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If I felt pain, it is meaningless to me now. Once I knew only fear, but now I know only service. Whatever pain there was, I believe it an acceptable trade.[1] ―A Tranquil
I find it ironic the Rite of Tranquility cuts one off from the land of dreams, because a dream is exactly what it feels like. <..> It follows its course, and you follow it believing nothing is real. You will turn the corner and awaken, safe and sound. Yet you never do. Instead you are slowly smothered in a crystal-clear silence that has no meaning. ―Pharamond[2]

The Tranquil are a group of mages who went through the Rite of Tranquility and belong to the Formari. The Rite cuts off the connection to the Fade, and the Tranquil can no longer dream nor draw on the Fade to perform magic. As a side effect, their emotional center is utterly removed, which makes them undesirable to be possessed by demons in the first place. Until 9:40 Dragon, the Tranquil were widely believed to be immune to demonic possession.[3]

Origin Edit

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The Rite was created by the historical Inquisition for its own members. Then a mage attempted join them and accidentally revealed that Tranquility strips mages of their connection to the Fade and their ability to use magic.[4] Ameridan, the last leader of the original Inquisition, opposed the wide-spread use of Tranquility out of fear it could be abused. His compatriots promised to keep that from happening.[5]

After the Inquisition was reformed into the Seekers of Truth, they revealed how to perform the Rite to the newly created Circle of Magi, as a means of avoiding the execution of dangerous mages. The knowledge of its origin and how to reverse it, however, was retained only by the Lord Seekers and kept secret even from the rest of their Order.[4]

Performing the Rite Edit

Seekers of Truth Edit

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Lord Seekers subject all prospective members of the Order to the Rite and in a while have a Spirit of Faith possess them, reversing Tranquility and granting a Seeker their abilities. The Rite is needed to attain a state of true mental peace so that the approaching spirit would not be twisted by internal malignant emotions of the supplicant. The latter do not know that the Rite was performed on them and refer to that period as their "vigil".

Mages of the Circle Edit

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The brand of Tranquility on Elsa, a Tranquil from Kirkwall

The Rite of Tranquility was intended as a tool of last resort to stop uncontrolled mages from hurting themselves or others. It is claimed to be an act of mercy, if not kindness. Some mages willingly volunteer to undergo the Rite, primarily to avoid the Harrowing. Mages don't generally elect to become Tranquil after their Harrowing, but it's not unheard of.[6] Many of those who willingly go through the Rite have never even shown the desire to be mages in the first place. Once made Tranquil, they are believed to be immune to the mortal dangers (i.e., the nightly struggle to resist demonic temptation and possession) they would have to face otherwise.

However the Rite has been used by the Chantry and the Templars for punitive and political purposes to silence dissent and inhibit civilized discourse among discontent mages.[7] It is the judgment of the Knight-Commander whether a mage needs to be made Tranquil.[8] Chantry law forbids performing the Rite without significant provocation and the agreement of the relevant Circle's First Enchanter. "Provocation" means that the mage either cannot control their magic or is not willing to do so.[6] Because a mage who has passed the Harrowing is deemed to be strong enough to resist demonic possession, forcibly making them Tranquil is theoretically against Chantry law. Practically, the situation varies from tower to tower:[8] The system will fall out of balance anywhere where the First Enchanter is either weak or ignored.[6]

The Rite involves the use of a lyrium brand.[6] As a result, the Tranquil have the seal of the Chantry's sunburst embossed on their foreheads (in case of the Circle of Kirkwall). The Tranquil are not permitted to speak of the Rite or other secrets of superiors.[9]

Mages of Tevinter Edit

The Rite of Tranquility is also used in Tevinter Imperium, despite their more relaxed attitude towards mages.[10] It is a sentence passed down by the Magisterium for "abuse of magic" which has "many convenient interpretations".[11]

State of Tranquility Edit

The Tranquil resemble sleepwalkers, never entirely awake nor asleep.[12] In the mind of the Tranquil, there is no passion. They keep to themselves, and, if asked directly, will readily agree that having the opportunity to live out a peaceful and useful existence is far preferable when compared to what their alternatives would have been. They are also aware of the difference between their former selves and their Tranquil states, and able to understand that things that have happened to them since becoming Tranquil would have upset or traumatized their former selves.

The Tranquil are stripped of their capacity to form anything other than a logical opinion.[13] However, they neither lose their memory[6] nor become automatons: they possess free will. They do not wish to die[13] (unless it's for a cause they believe in[14]) and are no more susceptible to suggestion than they were previously. They are more agreeable and would not normally oppose an authority figure,[6] because they do not possess the desire to object,[15] but if the Tranquil see a logical reason not to follow an order, they do so.[13] Tranquil can't take offense and know no modesty.[9]

Tranquil can be creative, insofar as a very logical scientist might be. They pursue a means to an end, and are capable of coming up with alternate solutions to problems. They are, however, methodical to a fault. They are not taken by inspiration, and some might say what they lack is intuition. The fact that they do not get bored and take no pleasure out of creating takes much of the impetus away for them to change their methods or seek to create something different unless there is a clear reason to.[13]

Tranquil in Society Edit

The monotonous voices and blank, expressionless eyes of the Tranquil make mages and non-mages alike feel uncomfortable in their presence. Many Tranquil assume a placid smile, not because they are pleased about anything but because they know it puts others at ease.[16]

