- “When I quarrel with my cousin, wine is spilled. Perhaps someone loses a tooth. When Celene feuds with hers, a country is torn apart.”
During the Orlesian Civil War, many refugees relocated to the Dales. However, they were not alone; the Freemen of the Dales, a group of military deserters turned separatists, took up residence in the same area. The Freemen began to prey on the refugees, and Fairbanks, who was sympathetic to their plight, decided to help them defend against the aggressors. Eventually, Fairbanks became the de facto leader of the refugees and they increasingly relied on his guidance to survive.
Should the Inquisitor speak to one of the refugees, Clara, she voices her suspicion that Fairbanks is of noble blood and believes that by proving his lineage, he could use his status to benefit the refugees. The Inquisitor pursues this endeavor, finding three pieces of evidence to prove this claim. Should the Inquisitor first speak to Fairbanks, he reveals his shameful past, stating that the life of a noble is itself a gilded cage. The Inquisitor can either give the evidence to Fairbanks, although it is not necessary, or give the evidence to Clara to restore his noble status. Upon completing the quest A Deluded Chevalier, Fairbanks will join as an Inquisition agent.If Fairbanks' heritage is concealed, he goes on working for the refugees in the Dales. If it is revealed he either slightly embarrasses himself at court, becomes a popular folk hero among the court of Orlais, a position which he uses to support the Inquisition or, if left entirely to his own devices, settles in a modest estate in the Dales and devotes much of his new wealth to supporting refugees from the war.