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The '''University of Orlais''' in [[Val Royeaux]] is one of the oldest universities in [[Thedas]]. It is a major center of learning that attracts young nobles from all over Thedas as it provides some of the best education one can buy. The university is a relatively progressive institution whose liberal-minded professors have clashed with religious conservatives over the content of classes. In theory, commoners, including elves, are allowed to attend if sponsored by a noble patron.
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== Background ==
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The university was founded by one of the former [[Orlesian royalty|rulers]] of [[Orlais]]. For many ages, it was just a way to get rid of unpromising children, with the Chantry snapping up all of the greatest minds. Under political and religious pressures, the school could only study what none of the former had problems with, thus producing little more than harsh critiques of other nations and occasional mathematical findings. This changed when newly crowned Empress [[Celene Valmont I|Celene]] announced that she would study at the university to learn from the greatest minds of the nation. In truth, her duties meant that she was only able to visit with the professors, but thanks to Celene's influence, the university became one of the most respected learning institutions in all of Thedas. With the empress' public support, it soon became fashionable for even the eldest children of noble families to study at the University of Orlais, both for scholarly pursuits and as a field of play in [[the Grand Game]]. The heightened prestige of the university attracted students not only from Orlais, but all across Thedas, including [[Nevarra]], the [[Free Marches]],<ref name=wot2>{{Cite wot2|274-275}}</ref> and the [[Tevinter Imperium]].<ref name=wot2-251>{{Cite wot2|251}}</ref>
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Fearing that religious and political pressure might hinder the university's capacity for innovation and research, Empress [[Celene]] has made a concerted effort to ensure that the University is free of any such constraining interests.<ref name=TME /> When the Chantry objected to the university's plan to study changes to the [[Chant of Light]] over the ages, Celene declared that as long as the research dealt only in history, it was the domain of mortals and not the [[Maker]], and that inquiries into the means by which the Chant was perfected could lead to better understanding of the Chant. This support, along with a substantial donation to the Chantry, waylaid any further concerns.<ref name=wot2 /> Celene's efforts to transform the university into a respected institution is regarded by some as the most vehemently opposed project in Orlesian history, successful only because of her ability to win the support of even the most bitter rivals<ref>[[Codex entry: Empress Celene Valmont]]</ref> An ardent patron of the arts, she hoped the university would be her legacy.<ref name>''[[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]]'', ch. 9</ref>
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In recent years, Celene has been strongly encouraging the university to overlook the lack of status and rank for individuals who show prodigious talent or potential which could help further the interests and prestige of the Orlesian Empire, provided a noble sponsors them. Most recently, this has even extended to Celene personally interceding in support of an elven math prodigy, Lennan, who was sponsored by Comtesse Helene.<ref name=TME /> Elves are now allowed into the university, although it is common for their work to go unacknowledged and uncredited.<ref>According to [[Colette]].</ref> In addition to humans and elves, the University of Orlais is also home to several [[Dwarf|dwarven]] academics.<ref>Requisition table description for [[Serpentstone Survey in the Oasis]]</ref>
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The university offers classes on nature, magic, history, mathematics, and the arts that are respected throughout the world.<ref name=wot2 /> Home to some of the best scholars in Thedas, it also offers lectures from visiting scholars such as renowned Chantry scholar [[Ferdinand Genitivi]]<ref name=erratum>[[World of Thedas – Volume 1: An Erratum by Brother Genitivi]]</ref> and Mother Clothilde.<ref>[[Codex entry: Temple of Sacred Ashes, Rediscovered]]</ref> Although it is an infamously liberal institution, at least one brilliant scholar has been thrown out for radical and revolutionary political ideas.<ref name=ats>[[A Travelling Scholar]]</ref>
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The grounds of the university include a great Chantry Courtyard,<ref name=TME /> as well as the Great Library, one of the largest libraries in the world and rivalled in Orlais only by those at the Imperial Palace and the [[Winter Palace]] in [[Halamshiral]].<ref>[[Codex entry: Winter Palace]]</ref> The university and library's collections include a detailed series of woodcuts on the anatomy of various livestock and other creatures (such as [[nug]]s) by Ambrose Dumont, now used as a primary reference by visiting naturalists,<ref name=wot2-25>{{Cite wot2|25}}</ref> a wide variety of texts containing possible references to the fortress of [[Skyhold]] in the [[Frostback Mountains]],<ref name=Skyhold>[[Codex entry: On Skyhold]]</ref> and the personal library of Comte Brevin [[House Chalons|de Chalons]], donated upon his death.<ref>''[[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]]'', ch. 4</ref>
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== Involvement ==
 
