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Dragon Age: Inquisition – Companions and NPCs

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As of June 23rd, every companion for DA:I has been officially named, and many NPCs have been announced and/or identified as well. Here I provide all the links to the discussions of the personality, roles, and, of course, the possibility for romance of each of these characters. Simply click on their name below, and you’ll get to where you want to go!

The Inquisitor

Companions| Varric Tethras – The StorytellerVivienne, “Lady of Iron” – The AmbitionCassandra Pentaghast – The BelieverSera – The WildcardBlackwall – The ResolveIron Bull – The MuscleCole – SpiritDorian – The RedeemerSolus – The Mind

 NPCs| Coming soon!

Blackwall – The Resolve

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 Blackwall is one of the rare few Wardens who chose, of his own accord, to pick up the shield. He believes so wholeheartedly in the noble ideal of the Grey Wardens that he would rather have this life than any other.

Grey Wardens are defenders of the people. This is Blackwall’s believe and his general disposition toward the idea of choosing a side to fight on. He is driven by morality. He doesn’t necessarily have to act, there is not circumstance that has forced his hand, so to speak, but he is going to do something regardless. It’s not because there’s no one else to do it. It’s because it’s his job and it’s the life that he chose.

He’s aware that in wars, the people who call the shots are often safe in their fortresses. It’s the soldiers who die. He’s seen people with power abuse it and use it to manipulate others, and he absolutely hates that.

Blackwall is described as generally guarded, but will loosen up around certain people. His propensity for sharing war stories over a nice drink may make him get along with those like Bull. However, his driven moral stances may put him at odds with some of those very same people. I’m interested to see how that turns out. Whether or not he is a romacne option for the Inquisitor is still up in the air.

In Blackwall’s character profile, they hint at the possibility his relationships to other characters evolving over time. Which gives that idea that the members of the Inquisition will have relationships have dynamic with each other as with the Inquisitor. This is something that I really like about DA2 (and Mass Effect) that I felt was actually lacking in Origins. Your companions talk to each other, their relationships changed over time. For example, Isabella and Aveline’s arguing evolves into friendly bickering. They hang out with each other when they aren’t following Hawke around. If Hawke does not romance Fenris or Isabella, the two start doing that sex thing. They talk to each other, they have preferences, and their relationships to change over time. I have to see this to a greater extent in Inquisition – as in, characters react not only to the decisions the Inquisitors make, but to the decisions other characters make.

Blackwall’s presence also brings to question the presence of the Wardens in the game. There are several clips in the trailers hinting at conflict with the Wardens. I wonder if they were able to remain neutral as, technically, the wardens aren’t supposed to get involved in the war. Their only job would be to figure out the deal with the hole in the sky. But the wardens were definitely up to something in the second act of DA2 (perhaps pursuing whatever it is Morrigan gives the Hero?). It gives question as to whether we’ll see Carver/Bethany in any sort of cameo, or any of the prominent Wardens of games past. Like Oghren, Nathaniel, and, of course, the Hero of Ferelden (assuming he/she survived the events of DA:O). At least, any of these are subject to be mentioned in passing. There aren’t so many Grey Wardens that they never would have met.

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So far, I like what I’ve seen from Blackwall. He sounds like a good companion to have, and a good friend to have. Because he fights for the cause, Blackwall seems like one of those that will be fighting whether or not he joins the Inquisition. I’m very interested to learn more about him. What are your thoughts on Blackwall so far? Yay or Nay to a romance? Do you think his presence will have any bearing on the overall presence of Wardens within the game? Let me know in the comments below.

Dragon Age: Inquisition – New Character Profiles

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With their panel at E3, the DA:I website has been updated to include several never character bios. As you all know, we’ve had bios on Varric, Morrigan, Vivienne, and Cassandra for some time now. Which is fitting, considering three out of these four characters have been in previous Dragon Age games. Along with their character reveal trailer, they released the following bios:

Blackwall

blackwall-profile-260pxThe Grey Wardens hold a lonely vigil, enduring lives of hardship and sacrifice to protect the world from an evil that can never truly be conquered. Few would volunteer for this: the suffering, isolation, and promise of a violent death. But the path of a Warden is also one of valor, and those who give themselves to the cause are rewarded with the knowledge that they have become something more than they were. Blackwall is one of the rare few Wardens who chose, of his own accord, to pick up the shield. He believes so wholeheartedly in the noble ideal of the Grey Wardens that he would rather have this life than any other.

