Those Who Wander

Grey Warden Audrie Amell

Status: Alive
Setting: Dragon Age Origins
Type: Alternate Universe
Alliances: Mages/Caridan/Alistair as King/Dalish and Werewolves vary. In game-Always cured the werewolves. In fiction-Sometimes werewolves
Romanced: Alistair
Fiction: Yes

About: Full of life and curiosity she was a very naive young woman when she got tangled up with Jowan. Thinking she was being a good friend she helped him and considered herself betrayed. Audrie is usually willing to give a second chance if the other person regrets their decision, but being a Warden made her grow up very fast. She’s kind, loyal, generous and puts the needs of any group of people before herself. A very reluctant leader, it took her forever to grow into the role, and it’s not one she’s ever completely comfortable with. Her one main blind spot is a violent defense of her friends and “family.” Being an orphan sent to the Circle at a young age, she considers her little group at camp to be her family. She had a soft spot for Cullen and never hated the Circle. Her attitude toward templars is made on a case-by-case basis rather than hating all templars or mages. She remained Alistair’s mistress after making him king. Morrigan’s motives didn’t sit well with Audrie. She stabbed her in the video game DLC. In fiction it wouldn’t have been unclear that Morrigan was dead. Like many of my characters if they deliberately set out to kill someone, they make sure the person is dead. The usual method is beheading.

Audrie was also elves and dwarves. Any time I romanced Alistair I recreated her, so she was several different races through the years.

 

Grey Warden Reginald Cousland

Status: Alive
Setting: Dragon Age Origins
Type: Alternate Universe
Alliances: Mages/Caridan/Alistair as King/Cured the Werewolves
Romanced: Always casual. Usually at the Pearl
Fiction: Yes

About: Reginald is a sly, cunning man with a laugh on his lips and a poison knife hidden behind his back. Just in case. On the surface he appears jovial and even trivial, but he misses very little. Once he looked forward to a life of ease, bedding women, playing games and watching Fergus govern Highever. With Rendon Howe’s betrayal, his world changed forever. He’s a wily, natural leader with silver tongue. Generally chamring and playful he’s the epitome of “keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you’re up to.” Open violence is something he considers gauche so he’s as subtle as he is lethal when provoked. Politics are one of his favorite playing fields and he took very little which happened during the Blight personally. Alistair quickly became and remained as close as a brother. Reginald still lurks nearby when his King needs help governing — or sneaking out of the palace for drinks. He did the Dark Ritual himself and the possible results haunt him. It’s one of the few things which truly and deeply troubles him but he was ever a gambler and hoped either things would turn out favorably or he’d have a chance to rectify them. He never searched for Morrigan and left her to her own whims and ways in peace.

Grey Warden Marrke Tabris

Status: Deceased
Setting: Dragon Age Origins
Type: Alternate Universe
Alliances: Templars/Caridan/Alistair as King/Cured the Werewolves
Romanced: Leliana
Fiction: No

About: Marrke was a quiet, soft spoken soul who found light in Leliana. He was terrified of any kind of magic and barely got along with Wynne. Morrigan barely stayed at camp with him due to his unwillingness to try and bond with her. When it was time for the Dark Ritual, he preferred death over creation of a magical child of unknown power. He was always an effective, humble man who got the job done and loved his family. During the Blight, he took Alistair and the others to have a meal with his father in the Alienage to introduce all of them. Everything he ultimately did was for them and for his community in the Alienage. They meant everything to him, and he gladly gave his life to save them.

Yes I know Marrke is an elf with facial hair. Yes, I know that’s not how it works in Thedas. When I created him I thought genetics actually made sense in Thedas. I hadn’t read Gaider’s novels, yet. In my defense there’s also a Dalish NPC with cheek stubble in the Dalish camp who they forgot to edit.

 

Grey Warden Donovan Cousland

Status: Alive/Unknown
Setting: Dragon Age Origins
Type: Alternate Universe
Alliances: Templars/Branka/Werewolves/Poisoned the Ashes/Killed Leliana/Killed Wynne/Married Anora/beheaded Alistair
Romanced: Morrigan
Fiction: No

About: Donovan can be summed up in one phrase. “If power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Had things been different, his ambitions might have been tempered at Highever. With the death of his family and loss of his title, he turned to darker ways of amassing power. He allied himself immediately with Morrigan, taking her as a lover. His path across Ferelden was bloody and brutal. He got the job done but people paid for his effectiveness with blood and lives. He cared nothing for anyone but himself and personal gain. He married Anora to gain the throne then left with Morrigan through the Eluvian. Current whereabouts are unknown.

