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The heraldries of Houses Aeducan, Harrowmont, Caridin and Astyth

House is the formal term for dwarven families whose members are tied with bonds of kinship. The laws regarding houses are dictated by the caste system as well as their stature and rank within dwarven society.

Background Edit

Honor, or the illusion of it, is fundamental to dwarves. It shapes their lives and behavior and all elements of dwarven society. Therefore, every house and family polices itself and the honor and behavior of its members in order to avoid one of the very worst fates a dwarf can endure: being named oathbreaker and consequently shunned.[1] This is a matter of especial importance to noble houses, as nobles are considered to set the mode for the behavior of all other castes. A house's honor is directly tied to the honor and behavior of its members and their deeds. A loss of honor for any member connotes a loss of honor for all in the house.

Known Houses Edit

Below are lists of the known dwarven houses, which are categorized depending on their caste. Houses of the same caste are then listed in an alphabetical order, while those whose status is unknown have their name italicized.

Noble Houses Edit

Houses which are part of the Noble caste are collections of noble families typically related by blood.[2] Most noble houses were initially founded by a Paragon but some were founded by high caste dwarves not originally of noble stock, typically Warrior or Smith caste. The respect accorded to a noble house is proportional to its age and accomplishments. Sometimes impoverished noble houses will marry a child to a wealthy non-noble house to gain its wealth and to elevate the lesser house.[2] Noble houses or important nobles alone often act as patrons to lesser houses or families as well as function as patrons to great warriors in Provings and artists of merit. The noble house gains honor as the subject of their patronage excels and achieves greater status, so the relationship is mutually beneficial.

Warrior Houses Edit

Houses which belong to the Warrior caste often pay the toll for Orzammar's safety and security. Indeed, there is not a single Warrior caste house or family that has not lost a child to the darkspawn.[2] In spite of this, the Warrior caste is one of the most populous in Orzammar, perhaps due to the martial nature of dwarven society.

Smith Houses Edit

Houses belonging to the Smith caste have produced many Paragons, owing to the importance of smithing inventions to dwarven society. As a result, there have been many noble houses comprised of smiths, and these houses are often sponsors of exceptional young smiths.[12]

Artisan Houses Edit

Little is known of Artisan caste houses. The Artisan caste works in concert with the Smith caste to produce goods and thus their houses are presumably held in a similar esteem.

Miner Houses Edit

Houses of the Miner caste can be considered to have a great deal of influence, particularly in Orzammar, which was the ancestral home of the Smith and Miner castes, though they only rarely push their influence with the nobility.[1]

Merchant Houses Edit

Houses of the Merchant caste are involved in trading and commerce, which is an important task as it keeps Orzammar supplied while dwarven products make their way to the surface.

Houses of unknown caste Edit

Notes Edit

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References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 15
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 13
  3. A member of this House is encounter during Exotic Methods quest.
  4. House Caridin is an extinct house. Its last member, Caridin, dies during A Paragon of Her Kind.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Codex entry: The Key to the City
  6. See Paragons.
  7. Lord Rousten who is a member of this house, is mentioned by Beraht to Rica Brosca in the Dwarf Commoner Origin while Varick works in the old Rousten Thaig, likely the ancient home of this house.
  8. House Tethras ceases to exist by being exiled into the surface.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Codex entry: In Praise of the Humble Nug
  10. 10.0 10.1 Based on the Everd's Sword description as well as on other equipment of Everd's.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Codex entry: Aurvar's Prize
  12. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 14
  13. Codex entry: Hands of the Carta
  14. Based on the Dwarven Noble Armor description.
  15. Based on the Aeducan Mace description.
  16. Based on the Superior Dwarven Guard Armor description.
  17. Based on the Dwarven Noble Armored Boots description.
  18. Based on the description of Dwarven Armor, Dwarven Armored Boots and Dwarven Helmet.
  19. Based on the Trian's Maul and Aeducan Shield descriptions.
  20. Based on the Diamond Maul description.
  21. Based on the Champion's Shield description.
  22. Mentioned by Varric Tethras in Dragon Age II; the artisans of the house craft ceramics using clay from the Aedros Atuna river.
  23. Codex entry: Valdasine
  24. The last name of Bodahn Feddic.
  25. Codex entry: Second Legionnaire's Journal
  26. See Amgarrak Thaig.
  27. Codex entry: First Legionnaire's Journal
  28. The family name of a new character of dwarven origin for Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Mentioned by the Dwarven Commander in the Redcliffe Castle during the climax. They are most likely part of the Warrior caste.
  30. Mentioned in the Lyrium Manifest found at Therinfall Redoubt
  31. Nalthur was a member of this House.
  32. Codex entry: The Noladar Anthology of Dwarven Poetry

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