Reviews for What We Were
JessicaJones chapter 17 . 9/29/2012
And what a perfect ending. I'm so happy to see you finished this. And I'm so sad to see it finished. Thank you.
Guest chapter 13 . 9/29/2012
"and in that endless, terrible moment he knows she understands, and she does it anyway."

bwah poor Alistair :(
Sabella chapter 17 . 9/28/2012
True to my prediction, I wept.. The silent, empathetic, my-heart-hurts-for-you kind of tears. Many of us have mental roses tucked away in corners of our hearts. They remind us of "What We Were."

Beautifully done..
naomis8329 chapter 16 . 9/27/2012
And so they live to fight again, maybe :)

Therrin taking the killing blow in the event that Alistair's right and the ritual didn't work.

Hopefully they can salvage friendship out of this mess and come to terms with what they can have, rather than what they can't. Sometimes friendship is the better relationship as it goes deeper and, in many cases, lasts longer.

I can feel their pain so strongly and the companions are at a loss as to how to help, how to heal them. Time a great healer or a bandaid that covers but nothing more? I sometimes wonder.

Wonderful, and I can't express how much I've enjoyed it :)
Sabella chapter 16 . 9/27/2012
Help! I need someone to pry my white-knuckled hands from my chair arms! And, a little oxygen would help, too. :) Excellent - Excellent - Excellent!

I have my tissues ready for tomorrow. I *know* I will cry...
Sazei chapter 15 . 9/27/2012
It was only wishful thinking to have Alistair set on fire I admit but still, you have to admit it would have some potential if not for the small detail that any Mage who assault a king would most likely be dead very quickly. Oh well! Also I do like Alistair as a character myself, he is very different from most Bioware romances in the past and I love a good tragedy at times. It's just hard not to see him as another shem when I mostly play city elves. ;)

Not sure how much can be said about this chapter. It follows the event of the game so closely it's hard to come up with anything amazing to say. Not saying I disliked it or anything though. What I did like is Therrin's conversation with Alistair after Riordan's revelations. It's very unheroic and human. I never liked the dark ritual much but it's much, much easier to reject the ritual and do the 'right' thing when Loghain is alive and there is a easy scapegoat who's soul is ready to be sacrificed and it's nice to see a hero who can admit they want to live.

I can't fault either of them for that. If anything Riordan should have forseen some problem with revealing this little detail at the last moment. I wouldn't have been surprised if in previews blights some Grey warden's deserted when they heard their soul was about to be sacrificed along with their lives!
tgail73 chapter 5 . 9/26/2012
Holy hell this story is awesome! Therrin and Alistair are so freaking adorable!
tgail73 chapter 1 . 9/26/2012
I am loving this beginning!
tjadis chapter 15 . 9/26/2012
Aiugh, you are KILLING ME. You've done a wonderful job of capturing just how horrible this whole situation is, and how sad.
Jade Sabre chapter 14 . 9/25/2012


I have missed you and am so glad to see you are finishing this. As usual, you have perfectly captured everything so right-wrong with Amell/Alistair that there's nothing left for the rest of us to do but sit back and quietly applaud.

I hope all is well with you and yours!
Sabella chapter 14 . 9/25/2012
Excruciatingly brilliant...
naomis8329 chapter 14 . 9/25/2012
And that's the rub isn't it... He could've said no, could have stood up and said "Thank you for the offer and all that, but I have another duty to fulfill.", he didn't and some of the blame is on his shoulders. He kept things from Therrin, things she needed to know. He should have discussed all this with her before the Landsmeet but chose not too.

Eamon, Teagan, any of the nobles who knew about their relationship, they should have said something, explained the rules. They didn't, they're just as culpable.

But then we have a king that could, if he wanted to, do something about the discrimination between the mages and non-mages of Ferelden, also about the elves and the discrimination against them. To think that his mother is an elf and I don't quite understand why in the game there is nothing to bring this to his attention or tell him etc etc. But hey maybe the books came after the game lol.

Either way a very sad, thought provoking instalment. I do hope they can come to some kind of understanding.
Next instalment please :)
Naomi xxx
Sazei chapter 14 . 9/25/2012
Hm. After reading this I can only say that Therrin is better off with Cullen, maybe he wasn't perfect but honestly Alistair is a complete jerk and acts like a spoiled child in my humble opinion. ;)
Seriougly though, one of my first characters was one who got dumped infront of the others by Alistair after the landsmeet and after seeing all his bad sides I've never been able to see him the same way again.

He does never make a choice for himself and if encouraged to do so he will want to make himself king, resulting in a loss of approval when I supported Anora, not to mention even if he -doesn't- want to be king he will still try to claim the title simply to kill Loghain if he isn't executed.

All of this of course leading to a certain scene after the Landsmeet ending with him bringing up stuff the player could never dicuss with him and he never told in the rest of the game, so with this rant done all I can say is that I have a hard time admiring Alistair these days and mostly are only too happy to send him off to be a wandring drunk or marry him to the queen, with her father being alive just to rub it in. He so totally deserves it. Hope the poor sod stays miserable!

Ah well. Enough for that. For the chapter itself I'm not sure what else can be said except I wish Therrin set Alistair on fire.
naomis8329 chapter 13 . 9/24/2012
Beautifully written full of emotion and filling my head with images and sounds, more so than we fell and see in the game itself. The pain and horror of what was done to the citizens of Ferelden, the anger and mistrust, the love between a man and a woman, and the knowing that no matter what, duty comes first.

Wonderful. Thank you
Naomi xxx
tjadis chapter 13 . 9/24/2012
I am so excited to hear that you've finished this! And poor Alistair-you've really captured how overwhelmed he has to be by what happens at the Landsmeet.
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