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This page is dedicated to the main focal characters of ''The Sisimka Chronicles''.

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     Aedan Cousland 

Aedan Cousland

The Protagonist of the series. Once a member of the Cousland Family, Aedan’s life was forever changed when his entire family was betrayed and slaughtered by Arl Rendon Howe, who had once been his father’s closest friend. Amidst the chaos, Aedan was rescued by Duncan and recruited into the Grey Wardens. After the battle of Ostagar, Aedan, along with Alistair, Morrigan, his faithful Mabari hound, Jack, and others who joined along the way, travel across Ferelden to rally unite Ferelden under one banner against the Blight.

Following the Blight, Aedan sets off to rebuild the Wardens and ponders his decision of having participated in Morrigan's ancient ritual by conceiving a child with her.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Aedan is well liked by his companions and followers as a leader.
  • A Father to His Men: Aedan has spent much time with his followers, helping them conquer their personal demons along with fighting actual demons.
  • Accidental Pornomancer: While Aedan does have his fair share of admirers and had a threesome with Isabella, he's not ''
  • Action Dad: He is a father of three children by A Perfect Day.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: And a LOT of it. Initially portrayed as an unstoppable force and the Big Good of Ferelden, the journey to become so was filled with pain, loss and hardship. See Hurting Hero below.
  • Adorkable: His earlier interactions with Leliana can be interpreted as downright precious.
  • Amazon Chaser: Nearly every woman Aedan has been with or been attracted to has been action-oriented. His lover, mother of his child and eventual wife, Leliana, for example, is a former Femme Fatale spy.
  • Babies Ever After: With Leliana.
  • Bad Liar: Aedan has trouble at keeping secrets and is even worse at lying.
  • Badass Family: Aedan’s family had served as the Big Good of Ferelden for centuries and fought against the Orlesian forces during the Ferelden Revolution.
  • Bash Brothers: With Alistair most of the time and occasionally Zevran.
  • Battle Couple: With Leliana.
  • Berserk Button: Deconstructed. Arl Rendon Howe. During his fight against him, Aedan gave into his rage and butchered his opponent beyond recognition. After coming to his senses, Aedan was horrified at what he had done. When confronted by Ser Cauthrien, Aedan surrendered without a fight and spent two days wallowing in self-hatred in Fort Drakon. It’s safe to say that the event had left a very prominent scar in his life.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He may be kind and idealistic, but he’s one of the most badass fighters in Ferelden.
  • Big Brother Worship: He’s very close to his older brother, Fergus.
  • Blood Brothers: With Alistair.
  • Blue Blood: His family was of high Nobility, before his Joining.
  • Broken Ace: Aedan may be the legendary hero of Ferelden, but his journey to becoming this involved a mixture of pain, loss and hardship. He has his fair share of regrets and has seen things he can never forget.
  • Canine Companion: Aedan has his pet mabari hound, Jack, whose loyalty is unwavering.
  • Covert Pervert: Sten has remarked that Aedan’s eyes are always following Leliana, something that makes him blush very quickly.
  • Chick Magnet: Aside from Leliana and Morrigan, several other females have been smitten with Aedan including Delilah Howe and Isabella.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Of the unlucky variant with Delilah Howe. [note]At one point, the two of them were childhood sweethearts who may well have been married had circumstances been different. But after Rendon Howe’s betrayal, contact between them was cut off. By the time they had reunited, Aedan had fallen in love with Leliana.[/note]
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. Aedan shows mild signs of displeasure when Zevran flirted with Leliana, but does not act aggressive or possessive over her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Before joining the Grey Warden ranks, his entire family was massacred by Arl Rendon Howe. He and his older brother are all that remains.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Aedan has many moments of making sarcastic remarks around his friends.
