You know how I said I would help you with your werewolf problem? Well you know I got to this castle and this dragon appeared and completely owned me, like four times. Not only that but I don’t seem to be able to persuade anyone of anything at the moment. So I’m going to go and deliver some messages and see if I can’t get some crowd control and tanking going on. Then I’ll see if I can’t help you with that disease that you said is going to kill your people in a couple of days.
Dragon Age has that annoying flaw of many Bioware games where the appearance of an open world is superficial and the narrative flow and sense of urgency is entirely secondary to the “game” aspect and therefore immersion is utterly wrecked.