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Magisters are members of the Magisterium, the upper house of the Tevinter Imperial Senate.[1] These coveted seats are split among the Circle of Magi, the Chantry, and the major families- who are currently all mages. Their edicts rule the Tevinter Imperium.[2] Young mages often aspire to become a magister's apprentice because it offers them the best chance of ascending to the rank of magister. Foreign mages may also indenture themselves to a magister in order to eventually become imperial citizens.[3]

Background Edit

The Magisterium was established by Archon Darinius[4]. One can be part of the Magisterium in various ways:

  • A magister is chosen from each of the seven Circles of Magi in Tevinter, usually from the ranks of senior enchanters. However, First Enchanters are ineligible for becoming magisters.
  • Every Grand Cleric of the Imperial Chantry has a seat, as does the Imperial Divine.
  • Seats can be inherited by the magisters' heirs.
  • The Imperial Archon reserves the right to appoint new magisters of his choosing at any time.[5]

The Archon used to be elected from the ranks of the Magisterium but this practice has been banned since the Black Age.[5]

After the Third Blight, the Andrastian Chantry promoted the story that a group of magisters managed to physically enter the Fade and the Golden City of the Maker,[6] According to that story, this act, recognized as the "second sin", corrupted the city and led to the creation of the first darkspawn.

Known magisters Edit

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  • Adralla, born in Vyrantium. After she fled from Tevinter, she was commissioned by Divine Clemence I in 4:46 Black to write the Litany of Adralla, a tool against blood mages and demonic possession.[7][8][9]
  • Aesthia, she lived in 7:71 Storm and criticized blood magic in a letter to her apprentice.[10]
  • Vibius Agorian, who authored the text Questioning the Chant.[11][12]
  • Ahriman, according to Hadriana, Fenris' sister, Varania, serves at his court.
  • Sethius Amladaris, one of the ancient magisters who entered the Golden City and became one of the first darkspawn.
  • Anodatus, a descendant of Archon Ishal. His family is traditionally responsible for the upkeep of the Juggernaut Golems which guard Minrathous.
  • Gereon Alexius, a member of the Venatori and the mentor of Dorian Pavus.
  • Allineas, a famous researcher during the Towers Age who first coined the term "arcanist derangement" in relation with apostates.[13]
  • Irian Amladaris, current representative of House Amladaris in the Magisterium as of 9:40 Dragon[14]
  • Zaldereon Antonidas, an acquaintance of Professor Frederic[15]
  • Aurarius, who campaigned for increased funding to the Circles in 9:39. [16]
  • Calanthus, he believed he would become the "Ascended Man" and for that purpose he sacrificed thirty three slaves in a rite which turned him into an abomination. He lived before 7:71 Storm.[10]
  • Callistus, of Teraevyn, his research on the Fade earned him the epithet "the Fade-Touched".[17]
  • Cavellus, creator of the Amulet of the War Mage.
  • Cruxis, he led an expedition into the Arbor Wilds.[18]
  • Danarius, Fenris's master.
  • Delphine, lived in Minrathous at 8:65 Blessed.[19]
  • Erasthenes, a famed scholar of the Old gods
  • Gallus, a magister in league with the Venatori who studied bound demons in the Hissing Wastes.[20]
  • Livius Erimond, a magister and a member of the Venatori.
  • Hadriana, an apprentice of Danarius.
  • Harach, the famous creator of the Juggernaut armor set.[21]
  • Emerius Krayvan, founder of Kirkwall.[22]
  • Nanterius, Praetor of Vyrantium in 9:40 Dragon with an interest in mining activities beyond Tevinter borders.[23]
  • Urian Nihalias, a magister who became the Black Divine in 9:27 Dragon after a coup against his predecessor.
  • Oratius, a poet who authored the Chant for Dreamers[24]
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  • Dorian Pavus, becomes head of House Pavus after his father is assassinated. He Assumes his father's seat in the Magisterium c. 9:43 Dragon.[25]
  • Gideon Pavus, an ancestor of House Pavus who was tried for treason during the Exalted Age.[26]
  • Halward Pavus, the former representative of House Pavus in the Magisterium and father of Dorian.
  • Parthalan, his legion was supposed to quell a slave uprising in Kirkwall, but none of them ever arrived. Owner of a special staff.
  • Pelidanus, head of the Corial Order in the early Exalted Age.[27]
  • Pellinar, who wrote about the cultural habits of the Orlesians to his countrymen.[28]
  • Pendictus, a researcher of the secrets of elven Veilfire[29]
  • Leviculix Porenni, a Tevinter supremacist during the Blessed Age[30]
  • Prycis, a magister in league with the Venatori, who commanded to examine the elven ruins near Crestwood.[31]
  • Quillan, who served under Claudian and enforced the cruel practices within the Bone Pit in -35 Ancient.[32]
  • Talerio, a magister involved in the Imperium's first expedition against the Avvars, and later against the rest of the Alamarri, including Chasind, in -712 Ancient (483 TE). Sanctioned the culling of many residents of the Frostbacks and sacked their encampments for trophies.[33]
  • Athanir Tilani, father of Maevaris who was most known for his gentle nature and inoffensiveness in the Imperial Senate, executed in 9:32 Dragon by the Imperial Templars[34]
  • Maevaris Tilani, a magister and widow of Varric Tethras's cousin, Thorold.
  • Aurelian Titus, a magister with no known lands or family but with a reputation for power and knowing things no others do.
  • Tlaxius, one of the last generals who tried to invade Ferelden and owner of the Staff Of The Magister Lords.
  • Urathus, a magister in league with the Venatori who was active in the Hissing Wastes.
  • Varas, a magister whose apprentice researched the capabilities of vitaar in 9:32 Dragon.[35]
  • Verixsus, a magister in contact with the Inquisition, with a particular view concerning the proper use of spirit-bindings[36]
  • Viren, a magister who lectured on the threat of the "oxmen in the north" [37]
  • Claudian Vyrantus, who was the last attendant of the Bone Pit and was feared for his cruelty, owner of the Armor of the Overseer.[38]

