- Harsher in Hindsight: The ending of the story, where Alistair swears to his journal that he's never going to let Elissa out of his sight again if he can help it, is very much rendered this by the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
- Iron Woobie: Elissa. She's got the weight of the world on her shoulders, almost literally, but is determined to put the well-being and happiness of her companions above her own concerns. Until her Heroic BSoD, her silent suffering is only definitely recognized by Alistair and, to a lesser extent, Wynne; he's unsure if the other companions realize just how much she hides her pain.
YMMV / Shadow and Rose