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|location = [[Val Royeaux]] ([[Orlais]])
 
|location = [[Val Royeaux]] ([[Orlais]])
 
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|leaders = Chancellor Morrac <small>(formerly)</small><br> Chancellor Jürgen Haulis <small>(as of 9:41)</small>
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|leaders = Chancellor Morrac <small>(formerly)</small><br> Chancellor Jurgen Haulis <small>(as of 9:41)</small>
 
|appearances = [[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]] <br> [[Dragon Age: The Last Court]] <small> (mentioned) </small> <br> [[Dragon Age: Inquisition]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
 
|appearances = [[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]] <br> [[Dragon Age: The Last Court]] <small> (mentioned) </small> <br> [[Dragon Age: Inquisition]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
 
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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 modern institution, whose liberal-minded professors have clashed with religious conservatives over the content of their classes. In theory it is open to nobles and also commoners who have proper sponsorship from an appropriate member of the nobility. The University contains a [[Chantry]] for the use of students and faculty.
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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 modern institution, whose liberal-minded professors have clashed with religious conservatives over the content of their classes. In theory, commoners, including elves, are allowed to attend if sponsored by a noble patron. The University contains a [[Chantry]] for the use of students and faculty.
   
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
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. Much of this changed when Empress Celene was crowned, for by declaring that she would study there the school was invigorated. In truth, she was only able to visit with the professors, but thanks to Celene's influence it has become the most respected learning institution in all of Thedas.<ref>{{Cite wot2|275}}</ref>
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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. Much of this changed when Empress Celene was crowned, for by declaring that she would study there the school was invigorated. In truth, she was only able to visit with the professors, but thanks to Celene's influence it has become one of the most respected learning institution in all of Thedas.<ref name=wot2>{{Cite wot2|275}}</ref>
   
By decree of [[Divine]] Renata I, any [[Chantry]] art in [[Orlais]] depicting [[elves]] has been destroyed save a single mural of [[Shartan]]. A reproduction of this mural is depicted at this university, albeit with Shartan's ears cropped. This was the Divine's sole concession.<ref>[[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]] ch1.</ref>
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By decree of [[Divine]] Renata I, any [[Chantry]] art in [[Orlais]] depicting [[elves]] has been 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]] ch1.</ref>
   
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>[[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]] ch1.</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 />
   
In recent years Celene has been strongly encouraging the university to overlook the lack of status and rank for certain 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 an elven math prodigy, Lennan, who was sponsored by Comtesse Helene.<ref>[[Dragon Age: The Masked Empire]] ch1.</ref> During her reign Celene also allows elves to attend<ref>dialogue with [[Colette]]</ref> and the school is open to them as long as they're willing to learn. It is common, however, for the work of elven students to be denounced and then plagiarized.
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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>Dialogue with [[Colette]]</ref>
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The University offers classes on nature, magic, history, mathematics, and the arts.<ref name=wot2 />
   
 
== Involvement ==
 
== Involvement ==
 
=== ''Dragon Age: The Masked Empire'' ===
 
=== ''Dragon Age: The Masked Empire'' ===
{{SpoilerTME|[[Orlesian royalty and nobility#Emperors and Empresses|Empress]] Celene travels to the University where, after a brief meeting with the chancellor, she retires to the University's chantry to meet with [[Leliana|Sister Nightingale]], the representative of [[Divine]] [[Justinia V]].}}
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{{SpoilerTME|[[Orlesian royalty and nobility#Emperors and Empresses|Empress]] Celene travels to the University where, after a brief meeting with the chancellor, she 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 were asked to write papers about the elves. One asserts that elves are similar to rabbits and not to be trusted. Another 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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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.
 
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.
 
 
 
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== Known faculty and students ==
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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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* [[Colette]] - Professor Kenric's research assistant
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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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* Lennan - A math prodigy, first elf allowed to attend the university
   
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
 
*[[Orlesian royalty and nobility#Emperors and Empresses|Empress]] [[Celene]] "studied" at the university, though her duties meant that she in fact simply met with faculty members to discuss topics of interest to her, rather than conduct any research of her own.
 
