Separation and Dissolution are concurrent.

In Separation, Halam'shiral burns, Orlais sees fit to eat itself alive, all while strange omens and peculiar doings are afoot. Briala, once Empress Celene's servant and lover, now tries to navigate a world that has taken a most unusual path. In Dissolution, The Circles are on the edge of revolt, Orlais is descending into war, and a spirit haunts the Spire. Chaos is beginning to encroach, despite the best efforts of those trying to stop it. The Divine and the Lord Seeker wage quiet war with each other, and meanwhile, everything around them falls apart.