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The Iron Bull

(a.k.a. The Iron Bull)

Mental characteristics

Personal history

The Iron Bull was raised in the schools of Par Vollen by the tamassrans, though he was called Ashkaari, "one who thinks", at the time. He was big and strong for his age and liked to act as a secondary caregiver for his fellow children, reporting to the tamassrans when someone wasn't feeling well or was about to cause trouble. But Ashkaari sometimes got into trouble himself. On one occasion, after he'd eaten all the meat on his plate but left the vegetables untouched, his "Tama" told him that he wouldn't be allowed to go and play until he ate two more things off his plate. Without hesitation, he took two pieces of meat he had hidden in his pocket, placed them upon the plate, ate the two pieces while looking at Tama and ran off to play. This convinced her that Ashkaari would make a poor Qunari soldier, as they needed to be obedient to the spirit of an order as well as the letter. She recommended him for the Ben-Hassrath.   As he began his training, Ashkaari gained a new informal name to set him apart from his peers: Hissrad, "one who creates illusion" or "liar". His early work in Par Vollen involved uncovering smuggling operations, discontented groups considering fleeing the Qun and a Tevinter spy ring, which saw him recognized as a valuable asset. He was recommended for service on the Qunari-held island of Seheron. According to him, the island was "a sack of cats". Incursions from Tevinter, marauding Tal-Vashoth, and native rebels fighting on multiple fronts made life chaotic. The Ben-Hassrath considered two years of active service the maximum time most agents could perform in Seheron before prolonged stress rendered them unable to carry out their duties effectively but Hissrad lasted almost a decade before burning out, rising through the ranks as his superiors broke down or died.   On the eve of his last major battle in Seheron, Bull's unit suffered heavy losses when a friendly Seheron merchant was pressured into poisoning his men. When the same poison was used to kill a school full of children, Hissrad vowed to avenge them. He mounted an assault on a Tal-Vashoth stronghold in the jungle. He lost several more of his men in the fighting, including his longtime friend Vasaad, which sent him in a berserk state. When his surviving soldiers later came back for him with reinforcements, they found him unmoving, covered in wounds and surrounded by the butchered corpses of the Tal-Vashoth warriors. He declared himself unfit for duty and too dangerous to be around civilians, submitting himself to the Ben-Hassrath re-educators.   The Ben-Hassrath reassigned him to Orlais to work undercover, ostensibly as a Tal-Vashoth. He worked for the mercenary company Fisher's Bleeders for several years but Fisher was a mediocre commander and he eventually left, taking several of Fisher's men with him, to form his own mercenary company: the Bull's Chargers. Fisher, angered by this, entered brief fight with Bull, but the two ended up talking things over drinks and parted ways peacefully. Bull uses the Chargers to gather information on Orlesian nobles, feeding the intelligence to the Ben-Hassrath. Though he still reports to his old masters, time in Orlais led to something of an identity crisis for him.   He remains in command of the Bull's Chargers, though spends much of his time drinking, lazing about and overindulging - all clear violations of the Qun. Despite his unusually friendly demeanor and lax attitude to his philosophy, The Iron Bull still has a loyalty to the Qun which dies hard. He doesn't proselytize, but neither does he apologize for his way of life.

Social

Family Ties

Dorian - Lover,   Taven - Lover,   Dalineva - Stepdaughter, Dreycan - Adoptive son, Desa - Adoptive daughter, Brentan - Adoptive son, Kardiha - Adoptive daughter, Felix - Son, Vassenia - Daughter, Senaari - Son

Relationships

The Iron Bull

Lover (Important)

Towards Dorian Pavus

5

5

Honest


Dorian Pavus

Lover (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


Legal Status

lovers

Taven Lavellan

Lover (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Lover (Important)

Towards Taven Lavellan

5

5

Honest


Legal Status

lovers

Cremisius Aclassi

Friend (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Friend (Important)

Towards Cremisius Aclassi

5

5

Honest


History

A part of the makeshift family of Bull's Chargers. Looks to Bull as a leader and a father figure

Legal Status

friends

Dalish

Friend (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Friend (Important)

Towards Dalish

5

5

Honest


History

a part of the makeshift family of the Bull's Chargers. Looks at Bull as a friend, leader, and father figure.

Legal Status

friends

Grim

Friend (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Friend (Important)

Towards Grim

5

5

Honest


History

a member of the makeshift family of the Bull's Chargers. Looks at Bull as a friend, leader, and father figure.

Legal Status

friends

Rocky

Friend (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Friend (Important)

Towards Rocky

5

5

Honest


History

a part of the makeshift family of the Bull's Chargers. Looks to Bull as a friend, leader, and father figure.

Legal Status

friends

Skinner

Friend (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Friend (Important)

Towards Skinner

5

5

Honest


History

a part of the makeshift family of the Bull's Chargers. Looks to Bull as a friend, leader, and father figure.

Legal Status

friends

Stitches

Friend (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Friend (Important)

Towards Stitches

5

5

Honest


History

a part of the makeshift family of the Bull's Chargers. Looks to Bull as a friend, leader, and father figure

Legal Status

friends

Dalineva Lavellan

Stepdaughter (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Stepfather (Important)

Towards Dalineva Lavellan

5

5

Honest


Legal Status

parent and child

Dreycan

Adoptive son (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

4

4

Honest


The Iron Bull

Adoptive father (Important)

Towards Dreycan

4

4

Honest


Legal Status

parent and child

Cole

Friend (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

4

4

Honest


The Iron Bull

Friend (Important)

Towards Cole

4

4

Honest


History

it's a running joke that Bull is Cole's stepfather

Legal Status

friends

Desa

Adoptive daughter (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

4

4

Honest


The Iron Bull

Adoptive father (Important)

Towards Desa

4

4

Honest


Legal Status

parent and child

Brentan

Adoptive son (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Adoptive father (Important)

Towards Brentan

5

5

Honest


Legal Status

parent and child

Meridan

Adoptive daughter (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Adoptive father (Important)

Towards Meridan

5

5

Honest


Legal Status

parent and child

Kardiha

Adoptive daughter (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

4

4

Honest


The Iron Bull

Adoptive father (Important)

Towards Kardiha

4

4

Honest


Legal Status

parent and child

Felix Pavus

Son (Important)

Towards The Iron Bull

5

5

Honest


The Iron Bull

Father (Important)

Towards Felix Pavus

5

5

Honest


Legal Status

parent and child

Species
Qunari
Ethnicity
Qunari
Eyes
silver eye missing his left eye
Hair
bald
Skin Tone
silver
Height
7'3"
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