Dragon Age 2 is one of the most anticipated roleplaying game of 2011 due to massive success of its predecessor, Dragon Age: Origins. One of Origin’s brilliant elements, which I dare say is also something Bioware is famous for, was its fantastic characters quality as in design, personality and dialogues. Everyone is hoping that Bioware will manage to pull something similar in Dragon Age 2.
Dragon Age 2 Characters Guide
Let’s have a spoiler-free look at some of the important characters in Dragon Age 2.
Main Protagonist – Hawke
Hawke is a human ‘Male or Female’ (named Marriat if female and Garret if male)who lived in Lothering during the Blight in Ferelden, escaping the darkspawn attack by fleeing north to the Free Marches and eventually rising to become “the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age”. Along the way he earned the title of “The Champion of Kirkwall”. Over the course of the game’s ten-year time-line, players’ actions and choices will determine Hawke’s history, relationships, and regrets to determine Hawke’s rise to power.
Folks who played the Awakening expansion will be acquainted with the care-free Anders. But Anders has changed, big time. Justice, the spirit entrapped in the body of a dead Grey Warden (also from Awakening), urged Anders to rebel harder against the Circle of Magi and the Chantry.
Already a despiser of the Chantry and the Circle, Anders decided to become host for Justice. But his hatred for the Circle and Chantry warps Justice into a demonic spirit of Vengeance.
Now Anders must struggle both physically and mentally to maintain control. His desire to overturn the Circle and Chantry still has not faded, only exacerbated. Anders is a powerful and skilled mage who specializes in Spirit Healing. Anders will join you in Act 1 when you complete Tranquility quest. Anders has a personality class with Fenris and Sebastian. You can get following items for him which you can find at the specified locations.
Act 2 – You can find it in Lirene’s Fereldan Imports in Lowtown.
Act 2 – You will find Lyrium Weave in Mage Goods in Gallows Courtyard.
Act 2 – You can find it in Dissent.
Sigil of the Mage Underground
Act 3 – You get it as a reward for completing Best Served Cold quest.
Gift – Tevinter Chantry Amulet
Act 2 – You will get it as a reward when you complete A Bitter Pill quest.
A human warrior who once lived in Lothering, Aveline was forced to flee with her husband, Ser Wesley Vallen, due to the darkspawn attack. She was saved by the Hawke family, which allows her to be a selectable companion onwards.
Her husband, however, is corrupted by the Darkspawn and dies during their escape from Lothering. Aveline is an adept warrior, and uses the sword and shield like a finely tuned instrument. Later in Kirkwall, Aveline willingly chooses to become a part of the defenders of Kirkwall.
Aveline Joins you during Prologue, she has a personality conflict with Merrill. You can get following items for her.
Act 1 – Guardsman Pattern (Armor Stand, Lowtown)
Act 2 – Guardsman Pattern (Armor Stand, Lowtown)
Act 2 – Guardsman Pattern (Raiders on the Cliffs)
Act 3 – Guardsman Pattern (Favor and Fault)
Gifts – The Shield of the Knight Herself
You will get it during Act 2 when you complete Offered and Lost quest.
Hawke’s younger sister and Carver’s fraternal twin, Bethany is an apostate mage who received her training from her father Malcolm Hawke, who was also an apostate. Bethany will accompany Hawke at the beginning of the game, and can become a possible permanent companion, depending on the class the player decides to play with.
Bethany’s appearance shall vary according to the preset the player chooses for Hawke. Her skin tone will also be the same as that of Hawke, but her hair will always remain black.
Bethany Hawke joins you at the start of the story along with Carver Hawke. One of them dies before the end of Act 1 in an unavoidable incident. Surviving sibling won’t be able to continue with your journey starting Act 2.
Hawke’s younger brother and Bethany’s fraternal twin, Carver is a warrior. Like Bethany, Carver may or may not be a permanent companion, directly dependent on which class is chosen by the player. Carver’s appearance will also vary according to the preset chosen. His skin tone will be the same as that of Hawke, but his hair will always remain black.
Carver Hawke joins you at the start of the story along with Bethany Hawke. One of them dies before the end of Act 1 in an unavoidable incident. Surviving sibling won’t be able to continue with your journey starting Act 2.
Although Fenris remembers very little about himself, it is known that he was once a slave to a Tevinter magister, only to have lyrium burned into his flesh; henceforth stripping his memories and altering him in a way no one could have imagined.
Fenris became a living, walking weapon. Using his abnormally increased strength, he broke free from the chains of slavery, fleeing to Kirkwall as a fugitive, constantly hunted by his former Tevinter master. The lyrium in his body causes him pain, guarding him from physical contact with anyone else. Strangely enough, Fenris is a warrior-class Elf.
