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The righteous stand before the darkness, and the maker shall guide their hand.
— Leliana

A former Orlesian spy turned Chantry follower, Leliana was one of the most influential figures in Thedas. Born in Ferelden and raised in Orlais, Leliana was trained as a bard by the master spy Marjolaine. While on mission, Leliana was betrayed by her mentor and nearly killed by the Orlesian guards, before her escape thanks to the aid of Chantry mother and future Divine Dorothea. Leliana fled to Ferelden where she became a lay sister in the village of Lothering. During the Fifth Blight, Leliana joined The Warden on his quest to unite the various armies of Ferelden to stop the Darkspawn invasion.

After the Blight, Leliana was recruited by Dorothea, now Divine Justinia V, to serve as her spymaster. As the Left Hand of the Divine, she investigated the rumors of mage rebellion in Kirkwall and Qunari spies in Orlais. In the wake of the Breach opening, Leliana helps to form the Inquisition, acting as its spymaster. Leliana eventually hunts down a letter from the deceased Divine, instructing her to give up her ways as a cruel assassin.

Battle vs. Ezio Auditore da Firenze (by MovieStuff65)[]

Ezio suppressed a grunt of exertion as he reached his hand up to grasp a loose stone, pulling himself up with the natural handhold. The naked eye never could've noticed it, but his Eagle Vision had yet to fail him.

"I'm getting far too old for this," Ezio grumbled as he extended his Hookblade. He smiles at a satisfying click as the hook latches onto the window ledge, and pulls himself upwards. The Assassin drags himself through the window, arriving into a refined and elaborate bedroom. As he rubs the loose pebbles and dirt from his hands, Ezio spares a glance out of the window to the ground below.

Several hundred stories down, the guests of his target congregated in the courtyard, mingling and sharing pleasantries. With a smirk, Ezio activates his Eagle Vision. The world turns into a dark blue hue, save for a single bright yellow drawer. Walking over to the furniture, Ezio pulled open the drawer to see a folded envelope, with the melted seal of the Templars upon it.

"In case there was any doubt..." he mutters to himself, stopping as he hears the quiet snap of a lock breaking. Placing the letter in one of his pouches, Ezio starts to head for the door. As he passes the bed, an arrow flies past his face and slams into the wooden bedpost beside him.

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Assassin." Leliana says, emerging from the shadows with her recurve bow drawn and aiming another arrow at Ezio's chest. "If you are here for what I think you are, I would recommend you simply walk away." She approaches him, forcing him back to the drawer.

"I am afraid I cannot do that, signora," he says, looking around for an escape route. He pivots towards the door, only for Leliana to match him and block the path. The older man glances at the window, causing the bard to smile.

"Doors are an option, you know."

"On a beautiful night like this? I would not waste it."

"If I had met you at another time, you would've made an excellent bard."

"Such is life..." Ezio says. The two briefly stare at each other, waiting for the other to make the first move. "I don't suppose you would be the one to walk away?"

Leliana shakes her head. "Likely not."

Ezio sighs. "Very well."

She looses the arrow, and Ezio quickly rolls to the side to avoid it. As she nocks another, Ezio unholsters the crossbow from his back and pulls the trigger. The bolt whizzes past Leliana, who narrowly avoids it as she leans out of its way. Ezio leaps forward, closing the distance as Leliana starts to draw, Hidden Blade out.

Leliana rolls under his attack, tossing her bow to the other side of the room. Leliana spins and draws her knives as Ezio stands. She thrusts forward, with Ezio to parrying it with his Hidden Blade and causing her to overextend. Ezio unleashes the Hookblade and tries an overhead thrust, only for Leliana to block it with her off hand.

Their blades locking them in place, Leliana quickly starts to sing, magic tinged in her voice. Strangely unable to focus, Ezio headbutts her, putting distance between the two of them. She slips and falls on the bed, rolling to its other side as Ezio raises his arm. She takes cover as Ezio fires the pistol hidden in his gauntlet. The blast echoes in her hearing, forcing her to cover her ears.

Seeing his opportunity, Ezio leaps out the window he arrived in. Quickly climbing down the tower, he looks up as Leliana leans out the window.

"Dammit..." she mutters to herself, trying to vain to spot her opponent in the night. She slings her bow on her back, shaking her head in disappointment as she leaves to find her own target.

Ezio sighs in relief with the scuffle over, before scurrying down the tower and back into the courtyard.


An hour later, Ezio walks up the steps among the rest of the guests. He presents his falsified invitation to the guard, who glances at it and nods. He opens the door, and Ezio walks inside.

Among all the other nobles and attendants, one in particular stood out. Briefly glimpsing with his Eagle Vision, Ezio nodded to himself as the duke glowed a bright golden yellow and red. Forming a plan, he begins to approach the duke, slyly passing between partygoers for cover. To his surprise, the duke turns from his guest and yells towards Ezio.

"Ah, signore Auditore!" he says, opening his arms in greeting. Ezio raises his eyebrow as he is offered a hand, which he grips in a formal handshake.

"My good friend has told me so much about you. I am always glad to meet any guest of Sister Nightingale." the duke says, pointing to his red-haired companion.

