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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!

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: Meet the Heroes, Part III

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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, and Blackwall. Today, we get to see Vivienne:

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The Ambition. We already know a bit about Vivienne. She appeared in the gameplay video at PAX, in the inquisitor’s party along with Varric and Cassandra.

“Rest assured, dear Seeker. I’m never truly out of my element.”

The website has this to say about her:

Referred to as Madame de Fer, “the Lady of Iron”, Vivienne lives up to her title. 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. Vivienne allows nothing to stand in the way of what she desires—not those who claim she is a social climber, not those who seek to restrict her power, not even her fellow mages who would conscript her into a rebellion with which she disagrees. Vivienne fights to restore order in a world gone mad…so long as that leaves her among those left standing, once all is said and done.

She was the personal enchantress and adviser to Empress Celene and was set to become first enchanter in Montsimmard or Val Royeaux – which is the location of the White Spire, the setting of Asunder and appearing as well in Dawn of the Seeker. The Mage-Templar war began before she could fully assume her position. Her goal with the inquisitor seems to end the war and help the mages in any way she can.

Vivienne already seems like a very interesting character. She’s tough, but feminine and views herself as extremely fashion-forward. She might come off as another Orlesian snob, but I think that might turn out to be a fun quirk of her character. She is classy, refined, and intelligent. And she is fully aware of this. I look forward especially to seeing her interaction with the other companions. The gameplay video made it seem like, although she and Cassandra view the war quite similarity, the women had a budding almost-rivalry. Which I can understand. Their personalities clash, but their general dispositions don’t.

From what they’ve shown us so far, Vivienne is already an intriguing character. I can’t wait to see how her story plays out.

I am still unreasonably excited for this game, and i will continue to post information as I get it. Expect some more DA spam after E3.