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Corvo Attano
Corvo Attano Unmasked Render
Vital statistics
Age 39[1] (Dishonored)
c. 54 (Dishonored 2)
Nation of origin Serkonos
Location Various
First appearance Returning Home
Role Assassin (Determinant)
Vigilante (Determinant)
Lord Protector to the Empress

"You'd have to be lucky to escape Coldridge. And a complete madman. You'd have to be Corvo, in other words."
―A prisoner discussing escape from Coldridge Prison

Corvo Attano is the protagonist of Dishonored and one of the two playable protagonists of Dishonored 2. Previously an agent and bodyguard to Empress Jessamine Kaldwin, Corvo is stripped of his title of Lord Protector and imprisoned by the usurper to the throne of the Empire, the Lord Regent Hiram Burrows. Corvo escapes and becomes either an assassin or vigilante for the Loyalist Conspiracy, using the powers granted to him by the Outsider to eliminate Burrows' confederates, clear his name, avenge the Empress' death and restore her abducted daughter Emily to the throne.


Corvo is described as being mysterious and quiet, with Wallace Higgins and Treavor Pendleton claiming that despite his high social standing, those at court know little about him. He is also mocked for his origins, although his skills are renown among the City Watch.

Born to a lower class family in Karnaca on the 25th day of the Month of Nets, 1798,[2] Corvo originally hails from the island of Serkonos and is the first Royal Protector born outside of Gristol.[3] Corvo grew up fighting in the streets after his father, a lumber worker, was killed in an work accident.[4] At the age of 16 he won the Blade Verbena, an annual sword duel festival, which earned him an early officer ranking in the Grand Serkonan Guard.[5][4] After two years of service in the Grand Guard, Corvo impressed with his talents the Duke of Serkonos, Theodanis Abele, who sent him to serve Emperor Euhorn Kaldwin[4] in Dunwall as a political gesture.[1] He was chosen a year later to serve as Royal Protector to Jessamine Kaldwin, daughter of the Emperor, granting him a higher social status.[6]

Corvo and Jessamine secretly became lovers in 1823,[2] however their closeness did not go unnoticed by the general public, and rumors to that effect circulated throughout Dunwall. While several people (including Lydia, Treavor Pendleton, and Anton Sokolov) mention the affair to Corvo, it is never publicly acknowledged. Four years later, Emily is born from their relationship, but her fatherhood is kept secret. Despite this situation, Corvo has a strong bond with his daughter and often publicly interacts with her in a familiar and affectionate manner. Emily's behavior toward Corvo suggests that she sees him as a father figure and often asks to be taught by him.


Two years into the Rat Plague afflicting Dunwall, Corvo is sent on a journey across the Isles by the Empress to find a cure, on the recommendation of the Royal Spymaster Hiram Burrows. On the 18th Day of the Month of Earth, Corvo returns to Dunwall Tower two days early, bringing bad news and the intention of the other nations to blockade the capital while the plague is still spreading. His reunion with the Empress and her daughter is cut short when a group of assassins swarms them. Corvo is forced to watch the murder of Jessamine and Emily's abduction by Daud. In her last moments, Jessamine begs Corvo to find their daughter and protect her. Before Corvo regains his senses, the Spymaster and the High Overseer Thaddeus Campbell arrive on the scene and arrest him on the account of regicide and the abduction of the royal heir.

Corvo spends six months in Coldridge Prison tortured by his accusers, the real culprits behind the assassination. Burrows, who was elected Lord Regent by the Parliament, decides to execute Corvo, despite not getting a confession of the Empress's murder from him. On the day of the execution, Corvo escapes Coldridge with the help of the Loyalists, a group claiming to be faithful to the Empress. They bring him to their hideout at the Hound Pits Pub and reveal their plans: to destabilize the new regime by striking at the Lord Regent and his allies, find Emily and restore her to the throne of the Empire. He is also given tools and a mask crafted by Piero Joplin to perform his missions while concealing his identity. On the night of this reunion, Corvo is visited by the Outsider who grants him his mark and powers to aid him on his quest.

Corvo becomes a tool to the Loyalists, removing Burrows's religious, political and financial allies, and rescuing Emily from her captors. He even abducts the Royal Physician Anton Sokolov to discover the identity of the Lord Regent' mistress, who finances the City Watch. Finally, he strikes at Burrows himself in Dunwall Tower, but the victory is short lived as the Loyalists betray him to cover their participation in the conspiracy. He is left for dead in the Flooded District where he encounters Daud and his men once again.

