In alternate worldstates: Ellie Cousland was the daughter of Bryce and Eleanor Cousland. She was sent to Ostagar along with her older brother Fergus, where she was killed fighting the darkspawn.
In Robert Cousland's worldstate: Ellie Cousland is the Queen of Ferelden, who accompanied her older brother, Robert Cousland, as he fought against the Blight. She was deeply traumatized by his death.
As Ferelden's queen, she was known as a just, fair, and progressive ruler who was critical in helping the Wardens rebuild, as well as supporting the second Inquisitions.
Following a series of miscarriages brought on by the Taint in Alistair's blood, Ellie decided to seek out a cure for the Calling.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Biography
- 3 Post-game
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Miscellaneous
- 6 Links
- 7 Reddit Headcanon Threads
- 8 Reddit Writing prompt Threads
- 9 Non-Reddit links (AO3, DeviantArt, Tumblr)
Overview[edit | edit source]
Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ellie is a fair-skinned young woman with very light brown, almost blonde hair she keeps pulled back into a series of ponytails. She has bluish-grey eyes. As a melee fighter, she generally prefers to wear heavy armor.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Ellie is a friendly, extroverted young woman with a somewhat sarcastic sense of humor, and she likes to hang around people that she can bounce jokes and sarcastic comments off of. Given enough time, she can generally become friends with anyone. Ellie is also fairly persuasive and manipulative, and she's not above lying and using trickery to get what she wants, claiming that sometimes "the smart solution is better than the honorable one". Despite this, her heart is in the right place and she's horrified by evil or extreme actions. She can be a bit impulsive and rude when it comes to people who has no patience for, which can get her in trouble.
Ellie is fiercely loyal to her friends and loved ones, and won't hesitate to do whatever she can to protect them and support them. She also has a rather strong vengeful streak, and will bring doom upon anyone who hurts herself, her friends, or her family. Naturally, she doesn't take betrayal particularly well.
Talents and Skills[edit | edit source]
Ellie is a warrior skilled with a sword and shield. She has a fighting style that is largely focused on defense rather than offense, making her a rather difficult target.
Being a noblewoman, Ellie is also skilled at statecraft and politics. She is fairly well-read and has high cunning.
Ellie has no idea how magic works, and spent most of her time in the Fade completely lost. All she knows for sure is that blood magic and demons are no good to be messing around with.
Biography[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Ellie was the youngest child and only daughter of Bryce and Eleanor Cousland. She had two older brothers: Fergus and Robert.
The only girl in a house full of boys, Ellie grew up more interested in swordplay and fighting than she did in the "softer arts" that her mother tried to teach her. She was often competitive with her brothers and began to grow into a very capable fighter, something which tended to scare her potential suitors off.
Fearing that Ellie would never find a husband if she continued down this path, when she was fourteen, Eleanor sent her to be fostered with Bann Sighard and his family in hopes that she'd marry his son Oswyn. This failed spectacularly, as while Ellie and Oswyn were good friends, there was never any romantic tension between the two. For her part, Ellie wasn't interested in finding love.
Still, Ellie enjoyed her life at Dragon's Peak and chose to stay there rather than return to Highever; she only saw her family during holidays and they often visited each other during tournaments. Ellie was knighted a year before the Blight, becoming Ser Ellie Cousland of Dragon's Peak.
The Blight[edit | edit source]
Ellie was sent to Ostagar along with many other soldiers and knights from Dragon's Peak when the Blight threatened Ferelden. While there, she reunited with her brother Fergus and later with Robert. She was heartbroken to learn of her parents' deaths and promised to help Robert in any way that she could.
While Ellie offered to become a Warden, Robert refused to let her go through the Joining. She fought with the normal foot soldiers on the field at Ostagar. She managed to survive the battle along with a Circle mage named Wynne and the foot soldier Carver Hawke. The trio managed to escape the field together and fled through the Wilds to the village of Lothering, where they split up. Carver went back to his mother and siblings to help them flee, while Wynne returned to the Circle. Ellie, meanwhile, had no idea what to do. With her brothers presumed dead and the Grey Wardens gone, Ellie chose to do her best to attempt to warn the nobles with the coming darkspawn threat.
She traveled first to Redcliffe only to find that Arl Eamon had been poisoned by a blood mage and that the city was overrun by undead every night. She chose to stay in the village and help the people fight the threat in any way that she could.
A few weeks later, she was reunited with Robert, who had survived Ostagar with the help of Flemeth and her daughter Morrigan. The siblings were overjoyed to see each other again.
Post-game[edit | edit source]
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Pig[edit | edit source]
Robert's old mabari imprinted on Ellie following Robert's death. Ellie treasures the dog as a final reminder of her lost brother.
