Seeing as how I recently re-immersed myself in the Dragon Age universe thanks mostly to a game of the year copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition, it’s not easy for me to pass up a Dragon Age story in the news. Especially one that involves books!
If you’ve played Dragon Age II and/or Inquisition, you’re familiar with Varric Tethras, a dwarf who’s as mean with a pen as he is with Bianca, his crossbow. His knack for storytelling indirectly drives much of Dragon Age II’s plot, but it’s only in Inquisition that players can find chapters to his personal masterwork (he’d call it anything but), “Hard in Hightown.” It’s a story that takes place in Kirkwall, the setting of Dragon Age II, involving a city guardsman and the trouble he inadvertently finds. In Inquisition, the chapters of his pulpy work are scattered willy-nilly around the playing fields of Orlais and Fereldan. Find them all (or, find as many as there are to be found), and you’re treated to a nifty series of codex entries to peruse at your leisure.
Interpreting what I’ve read of the actual book itself, due out this July, it would seem that it will just be a republishing of the original codex entries. Considering that I’ve yet to find all the “Hard in Hightown” chapters in Inquisition myself, from the ones that I have found and read, this makes me perfectly happy. (Also, Varric is listed as its main author, which is very cool, though it seems that real-life human author Mary Kirby helped…at least a little.) Whether or not more happens to be included in the book remains to be seen. But even if we only get Varric’s original story from the game, actually publishing the entries is a neat way to make this type of content available to a wider audience, particularly one who may not be familiar with Dragon Age generally. Because although “Hard in Hightown” draws directly from this fantasy world well-known to players, the story contains enough meat to attract everyone from hardcore mystery readers to people who need a little light fiction to read during their commutes.
Until Dragon Age 4 becomes a reality, I do look forward to making “Hard in Hightown” a part of my own library. I think it’ll look quite nice next to my Mass Effect novels.
[Article source: GamesRadar+]
While video games don’t always translate to the big screen, they seem to do awfully well bound on paper. What are some of your favorite video game stories in book form?