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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!

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Iron Bull – The Muscle

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Bull is voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., the voice behind James Vega in Mass Effect 3.

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.

I am perhaps most excited to get to know The Iron Bull. Second most excited, at least. Unlike every other Qunari that has appeared in the Dragon Age universe, Bull is described as laid back and friendly. As made clear from listening to Under the Horns – a preview of some of his dialogue and character. Bull is a Ben-Hassrath – a group of Qunari spies and secret police. He was the best, and he did it until the harsh battle became too much. He was then sent to Orlais to observe and report. Years later, he still sends the reports. But years outside the Qun have definitely changed him, and he’s not quite how yet. But he knows he loves to eat too much, drink too much, and have sex with whoever he thinks can handle it. He’s been described as the James Bond of Dragon Age.

What he does need are people he can trust to watch his back and friends he can laugh with. After surviving years of ugly, nasty fighting, The Iron Bull has learned not to take anything too seriously. Unless it involves demons.

The Iron Bull is scared of perhaps one thing: demons. Well, so far it’s been described as more of a ‘they freak him out’ because they’re weird and creepy and they possess people. That  being said, he gets along with just about everyone in the Inquisition, Cole included. They’re all part of the team, and if you’re on the team, you’re on the team. The only person he may be at odds with from time to time is Varric – and we all remember Varric’s experience with the Qunari. And, if you’re new to Dragon Age, let’s just say he saw them at their absolute worst.

Bull has been confirmed as a romance option for a male or female Inquisitor of any race. Let us come together and squee.

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So far, I’m loving what I’m seeing here. Bull seems both interesting and awesome as a character, and I’m about that life. What do you think about Bull so far? Yay or Nay to a romance? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Dragon Age: Inquisition – Heroes Trailer, Dragons, and Romance

This trailer shows us a lot of what we already know, featuring Blackwall, Iron Bull, Vivienne, and Sera. What is most significant about this trailer, for me at least, is that it is the first trailer to be narrated by the female inquisitor. It also pushes forward this idea that rather than joining a famous faction, as in DA:O, or falling right in the middle of a battle you previously had nothing to do with, as in DA2, your character is starting a faction in order to take control of the chaos. And that sounds pretty neat.

Since this has come out, we’ve gotten a few more hints from the Dragon Age team at E3. The footage they have been showing today (shown with Twitch in the morning and IGN in the afternoon) has given us a bit more about the characters and the kind of combat you will be doing in the game. The footage featured a female mage Qunari inquisitor, and featured an encounter with a dragon as well as a scene with a previously unnamed companion.

Fighting dragons has gotten a significant upgrade as now you can use your party to target and injure specific parts of the dragon. For example, you can take out one of it’s legs and limit it’s movement. The dragon with also move around much more than the dragons of previous games, making a DA encounter with a dragon something that is a bit more similar to something that would happen in Skyrim. There will be various tactical options you can take, such as giving your party orders with the tactical camera, which is a pause-play sort of style of gaming. They are also introducing a new kind of combat mode where you give your party orders and, after they are carried out, the game waits for new orders, effectively turning the combat encounter into a sort of game of chess. Of course, we will always have the option to just play through the fight in real time.

We’ve also learned that Tevinter mages will be playing a significant role in the story of the game. The video they’ve showed today shows us an encounter toward the end of the game against a Tevinter mage. Prominent in this encounter is the previously unnamed companion: Dorian. He appears in the trailer at 1:08, standing behind Varric. He is also in the banner image of the DA:I Characters, standing next to Iron Bull. He is a Tevinter mage who is unhappy with the path that Tevinter is taking. He once studied under one of the game’s antagonists. And, perhaps most importantly, he has a wicked mustache.

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We’ve learned a few new things about the characters in the game. The Dragon Age website added a profile for The Iron Bull today, describe him as a really friendly guy who gets along with most of the characters. This will be a very new kind of Qunari, as Quanari characters encountered (namely, Sten and every single Qunari in DA2) have had the same steely disposition. Not Bull, apparently. We’ve also learned that DA:I will feature more characters than any of the previous games, including nine possible companions (many of whom you will have to go find out in the world) and three advisers who serve as the sort of face of the Inquisition. Two of those advisers, we know, are Leliana and Cullen. On top of that, there will be many cameo appearances and other prominent characters, such as Morrigan and Alistair.

Only two prominent Inquisition members remain as of yet unnamed. From left to right, in the image above, we have: Cullen, Vivienne, Varric, Unnamed Companion (possibly Cole), Solus, The inquisitor, Iron Bull, Dorian, Leliana, Sera, Unnamed Adviser, and Blackwall. Of the companions, we see three rogues, three mages, and three warriors. Even with the advisers, there is one warrior, one rogue, and the third may actually be a relatively normal person, probably serving as a political adviser.

Mike Laidlaw teased a bit about romance, saying that there will be more romance options available than in previous games. We already know that, like in DA:O, characters can be gay, straight, bi, or whathaveyou and their sexual preferences will not bend to the will of the inquisitor. Romances are going a bit deeper, as they can have very big reactions to the decisions you make. It is possible to piss off a companion so much they leave the inquisition forever. We’re also getting the free-conversation options back. meaning, you can talk to your companions whenever you want to. It won’t be two conversation, a gift, and suddenly love. I’m looking at you’re ridiculousness, Dragon Age 2.

So far, it’s a lot. And we’re expecting a lot. Another 30+hour epic fantasy game from Bioware.

I mean, that’s what I thought. Until we were informed that the ‘quick’ play through option for this game, the length of the game if you avoid side quests and what not, is around 50 hours. With a hint of more than 90 hours of total content.

If I wasn’t sure that this game was going to ruin my life, I am now. Happy gaming, my friends.

 

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

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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 Cassandra, Vivienne, Morrigan, 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, we’ve seen Sera and Iron Bull:

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Sera (The Wildcard) is an elven archer and companion to the Inquisitor. Based on this quote, I can say she is probably someone I am going to like. Undoubtedly angry and damaged (like most companions), she appears to have her own moral code and her own ways of doing things. I get the sense that she’ll be the quiet mysterious type, but I’ve been wrong before.

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The Muscle. I already like this guy. He strikes me as a machine. A very big, rather creative, fighting machine. Earlier in the year, he was described as a mercenary. I get that from him.

I’m still unreasonable exited for this game, and I’m going to keep posting new information as I get it. Stay tuned, my friends.