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 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, Braden and Jonaley. 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.

Bug icon Bug! xbox360Icon xbox360Clicking 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 releases him from the prison in exchange of his vote.

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

This section contains spoilers for:
Darkspawn Chronicles.

In The Darkspawn Chronicles he appears in the Denerim Market and counts toward the kill quota in the task to kill ten villagers.


  • "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, or, alternatively, a female Tabris): ...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 Feddic 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 Vaughan is not in the Landsmeet to support the Warden, he can still be seen in the chamber when the Warden will select their champion, even if he was killed in the past. However this time he will be wearing commoner clothing.
  • pcIcon pcxbox360Icon xbox360Vaughan'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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