=== ''Dragon Age: The Masked Empire'' ===
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[[Orlesian royalty and nobility#Emperors and Empresses|Empress]] Celene travels to the university where she meets with the Chancellor to discuss the institution's lack of non noble-blooded students despite her decree opening it to commoners with noble patronage. She convinces the Chancellor to reconsider the application of Lennan, an elven math prodigy sponsored by Comtesse Helene. She then retires to the university's chantry to meet with [[Leliana|Sister Nightingale]], the representative of [[Divine]] [[Justinia V]].
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The move to allow elves into the University is controversial. In response, several professors are asked to write papers about elves. One asserts that they are similar to rabbits and therefore not to be trusted. Another states that interracial relationships are an affront to the [[Maker]].<ref>''[[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]]'', ch. 5</ref>
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=== ''Dragon Age: The Last Court'' ===
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[[A Travelling Scholar]] who was thrown out of the University for his unorthodox views eventually makes his way to [[Serault]] and seeks patronage from the [[Marquis of Serault]].<ref name=ats />
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=== ''Dragon Age: Inquisition'' ===
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In the wake of the disaster at the [[Temple of Sacred Ashes]], the University of Orlais establishes a good working relationship with the newly reformed [[Inquisition]], offering resources and researchers in exchange for political and military protection.
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[[Bram Kenric]], a scholar at the University also requests the Inquisition's aid in investigating the original incarnation of the Inquisition, particularly its leader, [[Inquisitor]] [[Ameridan]].
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Kenric mentions that Emperor [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] has surprisingly made no demands of the University and ostensibly intends to continue Celene's policy of non-involvement and support.
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== Known faculty and students ==
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=== Faculty ===
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* Professor [[Bram Kenric]] – specialized in early [[Chantry]] history
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* [[Cedric Marquette]] – specialized in archaelogy and the recovery of historical artifacts
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* Professor Doucy<ref name=TME />
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* Professor [[Frederic|Frederic of Serault]] – Professor of Draconology
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* Chancellor Henri Morrac<ref name=TME />
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* Chancellor Jurgen Haulis – Chancellor in 9:41<ref>[[The University of Orlais]]</ref>
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* Karsten Groeke – Philosopher-poet<ref>[[Codex entry: What is Green?]]</ref>
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* Lord Ghippin – university archivist<ref name=Skyhold />
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* Senallen Tavernier – author of ''A Treaty on the Pagan and Heretical Customs of the Elven''<ref name=twins>[[Codex entry: Twins in Shadow]]</ref>
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=== Students ===
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* [[Colette]] – Professor Kenric's research assistant
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* Celene Valmont – publicly declared her intent to study at the university, though only met with a few professors due to her obligations as empress
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* Lennan – a math prodigy, first elf allowed to attend the university<ref name=TME />
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* [[Felix Alexius]] – studied mathematics at the university after his magical talents proved to be negligible<ref name=wot2-251 />
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== Publications ==
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The University of Orlais publishes a variety of scholary works, including:
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* ''A Study of the Southern Draconids'' by Frederic of Serault<ref>[[Codex entry: Varghest]]</ref>
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* ''A Treaty on the Pagan and Heretical Customs of the Elven'' by Senallen Tavernier and commissioned by Empress Celene<ref name=twins />
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* ''The Lion and the Bull: Racial Bias and Oversimplification of Qunari Societal Roles in the Orlesian Court'', author unknown<ref>[[Codex entry: Qunari: Ben-Hassrath]]</ref>
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* ''Orlesian Musical Tradition'' by Sister Rosette<ref>[[Codex entry: The Girl in Red Crossing]]</ref>
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* ''A New Perspective on the Exalted March'' by anonymous<ref>[[Codex entry: The Exalted March of the Dales]]</ref>
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== Notes ==
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* By decree of [[Divine]] Renata I, any [[Chantry]] art in [[Orlais]] depicting [[elves]] was destroyed save a single mural of [[Shartan]]. A reproduction of this mural is depicted at the university, albeit with Shartan's ears cropped. This was the Divine's sole concession.<ref name=TME>''[[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]]'', ch. 1</ref>
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* Brother [[Ferdinand Genitivi]] lectured at the university on the conflict between fact and belief.<ref name=erratum />
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* The University of Orlais is one of the very few institutions of higher learning mentioned in the series that is ''not'' a [[Circle of Magi]].
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* The University's chantry is the tallest building in the university, nicknamed the "bosom of Andraste" by students because of its twin bronze domes.<ref name=TME />
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== See also ==
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== References ==
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For the War Table mission in Dragon Age: Inquisition, see The University of Orlais.

