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The crowds cheer as I walk into view, and I force my hand to wave back in gratitude.  I can see in their eyes the truth… how ashamed they must feel that an elf, hailing from the Circle of Magi none the less, single handedly held their world together in its darkest hour.  For now they are merely glad that they have survived a Blight, but I know the memories will fade quickly as Ferelden rebuilds, and soon I will be an elf and a mage once more.  Subject to humans and templars, where can I call home?

I cringe as a guard announces me as "the elf who saved us all!!".  Zevran looks amused, the little bastard.  Alistair, Ferelden's new king, avoids my gaze.  It appears I made the wrong choice in the Dalish wilderness; I should have known my place.  Should of known even a forgotten royal bastard was out of my league.  After everything we went through, everything he said to me… I want to rip that pompous, golden royal armour off him and shake him until he comes back to his senses.  Ask him if it was all a lie.

After the crowds disperse, Wynne tells me I am welcome at the Circle anytime.  Her eyes are sad, she supported Alistair and I for a time, and feel she understands my pain better than most.  I did call the Circle my home long ago, but to go back after this?  I could not stand living as a prisoner again in that tower, and if they were to find out I dabbled in blood magic… no, it would be too dangerous.  I thank her graciously and tell her I will be in touch.  White lies, but her time left in this world is short.

Zevran, to my surprise, still wants to travel with me.  He asks where I'm going next, and I have no answer.  But as usual, he laughs it off, and tells me if I leave without him he will track me down anyway.  Such an odd turn of events, that the one sent to assassinate me is the only one remaining by my side after all is said and done.  He was a better friend than I realized.  As I watch him walk back to his room to gather his things, I feel a hand on my shoulder.

"Please tell me you aren't leaving with him."

"Alistair, you made it clear I can't be a part of this world," I look into his eyes and can almost see the internal battle between honor, duty and desire turning in his mind.  I wait in vain for him to suggest something better than my current choice of action.

"Please, just, don't--"

"You made me choose once, between Zevran and yourself.  You made me promise myself to you.  Its your turn to choose now, Alistair."  His silence tells me he already has.  I reach into my pack and retrieve a rose, dried and slightly disfigured from countless miles of travel.  "I think this belongs to you."

Alistair takes it without a word.  He probably has no idea what to say.  I don't either, so I bow to my king one last time and make my way to the palace gates.  I hear Zevran cat-calling from the corridor to my left, returning from his room.  I'm relieved he is as eager to move on as I am.

I saved this world, and yet it has left me still without status, and has taken those dearest to me.  I suppose the sacrifice was worth it, if Duncan had not taken me from the Circle I surely wouldn't have survived the carnage of the blood mages.  But as Zevran and I walk out of the cold palace into the warm light of the sun, I realize that perhaps things have turned out for the best.  For the first time, I am free to travel as I wish, seek out adventure after adventure, until the taint inside of me claims my mind and body.
Well, I've never really written a fan fiction before...

Anyway this is based off of a possible ending for my female elven mage character. I haven't actually finished the game yet but I'm always pissed at others in the game making comments about me being an elf... and I was even more pissed when I found out you can't be with Alistair if he is king unless you are a human noble? Bitches, please, I just saved the world and I'm still not good enough?

Hahaha. And I just wanted to write a darker ending based on that thought I guess.
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licrydis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Nice reading.

My my, life's a bitch when you are elven chick in Ferelden. But I love play them anyway :3

Personally I think this is more realistic and more interesting ending than happily-ever-after-royal-couple.
I've played with elven mage and she sorta dumped Alistair very early in the process. Instead she made lovely duo with Zevran, and I wouldn't change that for anything.

Anyway I was thinking if origin choice should affect the epilogue possibilities in such manner - I see where all this race inequality concern comes form. But the game is quite story driven and origins should play a big role in this, so in fact I think it's well done. I would even think of more extreme conclusions depending on race/class. E.g. why not let the rouge go and take Crow throne of Antiva, or a dwarf could take over throne in Orzamar, mage could be First Enchanter in Circle, Dalish could chose to rebuild their ancient original homeland...
I think the happy ending with Alistair is superior only in the means that it involves romancable NPC. To compete with this there would have to be more of them to really give rewarding happy end to all origins.
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Bai-Rui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Haha yeah I agree! I love playing as a mage, the only thing I would have wanted is maybe exploring the Jowan story a little more... maybe be able to influence him while still in the Circle and have that possibly change things in Redcliff? But the game is still taking me by surprise, I was really surprised when Alistair got jealous when I was tried to give Zevran his Dalish gloves because his approval rating went too high hahaha. It was really cool watching my boyfriend finish the game as a human noble and seeing how all his decisions effected the epilogue so I can't wait to finish my game :D

and thanks so much for the comment! This is the first rpg I've played that really made me want to think/write about about how my character would act based on their specific origins and choices throughout the game...
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licrydis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Yes, Jowan's story is imo one of lost chances. I like he is popping out several times through the story, but I agree there could have been more focus on this.

Haha, my BF also plays as human noble! LOL. He didn't finish yet and he was asking with sad panda face: "Why is your Warden not marrying Alistair? Mine should be a queen you know." Hehe, yours maybe, but mine certainly not, she has better things to do.

Anyway, yes it's surprisingly inspirational story. Just look at all the fanart, comic and fanfics. Wonders never cease...
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Vincent-Fortes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Very well written. Conveys the personality and views of the character well.
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Bai-Rui Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.. haha I'm still insecure about my writing so I really appreciate the comment.
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Vincent-Fortes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
My pleasure. Say, if you ever need help with that game you can ask me or my friend :iconcelestial-insanity: for help okay?
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Bai-Rui Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Haha thanks! All I have left is to finish the dead trenches and then do the Laandsmeet... maybe some side quests too... Its so addicting!
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Vincent-Fortes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
You're at Orzammar huh? I just finished that. That was a long time helping them. I'm presuming you have already done the Dalish elves then correct?
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Bai-Rui Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Yeah I did that one after the Circle... but I just went back to get the juggernaut armour... I couldn't beat the revenants the first time around XD
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Vincent-Fortes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Juggernaut armour?
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