From a life of nobility and privilege to a life of isolation within the Ostwick circle and ultimately the head of the 2nd Inquisition, Genevieve Adelaide Trevelyan is a bold woman determined to leave her mark upon the world. Hopefully for the betterment of everyone.
"Throw me to the wolves, and I will come back leading the pack."
Physical AppearanceGenevieve is no shrinking violet of a woman and absolutely has confidence in her appearance. She stands somewhere around 5’6” with a soft figure not at all lacking in strong feminine curves. Unlike most of her siblings, who are tall and elegantly slender, Gen inherited more genetics from her mother’s side of the family. This came with thick thighs, hips, and a rather generous bust in addition to other very distinct features. Her auburn-red hair is thick, coarse, and reaches to the middle of her back by the time she joins the Inquisition. While she has no tattoos or other identifying marks on her body, she has three subtle scars on her face/head with two being earned in childhood and the other from her time in the Circle.
Genevieve can sometimes be perceived as prickly and reserved upon first meeting. This isn’t an inaccurate assessment since she has a tendency to keep others at arm's length until she has warmed to them. Once she feels comfortable enough to open up, Genevieve is spirited and lively. She is outgoing, forward-thinking, and self-confident while still managing to be polite and well-spoken. While fairly practical and someone who generally prefers facts over feelings, Gen is not against consulting her instincts where necessary. Despite being a Trevelyan, a family known for being quite pious and staunchly devoted to the Chantry, Genevieve is not a devout woman. While a believer in both the Maker and Andraste, her head for logic and practicality play a strong part in her faith as well leading her to show disdain for those who look to Divine intervention over applying mundane efforts towards solving their problems.
Talents and Skills
Archery - Genevieve is a mage, but because her magic did not present itself until the age of 15, she was taught in the ways of Archery from the tender age of 8 and still chooses to practice her skills to this day. While not a flawless marksman, she is quite talented in the art and shows excellent promise if she were to fully dedicate herself to it.
Magic - Despite being a “late bloomer” so to speak, Genevieve took to her craft quickly and naturally once it manifested. As a circle-trained mage, she was taught a lot about theory and control but given minimal opportunities to put such knowledge into practice. Her personal affinity leans towards the primal class (with a particular knack for lightning) along with some skill with the element of fire. Later, after becoming well ingrained within her role as Inquisitor, many discussions with Vivienne helped guide her decision to train as a Knight Enchanter, granting her the use of a spirit blade and other such abilities.
Dancing - Growing up nobility meant attending social functions, learning proper manners, and customs fit for someone of her station. Dancing was among these various lessons and something Gen honestly enjoyed.
Well-Learned - Another benefit of being from a powerful noble family with ties to the many other nobles throughout other regions of Thedas is knowledge and education. While in the circle as well, Genevieve had devoted herself thoroughly to her studies and familiarized herself with as much of Thedas’ history, politics, and other subjects as she could.
Born in 9:12 Dragon to Bann Elias Trevelyan and his wife, Lady Adelaide Trevelyan, Genevieve was the youngest of five other children and the last of the Bann's immediate line.
The Trevelyan line was not known to have magic in their blood, or at least very little. For this reason, the Trevelyans were quite pious and began a family tradition of dedicating themselves to serving the Chantry of Ostwick in various ways. As the youngest child, Genevieve had no major societal pressures placed on her right away and didn’t have to worry about being the “face” of the Trevelyan family, unlike her oldest brother Elijah. However, at age 6 she was promised to the oldest son of one of Ostwick's many wealthy nobles, a boy who was at least three years older than her. Despite this, nothing came of it until two years later when the engagement is broken after a scandal led to the noble and his house being publicly denounced. It was decided that she should begin Chantry studies and started attending services on the regular in preparation for a future within the priesthood.
