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“I am the First! I am not being 'expendable!' Both the Grey Warden and the Mother shall be learning this!”

The First is a Disciple, an intelligent darkspawn, loyal to the Mother.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

The First is a talking darkspawn encountered in Blackmarsh. It is very loyal to the Mother, and despises the Architect and the Warden-Commander. The First apparently killed the Grey Warden Kristoff, the man who the Commander was looking for in the first place. The First was sent by the Mother to leave a trap for the Warden-Commander, sending the Commander and their party into the Fade, but didn't realize that it was included in the trap as well. Once it realizes that it has been betrayed, it vows to find its own way out of the Fade and get revenge on the Mother.

The First attempts to secure its way out by allying itself with the Baroness. When the Warden-Commander allies with the Spirit of Justice to take her down, the two clash. Upon defeat, the First requests that the Baroness send them back out to the real world; however she instead uses its lifeforce to return herself back to the mortal world while the Warden-Commander, their party and Justice are accidentally sent back as well.

Alternatively if the Warden-Commander allies with the Baroness, the First will side with the Spirit of Justice. After the skirmish, the First will have survived, and as the Baroness requires a living vessel to conjure her spell that will send the Warden-Commander out of the Fade, she uses the weakened First. Although it tries to escape, it ultimately proves futile as it is caught in the spell.

Note: The First will always refuse to co-operate with the Warden-Commander, stating that it will find the way out on its own.


Shadows of the Blackmarsh Shadows of the Blackmarsh

Notable loot[]

Armor of the Sentinel Armor of the Sentinel
The Mother's Chosen The Mother's Chosen


  • "And the Mother, she was right. The Mother is always right."
  • "The Mother is no prophet, but she is most clever. Oh yes, that she is."
  • "The Mother, she is not permitting you to further his plan, whenever this you know or not. So she is sending you a gift."



A talking, "decapitated" First.

  • If you slay the First using a dagger, greatsword or longsword, the finishing blow will decapitate it, and the First will speak without it's head in the following cutscene.

See also[]

Sentinel armor set Sentinel armor set