Dragon Age: Inquisition will once again see the return of Leliana, who has thus far appeared in every installment of the series to date. Leliana was first introduced as a full companion party member within Dragon Age: Origins and was briefly featured inside the franchise’s second entry. Already confirmed to also appear in the upcoming third Dragon Age game, Bioware revealed on July 2 what role Leliana will serve in this fall’s Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Leliana won’t be returning as a full companion character in the next game like she was in the first title. However, she will play a more important role to the player than her brief cameo from Dragon Age 2. Bioware has now confirmed that Leliana will act as an advisor to the player’s own Inquisition faction. While not a potential party member, this still makes Leliana an ally and part of the protagonist’s army.
It has been revealed that players will have access to three Inquisition commanders who aren’t exactly companion characters but are still important figures. Leliana’s newly confirmed title of “Advisor to the Inquisition” makes it seem likely that the assassin bard just might be one of these commanders that will each have their own skill tree that affects the Inquisition’s army as a whole.
Bioware has stated that they aren’t bringing back any characters from past Dragon Age titles just for the sake of a cameo. If a specific character returns in Dragon Age: Inquisition, it is because that person will play a vital role in the game. This implies that Leliana will definitely have a large party to play in the title’s overall narrative.
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and PC on Oct. 7. In addition to Leliana, another likely candidate to serve as an Inquisition commander is Cullen. Also having appeared in all Dragon Age titles to date, Cullen has also been confirmed to return in Dragon Age: Inquisition and has also been announced as a romance option despite the fact that he won’t be a full companion character.