Surana’s father was relieved when he found out that his daughter was a mage. He could live with giving her to the circle if it meant that she wouldn’t starve to death on the streets like the rest of the elves in Lothering. He figured that life as a mage would be better for her than life as a beggar.
Marian & Garrett Hawke are twins. Whichever one is leading the family to safety is the one that didn’t die at Ostagar.
Amell, Anders, Finn, Jowan, and Surana were all best friends growing up.
Warden Cousland originally had an arranged marriage with Nathaniel Howe when they were children (Like how Anora was engaged to Cailan). F!Cousland wanted to become a ruler not by marriage, and managed to get Eleanor to call off the whole affair. When the Warden reunited with Nathaniel years later as Queen of Fereldan by marriage to Alistair, she felt like a total douchebag.
Since many blood mages (especially unsupervised first timers) often cut their palms, they often have trouble using their hands properly due to the damage they may cause themselves; thus they can’t hold objects like quills as easily. This varies one blood mage to another - some can barely hold a dagger, others can’t even clench their fists.
The people of Highever have a reputation for being bold, outspoken, and ardently loyal to the Cousland family. They’ll rattle off the city’s accomplishments upon meeting foreigners and will be quick to start a physical confrontation with anyone who questions the might of their city. They also have a distinct accent that makes them instantly recognizable throughout northern Ferelden. If the accent is heard in a tavern, it’s common for patrons to down their drinks and make for the exit.
Some of the Dragon Age: Inquisition origin stories.
(for each race the only difference in the language is between the melee and mage classes)
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When Hawke was old enough, they left Lothering and joined either the Mage’s Collective if a mage or the Blackstone Irregulars if a rogue/warrior. Mage Hawke senses their father dying and returns home to say goodbye and support the family. Rogue/Warrior Hawke only finds out when they run into Carver at Ostagar.
Zevran sends the Warden he loves saucy and heartfelt letters, weekly. Tabris/Brosca/Mahariel don’t reply often though, since their bad grammar and loss for words can’t really measure up to the things he sends them. But so long as they get his letters, he doesn’t mind at all.
The side wings in Fenris’s mansion are closed off because there’s a lot of destroyed furniture in there — destroyed by Fenris to blow off steam. After he realizes he’s in love with Mage!Hawke, he nearly brings down a whole room in sheer frustration.