 

Grey Warden Aurora Cousland

Status: Alive
Setting: Dragon Age Origins
Type: Alternate Universe
Alliances: Mages/Caradin/cured the werewolves/Alistair Remained a Warden
Romanced: Ser Roland Gilmore
Fiction: No

About: Aurora is a tough woman with a moderate sense of humor and a lawful outlook to the world. Finding Rory again in Lothering helped soothe the trauma of losing her family. They quickly became a battle couple who fought back to back and made Rendon Howe suffer every chance they got. She’s bold, daring, serious and a little bit of a show off. She has a head for strategy and thinks quick on her feet. Not one to follow a crowd, she makes up her own mind about things. Occasionally she’ll ask advice of someone other than Rory, but that’s rare. Allowing Morrigan to go her own way at the end of Witch Hunt, she parted on good terms with her. Auror was originally an undeveloped character for classic World of Darkness table top. She was only played two or three times so her Black Fury Ahroun persona was shifted over to Dragon Age.

 

Grey Warden Kitling

Status: Deceased
Setting: Dragon Age Origins
Type: Canon
Alliances: Mages/Caradin/Dalish/Alistair and Anora married
Romanced: Zevran
Fiction: No

About: Kitling was a bitter, lonely, introverted woman who found some comfort and solas with Zevran. She did love the other elf but she always felt alienated in the world outside her Clan. She was never completely comfortable around humans, even her fellow Warden, Alistair. Her path was a lonely and sad one which she was grateful to see end. When Morrigan tried to tempt her with life and glory through the Dark Ritual, Kitling sent her away without a second thought. It was a release and relief to deliver the final blow to the Archdemon.

 

Inquisitor Trevalyan

Status: Alive
Setting: Dragon Age Inquisition
Type: Canon
Alliance: Templars
Romanced: Cullen
Fiction: Yes

About: All this Inquisitor’s fiction is told from first person and it never mentions her name. She’s a generally upbeat person with a penchant for bad puns and worse nicknames. Among them are “Lionmuffin” for Cullen and “Papa Bear” for Blackwall. But, as she mentions, you should never tamper with a lion’s pride. She keeps her nickname for Cullen to herself. She never believed she was chosen of Andraste but doesn’t mind the vague idea that the Maker might be trying to patch things up through the events of the Inquisition. Her main concern is more about patching the giant green hole of doom in the sky. She rolled through turbulant year with a kind disposition and relatively upbeat attitude. Her horse’s name is Coffee because she doesn’t go anywhere without Coffee. When she drank from the Well of Sorrows she nicknamed the dragon she stared down. Her name was Cream, and Trevalyan was genuinely sad to see the monster die. Feeding it would have been a problem but she’s sure Frederic the researcher would have helped her find a way which didn’t involve risk of life, limb, or people. She kept Cole closer to a spirit, got along moderately well with Solas and had a best friend in Blackwall. Her usual crew was Cassandra, Blackwall and Bull for running around Thedas. The loss of her arm was both startling and troubling but she adapted to it. When the choice had to be made she kept the Inquisition intact. (I know she looks a lot like Audrie. Makes you wonder doesn’t it…?)

Inquisitor Reginald Trevalyan

Status: Alive
Setting: Dragon Age Inquisition
Type: Alternate Universe
Alliances: Templars
Romanced: Cassandra
Fiction: No

About: Reginald’s personality is identical to that of a Cousland — minus the angst of losing his entire family. He told Cole to be more like a person and is highly distrustful of all mages/magic. He and Solas don’t get along. Dorian managed to more or less win him over, but the only mage Reginald really trusts is Vivienne. He doesn’t hate mages per say unless they’re rebelling and killing innocent bystanders. However, he doesn’t trust them to be running around loose without Chantry supervision of some sort. He doesn’t support abuse by templars and put Vivianne forward for Divine because he likes her ideas. He’s extremely devout and fully believes he’s the Chosen of Andraste. This isn’t for the reasons Solas suspects. For all his apparent cockiness, Reginald believes being “chosen” makes him no more special than the chance choice of an archer picking him from the entire quiver of arrows by blind draw. He’s a useful tool like a hammer or cooking pot — nothing more. He’d be much more content working from the shadows with Leliana than as a figurehead. He embraces his life and place in it but his goals are never for power or personal gain. “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one.” (Star Trek.)

