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The Chantry foolishly forbids blood magic—but there are so many secrets to uncover.

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Avernus

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Avernus is a Grey Warden that has lived since the time when Wardens inhabited Soldier's Peak also known as Warden's Keep.

Background Edit

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Avernus was a young mage in the Wardens at the time Sophia Dryden was Warden-Commander. During King Arland's siege on Soldiers Peak, Commander Dryden knew about Avernus' involvement in blood magic and ordered him to summon demons from the Fade to aid in the fight, although if questioned, Avernus will admit he probably would have done so even without Sophia's order. Yet, they did not account for the evil that exists in the Fade on coming out. After the tear in the Veil between the world of the living and the Fade opened, Avernus retreated to his lab at the top of the tower when the demons grew beyond his control. It was there he conducted his terrible experiments for centuries along with extending his unnatural life, ostensibly in order to keep the danger that now reside within contained.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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In the last room of Avernus' tower, The Warden will find Avernus himself. After telling him what the Demon has asked The Warden to do, Avernus proposes a second solution... to help him kill the demon possessed body of Warden-Commander Sophia Dryden and help him seal the tear in the Veil. He can still be betrayed once The Warden, Avernus, and Sophia are in the same room. After either Sophia or Avernus has been killed, the other will take you to the next room and begin the ritual to close the tear in the Veil. Even if The Warden chooses Avernus to close the tear, he can still be killed once the ritual is complete. This yields the Robes of Avernus. He can also be persuaded to bow to the Warden's justice and thus can be executed without a fight after the Veil has been sealed. Alternatively he can be allowed to continue his research up in the tower, either as he was before, or ordered by the player to follow ethical constraints.

If he is questioned for details about the rebellion, he will mention that they specifically sought the aid of the then-current Teyrn Cousland, but were betrayed. They were ambushed by the king's guard during their attempted meeting and barely escaped with their lives. If the Warden is a Human Noble, it is possible to exclaim that this is your family. Avernus will then dryly inform you that you lost many relatives that day and that he saw the head of Teyrn Cousland "on a table, with an apple in his mouth." Apparently Arland decided to butcher as many Couslands as necessary to ensure the remainder would stay in line.

If you allow Levi to question Avernus about Sophia Dryden, he will express his belief that (prior to her possession, at least) she was the very best of the Wardens, and a hero, but that there is unfortunately no proof to be found that could help clear his family's name. He also reveals that it was he who originally called Levi to the fortress in the first place (though he wasn't aware of Levi's heritage as a Dryden) in order to attract the necessary reinforcements to finally break the 200 year deadlock.

Dragon Age II Edit

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In Dragon Age II, if Avernus was allowed to continue his research, a dead messenger can be found on The Wounded Coast with a mysterious vial based on Avernus's research and a message from Avernus himself. The effects of the potion will be the same regardless of Avernus's research being ethical or not, although Avernus' message will be different.

Strategy Edit

If the party did not kill Sophia and you side with Avernus against her, he may cast fireballs, which will badly injure your party; he will then take you to seal the Veil immediately, so prepare potions to survive the fight.

Once the Veil is sealed, you can still choose to kill him, with no apparent negative result. The Warden may also choose to endorse his research and allow him to continue, or may command him to research only ethical ways to help the Wardens. Avernus says that he is near a breakthrough and will report any successes to you. No specific benefit or following quest has been reported.

Each time Avernus transits to a different map, you can Steal from him again.

Quotes Edit

  • "Blood magic comes from demons; they could counter every bit of lore I possess. But the darkspawn taint, that is alien to them. And it has power."
  • (In response to Leliana's comment about how his actions are forbidden by the Maker) "Short-sighted men have forbidden my research, not any god."

Dialogue Edit

  • Warden: "You practiced blood magic on the nobles?"
  • Avernus: "Of course. To nudge people, to keep our secret safe."

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See also Edit

Diabolist Power of Blood
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Avernus's Notes

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