By the calendar of the Chantry, the year is 9:45 Dragon Age. Nearly fifteen years have passed since the Archdemon was slain by one of the last Grey Wardens at the capital city of Denerim, ending the Blight upon Ferelden. The ascension of Queen Anora Theirin to the throne has led to a time of peace and prosperity in the wake of tragedy and destruction; she is a fair and just ruler, and her great skills of diplomacy have led to renewed trade relations with their neighbouring countries, as well as a somewhat strained truce with the Dalish after granting them lands. Much of what was ravaged by the last horde of darkspawn has been rebuilt, some areas even improved, but there are many things that have not changed for the better.
While many humans live well, distrust and tension continue to brew between the elves and the shemlen. As of late, this conflict has boiled over in brief skirmishes between the residents of the woods and travelers who stray across their territory, while higher restrictions have been placed upon those of the Alienage to quell all the whispers of rebellion against their masters. As for the dwarves of Orzammar, while relations had vastly improved with the surface dwellers for several years since the Warden put support behind its new ruler, conditions and communications quickly crumbled when a civil war broke out after the assassination of the king. There are also rumors that Orzammar, rich in dwarven lyrium, has become a new haven for apostate magi to form their own Circle -- a rumor that the Chantry, who has no jurisdiction there, does not take pleasure in hearing. It is said that the Divine, ruling out of Orlais, is making preparations for another Exalted March against these rogues, and their grip on the Circle of Magi has never been tighter.
Though the effect of the brave choices and ultimate sacrifice made by the Warden will never be forgotten, time has passed and there is a great need for new heroes to come forth. Most of the darkspawn were driven out after the fall of the last Archdemon, Urthemiel, and back into the Deep Roads, but others still roamed about and continued to terrorize the surface. Other evils, such as demons of the Fade who leaked through the Veil, still plague the people of Thedas. Because of their success in quelling the Blight, the Grey Wardens have risen in prominence under the leadership of Warden-Commander Alistair. With the aid of the Wardens from Weisshaupt, he has dedicated his life to rebuilding the ranks within Ferelden and keeping the darkspawn at bay from their new Keep in Amaranthine, taking any and all suitable for recruitment under the Right of Conscription.
And now, they are needed more than ever. For the dreams, the twisted nightmares of tainted dragons, the corrupted Old Gods, have returned. One would have hoped more time, centuries even, had passed between them, but the next Archdemon will not wait. This is the beginning of the Sixth Blight.
"We bear a sacred burden. For an age, we have protected the lands of men. But now, a blight is upon us and we dare not falter. Regardless of race, noble or commoner. The best must take up our banner to save us all from annihilation. We are the Grey Wardens. Join us."