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Orlesian noble

Orlesian nobles

The Orlesian Empire is probably best known for two things – being the birthplace of the Chantry and for its extravagant royalty and nobility. Orlais has a large aristocracy famed for its excess, in particular the fashionable use of cosmetics and complicated clothing, from colorful shoes to elaborate masks.[1]

The Grand Game Edit

Main article: The Grand Game

Among the Orlesian nobility, status and appearance are set above all things. Orlesian culture is renowned for its infighting, with every family engaging in what is known as the Grand Game whose object is to one-up rival nobles.[2]

Ennoblement Edit

Outside of Orlais, it is believed that the lower classes find nobility and the Game contemptible. In truth, most Orlesians aspire to become its participants – even Briala's parents were players of the Game[3], even though they were only servants, and elven ones at that. Some say that Orlais is a kind of meritocracy, and it is true that anyone could conceivably join the ranks of nobility if they become wealthy enough. For example, a lucky merchant with a powerful patron could gain a title through the Council of Heralds. However, it is exceptionally rare and for most commoners ennoblement remains an unattainable goal.[2]

Titles Edit

Emperor Drakon, the founder of the Empire, abolished all noble titles with the exception of Lord, Lady and Emperor, fearing that the Grand Game would tear the nation apart. It did not end the Game as Drakon had intended and only made it worse. The nobles began to find other ways to state their superiority and even collect unofficial titles, such as "the exalted patron of Tassus Klay" or "uncle to the champion of Tremmes".[4] With this failure the official titles would later be restored.[5]

Titles are granted by the Orlesian Council of Heralds.

Aristocratic titles and appropriate forms of address[6]
Masculine Feminine Form of address Usage
Emperor Empress Your Radiance,
Your Imperial Majesty
Title for the Orlesian ruler and his or her spouse.
Prince Princess Your Imperial Highness Title for direct family members of the ruler, including their children and siblings.
Grand Duke Grand Duchess Your Highness Title for those who were once princes or princesses but are no longer directly related to the emperor. Not hereditary.
Duke Duchess Your Grace The highest noble title.
Marquis Marquise Your Grace Noble title. Lower than duke/duchess.
Comte Comtesse Your Lordship/Ladyship Noble title. Lower than marquis/marquise.
Baron Baroness Your Lordship/Ladyship Lowest noble title, often considered the equivalent of lord or lady.
Lord Lady Monsieur/Madame,
"de" or "du" honorific
Acceptable address for any nobility, no matter the rank, but not royalty.
Chevalier Dame Ser Title reserved for the order of Orlesian knights.

Note: The title of viscount is not known to be used in Orlais, though chevalier Ser Michel Lafaille was appointed Viscount of Orlesian-occupied Kirkwall.