The only other difference in personality is Cassandra. She won his interest the moment she put him in handcuffs. She won his heart shortly thereafter. This is no small feat but he’s completely and utterly smitten. Where once he frequented brothels he’s not completely loyal to her in every way. Like Cassandra, Reg has always been a secret romantic and my “I’ll just make him so I can see what he looks like with new graphics” turned into an OTP. There might be fiction about him someday as a Warden.

Losing an arm would devestate him psycologically and be one thing he absolutely couldn’t manage. As a result, his playthrough has been strictly for fun.

 

Warden and Inquisitor Audrie Logan

Status: Alive
Setting: Dragon Age Inquisition
Type: Alternate Universe
Alliances: Mages
Romanced: Cullen
Fiction: Yes – Currently updating regularly

About: This idea is done to death but I wanted to write a version of it, anyway. In this AU, Leliana found Audrie and convinced her to go to the Conclave. The rest falls more or less into line with the main Inquisition storyline. Based off my first playthrough where Alistair committed suicide via Archdemon (that was the last time I listened to an NPC. Thanks Riordan.) Her story Herald of the Grey is exploring the mature relationship between herself and Cullen ten years later. It’s a slow moving progression of getting to know each other again and reestablishing their friendship first. Eventually they’ll be lovers and Audrie will tackle the larger problems facing Thedas. Again. She’s getting bone weary of saving the world.

She follows the Avvar religion and has never considered herself “Chosen of Andraste.” She doesn’t believe in Andraste but imagines there’s a god out there called the Maker. Like the Avvar, she believes the Chantry is trying to sing him back into existence. These are opinions she keeps to herself.

Interactions between other canon characters are being written about and explored.

 

Inquisitor Patricia “Alpha” Trevalyan

Status: Alive
Setting: Dragon Age Inquisition
Type: Alternate Universe
Alliances: Templars
Romanced: Blackwall
Fiction: Yes

About: Alpha is a wild, free, bloodthirsty rogue who has already gone through a full cycle of life. When she was in her early twenties she was happily married, but sickness took her husband after only a handful of years. It destroyed the business they established together and put her into a spiral of depression. This lasted for over a year before she gradually began to face her grief by going back into mercenary work.

She was irreverent toward being called Herald of Andraste. Although she believes in the Maker, he’s a distant idea. The here and now are what’s important, particularly with a giant rip in the sky which is spitting out demons and ancient Darkspawn magisters. The argument over Divine can kiss her glorious ass until the world is fixed.

She finds Solas an odd person but likeable enough in his way. Their parting at the end of Tresspasser was one of “we’ll save him from himself.” She disbanded the Inquisition to work as a shadow organization, keeping Blackwall always at her side.

She tormented Cullen endlessly about things, poking his almost non-existent sense of humor. Convincing Cassandra to dance with him at the Orlesian Ball out of pity to keep some of the sharks at bay wasn’t easy, but she did it.

Her best friends were Sera and Cassandra. Cole was weird, but a good kid. She took Solas’ advice and let him be more like a spirit. Changing him around felt like it could be risky. She was suspicious of Morrigan’s motives and drank from the Well herself. It was probably a bad idea, but she thought Mythal was incredibly fascinating. Oddly, she didn’t mind being a servant to her — probably out of ignorance. What’s done is done, but eventually the “voices” began to take their toll. She has Lygerastia from it.

The loss of her arm was devastating, particularly because she’s a rogue who fights with two blades. Being ambidextrous helped to some extent but she’s ready for retirement. Taking up a leadership role from the sidelines suits her now.

