Celene was born in 9:4 Dragon and by the age of sixteen, she ascended to the Orlesian throne. Celene has never been married. Her ascension is swathed in rumours, with some Orlesians claiming the assassination of her uncle, Emperor Florian, was organized to allow her to take power.
Celene's ascendancy marked a period of intense struggle in the empire, as nobles positioned themselves to overthrow her. Most said Celene was too young and inexperienced to hold power. She hinted at the possibility of marriage to several powerful families, and while ultimately marrying no one, Celene has maintained alliances with families of would-be suitors to hold the throne for herself. An adept player of the Game, the progressive Celene has grown into an amateur scholar and a patron of both education and the arts. She inspired something of a cultural renaissance in the Orlesian Empire, and many call her "the Lioness". Today, there are still many nobles who consider Celene's rule illegitimate. As she grows older and the likelihood of an heir by birth decreases, the movement to replace her grows.
She is willing to put historical disputes behind her, and enter into an alliance with Ferelden, though it should be said this alliance would ultimately benefit her. She was a close contact of King Cailan Theirin, and the two of them were united in their stance against the Fifth Blight, with Celene even sending a legion of Chevaliers to aid Ferelden.
Dragon Age: Origins Edit
In the Return to Ostagar DLC, it is revealed that the Empress and King's relationship was more than political. Confidential letters found in Cailan's chest at Ostagar reveal that Celene was indeed prepared to enter into an alliance with Ferelden, though it would be an alliance of marriage. Cailan intended to divorce his current wife, Anora, and marry Celene.Depending on player's choices, a possible epilogue slide mentions that a dark haired sorceress has insinuated herself into the Empress' royal court.
Dragon Age II Edit
Celene is referenced many times in Dragon Age II, such as when the merchant Hubert claimed that he once sold a seat cushion to her. Celene is also mentioned to be trying to mend fences with Ferelden but some Orlesian nobility are looking forward to reconquer the valley due to it being weakened by the Blight.
By 9:37 Dragon, Bodahn Feddic mentions to Hawke that Celene has heard of Sandal's unique enchantments, and become extremely interested in them. She extends an invitation to Bodahn and Sandal to visit her court, so she can witness Sandal's abilities first hand.In Mark of the Assassin DLC, Celene is mentioned to be dealing with a Tal-Vashoth named Salit and she sends Duke Prosper to oversee the exchange. While they expected to be given the blackpowder formula, dreadnaught plans or a map of Qunanadar, Salit gave a list of Qunari agents throughout Thedas. After Hawke and Tallis interrupt the deal and in the ensuing battle left Prosper clinging to the edge of a cliff, he vowed that Celene would avenge his death by burning Kirkwall to the ground. However, his threats were futile, as Varric explain to Cassandra that it would've been scandalous if it became known that Prosper was dealing with Tal-Vashoth, possibly on the Empress' orders.
Dragon Age: Asunder Edit
Dragon Age: The Masked Empire Edit
Celene is known to play a major role in the upcoming novel, Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, where she struggles to keep mages under control, as well has having to deal with an elven uprising and the threat of a rebellion led by Chevalier Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons.
- David Gaider revealed that the original plot for Origins included a visit by Celene to Denerim. There it would have been learned that Cailan had planned to divorce Anora in favour of the Empress, and that Teyrn Loghain had discovered this scheme.