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So far I have discovered only four: Varric, Bethany, Aveline and Merril. Are there any more?

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There are more than the ones you found yet, but I'm not far enough to give you a complete list. –  Mad Scientist Mar 10 '11 at 6:55
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@everyone: It would be nice if you kept the answers spoiler-free. Thank you. –  DrFish Mar 10 '11 at 6:59

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There are 10: 6 mandatory, 2 optional, and 2 via DLC/Signature Edition.

Mandatory

These companions you get along the way of the main quest line:

Bethany and Carver: acquired at the start of the game

Aveline: acquired during the Prologue

Varric: acquired at the start of Act I

Anders: In Act I, after Tranquility quest

Merrill: In Act I, after Long Way Home quest

Optional

These companions require you doing something extra to secure them:

Isabela: Complete Fools Rush In quest

Fenris: Complete A Bitter Pill quest

DLC/Signature Edition

You get these through DLC (or the Signature Edition, which includes some DLC):

Sebastian: Acquired through The Exiled Prince DLC

Mabari Warhound: Acquired through The Black Emporium DLC. Acts as a fifth party member like Ranger pets did in Dragon Age Origins, not a full-fledged companion.

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There is also an ally from The Exiled Price DLC. –  DavidYell Mar 11 '11 at 9:23
    
@David you're right: one of the allies I had under optional should be under DLC. Fixed. –  user3389 Mar 11 '11 at 17:11
    
To meet Fenris you must do the "bait and switch" quest –  user12131 Sep 1 '11 at 15:16

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