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There is nothing I would not do for my homeland.

Loghain Mac Tir

Teyrn of Gwaren (formerly)
Councilor of King Cailan (formerly)
Regent of Ferelden (formerly)
Leader of the Army of Ferelden (formerly)
Grey Warden (possibly)
Gareth of Oswin (father)
Celia (wife)
Anora (daughter)

Born into occupied Ferelden, Loghain Mac Tir and King Maric Theirin drove out the Orlesian Empire more than thirty years before the events of the Fifth Blight.

Loghain was raised to the position Teyrn of Gwaren for his service to King Maric. To Ferelden, he represents ideals of hard work and independence. After King Maric was lost at sea, Loghain became responsible for defending Ferelden and guiding his naïve and inexperienced son-in-law, King Cailan Theirin.

Background Edit

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Edit

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Born as a Freeman, Loghain was the son of a farmholder from Oswin in the western Bannorn, Gareth of Oswin. After the Orlesian invasion, the Emperor declared a tribute tax from all of Fereldan Freemen. Loghain's father refused to pay the tax collectors, and, as a result, was accused of tax evasion and lost the farmhold.

The family resisted, but the Orlesian soldiers bested them, forcing Loghain and his father to watch as they raped and killed Loghain's mother. Gareth was nowhere to be found for the next three days. When he finally returned, he informed his son that he had murdered the Orlesian commander responsible. Unable to stay in Oswin, they lived on the run in the Fereldan wilds, banding together with other desperate Fereldans to eke out a living however they could.

While living with the outlaws, Loghain met Maric, though he was not initially aware of Maric's royal blood. When the Orlesian forces caught up with them, Gareth charged his son with saving the Prince. Loghain eventually managed to escort Maric to Arl Rendorn Guerrin and later joined the rebel army. He became one of Maric's closest friends, as well as a key military advisor of the rebel cause. His strategies, and his creation of the guerrilla Night Elves, were responsible for many of the rebels' greatest victories.

Over the course of the rebellion, Loghain fell in love with Rowan Guerrin, who was betrothed to Maric and thus the future queen. After Maric fell in love with Katriel, Rowan and Loghain formed a romantic relationship. Both relationships were short-lived, however; Loghain discovered and revealed to Maric that Katriel was a spy, which resulted in her death. After this, Loghain encouraged Rowan to marry Maric to assist him and guide Ferelden as queen. Afterwards Loghain led the Ferelden forces at the critical Battle of River Dane and was rewarded for his leadership by being made Teyrn of Gwaren.

Despite his encouragement of their relationship, Loghain's own relationship with both Maric and Rowan became strained. After the marriage, he rarely spent time in their company.

Dragon Age: The Calling Edit

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In the years after the death of Queen Rowan, Loghain supported King Maric. Duncan observed that Loghain seemed to be the true ruler.

Despite having a beautiful wife and young daughter in Gwaren, Loghain preferred to stay in Denerim, claiming that Maric needed him. Maric commented on this noting that, "We are all running away from something".

Loghain was suspicious of the Grey Wardens, suspecting them of being in league with the Orlesians. After Maric vanished following a meeting with the Wardens and First Enchanter Remille, Loghain deployed the army to search for the missing King while he also spied on the Orlesians in Kinloch Hold as he was certain that they would betray them. Two days after the tower was taken over by Orlesian mages and templars who allied with the Architect, Loghain led an assault on Kinloch Hold through Lake Calenhad.

The attack was successful and Loghain was surprised when he found King Maric in the tower as well. Loghain believed the plot was the doing of the Grey Wardens and felt Maric made a mistake in continuing to trust them. He disapproved when Maric allowed the Wardens to return to Ferelden and re-establish their order there on a permanent basis.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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Loghain is first encountered at the fortress of Ostagar; the Warden can meet him at his tent, or in the pre-battle meeting.

As the Teyrn commanding the army, Loghain is responsible for devising the tactics that will be used in the Battle of Ostagar. Loghain's plan utilizes the anvil and hammer strategy; the Grey Wardens are to act as the anvil, drawing the main body of darkspawn, and Loghain's troops will flank the darkspawn once the beacon is lit.

Although Loghain advises him not to fight on the front lines, King Cailan refuses and insists on accompanying the Wardens. Cailan also insists on having the two newest Grey Wardens, the Warden and Alistair, light the beacon; Loghain and Uldred disagree, but acquiesce to the King's desire in the end. Despite a darkspawn attack on the beacon tower, the Wardens eventually manage to light the beacon; however, on seeing the lit beacon, Loghain orders his troops to retreat, leaving King Cailan and the Grey Wardens to die.

After the battle at Ostagar, he declares the Grey Wardens traitors and places a bounty on their heads. He also declares himself regent for his daughter Anora. This is not met with approval from the Bannorn, and civil war ensues.

