In total, the game offers nine playable brothers (or sisters) in arms. You can only control three of them simultaneously and the rest of them join you as the game progresses and, what is important, depending of the choices that you make. However, there are no problems with recruiting all of the companions. The abovementioned choices are directly connected with the character in question, or in the presence of this character. Most of the times, you get a choice towards the end of the conversation to either accept or reject the character's offer to join you. If the characters already in your party annoy you, you can talk to them and expel them from the Inquisition. Only your decisions affect the unity of the party: for example, if you decline the help of the party that your companion comes from, he may ask you about whether he should stay in the party. Each of the party members can also be expelled during a conversation at the Skyhold.