Companions

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!

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Vivienne, “Lady of Iron” – The Ambition

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A leader among the mages and official enchanter to the Imperial court, she is renowned as a fearsome woman who achieved her position through guile and deft political maneuvering.

One of the earliest companions announces, Vivienne is new to the mainstream lore of Dragon Age. Based on her character descriptions – ambitious, unwavering – I would imagine  Vivienne will end up in the Inquisition regardless of what the Inquisitor has to say about it.

Like Varric, Vivienne can get just as much (if not then more so) done simply by using her words. She worked for Empress Celene as the official enchanter of the court in Orlais. She was set to become the first enchanter at one of the circle towers of Orlais, but then the sky tore open and monsters started coming out.  She does not believe that mages should be separate from the circle, and this will likely paint many of her reactions with her fellow members of the Inquisition.

She takes great pride in her work, and her interactions with a certain unnamed Inquisition mage can be a little… explosive. In a good way. Mostly.

Between Dorian and Solus, I really hope it’s Dorian. So far, the only Inquisition member we know she does not get along with is Cole. As for a relationship with the Inquisitor, a romance has not been confirmed. Due to the fact that there will be more romance options than in any previous Dragon Age game, I would consider a romance option here likely.

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I’m very interested in exploring Vivienne’s character. She seems like a very powerful woman, and I’m about that life. What do you think of Vivienne so far? Let me know in the comments below!

Dragon Age Inquisition: Who Will Return?

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Companions from Past Dragon Age games are definitely going to return for Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s only a question of who.

In Dragon Age 2, every single romanceable character from Dragon Age: Origins reappears briefly save for Morrigan. By some chance, they all manage to meet Hawke. It would make sense if, by some chance, they all managed to meet The Inquisitor as well. This trend may carry over from the second game as well, having Merrill, Fenris, Isabella, and Anders appear as well.

Before I fully go into that, I want to talk about companions from DLC games. From Awakening, we have Velanna, Sigrun, and Nathaniel Howe. Having made a grey Warden related appearance in DA2, I think we can expect to see Nathaniel in some fashion again. Whether or not it’s in DA:I, well it won’t be a surprise if he’s there, but I’m not exactly expecting to see him. In most endings, Sigrun puts of death for a few decades. In most endings, Velanna’s future is left open. As possible Grey Wardens, I wouldn’t expect more than a Cameo from either of them.

I’m most interested in what’s going on with Ariane and Finn, the two who were with The Warden when Morrigan gave them the mysterious artifact in the Witch Hunt DLC. Their actual importance remains to be seen, but future appearances were hinted at it was heavily implied that Finn, a circle mage, never returned to the circle after those events. I want it to be more than his clear growing attachment to Ariane. As they were involved in what will probably prove to be a big part of the plot, I would say their appearance is at least somewhat likely. What do you think? Will Finn and Ariane ever make another appearance?

As for main companions, I would stamp all of the full romances as almost definitely, whereas the others are largely up in the air. Save for Wynne, who died saving her son’s girlfriend. I know. Right in the feels. Anyway.  The return of Varric, Leliana, and Morrigan has already been announced, and Cullen appears in the trailer (squee!). And we can’t even question the appearance of Sandal and Bodahn. Who else might we see?

Alistair

2j4378oAlistair first appeared as the main companion and a romance option for a female warden in DA:O. In most cases, Alistair became king and is thus an important political figure in Thedas. If he didn’t become kind, he remains in the Grey Wardens. Due to his part in the blight, he would be one of the leaders of the Wardens in Ferelden and thus be an important figure. Regardless of what happens in the first game (assuming you don’t let him kill the Archdemon) Alistair appears in DA2. These factors make me 100% positive Alistair will show up in Inquisition, likely in a larger capacity than in DA2. Alistair has been confirmed for DA:I. 

Zevran

Zevran_the_CrowZevran first appeared as a possible companion and romance in Origins. As long as Zevran doesn’t die, he gets his own side quest in DA2. Based on his history and his appearance in DA2, I think it’s safe to conclude that Zevran always manages to find trouble and Bioware is willing to place him in a game even if he’s totally irrelevant to the plot. This tells me that Zevran will probably return in some capacity for Inquisition. You’ll probably have a chance for a threesome, because that’s become an ongoing thing. Edit: It has been confirmed that Zevran won’t be making an appearance. That being said, the voice actor, John Curry, will be voicing a male inquisitor. 

