On the same day as the shiny new Dragon Age: Mark of the Assassin DLC drops into your Xbox LIVE virtual canvas bag, The Guild and Dr Horrible star Felicia Day launched her written-and-produced webseries, Dragon Age: Redemption.
It’s the first part in a six-part series of tiny films (the time between the opening- and end-credits is just about six minutes) that introduces Tallis, an Elf assassin, into the Dragon Age game, where she is voiced and mo-capped by Day herself. The series tells Tallis’ backstory and ends where she starts to have an impact on the ongoing story of Hawke and the gang.
This is an incredibly cool idea! It opens up the world of Ferelden and gives an idea of what the mythical beasts might look like if they didn’t have to abide by the in-game logistics of absurdly muscular grey wizards. It also opens it up as far as fan-fiction goes, that much-maligned but incredibly powerful tool that invites the game’s players to make a little bit of the communal imaginative space their own.
Day’s involvement is undeniably a huge boon for the game – she brings a gigantic personal fanbase to the table, including almost two million twitter followers, and having an Internet Famous involved with the project is another big step in video games being treated as a Real Thing That Artists Make.
That said, the first episode is glorious, Xena: Warrior Princess kitschy nonsense. It has a nice feeling of some very earnest LARPers hanging out in the woods, with some impressive shots of Kirkwall chucked in for good measure. I don’t totally buy her as an assassin. Elf, sure, I’m on board, but all the holding cool daggers at the throats of giant dudes is just a little silly.
Still fun though, and I’ll definitely be tuning in next week for more Elf Wizard Leather Corset Theatre.