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  • Recommended by: fostofina
  • Comments: This author writes some of the best fics that this troper had ever seen in general, her stories are engaging and emotional and her writing style is simple yet eloquent, and it leaves you hanging on to every line and very much excited about what comes next without the need for cliffhangers. Her characterization is on point, and the player character's name and physical description is left to the reader in a way that would allow them to imagine their own character without it feeling distant or inconsistent.


  • Recommended by: Termin8r
  • Shipping: M!Cousland/Leliana
  • Comments: This author writes some of the best fanfics in my opinion and is one of my favorite authors. She's written an entire chronology of fanfics pertaining to Dragon Age: Origins timeline including one-shots, fluff, and continuations with original plots and characters. All characters feel spot-on and completely humanized; you believe the struggles they go through, making them all the more endearing. All of her stories are written predominantly about the relationship and adventures of Aedan Cousland and Leliana, while also including Alistair as Aedan's best friend and brother warden. Many of the other companions are featured in her stories and make appearances.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

     Dragon Age Origins 

The Age of Dragons by PrettyFrog (TV Tropes page)

  • Recommended by: Gardengoblin
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Another all origins are true story, but one that manages to otherwise stay somewhat close to canon. Characters show actual signs of growth. Author is now working on Awakenings, Dragon Age II, and is apparently going to do Inquisition as well.

All Roads Lead to Denerim by Sparrow Nightrunner

  • Recommended by: Axleonex, LentilSandEater, darknesshiddeninlight, syafati
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An All Origins are True story, where seven new Wardens will have to work together with the canon companions to defeat the Archdemon.
  • comments: A scenario where all six warden origins occur (with a mage of each race for seven total). Each character is given a great amount of personality and individuality. The author does extremely well portraying how they interact with each other so differently, making each character feel as realistic as possible.
    • Seconded. Made an account wholly to second this. This fanfiction is a wonderland of characterization. It follows the game's plot closely enough to allow for extraneous detail to be left out, but the real wonder of the story is the characters. Each Warden is beautifully fleshed-out, with realistic flaws, strengths, and quirks related to their backstories. Each character's evolution is realistic and deeply touching, and the ending remains true to each of their characters, avoiding the dreaded "just make everything perfect" ending a lot of fanfics go for. The NPCs are also all fleshed out realistically through their interactions with the Wardens, and it's just seriously amazing, guys.
    • Note that this fic is long. It clocks in just short of 400,000 words.
    • There are two direct sequels: Letters to Amaranthine is a short humorous collection of notes between the characters about how they reacted to Awakening and the DLC adventures, while An Apostate's Abominable Guide to Kirkwall, (Dead; last updated September 2016) follows the elf Wardens as they get involved with the plot of Dragon Age 2.
    • Can't give it an endorsement. One of the Wardens feels like an utterly infuriating Sue. Bad attitude? Check. Super powerful? Check. Faces almost no repercussions for being a jerk? Check. Blatantly becoming evil and nearly killing half the cast, yet is forgiven for it because he feels bad and "learned his lesson?" Check.

An American Idiot in Thedas by wcv

  • Recommended by: DerpReginaldHerpington
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A standard college student from our world finds himself transported into the world of Thedas. After nearly getting killed he is dragged into helping the Wardens stop the Blight.
  • Comments: The fic is narrated as an autobiography, with frequent historical/lore references, and has Will try, more or less successfully, to become a Connecticut Yankee.

Black Bird and Golden Bird by Enaid Aderyn

  • Recommended by: ShebasDawn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A fable about hope, freedom, and the power of love.
  • Comments: By far the best story I have ever read on FFN. Only 812 words, but every one of them well-chosen. Beautiful, moving imagery. A transcendent fairy tale.

Blight-Queller by lepolemicist

  • Recommended by: icommendu, Mirvein
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Grand Inquisitor, you accuse me of committing an atrocity, unrivalled in depravity since the Magi stormed the Golden City! I say that I stole the secrets of blood magic from the demons of the fade; I scaled the Tower of Ishal to grasp victory against the darkspawn at Ostagar; I slew the Archdemon with my magic to quell the blight itself. At this farce of a trial, what more of a defence do I need, but my deeds themselves?
  • Comments: I found this incredibly good. It reads very much like Name of the Wind. A frame narrative is employed, with the story is told by the Mage Warden Amell during his trial - apparently, he killed the Archdemon, but only with costly blood magic. This is his tale, and what gripped me was the epicness of the story, and the sheer awesome demonstrated by the Warden. I also found myself liking the fact that the Warden is obviously quite cunning and ruthless - which to me makes for more interesting reading.

The Call of the Grey by IluvAUs

  • Recommended by: FarisV
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: All Grey Wardens know when their time has come when the nightmares return. When the song begins to haunt their dreams. But how many ways can one leave to face one's death? There are infinite possibilities, infinite realities, for all Wardens, all peoples face death in different ways. It is finished. The time has come. How will you face your inevitable end, Grey Warden?
  • Comments: A fanfic which examines how Grey Wardens from all possible origins face the time of their Calling. Only a few, thus far, have gone for a "traditional" Calling. Most others have expired in a myriad of different ways. There is a lot of shipping here, but mainly just Warden/Love Interest. Nothing crack-y. A good, albeit dark and depressing, read.

Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns by Karmic Acumen (TV Tropes page)

  • Recommended by: Sarah1281
    • Seconded by Pygmalion
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Bhelen had all bases covered, but didn't consider that his older brother would get himself framed on purpose just to fake the death of a certain someone. AU Fanfiction including all Origins as characters. Different outcome for House Aeducan and Orzammar.
  • Comments: After being forced to time and again fall victim to Bhelen's plot, it's refreshing to see a story where things aren't so set in stone. Despite being perfectly in character, Trian isn't dismissed as just a useless, arrogant fool while Bhelen isn't deemed unrepentantly evil, which is a nice change. Things have changed enough - and believably - that while the DN still leaves to join the Wardens, it isn't clear just how things are going to play out, especially once the other origins get involved.
    • Eh. Main character is a major Mary Sue and the author has an axe to grind with regard to several characters in a way that comes off as slightly rabid.

The Keening Blade by Arsinoe de Blassenville

  • Recommended by: Sarah1281, Gadeel, Pygmalion, Lightning4119
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: She hesitated-"Mostly, I couldn't kill you, knowing that I cheated. At the Landsmeet. Our duel." There was a heavy silence. Loghain said slowly, "You do realize that I am holding a naked sword at this very moment?" M for naughty language.
  • Comments: Initially a one-shot that's been expanded upon, this story has Loghain as the Only Sane Man, with a hilariously unstable Cousland Warden who actually acts out gaming mechanics like stopping to loot everything and randomly giving presents to bribe people into liking them while the other companions have long since accepted her behavior and even encourage it.
    • Seconded.
      • The beginning was absolutely amazing, but it feels like it's slowing towards the middle. Hopefully it will pick up again when Arsinoe gets into Awakening territory.
    • Once things get into Awakening and later, it does pick up a fair amount, and it's interesting - and hilariously cathartic - to see how the Warden short-circuits a good 70% of the plot of Dragon Age II and virtually all of Inquisition simply by being around at the right time.

I Am Not A Tragic Figure by Sarah1281

  • Recommended by: Lady Stacy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Aunn Aeducan, practical if sheltered exile, knows only two things for certain: if she returns to Orzammar she'll probably end up actually committing fratricide at some point and it's about time to show the world what a dwarven princess can really do...
  • Comments: It's not easy to find an Aeducan story and even harder to find one that's not paired up with Alistair (which is nice but sometimes seeing something different is good). This story doesn't have any romance aside from a past relationship with Gorim but it is a nice retelling of the story with a Warden who never quite manages to forget where she came from and doesn't really fit the bill of a conventional hero.

The Last Warden by Bamftastik

  • Recommended by: TechnicGiraffe, Mordorqueen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: From the summary: What if the Warden had died during their origin story? What if Alistair found himself alone, facing the task of uniting Ferelden against the Blight? How would things differ? What would happen to the others?
  • Comments: Brilliant. Bamftastik catches the essence of every character; her portrayal of Alistair is remarkably and painfully accurate, from the way he's cruel to Morrigan and often thoughtless, an aspect many fans of Alistair forget. Kudos for the ghosts of Wardens-that-could-have-been. Originally on LiveJournal, where it had illustrations.
    • Illustrations here.

Life on Thedas by Hazza137 Has its own page.

  • Recommended by: Zerban, Mordorqueen
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: From the summary: A young man awakens on the field of Ostagar, apparently transported from another world. Joining the Warden, he must face danger at every turn - and learn to separate fiction from reality.
  • Pairings: F!Cousland/Alistair and OC/Morrigan
  • Comments: Noted as better than it sounds by pretty much all reviewers. The Self-Insert character stays far from Suedom, going through a Humiliation Conga, several Mind Screws, and Sanity Slippage.

Middle of Nowhere by Wyolake

  • Has its own page.
  • Recommended by: jahellen
  • Status: Dormant; last updated August 2017
  • Synopsis: How one modern man deals with his sudden appearance in Ferelden.
  • Comments: A Self-Insert fic done not by an Alistair fangirl or wannabe badass fanboy, but rather by a middle-aged, retired Army sergeant. The narrator seems to be acting as a mentor to the group in a realistic manner, and the writing is done in a first-person journal style. However, the writer still seems to be conflicted on whether he wants to focus on action or characterization.

Purpose by Sinvraal

  • Recommended by: Spark Moon, Mordorqueen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: From the summary: The trouble with winning is that you have to figure out what do to next. A short character piece focusing on everyone's favorite bird-hating golem, Shale.
  • Comments: A short yet very interesting story centered around a criminally underrated character who doesn't get nearly as much love in Dragon Age fan fiction. Shale is a tricky character to write properly, much less as a POV character, but Sinvraal handles the surly golem in a way that's both wryly funny and believable.

Rain by Tacens

  • Recommended by: starfrost
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A fic from Jowan's point of view of Solona Amell's (the PC's default name) life in the Circle Tower. Extremely mild unrequited Jowan/Solona and references to Jowan/Lily.
  • Comments: Oneshot with mild spoilers regarding Mage origin. Also spoils the endgame fate of the Grey Warden. Recommended for those who sympathized with Jowan during their playthrough.

