"For almost a thousand years, the world believed it was in the hands of the Maker. And now many believe you are the agent of His will. Whatever the truth is, that belief gives you power." —First Enchanter Vivienne to Inquisitor Maxwell Trevelyan
As the Mage-Templar War continued to ravage the world, Maxwell and several members of his family attended a summit hosted by the Chantry at Haven in the hopes of making peace between the Templars and mages. However, after a cataclysmic explosion killed everyone except him, the Veil was sundered and caused a huge tear across Thedas known as "the Breach". Although he was initially suspected by many for causing the death of DivineJustinia V, Maxwell proved his innocence by using a strange magical mark on his hand to seal multiple Fade rifts and was tasked with discovering who is responsible for the outbreak.
Following his first successful sealing of the Breach, Maxwell found himself under attack by Corypheus, where it is revealed that the ancient darkspawn was the culprit responsible for the conclave’s destruction. Haven was soon destroyed in an avalanche and Maxwell narrowly managed to escape with his life. In response to this new threat, Maxwell became leader of the reformed Inquisition. By recruiting the rebel mages into his ranks and helping Empress Celene Valmont I remain on the throne, the Inquisitor played a major role in ending the Mage-Templar War and Orlesian civil war. He also fought alongside the Grey Wardens against a Venatori plot to enslave the Order’s mages for Corypheus’s purposes. After scoring a major victory in the Battle at the Arbor Wilds, the Inquisitor defeated Corypheus by killing his red lyrium dragon and used the Anchor to banish him to the Fade, destroying his body in the process. He was declared a hero of southern Thedas and worked to assist devastated nations with reconstruction efforts.
Two years later, in the face of increasing political pressure from both Ferelden and Orlais, Maxwell re-structured the Inquisition to serve as Divine Victoria's personal honor guard and peacekeeping force. Prior to his decree, Maxwell thwarted a Qunari plot to invade southern Thedas although he was forced to amputate his left arm when the Anchor’s magic became dangerously unstable. He continues to lead the Inquisition on a smaller scale and now seeks to prevent his former companion Solas’s plans of destroying the world by finding agents he is unaware of and, if possible, to redeem him.
Born on the twenty-fourth day of Bloomingtide 9:15 Dragon, Lord Maxwell Reginald Trevelyan was born as the youngest child of Bann Trevelyan, head of House Trevelyan. The Trevelyans are nobility from Ostwick, a city-state on the southern coast of the Free Marches. It is an old distinguished family, in good standings among its peers, and with strong ties to the Chantry. Its youngest sons and daughters, those third or fourth-born children, with little chance of becoming heirs, often join the Chantry to become templars or clerics. Maxwell initially enjoyed a life of privilege, yet detested the idea of being expected to follow suit towards a similar path in service of the Maker as a devout and loyal Andrastian—regardless of his personal feelings or motivations. He also has older siblings; one of whom was sent to the Circle of Magi before fleeing to join the mage rebellion.
"All of this happened because of fanatics and arguments about the next world. It’s time we start believing in this one."
Maxwell Trevelyan is a calm and perspective man who was well aware of his reputation as the "Herald of Andraste" inspired in others, but even then he is in general as apathetic, often speaking bluntly. His naturally calm attitude allows him to remain composed and focused, noticing everything around him. Even in near-death situations, Maxwell is able to stay collected and resourceful. As a result, he can quickly adjust to any situation to make keen and thought-out decisions and stay steps ahead of his opponents. Despite this, Maxwell is rather modest about his upbringings, even confessing that he was awkward during his childhood.
Maxwell Trevelyan is a tall, athletic man of lean-built, has black hair kept slicked backwards with a few bangs hanging over the sides of his head, green eyes and a fair skin color, plus a stubble around his chin which he keeps slightly trimmed. Officially he wears a white, long-sleeved collared patterned outfit, tan pants and golden-brown boots. While off-duty, Maxwell wears a purple heavy coat with somber tones, dark gloves, and a brown leather vest with a red scarf around his neck.
During his stay at the Winter Palace in Halamshiral, he wears a classic, formal cut which is colored crimson accented with royal blue.
Two years later, Maxwell loses his left arm after the Anchor's magic goes awry.
"Our search will take us to every corner of this land: the beautiful, the dangerous, and the ancient places where no man walks alone. This is the world we are trying to save."
