I saw this template
and felt a need to do one for Elenaria. Okay, yeah, I used a screencap - look in my scraps for a terrible attempt at drawing her. Cautious = Reckless
Elenaria is naturally a bit reckless, but she tries to control it. As a result she kinda defaults to the middle, but a lot of that is from listening to others' good sense. Selfless < Self-serving
She tends to want to work to help others, when she can. If it manages to go her way, all the better, but if she can cut even she's fine as well. Emotion-driven < Logic-driven
Elennárë has always been emotion-driven. Out of her and her two sister Silmarils, that is her defining characteristic. Forthright < Dissembling
When it is not absolutely needed to dissemble (which, frankly during the Fifth Blight, was not often) Elenaria tends to very honest. That doesn't mean she tells everyone everything, but she did end up with her whole team knowing about her Silmaril status. Friendly > Unfriendly
She tries to be friendly most of the time, unless it's darkspawn, belligerent templars, thieving Dalish, or Rendon Howe. Devout < Questioning
Before she went to the Temple of the Sacred Ashes, Elenaria Surana was relatively accepting of Chantry doctrine, though she did have doubts about the Circle system. After the Temple? Well she found out everything the Chantry says about Andraste is almost completely wrong, and soon after got her memories back of her full life, properly recognising that "Andraste" was in fact one of her sister Silmarils. Though to be precise on the matter, she is only questioning of the Chantry and it whole "Wife of the Maker" belief. She is a very devout believer in the Maker Himself, or as she knows Him by, Eru Ilúvatar. Trusting > Suspicious
Actually trust is an odd thing with Elenaria. Once her trust is given, she trusts very hard. If she's given reason not to trust or her trust gets broken, she can hold a grudge. She still veers towards being rather trusting. In the years after the Fifth Blight she became more cynical and less trusting, but those who were her close friends, still had her absolute trust. Main Party:
First play my default team tended to be Alistair (a tank), Morrigan (firepower) or Wynne (healing), Zevran (mainly for opening chests). Headcanon-wise, after Kélan joined her group, he became her almost constant companion, except in the Battle of Denerim. She ordered him and Jowan (who she had conscripted and he survived the Joining) to stay at the gate to hopefully act as backup if something went wrong and she and Alistair failed to reach and kill the Archdemon. It was a stressful experience for Kélan in particular, he didn't know about the Dark Ritual (niether did Eleni for that matter). MAGE
I need to say, I cheat like bloody hell when I play anything, DAO included. So instead of giving scores I'm going more for my headcanon of Elenaria's abilities, which doesn't match what I actually played, but it's what I RP.
Arcane - Yes.
Primal - Fire and Lightening are her main strengths, something that is related to her Silmaril nature (their power manifests as fire). She's terrible at Cold spells and the few times she ever pulled a "Storm of the Century" it was Morrigan casting the Blizzard (and sometimes Jowan).
Creation - She's not all that good at healing. She has the most basic healing spell, but that's about all. She has to rely on other mages, like Wynne, Anders, and later Daylen for higher-end healing. (Jowan is no healer either.)
Spirit - Very strong on Spirit things due to her abilities as a Silmaril. Silmarils are basically living spirits in crystal shells, and they were raised in a highly spiritual culture (Valinor). That translated over.
Entropy - Moderately good, but not quite at Morrigan's level. City Elf
Okay, so yes, she's a mage who grew up in the Circle, but prior to that she has lived around about 900 years with a line of city elves. The first Surana she met, Neria, was a slave somewhere in the Nevarra region. After Andraste's war, the rise of the Chantry and their crackdown on Elves, the Suranas ended up in an Alienage. Elennárë passed from mother to daughter, down through the family line (and her Bearer always kept the Surana name) until she ended up with Ethiliel in the early Dragon Age. Ethiliel had problems with miscarriages and Elennárë finally decided to use the idea she and her sisters once discussed (and disgarded) about taking possession of a newly conceived embryo as a remote-controlled body.
