Varric Tethras

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Name: Varric Tethras
Occupation: Rogue, merchant, storyteller
Location: Kirkwall
Status: Alive
Relationships: Varies
Fandom: Dragon Age II, Dragon Age: Inquisition
Other: Varric at Dragon Age Wiki
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Varric Tethras is a character in Dragon Age II, where he appears as one of Hawke's companions and is the narrator of Hawke's story. He is also a main character in the comic series published by Dark Horse. He has been featured heavily in the teaser material for the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition game.


Response to the Character

In the lead-up to Dragon Age: Inquisition, some fans expressed dismay that a companion slot would be taken up by an old character. Other fans were thrilled to see Varric again, and some even hoped that he would finally be a romance option. Fans noted Mass Effect's Garrus inclusion as a romance option after his popularity in the first game, and hoped the same might be true of Varric. Other people suggested that romancing Varric would ruin the character: he was a "bro" and that he was still too attached to Bianca (the woman and/or crossbow). No BioWare game to date has had a romanceable dwarf character, and some people misquoted an old statement by David Gaider, and claimed that he finds dwarf romances gross, as the dwarves look like children. [1] Varric was finally confirmed not to be an LI on 8/23/14, which posters on the BSN's Varric thread accepted with grace (although some did wonder why BioWare had dragged out the suspense for so long). There were at least a few people who harassed David Gaider about the issue on Tumblr or Twitter.


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  1. David Gaider addresses the issue of dwarf romance: That is so. Fantasy dwarves are not real-life dwarfs. Also? I was joking, as I believe I even mentioned in that thread. Those comments were after people took something I'd said earlier out of context to mean "David Gaider thinks dwarf sex is gross" ...when what I'd said was that we'd reviewed the sex scenes in DAO with a "worst case scenario", and the Alistair scene was done with a dwarf made to look like a young girl (with pigtails and such) and that had left me a little traumatized. I clarified that as well, but nobody paid any attention to that clarification either, so I've pretty much given up on trying to assure people that I don't hate dwarf romances. So, yup. Dwarves are gross. Eww. Feel free to quote that out of context and spread it around. Concerning comments by the head writer (Thread started Jul 15 2014. Thread accessed Oct. 15, 2014)