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Least a bastard knows who his mother was. Puts him one up on you Qunari, right?


Cremisius Aclassi, also known as Krem, is a member of the Bull's Chargers mercenary company. He serves as the Iron Bull's lieutenant.

Background

Krem was born to a Tevinter tailor. Although raised as a girl, Krem realized he was different from the girls that he knew, and would often pretend to shave with his father. After reaching adulthood, Krem's mother began to pressure him to marry the son of a wealthy merchant to save the family from slavery. Krem refused, and his relationship with his mother was destroyed.

Some time later, a Tevinter magister, in an attempt to save the poor from the cold, had his slaves make clothes and sell them for almost nothing. Although the magister likely saved many people from freezing, Krem's father was put out of business and was forced to sell himself into slavery to save his family.

After his father's sacrifice, Krem joined the army, but since women's roles in the Tevinter military are heavily restricted, Krem concealed his transgender status by bribing the healer who performed military physicals. His charade went on for several years, but when the healer was called away on duty, the new healer discovered Krem's secret and reported him to the authorities. Faced with the threat of slavery or execution (being transgender isn't a crime in Tevinter, but falsifying military documents is), Krem ran, but was caught in a border town's tavern by a Tevinter tribune and his men. As the tribune and his men attacked Krem for deserting (to "make an example" out of him), the Iron Bull came to Krem's defense, losing his eye when he came in between Krem and a Tevinter's flail.

Afterward, the Iron Bull healed Krem's injuries and asked if he wanted a job.

Involvement

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“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor
This article contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Click here to reveal them.

Following the Inquisitor's encounter with Lord Seeker Lucius and Revered Mother Hevara in Val Royeaux, Krem appears outside the Haven Chantry, suggesting that the Herald appraise the Bull's Chargers on the Storm Coast. Should the Herald/Inquisitor recruit Iron Bull and the Chargers, Krem can be found near Bull outside the village gates.

When the Inquisition moves to Skyhold, Krem takes up residence in the Herald's Rest tavern. Speaking to Krem (at either location) and asking what the Chargers can be used for will unlock quests and War table operations throughout the game. The issue of Krem's gender comes up when the Inquisitor shares drinks with the Chargers; afterwards, Krem feels comfortable enough with the Inquisitor to answer questions about his past.

Krem is later dispatched by Bull to lead the Chargers on an operation to the Hissing Wastes with Dorian and the mage assassin; Marius.

When the Inquisition and the Ben-Hassrath begin discussing an alliance, the Chargers take part in a mission to stop the Venatori from smuggling red lyrium into Tevinter. Krem and the Chargers separate from Bull and the Inquisitor to protect a signaling position, but the Venatori start advancing on them. The Inquisitor is faced with the dilemma of telling Bull to pull back the Chargers, thus saving them at the cost of losing the alliance, or sacrificing them to secure the alliance.


Quests

Promotional Krem

Artwork of Cremisius in Heroes of Dragon Age

Quest icon DAI The Captain of the Chargers
Quest icon DAI Demands of the Qun
Quest icon DAI Investigate Redcliffe Castle - Available after Champions of the Just
Quest icon DAI Investigate Therinfal Redoubt - Available after In Hushed Whispers
Quest icon DAI Hunt Therinfal Redoubt Demon - Complete Investigate Therinfal Redoubt with Leliana
Quest icon DAI Destroy Adamant Fortress - Available after Here Lies the Abyss
Quest icon DAI Meet Orlesian Mercenaries - Available after Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts
Quest icon DAI Inflate Inquisition Numbers - Available after What Pride Had Wrought

Trivia

  • In a conversation with Iron Bull, he says that Krem fits the Qunari concept of "Aqun-Athlok", which translates in Qunlat as "born as one gender but living like another." Krem asks Iron Bull if Qunari treat them any different than others to which Iron Bull replies they are treated like the men they are.
  • Krem is the first transgender character to appear in a BioWare game. Although Maevaris Tilani debuted in Dragon Age: Those Who Speak and Serendipity appeared in Dragon Age II, the former has yet to appear in-game and the latter is intended to be a drag queen and not a transwoman.
  • Speaking to Krem after completing story missions often unlocks a new operation for the war table.
  • Krem was written by Patrick Weekes. [2]
  • It was Krem who originally convinced The Iron Bull to reach out to the Inquisition.
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“I suspect you have questions.” — Solas
This article contains spoilers for Trespasser. Click here to reveal them.
  • When entering Herald's Rest, a glitch occurs where Krem is standing on his chair, instead of in front of it. In Trespasser, if Cole sets up Krem and Maryden, Krem says he sometimes sits up on his chair to get a better look at her songs.

References

  1. Investigate Redcliffe Castle
  2. Building a Character: Cremisius "Krem" Aclassi

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