- “I'm not interested in stories. I came to hear the truth.”
Anthony Pentaghast (brother)
(See also: Pentaghast family)
Cassandra Allegra Portia Calogera Filomena Pentaghast is a Nevarran of the royal Pentaghast family and Seeker of the Chantry. She has been the Right Hand of the Divine since 9:22 Dragon. In Dragon Age II she investigates Hawke's actions, believing that understanding them could be the key to preventing a war that threatens to engulf Thedas. In Dragon Age: Inquisition she is one of the Inquisitor's companions and a potential romance option for a male Inquisitor of any race.
Many Seekers abandoned the Chantry in response to the mage rebellion. Cassandra did not join her comrades in this, instead remaining loyal to Divine Justinia and her efforts to restore order in the face of chaos. She is both pious and driven, the sword in the right hand of the Divine, seeking justice above all else.
Born in a carriage halfway between Cumberland and Val Chevas, Cassandra is the seventy-eighth in line to the Nevarran throne. Cassandra's parents took the wrong side in the second attempt to overthrow King Markus Pentaghast and were executed by the king. As they were only children at the time and still family to the king, Cassandra and her brother Anthony were spared and sent to be raised by their uncle Vestalus, a Mortalitasi. Cassandra resented her family for keeping her in a gilded cage and became estranged to Nevarra much later on.
Though of noble birth, Cassandra Pentaghast turned her back on a life of wealth and privilege to join the Seekers of Truth after the murder of her brother. The ancient order serves as a watchful eye over corruption and magical threats, granted ultimate authority in its investigations by the Chantry.
Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Edit
The Seekers, including Cassandra, attack a group of blood mages who abducted an elven girl with a unique ability from the Circle of Magi. Avexis has the ability to control beasts, and is to be used in a ritual to control dragons. The Seekers kill most of the blood mages but their leader Frenic shapeshifts into a crow and escapes.
They rescue Avexis, but High Seeker Aldren refuses to return Avexis to the Circle; he wants to keep her in custody claiming she is too important for the blood mages to be returned. Late at night Cassandra finds Byron taking the girl from prison. This confuses Cassandra as Byron taught her everything she knew as a Seeker and acted as a father figure for her. Cassandra refuses to leave and follows Byron into the woods. Byron speaks of a conspiracy within the Chantry and insists they get Avexis to safety, to a friend he can trust. Cassandra follows despite being told otherwise, but they soon find themselves surrounded by a group of blood mages. Byron is killed and the blood mages take Avexis.
Cassandra sees a mage trying to flee the scene and captures him. He claims he is not one of them but Cassandra doesn't believe him. When they are captured by templars the mage whispers that he was the friend Byron spoke of and eventually convinces Cassandra. Cassandra distracts the templars and frees them, deciding that it's up to her to find proof of the conspiracy to clear her name as she is branded a traitor.
The blood mages are one step ahead of them each time, and find the other mages killed in a Circle safe house. They had just returned from a paranoid elven informant Lazarro, whose house is in a cliff up a mountain and can only be reached by climbing. Lazzaro betrays them and the blood mages attack, but not before he's given Cassandra vital information with a knife pressed against his neck.
The blood mages are planning to attack the current Divine, Beatrix III, on the 10 year gathering. They are attacked by an ogre, and outside they are surrounded by ogres and golems controlled by the blood mages. They escape using a vial Lazarro was planning to use on them, creating a flash bomb effect. Cassandra is wounded and can hardly walk, but not long after their escape they are found by the templars led by Knight-Commander Martel. At the edge of a cliff and with seemingly no escape, Cassandra throws her and the mage off the cliff, falling into the river below. The mage, who by now has introduced himself as Regalyan D'Marcall, helps her into a cave where they get shelter and he treats her wound. Slowly the mage wins her trust, after he expresses his deep regrets when she tells him about how blood mages killed her brother.
They fall asleep and when the Knight-Commander comes in and sees they're gone, he communicates with an elven stone with Frenic proving to be the traitor within the Chantry. Cassandra manages to get a hold of the stone but is still too injured to fight Martel properly. Regalyan creates a distraction and collapses the tunnel so they can escape. They go on route to approach the High Seeker by entering a secret passage, but he is killed by Martel when he goes to the Divine with the stone as proof against the Knight-Commander.
