Yes, Stone's greetings friend.
You will fight ceaselessly in
The Legion of the Dead.
The Legion of the Dead is an independent branch of the dwarven army which answers directly to the Kings and Queens of Orzammar. It is considered to be the most intimidating and devastating dwarven military force and many attribute this to the fact that the Legionnaires consider themselves already dead.
The Legion is a military organization not unlike the Grey Wardens in that it accepts anyone from any level of society. Many join the Legion to avoid punishment for various crimes or to regain their honor. Others join to have their debts forgiven and thus have not their families incur the burden of them. Very few even join for a last chance at glory, and the Legion accepts them too.
Before they walk out of Orzammar forever and into the Deep Roads to fight darkspawn, the Legionnaires undergo a symbolic "funeral" where last goodbyes are spoken to friends and relatives and all ties to their former lives are cut. This funeral clears the dwarf's name and restores their family's lost honor. They are recorded as dead in the Memories, viewed as having found glorious and redemptive death in battling the dwarves' eternal nemesis, the darkspawn, and the Legionnaire must now work to make this a fact through a courageous death. Legionnaires are typically marked with grim tattoos and equipped with heavy armor. When a Legionnaire dies in battle the Legion entombs him or her and thus returns them to the Stone. The Legion celebrates the fact that the fallen has finally found peace.
Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Edit
Maric Theirin had the aid of Nalthur and his soldiers, members of the Legion of the Dead, in reclaiming the throne of Ferelden. He was able to enlist their aid by assuring them that he would tell the dwarves in Orzammar about their deeds, and bury them in the stone, not in the dirt under the sky. The dwarves apparently hold great respect for the word of the human kings, as this alone was enough to motivate even the most tentative of the Legion to leave the familiar environment of the Deep Roads for the surface.
Dragon Age: Origins Edit
When the Warden and their party reach the Dead Trenches, they meet a group of Legionnaires led by Kardol, who appears to be a high-ranking member of the Legion and who can later be persuaded to bring the Legion to the surface to help with the Fifth Blight.
Furthermore, during The Dead Caste quest, the Warden can deliver documents to the Shaperate which will possibly elevate the Legion to minor nobility because one of their past members, as was the last member of House Ferald.
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit
The Warden-Commander of Ferelden meets a Legionnaire scout named Sigrun whose unit was wiped out in an unsuccessful attempt to retake Kal'Hirol from the darkspawn. According to Sigrun, dwarves joining the Legion of the Dead undergo symbolic funerals for themselves, severing their ties to their past lives. Inside Kal'Hirol the Legionnaire Jukka is also encountered before he passes away.
Known members Edit
- Lord Durius Ferald: Lieutenant of the Legion and the last member of House Ferald.
- Unger: A sergeant of the Legion.
- Maius: He joined the Legion for murdering a dwarf of a higher caste than him.
- Gant: A lieutenant of the Legion whose unit was joined by an elf.
- Trovid Oreson: A corporal of the Legion. He fought alongside an elf.
- Varlan: A friend of Sigrun, he used to be a member of House Vollney.
- Malev Haran: He committed a murder and after he confessed it, he joined the Legion. He went to Corypheys's Prison to find the outcast prince Tethras Garen, son of Paragon Garen.
- Karles Aratack: He was part of the eighth legion unit which went to Corypheys's Prison to find the outcast prince Tethras Garen, son of Paragon Garen.
- Bashath Garen: Possibly a former member of House Garen, his unit went to Corypheys's Prison to find the outcast prince Tethras Garen, son of Paragon Garen, ten years after the first legionnaire unit was sent.
Other branches Edit
See also Edit
The crest of the Legion of the Dead can be applied to a suitable shield.
+20 to all attributes
Steel (Tier 3)
Requires: 22 strength
+10 mental resistance
+10 physical resistance
- ↑ Dragon age RPG Player's Guide, set 2, pg. 22.
- ↑ Probably in a cairn as great warriors are typically interred in cairns, as noted in the Dragon Age RPG Player's Guide, set 2, pg. 22.
- ↑ Codex entry: Rock Wraith
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Codex entry: The Dead Caste
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Codex entry: Topsider's Honor
- ↑ Mentioned by Sigrun during Sigrun's Roguish Past.
- ↑ Codex entry: First Legionnaire's Journal
- ↑ Codex entry: Second Legionnaire's Journal
- ↑ Codex entry: Third Legionnaire's Journal
- ↑ As noted in the description of the helmet Rock-Knocker.