Dragon Age: Origins Edit
Rica works as a noble hunter and will appear in both the Dwarf Commoner and Dwarf Noble Origin. Beraht considers Rica one of his many "investments", as he is paying for her education, clothing, make-up, dental work, speech lessons, and the like. Beraht impatiently expects her to attract a noble caste patron and bear him a son, which will be to Beraht's benefit, as well as her own. Under the dwarven caste system, a child inherits the caste of its same-sex parent. A male child fathered by a noble would be of the noble caste and it is customary for the family of the lower caste parent to be brought into the noble's household. As a result Beraht can claim to be a distant uncle of Rica and enjoy the elevation of status too.
In the Dwarf Noble Origin, she is named as "Mistress" and will reveal that the noble she is seeing is in fact Prince Bhelen Aeducan. Later on, after the Warden gains access to the Royal Palace, they can find a letter from Rica in the palace. It is also possible to hear several Orzammar residents speaking with disdain about the fact that Bhelen is involved with a casteless woman, though it's made out to be a common enough practice in Orzammar. Harrowmont's crier, specifically, may mention this as one of Bhelen's shortcomings.
If playing as the Dwarf Commoner, and thus as her brother or sister, she will find the Warden as soon as they return to Orzammar and have entered the Diamond Quarter, excitedly telling them that she has borne Bhelen a son named Endrin after Bhelen's deceased father and that she and their mother are now living in the Royal Palace as she became a royal concubine to House Aeducan. She will take the Warden directly to Vartag Gavorn in the hopes that her sibling, as a Grey Warden, can help resolve the succession problem. While it is possible to decline Vartag at this time and instead side with Harrowmont, opting to do so will crush Rica. The Dwarf Commoner also has the option to ask from Harrowmont to not treat their half sister badly should he become king. Harrowmont, who wasn't aware of this connection, agrees to the request.
Rica will also appear in the epilogue should the Warden be of Dwarf Commoner Origin. If the Warden survives the final battle, she will be there as an ambassador and tell her sibling that they are now part of the Warrior caste and will possibly become a Paragon. If Harrowmont becomes king, Rica will say that Bhelen's death worked out for the best; she's glad she doesn't have a man to boss her about and her son is still the heir of House Aeducan. If Bhelen lives she will still be his concubine.However at the Winter Palace, the representatives from Orzammar will discuss the Warden if they were a dwarf commoner and Bhelen rules and will mention that King Bhelen wishes for all of Orzammar to venerate his wife's family.
Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit
- (about Beraht) "I can only imagine the horrible things he's made you do."
- (about mother) "I think the moss-wine's finally rotted her brains."