Items of magisters Edit

A significant number of artifacts formerly owned by magisters can also be found in the games:

120px-amuletofthewarmage Amulet of the War MageAmulet of the War Mage
Amulet
This amulet was forged during the height of the ancient Tevinter Imperium's power, a time when entire armies would flee upon seeing a Tevinter magister stride into battle. While the name Cavellus remains engraved on its back, any memory of the magister who created it has been lost to the mists of time.

+5% fire damage
+5% cold damage
+5% electricity damage
+5% nature damage
+5% spirit damage
Armor set bonus Armor of the OverseerArmor of the Overseer
Item set
Silver Threaded
Requires: Mage (only cowl and gloves)
25 magic
15 willpower

Armor: 361
Rune slot
+80 mana/stamina
+204 attack
+4 mana/stamina regeneration rate
Set: +2 magic
Set: +3% defense
Ico belt Belt of the Magister LordsBelt of the Magister Lords
Belt
Disks of gold have been linked to form this, each bearing the symbol for a school of magic.

+3 spellpower
Ico amulet Magister's ShieldMagister's Shield
Amulet
The air around this simple silver chain seems to shimmer slightly, and the chain itself feels weighty, as if it were something far more substantial.

+6 defense
+12 defense against missiles
+4% spell resistance

-10% nature resistance
Ico belt Magister's CinchMagister's Cinch
Belt
This was formed from several braided strips of dark material. One feels ice cold to the touch. Another, extremely hot. Yet another seems almost to have a pulse of its own.

Reduces hostility
+10% to healing effects received
Staff green DA2 The Magister's ScytheThe Magister's Scythe
Staff
Red Steel
Requires: 25 magic

Damage: 24 physical damage
(33 per second)
+63 attack
Attacks ignore enemy armor
5% chance to regenerate 3% health
Ring silver DA2 Ring of the MagisterRing of the Magister
Ring

+6 mana/stamina
+4% fire damage
Ico armor robe Robes of the Magister LordsRobes of the Magister Lords
Clothing
The mages of the Tevinter Imperium are known for their power--and their recklessness. This robe's former owner was caught in a conflagration of his own making. The robe survived, the mage didn't.

+5 willpower
+10% fire resistance
+10% cold resistance
Ico staff Staff of the Magister LordStaff of the Magister Lord
Staff
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 36 magic

Damage: 6.40 (Cold)
Armor penetration: 40.00
+6 willpower
+2/+4 mana regeneration in combat
+6 spellpower
+10% spirit damage
+10% fire damage
Staff green DA2 Staff of ParthalanStaff of Parthalan
Staff
Red Steel

Damage: 22 fire damage
(30 per second)
Rune slot
+2 magic
+24 mana/stamina
+13% fire damage

Trivia Edit

  • The Well-Read Pig-Farmer was also part of the Magisterium.
  • The ancient magisters suffered physical mutations as a result of massive lyrium consumption.[39]
  • It is common for non-Tevinters to attach the label "magister" to any and all Tevinter mages. This inaccurate practice is considered a mark of ignorance in the Imperium.
  • In the French translation of the first two games of the series, the Magisters were called "Inquisiteurs" (Inquisitors). This translation was dropped for Dragon Age: Inquisition.

See also Edit

Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: Tevinter: The Magisters

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Magisterium

References Edit

  1. Codex entry: The Magisterium
  2. Per conversation with Dorian
  3. dialogue with Fiona
  4. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 122
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 76
  6. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 125
  7. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 94
  8. Codex entry: The Litany of Adralla
  9. Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 393
  10. 10.0 10.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 109
  11. Codex entry: The Wrath of Heaven
  12. Codex entry: Corypheus
  13. Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 285
  14. Complete the wartable mission "House Amladaris" with Josephine
  15. Codex entry: Professor Frederic of Serault
  16. Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius
  17. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 136
  18. Codex entry: Arbor Wilds
  19. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, pp. 78-79
  20. Codex entry: Demons of the Stone
  21. Codex entry: Legend of the Juggernaut
  22. Codex entry: History of Kirkwall: Chapter 1
  23. Note: Elegantly Written Letter
  24. Codex entry: Spirits and Demons
  25. Codex entry: Dorian Pavus
  26. Codex entry: Dorian Pavus
  27. Codex entry: Astrariums
  28. Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater
  29. Codex entry: The Lost Art of Veilfire
  30. Note: The Old Imperium
  31. Note:Sealed Orders
  32. Codex entry: The Bone Pit
  33. Codex entry: The Mountain-Father's Haft
  34. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 43
  35. Codex entry: Vitaar
  36. A Cultured Exchange if done with Josephine
  37. Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius
  38. Codex entry: Armor of the Overseer
  39. Codex entry: Lyrium (Origins)

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