Hawke can deal with Varian in a number of ways:
- Bribe him to release Feynriel.
- Attack him without negotiation ("I'll risk it").
- Use a throwing knife, killing Varian and making the ensuing battle much easier (only available if Hawke is a rogue).
- Ask for Varric's assistance. In an amusing conversation, he convinces Varian to release Feynriel without a fight and gains 3 in the process.
Act 1Wayward Son