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My father often forgot that 'nobility' has another meaning.

Character
Nathaniel Howe

Nathaniel howe
Race:
Gender:
Male
Class:
Title:
Grey Warden (possibly)
Specialization:
Location:
Family:
Arl Rendon Howe (father)
Unnamed mother[1]
Delilah Howe (sister)
Thomas Howe (brother)[2]
Unnamed nephew (by Delilah)
Appearances:

Nathaniel Howe is the eldest son of Arl Rendon Howe and one of the available companions in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

Background Edit

The Howe name was once great, known across Ferelden as honorable stewards of their lands and protectors of their people's freedom. But then Arl Rendon Howe betrayed the teyrn of Highever, assumed a title that did not belong to him, threw his lot in with a regicide, and was slain for his deeds. And yet he was the lucky one. He did not live to see his surname dragged through the mud, his family stripped of titles and lands. It is Rendon's son Nathaniel who has suffered for the sins of his father. He has been left with nothing, a pariah forced to live by wits alone. All he knows is that the father he loved is dead by a Grey Warden's hand and that those murderers have now installed themselves in his childhood home.[3]

Nathaniel has only recently returned to Ferelden after spending almost eight years as a squire in the Free Marches, one of which he spent in Kirkwall.

Nathaniel’s relationship with his mother isn’t explicitly stated; however there is a portrait of his mother in the Throne Room that acts as a dialogue point in which Nathaniel states that “she wasn’t that pretty in real life,” and requests that it be taken down, indicating that his relationship with her was most likely strained. He also states in this conversation that his father hated his mother.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

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Nathaniel-prisoner

Nathaniel as prisoner in Vigil's Keep

As the protagonist of the Penny Arcade Comic, Nathaniel is first seen breaking into Vigil's Keep. He is eventually caught and imprisoned in the keep's dungeon. When they first meet during Awakening, the Warden-Commander has the ability to choose his fate. He can be executed, released, or conscripted to the Grey Wardens. If he is conscripted, he will survive the Joining and become a companion. However, if he is released he will return and ask the Commander to become a Grey Warden when they return from their first trip away from Vigil's Keep.

If recruited he will later encounter his family's own Groundskeeper still working at Vigil's Keep, who will inform him that his sister, Delilah, is living in the nearby City of Amaranthine. This will begin The Howe Family.

If he is brought along to the Blackmarsh, he will reminisce about how as a child he once dreamed of coming to the Blackmarsh and setting things to right.

Epilogue

Nathaniel's ending depends on various actions you take during the game.

  • He may retire as a Grey Warden (for thinking it doesn't suit him), but his nephew will eventually become Commander of the Grey on which the Howe name would once again be known.
  • He may save Fergus Cousland from great danger and bring fame to the name of Howe once again. In gratitude, Teyrn Cousland grants some lands back to the Howes, and a statue of Nathaniel is built in front of the castle.
  • If Nathaniel is selected to defend Vigil's Keep, he will die unless the Keep has been fully upgraded.

Dragon Age II Edit

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Nathaniel in DA2

Reunion of Anders and Nathaniel

If imported from an Awakening save where he survived the events, or if you chose either the "Martyr" or "Ruthless" saved profiles, Nathaniel makes an appearance in Dragon Age II. He first appears during the quest Finding Nathaniel, part of an expedition into the Deep Roads. He explains to Hawke, who was dispatched by Delilah to find him, that the Primeval Thaig is of great interest to the Wardens, being farther in the Deep Roads than anyone has ever been. However, the Wardens felt it too risky to contact either Hawke or Varric, so the Wardens contacted the latter's brother, Bartrand. If Anders is in the party, and the imported playthrough contained an Awakening epilogue in which he was killed, Nathaniel will comment that he's supposed to be dead. Nathaniel may later show up to assist Hawke in the final battle against Knight-Commander Meredith no matter what side was chosen by the Champion.

Approval Edit

See the approval page for more information.

It is easy to raise Nathaniel's approval, especially if you are playing a Human Noble Warden. Consoling him, telling him that it was not his fault that the Howe name was dishonored, and basically any conversation choice that is open-minded will ensure that his approval will increase dramatically.

Quests Edit

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

Ico Quest The Prisoner
Ico Quest Nathaniel's Joining
Ico Quest The Howe Family

Dragon Age II Edit

Quest icon DA2 Finding Nathaniel

Gifts Edit

Nathaniel has a preference for practical items and artifacts pertaining to his family.

