The film is set in Orlais, a location as of yet shown to Dragon Age fans. Why Cassandra? It "ties in with the themes" they've been building along the way. It explores the Templar more.
Cassandra is the Templar Seeker agent who interrogates the dwarf Varric to find out everything she can of the player character, Hawke. Little is known of her outside this role.
“In the Dragon Age universe we have been pursuing a story line, so when the question came up ‘who should this movie be about?’ and the answer became Cassandra, it’s because it ties in with the themes we’ve been building to,” explained BioWare’s Mike Laidlaw.
“For us, finding out her back story, seeing how she rose to the prominence that she has, gives us this completely new take on what’s happening both with her order, and with the Templars, and with that ongoing conflict that ties the whole Dragon Age universe together.”
“It adds to the world. It expands the lore. it builds on things we’ve hinted at – and maybe even answers some questions.”
Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker releases on DVD and Blu-ray this spring. Check out the clip below.