Gen’s relationship with her parents suffered significantly throughout her childhood. They were often far too busy to maintain a significant presence in her life, between all of their deep involvement within the Chantry, politics and court intrigue in Orlais, all in addition to grooming their oldest son to be the next Trevelyan Patriarch. So it should be no surprise that she found much more companionship with her two twin brothers and older sister.
Her magic manifested late, by 9:27 (age 15) at a celebratory betrothal and birthday party put on by House Trevelyan when she received an engagement offer from the son of a revered Ostwick Bann, Ambrose of House Bowen. It was during the celebrations she was asked to dance, and when the young scion's hands started to wander and touched her inappropriately, she deterred him with what she considered a harmless shock. This resulted in an unfortunate outburst later once back at the Trevelyan estate, as she tried to reason with her family who was outraged and appalled by her actions at the party. During this desperate attempt to defend her reasons, she unintentionally revealed her magic and earned her family's horror. Her parents and family had never once suspected she would ever come out as a mage and went through the first 14 years of her life assuming as much. Out of fear, shame, or just uncertainty her parents did their best to keep this revelation a secret. This was achieved by effectively hiding her away, seeing that she was privately tutored, was kept out of the public eye (by not attending any social gatherings), and doubled down on her archery lessons to keep up appearances of her being a non-mage. After months of frustration and unsuccessful attempts to sway her family's views, Genevieve had grown far too resentful to forgive them and turned herself into the templars, voluntarily submitting herself to the circle.
Life within the circle was difficult to adjust to at first, primarily because Genevieve was a late arrival, and thusly felt isolated from her peers from the start. Where others lamented being torn away from their families, the only thing Gen missed was her siblings but was grateful for the ability to write to them, even if they never wrote back. She threw herself into her studies and mostly kept her head down for a while.
Three years into her time at the Ostwick Circle of Magi, Genevieve successfully passed her Harrowing and became a fully-fledged mage. By then she had started to socialize more and found herself drawn into several trysts that never amounted to more than physical relationships. The Templars stationed to Ostwick Circle were barely a noticeable presence and most barely spoke a word to their charges and stayed out of sight where they simply watched quietly. However, a younger, newer recruit by the name of Ser Donovan found himself stationed unexpectedly in Ostwick and realized he knew Genevieve through her brother, Elijah. Donovan was an old friend of Eli's and though they had never really interacted often, she had a passing knowledge of him and knew the young man as indeed her brother's oldest friend. It was nice, at first, to have a somewhat familiar face around and she engaged in conversations with him from time to time about her family. Unfortunately, this relationship quickly sours as it begins to border on unhealthy and she chooses to put some distance between them. With Donovan not being a man to appreciate being spurned, he cornered her one night while Genevieve was in the library well deep in her studies. He went into detail about how he had been watching her and an illicit fantasy he'd had for a long time. After a struggle, he had her pinned down ready to enact whatever nefarious deed he had planned but fortune had it that an enchanter overheard the commotion and came to investigate. Genevieve was rescued from her predicament and both were brought before the First Enchanter and Knight Commander to explain the situation.
While Gen was grateful that her seniors did not dismiss the incident and accepted that this happened to one of their charges, it was not taken as seriously as she had hoped. It wasn’t enough that she had been assaulted and nearly taken advantage of, but rather than the offender losing his position entirely, he was simply reassigned to another post. Despite feeling embittered by this action, Genevieve threw herself into her studies that much harder to distract herself from the incident. It was after this that First Enchanter Malachi took a special interest in Genevieve and they formed a close mentor and student relationship that often bordered on familial.
However, by 9:41 (at the height of the war) when the circles chose to dissolve, she was thrown into chaos. With no way nor desire to return to her family, Genevieve was lost for direction until she found herself pursued by Templars in a heavy-handed attempt to restore order. With nothing to lose, she fled to the Chantry Conclave where she hoped to join the proceedings on the side of her fellow mages, and well - we all know what happened then.
