Warning: Canon-divergence to be found within. Raelynn's story relies on heavy headcanon use. If this is not something you abide by, please see yourself out.
Raelynn is a level-headed woman with sharp wits and subtle cleverness she developed during her time in the Circle. It was these traits that aided her greatly over the course of her journey to stop the Blight, leading her to becoming the famed "Hero of Ferelden".
Alternatively, in her companion verse she found herself joining Nell (see: Nell Surana) and her group of companions after the events of Broken Circle, more than content to work together in order to stop the Blight from consuming Ferelden and potentially Thedas. It wasn't until after the Blight that she chose to undergo the Joining as a way to remain free from the shackles of the Circle and stay close to her dearest friends, Anders and Nell.
In either verse, Rae who took it upon herself, along with Zevran to go searching for the cure for the taint and to stop the Calling. Whether or not she was successful is uncertain as no one has heard from her since...
Overview[edit | edit source]
Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]
Hardly a slight woman, Rae stands at a proud 5'8" or so, just a hair taller than many of her female peers and matching up to her siblings. What she boasts in height, however, she lacks in bountiful feminine curves, unlike her late cousin Bethany and her oldest sister. Surprisingly, Rae is quite content with her figure, as it makes combat and traveling less of a hassle. While not quite as dark as her Hawke cousins, Raelynn and her siblings have a slight olive-tint to their complexion, a trait specifically passed down from the Amell line.
Taking after her mother in appearance more than many of her other siblings, Raelyn has the same soulful brown eyes, long nose, and heart-shaped face.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Raelynn seems hard-nosed and bookish on the outside but it was a defense-mechanism whilst in the tower in order to avoid trouble. Along with noble lineage, being quite well-read after having consumed much of the Circle literature, Rae can often come off as stuck-up, awkwardly blunt, reserved and prickly to those outside of her closest circle. In truth, she desires strong bonds and regards her fellow mages/apprentices as like family. After what happened with her actual biological family, she chose to dedicate herself to looking after those with no one else and taking them under her wing, leading her to becoming something like the "mom-friend" and the responsible one among her peers.
All-too-often, Raelynn puts responsibility and duty above personal enjoyment and it's difficult for her to truly focus on herself. It takes someone close to remind her, firmly but gently, that it's perfectly acceptable to partake in frivolity and time for herself every so often.
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Biography[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Raelynn was the youngest child of Revka Amell and her husband, Arthur, a young mage from Starkhaven who was smuggled out of the city by his mother and into Kirkwall where she left him with some distant relatives - a prominent noble family - to be raised by them and free of the Circle. Fortunately, Arthur wasn't much of a mage, his gifts being so minor were easy to conceal and allowed them to go unnoticed by everyone.
Arthur and Revka met at a social affair and became fond of each other quite quickly, eventually leading to their engagement and inevitable marriage. Initially, their lives were comfortable and happy and Revka delivered six healthy children, among them two boys and four girls (one set of male and female twins).
Eventually, Arthur met a man by the name of Gascard DuPuis, an Orlesian nobleman who recently came to Kirkwall for a change of scenery. The two became fast friends through attendance of many social gatherings. What they truly bonded over was a shared secret - magic. It was harmless at first as they spent their time just lost in conversation most days. At least until the conversations led to research and light dabbling of blood magic - something Arthur that made Arthur finally feel capable, like a proper mage as his other talents were so lacking. Light dabbling became more commonplace and finally regular practice performed in the cellars of his family’s home. Arthur became obsessed and almost laser-focused on nurturing these new gifts that he became reclusive, only barely spending any time with his wife and children. It was only when Arthur started including his children in his work and his experiments that Revka became suspicious that something was seriously wrong. The children were too young to know any better and had only known it to be their father’s “games” and his way of “playing” with them.
Revka was horrified when she finally found out what was happening and tried to discreetly alert the Templars so as not to raise any concern. It was when the Templars showed up in order to investigate and ultimately detain Arthur that the oldest boy, Jonas, accidentally revealed his own magical gifts while trying to protect his father - utterly convinced he had done nothing wrong. By now, Arthur had become enraged and attempted to fend off the Templars in his panic, causing more of a commotion.
Raelynn, disturbed by the disruption, entered the scene just as her father had slain one of the Templars, using her brother to do so by way of blood magic. Scared but determined to protect her brother even at such a young age she rushed to his defense, revealing that she too had budding magical talent.
