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DA:I - Trespasser

I started on Thursday and finished on Friday. So it wasn't very long -- certainly not a post-game expansion on par with Awakening -- but as a coda to the main storyline I thought it worked very well. Lots of questions answered, and the way is cleared for DA4 (which hasn't been announced yet, but, yeah. It's clearly coming).

Some thoughts and points to ponder (reposted and expanded from Tumblr):

It was nice to have all the moments with the party members, even if some were more in character for Malika than others. Although the tone was sometimes odd, in comparison to the seriousness of the event, I’m still glad they did it. And I’m glad they did it first, because if any of that had happened during the struggle with the Qunari, it would’ve been even more jarring. The feel is similar to things I've heard about the Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC (which I haven't played). I didn't take the "maybe I will be married" conversation option when talking with Cassandra -- I figure that Malika is happy with how things are and isn't particularly fussed with making things official -- so she and Blackwall didn't get a marriage or proposal scene, although I've heard that you can't get one with Blackwall regardless? Which seems odd. But anyway, I was overall happy with how their relationship played out. Interesting that he's gone back to being Rainer. And I was rather pleased when she called him Thom. :)

History is written by the victors. Are we really meant to take everything that Solas said about the Elven “gods” and the revolution he led against them at face value? Or is he spinning everything to make himself look good? I can't believe its quite as cut-and-dried as he makes it out to be, both in his conversation with the Inquisitor and in the stories and histories that were left behind. Would the elves of his day agree with his take? Or is the truth, as usual, somewhere in between? If nothing else, I’d like Mythal’s take on what really happened.

We are clearly setting the stage for DA4 here, with Solas as the main villain. Which is exactly what I was expecting. I don't remember when I first started becoming suspicious of Solas, but it was fairly early on, and his shady I did enjoy having it confirmed just how completely he was pulling everyone’s strings. (Malika called him out on that. She was Not Happy with him. I suspect Kendra’s going to be even more pissed.) All the fans who wanted an elven revolution are getting their wish, if not, I expect, at all how they imagined it… And the action will almost certainly be in Tevinter, given how the final scene played out. I do have to wonder if the elves who are going to Solas's side really know what they're getting into. Has he lured them in with promises of a paradise, only to spring the truth on them? Or maybe there really are enough elves out there who are angry enough to burn it all down. I'll be interested to see how it plays out. And a little afraid of the drama that will surely ensue. And we thought Anders was controversial.

Speaking of that final scene…. I went back and forth a bit on Malika’s final choice, but she disbanded the Inquisition, with the strong-arm dialogue option. I was unsure, because I’d been playing on the assumption that she wanted to keep the Inquisition together, but there is no way she would become the puppet of the Chantry, especially not Vivienne’s Chantry. I was therefore pleased to see that the Inquisition still exists as an underground organization, with many of the players still in place (I saw Leliana, Cassandra, Blackwall, Harding, and Cole in the final scene -- is it possible to get more of them there?). Which suggests to me that the epilogue cards aren't straight facts, but rather rumors, public-facing cover stories, perhaps even outright lies, even more than is usual for a DA epilogue.

Although I agree with the complaints about having to pay extra for DLC, and especially feel for the people who bought the game on a previous gen console and are now shut out, I think releasing this quest separately from the main game makes sense. Whatever you think of Bioware’s choice of a story to tell, the plot of DA:I was the fight to take down Corypheus. Once he was defeated, that story was over, and it was appropriate to draw a line beneath it. Trespasser functions as a coda to that tale and a bridge to the next one, and I prefer keeping it a bit separate to tacking it on as another mission at the end. (I was not a fan of the Scouring of the Shire, and got into arguments with people about it having been left out of the Lord of the Rings movies, with similar logic.) If Trespasser had been free to everyone who owns the game, and available on all its platforms, I'd be entirely for it.

What did everyone else think of it? I'd be curious to discuss it, and also the other DLCs, now that the story is done.

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classics_lover
Sep. 15th, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't played it yet (I need about €50 for all the dlcs and not having any money is getting in the way of that, lol) but I have well and truly spoilered myself on it. A couple of the devs went to pains to point out that it was a dlc and not an expansion, so I'd say they might have wanted to do more, but kept it for the next game. I definitely love the idea of getting the gang back together for one last mission as a trope, and from what I've seen on youtube, they got it pretty well right. I believe they even lured Gaider away from his secret project to write a couple of the characters for it, which is nice :)

I definitely hope that Tevinter plays a big role in the next game, but there's a reddit thread from the DA panel at one of the big conventions (Dragoncon maybe? Not sure) where all the devs say they want to take a look at Rivain because of how the Rivainis treat spirits/demons/abominations. I like the sound of that, myself.

I think that could set things up for a very interesting look at: a) reversing the Rite of Tranquility - which was looked at in Asunder as well as Cassandra's Seeker mission;
b) dealing with mages and the problems they face in a more holistic manner than the Circles managed before - and potentially a comparison between Rivaini mages and Tevinter mages/magisters;
and c) possibly more about Kal'Hirol (which if I remember my lore correctly is up north somewhere under Tevinter/Rivain) and that would be a mix I'd pay good money to see. I want ALL the Dwarf lore. All of it.

They probably said it because they knew at that point that Trespasser would point at Tevinter and they wanted to keep that as a Big Reveal, but I still think Rivain's an interesting way to go. Especially if the next protagonist needs to be completely different to the kinds of foes Solas knows. And I'm interested to know if the town Solas that the Inquisitor's dagger *just* misses has anything to do with Solas himself or is that a wild coincidence.

I'm just hoping that Patrick Weekes' tweeting about writing Fenris for a book wasn't just tormenting the fans and they really do come out with more books setting up the situation post-Inquisition.
owlmoose
Sep. 15th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
Although I didn't check myself, I hear that Gaider still got the lead writer credit. I am glad that he came back to write (presumably) Dorian. Assuming we do end up in Tevinter, I have to imagine that Dorian will at least show up? Maeveris, too, please please please. I wonder if Gaider will come back for that, too, or if they'll move the character to someone else.

My wishlist includes the things on your wishlist, especially Kal'Hirol. I've wanted to see Kal'Hirol ever since we learned it exists! A couple of missions on the war table doesn't cut it. ;) Rivain would also be interesting, especially given that elves aren't persecuted there. Maybe our protagonist is an elf who's motivated to work against Solas?

Given that we got three books and a comic series to set up DA:I, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see more in the leadup to DA4 (which I'd guess is at least 2-3 years off).
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