BioWare writer David Gaider took to the Dragon Age site to discuss Inquisition‘s newest mage, the very homosexual Dorian.
“Dorian is gay-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.” Though Dorian’s sexual orientation is inextricably part of his character, Gaider says he is more complex as both a pariah and a partial idealist. “Without spoiling the plot, I’ll say that Dorian got wind of something that his fellow Tevinter mages were doing, and decided to intervene. As he sees it, someone from Tevinter needs to stand up and say, ‘We don’t agree with what these people are doing. They don’t represent all of us.'”
At 2013’s GaymerX convention, Gaider asserted that fans will support games in which they can identify with their characters.
“That’s the sort of language that companies listen to,” Gaider said at the convention. “As developers we are there to make art, but we are also there to survive and make money. In talking about it, they are making their presence heard.”
Are you excited to play with Dorian and that fabulous moustache?