Of the nine companions (and three advisors) in Dragon Age: Inquisition, six have been announced as romancable, out of the total eight (if what I’ve read is correct).
We were told some would have race restrictions on them, and Iron Bull was looking to be in that camp until the animation team managed to clear up the issues caused by his size (thank you, Mr. Epler and the rest of the animation team).
I speculate that at least one of the remaining two will be a race-specific romance option for character reasons.
I doubt Vivienne will be romancable. She seems more like a sassy, fabulous Wynne. Ditto for Leliana, due to her love interest status in DA:O. And we already know that Cole isn’t romancable.
Varric, if romancable, will probably restricted to female dwarf Inquisitors. I know there was a lot of demand for him as a love interest among a fair number of fans, but I could see where they would decide not to make him an option at all. Varric’s history and the mysterious Bianca still needs some exploring either way.
I don’t know much about Solas, but I get the feeling that he’d be an elf-only love interest. He’s also the one that I believe to be most likely one of the remaining two love interests.
Blackwall, while I don’t think he’ll be a romance option (as he seems highly dedicated to his duties as a Grey Warden), I can’t see much reason for him to be race-specific. I honestly don’t see him being romancable, anyway.
If the final two are one male and one female, though, we’re looking at probably Vivienne and one of the guys. Or else the final two are NPCs outside of your party/advisors.
Inquisition’s release date has been pushed back to November 18th, 2014.
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I’m going to die. The waiting will literally kill me.
So on the Dragon Age wiki, Fiona is listed as Alistair’s mother, and I think this is where the fandom has landed on the issue, for the most part, but I really think we should talk about the inconsistencies/implications of this scenario.
I want to keep this to actual facts. That said, we know:
1. That Maric met Fiona roughly four years after Rowan’s death.
2. That Fiona gave birth to a son.
3. That a maid in Redcliffe Castle was pregnant, and died very close to the time that her baby was/would have been born.
4. That said maid already had a daughter named Goldanna, and Goldanna genuinely believed that her mother was carrying the child of the king.
5. That Goldanna also believes that Eamon didn’t want her telling people that her mother’s child was the king’s, so he paid her hush-money and sent her on her way.
Whether Alistair is the maid’s child, or they simply gave him the identity of a baby that hadn’t made it through birth, Goldanna’s belief does imply that Maric impregnated a maid at Redcliffe Castle around the same time (within a couple of weeks, assuming the elven gestation period is comparable to a human’s) that Fiona’s child was conceived.
Plus, if they were going to lie to Alistair about who his mother was, why not just lie about who his father is, too? Or, at the very least, find a scapegoat who doesn’t have a family to throw a wrench in your coverup.
I can only assume that the reason Goldanna believed her half-sibling was the king’s child was because her mother or some other authority figure told her that it was, or she had reason to believe that the king was having sex with her mother. Granted, she was a child at the time, so she could easily mistake something she heard out of context for evidence that her mother would be giving birth to the king’s illegitimate child.
If it was just a misunderstanding on Goldanna’s part, that was be one hell of a coincidence. Almost unbelievably so.
On the other hand, Duncan fought too hard to conscript Alistair for him to be just some insignificant recruit, so Duncan had to have known that Alistair was Maric’s son, at least. Plus, it doesn’t really make sense that he would A: even know about Maric’s other bastard child(ren), and B: go out of his way to recruit them into the Grey Wardens.
The timeline seems a little iffy on this one, too. Alistair and Cailan appear to be about the same age. I don’t know how old Cailan was supposed to have been when Rowan died, but for Fiona to be Alistair’s mother, Cailan would be four years older than Alistair at the least, and that’s if Rowan died when Cailan was still a baby. Their ages can’t be too far apart, either, if Alistair is to be believed, as he recounts bowing and addressing Cailan formally, and Cailan’s response being, “Ooh, swords!”
Even if Alistair was mature for his age, and Cailan was immature for his, Alistair couldn’t have been younger than seven or eight to have the situational awareness to recognize Cailan as something higher than himself (since, watching younger children play makes it pretty clear that they don’t understand classism), making Cailan 11-12 that the youngest.
Granted, it is conceivable that 12-year-old Cailan would get distracted by swords, especially if he were a spoiled little prince, which he probably was, judging by the way he acted as an adult. However, I would like it to be noted that at twelve, he’d probably already begun sword training, and was likely around them often enough for them to be somewhat mundane to him.
I think there’s a part of me that wants Alistair to have another half-brother out there somewhere, though. Say he found an old journal of Maric’s (or even Duncan’s), and discovered that he had a half-brother somewhere in the world, and began searching for him. Than again, being able to find his mother might mean a lot to him, as well.
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Confession: My high school social teacher is the spitting image of Alistair. Not to mention their personalities are almost exactly the same.
Please excuse me while I drop everything and move to wherever confessor lives.
LET ME LOVE YOU, RANDOM HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER GUY!!