If you’ve been paying attention, you probably already know that you can choose a divine in Dragon Age: Inquisition. This page will discuss what will happen if you choose each of the three candidates–nothing will be spoiled except for the identity of the three candidates and the direct consequences. So, if you don’t want to know any of that–don’t read on!
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The three choices throughout the game are Leliana, Cassandra or Vivienne. But which actually becomes the Divine is based on your decisions throughout the game… many of your decisions throughout the game. It isn’t as simple as just supporting them when they ask, your decisions need to be aligned with their beliefs.
Is Leliana a Good Choice for the Divine?
Leliana believes in mage freedom and dissolving the circle entirely. If she is elected, she will do just that. If Leliana is hardened, there will be a bloodbath. If Leliana is softened, there will be an uneasy truce. If you desire mage freedom, a softened Leliana is the best solution for you.
Outside of the mages, Leliana will open the chantry to those of all races. She will create a more welcoming chantry. If hardened, she does this by any means necessary. If softened, she does it with a gentle touch and a kind word.
How to get Leliana as Divine: support her on a war table mission, talk to her about ditching the circle, always talk about ditching the circle with other characters as well, side with the mages, keep the mages as free allies. [You don’t need to do all of these, just a majority of them.]
Is Cassandra a Good Choice for the Divine?
Cassandra believes in a reformed circle rather than dissolving it. If she’s elected, she will try to reform the circle in very much the same way that Cullen discusses. She will be mostly successful. For those who are interested in a reformed circle with checks and balances, Cassandra is the best solution.
Outside of the mages, Cassandra seeks to reform the seeker order. If she is on good terms with the inquisitor, she will be able to assume the position easily. If she is on bad terms, it will be a little rougher.
How to get Cassandra as Divine: support her on a war table mission, talk to her about reforming the circle, always side with reforming the circle, side with the templars over the mages or keep the mages but as conscripts. [You don’t need to do all of these, just a majority of them.]
Is Vivienne a Good Choice for the Divine?
Vivienne believes in the status quo, because that is what has elevated her to her station so far. If she’s elected, she will enact the circle just as it was before but she will keep the templars on a short leash. Likewise, if mages rebel against her, she will cut them down. For those who are interested in mages being strictly controlled, Vivienne is the best solution.
Outside of the mages, Vivienne has little interest in the Chantry and her reign is particularly brutal. The Chantry does not support her rise to power, which leads to several revolts, which she puts down.
How to get Vivienne as Divine: support her on a war table mission, finish her collection quests, talk about supporting the circle. Vivienne is sort of a catch all; if you don’t come down hard on Leliana or Cassandra’s side, you may end up with Vivienne.
Who is the Best Choice for Divine?
The best choice for Divine highly depends on your type of play, as you can see above. If you want to reform the circle and keep the chantry strong, Cassandra is ideal. If you want to ditch the circle and radically reform the chantry, Leliana is ideal. If you want everything to suck forever, Vivienne is ideal.