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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Kingdom of the Anderfels is rather suspiciously like a real world state where several major armies and empires have tried to dominate the region, and ended up failing utterly with massive losses - and has a statue of a major religious figure in a recessed niche in the northern part of the country. [[spoiler: [[DontExplainTheJoke For the incredibly dense (or those who don't know the history of the region)]], it is UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} - the statue is known as "Our Lady of Anderfels" and its description is eerily similar to that of the [[MonumentalDamage (now destroyed)]] Buddhas of Bamiyan).]]


** There were originally going to be two more human origin stories: a commoner story (you would have been a farmer's son from Redcliffe, owed Dwyn a lot of money, and had your sister Brigid engaged to him to take care of the debt), and an Avvar barbarian from the village of Haven. The concept art and fluff for these origins made it into the tabletop RPG, though.

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** There were originally going to be two more human origin stories: a commoner story (you would have been a farmer's son child from Redcliffe, owed Dwyn a lot of money, and had your sister Brigid engaged to him to take care of the debt), and an Avvar barbarian from the village of Haven. The concept art and fluff for these origins made it into the tabletop RPG, though.


* PermanentPlaceholder: The name of the world, Thedas, stands for '''The''' '''D'''ragon '''A'''ge '''S'''etting. This was not intended to be the final name, but it flowed well enough in testing that they decided to keep it anyway.


* FunWithAcronyms: The name of the world, Thedas, stands for '''The''' '''D'''ragon '''A'''ge '''S'''etting.


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* PermanentPlaceholder: The name of the world, Thedas, stands for '''The''' '''D'''ragon '''A'''ge '''S'''etting. This was not intended to be the final name, but it flowed well enough in testing that they decided to keep it anyway.


* ExecutiveMeddling: This and time restraints are the reason Shale's only available via DLC instead of being in the vanilla game.
** The devs were kind enough to include that bit of DLC for free with any copy purchased new. It still served to discourage buying the game used (which doesn't turn a profit for Creator/BioWare). It was later made free in Summer 2013 as part of EA's removal of Online Passes.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: This and time restraints are the reason Shale's only available via DLC instead of being in the vanilla game.
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game. The devs were kind enough to include that bit of DLC for free with any copy purchased new. It still served to discourage buying the game used (which doesn't turn a profit for Creator/BioWare). It was later made free in Summer 2013 as part of EA's removal of Online Passes.



** The Blood Mage specialization originally had some unique scenes on the basis that most groups kill Blood Mages on sight. Certain situations seem very silly without those scenes as a result.

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** The Blood Mage specialization originally had some unique scenes on the basis that most groups kill Blood Mages on sight. Certain situations seem very silly without those scenes as a result.result.
** There was originally going to be a sidequest in Arl Eamonís estate where you would interview the staff in order to unmask an Ordelsian spy among them. This is why many staff members at the estate [[NominalImportance have names]], [[OrphanedReference even though you canít actually talk to them]].
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* CastingGag: Alistair deeply distrusts magic and was formerly trained to be a Templar. In real life, Steve Valentine is an accomplished stage magician.
** Possibly mixed with foreshadowing, we see the leader of the Dalish is the Keeper, who leads them both physically and spiritually. The third game reveals [[spoiler: Flemeth is the incarnation of the Elvish God Mythel. So it looks like [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]] (played by Tim Russ, voice of the Keeper) is still working for [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]] (played by Kate Mulgrew, voice of Flemeth).]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Kingdom of Anderfels is rather suspiciously like a real world state where several major armies and empires have tried to dominate the region, and ended up failing utterly with massive losses - and has a statue of a major religious figure in a recessed niche in the northern part of the country. [[spoiler: [[DontExplainTheJoke For the incredibly dense (or those who don't know the history of the region)]], it is UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} - the statue is known as "Our Lady of Anderfels" and its description is eerily similar to that of the [[MonumentalDamage (now destroyed)]] Buddhas of Bamiyan).]]

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* CastingGag: CastingGag:
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Alistair deeply distrusts magic and was formerly trained to be a Templar. In real life, Steve Valentine is an accomplished stage magician.
** Possibly mixed with foreshadowing, we see the leader of the Dalish is the Keeper, who leads them both physically and spiritually. The third game reveals that [[spoiler: Flemeth is the incarnation host body of the Elvish God Mythel.Elvhen goddess Mythal. So it looks like [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]] (played by Tim Russ, voice of the Keeper) is still working for [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]] (played by Kate Mulgrew, voice of Flemeth).]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Kingdom of the Anderfels is rather suspiciously like a real world state where several major armies and empires have tried to dominate the region, and ended up failing utterly with massive losses - and has a statue of a major religious figure in a recessed niche in the northern part of the country. [[spoiler: [[DontExplainTheJoke For the incredibly dense (or those who don't know the history of the region)]], it is UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} - the statue is known as "Our Lady of Anderfels" and its description is eerily similar to that of the [[MonumentalDamage (now destroyed)]] Buddhas of Bamiyan).]]



