The Factions of Entropic Horizons

NOTE – in both the canon Dragon Age and Entropic Horizons universes, religion is inherently political and politics are inherently religious. We are unable to separate the two and to try is to misunderstand how these societies work.

The Inquisition

Originally posted by shiromahou

Technically founded as a heretical organization, the Inquisition has now been legitimized by the Chantry and is considered an arm of the Chantry much as the Templars and Seekers are.

The Inquisition has become powerful in a short period of time, with alliances from Ferelden and the Rebel Mages bolstering it’s numbers. As the efforts to close the breach and the Rifts in spacetime became known in the System, individuals have flocked to the Inquisition to pledge their service.

Style of Worship

As a result of the Heralds of Andraste, and the Inquisitor’s actions, the Inquisition has developed somewhat of a Cult following with small shrines appearing to the Heralds and Inquisitor herself. Gifts of green items are left there, and the shrines are often styled after Andrastian shrines, only with green candles instead of red, and fire surrounding a hand instead of the Bride of the Maker herself. The Chantry has yet to comment on this development, but the Inquisition knows that once Corypheus is defeated, the Chantry will not suffer a rival, even an unwilling one.

Mandate 

  • To protect the people of the Thedan system from the holds being torn in reality, no matter which nation, which race or which religion
  • To defeat Corypheus and prevent the destruction of the system
  • To root out Corypheus’s agents and prevent them from forcing the System into chaos
  • To do what must be done, no matter how dire the circumstances

Key Actors

  • The InquisitorMilliara Lavellan. Reluctantly. An Atheist herself, Milliara is deeply uncomfortable with the growing worship of her role.
  • The Heralds of AndrasteMaeve Trevelyan and Milliara Lavellan, both survived the conclave and for a time shared the Anchor between them in a quantum entanglement that had the Anchor exist on both their hands at the same time. This ended when Milliara forced herself to close a Temporally unsound rift by Redcliffe and the strange magic forced the Anchor out of it’s Quantum state. It was only chance that Milliara ended up with it, or Divine Providence, if you listen to the whispers that follow her.
  • The Advisors
    • Leliana Nightingale – Spymaster and former rival of Milliara’s in the Game.
    • Josephine Montilyet – Ambassador of the Inquisition. Similarly knew Milliara from her days at Court, but not as well.
    • Cullen Rutherford – Commander of the Inquisition, has met  various of the Inquisition members before his current role.
  • Ferelden Ambassador – Rythlen Theirin, Hero of Ferelden and beloved Queen and Media Darling. She’s also an advisor to the Inquisitor on how to handle the pressures and media attention involved in saving the world(s)
  • Olesian Ambassador – Baron Frederic Rousseau, formerly Milliara’s lover, and formerly a Captain of Gaspard’s Chevaliers, Frederic now serves with the Inquisition.

Supporters

  • Technically the Chantry though this relationship is strained at best
  • Ferelden
  • Parts of Orlais
  • The Rebel Mages
  • Many True Believers that the Inquisitor is Andraste’s Herald come to save them from the devastation of the Breach.

Rivals and Enemies

  • The Chantry, unofficially.
  • Corypheus
  • Red Templars
  • The Venatori
  • The Grey Wardens
  • Parts of Orlais
  • Some Loyal Mages
  • Bears

The Chantry

Originally posted by science

With the loss of the senior stratum of it’s society at the Conclave, the Chantry is in disarray. There are no prominent Mother Superiors who will be able to step into the role of Divine and rally the people and nations behind them.

Many Chantry devotees are embittered and afraid of the Inquisition, and while publicly they support the actions of the Inquisitor, all is not well. An upstart elf cannot be allowed to change all that Outer Thedas holds sacred.

Style of Worship

  • heavily ritualized and regulated worship of the Maker led by female priests known as Mothers or Mother Superiors
  • The head of the Chantry is the Divine
  • Worship through Fire and the Sun as symbols of Andraste’s immolation
  • red candles, red and white robes with sun insignias
  • cremation of the dead

Mandate

  • To maintain the status quo
  • Control mages as they are a danger to others
  •  Guide Andrastians along the true path

Key Actors

  • Most prominent Chantry figures died in the explosion at the conclave

Supporters

  • Most Thedan nations (except the Qun, Tevinter, Orzammar and the Dalish)
  • They are the True Power in the Thedas system

Rivals and Enemies

  • Rebel Mages
  • The Mage known as Anders
  • The Inquisitor (perceived but not entirely wrong)
  • Corypheus

Rebel Mages

Originally posted by rewind01

With the terrorist attack on Kirkwall’s chantry by the mage known as ‘Anders’, the simmering rebellion exploded. Circle after circle saw mages revolt and break free from their prisons. However not everyone agreed as to how to proceed.

Mandate

  • To free Mages from the oppression enforced on them by the Chantry and the Templars
  • To have basic rights that have been denied to them
  • To demolish the system of Circles and Templar jailors/enforcers
  • to support the Inquisition

Key Actors

  • Anders
  • Grand Enchanter Fiona

Supporters

  • The Inquisition
  • Mage Sympathizers

Rivals and Enemies

  • The Chantry
  • The Nights Templar

Loyalist Mages

Originally posted by requiem-on-water

Mandate

  • rebuild the network of Circles that protected Mages and protected the peoples of Thedas FROM mages

Key Actors

  • Vivienne de Fer

Supporters

  • The Chantry
  • People afraid of magic
  • Remaining Templars

Rivals and Enemies

  • The Rebel Mages
  • The Inquisition

Nights Templar / Red Templars

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

The Order of the Nights Templar are theoretically guardians of mages, there to protect them from becoming possessed. In reality, they are guards and jailors both as well as the Chantry’s Millitary arm.

