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The Warden-Commander is the Commander of the Grey in Ferelden, the ruler of Vigil's Keep and the arling of Amaranthine, and the player-controlled protagonist of Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening. The Warden-Commander can be either the Warden from Dragon Age: Origins (with any origin story from that game and regardless of the Warden's fate), or a new Orlesian Warden.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

Main article: Amaranthine Conflict (9:31 Dragon)
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“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
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If the Hero of Ferelden survived the Fifth Blight:

Six months after the conclusion of the Fifth Blight, the Warden has been promoted to Commander of the Grey and assigned as Ferelden's new Warden-Commander succeeding Duncan.
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“I do not seek to rule my brethren. I only seek to release them from their chains.” — The Architect
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If the Hero of Ferelden died slaying the Archdemon: One of the Orlesian Grey Wardens has been made Ferelden's new Warden-Commander.

Before departing Orlais, Empress Celene I personally presented the Warden-Commander with a new uniform to celebrate their new commission. [1]

The new Warden-Commander has been tasked to rebuild the Grey Warden Order's presence there. The Wardens have been given the fortress of Vigil's Keep - formerly the seat of Arl Rendon Howe - as a home base as well as rule over the Arling of Amaranthine.

Even though the archdemon is now dead, the darkspawn have not departed (as was natural following prior Blights) and there are reports of a new, highly intelligent breed of darkspawn. Following the end of the Fifth Blight, several Grey Wardens from Orlais have been re-assigned to Ferelden.

Through investigation, the Warden-Commander discovers that the darkspawn have broken into two warring factions, one led by the Mother and the other led by the Architect, and it is their conflict which is behind the ongoing troubles. The Warden has no choice but to destroy the Mother, but has the option to either kill the Architect or allow it to live and continue its' work in an attempt to establish a lasting peace.

The Golems of Amgarrak Edit

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“It'll wear your face, Jerrik. Take it off in rips and strips...” — Brogan Dace
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Sometime after the defeat of the Mother, Jerrik Dace of Orzammar asks the Warden-Commander to accompany him to Amgarrak Thaig where his house led an expedition, in order to find his missing brother, Brogan, and to recover whatever information the expedition had found of the research to make golems without the Anvil of the Void.

Though the Warden-Commander is able to rescue Brogan, a Harvester attacked the party while they were investigating the thaig. After discovering the truth behind the Harvester's origins, the trio resolve to destroy the creature and bury this branch of golem research forever.

Witch Hunt Edit

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“"Do not follow me," I said, and slipped into the shadows.” — Morrigan
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While searching for Morrigan, the Warden-Commander also seeks clues regarding an Eluvian - a mirror with the power of transportation to a dimension beyond both Thedas and the Fade.

The Warden finds the Eluvian and Morrigan in The Nest beneath the Dragonbone Wastes. The possible outcomes are:

  • The Warden-Commander stabs Morrigan. Although the attack looks deadly, Morrigan falls into the portal, and it is deliberately unclear whether she survives. The Warden recovers some items from her camp, and departs.
  • The Warden-Commander allows Morrigan to enter the portal unharmed. After her departure, the Warden recovers the items from her camp and leaves with Ariane, Finn, and Dog.
  • The Warden-Commander travels through the portal with Morrigan. This ending is only possible with a male Warden who completed Morrigan's romance and the Dark Ritual.

Dragon Age 2 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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If Avernus survived the Fifth Blight and was allowed to continue his research:

The Warden-Commander has been working with Avernus, sending him "supplies" so he may continue his research, as well as sending all the discoveries made by Avernus to the First Warden.[2]

Future fate Edit

See The Warden.
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"Let yourself be a hero for tonight, in the morning we'll just be Grey Wardens again." - Garahel
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BioWare canon
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By 9:41 Dragon, it is revealed that the Warden-Commander has been replaced by a new Commander of the Grey.[3]

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Grey Warden

References Edit

  1. Robes of the Orlesian Magister, Orlesian Warden's Light Armor.
  2. Codex entry: Grey Warden Letters
  3. Dragon Age: Last Flight — Chapter 9, p.84.

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