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Author has written 32 stories for Dragon Age.

Thanks for dropping by! I still feel relatively new to fanfiction, having caught the bug through my obsession with the characters and lore from Dragon Age 2. More specifically, it was the erstwhile Knight-Captain Cullen that really got me writing, so he'll probably continue to be my primary muse for the time being. I'm still praying to the Bioware gods that he is featured in future game installments so I can chat with him some more instead of putting words in his mouth. :crosses fingers:

About me, I'm a big fantasy/genre fan in general and have been for many years, and although my rebel alliance decal has graced my car for years, I've only truly embraced my inner fangirl somewhat recently. I'm not a huge gamer, but I absolutely loved both DA: Origins and DA2 (and their spiritual predecessors like BG).

..My Stuff..

DABB: What Counts

I was delighted to participate in wave 2 of the 2012 Dragon Age Big Bang and just posted my story What Counts. It takes place during DA2's Act 3 and explores how loaded Cullen's statement to Meredith about arresting the Champion might have been.

The most exciting part of this process was collaborating with the talented vieralynn, who created art inspired by the story. I encourage you to check them out at devart: Art 1 (the bookcover used here) Art 2 Art 3. You can also see them incorporated into the story at AO3.

Knight's Bloom Series

Knight's Bloom - As of Jan 2012, I've just finished my first long story, Knight's Bloom. It follows fem!Hawke and Cullen, picking up just after the events of DA2's Act 3. With Hawke as Viscountess and Cullen promoted to Knight-Commander, a new friendship ensues as they attempt to navigate these new roles. The story's ultimate goal was to try to explain why Viscountess Hawke would eventually leave Kirkwall and why no one seems to know where she went. It was pretty much written before Dragon Age: Asunder came out, so somewhat follows its own AU storyline for what happened after the events of Act 3 (although, interestingly, it's not too far afield).

For fun, a reader has drawn some lovely pics inspired by Knight's Bloom. Check out . Yay! In particular: Knight's Bloom

First Haircut - A short drabble, inspired by a prompt about Cullen's hair, regarding Marian and Cullen's son's first haircut.

Catch a Dragon by the Toe - A short story, set three years after Knight's Bloom. When Marian and Cullen's son, Malcolm, sneaks away to meet a mysterious friend, he never imagined the secrets his friend might be hiding or the danger he might pose.

Endless Possibility - A short drabble imagining Cullen at 60 at Malcolm's eventual wedding.

One-Shots

All Bets Are Off - A fluffy drabble about a bet that ultimately brings Marian Hawke and Cullen together.

Blonde - A humorous drabble wherein Varric tries to figure out the color of Cullen's hair, while embarrassing Marian Hawke and Cullen along the way.

Maker Be My Guide - A short story written for the Bioware Dragon Age: Asunder writing challenge, which follows templar recruit Tamsin on the start of a journey to find her own path. I hope to expand it, especially since the challenge word limit was... challenging.

A Love of His Own - A little exploration of a possible backstory for Cullen's romantic history. Just how innocent is he really? Also check out loverly fanart by Inveleth.

Trust - A short story written for a BSN Cullen Thread milestone focused on first kisses. It's a scene from a longer, WIP that's been germinating in my head (UPDATE: But is now being posted: Fool's Errand), so I went ahead and jotted it down. Our hero cuts Cullen's hair with unexpected results. AND! My lovely fanart commission by the talented Chenria: Finally you start to look human again.

Andraste's Grace - A story sort of from the same WIP as Trust. It's a side story I may not be able to include, but it's the same characters. Marian Hawke and Cullen are on the run and must seek shelter from a mysterious local connection of Cullen's that turns out to rather insightful about his character.

Comfort - Short drabble imagining Cullen coming to comfort Hawke after the events of All That Remains.

Lucky - A short story I once attempted to examine Aveline and Isabela's friendship, which I love. Ended up a bit bittersweet.

Swords and Shields - A humorous aside inspired by Varric's infamous "Swords and Shields" romance serial.

