With mere months to go before the long-awaited continuation of the Dragon Age saga, Bioware has revealed the complete line-up of companion characters who can join you on your quest. Only a handful are taken from previous Dragon Age games, and only one of those will be available to accompany you.
Morrigan, the sultry witch who has played a role in all the games so far, will appear in the story but as an advisor to the Empress. Similarly, Leliana from Dragon Age: Origins will be part of your Inquisition, managing your spy network, but will not join you in the field.
That falls to gregarious dwarf Varric, who will be the only returning party member. Also in the line-up is pious Chantry agent Cassandra Pentaghast, who we last saw interrogating Varric in Dragon Age 2. That should be a fun team-up.
Other potential party members include Solas, an elven mage whose race and abilities have made him an outcast; a swaggering Qunari mercenary known as The Iron Bull; elf rogue Sera; hardened Grey Warden warrior Blackwall; powerful mage Dorian; and stern enchanter Vivienne, aka Madame de Fer, or Lady of Iron. Finally, there's Cole, a character introduced in the spin-off novel, Dragon Age: Asunder. He's a creature of The Fade, somewhere between a demon or spirit, and if you choose to have him in your party, apparently things get pretty weird.
It's an eclectic and even explosive bunch, and Bioware has confirmed that you'll be able to drive companions away permanently if they disagree with enough of your choices. Apparently, it's possible to reach the end of the game with only one party member left. Should be interesting.