New details emerge on Dragon Age Inquisition followers

dragon-age-inquisition-bannerAs any Bioware fan knows, learning as much as possible about the squadmates and followers of a forthcoming game has practically become a professional sport.  The followers in Dragon Age Inquisition are no different, and we’ve recently been learning some very interesting details about the characters you’ll have fighting at your side.  Read on for the details.

Ever since Dragon Age Inquisition was announced back in September 2012 (yes it’s been that long), one of the most discussed aspects of the game has been the followers.  Unlike the Mass Effect series, in which some characters were available as squadmates in all three games, Dragon Age and and Dragon Age 2 had completely different sets of followers.  Fans got their first glimpse at Inquisition’s followers when it was revealed at E3 2013 that Varric, the dwarven follower with a crossbow fetish from Dragon Age 2 would be making a return, and that he would be joined by his former interrogator, Cassandra.  After E3, news about Inquisition’s followers became scarce.  Recently, though, new details have begun to emerge.

We first laid eyes on Vivienne back in August 2013.  That month, Game Informer featured Dragon Age Inquisition on the cover, and published a number of previously unreleased screenshots, including this one…

inquisition-game-informerThat’s her on the right.  At the time, many thought she might be the long rumored Qunari follower.  She wasn’t.  More on that later.  Earlier today, Bioware gave us a much better look at Vivienne…

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 In a new post over a the Bioware Blog, Vivienne is described as a leader among the mages, and an official enchanter of the Orlesian Empire.  She is a fearless, determined woman who achieved her high standing through guile an political maneuvering.  How very Orlesian of her.  Check out Bioware’s full description of her…

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.

Bioware is promising more information on Vivienne later in the week, and will be unveiling a new follower every month up until Inquisition’s release this fall.  So if you want to sit back and wait for Bioware is spoon feed you information, you’re all set.  But if you can’t wait a month for your follower news, I’ve got you covered.

A few weeks ago, Bioware released a new trailer for Dragon Age Inquisition.  Fan quickly took note that one of the followers in the trailer had never been seen before.  The tall, bald, staff wielding elf showed up again in a new batch of screenshots that first appeared in the German publication Gamestar, and later over at All Games Beta.  Check him out below, striking his best COME AT ME BRO stance.

solasAs confirmed by Dragon Age writer David Gaider on the Bioware forum, the follower’s name is Solas.  He’s a mage, enjoys snug trousers, and has Nicolas Cage’s face. Actually, I can’t confirm the bit about Nicolas Cage, but… I mean, just look at him.  Bioware hasn’t officially unveiled Solas yet, but with these screenshots now out in the open, a fancy reveal similar to Vivienne’s can’t be too far away.

Now, about that Qunari follower… In that same German publication, Gaider apparently mentions a Qunari mercenary known as Iron Bull, who will also become a follower at some point in the game.  We don’t have any images of Iron Bull, or even a confirmation that he is in Inquisition at all.  But speculating on little to no concrete information is the best part of waiting for a new Bioware game, am I right?


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