In Orlais, bards travel throughout the courts of the land, trading entertainment for the hospitality of the aristocracy while simultaneously plying a more sinister trade: Often, they are secretly spies or assassins. Leliana, however, speaks little of her history as a bard, having left her life in Orlais behind long ago.

She came to the village of Lothering seeking refuge in the Chantry, where she has assumed a life of quiet contemplation and prayer to the Maker, asking him to forgive a life of deeds that her fellow sisters can only guess at. But although it is the last path that Leliana would ever choose for herself, she believes that the time will soon come to take up that old life once again. A higher calling awaits her, and with it a road to true redemption. The Maker has told her this, and she believes.

How to Recruit: After dealing with the band of mercenaries in Lothering's Dane's Refuge inn, Leliana will approach you and offer to join.

Gifts of Special Significance: To substantially increase your approval rating with Leliana, you can present her with Andraste's Grace, a Bronze Symbol of Andraste, a Chantry Amulet, a Cute Nug, an Etched Silver Symbol, a Golden Symbol of Andraste, a Silver Sword of Mercy, a Steel Symbol of Andraste, or the Fat Lute.

Equipment: Enchanted Dagger, Chantry Robe, Leather Boots, and a Seeker's Circle.

Starting Attributes (at Level 7)

Strength: 18
Dexterity: 22
Willpower: 16
Magic: 14
Cunning: 17
Constitution: 10

Starting Talents (at Level 7)

Rogue: Dirty Fighting, Below the Belt, Deft Hands, Improved Tools
Archery: Pinning Shot, Crippling Shot, Rapid Shot, Shattering Shot
Bard: Song of Valor

Companion Notes

Leliana will teach you the Bard specialization if you gain enough approval with her.
As your approval rating with Leliana increases, she will gain additional cunning via four "Inspired" skills.