The order’s name comes from the need to be willing to step into the darkness and bring their own light to where Abominations, blood mages and demons reside. Sometimes they were referred to as ‘matches’ by rebel mages, referring to both the idealised view of a Templar, and the propensity for hot-headedness and the ‘branding’ of Tranquils.

What remains of the Order after the conclave has split between supporting the Inquisition and joining Corypheus under Sampson. Red Templars have been corrupted by ingesting Red Lyrium, and range in disfigurement from minor to horrific crystalline monsters.

Mandate

  • To protect the people of Thedan worlds from Abominations, blood mages and other dangers that mages present
  • To regulate the use of magic and supervise Circles
  • To eliminate threats posed by Mages

Key Actors

  • Formerly:
    • Cullen Rutherford
    • Theseus Trevelyan
    • Captain Rylen
  • Red Templars
    • Raleigh Samson

Supporters

  • The Chantry (formerly)
  • Loyal Mages (formerly)
  • Corypheus
  • The Venatori

Rivals and Enemies

  • Rebel Mages
  • The Inquisition

The Seekers

Originally posted by etherax

The Seekers are a whispered name among the Faithful. They’re the secret police of the Chantry, meant to oversee and hold the Chantry accountable for any offenses against the Mages and it’s Faithful.

The problem is, they’re nowhere to be found when Thedas needs them the most.

Status: MIA

Mandate

  • The Watchdog of the Templars and police of the Chantry
  • to seek the truth and hold the Chantry accountable

Key Actors

  • Cassandra Pentaghast

The Grey Wardens

Originally posted by astross-aqcualigus

The Wardens are legendary fighters, and prominent figures after the Fifth Blight, whether they want to be or not. Unfortunately the Wardens of outer Thedas have gone missing, and those that have been found are worried about a universal Calling on Orlais’s surface.

The Wardens wear Grey and blue armor, often battered and bearing battle scars.

Status: MIA

Mandate

  • To kill darkspawn and defend the system from Blights

Key Actors

  • Rythlen Theirin (Formerly) – Hero and Queen of Ferelden
  • Alistair Theirin(Formerly) – Veteran of the 5th Blight, Ry’s husband
  • Kalieth Surana – Warden Enchanter
  • Carver Hawke – Senior Warden of Kirkwall/Free Marches

Rivals and Enemies

  • Corypheus
  • The Inquisition
  • Demons
  • Darkspawn
  • Other Wardens

The Venatori

Originally posted by romanowsky

Not much is known about this cult, other than they wish to see Corypheus made into a true god, and are willing to kill anyone in their way to achieve that goal.

One would imagine it rankles that a base elf, a being good only for slavery, is the main opponent stopping their God from ascending. Worse yet the elf is winning.

Mandate

  • Tear apart the veil to allow Corypheus to become a true god.
  • Achieve power over the broken remains of the system

Key Actors

  • Corypheus
  • Gereon Alexius
  • Livius Erimond

Rivals and Enemies

  • The Inquisition
  • Ferelden

Legion of the Chevaliers

Originally posted by dimensao7

Orlais’ most respected and most feared fighting force, the Chevaliers have sided with their General Gaspard in the Orlesian Civil war. The Chevaliers are known to be one of the most disciplined and successful armies in the entire system, even though rumours abound that the Nobles in their ranks don’t always act so noble.

Elves in particular suffer at the hands of the Chevaliers. Any complaints against a Chevalier are found baseless, and unless the elf who is lodging the complaint has a patron of similar noble rank, the complainant goes missing shortly after.

Before the Halamshiral Alienage was purged, every year the graduating class of Chevalier officers would get drunk and descend to the elven slums to ‘christen’ their swords. Both the ceremonial swords bestowed upon them at their graduation and their ‘metaphorical’ ones.

Mandate

  • To serve and protect the Emperor/Empress of Orlais.

Key Actors

  • Gand-Duc and General Gaspard
  • Baron and Captain Frederic Rousseau
  • Michel du Chevin (Formerly)

Rivals and Enemies

  • Celene, Empress of Orlais
  • Elves in general

Orlesian Bards

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

Orlais is infamous for it’s high stakes version of court. Life and death, and beyond, The Game is a constant battle of wits, politics, and blackmail that nobles uses to jostle for position in the Lion’s Court. However the moves are truly played out by third parties instead of the nobles themselves. Orlesian Bards act on behalf of nobles who prefer to keep their own hands clean.  They entertain the court and their patrons by gathering blackmail, stealing information or occasionally, assassinating a fellow player.

Most outsiders are unaware of the two tiers of Bards, and assume that the nobles who play at barddom are on similar footing as the ‘pet’ bards kept on retainer by Nobles and houses.  They aren’t. Although the Game is deadly to all who play, young nobles who act as Bard are seen as less expendable than the ‘pets’.

Needless to say, the life of Pet Bard is short one.

Mandate

  • To act on behalf of their patron, or to entertain the court by playing the Grand Game.

Key Actors

  • Formerly
    • Milliara Lavellan – Pet Bard of Baron Frederic Rousseau
    • Leliana Nightingale – Pet Bard of Marjolaine
    • Josephine Montilyet – Noble Bard, independent
  • Florianne’s Bards

Allies and Supporters

  • Celene I
  • Patron Nobles of the Orlesian Court

Rivals and Enemies

  • Other Bards
  • Orlesian Noblility