Don't Stand So Close To Me - Modern college AU (my first modern AU!) about professor Cullen and his illicit feelings for his student Solona Amell. It was inspired by the jawdropping awesomeness of one of 's modern Cullen pictures (http:///post/120399951717/support-me-on-), with her permission.

DA: Inquisition Stories (all speculation so far)

The Coming Storm - A series of vignettes examining how Cullen, Cassandra, Varric and Leliana might be drawn into the looming drama with the breaking of the Nevarran Accord. Where were they that night? And what happened next?

Unspoken - A fun collaboration with my friend LolaLei about a rather sad outcome for Cullen after DA2. What if -- gasp -- he's married? Meaning, to someone other than you. Unfortunately, emphasis on the sad.

Red - A short drabble examining one possible outcome for Cullen after DA2 and how changes in the Templar Order might have impacted him after the breaking of the Nevarran Code.

Chocolate and Sex Stories (DA: I)

Chocolate and Sex - A little drabble inspired by the unused sound files from DA:O when Cullen might have been a temporary companion. In particular, his laugh and his "bored" comment. If you haven't heard them, you can hear most of them in this youtube by Scr0ll. The bored comment is also available on vieralynn's tumblr.

Sex and Chocolate by Varric Tethras - A follow up drabble to Chocolate and Sex, imagining Varric writing his own story about Trev and Cullen. Heh heh. NSFW.

ALSO! Russian fans, Chocolate and Sex and Sex and Chocolate by Varric Tethras have both been translated into Russian, with special thanks to user lenokk for translating.


In progress (ca. Feb 2015):

Fool's Errand - A new, long fic set in 9:40, after Asunder, that examines Cassandra and Leliana's "Plan B" from the end of DA2 and how Cullen seeks to redeem himself after Kirkwall. As a preview, this is the WIP which features the characters from Trust and Andraste's Grace.

UPDATE: Chapter 1: Lovely new illustration by JerHopp.

Chapter 2 illustration by JerHopp !

Chapter 3 illustration by JerHopp

Chapter 11 illustration by Chenria

Stay tuned!


General Update Feb 2015

I've finally come up for air from playing DA:I and so the muse is functioning once again. Fool's Errand will continue, along with a few other things, like adding Solas to my stable of LIs. We'll see if I can write him!

