Dragon Age: Condemnation
Madame de Fer Vivienne
"Aren't you charming?"
Vivienne is of Rivaini heritage but was born in the Free Marches.
She is straight-laced, pro-Circle despite many of the other mages with in the circles being against it due to the oppression and abuse of power the Templars have against them.
Vivienne is a connoisseur of fashion, placing beauty above function. Caring more about her outward appearance than protection, Vivienne is always found in the finest silks and jewels. Her rich wardrobe and appreciation of fashion speaks of her station, being dubbed “the jewel of the high court of Orlais,” where she serves in an advisory capacity to the empress.
As a cunning participant in Orlesian politics, Vivienne doesn’t let anyone stand in the way of her goals. She originated from the Ostwick Circle but was transferred to Monstimmard while still an apprentice. She became the mistress of Duke Bastien de Ghyslain, the head of Orlais’ Council of Heralds, an advantageous connection that opened many doors. When the position to enchanter of the Imperial Court became vacant, Vivienne was able to secure it. She managed to turn her position as enchanter of the Imperial Court, which was regarded as little more than being a glorified court jester, into an advisory position to the Empress despite the official ban prohibiting mages from holding political power. Her reputation was such that she earned the moniker Madame de Fer: the Lady of Iron, claiming a place as both a respected, and feared, member of the court. The important thing to her is that she is left standing at the end of her struggle for order.