Kyla Baines
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Joined 01-17-12, id: 3637314, Profile Updated: 07-11-16
Author has written 12 stories for Dragon Age.

Update - 11 July 2016: Well, after a very long hiatus, I am back, baby! Steadily working away at Duty and Desire, and I hope to have a new chapter posted soon-ish! Sorry for being so absent to any of my readers!

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Bioware holds all rights to the wonderful world of Dragon Age and all characters within it. Sadly.

I do not profit in any way from the published works I put on this site, and I do this purely for my own enjoyment, and hopefully the enjoyment of some of you.

Shout Outs

First and foremost I would like to thank every person who reads any of my stories... I'm shocked most of the time that anyone would want to! Whether you like to read and lurk (as I did for a good long time before ever venturing to review or *gasp* write...), favorite, follow, or review, you are all what keeps me going with my ongoing stories. Thanks :)

Next, an enormous thank you goes out to my two amazing betas: Eve Hawke and Jaden Anderson. These lovely ladies help to make my work far cleaner and better than I could ever do on my own. Both of them are incredibly talented authors, and their work is a huge inspiration to me. They also just chat with me when I need to get something out of my system or need help with a plot point. Thank you a million times over!

Finally, a huge thank you goes to the group of writers I'm fortunate to have as a support group: AnnBlackwater, csorciere, Etaine M, Eve Hawke, FenZev, Jaden Anderson, The Original Frizzi, Whatcomestomind, wintryone, Miss Mahariel and zoedigz13. Without all of you, I swear I would have quit long ago! *hugs*


Oh boy, well, here are a few basic points:

I'm a twenty-something female who lives in the USA. I am happily married, have no children, but one adorable black labrador retriever. I am a professor in the sciences, and it beats me why I love writing so much... maybe it's a fallout from all of the utterly dry research papers I've had to write!

I suppose I came to this site in much the same way that many other people did. I played the DA games, loved them, but really wanted to sink my teeth into something more than we were given in-game. I searched around and read and lurked for a good amount of time, several ideas started bouncing around in my head, and I decided to attempt some writing!

I have a healthy love for most of the characters in the DA universe. Some of my favorites include Cullen, Bethany, Anders, Alistair, and Sebastian. Every so often, Fenris and Zevran decide they want to monopolize my attention as well! The types of stories that I most love (both to read and write) are AU. Don't get me wrong... a well-written playthrough is a beautiful thing, but what I really crave is something new and unexpected to sink my teeth into.

I hope that you enjoy some of my meager offerings here in the wonderful world of fanfiction!

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Duty and Devotion (Book 1 of the Devotion Series) -- A love story for a broken Cullen, featuring F/Amell and F/mage Hawke. Cullen's heart is torn between his unwavering loyalty to the templars, and the forbidden passion that threatens to undo everything he has worked for. Now complete!

Duty and Desire (Book 2 of the Devotion series) -- After the fall of Kinloch Hold, Cullen's heart has been torn asunder and he is left broken. He arrives in Kirkwall, determined to stay on his Maker-given path, but the last thing he expects is to meet in the City of Chains is a woman who can set him free. Featuring Cullen and F/mage Hawke. Currently my main line.

Cullen's Devotion (Book 3 of the Devotion series) -- Coming sometime less soon to a fanfiction site near you! Will span the envents of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Crossover -- A rewrite of a previous story that was my first on this site. It started off as Zevran and Alistair having different backgrounds than the game gave them, and now, after just a few chapters of reworking this from the start, I have no clue where the characters are taking me! It is told from my f!Cousland perspective, and I'm not sure what the eventual pairing(s) will be... Lately, a certain Ser Gilmore has been jumping in my head...

Pawns of Chaos -- This is a story of Hawke and Alistair meeting first in Lothering, and reuniting years later in Kirkwall. The first few chapters are going to focus on the events leading up to the reunion in Kirkwall, and the rest will look at the events that take place in the aftermath. Now complete!

The Firebird -- Bethany and Carver both survived the flight from Lothering, but their eldest sister does not. Join Bethany as she takes on all our favorite characters from DA:II, and see if she will become the Champion her sister could have, or something entirely unique on her own! Definitely AU (obviously), and definitely not a retelling of the events of the game.

Pride -- I really needed to get a dark short story out of my system, and this is what happened. Told from the perspective of Uldred, I hope to illustrate what his earlier years might have been like, and how that shaped him into the evil piece of work we saw in Origins. One-shot and complete!

The Games We Play -- A quick little ficlet that was written as a gift to Miss Mahariel, who asked for a "rivalmanced" Fenris/Isabela story. One-shot and complete!

Kiss of a Wolf -- A gift fic for the 100th reviewer of Duty and Devotion: the lovely Swooping is Bad! She requested an interrupted kiss, involving f/CouslandxAlistair and a dark Loghain. One shot and complete!

Free to Love -- A gift fic for the lovely and talented FenZev, whose work has been a huge inspiration to me. She has also been one of my biggest supporters, particularly with Duty and Devotion. This is a tribute to her in the form of a one-shot of our favorite DA man: Cullen. One shot and complete!

