Just a run-of-the-mill nerdy 24 year-old N7 Soldier/Grey Warden/Assassin brother/Dragonborn.
Dragon Age: Origins Edit
I play DA:O as as Dual-Wielding Warrior, Ryan Cousland. Everyone was recruited, my Warden respected the diversity among them and saw potential in all of them, helped them with their personal baggage, hardened Alistair and Leliana, and had a fling with Morrigan, who gave him a strange ring. The Mages were saved, the Anvil destroyed and Bhelen crowned, Connor was saved by the Circle, and the werewolves were cured. Soldier's Peak was reclaimed and Avernus given ethical restrictions, his first concoction destroyed, King Cailan's corpse was burned at Ostagar and his gear passed to Alistair.
At the Landsmeet, he broke up with Morrigan to pursue Leliana, gave her Flemeth's Grimoire to make it up to her. He killed Arl Howe and Bann Vaughan, tried fighting his way past Cauthrien and failed, Oghren and Zevran busted him out of Fort Drakon. He negotiated a marriage between Alistair and Anora, slaughtered the slavers in the Alienage, won the Landsmeet in a landslide, and dueled and executed Loghain. He found a gold mirror in Orzammar on a return trip, gave it to Morrigan, inadvertently reigniting her feelings for him. At Redcliffe, Morrigan revealed her reason for traveling with him and Alistair: to convince one of them to impregnate her on the night before the final battle, so that the still-forming child would absorb the soul of the slain archdemon, cleansing it instead of destroying it and the Warden who slew him. Despite his reservations about cheating on Leliana, he couldn't sacrifice Alistair, or worse allow him to give the woman he hates most an heir to the throne with the power of an Old God. He performed the ritual with her and killed the archdemon himself, leaving Alistair at the gate for his safety.
In Awakening, recruited everyone, couldn't finish Velanna's Exile due to that damned bug. Sided with the guards, played a diplomatic arl, struck down the conspiracy with the Dark Wolf's help, chose to defend trading routes. Nathaniel, Oghren, and Sigrun came to slay the Mother while Amaranthine was saved.
Afterwards the young Commander saved House Dace's ass (again), and then Morrigan turned up in Ferelden two years after she left. He tracked her down, got some answers and a warning about events to come. He was happy to know his son wasn't some demon monster dragon and wanted to go see him, but Ferelden still needed him. Morrigan still loved him, but he didn't feel the same way, he gave her a kiss goodbye and claimed the book, resolving to prepare for the "harrowing to come."
Dragon Age II Edit
I actually did it. I actually beat the game on Nightmare. Mage Hawke, with Elemental, Primal, Force, and Spirit Healer. I also finished Sebastian's quests and only used the Anderfel Cleaver and the occasional Dog summon from the Black Emporium (which is now free to download so it's okay) and the special companion accessories from the premium packs (which made a negligible difference compared to not wearing them), so I also did it with a minimum of DLC. No Maker's Sigh to get rid of auto-unlocks like Mind Blast or fix where I screwed up, no extra talent potions, no Crow Venom or Runes of Fortune. It was still a pain in the ass, I had to use AI exploits in pretty much every fight, and a couple controllers got broken in the process, but I am so happy that I managed to beat this game despite the lax balance-testing the developers did. I killed them all, every enemy group with 3 waves of reinforcements dropping in out of nowhere, every somersaulting stab-spamming Assassin, every sword-swirling Commander, every Shade and Mercenary horde, every Blood Mage and Saarebas, every Revenant and Arcane Horror, even the High Dragon and Hybris fell on the highest difficulty.
I'll reload before The Last Straw and do the DLCs another time, but I've got grad school to focus on.
A Wiki Life Edit
I'm here on Dragon Age Wiki regularly, but my main stomping ground is Mass Effect Answers, where I've been a member for almost a year. Dragon Age is a great franchise, but things seem a little more disorganized here than at MEA, probably just my bias. My view is that everyone's entitled to polite disagreement, but hate speech can fuck off. Call me RShepard, or Shepard, but if we speak regularly and I know your first name, you can call me Ryan, much shorter than saying "RShepard227."