Rebels in the North by Marianne Bennet

  • Recommended by: Dyuran
  • Status: Dormant (648k words as of the 9-1-2020 update)
  • Synopsis: Eliante Cousland barely escapes the massacre at Highever Castle with the help of Nathaniel Howe. Meanwhile, Ferelden's last surviving Grey Wardens stumble upon the left-for-dead-but-still-alive Fergus Cousland. Double narrative divided over multiple characters, with Eliante focused on raising a rebellion against Arl Howe and Fergus trying and failing to stay out of the affairs of the Grey Wardens.

Ridiculously Awesome by Mutive

  • Recommended by: Niniane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Duncan makes a psychopathic, nymphomaniac elf-mage a Grey Warden and chaos erupts.
  • Comments: A laugh a minute! It's hard to figure out what Neria is going to do next. (And sometimes you really don't want to know...)
    • I think this stands as the example to beat for DA:O humor. Neria is hilarious (and absolutely diabolical).

Rise of the Wardens by Falcon Hawk

  • Recommended by: Jankmaster98
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Fifth Blight has come and Duncan has gathered new Warden recruits to combat the growing horror. They will have to survive enemies on every side but most of all each other to save Ferelden and stop the Darkspawn. (Multi Warden story with plenty of AU turns)
  • Pairings: Female Mahariel/Alistair Male Cousland/Female Tabris, Male Cousland/Leliana, Male Amell/Morrigan, and others I may have forgotten.
  • Comments: The first big story that got me myself into writing DA fan fiction, this story is a masterpiece of character development and action. The author puts time and effort into developing the characters and the many AU twists and turns that make the reader excited for more when most stories are railroaded by the game's plot. All in all a great work I wish I had the time to do a full page for, this fic really deserves it.

Saga of the Wardens by Naryfiel-Lilith

  • Recommended by: LordAemord
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Four young adults with little in common, suddenly thrown into a desperate fight against an enemy thought lost to the ages, find themselves charged with the fate of Thedas. Witness their struggles as they attempt to pick up broken pieces, forge alliances, and create the miracle that shakes the age. Everything begins with Origins. (Multi-Warden Novelization of Origins).
  • Comments: This is a story that takes its time with what we recognize as the stations of canon for DA. It gets you invested in the why of the characters instead of just expecting you to like them. It expands on the backstory for each origin in logical ways that felt new or well done to me. All in all I would have to say I truly enjoy this work. As of the month of September, Origins is finished and she is working on the adventures of Awakening.

A Southern Californian in King Cailan's Court by Zute

  • Recommended by: Niniane
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A modern day woman is thrown into the body of Elissa Cousland during Elissa's joining and is stuck figuring out how life works in Ferelden.
  • Comments: A zany, wild ride filled with all sorts of strange and fascinating surprises. What will Lucy do next? Who will she hook up with? The plot is a mile a minute, and filled with laughs.
    • Zute has been smart enough to edit out the parts that are less interesting and keep to a fast-moving and engaging plot.
    • YMMV; All the sex is potentially annoying. Other than that, the Warden becomes somewhat sueful with half of the plot-relevant males falling for her, and she becoming quite a bit of a super-powered mage/thief/fighter.

Trouble & Strife by scarylady1 (Alternate Universe fic. M-rated for some sexual situations, although they are mostly glossed over)

  • Recommended by: Lady Demonique
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Blight is over; Melissa Cousland to be entombed at Weisshaupt. King Alistair must go to Orlais and select a bride of Imperial blood, while in Ferelden the Chantry has plans of its own. A tale of fluffy romance and unfluffy politics.
  • Comments: A "What-If" story dealing with what could happen if Alistair has to marry an Orlesian princess who is not what she seems to be. Be warned that this has a very strong AU feel (Said princess turns out to be a unique mage that has the power to heal Blight-tainted lands), and that this is a story that deals very heavily with politics; specifically, between Chantry and Crown, over the issue of mages and the lyrium trade. Without revealing any more spoilers, the political intrigues and conflicts are the main focus on the story, and unless you pay attention you will lose the interweaving threads that make up the plot. Everything in this story has a place and purpose, and each chapter is like watching pieces of a large, intricate puzzle falling into place. A riveting read.
    • YMMV note: Said Orlesian princess does have quite a few unfortunate shades of OP-ness to her (which unfortunately taints Alistair by association), but if one is able to gloss over those bits, then the other characters and plotlines make the story as a whole worth reading at least once.

Victory at Ostagar by Arsinoe de Blassenville (

  • Recommended by: Sarah1281, Vellaen, Clendy82, punchclockhero
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Bryce Cousland's little spitfire scaled the Tower of Ishal and lit the beacon at the critical moment, King Cailan won a mighty victory against the darkspawn. For the moment. Cousland/Alistair/Loghain/Cailan/Morrigan and eventual other origins.
  • Comments: Word of God states that while Loghain was planning on confronting Cailan at some point and taking action to support his position, he didn't actually intend to leave Cailan until the Beacon was lit too late. Since the Warden managed to light it, everything changes. This is really well-written and you can really feel Bronwyn's noble upbringing shining through and giving her a nice aura of competence.
    • This is an interesting fic that works in virtually all origins and characters. While it could perhaps use some editing to tighten up the story (which fanfiction couldn't?), it's still a wonderful adventure.
      • Seconded. A great fic for those who enjoyed the depth of the game world, especially the feudal drama of Ferelden. The game itself claimed inspiration from A Songof Iceand Fire, and this story calls to the fore a snake pit of conflicting interests in that vein.
      • Quite well written, but the titular victory at the beginning of the story takes away a great deal of the plot's urgency, without replacing it with another more immediate threat. Also, the abundance of party members, including original NPCs and those introduced in the expansions, mean that attention on them is increasingly divided, bogging down the story. Much as I hate to say it, this might be a case where splitting the party might help alleviate the overcrowding and keep things moving.
      • While the writing was good and serviceable, the characters suffered quite heavily from Flanderization. Personality traits of certain NPCs tended to absorb their entire character, making them seem shallow. Cailan is the obvious example; he's portrayed as a childish fool with heroic notions. While those aspects were certainly observable in the game, there were deeper facets of his personality - take his intriguing with the Orlesian Empress, for instance.
      • That intrigue is a major plot element in the story - although credit for it is primarily pushed onto Arl Eamon.

War of the Laurels by spectre4hire

  • Has its own page.
  • Recommended by: Kinkajou
  • Status: Ongoing (56 chapters, 235k words as of July 2, 2020)
  • Synopsis: Edmund Cousland and his nephew Oren survive Rendon Howe's treachery, leading to a very different Fereldan Civil War. Very much an Alternate Universe.
  • Comments: The story does not shy away from it being an AU as opposed to being a retelling of the game's story. All possible origins are featured, though to varying extents (for instance, while Cousland is a primary POV, he isn't the Warden; Amell is). Later chapters tie in lore and plot points established in later games as well. Very much like A Song of Ice and Fire, multiple viewpoints with varying degrees of Unreliable Narrator are employed, including Rendon Howe himself.

Warrior by DragonHunter88

  • Recommended by: flamenco12345
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A broken man, a shattered sword. Everything Aedan thought he knew is tested, broken, and reforged within the fires of war. A retelling of the Origins plotline parallel to the story of Aedan's past.
  • Comments: Origins retelling, but with a parallel flashback storyline. The flashback storyline itself is hit or miss, but it does a good job of portraying a more naive, less competent Aedan in his first forays into adventuring. Where the fic really shines and focuses on is fleshing out the character of Aedan during the Origins timeline as he struggles with the stress and decisions he has to make. The Warden/Morrigan relationship is portrayed well, taken at a realistic pace and written with good chemistry between the two characters. While the fic eventually takes on a darker tone, it balances it out with some levity of well-done party banter. Updates are sporadic though- sometimes taking between a few days or a few months.

     Dragon Age II 

An Apostate? Me? by Sarah1281

  • Recommended by: cricri3007
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Emma Hawke has never been the most subtle or sane of apostates, much to the annoyance of the brother that can only watch in amazement and horror as she stumbles her way from refugee to noble to champion in a city as bizarre as she. Eventual AndersXHawke.
  • Comments: A different take on DAII. In this one, both siblings are alive and take turns with Varric (and occasionally Fenris) at being the Only Sane Man and Hawke is.... not very bright. Recommended because it's (as a parody should be) very funny and include a lot of Take That! against some of the bugging things in the game (for example, Carver does a very good one at Anders's 'possession' in chapter 6). Long story short, a very funny fanfiction that will make you laugh.

Birds of Prey by Riptide Monzarc

  • Recommended by: Leid
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The young twins of the Hawke brood have lived their entire lives in secret, eschewing any notoriety lest they bring the templars' scrutiny upon their family. Yet now the Blight looms, and they don't have their father to guide them through it, so they do what they must to survive. Despite their wishes, however, fate has too much in store for either of them to wallow in obscurity.
  • Comments: A very well written story of a quarter of a million words, the story takes a turn from the beginning when rather than Bethany or Carver dying against the Ogre, the third sibling - who would normally be the player character - does instead. Because of this the characters interact differently with the party such as Aveline having less good-natured feelings towards Carver as he deserted while her countrymen died and he had to Mercy Kill her husband when he caught the blight-sickness. That being said, both Carver and Bethany become less sympathetic as the story goes on and at some point you kind of wish that one of them was the one who died like in canon.

Heliocentric by Hekateras

  • Recommended by: bakfanny, WalkOfLife
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Would a wolf still seek out the wild if tamed so completely? The Fog Warriors are dead, but the challenges they pose to the truths of his world live on. On a dark and not quite stormy night, Fenris hides in a cave and wonders why he ran away.
  • Comments: A shortie with introspective!Fenris shortly after the incident with the Fog Warriors. The psychology explored in here is powerful and the imagery is compelling.

Karl's Alphabet andAnders' Alphabet by Combination_NC (I'm recommending these together since they mirror each other in many places. Rated M and TRIGGER WARNING for some sexual content and mentions of verbal, physical and sexual abuse.)

