Companion - Alistair

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Companion - Alistair

Post  Varno on Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:10 pm

Alistair is a playful and compassionate Grey Warden
and one of the in Dragon Age Origins.
He is a potential option for a female Warden.



Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Warrior
Title: Grey Warden
Specialization: Templar
Quest: Alistair's Family


Approval
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The hero can increase Alistair's rating through (covered below), dialogue, and plot decisions. Alistair responds well when you ask him to speak about himself.
Typically, Alistair will try to deflect your question with a joke, which you can move past either
by joking (often leading to humorous conversation) or calling Alistair's bluff.
Neither approach will affect his approval. Alistair is, in a sense,
shy and speaks often of Duncan and the Grey Wardens.
In many ways, Alistair views Duncan as a surrogate father.
Always affirm his emotional responses, and his approval rating will increase. When speaking of one's post-Joining experiences, Alistair approves of responses that reflect his own.
Admit to nightmares, increased appetite, etc. to slightly bump his approval.
When the hero speaks to Alistair about other personal things (such as sex), Alistair admires answers which suggest both strength and experience.
Do not mock him for his own softness and relative inexperience, however,
as these will negate any approval benefits the hero receives through insisting on his own prowess
Romance
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Alistair is romantically interested in women. He doesn't like to take a relationship too lightly. There are various ways to begin a romance with him during his dialog. Compliment him; tell him you like him, essentially anything but openly mocking him will put you in his good graces. If propositioned before an appropriate approval rating he may turn you down due to his own inexperience. If continued approval built, he will eventually join you in your tent. He likes to feel wanted and needed, and will even respond to a little bit of bossiness. However, he doesn't like being mocked about intimacy. Alistair will take the lead and invite you to bed if your approval rating is high enough after completing his personal quest (and you haven't already gotten him to go back to your tent). The conversation will be initiated the next time you go to camp. Note: Even if you have a high enough approval rating, and even if he's hardened, you have to have one of the main quests completed before he'll ask to spend the night with you. When Alistair becomes interested in the female Warden, he will offer a gift of a rose. You may choose to accept it or not. If you have high approval with Alistair and high approval with Zevran or (adore or love levels), when you next speak to Alistair, he will force you to make a choice between the two of them. If Alistair becomes king, unless the Warden is a human noble or Alistair has been hardened, the relationship will end. Even if he has been hardened the relationship can still end if the correct dialogue options are not chosen when he speaks to the Warden after the Landsmeet. Although there is some flexibility, be sure to choose "Nobody can force the king to do anything he doesn't want to" in order to convince Alistair to continue the relationship. Note: The human noble must be persuasive enough to make the Landsmeet accept her as queen, or the relationship will end anyway. To avoid this, select the persuade option "I'll rule beside him" during the Landsmeet when you are choosing between Alistair and Anora to rule. With a hardened Alistair, this option only becomes available if you did not accept Riordan's proposal to make Loghain a Grey Warden; if you accepted the idea then the hardened Alistair takes the throne directly and executes Loghain, thus avoiding the whole dialog where you chose between Alistair and Anora and would have gotten the option to choose to rule besides him.

Quests
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Alistair's Family is Alistair's Companion Quest. Whilst this quest is fairly short and simple to complete, it can be crucial as one possible result is that Alistair's personality is hardened, affecting his reactions at a number of points later in the campaign. In order to receive this quest, Alistair must have approval of Warm or Interested (26 + ) and you need to know who Alistair's father is. This can be learned when entering the first time, but only if Alistair is in your party. If you missed this chance, you must finish The Urn of Sacred Ashes before it will be revealed. Once these prerequisites are met, the next time you initiate dialogue with Alistair (or go to with him in the party), he will tell you about his sister, Goldanna, and ask to visit her next time the party is in the Denerim Market District.

Walkthrough

  • Head to Denerim with Alistair in your party. Once there, walk toward the market and Alistair will engage you in a cut scene and point out (which is to the left of Wade's Emporium).


  • Walk into the house and Goldanna and Alistair will talk. Goldanna, it transpires, resents Alistair and is only interested in any money he can give her. You can give her money, or not: this doesn't affect the outcome of the quest or Alistair's approval.


  • Once the scene ends, you'll find yourself outside the house. There is the potential here, through dialogue, to "harden" Alistair's personality and change his reaction to certain events later in the story. To do so, select the "Everyone is out for themselves. You should learn that." conversation option. Once Alistair's approval reaches Friendly or Adore, then the next time you speak to him (as long as your approval remains high enough) he will comment that he's been thinking about what you said and he agrees he should stand up for himself more. As long as you don't say "That's not what I meant. Don't do that!", then his personality will be hardened.
Approval Guide

Arriving at Denerim

  • Loghian will get what is coming to him, I promise you. ( 1)
  • That's wonderful news. ( 1)
  • We don't have time for side trips. (-5)
  • If you want to, we could try. ( 1)
In front of her house

  • You are such a coward! (-1)
  • We don't have time for this, really. (-1)
Talking with her

  • So is she everything you expected, Alistair? (-1)
  • That's hardly Alistair's fault, is it? ( 1)
  • Yes, go ahead if you like. (if as an answer to giving her money party looses up to 15 sovereigns)
  • It's true, you are going to be the king, after all... (Alistair promises to make sure she is looked after later and conversation with her ends.)
  • (Persuade) Goldanna, Alistair came here hoping to find his family. (Party loses no money, Alistair promises, and conversation with her ends.)
  • Let's leave. Now. (Alistair makes no promise and conversation with her ends.)
After leaving her house

  • You don't need her. You have others who care for you. ( 2)
  • I care about you. ( 2) (only appears if romance is active)
  • I care about you. More than you know. Activates romance
  • I don't know what to say. I'm sorry it turned out like this. ( 1)
  • That's how it goes. We should really get under way. (-20)
  • You're an idiot. How naive can you get? Approval Set To 0, ends romance
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