(to Amund) "The Inquisition has a purpose your leader lacks. Join me. Help us stop the Breach."
(to Grand Duchess Florianne) "When your archers failed to kill me in the garden, I feared you wouldn’t save me this last dance. It’s so easy to lose your good graces. You even framed your brother for the murder of a Council emissary. It was an ambitious plan. Celene, Gaspard, the entire Council of Heralds… all your enemies under one roof. […] You lost this fight ages ago, Your Grace. You’re just the last to find out."
(to the Grey Wardens of Orlais) "Warden Stroud is dead, thanks to all of you! He alone stood against Clarel’s madness! If not for him, you’d be dead – or slaves to a servant of the Blight! And you repaid that by branding him a traitor!"
(while playing Wicked Grace) "I’ve got a story for you! Firstly, my aunt is known across the Free Marches for her love of Antivan opera. So, of course when a performance of “The Murder of Queen Madrigal” opened, she made us all attend… […] My aunt refused to speak to me for three months."
(to Flemeth) "I know the name “Flemeth.” It belongs to an ancient Fereldan legend. It says, long ago, you left your husband for a lover. Your husband then tricked you, killed your lover, and imprisoned you. Then a spirit came to offer you vengeance. Mythal—that’s what you spoke of."
(before destroying Corypheus) "You wanted into the Fade? Here! Have it!"
(to Professor Kenric) "The texts say that Inquisitor Ameridan was a dragon hunter who vanished on his last expedition."
(to Thane Sun-Hair) "We have learned that the last Inquisitor may have died here hundreds of years ago. We seek his body."
"The Chantry should not rewrite history to cover up inconvenient truths."
(to Ameridan) “You disappeared in 1:20 Divine, around the time of the signing of the Nevarran Accord."
(about Telana) "She returned to the island. From what we can tell, she died trying to reach you through dreams."
"There are things they don’t understand, things no one outside the Inquisition will ever know."
(responding to Harding’s joke about elfroot) "My feelings for elfroot are classified, Scout Harding."
(to Professor Kenric, about Ameridan) "I was able to speak to the Inquisitor briefly before he died. A ritual kept Inquisitor Ameridan alive all these centuries, binding him and the dragon. […] He wasn’t just a mage, Kenric. An elven mage."
(to Valta) "Ever since we came down here, the Deep Roads have felt different. Organic. We’ve been looking for the Titan the wrong way. It isn’t like us. […] We can’t see the Titan. Because we’re inside it."
"The Titan’s blood must keep the Sha-Brytol alive—and powerful."
"Every nation on the surface buys lyrium. Orzammar’s entire economy is based on the trade."
(about the Guardian) "I did not defeat Corypheus just to die down here!"
(before departing) "I’m leaving with more questions than answers, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Just be careful. The Shaperate in Orzammar will want to know what happened to you."
(to Arl Teagan, about Caer Bronach) "We seized it from bandits! Would you like us to give it back to them?"
"A few years ago, we railed at the mages at Redcliffe for becoming corrupt. We did the same to the Grey Wardens. [Chuckles.] Look at us now."
(to Leliana, Cullen and Josephine) "Shit! Damn it! We save Ferelden, and they’re angry! We save Orlais, and they’re angry! We close the Breach twice, and now my own hand wants to kill me! Could one thing in this fucking world just stay fixed?! [Sighs.] I need to get to the Darvaarad. You all can fight amongst yourselves once I’m… once I’m back."
(to Solas) "You don’t need to destroy this world. I’ll prove it to you."
(to the Exalted Council) "You all know what this is? A writ from Divine Justinia authorizing the formation of the Inquisition. We pledged to close the Breach, find those responsible, and restore order. With or without anyone’s approval. You’re right, Arl Teagan. We are dangerous. We’ve been deceived, and we’ve made mistakes. You’re right as well, Duke Cyril. These are the growing pains of a young organization in need of guidance. But you would both have the Inquisition bow to your agenda, and that is precisely what we cannot do. The Inquisition will act as Divine Victoria’s personal honor guard. Answering directly to her, we will transition from a military force into a peacekeeping organization. My own adventuring days may be done, but the Inquisition—and its mission—will continue."
(about Solas) "We will save our friend from himself… if we can."