If Dragon Age: Veilguard does kill Varric, it will be long overdue

Who is the face of Dragon Age? It’s a simple question with a tricky answer because there’s no obvious candidate. There’s no Commander Shepard through-line running through the series. Each game has had a different protagonist. There’s the Grey Warden in Dragon Age: Origins, Hawke in Dragon Age 2, and the Inquisitor in Dragon Age: Inquisition. And now there’s Rook in Dragon Age: Veilguard. Heck, even the game’s main companions have changed. Though there is one amongst them who could fit the bill: Varric.

Varric, a wise-cracking and hairy-chested dwarf with a crossbow named Bianca, was introduced in Dragon Age 2 as the game’s narrator and as a companion character. He’s also a central companion and character in Inquisition, and he stars in the early marketing material for Veilguard. Varric’s face apparently verifies something as Dragon Age.

There’s only one problem with this: he should be dead. I can’t look at Varric without hearing Dragon Age creator David Gaider telling me he wanted to kill Varric, first in Dragon Age 2 and then in Inquisition. This dwarf shouldn’t be alive, yet somehow he is. But for how long? That’s the question on everybody’s lips, because if you watch the debut Veilguard gameplay trailer again, you’ll see this might be his fatal third strike.

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