Title: The Hearld of Andraste - Chapter 1 The Breach
Game: Dragon Age Inquisition
Summary: Mahen is a Dalish Elf lived in the Clan of Lavellan. He became the first Lavellan Bard of the Clan, but his people looked at him different because his father (Lawrence Grey Tabison) was city born, but he follow his Father's footsteps of the talent of Art. He want to share both Bard and Art talents with his clan but instead his shares it with his two sisters. Hika (Older sister) and Fillia (Young sister) were the only family he had left. Both of he parents died, Mahen's mother (Mikia Lavellan) died of giving birth to Fillia at the age of 5 and his Father died during the Hunting at the age 15. Now the Keeper told Mahen what's going to happen at the Conclave so he travel to the Conclave to start his journey and also find who his really is, him and his sisters birthright.
Rating: T/ PG-13
Characters (This Chapter): Mahen Lavellan (Mahen Tabison), Cassandra, Leliana, The Glowing Woman, The Glowing Woman #2
Genre: Action, drama, humor, romance.
Disclaimer: Dragon Age characters, settings, and any dialogue taken from the game ©BioWare. Mahen, Hika, Fillia, and Pips belongs to me.
Content Warning: Dalish Rouge Inquisitor and Origins Spoilers; Overall game spoilers; Adult language; Mild violence; mature content in later chapters of Cliffhangers.
Chapter. 1 The Breach (part. 1)
Mahen open his eyes as soon he got up to his knees, he seen some rocks and boulders right in front of him from afar. "What...just happened?" he said and got up and looks around and sees nothing. "Where am I?" he said and heard a crackling sound. He look at his left hand that glowed. "What's this?" he said. He looked at his left hand glowing while it making that crackling sound again as he move it around and it still glow. "Hope it wear off." he said till he saw a glowing woman up in the mountain. He follow the glowing woman till he heard a creepy screech sound, he look behind him and saw some giant spiders crawling after Mahen. "Oh Shit!!" he yelled and ran to the mountain.
He climb up the mountian and saw the glowing woman reaching her hand to Mahen. "Help me!!!" he yelled while reaching to the glowing woman, till another woman grab Mahen's hand to the glowing woman's hand.
The portal glows and throw Mahen out of the portal. Mahen tries to get up but lands on the ground out cold. The solders saw Mahen and goes to him pointing thiers swords at him and look around to see if there's more. "Maker's blood! Where he come from?" Solider #1 said. "Don't know, but Cassandra will find out." Solider #2 said. The Solders grab Mahen and drag him to Haven.
An hour later...
Mahen slowly woke up and look and saw shackles around his wrists, but look at his left hand that glows again. "What the hell is this?!" he thought to himself. Then the door was open with force. Mahen saw two women. One with black hair goes behind him and one with red hair is stand in the right side in front of him. "Tell me why we shouldn't kill you now. The Conclave was destroyed. Everyone who attended is dead...Except for you." the black hair woman said. "You think I'm responsible?" he spoke.
The woman grab Mahen's glowing left hand. "Explain this..." she said and throws it to Mahen. Mahen close his eyes and try to remember as he opened his eyes wide with a shock. "I...can't." he said. "What do you mean "You can't!?" the black hair woman yelled. "I don't know what that is...or how it got there..." he said till the woman grab Mahen's shirt. "You're lying!" she yelled till the red hair woman back her away from Mahen. "We need him, Cassandra!" the red hair woman spoke her name and face to Mahen.
"Look, whatever you think I did I'm innocent!" he yelled. The woman goes to Mahen and place her right hand to his shoulder. "Do you remember what happen? How this began?" she said. Mahen look at the red haired woman, but look down and remember something. "I...remember running...things were chasing me and then...a woman. No, there's two." he said. "Two women?" the red haired woman said.