With Arl Rendon Howe as his main advisor, Loghain takes drastic measures to secure Ferelden, such as allowing elves to be sold into slavery, and hiring Zevran Arainai, an Antivan Crow to assassinate the remaining Grey Wardens.

He refuses all Orlesian reinforcements, not believing Celene's intentions are honest. Neither Howe nor Anora can convince him otherwise. Rumours circulate that the reason he abandoned Cailan at Ostagar was that Cailan hoped to cement a union of kingdoms with the Orlesians by putting aside Anora, who was believed to be barren, and marrying the Empress Celene.

At the Landsmeet, Arl Eamon Guerrin and the Warden confront Loghain. If he wins the Landsmeet, Loghain will attempt to arrest the party and Arl Eamon, and a fight will ensue. If the Warden wins the Landsmeet, Loghain will refuse to abide by the Landsmeet's decision and try to stage a coup.

This fight can be avoided with enough support. Whether there is a fight or not, the matter of who will rule Ferelden is still uncertain. To resolve the impasse, a duel must be fought. The Warden can elect to fight this duel, or select another companion.

If anyone besides Alistair duels Loghain, he will yield after losing the duel, allowing the Warden to decide his fate. If this happens, Riordan will suggest he be recruited to the Grey Wardens; the Warden also has the option of personally executing Loghain or allowing Alistair to do it. If Alistair is chosen for the duel, he will kill Loghain after he yields without any other options.

If Loghain is recruited, the Warden can speak to him regarding a number of things, from his feelings about Ostagar to why Alistair was not acknowledged as an heir. Recruiting Loghain causes Alistair to leave the party, without exception.

In a conversation with Zevran, he states that he has lost all his titles, and should be addressed simply as "Loghain."

If asked to consider Morrigan's offer, he will express reluctance to participate and request to be the one to sacrifice his life to strike the killing blow against the Archdemon, arguing that it is a form of redemption for his mistakes.

If Loghain survives the battle with the Archdemon: During the Post-Coronation celebrations he'll state that he has come to respect the Warden and reveals that Anora has now tasked him with recruiting new Grey Wardens.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

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In Awakening (if a Warden was imported with Loghain alive at the end), he arrives at Vigil's Keep and states that he has been transferred to the city of Montsimmard to serve with the Orlesian Grey Wardens, by order of the Grey Warden leaders in Weisshaupt.

He hands the Warden-Commander the battleaxe Frenzy, ten sovereigns and a Grey Warden shield banner he found in the Denerim vault before departing. If the Male Human Noble married Anora, he will make a number of related comments, including suggesting plans for an heir.

Strategy Edit

See Loghain Mac Tir (strategy).

Gifts Edit

Loghain is fond of maps; giving these as gifts will significantly boost his approval.

Name Notes Description

Tre ico map 5
Botanist's Map of Thedas
Unobtainable via normal means
A botanist's map of Thedas, showing where rare plants may be found on the continent.
Tre ico map 1
Ancient Map of the Imperium
An antique, wine-stained map showing the boundaries of the ancient Tevinter Imperium.
Tre ico map 2
Current Map of Ferelden
A clean and fairly up to date map showing the borders of modern Ferelden.
Tre ico map 3
Map of the Anderfels
A beautiful illustrated map of the Anderfels that includes drawings of strange beasts.
Tre ico map 4
Map of Occupied Ferelden
An old map showing Ferelden as part of Orlais. Naturally, many such maps were destroyed when the Orlesians were driven out.

Initial statistics Edit

Relative Attribute Weightings on Auto-Level: Strength 0.95, Dexterity 0.8, Willpower 0.5, Magic 0, Cunning 0.15, Constitution 1.6.

Champion: War Cry, Rally, Motivate, Superiority.

Warrior: Powerful, Threaten, Bravery, Precise Striking, Taunt, Disengage, Perfect Striking.

Weapon and Shield Talents: Shield Bash, Shield Pummel, Overpower, Assault, Shield Block, Shield Cover, Shield Tactics, Shield Mastery.

Note: His base strength and dexterity are not high enough to normally learn high-tier Weapon and Shield Talents. It is also noteworthy he will have Superiority even if you trigger Landsmeet before he reaches level 16 (marginally possible, if you postpone all side quests and all DLC content until after Landsmeet).