The University of Orlais in Val Royeaux is one of the oldest universities in Thedas. It is a major center of learning that attracts young nobles from all over Thedas as it provides some of the best education one can buy. The university is a relatively progressive institution whose liberal-minded professors have clashed with religious conservatives over the content of classes. In theory, commoners, including elves, are allowed to attend if sponsored by a noble patron.

Background[edit | edit source]

The university was founded by one of the former rulers of Orlais. For many ages, it was just a way to get rid of unpromising children, with the Chantry snapping up all of the greatest minds. Under political and religious pressures, the school could only study what none of the former had problems with, thus producing little more than harsh critiques of other nations and occasional mathematical findings. This changed when newly crowned Empress Celene announced that she would study at the university to learn from the greatest minds of the nation. In truth, her duties meant that she was only able to visit with the professors, but thanks to Celene's influence, the university became one of the most respected learning institutions in all of Thedas. With the empress' public support, it soon became fashionable for even the eldest children of noble families to study at the University of Orlais, both for scholarly pursuits and as a field of play in the Grand Game. The heightened prestige of the university attracted students not only from Orlais, but all across Thedas, including Nevarra, the Free Marches,[1] and the Tevinter Imperium.[2]

Fearing that religious and political pressure might hinder the university's capacity for innovation and research, Empress Celene has made a concerted effort to ensure that the University is free of any such constraining interests.[3] When the Chantry objected to the university's plan to study changes to the Chant of Light over the ages, Celene declared that as long as the research dealt only in history, it was the domain of mortals and not the Maker, and that inquiries into the means by which the Chant was perfected could lead to better understanding of the Chant. This support, along with a substantial donation to the Chantry, waylaid any further concerns.[1] Celene's efforts to transform the university into a respected institution is regarded by some as the most vehemently opposed project in Orlesian history, successful only because of her ability to win the support of even the most bitter rivals[4] An ardent patron of the arts, she hoped the university would be her legacy.[5]

In recent years, Celene has been strongly encouraging the university to overlook the lack of status and rank for individuals who show prodigious talent or potential which could help further the interests and prestige of the Orlesian Empire, provided a noble sponsors them. Most recently, this has even extended to Celene personally interceding in support of an elven math prodigy, Lennan, who was sponsored by Comtesse Helene.[3] Elves are now allowed into the university, although it is common for their work to go unacknowledged and uncredited.[6] In addition to humans and elves, the University of Orlais is also home to several dwarven academics.[7]

The university offers classes on nature, magic, history, mathematics, and the arts that are respected throughout the world.[1] Home to some of the best scholars in Thedas, it also offers lectures from visiting scholars such as renowned Chantry scholar Ferdinand Genitivi[8] and Mother Clothilde.[9] Although it is an infamously liberal institution, at least one brilliant scholar has been thrown out for radical and revolutionary political ideas.[10]

The grounds of the university include a great Chantry Courtyard,[3] as well as the Great Library, one of the largest libraries in the world and rivalled in Orlais only by those at the Imperial Palace and the Winter Palace in Halamshiral.[11] The university and library's collections include a detailed series of woodcuts on the anatomy of various livestock and other creatures (such as nugs) by Ambrose Dumont, now used as a primary reference by visiting naturalists,[12] a wide variety of texts containing possible references to the fortress of Skyhold in the Frostback Mountains,[13] and the personal library of Comte Brevin de Chalons, donated upon his death.[14]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire[edit | edit source]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: The Masked Empire.