  • Disney Death: When Aedan delivers the final blow to the Archdemon, he should’ve been killed and is initially thought to have been so. However, seeing how he performed an ancient ritual with Morrigan and conceived a child with her, and survives the encounter.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He ends up drinking himself under the table in Chapter 6 of Til Death after Leliana supposedly ends their relationship.
  • Friend to All Children: While it isn’t given too much attention, Aedan has proved to be good with children, probably because he was such a great uncle to his nephew, Oren.
  • Good Parents: Alongside Leliana, Aedan is an awesome parent.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Aedan favors a sword and a shield, while Leliana sticks to her bow and daggers.
  • Happily Married: With Leliana after Chapter 19 of The Hero of Ferelden.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Played Straight with Leliana.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Alistair, played straight and justified. The two of them are the last remaining Grey Wardens in Ferelden and have had each other’s backs since the battle of Ostagar. The two are steadfast and loyal to each other and are proud to call themselves friends.
  • Hurting Hero: Dear god, is Aedan hurting. He’s haunted by his past and has many regrets.
    • The death of his family at the hands of Rendon Howe still lingers in his mind from time to time, resulting in a bad case of Survivor’s Guilt.
    • His brutal murder of Howe has left deep scars in his psyche.
    • He deeply regrets conceiving a child with Morrigan in order to save both his and Alistair’s life, feeling as if he’d betrayed Leliana.
    • He was forced to watch Delilah Howe, his childhood sweetheart, die during her Joining Ritual in an attempt to atone for her father’s transgressions.
  • Insecure Love Interest: How he initially felt towards Leliana. Eventually subverted in More Than Friends.
    Aedan: As a friend, perhaps. But she is beyond my reach I fear… Leliana is so worldly and well educated, not to mention beautiful… and she’s a woman, Alistair. Women such as her have no interest in simple country boys like me.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Zevran (an elf) Oghren (a dwarf) and Sten (a Qunari).
  • Like Father, Like Son: Aedan has been said to have taken after his father in many regards.
  • Likes Older Women: Downplayed with Leliana, seeing how she’s only five years older than him.
  • Love Epiphany: Til Death mainly focuses on Aedan pondering his love for Leliana. By the end, he is fully convinced that the bond they share is worth whatever the risk.
  • Morality Pet: To Zevran. His friendship helps Zevran move past his life as an Assassin and become his own person.
  • Odd Friendship: With nearly everyone in his original party. His closest friends included the bastard son of King Merrick, a femme Fatale spy who had a heel-faith turn, a member of the Antivan Crows, a Qunari Warrior, the daughter of Flemeth, an alcoholic dwarf, and an elderly mage kept alive by a Fade Spirit.
  • Second Love: Played straight with both him and Leliana. Before the Blight, Aedan was involved with his childhood sweetheart Delilah Howe. The two of them would have been married had her father not turned traitor and slaughtered Aedan’s family. Leliana’s former lover, Marjolaine, betrayed her and abandoned her to rot in imprisonment.
  • Survivor's Guilt: If he’s not suffering this from the Battle of Ostagar, he is most definitely suffering this after his family was murdered.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Delilah Howe.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Played With.
    • Deconstructed with Morrigan. In order to save Alistair’s life, as well as his own, Aedan reluctantly agrees to perform an ancient ritual with Morrigan and conceives a child with her. The knowledge of the fact weighs heavily on his conscious and becomes one of his biggest sources of guilt and regret.
    • Subverted with Delilah Howe. While some assume this is the case, and there are signs of Unresolved Sexual Tension between them, Aedan remains loyal to Leliana, knowing that his heart truly belongs to her.
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    Leliana 

