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It was my dream for the people to have a home of their own, where we would have no masters but ourselves. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and thus we followed Andraste, against the Imperium. But she was betrayed, and so were we.



Shartan was the leader of the elven slaves who joined Andraste's rebellion against the Tevinter Imperium in around 1020 TE.

Background Edit

Andraste Elven Archers

Arrows fly as Andraste and her elven allies, led by Shartan, rebel against Tevinter

At Shartan's word, the sky
Grew black with arrows.
At Our Lady's, ten thousand swords
Rang from their sheaths,
A great hymn rose over Valarian Fields gladly proclaiming:
Those who had been slaves were now free.

-Shartan 10:1, Dissonant Verse[1]

Shartan was born into captivity, but dreamed of a homeland where the elves could once again be free and encouraged his fellow elven slaves to rise up against their Tevinter masters. Apparently, his followers stole whatever they could find to make weapons and fought with knives of sharpened stone and glass, and with bows made from broken barrels or firewood.[2]

The support he and the elves rendered was rewarded by the creation of a new elven homeland in the Dales. Shartan, however, was killed when Andraste was betrayed and did not live to see it.[3] Though it is not specifically stated, it is likely that Shartan was burned alive by the Tevinters along with Andraste.[4]

The Chant of Light originally included a canticle describing Shartan's contribution to Andraste's cause, but it was removed from the Chant after the Exalted March on the Dales and is now considered heretical: his involvement is now referred to as the "Heresy of Shartan."[5] As of 9:40 Dragon, any Chantry art in Orlais depicting elves has been destroyed. The only remaining image of Shartan, a mural at the University of Orlais has his ears docked. [6]

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

Leliana will speak a little about Shartan if asked if she knows any stories about the Dalish, explaining that he was born into captivity and died when Andraste was betrayed. Furthermore, in The Gauntlet, during A Test of Faith quest, the Warden encounters what appears to be the spirit of Shartan, who will ask a riddle and tell of his desire for an elven homeland. The riddle is "I'd neither a guest nor a trespasser be. In this place I belong, that belongs also to me." "Home" is the correct answer to his riddle. If the Warden answers correctly then the spirit will disappear. Otherwise, they will have to fight an ash wraith.

Dragon Age II Edit

Hawke can find a book written by Shartan which can be gifted to Fenris, one of the Champion's possible companions. Hawke can also loot the sword Glandivalis that once belonged to Shartan from the pride demon Hybris. Interestingly, Hybris says that he has "fragments of every fool who held a throne, here or in the black."

Dragon Age: The Masked EmpireEdit

Empress Celene travels to the University of Orlais to discuss the acceptance of common and elven students. There she and her champion Ser Michel de Chevin note the reproduction mural of Shartan in its courtyard. Later, a human female actress portrays Shartan's involvement in Andraste's rebellion by way of a play aimed to critique Celene's position on the elves of Orlais.

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Dark Moon
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Long Walk
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Dales
Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: Glandivalis
Plot item DA2 A Slave's LifeA Slave's Life

Trivia Edit

  • It appears that many Andrastians suspect, as a matter of salacious debate, that Shartan and Andraste were lovers during her rebellion against the Magisters of Tevinter.[7]
  • Though uncommon for a slave, Shartan was literate and wrote at least one book during his lifetime: A Slave's Life. His writings were later suppressed following the Exalted March upon the Dales.


References Edit

  1. Codex entry: Dark Moon
  2. Codex entry: Dark Moon
  3. According to Leliana's story about Shartan. Codex entry: The Long Walk confirms Shartan died in the struggle against the Imperium.
  4. According to the Dalish version of Codex entry: The Dales, "our heroes died beside her, unmourned, in Tevinter bonfires."
  5. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, pg. 19.
  6. preview of The Masked Empire.
  7. Patrick Weekes. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, pg. 109-110.

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