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Dorian's Disposition Edit

Unfortunately, Dorian is the one companion who gives no indication through "normal" conversation of how he's feeling about the Inquisitor. He has a set list of greetings and farewells he uses regardless of approval ratings, and he will talk about himself and his past regardless of approval as well.

One thing the player can use is to see whether the option Why are you really here? is available. This only appears at or below -5. It should be noted that Dorian's approval rating starts quite low (-15) if Champions of the Just was completed instead of In Hushed Whispers. The starting approval also varies depending on whether the player chooses to conscript the mages or ally with them, with the latter garnering a higher rating (around +23) than the former (~+3).

Dorian's greetings:

  • Here we are again.
  • Always with the questions. Tsk, tsk—what will people say?
  • Fancy meeting you here.
  • Questions, questions.
  • Something you need?
  • The Inquisitor's work is never done, I see.
  • What's on your mind?
  • You seem very interested in my opinions.
  • Could I adore you more? Probably not. (If in a romance with Inquisitor)
  • Always a sight for sore eyes.

Dorian's farewells:

  • Here I thought we were just getting to the good part.
  • As you wish.
  • I do rather like watching you leave.
  • Naturally.
  • Try not to die. I would notice you were gone.
  • Try not to kill anyone without me.
  • You know where I'll be.
  • So long as you promise to return.

Cutscenes Edit

Brilliant, isn't it? Edit

(Skyhold Only)

If Champions of the Just was completed, this scene will serve to permanently recruit him, and so there can be no approval changes.
If In Hushed Whispers was completed, then he will have already been recruited, and so approval changes will occur as indicated.

Am I speaking too quickly for you?
  • (Romance) I was enjoying the show. (skips other options)
Distracted? By my wit and charm? I have plenty of both.
  • You're very confident. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Perhaps.
  • Are you so sure?
  • We're all frightened.
  • Not at all. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • You're boring me. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
But here we are. One of those very magisters. A darkspawn.
No approval changes
It was us all along. We destroyed the world.
  • You're not responsible. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • It's not destroyed yet.
  • Why whine about it? -
    DAIApproval Disapproves

if Dorian hasn't been recruited yet...

If it's all the same to you, I'd like to stay and help the Inquisition.
  • [Investigate.]
Q1 You'd fight your own people? (repeat)
Q2 You could be a spy. (repeat)
  • You're welcome here. (Allow Dorian to join the Inquisition.)
  • You need to go. (Tell Dorian to leave for good.)
No one will thank me, whatever happens. No one will thank you, either. You know that, yes?
  • Nobody knows that.
  • No one likes a pessimist.
  • I don't need their thanks. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves

A Letter Regarding Felix Edit

Requires +35
Mother Giselle will appear in the Great Hall after this scene. Speaking to her begins Last Resort of Good Men
Dialogue changes depending the faction you sided with

I think the Venatori found out he was helping me. I think they killed him./He's dead. The Blight caught up with him.
  • I'm sorry for your loss. -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • That's not surprising.
  • They'll pay./So quickly? -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    /No approval change
Tevinter could use more mages like him, those who put the good of others above themselves.
  • Q Were you two involved? (repeat)
  • What about yourself?
  • You might be idealizing him.
  • Follow his example. -
    DAIApproval Approves

After Here Lies the Abyss Edit

But if you want twenty volumes on whether Divine Galatea took a shit on sunday,
this is evidently the place to find it.
  • Stop whining. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
Other options have no approval change.
Are you... all right?
  • I don't want to talk about it. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
Other options have no approval change.
Corypheus and his contemporaries entered the fade and began the blights. In comparison...
  • [Romance.] - I wish you'd been there. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
(Romance lines will differ if you did or didn't take Dorian into the fade.)
Other options have no approval change.
My advice? Keep this quiet. Let them speculate. Too many will see this as a challenge.
  • I agree. -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • You don't?
  • Not my problem. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves

A Bad Influence Edit

Requires +75 approval
Friendship cutscene
No approval changes

Prompted conversation Edit

Regarding southern mages Edit

Haven only, if In Hushed Whispers completed, first attempt to speak to him...

Interesting how they seem to like the idea. As if it's a relief to be penned in again. / The Inquisition supports free mages. What's next? Elves running Halamshiral? Cows milking farmers? (Response depends on whether the mages were allies or conscripted.)
No approval changes
The Inquisition is seen as an authority. You've given southern mages license to… well, be like mages back home. (only if mages are allies)
  • (Romance) So long as they're like you. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Is that so terrible?
  • So they'll rule us next?
  • I doubt that.

I could watch you roam Skyhold all day Edit

Skyhold, male Inquisitor not in a romance*, other requirements unknown

*Dorian still says this if you are a male Inquisitor in a romance with Iron Bull.

I suppose it's more fun this way. For me, I mean. You're rather strapping.
  • (Romance) I could say the same of you. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Thank you?
  • It's so true. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Don't flirt with me.

It occurs to me that you're a mage. Edit

Haven or Skyhold, Human Mage Inquisitor only...