** One of the writers named the dog Rabbit, making it a popular choice.

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** One of the writers Mary Kirby (Dog's writer) named the dog Rabbit, making it a popular choice.choice; for those who [[DontExplainTheJoke don't recognize it]], it's a subtle Creator/MontyPython reference (the killer rabbit).



* PreOrderBonus: Rather ridiculously, '' every major vendor'' had a pre-order bonus for ''Origins'' that's exclusive to them. Amazon.com had The Lion's Paw boots, [=Direct2Drive=] had the Dalish Ring, [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA Store]] had the Fire Band, Game Crazy had the Guildmaster's Belt, [=GameStop=] and Play.com had the Feral Wolf Charm, UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} had The Wicked Oath... Those who pre-ordered were forced to pick one and miss out on all the other items. [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Downloadable_content_(Origins)#manual_installation Some items]] have been made available for manual installation, although if you play on a console rather than PC you won't be able to get them all.

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* PreOrderBonus: Rather ridiculously, '' every major vendor'' had a pre-order bonus for ''Origins'' that's exclusive to them. Amazon.com had The Lion's Paw boots, [=Direct2Drive=] had the Dalish Ring, [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA Store]] had the Fire Band, Game Crazy had the Guildmaster's Belt, [=GameStop=] and Play.com had the Feral Wolf Charm, UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} had The Wicked Oath... Those who pre-ordered were forced to pick one and miss out on all the other items. [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Downloadable_content_(Origins)#manual_installation Some items]] have since been made available for manual installation, although if you play on a console rather than PC you won't be able to get them all.



* ShrugOfGod: When asked about Maric's cause of death, David Gaider repeatedly stated that it was irrelevant before finally revealing that he was lost at sea. [[spoiler:''ComicBook/TheSilentGrove'' reveals that he was rescued from drowning, was imprisoned by the Antivans only to be captured by a Tevinter Magister. Unfortunately, when Alistair rescues him in ''ComicBook/UntilWeSleep'', he is forced to give his father a MercyKill.]]

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* ShrugOfGod: When asked about Maric's cause of death, David Gaider repeatedly stated that it was irrelevant before finally revealing that he was lost at sea. [[spoiler:''ComicBook/TheSilentGrove'' reveals that he was rescued from drowning, was then imprisoned by the Antivans only to be captured by a Tevinter Magister. Unfortunately, when Alistair rescues him in ''ComicBook/UntilWeSleep'', he is forced to give his father a MercyKill.]]



** One persistent rumour claims that Teagan can get married to either Kaitlyn or Bella in the epilogue. While this is true for Kaitlyn, Bella's epilogue has no mention of Teagan. The rumour likely started due to how similar the two women's stories are. Both of them can be given money, which they will use to open a foundry (Kaitlyn) or a brewery (Bella) in Denerim. To add to the confusion, you can convince Bella to become Teagan's maid, which is ''also'' never mentioned in the epilogue. Add in [[MemeticMutation Teagan's reputation as a ladies' man]] and it becomes easy to see how fans just assumed that she was an alternate option.
** Due to the game's mechanics, it is very easy for Leliana to get high approval status with the Warden, and thus she tends to quickly become interested in them romantically. This leads many to believe Leliana is the game's canonical love interest, or that she is a ClingyJealousGirl towards the Warden. In reality Leliana is just a character that is very easy to win affection with and has a plethora of bugs in her her romance arc. As a result, the game often incorrectly assumes that the Warden is in a relationship with her and sometimes even forgets that a breakup has occurred, making her come across as a lot more clingy than intended.

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** One persistent rumour claims that Teagan can get married to either Kaitlyn or Bella in the epilogue. While this is true for Kaitlyn, Bella's epilogue has no mention of Teagan. The rumour likely started due to how similar the two women's stories are. Both of them are from Redcliffe and can be given money, which they will use to open a foundry (Kaitlyn) or a brewery (Bella) in Denerim. To add to the confusion, you can convince Bella to become Teagan's maid, which is ''also'' never mentioned in the epilogue. Add in [[MemeticMutation Teagan's reputation as a ladies' man]] and it becomes easy to see how fans just assumed that she was an alternate option.
** Due to the game's mechanics, it is very easy for Leliana to get high approval status with the Warden, and thus she tends to quickly become interested in them romantically. This leads many to believe Leliana is the game's canonical love interest, or that she is a ClingyJealousGirl towards the Warden. In reality reality, Leliana is just a character that whose affection is very easy to win affection with and who has a plethora of bugs in her her romance arc. As a result, the game often incorrectly assumes that the Warden is in a relationship with her and sometimes even forgets that a breakup has occurred, making her come across as a lot more clingy than intended.



