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  • GR adventure in DA: Inquisition!

    I just noticed a remarkable reference to a published Green Ronin adventure within the DA: Inquisition game.

    ***SPOILER ALERT for 'Jaws of Hakkon' (Bioware) and 'Where Eagles Lair' (Green Ronin)***

    'Jaws of Hakkon' was downloadable content (DLC), published in March 2015 for the Inquisition game. It features the Avvvar heavily and one of the main protagonists is Thane Gurd Harofsen.

    Harofsen's backstory is revealed late on in a codex entry:

    http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Code..._Gurd_Harofsen

    It turns out that the bloodthirsty Thane hails from none other than Red Lion hold, which was invented in the Green Ronin adventure for DA, 'Where Eagles Lair'. That scenario was published in the 'Blood in Ferelden' compilation in 2010 - before DA:2 was even released by Bioware - and is set just before the Fifth Blight devastates the land. Not only that, but the background events summarised in Harofsen's journal exactly mirror a playing of that scenario where the PCs choose not to save the hold.

    I was amazed! Had anyone else noticed this? I scanned the forums here but couldn't see that any others had brought it to general attention. I think it's great that the writers at Bioware have utilised the lore that Green Ronin are producing to inform the computer game. Long may it continue!

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    Re: GR adventure in DA: Inquisition!

    I noticed and pointed it out to my players and we thought it was pretty cool! My players felt quite comfortable knowing they had avoided this fate for Redhold.
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      Re: GR adventure in DA: Inquisition!

      If I ran the adventure pre-blight, I'd be tempted to manipulate events more to tempt the PCs to abandon the hold. I'd also introduce Harof Talespinner as a Skald NPC!

      As it is, I intend to run it as part of an Inquisition campaign I am running. As such, I'll change the name of the hold, probably to 'Rock Eagle' I think, just so the internal integrity of the story is secure.

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        Re: GR adventure in DA: Inquisition!

        I thought the Easter egg was pretty fun. I ran Red Hold a long time ago, at the outset of the 5th Blight. It was a very Helm's Deep affair. There were more Darkspawn, allies, and some defensive weapons on a huge battle mat. It was a long, drawn out encounter.... The players liked it, most of them almost died, but they pulled through. It was a fun time, but definitely a special occasion.

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          Re: GR adventure in DA: Inquisition!

          Originally posted by shonuff View Post
          I thought the Easter egg was pretty fun. I ran Red Hold a long time ago, at the outset of the 5th Blight. It was a very Helm's Deep affair. There were more Darkspawn, allies, and some defensive weapons on a huge battle mat. It was a long, drawn out encounter.... The players liked it, most of them almost died, but they pulled through. It was a fun time, but definitely a special occasion.
          Sounds like a marvelous adventure! Just the sort of experience that lives long in players minds. The desparate siege is indeed a good format to inspire courage in adversity - I've used in to good effect in a Middle Earth campaign I ran a few years ago.

          With regards to Thane Harofsen, it's just a shame there wasn't a 'Fate of Red Lion Hold' option in the Dragon Age Keep that Bioware constructed to take account of previous player choices. Perhaps if his hold was saved by 'lowlanders', he would have harboured a grudge of envy at their success, leading to his eventual exile and growing resentment - and the path to the Jaws of Hakkon..

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