Varel has spent his life defending Amaranthine. He briefly became seneschal when Rendon Howe was arl but the two did not see eye to eye and he was demoted for repeatedly objecting to the arl's orders. When Howe's acts became more sinister, Varel secretly sheltered those in need and did his best to counteract the arl's atrocities. When the Grey Wardens took over Amaranthine, they reinstated Varel as seneschal. He is privy to many secrets of the order, despite not being a Grey Warden himself.
Varel is first encountered during the opening quest to regain Vigil's Keep. He is being held on the roof of the keep by The Withered and is rescued by the Warden. Following his rescue, he can be found in the throne room of the Vigil where he informs the Warden of the political events that are taking place in the arling. He is also in charge of the Joining of each of the Warden's companions.Garevel becomes the new Seneschal of Vigil's Keep.
- "They say the castle is built on a mountain of bones. Much death here."
- "Oh, it only took three Wardens to end a civil war and kill an archdemon. A dozen is extravagant."
- If you take care of the conspiracy before Bann Esmerelle confronts you, a dialogue option about taking a crossbow bolt for you will still appear in a conversation with him should you choose to defend the Keep instead of Amaranthine.