A recent Dragon Age: Inquisition character profile posted to the game’s official website introduces new character Dorian, a Tevinter mage and the series’ first fully gay male party member.
According to series writer David Gaider, Dorian is a mage from the Tevinter Imperium, a member of a “wealthy and influential family” in a society that champions wit and intelligence. And as his very twistable mustache no doubt indicates, the rogue-looking magic-user is also described as “sharp-tongued.” Beyond his wit, Dorian’s powers include a range of elemental spells, as well as control over spirits and the dead.
Also, he’s gay. All the way gay, unlike previous Dragon Age games in which queer characters could be courted by either male or female player-characters.
“He is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write,” Gaider said. “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.”
Gaider acknowledges that this will no doubt be met with some fuss on the Internet, but describes the experience writing the character as “a very personal” one, since Gaider himself is openly gay.
“I’m hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans int he end,” Gaider said.
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches across Windows PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 October 7.