...It's such a bizarre notion to me.
  • There are worse things.
  • I quite agree. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Hence the rebellion.

Did you know we're actually related? Edit

Human noble Inquisitor only...

We are talking long ago, of course.
Q How do you even know that? (repeat)
  • Nice to know.
  • Is that a good thing?
  • I don't care about that.
  • Can we still flirt? (romance) -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves

You're... Dalish? Edit

Haven or Skyhold, elven Inquisitor only...

So I take it you're... Dalish? Is that the correct word here?
  • It is, yes.
  • It's correct everywhere.
  • As opposed to "slave?" -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
I hope this won't be an issue between us. I am here to help you with the Venatori, after all.
  • I appreciate your help. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • No need to dredge up the past.
  • Don't give me a cause. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves

You were part of the Carta. Edit

Dwarf Inquisitor only... No approval changes.

So... I assume that you are Tal-Vashoth Edit

Qunari Inquisitor only...

Centuries of warfare with the Qunari do lead to this state of affairs.
  • Q You've met Qunari? (Repeat)
    • (Special) What about in person?
  • I've no issue if you don't. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Tevinters aren't popular.
  • I thought about it. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves

About Chancellor Roderick Edit

Skyhold, only if Champions of the Just was completed

You know he died, I assume.  Got us as far as the camp, and then... that was it.
  • That's too bad. -
    DAIApproval Approves
  • I'm suprised he helped.
  • I never liked him. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
But in the end, he believed. He asked me to tell you he was sorry.
  • He was a good man. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Thanks for telling me. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • He judged me too quickly. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • I'm glad he saw the light.

If Alexius is sentenced to research for the Inquisition Edit

Skyhold, only if In Hushed Whispers was completed.

Dorian
DAIApproval Approves
immediately on talking to him after sentencing Alexius. This is in addition to the approval shown during the sentencing cutscene.

After a rogue Inquisitor chooses the Assassin specialization Edit

Indeed. Someone's been doing some training... as an assassin, no less.
No approval changes

After Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts Edit

All this dancing, politics, and murder makes me a bit homesick.
  • (Romance) Should we do that more often?
  • You miss that?
  • Happy I could help. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Don't be ridiculous. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves

Have you seen Alexius? Edit

Haven only, if In Hushed Whispers was completed

No approval changes

[Investigate.] Edit

Tell me about yourself. Edit

And beyond my being so charming and well-dressed? Which is obvious to anyone.
  • (Romance) It's obvious to me. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • If you say so.
  • I hadn't noticed.
  • Don't push your luck. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
No approval changes from remaining dialogue

Tell me about the Imperium. Edit

Codex Unlocked: Tevinter Society

[Investigate.]
Q1 Is blood magic common?
No approval changes
Q2 What about slavery?
Back home, it's… how it is? Slaves are everywhere. You don't question it. I'm not even certain many slaves do.
  • You're saying they like it?
  • It's not like that here.
  • That's a terrible attitude. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
Some slaves are treated poorly, it's true. But do you honestly think inescapable poverty is better?
  • At least they have a choice. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • I suppose not. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • "Treated poorly?"
Q3 Do mages truly rule there?
[Investigate.]
Q1 The Magisterium? (Codex Unlocked: The Magisterium)
No approval changes
Q2 What about the Archon?
No approval changes
Q3 But do mages rule?
No approval changes
Q4 The Imperium has a Chantry? (Codex Unlocked: Imperial Chantry)
[Investigate.]
Q1 Is it really that different?
No approval changes
Q2 The Black Divine?
No approval changes
Q3 Are you religious?
It's not an opinion that makes me popular.
  • I agree with you. - Leliana +1, Vivienne -1 for the Divine Election
  • The Chantry has its place.
  • Others might object, yes.
You are what we needed most at the moment we needed it. That's what they will say in ages to come.
  • I'm surprised you think that.
  • I agree. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • I don't know. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • You are a fool. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
Q5 Could Tevinter be an ally?
No approval changes
Corypheus was a magister. (requires History Knowledge perk)
No approval changes

Tell me about Alexius. Edit

Requires some amount of approval.

And then he... gave up. He stopped trying.
(Special) Why?
  • I'm sorry. -
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • You mean you argued.
  • You both gave up.
Too much pride, I suppose. Plus, I was busy drinking. One must have priorities.
No approval changes

[Special.] Edit

Why are you really here? Edit

(Available at -5 approval or lower)

I still believe that Corypheus needs to be stopped, and that I need to be here to help stop him.
  • Why is it so important?
  • You think you can help?
  • I don't need your help. -
    DAIApproval Disapproves
If that's meaningless to you, then tell me to go and I will.
No approval changes. Dorian will leave the Inquisition permanently if asked.

One Less Venatori Edit

Kill a target -
DAIApproval Greatly Approves
(does not have to be in the party)

Last Resort of Good Men Edit

See the quest page

The Magister's Birthright Edit

See the quest page

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