Elenaria was taken to the Circle at the age of 4, after lashing out with fire at a templar who hit her. There were problems when she first got there, as a couple more incidents like that had the Knight-Commander try to Tranquilize her - and fail - three times. The third time ended with him, the First Enchanter and a couple of other dead, and Irving and Griegor having to take over.
She and Irving came to an arrangement that included blocking her memories from before the Tower and him taking her stoneform and keeping it safe. He returned it to her after Arl Eamon was healed, and with her stoneform (and her true soul) back, she regained all her memories, including those of centuries of living in Alienages, and of her current family - Ethiliel, her husband Theran (neé Tabris, cousin to Cyrion), younger brother Nolo and sister Aralissë. (Through Theran she was also cousin to Kallian Tabris - City Elf Origin - Soris and Shianni.)CIRCLE TOWER
The whole fraternity thing was something she never had the time to really get into, what with having to leave so soon after her Harrowing. She might fall somewhere between Aequitarian and Libertarian, but doesn't really care much about it. She does help the Mage's Collective, and in later years after becoming Warden-Commander, she and Jowan have a tendency to quietly pick up apostates and protect them, recruiting them when they can. Soldier's Peak became something of a hiding spot for apostates due to them. ♥ Alistair
Elenaria got involved with Alistair and even getting her memories back didn't change it. What did change it though was the Dark Ritual. See, that went a bit differently for Elenaria - Elenaria had been growing more depressed and fatalistic ever since she saw the Archdemon in the Deep Roads, coming aroudn to believe she was going to be killed (or at least her body would) when she faced it, so after she, Alistair, Jowan and Kélan were told about the consequences of killing the Archdemon, she thought that her belief in her impending death was prophetic of that. As a result, she turned down Morrigan, but Alistair, knowing her mood was off, had stayed lurking around her door and eavesdropped, and was able to catch Morrigan before she left and agreed to the ritual himself.
Elenaria didn't find out he did this until she woke up after killing the Archdemon, and ended up pissed off at Alistair, as she'd come round to view her body's death as a quick way out so she and her two sisters could go home to Arda, so in her view at the time (she wasn't being very rational) she felt Alistair had prevented that return home. So the relationship broke up, but not over the Loghain issue. QUESTS
• Saved The Circle because she wanted to save as many of the people she grew up with. One of her best friends, Emilia Amell (Human Mage Origin) still got killed in the rebellion/demon outbreak. Losing Emilia would later influence her to recruit Daylen when she met him around the time Kirkwall blew up.
• Lifted the curse because dammit! While Elenaria can hold grudges, Zathrian was ridiculous to carry on with his generations after the people who did the crime were gone! The Dalish didn't need a leader who held onto crap like that, and the Wolves deserved to live free.
• When she first started to get involved in the succession crisis in Orzammar, she initially thought Harrowmont was the better person, because he was more honest and earnest, but then she met Kélan Brosca. More to the point, Kélan offered his aid because he had a vested interest in Bhelen becoming king - Kélan's sister, Rica and her newborn son. Elenaria listened to Kélan's word on Belhen (he's a slimy character, yes, but his intentions for the Casteless would be a vast improvement) and ended up supporting him. Rica and Endrin were safe and Kélan was free to go his own way, and that way ended up being the same way as Elenaria.
• Destroyed the anvil - One, the facts about the Anvil creeped her out. Two, she felt she owed it to golems like Shale and Caradin to prevent that being done to anyone else. Three, Kélan did think that if Belhen got ahold of it, it would be bad. And four, well Branka pissed Elenaria off, a lot. There was just a bit of vengence against the mad bitch, on behalf of everyone she let die or be taken by darkspawn.
• Put Alistair and Anora on the throne. Elenaria is actually a very strong believer in bloodlines having characteristics that make them great. She didn't know about the dragon blood thing at the time, but she did believe there was something special in Alistair that needed to be on the throne. However she did acknowledge that he was not trained for such a role, while Anora was, so the arranged marriage struck her as the best option. It also got Anora on side, and would end up being something she would use later on her sisters' behalf.
