Montreal Comicon Mage Challenge

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The templars are the militant arm of the Chantry, watching over the mages in the Circles of Magi and hunting down apostates and blood mages who threaten Thedas. The mages and templars have been at war since Kirkwall’s cathedral was destroyed by the apostate Anders.

A group of templars recently tracked down nine rebellious mages, each of which hasuttered a quote. The quotes are broken into groups of three letters (sometimes fewer at the end of a quote). The numbers show the lengths of words in the quotes. Searching the web for the exact quote will reveal the name of the mage who spoke it. The first letters, in order, from the names of the quoted mages spell out the answer.

 

MAGE ONE

“4 1 5 3 3 4 4 5 3 8 2 3 8 8.”—6

APS CET EEN EHA ENS EOF ERI HAF HEC INT MPE MPE OLL ORC R RIU SIN SNO SUC TBE TEV THE THE

MAGE TWO

“4 4. 1 7: 1’1 1 4.”—4

AMA CON FES GER HYS LLI SIM VER YWE

MAGE THREE

“2 6 6 6 7 3 8 4 2 10!”—6

ACC ANN EOP HEM INO ION ITH LEC MYP NEE NGT OFC ORR ORS OTS OUT UPT USI YOU ZEW

MAGE FOUR

“3 8 5 4 7 2 7 3 4 12?”—8

ANA ECR ESS ESY GED HET ICF MOR MPA OOL PAT RON SBA SHA THE THI TOR UIT VEM YET ZER

MAGE FIVE

“7 6 4, 3 3 11 6 6 3 7!”—7

ANT DDE EED EFO HED LDE LLA NAL NDT NON OMA OWN RFR RIV SAL SFA SST TRO TYR WAY WAY

MAGE SIX

“2 3’2 5 2 6 3 5, 3 6 3 7 11.”—6

ART DGE DIA DYO EDI EGO GET HAN HEW IFY ING MME N ORL OUL OUR RRI TEL TOC TST USH YTO

MAGE SEVEN

“2 6 5 7 2 6, 10 2 8 5.”—6

EIZ EMO ESI FLE HOU IAL LDS LED LYI MEN NG NTR OUB PEC RVI TIM TSO VIT WES YES

MAGE EIGHT

“2 8 2 4 7 4 5, 3 3 4 6 4 3 5 6.”—5

APA BEI CIT DIF FEE FER FFE FRO HER IN LDI LOT LSO MAL MYC NGS OUA OWA ROM RSB RSF UTY YOU YTO

MAGE NINE

“5 6 1 3 4, 3 5 5 3 7 3 2 2.”—5

ALL ASF DEM EED ENI ESL ETH EVE HER ING INU OFF OFM ONW OTH RYM TEI WAS

Dragons in Seattle

EggHuntLogoAs Inquisition scouts prepare to descend on the Montreal edition of the Dragon Egg Hunt, let’s look back at how our persistent puzzlers fared at PAX Prime. In Seattle, they encountered the Ferelden, Starkhaven, and Chantry challenges—trials that tested mind, body, and soul.

The Ferelden rogue egg required pawing through a box of inscribed buttons to find those that matched items of Ferelden clothing on a neighboring clothes rack.

With the correct buttons in hand, players were then left to unscramble the following collection of letters: CINSTU.

The Starkhaven warrior egg was a gastronomical challenge. Players were instructed as follows:

The independent city-state of Starkhaven is known for its opulence. In its noble estates you will find the finest goods in all the Free Marches, and every chef has a personal variant of the city-state’s signature dish: fish and egg pie. It is traditionally made with three deboned fresh fish, boiled eggs, dried fruit, spices, and thickened cream in a light crust. Some nobles in Starkhaven would like to elevate the dish by replacing chicken eggs with dragon eggs, making it a meal worthy of the wealth and power of Starkhaven. You have been welcomed into the kitchens of one such noble. Here there are 14 dishes and implements, grouped into seven pairs. In each pair the letters of each item are the same, though in a different order—except for one letter in each. Write down those letters. For example, if there was a LIME in #1 and MILK in #5, you would note an E as #1, and a K as #5. Put the letters together in numbered order, and you’ll get a phrase showing something a Starkhaven noble never does.

You can play along by looking at these images.

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The Chantry mage egg? Well, that required a bit of canonical charisma and ecclesiastical enthusiasm. Here’s what the Chantry demanded:

The Chantry is the most powerful religious institution in Thedas. They have spread their beliefs across the land with a fervor rarely seen in this world. The teachings of Andraste, the Prophet of the Maker, are collected in the Chant of Light. It is said that when its words ring out from all corners of the world, the Maker will return and usher Thedas into a new age of glory. You must join the ranks of the faithful and proselytize Andraste’s message of hope. Take a video of yourself somewhere in this convention spreading the word of the Chantry to the unenlightened. We suggest you use one of the official verses of the Chant of Light, many of which can be found here.

A whole lot of people went out to spread the good word. This was our favorite.

When they came back, we gave them the answer: ORACLES.

Keep your eyes peeled and your minds sharp, for later this week Dragon Egg Hunt comes to Montreal Comiccon!

Slaying Dragons on the Big Screen for Charity

The only thing better than dragons in 1080p is dragons on the largest screen in the province. BioWare has partnered with Extra Life Edmonton to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Come join us at 7 pm on September 13th at the Telus World of Science, where we’ll be holding a special walkthrough demonstration of Dragon Age: Inquisition on an IMAX screen. Then, at 8:30 pm, the top ten Extra Life fundraisers from the Edmonton area as of Saturday will be invited to play on a  Barco HD digital projector with an earth shaking 17,000 watt digital sound system. There’s no charge to attend and tickets are available here.

If you want your chance to see the game on an IMAX screen, all you have to do is register and create a personal fundraising page, then collect as many donations as possible before September 13th. The International Extra Life marathon for charity begins Saturday, October 25th at 8 am.

BioWare at PAX Prime

It’s time to pack our bags and head to the Pacific Northwest, because the last big event of the summer is upon us: PAX Prime! We’re excited to bring Dragon Age: Inquisition to Seattle and give attendees a closer look at the game before it ships in November.

We’ll also have a brand-new demo ready to play exclusively at the Xbox Booth (#412)! Meet our producers, get your burning questions answered, and be the first to play Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer content! The Xbox booth is open 10-6 Fri/Sat/Sun and 10-3 Monday.

We’d like to thank our friends at Microsoft, AMD, and Logitech for sponsoring our show this year, and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces at the BioWare Base (Room 2AB north).

Here’s a schedule of our planned PAX activities at the BioWare Base:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29
10:30AM-11:00AM Egg Hunt Kick-Off
11:00AM-12:00PM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo
12:00PM-1:00PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
2:00PM-3:00PM Panel: What Excites You in the World of Gaming?
3:00PM-4:00PM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
4:00PM-5:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
5:00PM-5:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
10:30AM-11:30AM Dragon Age Keep Demo
12:00PM-1:00PM Panel: Not Just Games: The Dragon Age Universe
1:00PM-3:00PM Cosplay Parade
3:00PM-4:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
4:00PM-4:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31
10:30AM-11:30AM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
11:30AM-12:30PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Dragon Age Single Player Demo
2:00PM-3:00PM Panel: Merchandise Feedback
3:00PM-4:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
4:00PM-4:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
10:00AM-11:00AM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo
11:00AM-12:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
12:00PM-12:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Panel: Designing Dragon Age Inquisition
2:00PM-3:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
2:30PM-3:30PM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
3:30PM-4:30PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Trivia Contest