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For the War Table mission in Dragon Age: Inquisition, see The University of Orlais.

The University of Orlais in Val Royeaux is one of the oldest universities in Thedas. It is a major center of learning that attracts young nobles from all over Thedas as it provides some of the best education one can buy. The university is a relatively modern institution, whose liberal-minded professors have clashed with religious conservatives over the content of their classes. In theory it is open to nobles and also commoners who have proper sponsorship from an appropriate member of the nobility. The University contains a Chantry for the use of students and faculty.

BackgroundEdit

The university was founded by one of the former rulers of Orlais. For many ages, it was just a way to get rid of unpromising children, with the Chantry snapping up all of the greatest minds. Under political and religious pressures, the school could only study what none of the former had problems with. Much of this changed when Empress Celene was crowned, for by declaring that she would study there the school was invigorated. In truth, she was only able to visit with the professors, but thanks to Celene's influence it has become the most respected learning institution in all of Thedas.[1]

By decree of Divine Renata I, any Chantry art in Orlais depicting elves has been destroyed save a single mural of Shartan. A reproduction of this mural is depicted at this university, albeit with Shartan's ears cropped. This was the Divine's sole concession.[2]

Fearing that religious and political pressure might hinder the University's capacity for innovation and research, Empress Celene has made a concerted effort to ensure that the University is free of any such constraining interests.[3]

In recent years Celene has been strongly encouraging the university to overlook the lack of status and rank for certain individuals who show prodigious talent or potential which could help further the interests and prestige of the Orlesian Empire, provided a noble sponsors them. Most recently this has even extended to Celene personally interceding in support an elven math prodigy, Lennan, who was sponsored by Comtesse Helene.[4] During her reign Celene also allows elves to attend[5] and the school is open to them as long as they're willing to learn. It is common, however, for the work of elven students to be denounced and then plagiarized.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire Edit

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“I have no wish to discuss our family's bloody history. I know it quite well, thank you.” — Empress Celene
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Empress Celene travels to the University where, after a brief meeting with the chancellor, she retires to the University's chantry to meet with Sister Nightingale, the representative of Divine Justinia V.

Dragon Age: The Last Court Edit

A Travelling Scholar who was thrown out of the University for his unorthodox views eventually makes his way to Serault and seeks patronage from the Marquis of Serault.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

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“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor
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In the wake of the disaster at the Temple of Sacred Ashes, the University of Orlais establishes a good working relationship with the newly reformed Inquisition offering resources and researchers in exchange for political and military protection.

Bram Kenric, a scholar at the University also requests the Inquisition's aid in investigating the original incarnation of the Inquisition, particularly its leader, the Inquisitor, Ameridan.

If Gaspard becomes Emperor:

Kenric mentions that Emperor Gaspard has surprisingly made no demands of the University and ostensibly intends to continue Celene's policy of non-involvement and support.

Notes Edit

  • Empress Celene "studied" at the university, though her duties meant that she in fact simply met with faculty members to discuss topics of interest to her, rather than conduct any research of her own.
  • Brother Genitivi lectured at the university.[6]
  • The University of Orlais is one of the very few institutions of higher learning mentioned in the series that is not a Circle of Magi.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 275
  2. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire ch1.
  3. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire ch1.
  4. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire ch1.
  5. dialogue with Colette
  6. World of Thedas – Volume 1: An Erratum by Brother Genitivi

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