Dasque
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Joined 01-14-10, id: 2216198, Profile Updated: 09-19-21
Author has written 7 stories for Dragon Age.

Updated 4/4/2021

Me:

It's been a long time , but I'm writing for Dragon Age again. I don't have any real plans for regular updates--just writing when I have the chance. I hope to make it at least once a week, but going into this again, I know better than to make any promises. That only causes shoddy, hurried writing that I hate even more than my readers do.

I figured something out the other day... I have spent more than ten years bullying poor Alistair to convincingly turn him from bumbling, blushing templar to king. I put less work into my husband.

As for me, I love goth, but not gore. Dark fairies, skulls, bats, full moons, etc. I currently have to work full-time at a job that I'm lukewarm about, but writing and art is what I do in real life. Oh, I'm also learning to tattoo.

Warnings and Apologies

Oaths and A Dark Promise are gone. For good. I'm not even positive I have a copy anymore. Oaths was just a practice draft for Shades of Grey, as far as I'm concerned. It was bad writing, with some salvageable moments. Those moments are now included in Shades.

This is important: I am going to post the chapters to finish Shades of Grey and Time After Time for my readers, but once they are posted in full, I'll give it six months before both stories along with Here Without You will be deleted for good. I will offer PDF downloads, for free from my site. I just have to get them set up. I'll be sure to post reminders with updates.

Current Projects:

Shades of Grey (in progress): My second, yes second, play through story. This was intended to be a full novel of the Origins story, so I should warn that the first few chapters are heavy on the game dialogue. It also contains all major plot points and game advancing scenes, though I did add a whole bunch of my own interpretations as well. It clears up on the game stuff a bit and becomes slightly more original after the Ostagar plotline.

Time After Time (in progress): Our rose-bearing hero takes a backseat role in this story while I decide exactly what Elissa was up to in Amaranthine for five years. Mostly original characters with a couple of familiar faces and a scattering of cameos. Mild plot – setting the stage for the events in Here Without You and exploring Elissa's character a bit as she deals with the after effects of the Blight and maybe takes a few years to grow up a little.

Here Without You (complete): Five years after the fight with the Archdemon, Dasque decides that she hates the ending where Alistair dumps Cousie for no good reason and seeks to rectify the matter, taking great delight in punishing him for it along the way. (Okay, maybe he had a good reason in my version, but torturing him amuses me anyway.) Elissa Cousland and (gasp!) Morrigan are the primary plot runners for this one. Mostly from Alistair's POV. Dark Promise ending, Old God repercussions, and a handful of original characters. *This story is currently undergoing a full re-write to fix the inconsistencies that arose once I started it's prequels. It currently doesn't match up with SoG and TaT, but it will.*


Older Projects:

*In Dreams (complete) This is a one-shot written for those who didn't want the fluffy ending to Oaths. That story is gone now, but yeah, my warden died. Alistair's walk into the deep roads. It's angsty, it's sentimental, and it's generally miserable. Much more melodramatic than my other fics.

Always (complete): One shot unrelated to either of the other stories – my exploration into the “secret companion” ending, though it takes place years after the fact, because, you know... all my stories are about Alistair. The Warden (any fem PC) answers The Call. Angsty.

Surrender (complete) I took up a challenge from the Cheeky Monkey Board and explored the Mahariel character in this one. Playthrough setting, but I ignored the actual plotline, assuming everyone knows it, and focused on the relationship between Alistair and Lyna. More of a character-driven story. It's pretty short, too, but I had a lot of fun trying to get my head inside of the Dalish Warden rather than Cousie for a change.

Questions and attempts at answers

I love getting PM's and notes, so feel free to drop me a line with suggestions or feedback any time. But, here's some answers to questions I get asked a lot:

1. Yes, you can repost/link my story as long as proper credit is given, and please just let me know first so I know where it's going.

2. Yes, I got the title for Here Without You from the 3 Doors Down song. I suck at titles.

3. I do mention music a lot, but I don't write songfics. It's not my style, and I think I'd be really bad at it, anyway. Indulge me while I give the long answer: Music is a major part of my life, right up there with writing. I listen to everything, and I mean everything (except techno – screw techno) from metal to rap to utterly cheesy crap that no one but me would ever admit to. I've always got my headset on while I'm writing to help get my head in the right place. As a result, sometimes I'll be listening to a song when a certain line sparks my creative process and starts to evolve into scenes flashing through my head, and thus a new story is born. Whether or not it turns into anything is always in question. It's less about lyrics and more about the overall mood the music sets.

4. I'm absolutely open to song suggestions and quotes for chapter headings--I've gotten quite a few from readers already and each song suggested to me so far has ended up on my writing playlists. So by all means, drop me a note. I'd love to hear it. --And just for recent updates--this is still true. I have tons of songs now sent to me over the years that my readers suggested, and I love to hear them.

5. No, I don't have any original work posted online, and I don't write for a living, unfortunately. If only I could make money off of writing massive, convoluted fanfics. I am working on original projects, though, and if I choose to try to do the self-publishing thing when they're finished, I promise you all will be the first to know.

