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All people with power never fail to abuse it, even those with good intentions


Ilshae's first (formerly)
Grey Warden (possibly)
Seranni (sister)

Velanna is a Dalish elf mage and a potential companion in the Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening expansion. She has the Keeper specialization.

Background Edit

Raised as the first to her clan's Keeper, Velanna knows how much has been lost to the elves, and her pride demands that her people lose no more. She has a short temper and is not afraid to speak her mind, even if this means insulting others. Although she hates humans and is proud to be an elf, she will lend people aid as long as it serves her own ends.

Involvement Edit

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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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You can find Velanna in the Wending Wood. She has been murdering humans who cross her path in an attempt to terrorize the nearby villages, believing humans have kidnapped her sister, Seranni. After talking with a wounded Militiaman, he will reveal that it was actually the darkspawn who took Seranni. The Warden-Commander can kill her for her crimes, otherwise she will offer herself to the Grey Wardens in hope of finding her sister. If she is put through the Joining she will survive to become a full Grey Warden.


  • If left to defend Vigil's Keep, and the Warden chooses to save the City of Amaranthine, the surviving defenders watch in horror as a section of stone collapses upon her. When the rubble is later cleared, no body is found. Velanna is just gone. This occurs even if the walls are never breached.
  • If the Warden chooses to save Vigil's Keep, Velanna survives, though she does not return to her clan. Thanks to her friendship with the Warden Commander, she may eventually change her views on humankind. In the wake of the defeat of the Mother, when darkspawn stragglers attempt to attack a human village, Velanna single-handedly defends them.
  • If the Warden takes Velanna along and allies with the Architect against the Mother, Velanna will remain with the Wardens, but years later, on an expedition in the Deep Roads, Velanna takes off on her own after saying she had seen Seranni in the shadows. The other Wardens searched for her, but she was truly gone. Taking Velanna along during the final mission is not necessary; she might still have this even if she was not there when the Architect was spared.
  • If the Warden chooses to kill the Architect and Velanna survives the attack on Vigil's Keep (either because the Warden chose to save the Keep or was with Velanna when saving Amaranthine), she never sees her sister again. She partly blames the Commander for this, as she believes the Architect would have released her sister had they allied themselves with him, and this forever becomes a source of friction between the two.

Quests Edit

Ico Quest Velanna's Exile
Ico Quest Velanna's Joining

Gifts Edit

Velanna favours items of elven heritage and objects that are her favourite color - green. Special dialogue can be obtained through befriending her and giving her a blank journal.

Name Notes Description

Blank journal
Blank Journal
A fine leather binding surrounds crisp, wordless pages.
Tre ico greenstone
Carved Greenstone
Located: Kal'Hirol - Treasury
Delicate greenstone engraved with eye-catching swirls.
Tre ico book 1
Discarded Journal
Located: City of Amaranthine - Village
In this old journal, an elf who lived in Amaranthine writes about the hardships of daily life and the unrealized hopes of his people.
Tre ico runestone 1
Elven Runestone
Located: Vigil's Keep- Deep roads Gem Mine
A flat stone bearing an elven rune.
Plt ico seal of faith
Elven Trinket
Found in the Wending Wood
A carved ironbark trinket inlaid with silver and suspended from a leather cord.
Tre ico silver bowl
Ornate Silver Bowl
Located: Blackmarsh
This antique bowl is embossed with graceful representations of elven halla.
Tre ico malachite
Shiny Malachite
A smooth piece of malachite, polished until glossy.

Initial statistics Edit

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

Class: Mage

Specialization: Keeper

Skills: Improved Herbalism, Improved Combat Tactics

Starting Talents:

Mage: Arcane Bolt

Keeper: One With Nature

Primal: Flame Blast, Flaming Weapons, Fireball, Inferno, Rock Armor, Stonefist

Creation: Heal

Spirit: Walking Bomb, Mind Blast

Entropy: Vulnerability Hex, Affliction Hex, Misdirection Hex, Drain Life, Death Magic, Curse of Mortality

Gear Edit

Velanna specific gear Edit

Ico ring Keeper's CharmKeeper's Charm
Although elven enchantment is more complicated than Tranquil methods, this ring proves that the old ways are still strong.

+2 willpower
+2 magic
+5% fire damage

Initial gear Edit

Ico staff Heart of the ForestHeart of the Forest
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 46 magic

Damage: 6.40 (Cold)
Armor penetration: 40.00
+6 willpower
+2 mana regeneration in combat
+6 spellpower
+10% fire damage
Ico gloves light Pocketed Searing GlovesPocketed Searing Gloves
Light gloves
Hardened (Tier 4)

Armor: 1.00
Fatigue: 1.08%
+10% fire damage
Ico armor robe Skins of the KeeperSkins of the Keeper
There is no uniform for Dalish keepers, but their attire displays similarities. Animal skins that show the finest traits of a given species are common adornments.

+1 to all attributes
+6 defense
+6 spellpower
Ico boots light Imperial WeaversImperial Weavers
Light boots
Varies (Tier 1-7)

Armor: 0.75
Fatigue: 0.5%
+10% chance to dodge attacks
Ico belt Earthen CinchEarthen Cinch
A protective ward woven into the links of this belt-chain toughens the wearer's hide and focuses nature spells.

+1 armor
+5% nature damage
Ico amulet Halla HornHalla Horn
The halla antler has been worked into a torc of wild ivory vines.