*[[Orlesian royalty and nobility#Emperors and Empresses|Empress]] [[Celene]] "studied" at the university, though her duties meant that she in fact simply met with faculty members to discuss topics of interest to her, rather than conduct any research of her own.
* Ambrose Dumont, an artist famous for his exquisite paintings in wood and considered having no equals has gifted a series of woodcuts to the university which is now used as a primary reference for any naturalist wishing to study the psysiology of livestock and other creatures. A smaller and equally detailed series on the anatomy of [[nug]]s can be found in the Great Library of the university.<ref>{{Cite wot2|25}}</ref>
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* Ambrose Dumont, an artist famous for his exquisite paintings in wood and considered having no equals gifted a series of woodcuts to the university which are now used as the primary reference for any naturalist wishing to study the physiology of livestock and other creatures. A smaller and equally detailed series on the anatomy of [[nug]]s can be found in the Great Library of the university.<ref>{{Cite wot2|25}}</ref>
 
*Brother [[Genitivi]] lectured at the university.<ref>[[World of Thedas – Volume 1: An Erratum by Brother Genitivi]]</ref>
 
*Brother [[Genitivi]] lectured at the university.<ref>[[World of Thedas – Volume 1: An Erratum by Brother Genitivi]]</ref>
 
*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 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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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 modern institution, whose liberal-minded professors have clashed with religious conservatives over the content of their classes. In theory, commoners, including elves, are allowed to attend if sponsored by a noble patron. The University contains a Chantry for the use of students and faculty.

Background

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. Much of this changed when Empress Celene was crowned, for by declaring that she would study there the school was invigorated. In truth, she was only able to visit with the professors, but thanks to Celene's influence it has become one of the most respected learning institution in all of Thedas.[1]

By decree of Divine Renata I, any Chantry art in Orlais depicting elves has been 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.[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.[2]

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.[2] Elves are now allowed into the university, although it is common for their work to go unacknowledged and uncredited.[3]

The University offers classes on nature, magic, history, mathematics, and the arts.[1]

Involvement

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire


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


Empress Celene travels to the University where, after a brief meeting with the chancellor, she 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 were asked to write papers about the elves. One asserts that elves are similar to rabbits and not to be trusted. Another that interracial relationships are an affront to the Maker.[4]

Dragon Age: The Last Court

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.

Dragon Age: Inquisition


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, the 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

  • Professor Bram Kenric - specialized in early Chantry history
  • Cedric Marquette - specialized in archaelogy and the recovery of historical artifacts
  • Colette - Professor Kenric's research assistant
  • Professor Doucy[2]
  • Professor Frederic of Serault - Professor of Draconology
  • Chancellor Henri Morrac[2]
  • Chancellor Jurgen Haulis - Chancellor in 9:41[5]
  • Karsten Groeke - Philosopher-poet[6]
  • Lennan - A math prodigy, first elf allowed to attend the university

Notes

  • Empress Celene "studied" at the university, though her duties meant that she in fact simply met with faculty members to discuss topics of interest to her, rather than conduct any research of her own.
  • Ambrose Dumont, an artist famous for his exquisite paintings in wood and considered having no equals gifted a series of woodcuts to the university which are now used as the primary reference for any naturalist wishing to study the physiology of livestock and other creatures. A smaller and equally detailed series on the anatomy of nugs can be found in the Great Library of the university.[7]
  • Brother Genitivi lectured at the university.[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.

See also

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

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 275
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Dragon Age: The Masked Empire ch1.
  3. Dialogue with Colette
  4. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire ch.5.
  5. The University of Orlais
  6. Codex entry: What is Green?
  7. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 25
  8. World of Thedas – Volume 1: An Erratum by Brother Genitivi
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