So Dragon Age 2 has launched and been reviewed, but if you weren't paying attention during your journey to become Champion of Kirkwall, you may have missed a couple clues as to where the next game will take place.
THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD! Beware if you haven't finished Dragon Age 2.
If the lovable dwarf Sandal is any indication we already know where Dragon Age 3 (or whatever it will be titled) will take place. Towards the end of Dragon Age 2, Bodhan (Sandal's father figure) mentions that Sandal has an offer to go to Orlais from the Empress herself.
Dragon Age fans love the dwarf duo, and Sandal is an essential part of the game as he provides both comic relief and vital enchanting skills.
The Grand Cathedral -- along with The Divine -- is located in Orlais. With all the Circle mages rebelling and even some Templars revolting against their own order, it seems clear that the world's conflict would eventually go directly to the source.
The Divine is also fairly old and close to death, which adds to the tension in the area.
Your former party member in Origins, Leliana (a native Orlesian), has become the left-hand (a.k.a. the enforcer) of The Divine. Although given her past, it's unlikely that she would replace The Divine, it's obvious she will be an important part of rebuilding the Chantry.
If you're confused, some of this information is revealed through the downloadable content The Exiled Prince.
I hope there are ogres in Orlais...
A Possible War
If Alistair was crowned King in your game of Dragon Age: Origins, then he'll appear in the Third Act of the game and mention trouble with Orlais. He reveals that some Orlesians are attempting to reclaim their "lost province", a.k.a. Ferelden. Orlais has become unstable, though Alistair insists that Empress Celene is doing her best to deal with the situation.
A Mysterious Child
At the end of Dragon Age: Origins you had the choice of sleeping with Morrigan (or making Alistair sleep with her if you were a female) as a part of a dark ritual. The soul of the Archdemon would go into the child and it would become an old god. Morrigan leaves after the child is conceived, and according to the epilogue of Origins, a woman fitting her description was spotted heading over the Frostback Mountains. For those unfamiliar with the geography of the Dragon Age universe, Orlais is on the other side of the Frostback Mountains.
When asked about the chances of Dragon Age 3 taking place in Orlais, Bioware responded with: "We think Orlais is a fascinating culture and will likely visit there at some point, but we make no promises."
Sounds like it's a definite possibility, if not for a full standalone title at least an expansion like Awakening. What do you think?
If you want to learn more about the region of Orlais, you can check out the Dragon Age Wiki.