Name Notes Description

Plt ico sextant
Bronze Sextant
Located: Wending Wood - Corpse
An instrument used in navigation.
Plt ico letter magi
Delilah Howe's Letters
Correspondence between Delilah Howe and a friend in Denerim, providing great insight into Delilah's recent life.
Tre ico fancyvase
Golden Vase
Located: Sold by Octham the Grocer in the City of Amaranthine
This vase, bearing the Howe family crest, was likely stolen from the keep at some point.
Tre ico bow 1
Howe Bow
Located: Vigil's Keep
Becomes: Howe Bow
Plot Item
An aged but immaculate bow, stamped with the Howe crest.
Plt ico smiths tools
Locksmith's Tools
Implements for defeating or repairing locks.
Tre ico metal bar
Whetstone
Located: Kal'Hirol
A whetstone to sharpen swords, knives, and daggers.

Initial statistics Edit

Specialization Edit

Classico assassin Assassin

Skills Edit

Skl ico stealing StealingSkill-PoisonMaking icon Poison-MakingSkl ico combat4 Master Combat TrainingSkl ico tactics Combat TacticsSkill-Clarity Clarity

Talents Edit

Assassin Talent-MarkofDeath icon Mark of Death
Rogue Dirty Fighting Talent-DirtyFighting icon Dirty FightingTalent-CombatMovement icon Combat Movement
Below the Belt Talent-BelowTheBelt icon Below the Belt
Deft Hands Skl ico lockpicking Deft HandsSkl ico lockpicking 2 Improved Tools
Archery Melee Archer Talent arch meleearcher Melee ArcherTalent arch aim AimTalent arch defensivefire Defensive Fire
Pinning Shot Talent arch pinningshot Pinning ShotTalent arch cripplingshot Crippling ShotTalent arch criticalshot Critical ShotTalent arch arrowofslaying Arrow of Slaying
Rapid Shot Talent arch rapidshot Rapid ShotTalent arch shatteringshot Shattering Shot

Equipment Edit

Weapons Ico longbow Antivan LongbowAntivan Longbow
Longbow
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 14 dexterity

Damage: 6.00
Critical chance: 1.00%
Armor penetration: 4.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
+1% ranged critical chance
Armor Ico gloves light Ornate Leather GlovesOrnate Leather Gloves
Light gloves
Drakeskin (Tier 7)
Requires: 20 strength

Armor: 1.50
Fatigue: 1.15%
+2 dexterity
+1 armor
Ico armor light The Bear's EmbraceThe Bear's Embrace
Light chestpiece
Drakeskin (Tier 7)
Requires: 20 strength

Armor: 9.00
Fatigue: 2.30%
Rune slot Rune slot Rune slot
+3 dexterity
+1 armor
+5 physical resistance
Ico boots light Studded Leather BootsStudded Leather Boots
Light boots
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 10 strength

Armor: 0.75
Fatigue: 0.50%
Accessories Ico belt Buckle of the WindsBuckle of the Winds
Belt
This buckle, attached to a simple leather belt, is cool to the touch and delicately engraved.

+3 defense
Ico amulet Shaper's AmuletShaper's Amulet
Amulet
This amulet sings softly to itself, its lyrium heart filled with ancient knowledge of the dwarven empire.

+2 willpower
Ico ring Worn Golden RingWorn Golden Ring
Ring
Nathaniel's sister, Delilah, gave him this ring when she was only nine. It provided great comfort when travels took him far from home.

+3 cunning
+10% chance to dodge attacks
Ico ring Dusk RingDusk Ring
Ring
The signs of dwarven craftsmanship on this ring are clear. Carved from a single, flawless piece of amethyst, it is heavy and cool to the touch. When equipped in a set with the ring named Dawn, the character gains a bonus to armor.

+3 cunning
-1 strength

Restricted gear Edit

Tre ico bow 1 Howe BowHowe Bow
Longbow
Ancestral Heartwood (Tier 9)
Requires: 44 dexterity

Damage: 10.80
Critical chance: 1.80%
Armor penetration: 11.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
+3 damage
Rapid aim
+5% ranged critical chance
+4 attack

Ico ring Worn Golden RingWorn Golden Ring
Ring
Nathaniel's sister, Delilah, gave him this ring when she was only nine. It provided great comfort when travels took him far from home.

