Adding another layer of characterization to the most recently announced party member that will join player’s side in Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bioware teased new personal details about the background of the mage Dorian. In a discussion posted to the title’s official website on June 27, Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider confirmed that the former Tevinter mage is only interested in pursuing same-sex relationships as the game’s first announced gay male character.
Gaider revealed that Dorian is the first exclusively gay character in Bioware’s popular fantasy franchise that he has had the opportunity to write. This is a milestone that will be met a second time within Dragon Age: Inquisition as the game will also feature the first female gay character with the companion Sera. In past installments of the Dragon Age series, while select characters were flagged as bisexual, this marks the first time that the franchise will have characters that will only enter into same-sex relationships.
In the case of Dorian, Gaider explained that his sexual preferences mirror his growing dislike for the practices of his homeland. Bearing the bloodline of the Tevinter Imperium, Dorian refuses to hide his homosexuality despite the fact that mage-ruled nation doesn’t accept the lifestyle. Along with a number of differences, this contributes to Dorian becoming an Tevinter outcast and ultimately leads him to join the Inquisitor’s struggle.
The Tevinter Imperium is seen as an evil nation by much of the rest of Thedas due to the tendency to enslave those they think are week, which is nearly everyone who doesn’t bear the bloodline of the Tevinter mages. While Dorian disapproves of what Tevinter has become, he doesn’t feel that his homeland is completely lost and thinks that with some help it can be reformed. Growing up in a land that doesn’t regulate magic in any form, unlike most of the world, Dorian was openly trained in the magical arts and isn’t concerned with hiding his powers.