  • Recommended by: Pulmicort, WalkOfLife, Osymor
  • Status:
    • Karl's Alphabet: Complete
    • Anders' Alphabet: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A collection of stories of varied length, one per letter of the alphabet, tying together the story of Karl and Anders' friendship and its significance and their lives in the Circle.
  • Pairings: Male slash, Anders/Karl as friends with benefits
  • Comments: These stories are basically extensive character studies told through fics. Karl's character is explored and built upon in a way that's believable and makes him a compelling character. Anders' story shows the effects of being confined and what life under Chantry rule is like, especially regarding how the Chant is interpreted. This fic shows in horrific detail how it can affect someone's mind. It's not all angst though - his F and G comes to mind as sensual and almost joyful. Karl's Alphabet is great, especially the later parts, but the writer has grown and Anders' is arguably the better one between them.
  • Tags: There's plenty of angst in both but Anders' Alphabet is a Dark Fic hinting at the possibility of him as a victim of sexual abuse. What's interesting is that it's never shown, only hinted at through his (pretty subtle actually) thoughts and reactions to things around him. It's a very realistic portrayal of depression/mental illness and aftermath of several kinds of abuse. For the love of all that's holy, read the tags and warnings for this one.
    • Really not kidding about the warnings there. It's disturbingly realistic as an aftermath story. I'd say Anders is portrayed as bipolar too.
    • The focus on Anders's mental state in the sequel aside, while interesting... where the first fic really shines is the portrayal of Karl as a character in his own right, independent of Anders and his whims. Playing through the Tranquility quest will never be the same after reading this one.
      • Sadly, Karl's Alphabet has been deleted.

The Road to Hell by wcv

  • Recommended by: Jaluchodonozor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A sequel to An American Idiot in Thedas. Following the Fifth Blight, Garrett Hawke tries to make a life for himself in Kirkwall, but finds himself repeatedly dragged into events outside of his control as the mages and Templars vie for control of the city, and the Fereldans try to stop it all from blowing up.
  • Comments: The story is told from Varric's point of view and explores the consequences of William's foreknowledge for Thedas.

Rob Thy Neighbour by Wynneception

  • Recommended by: AnajaRift, WalkOfLife, mysterius
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Fereldan refugee in Kirkwall decides to rob a house in the Alienage, only to be caught in the act by Merrill.
  • Comments: A wonderful one-shot that is both hilarious and shows just how sweet Merrill is.
    • This is a perfect fic to read when you're in a bad mood.
    • The writer's Merrill voice is spot on - she's sweet and a bit naive but without coming off as dumb.
    • Brilliant. The quintessential Merrill story. Guaranteed to renew your faith in humanity and/or bust your gut.

Rise Of The Champion by Lightning4119

  • Recommended by: Black John
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Tale of the Champion is well-known, at least the way Varric tells it. The Champion started as a refugee and rose from poverty to save Kirkwall time and again. But what really happened? Well, all we have is what Varric says, so strap in and hope he's telling the truth.
  • Comments: Far and beyond the absolute best Dragon Age II 'novelization' I've ever read. Words honestly don't do it justice, but I will try. The characterization is spot-on and focuses mostly on the character interactions and growth. Hawke has a rivalry with Aveline, something not often explored in the fanfics I've come across previously. I cannot possibly recommend it enough. Of note, this is the 2nd in a series, with the previous work being a novelization of Dragon Age: Origins, but I have admittedly not read it.

     Dragon Age: Inquisition 

An Abomination, Grand Cleric Elthina's Murderer and the Herald of Andraste walk into a Bar by Sijglind

  • Recommended by: TraitorHero, LentilSandEater
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: And the innkeeper says, "what can I get you, traveler?" Feeling betrayed, Hawke wants nothing to do with Anders after he blows up the Chantry, so Anders wanders Thedas, helping the mage rebellion. When the Divine calls for a conclave, Anders plans to be there to make sure things go smoothly for the mages. He disguises himself and sneaks in under the name “Trevelyan” and... well, he can't say he saw this coming.
  • Comments: One of the funnier Inquisitor!Anders fics I've read. Anders is a nice blend of his Awakening characterization and what he was like at the end of Dragon Age II. Overall it's pretty silly, with Anders trying really hard to make sure that no one recognizes him as the person who destroyed Kirkwall's Chantry. The author has said that it may eventually become Anders/Varric.
    • LSE: The idea of the organisation that's meant to save the word being built with lies upon lies is super amusing, but they become revealed in a satisfactory way. It's also nice seeing Anders get a measure of peace from the end of DAII and start fixing the world he helped break.

Beautiful Madness by Darth Hawke 32

  • Recommended by: sloth4
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Fans of Morrigan and Kieran have wished for more content involving their favorite Witch of the Wilds and Old God Baby. Is this the fanfic for you? Probably only if you like the Cousland origin, but even if not, might be worth a look see.
  • Comments: Pretty much what is says it is. A series of one-shots following Kieran and Morrigan as they settle into Skyhold. One of the best explorations of Kieran's character that I've come across. Highly recommended.

Bloodlines by PrettyFrog

  • Recommended by: Gardengoblin
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set five years after the events of Trespasser. The children of the Wardens, Champion, Inquisitor, and a few others team up to prove once and for all that they are, in fact, related to their parents. And possibly save the world.
  • Comments: It's mildly AU, with a few minor deviations in canon (such as Kieran retaining the Old God soul) that add up in a fun way.

The Call by Oleander's One

  • Recommended by: Dragons
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: “An old man confronts the shadows of his past and faces one he never thought to see again.”
  • Comments: This is a fantastic story of one of the minor characters from the game. It’s a full story told with economy, exactly enough lines to make it a satisfying and heartfelt read. The moody descriptions, meditative character study, and fable quality add to the richness of an already well-developed canon.

The Fade War by wcv

  • Recommended by: SwankyTower
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Following the Kirkwall revolt, the Chantry has been in full retreat as the army of Orsino drives north against Antiva. With the war nearly lost Justinia tries to unite the few neutral parties behind her to stop the mages. Meanwhile, Orlais rips itself apart, the Fereldan Wardens are withdrawn from the world, and in the north Tevinter dies. A sequel to The Road to Hell.
  • Comments: A major divergence of this story from the Dragon Age canon is the Kirkwall circle forming the core of Corypheus's army instead of either the Red Templars or Enchanter Fiona's mages.

The Inquisitor's Letters by illegible

  • Recommended by: restfield
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lavellan receives messages from the people of Thedas.
  • Comments: Short Inquisitor character study via fanmail and hatemail he receives. Perfect pacing and seamless tonal shifts from fluff to angst and back. I wish the letter feedback like that was an actual part of the game.

Of Pride and Justice

  • Recommended by: Imjustme
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Weisshaupt has closed its doors and the Wardens refuse to speak with anyone, even the Inquisition. An anonymous tip leads Inquisitor Trevelyan into an abandoned section of the Deep Roads where she will find not only the cause of the Warden's troubles, but someone she never expected to meet.
  • Comments: A very enjoyable story. Not only is there a good plot driving it, but all the different character interactions as well as the overall characterisation is excellently done.

Outlander by GreaterGoodIreland (TV Tropes page)

  • Recommended by: Drgyen
  • Status: In-Progress
  • Synopsis: on United Nations peacekeeper Sam Hunt, as he is thrust into the world of Thedas two to three years prior to the events of Inquisition. The story is told in an in-universe autobiography "Outlander: The Peacekeeper's Tale" by the eponymous main character.
  • Comments: A original story with original characters that focus on the implications of a man from Earth in a fantasy world, and downplays the Self-Insert trope.

The Telling Tale by Tsu Doh Nimh

  • Recommended by: Ciabella
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "Seeker Cassandra has finally tracked down the Warden, three years after her old recruit Anders started the Mage-Templar War. How does a Seeker convince a mage to side with the Chantry?"
  • Comments: Interesting take on how confrontation between the Seekers and mage Warden may look like. Kathryn sometimes comes out as overpowered and too much of a smartass (especially at the beginning), but writing gets better as the story progresses. Warden’s comments are really funny and her whole character is enjoyably and positively insane. Author likes to make fun of some elements present in Origins, like Warden’s tendency to loot all corpses he/she comes across or bandits’ Suicidal Overconfidence.
    • One of the best DA fics ever written. Unfortunately, its last update was in December 2014 as of May 2015, making the fic dead. -ErikVale
    • Definitely worth a read, as it's good to see a Warden not from either of the Noble origins capable of playing politics rather than just hitting things. On the other hand, the Warden can come off as unnecessarily abrasive at the same time, and with the last update coming up on two years ago, the story has essentially ended on a giant cliffhanger. - Lightning4119

The Thedas's Fairy Tales series by CometEclipse

When in Val Royeaux by mutive

  • Recommended by: J13579
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Leliana arrives in Val Royeaux to discover that Morrigan is in the court of Empress Celene - and is dressed terribly! She decides to stage an intervention. And in doing so, makes peace with a past that has haunted both women.

Wolf by thalassic

  • Recommended by: TraitorHero
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2017
  • Synopsis: Fenris has kept busy since the events at Kirkwall. Tracking Tevinter slavers in the South leads him to the Temple of Sacred Ashes the night before the Conclave. From there, everything begins to fall apart. OR: Fenris is the Inquisitor and he has no patience for Venatori bullshit.
  • Comments: There have been a few former-companion-as-Inquisitor fics, but this one is interesting because of how well thalassic has gotten into Fenris' head. He's not happy about any of this, and he's not afraid to tell anyone that he'd rather be off hunting Tevinter slavers.

Flowers in her Horns by Samael767

  • Recommended by: Lightsworn
  • Status: Dormant; last updated February 2019
  • Synopsis: Scenes from the life of Ashokra Adaar. Exile. Orphan. Pickpocket. Rogue. Mercenary. Herald. Inquisitor. Lover. All of these and more. Come along and join her. (Chronological moments from childhood to the start of Inquisition and beyond.)
  • Comments: An origin fic, specifically for a female Adaar Inquisitor who was raised by the Chantry and then fell into the Tantervale underworld. A good read and gives some justification for an Andrastrian Qunari Inquisitor. Expands upon the Valo-Kas Mercenary company origins as well.

Les Étrangers by Reavv & TheOneKrafter

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Self-Insert Fic. Eight people wake up in the Hinterlands in 9:41 Dragon, two months before the Temple of Sacred Ashes goes up in flames. What were they meant to do? Sit and twiddle their thumbs?


Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

     Dragon Age Origins 

The Arrangement by Addai

  • Recommended by: Sarah1281, Mordorqueen
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: F!Cousland/Loghain
  • Synopsis: There is nothing Loghain Mac Tir would not do for his country, but an arranged marriage with a woman half his age is the last thing he thought might be required. AU with Elissa as eldest.
  • Comments: This is one of the best-written Loghains I've ever seen. The story starts off six years before the Blight starts so as of yet any of Loghain's in-game actions haven't occurred. He manages to come off as likable while completely in character and Elissa is very likable as well. Circumstances forced them into marriage but they're making it work.
    • The story has some merit, but I had a hard time getting into it. The characters felt fairly flat to me, and the rationale of Loghain marrying Elissa to stop her from carrying on with Cailan made me think less of virtually every character in the story. (Other than possibly the long-suffering Anora.)
      • I can see why that would make you think less of Cailan, but why would it make you think less of the others? Elissa worried that rejecting Cailan would hurt her family and Loghain wanted to protect his daughter from getting cheated on. Loghain is a noble with no heir since Anora became Queen and anyone else Elissa could marry would be beneath her. It is a very good political marriage that they happened to enter into because of the issues with Cailan.

Bannon & Zevran Bk I: Origins, Prelude, Chapter 1: The Grey Wardens, Chapter 2: A Wolf in the Fold, Chapter 3: Partners in Crime, Chapter 4: Friends and Lovers, and Chapter 5: The Landsmeet by bloodsong13t

  • Recommended by: bluonblu
  • Status:
    • Prelude - Chapter 5: Complete
  • Synopsis: Retelling of Origins from the perspective of a City elf Warden.
  • Pairings: M!Warden/Zevran (early days)
  • Comments: Smart, funny Origins-rewrite. It features a well-rounded back-story and spot-on characterisation, keeps the recycled lines to a minimum and adds new takes on familiar situations as well as some unexpected twists. It was great to see a fanfic address some of the nags from the game that are generally glossed over (plain weird timelines, the inevitable Mary Sue-ism due to every incident seeming to land on the Warden's doorstep, etc.) The writing gets better after the first few chapters and stays strong throughout the rest. The downside (for me) was that the story is still very much in progress, though it appears to be updated regularly. If you only read one Origins story, this should be it.

Blackthorn by tjadis

  • Recommended by: Socially Disoriented
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Fem!PC/Zevran (PC's origin does not appear to have been specified)
  • Synopsis: "He has seen the cold equations in her eyes, and this time she has come out the cipher."
  • Comments: An angsty little one-shot focusing on a darker side to both Zev and the PC that is not shown in-game. Major spoilers. Inspired by an anonymous 17th-century Irish poem that has been converted to music by various people. Beautiful, understated prose, well worth the read.

The Crow and the Wolf by Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness (M-rated. Contains, as the writer puts it, ''homoerotic'' romance. Game spoilers ahoy)

  • Recommended by: Lady Demonique
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Zevran/M!Cousland
  • Synopsis: As part of summary goes: "There are many tales told about the Hero of Ferelden, but few have been told about his various comrades." The game retold from Zevran's point of view, regarding his attraction to the Wardens as well as his opinions and reactions to the events of the game.
  • Comments: The writer's attention to detail (which, despite the name, mostly averts the Purple Prose) and ability to paint a picture with words are what kept her reading. Stays mostly true to Dragon Age: Origins' tongue-in-cheek dialogue, with additional lines that mesh seamlessly with in-game dialogue and events, and occasional Lampshade Hanging on the game's mechanics. The Warden, while lacking any defining physical characteristics besides good-looks and athleticism (despite a drawing by the author), or even a real name, has a quirky and very unforgettable personality, and the author skillfully and sensitively conveys the emotional vulnerability of an actual person going through the events in the Human Noble origin, and she handles Zevran's growing feelings with a careful delicacy that keeps him both believable and in character. The build-up of Unresolved Sexual Tension is very well-paced, just enough to keep readers hanging on the edge of their seats, and the intimate interludes (when they happen) are tenderly passionate and sexily intense at the same time. Updates are slow, but the author has repeatedly stated that she will see the story to its end.
    • Note: The name has been changed from Of Whoresons and Nobles to The Crow and the Wolf as to prevent confusion with another fanfic.

Dragon Age: The Hunt by Shadow of Light

  • Recommended by: Hekateras, Mordorqueen
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: F!Cousland/Alistair/Zevran Love Triangle
  • Synopsis: After the Blight has ended (and the Archdemon died at Loghain's hands, taking him with it), Asleena Cousland decides to track down Alistair and either reconcile with him or burn that bridge forever. Aside from her Mabari, Zevran is the only friend who volunteers to accompany her...
  • Comments: A brilliantly-written gripping story full of twists and turns. Notable for the author's excellent take on Zev (and success at managing the other characters), the exploration of his backstory and psyche and his character arc. The other characters, including the OCs, are similarly fleshed-out, well-rounded and interesting. The dialogue is excellently written. In spite of the complicated premise, the story reaches a very satisfying conclusion. A must-read.
    • While the fic is indeed well-written, with the main plot handled smoothly and the OC characterizations fairly dynamic (or at least inoffensive), this reader found Zev's storyline and characterization to basically just be rehashing his in-game romance, and subsequently kind of dull. I would recommend it more for Alistair's fans than Zevran's.

Elysium by "The Writer formerly known as RCD-Anon" (Alternate Universe fic. Very M-rated, mostly for loads and loads of sexual hijinks, and some potentially squicktastic situations.)

  • Recommended by: Lady Demonique
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Alistair/F!Cousland, Zevran/F!Cousland, Alistair/Zevran, Alistair/Zevran/F!Cousland
  • Synopsis: In the aftermath of the Orlesian occupation, young Teyrn Bryce Cousland married the daughter of a dispossessed Fereldan merchant whom he found working in an Antivan brothel. A generation later, his daughter Rìona confronts the Blight equipped with a noblewoman's ambitions and a courtesan's approach to diplomacy that will bring her into conflict with politicians, the Chantry, and her fellow Grey Wardens. The story begins here: Prologue
  • Comments: Riona Cousland, the Player Character in this fic, is a subversion of the Action Girl female hero that is a staple of your average fanfic, and more of an Action Survivor with a huge chunk of The Determinator thrown in. The story's main strength is in the character interactions; as shown in the Pairings, the conflicts between Alistair, Zevran and Riona are what drives the plot, and the author manages to make the characters and their relationships entirely believable. This fic is also a rare gem in that boasts a large number of illustrations, all drawn by the talented DragonReine (the writer behind The Crow and the Wolf), and if the story doesn't get you hooked, the illustrations certainly will.

Fascination by Grandiose Me

  • Recommended by: Orn
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Generic!Male!Warden/Morrigan
  • Synopsis: M!Warden/Morrigan. Ten years after the fact, he still has no idea what will come of it all.
  • Comments: The author has a few good one-shots with various pairings, but this one stood out to me because it's hard to find Morrigan romance fic that doesn't creep into heavy optimism or else fall apart completely. The player character manages to be vague without utterly lacking in personality and the OC actually isn't bad, despite eating up a large portion of the writing. Spoilers for the end of the game.
    • Absolutely seconded. I tend to be wary of fic, especially ones with a heavy OC focus, but this was really brilliant. The vagueness mentioned above really worked in this author's favor, making the Warden just generic enough to be enjoyable for any reader without ever becoming boring. The OC is difficult to explain without spoilers, but suffice it to say that the characterization felt very much in the spirit of canon.

Failed To Fail by Ventisquear

  • Recommended by: Dragons
  • Status: Dead; last updated October 2019
  • Parings: m!Surana/Zevran
  • Synopsis: From the summary, “It always surprised me that it was so easy to get Zevran's approval. The Warden just turned his whole life upside down and then acted as if it was quite normal... so this just shows a bit of Zev's confusion about his new situation...”
  • Comments: Purple-haired Airam and Zevran have a slow burn romance that is simultaneously frustrating in how long it takes and satisfying for the richness of their relationship. Clever dialogue and nuanced emotional exploration make this story exceptional along with thought provoking changes to cannon. In short, this writer is brilliant.

The Games We Play by LordDBurroughs

  • Recommended by: Psythe
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: M!Amell/...well, anyone female he can get his hands on
  • Synopsis: This is an incredibly bizarre fic. You're fooling yourself if you think it's anything other than an excuse for whole bunch of characters to have sex, but it also contains a Warden who is irrevocably evil and yet still a compelling and interesting character, as well as some interesting relationships. Be warned: Very, very NSFW and contains some ... excruciatingly descriptive language. Worth reading, though, I think.
    • Iaculus: The writing is technically competent, and if you want to read a story about a villain with a Coke-bottle-sized dick smugging his way across Ferelden, go right ahead. Not exactly my cup of tea, though.

Hero by Koch

  • Recommended by: Shepherd
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: M!Cousland/Morrigan
  • Synopsis: A young man is thrust into the shoes of a hero and is forced to fight the Fifth Blight as one of the last Grey Wardens in Ferelden.
  • Comments: A novelization of the events of Dragon Age that follows a Morrigan romance. The lead character seems to go through a sort of coming-of-age though it’s definitely in the background through most of it. The romance is largely front and center from the beginning, and it can make for slow going when coupled with the game’s plot. Altogether enjoyable read.

Love and Levirate by Jessica Jones

  • Recommended by: Niniane, punchclockhero
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Alistair/Anora
  • Synopsis: Arranged marriages aren't easy, especially between two very different people.
  • Comments: It's the understated simplicity of this story that makes it so sublime. The characters grow and come together in a natural, unforced way with real human emotion.
    • Agreed. Very subtle evolution of emotions, and the quiet "everyday" tone of voice used just makes the relationship between Alistair and Anora grow in a very real way. Anora's character is very well-developed, showing the insecurity behind her queenly mask. A very good read.
    • Also read her sequel, Pride and Parity. Jessica is a truly gifted writer.

