- "Being a Grey Warden is not a cure...it is a calling."
Stroud is a Grey Warden who appears to hold a high rank, since he is first seen with two men guarding and following him. Stroud speaks with an Orlesian accent and is a warrior, fighting with a two-handed sword. He later carries a longsword and shield when you meet him in Act 2.
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for Dragon Age II.
As Hawke's party returns to the surface after the Deep Roads expedition, Bethany or Carver will have contracted the darkspawn taint if they were brought in the expedition. If Anders is also part of the expedition, he will propose to search for a Grey Warden in the area to ask him to let Bethany or Carver join the order. That Grey Warden is Stroud.
After some negotiations with Anders, Stroud will let Hawke's sibling attempt to join the Grey Wardens, saying that Anders and he will then be even. Bethany/Carver will survive the initiation off-screen but will leave the party until the end of the game.If Alistair did not remain with the Grey Wardens, Stroud will get another appearance during the razing of Lowtown by the Qunari. Hawke will encounter Stroud, along with two male Wardens (and possibly Bethany or Carver) fighting a group of Qunari. After the battle, he announces that he cannot stay to help because he must return to his mission, and that Grey Wardens cannot get involved in political struggles. Stroud will give Hawke the Warden's Promise ring before leaving.