At the beginning of the game you will get to choose a character type. Choose from either a male or female character and then one of the three class types; Mage, Warrior, or Rogue. After the opening scenes you are thrust into combat, don't fret because the battles are simple and once everything is dead you will progress to the real beginning of the story.
Tale Within a Tale
Listened to Varric begin his tale of the Champion of Kirkwall.