The Tranquil are no longer considered to be mages and are free to leave the Circle. Most remain, primarily because it's logical: they're not welcome elsewhere, and can serve in a productive capacity in the Circle and live comfortably. Some Tranquil choose to leave, but such cases are rare.[13]

The Tranquil perform all sorts of menial and administrative functions in the towers: they service the mages' chambers, purchase the supplies, act as storekeepers, manage the archives, and maintain the records. They can also serve as sellers in Circle of Magi shops. Most mages attempt to ignore them or find them understandably frightening, and few appear to even attempt to forge a relationship with them.[17]

The Tranquil use lyrium to enchant items, providing the Circle its main source of funding. They are resistant to lyrium's effects and would be mostly unaffected by raw lyrium unless they spend too much time in its presence.[18]

Reversing the Rite Edit

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If a spirit (benign or malevolent) were to reach across the Veil and touch a Tranquil's mind, it would be cured. Contrary to popular belief, the Tranquil are not immune to possession. They become invisible to inhabitants of the Fade. They are also undesirable since a demon looks to possess an individual because it wishes to experience life. To them, a Tranquil is no better than an inanimate object or worse, since a Tranquil will resist. Thus in order to reverse the Rite, a spirit or demon must be lured out of the Fade and summoned into the mortal realm, then lured into possessing the Tranquil. This feat can be accomplished by a spirit medium. As a side effect a mage who ceases to be Tranquil becomes very emotional.

Recent events Edit

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In 9-31 Dragon it was revealed that proximity to a mage bonded with a Fade spirit can temporarily restore a Tranquil to their former self. In contrast to the content and peaceful outlook of the Tranquil, Karl Thekla described Tranquility as a horrific experience.
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In 9-34 Dragon Justinia V became the new Divine. She sent the elven Tranquil Pharamond to the Adamant Fortress to conduct a research on the Rite of Tranquility. She asked to investigate the nature of the Rite as she admitted that it was not completely understood. The Divine wanted to know if the process of removing magic could be done without the other side effects, and if it could be reversed.

In 9-40 Dragon Pharamond discovered how to reverse the Rite. Lord Seeker Lambert van Reeves tried to preserve the secret by killing anyone involved. The events that followed along with the earlier Kirkwall Rebellion sparked the Mage-Templar War.
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During the war the Tranquil were ignored by rebel mages and left to live or die without consideration. Many were forcibly possessed by Venatori and their skulls used to make Oculara.[19]

Mages who were once Tranquil lose all control over their emotions. They become irrational, unable to focus. Perhaps that state eventually passes and they can be helped, but it will take time to investigate... I would not want news of a cure to spread until we know for certain we can help these people. Once we have that, however? Then I will spread the word myself. ― Cassandra Pentaghast.
In 9-41 Dragon Seeker Cassandra Pentaghast read the Book of Secrets that she took from Lord Seeker Lucius Corin and discovered the origin of the Rite and its continuing use by the Seekers. It weighed heavily on her decision whether to rebuild or not to restore the Order.

Known Tranquil Edit

For a full list, see :Category:Tranquil.

Notes Edit

  • Feynriel's possible death in the Fade made him a Tranquil in the real world as Marethari expected. However this can only happen to Dreamers like Feynriel, as evidenced by Hawke's companions possibly dying in the Fade, too.
  • If the Inquisitor sentences someone to be made "Tranquil" during Sit in Judgment, it will have a negative effect on their relationship with the Mage Rebellion, if they sided with them. In addition, Solas will greatly disapprove every time the Inquisitor chooses to do so. However, the "Tranquil" judgment option is only available to a mage Inquisitor.

Trivia Edit

  • The Tranquil in Dragon Age: Origins were supposed to bear the sunburst, but the developers were not able to put it in.[6]

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Tranquil
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Journal of the Tranquil
Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: Tranquility
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Rite of Tranquility

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age: Asunder, pg. 82.
  2. Dragon Age: Asunder, Chapter 15
  3. This knowledge was discovered due to Pharamond's research in Dragon Age: Asunder.
  4. 4.0 4.1 As discovered by Cassandra Pentaghast during the quest Promise of Destruction, see also Codex entry: The Rite of Tranquility.
  5. According to Ameridan during the quest Ameridan's End.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 BSN Gaider, David (April 13, 2011). "Anyone else notice the retcon of the tranquil?" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  7. Codex entry: Rebel Mages
  8. 8.0 8.1 BSN Gaider, David (May 20, 2011). "Your Random Dragon Age Question?" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dragon Age: Asunder, Chapter 5
  10. David Gaider Tumblr
  11. Dorian Pavus/Dialogue#Dorian and Cassandra
  12. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 145
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 BSN Gaider, David (April 3, 2011). "Was Anders Justified (No Pun intended)" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  14. Maddox's sacrifice for Raleigh Samson
  15. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 101
  16. Dragon Age: Asunder, Chapter 12
  17. Minaeve is a rare exception, one of the few mages who knew or appeared to care about the Tranquil during the Mage-Templar War in Dragon Age: Inquisition. She protected the Tranquil in her Circle during the chaos.
  18. BSN Gaider, David (December 17, 2009). "Some questions I have OR lore and info requests" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  19. Codex entry: Oculara.