- See also: Dragon's Dogma World and Lore
The Arisen (覚者(アリズン)) is the protagonist of ''Dragon's Dogma (ドラゴンズドグマ), having obtained this title after losing their heart to a mighty Dragon... and surviving. In Japanese, The Arisen is called ’kakusha' (覚者). It literally means awakened one and is a Buddhist term to refer to a person who has attained Buddhist enlightenment or Satori.
When The Dragon (ドラゴン) returns to the world it chooses a person of a certain worth, rips out that person's heart, and devours it. This person miraculously survives, thus becoming known as "Arisen". Those chosen by The Dragon embark on a journey to seek it out. The Arisen is said to be the only one that can slay The Dragon and with that, the Arisen will make choices that will shape the world.
The Dragon and the Arisen are connected through the scar on his or her chest and through it can communicate with each other. An Arisen does not age and has immunity to sickness, but can die in battle. The vitality of the Arisen is linked to their heart being kept by The Dragon; so long as The Dragon lives, the Arisen cannot die, save for in battle. Subsequently, when the Dragon dies, all Arisen who have not reclaimed their heart will age the amount of time that their heart was kept. This means age or death will eventually catch up to them.
Every Arisen commands a legion of loyal companions known as Pawns that will always follow them without question on even the deadliest and most dangerous of journeys. When the Arisen first interacts with a Rift Stone, they are granted their Main Pawn, a stalwart companion that will fight alongside them without fear or question. An Arisen also has the ability to summon two other Pawns in addition to their Main Pawn.
This arisen in particular, has nearly (if not) superhuman strength, speed, and appearant endurance. He, with the correct equipment, can also be resistant to, if not immune to variouse debilerations. His stamina is however, only somewhat average. He has wide mastery of all manner of weapons from daggers, to warhammers. He is also seemingly the most powerful magician in the game, overpowering the archmage Salmont, in possibly a few hits. He can also call down meteors, impale his enemys with jagged ice, cause spikes of earth or ice to hurt his foes, conjure spirits for offence and defense, and call up tornadoes. He also is implied to have a higher mental fortitude, as it is said that the heart and mind suffer when using magic, however, he only loses stamina when using spells. He can also use magic sheilds and swords to generate a magick cannon and sigil, a very dangerous combination. Magick arrows are also one of his many weapons, allowing him magic missiles of varying effects. His ultimate magical potential is seemingly unkown. He is obviously a very dangerous combantant, as he is capable of overpowering gran soren guards (that could very well number in many armies) with little effort, apong with literally ever other strictly human character in the game. And while he still has problems taking down the dragon, daimon, and various other monsters, he is gennerally a very dangerous combantant. While this may just be gameplay purposes, his main weakness is that the number of skills he can have at once is limited, and he can only take on vocation at a time. He is also hopeless is he gets swallowed by a hydra, though this too, may just be gameplay as well. Which ever vocation he is, the arisen is a nearly unbeatable force, a one-man-army that very well may be more powerful than the dragon itself. His Calm demanour and his abality to perform such feats of power despite no indication above the gameplay that he is superhuman somewhat makes him Dragon's Dogma's version of a killer rabbit, a bunny that looks generally harmless, however in combat it is exteremely vicious, deadly, and powerful.
- The Arisen can become a Hybrid class unlike the pawns they command.
- Ironically enough, the arisen, at level 200, should be the most powerful character in the game, butmagic wise, can only levitate for a limited time, has to spend a long time casting spells, cannot teleport, can only soummon spirits, or use the ability that Eylision uses to destroy his platform. It is very well possible he does not know those spells in paticular.
- The Player
- Sofiah the Witch, Selene's Arisen.
- The Dragonforged
- Duke Edmun Dragonsbane
Speculated Arisen TimelineEdit
This section contains pure speculation and spoilers and requires confirmation from an official source.
This timeline is based on logical ASSUMPTION and the information provided in the game. The information provided below does not reflect the actual timeline of the game until further proof or verification.
Sofiah is complex when it comes to the timeline of when she became an Arisen. Sofiah states (Source: Witch Hunt quest) that Selene resembles her because she gave a portion of her soul through the Bestowal of Spirit. Upon finishing the game, the Newly Arisen (The Player) gave a portion of your soul to your Main Pawn and your Main Pawn resembles you at the end of the game. This contradicts Sofiah looking elderly and Selene looking youthful. Thus, it can be speculated that Sofiah indeed gained back her heart.
When Sofiah received her heart, she then was able to grant a portion of her soul to Selene (In the quest: Witch Hunt, the dialogue made it appear that she did so unknowingly). Sofiah was now able to age. Selene on the other hand, may have a human soul and be able to make decisions, but she is in between pawn and human (thus still doesn't age, not yet at least). How Sofiah got her heart back falls into 3 theories.
- 1. Sofiah was an Arisen after Savan: She fought and defeated The Dragon. She then traveled to The Everfall and chose to go and live a peaceful life instead of moving on towards the Seneschal.
- 2. Sofiah was an Arisen before Savan: Another Arisen in her time fought and defeated The Dragon, then traveled to the Everfall to either face the Seneschal or choose to live peacefully. Sofiah would get her heart back after the defeat of The Dragon.
- 3. Sofiah was in the same time period as Savan: She received her heart when Savan killed The Dragon.
The Dragonforged was an Arisen before the Duke because he physically turned to dust/ashes when the Newly Arisen slew The Dragon. The Duke turned into his actual age. In conversations with him and The Fool, they also reveal that there were at least two or three Arisens before the Newly Arisen. The Dragonforged reacts to the name "Edmun" as the name of an Arisen that came to him before the Newly Arisen, further showing that the Dragonforged has been here for a very long time.
It is also speculated that Grigori, the Dragon, was once and Arisen. One whom fought the Seneschal, but failed to defeat him. Because of his defeat, we was transformed into a dragon and set forth to find a new Arisen. This theory is supported by the temporary ending the player receives if they fail to defeat the Seneschal in combat. The exact events that caused Grigori to become a dragon can only be guessed at, Since another dragon would've been necessary to test his skill and worthiness. If he is a former Arisen, however, we know he would have to have come after Savan, but before any other existing Arisen.
SPECULATION the timeline of known Arisens is:
Sofiah* - Savan - Grigori* - The Dragonforged – Edmun Dragonsbane – YOU Newly Arisen
Depends on theory*
Arisen on the Heroes wiki.