The first time I was battling the Archdemon in DA:O, I had absolutely no idea that ballistas were set up around the area and attempted to defeat it by hand. Three hours and a dozen attempts later, my brother told me about the ballistas. I still refused to use them, because it felt like cheating at that point.
When Bioware revealed that in Inquisition we were going to Orlais they said something along the lines of going to ‘a place a bit more French’. When (and if) Bioware is going to officially confirm we’re going to Tevinter, I really hope they do it by saying we are going to 'The most magical place in Thedas’.
When I was a kid, we used to play a card game called ‘Shit’. I only vaguely remember the rules, but the main gist was that the person that lost at the end of each round was told that they were ankle-deep in shit, then knee-deep, etc. Once, when staying at a foreign hostel, we tried to teach this game to the French exchange students, with the help of the one girl who knew the French word for shit. And now, remembering that game, I imagine Varric trying to play it with a group of Orlesians.