Fandom

Dragon Age Wiki

Human Noble Origin

12,580pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk8 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

For generations, your family, the Couslands, has stewarded the lands of Highever, earning the loyalty of your people with justice and temperance. When your country was occupied by the Orlesian Empire, your father and grandfather served the embattled kings of your land.


The Human Noble Origin is one of six origins available in Dragon Age: Origins. This character begins as the child of the Teyrn of Highever, one of the most powerful nobles in Ferelden. The default name is "Aedan Cousland" if male, "Elissa Cousland" if female.

Introduction Edit

"Some lands are ruled by men and women who believe that they have been elevated to their rank by the Maker himself, but in Ferelden, rulers must earn their place. The nobility is not suffered gladly as the Orlesian Empire discovered when it attempted to occupy this land. The Couslands have stewarded for many generations, dating to before Ferelden's first king was ever crowned. They have persevered for so long because of their reputation for justice and temperance, as well as their willingness to lead men into battle. With the rise of the Darkspawn horde in the south, it thus falls to the Teyrn of Highever to send out the call once again; duty demands that an army be sent to King Cailan at once.

As the Couslands will quickly discover, however, the evil horde to the south is not the only darkness in Ferelden; treachery stalks the halls of Castle Cousland as well.

As a young scion of the Cousland family, the duty of carrying its banner will fall to you. Will you live up to your family's proud heritage? Or, will you forge your own path, and damn the consequences?"[1]

Plot Edit

Teyrn Bryce Cousland and his oldest son Fergus are preparing to heed King Cailan's call to battle darkspawn at Ostagar. Arl Rendon Howe of Amaranthine waits for his forces to join the teyrn's at Highever. The tardiness of Howe's men is being discussed in the main hall as Fergus' younger sibling (the PC) enters; they are greeted by Arl Howe and Teyrn Cousland, and introduced to Duncan. The latter, a senior Grey Warden, explains his mission and suggests that the PC would be a promising recruit--already knowing this idea will be dismissed by the teyrn. After being tasked with instructing Fergus to depart immediately with the bulk of the Cousland forces, the PC is intercepted by Ser Gilmore, a knight in Highever's service; Teyrna Eleanor Cousland wishes her youngest child to collect their dog, prompting another quest. After finishing both tasks, the PC heads for bed.

In the night, Arl Howe's "late" men seize the castle. The PC wakes up, fights a way out of their bedroom and finds the teyrna, who explains that the teyrn is missing. A quick search will reveal Fergus' son and wife murdered, along with the other guests. Teyrna Eleanor, saddened and outraged, suggests retrieving a family heirloom or two. In the main hall Ser Gilmore, directing the few remaining defenders, says the teyrn has headed for the kitchen.

In the pantry they find the teyrn, gravely wounded. Duncan fights his way in and asks to recruit the PC. Bryce relents, wanting his youngest child to tell Fergus what has happened. Duncan offers to bring the teyrna too, but she refuses to leave her husband's side--and the teyrn is too injured to travel.

Result Edit

Last of Line

The PC travels with Duncan to Ostagar, where they are greeted by King Cailan. The king mentions that Fergus is in the Korcari Wilds on patrol, but there is no opportunity for the PC to seek him out. (The fate of Fergus is not revealed until the Epilogue.) When the PC first arrives at Ostagar the achievement Last of Your Line will be awarded.

Quests Edit

Ico Quest Father's Task
Ico Quest Mischief in the Larder
Ico Quest Howe Treachery
Ico Quest The Cousland Treasury
Ico Quest Sweet Iona / Sweet Dairren

Characters Edit

Initial statistics Edit

Cg ico origin human noble

In addition to those selected by the player at character creation, a Human Noble Warden automatically begins with the following:

Skills Edit

Skl ico combat1 Combat Training and either Skl ico combat2 Improved Combat Training (Warrior) or Skill-PoisonMaking icon Poison-Making (Rogue)

Talents Edit

Warrior Talent wns shieldbash Shield Bash
Rogue Talent-DirtyFighting icon Dirty Fighting

Equipment Edit

Armor Ico armor light Studded Leather armor setStudded Leather armor set
Item set
Varies (Tier 1-7)

Armor: 4.25
Fatigue: 3.50%
Set: +1 defense
  or   Ico armor light Leather armor setLeather armor set

Varies (Tier 1-7)

Armor: 4.25
Fatigue: 3.50%
Set: -5% fatigue

Unique items Edit

Plt ico family sword Family SwordFamily Sword
Longsword
Grey Iron (Tier 2)
Requires: 13 strength

Damage: 7.70
Critical chance: 2.20%
Armor penetration: 2.30
Strength modifier: 1.00
+1 damage
+4 attack

Ico shield kitemetal Shield of HigheverShield of Highever
Kite shield
Grey Iron (Tier 2)
Requires: 20 strength

Fatigue: 3.36%
Strength modifier: 1.00
+4 attack

Ico warhammer Heavy MaulHeavy Maul
Maul
Steel (Tier 3)
Requires: 22 strength

Damage: 10.80
Critical chance: 0.60%
Armor penetration: 9.10
Strength modifier: 1.25
Rune slot
+2 damage
or Ico helm heavy Executioner's HelmExecutioner's Helm
Heavy helmet
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 18 strength

Armor: 1.25
Fatigue: 2.25%
+25 stamina
- a random drop from Howe Knight

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Teyrna Cousland recognises Howe's men by their shields, but very few of those encountered bear shields, let alone this one.
  • After killing the Giant Rats in the Pantry, Ser Gilmore mentions that it "sounds like the start to every bad adventure tale my grandfather used to tell me". This a reference to "giant rats" being the first enemy fought in many fantasy RPGs.
  • The majority of the Human Noble Origin was written by BioWare lead writer David Gaider.[2]
Splr dao
“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
This article contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Origins. Click here to reveal them.
  • This origin is the only background which allows the player to marry Alistair or Anora.

Bugs Edit

  • In Mischief in the Larder, the pantry door leading to the kitchen area may not open or unlock after defeating the rats and the opportunity to name Dog. To avoid this, refrain from spamming the Escape key to skip ahead, and let Ser Gilmore initiate the next conversation instead of clicking on him.
  • The northern door of the main hall may become stuck and prevent you from completing the quest. To avoid this, save just after The Cousland Treasury is initiated; make opening that northern door your first priority (after surviving the fights along the way, and before retrieving gear from the treasury) and wait for Ser Gilmore to tell you about the teyrn (rather than attempting to initiate conversation yourself).

References Edit

  1. BioWare Dragon Age: Origins Site - Human Noble Origin
  2. BSN David Gaider (January 8, 2010). "Writers of Dragon Age" . The BioWare Forum.

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki