The man behind fan-favorite Dragon Age and KOTOR characters leaves BioWare

BioWare is a studio known for its well-written and memorable characters. What would Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic be without sidekicks like HK-47 and Jolee Bindo? Dragon Age: Inquisition without allies like Iron Bull and Dorian? It's a legacy and a challenge for someone new to tackle, because David Gaider, the man behind such fan favorite characters, has left BioWare.

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Gaider reports to Polygon that the decision was his own, and called the parting "amicable." He has not yet revealed what his next adventure will be. Historically, Gaider has worked in the fantasy genre, contributing to Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and crafting the world of Dragon Age. Most recently, he served as lead writer for 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, which featured the first "fully gay" character Gaider had ever crafted - an experience he detailed on the official Dragon Age website.

Good luck on your travels, Gaider. I look forward to meeting the next character I'll ceaselessly quote.

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