Friday, December 4, 2020

BioWare's Brianne Battye Answers our Silliest Questions (and Some Serious Ones Too)!

As most of us Dragon Age fans already know, Brianne Battye is a talented writer at BioWare who contributed her talents to Dragon Age Inquisition, Tevinter Nights, and who is also a poet in her own right.

Here, to celebrate #DragonAgeDay, she's provided us with an inside look at her own answers to our silliest (and not quite silliest) questions for 2020!

Here goes!

So, Brianne! Warden, Hawke, or Inky – which are you, at heart?

BRIANNE: Hawke. Mostly Purple Hawke.

You wake up with the Anchor/Mark. What do you do?

1. Panic.

2. Poke at it.

3. Panic.

Which demon would show up to tempt you at your personal Harrowing?

Have we seen an Anxiety demon? It would be an Anxiety demon.

I feel this on a very personal level. If there was a 2020 demon, it would totally be Anxiety, right?


You get beamed to Thedas: What’s your job and would you survive?

Could I still be a writer? Maybe Varric could introduce me to his publisher. I hope I’d survive, but this IS Thedas.

Favorite Dragon Age herb or plant?

Dawn lotus. They look like lily pads and I love lily pads.

Which quarters at Skyhold would YOU pick for yourself?

I mean, there’s a lot of spare rooms so probably a room no one’s using. If it’s out of the follower, advisor, or Inquisitor rooms… Leliana’s space. It’s quiet, not too bright, has a proper roof. I’d make friends with the messenger birds.

What's your favorite Dragon Age creature?

Definitely fennecs! I would love a fennec friend.

Favorite Inquisitor mount?

All of the harts!

What are your feelings on Plaidweave?

Okay, I’m one of those Canadians with five different button-down plaid shirts in her closet. So, it’s all good.

What’s your favorite book?

It changes depending on when you ask me. A book I read this year and loved: This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

What’s your favorite movie?

Like books, this answer changes when you ask me, but a lot of the time it’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

What part of your work is most challenging or satisfying for you?

I love writing and creating stories, but work isn’t always easy. There have been a lot of challenging and stressful times over the years. When I’ve heard from people that something I helped create meant something to them—something serious or something that just made them smile—I can’t express how much that means to me.

Which Dragon Age team members did you always want to call out as deserving of special praise?

Our transfer to Work From Home was very abrupt. Everyone working on IT support has done an incredible job getting the team set-up and (virtually) coming to the rescue when issues arise. I also want to call out our Facilities team who helped coordinate our transfer to Work From Home and who continue to arrange virtual events to help people feel connected.

Thank you so much, Brianne! And happy DRAGON AGE DAY!


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