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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: At the Halamshiral Ball, Cullen tells Victoria that "you look lovely." After the main quest of the game is completed, this is actually something Cullen may say to a romanced female Inquisitor - something the author didn't discover until after the chapter was posted.
  • Call-Back:
    • Much like in the actual game, the narrative contains various call backs to the first and second games in the Dragon Age franchise. For example, Leliana explains how she knows about the secret passage leading into Redcliffe Castle, and has a silver symbol of Andraste which was a gift from Elissa Cousland; in the first game, this is one of the gifts which the player can present to her.
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    • Some of the background details, such as Brother Genitivi having been rescued from Haven via a boat on Lake Calenhad, are actually call backs to the author's earliest Dragon Age fan fiction. Many things mentioned in the prologue were initially planned to appear in a sequel to that story, which never got written.
    • In The Skyhold Runner's Guide to Survival, Varric advises the prospective runners to let him know right away if anyone ever asks them to help gather ingredients they don't recognize.
  • Creator In-Joke: A couple times in All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird, it's mentioned that Hawke's mabari is named Rikki. This is the name Lady Norbert always gives the mabari when playing Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age II - it's the name of her parents' dog.
  • Dedication:
    • As stated on the main page, the series was begun as a Christmas gift, and the author and editor note that it's "Dedicated to our most devoted reader."
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    • The Skyhold Runner's Guide to Survival is also dedicated to RoksanaLyasin, a fellow DA fic author who encouraged Lady Norbert to include it in the series.
  • Defictionalization: A heartwarming if somewhat unusual example. Mary Kirby, who writes Varric, autographed the author's copy of Hard in Hightown as Varric Tethras, using the nickname that Varric uses in this story. It's therefore effectively canon that "Scholar" is Varric's nickname for Lady Norbert. Seen here.
  • One Steve Limit: Lady Inquisitor Victoria and Divine Victoria at the end of the first story. This was an accident when the character was created, as the game had just been released and the author didn't know anything about the second character's existence until she reached the epilogue.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • The series was/is being written as a gift for the author's "best friend and self-appointed bodyguard." The relationship between the Inquisitors is heavily inspired by the friendship between the players, although the age difference is reversed. This is likewise true of the Wardens in the prologue; Lady Norbert likes playing human noble swordswomen, while her best friend likes playing male elf rogues. (However, they both play Hawke the same way in Dragon Age II, as a female rogue who romances Fenris, so the story has only one Hawke.)
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    • Another minor example: Briala's comment about Victoria being a Lady Drunk is something that actually happens in game, depending on where a Trevelyan Inquisitor first encounters the character; when the author played the game for the first time, she triggered the dialogue in question. For personal reasons, she was extremely angry about this and made a point of including it just so Mahanon could express that anger for her.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: "To Rest in the Warmest Places," written by the main story's beta reader AuroraBorealia, shows the ball at the Winter Palace from Cullen's point of view.
  • Retcon: A few details in All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird had to be changed or corrected after the chapters containing them were released, such as Hawke's age. After Across the Waking Sea was posted, a couple of chapters were slightly revamped to make their events line up more accurately with the letters which described them.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To the multiplayer, where it's mentioned that Cullen "smells like elderflower and oakmoss." In chapter 29 of Twice as Weird, Cassandra presents him with an herbal salve containing these exact ingredients; as noted on the Fridge Brilliance page for Inquisition, elderflower is a pain reliever when applied topically and oakmoss is a restorative, so Cass is hoping that the salve will help with his lyrium withdrawal symptoms.
    • In one of his editor's notes in Doubling Down, Varric makes a remark about the sand in the Hissing Wastes. "It's rough and coarse and irritating."
    • The Skyhold Runner's Guide to Survival contains a number of shout-outs:
    • If Non Can Learn to Do It is almost entirely a shout-out to the Broadway version of Anastasia, consisting mostly of a Filk Song based on "Learn to Do It." It also has a nod to Leliana's memetic love of shoes.
  • Written by Cast Member:
    • Played with. The first story and its sequel are written by Lady Norbert (or as she bills herself, "Lady Norbert, Chantry scholar"), but "Edited for fun and profit by Varric Tethras." Throughout the series, there are "editor's notes" in which Varric apparently tries to hold more influence over the narrative; sometimes he even talks to the author there. He's also credited as having written both prologues and chapters 19 and 27 of the first story.
    • Additionally, two of the side volumes of the series are entirely his work, as they were written during the events of the original story in the series and Lady Norbert claims to have had nothing to do with them apart from arranging their publication on AO3.
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