+3 cunning
+10% chance to dodge attacks

Plot skills Edit

As you befriend Nathaniel and gain his approval, he will gain the following additional skills:

Name Benefit Requirement
Inspired: Minor Cunning +1 to cunning 25% approval
Inspired: Moderate Cunning +2 to cunning 50% approval
Inspired: Major Cunning +4 to cunning 75% approval
Inspired: Massive Cunning +6 to cunning 90% approval
Note: These bonuses are non-cumulative, i.e. the total bonus is +6, not +13.

Dialogue points Edit

Below are the spots where you can initiate dialogue with Nathaniel. On the PC, it can be hard to find the correct spot to click; make sure to hit "tab" and rotate the camera if it's not letting you click on it.

Quotes Edit

Main article: Nathaniel Howe/Dialogue

Penny Arcade comics Edit

  • "My grandfather was a Grey Warden. Would he even recognize what the order has become? Would he weep at its dereliction? Or would he draw his blade, point it towards his enemy's heart, and cry, 'Enough.'"

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

  • (Upon first meeting him in the keep's dungeon) "If it isn't the great hero, my father's murderer."
  • (To the Warden) "I came here to kill you. If you let me go, you might not catch me next time."
  • "Curse my father and his idiot ambition. He lost everything for us, didn't he?"
  • (To a Human Noble Warden) "Look, I don't know what happened to the Couslands. But from what I hear, it was horrible. The entire war was. But what my father did shouldn't harm my entire family."
  • (If the Warden is from another origins) "Look, I know you're a hero. You fought a war and you won. But what my father did shouldn't harm my entire family."
  • "The Howes are pariahs now. Those of us who are left."

Dialogue Edit

  • Nathaniel: You like having Grey Wardens who want you dead?
  • Warden: Some of my best friends have wanted me dead.

Dragon Age II Edit

  • (To Anders, during Finding Nathaniel) "There's no escaping you, it seems."
  • (When asked about the Warden-Commander's "allies") "It's... complicated. Let's just say we live in strange times."

Trivia Edit

  • In Origins, Rendon never mentions Nathaniel, even though he mentions his other children, Delilah and Thomas.
  • When you first encounter Nathaniel in the Keep's dungeon in Awakening, he is unimpressed by the Warden-Commander, and says "Aren't you supposed to be ten feet tall? With lightning bolts shooting out of your eyes?" This is a variation of a quote from the movie Braveheart in which the above is said when William Wallace rallies the nobles' armies.
  • When you find Nathaniel in the Deep Roads during Act 3 of Dragon Age II and if you spared the Architect in Awakening, you can ask questions that will make Nathaniel mention the Architect and that the Warden's "allies" said it would be safe. This implies that the Architect and his followers are helping the Grey Wardens, which is further solidified if you ask who the allies are which Nathaniel will answer, "No, not dwarves... it's complicated. Let's just say we live in strange times."
  • Nathaniel's eyes are different colors between Dragon Age Awakening and Dragon Age II - gray in Dragon Age Awakening and light brown in Dragon Age II; this may be due to a mistake by the developers.
  • In an interview, David Gaider confirmed the birth order for the Howe siblings: Nathaniel is the eldest, then Delilah, and Thomas is the youngest. [4]
  • Gaider said, in the same interview, that Nathaniel was his father's heir, and that he was sent to the Free Marches to be fostered with another noble family.
  • It was confirmed by David Gaider that Nathaniel is 30 years old in Awakening. [5]
  • David Gaider said that if he could write another Dragon Age comic, it would be dedicated to Bethany Hawke starting with that scene in Lothering and ending as a fleeing Circle Mage. He mentioned that he wanted her to adventure with Sebastian Vael in Starkhaven, and maybe Nathaniel Howe.[6]

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Nathaniel

References Edit

  1. Referenced by the "Portrait of a Howe" in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.
  2. Samuel mentions that Thomas died in the war, presumably the Ferelden civil war during the Blight.
  3. Official Bioware Site
  4. Interview with David Gaider at Thedas UK Con, January 14, 2012
  5. BSN "The "Nathaniel Needs Love Too!" Thread" . The BioWare Forum.
  6. David Gaider on Tumblr, "On Speculative Flights of Fancy."

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