The building can be seen from anywhere in the capital city of Orlais, even more so during the night: the white tower is lit by magic, seen by some as looking like a sword thrust into the sky.
Phylacteries of all White Spire mages are kept within the tower in a locked chamber, as well as those of the First Enchanters of every Circle in Thedas. The chamber can only be opened by a mage, typically the First Enchanter, and a templar, working together to open the magic lock, to ensure security.
The middle levels of the tower are occupied by the mages, while the templars reside in the upper floors and have a view of the entire city from that height. The first few floors of the lower levels are kitchens and armories. Below that are ancient archives, some containing forbidden texts.
Initially the tower served as the ruling fortress of Emperor Kordillus Drakon I, who founded the Chantry. His old throne room is used as the main entrance to the tower now. As a relic from that time there are numerous dungeons with ancient torture chambers in the lowest levels of the tower. These levels are called "the Pit" and the dungeons lay at the center of the Pit, hundreds of cells on multiple levels. The Pit also houses many lost levels containing flooded chambers, an ancient templar mausoleum, old passageways, and forgotten relics.
As with any Circle Tower, the White Spire magi are divided into various mage fraternities, the most vocal of which are the Libertarians, who seek freedom from Chantry oversight.
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Eight years prior to Fifth Blight a young female mage was kidnapped from within the tower, named Avexis. The elf was known to posses power to influence animals. She was taken by blood mages led by Frenic and Knight-Commander Martel who intented to use her powers to control a high dragon. They planned to kill the Divine and replace her with Grand Cleric Callista who would then in turn give Martel unlimited power. The conspiracy was stopped by the Seekers working with the mages of the White Spire, among whom was Regalyan D'Marcall.At the time, the templars seemed to hold a much looser grip on the mages of the Circle, as the magi are seen outside the tower in great numbers, holding various hideouts through which they keep tabs on apostates, and finally aiding the Seekers in their fight against corrupted templars and dragons attacking Grand Cathedral.
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The Veil is thin at the White Spire, as described by Rhys in Dragon Age: Asunder, which allows for greater communication with spirits. This allows for Enchanter Rhys' research into spirit mediumship and makes him a useful mage for Wynne's mission in Dragon Age: Asunder.After Edmonde's death at the end of Dragon Age: Asunder, Adrian becomes the First Enchanter, though there is no longer a Circle Tower to preside over.
Known Inhabitants Edit
- Enchanter Adrian
- Enchanter Jeannot†
- Enchanter Regalyan D'Marcall
- Enchanter Rhys
- First Enchanter Edmonde
- Evangeline de Brassard
- Knight-Vigilant of the Templar Order
- Lord Seeker Lambert
- The White Spire shares its name with an Antivan mountain north of the city of Brynnlaw.
- The White Spire's stores are stocked with vast quantities of liquor, which the mages and templars alike drink.
- ↑ As described in David Gaider's novel Dragon Age: Asunder.
- ↑ As explained in Dragon Age: Asunder.
- ↑ Chris Priestly, BioWaere blog Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- ↑ Mentioned by Evangeline.