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Tricking the Past by ladyklee reviews
The saga of the youngest Cousland family member, Serena, who would eventually become the fabled Hero of Ferelden. Longing to reconcile her past and present, she has no where to look but the future. Chapter 88 - Brace for Impact, now up!
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 88 - Words: 322,476 - Reviews: 226 - Favs: 215 - Follows: 217 - Updated: 8/26/2015 - Published: 6/21/2011 - Alistair, Cousland
A Crow's Devotion by Eve Hawke reviews
He'd been prepared to lay his heart at her feet, but when Leliana refused him, Zevran's world broke into pieces. A certain blonde warrior from Denerim's Alienage can heal his bleeding heart, however. Based in the Lyraverse; a spinoff following Zevran. Many chaps coincide with the story "Seeds of the Future". M for intimacy, language and adult themes. Cover by EkoCentric!
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 19 - Words: 57,821 - Reviews: 188 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 5/7/2015 - Published: 12/8/2012 - Zevran A., Tabris - Complete
Endless Love by FenZev reviews
Setting: Post DA2. Cullen has been given the position of Knight-Commander after the templars defeated the mages. He was settling into his new title quite nicely until someone from his past walked into his office. What she asks of him will test his loyalty to the Order and force him to question everything he once stood proudly for. It will also test his heart. F!Amell/Cullen.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 49,642 - Reviews: 249 - Favs: 123 - Follows: 114 - Updated: 8/6/2014 - Published: 10/13/2012 - [Amell, Cullen] [Anders, Hawke (F)] - Complete
To Conspire With an Antivan by Lilou88 reviews
Isabela knows Hawke still cares for Fenris after all this time, even if she'd never admit it. Feed up with seeing her friend so depressed, she decides to take matters into her own hands. When Hawke's group comes across a certain former assassin from her past, Isabela quickly hatches a plan with his help to get the mage the attention she deserves.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 10 - Words: 61,147 - Reviews: 96 - Favs: 162 - Follows: 269 - Updated: 7/29/2014 - Published: 12/3/2012 - [Fenris, Hawke (F)] Zevran A.
Abaddon by Lilou88 reviews
The decisions Hawke made before her flight from Kirkwall come at a heavy price - one she will not be alone in bearing.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 17,400 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 4/21/2014 - Published: 11/5/2013 - [Fenris, Hawke (F)] Varric T.
A Twist of Fate by Eve Hawke reviews
Cailan's job is fairly simple: protect the country and produce an heir. Two tasks that are proving a challenge, but even those will be nothing compared to Lex Amell. Alistair's is even simpler: smile and nod. But when his fiancée is slain and the world falls to the darkspawn, both men will learn that life is rarely what it seems. AU. Co-authored by Cara Sterling. Art by olivegbg.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 14,329 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 4/15/2014 - Published: 6/12/2013 - Alistair, Morrigan, Amell, Cailan T.
Eclectic Inspirations by Lilou88 reviews
This is the beginning of what will be my collection of dibbles and drabbles that are too short to post as full stories on their own. Most likely the things posted here will center around Fenris, F!Hawke or both, with other characters included as their stories come to me, if at all. Subjects / ratings will evolve as fics are posted, and each chapter will be a standalone blurb.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 11 - Words: 8,980 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 4/15/2014 - Published: 6/2/2013 - [Fenris, Hawke (F)]
To Save a Crow by The Original Frizzi reviews
One must remember that we are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain. ***Rated M for some maturity, including fluffiness***
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,424 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/23/2014 - Zevran A., Hawke (F) - Complete
The Teyrn's Daughter and the King's Son by Eve Hawke reviews
Duty was all that remained after Lyra Cousland's family was murdered by the treacherous Arl Howe. But that duty would lead her to the man she was meant for, and a love that would be sung throughout the ages. Blood, language, intimacy. Some AU. COMPLETE but in rewrites; chapters replaced as they are edited. Follow for updates! Cover art by the amazing Ekocentric!
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 71 - Words: 305,819 - Reviews: 508 - Favs: 347 - Follows: 144 - Updated: 11/19/2013 - Published: 3/19/2012 - Alistair, Cousland - Complete
Love is a Farm in Ferelden by Shinkshinkshink reviews
An AU romance that takes place 3 years before the blight drove Marian and her family from Lothering. An escaped Tevinter slave finds himself in the company of a beautiful and kind young woman and her quirky family. She takes him in and teaches him that not all work is slavery and not everyone is out for blood. A collaborative work of fiction by JenniferHawke and Shinkshinkshink.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 18 - Words: 49,230 - Reviews: 134 - Favs: 93 - Follows: 136 - Updated: 9/11/2013 - Published: 4/1/2013 - Fenris, Hawke (F)
The Merchant and the Sparrow by Lilou88 reviews
This shemlen with the thick accent and arrogant smirk may very well be the most infuriating person Arianni has ever had the misfortune to have met. It's a shame the feeling isn't mutual. An exploration into the relationship between Arianni and Vincento pre-Dragon Age 2. Written for the 2013 Dragon Age Reverse Big Bang for artwork done by the lovely Foxghost.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 16,966 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/23/2013 - [Arianni, Vincento] Marethari - Complete
Three Wishes by FenZev reviews
