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.
|“Blood-sucking vultures, dreaming of better days...” — Maevaris Tilani|
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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. The magister summoned an army of demons to protect himself. When they were fighting and he was showing his megalomania, Maric appeared and chalanged the magister, that after trying unsuccessful to use his new powers against him get beheaded by Maric to explain that being this his "dream" Titus could not harm him. After that Alistair and the others decided to leave the Fade but Maric refuses saying that Alistair will be a good king and here he has all that he needed being also able to see all the people he cared for but that aren't in the real world any longer. Alistair then encouraged Maric saying that he deserves a second chance to live and that he will help him. Maric then agree but once returned in the real world Alistair saw that Maric's body was in critical condition and conviced by Varric that the only thing he could do was put Maric out of his misery he shattered the "Magrallen" freeing Maric but also turning his decadent body into dust. After this all the member of the group split and Alistair returned to Ferelden doing his best to be a good and proper king.
- Alistair as king of Ferelden
- Varric Tethras
- Aurelian Titus
- Maevaris Tilani
- King Maric Theirin
- Sten as Arishok
- King Calenhad (flashback)
- ↑ 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