Oghren

dao3We meet Oghren while attempting to get the the dwarven armies in DA:O. We see him again in Awakening, where he becomes a Grey Warden. We did not see Oghren in DA2, even when the Grey Wardens show up during the second act. That being said, he’s a popular character. In the first trailer for Inquisition, we see and grey Warden outpost being attacked. While the full involvement of the grey Wardens remain to be see, I would say at this point Oghren probably won’t appear in the game. However, I could see him appearing again in the fourth of fifth games of the series, depending on where they go with Inquisition.

Shale

Shale_faceShale is a Golem that can only be acquired using a DLC for Origins. She hasn’t appeared in any game since DA:O, but has continued to appear in the books. She was a major character in Asunder, making her part of a major plot point that happens just before the start of Inquisition. I would consider her return extremely unlikely, but I wouldn’t completely write it off just yet. Edit: Shale will not be returning for DA:I. 

Sten

stenSten is a qunari who appears in Origins as a possible companions. If he survives Origins, he eventually becomes the leader of his people. Due to the qunari involvement in DA2, and the fact that you can play as a qunari in Inquisition, I would say an appearance from Sten in definitely possible. I wouldn’t expect it, or consider it likely, but it’s definitely possible.

Anders

AnderseditedHe first appeared in Dragon Age: Awakening as a flouncy mage-turned-warden who had escaped from the circle several times. He appears again in DA2 – having totally lost his mind do to allowing Justice to possess him – as a playable companion and soap-opera romance option. It’s pretty much his fault when everything goes to shit at the end of DA2. And, if he was left alive, it would be interesting to see him during the war. I would consider his appearance extremely likely. His chance of dying in the second game kind of throws his chance of being a major character, but it is very likely that Vengeance would continue to use the body, and this may only affect the type of encounter you have with him. I would consider an appearance likely.

Isabella

IsabelaDAIIIsabella is first seen in the first game as a pirate hanging out in a brothel. If you talk to her right, you have the chance for a three way (or even a full out orgy). She is a playable companion and romance option in DA2. The role she had to play in the Qunari subplot in DA2 and the fact that she’s appeared in both of the main games makes her appearance very likely. The fact that you can enter into a three with (and Zevran) in both games makes her appearance even more likely. I don’t think Bioware is just ready to pass on this running gag. Regardless of whether she comes back for Hawke or not, Isabella has a history in the Dragon Age games of getting into trouble. Where there is trouble, I’m sure we’ll find her.

Merrill

Merrill_PortraitLike Isabella, Merrill has a solid history in the DA games. We first see her in the first game during the Dalish Elf origin story. She is not only a member of the Dalish Warden’s clan, but she becomes a temporary companion during the second half of the story. She appears again in DA2 as a mandatory character and possible romance option. Throughout the series, she has been heavily connected with the Eluvian, the mysterious plot point that just keeps coming back. The Eluvian is hugely relevant in both Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2, making it likely we’ll see it again in Inquisition. And, along with it, I’d say it’s likely Merrill will make an appearance. I would love to see her as a sort of guard, warning people away from the danger of the mirror.

Aveline

Av01She first appears as a mandatory companion on Dragon Age 2. At first, he story may not seem all that relevant to the story of Dragon Age as a whole. That’s because it’s her character that’s important. Aveline was a soldier in Ferelden, an officer at the battle of Ostagar. She survived and went on to become the captain of the Kirkwall guard. Aveline has conviction and skill. When she sees injustice, she does something about it. While the game takes place during a war, I would actually expect to see Aveline somewhere defending those who cannot defend themselves. I really think we’ll see her again, but I also really think her appearance will be brief.

Carver/Bethany

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The sibling of Hawke in DA2. Regardless of which one of them survives, I think the only chance Hawk jr. will return is with Hawke, or as a Warden. If Bethany was in the Circle or Carver was a Templar, they are instrumental in the start of the war and flee with Hawke. If they survive, I imagine any appearance from Hawke may spark a brief appearance from the Hawke sibling. I would also expect to see them in some capacity if they were made a grey Warden. I consider the appearance of the Hawke sibling to be very unlikely, but I wouldn’t totally write it off.

Fenris

Fenris_closeFenris first appears in DA2 as a possible companion and romance (being the only totally new character to be a full romance option). His story has a lot to do with mages, as he pretty much hates them. He can show compassion and even respect for those who have control, but that seems to be pretty uncommon in Thedas. Also, I need him to return. For the sake of hope (and I’m sure a myriad of actual logical reason) I really think we’ll be seeing Fenris in some capacity in Inquisition. If you did romance him, he’ll be where Hawke is. If you didn’t romance him, it would be really fun for me if he was still with Isabella. Anyway. We’ll see him again.

