You can't do this to me! I'll have you all flayed! I'm the arl of Denerim!

Vaughan Kendells is the sadistic son and heir of Arl Urien Kendells, the Arl of Denerim.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

City Elf Origin

Before the player character's wedding, Vaughan comes to the Alienage with his lackeys to prey on the elven women. While he is speaking to the player, Shianni knocks him out with a bottle. Vaughan later returns with armed guards during the wedding ceremony and kidnaps the brides (including the player character, if female) and the bridesmaids.

When the player comes to rescue the women, Vaughan tries to talk himself out of a fight by offering a 40 DAO goldpiece trans bribe to the player if they leave, with the women being returned to the Alienage the next morning. If the player rejects this deal, they must fight and kill Vaughan and his lackeys. No matter how quickly the player fights their way through the Arl's estate to reach Vaughan's room, they cannot prevent Shianni from having been hurt by the time they arrive.

Rescue the Queen

If Vaughan is alive, he will be met (for a second time if playing as a City Elf who took his deal) in Howe's dungeon in Denerim. At this point in the game, Vaughan is a prisoner of Arl Howe, who officially came to Denerim in the wake of the Battle of Ostagar, which claimed the life of Vaughan's father, Arl Urien, to reinforce the garrison. Unofficially, Howe quickly locked Vaughan in the dungeons of his own palace and usurped his position as Arl of Denerim, planning on having Vaughan become "one more victim of the elven uprising." He begs for his life, offering in exchange his vote in the Landsmeet or the key to his locked chest, which contains 40DAO goldpiece trans. With enough persuasion, the Warden can get the key and leave Vaughan captive or kill him anyway. Zevran will lose Disapproves (-5) for releasing Vaughan, while Morrigan will gain Approves (+2). There is no approval change from Zevran, Alistair, Sten, Leliana, or Morrigan for killing him.

Bug icon Bug! ps3Icon ps3Clicking on Vaughan first before the cell door may make it impossible to free him. The door will begin giving the same brief comment as clicking on Vaughan directly (the door remains locked). Reloading before clicking on Vaughan first may be required, although you can sometimes switch to another party member and have them successfully open the door. Alternatively, heading to the right and unlocking Irminric's cell door (thus initiating the conversation sequence with him) seems to allow for another shot at unlocking Vaughan's cell.


Vaughan can be seen during the Landsmeet if the Warden trades Denerim's vote for Vaughan's life.

Leliana's Song

This section contains spoilers for:
Leliana's Song.

Vaughan makes a cameo in Leliana's Song, though he is only heard and not seen. A servant tries to warn Vaughan about a strange noise she heard in the hallway (Leliana and her party), but he only strikes her for speaking out of turn. Tug will comment that the boy "will grow up to be something special one day."

The Darkspawn Chronicles



  • "It's a party, isn't it? Grab a whore and have a good time!"
  • "Let's take those two, the one in the tight dress, and... where's the bitch that bottled me?"
  • (Referring to Shianni): Ooh, I'll enjoy taming her!... (turns to Nesiara): ...and see the pretty bride."
  • "Ha! If you want to dress up your pets and have tea parties, that's your business, but don't pretend this is a proper wedding. Now we're here for a good time, aren't we boys?" (at the City Elf's wedding).


  • One of the rumours that can be told to the Warden by Bodahn or the bartender of the Gnawed Noble Tavern is that Arl Urien was not killed at Ostagar, but was instead assassinated on his way there by Antivan Crows who were hired by Vaughan.
  • Vaughan is mistakenly referred to as Vaughan Urien in the City Elf Origin.


  • If the Warden is of the city elf origin and killed Vaughan, the young noble can still be seen during the Landsmeet when the Warden will select their champion.
  • Some players report being unable to speak to Vaughan, who may just 'snore' when you click him. As with most NPCs in the dungeon, right-click on the cell bars (as if to open): this will begin the dialogue where you can choose to release Vaughan or not. Players also report working around this issue by reloading a save-game or exiting/returning to the dungeon. If none of the above are working it is also possible to stand near Vaughan with the cell door targeted, then cast an area effect spell on or near him. Once the spell has expired, it may be possible to interact with the cell door and start the dialogue.
  • Another trick that sometimes works to get Vaughan to talk is throwing Ice/Fire/Acid bombs at the NPC Templar in the cage next to Vaughan's.
  • pcIcon pcxbox360Icon xbox360 Vaughan's lockbox will sometimes not be available to open even if you got the key from him, as of version 1.04. The cause appears to be leaving the dungeon before speaking to Vaughan, then going back and talking to him. The only known way to avoid this glitch is to remember not to leave the dungeon before getting the key.
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