- "And... the demons. I personally wish for the demons to go."
House of Repose agent
Perceval Chastain (father)
Henri was born in the year 9:08 Dragon in Val Foret as the youngest son of Marquis Perceval Chastain and Marquise Adalie Chastain, alongside his twin sister, Henrietta. As is customary, the Marquis planned for Henri to be trained into a chevalier while Aidan Chastain, the eldest of the three children, was in line to inherit. This stayed true until the year 9:24 Dragon, when the Jinx of House Chastain happened, leaving Henri first in line to inherit the then sickly Marquis.
Henri was a very timid and quiet child who grew out of his shell when he was sixteen, due to the incident that rendered him the only son to inherit the family's estate. He was eventually forced to make noble relations at that time in Val Royeaux where he stayed under the supervision of his aunt, Marquise Lucille Chaveau. Before Val Royeaux, he expressed an interest in bardship as a child after observing the Game in play in Val Foret, at the insistence of his now late brother around the age of seven, but had never gotten to practice the profession as he later left home for chevalier training. However, when he heard his family was invited to Val Royeaux by his aunt in 9:24 Dragon, he decided to take a leave, later learning that that was his last day at the Academie des Chevaliers, just moments away from earning his yellow feather.
The Chastains did not want to lose another child and forbade Henri to join the Game. Though even at the behest of his mother, he started to participate secretly as an aspiring bard with support from his aunt, who was a regular player and had little knowledge in child caring. Along with his participation, the kind of conduct he has learned from the Academie des Chevaliers has helped him develop into a very well mannered man. For four years he trained in both etiquette and bardship, and then, as a means to safeguard the Chastains inheritor, was enrolled in the University of Orlais, where he studied Science for a few more years; years in which he was employed by the House of Repose and received professional training in assassination and honed his skills in combat further.
He left his studies in the University by the end of the fifth blight in 9:31 Dragon. He traveled back to Val Foret to help his mother run their estate and take care of his father while still completing contracts outside his mother's knowledge for the House of Repose. He was then given the responsibilities of supporting high-risk contracts, earning himself the name Handler among House of Repose peers.
- "Just like any other curious Orlesian boy, I had an interest on being a bard. I enjoyed the Game very much. Though Val Foret has given me quite the experience just watching, Val Royeaux had several aspiring bards the same age as me. My aunt--who I was staying with during my time there--would often bring me along. And somehow, at some point, I ended up getting employed by the league. I ran a few contracts on my own. Then later on, I was told I was better equipped supporting high risk contracts. 'Handler', I've become. And now, I'm here." ―Henri Chastain when asked by the Inquisitor about the House of Repose.
In 9:39 Dragon, Marquise Adalie Chastain sent Henri back to Val Royeaux in the guise of another academic run. Instead of staying with his aunt Lucille, he invested in a mansion to stay in. The War of the Lions in 9:40 Dragon triggered riots and infighting in Val Foret which compelled Henri to return home but was stopped by his mother's letter that told him that even though their estate was faring better than most, the way home was too dangerous a path to take.
When the Inquisition was announced, Henri, driven by his personal motives, sought out his employers for a proposal: reach out a hand to the Herald of Andraste. The House of Repose did not wholly agree but came to a consensus that they will instead send Henri as a means of "testing the waters". If the Herald accepts Henri and can prove themselves as the one who can close the Breach, only then would they decide if the Herald is worth helping.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Henri can be recruited by the Inquisitor in Val Royeaux after meeting with the Templars.
He will be seen standing by the gates to the restaurant in Val Royeaux, calling out to the Inquisitor. Should the Inquisitor engage in conversation with him, he will explain his relations to the assassin's league House of Repose and the current offer that stands for the Herald of Andraste, and the Herald of Andraste only as they do not currently see an Inquisitor behind the Inquisition. When asked further, he will tell that the league only wants the Breach closed and, personally, the demons gone. The Inquisitor has the option of signing the contract to a House of Repose agent, or dismissing him altogether.
In Haven, Henri can be seen overlooking the lake on the hill opposite to the stables.
In Skyhold, he can be seen between the bottom of the stairs to the kitchen and the well near the stables.
