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'Dragon Age: Inquisition' to feature gay male mage

Dorian is BioWare's first gay male character
Dorian is BioWare's first gay male character
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The option for players to romance NPC party members is nothing new for BioWare's games. Knights of the Old Republic featured a lesbian character named Juhani, while Mass Effect offered an increasing amount of homosexual romance options as the series progressed. With that said, there hasn't been a strictly homosexual male character in one of BioWare's games, until now. The upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature Dorian, a gay mage who hails from Tevinter. David Gaider, one of the game's writers, discussed the character's backstory and sexuality in an interview on the Dragon Age website.

Dorian is described as being incredibly intelligent, with a knack for making sarcastic remarks even when in the most dire of times. He comes from a prominent and wealthy family, the type to arrange marriages for their children in order to breed the perfect mages. Without giving too much away, Gaider stated that Dorian has rejected that life, and part of the reason may be his sexuality.

Dorian is gay – he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I've had the opportunity to write. It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where 'perfection' is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian's refusal to play along with that facade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.

Social standards aside, Gaider also implied that not all is well in Tevinter, and that Dorian may have ulterior motives for leaving his homeland. Apparently, Dorian has caught wind of something that the other high-class mages have been doing (though the particular act hasn't been stated yet), and has decided to intervene. Gaider also made it clear that, while Dorian may not agree with everything his people are doing, he hasn't abandoned hope that he could some day repair Tevinter.

Gaider continued by stating that Dorian's sexuality may be controversial to some, but that he was happy to include it. He also stated that it made writing the character a far more personal experience for him and that he's looking forward to seeing how players react to this character when Dragon Age: Inquisition releases for the PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on October 7th.