Philippa "Phil" Theirin (née Cousland), also known as The Hero of Ferelden, was the second child of Bryce Cousland, Teryn of Highever and his wife, Lady Eleanor Cousland. A passionate and idealistic young woman, her life was forever changed when Arl Rendon Howe betrayed and murdered her family. At the urging of her father, she willingly joined the Grey Wardens, and later went on to become the Queen of Ferelden alongside her fellow Warden, King Alistair Theirin.

Overview Edit

Physical Appearance Edit

Philippa has dark brown hair, hazel eyes. Much to her eternal annoyance, she takes after her father more in looks. Her short brown hair is neatly tied back, and despite a lifelong desire to actually grow it out, she's never quite succeeded.

Personality Edit

Headstrong and stubborn, never let it be said that Phil isn’t persistent in her goals. If she is given a task, she will see it through to the end, and to the best of her abilities. She is also very personable and friendly. Her easy charm serves her well when she takes the time to actually think her decisions through.

However, she lets her emotions rule over her, even when cold hard facts might tell a different tale. This is particularly obvious during the lead-up to the Landsmeet, where politically she knows that Alistair and Anora should marry, but she can’t bring herself to follow through with the arrangement. At the actual Landsmeet, this also comes into play where she initially has every intention of having Alistair rule by himself, she decides she can’t let the man she loves face the burden alone, and convinces the nobles to allow her to rule by his side as queen.

In addition, she often dwells on the past, holding every “mistake” particularly close to her heart. She constantly second-guesses herself about Orzammar and her actions during the Landsmeet (to say nothing Morrigan’s ritual and… everything that she does in Awakening pretty much).

Talents and SkillsEdit

She's good at making bad decisions.


History Edit

Her life was awesome until Howe ruined everything.

In-game Edit

It went really well, and then there were some REALLY BAD DECISIONS MADE.

Probably Philippa’s biggest turning point was the succession crisis in Orzammar. Perhaps rather naively (given what happened to her family, perhaps she should have been more careful to begin with), she played right into Bhelen’s hand. It was only after he was crowned did she realize that Harrowmont was (in her eyes) the better man and the “better” contender for the throne. This, combined with Howe’s betrayal, definitely makes her less trusting, and really comes into play with the Landsmeet and Anora.

Post-game Edit

The worst decisions were made in Awakening. Mistakes were made. She also had some rough times with Alistair.

Relationships Edit

Family Edit

Bryce Cousland Edit

Eleanor Cousland Edit

Fergus Cousland Edit

Oren and Oriana Cousland Edit

Companions Edit

Alistair Edit

The Bae.

Leliana Edit

The "Gal Pal".

Morrigan Edit

The Elphaba to her Glinda.

Wynne Edit

The substitute mom.

Zevran Edit

The bff.

Sten Edit

The serious uncle.

Oghren Edit

The drunk uncle.

Shale Edit

The weird giant statue.

Chaucer (Dog) Edit


Anders Edit

The regret.

Nathaniel Edit

The Lancelot to her Guinevere.

Sigrun Edit

The one nice dwarf.

Velanna Edit

The angry elf who gets with Nathaniel.

Justice Edit

The other regret and Knight in Shining Corpse Armor.

Others Edit

Miscellaneous Edit



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