Initial gear Edit

Ico armor massive River Dane armor setRiver Dane armor set

Silverite (Tier 6)

Armor: 24.16
Fatigue: 33.75%
+5 strength
+5 willpower
+1.25 stamina regeneration in combat
Set: +2 strength
Set: +1 cunning
Set: +6 attack
Set: +4 defense
Ico armor massive Armor of the River DaneArmor of the River Dane
Massive chestpiece
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 18.38
Fatigue: 26.25%
+3 strength
+3 willpower
+1.25 stamina regeneration in combat
Ico boots massive Armor of the River Dane BootsArmor of the River Dane Boots
Massive boots
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 3.15
Fatigue: 3.75%
+1 strength
+1 willpower
Ico gloves massive Armor of the River Dane GlovesArmor of the River Dane Gloves
Massive gloves
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 2.63
Fatigue: 3.75%
+1 strength
+1 willpower
Ico shield kitemetal Loghain's ShieldLoghain's Shield
Kite shield
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 34 strength

Fatigue: 4.00%
Strength modifier: 1.00
+20 physical resistance
Ico beltpouch Borders Yet to BeBorders Yet to Be
An optimistic--some might say fanciful--map in a belt case, with the borders of Ferelden adjusted to represent Loghain's machinations. Whether he regards it as unfinished or folly is not forthcoming.

+2 willpower
Ico longsword LongswordLongsword
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 11 strength

Damage: 7.00
Critical chance: 2.00%
Armor penetration: 2.00
Strength modifier: 1.00

Plot skills Edit

Skill Name Benefit Requirement
Inspired: Minor Strength +1 to strength 25% approval
Inspired: Moderate Strength +2 to strength 50% approval
Inspired: Major Strength +4 to strength 75% approval
Inspired: Massive Strength +6 to strength 90% approval

Note: These bonuses are non-cumulative, i.e., the companion will get a total bonus of +6, not of +13.

Quotes Edit

Main article: Loghain Mac Tir/Dialogue
  • (To city elf female Warden at Ostagar) "You're pretty for a Grey Warden. Don't let anyone tell you that you don't belong. The first Warden Maric brought to Ferelden was a woman, best warrior I've ever seen."
  • (To city elf male Warden at Ostagar) "You have some experience to bring to the Wardens, do you? You're not nearly as green as the other recruits."
  • (To the dwarven Warden at Ostagar) "You're no surface dwarf. I can see it in your eye, smart of the Wardens to look for recruits in Orzammar."
  • (To the Dalish Warden at Ostagar) "I see you're a Dalish. Maric knew a Dalish elf once; never saw an equal with the bow before or since."
  • '"How fortunate Maric did not live to see his son ready to hand Ferelden over to those who enslaved us for a century!"
  • "Your fascination with glory and legends will be your undoing, Cailan! We must attend to reality."
  • "Traitors! Which of you fought the Orlesian Emperor when his troops flattened your fields and raped your wives!?"
  • (When the Warden asks for a duel at the Landsmeet) "I suppose we both knew it would come to this. When we first met at Ostagar, I would have never thought so. But Ostagar seems like it happened in another lifetime, to someone else. 'A man is made by the quality of his enemies.' Maric told me that once. I wonder if it's more a compliment to you or me."
  • (At the Landsmeet, when the Warden defeats Loghain in the duel) "I underestimated you, Warden. I thought you were like Cailan, a child wanting to play at war. I was wrong. There's a strength in you I've not seen anywhere since Maric died."
  • (About Loghain's thoughts on the occupation of Ferelden) "Hate doesn't describe it, I see painted masked lords beat an old farmer to death with riding crops. To this day I don't know why, is that hate? I saw good sensible men fighting armored Chevaliers with nothing! No weapon, no armies, not even hope of success to see the occupation end, is that hate?"
  • "I've done so much wrong. Allow me to do one last thing right."

Dialogue Edit

  • Loghain: "So there is something of Maric in you after all. Good."
  • Alistair: "Forget Maric. This is for Duncan."
  • Anora: You can't do this! My father may have been wrong, but he is still a hero to the people."
  • Loghain: "Anora, hush. It's over."
  • Anora: "Stop treating me like a child. This is serious."
  • Loghain: "Daughters never grow up, Anora. They remain six years old with pigtails and skinned knees forever."

Trivia Edit

  • In modern Irish "Mac" means son and "Tir" means land. Therefore his name would mean "the son of the land" which is arguably apt due to, not only his patriotic beliefs, but also because he is the son of a farmer. The meaning was confirmed in a codex entry.
  • Loghain was featured in the December 2010 issue of Game Informer, listed as the 9th most influential video game character of the decade.
  • He married Celia, the daughter of a cabinet maker.
  • Loghain owned a mabari when he was a child. He named her Adalla, and had her for 10 years before an Orlesian took her to use her for breeding with his hunting dogs. Some time later Loghain was reunited with his dog, when the Orlesian threw the mabari out of a moving wagon. The dog was so weak that it died a week later in Loghain's lap.
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  • Loghain does not get along with any of the Warden's companions except for Dog. He seems to like the mabari, and shares stories of his own dog Adalla with him, as well as offers him treats such as cheese and ham.
  • Loghain's Betrayal at Ostagar was listed in IGN's "Top 100 Video Game Moments" as #83[1]

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Loghain Mac Tir
Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: Arms of Mac Tir

References Edit

  1. IGN Top 100 Video Game Moments
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