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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ writer talks about bringing characters to life

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In a continued effort to slowly detail Dragon Age: Inquisitions various companion characters, Bioware is revealing loads of new information on a different follower each month starting with Vivienne. In a post from the Bioware Blog on March 28, Dragon Age writer Mary Kirby spoke about the joys of creating the various characterization quirks of the Orlesian imperial enchanter.

The developer set out to reveal an inside look at Vivien by publically releasing a letter which was written in-character to showcase the attitude of the fashionable mage. Kirby prefaced the fictional letter with the following comments on The Grey Lady’s true skills beyond the simple use of destructive magics.

Vivienne was fun to write because she let me play around with different ways for a character to be powerful. Any mage can destroy their enemies with fire and ice, but Vivienne can rip her opponents apart verbally, politically, socially—and make ice seem like the gentlest option.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is currently being developed on the Frostbite 3 engine for release on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 later this fall. Vivienne is the newest companion character which was announced for the game. Bioware plans to continue to unveil additional followers every month.

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