Welcome to Dragon Age Month! I had so much fun with Mass Effect Month, and it’s not a secret I love Dragon Age even more than I love Mass Effect, so this is a match made in the Golden City. Every Monday and Friday of this month we’ll be tackling a different question, so be sure to chime in with your own answers each day this month!
Day Six: Who is your favorite male companion?
Not surprisingly, it depends. Especially if we’re talking Origins.
I most often brought Alistair with me, since he had funny comments and was a nice foil to my dual-longsword-wielding rogue, and also provided some warrior protection for the three light-armored folks who followed him around (my Warden, Leliana, and Morrigan). So, in that regard, he was my “favorite.”
And I felt so bad leaving him at the camp, like the two Wardens should stick together, even though I really liked Sten and Oghren and the mabari.
Regarding my favorite guy, though… well that would be Zevran. He’s a complete wise-ass, but he’s the only one who seems to be naturally programmed to defend other players as a default, which I think is an interesting choice by the developers. So despite all his off-color humor and saucy tales, he was a loyal friend and ardent ally of the Warden’s, and there is something I just appreciate about that.
Moving through the games, my favorite Awakenings guy is, unsurprisingly, Nathaniel. He has a nice voice, but more than that he has the potential to have a great character arc with the Hero of Ferelden, going from enemy, to reluctant ally, to friend and supporter.
Oh, and he relentlessly flirted with Velanna, which just made my day.
For Dragon Age II, I didn’t have a favorite guy. I guess Varric, because he was the least annoying. Fenris was whiny and petty, in my eyes, and Carter sadly died at the beginning of the game. Anders was… I don’t even know. He had a personality transplant between Awakenings and Dragon Age II, which I suppose is understandable, but still. And the fact that if Hawke so much as glanced in his direction he immediately started making googly eyes at him/her was… well I don’t really like people who are desperate.
So let’s move on.
Inquisition goes to Krem. I picture Krem and my Inquisitor having these perpetual conversations of “These people are crazy.” “I know, right?”
Don’t get me wrong, Iron Bull is neat but he will drink every health potion in about half a second during battles is you spec him a certain way, and Varric is still okay in my eyes. And Solas… I didn’t particularly like him, but my Inquisitor was Dalish and so took a liking to him, which made me like him less.
So yeah, Krem. At one point I would have also possibly tapped poor old “Broody Beard” Blackwall, since he seemed like good guy, and the chivalrous flirting going on between him and Josephine was adorable. All he wanted was to atone and do the right thing, and I can respect that. Now, while I think he’s a good warrior, it sometimes annoys me how he simplifies what Grey Wardens do to protect people, especially considering what they’re asked to give up. But that’s a rant for another day.
But I suppose out of everyone, my most favorite favorite guys would be Nathaniel Howe and Zevran Arainai.
What can I say? I guess I have a thing for rogues.
What about you? Who was your favorite male companion? Did you like him for his stats or his personality? Let me know in the comments!
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