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Sten is a hornless Kossith warrior of the Beresaad, the vanguard of the Qunari people. He is a disciplined man with a strong code of honor whose respect is not easily gained. Those who can manage such a feat are given his loyalty and admiration.

Sten is not his real name but a title for infantry platoon commanders in the Beresaad. He was sent to Ferelden with a group of Qunari to discover what the Blight is but they were attacked by darkspawn. During the battle he was rendered unconscious but saved by some farmers and awoke to find his comrades dead and his sword gone. To a Qunari warrior the sword is the soul (Sten's sword Asala literally means "soul") and if he were to return to his homeland without it he would be labeled a ‘traitor’ and killed. Out of panic he murdered the farmers and their children with his bare hands. Once he came to his senses Sten realized what he had done and lost his honor. Days later he was arrested and brought to Lothering where the Revered Mother sentenced him to die in the cage where he is found.

Sten is a fatalist, believing that the role of all people is determined at birth. He alludes to his fatalist beliefs on the first encounter in camp saying that he did not "choose" to be a warrior just as you did not choose the circumstances you find yourself in". If the Warden is a female Sten will claim women have no place on the battlefield but can become impressed with their skills none the less. Although he carries himself with a self-assured, hardened demeanor, and has a tall and imposing physique Leliana exposes his softer side through his love of cookies, art, flower picking, playing with kittens, and fondness of the Warden’s Mabari.

When entering Haven for the first time Sten will challenge the Warden. With a low approval he may attempt to take over the party and can be forced to leave but with a high approval may be talked out of it.

Depending on the Warden's choices in handling the end-game dilemma, the Warden can talk to Sten before leaving. Sten will say he intends on going home to Seheron. The player can choose to join him for the journey to which Sten will approve and say to meet him at the docks in a few days.

If the Warden made the ultimate sacrifice and Sten was at "Friendly" approval he bows before the Warden's remains and upon returning to Par Vollen (the Qunari homeland) his Beresaad brothers ask him if he met anyone honorable while he was in Ferelden, to which he replied he only ever met one: The Warden.

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Character Quotes:

"No one has a place here. Your farmers wish to be merchants. The merchants dream of being nobles, and the nobles become warriors. No one is content to be who they are." -Sten

"Happiness is fragile. Nothing can be built upon it that will last. Only duty endures." -Sten

"Where is the cake? I was told there would be cake! The cake is a lie." -Sten

"The Arishok asked me, 'what is the blight?'. Now, I stand looking into its very eyes and still I have no answer for him. Though I expect you do. You have carried us this far, do not doubt that." -Sten

Trivia:

"Sten" is Danish, Norwegian and Swedish for "stone" along with stein, and also a common first name in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Sten is an old Norse name.

The Sten (or Sten gun) was a family of British 9 mm submachine guns used extensively by British and Commonwealth forces throughout World War II and the Korean War.

He is one of the three companions who appears in the Sacred Ashes trailer and is depicted with a prominent beard. Of the characters featured in the trailer, he is the only one to have no dialogue.

Of all the companions besides the Warden, Sten is the only one who seems to genuinely like and respect Shale, as he calls him kadan, the same title he bestows on the Warden.

During the quest Sten's Lost Sword, if you take Sten with you to the Frostback Mountains to talk to Faryn, there will be a dialogue option where the Warden can tell Sten to "tear his arms off". This is a reference to the movie The Princess Bride, which has a scene where Inigo Montoya tells Fezzik the same thing while interrogating the Chief Enforcer who had the gate key. Alternatively, it could be a reference to Wookiees from Star Wars, who are also known to rip people's arms off when they are annoyed or enraged.

When Sten challenges the Warden in Haven, he will state that they are going north; however, the map clearly indicates that Andraste's ashes are to the southwest. However, Haven is clearly north of where the Blight originated.

During the epilogue, when the player tries to talk to Sten after the first time, he will exclaim "Where is the cake? I was told there would be cake. The cake is a lie." This is a reference to the video-game Portal, where the phrase "The Cake is a Lie" is written on walls predominantly through many of the game's levels.

In the game Mass Effect 2 (another Bioware game), during the battle for Horizon, a terrified colonist will exclaim "They got Sten, too!" This could be a reference to Dragon Age: Origins.

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