I cannot express to you in words how excited I am for this game. While linking a video of me squealing in joy might be entertaining, I’m really want to get through this post with as much dignity as possible. So I will simply tell you that I make some weird noises every time I watch this trailer.
If you know all about dragon age, skip here. For those of you not hip to DA, have a brief history: Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third installment in Bioware’s epic fantasy role play game known as Dragon Age. The series begins with Dragon Age: Origins, where you play as The Warden, a Grey Warden who must step up to defeat the blight marching across your home, Ferelden. The Warden Later becomes known as The Hero of Ferelden. In a DLC related to DA:O, you can important your character (or make a new one) and play as The Warden Commander. As The Warden Commander, you are trying to rebuild the Wardens while simultaneously dealing with post-blight Darkspawn activity and an intelligent Darkspawn (which is unheard of – they usually horde under the hive mind of a giant dragon). The second game, creatively titled Dragon Age 2, introduces a new character and looks deeper at a barley-mentioned plot point from the first game: the mages who are forced to live under the power of the Templars and the Chantry. And Mage that does not is illegal, an apostate mage. In the game, you play as Hawke, a human who flees from the blight of Ferelden to what used to be the slave center of the world: Kirkwall. Starting out poor, Hawke begins to rise in power and importance, eventually becoming known as the Champion of Kirkwall. And then being forced to a.) kill all the mages or b.) kill all the templars (but really the mages because bioware was having an off day). Basically, regardless of what happens at the end of this game the mages are no longer a part of the chantry and a world-wide civil war type deal is about to start.
AND THEN in between the end of the second game and the start of the third game there is a book wherein some mages rip the veil and unleash the fade (the land of dreams and demons) on to earth.
I know I said brief. But there is more than 25 hours to the main plot, with more than 50 hours of total content to each game. Brief is relative.
Dragon Age: Inquisition once again introduces a new character, known as The Inquisitor. The summary the website gives is:
A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow over lands on the brink of chaos. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your allies to restore order as you lead the Inquisition and hunt down the agents of chaos.
According to a timeline posted on the main website, the game takes place around sometime after 9:40 Dragon, ten years after the start of DA:O and DA2, and three years after the events of DA2. The player will be working with a map four to five times the size of Ferelden. We know the character will be going to Orlais, Ferelden, The Free Marches, The Dales, and Nevarra.
Now, the Inquisitor, as seen in the trailer, is a person who walks out of the fade totally unharmed in a place where every other person was basically burned alive. The Inquisitor is the only person who seems to have the power to close tears in the veil. Like in the first game, you will be able to choose you race as well as you class. The classes are the same as always (rogue, mage, warrior) and it looks like, as in the last game, there is a special place in the plot for a mage Inquisitor. The races, however, are a bit different. In this game, you’ll have the option to play as a human, elf, dwarf, or quanari (sqee!). That’s right, people. We can play as a freakin quanari.
Those horns, though!
The player will have the ability to customize the character like never before, being able to chose armor even down to the color scheme. And, like in previous games, the character’s race and class will become a part of the story – determining their history as well as how many of the characters respond to them and the types of choices they can make.
Bioware has also hinted that The Warden and Hawke may show up at some point in this game or in later games. I could understand if we didn’t see The Warden in this game – the Grey Wardens are always elusive. And while in the first trailer we witness the destruction of a Grey Warden outpost (and there was clearly something going on with the Wardens in the DA2) it would make sense if the Commander of the Grey never found the time to personally greet the inquisitor. However, it would be utter bullshit if Hawke did not make an appearance. Hawke is at the center of all this crap, and a huge part of the premise of the second game was that The Seeker – Cassandra – was looking for Hawke to try to put an end to the war before it began. Clearly, she failed. While Hawke might not hold public office or have any sort of position, s/he is instrumental to the start of the war, is always at the center when something goes wrong, and would naturally run into the Inquisitor. Hawke’s a meddler. It’s what they do.
Again, as in previous games, the inquisitor will find and recruit companions along the way. Bioware says there can be up to nine, but have only release he names of a few of them.
As expected, Varric will return as a companion (squee!). Along with all his wit and a phrase that I need on a T-shirt immediately:
“You might want to watch yourself. It’s raining demons out here.”
Varric first appeared in the second game as a dwarven bard Cassandra was dragging in for questioning in her search for The Champion. Varric is one who tells us the story that we play out in DA2 and is a main character throughout the game. He’s not romanceable, but remains loyal to Hawke even if you somehow manage to max out his rivalry.
Also returning, but new to the title of companion, is Cassandra. We first meet Cassandra at the start of the second game as she drags Varric in for questioning. The website gives her some history lacking from DA2:
Though of noble birth, Cassandra Pentaghast turned her back on a life of wealth and privilege to join the Seekers of Truth. The ancient order serves as a watchful eye over corruption and magical threats, granted ultimate authority in its investigations by the Chantry—or it did, prior to abandoning their duty in response to the mage rebellion. Cassandra did not join her brothers in this, instead remaining loyal to Divine Justinia and her efforts to restore order in the face of chaos. She is both pious and driven, the sword in the right hand of the Divine, seeking justice above all else.
I’m really excited to have Cassandra as a member of my party. She’s a total badass. I’m also excited for the return of Morrigan. She won’t be returning as a companion, but her appearance is especially significant considering the fact that her mother, Flemeth, has been trying to take over her body from some time now (and a brief appearance from Flemeth in DA2 tells us we aren’t sure if she’s succeeded) and because she disappeared without a trace at the end of DA:O. If you play the DLC Witch Hunt, she gives you a mysterious book which is probably what the Grey Wardens are acting on in DA2.
The website has this to say about Morrigan:
Whether the dark-haired sorceress seeks to influence the Imperial throne, or harbors more sinister motives, no-one knows for certain. This Witch of the Wilds arrived in Orlais rather suddenly three years ago as the newly-appointed “arcane advisor” to Empress Celene. In this role, Morrigan presents a source of information unfiltered by religious dogma, and satisfies Celene’s life-long curiosity about magic. However, whispers carry concern of Morrigan having Celene wrapped around her finger, teaching the Empress forbidden, dark arts in secret.
Bioware has also announced four more of the nine companions to join the Inquisitor. None of whom have appeared in any of the early games, as far as we know.
Solas, an elvin apostate; Iron Bull, a one-eyed Tal-Vashoth mercenary; Sera, an elven archer; and Vivienne, an Orlesian mage and person enchanter and advisor to Empress Celene, she is not in favor of the mage rebellion. We have the most information on Vivienne, but the other characters already seem like they might be interesting. Especially considering they’re all going to be on different sides of the war and we’ve never had a Tal-Vashoth companion before.
Also appearing in the trailing, according to IBN, is Cullen (squee!) to serve as your military adviser, Leliana as you spy (squee!, a person who may or may not be Cole from Asunder (squee!), and a possible Tevinter Magister (which will be especially fun is Fenris shows up).
For a full assessment of past characters to appear in Inquisition, check this out.
Overall, from the trailer and the pictures on the website, the gameplay and the world look beautiful. I am really, really excited. It’s released October 7, 2014. And yes, I have already pre-ordered it.
What do you think about all this? Let me know in the comments below!