Genevieve, confused and still reeling from not only the conclave explosion but the fall of the Ostwick Circle of Magi and subsequent all-out rebellion, she was more than willing to cooperate with her accusers but thoroughly insisted on her innocence.
It didn't take long for her to become familiar with both Haven and its occupants. Especially those in various positions of authority. Once she became comfortable with both her would-be companions, Genevieve found herself unlikely allies and slowly began to forge what would go on to be lasting friendships. Even a blooming relationship.
- The Wrath of Heaven - By agreeing to work with Seeker Pentaghast, along with Varric and Solas, she helped to stabilize the breach and solidify her eventual role in the reborn Inquisition. Gen continued to deny any divine intervention, refuting her foisted upon title as "Herald of Andraste" and protested by saying she had simply been in the wrong place at the right time it seemed.
- Champions of the Just - On a trip to Val Royeaux, Genevieve was approached by the Grand Enchanter, Fiona who offered the would-be-Herald to visit with her and the rebel mages in Redcliffe that they might discuss how to handle the breach, appealing to her nature as a fellow mage. At first, Genevieve felt compelled to ally herself the enchanter and their people, but after the shocking display by the Lord Seeker Lucius and his Templars, along with a trip to Redcliffe where she discovered Fiona's bargain with a Tevinter Magister and whispers of strange magic affecting the village, she could not reconcile her deep suspicions and returned to Haven to confer with her companions. Agreeing that whatever was happening with the Templars was crucial, Gen headed to Therinfal Redoubt where she made the discovery of the Envy demon who had replaced the Lord Seeker and only yet more of the strange red lyrium. Frustrated and disappointed with what the Order had become, Genevieve chose to disband the Templars and absorb them into the Inquisition until such a time they were ready to rebuild and start over.
- In Your Heart Shall Burn - With her new allies, it was time to close the Breach. Sweeping relief was had when it went off without a hitch and celebrations were had, until the festivities were cut short by unexpected party crashers - their true enemies - Corypheus, his red templar army and a woman named Calpernia, leader of the Venatori (A Tevinter cult behind the strange goings-on in Redcliffe) and disciple to the corrupted ancient magister. Their attack devastated Haven and cost many people their lives. Genevieve was lucky to escape with hers. After her blessed rescue and the discovery of Skyhold, it was determined that this Inquisition needed an Inquisitor. Cassandra and the advisors looked to Genevieve to take up that role. Reluctant at first, it was a heart to heart with Cass herself that convinced her to accept the position with a promise to set an example for other mages, as well as her declaration to help and use the Inquisition as a force for good.
- Here Lies the Abyss - The appearance of Corypheus prompted Varric, who had faced down the ancient magister before, to contact the AWOL Champion of Kirkwall (and his friend), Wyatt Hawke, much to Cassandra's shock and anger. When Hawke arrived, Genevieve was surprised to find a sort of kinship with the other mage, a man who had tried to do so much for his people with little resources and plenty of resistance. The pleasantries could only last for so long before they got down to business, discussing this Corypheus, his possible weaknesses, and problems within the ranks of the Grey Wardens as a result of his resurrection. The deeper the investigation, the more it became a Pandora's Box of problems, with the discovery of Livius Erimond - Magister, Venatori, and follower of Corypheus and his plans, the siege of Adamant Fortress thereby interrupting a dangerous ritual, to an attack by Corypheus's pet and being thrown into the Fade itself to square off against a Nightmare Demon. It was only through Warden Stroud's noble sacrifice that Hawke, Genevieve, and her companions made it out alive. Finding no better way to make it up to the Wardens, now leaderless, Gen offered an alliance between the Order and the Inquisition.
- Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts - After learning of the assassination plot against Empress Celene of Orlais (who was to engage in peace talks at Halamshiral), Genevieve's advisors found a way to secure an invitation to the Winter Palace where they could prevent this disaster. Despite her disassociation from noble politics and her status as a mage, she won great favor with the Orlesian court and managed to uncover the would-be assassin as Duchess Florianne de Chalons, cousin to the Empress herself, who had aligned herself with Corypheus. After thwarting Florianne's plans and apprehending her, Genevieve's new task was securing a ruler for Orlais. It was after serious deliberation and deep investigation that allowed her to not only see to it that Celene retained her throne but reconciled with her former lover and the current elven ambassador, Briala. Genevieve felt that together they were stronger and would keep one another in check and could provide many things for Orlais, human and elven alike.
- What Pride Had Wrought - With the witch Morrigan as her personal counsel on all affairs Arcane, the Inquisition, and Genevieve were able to learn what Corypheus was after next and where to find it - an Eluvian. This discovery took the Inquisition's forces, her advisors as well as Genevieve and her companions out to the Arbor Wilds in a race to get to this Eluvian before Corypheus or his general, a Tevinter mage named Calpernia who they had been dealing with in hopes of finding other ways to stop the Blighted former Magister. In their flee, Genevieve's group found their way to the elven Temple of Mythal and found themselves immersed in lore, culture, and rituals. It was here Morrigan realized her original prediction had been incorrect and that Corypheus sought something called the Well of Sorrows. They were eventually confronted by Abelas and his Sentinels, guardians of the temple, and the knowledge within. Abelas acknowledged her respect towards the rituals and the temple itself and gave her an opportunity to forge an alliance so that they might both protect the Well from the invaders. Morrigan's impatience and unwillingness to cooperate saw them nearly come to blows as she refused to simply let go of the old magic or let the Sentinels destroy it. Reaching the Well, they met resistance by Calpernia but Genevieve was able to convince her to stand down with evidence of her master's inevitable betrayal and his true plans. Calpernia was a woman of reason and, after everything she had learned of her, Genevieve was content to let her go without conflict. There were more important matters to deal with which came to a head when they reached the Well. Her trust in Morrigan faltered and after a heated debate, Genevieve agreed with Solas that the witch was far too occupied with the promise of power. She chose to drink from the Well herself after much deliberation and her own genuine curiosity.
- Doom Upon All the World - A brief interlude before they would face off against Corypheus and hopefully stop him for good, saw Gen called to aid Morrigan who's son, Kieran, had run into the Eluvian and gone missing. A trip into the Eluvian saw Genevieve step into the Fade once again where she teamed up with Morrigan to locate her boy. Their search brought them face to face with the renowned Flemeth of legend, who revealed herself to be the vessel of Mythal and it was to her that Gen was now bound under geas following her drink from the Well of Sorrows. After such a startling revelation, she returned to her council for guidance on how to find Corypheus now only for him to practically announce his arrival. It was with the aid of her companions and the power of both the Anchor and the Well that they were able to not only stop his dragon but the magister himself. Thedas was once again saved and celebrations were had shortly thereafter.
- The Descent (DLC) - After learning about the unrest underground, Genevieve and her companions made the journey into the Deep Roads to investigate the source of earthquakes that had been happening. Together with Shaper Valta and Lt. Renn (who did not survive the entire journey), they fought through Darkspawn, encountered the Sha-Brytol, made fascinating discoveries, and managed to stop the tremors after slaying the Titan.
- Jaws of Hakkon (DLC) - Genevieve and her companions ventured out to the Frostback Mountains on word of a Professor Bram Kenric who claimed to have knowledge of the final resting place of the original Inquisitor who had mysteriously disappeared. Intrigued and hopeful that finding it may provide her with some guidance or answer many of her long-standing questions. Their journey brought them in contact with two groups of Avvar, and specifically to Stone Bear Hold where Genevieve eventually earned the rest of their leader, Thane Sun-Hair. Working with the Avvar, they fought back against the other tribe - the Hakkonites, managed to rescue the Hold Beast Storvacker (a bear of all things), kill and restore the dragon Hakkon Wintersbreath with a little help from Inquisitor Ameridan himself before his spirit passed on.
