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 is an amateur scholar and her patronage of education and the arts has led to a cultural renaissance in her empire.
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
While Celene is not directly featured in the game, she is referenced several times. 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, Bodahn Feddic mentions to Hawke that Celene has heard of Sandal's (his son'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, 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 the 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. This is somewhat ironic, as Celene appeared to like and respect Queen Anora as well.
Codex entries Edit
- ↑ Gaider, David. "How old is Empress Celene?" Bioware Social Network. Retrieved 28 March, 2012.
- ↑ Codex entry: Portrait of the Dowager.
- ↑ http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/03/tor-books-announces-new-dragon-age-novel-with-bioware-senior-writer-patrick-weeks.
- ↑ Tor Books 
- ↑ Gaider, David. Interview at PAX in Sep 2010.
- ↑ Codex entry: Anora.