Dragon Age Inquisition Introduces First Gay Character


It’s practically everywhere today: Dragon Age Inquisition will finally have a “fully gay,” or more appropriately, “legitimately gay” character. Prior to this, the top rated RPG series only had heterosexual or bisexual characters. Dorian, however, is an openly gay mage of the Tevinter Imperium. So if you want to get in his pants you best be a man!

David Gaider has already received some flack for using the term “fully gay.” He did later correct his statement, replacing “fully” with “legitimate.” He too was referring to the fact that although some previous males like Anders and Zevran weren’t picky when it came to which sex their lovers were, that Dorian will only allow another male to romance him. No ladies, just like in real life, you can’t turn him straight.

But what I really think we should be focusing on is not so much Dorian’s sexuality, but how it shapes him as a person.

Bioware’s lead series writer David Gaider said in an interview:

“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 façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah. […] I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it. It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I’m hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end.”

One also has to remember, the Tevinter Imperium has always been looked down upon in previous Dragon Age games. The Imperium is ruled by many tyrannical mages, whereas the mages in other parts of the world are forced to go to The Circle, and are essentially treated as second class citizens. As stated above, perfection is key in the Imperium, however, not only has he outwardly gone against this by being open about his sexuality, but he has completely turned his back on the Tevinter regime he was born and bred into.

Gay or not, this man is a definite rebel and everyone loves a rebel. And it’s one less person I have to worry about when it comes to my decision in romancing my party members.

About Emily Horton

Emily is just your average twenty something girl who discovered her love for gaming at the age of three or four, all thanks to her older brothers. Mario, The Lion King, Aladdin, Zelda were her first loves, but Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Tales, and pretty much all Japanese games eventually fell into that category. She has an unhealthy obsession with Pikachu, hoodies, her 3DS, t-shirts, plushies, and purses. She may also fancy herself as an excellent lawyer due to number of times she has played through the Ace Attorney series. Outside of videogames, she is a Disney, Harry Potter, and Tolkien fanatic, while also recently discovering that she is now a hardcore fan of Supernatural thanks to Netflix allowing her to watch eight seasons rapid fire. She has elvish writing, the Deathly Hallows, a rather large Tinkerbelle and a large Yuna from Final Fantasy X all tattooed on her body, with only more geeky stuff to be added. Currently working on her own fantasy novel, she hopes to publish it eventually once all the kinks are worked out.

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