|Faction Name||The Inquisition|
The Inquisition is not bound by the rules of any nation or faith. This allows them to move freely and go about their enterprises, which often involve solving mysteries, fighting threats most factions ignore, and understanding cosmic forces we don't understand. Their stronghold is in Skyhold Fortress, a remote part of the Frostback Mountains.
Although the organization is primarily human, it includes people of all races and backgrounds united by a common goal: to fight the chaos that threatens to destroy the world. With a variety of collaborators from Thedas to the mysterious renegade elf Solas to the noble ex-Templar Cullen, the Inquisition embodies unity in diversity. His actions and decisions in these troubled times could be the key to survival or the end of the world.
Divine Justinia V, head of the Church, was on a mission to bring peace between the Magi and the Temples when disaster struck. A massive explosion killed her and most of the conclave she had summoned, leaving a rift, a hole that tore away the veil that separated the physical world from the spiritual realm. The sole survivor of the blast, who soon became Andraste's herald, was found with a tag capable of closing the rifts. The Herald thus became the key to Teda's survival and the cornerstone of the Inquisition.
The symbol of the Inquisition, the eye in a six-pointed star, did not discriminate; it was a call to unite under one banner for all, from kings to commoners, to stem the tide of chaos. The reformer Cassandra Pentaghast and spymaster Leliana, close allies of the late divine, were the protagonists of this determined new force. They soon enlisted the help of others, such as the expert advisor Josephine Montilyet and the wily dwarf Varrik Tetra. Led by the Herald, later known as the Inquisitor, the Inquisition thwarted numerous threats, including the Venatori, an extremist cult; stopped the elder, the ancient magister, who turned dark; and even ventured into the elusive Elven Ruins and the Deep Roads.
The Inquisition was not without controversy. The Inquisitor's rapid rise, immense power, and fearsome reputation inspired suspicion and fear. Regardless, the Inquisition has proven time and time again to be the beacon of hope that Thedas desperately needed. Their legacy is a testament to the strength of unity amid unprecedented turmoil and threats.
Cullen Stanton Rutherford
Of these, the organization lays first claim to Skyhold, an ancient fortress located high in the Springs. This mountainous landscape is bitterly cold, rugged and secluded: a natural fortress between snow-capped peaks. However, geographic robustness is a double-edged sword, which seems difficult to supply lines and reinforce. The Inquisition also includes thoughtfully restored sanctuaries within its territory, such as the Griffon Wing Sanctuary in the arid Western Approach and Caer Bronach in the Crestwood Marshes. Each landscape shapes the faction's military infrastructure and strategies, builds hard-backed warriors, and strengthens their resistance to adversity.
Their wide reach demonstrates multi-site prowess – a testament to the Inquisition's versatility and far-reaching purpose – uniting all Teds against a threat on the horizon.