What if there were other possible origin stories other than the Primary 6/7?
Elven/Human Apostate Mage- your character is an apostate mage with both parents remaining, when templars invade your Camp, which houses several families worth of apostates. then Duncan comes in and saves the day!
Traveler- your just walking down the road, with a couple other merchants, when darkspawn cross your path. you then fight your way down through Honnleath, an early intro with Shale, to Ostagar, where the wardens, impressed by your skills, recruit you into their ranks.
i will write when i think of more. so-long!