Beresaad, a Qunari warrior, has been sent on a mission to Ferelden. He is to study the natives usage of magic and try to find a way to prepare a defense against it and better understand the nature of magic itself. He was chosen to perform this task because he himself as shown evidence of magic use and mages are treated as slaves and implements of war in Qunari society. He has been given two years to accomplish this task before he must return to his Qunari tribe and report his findings to the Arishok. He has had little success so far because both the Chantry and the Circle refuse to speak with him about anything concerning magic. Ferelden is not a nation friendly to outsiders at the moment as Teirn Loghain suspects a plot from Orlais to try to take back the country. He sets off with a magic detection stone to find an apostate that may help him.