shield warden

House Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport, Warden of the West.Fair-haired, tall, and handsome, the Lannisters are the blood of Andal adventurers who carved out a mighty kingdom in the western hills and valleys. Proud, ambitious, clever. Gold and arrogance. Lions and emerald eyes.

ruantrevelyan  asked:

How much canon info is there about Highever? I haven't been able to find much apart from: It has an alienage, is by the coast and makes a signature kind of cloth (wool industry?). How big is the city? Is it near/around Castle Cousland? Does it have a harbour? How big is the alienage and what is it like?

(Alright, for you I’m going to make this into an official lore post, because this is actually small and specific).

Disclaimer: All of this is completely canonical knowledge. Nothing headcanoned, there are sources for it and I’ve gathered from every source that I could. This includes: Codice (Highever, Construction Report: Brickmarks, ), Dragon Age Origins Ultimate/Collector’s Edition Prima Guide, Dragon AGE Core Rulebook. Nothing is headcanon and nothing is taken from an unreliable sources (i.e. Wikipedia).



Highever is a Teyrnir in northern Thedas, one of the few that set on the Coastlands. It sets on the coast of the Waking Sea, west of Amaranthine, across the sea from Kirkwall and the Vimmark Mountains, and North of The Bannorn.

In the very center of the Highever Teyrnir, is Harper’s Ford, this area used to belong to the Howes of Amaranthine. However, during the Orlesian Occupation, Tarleton Howe sided with the Orlesians, Harper’s Ford was marched upon by the Couslands and Howe hung.

Highever is the name of a village in the Teyrnir along the coast, as well as being the name of the Teyrnir (all lands, holdings, and bannorns within in area).

Castle Cousland is located in the Highever Teyrnir, the exact location is unknown.

Highever possesses an Alienage, though the location of it is unknown.

There was a Silver Temple in Highever where Andraste’s Ashes were first held, before being moved to a secret location. Whether the Temple still stands in unknown.


In -165 Ancient, Andraste’s “sons” (Maferath’s sons were adopted by Andraste, though many tried to claim to be her birth son in order to earn leadership of the Alamarri tribes) sought to steal Andraste’s ashes from Highever’s Silver Temple and strengthen their claim to Chief of the Alamarri. The ashes were moved to Haven, but the location was never revealed and eventually lost.

Castle Highever, eventually known as Castle Cousland, was built in the Divine Age and was considered no more than an outpost to the Amaranthine Bannorn. The oupost was held by the cousins of the Howes, the Elstans until the Tower Age.

In the Age of Towers, Bann Conobar Elstan was murdered by his wife, Flemeth, leaving no heir behind. Cononbar’s Captain, Sarim Cousland, stepped up and took the land instead.

The Couslands would declare themselves an independent Bannorn from Amaranthine and start a 30 year war, until Highever was freed and owned southwest Amaranthine as well.

It wasn’t until the Black Age that Highever would be named a Teynir under Haelia Cousland, who would unite the nearby lords against the werewolves and earn herself the title along with their fealty.

4:80 Black, Orlais tried to take Highever in hopes to conquer Ferelden, in the first Orlesian Invasion. They would use Highever to supply their troops by sea. However, Redcliffe stood strong against the Invasion and Orlesian was forced to retreat, unable to pass into Highever.

 During the Exalted Age, Eletha Cousland would fight Ferelden’s future king, Calenhad, to remain independent. She would lose, but Highever would remain one of two Teynirs and Eletha would remain their teyrna.

However, in the Dragon  Age, the Couslands would be betrayed and Castle Cousland would be stormed by Arl Howes forces, the Cousland family almost completely wiped out. The only to survive would Fergus Cousland, who would be lost in the Korcari Wilds until after the Fifth Blight ended. 

(Conditional: The youngest Cousland would also survive the attack and go on to become a Grey Warden, swearing vengeance on Howe.)

Highever would be relinquished after Howe’s death by the Warden and returned to the Couslands.

Fergus Cousland is the current Teyrn of Highever.


Highever has two major Heraldry, The Cousland Heraldry (Left) and The Highever Heraldy (Right).