After settling in at Skyhold, Mother Giselle informs the Inquisitor of a letter sent by Dorian's father, Halward, asking to meet with the family retainer at the Gull and Lantern in Redcliffe, but asks that they not tell Dorian. The Inquisitor can choose to reveal the letter to Dorian and either convince Dorian not to go or go with him to the tavern. The Inquisitor can also choose not to show Dorian the letter and instead just bring him to the tavern. Upon entering the Gull and Lantern, Dorian is surprised to see his father instead. Dorian gets angry, revealing to the Inquisitor that when his father learned that he was gay and didn't want to keep up appearances by marrying his betrothed, he tried to use a blood magic ritual, which Dorian was taught was "the last resort of the weak mind", to change his sexuality and make him comply with his family's wishes. Halward defended that he wanted what was best for his son, but Dorian retorts that he only cared about himself and his legacy. The Inquisitor can encourage Dorian to try to reconcile with Halward. Halward will then reveal that he feels guilty for having driven Dorian to the Inquisition, and wanted to ask for his forgiveness. Alternatively, the Inquisitor can suggest that they leave instead of talking with Halward, ending the quest. Either way, Dorian is grateful and thanks the Inquisitor for taking him to the meeting.
After the events at the Temple of Mythal, Dorian feels inspired to return to Tevinter. If he was in the party at the Temple, having learned from Abelas that the Imperium didn't destroy Arlathan, he observes that this truth would reflect badly on his countrymen, as it'd reduce their ancestors to scavengers, though he believes that Tevinter must accept the truth. If he wasn't in the party, he remarks on the ancient elven sentinels' survival and states that his countrymen can make amends. For either outcome, he feels that some Tevinters would resist but he believes he can follow the Inquisitor's example.If Dorian's approval gets too low, there will be a scene in Skyhold of him making plans to leave for Minrathous or have his remains transported there once Corypheus is gone. When questioned why he is so upset, he will confront the Inquisitor about the decisions they have made. Though he is disgusted with the Inquisitor's behavior, he wishes to aid in fighting Corypheus just to prove that a Tevinter stood against him. You have the option of convincing him to stay or ordering him to leave. He will leave the party permanently if you punch him in the face.
In the two years since Corypheus' defeat, Dorian has since become the official Tevinter ambassador to the Inquisition. The Inquisitor re-encounters him at the Winter Palace while he is in the middle of a conversation with Duke Cyril de Montfort. If the Inquisitor is not in a relationship with Dorian nor Iron Bull, the Tevinter mage and the Qunari will remain as lovers.
Later on, Varric and several of the Inquisitor's companions hold a farewell toast to Dorian. Dorian explains to the Inquisitor that his father is dead, presumably by assassination, and he is to inherit his seat in the Magisterium, meaning he'll be departing the Inquisitor's company permanently. He also states that his friend Maevaris Tilani is making a push for reforms in the Imperium that he'd like to be a part of.If Inquisitor is friends with Dorian:
He then gives the Inquisitor a magic crystal so they can communicate.Dorian returns to Tevinter to take his father's place in the Magisterium. As rumors flew about the Imperium's infighting, Dorian was spoken of often as a voice of resistance against corruption. Along with Magister Maevaris Tilani, he formed a group called the Lucerni to restore and redeem Tevinter. If he is in a relationship with the Inquisitor it is indicated that Dorian's strength comes from a love he left behind and that on occasion the Inquisitor has been seen sneaking into the heart of Tevinter to aid his amatus. There is also indication in game banter the two may be married already. If he is in a relationship with Iron Bull instead, it's mentioned that when Dorian was kidnapped by some leftover Venatori, an unnamed mercenary band led by a Tal-Vashoth warrior crossed Tevinter's border and mounted a dangerous rescue operation. The mercenaries left a trail of freed slaves and dead Venatori in their wake, enabling Dorian to escape. When asked about the Tal-Vashoth in question, Magister Pavus declined to comment.
- Main article: Dorian Pavus/Approval
Dorian enjoys witty banter, and playful flirtation. Flirting with Dorian (by either a male or female Inquisitor) will always garner you approval. He approves of any decisions made that support mages, and disapproves of disparaging remarks about Tevinter and mages. He favors witty or kind responses over aggressive ones.
Having seen firsthand what became of his mentor, Alexius, Dorian is wary of blood magic and any other forbidden uses of magic.
There are several instances where critical decisions made by the Inquisitor can influence Dorian's approval:
- Side with the rebel mages at Redcliffe by choosing to do the quest In Hushed Whispers.