• As said above, Elenaria did not actually agree to the Dark Ritual Morrigan proposed, but Alistair, after doing a bit of eavesdropping out of worry for her, went through with it under his own choice. Elenaria did not know he had done that until after the Archdemon was dead. Best Friend:
Kélan Brosca aka Durin 2.5 (a reincarnation between Durin II (Askíl) and Durin III (Thoraine) who followed the Silmarils to Thedas after making an oath to try help them get out of Angband). As mentioned above, Kélan first offered his aid as a way of redirecting Elenaria's choice of king so as to protect his family - Rica had successfully borne Belhen a son and Kalah, their mother, was now living comfortably as well (Kélan got through the Proving without being revealed, but Belhen rejected him as well when Beraht tried to pull his "Uncle" trick - Beraht cut Kélan loose after that and he started working as a treasure hunter in the Deep Roads). Kélan however started to grow fond of Elenaria and when the succession was decided opted to leave Orzammar all together and become a Grey Warden.
While Elenaria refused Riordan's offer about recruiting Loghain, she went to him after the Landsmeet and did have him put Kélan and Jowan through the Joining - both survived.
After the Battle of Redcliffe, after hearing what would happen to a Warden when they kill the Archdemon and subsequently refusing Morrigan, Elenaria went to Kélan and sat talking with him for a while, eventually trying to create a spirit bond with him out of worry of what might happen to her true soul. It throws the both of them into a vision that show bits of their past - Elenaria's life as a Silmaril and Kélan's past lives as Durin and Askíl - and bits of their future too. Some time in their future they would be destined to meet again, in Arda, in one of Kélan's future lives. Both of them also saw hints of their destined soulmates - Kélan saw a Man with blond hair and green eyes, while Elenaria saw a dwarf who would be related to Kélan.
After the Blight Elenaria and Kélan become practically inseparable partners, with him accompanying her on various journeys including her quest to try find a cure for the Calling. Somewhere down the line he refuses to take that cure, going to the Deep Roads as per tradition. Sisters:
Lossanárë aka Andraste, and Elenlossë. After the end of the Blight Elenaria arranges a deal with Anora, so that Anora could have children, but Lossanárë and Elenlossë would be those children. The rumoured barrenness problems were not totally false, and the only way Anora would get through a pregnancy was if she had constant support, so with the two of them taking possession of newly conceived bodies, they would be able to maintain that support. So soon after the Dark Ritual, Alistair was still able to sire a child, so the result would end up being twin daughters. It would continue the royal line, preventing a succession crisis, and also leave two new bloodlines with White Fire (Silmaril fire) in them (there are other lines that have White Fire, stemming from Lossanárë's life as Andraste - one of them was the Hawke family). After getting over that fatalistic funk she'd been in, Elenaria started to see she and her sisters had more to do to try and give Thedas something to hold back the darkness after they left. Favourite animal:
Cats. This stems from Elenaria's childhood in Valinor, where she loved playing with the palace cats in Tirion. She does care for her mabari, who she named Huan before she even remembered where that name came from, but she tended to collect cats. When she got back from Weisshaupt to find Anders missing presumed dead, she soon after found out he'd left Ser Pounce-A-Lot with Delilah Howe and decided to take the cat herself. After that she ended up with at least two other cats who became close companions, at least one of which Ser Pounce sired. Favourite food:
Meat, stew, berries, cookies, fresh vegetables when she can get them. Disliked Foods:
Elenaria is mildly intolerant of cheese - it upsets her stomach so she can't eat much, even if she likes the taste.. She's fine with milk, just not cheese. What she really hates is deepstalker and lichen. Kélan picked up a habit of stocking their supplies heavily with jerky - even nug jerky was better than deepstalker. Favourite tea:
It's not so much a type of tea but how she makes it. Plenty of sugar and lemon juice, or whatever equivalent she can get her hands on.