Empress Celene travels to the university where she meets with the Chancellor to discuss the institution's lack of non noble-blooded students despite her decree opening it to commoners with noble patronage. She convinces the Chancellor to reconsider the application of Lennan, an elven math prodigy sponsored by Comtesse Helene. She then retires to the university's chantry to meet with Sister Nightingale, the representative of Divine Justinia V.

The move to allow elves into the University is controversial. In response, several professors are asked to write papers about elves. One asserts that they are similar to rabbits and therefore not to be trusted. Another states that interracial relationships are an affront to the Maker.[15]


Dragon Age: The Last Court[edit | edit source]

A Travelling Scholar who was thrown out of the University for his unorthodox views eventually makes his way to Serault and seeks patronage from the Marquis of Serault.[10]

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


In the wake of the disaster at the Temple of Sacred Ashes, the University of Orlais establishes a good working relationship with the newly reformed Inquisition, offering resources and researchers in exchange for political and military protection.

Bram Kenric, a scholar at the University also requests the Inquisition's aid in investigating the original incarnation of the Inquisition, particularly its leader, Inquisitor Ameridan.

If Gaspard becomes Emperor:

Kenric mentions that Emperor Gaspard has surprisingly made no demands of the University and ostensibly intends to continue Celene's policy of non-involvement and support.


Known faculty and students[edit | edit source]

Faculty[edit | edit source]

  • Professor Bram Kenric – specialized in early Chantry history
  • Cedric Marquette – specialized in archaelogy and the recovery of historical artifacts
  • Professor Doucy[3]
  • Professor Frederic of Serault – Professor of Draconology
  • Chancellor Henri Morrac[3]
  • Chancellor Jurgen Haulis – Chancellor in 9:41[16]
  • Karsten Groeke – Philosopher-poet[17]
  • Lord Ghippin – university archivist[13]
  • Senallen Tavernier – author of A Treaty on the Pagan and Heretical Customs of the Elven[18]

Students[edit | edit source]

  • Colette – Professor Kenric's research assistant
  • Celene Valmont – publicly declared her intent to study at the university, though only met with a few professors due to her obligations as empress
  • Lennan – a math prodigy, first elf allowed to attend the university[3]
  • Felix Alexius – studied mathematics at the university after his magical talents proved to be negligible[2]

Publications[edit | edit source]

The University of Orlais publishes a variety of scholary works, including:

  • A Study of the Southern Draconids by Frederic of Serault[19]
  • A Treaty on the Pagan and Heretical Customs of the Elven by Senallen Tavernier and commissioned by Empress Celene[18]
  • The Lion and the Bull: Racial Bias and Oversimplification of Qunari Societal Roles in the Orlesian Court, author unknown[20]
  • Orlesian Musical Tradition by Sister Rosette[21]
  • A New Perspective on the Exalted March by anonymous[22]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • By decree of Divine Renata I, any Chantry art in Orlais depicting elves was destroyed save a single mural of Shartan. A reproduction of this mural is depicted at the university, albeit with Shartan's ears cropped. This was the Divine's sole concession.[3]
  • Brother Ferdinand Genitivi lectured at the university on the conflict between fact and belief.[8]
  • The University of Orlais is one of the very few institutions of higher learning mentioned in the series that is not a Circle of Magi.
  • The University's chantry is the tallest building in the university, nicknamed the "bosom of Andraste" by students because of its twin bronze domes.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: What is Green? Codex entry: What is Green?
Deep Roads Expeditions: Heidrun Thaig Central Bridge Deep Roads Expeditions: Heidrun Thaig Central Bridge

References[edit | edit source]

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