Known royalty and nobility Edit

Emperors and Empresses Edit

  • Emperors/Empresses with dated reigns:
    • Emperor Kordillus Drakon I – the first Emperor of Orlais, ruled from -3 Ancient to 1:45 Divine
    • Empress Area Drakon – the wife of Kordillus I[7]
    • Emperor Kordillus Drakon II – the son of Kordillus I and the second Emperor of Orlais, crowned in 1:45 Divine
    • Empress Jeaneve Drakon I – one of the early Orlesian rulers. She created many of the traditions and practices of the imperial court. Her guard, the Empress's Arm, were one of the main predecessors of the chevaliers.[8]
    • Emperor Xavier Drakon – Deposed by Alphonse Valmont in the late Exalted Age, he was the last of the Drakon dynasty to hold the Orlesian throne.
    • Emperor Alphonse Valmont – the first of the Valmont dynasty to rule Orlais.
    • Empress Merise Valmont – ruled from 6:19-6:43 Steel[9]
    • Emperor Freyan Valmont – ascended to the throne in 7:44 Storm. It is known that he abolished the law that disallowed women from joining the Orlesian knighthood.[10]
    • Emperor Cyril Valmont – ruler during the liberation of Kirkwall from the Qunari in 7:60 Storm[11][12]
    • Emperor Etienne Valmont I – the Emperor who presided over the end of the Exalted Marches against the Qunari[13] he ruled from 7:71 Storm to 8:21 Blessed[14]
    • Empress Yvette, wife of Emperor Etienne
    • Emperor Reville Valmont – known as the "Mad Emperor", he ruled from 8:21-8:51 Blessed and ordered the second and successful invasion of Ferelden[15][14]
    • Emperor Etienne Valmont II - ruled from 8:51-8:55 Blessed,[14] lost his life amidst the political turmoil left by Reville[16]
    • Emperor Judicael Valmont I – ruled from 8:55-8:70 Blessed,[14] he rebuilt the Winter Palace in Halamshiral
    • Emperor Judicael Valmont II – ruled from 8:70-8:84 Blessed[14]
    • Emperor Florian Valmont – ruled from 8:84 Blessed to 9:19 Dragon, lost Ferelden to a rebellion
    • Empress Celene Valmont I – crowned Empress in 9:20 Dragon after her uncle Florian died without issue. Current ruler of Orlais as of 9:41 Dragon.
    • Emperor Gaspard de Chalons – can be crowned Emperor in 9:41 Dragon if his cousin Celene I is assassinated. First ruler of Chalons dynasty.
  • Emperors/Empresses with undated reigns:
    • Empress Aimee[17]
    • Empress Celeste[18]
    • Emperor Corentine[19]
    • Empress Vougiene[20]
    • Emperor Leandre I[21]
    • Emperor Leandre II[21]
    • Empress Michele de la Tour de Fermin [22]

Princes and Princesses Edit

  • Princess Charlotte – sister of Emperor Corentine[19]
  • Crown Prince Etienne III - one of Emperor Judicael II's twin sons, died during the Hundred Days Cough of 8:77 Blessed
  • Princess Evangeline - daughter of Emperor Florian, died during the Hundred Days Cough of 8:77 Blessed
  • Prince Arwand de Glace – son of Empress Vougiene[20]
  • Crown Prince Leopold - one of Emperor Judicael II's twin sons, died during the Hundred Days Cough of 8:77 Blessed
  • Prince Reynaud – youngest son of Emperor Judicael I, brother to Emperors Judicael II and Florian, and the father of Empress Celene I[23]
  • Princess Melisande - daughter of Emperor Judicael I, and younger sister to Prince Reynaud, Emperors Judicael II and Florian

Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses Edit

  • Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons – challenged Celene I rule, sparking a civil war
  • Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons - sister of Gaspard
  • Grand Duke Gratien – murdered along with his wife and children on the orders of Mad Emperor Reville who feared him as a rival[24]
  • Grand Duchess Leontine - daughter of Emperor Reville and sister to Emperors Etienne II and Judicael I

Dukes and Duchesses Edit

  • Duke Isidore d'Arlesans, Duke Yvon of Savrenne, and Duke Stephan of Val Montaigne - Younger brothers of Emperor Alphonse Valmont. [25]
  • Duchess Clarisse de Montfort - mother of Empress Celene I
  • Duke Cyril de Montfort – the youngest member of the Council of Heralds,[26] son of Duke Prosper[27]
  • Duke Prosper de Montfort – a close friend and cousin of Celene I[23]
  • Duke Remache of Lydes – Gaspard de Chalons' ally during the Orlesian Civil War, his death sparked a succession crisis between his daughter Monette, his brother Jean-Gaspard and his cousin Caralina. [28]
  • Duchess Marissa de Ghislain - died in 8:96 Blessed of the blue death, later succeeded by her younger brother Bastien.
  • Duke Bastien de Ghislain – Grand Duke Gaspard's father-in-law[23] Head of the Council of Heralds and the lover of Madame Vivienne.
  • Duchess Nicoline - Duke Bastien's wife and Grand Duke Gaspard's mother-in-law
  • Duke Laurent de Ghislain - Son of Duke Bastien de Ghislain and Duchess Nicoline, and a member of the Council of Heralds
  • Duke Germain de Chalons - member of the Council of Heralds, and paternal uncle to Grand Duke Gaspard[29]
  • Duke Theodore de Chalons - husband of Princess Melisande, and father of Grand Duke Gaspard & Grand Duchess Florianne
  • Duke Stefan de Firmin - duke of Val Firmin and husband of Duke Remache's cousin Caralina [28]
  • Duke de Freyen - a dignitary paying tribute to the Inquisition
  • Duchess Yvonne Blanchard - duchess of Val Montaigne and a Chevalier, fought at the battle of White River during the Fereldan Rebellion
  • Duke Alvin Blanchard of Val Montaigne - A cousin of the Imperial Family with connections to Florianne de Chalons and the Venatori. [30]
  • Duke Valere Fontaine [30]
  • Duchess Nicole de Val Montaigne - A member of the Orlesian Society for the Protection of Historic Architecture interested in restoring Judicael's Crossing in Emprise du Lion. [31]
  • Duke Genelle [32]