Love in Dreams by Thessali

  • Recommended by: redbess
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Alistair/F!Cousland
  • Synopsis: What would happen to the Wardens if they realized that they shared the Fade? Would it help them in their quest to defeat the archdemon or would it ruin their chance to survive?. Mildly AU.
  • Comments: M for some language and definitely sex. Pretty lengthy at 98k words (and change), covering the entire timeline of the game and all its events. It's a very well-written exploration about Cousland and Alistair adjusting not only to their roles as Warders but also their growing feels for each other.
    • While the story is epically long and has an interesting take on the fade and its effect on the main characters, the story is hardly as well-written as most of the others listed here. The author uses an odd form of present-tense that feels jarring and more like a general overview of the game's events rather than a story. The relationship between the two leads feels rushed (compared to the in-game relationship that develops over the course of several months rather than just a few days) with love scenes and descriptions bordering on Purple Prose. There are some incidents of uncharacteristic behavior from some of the other players as well, particularly Zevran, and the writer's take on the Grey Warden herself gives us a protagonist who comes off as a bit Faux Action Girl, in my opinion. I would not recommend.

Magnificent Seven by Grandiose Me

  • Recommended by: Lady Stacy
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairings: M!Cousland/Morrigan, M!Surana/Zevran, F!Tabris/Leliana, F!Aeducan/
  • Synopsis: M!Cousland/Morrigan, M!Surana/Zevran, F!Tabris/Leliana, F!Aeducan/Alistair. Het, slash, and femslash. What if Duncan had been able to recruit all six possible Wardens for Ostagar, instead of just one?
  • Comments: The idea of using more than one or even all six origins has been done before but I've never seen it done better than here. Thus far, only six chapters are out but they delve deep into the backstory of each very unique and well-fleshed-out character - the chapters ending moments before the origins start - who are very much products of their environments and you can already see why the Wardens-to-be would choose to pursue their love interest of choice.

My Big, Fat Warden Wedding by wombuttress

  • Recommended by: LittleMissDragmire
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: f!Tabris/Alistair, minor Velanna/Shianni
  • Synopsis: Set after the events of Awakening. Alistair wants to marry the love of his life. Tabris has bad memories associated with weddings. Leliana will not allow the Hero of Ferelden to have a small wedding. Antics ensue.
  • Comments: A hilarious and heartwarming story surrounding Tabris coming to terms with her past trauma (albeit with a ridiculous amount of weapons hidden on her person at the ceremony) and reflecting on the various types of love all her companions have for her. Also, Velanna humiliating Alistair with fake Elven marriage customs, the Awakening crew buying wedding presents while hungover (Anders must be seen to be believed), and Shale insisting she should be Tabris' maid of honor because she is "the largest and most powerful of all the maids."

Of Elves and Humans by Merilsell

  • Recommended by: The Morninglord, Natzo
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: F!Mahariel/Alistair
  • Synopsis: Trust is a delicate flower that needs to get nurtured and time to grow. Even more so love. A tale of two disparate Wardens forced together, of finding a way to overcome the distrust, and their own painful past in the time of the Blight.
  • Comments: Stories focusing on Dalish wardens are hard to come by, even more so those where the author actually pays close attention to all the cultural elements that define the character of the wandering Elvenhan. This tale is one where the writer gathered what was an underwhelming amount of Dalish lore from a game written primarily for human warden PCs, down to the language of Arlathan, and fleshed out a whole culture by showing the struggles of a female Dalish elven warden called Lenya. Starting off as reluctant, even bitter, she does prove herself to be an ultimately well-meaning heroine capable of accepting that not all Shemlen are rotten and deserving of her contempt. Of course, Alistair is half responsible for this shift in perception, and his portrayal is at once unique and faithful to his game persona.
    • Seconded. While Lenya is all but a sympathetic character in the beginning (She's bigoted, impatient and believes her ways are always right - making her a bit of a, well, ...bitch) ...but that is not much of a surprise due to the history humans and elves in Dragon Age share and how she was raised to hate humans all her life. What makes the story interesting is to see her growing, learning and changing her prior stuck, bigoted view as the story progresses. Not everything is as black and white as it seems. While following the Blight timeline, the author takes enough liberties to keep it interesting. Aside Lenya, all characters are given enough room and space for believable development. Especially the blooming romance between a Dalish and a human is well paced with its slow development and a realistic appraisal of the relationship within the humans/elf racial dynamic. Nevertheless, this might not be a story for everyone, given the Dalish Warden's initial demeanor, which makes it hard to appreciate her at first.
    • For all the references to how Dalish are an isolated, insular community that rarely interacts with outsiders, Lenya doesn't come of as "Dalish who distrusts shems because she had not actually interacted much with them", and more like a "She's a Dalish who hates shems because they're shems". Granted, there are times where Merilsell does make Lenya somewhat more sympathetic, but these are few and far between. The times where her hate makes her lose any ability to see reason are too often and hence she loses the credibility as a character. The truly bizarre aspect in this story is how the characters seem to call that part of her charm; particularly Alistair. This aspect doesn't make any sense, especially because you LOSE approval with Alistair in-game whenever you are being rude to him, even in a romance. The pacing of this story is too slow and editorial cuts would have helped with that problem, which the author unfortunately completely missed to make.
      • The person above didn't seem to have played the same game I did. Dalish DO distrust/hate shems because they ARE shems and mostly because they were enslaved by humans for a long time. And the Dalish are particularly obvious about this. Not only in the Dalish camp in DA:O, but in Dragon Age 2 too. It's important to remember that the "domestic" elves are still being forcibly and brutally segregated, and slavery still exists in areas of Thedas. So they have a very IMMEDIATE sense of injustice. It takes a lot for a person to overcome the prejudice that is taught by parents and grandparents who suffered on the hands of others. That being said, above FF portraits such a Dalish character, who might not be your typical "happy rainbow"-Warden (which is overdone anyway) in the beginning, but one who is gradually growing into her role and new life over the course of this story. The story is long and yet not finished, but it is a gratifying, interesting read in terms of character development and life of a (reluctant) Dalish Warden.

A Practical Romance by Prisoner_24601

  • Recommended by: Niniane, Mordorqueen
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairings: m!Amell/Morrigan, m!Amell/Anora, Alistair/Anora, Alistair/Morrigan
  • Synopsis: A series of short stories where the pragmatic mage Marcus Amell has a brief affair with Morrigan, falls madly in love with Anora, then marries her to Alistair for the good of the kingdom.
  • Comments: The story is a fun play on the "mistress" ending, where Anora gets in the way of true love. (Instead, Alistair comes between Anora and Marcus.) Beyond that, the romances are passionate and beautifully written, the characters well developed, and the plotting intense.
    • There's so much bittersweet love, with beautifully crafted characters.
      • Indeed a great, enjoyable read, particularly for the characters.

Strangers With Cookies by Twist Shimmy

  • Recommended by: Iaculus, LoganLee88, Mordorqueen
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Fem!Dalish PC/Sten, some Alistair/Leliana in the background.
  • Synopsis: So what happens when representatives of two of the prickliest, most insular cultures in or around Thedas are asked to help save a country that neither of them cares about very much? Three guesses.
  • Comments: A lovely, amusing look into the unique mindset of everyone's favourite Proud Warrior Race Guy, and the other characters come across nicely as well. Unsurprisingly given the site it's on, later chapters contain lemon.

Two Sides of the Same Coin by Nightsfury

  • Recommended by: Spark Moon
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: M!Tabris/Zevran (slash)
  • Synopsis: From the summary Love hurts, metaphorically and literally. That lesson is one every Crow learns early. But there is another side to that particular sovereign. A retelling of the game - so spoilers are/will be present - but with an emphasis on The Grey Warden (a male City Elf) and Zevran, and eventually their relationship.
  • Comments: What makes this story worth noting is the fact that the author is taking time to build up both characters instead of throwing them together right out the gate. Takes a nice look at Zevran's character and motives and the Warden is a pretty interesting character on his own. For a first time fan fic writer (so the author says), this shows great potential and I look forward to future chapters.

Unrequited by Suilven

  • Recommended by: khalcyon
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Morrigan develops feelings for Alistair, she struggles to maintain her mask of indifference. Will she succeed or will he be her undoing?
  • Pairings: F!Cousland/Alistair and Morrigan/Alistair (keep the title in mind for this one)
  • Comments: A well-written look at the effect Morrigan's upbringing has on her now that she's joined the Warden's party. As implied in the synopsis, she fights an internal battle between everything Flemeth taught her and her growing feelings for Alistair. Contains a number of realistic tear jerkers. M rated, so not for younglings.

What We Were by Crisium

  • Recommended by: punchclockhero
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: f!Amell/Alistair
  • Synopsis: f!Amell is conscripted, heads off to Ostagar, and meets Alistair. They fall in love. Follows the basic plot of the game. What We Were is a prequel to What We Become, also by Crisium.
  • Comments: This fic shapes the romance between the female Warden and Alistair beautifully—the Warden is a fish out of water when she's taken from the tower, and Crisium paints this believably while developing the romance between the two. I particularly love her Alistair—I feel like she's plucked him right out of the game, and his lines and the situations in the story are hilarious (the first time Alistair gets drunk is a time to remember!). Meanwhile, the relationships between party members are also shown, in character and satisfyingly real. Crisium has a knack for italics and does not use them sparingly, and it manages to add to the story rather than take away from it—stress is added to Alistair's thoughts and it is easy to believe that the things he says and thinks could be from the game.
    • TL;DR: A believable, satisfying, and fluffy take on the f!Amell/Alistair romance.

     Dragon Age II 

Accursed Ones by TheThirdAmell

  • Recommended by: Windona
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2017
  • Pairings: m!Amell/Anders, m!Hawke/Anders, Nathaniel Howe/Velanna
  • Synopsis: "Magic exists to serve man, and never to rule over him. Foul and corrupt are they who have taken His gift, and turned it against His children. They shall be named Maleficar, accursed ones. They shall find no rest in this world, or Beyond." Anders knew the verse. Every mage did. But Anders was a runner. He ran from the Circle. He ran from the Templars. He ran from relationships. So what did he care? He was never going to rest anyway.
  • Comments: It starts with Anders being recruited in Awakening, and continues on to Dragon Age II. The Warden-Commander is a blood mage who seems to deal with every magic the Chantry would protest, but isn't evil (although he didn't get along with every Origins companion, and has quite a few strained relationships as a result of his actions). It has some of the best characterization of Anders and Justice I've ever seen, while going in depth with plenty of other characters. It does a good job of showing the transition from Awakening to DAII, and is not afraid to throw some twists and turns that surprise you, but make sense in the end. Has canon-typical gore and explicit sex.