Hawke

I really think that Hawke will appear in Inquisition. Hawke was a the center of the conflict that started the war, and Cassandra was introduced as the Chantry Seeker trying to find them. On top of that, there is no possibility of Hawke’s death in DA2. Varric is telling the story of The champion 3 years after the fact, and since then there has not even been a solid rumor of Hawkes death or location. This is the kind of set up for a major appearance. Assuming Hawke doesn’t appear fighting in some capacity in the war, I imagine Hawke will return as a major player as Varric and Cassandra manage to find them. I would put Hawke’s appearance (and thus the appearance of whoever romance Hawke) as very likely.

The Warden

This is the one I’m really unsure about. Based on what we know about Inquisition so far, it doesn’t appear that the Wardens have very much to do with the plot. That being said, it did appear that the Seeker was looking for The Warden at the end of DA2. Based on the currently conflict, I would consider an appearance from the Warden as probably, but only in the fashion of a cameo. I think for a full appearance we would have to wait for a future game.

 

There you have it. My thoughts on who will appear for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Who do you think will return? Something to consider: It is highly possible that King Alistair may be calling on old friends and old heroes to help defend Ferelden. Who knows who he might call on?

For some more announcements and speculative thoughts on the latest installment of Dragon Age, check this out.

Doctor Who: A Female Doctor

Some people have expressed disappointment due at the fact that the 12th Doctor is not a woman. A controversial topic, I am actually quite glad the 12th Doctor is a man. It’s not because I believe the part should only ever be a man. Not at all. I just don’t think now is the right time to introduce the Doctor as a woman. Here’s why:

If a female Doctor were to be introduced, it would not be becasue they looked at her and they actually felt she was the best person for the part. The lead writer can’t see a woman in the part, which would mean there would be a huge disconnect in the writing, and the show would suffer for it.  Sad, but true.

Sara Jane Smith and K-9 in Classic Who

Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 in Classic Who

People have also been saying that young girls who watch the show need a cool role model, and young boys need to see strong women. They say that because The Doctor has never been female, the show does not provide this. This is actual, good and proper, bull shit. If you can’t find a female role model in this day and age, then you aren’t looking in any of the right places. Really, if you can’t find a female role model in Doctor Who then I’ll have to ask if we’re watching the same Doctor Who. My favorite companion of all time is Sarah Jane Smith – becasue she was cooler than the Doctor! She was strong and independent and she didn’t need no man. I loved the fourth Doctor with Sarah Jane Smith. As much as I love four, when she left I started to lose interest. I could go on about the women of Doctor Who. But I’ll let you imagine that conversation and skip straight ahead to Clara. She has been the hero of every single episode she has appeared in. She has saved that Doctor more times than can be counted. If that doesn’t spell out a good role model then I don’t know what does.

Now, if the Doctor actually was made female, the dynamic of the show would shift considerably. The show needs to show leads of different genders for it to work – two girls or two guys would just be boring. So a female doctor would need a man in her TARDIS and becasue of her sheer competency, the man would be rendered completely useless. It would be weird and a bit unpleasant to watch.

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UNLESS he became the Robin to her Batman. She would need to save him or take on a motherly role or else it would just be weird. Knowing Moffat, this dynamic would not happen at all. It would probably be a romance type deal. Which could either make her some awkward sex figure or provide an overly flustered girl girl. Which could be funny if Moffat would not inevitably hurl her object of affection of a tall structure of some sort. Or he would give up and just have a female companion anyway which would, again, be very boring. And, a female Doctor, being so new, would require a ton of exposition. Moffat, like any writer, hates dealing with exposition. So he ignores it all together. Which would be bad.

And finally.

The point of women on the show is not to say you have to be in the obvious position of power to be strong. They succeed with the doctor, sometimes becasue of the doctor, and – lately – despite the doctor. The Doctor would be absolutely nowhere without the female companions. That’s what’s brilliant about them.

Basically, the viewers aren’t ready for a woman, the writers sure as hell aren’t ready for a woman, so now is a terrible time to make the Doctor a woman.

So what do you think? Is the show ready for a female Doctor? Do you ever want to see female Doctor? Share your thoughts in the comments!