When asked how he procured the weapon, Varric has a few claims. He could have won it in a game of Wicked Grace against Paragon Branka, it could've been a gift from a mysterious old beggar who disappeared into thin air, and it's possible he bought it off a crooked merchant in Lowtown with the previous owner's hand still wrapped around the trigger.None of those explanations is very likely and continued questioning simply results in Varric grinning and walking away.
—From Codex entry: Bianca
While Bianca is the only weapon Varric can use ingame, it is nothing to laugh at — it is one of the few weapons that level up with its owner. So, the higher level Varric is, the stronger this crossbow becomes.
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- Bianca cannot be unequipped.
- Bianca does not change colour and texture when Elemental Weapons is activated. However, the spell still works on her.
- Bianca is called as such "because Mirabelle was taken". This is a reference to BioWare's Jade Empire, in which a powerful musket called Mirabelle can be acquired.
- From a real-world perspective, Bianca is named after a young woman looking for true love in "The Taming of the Shrew" by Shakespeare.
- There is a longbow with the Absolution model named Bianca in game files (item code gen_im_wep_rog_arc_lore_03).
- Bianca is the only usable crossbow in Dragon Age II.
- It was made by Gerav who tried to design a repeating crossbow. Bianca is the only one that worked.
- In the game Assassin's Creed 2, there is another character who has a signature weapon, a sword, named "Bianca": Bartolomeo D'Alviano.
- Adding per console another Bianca to the game for any other companion besides Varric results in non-appearing weapon of its user.
- Bianca was named after a woman whom Varric loved.
- ↑ In an interview with Gamespot, Mike Laidlaw notes that "...nor will he ever tell you how Bianca got her name except to say Mirabelle was taken, and the really old-school BioWare fans will get that."
- ↑ Kirby, Mary. "Varric Tethras: Chest Hair & Dwarven Goodness 2.0 **Finest Dwarven Craft**". BioWare Social Network. Retrieved 2011-04-16.