I had another alternate plot idea come to me about DAO. Let me explain how it developed.
So it started with the thought of Cauthrien's imperious and insulting order to the Warden to shut up when Loghain greets the party when they arrive in Denerim for the Landsmeet. I idly thought of how a Warden with godmoding powers and no tolerance for that order would toss her against the wall. That in turn made me start thinking of where the Warden gets such super-powers, and my first thought was Andraste is a really powerful spirit who allies with the Warden. Why does she ally with the Warden? Because the Warden is a descendant of hers, and (taking inspiration from a fic where a Mage Warden is at odds with her companions) is also depressed and upset.
Then the thought of the Warden's identity came up and it was about that time this idea turned into an alternate timeline of the Firestar plot. Why? Because in Firestar of Thedas the Hawkes are descendants of Andraste.
So, Bethany Hawke, some years prior to the Fifth Blight, was captured by templars and taken to the Ferelden Tower of Magi. In 9:30 DA, at the age of 19 and newly Harrowed, she gets conscripted by Duncan.
Events happen mostly the same as canon - Ostagar, Flemeth, Lothering, Redcliffe - though Bethany lets Jowan escape, because he was in her circle of friends. Because he's not there to offer the blood magic option, she has to resort to going to the Tower in hopes of help to exorcise Connor. While there she picks up a small painted box on Irving's desk, having found a note about such on a dead body on the road. She saves Irving, Connor is saved, and Beth and her team head off to find the Sacred Ashes.
Now on a personal side, all this is not easy for Bethany. She's not taking the darkspawn dreams and constant battles well, she's not getting on well with most of her team, with Alistair putting her off because of his templar background and not being very sympathetic to her dislike of being a Warden (she may not have been all that happy about her conscription), she finds Morrigan unbearably bitchy and heartless, finds Sten intimidating, and after the Tower is finding Wynne unbearable. Add to that the recent stress of the Redcliffe mess and more attitude from Alistair for freeing Jowan, and that she found out from Leliana (the only one in the team so far she does get on with) that her family were living in Lothering and worried about whether they managed to get out in time, she's not doing very well.
As an added bonus, when they are heading for Haven, Sten challenges her leadership and she (in her opinion) barely keeps him from defeating her, then the stress of having to massacre most of the people in Haven and then go through the Gauntlet, with it's very personally confronting parts like the Guardian's comments and meeting a spectre of someone important to her (I think in this case, she might see one of her family, maybe even Malcom), by the time she reaches the Ashes the effect of finally getting to the goal ends up with her in tears.
One of the tears falls in the Urn and that makes Lossanárë take closer notice of her. Lossanárë looks into her and sees the small spark of White Fire (Silmaril fire) and decides she is going to help this descendant of hers. She appears in spirit-form and bids Bethany to dig into the Ashes and retrieve her silmaril, promising she will help Beth from now on. Of course the Guardian pulls Beth aside and gives her Andraste's sword, though Beth is not sure sword-wielding is her thing.
Not long after, at some point when Beth is going through her pack, Lossanárë senses something very familiar to her and asks Beth to show her everything she has, stopping her when she gets to the small painted box, which Beth forgot about when she went to Denerim (the quest chain for the Sacred Ashes requires a visit to Denerim before going to Haven). Beth studies it and works out how to open it (the box might be a puzzle box) and finds a second silmaril inside. It is unresponsive, indicating that Elennárë is bonded to a flesh-and-blood body, which also indicates that said body is alive. The mention of Elennárë's name makes Bethany mention Elenaria and Lossanárë initially corrects her but Beth explains that she had a friend in the Circle by the name of Elenaria Surana. From that they decide they will head for the Tower once Eamon is cured and see if Elenaria is there, because Lossanárë really wants her sister, and perhaps they can get her on their team as part of the mage allies the Wardens are promised.
So Beth returns to Redcliffe and Eamon is cured, but finds, along with Irving, both Elenaria and Beth's cousin Emilia are there, as part of the party keeping an eye on Eamon until Beth gets back.
Beth gives Elenaria her silmaril, restoring her full memories, and, on Lossanárë's prompting, immediately conscripts her and Emilia as Warden recruits.
Now from that point on I haven't really considered how it would change things with Beth, Emilia and Elenaria all on the team. I do think that once again Andraste's sword ends up in Elenaria's hands - Elennárë has a bit of a romantic attachment to swords, swords were the weapons Fëanor secretly forged when he got paranoid about Fingolfin displacing him, Elennárë ad fond fantasies of her brothers storming Angband, swords in hand, to rescue her and her sisters. Plus Eru Náro's White Fire channeling abilities probably work to their best effect in the hands of a full-powered Silmaril.
I also think Elenaria would still be concerned about Jowan, so when they meet again (Jowan's Intention quest) they may arrange to meet somewhere once he's got those refugees to safety, or better yet, they help him get them there and he joins them after. The team has three of his closest friends from the Circle in it, after all.
I would like to think Kélan joins them in Orzammar, and is drawn to Elenaria, even if she's not the team leader this time around.
I don't know what I think Beth would do about the Dark Ritual. She may dislike it enough to refuse it, but with her not in a relationship with Alistair, he wouldn't have reason to eavesdrop the way he does on Elenaria. I debate the question of killing one of them, probably Emilia, but thought occurs to me that maybe Alistair gets interested in her, so it's Emilia Morrigan approaches approaches. Maybe the Ritual goes more to canon - Emilia agrees and talks Alistair into doing it and neither Bethany or Elenaria know about it until after the Archdemon is dead.
Just thinking on roles the three of them take, Elenaria as a Warden is always an Arcane Warrior and in this plot she still has almost the same amount of time to learn it since she learns it from Lossanárë, so would be coming up to the stage where she is strong enough to take Sophia Dryden's armour when they go to Soldier's Peak after Orzammar.
Bethany - well the Force tree of DA2 doesn't exist in Origins, but bits of it are in the Telekinesis tree of Spirit magic, so I would say she has Spirit, maybe the Heroic Offense part of Creation, Weakness tree of Entropy, and at least one element in Primal. Given that she apparently is equipped with Fireball at the start of DA2, she probably has Fire, , but maybe could pick up Earth as well, since Elenaria has Fire and Lightening.
Emilia I want to think has Creation, Spirit Healing, Cold tree of Primal, and perhaps larger parts of Entropy that either Beth or Eleni have.
Jowan, once again becomes an Arcane Warrior, though he might be a bit more behind as he starts later, because he was not with the team right from Eamon's healing. He may however have more issues setting aside the blood magic at this point, but Eleni may again resort to a spirit bond to help him do so.
(All of them have a grounding in the basic Arcane school - Arcane Bolt, Arcane Shield, Staff Focus and Arcane Mastery.)
That still means a very magic-heavy team, and I have not really given thought to the unbelievability of all of them surviving the Joining either, though I did read one fic where several of the Warden's team were going through the Joining at once and they all survived. It was at least seven characters, as it was an all-origins fic. Maybe I would handwave it with Beth's team as one once-in-a-lifetime fluke, or secretly something either Elenaria or Lossanárë does, keeping Emilia from dying (in the primary Firestar timeline both Kélan and Jowan survive, which makes the questionable one of them Emilia).
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