He is optional companion and you can get him in your team by completing A Bitter Pill quest in Act 1. Boy got issues with anyone wearing a robe including you. You can get following items for him.
Tevinter Spirit Symbol
Act 2 – You can get it from Robes by Jean Luc in Hightown.
Act 2 – You can get it from Shady Merchandise at Docks.
Act 2 – Quest reward ‘A Bitter Pill’.
Act 3 – Quest reward ‘Mine Massacre’.
Gift – The Book of Shartan
Act 2 – You get it in Lowtown Elven Alienage.
Gift – Blade of Mercy
Act 3 – You will get it during Best Served Cold quest.
Equally skilled with both her sharp tongue and her sharp dagger, Isabela was once the Captain of her deceased husband’s ship, The Siren’s Call. First seen in Origins in The Pearl, Isabela has changed since then. She is no longer a captain, as she lost her crew and ship at the reefs near Kirkwall during a heavy storm.
She has now taken the embodiment of a smuggler, but her compassionate heart and hidden kindness often tamper with the smuggler’s job, and has compelled enemies to manifest. Isabela prefers speed over strength, making her an extremely agile and quick striking rogue. Her specialization is termed as ‘Swashbuckler’.
She is an optional companion which you can acquire when you complete Fools Rush In quest. You may argue with Aveline now and then but no big deal. You can get following items for her.
Act 2 – You can buy it from Apparel Shop in Lowtown.
Act 2 – You can buy it from Robes by Jean Luc in Hightown.
Act 2 – You will get it as a reward when you complete To Catch a Thief quest.
Boiled Leather Plates
Act 3 – You will get it during A Murder of Crows quest.
Gift – Ship in a Bottle
Act 2 – You will get it during Blackpowder Courtesy.
Gift – Rivaini Talisman
Act 3 – You will get it during Disused Passage.
Merril is an Elvin mage, first seen as a temporary companion in the Dalish Elf Origin. The apprentice of her clan’s Keeper Marethari, she is interested in recovering the lost lore of the elves, and has knowledge of the elves’ old magic. Now in Kirkwall, Merrill is desperate to find help for her clan and herself, even though she knows little about the world and its cruelty.
She will be available when you complete Long Way Home at the start of Act 1. She has personality clash with Fenris and Carver. You can get following items for her.
Act 2 – You get it from Robes by Jean Luc in Hightown.
Carved Ironwood Buttons
Act 2 – You can get it from Ilen’s Crafts in Sundermount.
Silver-Threaded Dalish Embroidery
Act 2 – You will get it from Top of Sundermount.
Halla Horn Buckles
Act 3 – You will get it from A New Path.
Gift – Wooden Halla Carving
Act 2 – You can buy it from Ilen’s Crafts.
Gift – Sylvanwood Ring
Act 3 – You will find it in the remains of the Thief Leader during A Murder of Crows.
Varric is famous for two things, creating and destroying legends. As the main narrator in Dragon Age 2, he often exaggerates and over-tells the true events and history of the Champion of Kirkwall. Unlike the typical dwarf, Varric never worked with the stone. He always liked to travel, tell tales to a captivated audience, amalgamating contents within the tales to his will.
That’s how anyone who’s ever met him will explain him, but Varric is also secretly working as a spy for dealing with troubles that come being from the Merchant Guild and the House of Tethras. Varric is a rogue class dwarf, and prefers to nail enemies to the wall with his trusty crossbow named Bianca.
Varric joins you at start of Act 1 and will stick till the end. Team player, he doesn’t have personality clash with anyone. You can get following items for him.
Inscribed Leather Harnes
Act 1 – You can buy it from Apparel Shop in Lowtown.
Coat Lining with Concealed Pockets
Act 2 – You will find it in Shady Merchandise at Docks.
Act 2 – You will get it as a reward when you complete Family Matter quest.
Drakeskin Leg Straps
Act 3 – You will get it as a reward when you complete Finding Nathaniel quest.
Gift – The Tethras Signet Ring
You will find it with Trinkets Emporium in Lowtown.
Sebastian is a rogue, optional companion which you can acquire by completing Duty and Repentance quest. Fierce personality class with Anders. You can get following items for Sebastian.
Act 2 – You can buy it from Armor Shop in Gallows Courtyard.
Act 2 – You can buy it from Olaf’s Armory in Hightown.
Act 2 – Quest Reward ‘Repentance’.
Protection of the Faith
Act 3 – You will get it during Best Served Cold.
Gift – Starkhaven Longbow
Act 2 – You will get it during Repentance quest.
Whatever character choose to have in your party during your quests, you will need to equip that character with unique weapons and unique armor pieces if you want to survive any chance against your foes in Dragon Age 2.