In the chaos, Arthur managed to escape and fled the home with the other children in tow, leaving Jonas and Raelynn with the remaining Templars who had no choice but to take the two siblings away, leaving Revka a broken woman...
As it was not deemed appropriate for siblings to be brought to the same circle, her brother Jonas was delivered to Kirkwall's Gallows, while Raelynn found herself brought to Kinloch Hold of Ferelden. Despite being homesick, Rae tried to make the best of her life in the Circle and defiantly set out to make as many friends as possible. This lead to her developing a bond with fellow mages, Nell Surana, Alim, Jowan, and of course, Anders. She kept her wits about her and wound up taking on a motherly or older sister type of role to her fellow apprentices and even some of the older mages. She felt quite protective of them after what happened within the walls of her childhood home and they effectively became like family to her. Raelynn passed her harrowing with flying colors and did her best to prepare her friends however she could.
The strong bonds and desire to protect her Kinloch family was eventually going to land her in hot water one day and this almost became reality when she agreed to help Jowan and Lily even against her better judgment. Though she had tried to dissuade him initially from his plans, she realized quickly that he was going to do it with or without her help and that by actively getting involved, the chances of him getting hurt or doing something foolish would hopefully be lessened.
Boy was she ever wrong.
When Jowan revealed himself as a blood mage in front of Irving, Greagoir and everyone else in order to avoid being apprehended, Raelynn felt sick. After what happened with her father and her siblings, how could she possibly forgive one of her dearest friends for lying to her face and endangering not only himself, but Lily and her. Duncan, moved by her show of loyalty to help a friend even despite the outcome, chose to save Raelynn from whatever fate awaited her from aiding Jowan and revealed that he had been intending to recruit her into the Order all along. Not knowing what else to do and feeling a little bit lost, Raelynn accepted and left the tower with Duncan, expecting to never return...
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Family[edit | edit source]
Jowan - Though she was furious with him at first and even felt horrified and betrayed, she eventually overcame these feelings and arrived at the realization that he wasn't remotely similar to her father. He had been scared and desperate and simply looking for a way to escape the terrible fate (Tranquility) that inevitably awaited him. Jowan was her friend, her family - the only family she had left almost assuredly - so she couldn't stay angry. After a difficult conversation when unexpectedly reuniting in Redcliffe, she was able to forgive him and once again pledged to help him. She encouraged him to aid in the ritual to help release young Connor of his demon and was able to convince Arl Eamon to let her take responsibility for Jowan. Eventually, once they left Redcliffe, she gave Jowan the choice to either stay with her and her companions, or go his own way.
Anders - More of her Kinloch "family". He was a few years older than her and always getting into trouble until he settled in with Karl, but Rae regarded him as a brother figure and did what she could to look out for him just as she did with her fellow apprentices leading up to her harrowing. When Anders was thrown into solitary after an escape attempt following Karl's transfer, she was furious and tried to petition the First Enchanter on his behalf, insisting that they show leniency. Later, when he escaped "for good" she was sad to see him leave but hopeful that he might have made it to Kirkwall to find Karl. When she met up with him again in Amaranthine, during the invasion upon Vigil's Keep, she had been surprised but relieved to know he was okay. Raelynn did not hesitate to lay claim to him on behalf of the Order in order to protect him from the Templars and the Circle. Having him with her in the Wardens was, at times, a handful but at least with the Wardens she could properly look out for him even if she recognized that he was still unhappy.
Karl Thekla - Like Anders, Karl was always a few years older than she was - on his way to Junior Enchanter by the time she started nearing the age when most apprentices were harrowed. He was always so kind and warm and an excellent tutor when she needed a little help with her studies. Karl often reminded her of her brother Jonas - someone she had always been close to - and it broke her heart when he was transferred to Kirkwall.
Nell Surana - The little sister she never got to have, Nell was one of the other apprentices that Raelynn took under her wing and carefully looked after. Nell was often one to follow trouble and troublemakers (like Anders) but Rae often went out of her way to keep the young elf from getting into hot water and messes that would result in harsh punishments. Raelynn recruits Nell into her group during Broken Circle but does not induct her into the Wardens until after the Blight. Likewise, in the verse where Nell is the HoF, Raelynn joins her party during Broken Circle.
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