Dragon Age 4’s essential villain shall be Solas, the Dread Wolf of Dalish legend who has returned to tear down the Veil between Thedas and the magical world of the Fade. His true plans had been revealed in the direction of the top of Inquisition, the place Solas was a participant companion. The give attention to Solas, nonetheless, has overshadowed one of many subsequent sport’s almost certainly returning characters.
The Dread Wolf could also be Dragon Age 4’s essential villain, however Sten, the Qunari companion from Dragon Age: Origins, additionally appears prone to return in an antagonistic function. Dragon Age followers will bear in mind Sten because the hot-tempered however honorable warrior who helped the Warden defeat the Fifth Blight. If the lore since Origins is to be believed, the Sten gamers meet in Dragon Age 4 may play a really totally different function, however with the identical core motivations he’s at all times had.
Sten first seems in Lothering in Dragon Age: Origins, the place he’s being held in a cage after slaughtering a neighborhood household. Despite his darkish backstory, as soon as gamers free the Qunari, most are fast to heat to him. Highlights embody Sten growling forwards and backwards with the Warden’s canine, and the deadpan dialogue he has with the participant’s different companions all through the sport.
It is feasible to keep up a poor sufficient relationship with Sten in Origins that he assaults the participant through the quest to search out the Urn of Sacred Ashes. Leliana can be killed through the Urn of Sacred Ashes questline. The indisputable fact that Leliana returns in Inquisition even when killed in Origins means that Sten’s doable dying in Origins is unlikely to influence his return in Dragon Age 4.
The comics that bridge the gaps between the Dragon Age video games like Dragon Age: Those Who Speak take sure issues without any consideration that aren’t essentially canon within the participant’s world state. This contains Alistair turning into king of Ferelden on the finish of Origins and Sten returning house after the occasions of Origins to turn into the brand new Qunari Arishok, their navy chief.
An earlier Qunari Arishok was launched in Dragon Age 2, stranded in Kirkwall and trying to find an historic Qunari textual content generally known as the Tome of Koslun that had been stolen by Dragon Age 2 companion Isabela. It is feasible for the participant to keep away from dueling the Arishok, however generally Hawke finally ends up battling him to the dying, which Those Who Speak additionally accepts as a part of its premise.
Those Who Speak sees Dragon Age companions Varric, Isabela, and King Alistair briefly taken captive by the Qunari whereas travelling by ship. Alistair is taken to the brand new Arishok, revealed to be Sten. Although Sten initially treats Alistair with respect, when the younger king tries to cause with him the Qunari beats him, and when the trio tries to flee Sten makes an attempt to kill Alistair.
War With The Qunari
Sten was at all times one of many extra principled Origins companions, however Those Who Speak reveals simply how fortunate the Warden was that Sten’s objectives aligned with theirs through the Fifth Blight. When it’s the opposite races of Thedas versus the Qunari, there’s no query who Sten will aspect with and the lengths he’ll go to to meet his responsibility to his individuals.
It additionally appears that the Qunari themselves have turn into much more aggressive since Sten took over as Arishok. Dragon Age: Inquisition’s last DLC, Trespasser, uncovered a Qunari plot to assassinate southern Thedas’ the Aristocracy, whereas Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights revealed that the Qunari had taken over the Tevinter metropolis of Ventus. Both occasions appear to be establishing a conflict between the human nations of Thedas and the Qunari, with the Qunari Wars having dominated the Steel Age and Storm Age within the lore.
It appears doubtless that the conflict with the Qunari will play the same function to the conflict between the mages and Templars in Inquisition or Loghain Mac Tir’s takeover of Ferelden in Dragon Age: Origins. In each instances, there’s a higher existential risk, after which a extra grounded political battle that’s partially harmful as a result of it fails to see the true scope of the existential risk.
Sten As A Villain
Solas’ plan to tear down the Veil between Thedas and the Fade may have nearly any penalties the writers at BioWare can give you — the Dread Wolf is messing with the material of actuality itself. If there’s any character who appears prone to put his sense of responsibility first regardless of much more urgent points, nonetheless, it’s Sten.
That stubbornness may make him significantly harmful because the Qunari’s navy chief. Alistair needed to defeat Sten in battle simply to barter with him as a fellow chief. It appears unlikely that Dragon Age 4’s new protagonist will discover a lot luck reasoning with Sten when the Qunari’s pleasure is on the road.
The Qunari as a race may very well be in for some huge reveals in Dragon Age 4 as nicely. Corypheus has some dialogue he’ll solely converse to a Qunari Inquisitor that appears to point that Inquisition’s villain knew one thing concerning the origins of the race that the gamers do not. Corypheus calls the Qunari a “mistake” and makes references to Qunari blood not belonging to them, hinting that the Qunari might need been the product of some kind of magical experiment or pact. Many followers consider Corypheus might have been referencing a connection between the Qunari and dragons, explaining their grey pores and skin and horns.
The risk that the true origins of the Qunari shall be revealed within the subsequent sport may additionally put Sten on the heart of the story, although how the character would possibly react to such revelations stays to be seen. Wherever the subsequent sport’s plot goes, Sten appears very prone to return, and never because the ally gamers knew him as in Origins.
Solas revealed his true objectives on the finish of Inquisition. What may be most about Sten’s villainous flip, nonetheless, is that he’ll doubtless be making it primarily based on the identical dedication to the Qun that fashioned the core of the character in Origins.
Dragon Age 4 is in improvement.