Alexander Freed (script)
Chad Hardin (artist)
Anthony Palumbo (cover)
27 March 2013 (1st issue)
24 April 2013 (2nd issue)
29 May 2013 (3rd issue)
Dragon Age: Until We Sleep is a three-part comic series by BioWare and Dark Horse Comics. It is co-written by Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider and Alexander Freed, and illustrated by Chad Hardin.
The story focuses on Varric and provides more insight on his past (with Alistair having been the focus of The Silent Grove and Isabela the focus of Those Who Speak). It is also the climax of Alistair’s search for his father, with the final showdown against Magister Titus. The events take place in the Tevinter Imperium and in the Fade.
Qunari dreadnoughts attack Aurelian Titus' fortress and Varric infiltrates the building while Isabela and Alistair assault the fortress directly with the Qunari. Prior to this, Sten/the Arishok tells Alistair and Isabela the Qunari version of the myth of king Calenhad, and how he made a deal with a mysterious witch to drink dragon blood, become a Reaver and create Ferelden.
In the depths of Ath Velanis, Varric discovers Maevaris Tilani kidnapped and beaten, and king Maric Theirin being used by Titus to augment his power through an ancient artifact, the "Magrallen". It is revealed that Titus is collecting Maric's blood with the "Magrallen" to grant him the power of "dragonfire," carried in the Theirin's bloodline since Calenhad. Horrified by Maric's plight, Varric shatters the vessel collecting his blood.
Varric and Maevaris Tilani travel together through the Fade seeking their missing companions Alistair and Isabela. The pair confront Isabela in a nightmare in which she has joined the Qun and attacks, no longer recognizing them. Varric and Maevaris subdue her while Aurelian Titus appears and summons demons to attack the trio, stating "Imagine it. Mages sculpting dreams. Dreams sculpting reality. The Old Gods. The Dragon Gods. We shall become them." The trio flees as Varric adjusts his personal narrative to protest Isabela's easy seduction by the Fade.
The action continues as Varric is tempted by a dream of his lost love, Bianca, who is seeking passage out of Ostheim for them. He rejects it and finds Maevaris dreaming of a life of luxury with her late husband, Thorold. She too knows it is false but is reluctant to give up the fantasy until Varric reminds her what Aurelian Titus did to her in Ath Velanis. The pair reunite with Isabela and other lost dreamers and finally locate Alistair and Maric in their own dream. In this fantasy Maric is king and Alistair his acknowledged child, having apparently never become a Grey Warden. The issue ends with Maric informing the party that they are not welcome in his lands.
Chapter ThreeAlistair, Isabela and Varric found and ambushed Aurelian Titus, who summons an army of demons to protect himself. While the two groups are fighting, Maric appears and challenges the magister, who unsuccessfully tries to use his new powers only to be beheaded by Maric who explains that being his "dream" Titus could not harm him. After that, Alistair and the others decide to leave the Fade, but Maric refuses - he states that Alistair will be a good king and in the Fade he has all that he needs, being also able to see all the people he cares for, but that are no longer in the real world. Alistair, however, encourages Maric to return, saying that he deserves a second chance to live and that he will help him. Upon returning to the real world, however, Alistair sees that Maric's body was in critical condition and is convinced by Varric that the only thing he could do was to put Maric out of his misery. Alistair shatters the "Magrallen", freeing his father, but also turning his decadent body into dust. After this, all the members of the group go their separate ways, with Alistair returning to Ferelden to do his best to be a good and proper king.
- King Alistair
- Bianca (Fade illusion)
- Sten as Arishok
- Varric Tethras
- King Calenhad (flashback)
- Maric Theirin
- Maevaris Tilani
- Aurelian Titus
- ↑ Chad Hardin blog
- ↑ Some news about Dragon Age: Until We Sleep
- ↑ New information about Dragon Age: Until We Sleep 2
- ↑ New information about Dragon Age: Until We Sleep 3
- ↑ "NYCC 2012: DA Until We Sleep Finishes Trilogy", an interview with David Gaider.
- ↑ Chad Hardin blog