Martel frames Cassandra and Regalyan for the murder and they are imprisoned. Cassandra learns before her execution that he co-conspired with Callista, the Grand Cleric of Orlais to unleash dragons on the Divine and the gathered Grand Clerics during the ceremony so that Callista would become the new Divine as the only surviving Grand Cleric. However, Regalyan informed Circle mages by sending a bird right before entering the secret passage way, and the mages come to their aid.
Cassandra duels the Knight-Commander, accusing him of betraying the Chantry, to which he retorts that he is ushering in a new era for the Chantry, 'one where events like Kirkwall will not be tolerated'. Cassandra ultimately wins the fight by severing Martel's sword arm; she spares his life and orders him imprisoned, intending to put him on trial for his crimes, but when the Knight-Commander breaks free and attacks, Cassandra beheads him. When 4 dragons, controlled by Avexis, who is in turn controlled by Frenic, attack, she jumps on the back of the first one, killing it. When she is on the back of the second dragon, Frenic orders for a high dragon to be summoned for the attack. The high dragon goes straight for the Divine, but Cassandra stops the attack by flying a wounded dragon into the high dragon, collapsing a wall and wounding Callista. Cassandra is aided by the Seekers to bring the Divine to safety. She goes on to aid Regalyan and the Circle mages who confront Frenic.
Regalyan manages to get Avexis in his arms and Frenic turns into a Pride demon abomination to defeat the mages and destroy the Chantry after he kills the Grand Cleric of Orlais as she is no longer useful, explaining he took advantage of her ambition to further his own plans. The magic of the Circle mages doesn't hurt Frenic, but Avexis summons the high dragon to burn Frenic. Cassandra leaps on top of him and stabs Frenic in the skull when he falls down to the square beneath, surviving the fall. She rallies the crowd by shouting "For the Chantry!". The crowd responds in the same way.
After the attack Cassandra is seen in Seeker armor again accompanied by Regalyan who is waiting in a dark hallway. Regalyan tells her she is the most beautiful and bravest woman he has ever met. She giggles and tells him this is not the right place or time, but to his surprise gives him a kiss on the cheek.
When the door opens Cassandra and Regalyan walk through a crowd, holding hands with Avexis, up to the Divine. Cassandra is proclaimed Hero of Orlais and Right Hand of the Divine by Beatrix III.After the ceremony, the Divine meets with Cassandra in the cathedral. The Divine insists that the attack on the Gathering was only the beginning; a storm is coming and the Chantry must be prepared. Cassandra asks how she can serve as the Divine places a book in her arms.
Dragon Age II Edit
Cassandra interrogated Varric in the old Amell Estate, where he revealed that the Champion has left Kirkwall, disappeared just like Warden. As she starts demanding that Varric tell her everything he knows about Hawke, he starts explaining that Hawke and their sibling were fighting darkspawn before a dragon appeared, causing Cassandra to interrupt him, claiming it to be a falsehood, so Varric explained the true story. Cassandra became skeptical at his claim that Flemeth rescued Hawke from the darkspawn, but relented when Varric asked if he was to recount the tale of the Warden. She permitted Varric to continue but warned that she would cancel her interrogation if he claimed that the Hawke family and Aveline Vallen flew to Kirkwall on a dragon.
Upon reaching the part of the Champion's story where Hawke joins Varric and Bartrand's expedition into the Deep Roads, Cassandra attempted to deny his version of events, having initially believed that the Champion came to the city to spread subversion against the Chantry. She points out that Hawke just happened to have dealings with the Qunari, a known raider, a blood mage and a rebel Warden all in an effort to obtain wealth. At the end of Varric's retelling of the expedition, Cassandra remarks on the fate of Hawke's sibling. She also starts changing her opinion on Hawke's companions, having assumed that they all came from Ferelden together but Varric insists that's not the whole story.
When Varric finishes with the end of the Qunari attack on Kirkwall, Cassandra's opinion on the Champion changes: she calls a male Hawke heroic for his deeds, whilst for a female she develops respect for what she has done. If Hawke had bested the Qunari Arishok in single combat, she remarks that the tale sounds very romantic.
In Legacy, Cassandra confronts Varric regarding a Grey Warden prison in the Vinmark Mountains and Hawke's actions there. When the Seekers had investigated, they were turned back by the Wardens. By the end of Varric's retelling, Cassandra found it hard to believe that Hawke defeated Corypheus, one of the first darkspawn and allegedly one of the magisters who entered the Golden City. She also noted that the Wardens did not mention the presence of Janeka/Larius at the prison, who left after Hawke defeated Corypheus; according to Cassandra, the Wardens told the Seekers everyone who'd been present at the prison was dead.
