Dream Weaver: Figwort uses dust on Piper to trap her in an obviously symbolic dream. He appears too, but she can scare him off with the dust that still is in the dream room of her house.
Mage Tower: The wizard Larkingtower lives in one. After reality has been rewritten, Blendingstone lives there — and has for years.
Meaningful Name: Africa, Piper's blue-eyed blond cousin, and Sherlock, her black husband actually got to Meet Cute over this. He invoked Commonality Connection on their anti-meaningful names, explaining that "Sherlock" means "the blond one."
Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Malraux is friendly and hospitable but gruff. He later explains that he's caught in the fantasy cliche and doesn't even like mining but he's a dwarf and that's what they do.