"The woman was right next to me and I didn't even noticed, but she's a Dalish and I didn't see her face because she glows so bright, but all she said is..."Ira belas, Da'len." I don't know what she's sorry for...but she grab my arm and try to help me to reached to the other woman that was right in front of me. Then the other woman...she reached out to me....but then...." he said and sighs.
"First, tell us your name?" Cassandra said. Mahen look at Cassandra with a glare. "My name is Mahen Lavallen, or Mahen Tabison if it please you...." he said. Cassandra tilt her head to the right in confusion. "Lavallen? or Tabison? You don't know your last name?" she asked. "My mother is Dalish and my father is City-born, I'm half-Dalish, along with my sisters." Cassandra walked side to side. "I see, but what brings you here, Mahen?" Cassandra asked. Mahen takes breaths and began to speak.
"The Keeper send me, my sisters and my best friend to the Conclave of the Sacred Ashes to find out what's going on there, and after that my friend Pips have to send word to her and then me and my sisters have to find father's family in Redcliff, that's all I know." he said
Cassandra goes to the red hair woman. "Go to the forward camp, Leliana. I will take him to the rift." As Leliana left to the forward camp. Cassandra goes to Mahen and unbind his shackles, but bind him with a rope around his wrist. "What did happened?" he asked. Cassandra look at him by grabbing by his right sleeve to get him up from the ground. "It...will be easy to show you." she said and take him outside.
The guards open the doors for Cassandra and Mahen. Mahen looked above the sky and his eyes widen while he saw a great big hole in the sky. "Holy shit...what is that?" Mahen said. "We call it "The Breach." It's a massive rift into the world of demons that grows larger with each passing hour. It's not only such rift. Just the largest. All were caused by the explosion at the Conclave." Cassandra said. Mahen looked at her with confusion on his face. "Wait, an explosion can do that?" he looked back up to the sky. "This one did. Unless we act. The Breach may grow until is swallows the world." she said and look up to the sky.
The Breach started to strike like a thunderstorm. Mahen's left hand started to glow and rose above his hand, very lightly and he yells in pain that made him fall to the ground. Mahen close his hand and looked at it. "This...can't be happening!" he cried. Cassandra bend down to him. "Each time the Breach expands, your mark spreads...and it is killing you. It may be the key to stopping this, but there isn't much time." she said.
Mahen looked at Cassandra with a glare. "You still think I did this? To myself?!" he said. "Not intentionally. Something clearly went wrong." she said. "And if I'm not guilty?" he looked at her face to face. "Someone is, and you are our only suspect. You wish to prove your innocence? That mark on your hand is the only way." she pointed at his hand. "You said that this "Mark" on my hand it may be the key. To do what?" he looked at his glowing hand. "Closing the Breach. Whether that's possible we shall discover shortly. It is our only chance, however. And yours." she said. Mahen looked at the Breach and his hand and looked up to Cassandra. "If what you said is true, I'll help." he said. "Then...?" she said in speechless. "I'll do what I can, whatever it takes." he said.
Cassandra helps Mahen up and takes him to the foward camp. As they walk to the camp the people of Haven started to glare at Mahen and not only that, they started to talking bad stuff about him. Mahen looked at the people that glares and talking bad stuff behind his back.
"They have decided your guilt. They need it." Cassandra said. Mahen looked at Cassandra. "Why?" he asked. "The people of Haven mourn our Most Holy, Divine Justinia, head of the Chantry. The Conclave was hers." As they walked, Mahen saw the guards are standing between the door of the bridge. "It was a chance for peace between mages and templars. She brought their leaders together. Now, they are dead." The guard opens the door and lets Cassandra and Mahen went in. "We lash out, like the sky. But we must think beyond ourselves. As she did. Until the Breach is sealed." Cassandra bring her knife out and cut the rope from Mahen's wrists. "There will be a trial. I can promise no more." As Cassandra cut the rope around Mahen's wrists, she place her knife away. "Come. It is not far." she said. Mahen looked at the Breach.
