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Dane is a legendary Alamarri hero and reportedly the father of Hafter. Many Fereldan nobles claim their descent from his line.

Legend Edit

No one knows how many stories about Dane are true, but there was once an Alamarri warrior named Dane. One of his legends says that he owned a pack of wolves, from which mabari are descended, although this is unlikely, as the mabari were bred by the Tevinters. Dane is also credited with killing a dragon and orchestrating a major campaign against werewolves, which dramatically reduced the werewolf threat in Alamarri lands.

According to the story of Dane and the Werewolf, Dane had killed a rare white hart when he encountered a werewolf, who demanded tribute for the kill that had been made in his woods. Surrounded by a pack of werewolves, Dane had no choice but to strike a bargain: he would exchange lives and bodies with the werewolf. Dane lived as a werewolf for a year and a day while the werewolf lived the life Dane had left behind. The truth of this tale has never been proven however. While Dane himself almost certainly existed, Fereldan scholars doubt that he spent a year as a werewolf. Flemeth is also said to appear in many versions of Dane and the Werewolf.[2][3]

The River Dane in Ferelden, which is best known to modern Fereldans as the place where the rebel forces of Prince Maric Theirin under the command of Loghain Mac Tir defeated two Orlesian legions of chevaliers, is named after the hero Dane.

Notes Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The legend of Dane's encounter with a werewolf while hunting and his subsequent exchange of positions with the wolf bears many similarities with Pwyll's relationship with Arawn in the Mabinogion.

References Edit

  1. Mentioned as a rumor between two male humans who can be found in the Denerim Market District or in the Frostback Mountain Pass.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 32
  3. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 29

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