fereldanwench: (Hawke - Ansley - Smile)
Title: Don't Get Dead
Characters: Ansley Hawke, Lorelei Cousland
Type: Gen
Words: 1826
Notes: Because I have a weakness for ladies looking out for each other and I wanted to see what Ansley and Lorelei could be like at Ostagar. This is totally (to borrow a phrase from ren) AO1 material.
Summary: Somewhat experienced Ansley Hawke offers a little advice and food to Lorelei Cousland during a brief encounter before the battle of Ostagar.

The ruins at Ostagar were unlike anything Lorelei had ever seen. )
fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Gorgeous)
Thinking about how positively Keagan responds to attention from Blackwall made me think about how unimpressed Melisande was.

His whole "What? I thought we were building a rapport. *smirk*" thing had Keagan like "heck yeah build a rapport IN MY PANTS" and Melisande like [insert epic dana scully eyeroll gif]. He might have been something new and different and maybe a little intriguingly dangerous to Keagan, but Melisande was pretty sure she knew his type. She was extra unimpressed when he'd try to bait Vivienne into arguments using her hard-earned status as an insult. When he started bringing Josie flowers, Mel was torn between letting her very capable friend handle her own affairs and wanting to be like "STAY.THE.FUCK.AWAY."

Melisande suspected pretty early on, too, that he was hiding something, but she couldn't really pinpoint what exactly. She chalked some of it up to Grey Warden shadiness, since she hadn't dealt with them a lot prior to him but knew they had a reputation for being really secretive. When he was acting like a shady weirdo around Stroud and Hawke, she thought maybe he had done something within the Wardens that he was trying to hide from, but definitely didn't see his secret being that he straight up murdered a family.

One of my favorite snarky Mel moments is when he's telling her about the "You are who you choose to follow/I didn't understand that until know" and she's like "It's pretty obvious, but enjoy your revelation. I guess."

I think he stayed around the slightly higher than neutral approval for her. I remember getting a lot of "slightly disapproves" out of him, but picked up the Warden artifacts while he was around, which probably countered that. I kind of headcanon Blackwall being at least physically attracted to the Inquisitor regardless, and I think that'd be the case with Mel, too. But he'd probably see her overall as condescending and a little too power hungry. Similarly to Vivienne, although not quite as severe.
fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Dashing Hat)
█ = Canon █ = My Ideas

Ostwick Geography

  • Markham is almost directly to the north, sharing a border with the Vimmark Mountains.
  • Hercinia and Wycome line the coast as well. They are northeast of Ostwick.
  • Kirkwall is west/slightly southwest of Ostwick.
  • Across a small channel of the Waking Sea is an island, Brandel's Reach, a part of Ferelden.
  • Ostwick lacks an easy route to the Minanter River, which is one of the most fertile regions in Thedas.

Ostwick History

  • 7:56 Storm: Qunari landed outside of Ostwick to launch an attack on Kirkwall and Starkhaven.

      General Free Marches Culture & History

      • The three cities with the most power are Kirkwall, Starkhaven, and Tantervale.
      • The Marchers are independent-minded descendants of tough barbarians.
      • They have a loose confederation with each other, and can form a massive army under the right circumstances, but are otherwise not united.
      • Marchers were once known for raiding the northern coast of Ferelden.
        Being so close to Brandel's Reach, raiders often used Ostwick as a base for runs to Ferelden.
      • Marchers were once a part of the Tevinter Imperium; the lasting influence is reflected in most of the architecture (tall buildings of white marble).
        The geography of Ostwick (closed off from the north by the Vimmarks and south by the Waking Sea) makes them a little more insular. Tevinter influence is evident in the white marble of major buildings (the Circle, Chantry, and Keep), but it's not as overwhelming as in Kirkwall. Smaller buildings, like homes and shops, are crafted from local materials. Ostwick also has a penchant for bright colors and intricate mosaics.
      • The Free Marches are known as the breadbasket of Thedas, largely due to the fertile region located around the Minanter River. Hasmal, Tantervale, and Starkhaven are all situated around the river.
      • The Grand Tourney is one of the few times the Free Marches unite.
      • The central location makes it a very diverse region; it's not uncommon for natural-born Free Marchers to have parents who lived elsewhere.
      • Many natural born Marchers still maintain a certain degree of nativism, especially during the Fifth Blight when Fereldans and Qunari crossed borders.
        Ostwick sent a ship to Kirkwall and took in a few refugees when their borders got tight, largely as a means of trying to win the Templar Order's/Meredith's good graces.
      • The lack of central government makes the region difficult to protect and the economy disparate.
        Potential trade ideas for Ostwick:
        ◦ Artisan crafts: glassmaking, tapestries, textiles
        ◦ Book-making, especially religious texts
        ◦ Mining from the Vimmarks
        ◦ Fishing and boating, minor trade point for Ferelden/Starkhaven, Ferelden/Markham, and Ferelden/Ansburg?

