The State of Things Feb 8, 2010 5:54:00 GMT -5
Post by The Maker on Feb 8, 2010 5:54:00 GMT -5
The State of Things
I. Influential Canon Characters in Ferelden
King Alistair Theirin
I. Influential Canon Characters in Ferelden
King Alistair Theirin
Alistair, now King of Ferelden, has taken up the throne at the behest of his peers, though apprehensively. Though the King rules alone, he has many reliable advisors and friends in high places, and the love he truly has for his people gives him confidence in the fact that he can support his Kingdom and rule it well. Since the Blight and the darkspawn rising in the north, the King has taken mostly to political study and overseeing the reconstruction both of the Grey Warden order and the regions of Ferelden that were damaged during the Blight. He travels relatively frequently, ruling close with his people. This is not to say that Alistair rules completely unopposed. Political machinations from all fronts have surfaced and now Alistair faces the task of figuring friend from foe.
In Cloudreach of 9:34, Alistair announced his engagement to the Teyrna of Gwaren, Constanct Yorath.
Warden Aedan Cousland
Aedan, the Warden who dealt the final blow to the Archdemon at the Battle of Denerim, managed to survive the Blight. Suspicious to senior Wardens from other nations, Aedan's survival was ensured by a secret he had kept between himself and a handful of others.
Six months after the Blight a new threat of darkspawn became apparent in his gifted Arling of Amaranthine. Sent to preside over and train more Wardens but ultimately faced with devastation and another darkspawn crisis, the Warden tended to his people and ultimately overcame the Mother and the threat, recruiting a rag-tag band of Wardens into the order in the process. The Warden is still regarded by most as a hero of the highest degree, and most people of Ferelden know his face or at least his story.
In 9:32 Aedan Cousland stepped down from his position as both Warden-Commander and as Arl of Amaranthine, handing both positions to Warden Nathaniel Howe. Aedan has disappeared, only leaving his whereabouts known to one person. Not even his brother, Fergus, knows his whereabouts.
Anora and Loghain Mac Tir
After Loghain was silenced by the Landsmeet, he lost a duel to Alistair. For Alistair's vengeance, he executed Loghain for his treachery before the entire Landsmeet for all of the crimes he had committed; allowing slavery in the alienage, allowing torture of nobles and templars alike, the death of the King, incriminating the Grey Wardens, and instigating civil war amongst the people of Ferelden.
While his crimes were dire, many believed that the majority of them were orchestrated by his ally, Rendon Howe. Though none could argue it was Loghain's order that left the King to die on the battlefield in Ostagar, there are still quite a few people in Ferelden who believe this order was necessary for the greater good. The split opinion of the former revered hero made for a tumultuous period after his defeat in the Landsmeet.
After her father was executed, Anora gave up her throne to Alistair, though not willingly. The Warden who had promised to support Anora for the throne gave it to Alistair, seeming to only want her support in the Landsmeet to further their cause. To avoid a civil war in the future, Anora was exiled and escorted out of Ferelden to an undisclosed location. There have been rumors of communication between the former queen and current king. While bitter feelings may still exist, there is word that Anora may be returning to Ferelden in the near future.
Teyrn Fergus Cousland
Since the ending of the Blight and Fergus' return from Ostagar, he has been assigned his rightful Teyrnir and is now the Teyrn of Highever. Returning to his homeland shortly after the coronation and celebrations for his brother, the Warden, Fergus made his way to Highever to start anew with the few people that had survived Arl Howe's attack on the castle. He held a proper memorial for his parents and the many men who died defending the castle, as well as a much more private ceremony for his deceased wife and son.
Through emotional turmoil and losses, he worked to restore Highever to what it once was in the midst of a war-torn land. His efforts have brought some restoration and forward-thinking changes, but Highever continues to struggle through a multitude of problems. An assassination attempt, elven riots, and a plague in the past few years.
At the Landsmeet of 9:32, Fergus was granted permission to marry the elven woman he’d fallen in love with, Rae Caoileann. Though Rae would not have the title of Teyrna, by allowing the marriage the Landsmeet has declared that any offspring will be considered legitimate heirs to the Cousland name. Less than a year later, Rae gave birth to Riane Eleanor Cousland, their first and only child.
The union was a happy one, but not all of Ferelden was delighted with the match. In Guardian of 9:34, Raelene was poisoned and did not recover. Widowed again, Fergus now raises his daughter on his own and works to find out who killed his wife.
Through a combination of personal motivations and to keep others at bay, he has come to an agreement with Bann Breanna Guerrin with a formal courtship, one that will likely be quite lengthy as they get to know one another. Initial interactions are promising, however.
Arl Teagan Guerrin, Eamon & Isolde
After Alistair was crowned, Arl Eamon stayed on as an advisor to the young King. Because his son was revealed to be a mage during the Blight and "cured" of being an abomination, young Connor was sent to the Circle Tower to learn to control and improve his abilities, leaving the Arl's wife Isolde alone. Recently, the Arl was felled by a stroke and remained bedridden at the Palace in Denerim for a long time before passing away in 33 Dragon. His brother, Teagan, was elevated to Arl of Redcliffe, while his widow, Isolde, has remained at the Guerrin estate in Denerim, no longer the Arlessa of Redcliffe.
With Teagan's rise to Arl, he named his bastard daughter, Breanna Guerrin, as Bann of Rainesfere. The beginning of his rein started roughly, for Darkspawn sightings marred the celebrations for both their change in positions, and caused a delay in the Redcliffe Ball while the Wardens took care of the problem.
With the Ball over, Teagan looks to the future of Redcliffe, allowing the Grey Wardens to set up a base there in case of further threats.
Arl Nathaniel Howe, Warden-Commander of Ferelden
One of the "rag-tag" members that Aedan Cousland managed to recruit into the Grey Wardens was none other than Nathaniel Howe, eldest son of Rendon Howe. Originally arriving in Amaranthine bent on revenge, he was captured and conscripted into the Grey Wardens. Over time, trials, and tribulations, Nathaniel earned both trust and friendship with Aedan and became his second-in-command. Much to the surprise of many, Aedan stepped down from his position of Arl of Amaranthine and Warden-Commander and handed both titles to Nathaniel. Now Nathaniel faces the oddity of being Arl of the lands his family was stripped of for Rendon's betrayal and the task of keeping the Grey Wardens a viable part of Amaranthine and Ferelden.
Recently, Nathaniel suffered a new tragedy. His wife, Fiona, was murdered in a mugging gone wrong, robbing the Commander of the Grey of one of the lights in his life. While the individual responsible was put to justice, it has not done much to assuage the Commander's grief.