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Two days after defeating the Archdemon, Allaré Cousland awoke to find Alistair waiting desperately over her. “I thought I’d lost you! You know I can’t handle this alone.” She smiled weakly and reminded him that Arl Eamon was still there to aid him. “But he’s not nearly as pretty,” Alistair whined, “And he hogs the blankets.”
Two days after that, Alistair was crowned King of Ferelden and named Allaré, his betrothed, Commander of the Kings Army as well as Commander of the Grey Wardens. The Grey Wardens that Loghain had turned away were found before they returned to Orlais. A quarter of the group remained to aid Allaré with rebuilding the Wardens and dealing with the remaining Darkspawn hordes that continued to harass the surface.
Allaré and Alistair’s companions expressed desires to travel, but Allaré convinced them to stay at least long enough to see them wed. Until the wedding, the companions occupied their time with an investigation into the Deep Roads, led by Leliana at Alistair’s request.
Alistair left much of the rebuilding of Ferelden to Arl Eamon, preferring battle to politics, yet, over the next few months, Allaré would often find their bed strewn with books, Alistair lost among them, intent on learning how to be a good King. In time, it was Alistair who would preside over trade negotiations with King Bhelen of the dwarves and granted the elves land and rights. It was a sore point for many, but Alistair stood firm in his decision and dealt justly and decisively with all issues that arose from these and many other agreements.
Six months later, Alistair and Allaré were married in a joyous, but modest celebration. She was walked down the aisle by her brother, Fergus, who had rebuilt the Cousland estate with reparations from the Howes.
No longer bound by Allaré’s wishes, Sten departed for his homeland and Wynne left with Shale. Zevran reneged on his original plans to return to Antiva, having fallen utterly in love with the fiesty Shianna. Oghren married Felsi and they joined the Legion of the Dead.
Leliana remained at court, earning the title of the Royal Bard. She composed many popular songs and poems about their adventures, and, despite her fame, served as a very capable and inconspicuous spy. She was very much loved by both the King and the Queen and often shared their bed. Beautiful strawberry blond twins, Duncan and Eleanor, were born three years into Alistair and Allaré’s reign and their three parents raised them with love, temperance and wisdom.
Despite Avernus’ later discoveries, Alistair and Allaré agreed that they would not risk having a child together. One child born of dark rituals was enough, though they never pursued Morrigan.
Despite proving himself to be a good and wise King and friend to the people, Alistair’s self doubt always ate at him. A decade after the end of the Blight, he received correspondence from Antiva. His consequent brooding was of great concern to Allaré, but he refused to speak of it. Allaré asked Zevran and Leliana’s help to track down who might have sent the correspondence and what it might be about. Angered by her prying, Alistair confronted Allaré, finally revealing his intention to find his father. Allaré accused him of abandoning his responsibilities to go on a fool’s errand that would get him just as lost as his father. She angrily stormed out of the room, only to return shortly with tears, a kiss and a request that he promise to return when he finally found what he needed…