Marquises Edit

Comtes and Comtesses Edit

  • Comte Alphonse Valmont
  • Comte Reynaud de Launcet - father of Guillaume de Launcet
  • Comte Guillaume de Launcet – was once engaged to Leandra Amell of Kirkwall
  • Comte Dorian – he owned Fiona and used her as a slave. He was eventually slain by her with magic.[45]
  • Comtesse Jeannevere[46]
  • Comte Brevin de Chalons of Montfort[47]
  • Comte Pierre of Halamshiral – a nobleman somewhat sympathetic to the elven plight[48]
  • Comte Chantral of Velun – an ardent suitor for Celene's hand[49]
  • Comtesse d'Argent – an ally of Celene[33]
  • Comtesse Elodie
  • Comtesse Helene – a patron of learning attempting to sponsor an elven math prodigy named Lennan being accepted into the University of Orlais[50]
  • Comtesse Solange Montbelliard - "The Silver Lady of Churneau" and a member of the Council of Heralds[51][26]
  • Comte Evram de Morrac - Ruler of Val Firmin during the late Exalted Age along with his wife Louise, previous owners of the mask Curse of Morrac.
  • Comte Renald de Mourier - A distant relation of Empress Celene [43]
  • Comte Boisvert - Owner of Boisvert Mansion in Val Royeaux
  • Comte Gerard of Jader[52]
  • Comte Marius de Poisson - A comte with lands bordering the Ylenn Basin. [53]
  • Comte Etienne - Sponsored Lord Seeker Lambert van Reeves into the Templar Order.
  • Comte Lothaire Doucy - Member of the Council of Heralds.[16][26]
  • Comtesse de Bayard [54]
  • Comtesse d'Arnee [55]
  • Comtesse Simone of Savrenne - One of the previous owners of the axe Misfortune's Bite.
  • Comtesse Lutetia - a dignitary with a perculiar obsession with butterflies and a patron of the arts. She was once a visitor and guest of the Inquisition.