- Say “Corypheus must be stopped” when made Inquisitor.
- After securing Adamant Fortress during Here Lies the Abyss, allow the Grey Wardens to join the Inquisition.
- Gain enough court approval (85 or more) in order to have Florianne de Chalons arrested when at the Winter Palace during Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts.
- Bring Celene and Briala back together at the Winter Palace.
- Allow Celene to be killed at the Winter Palace.
- Side with Abelas at the Temple of Mythal during What Pride Had Wrought.
- Defeat Calpernia without engaging in battle at the Temple of Mythal.
- Allow Morrigan drink from the Well of Sorrows at the Temple of Mythal (this will bring major approval if Dorian is romancing the Inquisitor).
- Conscript the mages at Redcliffe.
- Disband or side and befriend the templars at Therinfal Redoubt during Champions of the Just.
- Make Alexius tranquil in his judgment.
- Say you’ll “do it for my own power” when made Inquisitor.
- Exile the Grey Wardens after securing Adamant Fortress.
- Kill Ponchard during The Magister's Birthright.
- Choose Gaspard as sole ruler of Orlais during Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts.
- Refuse to be an ally with Abelas at the Temple of Mythal.
- Drink out of the Well of Sorrows at the Temple of Mythal (if Dorian is in a romance with the Inquisitor the disapproval will be greater).
Dorian is a romance option for a male Inquisitor of any race.
Whether Dorian joins up in Redcliffe or during the siege of Haven has little effect on his romance path. The Inquisitor can begin casually flirting with Dorian after the conclusion of In Hushed Whispers (or alternatively, at Skyhold if the Inquisitor chooses to recruit the templars). Eventually Dorian will begin to reciprocate, particularly as his side quests One Less Venatori and A Friend in Qarinus are completed.
Shortly after arriving at Skyhold and with a high enough approval, Mother Giselle will appear in the main hall to trigger the quest Last Resort of Good Men. The Inquisitor may take Dorian to Redcliffe with or without his knowledge, though the latter results in Dorian feeling betrayed. Regardless of the outcome, after returning to Skyhold Dorian reveals his father's attempt to "correct" his homosexuality through blood magic. If the Inquisitor is supportive of Dorian and selects the romantic response, the two will share a kiss.
Later, Mother Giselle and Dorian will be found having an argument. Mother Giselle informs the Inquisitor that the presence of an Imperium mage in his inner circle has many people suspicious that Dorian may be unduly influencing the leadership of the Inquisition. After she departs, Dorian tells the Inquisitor he does not care what people say about him, but he does worry that their romance may hurt the Inquisitor's reputation.
An additional side quest involving the retrieval of Dorian's family amulet can be completed despite his insistence that the Inquisitor not get involved. Upon returning the amulet Dorian expresses mixed feelings, saying he is grateful but doesn't want it to appear as though his interest in the Inquisitor is purely for winning favors and self-gain.
Once Dorian's approval is high enough he will imply there is something "interesting" waiting in the Inquisitor's private quarters. Going to the bed chamber results in Dorian following along shortly thereafter and seductively propositioning the Inquisitor. The Inquisitor may then break off the romance, request that they slow things down, or sleep with Dorian. If the two are intimate a cutscene follows in which they set the parameters of their relationship: Dorian conveys he would like something deeper than just sex, but will back away if asked to. Again the Inquisitor can choose to end the relationship, make it exclusively about sex, or enter into a more emotional engagement with Dorian.
If the Inquisitor requests they slow things down Dorian will become confused. He will disbelievingly ask if the Inquisitor wants a relationship. The Inquisitor can confirm or say no. If they say yes Dorian will be shocked into silence and share that he has never been in a relationship and is unsure how to go about being in one. After being reassured the two will share a kiss and Dorian will leave.
If they are still involved at the conclusion of Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts, Dorian will approach the Inquisitor on the balcony and praise his efforts. They may share a private dance if the Inquisitor accepts. After returning to Skyhold after completing Here Lies the Abyss, Dorian angrily snaps at the Inquisitor for disappearing into the Fade, leaving him to believe the Inquisitor was dead. If Dorian was in the party during the mission, he says he arrived in the Fade first and panicked when the Inquisitor did not immediately follow, thinking the other did not survive.
