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For information about the Dragon Age: Redemption character, see Saarebas (Dragon Age: Redemption).


Saarebas (Qunlat for "dangerous thing") is a Qunari word for a mage, as well as a title given to all Qunari mages. Non-Qunari mages are called Bas Saarebas (Bas meaning non-Qunari)

Background Edit

Quarini

Chained and masked Qunari mages

The world treats all mages with caution, but the Qunari are especially hard on their own. The strict and regimented treatment of Circle mages by the templars pales in comparison to that of the Saarebas by the Qunari. Whereas the Circle mages have relative freedom within their towers, Saarebas are seemingly prisoners within their own body, donning a set of heavy pauldrons with chains attached to them, perhaps to act as a form of leash, while their faces are hidden beneath a metal visor. In extreme cases their lips may be stitched together.[1] If found practicing forbidden magic, their tongues are cut out to prevent them from corrupting others.[2]

Saarebas do not receive a proper instruction and are essentially hedge mages. They are considered weapons and as such are trained with the focus on destruction.[3]

The mages in Qunari society are never allowed to be alone, and are always under watch by Arvaarads. If Saarebas separate from their keeper, they must be slain, or commit suicide, according to the Qun. The chained armor the Saarebas are forced to wear can immobilize them through a device held by an Arvaarad. The Qunari also invented a mobile version of the magic-blocking device which makes mages unable to cast spells – it is in the form of a collar.[4]

The Qunari pity, but honor the Saarebas at the same time, for the Saarebas striving while under constant threat from within is truly selfless, the highest virtue of the Qun.[1]

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
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Dragon Age II Edit

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“There are men who embrace destiny; these are the ones that change the world forever.” — Flemeth
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Saarebas shepherding wolves

A Saarebas chooses to immolate himself over living free of the Qun.

Dragon Age: Redemption Edit

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“Victory is in the Qun.” — Tallis
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  • One Saarebas got separated from the Arishok's group. He destroyed a human village and a Dalish camp whilst on the loose.


Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

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“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor
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  • With the threat of the Venatori now adding to their war with the Tevinter Imperium in the north, the Qunari dispatch Hissera; a Saarebas, to serve as an agent of the re-established Inquisition in the hopes that this contribution would help to secure a full alliance with the Inquisition
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“I suspect you have questions.” — Solas
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As part of the Dragon's Breath conspiracy, several Saarebas are deployed in combat with non Qunari forces and later a Ben-Hassrath agent; Viddasala unleashes her personal escort saarebas, Saarath in a final bid to kill the Inquisitor.

Abilities Edit

  • Cone of Lightning
  • Electrical Field
  • Lightning Ball


Elemental resistances Edit

  • Cold: very weak
  • Electricity: normal (immune on Nightmare)
  • Fire: normal (immune on Nightmare)
  • Nature: very weak
  • Spirit: normal

Special traits Edit

  • Immune to Flanking
  • Very weak health and armor

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: The Qunari - Saarebas

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 103
  2. Dragon Age II: The Complete Official Guide, p. 251
  3. Interview with David Gaider
  4. As used by Tallis in Dragon Age: Redemption.

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