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BioWare pulls back on the curtains of the origins portion of their upcoming PC role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins, revealing the six different roles players can take on as they start their adventure.


Players will begin their adventure in Dragon Age: Origin by selecting one of six different characters, each with different stories, backgrounds, and motivations that help determine how the main storyline of the game unfolds. The origin stories feature several hours of gameplay leading up to the main game, with choices made during the preludes influencing dialogue options, story elements, and plot branches in the main game.

The six starting characters run the gamut of fantasy mainstays, from the wealthy human noble dealing with political intrigue to the mage setting off on the final test of his powers. Check out the full list of starting points below to help figure out who'll you'll be once the recently delayed Dragon Age: Origins drops later this year.


Dalish Elf

As one of the last "true elves", you were content to spend your life wandering with your clan...until a chance encounter with a relic of your people's past threatens to tear you away from everything you've known.

City Elf

You have always lived under the heavy thumb of your human overlords, but when a local lord claiming his "privilege" with the bride shatters your wedding day, the simmering racial tensions explode in a rain of vengeance.

Dwarf Commoner


Born casteless in a land where rank is everything, bound as the lackey and thug of a local crime lord, you have spent your life invisible...until chance thrusts you into the spotlight, where you can finally prove whether you will be defined by your actions or your birth.

Dwarf Noble

The favored child of the dwarven king, you proudly take up your first military command...only to learn that the deadly intrigues of dwarven politics pose an even greater danger than that faced on the battlefield.



Gifted with a power considered a dangerous curse by most, you have spent most of your life secluded in the remote tower of the Circle of Magi to be trained and watched closely by the dreaded templars. Now your final test is upon you — succeed and prove your strength, fail and you will perish.

Human Noble

Born to wealth and power second only to royalty, you find your training in both diplomacy and war put to the test when your father's castle is betrayed from within on the very night your elder brother is to lead the family's forces to war.


Visit the official Dragon Age: Origins web page for a more in-depth look at the starting characters.

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