“One would think that in a nation like the Tevinter Imperium, where magic holds more power than the most valuable gold in all of Thedas, hiding your true potential would be considered, if nothing else, a strange practice. And yet there are those who, despite exhibiting signs of magic, will pretend to be part of the Soporati, the so-called "sleepers”, just to hide from the Imperium’s watchful eye.
Does this start with some form of unrest in the social class of Laetans, mages born into non-magic families? To be a Dreamer grants you riches in the Imperium, that is known, and for a Soporati family to finally have a way out of the bottom of the ladder by procuring a mage child is a blessing, but what if there are those who know true freedom doesn’t have a place in any part of the Magisterium? What lengths would those parents reach to hide their child is a mage?”
—From In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of a Chantry Scholar by Brother Genitivi