Arisen in Dragon's Dogma is the title given to the player character. The Arisen is a 'blank slate character' - with little speaking lines and not much known about their personality, besides their courage and nobility in undertaking the role given to them, the player's playstyle and choices shape what kind of Arisen their character is, from which NPCs they decide to befriend, which Quests they choose to undertake, what decision they make when they face the Dragon, and simply how they look like.
Dragon's Dogma Arisen
Chosen by the Dragon Grigori, and separated from their heart, the Arisen is tasked with bringing about the end of the Dragon, despite their inseparable connection to one another. As the Arisen, you will make choices that profoundly affect that landscape around you. There are multiple other known Arisens in the world:
The quality and fate of the Arisen is similar to that of the Dragon. Immortal and ageless unless vanquished in combat and both the Dragon and the Arisen are mentally linked via the the removal of the Arisen's heart. When the Dragon dies, all Arisen who have not reclaimed their hearts will age in accordance with the time that had elapsed since losing their hearts. In some cases, this will result in death or severe old age.
In game, the Arisen quickly becomes a powerful character who decides the fate of the land of Gransys by learning and improving upon Vocations, Augments, and Skills. They make use of increasingly powerful Weapons and Armor which they reinforce through Enhancement to take down powerful Enemies.
All Arisen are able to enlist the servitude of Pawns who are otherwordly beings. Each Arisen travels with a Main Pawn who is unfailingly loyal and will modify its behavior (referred to as Inclinations) to suit the wishes of the Arisen.
When starting the game after a brief introduction, players will be directed to a character editor where they can customize how their Arisen and, after an opening sequence, how their Main Pawn looks. To view a list of possible appearance choices visit Character Customization. Some of these choices may also affect the Stats of the character.