Peppermint Santa is back, and wants to know a few more things about Miri and Alistair. Since she's a Cousland, did she end up marrying Alistair and taking the throne? Or are they both still Wardens? Another question, what does the Warden think of Nathaniel Howe? Did she forgive him? And if she is Queen, are there any heirs to the throne by the time Inquisition rolls around?
I did neglect those, didn’t I? I also neglected to mention that Miri is short for Miranda.
Miri does marry Alistair and become his queen. She liked Anora enough prior and knew she was the true mind behind the throne when Cailan lived, but considering the political climate and the dire situation, Miri pushed for someone with more of a military mind. Miri felt that Anora had let the situation get out of hand and did too little, too late to try and rectify it.
Miri spared Nathaniel Howe. He wasn’t the one, after all, who’d murdered her family - nor was he even in the country. She’s not entirely sure of his motivations or whether or not he would have followed his father, but she’s not about doling out punishments on ‘maybes’. She was surprised when he came back and asked to join the wardens. That spoke to who he was for her more than anything else. She grew to like and respect him.
By the time Inquisition rolls around, Miri and Alistair have not had an heir - though not for lack of trying on either part. A few miscarriages, which they both knew to expect since conceiving for grey wardens is rare when only one is involved, but it still hit them hard. They will eventually have a daughter named Lorelai, approximately two years after the Breach is sealed.
Hello! I'm back! So sorry for the dip in contact, but I've had personal stuff come up. Long story short, I'm back-ish. And I know that I'm going to write Dragon Age stuff for your Christmas gift! Can you tell me more about your Warden who romances Alistair? I'd like to do a little drabble involving them! *leaves gingerbread cookies* - Peppermint Santa
Oh goodness, diving into the head of grumpy Miri Cousland.
I’m not sure how much info you want, so I’m just gonna ramble until I think I’ve covered all the important bits??
She’s a duel-wielding rogue, and took her responsibilities at the castle very seriously - even if she didn’t necessarily like them. Incredible soft spot for children. Seeing the body of her nephew nearly broke her on the spot, and carrying on from that was difficult. That hatred for Arl Howe burned in her veins like a furnace. If it weren’t for Alistair later on constantly trying to bring a smile to her face and Morrigan being so relentlessly sarcastic, that rage and hatred might have consumed her.
Her grief for her family weighs heavy on her heart, and she took charge when it was clear Alistair wouldn’t because she needed to do something. Because she couldn’t let the Blight slide away. She couldn’t let Loghain get away with what he’d done.
She’d done a lot in her life up till becoming a Grey Warden because she had to. She carried on with the mission because she wanted to.
She’s a bit terse, but only because she doesn’t open up to people easily. Alistair wasn’t her first love (she had a crush on Bann Teagan, pretty intensely, and there was occasionally talk from her parents of a marriage there) but he was her hardest. She loved that Alistair thought of her when others asked about the war efforts. When others inquired after supplies, he gave her a daisy picked off the side of the road. After a battle when she asked if others were alright, he was the one to ask after her.
When her first nightmare of the archdemon hit, she woke up with him holding her hand.
It was hard not to fall in love with him. And not just because he cared for her, but because, despite his outwardly goofy demeanor, she could see his heart for what it really was.
Miri’s a bit like Cassandra in the sense that she has an incredibly soft, romantic side. She believes in the Maker, but she’s not devout. She believes in doing what’s right and just, even when it’s hard. She disdains people who run from their problems and don’t take responsibility. She can be pretty judgmental at times, but is usually willing to correct herself when proven wrong.
She was willing to give Loghain the benefit of the doubt in the beginning, before Arl Eamon. She’s been in enough combat discussions for skirmishes on her lands to know that there’s a lot more that happens on a battlefield than most people know. But once she learns that Arl Howe went after her family with Loghain’s knowledge of the act, she turns to stone and gives Alistair his win.
In the Circle quest, when the sloth demon brings everyone to the fade, she dreams of Highever, being back with her family. A fade version of Alistair is present as her suitor, and he might have been able to keep her there had her nephew not shown up and the piercing memory of his broken body ripped through her mind.
Like in the books, instead of the pedestal, she follows a ‘pull’ and finds Alistair’s dream first.
Leliana is Miri’s best friend, as she feels she can really open up and not present a certain 'face’ to the Bard.
Miri is easily amused by the antics of others, and quick to laugh whenever Morrigan and Alistair start going at it.