It’s clear right off the bat that this is a character who believes in something. That kind of Warden is very rare. Even The Hero would not have joined the wardens had it not been his or her only option. The Hawke sibling, Anders, both of them would have died had they not joined the wardens. So already we’re getting a lot about the kind of person he is. The presence of Blackwall, and the idea that your companions are bringing support along with them, kind of leaves open the question of whether we will see past warden characters appear in this game – especially in considering a possible warden related companion quest.

Iron Bull

ironbull-profile-260pxQunari are known across Thedas as the brutal horned giants who descended from the north to nearly conquer the continent. These ruthless followers of a harsh philosophy enforce their will through the Ben-Hassrath: their spies and secret police. One brilliant agent did it all, hunting spies, rebels, and deserters until the day he finally broke. To preserve a valuable asset, his superiors sent him to Orlais to observe and report… and the Iron Bull was born.

Today, Bull’s Chargers are famous mercenaries, fiercely loyal to the huge Qunari warrior who leads them into battles and taverns with equal enthusiasm. The Iron Bull still sends the Ben-Hassrath reports, but years of living outside Qunari rules have him wondering which identity is really him. Whoever he is, he’s more than happy to join the Inquisition and get paid to kill demons.

What interests me here, right off the bat, is the mention of the people who are loyal to Bull. It makes me think of all we’ve seen from DA:I thus far, that many character and areas come with their own fighting force, not just an individual character. Dragon Age is going back to it’s roots, putting armies at your disposal, rather than just a few psychopaths. I am also very interesting in learning the full story – Bull ‘broke’. That’s intriguing. And, of course, everybody loves a good identity crisis. I’m excited to see a Qunari character that wrestle with the idea of the Qun – in fact, I’m hoping he doesn’t have a 100% serious disposition, as Qunari have traditionally been portrayed.

Sera

sera-profile-260pxSera is impulsive and revels in the moment. For her, it’s not about what’s right, it’s about what’s right now. In the Friends of Red Jenny, she humbled authority and had fun doing it. But now the nobility are being not just selfish but blind. War, demons, a torn sky: these are more than troubling—they’re terrifying. Fortunately, Sera and her “friends” can be frightening, too, and if she needs to put an arrow through some baddies so regular people can sleep at night, so be it. Sera fights for those caught in the middle, but she also needs order restored. The world has to be normal so she can play.

So far, I like this character. Something that was sorely lacking in DA2 was the idea of the middle path – you had to choose a side, there were no other options. We lost the morally ambiguous decisions that were a big part of making DA:O so great. With the induction of this character, and the general plot of DA:I, we know that it will be all about the middle road. Sera has been one of the featured characters in marketing, taking a prominent place in the official trailer and being the first character with a teaser and a character profile. The profile can be found here. From it, we get more about her personality and general disposition, and a bit of a teaser as to how you end up meeting her. So far, I’m most excited to meet Sera. Okay, maybe I’m most excited to meet Bull, but I am still definitely exited to meet this chick.

What do you think about these bios? Any theories on the characters as of yet living is mystery? Let me know in the comments below. I’m going to go play Dragon Age. Good day.

Dragon Age: Meet the Heroes, Part II

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Dragon Age has recently began releasing character teases leading up to their Monday reveal at E3. In the past, we had bios from CassandraVivienneMorrigan, and Varric. And while what we’re getting aren’t quite full profiles, they’re definitely intriguing and do a lot to suggest the motivations and general personalities of the characters in the game.

So far, they’ve released teasers for Sera and Iron Bull. Today, we get to see Blackwall:

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Me thinks The Resolve is going to be a bit of a hard ass. I’m glad we get to have a warden with us, though: it opens us up to the possibility of seeing a Warden-Hawke-sibling and, much more importantly, The Hero of Ferelden. Back to Blackwall, he seems like the kind of guy you can count on. Doesn’t look like the kind of guy you can joke with.

I’m still unreasonably excited, and I’m still going to be posting up to and around E3. Have a nice day.