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Just One More Story by EasternViolet reviews
Alistair's son requests just one more bedtime story about the griffons of legend. For Dasque CMDA 2012 Secret Santa exchange.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Family/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,046 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/1/2013 - Alistair, Cousland - Complete
Unexpected by harpychick reviews
Elissa Cousland didn't always have a silver tongue, and some relationships were destroyed before she learned how to use it. Alistair/Morrigan, because I like the idea. Rated M, in the spirit of better safe than sorry.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 11,872 - Reviews: 58 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 6/30/2011 - Published: 5/18/2010 - Alistair, Morrigan
Taking the Time by valiasedai reviews
Kmeme fill. Alistair leaves the Warden after she recruits Loghain, and only realizes his mistake much later. He has to rebuild lost trust and friendship, but will she forgive him for leaving? Sequel to Sulevin'din Shiral; Elin Mahariel universe.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,442 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 23 - Published: 1/17/2011 - Mahariel, Alistair - Complete
Love and Levirate by JessicaJones reviews
Alistair was not Cailan. He was only a collection of similar shortcomings, wearing her dead husband's face.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 23,885 - Reviews: 164 - Favs: 283 - Follows: 74 - Updated: 9/10/2010 - Published: 7/17/2010 - Anora, Alistair - Complete
Cartography by Lilith Morgana reviews
The Blight is over; Ferelden's two Wardens survived. Now they must forge new lives in a land torn by war, restore what was lost and investigate new threats rising, both in Ferelden and abroad. Future Elissa/Loghain. Sequel to "In All These Wasteful Hours
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 32 - Words: 183,212 - Reviews: 377 - Favs: 155 - Follows: 87 - Updated: 9/10/2010 - Published: 3/27/2010 - Cousland, Loghain M. T. - Complete
Father Figure by JessicaJones reviews
"It's not how you die that's important," he said. "It's how you live." Nine moments in Duncan's life.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 9 - Words: 5,316 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 7/26/2010 - Published: 7/22/2010 - Duncan - Complete
The Annals of the Queen by NotLaura reviews
What young noble girl does not dream of marrying a King? A young King, handsome and strong and already half-beloved by the country he had fought to save?
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 10,685 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 68 - Follows: 92 - Updated: 7/7/2010 - Published: 1/25/2010 - Alistair
The Untaken Path by NotLaura reviews
Blessed are the peacekeepers, the champions of the just.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,317 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/9/2010 - Alistair, Leliana
In All These Wasteful Hours by Lilith Morgana reviews
In their game of kings and rebels he is now her brother. And as soon as Landsmeet is over, they will have to find a way to live with that.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Friendship/Angst - Chapters: 13 - Words: 48,971 - Reviews: 111 - Favs: 171 - Follows: 50 - Updated: 3/21/2010 - Published: 1/23/2010 - Cousland, Loghain M. T. - Complete
Of Steel and Stone by littleblackdog reviews
The exiled princess and the illegitimate prince— a romance between cultures, comrades, and cast-offs. A series of missing scenes. Not in chronological order, just moments in time. Rated for sexuality and some violence.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 28 - Words: 35,573 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 160 - Follows: 93 - Updated: 2/16/2010 - Published: 12/14/2009 - Aeducan, Alistair
Understanding by Aeryn Phoenix reviews
Alistair/Fem!Mahariel centric drabbles. Two people raised by different cultures are bound to have trouble coming to an understanding. Sometimes the less they try, the easier it becomes, and needing each other becomes more important than being right.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 22,314 - Reviews: 89 - Favs: 184 - Follows: 53 - Updated: 1/12/2010 - Published: 12/15/2009 - Alistair, Mahariel - Complete
Endlessly by NotLaura reviews
Five years since The Blight was driven back, and you have not returned to Denerim. Until now. Complete
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 12 - Words: 14,576 - Reviews: 146 - Favs: 411 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 12/20/2009 - Published: 12/9/2009 - Cousland, Alistair - Complete
Profaned by Bladesworn reviews
Alistair introspects, after his encounter with the Witch of the Wilds. // Spoilers for endgame.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,389 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 68 - Follows: 3 - Published: 11/29/2009 - Alistair - Complete
Ever by callalili reviews
Five times when he's a good dog, and once when he isn't. A sort-of prequel to Crisium's "What We Become" from Dog's perspective.
Dragon Age - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,702 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 87 - Follows: 5 - Published: 11/15/2009 - Dog - Complete
Princesses by Bladesworn reviews
Arl Eamon tells him, "All women are princesses in their own way, lad. Once you realize that, it's merely a matter of what dragons they need slain."
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,159 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 357 - Follows: 30 - Published: 11/13/2009 - Alistair - Complete
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Shades of Grey reviews
A full Origins novel. The game story of Elissa and Alistair from the "Here Without You" universe.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 38 - Words: 153,393 - Reviews: 365 - Favs: 250 - Follows: 236 - Updated: 3/24 - Published: 5/1/2011 - Alistair, Cousland
Time After Time reviews
Sometimes what comes after is the hardest part. Prequel to Here Without You.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 9 - Words: 29,905 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 64 - Updated: 3/7/2012 - Published: 12/10/2010 - Cousland
Trace reviews
My entry for Bioware's Asunder Creative Writing Contest.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,802 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/18/2012 - Amell - Complete
Surrender reviews
Answer to Cheeky Monkey Challenge: A "Real" Happy Ending for Warden & Alistair. So I've gone and given away the ending. Hope you like it, anyway ;
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 18,682 - Reviews: 64 - Favs: 113 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 8/20/2011 - Published: 7/27/2011 - Alistair, Mahariel - Complete
Here Without You reviews
Five years after the defeat of the Archdemon, Alistair and Elissa are brought together by a common threat, and must try to know each other again in the roles of their new lives.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 35 - Words: 152,444 - Reviews: 561 - Favs: 649 - Follows: 267 - Updated: 3/8/2011 - Published: 4/19/2010 - Cousland, Alistair - Complete
In Dreams reviews
Alistair's journey into the Deeproads. One-shot. By request. The version I put up before was a rough draft, and I am so, so sorry. I hereby vow to be more careful and it'll never happen again.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,346 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/23/2010 - Alistair - Complete
Always reviews
The morning is chill and heavy with mist on the day that you realize you can no longer ignore the Call. Post-game spoiler warning Alistair/Any FemPC. One-shot
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,097 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 5 - Published: 3/10/2010 - Alistair - Complete