In Mark of the Assassin, Cassandra accuses Varric of holding back on her, mentioning that Hawke nearly sparked a war with Orlais. She demanded the true accounts of the events at Chateau Haine, especially regarding Tallis, mentioning that the Seekers had an agent there who lacked any knowledge of the event. Upon reaching the part where Tallis was revealed to be Qunari, Cassandra clarified for Varric that the Qunari were a religion, not a race. When Varric's story ended with the death of Duke Prosper, Cassandra demanded to know who was to appease Orlais after his murder at the hands of the Champion. Varric explained that Prosper was making deals with Tal-Vashoth, possibly on Empress Celene's orders, and thus it would've been scandalous if the truth came out.When his story comes to an end, Cassandra comes to the conclusion that the Knight-Commander Meredith was the central cause of outbreak of the rebellion in Kirkwall though Varric suggests that either the idol or Anders are equally responsible. When she asked about the whereabouts of Hawke, who she believes can stop the escalating conflict between mages and templars, Varric admits that even he doesn't know it, but doubts that his friend is dead. Satisfied, Cassandra grants the dwarf his freedom and exits the Amell Estate, where a contingent of Seekers are awaiting. Leliana asks Cassandra if she was successful in determining the Champion's whereabouts, and she confirms Hawke's disappearance, in circumstances similar to the disappearance of the Warden-Commander. She then asks Leliana whether they should proceed with their original plan and keep searching or change the plan. Leliana tells her to trust in the Maker. Cassandra is then seen leaving with the Seekers.
Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit
Following the outburst of The Breach Cassandra interrogates the Inquisitor, the sole survivor of the conclave explosion that killed Divine Justinia V. She accuses them of causing the Breach, due to the mark on their hand possessing the same magic as the Veil tear. However, she gives the Inquisitor a chance to prove their innocence by closing the Breach. Upon arriving at the ruins of the Temple of Sacred Ashes, an echo reveals that the Inquisitor was in the wrong place at the wrong time when an unknown shadowy figure uses the Divine as a sacrifice, but the Inquisitor claims to have no memory of this event. The Inquisitor proceeded to close the first rift, stabilizing the Breach but not closing it.
In the intervening three days, Cassandra began butting heads with Chancellor Roderick, who was convinced of the Inquisitor's guilt, whereas Cassandra believed that the Inquisitor was sent by the Maker. She and Leliana invoked the late Divine's writ to restore the Inquisition, independent of Chantry authority, for the purpose of closing the Breach and finding the true perpetrators behind it.
In conversation with Cassandra about her feelings about the Chantry, she reveals that she believes the Chantry is necessary and could still be salvaged, albeit it would require improvement of its methods. She recommends that the Chantry refocus their efforts to service to the community once again and rid itself of its pageantry and useless traditions but is conservative about changing its traditional role as enforcer of its tenets.
After the Inquisition is forced out of Haven by Corypheus, the Inquisitor leads the refugees towards Skyhold. Upon arrival, Cassandra tells the Inquisitor that everyone had chosen them as their leader, not just because of the Anchor, but because they are an inspiration to them all.
After Varric summons Hawke to Skyhold, Cassandra confronts him, accusing the dwarf of having known Hawke's whereabouts the whole time and had kept this secret; she believes that Hawke could've saved Justinia. If the Inquisitor intervenes, they can support either one of them or encourage them to cooperate. As Varric turns to leave, he states that if Hawke were at the conclave, they would've been dead too.
Cassandra later asks for the Inquisitor's assistance in investigating the disappearance of her fellow Seekers, suspecting them to be prisoners of Corypheus. Tracking the Seekers to the castle of Caer Oswin, Cassandra discovers evidence that Samson/Calpernia had sold the Seekers to the Order of Fiery Promise after learning that the Seekers were resistant to red lyrium. Venturing further into the castle, they find Cassandra's apprentice, Daniel, who is suffering from being fed red lyrium. He reveals that Lord Seeker Lucius had sold his men to the Promisers and had been operating out of Caer Oswin the whole time. After granting Daniel a mercy killing, Cassandra confronts Lucius and kills him in the ensuring fight.