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Sarkan Uprooted by lambdse reviews
Sarkan is trying to do his job cleaning up the capital in the aftermath of the events in the Wood, but he can't stay focused...
Uprooted, Naomi Novik - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 653 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 68 - Follows: 10 - Published: 9/13/2015 - The Dragon, Agnieszka - Complete
Refuge by Hannah Catherine reviews
When Skyhold Keep is attacked and overtaken, Cullen must confront the metaphorical and literal demons of the past.
Dragon Age - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,893 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 4 - Published: 5/22/2014 - Cullen, Inquisitor - Complete
Spirited by Samara-Draven reviews
Everyone sends her liquor to say "Thanks for saving our asses" and Hawke isn't about to let it go to waste but things go sideways when she drinks more than her measure.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,875 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/24/2012 - unknown 1, Cullen - Complete
Atonement by Suilven reviews
Cara had done something very bad... From his hiding place beneath the table, Cullen could hear the adults talking, completely unaware of how his sister's fate was about to change his own. Entry for the DA: Asunder Creative Writing Challenge.
Dragon Age - Rated: K - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,451 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/18/2012 - Cullen - Complete
Never Enough by StellaSmooth reviews
Marian Hawke had saved the Knight-Captain's life once and he wanted to make sure that she was ok after her brother betraying secret. Now under his watchful eye in the Circle of Kirkwall, he finds that his growing obsession for her is hard to fight.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,690 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 11 - Published: 6/13/2011 - Cullen, unknown 1 - Complete
Only the Living Know Victory by sweetestcondition reviews
Just when Fenris and Hawke finally talk about the meaning of "that night," they are torn apart again. What if Danarius succeeds in wiping away Fenris' memories of Hawke? Will Fenris ever remember any of it? Female Hawke/Fenris romance.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 42,292 - Reviews: 137 - Favs: 208 - Follows: 163 - Updated: 5/30/2011 - Published: 4/1/2011 - [Fenris, unknown 1] Anders, Varric T. - Complete
Little Pieces by Aeryn Phoenix reviews
Lady Hawke/Fenris one-shots. Smut, angst, drama, stupidity, and whatever else the muse spews out.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 55,744 - Reviews: 370 - Favs: 690 - Follows: 319 - Updated: 4/19/2011 - Published: 3/18/2011 - unknown 1, Fenris - Complete
Fledglings by CJK reviews
Alistair grinned. "It's my calling. Some of us will guard the Tower, some will protect chantries, some will hunt apostates – and I will be the best pot scrubber Templar in Ferelden."
Dragon Age - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,581 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 71 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/15/2010 - Alistair, Cullen - Complete
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Welcome to Skyhold
Hawke has joined the Inquisition and finally reunited with Cullen at Skyhold. But when the couple heads to Honnleath for some time alone, Hawke discovers that Cullen has an ulterior motive in keeping her away from Skyhold, on the Inquisitor's suggestion. Follow up to the events in The Trouble with Hawke and part of the Fool's Errand Universe, but this story is pretty stand alone.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,612 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/11/2017 - Cullen, unknown 1 - Complete
She Never Misses reviews
Malika's casual night out at the Herald's Rest with Varric, Cullen and Hawke leads to a knife throwing contest between Malika and Cullen and some awkward questions about Malika and Varric's burgeoning relationship. The contest quickly reveals who is the most skilled with their projectiles. Sequel to Gentle Resolve, but pretty stand alone. Slow burn f!CadashxVarric.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,425 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/30/2017 - Cullen, Varric T., unknown 1, Cadash - Complete
Gentle Resolve reviews
Having just returned from Adamant Fortress, Inquisitor Cadash seeks some air to clear her head after an evening at the tavern. Varric tags along to make sure she doesn't accidentally tumble off the battlements. Slow burn fluff ensues. Varric x f!Cadash. Follows "The Trouble with Hawke," in the Fool's Errand universe, but this drabble is pretty stand alone.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,291 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/2/2017 - Varric T., Cadash - Complete
The Trouble With Hawke reviews
Inquisitor Cadash has finally started to get Skyhold running smoothly when Marian Hawke moves in and brings her inimitable style of doing things with her. Cullen x f!Hawke; hints of f!Cadash x Varric; Continues after Fool's Errand, but also stands alone.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,554 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/4/2016 - Cullen, Varric T., unknown 1, Cadash - Complete
Fool's Errand reviews
