So I had a thought last night as I was drifting off.
I've been wanting to flesh out Mel's backstory for a while now, especially as a means of making her feel more woven into this particular universe. A lot of the original, pre-game ideas I had ended up being scrapped with the nobility background (human commoner next game, pls, Bioware)--I'm not a hardcore stickler for canon, but I do like to try to work within certain parameters that we're given when it comes to the origin stories. So the Trevelyans as a noble house sticks.
Dialogue with Josie and a Trevelyan can suggest that they might have met in passing once or twice at a fancy Free Marcher party.
Yanno who else is Free Marcher nobility?
Prince Sebastian Vael
Yanno who are both the third and youngest child in their family?
Sebastian and Melisande
(OMG, and fucking archers. Melisande does not have a super special bow from her grandfather, though. She just likes shooting things. She goes hunting a lot. That's how I justify fennec fox deaths.)
As for what I want to do with that information, I'm not entirely sure at the moment. And I need to dig a little into timeline stuff.
Current rambling thoughts: They have a quick bond over their positions when they're younger
Sebastian finds comfort in the Chantry; Melisande absolutely does not
Archery competition? Could be some fancy noble get together, could be two noble brats sneaking away to something less formal
Sebastian would be around his wooing ladies (
and men pls come on, Bioware) and sleeping around phase--Tries to woo her? They have casual sex? Melisande rejects him? Play around with the Sleeps with Everyone But You trope?
Adventures of spoiled brats with legit family issues bonding over debauchery
Hawke (Saura) in this universe let Anders live, too, so there could be room for some interesting ramifications when it comes to Sebastian invading Kirkwall in DAI. I kind of wanted the opportunity to make that more nuanced--Sebastian could be reaching out to the Inquisition as a personal favor if he and Melisande had any kind of past.