Amaranthine by Rhiannon87 (Rated M for violence, sexual content and detailed descriptions of injuries)

  • Recommended by: Pulmicort
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU where Leandra dies while fleeing Lothering and the Hawkes and Aveline travel to Amaranthine instead of Kirkwall and build a life there. Things gets a bit more complicated when they get tangled up with the Hero of Ferelden and a certain apostate turned Warden.
  • Pairings: Het, male slash. M!Hawke/Anders, Nathaniel/Bethany, F!Surana/Zevran
  • Comments: A long fic but completely worth the time invested in reading it. It's a believable story of how things could've played out if the Hawke siblings had ended up somewhere else. The build up to the relationships are nicely handled and the political intrigue is tense and interesting. The characters are fleshed out, especially Anders. The author's take on how Awakening!Anders would still be a troubled individual is especially well done.
    • The Hawke twins get a lot of screen time and development, and the three siblings have a very believable family dynamic. A nice thing about this fic is while it's mainly Hawke's POV, the other characters are still given space to grow and shine.

Fireproof by damalur

  • Recommended by: Samred
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hawke struggles with her relationships with Anders and Varric.
  • Pairings: Hawke/Anders, Hawke/Varric
  • Comments: This author writes emotional tension so beautifully and this story is a great showcase of their talent. Hawke, Anders, and Varric are all beautifully characterized. The last scene is a big punch to the gut.

The Art of Manumission by Animunculi

  • Recommended by: restfield
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Anders/Fenris (pre-slash)
  • Synopsis: AU where Anders went to Tevinter and became a healer in Danarius' household, mostly to treat Fenris. Years later, after Fenris escaped, they meet again in Kirkwall.
  • Comments: A skillfully crafted AU that tackles some really difficult issues without sweeping them under the rug. How does former slave deal with his past. especially when meeting it face to face? How does a non-evil person deal with being a part of a terrible system? And how does one write non-antagonistic Anders & Fenris interaction while keeping them both in character? Just read this incredible story and see!

Coffee, Black by black_ink_tide

  • Recommended by: Jesajew
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Awkward Garrett Hawke is a barista with a crush on the guy with white ink tattoos who comes in to Bianca's Coffee every morning. His friends Isabela, Merrill, and Andy take it upon themselves to help him, in the capacity of Wingmen, to not totally blow it with him.
  • Pairing(s): Fenris/Male Hawke, Anders/Isabela, Anders/Nathaniel Howe, Male Hawke/Sebastian Vael
  • Tags: Lemon, AU
  • Comments: Awkward, adorable, hilarious, and incredibly realistic. This story is a fun, easy read that isn't weighed down by excess description, and Hawke's fantastic internal monologue is guaranteed to make you laugh at least once per chapter.
    • Definitely one of the biggest things in the fandom and worth the read if you're a M!Hawke/Fenris shipper. Some have issues with the POV it's written in but the writing itself is solid.

Fire, Walk with Me by khirsahle (Rated explicit, but not sex-heavy.)

  • Recommended by: ultimatepartyrogue
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Fenris/Male Hawke
  • Synopsis: All mages are born with a soulmate—a voice they hear in the darkness of the Fade all their lives. The lucky ones find their soulmates and forge a bond strong enough to threaten the very foundations of the Chantry. Hawke is one of the lucky ones.
  • Comments: A hugely ambitious work. Stunningly written and completely original, with an well-thought out AU. If you like a slow burn and a deliciously agonizing build-up towards romance, this is the fic for you.

Five Times They Almost Kissed (and One Time They Did) by todisturbtheuniverse

  • Recommended by: Lady Norbert
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Bethany/Varric, with background f!Hawke/Isabela
  • Synopsis: Exactly what it says on the tin—Varric and Bethany, through all three Acts (and some DLC).
  • Comments: Bethany/Varric is my favorite rare pair in just about any fandom, but it's like pulling teeth to find truly enjoyable fics with them. This one delivers. The chapters alternate their points of view and lets the reader see what's in each of their heads, especially as they try to deny their mutual attraction. Pretty much nothing in their lives makes things easier for them, and the fic offers plenty of believable tension while keeping both Varric and his Sunshine in character.

Flight of a Hawk, Return of a Wolf by RedHawkeRevolver

  • Link to version is here.
  • Recommended Mei-may
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Marian Hawke/Fenris, with background Merrill/Varania
  • Synopsis: An AU where Fenris didn't meet Hawke when he came to Kirkwall. Instead, their meeting was delayed to until after the canon game has finished in which they encountered each other in Tevinter where Marian was trying to escape the Templars while Fenris returning to kill Danarius.
  • Comments: Excellent story with plot twists all over the place. You can feel the passion of Marian and Fenris' love for each other as well as their own personal turmoils throughout the plot with various problems. The other characters are also depicted realistically, allowing you to fully immersing in the story. The author also using an interesting idea where Fenris was orginally having magic but it was taken from him and how he dealed with the revelation; or the fact that the Archon wasn't the Big Bad of the Tevinter Empire like most people would expect.

Fragments by Astalavista

  • Recommended by: TheClam6767
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Merrill/F!Hawke
  • Synopsis: "Feeling betrayed by Lady Hawke, Merrill seeks to remove her from her life. Or does she? A Lady Hawke/Merrill rivalry romance."
  • Comments: This was a surprisingly well-written story that managed to be very good and this is coming from someone who hates angstmance. I also recommend the comedic story set before the last chapter [1] because it is funny.

From the Ashes by tarysande and w0rdinista

  • Recommended by: Tov01
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the aftermath of the Chantry explosion, sisters Kiara and Amelle Hawke attempt to make sense of an irrevocably changed Kirkwall, and to offer aid to a city that—perhaps—no longer wishes for their help.
  • Pairings: Rogue Hawke/Sebastian Vael, Mage Hawke/Fenris

Gentrification, or How Not To Be A Sow's Ear by stragegibbon

  • Recommended by: Hekateras
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Fenris/F!Hawke
  • Synopsis: "Hawke needs a few lessons in etiquette and Fenris is the most qualified to help, much to the dismay of both parties. Hopefully, they can manage not to kill each other in the process. Noncanon but not completely AU."
  • Comments: Excellent characterization, humorously written. Very effective portrayal of two people with a very prickly and truly difficult relationship, who clash over differences (or is it uncomfortable similarities?) of personality rather than empty angst, with clashes that do not center too heavily on the mage issue, Hawke being a rogue in this one. The author's other stories, particularly the "Haunted" series, are well worth checking out, as well.

Laudanum and Lyrium by w0rdinista

  • Recommended by: Pistachioinfernal
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2017
  • Pairings: Fenris/Lady Hawke
  • Synopsis: Don’t get involved, was what her Daddy always told her. Don’t get involved, Mely—folks’ll turn you in soon as smile at you, once they figure out what you are. But Amelle "Miracle Mely" Hawke isn't very good at not getting involved. (Wild West AU)
  • Comments: Transplanting Hawke and her companions to the Old West seems dubious, but w0rdinista makes it the perfect match. Fresh and wonderfully in character, this fic will keep you glued to the screen.

A Little White Lie by SignCherie

  • Recommended by: TraitorHero
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: F!Hawke/Anders, Isabela/Bethany Hawke
  • Synopsis: F!Hawke is awkward with men. To get her to act naturally around Anders, Isabela and Bethany devise a little white lie.
  • Comments: One of the funniest stories I have seen for F!Hawke and Anders, as well as one that addresses the fact that in canon, Anders never told F!Hawke that he and Karl had a relationship beforehand. Honestly deals with their relationship in a somewhat realistic way, if by realistic you meant two idiots who can't figure out how to talk to one another. The Isabela/Bethany sidestory is heartbreaking as well.

MUD AND SAND by spicyshimmy

  • Recommended by: TraitorHero
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: M!Hawke/Anders
  • Synopsis: Written as a fill on the Dragon Age Kinkmeme. Anders is a Tevinter magister (not a very good one) and Hawke is a slave (not a very good one, either) and the two don't get along very well (except for when they really, really do). Every mage, at some point or another, dreamed of one day becoming a magister in Tevinter. And if they told you differently, chances were they were lying.
  • Comments: Aside from the pairing, this is one of the best world-building fics for Dragon Age that I have seen. Tevinter seems like an actual place, rather than the evil Blood Magic Theocracy that it's presented as in the games.

The Other Hawke by tanukiham

  • Recommended by: Togglechen
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Fenris/Carver, Merrill/Carver, Isabela/Carver
  • Synopsis: "Garrett isn't the only Hawke in Kirkwall." Carver asks Fenris to practice with him, and from there blossoms a beautiful friendship in which they hit each other with sticks, drink far too much wine, and talk about sex. Everything after that is a bonus. Cheese is eaten, baths are had, and between all the angst someone has sex with an elf. This is a story about envy and frustration, and how much Carver needs to get laid.
  • Comments: The result of a kink meme prompt, requesting Carver being awesome, this fic is beautifully written and characterised. Carver tends to be dismissed as a character, but here is the perfect mixture of sweet and tactless, while remaining in character, and the Carver/Fenris pairing works wonderfully. The fic is complete, with an increasingly AU sequel, plus three more sequels as part of an ongoing series.

Peace and Belonging by Raido (M-rated for explicit slash sex. One of the chapters contains crossdressing.)

  • Recommended by: Lady Demonique
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing: dom!Fenris/M!Hawke.
  • Synopsis: All Aodhan Hawke wants is peace, all Fenris wants is a sense of belonging... which, it turns out, are not so different ends. A series of connected shorts, many of which will be kmeme fills.
  • Comments: As stated in the synopsis, this "fic" is mostly a set of kmeme fills that are connected together by the pairing of Aodhan Hawke and Fenris. Unusual in that all the chapters can be read as stand-alone shorts, but manage to form a coherent whole when read together. The author's good at writing very sexy, sensual, explicit sex (one of them being a well-done scene where Fenris, he of the deep, growling voice, seduces Hawke with his words alone), but it's the more emotional chapters that are the gems in this collection. There is this sense of a deep affection and longing between Fenris and Hawke, even when their relationship goes through the "separation" stage, and the dynamics between the two men, each stubborn and strong-willed in their own way, are very real and believable.