Barons and Baronesses Edit

Lords and Ladies Edit

  • Lady Couteau - One of the three handmaidens of Empress Celene along with lady Colombe and lady Fleur
  • Lady Colombe - One of the three handmaidens of Empress Celene along with lady Couteau and lady Fleur
  • Lady Calienne de Ghislain - wife of Grand Duke Gaspard.
  • Lord Emile Deveraux - "the Golden Prince" of the Summer War[58]
  • Lord Eustace of Val Foret, Bosom Companion of Florian the Glorious and Principal Patron of Leorande the Younger [59]
  • Lady Cerise, wife of Lord Eustace [59]
  • Lady Cecilie Vasseur – lover of music and guardian of Leliana following the death of Oisine, Leliana's mother and Cecilie's handmaiden[60]; she and her household left Ferelden following the Fereldan Rebellion[61]
  • Lady Elspeth[62]
  • Lady Fleur - One of the three handmaidens of Empress Celene along with lady Colombe and lady Couteau
  • Lady Seryl of Jader – a loyal ally of Empress Celene I[63]
  • Lord Bencour - a nobleman of Halamshiral; considered by the City elves something of a deadbeat regarding payment of his debts[64]
  • Remi Vascal – commonly known as the Black Fox
  • Lord Mainserai – a little-liked nobleman of Halamshiral[65]
  • Lord Ignace Poulenc - with his wife discovered the beneficial properties of "Salubrious Embrium".[66]
  • Lady Adele Lescot [67]
  • Lord Esmeral Abernache
  • Lord Ademar Garde-Haut - royal historian and author of several codex entries.[68]
  • Lady Ginette Lagaspe - Allied with Marquise Bouffon [38]
  • Lord Roux Marchette - Declared himself king of the Nahashin Marshes during the Glory Age. [69]
  • Lord Basile Maron [70]
  • Lady Ducette - Lord Basile's daughter [70]
  • Lord D'Onterre - Owner of the Chateau d'Onterre in the Emerald Graves [71]
  • Lord Chancer de Lion - A trainer for the Inquisition.
  • Lord Ramond Maurel - Owner of Villa Maurel in the Emerald Graves.
  • Lord Norbert de la Haine - ordered the construction of Chateau Haine in the Black Age. [72]
  • Lady Alcyone - Author of "The Dowager's Field Guide to Good Society" [73]
  • Lord Aurelien of Montsimmard - commissioned the Summer Sword for his youngest son Luis in 8:84 Blessed [74]
  • Lord Giroux Lemarque - Father of Bernice Lemarque and Fairbanks' grandfather, depending on the Inquisitor's choices he could be the last of his ancient house. [75][76]
  • Lord Vincent Callier - An ally of Empress Celene, was murdered along his entire family in 9:35 Dragon. [77]
  • Lord Pierren DesRosiers - Possible ally to the Inquisition. [78]
  • Lady Velise Thibault - Possible ally to the Inquisition. [78]
  • Lady Celeste Thibault - Lady Velise's daughter, lover of Jecin Leandre [79]
  • Lady Eustace Richelieu [80]
  • Lord Joffrey of Montfort - A courtier who left his wife Lady Chantal of Val Chevin to become a Chantry initiate. [81]
  • Lord Benoit Gelinaux [82]
  • Lady Ivaline Fernande [83]
  • Lord and Lady Verchin [83]
  • Lady Dever [84]
  • Lord Bellien [84]
  • Lord Werner Jauquin - Author of "Tales of Val Royeaux" [85]
  • Lord Montlaures - Father of Area, the wife of Kordillus Drakon I.
  • Lady Sidonia [86]
  • Lady Marchelette - Sidonia's daughter [86]
  • Lord Francois Maigny - Author of "Aveline, Knight of Orlais" [87]
  • Lord Rudalt de Lancre - Has a company of soldiers [88]
  • Lady Amandine du Val [19]
  • Lady Nester [89]
  • Lady Guinevere Volant - An Inquisition agent [90]
  • Lady Taraline Emmald - Sera's foster mother
  • Lady Simone Therese Germaine - Author of "An Illumination of the Art and Artifacts of the Imperial Court of Orlais" [91]
  • Lady Jonquil Severin - Author of "Lifestyles of the Wealthy and Politically Influential" [92]
  • Lord Avery of Montsimmard [93]
  • Lady Wilhelmina Bonchance - Author of the portrait book The Gallery of Knaves [19]
  • Lord Ezoire - Ruler of Ezoire [94]

Trivia Edit

  • "Comte" is the French word for "Count". Aside from "chevalier", it is the only Orlesian title mentioned in-game that uses the French – all other Orlesian titles (Empress, Duke, Viscount, Baroness) are in English.

