three origins use the regular set. Also note that by default Dalish Elves and Dwarf Commoners will have a tattoo for story reasons (though this can be removed during character creation). Note that even if the Dwarven Commoner removes his or her face brand during character creation, other characters will still make reference to it as if it were still there, and still refer derisively to the Warden as "brand".
   
 
=== ''Dragon Age II'' ===
 
=== ''Dragon Age II'' ===
[[Hawke]] has the ability to chose from several tattoos.
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[[Hawke]] has the ability to choose from several facial tattoos, including an iconic red smear across the bridge of the nose.
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=== ''Dragon Age: Inquisition'' ===
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[[The Inquisitor]] may or may not have facial tattoos depending on the race chosen. Human and Dwarf Inquisitors have a selection that can vary by color and style using a slider, while Dalish Inquisitors are required to have one. A Qunari Inquisitor is not given the option of having one.
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[[File:HumanTats.jpg|left|thumb|291x291px|Human tattoo designs]]
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[[File:DwarfTats.jpg|centre|thumb|291x291px|Dwarf tattoo designs]]
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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[[Category:Dragon Age: Origins gameplay]]
 
[[Category:Dragon Age: Origins gameplay]]
 
[[Category:Dragon Age II gameplay]]
 
[[Category:Dragon Age II gameplay]]
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[[Category:Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay]]

Latest revision as of 18:43, 3 May 2018

Facial tattoos serve an important function in several cultures in Thedas.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Humans[edit | edit source]

Facial tattoos are uncommon among most humans. However, in Rivain tattoos are almost as popular as piercings. According to Isabela in Dragon Age II Rivaini sailors often have tattoos. Chasind use tattoos as well to reflect descent from a prominent tribe.

Elves[edit | edit source]

Main article: Vallaslin

I asked him about the intricate tattoos on his face; he told me they were called vallaslin--"blood writing." His were symbols of Andruil the Huntress, one of the most highly revered elven goddesses.

When a Dalish Elf comes of age, they are marked with intricate tattoos representing one of the elven gods. The tattooing is preceded by meditation on the gods and the ways of the Dalish, and by purifying the body and the skin. It is not known whether this practice was part of the worship of elven gods in ancient Elvhenan or is a more recent development. As Ilen says to Hawke, Dalish ink is very valuable to them, Merrill said to Fenris that blood is used to make their tattoos.

Tattoos are uncommon among city elves, though the Warden, if a city elf, may choose to wear tattoos of the same designs available to human characters.

Dwarves[edit | edit source]

Among dwarves, the casteless are "branded" to set them apart from regular dwarven citizens. This also applies to surface dwarves who return to Orzammar in order to conduct business.[1] Other dwarves may have a different pattern of facial tattoos, though this is not common. Grim tattoos are also applied at the "funerals" of the dwarves who join the Legion of the Dead.

Qunari[edit | edit source]

The antaam of the Qunari people use war paint known as Vitaar on their body instead of permanent tattoos.

Other groups[edit | edit source]

Antivan Crows[edit | edit source]

According to Zevran Arainai, there are some tattoos sacred to the Antivan Crows, and Antivans may also have tattoos for aesthetic purposes.[2] Zevran claims to have tattoos on his back and other places, as he intimates in banter with Leliana, but it is unknown if he really does considering that Dragon Age: Origins was not developed to allow body tattoos on characters.

Tal-Vashoth[edit | edit source]

Several Tal-Vashoth follow the example of the Qunari Antaam and use war paint on their bodies as well.

On bestiary[edit | edit source]

Mabari[edit | edit source]

Mabari handlers, such as Ash Warriors use a special warpaint named kaddis on mabari so that they can distinguish allies from enemies in the thick of battle.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

The Warden may choose to have facial tattoos, with sliders for color and intensity. The selection is limited by origin story: specifically, the Dalish, Dwarf Commoner, and Dwarf Noble have unique tattoos; the remaining three origins use the regular set. Also note that by default Dalish Elves and Dwarf Commoners will have a tattoo for story reasons (though this can be removed during character creation). Note that even if the Dwarven Commoner removes his or her face brand during character creation, other characters will still make reference to it as if it were still there, and still refer derisively to the Warden as "brand".

Dragon Age II[edit | edit source]

Hawke has the ability to choose from several facial tattoos, including an iconic red smear across the bridge of the nose.

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

The Inquisitor may or may not have facial tattoos depending on the race chosen. Human and Dwarf Inquisitors have a selection that can vary by color and style using a slider, while Dalish Inquisitors are required to have one. A Qunari Inquisitor is not given the option of having one.

Human tattoo designs

Dwarf tattoo designs

References[edit | edit source]

  1. As described in conversation with Ademaro.
  2. Based on Zevran's dialogue with Leliana.
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