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Aurum Lavellan, born 9:16 Dragon, is the Inquisitor. Intelligent, friendly, and overwhelmingly charming, he does his best to get along with everyone he meets, regardless of differences. Though Dalish, he believes in Andrastism, but considers himself part of both cultures.
Aurum is quite tall for an elf, with broad shoulders and high, narrow hips. Were it not for his ears and vallaslin, he could very easily pass for a slender human. He has pale gray/brown hair, golden eyes, and a warm olive complexion.
His vallaslin, in the pattern of Mythal, is the color of gold, and run along his cheekbones. During his stint as Inquisitor, he accumulates quite a few scars on his body from numerous battles, mostly dragons, though they are usually covered by his clothing. Most prominently, he has burn scars along the left side of his torso just above his hip, and claw marks in his right shoulder.
Aurum is, above all, dangerously savvy. He is charming, he is sarcastic, and he is kind, but he is highly intelligent, though his formal education is nonexistent. Years of working as a merchant has trained him to be able to read his fellow beings very well, and anticipate most situations. As a result, he is cool and collected in almost every situation. It is very difficult to catch him off-guard, as he responds so quickly to everything that happens to him.
He is known for his skills as a charmer. Amiable and enthusiastic, Aurum knows just what to say to get people to like him - or, in the very least, he knows how to get people to listen to what he has to say, if only for a while. He adapts quickly to changes in circumstances, and thus handles himself well in mixed company. From ragtag villages to balls in Halamshiral, Aurum knows how to talk to people, and creates bonds with completely strangers. He is extroverted by nature, and talking his way through a situation comes naturally to him.
As an elf trading in human settlements, Aurum has faced a fair amount of discrimination - and has learned to stare it in the face and not blink. When someone talks to Aurum derisively, he has a tendency to ignore it, reverting to cold, blunt conversation. Like Varric, he learned that people are like cats; with work, they either end up purring in his lap or hating him regardless of all he may try to do. If it comes to the latter, Aurum does his best to end the interaction as swiftly and professionally as possible without being rude. Deescalating situations is another specialty of his.
In spite of his smooth, friendly demeanor, Aurum is riddled with self-doubt, and finds he has trouble getting used to the idea that lives depends on his actions. He was a loner in his clan, and used to looking after himself and his clan's wares - never the lives of an entire international organization. He takes caution with his actions as Inquisitor, and relies on his advisors and Inner Circle to function as the checks and balances. Though usually very calm, he finds big battles to be strenuous, and tends to panic in situations like the sack of Haven or the siege on Adamant. He is similarly uncomfortable with romantic commitment, as it is an entirely new labyrinth for him to traverse.
All in all, Aurum just wants to make friends. He wants to do good and be in good company, and these are his greatest desires.
Talents and Skills
Aurum is a dual-wield Tempest, and doesn't remember when he started using knives - only that he always has, as far as he can recall, and potentially always will. He was a skilled hunter for his clan, and one of the few trained in combat. Aurum prefers to be in close quarters, relying on his speed and agility to see him through the worst of fights. He has good aim with his daggers, but prefers to stab and slash as though in a melee.
His Tempest specialization helps with this - Aurum also likes to draw attention from his teammates while he fights, and his potions make him a blazing, speeding spectacle on the battlefield. Mixing the recipes for his flasks is an excellent test of his intelligence, and quite soothing once he memorizes the components and their amounts. He enjoys the spontaneity, the challenge, and the thrill of it all.
Beyond combat, Aurum is a talented whittler. He would carve little toys and trinkets while on long hunts for his clan, and it keeps his hands busy when he needs to waste time. When serving as a merchant for the clan's goods, he would sometimes pick up broken or damaged instruments, repair them, and try to play them, though he was never any good and only knows a few songs on the lute.
Most importantly, Aurum has a ridiculous talent with words. He was raised speaking King's Common peppered with bits of Elvhen, and had a basic literacy in Common when he started running the trading booth. Writing in the ledgers and trading for books from humans made him fully literate in the written characters of Common as well. He loves poetry and fictional literature, and is quite the wordsmith when it comes to writing letters, reports, stories, and poems of his own - just ask Cassandra, she knows. He also became fully fluent in spoken Antivan, and can get by in conversations in Orlesian and Rivaini, along with some phrases in Tevene. He learns the written traditions of Antivan from Josephine, and began to learn more Elvhen from Solas before the end of the events of Inquisition.
Aurum’s parents were alienage elves from Markham who left the city to join the Dalish clan Lavellan. Aurum was born a Lavellan, but his parents passed when he was very young. He has no memories of them.
Growing up, Aurum was a hunter; he had always had a talent with knives, though he could fire a bow just fine. He was naturally friendly, a skilled conversationalist among a clan of elves who were used to being isolated. When he wasn’t hunting, he was visiting human settlements to trade the clan’s goods, spending days at a time in these villages and cities. He found he had a propensity for language, quickly becoming literate in King’s Common. Suddenly, he could read novels, write letters, keep track of inventory in ledgers - and found that he really enjoyed it. He learned as much as he could in settlements, and became a fluent speaker of Antivan, while also being able to carry conversations in Orlesian, Rivaini, and even some Tevene. He loves to read, and devoured any literature he came across.
In these human settlements, he also encountered Chanters from the Chantry. Overtime, he heard the Chant of Light several times over, and realized how thin his connection with Dalish religion had become. He cared little for the apathetic gods of the Elvish Pantheon, and found hope in Andraste’s story. Unofficially, he converted to Andrastism, a development he kept close to his chest - only Keeper Deshana knew, and she kept his secret.
When she sent him to the Conclave to spy on the proceedings, perhaps she knew he wouldn’t come back to the clan - Aurum doesn’t know for sure, and she would never admit it. While spying, Aurum interrupted Corypheus’ plan and became the inadvertent Herald of Andraste.
In another universe, he stayed in Haven the day of the explosion, and Argent Trevelyan became the Herald instead. He becomes an agent of the Inquisition anyway, serving as an ambassador to the Dalish and the Free Marches under Josephine. Occasionally, he does spy work for Leliana under the alias Strider.
- Allied with the Templars. For Aurum, this was more a political decision than a personal one – as a Dalish elf, he was only affected by the fringe effects of the Mage/Templar War, and thought the Templars would be the more immediate, responsible help in closing the Breach.
- Kept Celene on the throne. Aurum's goal at the Winter Palace was to stop Orlais from descending into chaos, and keeping Celene on the throne was the clearest solution. He spared Briala and Gaspard.
- Recruited the Orlesian Wardens. Hell, if they could help, why not? At this point, the Inquisition was a sizable force already; if the Wardens got out of hand, it would be an easy enough situation to control.
- Drank from the Well of Sorrows. He didn't trust Morrigan, and though not as true a Dalish as his clan wished, he figured he was Dalish enough to speak to his ancestors through weird magic water.
- Disbanded the Inquisition. Importantly, he didn't do it angrily in an attempt to preserve his reputation among the elite of Thedas. Those relationships will probably prove important in his attempts to stop the Dread Wolf.
Here's what happened after the events of said game, brosef.
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- Aurum is technically ambidextrous, since he’s been dual-wielding since he exited the womb. He writes and performs most simple tasks with his left hand.
- Varric’s nickname for Aurum is “Slick”, referencing both his smooth-talking tendencies and his roguish fighting style. Again, there is irony in the name, as it glosses over Aurum’s more amiable habits and crippling self-doubt.