 

Audrie Logan

Status: Vampire
Setting: Classic World of Darkness
Type: Canon
Clan: Gangrel
Fiction: Crossovers

About: Audrie is my second oldest character who is still in play. (I’m not sure who her face claim is.) She began her unlife as a character sheet on an AOL chatroom game over 20 years ago. She’s a spotted survivor with a blunt attitude and penchange for survival. Her high Humanity keeps her from being particularly brutal but she’s a decent being stuck in a dark world. “Growing up” through the ranks (and numerous online games) she’s traveled the world in various game settings. She’s a carpenter who runs around in ill fitting blue jeans, flannel shirts, and keeps the entire Free World’s worth of junk in her pockets. With a love of shapeshifting and an education by the Garou (which thankfully wasn’t the fatal kind) early in her developement, she fills a unique niche in our fictional city of Table Top gaming. She’s the Garou Liaison who works with Mark (another who crossed over into Dragon Age) as her counterpart on the werewolf side. This is her original incarnation and what I consider canon for her.

 

Mark Larsen

Status: Werewolf
Setting: Classic World of Darkness
Type: Canon
Tribe: Black Fury
Fiction: No

About: Mark is a Metis and was never particularly well treated. It took a lot of decency and willpower to rise above it without becoming consumed of Rage and bitterness. He was only able to do it with his Totem, Pegasus’ help. Although Pegasus favors women, the spirit is the totem of the Black Fury Tribe. Appearing to Mark in his darkest hour, Pegasus showed the mute Galliard how to create a fetish which would help his stories come to life. That gave Mark a driving goal to focus on, helping him through a very difficult end to adolescence and finally finding a pack of his own.

Gaia and fate eventually brought him to the same city as Audrie and a Sept leader with a wicked sense of humor sent the “expendible Metis” over to be their liaison between Garou and Kindred. The fact he was mute only made it more amusing.

 

Norfield

Status: Vampire
Setting: Classic World of Darkness
Type: Canon
Clan: Ventrue
Fiction: No

About: Norfield is an odd one, particularly for a Ventrue Elder. He’s always been known as “Norfield” except to very old Kindred from Europe. They recall a time when he was known as “Reginald of the North Field;” a minor Duke with some land and people long ago.

Although more reserved than his Dragon Age counterpart, Norfield always has an air of amusement to him. If it’s a mask or if he finds unlife terribly fun is a mystery to Neonates and most elders alike. In reality, he considers life much too important to take seriously.

Norfield’s past was somewhat typical in many ways. He’s a devout Catholic who was placed in an arranged marriage. A decent man, he treated his new wife as someone precious and worthy. The two fell in love with one another and were quite content until she died of an illness which is undoubtedly treatable in the modern world.

His next match didn’t go as well. The two of them loathed each other and he took to spending time at brothels to spite her. The vindictive games they played against one another were, he admits in hindsight, both petty and cruel. That was undoubtedly what helped draw his Sire to him.

Norfield’s feeding restriction became prostitutes but he treats the women who grace his bed and secretely donate blood during sex very well. They are given every considerationa nd luxury, making him a very desireable customer.

Currently residing in the same fictional city with everyone else, he was initially created as an NPC to vex my deceased best friend’s Ventrue. He’s Donovan’s Sire and has stayed around to keep an eye on his wayward childe.

 

Donovan Covington

Status: Vampire
Setting: Classic World of Darkness
Type: Canon
Clan: Ventrue
Fiction: No

About: Donovan was on a subtle spiral to lose all Humanity, becoming a monster. Coldly logical and invested in power, he’s the former Prince of Buffalo, New York in our fictional world. During the 90’s, a Sabbat invasion swept up the east coast, costing the Camerilla a great deal of prime territory. Buffalo was one such casualty.

Disgraced and close to being a pariah, Donovan slunk to the neutral city where our gaming takes place. They’re neither Sabbat nor Camarilla, ruling independantly with an unusual alliance with the local Garou Sept. The “Treaty” is more “don’t be Wyrm corrupt and we don’t kill you/stay out of our way and we won’t kill you” but it more or less works.

Donovan was once friends with the local Sheriff and tried to find a place for himself. Humility didn’t suit him, but it was either learn it or take a lethal sun bath. He wasn’t ready for the second option so settled down as a life of an Elder Nobody.

He met a Brujah named Kildarian and she instantly Complicated His Life. The two of them got involved. That drew the attention of Donovan’s Sire, Norfield. The fiasco ended with Kildarian being 2 parts Blood Bound to Norfield. He calls her on the phone once a month so she can hiss at him.

Donovan and Kil had a lot of great adventures together before Deb (my best friend) passed away from cancer. They forever remain an OTP from a time before the term OTP existed. He was an asshole in Dragon Age, but he became a better person in the WoD.