Back at Skyhold, Cassandra looks through the Book of Secrets kept by the Lord Seeker. She questions whether she should reform the Seekers. From the book, she had learned that she was secretly made Tranquil and subjected to a Spirit of Faith to be granted her abilities and restore her mind; Lord Seeker Lambert had always known how to reverse Tranquility and covered it up. The Inquisitor can suggests whether or not to reform the Seekers.It is possible to have Cassandra elected as the new Divine, after Justinia V. If chosen, she will be known as Divine Victoria. She will enact reforms for a new Templar Order and a new Circle of Magi. The Seekers of Truth if she was encouraged to rebuild the order, are rededicated to their purpose of protecting the innocent. Depending on her approval with the Inquisitor, the Chantry could either be steadfast allies to the Inquisition or have a strained relationship with them. Despite her popularity, the new Divine's reforms are seen by some as going too far.
- Main article: Cassandra Pentaghast/Approval
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As a deeply pious individual, Cassandra is most approving of Inquisitors who express a belief in the Maker and the teachings of the Chantry, and who embrace their role as the Herald of Andraste. She is generally supportive of Chantry-derived institutions such as the Circle of Magi and the Templar Order and will often disapprove of efforts to curtail their power and influence. As a result of her religious beliefs (as well as her past experiences with apostates), Cassandra can be somewhat mistrustful of mages and will usually approve of a measure of restriction on their freedoms. She is also generally wary of magic and spirits and will sometimes look unfavorably on Inquisitors who make deals with apostates and demons or who dabble in unknown or forbidden arts.
Cassandra is strong and militant, and often favors a "take action" approach to solving problems. She will usually approve of individuals who are assertive in their efforts towards restoring order. As a moral and compassionate person, she respects the principles of sacrifice and selflessness and often approves of Inquisitors who are kind to others or who go out of their way to help those in need (even if they happen to be mages). Though Cassandra is a devout Andrastian and steadfastly believes in the necessity of the Chantry as a guiding force for the world, she also recognizes the need for change within its institutions and will often favor the idea of reforming the various governing bodies of Thedas (e.g., the Chantry, the nobility, the Seekers, etc.).
Like most companions, Cassandra approves of responses that affirm her views or that are sympathetic towards her emotional state, and will usually slightly approve of compliments and flirting from the Inquisitor. Being disrespectful or mocking towards the things she enjoys or believes in will often net disapproval, as will selfish actions or expressing a lack of concern for the things that she considers important.
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Cassandra can be romanced by a male Inquisitor of any race. The romance can be initiated after winning Cassandra's approval, flirting with her on multiple occasions and completing her personal quest, Promise of Destruction.
Once these prerequisites have been met, Cassandra will request to speak privately with the Inquisitor at Skyhold. During the conversation, a visibly nervous and flustered Cassandra will indicate that she reciprocates the Inquisitor's feelings and confess that in her heart she yearns for an "ideal" romance: to be "swept off her feet" by a man who will court her with flowers and poetry by candlelight. She will also state her belief that the Inquisitor is incapable of fulfilling her wishes due to his position as the Herald of Andraste and leader of the Inquisition. At this point the Inquisitor can either end things permanently with Cassandra or indicate that he is willing to "properly court" her in accordance with her desires.
Should the Inquisitor opt for continuing the romance, he will be required to:
- Purchase flowers and candles from merchants in Val Royeaux
- Procure a poetry book from the pillaged caravan belonging to the dwarven bookseller at Redcliffe
Once the aforementioned items are collected, the Inquisitor may speak with Cassandra back at Skyhold. During the conversation, he will ask her to meet him at a hidden grove near the fortress. When Cassandra arrives at the grove during the evening, she finds it littered with candles and flowers. The Inquisitor then surprises her with a reading from the poetry book, which both delights and amuses her. Cassandra will make note of the Inquisitor's choice of poems, then start reading an excerpt from the book herself as she and the Inquisitor gradually draw closer to each other. Eventually, the reading culminates in a passionate kiss and the two of them make love under the night sky.
Later, as Cassandra and the Inquisitor lie beneath the stars, she will reaffirm her belief that her lover is the Herald of Andraste, chosen to protect Thedas in their time of need. She will also reveal that the Inquisitor is only the second man she has been with in her life, the first being Regalyan. She indicates that Regalyan was present at the Conclave at the time of the explosion and that his death has fueled her desire to defeat Corypheus, as she will not allow the magister to take away the only other man she's ever loved. At this point the Inquisitor will have one final opportunity to either end the relationship with Cassandra or fully commit to being with her. If the Inquisitor commits to the relationship, he and Cassandra will share a few more tender moments over the course of the game, and he will be able to kiss her at any time while in Skyhold.