- Trespasser (DLC) - Currently In Progress
To be determined after Trespasser ...
Mother - Lady Adelaide Trevelyan has always been a woman of devout faith and was always expected to seek a life within the Chantry as a sister and eventually work her way up to Revered Mother. With her children, Lady Trevelyan did not completely lack warmth, though it often seemed very surface level, and many times it appeared she kept her children at arm's length as though she still yearned for a different life. Indeed her marriage to the Bann was unplanned and rumors have come about that it was a hasty arrangement made to cover up a possible scandal. Genevieve and she had almost more of a professional relationship rather than one of mother and daughter. When she called the templars on herself and voluntarily submitted to the circle, her mother showed little to no remorse and tried to bar her siblings from saying goodbye.
Father - Bann Elias Trevelyan is a practical man, with quite the presence, charisma, and charm. He too never came off as cold or uncaring towards his children, but did had a very hands-off approach and left most child-rearing duties to nursemaids and his elder children so he could focus on not only maintaining his Bannorn but his personal business as a tradesman. He always bought gifts for Genevieve and her siblings for holidays and birthdays but was never much for spending inordinate amounts of time with her or her siblings except for perhaps Elijah who was expected to become the next Trevelyan patriarch. When she turned herself into the circle, he seemed sad and remorseful and did actually ask her if she was certain. It was perhaps a sign that he regretted their overreaction.Brother - Elijah: Eli, Gen always called him, was steadfast and brilliant. He had a natural head for business and started helping his father at a young age. The two of them were not nearly as close as she was with her sister, but when they were still young she did look up to him and he was warm, loving and protective of his youngest sibling. Early in his adolescence, he confided in his sisters that he was unsure of his feelings towards women (as his parents were readily making matches for him already) leading to the three of them making a pact that they would only wed someone they each chose and all liked. Upon turning 18, Eli was married off to the daughter of Bann Acaius Morgan. Not fully understanding the lack of real control he had over his own life as the scion of the Trevelyan family, Gen felt betrayed and began to distance herself from him and he from her until their relationship seemed beyond repair. Sister - Sophia: Genevieve's sister was always there for her growing up and the two have been close since they were children. Sophia was a role model for Genevieve, someone she aspired to be like and whose example she tried to follow. Her sister was her loudest and first advocate when Gen came into her magic and had a falling out with their parents. Brothers - Mason & Morgan: Who could ask for better brothers? The boys had always felt like her very best friends, besides her sister, growing up. They had been the ones to begin her archery lessons in earnest and even gifted her a custom-crafted bow for her 15th birthday. Though they were older by a couple of years, Genevieve never felt like she had to compete with them and she looked out for them as much as they did her. They protected her from much of their parents' ire when she awakened as a mage and were staunch defenders when she ultimately left for the Circle. Years later, they wound up leaving home to join the Inquisition as agents under Leliana and Josephine respectively.
First Enchanter - Malachi: Though firm and sometimes unrelenting, as Malachi knew she had potential and refused to let Genevieve squander it by being a brat or closing herself off, he was also a comforting presence. Malachi became a surrogate parent, of sorts, and an ear for her when Gen needed someone to just listen. He understood and sympathized with her feelings of being considered an "outcast" by the people who were supposed to love and protect her. They became close, in the way that a student and their teacher might, but also like family. When the Circles ultimately fell just a few short months before the Conclave, many mages and Enchanters fled but Malachi rounded up and protected those who stayed and led the group on a journey to the Temple of Sacred Ashes in hope to appeal for aid at the Conclave. Once there, Genevieve became separated from them and it was her attempt to search for him that put her at the center of chaos. It was only a while after joining the Inquisition that she tried looking into his whereabouts to ensure his survival. Gen was relieved to find he had made it and was lending his skills to other groups of former circle mages displaced by all the fighting.
