Gave in and started DA 2 as well.
Got the elf girl Merril (she's alright, bit quirky, but then again Dalish elves are quirky)
Aveline, (I like her, she seems to have her heart in the right spot)
Varric, (Can't say I've seen much interaction with him.. bit meh)
Bethany, (She's okay, seems to want to follow in Hawke's footsteps)
And playing as Female Hawke warrior, using sword/board (actually axe/board) just like Aveline.