** According to [[WordOfGod David Gaider, the game's lead writer]], Jowan was originally supposed to be a joinable party member after the events in Redcliffe, as the Warden could have invoked the Right of Conscription when speaking to Arl Eamon in order to recruit him. However, they didn't have room to add another character, so the idea was scrapped.
** One early idea that was ultimately scrapped was the game's ending being narrated an old woman. The player would be led to believe that the woman was Flemeth, and then learn that was actually Morrigan in the distant future.

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** According to [[WordOfGod David Gaider, the game's lead writer]], Jowan was originally supposed intended to be a joinable available for recruitment to the party member after the events in Redcliffe, as the Warden could have invoked the Right of Conscription when speaking to Arl Eamon in order to recruit him. However, they didn't have room to add another character, so the idea was scrapped.
** One early idea that was ultimately scrapped was the game's ending being narrated by an old woman. The player would be led to believe that the woman was Flemeth, and then learn that was actually Morrigan in the distant future.



** Originally, there was the possibility that some of your party members could become infected with the darkspawn taint and [[spoiler:they would participate in the Joining ritual in Denerim after the Landsmeet]]. However, the idea was dropped and your companions' immunity to the taint is purely due to gameplay necessity.

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** Originally, there was the possibility that some of your party members could become infected with the darkspawn taint and [[spoiler:they would participate in the Joining ritual in Denerim after the Landsmeet]]. However, the idea was dropped dropped, and your companions' immunity to the taint is purely due to gameplay necessity.



** The Blood Mage specialization originally had some unique scenes on the basis that most groups kill Blood Mages on sight. Certain situations seem very silly without those scenes as a result.
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** The Blood Mage specialization originally had some unique scenes on the basis that most groups kill Blood Mages on sight. Certain situations seem very silly without those scenes as a result.
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* MissingTrailerScene: The BadassCreed of the Grey Wardens is never spoken in the actual game, but is featured in one of the trailers.


** Possibly mixed with foreshadowing, we see the leader of the Daelish is the Keeper, who leads them both physically and spiritually. The third game reveals [[spoiler: Flemeth is the incarnation of the Elvish God Mythel. So it looks like [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]] (played by Tim Russ, voice of the Keeper) is still serving [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]] (voiced by Kate Mulgrew, voice of Flemeth).]]

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** Possibly mixed with foreshadowing, we see the leader of the Daelish Dalish is the Keeper, who leads them both physically and spiritually. The third game reveals [[spoiler: Flemeth is the incarnation of the Elvish God Mythel. So it looks like [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]] (played by Tim Russ, voice of the Keeper) is still serving working for [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]] (voiced (played by Kate Mulgrew, voice of Flemeth).]]



** Though the devs were kind enough to include that bit of DLC for free with any copy purchased new. It still served to discourage buying the game used (which doesn't turn a profit for Creator/BioWare). It was later made free in Summer 2013 as part of EA's removal of Online Passes.

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** Though the The devs were kind enough to include that bit of DLC for free with any copy purchased new. It still served to discourage buying the game used (which doesn't turn a profit for Creator/BioWare). It was later made free in Summer 2013 as part of EA's removal of Online Passes.



** One persistent rumour claims that Teagan can get married to either Kaitlyn or Bella in the epilogue. While this is true for Kaitlyn, Bella's epilogue have no mention of Teagan. The rumour likely started do to how similar the two women's stories are. Both of them can be given money, which they will use to open a foundry (Kaitlyn) and a brewery (Bella) in Denerim. To add to the confusion, you can convince Bella to become Teagan's maid, which is never mentioned in the epilogue. Add in [[MemeticMutation Teagan's reputation as a ladies man]] and it becomes easy to see how fans just assumed that she was an alternate option.

