Recently added to the pre-order listings for the upcoming short story collection, Tevinter Nights, were titles that got fans ablaze with theories and fear for characters old and new.
Not much can be gleaned from these titles alone, but with how expansive the world of Thedas has become, there's still a few ideas we can scrounge up to get fans excited for new Dragon Age content - especially with one of these titles directly referring to Dragon Age 4's primary antagonist (at least, as far as we know).
The premise was released to Amazon, with each title and author listed below.
As for what they're about, here are a few possibilities and theories:
Three Trees to Midnight by Patrick Weekes. This is likely a reference to Vir Tanadhal, a Dalish hunter philosophy - Vir Assan, the Way of the Arrow, Vir Bor'assan, the Way of the Bow, and Vir Adahlen, the Way of the Forest. It may also be referencing three minutes to midnight, referring to the real world Doomsday Clock and how it signals the end of the world.
Down Among the Dead Men by Sylvia Feketekuty may refer to Nevarra's Necropolis, as mentioned in the premise. It may also refer to any number of the many places full of dead men in bloodied Thedas.
The Horror of Hormak by John Epler may tackle the great dwarven thaig Hormak, which fell to the Darkspawn in the Ancient Age. It's notable for its leader, Egon Wintersbreath, who came to the surface instead of being buried with his doomed thaig, and whose shield shows up in Dragon Age Inquisition.
Callback by Lukas Kristjanson is much more ambiguous. It may refer to the callback of a previously established topic in the story, or may even involve auditioning actors. Anything's possible.
Luck in the Gardens by Sylvia Feketekuty is also somewhat ambiguous, though the most prominent gardens that have featured in the games have been the garden in Skyhold and the gardens of the Winter Palace. Or how the horrifying growth of Red Lyrium from people was referred to as a "garden" by the demon Imshael.
Hunger by Brianne Battye could refer to anything, really. Dragons, werewolves, and other beasts may be involved. Or maybe just some desperate people. Maybe it's not quite that dark, but it's Dragon Age, so assuming the worst is a given.
Murder by Death Mages by Caitlin Sullivan Kelly appears to also refer to Mortalitasi, who are mages who work primarily with death. Already an interesting premise on its own.
The Streets of Minrathous by Brianne Battye is particularly exciting, given the Tevinter tease at the end of Inquisition's DLC, Trespasser. Minrathous is not only the biggest city in Tevinter, but the biggest city in Thedas, so exploring its streets will be an absolute treat.
The Wigmaker by Courtney Woods goes back to being ambiguous, but it seems to imply Orlais as a locale, with their obsession with decadence and disguise.
Genitivi Dies in the End by Lukas Kristjanson says a lot, and strikes fear into the hearts of many a fan - even if you technically get the option to kill him in the first game. Brother Genitivi, is, however, special to people who enjoy learning about the histories and cultures of Thedas, as his presence is felt throughout Inquisition in what he has written about the world. So the title of this particular story really does make one worry.
Herold Had the Plan by Ryan Cormier is another ambiguous title, as there are no characters named Herold already within the existing lore.
An Old Crow's Old Tricks by Arone Le Bray is fascinating, as the Antivan Crows are a particularly exciting fixture in Thedas as a set of dangerous assassins. It is also possible that this refers to actual crows, as used by Leliana to communicate with others.
Eight Little Talons by Courtney Woods sparks an even greater hope than ever before that we get to see griffons again, especially after their survival and subsequent breeding was confirmed in The Last Flight and one of the possible epilogue slides of Trespasser.
Half Up Front by John Epler may refer to any sort of business transaction, though strongly implying mercenary or assassin work - something shady enough to warrant the downpayment.
Dread Wolf Take You by Patrick Weekes is what has everyone most excited, given that fans have been waiting for the Dread Wolf to make his move since Trespasser revealed him.
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