Organization Templar Order
Races Predominantly Human
Leader Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard

The Templar Order is a military order of the Chantry that hunts apostates and maleficar and watches over the mages from the Circle of Magi. While templars are officially deemed a force of defenders by the Chantry, established to protect the communities of the faithful from magical threats, they are in fact an army unto themselves; well-equipped, highly disciplined and devoted to their duties. Most Templars are male, but there are some women in their ranks who have chosen a martial way to serve the Maker, rather than a spiritual one. It is said that a Templar's obedience is more important to the Chantry than their moral center.

The majority of Templar forces are human. Other races are not barred from joining, but their presence is rare. If this is the route you choose for a non-human character, their background must explain this choice.

Role in Kirkwall

Like with any Circle, the purpose of the Templars in Kirkwall is to watch over the mages. However, as with the Circle's reputation, Kirkwall's Templars tend to take their duties a bit more…zealously. The circle's reputation for strictness stems almost entirely from how the Templars police their charges. Rumors of abuse of authority run rampant and one need only to visit the Gallows to get a glimpse of the relations between these two factions.


Templars tend to join the order young, usually during their childhood. A recruit in their teens is considered somewhat older than the norm. They are first pledged to a Chantry, and there begin their training. The training is extensive and does not solely focus on martial endeavors. Scripture, history, discipline and other such things often go with the combat training.

Once their training is deemed complete, Recruits undergo what is called a Vigil. Once that is complete, they are given their first draught of Lyrium and are considered full Templars. Templars are not to seek wealth or acknowledgement; their lives belong to the Maker and the path that they have chosen.

Active Roster

Name Rank Position
Meredith Stannard Knight-Commander Head of Kirkwall's Templars
Cullen Rutherford Knight-Captain Second/Third in Command
Isolde Wulff Knight-Captain Third/Second in Command