This is a one-shot based on a writing challenge: In Dragon Age, there's a cutscene where a meteor crashes, and a child is found in the crater, referencing Superman. For this challenge, you're going to take this cutscene into your own hands! Take a recognizable object from a different franchise, set it in Thedas, and have your character react accordingly.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,334 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/17/2013 - Anders, Fenris, Hawke (F) - Complete
In the Arms of a Crow by FenZev reviews
The King must do what is best for Ferelden, even if that means breaking the heart of his one true love. Who will be there to pick up the pieces?
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,640 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 6 - Published: 8/17/2012 - Alistair, Zevran A., Mahariel - Complete
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Duty and Desire reviews
Cullen survived the fall of Kinloch Hold, but the events that transpired there left him a broken man. With a shattered heart and renewed determination to stay true to his Maker-given path, he seeks solace in his duties as a templar, but the last thing he expects to find in the City of Chains is a woman who can set him free.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 11,309 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 45 - Updated: 2/28/2015 - Published: 1/28/2015 - [Cullen, Hawke (F)]
Little Falcon reviews
A new recruit to the Antivan Crows has Zevran intrigued. As the one assigned to make sure she completes her last trial to the satisfaction of the guildmaster, he relishes the opportunity to watch her work firsthand. Gift fic for FenZev!
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,205 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 2/14/2015 - Zevran A., Rinna
Duty and Devotion reviews
Cullen has always stood by the rules, his duty to the Templar Order unwavering. The path to the Maker's side, however, is filled with tests and forbidden passions that threaten to break his vows. Duty and devotion cannot both be won. Book 1 of the Devotion Trilogy.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 92,522 - Reviews: 332 - Favs: 90 - Follows: 124 - Updated: 1/28/2015 - Published: 2/21/2013 - Amell, Cullen, Hawke (F) - Complete
Once reviews
Cullen thought that he had left his insecurities and hidden desires behind when he left Kinloch Hold. When he learns the identity of a dark-haired beauty in Kirkwall, though, old doubts begin to resurface. A gift to the 200th reviewer of Duty and Devotion: the lovely Melysande!
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,004 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/24/2014 - [Cullen, Bethany H.] - Complete
Free to Love reviews
There are ties that cannot be severed - feelings that do not fade with the passing of time. A gift for the beautiful and talented FenZev, featuring our favorite DA man: Cullen. One-shot.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,280 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 4 - Published: 7/30/2013 - Cullen - Complete
Seeker's Salvation reviews
When Leliana abandoned her after the final battle against the archdemon, Brynn Amell thought it was the end. When fate brings them together once again, neither are prepared for the emotions that threaten to overwhelm them both. A gift fic for Apollo Wings. One-shot.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,011 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Published: 7/3/2013 - Leliana, Amell - Complete
Kiss of a Wolf reviews
In a tumultuous world, the methods that a man will use to send a message are sometimes unprecedented. A gift fiction involving Alistair/f!Cousland and dark!Loghain. AU, one-shot prompt from Swooping is Bad.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,043 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 5 - Published: 6/25/2013 - Alistair, Cousland, Loghain M. T. - Complete
The Firebird reviews
Tragedy strikes Bethany's world when her older sister is killed. Now, the responsibility of her family rests on her shoulders as she struggles to get them safely to Kirkwall. Here, she and the men that grow to love her must travel paths filled with intrigue and deceit, love and betrayal, before they find true happiness. Bethany/Anders/Fenris .
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 12 - Words: 37,139 - Reviews: 89 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 39 - Updated: 4/5/2013 - Published: 9/17/2012 - Anders, Fenris, Bethany H.
Pawns of Chaos reviews
This is the story of what brought Alistair Theirin and Caera Hawke together one fateful day in Lothering, and how their paths would cross years later in Kirkwall. Each will shake the world in different ways, but ultimately, their destinies are intertwined.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 14 - Words: 23,457 - Reviews: 61 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 2/17/2013 - Published: 5/21/2012 - Alistair, Hawke (F) - Complete
The Games We Play reviews
Isabela is accustomed to feeling irresistible, but a certain elf seems to be immune to her charms. Determined to get a reaction - any reaction - out of him, she may end up pushing him to his breaking point. A one-shot gift fic for the lovely Artwo.D2!
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,484 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 4 - Published: 2/12/2013 - Fenris, Isabela - Complete
Crossover reviews
It is the dawn of the Fifth Blight, and nothing ever turns out the way it is expected to. Zevran Arainai has been conscripted to the Grey Wardens, Alistair never made it to Ostagar, and Melodee Cousland is accompanied to Ostagar by someone unexpected. F!CouslandxZevranxAlistairxGil more.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 11,825 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 2/1/2013 - Published: 10/8/2012 - Alistair, Zevran A., Cousland, S. Gilmore
Pride reviews
A lonely boy hungers for acceptance and success and eventually finds his way at the Circle of Magi in Ferelden. After a time, he finds that his own gifts are not enough. A man does not become a villain overnight. A dark one-shot from Uldred's POV.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,731 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/28/2012 - Uldred - Complete