Trivia: Dragon Age II

  • Bad Powers, Good People: According to Bioware, the Hawke featured in the Destiny Trailer is canonically a Blood Mage.
  • Executive Meddling: The game's development was rushed in order to capitalize on the success of the previous installment.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Dragon Effect", because this game borrows some elements (voiced protagonist, dialogue wheel, greater focus on action than tactics) from Mass Effect.
    • The female Hawke is called Lady Hawke (some use it deliberately because of the movie, Ladyhawke) by some of the fanbase. "Mike" is a favorite name for Male Hawke, for some reason...
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • I Knew It: A few fans noticed that Qunari, other than Sten, likely possessed horns in Origins and that trait might turn up in future installments. Surely enough, the Qunari faction were redesigned with horned heads being the norm in the sequel. The hints came from a lone codex entry and the darkspawn Ogres (once you learn where they come from). Behind the scenes, Sten was originally supposed to be horned, but they proved problematic when mapping them to helmets, so he lost them.
  • Let's Play: One in German by Gronkh.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Isabela, who was voiced by Mika Simmons for her brief appearance in Origins, is voiced by Victoria Kruger here.
    • Merrill, who was previously voiced by Erin Matthews for the Dalish Warden's origin story in Origins, is voiced by Eve Myles here.
    • Anders, previously voiced by Cullen's VA, Greg Ellis, is voiced by Adam Howden here because unspecified "shenanigans" made it impossible to hire Ellis for such a large role.
  • Talking to Himself: Nicholas Boulton voices Male!Hawke, Malcolm Hawke in Legacy and Baron Arlange in the Mark of the Assassin DLC.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Dragon Age 2 was originally going to be a Gaiden Game called "Dragon Age: Exodus" with the plot for what would later become Dragon Age III being planned for Dragon Age II. Among other differences, Hawke was originally intended to be an NPC named Ulrich Von Hawke who was a werewolf with a tendency for Licking the Blade, thus explaining the blood splatter on the default character appearance.
    • Anders wasn't the only candidate for the "renegade mage" role. David Gaider has said that Velanna was also considered in early development to potentially join Hawke's companions and serve as the new host for Justice.
    • The boss fight against Orsino was originally going to be exclusive to the Templar endgame. However, it was added to the mage endgame for the sake of another boss fight.
    • Anders' cat Ser-Pounce-A-Lot was going to still be around, walking around in Anders' clinic. However, he was cut since it would require making a new character model.
    • The Exiled Prince DLC was originally going to have Nathaniel Howe play a major role. While Nathaniel can still appear in the main game, he was cut from the DLC due to the possibility of his death in Awakening.
    • Much like how Origins has Awakening, Dragon Age II was going to have an expansion pack called Exalted March but was cancelled due to other projects. Some of the story elements are (apparently) being kept for Dragon Age III instead.
    • There was meant to be a third post-release story DLC, but it was at first lumped with Exalted March, and then canceled altogether along with it. The basic storyline, however, has been worked into DAI.
    • Those who lamented the fact that Varric was not a romance option could be either cheered or further disappointed by the statement that an extra scene was cut from the very end of the game. According to Word of God, there was to have been a scene after Cassandra releases Varric, in which he reunites with Hawke and reassures her/him that while he did tell the Seeker the whole story, "I didn't tell her anything about us."
    • The Coterie was meant to have its own Sidequest Sidestory, mostly tied to Varric's character arc, but was cut due to lack of time and funding.
    • Check out some concept art here (the first part is Mass Effect - scroll down). Most of the cast are recognizable, but Merrill and Fenris "the widowmaker" had some drastically different looks.
  • Word of Gay: The Viscount's son, Saemus.