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 56
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 60
  3. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, pg. 66 and 236.
  4. Codex entry: The Orlesian Empire
  5. Interview with David Gaider
  6. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 62
  7. Codex entry: The Bow of the Golden Sun
  8. Codex entry: The Empress's Point
  9. Codex entry: Three Little Empresses
  10. Codex entry: Aveline, Knight of Orlais
  11. 11.0 11.1 Codex entry: Halamshiral
  12. Mentioned on a plaque titled "Victory and Shade" found in Val Royeaux's Summer Bazaar
  13. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 122
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Reigns of several Valmont Emperors are denoted under paintings found in the Winter Palace during Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts
  15. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 123
  16. 16.0 16.1 Codex entry: Council of Heralds
  17. Codex entry: The Avenue of Her Reflective Thought
  18. Codex entry: The Golden Prince's Raiment
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Codex entry: Lady Amandine du Val
  20. 20.0 20.1 Codex entry: Andraste in Nude Repose - Invisible
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Emperor Leandre II" is mentioned by the Inquisitor while judging the remains of Florianne de Chalons.
  22. Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 2, p. 237
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 67
  24. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 127
  25. Codex entry: Winter Palace
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Dance with the Dowager: The Courante war table operation
  27. Mark of the Assassin
  28. 28.0 28.1 Choose Successor in Lydes
  29. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, pg. 63.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Truth or Dare: The Endgame
  31. Restore Judicael's Crossing
  32. A Conspiracy of Dunces
  33. 33.0 33.1 Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 288
  34. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 31
  35. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 362
  36. Wicked Eyes Wicked Hearts
  37. Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, p. 223
  38. 38.0 38.1 Pursue Marquise Bouffon war table operation
  39. Speak with Minister Bellise at Party
  40. Find the Old Montilyet Family Crest
  41. Codex entry: Bogfisher
  42. Codex entry: On Avvar Cuisine
  43. 43.0 43.1 Truth or Dare: Lake Celestine
  44. Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater
  45. Dragon Age: The Calling, pp. 319–320
  46. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 68
  47. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 76
  48. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 155
  49. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 46
  50. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 16
  51. Letter: A Letter to an Ambassador
  52. Business with the Carta
  53. Dance with the Dowager: The Allemande
  54. Investigate the Strange Chalk Markings
  55. Codex entry: Blood Lotus
  56. Defeat Marquise Bouffon war table operation
  57. Shield of the Anointed description
  58. Codex entry: The Lion of Orlais.
  59. 59.0 59.1 Blood of Val Foret
  60. Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, Vol. 2, pg. 84.
  61. According to conversation with Leliana in Dragon Age: Origins
  62. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 96
  63. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 158
  64. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 41.
  65. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 44
  66. Codex entry: Embrium.
  67. Assigning Michel de Chevin
  68. Codex entry: Ville Montevelan
  69. Song of the Marshes description
  70. 70.0 70.1 Deal with Lord Basile Maron
  71. Codex entry: Lord D'Onterre's Journal
  72. Codex entry: Chateau Haine
  73. Codex entry: Orlesian Caprice Coins
  74. Codex entry: The Summer Sword
  75. Noble Deeds, Noble Heart
  76. Capitalize on Alliance with Fairbanks
  77. Codex entry: Gordon Blackwall
  78. 78.0 78.1 Alliances: Getting Things Moving
  79. Alliances: From the Heart
  80. Alliances: Forging a Way Forward
  81. Codex entry: Statue of Blessed Brother Joffrey of Ghislain
  82. Eyes of the Maker
  83. 83.0 83.1 Codex entry: Crate of Live Death Watch Beetles
  84. 84.0 84.1 Rescue the Spy
  85. Codex entry: Legend of the Three Sisters: Book 1
  86. 86.0 86.1 Codex entry: How to Act Fereldan
  87. Codex entry: Aveline, Knight of Orlais
  88. Dialogue in Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts
  89. Judgments: Abernache over Under
  90. Break Venatori Hold on Wycome
  91. Codex entry: The Colossus of Orlais
  92. Codex entry: Duke Prosper de Montfort
  93. Codex entry: The Silver Knight
  94. A Plea for Sanctuary

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