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** One persistent rumour claims that Teagan can get married to either Kaitlyn or Bella in the epilogue. While this is true for Kaitlyn, Bella's epilogue have has no mention of Teagan. The rumour likely started do due to how similar the two women's stories are. Both of them can be given money, which they will use to open a foundry (Kaitlyn) and or a brewery (Bella) in Denerim. To add to the confusion, you can convince Bella to become Teagan's maid, which is ''also'' never mentioned in the epilogue. Add in [[MemeticMutation Teagan's reputation as a ladies ladies' man]] and it becomes easy to see how fans just assumed that she was an alternate option.



** There was originally a plotline that involved Empresss Celene of Orlais visiting Denerim and would have explored Cailan's plan to marry her in favour of Anora.

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** There was originally a plotline that involved Empresss Empress Celene of Orlais visiting Denerim and would have explored Cailan's plan to marry her in favour of Anora.

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* PreOrderBonus: Rather ridiculously, '' every major vendor'' had a pre-order bonus for ''Origins'' that's exclusive to them. Amazon.com had The Lion's Paw boots, [=Direct2Drive=] had the Dalish Ring, [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA Store]] had the Fire Band, Game Crazy had the Guildmaster's Belt, [=GameStop=] and Play.com had the Feral Wolf Charm, UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} had The Wicked Oath... Those who pre-ordered were forced to pick one and miss out on all the other items. [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Downloadable_content_(Origins)#manual_installation Some items]] have been made available for manual installation, although if you play on a console rather than PC you won't be able to get them all.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Kingdom of Anderfels is rather suspiciously like a real world state where several major armies and empires have tried to dominate the region, and ended up failing utterly with massive losses - and has a statue of a major religious figure in a recessed niche in the northern part of the country. [[spoiler: [[DontExplainTheJoke For the incredibly dense]], it is UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} - the statue is known as "Our Lady of Anderfels" and its description is eerily similar to that of the [[MonumentalDamage (now destroyed)]] Buddhas of Bamiyan).]]

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Kingdom of Anderfels is rather suspiciously like a real world state where several major armies and empires have tried to dominate the region, and ended up failing utterly with massive losses - and has a statue of a major religious figure in a recessed niche in the northern part of the country. [[spoiler: [[DontExplainTheJoke For the incredibly dense]], dense (or those who don't know the history of the region)]], it is UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} - the statue is known as "Our Lady of Anderfels" and its description is eerily similar to that of the [[MonumentalDamage (now destroyed)]] Buddhas of Bamiyan).]]

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** Possibly mixed with foreshadowing, we see the leader of the Daelish is the Keeper, who leads them both physically and spiritually. The third game reveals [[spoiler: Flemeth is the incarnation of the Elvish God Mythel. So it looks like [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]] (played by Tim Russ, voice of the Keeper) is still serving [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]] (voiced by Kate Mulgrew, voice of Flemeth).]]


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Kingdom of Anderfels is rather suspiciously like a real world state where several major armies and empires have tried to dominate the region, and ended up failing utterly with massive losses - and has a statue of a major religious figure in a recessed niche in the northern part of the country. [[spoiler: [[DontExplainTheJoke For the incredibly dense]], it is UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} - the statue is known as "Our Lady of Anderfels" and its description is eerily similar to that of the [[MonumentalDamage (now destroyed)]] Bamian Buddhas).]]

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Kingdom of Anderfels is rather suspiciously like a real world state where several major armies and empires have tried to dominate the region, and ended up failing utterly with massive losses - and has a statue of a major religious figure in a recessed niche in the northern part of the country. [[spoiler: [[DontExplainTheJoke For the incredibly dense]], it is UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} - the statue is known as "Our Lady of Anderfels" and its description is eerily similar to that of the [[MonumentalDamage (now destroyed)]] Bamian Buddhas).Buddhas of Bamiyan).]]


** Due to the games mechanics, it is very easy for Liliana to get high approval status with the Warden, and thus she tends to be quick to become interested in them romantically as a result. This lead many to believe Liliana was the games canonically love interest, or that she was a ClingyJealousGirl towards the Warden. In reality Liliana is just a character that is very easy to win affection with, which typically means if the player shows an interest in another party member, she will often be seen by the game as being a romantic option, and this will tell the player to chose who they want to be with.

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** Due to the games game's mechanics, it is very easy for Liliana Leliana to get high approval status with the Warden, and thus she tends to be quick to quickly become interested in them romantically as a result. romantically. This lead leads many to believe Liliana was Leliana is the games canonically game's canonical love interest, or that she was is a ClingyJealousGirl towards the Warden. In reality Liliana Leliana is just a character that is very easy to win affection with, which typically means if the player shows an interest with and has a plethora of bugs in another party member, she will often be seen by her her romance arc. As a result, the game as being often incorrectly assumes that the Warden is in a romantic option, relationship with her and this will tell the player to chose who they want to be with.sometimes even forgets that a breakup has occurred, making her come across as a lot more clingy than intended.



