Anders' cat Ser-Pounce-A-Lot was going to still be around, walking around in Anders' clinic. However, he was cut since it would require making a new character model.
The Coterie was meant to have its own Sidequest Sidestory, mostly tied to Varric's character arc, but was cut due to lack of time and funding.
Hawke is the second cousin to the Human Mage Warden in Dragon Age: Origins through Leandra.
An additional Act 1 plot for a Mage Hawke was ultimately cut, since the story (which involved entering the Fade) was complicated and didn't work very well.
Varric is always calling companions by nicknames, calling Merrill "Daisy," Isabela "Rivaini," Bethany "Sunshine," Fenris "Broody," Carver "Junior," Anders "Blondie," Sebastian "Choir-Boy," and Tallis "Shivs." He never comes up with one for Aveline, however -- a fact she comments on if they are both in the party together. He suggests "Red," but she responds in the negative, stating that it is "too common."
Hawke: Oooh, cloak and dagger phrases! How about... the queasy crow... flies at midnight?
Varric: There's a recipe to a good hero, Hawke. It's like alchemy. One part down-to-earth, one part selfless nobility, two parts crazy, and you season liberally with wild falsehoods. You let that percolate through a good audience for a while, and when it's done, you've got your hero.
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