Happy Unofficial Dragon Age Day! With (hashtag) The Dread Wolf Rising since 2018, confirming that Bioware's once-cancelled high fantasy franchise was finally back in production, renewed interest has had fans and newcomers alike revisiting the Dragon Age universe. This isn't even mentioning the latest updates regarding an upcoming comic centreing on a popular Dragon Age II character, Fenris, and tying his adventures into the events of their latest game: Dragon Age Inquisition.
Praised as the biggest, most beautiful, and most detailed game in the franchise, with its enormous, open world and wide, lush maps, it's not hard to imagine that even the most vivacious of players have missed a hidden gem or five, whether it be a wink-wink-nudge reference to other IP, or even a particularly rare and exciting item that could be used for gameplay.
So here's a list, with spoilers intact (though to be clear, this game came out in 2014, and the biggest spoiler was already in the 2018 trailer), of all the hilarious, amazing, confusing, and even terrifying Easter Eggs that players old and new can scour Thedas to find.
16. The Haunting Of Hill House
Not a direct reference, though with many elements which are clearly inspired by the original novel, a haunted mansion found in the Emerald Graves bears striking resemblance to Shirley Jackson's iconic 1959 haunted house novel.
The mansion itself, Chateau d'Onterre, is an enjoyably spooky mini-dungeon, where the Inquisitor and her group must figure out what happened in the mansion and why it's filled with walking corpses and an evil atmosphere.
If Cole is in the party, he says "It knows we're here" as you walk through the mansion and supernatural things start to occur - referencing Hill House protagonist Eleanor Vance's own line in the book.
Related to the events of the story, another side quest, triggered when you find the corpse of a woman in a river, reveals that a woman named Betta, travelling with a girl named Liesel and a little boy named Yves, was haunted by a demon that took on the form of her mother, who died of illness, when they found shelter in the Chateau as they attempted to flee the war.
These hearken back to the way Eleanor Vance was haunted by the image of her own ailing mother and pushed into suicide.