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Vivienne is an Orlesian mage, personal enchanter and adviser to the Empress Celene and a companion to the Inquisitor in the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition.


Vivienne is straight-laced[2], pro-Circle[3] and was set to be appointed the First Enchanter of the Circle in Montsimmard[4]. However, the Mage-Templar War and the Orlesian Civil War started before she could formally assume the position[3].

Vivienne is a connoisseur of fashion, placing beauty above function. Caring more about her outward appearance than protection, Vivienne is always found in the finest silks and jewels. Her rich wardrobe and appreciation of fashion speaks of her station, being dubbed "the jewel of the high court of Orlais,"[5] where she serves in an advisory capacity to the empress.

As a cunning participant in Orlesian politics, Vivienne doesn't let anyone stand in the way of her goals. Her reputation was such that she earned the moniker Madame de Fer; the Lady of Iron. The important thing to her is that she is left standing at the end of her struggle for order. To this end, Vivienne defies those who may see her only as a social climber or someone whose power must be restricted, and even fellow mages who try to push her into backing the Mage-Templar War, a rebellion she does not support.[6]


Dragon Age: The Masked Empire

Vivienne makes a very brief appearance as Madame de Fer in Chapter 1 of the novel. At the ball Empress Celene approaches her to speak about Lady Cosinne de Montsimmard's familiarity with the mages.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Vivienne is one of the Inquisitor's companions. With the world thrown into chaos, she sees the Inquisition as the only group willing to stand against it and introduces herself by throwing them a party. She joins up with the Inquisition to help her fellow mages however she can.[3]


Dragon Age: Inquisition


  • According to David Gaider, Vivienne's "fashion touchstone" is Maleficent.[8]
  • She is described as "The Ambition".[9]
  • Vivienne was written by Mary Kirby[10], who remarked that she is "allergic to Fereldan fashions," arranges to receive only approved gifts on Wintersend and favors gold encrusted boots made from rare animals, "and possibly the skins of one or two of her political rivals."[11]
  • When asked to compare Vivienne to food, Mary Kirby described her as "Ortolan Bunting," a notorious French dish. This kind of bird dish is a delicacy in France. The bird is caught alive and then blinded or put in a darkened cage. In the cage, the birds are force-fed until they get very fat and then drowned in a snifter of Armagnac. After which they are roasted for eight minutes.[12][13][14]



  1. Game Informer September 2013 reports she was next in line to become one, in A Letter to an Ambassador she styles herself as one
  2. "Dragon Age to Xbox One", OXM, 3rd Jan 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 | Game Informer September 2013 Issue
  4. Mary Kirby Tweet made on 27/06/2014 at approx. 17:00
  5. Vivienne Character Kit
  6. BioWare (March 24, 2014). "Introduction to Vivienne". BioWare Blog. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  7. From Bioware PAX Prime demo footage.
  8. David Gaider Twitter.
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  10. BSN Kirby, Mary (August 12, 2013). "Who wrote Vivienne?" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  11. BSN Kirby, Mary (February 26, 2014). "Let's talk Vivienne!" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 4, 2014.
  12. Mary Kirby Twitter
  13. Wikipedia article on Ortolan Bunting
  14. [1]

See Also

Text ico A Letter to an Ambassador

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