"Where are you taking me?" he asked. "Your mark must be key, but we're wasting time." Cassandra turn to the guards. "Open the gates, we are heading to the valley!" she yelled Mahen and Cassandra goes through the gates and goes up to the hill and saw some solders ran pass Cassandra and Mahen. "Maker, is the end of the world!" the Solider panicked. Mahen ran up top and saw the Breach. As Mahen looked at the sky, the Breach roared in the thunderstorm and made Mahen's yells in pain, falls to the ground while the mark on his left hand started to glow. Mahen panted and looked at his marked hand. "This can't be a dream!" he cried. Cassandra helped him up. "The pulses are coming faster now." she said. "The larger the Breach grows, the more rifts appear, the more demons we face." Mahen and Cassandra ran to the next brigde to the left.
"How did I survive the blast?" he asked. As Cassandra stopped and turn to Mahen. "They said you...stepped out of a rift, then fell unconscious. They say a woman was in the rift behind you. No one knows who she was." she said. "But when you said there's two women, one that was behind you and the other is helping you to get you out of the rift, but do you know who she is?" she asked.
Mahen start to have a flashback of where Mahen saw the second woman is helping him. Back at the present he look at Cassandra. "I really don't know who that other woman is, but I know she's Dalish and she helped me to grab the other woman's hand and....all I know that she said "Ira belas, Da'len." but I don't remember who she is." he said.
Cassandra pat Mahen's left shoulder and they kept moving. "Anyway, Everything farther in the valley was laid waste, including the Temple of Sacred Ashes. But you'll see soon enough." She said.
Mahen saw a green meteor is about to hit towards Cassandra. "LOOK OUT!!" he ran and push Cassandra off the bridge, she landed on her shield that was on her back. Mahen saw the meteor hit the bridge and landed on the frozen thick river. As he look up to the Breach he saw some demon coming out from the ground. "This is not good." he said. Cassandra draws her sword. "Stay behind me!!!" she yelled and charged at the demon. Mahen saw the demon on his right side, he back away and looked behind him and saw a bow an arrow.
The demon dashed to Mahen attack, but Mahen quickly did a front flip and grab the bow and arrow and pointed at the demon and shoots his arrow to the demon in its eyes. The demon roars in pain placing its hands to its face while its roaring in pain. Mahen grab his knife from his boot and dash to the demon and stab it in the chest. The demon disappeared like a ashes. Mahen falls to the ground of and panted. "It's over..." he sighed. Cassandra pointed her sword at Mahen and he yelp and raise his hands up. "Drop your weapon, Now!" she said with a warning. Mahen look at her and the Breach. "All right, have it your way, but bother me saving you again." he said and about to drop the bow.
"Wait..." Cassandra said. She put her sword away and face at Mahen. "I cannot protect you, and I didn't think you would be defenceless. But I should remember you agreed to come willingly....and remind me to thank you after this." she said. Mahen nodded.
Mahen and Cassandra ran to get to the forward camp, till demons saw them heading to the forward camp, they dash to attack, but Mahen and Cassandra attack the demons while they're running to the forward camp.
As soon they ran to get to the forward camp, they saw a bald elf and a dwarf fighting the demons while the rift is spiting out demons. "They need our help!" Mahen yelled and charge forward to attack the demons. Cassandra scoffs and help too. The Rage demon saw Mahen and Cassandra are charging to attack, it raises its arms up and cast fire at them. "Get behind me!!" Cassandra yelled and arm her shield up against the fire. The fire that the Rage demon cast didn't burn Cassandra and Mahen, but Mahen jumped on top of Cassandra's shield and shot an arrow to its eye.
The Rage demon roars in pain pulls it out and didn't see Mahen behind him. Mahen pull the chain that was behind him, he high jumped on the Rage demon's shoulder and wrap the chains around the Rage demon's neck and stared to choke it.