After escaping the Temple of Mythal, Dorian informs the Inquisitor (regardless of the status/dialog path of their relationship) that he will be returning to Tevinter after they've defeated Corypheus. If asked about their romantic future, Dorian says leaving will be painful, but the Imperium will not change unless he takes a proactive role in guiding the Magisterium.
After the Elder One is destroyed, Dorian can be spoken to at the celebration in Skyhold where he again mentions he intends to leave the Inquisition. He will not depart for some time, however, and plans to remain at the Inquisitor's side for the time being. When the Inquisitor goes to retire to his quarters, Dorian follows. Upstairs the mage sarcastically tells the Inquisitor that he is "incredibly dull" and that he hates him. The Inquisitor smirks and asks if there is anything else. Dorian, still being playful, wraps his arms around the Inquisitor and says he hopes their relationship ends soon.
As of the events of the Trespasser DLC two years later, Dorian has returned to Orlais in the role of a token ambassador from the Imperium. The player catches up with him at him a farewell party, thrown by the other members of the Inquisition. Dorian sadly explains he is assuming his family seat in the Magisterium and thus will be returning Tevinter permanently. He apologizes to the Inquisitor and heads off any requests to go along, believing it would be too dangerous for his lover there. When asked if this is the end for them, Dorian presents his partner with a sending crystal: a magic device that will allow them to communicate and maintain their long distance relationship. He assures the Inquisitor that nothing will keep him from the man he loves, and their continued devotion to one another is reflected in the epilogue.While not a romance option for a female Inquisitor, Dorian can still be flirted with to earn humorous dialogue. Picking one or more of the flirtatious options in conversations with him opens up a unique dialogue chain in the conversation that occurs after Last Resort of Good Men. The Inquisitor will accuse Dorian of leading her on, for which he will apologize. He states that he thinks the Inquisitor is a fine woman, and that if she wishes him to stop he will. The Inquisitor may admonish him for it, say that she wishes to remain friends, or encourage him to keep up with their playfully flirtatious relationship (the latter option earning major approval.)
- Dorian was written by David Gaider.
- Dorian is the first male companion who is an exclusive romance option for a male protagonist in the Dragon Age series.
- Promotional material for Dragon Age: Inquisition describes him as "The Redeemer".
- Dorian is named after the character "Prince Dorian" from the cartoon series The Mighty Hercules, which ran from 1962-1966.
- Dorian enjoys playing chess.
- Dorian's greatest fear is temptation.
- The Pavus and the Trevelyan family are distantly related, although a human male Inquisitor can still romance him.
- Party banter between Cole and Dorian suggests that Dorian was, or wanted to be, in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with a man named Rilienus. Banter with Varric reveals that his family intended to marry him to a young woman named Livia Herathinos; the two intensely disliked each other.
- He's allergic to stripweed, a plant commonly used for tea.
- Dorian doesn't enjoy sailing. While on the Storm Coast he will mention that he had never been more sick than when he was crossing the Waking Sea and that the sea and he "don't mix well."
- If the Inquisitor doesn't romance Iron Bull or Dorian, the two will have party banter indicating a sexual relationship. If your friendship is high enough with either of them, you can ask them about their relationship. If they are together, he will say, at the celebration party, that his delayed return to Tevinter might be because of Bull.
- Main article: Dorian Pavus/Dialogue
- "Selfish, I suppose. Not to want to spend my entire life screaming on the inside."
- "If I truly believed my homeland was beyond all hope, I wouldn't miss it so much."
- (About the Winter Palace) "I hope you tried the ham they were serving, by the way. Tasted of despair. Fascinating."
- "Better to be in the fold than out in the wilds? For a sheep, that is."
- "Living a lie... it festers inside you, like poison. You have to fight for what's in your heart."
- "Not everything from Tevinter is terrible. Some of us have fought for aeons against this sort of madness. It's my duty to stand with you."
- "In the south you have alienages, slums both human and elven. The desperate have no way out. Back home, a poor man can sell himself. As a slave he can have a position of respect, comfort, and could even support a family. Some slaves are treated poorly it's true, but do you honestly think inescapable poverty is better?"
- (Regarding the Inquisition's library) "All these 'gifts' to the Inquisition and the best they can do is the Malefica Imperio? Trite propaganda. But if you want twenty volumes on whether Divine Galatea took a shit on Sunday, this is evidently the place to find it."
- "Vishante kaffas"