Upon the heels of Varric Tethras' official reveal comes Cole, the Spirit, another rogue to join the Inquisitor's ranks in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Similar to Anders in Dragon Age 2, Cole is a fellow caught somewhere between the Fade and the physical realm of Thedas, his identity as a human more than questionable. No, more likely he's a demon.
Interestingly enough, Cole was a character conceived for the Dragon Age: Asunder novel by BioWare writer David Gaider. In Inquisition, Patrick Weekes takes over as Cole's writer, and he's no stranger to the Dragon Age universe, having written for the series in the past.
In a recent Q&A he did for the Dragon Age website, Weekes talks about the challenge of writing one of Gaider's characters and forming a new story for a character that already exists. Yes, Cole had his experiences from the Asunder book, but for Dragon Age: Inquisition, he would need a new story.
[PATRICK WEEKES]: Indeed. Dave [Gaider] is great at creating sympathetic characters, and I loved Cole's arc in the novel. I was guessing at his true nature until the climax of the book. But I couldn't just tell that story again. The character has to grow, for one thing… and also, that arc was tied to Cole not knowing what he is. Once Seeker Lambert whips out the Litany of Adralla, that pretty much narrows Cole down to blood mage or demon, and since he wasn't using blood magic…
[DRAGON AGE]: So, Cole is definitely a demon?
[PATRICK WEEKES]: Welllllllll… he's definitely somewhere on the Demon-or-Spirit Spectrum of Fade Creatures (which I really hope exists somewhere). A lot of people will always see him as a demon. He would rather be a spirit. He's trying.
Another major character trait mentioned in the Q&A is Cole's desire to help others, while seeking to understand himself. Aside from this weird demon-spirit guy, Weekes is also writing Iron Bull, the Qunari mercenary you can recruit in Inquisition.
When we saw Dragon Age: Inquisition at E3 this year, the gameplay seemed to be going in a positive direction, one that brought back some of the more strategic elements of Dragon Age. An open world somewhat reminiscent of The Witcher raised hopes for many RPG fans as well. Read more about these features in our E3 preview.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC on October 7.