+10 mental resistance
Ico ring Keeper's CharmKeeper's Charm
Although elven enchantment is more complicated than Tranquil methods, this ring proves that the old ways are still strong.

+2 willpower
+2 magic
+5% fire damage
Ico ring Ring of StudyRing of Study
Traditionally, these rings of lyrium-infused silver are given to each mage upon successful completion of the Harrowing.

+1 magic

Plot skills Edit

As you befriend Velanna and gain her approval, she will gain additional skills:

Skill Name Benefit Requirement
Inspired: Minor Magic +1 to Magic 25% approval
Inspired: Moderate Magic +2 to Magic 50% approval
Inspired: Major Magic +4 to Magic 75% approval
Inspired: Massive Magic +6 to Magic 90% approval
Note: These bonuses are non-cumulative, i. e. the companion will get a total bonus of +6, not of +13.

Dialogue points Edit


Below are the spots where you can initiate dialogue with Velanna. On the PC, it can be hard to find the correct spot to click; make sure to hit "tab" and rotate the camera if it's not letting you click on it.

Nature always finds a way. (followed by) Did you never become keeper? OR So you were never given your staff?

  • +2 Approval (tested on human rogue --might differ if pc is Dalish or mage)
  • City of Amaranthine: as soon as you enter the city, there is an abandoned house on your right (later used for the Till Death Do Us Part quest) and two city elves nearby. Walking near them triggers a dialogue with Velanna, if she's in the party.

You two should have chosen your words more carefully. (followed by) Let's leave before you start something.

  • +2 Approval (tested on human rogue --might differ if pc is Dalish or mage)
  • City of Amaranthine: Mervis (handing in Trading Troubles)
  • If Velanna is present when talking to Mervis: Going through the dialogue without referring to Velanna when given the opportunity gives +2 approval.

But she's human. (followed by) An interesting observation. OR I've always thought that myself. (followed by) And wouldn't it be the same if the Dalish had power?

  • +5 Approval

Quotes Edit

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Velanna is casting a spell
Main article: Velanna/Dialogue
  • "All people with power never fail to abuse it, even those with good intentions."
  • "You killed my friends and the merchants kidnapped my sister... They brought this on themselves just as you have!"
  • "Creators! It's like being pestered by a child!"

Dialogue Edit

(When talking about Keenan)

  • Velanna: "He wanted to make the world a better place"? What an insipid line. Is that really supposed to make her feel better about his death?"
  • Warden: "I'm not with her!"

Notes Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Her favorite color is green.
  • The writers weren't sure Anders would be the Awakening character coming over to Dragon Age II and merging with Justice — for a while it was going to be Velanna. [1]
  • Anders makes a possible reference to Velanna whilst at the Dalish camp during Dragon Age II, stating how his experiences with Dalish women in the past have been crazy.
  • When Velanna is recruited, she is wearing a Ring of Study, however it is unknown how this came into her possession.

Bugs Edit

  • Proceeding to complete the Silverite Mine without Velanna in the party will cause the plotline to be broken resulting in all sorts of strange behaviour such as Velanna becoming a permanent member of the teamxbox360Icon xbox360 (see below for solution) and waking up back in the cell without the key when attempting to leave the mines.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 In addition to the bug where Velanna becomes locked to the party, it is also possible to have a full party and have her as an extra. Meaning you can have 5 party members but you cannot control her, the only fix to this bug is to restart the game (exit to the dashboard and go back). This also glitches the game- npcs with no body, white loading screen and blood appears as a red box on dead bodies.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 It is possible to have Velanna undergo The Joining and become a Grey Warden prior to completing the Silverite Mine and still get the dialogue where she asks to become a Grey Warden. This also clears the bug where she is locked to the team.
  • If Anders and Velanna are in the party simultaneously, Anders will sometimes initiate the same small talk lines multiple times with Velanna: "Have I ever told you that I find tattoos on women..."
  • pcIcon pcxbox360Icon xbox360 It is possible to get Velanna's approval to +100 by giving her a gift when she first joins your party. In order to not get the +100 approval bug with any of the characters, you need to do the "Blight Orfans Notis Bord" quests or Chanter's Board quests, that give (dis)approval to a character, only after you recruit that character. For example, if you do the From the Living Wood quest (which normally gives -1 approval to Velanna) before actually recruiting Velanna, that will get you the +100 approval bug with Velanna. Same goes for the quests for the "Blight Orfans". If you do quests that give (dis)approval to Justice or Sigrun before recruiting them, that will lead to the bug with them.
  • Her dialogue appears not to take the player's race into consideration. Ex: For an elven mage Warden, she consistently describes the Warden as human ("humans are all the same"), and Sigrun still informs Velanna that she is the first elf she has met, despite meeting the Warden earlier. This appears exclusive to mages, however, as Velanna gives the Warden a more friendly welcome if the Warden is of Dalish origin.
  • pcIcon pcps3Icon ps3xbox360Icon xbox360 While exploring the Wending Wood it is possible to accidentally trigger the conversation with the dying soldier at the Makeshift Lean-To by standing too far to the north of the very beginning portion of the map by the destroyed caravans. If this happens prior to your first meeting with Velanna it will break the plotline and make it impossible for you to trigger the second meeting and therefore prevents you from adding her as a party member.
  • pcIcon pc If you kill Velanna instead of recruiting her and choose to defend Amaranthine you will get a codex entry saying she died at Vigil's Keep.

References Edit

  1. Gaider, David. "Answering questions: on Anders." Tumblr.

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Velanna
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