Three years after allowing Marian Hawke to escape Kirkwall, a disgraced Cullen is sent on a desperate quest to find her. Can he earn her trust in time to regain what he's lost and finally redeem them all for the role they played in igniting the mage-templar war? Set in 9:40, after the events of DA2 and Asunder, now slightly AU to DA:I. Now rated M.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 32 - Words: 147,909 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 5/29/2016 - Published: 5/23/2014 - Cullen, unknown 1 - Complete
Chocolate and Valentines reviews
On Valentine's Day, Cullen is sent on what feels like a wild goose chase to the Skyhold tavern. He fears yet another prank from Sera, but instead finds a surprise of another kind. Unrepentant fluff. Fourth installment in the Chocolate and Sex series.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,085 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/14/2016 - Cullen, Trevelyan - Complete
In Dreams reviews
A short series of 100-word ficlets exploring Lavellan's dreams after the end of Trespasser. Her hopes for rekindling Solas's regard for her and her world manifest themselves night after night in her dreams. But is it real or just a dream?
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 548 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 9/26/2015
Don't Stand So Close To Me reviews
Modern college AU where hot new assistant professor Cullen Rutherford's mentorship of rising star Solona Amell is complicated by his growing attraction to her and the resulting political fallout. (Yes, inspired by the song of the same name)
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,441 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 4 - Published: 7/22/2015 - Amell, Cullen - Complete
Urgent
Sera gives Cullen an urgent missive about the Inquisitor, sending Cullen headlong into the Deep Roads to ensure she is okay. He discovers more than he bargained for.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,042 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/17/2015 - Cullen, Trevelyan - Complete
Nothing that He has wrought shall be lost reviews
In the aftermath of the siege at Adamant, Prince Sebastian Vael shows up on Commander Cullen's doorstep demanding to see his wife, Hawke. The old friends reconnect and support each other as they face the potential loss of the women they love. Set at the tail end of Here Lies the Abyss. DA:I Spoilers. Sebastian/f!Hawke, Cullen/f!Trevelyan, #bromance #friendship #angst #fluff
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,123 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 12 - Published: 4/12/2015 - Cullen, Sebastian V., unknown 1, Trevelyan - Complete
Chocolate, Sex and Roses reviews
The prospect of dining privately with the Inquisitor fills Cullen with trepidation, made especially awkward by the addition of Cook's new dessert experiment… something Orlesian involving melted chocolate. A continuation of Chocolate and Sex, and Sex and Chocolate by Varric Tethras, this one-shot follows the aftermath of Varric's meddling.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,788 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 5 - Published: 2/21/2015 - Cullen, Trevelyan - Complete
People Will Talk reviews
The Inquisitor has an awkward encounter with Cullen that reveals some lingering issues from his time in Kirkwall, but also complicates her relationships with both the Commander and Solas. Set during DA:I, mid-game. F!Lavellan/Solas, F!Lavellan/Cullen. Rated: M
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,122 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 4 - Published: 2/21/2015 - Cullen, Solas, Lavellan - Complete
Endless Possibility
It is 9:66 Dragon, and 60-year-old Cullen and Marian enjoy a day of relative peace to celebrate the marriage of their son and reflect on their life. Sequel to *Knight's Bloom* and *Catch a Dragon by the Toe*. A drabble inspired by the 30 Days of Dragon Age prompt: If your favorite character is alive at the age of 60, what are they doing?
Dragon Age - Rated: K - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,922 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/26/2014 - Cullen, Urthemiel, unknown 1, OC - Complete
Sex and Chocolate by Varric Tethras reviews
The f!Inquisitor and Cullen find a new and unexpected way to connect, with a little help from Varric. Sequel to Chocolate and Sex.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,268 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 11 - Published: 10/23/2014 - Cullen, Varric T., Inquisitor - Complete
Chocolate and Sex reviews
The Inquisitor receives some unexpected insight about the most taciturn member of her new team. Set during DA: Inquisition, so it includes speculation and some minor spoilers. (OC is the Inquisitor, but that's not on the tag list yet!) Rated: T
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,519 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 10 - Published: 3/27/2014 - Cullen, Inquisitor - Complete
Red reviews
Newly reassigned to Val Royeaux in 9:40, Cullen has struggled to adjust to the upheavals in the Templar Order. A late night visitor may hold the key to Cullen's troubled heart, but will it ultimately cost him even more?
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,032 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/13/2014 - Cullen, OC - Complete
The Coming Storm reviews
In 9:40 Dragon, Knight-Commander Cullen responds to an urgent summons from Val Royeaux and faces a difficult choice, setting in motion a series of events that will change the face of Thedas. DA: Asunder spoilers. Spoilery DA: Inquisition speculation.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Fantasy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 13,470 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 11/4/2013 - Published: 3/8/2013 - Leliana, Cullen, Varric T., Cassandra P. - Complete
