- "Existence is a choice."
The Ashkaari Koslun is a Qunari philosopher and the founder of the Qun, his teachings having inspired the conversions of thousands to its rigid disciplines. He once lived a life of luxury in the Qunari homeland when he observed the contradictory elements of suffering in a civilized society, leading to his development of one of the major schools of thought in Thedas.
The Tome of Koslun was handwritten by the Ashkaari and is a revered item to the Qunari. It was held by Orlais until 9:31 Dragon, when it was stolen by Isabela. The contemporary Arishok led a pursuit to Kirkwall, and depending on player choice may have left with the Tome to return it to his homeland.
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- An ashkaari in the Qunari language means "One who seeks," such as scholars, scientists or individuals who have attained enlightenment.
- Sten will refer to The Warden as an "Ashkaari" upon the completion of his personal quest in Dragon Age: Origins.
- Koslun is the only known Qunari to date who has a name unique to his person aside from his role, or purpose in life, which could be understood as seeking truth. This is logical, as he developed the Qun as a philosophy/religion, and it is the Qun which helps to dictate a follower's role (and thus name) in life. Hence, it is possible that Qunari before Koslun had names in the way humans, elves or dwarves had names.
- The Ashkaari's story bears remarkable similarity to that of Siddhartha Gautama, the inspiration for Buddhism, and is likely based on it. In both stories, Koslun and Siddhartha are isolated members of the wealthy elite, but in walking the streets encounter suffering which compels them to seek answers from the world as to why such negativity exists. Ironically, while Siddhartha comes to advocate personal isolation and nonviolence, Koslun comes to advocate submersion in the group and militarism.