If Cassandra is elected as Divine, her dialogue indicates that she does not believe she and the Inquisitor will be able to continue their relationship. However, it remains inconclusive whether or not their relationship truly ends after Corypheus' defeat. If Cassandra has been properly courted, she will join the Inquisitor in his private quarters during the celebrations at the end of the game, regardless of whether or not she has been elected Divine.
A female Inquisitor may also flirt with Cassandra over the course of the game, which will garner slight approval increases as Cassandra finds the Inquisitor's advances flattering. However, continuous flirting will eventually prompt a conversation with Cassandra during which she will tell the Inquisitor that she does not reciprocate her feelings and that she only wishes to remain friends.
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- Main article: Cassandra Pentaghast/Dialogue
Dragon Age II Edit
- (To Varric) "Start talking, dwarf. They tell me you're good at it."
- "The righteous stand before the darkness, and the Maker shall guide their hand."
- (To Varric) "Bullshit! That's not what really happened!"
Varric: "Does that not match the stories you've heard seeker?"
- Cassandra: "I'm not interested in stories. I came to hear the truth".
Varric: "What makes you think I know the truth?"
Cassandra: "Don't lie to me! You knew him/her even before he/she became the Champion!"
- Inquisitor: "On aching branch do blossoms grow / The wind a hallowed breathe / It carries the scent of honeysuckle, sweet as the lover’s kiss / It brings the promise of more tomorrows / Of sighs and whispered bliss"
Cassandra: "His lips on mine speaks words not voiced / A prayer which travels down my spine like flames that shatter night / His eyes reflect the heaven’s stars, The Maker’s light / My body opens, filled and blessed / My spirit there, not merely housed in flesh but brought to life"
Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit
- (To The Inquisitor) "You walked out of the Fade and our soldiers found you, the only one who escaped the blast that killed thousands. And you have no idea how you survived? At this moment, you are the only threat I see."
- (About the Seekers of Truth) "We were meant to be incorruptible, above reproach. How seldom does reality match the ideal."
- "If we are to spread the Maker's word across the world, we must do so with open hearts and open hands."
- "I see what must be done, and I do it! I see no point in running around in circles like a dog chasing its tail."
- "Cast the Chantry aside, and new problems replace old ones. We will learn nothing from history."
- "At some point, power becomes its own master. We cast aside our ideals in favor of expedience and tell ourselves it was all necessary. For the people."
- "They will stand in the fire and complain that it is hot".
- During the development of Dragon Age II, her hair changed from long black hair, to short white hair, to her current short black hair.
- In Dragon Age: Redemption Nyree states that she once fought beside a templar named Cassandra. Cairn states that Cassandra is head of the Seeker Order. Cassandra Pentaghast, however, is not the head of the Seekers.
- Mary Kirby described her as "an extremely crusty baguette".
- Unused dialogue from Dragon Age II suggests there was a cut quest involving Cassandra encountering Hawke in Kirkwall. See: Cut content
- She is described as "The Believer" in the promotional materials for Dragon Age: Inquisition.
- Jennifer Hepler was originally writing Cassandra for Dragon Age: Inquisition. David Gaider took over when Jennifer Hepler left BioWare.
- She "sees eye to eye" with Iron Bull and Vivienne.
- Cassandra is described as brash, impulsive, and having anger management issues, but nevertheless she’s incredibly dedicated and will do whatever it takes to set the world right.
- It is revealed through companion dialogue that Cassandra reads Varric's novels and loves the "romantic" title "Swords and Shields".
- Cassandra's greatest fear is helplessness.
- Cassandra writes with her left-hand, but fights with her right hand in-game.
- Cassandra is in her mid-late 30s by the time of the events of Inqusition.
- According to Patrick Weekes, Cassandra is a faithful reformer.
Codex entries Edit
- ↑ Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 143
- ↑ Cassandra Pentaghast (First Conversation).
- ↑ Epilogue (Inquisition).
- ↑ Gaider, David. Twitter. Posted on August 26, 2012.
- ↑ Kirby, Mary Twitter. Posted on March 11, 2014
- ↑ Official Dragon Age twitter
- ↑ David Gaider (June 25, 2014). "Dorian discussion and speculation" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on June 26, 2014.
- ↑ Cassandra Profile.
- ↑ Lazygamer.net - a UK issue of PC Gamer
- ↑ Nerd Appropriate with Patrick Weekes.
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