The Rage demon tried to get Mahen off, but Mahen kept choking it, till a Sloth demon grab Mahen by the legs and pull him down to the ground. Mahen grab his knife from the inside of his boot, till the Sloth demon grab his hand and pin it down to the ground and hiss at his face. The dwarf saw the Sloth demon is about to attack Mahen, he pointed his crossbow at the Sloth demon and shoots its in the head.
Mahen saw the arrow on the demon's head, he look at the dwarf. A strange grab by Mahen's "Marked" hand by force by the bald elf. "Hurry! Before more come through!!" he yelled and raise Mahen's "Marked" to the rift, till Mahen's hand glows lighter against the rift, as the rift started to have a reation, it started to close in Mahen's "Marked" hand.
Mahen eyes widen in a shock and look at the bald elf. "W-what did you do?" he said. "I did nothing. The credit is yours." the bald elf said. Mahen looked at his "Marked" hand. "You mean...this thing in my hand?" Mahen looked at the "Mark" on his hand that glows again. "Whatever magic opened the Breach in the sky, Also placed that "mark" upon your hand. I theorized the "mark" might be able to close the rifts that have opened in the Breach's wake, and is seems I was correct." The bald elf said.
"Meaning it could also close the Breach itself." Cassandra said. "Possibly, but it seems you hold the key to our salvation." the bald elf said while looking at Mahen. Mahen nodded. "Good to know! And here I thought we'd be ass-deep in demons forever." the dwarf said and goes to Mahen. "Varric Tethras: Rouge, Storyteller, and occasionally unwelcome tagalong." Varric said and wink at Cassandra and as she give him the "look".
Mahen tlit his head to the right. "Are you with the chantry, or....?" Mahen asked speechlessly. The bald elf chuckles. "Was that a serious question?" he asked Mahen. "I did asked." Mahen said. "Technically I'm a prisoner, just like you." Varric said. "I brought you here to tell your story to the Divine. Clearly that is no longer necessary." Cassandra said. "Yet, here I am. Lucky for you, considering current events." Varric said. Mahen saw a crossbow he never seen. "That's...a nice crossbow you have there." Mahen said. "Ah, isn't she? Bianca and I have been through a lot together." Varric said while looking at his crossbow.
'"You named your crossbow Bianca?" Mahen said with a smiled. Varric look at Mahen and smiled as well. "Of course. And she'll be great company in the valley." he said till Cassandra stood up. "Absolutely not. Your help is appreciated, Varric, but.." Cassandra said till Varric spoke quickly. "Have you been in the valley lately, Seeker?" Your soldiers aren't in control anymore. You need me." Varric said.
"Varric, my men--" Mahen interrupted Cassandra. "Uh, Miss...he has a point." he said. Cassandra groans and turn away. "My name is Solas, if there are to be introductions. I am pleased to see you still live." Solas said. "He means, "I kept that mark from killing you while you slept." Varric said. Mahen turn to Solas.
"You seem to know a great deal about it all." Mahen said. "Solas is an apostate, well-versed in such matters." Cassandra said. "Technically all mages are now apostates, Cassandra. My travels have allowed me to learn much of the Fade, far beyond the experience of any Circle mage. I came to offer whatever help I can give with the Breach. If it not closed, we are all doomed, regardless of origin." Solas said. "And what will you do once this is over?" Mahen asked.
"One hopes those in powers will remember who helped and who did not. Cassandra, you should know: the magic involved here is unlike any I have seen. Your prisoner is partly a mage. Indeed. I find it difficult to imagine any mage having such power." Solas said. "Understood. We must get to the forward camp quickly." Cassandra said till Mahen stood up. "Wait, you must be mistaking, I'm not a mage." Mahen said. "If your not how come I can feel your mana power?" Solas said and left with Cassandra. Mahen look down and place his right hand to his head.
"How can I be a mage? I'm just a normal Dalish elf. No, it's just nonsense, I hope..." Mahen thought to himself. "Well, Bianca's excited." Varric said and left with Solas and Cassandra. Mahen grin and goes with Cassandra and the others.
To Be Continued....