Josephine Montilyet - TBD
Cassandra: Being accosted, and accused of the destruction of the Conclave and murder of a holy figure did little for their relationship immediately, but once she was cleared of guilt, and Cassandra relented to her obvious innocence, they started to find more rapport rather quickly. Genevieve found Cassandra to be a practical woman, someone admirable if perhaps a bit too practical at times. Cassandra's skill on the battlefield is second to none, and Genevieve would have no one but the Seeker at her side. Once Cass showed her softer underbelly, the two connected on a more sincere level and Gen found the woman to be not too much than her older sister, Sophia, whom she missed very much. Following the dissolution of the Inquisition, Genevieve makes a point to write Cassandra regularly to keep in touch.
Varric: It's hard to resist Varric's wit, easy-going humor, or deny his sense of loyalty. Though she never felt like she could ever truly breach the dwarf's outer shell or begin to forge the same kind of relationship he had with Hawke, she felt a camaraderie with him at least and always trusted him to have her back out in the field or to know when to pull her away from her duties for a game of cards.
Solas: Solas was certainly an interesting if not odd figure to Genevieve. There were times she connected with him on an even plane, from one mage to another, and times where she felt like he walked out of wholly different age and seemed wise well beyond his apparent years. Intrigued by his knowledge of and experience with the Fade, she enjoyed conversing with him over such on occasion but her much more grounded and pragmatic nature often conflicted with his much more worldly views. Still, she felt he was a very resourceful ally to have within the Inquisition.
Dorian: In spite of the rumors swirling about, having a Tevinter mage within the Inquisition's ranks, Genevieve was quite taken with the man early on. She was delighted by the prospect of having another mage on board, specifically one from such a fascinating place as the Imperium. Though she felt he was sometimes difficult to read, at first, by the time the letter from his father had arrived the two of them had begun to bond over the likes of magical theory, over history and literature. After the confrontation with his father in Redcliffe, it was apparent they had a lot more in common than they realized (both proud mages estranged from their family for one reason or another) and their friendship became firmly established. He was later instrumental in helping her come to terms with her own family matters and setting the record straight with her parents.
Iron Bull: Being a sheltered noble and later a sheltered Circle mage, Genevieve had little experience with many other races, and the Qunari were especially among those she had limited knowledge of. She was genuinely surprised to find Bull to be not only friendly but extremely polite and more than amorous. Admittedly, there was even a slight sense of attraction there (and his self-admitted love for redheads certainly helped fuel that). However, despite her intrigue and subtle thirst for something out of the ordinary, the two never explored anything and considered each other to be more like family than potential lovers or playmates. She found a valuable friend with who she felt safe and at ease around. Bull became a source of support and wisdom, as well as an excellent drinking buddy.
Sera: The elven rogue wound up becoming the little sister that Genevieve never had or realized she wanted. As someone who was so used to being the youngest, the "baby", it was a refreshing change to finally feel like an older sibling. Though Sera was surprised at first by Genevieve's easy acceptance of her, the two of them hit it off as friends before long, eventually leading to Sera offering her a chance to work closely with the Jennies. It was through this opportunity that her older brother, Mason (who joined the Inquisition as an agent under Leliana prior to her being elected Divine) found his own calling as part of the Red Jenny network.
Cole: With no other choice but to trust him while trying to escape the Envy demon's nightmare, she was relieved to find he meant his words about wanting to help her and help others. Though at first putt off by his bizarre manner and his ability to read the emotions and surface thoughts born from strong emotions of those around him, she became endeared to him seeing him actually trying to soothe the hurt and grief of those struggling. It became clear to her that Cole was really no demon, but no longer just a spirit of Compassion either. She was quick to defend him from the scrutiny of her advisors, insisting that he be given a chance to help and that Leliana's people would be watching him carefully anyway.