After another visit from the Outsider, Corvo escapes the assassins and returns to the Hound Pits. He finds it swarmed by forces of the City Watch looking for survivors Anton Sokolov and Piero Joplin, and most of his former allies dead. Corvo deals with the assailants and finds a note on Emily's whereabouts. He then sets route to Kingsparrow Island in order to confront his betrayers and rescue his daughter once and for all. Whether he succeeds in saving Dunwall and restores Emily to the throne is determined by choices.

Equipment and skills

Corvo is legendary for his efficient combat skills and stealth capabilities, and many guards and citizens can be heard gossiping about him to that effect. Guards in the Dunwall Sewers can be overheard discussing his formidable skill, with a senior guard recounting an instance where he "...saw (Corvo) fight three to one in the practice yard." Havelock also considers the possibility that Corvo's talents might make him dangerous even to the Conspiracy.[7]

Corvo is capable of using unusual gadgetry, which aids him in both stealth and offensive situations. Corvo is highly proficient with both ranged and melee weapons, such as the crossbow and sword.

After Corvo's first encounter with the Outsider, he is branded with the Outsider's mark and is subsequently able to utilize supernatural abilities. These compliment and augment his already present skills, allowing him to jump higher, move faster and farther, utilize additional stealth and offensive techniques, and so on.

Items unique to Corvo are a supernatural item known as the Heart (bestowed on him by the Outsider) and his sword, crossbow, and mask, which were crafted by inventor Piero Joplin.


  • Corvo is voiced by Stephen Russell in Dishonored 2.[8]
  • Corvo means "crow" or "raven" in both Italian and Portuguese.
  • Corvo is the most recent of the eight current individuals granted powers by the Outsider.[9]
  • Corvo's true identity is largely unknown outside the Loyalist Conspiracy. The authorities do not realize that Corvo and the Masked Felon are the same man. However, Slackjaw hints that Corvo's true identity is known among the lower classes, saying, "Word is all over the street," when he is encountered in Granny Rags' lair.
  • After escaping from Coldridge Prison, wanted posters for Corvo's capture or death can be found all around Dunwall, with a reward of 30,000 coins. Others will appear after completing specific missions and killing the targets, but will only designate his masked identity. If Corvo remained unnoticed throughout the mission, they will simply depict an unknown assailant, otherwise they will be for the "Masked Felon," with a sketch of Corvo wearing his mask and hood.
  • When she was alive, Corvo and the Empress occasionally enjoyed whiskey and cigars together privately.[10]
  • Corvo was meant to receive an Official Naval Commendation for his efforts in seeking aid for the plague crisis, but it was confiscated after his arrest. It can be stolen and sold by Daud in The Brigmore Witches.[11]
  • After the mission The Royal Physician, Emily gives Corvo a drawing of him without his mask, with the word "Daddy" in large letters above it.
  • In the Dishonored trailer, Corvo is shown being marked by the Outsider before his escape from Coldridge Prison.[12]
  • In connection to the events of the upcoming Dishonored 2, it has been confirmed that Corvo is Emily's biological father.[13]
  • Corvo's skin tone was based off of that of Raphael Colantonio.[14]
  • According to Harvey Smith, Corvo has a sister named Beatrici. She is described as an "older estranged sister... lost to time."[15][16]


Artistic Renditions

Wanted Posters

Concept Art


  1. 1.0 1.1 Developer Commentary - Dishonored ages masterpost
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives
  3. The Royal Protector
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Developer Commentary - Corvo and the Grand Guard
  5. Developer Commentary - Corvo's Youth
  6. Developer Commentary - Royal Protector
  7. Havelock's Log
  8. Game Informer - Dishonored 2 Taps Vocal Talent From Game Of Thrones, Daredevil, And The Wire
  9. Developer Commentary - Marked Corvo
  10. Developer Commentary - Whiskey and Cigars
  11. Developer Commentary - Royal Protector's Naval Commendation
  12. Dishonored Cinematic Trailer
  13. Gameinformer - 21 Things We Know About Dishonored 2
  14. Director Commentary - Corvo's skin color
  15. Developer Commentary - Corvo's Sister
  16. Developer Commentary - Name of Corvo's sister

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