I'd like to preface this by saying that I am aware of the existing Dragon Age RPG. I own all three Sets and would play it with somebody if I had any interested friends.
However, I'm curious how well the premise of the game can be pulled off with Ars Magica's rules.
The most significant issue I'm seeing is related to magical versatility/power and Penetration. The magical traditions presented in Hedge Magic Revised Edition are actually diverse enough and cover the appropriate roles such that you could probably tweak and shift some traits around between them and emulate their magic quite well, and the Gift fits with how magi tend to be treated in Thedas. However, the issue comes up when you reach Darkspawn. Enchanted items are no concern; if we treat the Tranquil and dwarves as using a variant of Rune Magic, then the enchanted items won't need to penetrate to strike the Darkspawn. However, the traditions limited to weak effects also tend to have low Penetration. As much as I like the versatility of Hermetic magic in this regard, I feel as if sticking to Hedge traditions is better since Hermetic magic is far and away much stronger than anything Dragon Age magi have to offer (and with Hermetic magi focused on combat, mundanes also lose relevance entirely). However, the problem is that the traditions limited to weaker effects, such as Elementalists, also tend to face Penetration limits, along with being significantly less potentially versatile. The main two solutions I can see to this are either to give the Darkspawn very low Might and to combine the traditions together a bit more, or to use Hermetic magi and have their Arts become Abilities. But then, specialists can still do a bunch even with Arts as Abilities, and it would lead to even more overspecialization than is currently present in the system. So I'm leaning more towards the first one.
Also, I wonder about how to emulate the Taint and the Grey Wardens' resistance to it, though I imagine that'd involve some kind of Power(s).
How would you guys advise I go about something like this?