** Jowan was originally planned to be a companion and recruited via the Right of Conscription after the Redcliffe arc. He would have been the one to teach the Blood Magic specialisation, but the developers couldn't fit him into the rest of the team due to there already being a huge number of characters (none of whom knew how to conduct the Joining anyway).
** The [[http://dgaider.tumblr.com/post/76186026865/as-someone-who-has-always-been-curious-about-the-human Avvar Barbarian and Human Commoner]] from Redcliffe origins were considered, the former even having some concept art designed, but sadly never got off the drawing board and were cut early in development.

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** According to [[WordOfGod David Gaider, the game's lead writer]], Jowan was originally planned supposed to be a companion and recruited via joinable party member after the events in Redcliffe, as the Warden could have invoked the Right of Conscription when speaking to Arl Eamon in order to recruit him. However, they didn't have room to add another character, so the idea was scrapped.
** One early idea that was ultimately scrapped was the game's ending being narrated an old woman. The player would be led to believe that the woman was Flemeth, and then learn that was actually Morrigan in the distant future.
** There was originally a plotline that involved Empresss Celene of Orlais visiting Denerim and would have explored Cailan's plan to marry her in favour of Anora.
** Originally, there was the possibility that some of your party members could become infected with the darkspawn taint and [[spoiler:they would participate in the Joining ritual in Denerim
after the Redcliffe arc. He Landsmeet]]. However, the idea was dropped and your companions' immunity to the taint is purely due to gameplay necessity.
** There were originally going to be two more human origin stories: a commoner story (you
would have been the one a farmer's son from Redcliffe, owed Dwyn a lot of money, and had your sister Brigid engaged to teach the Blood Magic specialisation, but the developers couldn't fit him into the rest to take care of the team due to there already being a huge number of characters (none of whom knew how to conduct the Joining anyway).
** The [[http://dgaider.tumblr.com/post/76186026865/as-someone-who-has-always-been-curious-about-the-human
debt), and an Avvar Barbarian and Human Commoner]] barbarian from Redcliffe origins were considered, the former even having some village of Haven. The concept art designed, but sadly never got off and fluff for these origins made it into the drawing board and were cut early in development.tabletop RPG, though.
** The Blood Mage specialization originally had some unique scenes on the basis that most groups kill Blood Mages on sight. Certain situations seem very silly without those scenes as a result.

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** Due to the games mechanics, it is very easy for Liliana to get high approval status with the Warden, and thus she tends to be quick to become interested in them romantically as a result. This lead many to believe Liliana was the games canonically love interest, or that she was a ClingyJealousGirl towards the Warden. In reality Liliana is just a character that is very easy to win affection with, which typically means if the player shows an interest in another party member, she will often be seen by the game as being a romantic option, and this will tell the player to chose who they want to be with.


* BeamMeUpScotty: The post-game expansion for ''Origins'' is called ''Awakening,'' but it frequently gets wrongly titled as ''Awakening'''s'''''.

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* BeamMeUpScotty: The post-game expansion for ''Origins'' is called ''Awakening,'' but it frequently gets wrongly titled as ''Awakening'''s'''''.''Awakening'''s''''' or ''The Awakening''.



* UrbanLegendOfZelda: There was a rumor (and rumor only) that if you do not [[spoiler: kill Flemeth]] in Morrigan's sidequest, the ending epilogue will state that [[spoiler: Morrigan was killed and possessed by Flemeth.]] Said rumor only ended when it was {{Jossed}} by the head writer.

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* UrbanLegendOfZelda: UrbanLegendOfZelda:
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There was a rumor (and rumor only) that if you do not [[spoiler: kill Flemeth]] in Morrigan's sidequest, the ending epilogue will state that [[spoiler: Morrigan was killed and possessed by Flemeth.]] Said rumor only ended when it was {{Jossed}} by the head writer.writer.
** One persistent rumour claims that Teagan can get married to either Kaitlyn or Bella in the epilogue. While this is true for Kaitlyn, Bella's epilogue have no mention of Teagan. The rumour likely started do to how similar the two women's stories are. Both of them can be given money, which they will use to open a foundry (Kaitlyn) and a brewery (Bella) in Denerim. To add to the confusion, you can convince Bella to become Teagan's maid, which is never mentioned in the epilogue. Add in [[MemeticMutation Teagan's reputation as a ladies man]] and it becomes easy to see how fans just assumed that she was an alternate option.

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