Gaider introduced Dorian via the official Dragon Age website, describing the mage as “the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write”.
I suppose this aspect of Dorian [his sexuality] will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it. It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I’m hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realised character to fans in the end.
Gaider describes Dorian as a pariah, an outcast by choice. The character comes from a society where mages adopt a facade of perfection, hiding anything considered “deviant” (like, y’know, preferring the company of men). As such, Dorian’s family write him off as being stubborn and pointless.
This is by no means the first non-straight character for BioWare, with Gaider quick to point out that his use of the term “fully gay” was to differentiate Dorian from other characters who are bisexual. The Mass Effect series, earlier Dragon Age titles and Knights of the Old Republic all feature characters of fluid sexuality (including Commander Shepard) – Knights of the Old Republic party member Juhani is believed to be BioWare‘s first lesbian character.
Now though, Dorian will be exclusively homosexual. You’ll only be able to romance him if you play Dragon Age Inquisition with a male character – if you’re playing as a lady, he’ll be out of bounds.
Dragon Age Inquisition hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One from October 7, 2014.