As a member of the elite and renowned unit of Fereldan fighters who use mabari war hounds in battle who work for no pay and instead work for whatever cause they deem just Landin had been hired by Arl Eamon to defend the city of Red Cliff since some of the people had disappeared in the night. During one of his watches he heard a sound by the docks. He and his mabari simply called Dog found dark spawn taking people away. The fight was over quickly but not before Landin had been tainted by Dark Spawn blood. He was looked after in the Chantry of Red Cliff until Grey Warden Sigrun came to Red Cliff to take him to Vigil’s Keep to put him through the Joining to save his life.
Alora of the Dalish clan Winbow had been traveling through Ferelden with her clan when they had stopped to let the Halla, sacred deer to their people, rest. During this time Alora saw a few members of her clan rush into the woods to try and prove their mantle to gain their Vallaslin (face tattoos proving adult status). As she followed to ensure they did not do something foolish she saw them kill a horse that ran through the bushes which had been chased by a dark spawn creature. Alora, the children and the clan were saved from the beast as two Grey Wardens killed the beast. The Wardens, Vallena and Sil asked the Keeper to give unto them a recruit in exchange for the horse that the clan had killed. Alora volunteered to join their ranks as she felt responsible for what had happened.
Ashanna of the Dalish Clan Valen after the loss of her clan to Templars had been journeying further and further into Ferelden on her own. Being a first to her keeper and being considered an apostate mage by most she kept to the woods. One night in the fade she helped a spirit of a dead child find its way to the cross roads. While there a wolf spirit advised Ashanna to wake or else she too would find herself at the crossroads. Ashanna woke to find a group of Templars marching through the forest, though they were looking for someone else she assisted the Grey Warden Nathaniel and the Warden Commander Lilith protect the group of newly recruited mages from the Templars who wanted to take them back to the tower. Warden Commander Lilith offered Ashanna to join the Grey Wardens.
Alessandra Fiore had an arranged marriage to a merchant’s first born son to help her family’s status and wealth. One night her betrothed’s brother became drunk and aggressive towards her, to defend herself in a panic she accidently stabbed him, killing him. Alessandra fearing for the safety of her family and her own life jumped on the first ship out of Antiva which brought her to Ferelden. She came to Vigil’s keep hoping the Warden’s would accept her, which they did.