By Patrick Weekes
Empress Celene of Orlais rose to the throne of the main robust state in Thedas via knowledge, wit, and ruthless manipulation. Now, the empire she has guided into an age of enlightenment is threatened from inside via forthcoming conflict among the templars and the mages while uprising stirs one of the downtrodden elves. to avoid wasting Orlais, Celene needs to preserve her carry at the throne whatsoever necessary.
Fighting with the mythical ability of the Orlesian Chevaliers, Grand Duke Gaspard has received numerous battles for the empire and the empress. yet because the Circle fails and chaos looms, Gaspard starts to doubt that Celene's diplomatic process Orlais' difficulties will retain the empire secure. possibly it's time for a brand new chief, one that lives by way of the tenets of the Chevalier's Code, to make Orlais powerful again.
Briala has been Celene's handmaid because the of them have been kids, subtly utilizing her place to aid enhance the lives of elves throughout Orlais. She is Celene's confidante, spymaster, and lover, but if politics strength the empress to select from the rights of the elves and the Orlesian throne, Briala needs to come to a decision the place her real loyalties lie.
In this exciting tie-in to the award-winning Dragon Age™ video games, alliances are cast and delivers damaged as Celene and Gaspard conflict for the throne of Orlais. yet after all, the elves who conceal within the forests or starve within the slums could make a decision the destiny of the masked empire.
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Your nature pollutes us,” the Keeper stated slowly. “The bad creatures within the alienages you're thinking that of as elves are yet bad cousins, misplaced to us perpetually. a few clans may settle for some of them to bolster their numbers, or maybe out of faulty pity, yet they aren't our humans. Do you know that, shemlen empress? you're thinking that to supply a partnership, to allow us to take a seat in Halamshiral and care for shemlen retailers and flat-eared peasants who've forgotten every little thing of historical Elvhenan, and bow to you in your throne in Val Royeaux. ” He shook his head. “If you and Gaspard slew one another, and the battle killed each human in Orlais, and burned each alienage to the ground … then we might be keen to come to Halamshiral. ” It shook her, notwithstanding she stored her face calm. “Then why are we speaking, Keeper? ” “Because that fool Felassan introduced you the following, shemlen empress. ” The Keeper grimaced. “And now we needs to come to a decision which of ways of 3 bushes to stick to. will we offer you a few token relief and wish for a few token gesture later? will we provide you with to Gaspard and desire for a similar? Or can we kill you, burn your physique, and desire that you just carry extended family Virnehn much less difficulty in dying than you do in lifestyles? ” The silence used to be damaged a second later through shouting from the sting of the camp. The Keeper and the elders appeared over, whereas Celene sat as frivolously as she may possibly, attempting to imagine. The ache in her head used to be boring yet regular, and her wits have been slower than ordinary. She used to be the Empress of Orlais. She used to be with no her robes, her jewels, and her armies, yet that are supposed to now not have mattered. She had performed the sport and received for twenty years … yet those elves performed by way of diverse principles. If she didn't research them speedy, they might truly end what Gaspard had began. She wouldn't enable that. “What is that this? ” the warleader shouted. “How did he break out? ” Celene regarded over then, and observed Ser Michel, bruised and bloodied, being dragged into the camp via a bunch of scouts. “He escaped? ” Celene had assumed he and Briala were held in different places within the camp, both to interrogate them or reduce the opportunity of the entire prisoners coordinating an get away. The warleader checked out her with contempt. “Did you think that we'd allow a shemlen warrior stroll unfastened? undesirable adequate that we permit Felassan’s puppy free. He was once tied up beside you until…” He broke off, paused, then shook his head, watching the spot subsequent to Celene in confusion. “He was once long gone whilst I aroused from sleep. ” Celene checked out the guards within sight. “Perhaps chances are you'll query the lads who enable a certain prisoner get away with out noticing for numerous hours? ” “I didn't get away! ” Michel shouted because the scouts dragged him nearer, his voice hoarse. that they had no longer been mild. “I wouldn't go away my empress. ” The warleader strode ahead and yanked Michel’s head up through the hair. “Then how? ” “My brain was once taken by way of magic. ” Michel met the warleader’s stare flippantly. “As have been the guards’. They minimize me loose, and that i got here to my senses by way of a stone circle with a demon status within. ” Celene watched the Keeper pass white, the tattoos on his face all at once furious opposed to the pallor.