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Urthemiel, the Dragon of Beauty, was a draconic Old God worshiped as the god of beauty in the ancient Tevinter Imperium. Urthemiel was awakened by darkspawn and transformed into an Archdemon in 9:30 Dragon, precipitating the Fifth Blight.

Among the ancient Tevinter people, Urthemiel was the fairest and most graceful of the Old Gods. His beauty is now a horrid mockery of the being he once was. If not religious canon of the Tevinters, at least some dragon cults believed Urthemiel sired a daughter, Urzara.

Background Edit

Urthemiel, WoT

Urthemiel, the fifth Old God[1]

There was a holiday dedicated to Urthemiel back in the times when the Old Gods were still widely revered. It was called "Urthalis" but this holiday is now known as Wintersend and is dedicated to the Maker. It is celebrated at the beginning of Pluitanis.

Allegedly, the ancient Tevinter associated the constellation "Bellitanus", depicted as a beautiful woman, with him.

Like the other Old Gods, Urthemiel endorsed the ancient Tevinter Magisters' attempt to reach the Golden City. When his High Priest, who used the alias "Architect of the Works of Beauty", prayed for guidance on whether to join forces with the Conductor of the Choir of Silence, Urthemiel urged his servant to join in the endeavour. [2]


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It is revealed that Urthemiel was found not by the main darkspawn horde, but by the mysterious, sentient darkspawn known as the Architect. After a failed attempt to induce Grey Warden blood to Urthemiel, which the Architect believed would disrupt the Old Gods' hold over the darkspawn, Urthemiel became tainted, beginning the Fifth Blight.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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Urthemiel is first viewed by The Warden in dreams, before actually witnessing the archdemon firsthand at the Dead Trenches, where it commanded the darkspawn horde to move towards the surface.

Urthemiel led the darkspawn horde to attack Denerim, the capital of Ferelden, where it was promptly slain by the last two Grey Wardens remaining in the country. The Fifth Blight was the shortest in history, ending the same year it began.

If Morrigan performs the ceremony before the final battle to prevent a Grey Warden from dying in order to destroy the archdemon, Urthemiel's soul is transferred into the body of Morrigan's unborn child. She claims that the Old God will not be evil, but simply become a child with his soul.

Dragon Age: Asunder Edit

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The likeness of Urthemiel appears in the Fade to disrupt Wynne, Rhys, Adrian, Knight Captain Evangeline and Cole's efforts to find the Pride demon that possessed the Tranquil Pharamond. An intense battle ensues, and ultimately the likeness is driven away. Wynne then reveals that it was actually a demon disguising itself as Urthemiel using her memories of The Battle of Denerim.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

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The child containing Urthemiel's soul, Kieran, is encountered in Dragon Age: Inquisition if Morrigan's Ritual was performed in Dragon Age: Origins.

Flemeth will locate Kieran and call to him through Morrigan's Eluvian. Within, Flemeth reveals she is possessed by the elven God Mythal and offers Morrigan the choice of giving Kieran to Flemeth or keeping him by her side and thus never being free of Flemeth. Morrigan, believing that Flemeth intends to steal Kieran's body, chooses her son. Flemeth removes Urthemiel's soul from Kieran and takes it into herself.

Strategy Edit

See Archdemon (strategy).

AbilitiesEdit

Creature icon1 Breath
Creature icon1 Buffet
Ico Grab Grab
Creature icon1 Massive Attack
Roar icon Roar
Creature icon1 Slap
Creature icon1 Sweep
Archdemon Corruption Blast Archdemon Corruption Blast
Ico Corruption Burst Spirit Smite
Vortex Vortex
Ico Corruption Burst Detonate Darkspawn

Trivia Edit

  • The last RPG Guide refers to Urthemiel as female. "Originally the Tevinter goddess of beauty, she is now terrifying, evil, and hungry."[3] However Patrick Weekes confirmed that Urthemiel was indeed male.[4]

Gallery Edit

Bugs Edit

  • Urthemiel is the strongest enemy in Origins, but if your character has the final in-game hit on it and you transfer your character to Awakening, the "Most Powerful Foe Slain" line during loading screens will remain blank for most of the playthrough (PS3, PC, 360). However, in most cases the Xbox 360 version of the expansion is unaffected, listing your "Most Powerful Foe Slain" as "Archdemon".
  • If the Warden enters the Palace district during The Final Battle, they witness the Archdemon fall onto Fort Drakon after having its right wing sliced by Riordan. If the Warden immediately exits and heads to the Alienage for the first time during the battle, they will see the Archdemon swoop past and destroy the bridge, its wing completely intact. This is due to the scene 'technically' taking place before the Archdemon's encounter with Riordan. (And alternative sequences of travel not being considered.)
  • It is possible for the game to freeze during or after the encounter with the Archdemon due to a corrupted auto-save. If this happens, revert to a load point then turn off auto-save. The game should no longer freeze.
  • On some occasions when the Dark Ritual was refused and Alistair did not become king: after defeating the Archdemon, Alistair will engage you in conversation and say it is his duty as king to kill the Archdemon - then he will not become king in the epilogue, even if he survives.

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Archdemon
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Old Gods
Ico armor robe Vestments of UrthemielVestments of Urthemiel
Clothing
The embroidery on this robe suggests it once belonged to a worshipper of Urthemiel the dragon of beauty.

+6 magic
+0.5 mana regeneration in combat
+7 armor

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Constellation: Bellitanus

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, pp. 122-123
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, pp. p.56-57
  3. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Game Master's Guide, set 3, p. 35
  4. Talk:Urthemiel#Gender

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