Ahhh, I'm pretty sure I'll avoid any DLC for Dragon Age 1, in lieu of that, I'll put any money I would have put towards buying DLC, towards buying Dragon Age 2 eventually. I have a couple of quick questions...I guess spoilers for anyone that hasn't played DA are ahead.
Question number 1: I've just gone back to Denerim after having finally gotten all of the allies agreeing to join me, and then freed the Queen from her kidnapping (I met Howe, how awesome is Tim Curry?). I saved it because it's getting late, and work cuts into my gaming hours, but I guess next up is calling the Landsmeet? How close is this to the end of the main campaign? I'm guessing it pretty much is the end?
The landsmeet, and then some epic battle? Right? Without giving anything away, just let me know if I'm really close to finishing, I only want to know because I actually want to take part in a lot of the sidequests, and maybe do a little bit of trophy hunting, so if the main quest is about to finish I'd better get around to doing those now before I go any further with that.
Other question: I haven't really looked at Dragon Age 2 at all, but I know it's not a direct continuation of the story in Origins , right? How loose of a sequel is it? Is it set in Ferelden or one of the other lands we hear about but don't see? Are there any recurring characters? and most importantly is there an option at the start to load DA1 save data, and will that affect the story?
Try to keep it as spoiler free as possible, but I thank you in advance for the answers.