The power to influence the future…The power to alter destiny… Such an ability may, if one was not careful, change a person’s fate for the worse. Such power was never meant for mortal man. There are none who possess the wisdom to wield it.
Neverwinter Nights 2 characters (x)
We know the blurb about TLF (by Liane Marciel) from Amazon.com:
Return to Thedas, the setting of BioWare’s award-winning Dragon Age dark fantasy rpg, and discover what dark, forgotten secrets lurk in the history of the legendary Grey Wardens.
The Grey Wardens are heroes across Thedas once again: the Archdemon has been defeated with relative ease and the scattered darkspawn are being driven back underground. The Blight is over. Or so it seems.
Valya, a young elven mage recently recruited into the Wardens, has been tasked with studying the historical record of previous Blights in order to gain insight into newly reported, and disturbing, darkspawn phenomena. Her research into the Fourth Blight leads her to an encoded reference scrawled in the margins of an ancient map, and to the hidden diary of Issenya, one of the last of the fabled griffon riders. As the dark secrets buried in Isseyna’s story unfold, Valya begins to question everything she thought she knew about the heroic Grey Wardens… .
Cudathedas [scroll down for English version] interviewed the writer earlier this month, and some new info came out in that:
We know the main character of the novel will be a fledgeling Grey Warden Valya. Could you tell us something about her?
Valya is a mage looking for refuge with the Grey Wardens. The “present day” setting of Last Flight occurs after the events of Asunder, so it’s an uncertain time in the world for Circle mages. On top of that, Valya is an alienage elf, which makes her an outsider twice over. So for her, the Grey Wardens represent a chance at safety and stability in a world that doesn’t seem to have any other place for her. It doesn’t hurt that the Wardens are among the great heroes of the world, either.
At least, that’s what she thinks in the beginning…
At what time exactly will the story take place? Partialy in the times after the 5th Blight, partialy in the times of the 4th Blight?
There are two storylines in Last Flight. Valya’s storyline takes place after the Fifth Blight and begins around the same time that Asunder ends. Isseya’s storyline covers the Fourth Blight and some of its aftermath.
Will we meet any known characters from Dragon Age universe?
Not… exactly. I was given the chance to use a couple of them, but I feel a little weird writing a character that someone else created. I get too worried about using the wrong words in dialogue or making the character behave in ways that aren’t right for that character’s personality. Protecting the world’s integrity is really important to me, and I have a very hard time doing justice to someone else’s creation on that level.
So there are a couple of places where known characters and events are referred to or name-dropped, but you won’t see any of them actually appear in speaking parts. That was my decision. I just didn’t want to risk writing anything that wouldn’t feel true to those characters.
Is Last Flight connected in any way to other novels from the series?
Maaaaaybe. Sorry, I can’t tell you any more about that one. :)
Straight from the Mass Effect panel at SDCC, we have some info on the next Mass Effect game, starting with everyone’s favorite rolling tank, the Mako!
MY NAME WAS NAISHE. IT’S NOT ANYMORE.