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Joined 03-20-12, id: 3832729, Profile Updated: 08-24-15
Author has written 10 stories for Dragon Age.

Hello and welcome...

Dragon Age is my fandom of choice -- and a damn fine fandom it is. DA:O and DA:I are homes away from home. DA2... less so.

I tend to write angst and (melo)drama which means I do put my poor characters through hell. Having said that, I also have a tendency towards the cheesy so that happily ever after ending might just be possible...

My writing and my reading patterns can be sporadic. But hey, that's what helps to keep DA the guilty little pleasure I indulge in! Updates to my stories and reviews to the stories I follow are always forthcoming, just not as timely as they might have been in the past. Damn that Real Life getting in the way.


Stories:

I've been working (incredibly slowly) on a rewrite of Burdens and Bonds. I say 'rewrite' but it's more a distilling of what works best (and what interests me most) about Burdens. Once I've reached the point where it moves beyond the plot of Burdens, I'll update that story with an explanation. Until then, if you're interested, the new story is entitled Catalyst and is available on AO3 (rated M).


Art:

A commission of Elissa and Alistair, circa Early Days, entitled "A Moment of Peace", can be seen on deviantArt.

A commission of Elissa and Alistair, circa an AU DA:I, entitled "Let Them Come", can be seen on deviantArt.

Both images are by DragonReine so please leave her some comment-love if you adore the images as much as I do!


My avatar is concept art from Disney/Pixar's "Brave" film. All copyright for the image belongs to them.

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Poison and Wine by thinkdragonage reviews
The Wardens have always been fighters and mages of exceptional ability, until Duncan recruits a noblewoman with a brilliant mind and no combat experience. Elissa will uncover conspiracies, lies, and secrets, and no friend or foe is immune to her observational skills. But she may learn that there are some secrets better left unknown. AU campaign/multi-origin.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 58 - Words: 312,211 - Reviews: 731 - Favs: 220 - Follows: 294 - Updated: 8/18 - Published: 3/23/2013 - [Alistair, Cousland] Zevran A., Amell
Andraste's Key by EasternViolet reviews
After the destruction of the Kirkwall Chantry, a mysterious mage recruits an Orlesian scholar to find Andraste's key. With help from the Hero of Ferelden, they must unlock this ancient secret. The DA world is thrown together when the Scholar, the Hero, an apostate and the Champion, scour Thedas to find a relic in time for the Conclave. Post-Kirkwall/ Pre-Inquisition.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 53 - Words: 262,556 - Reviews: 468 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 8/14 - Published: 7/16/2012 - Amell, Connor G., Hawke (M)
I Shall Endure Book 2: In Plain Sight by Melysande reviews
Continuing the AU tale, Lys Cousland, disguising herself as Mel, sets off with her mabari to find Fergus at Ostagar. Faced with Howe's treachery & the Blight, Mel will need all the intelligence & strength she possesses to survive the coming year. Mel will face the challenges, as she joins friends, old & new, to battle Blight, Civil War & Orlesian threats.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 41 - Words: 292,287 - Reviews: 240 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 8/10 - Published: 7/16/2014 - [Alistair, Cousland] Loghain M. T.
Ash by Shelacula reviews
She had to realize that merely surviving wasn't the same as 'moving on'. But at least it was a start.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 10 - Words: 12,557 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 6/1 - Published: 7/14/2011 - Alistair, Cousland
What Once Was Ours: Desperate Measures by Kira Tamarion reviews
AU. The threat of a sundered Veil wasn't enough for Maric and Val Hawke-Theirin to reconcile the mages and templars; war is at hand. But the mages won't be alone as they fight the templars & seekers who call themselves the Inquisition. Can Val and Maric, with the help of Varric, Cullen, Leliana, and Zevran, lead the mages to victory? Conclusion of 3 story series.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 54 - Words: 148,870 - Reviews: 210 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 6/1 - Published: 1/3/2013 - [Hawke (F), Maric T.] [Alistair, Tabris] - Complete
To Smite in Winter by Ikasury reviews
While on the way to getting started, Tess, the poor Grey Wardan-mage-elf, is stuck once again listening to her companions bicker and when Morrigan threatens to leave, she has only one option to settle this... hilarity ensues... Now Officially a Drabble-Pile!
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Humor/Angst - Chapters: 15 - Words: 91,843 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 11/21/2014 - Published: 6/16/2011 - Alistair, Dog, Morrigan
We Could Have Had It All by Tayhlia reviews
It has been three years since Alistair became King of Ferelden, three years since the Archdemon was slain, three years since he last saw Yael Tabris, the only woman he had ever loved. Refusing to let any more time pass, Alistair sneaks into Vigil's Keep, desperate to right the mistake he made by letting her go.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 13,064 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 10/2/2014 - Published: 8/31/2013 - Alistair, 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: 109 - Follows: 115 - Updated: 8/6/2014 - Published: 10/13/2012 - [Amell, Cullen] [Anders, Hawke (F)] - Complete
I Shall Endure Book 1: Brief Shining Moments by Melysande reviews
Ruled by King Maric Ferelden thrived after Rebellion's end. while Highever flourished under the Couslands. Melysande Cousland grew up in happy times , but after King Maric's disappearance Ferelden changed. This AU story takes Lys to the brink of Blight and Civil war as it recounts her relationships, experiences and growth during these less turbulent times. Cover image by Chenria.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 69 - Words: 477,524 - Reviews: 405 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 43 - Updated: 5/22/2014 - Published: 2/10/2013 - [Alistair, Cousland] Loghain M. T. - Complete
The Satchel by Kira Tamarion reviews
Nathaniel Howe, Commander of the Grey, is grieving the loss of his best friend. Adaryn is a warden with a secret she hides in a satchel. This is a story about how to cherish memories and find joy in the little things.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,386 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Published: 3/9/2014 - Alistair, Nathaniel H., OC - Complete
Have a Little Faith by thinkdragonage reviews
We've all heard the official story of how Alistair Theirin was recruited to the Grey Wardens by Duncan. Find out what happened behind the scenes in this short story written for the Cheeky Monkeys of Dragon Age Secret Santa fic exchange.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,071 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 12 - Published: 12/23/2013 - Alistair, Duncan, OC - Complete
His Father's Son by Ygrain33 reviews
Nathaniel Howe and Ned Cousland. "You murdered my father" - "Your father murdered my family" is sort of hard to overcome and I believe this part was rather underplayed in the game, so here is me trying to fill in. NOT slash.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 39 - Words: 108,500 - Reviews: 225 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 12/11/2013 - Published: 3/28/2011 - Cousland, Nathaniel H. - Complete
No Good Deed by Last Fading Smile reviews
The Warden's personal insecurities and resentments create a rift in the aftermath of the dark ritual. Just a very short piece inspired by certain pieces of Morrigan dialogue.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 829 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Published: 9/8/2013 - Alistair, Cousland - Complete
Amaranth by OuyangDan reviews
These one-offs have all been condensed into a single series for ease. They are frequently out of order, but all related.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 34 - Words: 65,042 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 8/25/2013 - Published: 10/24/2011 - Cousland, Alistair
After the Gauntlet by vermouthhh reviews
Just as the title implies. Alistair provides a bit of comfort and reflects on how much things have changed for the both of them already. Alistair x F! Cousland one-shot.
Dragon Age - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,051 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 20 - Published: 8/22/2013 - Alistair, Cousland - Complete
Acceptance by SeleneAmell reviews
In which Selene Amell and Alistair face the realities of a Grey Warden's lifespan.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,780 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/18/2013 - Alistair, Amell - Complete
Return To Me by FenZev reviews
They shared one night together in the Circle Tower. Fate reunited them in Amaranthine, and eventually destiny led them to Kirkwall. An intimate story surrounding the idea that love can survive anything. F!Amell/Anders.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 61,850 - Reviews: 117 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 67 - Updated: 5/7/2013 - Published: 3/17/2012 - [Amell, Anders] Alistair - Complete
Blood of the Damned by PartSpace reviews
The Warden Commander Elissa Cousland has made a few too many deals with devils. First Morrigan, and then the Architect. There will be consequences, just as there will be when Alistair meets the new Wardens she's conscripted in his absence.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Fantasy - Chapters: 27 - Words: 45,206 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 39 - Updated: 2/27/2013 - Published: 3/1/2012 - Alistair, Nathaniel H. - Complete
And Stay by Serindrana reviews
"I have killed King Cailan sixteen times. My father has fallen twenty. Loghain I have killed forty-three. It never ceases." Where do revenants come from? And more importantly, why is Nathaniel Howe's luck so horrible that he has to go to the Fade to figure it out? Post-Awakening.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 10 - Words: 12,398 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/9/2013 - Published: 12/1/2012 - Nathaniel H., S. Cauthrien - Complete
The Value of Royal Blood (Dark Version) by Lindira reviews
One false step, and the Landsmeet was lost. Execution would have been a kindness, compared to what Anora has planned for Alistair. WARNING: Darkfic. Please see more specific warnings in story notes before reading. Dark Version. Alistair/Mahariel, Alistair/Anora. Complete.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 18 - Words: 29,815 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 1/4/2013 - Published: 12/17/2012 - Alistair, Anora - Complete
What Once Was Ours: Reconciliation by Kira Tamarion reviews
At the behest of Andraste, Maric and Val Hawke Theirin return to Thedas to carry out a seemingly impossible task: unite the mages and templars. The mage rebellion has greatly weakened the Veil, tears are already evident. Only the mages, with help from the templars, can work with Andraste to mend the Veil before it's completely sundered. Chapter 1:Summary of What Once Was Ours
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 24 - Words: 102,317 - Reviews: 86 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 1/3/2013 - Published: 7/6/2012 - Maric T., Hawke (F) - Complete
I Will Try To Fix You by Genjutsu-Dragon reviews
Balancing the demands of a kingdom, being Warden-Commander and trying to keep a promise is hard work. An Awakening AU in which Alistair is the one who goes to Vigil's Keep, and runs into someone he didn't expect to find there. Alistair/Leliana, eventually. Some indication of an F/F relationship in the early stages, so if not your bag, other stories are elsewhere.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 16,246 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 9/23/2012 - Published: 6/26/2012 - Alistair, Leliana
For What Binds Us by MLoreley85 reviews
No one told Evelyn Amell what it would mean to be Warden-Commander; between driving out the remnants of the Blight, running into old friends, and struggling with a larger war than she realized, Evelyn will have to learn quickly.
Dragon Age - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 42,838 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 9/1/2012 - Published: 6/6/2012 - Amell, Alistair
Childlike by deek eh reviews
"The first kiss can be as terrifying as the last." A love story with a twist, told forwards and backwards.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 17 - Words: 23,674 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 8/23/2012 - Published: 5/14/2012 - Alistair, Tabris - Complete
No Longer by Ikasury reviews
After being attacked by a crazy man the party rushes their unconcious leader to the closest Inn... the strange thing, when Tess wakes up she finds out her and the party aren't quite the same... Gender-Bending Shenanigans! Companion to 'To Smite In Winter'...
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Humor/Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 28,100 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 8/20/2012 - Published: 5/27/2012 - Alistair, Morrigan
In Her Mind's Eye by EasternViolet reviews
Freedom is a curious thing. It does not make the wanting go away. Nuraya Amell wants to end the Blight, free the mages and see Alistair take the Fereldan throne. Most of all, she wants Alistair. Can she have it all? COMPLETE!
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 113,291 - Reviews: 93 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 7/10/2012 - Published: 5/22/2012 - Amell, Alistair - Complete
The Nevarran Mummy Incident by Serindrana reviews
In which Jane Amell and Nathaniel Howe go on a glorious expedition into the jaws of certain death - or scholarship. A sequel of sorts to Whispers In The Dark.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 21,032 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 7/8/2012 - Published: 7/2/2012 - Amell, Nathaniel H. - Complete
What Once Was Ours by Kira Tamarion reviews
Val Hawke, Maric Theirin, and Alistair Theirin. The Champion, The Savior, and the Hero, each disappeared. Where are are they, and what do they have to do with the Maker, Andraste, The Creators, and the Dread Wolf? Also Alistair/F.Tabris
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 24 - Words: 82,293 - Reviews: 107 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 7/6/2012 - Published: 2/29/2012 - Maric T., Hawke (F) - Complete
Three Songs by Nolan Oken
Hearing and seeing things that aren't there may make a person seem crazy at first. But when this Warden takes his Calling in the middle of the Blight,he learns more of the songs then he ever thought he would. AU-DA Universe History: OC Warden
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,751 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 6/13/2012 - Published: 4/16/2012
Exiles All The Longer by Serindrana reviews
Nathaniel came home for murder, and winds up in the dungeons a thief. But there's somebody else down there in the dark: a woman who claims the title of murderer with far too much ease, and hates pease porridge just as much as he does. Awakening AU
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 56,777 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 5/13/2012 - Published: 3/19/2012 - Nathaniel H., S. Cauthrien - Complete
An Act of Mercy by Serindrana reviews
Morrigan used to know exactly what she thought of Aedan Cousland. Now, just outside the Landsmeet doors, she is not so certain. Vignette, Morrigian POV. Morrigan/Cousland.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,246 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 11 - Published: 10/21/2011 - Morrigan, Cousland - Complete
The Long Vigil by Serindrana reviews
When Daylen Amell surrenders to Ser Cauthrien, Alistair assumes he has a plan. But a night spent alone in a cell leaves Alistair doubting more and more. Darkfic; off-screen torture.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Angst/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,396 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 5 - Published: 8/27/2011 - Alistair - Complete
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Early Days reviews
A collection of fluff oriented one-shots following the developing friendship between Elissa and Alistair as they journey across Ferelden in their fight against the Blight. Prequel of sorts to "Burdens and Bonds".
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 65,574 - Reviews: 85 - Favs: 59 - Follows: 72 - Updated: 7/12 - Published: 4/27/2013 - [Cousland, Alistair]
In the Future reviews
Fragment. A companion visits Leliana following the events at Redcliffe Castle. Reference to slight spoilerific detail with a side of AU.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 990 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/8 - Leliana, Cullen - Complete
Origins reviews
Funny how paths can cross in a Circle. A little tale of how Jowan met Lily. Written as part of the CMDA Secret Santa Exchange.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,599 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/31/2014 - [Jowan, Lily] Surana - Complete
The Shemlen and the Flat Ear reviews
After Hawke helps Zevran Arainai to escape the clutches of Nuncio, the elf finds himself spending a pleasant evening with his rescuer and some friends. Storytelling abounds. Written for the CMDA Secret Santa exchange.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,868 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/2/2014 - Mahariel, Alistair, Zevran A. - Complete
Burdens and Bonds reviews
When Elissa was unable to reconcile her conscience with the decision she made and left all she knew behind, it fell to her companions to finish the task she began.  But now the battle is won and the Grey Wardens are intent on having answers. Begins with Dark Ritual. INCOMPLETE - currently in rewrites.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 47 - Words: 178,674 - Reviews: 145 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 64 - Updated: 10/9/2013 - Published: 3/22/2012 - [Cousland, Alistair] Andras
Into The Circle reviews
While working to repay her debt to Athenril, Marian takes an opportunity to explore the Kirkwall Circle library. Her chance encounter with First Enchanter Orsino becomes the first step towards a restructuring of the delicate power balance in Kirkwall. [On hiatus]
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 15,928 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 7/12/2013 - Published: 4/4/2013 - [Orsino, Hawke (F)]
Change is Coming reviews
One-shot drabble. Blessed with his father's looks and his mother's disdain, this is a brief glimpse into the thoughts of the strange child with the big God complex. Bioware owns all.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 513 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/5/2012 - Urthemiel - Complete
Last Words reviews
One-shot drabble. A last letter left for Alistair after the final disappearance of the Warden.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 600 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/3/2012 - Alistair, Cousland - Complete
In Her Shadow reviews
One shot drabble. A brief attempt to suggest more to Anora than ambition and ruthlessness!
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 869 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Published: 6/13/2012 - Anora - Complete
No Song reviews
One-shot drabble. Leliana & Alistair discuss the apparent limits of their friendship. Over beer. Copious amounts of beer. You can guess the outcome... But why should you? Read on!
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,868 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 5/27/2012 - Alistair, Leliana - Complete