The Hanged Man is a major tavern in Kirkwall and the only one accessible to the Hawke; it is a popular destination for all people, strangers or residents. The interior consists of one main rooms and four bedrooms, with an opulent suite currently occupied by Varric. The inhabitants of the tavern will vary, depending on what quests are active and progress through the main plot. Varric seems very interested in owning the tavern.
The tavern got its name because people used to be hanged by their feet at the spot, as Varric explains to Fenris in a party dialogue.
- A Friend, appears during the night
- Alistair (if Anora was put on the throne in Dragon Age: Origins and he was exiled)
- Corff the Bartender, bartender and rumors
- Isabela, if she is not in the group
- Maraas, in Act 3
- Martin, former raider and friend of Isabela, involved in the quest Finders Keepers
- Norah, the waitress
- Patron/Drunk Patron
- Ser Roderick
- Suspicious Lady, starts the quest Secret Rendezvous
- Talkative man, a character who breaks the fourth wall
- Varric Tethras, if he is not in the group
Codex entries Edit
- If you order 30 (doesn't have to be in same visit) drinks at the bar, whenever you enter the bar after that, the patrons will all shout "HAWKE!". This is a reference to the television series Cheers, in which all the patrons would shout "NORM! whenever he would enter the pub.
- The Tarot Card "The Hanged Man" like all other cards in the Major Arcana deck (The Trump cards) has a meaning. Its meaning is "in suspense" or in some rephrasing "Hanging Around". This is portrayed by characters such as Isabela who is in the tavern waiting to move on with her life. The statue at the entrance is a reference to this card: a man hanged by the leg while the other is crossed in a triangle shape swinging in the blowing wind.
- When talking to the patron closest to the exit, he will mention that Varric told a story of you escaping the Blight on the back of a giant turtle. This is a reference to Pirates of the Caribbean movies, whenever a character escapes off-screen such as The Guard Dog, Jack, Will and others will say it was "Sea Turtles."
- On the wall next to where Isabela stands a hanging picture can be seen of concept art for Oghren.
- The "hanged man" motif for taverns also appear in other fantasy genres. In the book Brothers in Arms (1999), written by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin, Kitiara enters the city of Hope's End and finds a tavern with a big hanged man as insignia.