Known People from Highever

  • Ardal Cousland (A knight/soldier to King Vanedrin Theirin)
  • Bryce Cousland
  • Calenhad Theirin
  • Duncan
  • Fergus Cousland
  • Flemeth
  • Helena (Jory’s Wife)
  • Oren Cousland
  • Riordan
  • Roderick Gilmore
  • Ser Eryhn (A Templar woman with unmatched grace with a sword and shield)
  • Warden Cousland


  • Highever has a population of 20,000.
  • Highever has given Ferelden the most famous Alamarri Legends so far (Calenhad, and Flemeth)
  • Nelaros’ Wedding Ring was forged in Highever, it is also where Tabris’ bride/groom comes from.
  • Sarethia is the Hahren of Highever’s Alienage.
  • Warpaint of the Tempest, is the traditional kaddis for mabari in Highever.
  • Highever Weave is most likely a cloth originating from Highever and may be an export.
  • Skyhold has bricks stolen from Highever, apparently before the First Orlesian Invasion.

I need visual resources for the following archetypes;

  • an extremely powerful but inexperienced and reluctant mage, on quest to return himself and all his friends back to the world they know and love, uses any type of magic except dark/evil based, male, any race
  • a careful, kind and diligent knight who acts a shield-warden for a small rural forest village, using two-handed weapons, female, african/american
  • a passionate, fiery and fierce ranger/ rogue who works with the shield-warden to stave off threats to the village, using knives of any kind and bows, female, mexican
  • a studious, determined and calm samurai who trains deep in the forest away from civilisation in a monastery dedicated to swordsmanship, using naginatas, odachis, tantos and katanas, male, japanese
  • a formerly insensitive but now faithful, honest and courageous paladin who fights for the order of the sun and light on the edge of the desert, using heavy armours and any holy weapon bigger than he is, male, european
  • a passionate, loyal and fiercely determined healer (mage, apothecary and alchemist) who works for the paladin in the same order, following their moral code diligently and without question but will under no circumstances hurt no other living being, unarmed, female, arabian muslim (with hijab, if possible)

@wearemage @we-are-knight @we-are-rogue @weareranger @wearesamurai @wearepaladin @wearehealer @weareadventurers @wearecleric

Anyone can respond, and this isn’t urgent, but resources would be extremely helpful. 


Updated this post to include all GW1/2 customs I’ve made up until now along with links to the posts :) (New one coming soon!) 

The Warrior of Arah: Norn warrior + Grasping Dead armor + ascended greatsword

The Illustrious Warrior: Norn warrior + Illustrious armor + Twilight + Frostfang, the Moot

The Guardian of Tyria: Human guardian + Protector’s (Tier 3 cultural) armor + Twilight

Kirei Wa: Sylvari necromancer + Orchid/Dryad (Tier 2/3 cultural) armor + Bifrost, scythe staff

Ahgnar of the North: GW1 Human warrior + Elite Dragon armor/Grenth’s Visage + Ebonhand Aegis shield, Obsidian Edge sword

Warden of the Grove: Sylvari warrior + Shadow of the Dragon set, Warden (Tier 2 cultural) armor + Eternity, Sunrise, Bolt, Frostfang, the Moot, Mordrem greatsword, sword, & mace

Revenant of the Mists:  Human revenant + Mistward plate, warfists, warboots; aetherblade legplates + fractal capacitor, fractal sword, Nevermore, Frostfang


Right now it’s only the main and original Overwatch members and not the extended cast but I had this idea and I had to write it down and share it lmao. If anyone is interested, I could write up some more for the others as well!

  • Soldier: 76 used to be a Grey Warden Commander. Originally hailing from a modest merchant family from Denerim, young Jack Morrison had trained to become a warrior in the king’s service. Due to the great promise that he showed, he quickly become a Champion among the people. However, with the growing threat of the Blight, Jack had decided to pledge his life to the Grey Wardens. Through a fierce four years of battling darkspawn, Jack gave his life in the final battle against the Archdemon… or so everyone had thought. These days, he is a masked and unnamed soldier who is somehow free of the tainted darkspawn blood. He protects the innocent in his travels and hunts down any hurlock or blood mage who gets in his way.

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“I trust him. He knows what he’s doing. We taught him everything we know for the past 16 years. He’ll be fine. I know he will.”

Grant Ward and Skye have been off the grid for years, escaping SHIELD and living under false alias, and conceiving a son in an unexpected, miraculous pregnancy.  Their simple, rural life in the dense woods of Ohio is disrupted after SHIELD agents finally track them down to their isolated cabin, but luckily, their son was never found. However, he returns to his home to find evidence of a struggle, and his instincts kick in, relying on the tricks his father taught him and his mother’s instructions. 

Time is of the essence, as his parents do their best to sway SHIELD off his tracks in their confinement, when SHIELD wants nothing more than to get their hands on the great potential of the SHIELD prodigy. 

Brady Warden is played by Steven R McQueen as his resemblance to Ward face-wise is astounding