      • Free Marchers tend to be quietly wary of intrusions from their neighbors.
      • During times of crisis, the leaders of the Marches will occasionally convene under a Landsmeet.

          Titles of the Rulers

          Wycome: Duke
          Tantervale: Lord Chancellor
          Ansburg: Margrave
          Starkhaven: Prince (formerly King, but recanted after political strife)
          Ostwick: Teryn
          Kirkwall: Viscount
          Kaiten: Viscount

          Forms of Address in Free Marches

          Messere: Used towards someone of higher status
          Serah: Used towards someone of equal or lesser status

          Codex Entries )
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So as a treat to myself for finishing some art, I did some DAO modding and made Lorelei Cousland 3.0 yesterday. I realized she looks a little bit like Rhiannon Hawke 1.0, but whatever. I like how she looks. I got some awesome screenies of her, too.

Playing as her again has got me thinking about what decisions and outcomes I want for her worldstate. The last time I played as her, her game was as "perfect" as much as a PT in a DA game can be. By that I mean she had all her companions with high levels of approval, generally took the least destructive options in major quests (like the Circle helped Connor so no one died), etc. But I kinda want to fuck shit up now.

The one thing I always have a hard time doing is not recruiting all my companions, no matter how many times I've played these games. I feel like I'll miss out on content if they're not there, which isn't even true. I'm actually missing out on content sometimes because I'm not telling them to fuck off.

Like, I love Sera, but I have a hard time justifying Mel's justifications for keeping her around. She'd probably have to go. (I don't even have a tactical reason for keeping her around since Mel is also an archer.)

Anyway, I want to see if I can break that trend with this run. Leave Sten in the cage. Kill Zevran. Do whatever I need to do to not recruit Oghren. Or maybe bring one of them on and then push them away with ideological differences.

I actually did end up killing Wynne my very first PT with Lorelei 1.0 'cause I wanted to see how much waffling I could do between her and Cullen in the pink bubble. There was a limit, apparently, and a limit that meant I was going to lose out on my healer. So reloading happened.

I also want to pay more attention to Leliana this time around. I'm digging the idea of Lorelei being inspired by Leliana's devotion to her faith rather than ridiculing her.

Still not sure about Morrigan. Lorelei 2.0 and Morrigan were besties, but I could see that changing.
fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Dashing Hat)
Okay, so first of all, thank you to maramcreates and vieralynn for your replies to my other post. I don't want to subject you to my drunk rambling so I'm not doing that there, but you guys got me thinking about things more and reaffirmed some thinky thoughts I had been having.

So anyway, drunk OC rambling below:

Read more... )
fereldanwench: (Mood - Daydreaming Ariel)
I've been working on moving some of my DA stuff from Evernote to here, focusing on mostly sorting out all the deets to my main canon universe. Working on the timeline is especially fun for me, and I've enjoyed playing around with character profile sheets. (One of my all-time favorite things from my forum RPG days was making character profiles. It's so zen.)

I have a good feel for Melisande as a character, and Ansley Hawke and Daphne Caron are starting to fall into place; my inspo blog has been especially helpful for me working out who they are. I keep hitting a roadblock with my Warden, though.

The biggest problem is that the original Lorelei Cousland ended up being more of a rough draft for Melisande. I didn't realize it at the time, since I hadn't even conceptualized an Inquisitor, but some of the more defining characteristics for her ended up maturing in Melisande instead. Most of my OCs share some similarities since there are just certain things that I like in female characters and want to see more of, no matter how cliché or repetitive or whatever they might be in a greater scheme of things. But I also like variety, and having Lorelei being Melisande Lite does not appeal.

The other main problem is that I get hung up on the nobility thing--I ended up putting a lot of effort into making Mel's nobility work for me because I desperately wanted a "commoner" human--but that I also think there's a lot of untapped potential for a Queen Cousland that I don't want to drop. Not just her existing as Alistair's Queen, which is what I predominantly see in fic, but her being a strong political figure in her own right.

I did temporarily consider moving my Amell into this universe instead, but I also like that a Queen Cousland makes for an easy opening for an Orlesian Warden-Commander in Awakening's timeline. The Wardens had to bring her in because the Queen was too busy doing queen stuff. That's nice and neat.

I'm just kind of stuck trying to figure out who she is now. Did she want to be a Warden? What were her plans before Howe's betrayal? What are her thoughts on the Chantry? Orlais? Mages and magic? What pushes her to move forward after her parents die? What draws her to Alistair? What were her political ambitions to begin with? What gives her the conviction and audacity to name herself as Queen? She's only 22 when the Blight happens--Does she still feel like a kid in over her head?


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