- “What are you looking at? Are you one of them?”
The Talkative man is a regular customer at the Hanged Man.
A paranoid philosopher, this man is the only person consciously aware of being in a story told by someone else, and in a video game. He regularly breaks the fourth wall with his conversation topics.
- "Do you ever feel like you're part of a story that someone's telling? Maker, I wish whoever was telling the story had made me more handsome.
- "I was in the chantry the other night, and there was a giant cheese wheel on the altar, where the eternal flame should have been. There's something to it, I swear. It's a sign from Blessed Andraste."
- Isabela: "When was the last time you were with a woman?"
- Talkative man: "Never! Women are harlots who seek to steal my life essence!"
- Isabela: "Seems like a lot of work for little gain."
- The talkative man believes that the Fereldan Blight was a ploy. His reasoning is that, unlike the other Blights, which often lasted hundreds of years, the Fereldan Blight lasted for just over a year. He also thinks that Alistair was put on the throne (if he was, in Dragon Age: Origins) as a way to overthrow Anora, instead of truly being King Cailan Theirin's half brother.
- On occasion, the talkative man says, "The truth is out there." This is a reference to the slogan for the science fiction series The X-Files.
- The mentions of "lyrium in the water" and women trying to "steal my life essence" are references to General Jack D. Ripper from Dr. Strangelove.
- "Do you ever feel like the world's getting simpler? Like everything from eating to fighting is a lot less complex than it used to be?" is referring to the simplicity of the new combat system and the absence of more intricate skills that were a part of Dragon Age: Origins.
- The mention of the cheese wheel on the chantry altar is a reference to the mammoth cheese, which bore the motto, "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." The cheese was made for Thomas Jefferson by a group of citizens who advocated for the separation of church and state, similar to the views some Kirkwall nobles had of Meredith Stannard's takeover of Kirkwall government.