Vivienne: At first, Genevieve was both rightly intimidated and dazzled by the former First Enchanter. To see another mage, a woman like Madame de Fer, in a place of respect and authority, was impressive to the sheltered Circle mage. Once Vivienne joined them at Haven, Gen wasted no time in speaking to her, in trying to pick her brain for her experiences in Montsimmard and as Court Enchanter to the Empress of Orlais. From what brief discussions they had, it was clear that although their experiences differed and their views did not quite fully align, there was budding mutual respect forming between the two of them and that Vivienne's guidance was resoundingly solid and sorely needed. She came to fill the void that came from losing her own former First Enchanter, Malachi. Not to mention, who better to help her train and perfect her skills as a mage and budding Knight Enchanter but Vivienne?
Blackwall/Thom Rainier: Genevieve was mostly indifferent to the would-be Grey Warden at first, and his place with the Inquisition was strictly business. He seemed a respectable sort, more than willing to aid the order and Gen admired his faith and devotion to the cause. They developed a lukewarm companionship, and though she was never really very close with the man, he certainly held fierce respect for her and what the Inquisition was trying to do. When the revelation came that he wasn't who he claimed to be during a public execution in Val Royeaux, she was furious that he had deceived her and the entire Inquisition. However high her anger was in that moment, she admired whoever Blackwall (or Thom) had presented himself to be and just couldn't leave the man to rot in a cell. She eventually chose to grant him his freedom, pardoning his crimes, seeing no sense in punishing any more than he already had himself. Their relationship was rocky for a while after but once the awkward phase had passed the two formed a strange familial like bond that continued until long after the Inquisition ceased to be.
Magic - Despite her parents’ shame and embarrassment over their child being a mage and then Gen later relinquishing herself to the circle, she is very proud to be a mage and quite enjoys practicing the arts. Magic is such a fascinating, and useful tool with so many varied practical applications that for anyone to think it shameful or frightening is strange to her. She understands the dangers it could pose but only in the hands of someone completely untrained or only ever taught to fear their gifts. Additionally, she finds researching, studying, and discussing magical theory an excellent use of her time and only goes to further improve her skills.
Horses - Her family had a fairly sizeable stable growing up and Gen enjoyed riding in her spare time. Later when she became part of the Inquisition, she was thrilled to recruit the Horsemaster Dennet and became fond of spending time down by the stables.
History/Politics/Current Events - Genevieve isn’t so much a knowledge sponge as she is just very interested in what has happened and what is happening in the world around her. Beyond just her noble upbringing, Gen spent the majority of her youth and adolescence in the Ostwick Circle and while she wasn’t completely ignorant of outside events, the flow of information was very limited and strictly controlled. Once she is part of the Inquisition, she is eager to dive into such subjects and immerse herself in them.
Arrogance - Having pride and confidence are excellent characteristics in Gen’s book, but when those traits become overblown and mutate into arrogance, then she has a problem. She has met too many people who think too highly of themselves for no reason. She looks unfavorably upon these people and considers them pitiable, as they only talk themselves up to hide much deeper insecurities rather than embrace their flaws and accept mediocrity.
Blind Devotion - Coming from a pious family, Genevieve was raised to be devout and dedicated to the Chantry. All too often, she was put off by such blind dedication that any of its faults and flaws were overlooked or hand waved away. Gen appreciates beautiful faith but also respects practicality and logical reasoning within one’s religious views. Such is why she always refuted as being a holy figure sent by Andraste herself.
Isolation - Genevieve is naturally a very social person, even in spite of what her parents did while trying to hide her magic and the time spent in the Circle of Magi. She enjoys being surrounded by other people and partaking in conversation and activities. To be removed from that, and denied all social engagement either by being forced back into the circle under the strict regime or some other situation would terrify her and break her spirit
Heights - Despite living in the Free Marches, a fairly mountainous region, Genevieve is not particularly fond of extreme heights. It helps that Ostwick was located along the sea, rather than the mountain ranges. It is more the fear of falling that scares her, rather than simply being up high. She is careful when walking along the ramparts and battlements of Skyhold and takes care when climbing up and down ladders or stairs.