Lucky reviews
Isabela thinks she's out of her depth when called upon to help to a friend. A short drabble.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,430 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 6 - Published: 10/8/2013 - Isabela, Aveline V. - Complete
Swords and Shields reviews
In her increasing paranoia, Meredith questions Cullen and reveals a guilty secret.
Dragon Age - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 685 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 7 - Published: 5/19/2013 - Cullen, Meredith S. - Complete
What Counts reviews
Arrested yet again, Marian Hawke was now a regular detainee at the Gallows in what had become a strangely playful game with the Knight-Captain. But the stakes of the game become real as Meredith tightens her grip on the city, making Hawke's unorthodox friendship with Cullen their only hope for a peaceful solution.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 31,599 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 9 - Published: 2/8/2013 - unknown 1, Cullen - Complete
Unspoken reviews
On the eve of battle, our DA: Inquisition Hero faces an insurmountable obstacle in her burgeoning relationship with Cullen.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,179 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/20/2013 - Cullen, Inquisitor - Complete
Comfort reviews
A quick drabble imagining Cullen trying to comfort Marian Hawke after her mother's death.
Dragon Age - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 637 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/15/2013 - unknown 1, Cullen - Complete
Andraste's Grace reviews
On the run and injured, Marian Hawke must rely on Cullen's dubious connection to offer them refuge. The story loosely follows sometime after Trust.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,384 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/1/2013 - unknown 1, Cullen - Complete
Trust reviews
Set after DA2, an innocent haircut turns into much more for the former Knight-Captain Cullen and his fearless leader. A short story for the BSN Cullen Forum "first kiss" prompt.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,780 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 4 - Published: 9/2/2012 - Cullen, unknown 1 - Complete
A Love of His Own reviews
As a Fereldan, Cullen's youth and precipitous advancement to Knight-Captain haven't won him any friends in Kirkwall, especially among his templar brethren. So, in whom does he actually confide? Marian Hawke inadvertently finds out the hard way. One-shot set just before DA2 Act 3.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,237 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 3 - Published: 6/29/2012 - Cullen, unknown 1 - Complete
Catch a Dragon By the Toe reviews
When Marian Hawke and Cullen's young son, Malcolm, sneaks away to meet a mysterious friend, he never imagined the secrets his friend might be hiding or the danger he might pose. Set three years after "Knight's Bloom."
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 13,576 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 5/13/2012 - Published: 5/4/2012 - Urthemiel, unknown 1, Cullen - Complete
First Haircut reviews
A short, hair-inspired drabble about the first haircut for Marian Hawke and Cullen's son and the memories it evokes for Cullen. Set after "Knight's Bloom," although it's not really necessary to have read it first.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 725 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Published: 4/25/2012 - unknown 1, Cullen - Complete
Blonde reviews
A silly drabble in honor of Cullen's hair. What the heck color is it, anyway? Varric tries to find out.
Dragon Age - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 845 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/24/2012 - Cullen, unknown 1 - Complete
Knight's Bloom reviews
Thrust into new roles as the leaders of Kirkwall, Viscountess Marian Hawke and Knight-Commander Cullen become close allies and fast friends. But Hawke struggles to keep their relationship professional in the face of unexpected new dangers as the Chantry tightens its grip on Kirkwall and a mysterious assassin dogs her steps. Set between DA2 Act 3 and Varric's interrogation.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 27 - Words: 124,477 - Reviews: 118 - Favs: 185 - Follows: 71 - Updated: 1/28/2012 - Published: 11/6/2011 - unknown 1, Cullen - Complete
Maker Be My Guide reviews
Templar recruit Tamsin becomes hopelessly lost in the woods during her first assignment to apprehend an apostate. Yet, it seems the Maker may have His own plan for her, when a touching encounter changes her path forever. Set in DA2 Act2, with orig chars.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,577 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/17/2012 - Complete
Tamsin: Prelude to Maker Be My Guide
New Templar recruit Tamsin and her mother have one of those discussions about her future and how Knight-Captain Cullen might have figured into her decision to join the Order. Very short prelude to Maker Be My Guide.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 889 - Published: 1/11/2012 - Cullen - Complete
All Bets Are Off reviews
Isabela and Sebastian conspire to bring Marian Hawke and Knight-Captain Cullen together.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,008 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 4 - Published: 8/5/2011 - unknown 1, Cullen - Complete
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