- "For the one who delivers the Sacred Ashes of Our Lady will have the esteem of Redliffe, and all the riches it is in my power to grant."
Isolde originally hailed from Orlais but moved to Redcliffe in Ferelden when her father was assigned there as its new governer. Isolde's family didn't take to their new home and task very happily, aware that the nine previous Orlesian Arls of Redcliffe had been assassinated by the Banns - or beheaded by Emperor Reville; for failure, most likely.
Isolde met Eamon Guerrin - the rightful heir to the lands of Redcliffe controlled by her father - and became smitten with him because he was part of the resistance, even though it was her own family he opposed.
Her love for Eamon grew rapidly and she decided to stay by Eamon's side when her family was finally driven from Redcliffe. Eamon would later take Isolde to be his wife - and the Arlessa of Redcliffe when he became Arl.
Dragon Age: Origins Edit
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Unbeknownst to Eamon, Isolde has magic in her family, and this trait has been inherited by her son. In an attempt to keep Connor by her side (as he would be sent to the Circle if his talents were discovered), she hires Jowan, an apostate mage, to teach her son, in secret, just enough to hide his abilities. According to Valena, Isolde had also an affair with Jowan.
However, due to his lack of training, Connor becomes possessed by a Desire Demon while trying to find a cure for his father, who has been poisoned by Jowan under Teryn Loghain's orders. During the Arl of Redcliffe quest, Isolde is willing to do anything to save her son, and when a Blood Magic ritual is suggested as a means of entering the Fade and killing the Desire Demon there, she offers to sacrifice her own life to save his. If the Warden chooses to kill Connor to defeat the demon, Isolde will plead for another solution, but will ultimately offer to make the killing blow as she wants to be there to comfort Connor in his final moments.
Isolde and Connor can both survive if the Warden acquires the aid of the Circle of Magi to enter the Fade.
- If Connor lives, Isolde is not mentioned in the epilogue.
- If Connor dies, Isolde becomes pregnant again, but dies while giving birth to a daughter. Eamon names the girl Rowan, after his late sister. Later, the girl turns out to be a mage, and Eamon sends her to the Circle of Magi, where he visits her often.
Dragon Age II Edit
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Like Owain, Isolde's name is pronounced incorrectly in game. 'Isolde' is commonly pronounced as either 'eeSOULda' or 'eeSOULdee'.
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for Dragon Age: Origins.
If both Arlessa Isolde and Connor are saved with the aid of the Circle of Magi, the codex may state that either one, or both of them, died during the events at Redcliffe Castle, even though both continue to appear in the game.If Isolde is sacrificed to save Connor, it is possible for the codex to state that both she and Connor survived after the Warden enlisted the aid of the Circle.