Fans of the Dragon Age video game series know that the best supporting character in the game, the enterprising dwarf Varric Tethras, wields a mean writing pen in addition to his automatic crossbow. Dragon Age 2, for instance, details the creation of a book called Hard in Hightown as a side story, giving you the opportunity to collect chapters of the story as you play. Hard in Hightown features somewhat familiar-sounding characters and was a source of contention between Varric and other members of Hawke’s party.
Next July, Dark Horse plans to release a hardcover of Hard in Hightown, adapting that story into comic form. “Ghostwritten” by Mary Kirby, who wrote Varric for both Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Inquisition, the book will be illustrated by Stefano Martino, Álvaro Sarraseca, Andres Ponce, and German Ponce, with a painted cover by E.M. Gist.
Here’s how Dark Horse describes the book:
This in-world novel follows the adventures of Donnen Brennokovic, a weathered and weary city guardsman who finds himself paired with a fresh-faced recruit. While on a routine patrol, the unlikely duo stumbles across the body of a murdered magistrate, and soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between Chantry agents and a shadowy organization known as the Executors, over a mysterious ancient artifact.
Check out the cover below: