Mazanti
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Joined 05-14-12, id: 4004431, Profile Updated: 08-07-16
Author has written 5 stories for Diablo, and Dragon Age.

I was introduced to games through my job as a graphic designer for Incan Monkey God Studios, a company that wrote and designed strategy guides. One of the early games I worked on was Asheron's Call. I fell in love with the game and the people who played it as I worked on the guide. Dragonstar, my Allegiance (guild) moved to World of Warcraft and I moved there as well. I'm still playing there today.

I regularly play table-top, or pencil-and-paper, games in a variety of systems as well, such as Dungeons & Dragons, GURPS, HERO, Fuzion, Chaosium's BRP, etc. I love storytelling and these games give me a terrific outlet to try out new character ideas and, if I'm game mastering, to try out some world building. I've dabbled with writing my own stuff, and I love it, but I despair of trying to sell my writing … so, I write for fun and not profit. One of my greatest support systems over these past decades is an email support group, WRITERS.

My first submission is in the Diablo III world. It was the way I felt when I began the Nightmare level of Diablo III. I know it's brief, but I'm trying out the system here and learning how to use it.

As for stand alone games...and yes, I play Diablo III as a solo game...I played a variety of them. And, then there came Dragon Age and it's beautiful world full of interesting characters.


My first DA story is up. It's going to be a nice long AU. My take on the world without the constraints of game design. It begins before Ostagar and will weave through all the origins, the trials of raising armies of all the races, and the battles through the Archdemon. There will likely not be as many hoops for our group of heroes to jump through. There will be character deaths.

Some motivations for me to write this story:

1) It's a beautiful world. I just wanted to play in it from a story standpoint without worrying about leveling or other mechanics.

2) I want to take characters in different directions, sometimes. Investigate how they might have made different decisions and alliances. For example, the idea of Sereda Aeducan wanting to become a warden is actually in the game, so I wanted to give her an avenue to pursue it. Or, I think Loghain's no-nonsense level head needs to be considered in the decisions he makes. I mean, after listening to many of the nobility in Ferelden during my many playthroughs, Loghain begins to sound pretty logical.

3) Many of the writers here have mentioned that Duncan comes off as a bad commander. In the game, I would have to agree even though I thought it was pretty gutsy of a game company to kill off someone you'd become sympathetic to *right off the bat*! So, what if he weren't a bad commander and had re-established Soldier's Peak? (The DLC was a nice perk for BioWare and increased interest for continuing the game, but it chopped out a good storyline.)

Others may come to me as the story progresses...such as: Why does Orlais have to be the only trouble maker?

My plan is to update every Sunday. I've enjoyed "Victory at Ostagar" every Sunday for a LONG time...so, this is in homage to Arsinoe de Blassenville and the huge gap in my life that I must fill with something DA. :)

October 6, 2013

This week Loghain is brought in. I never could see the relationship between Loghain and Rendon being anything except contentious. I hope you enjoy the break I make with canon concerning Loghain.

October 20, 2013

One of my favorite Star Trek franchises was the Voyager series. Kate Mulgrew was one of the reasons I enjoyed the show. Imagine my surprise when I first met Flemeth in DA:O! Just a hint this week about Flemeth, but you can expect more.

December 13, 2013

I put this at the bottom of Chapter 16, but it bears repeating here: I'd like to thank some of the invaluable resources I've used so far in writing this: Warden's Vigil RPG Community has a lovely spreadsheet of estimated distances/days of travel that I've used as a reference; of course, no DA fanfic writer could possibly get by without Dragon Age Wiki; many thanks to Arsinoe de Blassenville's Plot Mabari Puppies, which have and will peak their cute little noses out from time to time in WHWH; Maker bless Two Steps From Hell (Invincible album), Nox Arcana (multiple albums), and Audiomachine (Chronicles) for giving me wonderful music to write by. (Thanks to the D&D friend who introduced this music to me!)

Finally, thanks to BioWare and David Gaider for the wonderful world that they own and allow us to play in!

January 12, 2014

Happy New Year! I have a movie soundtrack to add to the list of music I listen to while writing: The Fountain. I was under the weather one day, listless to anything but watching TV. I’d seen Hugh Jackman on a talk show and scanned Netflix for his movies. I ran across this “artsy” movie which made no sense to me, but I was unable to stop watching it! It was more like a piece of art to be felt rather than a detailed story. Anyway, the wonderful soundtrack is a go-to for me.

February 12, 2014

Almost Valentine's Day! Thanks to spot-on comments in reviews, I've updated Chapter 24 (Alistair's title advancement) and Chapter 25 (Faren slipping into first person). Faren's PoV is so much fun to write, his thoughts just slip in from time to time. ;)

May 18, 2014

Okay, I couldn't stay away ... the idea for a new story burbled to the surface and demanded to be written! :) I was good with my Sunday schedule for What Have We Here, but I suspect there may be some weeks I may have to skip with this one. Anyway, it's a pretty dark Thedas. Just giving fair warning to those that prefer lighter tales. Ironically, I usually prefer lighter tales. LOL! Therefore, my definition of "dark" may not match yours. ;)

August 7, 2016

Goodness, it's been a while since I updated this! Ah, life and its twists and turns. I finished What Could Go Wrong and have started a new tale: Alistair Hawke. It's fun to take canon and play with it!

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The Burning Kingdom by wolvesinthenight reviews
-REWRITTEN!- Civil unrest in southern Ferelden seeps to the northern lands of Highever. After and attack on House Cousland its heir is given over to the waning order of Grey Wardens in return for her safety. Now she's caught between rebuilding her house and fulfilling her duties as a warden and all the while Ferelden is tearing itself apart. AU, NO BLIGHT. fcouslandxalistair
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 4 - Words: 16,638 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 11/25/2018 - Published: 5/31/2012 - Alistair, Cousland
Mistakes by Cadsuane reviews
AU. What if Maric did know about Alistair's life in Redcliffe and decided to do something about it?
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 24 - Words: 148,874 - Reviews: 550 - Favs: 524 - Follows: 572 - Updated: 1/6/2016 - Published: 10/28/2010 - Alistair, Cousland, Loghain M. T., Maric T.
The Funeral of a King by Prophetandprincess reviews
Cassandra Amell gives an eulogy at Alistair's funeral
Dragon Age - Rated: K - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,526 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 5 - Published: 10/18/2015 - Alistair, Amell - Complete
The Landsmeet by waiting4morning reviews
Dragon Age Origins drabbles. Some serious, some humorous. Based on prompts and random ideas. Various characters and pairings.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 14,678 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 1/20/2015 - Published: 7/2/2010 - Alistair, Cousland
Once Upon a Time by tklivory reviews
This series is stand-alone stories for Dragon Age that are written after the pattern of Fairy Tales and Brothers Grimm stories, but more modern. They are part parody/part humor but remain true to the characters of Dragon Age. Rating for slight smuttiness.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 15 - Words: 19,427 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 9/26/2014 - Published: 11/14/2011
Victory at Ostagar by Arsinoe de Blassenville reviews
When Bryce Cousland's little spitfire scaled the Tower of Ishal and lit the beacon at the critical moment, King Cailan won a mighty victory against the darkspawn. The Blight, however was far from over. All other origins included, plus Hawke and his companions. Cousland/Loghain, Morrigan/Anders, Surana/Zevran, Fergus/Anora, and more. Half a million hits and still going.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 128 - Words: 1,173,512 - Reviews: 5241 - Favs: 1,571 - Follows: 1,006 - Updated: 11/30/2013 - Published: 3/18/2010 - Cousland - 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: 102,439 - Reviews: 91 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 1/3/2013 - Published: 7/6/2012 - Maric T., Hawke (F) - Complete
In Her Shadow by Caraine 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
The Keening Blade by Arsinoe de Blassenville reviews
She hesitated-"Mostly, I couldn't kill you, knowing that I cheated. At the Landsmeet. Our duel." There was a heavy silence. Loghain said slowly, "You do realize that I am holding a naked sword at this very moment?" M for sound reasons.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 50 - Words: 427,041 - Reviews: 1528 - Favs: 776 - Follows: 600 - Updated: 5/20/2012 - Published: 4/6/2010 - Cousland, Loghain M. T.
Truth be told by Lady Pixel reviews
Elissa Cousland accepted defeat when Alistair left her after the Landsmeet. Seeking a prisoner in Denerim as a new recruit, she looks to Alistair for assistance. Instead, she finds herself framed, covered in blood, hovering over the body of the new Queen.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 17 - Words: 44,791 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 64 - Follows: 57 - Updated: 3/21/2012 - Published: 2/9/2010 - Alistair, Cousland - Complete
Remembering Aunt Mildred by ChampionTheWonderSnail reviews
Sometimes, what you leave behind is more difficult than accepting that you need to leave...A story of the Mage that didn't become a Grey Warden.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 70 - Words: 258,058 - Reviews: 659 - Favs: 104 - Follows: 63 - Updated: 2/6/2012 - Published: 3/2/2011 - Amell - Complete
Yet another Perspective by MiiYuKira reviews
An Orlesian Warden with our favorites- something different and something borrowed. Some romance and Orlais intrigue. Partly OC, also contains some in-game material. I do not own DA's plot, dialogue and characters. Written in first-person.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 44 - Words: 91,565 - Reviews: 94 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 1/30/2012 - Published: 10/20/2011 - Amell, Alistair - Complete
Concerning Hawke by Shenandoah76209 reviews
Two concerned friends discuss our favorite Champion. Varric and Aveline are concerned about Hawke.
Dragon Age - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 10,168 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 4 - Published: 9/15/2011 - Aveline V., Varric T. - Complete
In Peace We Lie by mackillian reviews
AU. Sequel to 30 Dragon. Mysterious darkspawn plague the north while the search for Morrigan and answers to what happened with the archdemon's soul begins. M!Cousland/Morrigan; M!Cousland/F!Mahariel
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 90 - Words: 579,154 - Reviews: 595 - Favs: 235 - Follows: 126 - Updated: 6/30/2011 - Published: 11/16/2010 - [Cousland, Morrigan] Mahariel - Complete
Wish You Were Here by ChampionTheWonderSnail reviews
Survive Ostagar - check. Gather Army - check. Slay Archdemon and survive - also check. Become Ferelden's new Warden Commander and Arl of Amaranthine? Uhhh...So, I'll get back to you on that? Alistair's life post-Blight.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 34 - Words: 95,262 - Reviews: 133 - Favs: 66 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 3/2/2011 - Published: 1/6/2011 - Alistair - Complete
Denerim and Rainesfere by Reyavie reviews
Humans mean little to her bar indeference. Maybe hatred, maybe disgust. But this man just simply refuses to be anything less than decent. Maker help her.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 50 - Words: 69,497 - Reviews: 279 - Favs: 66 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 1/29/2011 - Published: 6/29/2010 - Tabris, Teagan G. - Complete
30 Dragon by mackillian reviews
AU. Alistair isn't the only illegitimate son of King Maric. Where Eamon failed, the Couslands did not, and raised Maric's other son as their own.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 48 - Words: 270,484 - Reviews: 321 - Favs: 387 - Follows: 175 - Updated: 11/2/2010 - Published: 9/9/2010 - [Morrigan, Cousland] [Alistair, Leliana] - Complete
Letters from Redcliffe by analect reviews
A young soldier receives a series of letters from his sister, recounting troubling events in his home village, and is driven to make a difficult decision. T for language. No involvement of any major characters whatsoever.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,446 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Published: 10/22/2010 - Complete
A Tattered Shopping List by analect reviews
Before all the trouble breaks out in Redcliffe, local girl Devora muses on life, love, flatulence... and fish. Codex-inspired, irrelevant silliness. T for mild language.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,458 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Published: 10/13/2010 - Complete
The Night is Full of Stars by Alairas reviews
The Blight is over. Jessimyn Cousland is faced with the dilemma of where to go from here, trying to balance her duty to her family, her nation, and her king. Cousland/Alistair/Zevran/Leliana/Fergus/Lots of Originals. Rated M for violence and sexual scenes
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 120 - Words: 361,890 - Reviews: 719 - Favs: 250 - Follows: 140 - Updated: 7/26/2010 - Published: 12/24/2009 - Cousland - Complete
Dragon Age: The Hunt by Shadow of Light reviews
The Blight has ended, the Archdemon slain, but the Hero of Ferelden does not yet mean to rest. Alistair fled Denerim before the siege and she intends to track him down. Either he will return with her, or she will burn that bridge forever.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 44 - Words: 130,211 - Reviews: 580 - Favs: 415 - Follows: 180 - Updated: 6/12/2010 - Published: 1/8/2010 - Cousland, Zevran A. - Complete
Choices by thinkdragonage reviews
When the new Arl of Redcliffe and the Warden Commander Elissa Cousland encounter each other at a celebration in her honor, their past choices affect them in unexpected and passionate ways. One shot.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,964 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 5 - Published: 3/28/2010 - [Cousland, Teagan G.] - Complete
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Alistair Hawke reviews
What if Leandra and Malcolm Hawke ran into Fiona and Duncan ... all en route to Ferelden? What if Alistair turned out to be a mage, along with Bethany? Thanks to BioWare for creating a wonderful world to play "what if" in! All belongs to them!
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 6 - Words: 21,512 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 1/20 - Published: 7/31/2016 - Alistair, Varric T., Carver H., Bethany H.
What Could Go Wrong? reviews
Continuation with Inquisition! What if the Archdemon's essence lived on because a non-warden killed it? What if Alistair exiled himself to the wardens in Jader...and then was made Ferelden's Commander of the Grey? Now, he's the King of Ferelden, in a world gone crazy. An AU in the Dragon Age worlds. All belongs to BioWare. I only play in their dollhouse.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Drama/Fantasy - Chapters: 47 - Words: 180,255 - Reviews: 109 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 7/24/2016 - Published: 5/18/2014 - [Alistair, Anora] Cousland, Loghain M. T. - Complete
The Waiting Room reviews
Long ago, my spouse gave me a comic which depicted a man telling his author wife, "I know they're your creations, but how can we possibly afford to feed them all!" I noticed that comic this morning and this little drabble came from it. All belongs to BioWare, I'm just a pansy wordsmith that plays on their swing set.
Dragon Age - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 657 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/3/2014 - Cousland, Mahariel, Aeducan, Calpernia - Complete
What Have We Here reviews
Origin stories as a prequel to Ostagar with all origins recruited into the Wardens. What if Duncan had more time as Warden Commander? What if Soldier's Peak were being renovated, utilized? What if Alistair were freed from the Chantry by both Duncan and Cailan? What if Loghain remained the honorable, irascible Hero of River Dane? AU, character deaths. BioWare owns all.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Tragedy - Chapters: 38 - Words: 193,298 - Reviews: 150 - Favs: 68 - Follows: 69 - Updated: 5/11/2014 - Published: 8/25/2013 - Alistair, Cousland, Duncan - Complete
Diablo's Nightmare reviews
The High Heavens insist their champions just keep doing it until they get it right! (This story won't make much sense unless the reader was one of the poor slobs who had to slog through Normal/Nightmare/Hell/Inferno levels before the RoS expansion. ;)
Diablo - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 339 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/20/2013 - Wizard, Eirena, Kormac, Lyndon - Complete