“Why is there a hole in your wine cellar floor?”
Leandra sighed. “That would be Sandal’s doing. Marian keeps indulging him when he asks for salamanders, and, well…”
In spite of their situation, the Warden mage smiled. She’d given the young dwarf quite a few salamanders herself back in Ferelden, and should have recognized the effect. “How long do you think until someone upstairs notices we’re missing from the party?”
“Well, I’m the hostess and you’re the guest of honor. And we’re in the wine cellar, after all. Even if no one notices we’re missing, they’re bound to need more wine eventually.”
“That’s true, at least,” Solona laughed. “How’s your ankle? Still twisted from the fall?”
“No, thank you for taking care of that. Marian’s always been better at setting things on fire than healing injuries.”
Somewhere above them, a door opened and peals of laughter were accompanied by the bobbing light of a lantern. “Mother? Where are you with the rest of the wine?”
“Cousin Marian, stop before you—”
But it was too late, and the dark-haired woman tumbled down into the pit, landing on her cousin and laughing all the while.
“Brilliant, Marian,” Leandra scowled, “now we’re all three trapped.”
Marian laughed. “Sorry, mother,” she giggled, trying and failing to look contrite. She tried to stand and tripped over her own feet, pulling Solona down again.
“Oh, stop it, cousin,” the Warden sighed as she pulled Marian to her feet. “Even completely pissed, you’re the best hope we have to get out of here. Now hurry up and boost me out, and be careful about it. If I fall and crack my skull you’ll both be stuck down here until morning at least.”
26. NPCs. Choose four random NPCs in the game – they can be anyone you want – and describe what your warden thinks of them and their relationship.
Dragon Age II: Hawke/Champion of Kirkwall (the original meme:)
8. Details of your Hawke’s relationships with their family members (including Gamlen).
Leandra - Ria understood why her mother lashed out the way she did, blaming her for accidents and bad luck where the twins were concerned, but it bothers her more than she lets on. She avoided Leandra more and more as the years passed, something she now regrets.
Malcolm - She was always fascinated by her father’s magic, and for a while she wished she had magic of her own. In spite of the fact that she wasn’t a mage, Malcolm taught her as much as he could about magical theory and the dangers of magic, in addition to giving her a general education that not many farmers’ daughters would have access to. Ria never feared losing her father to the Templars; it was sickness that took him from their family and Ria had no choice but to step up and take care of the family’s affairs while Leandra recovered from the loss.
Carver - Clicking his name will take you to his entry in The Champion’s Letters. TL;DR Ria actually envies him in some ways. Maker willing, Carver’s at peace now, something Ria will probably never know.
Bethany - Clicking her name will take you to her entry in The Champion’s Letters, but tl;dr is that she adored her baby sister. There was no way in the Void she was going to let Beth stay in Kirkwall surrounded by Templars without her, so she blamed herself with Beth was infected with the Taint. Sending her little sister away was the hardest thing she’d ever done, and she was even more upset years later by Bethany’s coldness toward her when they re-met during the Qunari siege of the city.
Gamlen - While Ria would never actually come up behind him and cut out his kidneys with a dull blade, she did make that threat once while drunk at one point during the year she was preparing for the Deep Roads expedition. Gamlen’s kept his distance ever since, just in case.
Charade - Ria really likes Charade, once they finally meet and get over the whole running in circles after that stupid gem bit. Ria actually wills the estate to Charade, but since she became an outlaw instead of dying in defense of the city, the Templars ransacked the place and left it to rot. If Charade is aware that the estate is now hers, she hasn’t claimed it by the time Vrania arrives in the city 2-3 years after Ria goes on the run.
…Vrania? - Ria’s aware that she has Amell cousin(s) that were sent to the Circle, but hasn’t met any of them. If and when she eventually meets Vrania, they’ll likely end up partners in crime—and not the cheery ”let’s bust some heads” way that Ria and Bela were. Ria changed a lot after the destruction of Kirkwall’s Chantry, and while she doesn’t agree with Anders’ choice of target, I seriously doubt she’ll find fault in attacking phylactery chambers.
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