We are the Dalish: keepers of the lost lore, walkers of the lonely path.
We are the last elvhen. Never again shall we submit.
Overview[edit | edit source]
Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]
Dark eyes, dark hair, and Falon'Din's vallaslin.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Proud and sometimes petulant, Tam stubbornly holds to his beliefs even in the face of contrary evidence. He can be abrasive and even callous, but is not motivated by cruelty - the opposite, in fact. He is protective of his people and will go to any length to do what he believes will be in their best interest.
Talents and Skills[edit | edit source]
Elemental and spirit magic, along with Keeper schools that manipulate the natural world.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Tamaris Feratherien Lavellan was born the day after Raynda Lavellan, the future Inquisitor, came into the world. When Raynda's mother died, Tam's mother took her in out of friendship and the two grew up together. He was idolized and a little spoiled by his mother.
As a child Tam was serious and studious as he learned to be a crafter after showing some mild talent for painting. He was gawky and less than agile, provoking Raynda's annoyance when he couldn't keep up as she led him into trouble time and time again - trouble that she always got him out of.
Already interested in Dalish history, his advanced education in lore and magic after he became First increasingly convinced him of the importance of Dalish isolation, despite Keeper Deshanna Istimaethoriel's attempts to improve relations between the clan and humans of the Free Marches. This view was not shared by everyone in Clan Lavellan but it wasn't an uncommon one either and caused many arguments with Raynda especially.
When Raynda's reckless behaviour resulted in the death of a child by humans, he was her harshest critic, condemning her for it and using it as justification for his beliefs in isolation. He told her that she should leave if she could not look out for the community rather than herself and prompted her to become a scout for the clan. It was not an easy decision for him, as Raynda was his best friend, but he was convinced that if she would not change her beliefs or behaviour she was a danger to the clan.Secretly, he hoped that pushing her into a more difficult life would convince her to come back with greater regard to communal welfare, but unfortunately it did the opposite.
When Clan Lavellan was slaughtered in Wycome, Tam and a handful of others survived. Grieving and traumatized, Tam found further justification for his beliefs. He joined another clan and while there learned that elves had been disappearing around the same time as the disbanding of the Inquisition. After some investigation, he learned that they were leaving to serve Fen'Harel and reached out to Raynda for the first time in years.
The situation was worrying to him as he did not trust anyone going under the name of a trickster god to be trustworthy. After meeting Raynda in Denerim, she explained the truth behind Solas and the evanuris. While she had meant to convince him that his doubt was justified, he felt the opposite. Now knowing Solas' plan, it followed that the elves who were with him when the veil was destroyed would survive, or at least had the best chance to do so. By following, he could help to restore the Dalish to their former glory. He and Raynda parted on bad terms.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Raynda Lavellan[edit | edit source]
His best friend since birth and foster sister, Raynda and 'Tammy' were inseparable growing up. After taking on the role of First, their relationship grew a little rockier but was always underpinned by the deep love they held for one another.
Though Tam developed a crush on Raynda the relationship never graduated to something romantic, unlike what the clan had expected. Raynda was unable to think of him as more than a brother and couldn't see a world in which they could be true partners as their views were too different. They remained friends.
During the Inquisition, Tam and Raynda did not send letters to each other, instead only leaving notes for each other in letters between the Keeper and the Inquisitor. Despite appearances to the contrary, they continued to care about each other but felt that their differences at that point were irreconcilable.
After the Inquisition, Tamaris meets Raynda once more and the past appears to be forgotten - that is, until Raynda is revealed to be a 'flat-ear,' married to the 'shemlen' Cullen Rutherford.
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Links[edit | edit source]
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