The Tide Hammer
The first Blight had already raged for 90 years. The world was in chaos. At Weisshaupt fortress in the desolate Anderfels, a meeting transpired. Soldiers of the Imperium, seasoned veterans who had known nothing their entire lifetimes except hopeless war, came together. When they left Weisshaupt, they had renounced their oaths to the Imperium. They were soldiers no longer: They were the Grey Wardens. – From the annals of the Grey Wardens
The Grey Wardens first appeared on the battlefield during the attack on Nordbotten nearly 1000 years ago, arriving mounted on griffons, plunging into the darkspawn with each Warden taking on crowds of ten or twenty darkspawn at once. Incredibly, they broke the horde and won the battle. They’ve been instrumental in defeating every Blight since then. However with more than 400 years since the last Blight, and some political turmoil involving the Wardens, their relevance has waned, particularly in Ferelden.