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Bioware and Edge of Reality's video game franchise, Dragon Age, is a fantasy role-playing game series. It released its first game, Dragon Age Origins, in 2009, and its latest, Dragon Age: Inquisition, in 2014.
It's an exceptional series that has won the hearts - and spare time - of thousands of players across the world. With a great storyline, fun gameplay, character creation, and multiple choice dialogue options, the Dragon Age games are addictive and unforgettable.
With the rising demand for LGBT characters, Dragon Age has really delivered without being all in your face about it. Here's a complete list of all LGBT characters in all three of the Dragon Age games.
Please note this article doesn't include any characters from downloadable content or mods.
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins became hugely popular after it was released in November 2009. As of April 2017, it has 9/10 on Steam, 91% on Metacritic and 9/10 on IGN.com. Although it received some backlash for including LGBT characters, Bioware didn't care; in fact, as this article will show, they only continued to include more.
Here are some LGBT characters that appeared in Dragon Age: Origins.
Leliana is a young woman your character first meets in Lothering when she claims she had a dream about you. She says the Maker, or the god in the Dragon Age world, went to her in a vision and asked her to help rid Fereldan of the Darkspawn and save the world.
At first, she comes off as a little crazy and Alistair, another from your team, is reluctant to accept her help. However, you can recruit her into your party.
Leliana is a romance option in Dragon Age: Origins and is possible to romance whether your character is male or female.
Zevran is an Antivan Crow assassin hired by Teyrn Loghain to kill your character. When your party fights back and Zevran is defeated, he proposes that since he has no personal grudge against you, he joins your party instead of you killing him. Should you accept, he becomes a member of your party.
Like Leliana, it is possible to romance Zevran whether your character is male or female, making him another bisexual character in this game.
Marjolaine becomes accessible once your approval rating for Leliana is high enough, unlocking her personal quest. Marjolaine is an old mentor and lover of Leliana's. She is another bisexual (possibly lesbian - it isn't clear), and this time she is involved in Leliana's complicated past.
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Isabela is a rouge you can find in a brothel called the Pearl in Denerim. If you win a card game against her (which you can do with a high Dexterity skill), she will teach you some useful skills. It is also possible to seduce her with, amusingly, other characters depending on the romance and sexual interest situation in your party.
Wade and Herren are a gay couple who own Wade's Emporium in Denerim City. Wade can make your character dragon scale armour.
Hepsith is a dwarf you encounter during the Paragon of Her Kind quest. She has turned insane but mumbles that she was a lover of Branka, a paragon and the ex-wife of another of your companions. This would also make Branka a bisexual character in the game.
Dragon Age II
Not as well-received as Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2 introduces a character called Hawke (male or female - it's your choice).
This game also featured a lot of LGBT characters. Let's take a look at them.
If you played as a Dalish elf in Dragon Age: Origins, you might recognise Merrill as a brief companion to your character in the elfish clan.
She appears again as a companion in Dragon Age 2 and is possible to romance whether your character is male or female.
Although she expresses her worry that Hawke isn't a Dalish Elf, it is still quite easy to romance her as long as you have completed the appropriate quests.
Another character who is possible to recruit into your party, Anders can be romanced whether your character is male or female.
Anders is a former Grey Warden and a mage, and later on if you get enough approval points, you can unlock a personal quest involving his gay ex-lover. The romance scenes are arguably quite graphic with Anders, showing that Bioware really didn't care about the backlash they got from Origins; in fact, it seemed to spur them on!
Fenris is another bisexual character. He is the jealous type, so if you are interested in romancing him as either male or female Hawke, be sure to avoid flirting and romancing anybody else.
A former Tevinter slave, Fenris hates mages with a passion, and although this doesn't affect your relationship with him if your character is a mage, it's a good idea to follow his distasteful views on magic if you want to gain his approval.
Another familiar face from Dragon Age: Origins is Isabela, an ex-captain smuggler and yet another bisexual Dragon Age character.
It is possible not to recruit her at all, but as long as you head for the Hanged Man tavern in Lowtown after you have recruited Anders, you can get her into your party.
Compared to the other characters, Isabela's romance is quite complicated as she will leave the party at some point and not return unless she has an approval rating of fifty or higher. Sleeping with Merrill will also cut off the romance with her.
Some non-playable characters are also bisexual or gay in Dragon Age 2.
During the First Sacrifice quest, Hawke can talk to an elf called Jethann in a side bedroom. He's a prostitute and a male Hawke can take advantage of his services.
Zevran is another familiar face from Origins; he appears again briefly and can be flirted with (but not slept with).
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The newest in the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition is set ten years after the events of Dragon Age: Origins.
This fantastic game brought a fresh bunch of romancable (and non-romancable) characters, and most of them are LGBT. Let's take a look at them.
Iron Bull is a Qunari mercenary who you can recruit into your party fairly early in the game. He is pansexual, meaning that it is possible to romance him no matter what race or gender you choose for your character.
Iron Bull is a strong warrior and loves to hunt dragons and drink ale, making him a popular character. It is also fairly easy to romance him.
Another pansexual character in Dragon Age: Inquisition is Josephine. Although she isn't a playable character, she is essential in the inquisition and is in charge of communications with nobles. She is a charming Antivan lady who many of us love to romance.
Dorian is a mage from Tevinter who helps you out during the In Hushed Whispers quest if you choose to help the mages, but joins your party (if you accept) regardless of whether you choose to help the mages or the Templars.
He is the only romancable character in the game who is only interested in men. His romance quest is fun and rewarding.
Sera is a rogue who you can recruit into your party after you follow her Red Jenny clues in Orlais. She is a mischief-loving archer and a delight to have in your party whether you romance her or not.
Sera is only possible to romance if your character is female, and she has a particular liking for Qunari and Dwarf women.
As well as the possible romance options in your party, there are some characters in Inquisition who are LGBT.
Krem is a noticeable character because he is the first transgender person to appear in a Dragon Age game. He is one of the Chargers, or Iron Bull's mercenaries, and it is possible for your character to chat to him about the realisation that he was a man trapped in a woman's body.
Ritts is an Inquisition scout who briefly goes missing and triggers the quest Strange Bedfellows to find her. It turns out she was "spending time" with a mage girl, Eldredda, before they were attacked by Templars.
Empress Celene of Orlais had romantic relations with her Elven ambassador, Briala. You can take advantage of this information when you're blackmailing those in power in the quest Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts.
There you have it - all the LGBT characters we have seen in Dragon Age so far. Who is your favourite character?
© 2017 Poppy
Eugene Wu on September 06, 2020:
Who do you think is going to be LGBT for one of the new companions for DA4 based on the concept art?