Cut content details plot elements that were cut from the final version of a game in the Dragon Age series.

Dragon Age: Origins

  • Originally, the human race had three origins; Noble, Mage, and Commoner. However, the Commoner origin was cut due to the story not fitting the tone of the game, as well as time constraints.[1] The Human Commoner was from a farm in Redcliffe and some dialogue for this origin can still be seen in the first narrated gameplay video. At one time, there was also a barbarian origin.[2]
  • Dwyn was intended to be the villain in the Human Commoner Origin, which was cut from the game very early on. He is described in the toolset as a loan shark; a "generally nasty guy", "slick and mean with a greedy streak a mile wide. Lecherous." The human commoner's parents were to have taken out a loan from Dwyn.[3]

Dragon Age II

  • The writers weren't sure Anders would be the Awakening character coming over to Dragon Age II and merging with Justice — for a while it was going to be Velanna. [7]
  • Ser Pounce-a-lot was intended to be featured in Anders's Clinic in Dragon Age II; however, the developers did not have enough time to make a new model. It was later suggested that Anders have a cat skull on his staff, but David Gaider said that it was "cruel".[8]
  • Shale was to appear in the cut plot "Finding Shale" for Dragon Age II. The plot was replaced with Finding Nathaniel.[9]
  • Orsino was never intended as a boss if siding with the mages, but was included as BioWare felt that the game needed another boss.[8]
  • The DLC Exiled Prince was originally intended to focus around Sebastian and Nathaniel Howe, but the concept was changed due to the possibility of Nathaniel's execution. [10]

See also


  1. David Gaider, BioWare Forums
  2. David Gaider, BioWare Forums
  3. David Gaider, BioWare Forums
  4. Gaider, David
  5. Gaider, David. Interview at PAX in Sep 2010.
  6. Gaider, David. "Your companions and the Taint". BioWare Social Network. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  7. Gaider, David. "Answering questions: on Anders." Tumblr.
  8. 8.0 8.1
  9. Gaider, David Your Random Dragon Age Question?
  10. [1]
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