The dragons of Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins’ November release date is fast approaching, and so far, we’ve been having a blast bathing our ragtag party with the blood of our foes. That’s why we’re excited to bring you some exclusive screenshots and advanced lore from the folks at BioWare about Dragon Age: Origins’ most dangerous beast, the dragon. Expect more details on the majestic creatures you’ll brutally murder throughout the week, as we continue to reveal more Dragons from BioWare’s upcoming RPG.

Day 1: The dragon

“Ask the dead if the beast was big enough.”

Dragons are quick, naturally armored, and command a torrent of fire as easily as a man hefts a sword. This is the stage of dragon most likely to be encountered by chance, and although they lack the terrifying size of a mature specimen, only an experienced group should pause long enough to verify it. Around the age of 100, females darken in color and grow the iconic wings of their kind. They become inquisitive and aggressive, and range far and wide in their search for a lair. This is the most likely time that the species will come into conflict with humans. Keeping the area free of suitable nesting sites such as abandoned ruins or open cave networks can encourage the creature to move on, but dragons are so rare that few think to take precautions. Dragons do not speak, but their resilience will surprise any who might regard them as unintelligent. Dragons that reach this age do not fall easily.

Day 2: The drake

“Where you find one, there will be many. And one is enough.”

Drakes are intelligent, almost sly, but nonetheless ferocious beasts. Although frequently mistaken for a draconic subspecies, they are actually the mature form of male dragon. They have no need of powerful wings because once they bond with a female, they rarely travel far from her lair. A high dragon will have a dozen or more drakes guarding her young, constantly fighting amongst themselves for the right to mate. Drakes can live for a century, but usually die much earlier defending the lair. Tales are full of glorious “dragonhunters,” but many trace back to boasting warriors who appeased some terrified peasants with the hard-won but more common head of a young drake. Such a substitution leaves the true threat for the residents’ descendents. Areas that are repeatedly ravaged over many centuries may be witnessing the reemergence of the same high dragon, kept safe by its drake protectors.

Above: Three drakes feed on an armored adventurer

Day 3: The high dragon

“Run. Just run.”

When bards tell of a beast that blocks out the sun, that strips villages of every living soul and burns the countryside to ashes, they speak of the high dragon. Living a thousand years or more, these magnificent creatures command a terror that belies their rarity, but it is more than deserved. Every few centuries, a high dragon leaves its lair to rampage. This is a prelude to breeding, but for the surrounding lands, it is devastation beyond measure. So impressive are these beasts that several dragon cults have been documented - groups of would-be worshippers gathering at the mouths of known lairs. High dragons suffer humans the same way sharks suffer pilot fish: there is no direct agreement - high dragons do not speak - but if the worshippers are careful, a tenuous relationship can develop. This does not come without sacrifice, but the risks and benefits of a tangible and active idol are sometimes preferable to casting prayers at distant and silent gods.

Above: A high dragon sharpens its teeth on a warrior 


Above: The most badass trailer you’ve seen in a long time. Plus, it includes a dragon!

Oct 16, 2009

Dragon Age: Origins - blood party
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  • Angelmaker14 - October 19, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    I'd watch that movie
  • ragingearth - October 18, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    i sooo cannot wait for next
  • killerrpgfan - October 18, 2009 3:47 a.m.

    Cant't wait for this game, looks amazing!
  • RandomIdoit - October 16, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    @V13dragongal: Hey, I agree with ya, however it doesn't seem as though the people are killing them for fun, but instead for self preservation. (or you know, to make sure Village A isn't turned into a pile of ash.)
  • 64DD - October 15, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    well the leader dude didnt due ANYTHING compared to the other people but it sill looks cool
  • Ricky1794 - October 14, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    Wow...the trailer has got to be the top 3 i've seen in my lifetime for any game if not number one..I litererly got chills during the orc fighting scenes or whatever those things were..But at first i thought This was only coming out for the PC and i was kinda worried if i was gonna be able to run it on my PC..but that was before when i saw the trailer and noticed the little white case that said XBOX360 at the end of the video...and I think i speak for alot of 360 gamers out there when i say YAY....Awesome looking game though definatly on my list to buy...I don't think i've ever seen such a brutally realistic sword slash in my gaming life..the sword actually looked like it penatrated the orcs skulls and thats something that i'm looking forward to doing.....alot
  • Avcoal - October 14, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    I agree with you Bhouse563 I have both those games pre ordered and I can't wait!!! This game will be epic!
  • MagicalSarai - October 14, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    And as proven with The Old Republic's cinematic trailer... you've gotta create something worthwhile if you want to get the people's attention. I've been interested in this game for months, but this trailer now solidifies my desire for Bioware's latest epic... and I'm very glad a put a pre-order down for it. It still is no surprise that both of these amazing trailers came from the same studio.
  • onewingedantista - October 14, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    HOLY F***ING S***!!! That trailer loks like a F***ing movie!!!
  • V13Dragongal - October 13, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    :,( i agree with RedBandit, dragons are awesome and should NOT be killed for fun.
  • StrayGator - October 13, 2009 2:19 a.m.

    Both wings and hands is... weird.
  • gyromne - October 13, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    dragons say humans are crunchy ,and good with ketchup.
  • RedBandit - October 13, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    :( i actually like dragons
  • thedisagree - October 12, 2009 11:52 p.m.

    that last picture reminds me of ridley from metroid prime
  • Tymiegie - October 12, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    Super Sweet!!!! looking forward to the rest of the converage. I am so glad you guys got some exclusive stuff for the game I want the most this year! I am always on you site, so it will be easy to find.
  • Bhouse563 - October 12, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    I cannot wait for this game!! between this and MW2 I'm going to have no life starting in Nov
  • Inabi - October 12, 2009 9:22 p.m.

    Epic... I'm so excited for this game.

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