Leliana

Aedan’s Love Interest and the Deuteragonist. A former Orlesian bard and a lay sister at the Chantry in Lothering. After receiving a prophetic dream about the Blight, she decides to join Aedan on his quest.

She and Aedan become an Official Couple in More Than Friends, before officially marrying in The Hero of Ferelden. The two soon have a son named Riordan and adopt two other children, Luke and Grace.


  • Action Girl: Pretty straight forward.
  • Action Mom: By the end of The Hero of Ferelden.
  • Adorkable: Her interactions with Aedan in More Than Friends are preciously adorable.
  • Babies Ever After: With Aedan. Although she’s revealed to be pregnant during the first third of The Hero of Ferelden.
  • Becoming the Mask: She originally adopted the guise of a simple, pious, religious convert in order to escape Marjolaine, her former employer/lover and now mortal enemy. It was only until meeting Aedan that she found herself content in that life, that she actually started to become that person for real.
  • Betty and Veronica: The sweet, reliable Betty, to Morrigan’s exotic and icy Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She’s a sweet, pious woman who loves to sing and tell stories. She’ll also gut you like a fish when the situation demands it.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Aedan. Both of them were betrayed by someone they once trusted, and are left heavily scarred by the experience.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Subverted. Realizing Aedan’s conviction of choosing between her and his duty, Leliana attempts to end their relationship to give Aedan less to worry about. Afterwards, Aedan returns to her and confesses his true feelings towards her, which brings them back together.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Leliana is the gentle girl to Aedan’s brooding boy. Leliana is his main pillar of support and is always quick to comfort him during times of hardships and strife.
  • The Chick: Leliana is one of the most virtuous of Aedan’s friends, always trying to bring them along the right path.
  • Covered in Scars: A result of her imprisonment and torture after being betrayed by Marjolaine.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She shows shades of this in Girl Talk when she hears about Aedan’s tryst with Isabela and her competition with Morrigan.
    • Subverted when she learns about Aedan conceiving a child with Morrigan. While she initially devastated by the news, she later reveals to hold no grudges against Aedan or Morrigan and says that Aedan needs his own forgiveness, not hers.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After losing her mother when she was very young, Leliana then grew up to become a bard before she was betrayed by her mentor and lover and left to rot in prison where she was subjected to all different kinds of torture (possibly including rape).
  • Good Bad Girl: At her center, Leliana is a pious woman with a heart of gold who also enjoys romantic rendezvous with Aedan that are so passionate, they’re hard to ignore.
  • Happily Married: With Aedan in The Hero Of Ferelden.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: She has this for Aedan after hearing about his feelings for her in Girl Talk, and when he confesses to her entirely in Til Death.
  • Mama Bear: If there’s one thing that can truly break Leliana, it’s the sight of Aedan and her children in jeopardy.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Zevran and Alistair.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Aedan in More Than Friends, ‘Til Death and The Hero of Ferelden.
  • Second Love: Played straight with both her and Aedan. Leliana’s former lover, Marjolaine, betrayed her and left her to rot in imprisonment. Before the Blight, Aedan was heavily involved with his childhood sweetheart, Delilah Howe.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Aedan who is one of the kindest people around.
  • Token Religious Teammate: The most overtly Andrastian member of the party.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Morrigan’s Tomboy.
  • Supreme Chef: Aside from Zevran, Leliana is the best cook in Aedan’s original party.

     Alistair 

King Alistair

The Tritagonist of the series. One of the Junior Grey Wardens and Aedan’s Best Friend. A former Knight Templar in training, he is one of the central characters in the stories and one of the few remaining Grey Wardens in Ferelden.


  • Adorkable: His sense of humor, awkwardness and nervousness around women add to his personal charm.
  • Bash Brothers: With Aedan.
  • Big Eater: It’s a Grey Warden thing apparently.
  • Blood Brothers: With Aedan.
  • Blue Blood: Or… half-blue blood, seeing how he’s King Merick’s bastard son.
  • Butt-Monkey: Alistair serves as the main comedic relief for most of the stories and all of the original companions make some teasing remark at him. Even ‘‘Pins and Needles’’ is about Sisimka messing with Alistair.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can be foolish and silly, but is capable of holding his own in a fight, taking on superior opponents and dragons.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alistair is always guaranteed to have something sarcastic to say.
  • Dork Knight:
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He joins in Aedan’s drinking when he and Leliana supposedly go their separate ways.
  • Foil: To Aedan. Both of them are Grey Wardens and highly skilled fighters. However, Aedan came from a royal family and was raised for greatness. Alistair was born a royal bastard and simply went with whatever life threw at him.
  • Happily Married: To Brenna.
  • Heroic Bastard: A ROYAL bastard.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Played Straight and Justified with Aedan. The two of them are the last remaining Grey Wardens in Ferelden and have had each other’s backs since the battle of Ostagar. The two are steadfast and loyal to each other and are proud to call themselves friends
  • Hurting Hero: The massacre at Ostagar weighs heavily on his conscious as well as the other battles that followed.
  • The Lancer: He serves as Aedan’s foil and best friend.
  • Lethal Chef: None of the original party is very fond of his cooking.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Whenever Alistair isn't making some glib remark, you know it's time to be serious.
  • Oblivious to Love: Subverted, at first he appears unaware of Aedan’s affections towards Leliana, but reveals that he’s seen the way they look at each other.
  • Reluctant Ruler: He is very reluctant of becoming any sort of leader, which is why he gave the honor to Aedan. This is later Subverted, as Alistair is made King in The Hero of Ferelden and turns out to be pretty good at the job.
  • Sad Clown: Alistair tries to cope with his hardships through humor, and nearly everyone can see it.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: His journey to end the Blight was filled with battles he can never forget. He’s killed Darkspawn, Werewolves, Golems, demons, and more humans than he’d care to remember. It’s safe to say the war’s taken a toll on him.
  • Shipper on Deck: Alistair’s OTP seems to be Aedan/Leliana, hence his constant support and approval over their relationship and evident sorrow when things go south for them.
  • Stepford Snarker: Whenever Alistair is unhappy, his sarcastic side is all you see. Which is actually quite often.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Aedan, the Grey Wardens, and his companions, oh so much.
  • Unexpected Virgin: A result of growing up in the Chantry and being recruited into the Grey Wardens.
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