“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor This article contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Click here to reveal them.
Fairbanks was born on 25 Haring 9:8 Dragon to Bernice Lemarque, a young noblewoman who had been disowned by her father after she became pregnant out of wedlock. After traveling through a blizzard, she had found a midwife residing at the Fair Banks Cottage in the Dales to deliver her son, Evariste. Evariste never identified with his noble heritage and eventually took on the name "Fairbanks," after the house he was born in. The only remnant of that lineage he had kept was his grandfather's gold locket.
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.