Running In Circles by Kit

  • Recommended by: Pistachioinferna
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Fenris/Anders
  • Synopsis: Everyone in Minrathous knows that Fenris is elvhen, and liberati trash. He is also the youngest magister the city has seen in decades, freeing himself and his family from slavery in act of magic that set him up for life and had Denarius spitting in corners. He is a somniari. Altus. A Dreamer. And if, sometimes, his dreams show him a strange, lanky idiot of a mage from foreign parts—who is as good at escaping as he is at getting caught—then Fenris can still keep that to himself. At least for now.
  • Comments: A Dragon Age Au with many strange and wonderful things, such as a somniari Fenris and his slave Anders. And Bethany Hawke, possessed by the spirit of Justice. Warning: There is violence and sexual violence.

A Slash of Blue by todisturbtheuniverse

  • Recommended by: Pistachioinfernal
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Rogue Lady Hawke/Isabela
  • Synopsis: Hawke has a small case of hero worship for Isabela. (It might be a crush. Or a powerful dollop of lust. Nothing more than that, surely.)
  • Comments: It's hard to find good Lady Hawke/Isabela fics, and this is definitely one of them. The author does a wonderful job of taking us through the highs and lows of a romance with a Pirate Queen. Has a wonderful companion piece, A Slash of Red.

The Small Painting by Seffora

  • Recommended by: MikeShogunLee
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Merrill/Carver, {mentioned}Dalish Elf Warden/Alistair.
  • Synopsis: Carver becomes a Grey Warden and is having difficulty accepting his new life. The Grey Warden Commander Mahariel in Amarathine decides to talk to him and learns that Carver not only knows her old clan, but has feelings for one of them. Part of DARBB 2013.
  • Comments:
    • MikeShogunLee: There are many reasons why I prefer this ship over so many Flag Ships of Dragon Age II, but I like to think this Fan Fic is one of the main ones. Shouldn't take anyone over 30 minutes to readnote  It is a short sweet fic, that packs a lot of emotion, and in my opinion is highly underappreciated.

Sympathy for Maferath by Rhiannon87

  • Recommended by: TraitorHero
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: F!Hawke/Anders
  • Synopsis: In the Fade, there are many spirits that embody our virtues. Spirits of compassion, justice, love... faith.
  • Comments: A heartbreaking look at another spirit Anders could have taken in instead of Justice. Easily one of the fics that breaks Hawke without even trying.

Tempering Justice by WritingByNight

  • Recommended by: iamthecircle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A retelling of a F!Hawke and Anders romance from the point of view of Justice/Vengeance building off of his characterization in Awakening and how his views on life, love, and justice change through out the events of Dragon Age 2 as him and Anders steadily begin to loose it while simultaneously falling for Hawke.
  • Pairings: Anders/Hawke/Justice OT3
  • Commments: A very well done fic that manages to tackle the difficult task of examining Anders and Justice in Dragon Age 2, as challenging as it can be try decipher the characters and where exactly one begins and the other ends. It sticks pretty close to canon, granted a lot of stuff with Anders and Justice is open to interpretation because of how vague the game is most of the time. It's a beautiful fic, very bleak and heart wrenching yet ultimately uplifting, with a pretty hopeful ending. The only problems with it is that it can fall victim to Purple Prose and get very philsophical, navel ponder-y if that's not one's cup of tea. Not too bad, but it can ward off a reader if it's not to their liking. Sebastian is also sort of villainized, though since this is told largely through Justice(and Anders' to a certain extent point) part of this can be chalked up to jealous, hateful bias. Still Sebastian doesn't come out of it looking very good, almost to the point of Ron the Death Eater. Also the story can be sort of confusing at some points considering it's a companion piece to another fic, and the author doesn't really bother to clearly details events that carry over. That said, it's still an excellent fic and well worth the read for anyone who likes the pairing or enjoys the character Justice and would like to understand his view of things during Dragon Age 2. Flaws aside, I solidly recommend it.

Wicked Grace by lyrimveins

  • Recommended by: Pistachioinfernal
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Male Hawke/Fenris
  • Synopsis: Garrett Hawke is a simple guy. He likes simple things. Things like playing MMORPGs with his friends. Their guild, Wicked Grace, has been pretty exclusive for a while. But, when the guild becomes interested in recruiting a new member - an elven warrior named Fenris - what used to be a "fun way of passing time" becomes "Operation: Hard in Hightown" (or, as Isabela calls it, "Operation: Get Hawke Laid"). Needless to say, this operation is anything but simple.
  • Comments: Modern AU Dragon Age which is funny and cute. Seeing Garret getting all flustered about/over the newest addition to his group is adorkable.

     Dragon Age Inquisition 

all of my pieces are jagged by milee_cosgrove

  • Recommended by: MoonTrance, Mei-may
  • Almost vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Pairings: Female Trevelyan/Solas
  • Synopsis: In which the Sentinels from the Temple of Mythal decide to join the Inquisition and the differences between ancient and modern elves become quite obvious.
  • Comments: This is a departure from canon, but it is one of those rare blends of romance and humor done so well. The culture of the ancient elves is explored, as is the friendship - and more - of Solas and Trevelyan. The last chapter is NSFW.
  • Note: The first part of the series has been deleted due to harassment, its sequel a mouth full of white lies, however, is still exist on Ao3.

Apotheosis by keeperlavellan

  • Recommended by: sloth4
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: F!Lavellan/Solas
  • Synopsis: After Wisdom had gone, I hadn’t been sure that Solas would ever return. In time, he did, offering no more explanation than to say, I could hardly abandon you now. Even then the word seemed to catch in my ear. Now. Maybe once before and perhaps one day soon, but not just yet. On that point I had no illusions. Solas was not a man to promise forever, though he was afraid of dying alone.
  • Comments: A nuanced and in-depth exploration of Solas's romance. This story convinced me that the only proper playthrough had a Solas romance, it's beautifully done.

Beyond Understanding by RaeDMagdon and Revans_Mask

  • Recommended by: Infection
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Cassandra/Morrigan, Sera/Adaar
  • Synopsis: Herah Adaar is pretty much the hottest woman Sera has ever met. If only she wasn't also a spooky mage. Cassandra has never met anyone as simultaneously alluring and infuriating as Morrigan. Will a trip to ancient ruins help all of them to work out their problems, or just make things even more complicated?
  • Comments: Oh mama. I came for the latter pairing but stayed for the former to quite a degree. Wonderfully written, very sexy and well paced despite it being fairly lengthy. I was surprised on how well the two writers were able to make the pairing of Cassandra and Morrigan work as well as they did and their chemistry was highly engaging. Though I do have some personal hang ups (namely wrangling events from Inquisition to fit into the narrative. It's not done badly at all; I just prefer fic that carves out its own narrative rather than retreading events that we've seen before and I kind of wish we got another scene similar to what happens between Chapters 4 to 6), it's a very solid piece of fic that's definitely worth a read.

The Demands of Good Men by hoboshorts

  • Recommended by: TraitorHero
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Dorian Pavus/Iron Bull
  • Synopsis: The not so epic romance of Dorian Pavus of the illustrious House Pavus and Hissrad— more commonly known as The Iron Bull— of the Ben-Hassrath.
  • Comments: Most fics where two characters get together have some fluffy reason behind it - hoboshorts subverts this beautifully. Both of the men in this relationship have different views of it, and their relationship and ideas about it change as the story moves forward. Warnings for BDSM and talks about consent, but nothing outside of what you might have seen in either of the romances that you would have seen in game. Honestly one of the most organic relationships I've read in awhile.

Practically Magic by Apollo Wings

  • Recommended by: Black John
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: f!Lavellan/Solas
  • Synopsis: Of the Lavellan clan, Calathea, had been asked to observe an event that would effect the entirety of Thedas. But a Dalish First who casually wanders out the confines of her mind and has awoken something ancient which has an unholy fascination with her - could only be at the centre of such events. Rating subject to change. Contains swearing and gore so far.
  • Comments: The story is very well-written, with the characters very much retaining their personality and voice (which some authors can fail miserably to do). Calathea is actually an interesting inquisitor, and it's interesting to see how a Dalish Mage would react to being named an influential figure in a different religion. At time of recommendation, the 8th chapter had just been posted, and the romance with Solas is looking to be a slow burning rivalmance akin to Dragon Age II. I feel as if these comments aren't doing this fic justice. Give it a read.
  • Dissenting opinion here: First, the fic has been on hold since January 2015. Secondly, there are some great ideas here about Dalish/Keeper magic that are more in line with what is seen in Awakening and Dragon Age II. However there is a deal which does not align with what has been seen in prior games with regards to the Dalish (Elgar'nan is treated as more of a singular god rather than one of many, for example). Thirdly, Solas is rather openly hostile at start to the point of being OOC without seeming reason; even at his least civil, he was nowhere near this hostile without given cause. (Compare his interaction with Vivienne and the Iron Bull with the mages who summoned his friend.) Finally the writing is very weak and in desperate need of a good edit for flow and minor errors. ~Flib

Stuck on the Puzzle by thespectaclesofthor

  • Recommended by: MagicBlah
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Iron Bull/Cullen Rutherford
  • Synopsis: Once, back in Kirkwall, Cullen had an arrangement with a member of the city guard that satisfied his needs. But time changed all things, and he despaired of ever finding a similar arrangement again - that was, until he met The Iron Bull. Problem being that Bull seemed to care far more about sorting out the nitty-gritty of such an arrangement than Cullen ever has.
  • Comments: A fascinating story about Cullen and Iron Bull getting into a BDSM relationship while navigating shame, self-hatred, PTSD, and withdrawal symptoms. Highlights include Cullen's emotional issues complicating the relationship and both parties haplessly stumbling into feelings. Warning: contains NSFW content and self-harm.

Sucker Punch by annikora

  • Recommended by: Legal Assassin
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Dorian/The Iron Bull
  • Synopsis: In which the Iron Bull discovers that Dorian isn’t using his watchword because he doesn’t believe Bull would actually stop.
  • Comments: This story is just amazing. From the exploration of both characters to the romance and to the discussion of limits, watchwords, and trust. It goes without saying but the discussion is NSFW.