Robert Cousland[edit | edit source]
Ellie's second older brother, Robert was very dear to her, and she insisted on following him during the Blight to protect him in whatever way she could. She was heartbroken by his death and furious that he had turned down a way to survive.
Bryce, Eleanor, and Fergus[edit | edit source]
Ellie always got along well with her father, whom she had a very close relationship with. He supported her interests and allowed her the freedom to do what she wanted, within reason, of course. Ellie, in return, honored her father's wishes even when she didn't like what they were. Ellie was heartbroken by his death and returns to Highever every year on the anniversary of the massacre to honor his memory.
Ellie argued with her mother about almost everything, particularly when she got older and pursued interests that Eleanor didn't think were proper for a young lady to study. Still, Ellie loved and respected her mother, admired the stories of her more adventurous youth, and spent enough time meeting suitors and attending boring parties to make her happy. Ellie still blames herself for not being able to save her, and honors her memory yearly.
Ellie and Fergus got along well during their youth and did a lot together despite the age difference between them. During the fifth blight, Ellie held out hope that he might be alive, and she was overjoyed to learn that he had survived Ostagar. She regularly communicates and visits with him.
Arl Howe[edit | edit source]
Even before he butchered her family, Ellie had never liked Arl Howe and didn't understand what her father saw in him. His rude behavior and barely disguised disdain for Ellie didn't escape her notice, and she constantly found reasons not to be around when he was. After the Cousland massacre, Ellie's dislike of Howe turned into pure hatred, and she vowed to kill him for what he'd done to her family. She eventually succeeded, killing him and getting his lands and titles turned over to the Grey Wardens. Still, she's never quite gotten over her hatred, and even mentioning him is likely to make her angry, even years after his death.
The Companions[edit | edit source]
Ellie never quite understood Sten, but she did respect him and appreciated the help he gave her during the Fifth Blight. Before he returned to Par Vollen, Ellie gave him a very large box of cookies to take home, in hopes that he could bring some good sweets to the Qunari.
Zevran was recruited somewhat against Ellie's better judgement, but she needed the help at the time and figured that she could just kill him if he tried anything. And while Ellie found his flirting a bit off-putting, she did befriend him and knew that she could count on him, especially after he turned against the Crows to protect her. The pair remain friends even now, and Ellie knows that whenever she hears about a dead Crow, her trusty assassin friend is probably behind it.
Ellie and Wynne got along well enough, and Ellie often found herself seeking out the mage for her advice. Wynne was one of the only people that Ellie was completely honest with about just how much her family's death hurt her, and the mage's advice led Ellie to fully commit to her budding romance with Alistair after a lot of hesitation. Ellie was saddened to learn of her death.
Ellie didn't get off on the right foot with Oghren after killing his wife, and the pair never became all that close during the Blight. After Oghren became a Warden, Ellie got to know him a bit better, and he became one of her good friends. The pair could often be spotted drinking together at Vigil's Keep, nights which would leave Ellie with a massive headache and a whole lot of regret.
Ellie and Morrigan disagreed on a lot, but after Ellie got to know her and helped her retrieve Flemeth's grimoire, the two developed a friendship based on mutual respect. When Morrigan told Ellie that she had tried to save Robert but he had turned her offer down, Ellie was thankful that she had tried to save her brother's life.
Leliana is Ellie's best friend. Despite Leliana's slightly crazy assumptions that the Maker told her to fight the Blight, Ellie appreciated her enthusiasm for their cause, and the two bonded rather easily. They remained close and communicated regularly after the Blight.
Alistair[edit | edit source]
Ellie took a liking to the Grey Warden very soon after they had met. She appreciated his sense of humor, and enjoyed joking around with him. The pair's friendship was cemented after they both survived Ostagar, and Ellie trusted him as a loyal friend and ally. She helped him through his grief at losing Duncan and the other Wardens, and she was one of the only people she opened up to about her own grief.
Ellie was rather shocked to learn about his heritage, and a little frustrated that he hadn't told her something that could make them even more of a target than they already were. Still, once she confronted Alistair on the issue and learned why he had hidden the truth from her, Ellie reassured him that she understood his reasons and that she didn't care who he was - she liked him anyways. She only reinforced this after his disastrous reunion with Goldanna.
It wasn't long after that when the two started to develop feelings for each other, but Ellie initially tried to play it off with humor because she wasn't sure that now was the best time for a relationship. Still, she liked him, kept talking to him, and they grew closer despite how bad the timing was. It was after a conversation with Wynne that Ellie realized that she either needed to commit to the relationship or break it off before someone got hurt. Naturally, Ellie chose to commit and the pair confessed their love for each other after spending the night together.
Ellie and Alistair have had a happy relationship, despite their duties often keeping them apart. Ellie has promised that after she finds a cure for the Calling, they'll be together again - for good this time.