- “I became a Grey Warden not because I wanted to save Humanity but because I wanted to save myself.”
Caronel grew up in Ferelden. Following the death of king Cailan Theirin at the battle of Ostagar, humans attacked the alienage and burned down the shop owned by his shoemaker parents and nearly killed them. At the time he wished only for revenge against the shemlen he saw as unjust. Following this incident, Caronel fled Ferelden and later joined the Grey Wardens. Following his Joining, he was assigned to Weisshaupt Fortress in the Anderfels.Later while on a mission Caronel and several other Wardens were sent to investigate Red Bride's Grave, an abandoned monastery made out of caves in the Anderfels, by the First Warden after reports of unusual activities including an Ogre sighting. The Wardens discovered that the monastery had in fact become infested with animated Skeletons and Demons. The Wardens retreated but still lost half their number and Caronel was one of only three survivors.
Caronel is the Grey Warden assigned to organize Valya and the mage Warden-Recruits formerly of the Hossberg Circle. Caronel assigns the recruits to a research project searching historical records and documents from the Fourth Blight for certain anomalies under the supervision of the Chamberlain of the Grey.
Caronel is eventually confronted by Valya whom demands an explanation as to why they have not been put through the Joining and questions the Wardens willingness to protect them as they are not full members of the order. Caronel admits to her that at present they need the recruits to complete their research into the archives and cannot afford the risky loss of manpower which the potentially fatal ritual would entail. He also concedes that partly because of his own experience in joining the Wardens in an act of desperation to attempt to escape persecution during the Blight, he is not inclined to rush to put the recruits through their joining since they still have a choice. Caronel also assures Valya that if necessary he will defend them against any pursuers.
Valya comes to Caronel and asks him to lead her to Red Bride's grave, judging him to be the best candidate given his experiences there. Caronel protests when Valya refuses to disclose her reasons for wanting to go there but relents when she insists she will inform him once they have left Weisshaupt. Valya reveals to Caronel the true reason the Griffons died out was a result of the taint they were introduced to as a result of being subjected to a modified joining ritual and that the grey warden, Isseya sealed away a large clutch of griffon eggs in the Red Bride's Grave.
Along with Valya and two other Warden-recruits, Reimas and Sekah, Caronel raid the Red Bride's Grave but encounter a large number of animated skeletons, including ones belonging to Caronel's late comrades and several Shades. Caronel is injured by an Ash Wraith but is saved by Sekah's healing magic although the young recruit himself is struck down by the Ash Wraith. Partially recovered, Caronel together with Valya use frost magic to freeze the Ash Wraith in place while Reimas sets about Shattering the demon with her waraxe.After advancing to the abandoned main chapel, Valya discovers the clutch of Griffon eggs Isseya had concealed. Caronel examines the eggs using his Grey Warden abilities to sense for any darkspawn taint in the eggs and happily replies that they are free of any corruption. Caronel watches with Valya and Reimas as the griffon eggs begin to hatch.
- ↑ Dragon Age: Last Flight, pg. 15.
- ↑ Dragon Age: Last Flight, pg. 69, 219.
- ↑ Dragon Age: Last Flight, pg. 70.
- ↑ http://forum.bioware.com/topic/497430-dragon-age-last-flight/page-7, interview with Liane Merciel, "...he is from Ferelden but was not actually recruited there. It would have been imprudent to stick around after what happened to his family, so he pretty much skipped town immediately and joined up later when he had a little more breathing room."
- ↑ Last Flight Chapter 20
- ↑ Last Flight Chapter 6
- ↑ Last Flight Chapter 20, 25
- ↑ Last Flight Chapter 25
- ↑ Last Flight Chapter 25
- ↑ http://forum.bioware.com/topic/497430-dragon-age-last-flight/page-8, interview with Liane Merciel, "Caronel is an Arcane Warrior"