The Templar by darkladythief

  • Recommended by: TraitorHero
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: F!Trevelyan/Cullen
  • Synopsis: Someone tore a hole straight to the Fade, but it doesn’t feel like the end of the world. Not until a Templar smiles at her.
  • Comments: As much as I love the mostly happy romance with Cullen, darkladythief does an excellent job going into the fears of characters who both have suffered through traumas inflicted by others, and letting them grow and patch the hurts. It also is the most believable romance between Cullen and a Mage!Inquisitor that I've read.

There are names for what binds us by lilith_morgana

  • Recommended by: MovieNut14
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Blackwall/Female Trevelyan
  • Synopsis: A lover's dictionary: Skyhold edition.
  • Comments: It doesn't ignore the truth of Blackwall's past for the sake of plot; it's because of it (and the aftermath of pardoning Blackwall) that makes it interesting and — more importantly — believable. Love and life are complicated and messy; the author shows that in their work. (NFSW in parts but nothing outright explicit.)

TO MAGISTER PAVUS by spicyshimmy

  • Recommended by: TraitorHero
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Dorian Pavus/Iron Bull
  • Synopsis: Letters Dorian never sends to Halward Pavus frame a short story in which Dorian develops a resistance to being poisoned by Vitaar, among other things. For years now, Dorian has maintained a collection of half-composed and unsent letters home, the sorts of missives one writes in one’s head when one isn’t able to sleep.
  • Comments: One of the most heartbreaking things about Dorian is the way that his father tried to change him and how he has trouble moving past what his father would want for him. This fic deals with Dorian finding love and the heartbreaking realization that no one else can define him but him.

The Unending Wake by harellanart

  • Recommended by: Mandichaos
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Female Lavellan/Solas
  • Synopsis: Solas has won and his long time enemy, the cold and ruthless Inquisitor Vir Lavellan, has been defeated. However, as he begins to rebuild the world for his people, he discovers that the world he destroyed was not exactly what he had thought. (Trespasser spoilers; illustrations included)
  • Comments: Tagged as a "time travel au" and that's an oversimplification of this brilliant fix-it that explores the possible consequences of what tearing down the Veil might have really done to a romanced Solas. Saying too much more would spoil it, but reading this brought (favorable) comparisons to "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and the idea of revealing a romance backwards. If you're going to write a time travel AU, this is how you do it. On top of the great story, harellanart includes gorgeous black and white illustrations in every chapter. A must-read for any fans of Lavellan/Solas, even though the story doesn't seem to start out that way.

Walking in Circles by Milee Cosgrove (TV Tropes Page)

  • Recommended by: Mei-may
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2018
  • Pairing: Female Trevelyan/Solas
  • Synopsis: After Solas wakes from Uthenera, he is captured by Templars and put in the Ostwick Circle where Evelyn Trevelyan is. Solas, being who he is, won't stop trying until he's free. Meanwhile, Kirkwall Rebellion and the Mage-Templar War is brewing in the distance.
  • Comments: The premiere is quite simple but its execution certainly isn't. The story not only focuses on the main couple but also explore the culture and lives of Circle mages, how different individuals try to cope with their ordeal. Solas himself received a lot of character developments while still giving him reasons to continue his goals in canon. The story's atmosphere and characters, canon or OCs are deep, realistic and personable. The author also has a knack for excellent, thought-provoking writing, great foreshadowing along with well-placed cliffhangers. Currently, the plot has moved to just after the Inquisition acquired Skyhold and quite a few details in canon have been changed like Evelyn is Solas's lover even before canon and is now in full support of him taking down the Veil due to her experience as a Tranquil and what happened after Kirkwall.

Wicked Hearts by vorvol

  • Recommended by: Allie Montgomery
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Sera/Adaar
  • Synopsis: When one runs towards the light, one should never forget to check for shadows below. After all, even the sun goes down in paradise. "Heh, she said 'goes down'." (AKA: a rewriting of the Sera romance with a witty, sarcastic Adaar, because I think the romance could have been better.)
  • Comments: The author promises a better romance story, and delivers. A blend of hilarious and angsty, with surprise twists that fit seamlessly into the plot. (Warnings: Some NSFW)

Crossover Fics

     Dragon Age Origins 

Darkness of the Heart by Faust23

  • Recommended by: doineedaname
  • Crossover with Star Wars
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Used to a life of hardship and violence, young Kallian Tabris now faces the consequences of her actions from that terrible day. The Blight now awaits along with a mysterious stranger named Revan whose interest in Kallian might not be entirely benevolent.
  • Pairing: Alistair/F!CityElf
  • Comments: A well written crossover between two of Bioware's best games, Dragon Age and Knights of the Old Republic that somehow manages to Darker and Edgier than either of its source materials filled with Black Comedy
    • It's a mediocre piece. The writer rushes through the plot and as a result the characterizations stumble. Revan has got a few (but still too many) shades of Stupid Evil and the main character transforms too quickly into a Sith Lord.

March of the Inevitable: Blood of the Phoenix by SpartAl412

  • Recommended by: Drgyen
  • Crossover with: ''Warhammer'
  • Status: Complete
  • Tropes Page
  • Synopsis: While on the hunt for a sorcerer of Tzeentch, a High Elf warrior is cast into Aethyr where he arrives in a world quite different from his own, and yet similar in ways. His path will cross with that of a simple thief from the other world, and when they meet there will come a reckoning to many, one that will end in blood and fire as an an epic saga begins.

     Dragon Age II 

Projects Magia and Lazarus by ffdrake

  • Recommended by: Kalvan
  • Crossover with: Mass Effect, Dragon Age
  • Status: Dead; last updated July 2015
  • Synopsis: Cerberus thought they had found the key to human evolution once they stumbled upon two unlikely people wandering the woods lost and confused. Now the Projects meant to better humanity, Magia and Lazarus, might just the key to bring an end to Cerberus, the Collectors, and the Reapers.
  • Pairings: M!Hawke/Merrill, Male Shepard/Tali'Zorah, hints of one-sided Liara/Male Shepard and Ashley/Male Shepard
  • Comments: The passages with Merrill's point of view just have to be read to be believed. And her conversations with Tali crank both of their Adorkableness Up to Eleven. Be careful, though. It suffers from a bad case of Rouge Angles of Satin at times.
  • Tags: Rated M, Sci-Fi/Romance

Stars Fade by totallybursar

  • Recommended by: sloth4
  • Crossover with: Dragon Age II
  • Status: Dormant; last updated June 2017
  • Synopsis: Shepard knows that destroying the Reapers will kill her. Except she's never been good at dying. The explosion of dark energy from the Crucible thrusts Shepard into a totally different universe. Post ME3 ending, DAII Act 2 beginning. ( description)
  • Comments: A great crossover with the Mass Effect series. Shepard just survived the Reaper War, only to be thrust into the chaos of Kirkwall. Now she has to deal with a world that hates magic and a surly group of oxmen that have taken notice of her. It's a thoroughly engaging read that brings to life the realities of the Dragon Age series without losing any of the appeals.

     Dragon Age Inquisition 

Catch A Falling Star by Saber_Sloth

  • Recommended by: Leliel
  • Crossover with: The World of Darkness and Changeling: The Lost
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "She had been so stupid. She knew what was out there. Knew with an absolute certainty of what was out there. - She, and a few girls took some old tarot cards, a case of coolers to the abandoned house on the hill. It looked like something straight out of a horror movie. Lily thought that it was such a cliche, that none of the real monsters called this place their lair. She was wrong. So very, very wrong."
    • More specifically, a hunter from the the New World of Darkness is stolen away by the True Fae and remade into an almost-unique three-kithed changeling, only to escape into Thedas with the quiet help of Solas. Warning for spoilers for Trespasser and the true nature of the Evanuris in the very first chapter.
  • Pairing(s): Eventually Solas/OC, with the OC taking the place of Lavellan.
  • Tags: Fusion Fic, Psychological Horror, Surreal Horror.
  • Comments: Has not progressed past the main character's Durance, but already shows incredible promise and understanding of the lore of both Changeling and Dragon Age, blending them seamlessly. The main character's pretty likable too.

The Half-Life of Element Zero by GraphiteGirl (TV Tropes page)

  • Recommended by: Mei-may
  • Crossover with: Mass Effect
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After being discharged from the Alliance, Commander Helen Trevelyan joined the Andromeda Initiative, thinking to leave her personal tragedies and a psycho ex-boyfriend behind her. She expected to sleep for 600 years, and wake up in a med bay. Instead, she crash-landed on the side of a snow-covered mountain, ten-thousand years later. She is alone, confused, and dying from eezo radiation. And the only sign of civilization is an old church in the distance.
  • Pairing(s): Solas/F!Trevelyan, Cullen/F!Trevelyan.
  • Comments: A great story of how an ME-origin!Trevelyan comes to Thedas and trying to integrate herself there while looking for a way to go home. The plot progresses slowly but definitely not boring because the author knows how to explore the characters' interactions and how the culture clashes can happen. Helen Trevelan, with her modern view and personality, is likeable and a force to be reckoned with as she deals with everything around her. The story focuses on other characters' development through their relationships with Helen and her foreign view of their world, like, in particular, Solas and Cullen. It also explores more mundane issues that a modern person could have when they're in a pooer, more primitive society such as inadequate diet and poor sanitary leading to health problems and malnutrition, language barriers, and unfamiliar daily activities like using quill and ink.
    • Furthermore, the current plot is hinting that there'll be more exploration about the connection between Thedas and ME, namely the elves being enhanced humans or that the fauna and flora of Thedas are originated from Earth.

A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor by CrafterofTales (TV Tropes page)

  • Recommended by: True Chaos
  • Crossover with: Fate/Zero
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After the blast of Excalibur took Saber away in the Fourth Holy Grail War, she transports to an unfamiliar world. Now, as Arturia Pendragon, the Knight who is once King to a ruined kingdom will lead again as Inquisitor and bring order to the world. But will she accept the role to lead again? Will her followers help her heal, as they see her as the One and True King?

Diplomatic Incidents by Ariaste


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