When I first played through Dragon Age Origins, my first character was a female Cousland. I don’t even really remember her because I got stuck somewhere I couldn’t go back from and couldn’t go forward either. I usually need a crap first playthrough to get the initial terribleness out.
My second character was a female Brosca. But then on my third playthrough I returned to the Female Cousland story.
This is my Ephena Cousland.
For me, Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn in the Tudors really captured what I envisioned my F!Cousland to be: not conventionally pretty but with something about her that makes you keep watching her.
Ephena changed a great deal from the attack at Castle Cousland, In Dragon Age terms I would say this ‘Hardened’ her character. Sure she is still capable of great love and empathy, feeling compassion for people around her, but she struggles with those darker demons now. Her goal should be ending the Blight, saving the world, and indeed she does, but she was lucky that that goal coincided with her deepest desire…revenge.
But in the end she was able to stand over Howe’s corpse and know that it was a Cousland who brought him down, know that her parents and Oriana and Oren can sleep easier now that their murderer has gone to face the Maker. And she is finally able to relinquish that burden, the knowledge that it is over and she can let go of this hatred and grief. So when she meets Nathaniel in that cell in Amaranthine she looks beyond the bitter words and the anger and sees a man who would make a fine Warden.
She knows then that her lust for revenge has truly been sated.
Canonically I tend to have Ephena end up with Alistair and be his Queen. Although if pairing her with Nathaniel or Sebastian was available…I would totally go there.
Also…in her world Alistair becomes King…no matter if she romances him or not…and Anora ends up being married to her brother, Fergus. A match which ends up being incredibly loving.
If anyone is interested in reading any snippets of her I’d be happy to write them…she and all the other Warden stories, and everyone else is in my Epic Dragon Age Big Bang fic.
So I have taken a table from LJ with prompts and decided to write up 30 Dragon Age Drabbles.
Problem is I don’t know where to start!
01. Defiant – Carver/Nathaniel (Bratty recruit Carver makes it tough on Nathaniel)
02. Powder – Carver/Cullen (Cullen licking lyrium powder off his protoge’s body….)
03. Grateful – Female Cousland / Nathaniel
04. Decent – Anders/Carver
05. Union – Anora/Fergus
06. Cleansed – Anora/Fergus
07. Go – Carver/Cairn (Carver talks to Cairn about being a Templar recruit prior to the Deep Roads Expedition)
08. Shame – Male Cousland/Nathaniel
09. Objective –Nathaniel/Sebastian (They know each other in Starkhaven…Seb is a bad influence and Nathaniel is competitive)
10. Strength – Cailan/Cauthrien (Cailan admires Ser Cauthrien and fantasises about a Warrior Queen)
11. Life – Shianni/Zevran
12. Contempt – Carver/Nate
13. Wrong – Aeducan/Brosca (Princess Aeducan has mixed feelings about her Casteless companion. Wicked Brosca is determined to shake her Noble foundations.)
14. Sweeten – Feynriel/Orana (He visits her in her dreams, and she adores his magic)
15. Hands – Anders/Fenris (Both of them are sensitive to touch.)
16. Strangle – Cairn/Garrett Hawke (Cairn dominates Hawke just to shut him the hell up.)
17. Lullaby – Anders/Fenris, + Baby (Varania is killed and Fenris finds that she had a little daughter…Crysanta…)
18. Untouchable – Cullen/Keran (Cullen wants his recruit…but he shouldn’t)
19. Whispered – Anders/Fenris/Nathaniel
20. Prayers – Bethany/Sebastian
21. Obvious – Alistair/Cousland
22. Rhythm – Male Cousland/Anora Mac Tir (M!Cousland listens to his pregnant wife’s and baby’s heartbeats)
23. Afterlife – Anders/Nate (They meet in the Deep Roads during the Calling…)
24. Hidden – Alistair/Cullen (Templar Recruits sneaking sexings…)
25. Parade – Sigrun/Varric (He takes her to her first topside festival)
26. Touch – Anders/Nathaniel
27. Free – Anders/Fenris
28. Enjoy – Fenris/Sebastian
29. Shining – Alistair/Bethany (King Alistair’s and Queen Bethany’s Wedding day)
30. Overflow – Alistair/Zevran
Title: Iron Control
Fandom: Dragon Age
Kink Meme Prompt: “Carver talks dirty unintentionally turning his LI on. Any LI works…”
Summary: No one challenges Nathaniel Howe like new recruit Carver Hawke does, but Nathaniel’s self control is legendary and he is sure that no matter what he will be able to resist this boy. That is until he hears Carver’s unintentionally filthy mouth, and suddenly …resisting seems futile.
Also starring the Awakening crew and a snarky Female Cousland. With guest appearances by King Alistair, Teyrn Fergus Cousland and his wife Teyrna Anora, and Garrett Hawke…who cockblocks his little brother even when he’s in another country.