A sequel to 2009's hit game Dragon Age, Dragon Age II shadows the ascent of Hawke, an impoverished refugee, to celebrity warrior status. Haunted by the desecration of his former life, Hawke partners with an assortment of unique characters to defeat the darkspawn who destroyed his former home. The main setting for this story is the region of Kirkwall. Kirkwell is a mysterious land ensconced between mountains and is haven to corrupt politicians, ghost towns, and odd creatures. Choose how Hawke gains celebrity and wealth by making his battles either heroic or ruthless acts of revenge as either a mage, rogue, or a warrior. Dragon Age II's notable storyline uses a frame narrative structure in which a narrator recounts Hawke's achievements second-hand. As in the original Dragon Age, Hawke's companions can talk to each other as friends or possible lovers. Combat techniques differ from the original Dragon Age, such as a novel viewing style that enhances the RPG's view and added battle techniques.