I pointed out of the window, to our family's necropolois, "I'm going to live!, I told her.

Tessarey Forsythia is an estranged noblewoman from the Forsythia family in Nevarra, and the handler for the 'mage-killer' assassin, Marius.

Background Edit

Tessa was raised in Cumberland with two older brothers and five older sisters with whom she always fought. Tessa fled Nevarra after getting caught stealing her own wedding ring in an attempt to call off her arranged marriage. She has had no contact with her family since.

Involvement Edit

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The plot follows BioWare's own canon, meaning it may not follow some of the player's choices in the games.

Dragon Age: Magekiller Edit

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Dragon Age: Magekiller.

Tessa accompanies Marius on a mission to kill a Blood Mage in the town of Hercinia in the Free Marches. While Marius battles the mage, Tessa liberates her hostage, Buckingham, from his bonds. The next day while shopping at the Market, Tessa notices she is being followed. Tessa eventually returns to Marius, cheerfully announcing her tail before turning to confront her pursuer.
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Tessa confronts Flavius with a crossbow

The stalker introduces himself as Flavius, a slave in the service of Magister Illeneva. The Magister has learned of a group of blood mages sacrificing children to fuel uniquely powerful blood magic rituals in Tevinter and enlists Marius to destroy the group. Tessa travels to Tevinter alongside Marius to the site of the ritual, a set of ruins in the Valarian Fields just north of Minrathous. Upon arrival, Tessa is surprised to encounter Flavius himself, being escorted by a whole cohort of Tevinter soldiers, led by Radonis; Archon of the Imperium.

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Tessa frees Tevinter slaves

Radonis reveals he wants to hire Marius for an assassination of several cultists known as Venatori. Marius adamantly refuses until Tessa persuades him that it is pointless to rebuff the Archon. Tessa suspects that since Radonis has gone to such extraordinary lengths to conceal his involvement with these assassinations, he will likely kill Marius and herself afterwards to remove the final link back to him but concedes they still have no choice. Tessa assassinates Havian Sulara herself, while Marius disposes of another two targets. Tessa tracks the final target to a bathhouse where Marius can dispose of her. However, much to her surprise, Tessa walks in to discover Marius kissing the target; Calpernia. Realizing their shared past means Marius will never finish the assassination contract, Tessa flees along with Marius to the Frostback Mountains in southern Thedas. As Tessa and Marius dispose of another squad of mercenaries sent to kill them by Radonis, the duo stand dumbstruck as The Breach opens up above them.

In the months following the Breach, Marius and Tessa help fight off Demons spawning from the various Fade rifts while simultaneously attempting to evacuate as many civilians as possible. After one particularly dangerous battle on a nearby farm, Marius and Tessa retreat to a village to recuperate. Marius passes out from exhaustion, and Tessa retreats to the tavern. Finding herself alone except for a lone other patron, Tessa discovers the visitor is apparently searching for her and Marius. After a brief stand off, the traveler reveals she is not there as part of an assassination attempt, but has been sent to recruit the duo for the Inquisition.

Now part of the Inquisition, Tessa and Marius have been sent to the Hissing Wastes to deal with the Venatori excavating the ruins there. Unable to deal with the problem on their own, as the Venatori have reinforced their position since The Inquisitor's visit, Tessa asks Charter to send additional support. This support comes in the form of Dorian Pavus and some of the Bull's Chargers led by Krem. Their main target is a camp of fifty Venatori, too many for them to take head-on. While Dorian and Marius provide a distraction, Tessa frees the captive slaves; once all the slaves are clear, Rocky, the Chargers' sapper, brings the cliff wall down on the camp, killing the remaining Venatori. After parting ways with Dorian and the Chargers, Tessa and Marius return to Charter in one of the Inquisition's strongholds, only to find Sister Nightingale waiting instead, saying that the Inquisitor requires their assistance.

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Tessa attacks the pride demon

They arrive at Skyhold only to find that the Inquisitor and their army have already left for the Arbor Wilds. While Tessa and Marius are killing time in the Herald's Rest, they hear an explosion in the distance, and come out to find that Corypheus has reopened the Breach over Haven. The Inquisitor and the Inner Circle head to the temple of Sacred Ashes. In the meantime Charter, with whom Tessa has started a romantic relationship, explains that they are needed to clear a route up to the ruins of the temple to provide the Inquisitor with reinforcements. Sutherland's company is to go with them. Before they can depart, Charter takes Tessa aside and asks her not to die for Marius.

On the way to the temple, Tessa, thinking back on Charter's words, starts wondering what it is Marius needs her for. When they reach the caves, they find them filled with many demons, including a massive Pride demon. Shayd jumps on the demon's back with her daggers; Tessa, anticipating what will happen next, pushes her away and takes the shock meant for her. When the demon grabs her to finish her off, an enraged Marius rallies Sutherland's company and finally kills the demon by stabbing it through the mouth. Tessa realizes that Marius does care for her, even if he can't express it properly.

They exit the caves with Sutherland's company to meet up with the Inquisition's forces. As they look up on the two dragons fighting overhead, they take satisfaction in knowing they helped save the world.

Dragon Age: Knight Errant Edit

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Dragon Age: Knight Errant.


Tessa and Marius in jail

Tessa and Marius were sent to Starkhaven to steal a journal containing research on red lyrium from Sebastian Vael. They failed in their mission and were captured by his men, getting injured in the process. Though Sebastian has refused to stoop to torture, they are interrogated daily for several hours. According to Varric, they have already been imprisoned for quite some time, but have not given up the Inquisition. The Inquisition is eager to get them out of prison, especially because Tessa's relationship with Charter is still ongoing, and hires Vaea to break them out of jail. With the information and cover provided by Varric Tethras and the Inquisition, Vaea successfully gets them out of prison on the night of Sebastian's birthday party. After she accompanies them to the carriage that will safely take them to Kirkwall, Vaea decides to finish their mission.

Dragon Age: Deception Edit

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Dragon Age: Knight Errant.

As Ventus falls, Tessa and Marius clear a path to facilitate the escape of Ser Aaron, Vaea, Francesca, Calix, and Autumn.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith Edit

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Dragon Age: Knight Errant.

In their mission to find Castellum Tenebris and the red-lyrium weapon, Tessa, Marius, Vaea, and Ser Aaron attack the Qunari pursuing Cedric Marquette, fleeing from Carastes with an artifact he was hired to recover by Magister Danarius. After Francesca Invidus kills the remaining half-dozen Qunari with a single spell, Marius remarks that he'd heard rumors of her powers. As Francesca, Vaea, and Autumn leave for Fort Viridan, the rest of the group keeps following Marquette's caravan to Tenebris.

On the way to the fortress, Marquette meets with Magister Nenealeus, Marius' former master and the one who made him a mage-killer. They test the sarcophagus on a human subject; the man, wraithlike and glowing blue, attacks Ser Aaron's group as they attempt to follow the caravan. Unstable, he explodes soon after. They are later attacked by more Qunari and unstable test subjects, a fight in which Tessa also participates. She's part of the final group that heads towards Tenebris.

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