Smiling innocently, Leliana bows her head as Ezio approaches. She offers her hand, which Ezio takes and lightly kisses on the knuckle. "It is always good to see her," Ezio says carefully. "It is so rare to make lasting friendships in our work."

Leliana laughs and continues their conversation, greeting Ezio as if he were an old friend. "As I was telling Duke Arnolds, my dear Warden is currently immersed with the work of reconstructing Amaranthine. Being Warden-Commander is quite the task, and adding the management of an entire city doesn't make it easier."

"I would imagine so," Arnolds says. "Although, I hear you will be matching him in status soon. It is rare that I have a guest as esteemed as the future Left Hand of the Divine in my salon."

"You are too kind, my lord." Leliana says. Catching Ezio's confused glare, Leliana smiles and offers him her arm. "Please excuse us, my lord. I have not seen signore Auditore in some time, and I wish to catch up with him."

With the Duke's permission, the two assassins walk over a secluded corner. As a waiter passes them by, she grabs two glasses from his tray. Leliana hands Ezio one as she takes a sip from her's.

"I can trust that these are not poisoned." Ezio says, a wry smile on his face.

"I would not disgrace the Mentor of the Assassin Brotherhood in such a way," she replies. He raises an eyebrow, and she nods to the hood that obscured his head. "Your precious order is not nearly as secretive as you like to believe."

He chuckles, taking a glance around the room. He slips into a scowl as he watches the Duke leave the room. Before he can go to follow, he feels a firm grip on his arm.

"You still have time to walk away, Ezio." Leliana says, placing her glass to the side.

"I am afraid I cannot..." he starts to reply, before a faint scent of smoke fills his nose. As Leliana shoves past him, he notices her tucking a small vial into her glove. This is quickly overcome by the burning sensation crawling over his body, his cloak lit as if by magic.

"Guards, guards! Signore Auditore is on fire, hurry!" she yells, causing the whole room to panic and go into disarray. As the guests scramble towards an exit and guards surround him to put the flames out, Ezio lets out an admirable grunt as Leliana winks, following the duke unnoticed to all but to him.


Satisfied that the commotion would keep the rest of the party distracted, and after retrieving her stowed bow and daggers, Leliana quietly climbs the stone stairs as she follows the sound of the duke's voice. As she reaches the top step, the voices stop, with Leliana freezing and straining to listen. A few moments of silence linger, before the conversation continues, further away. She continues her stalking, pouting as the top of the stairs led to a forking hallway.

Before she could determine which path to follow, the clank of metal on stone banged in the staircase behind her. Cursing to herself, she slinks into the shadows, practically invisible as Ezio and several armored guards emerged. "You three, down that hallway! We must protect the Duke!" His companions nod, sprinting down the left hallway. He and the last guard take the middle fork, sprinting, with Leliana steathily following behind.

A few moments later, safely out of the earshot of the others, Ezio makes a show of bending over and grabbing his genuinely sore knee. "Hold a moment, signore," he says, the guard walking over to assist the older man and receiving a Hidden Blade to the gut for his troubles. Gently laying the dying man down, hand over his mouth to maintain silence, Ezio's Eagle Vision tinges the world blue once again, tracks of his target emerging in gold prints on the ground.

He, and his tail, follow the prints, finding themselves at a locked door. He takes a few minutes with the lock, before tossing aside his lockpick set and merely slicing the Hidden Blade through the hole, destroying the lock but opening the door. The Assassin finds himself taking another set of stairs downwards, lit by iron torches, and arriving in a miniature pier of sorts, several guards moving crates while the duke nervously patrolled its dock. Momentarily unseen, Ezio slinks into the shadows, ascending stacks of crates to get into a higher ground position.

Leliana, just as quietly, moves from the opposite side, sticking to the shadows as she tries to find a good spot to begin her attack from. She eventually settles behind a pair of boxes, eyes set on the duke. As she draws her bow, arrow already nocked and laced with a paralytic poison, she fails to spot the crouched Ezio in the crow's nest of their shared target's boat. Surveying the pier with his Eagle Vision, Ezio spots the hiding bard. Smirking, he draws his crossbow and fires a bolt at the crate beside her, shattering the weak object just as she looses her arrow. Aim thrown off, Leliana's arrow instead pierces a guard near the duke.

"The Assassin is here! Defend me, you fools!" Duke Arnolds yells, his half dozen guards swarming on Leliana's position. She keeps her calm, placing arrows in four of the six guards before she draws her daggers. She parries a rapier, sidesteps a greatsword, and knocks both guards off their feet with a sweeping kick. She stabs both guards in the chest before they fall, looking to her target. She frowns in disappointment and frustration as Ezio leaps from the mast directly above the Duke. The Assassin tackles down the surprised noble, plunging his Hidden Blade into Arnolds' throat, executing the same air assassination he's performed hundreds of times in his life.

"Requiescat in pace," Ezio whispers, closing the Duke's eyes and turning to his rival spy. For her part, Leliana merely shrugs before sheathing her weapons. The two share a glance of respect, before both dive into the water just as the Duke's other guards arrive, escaping into the night.

Expert's Opinion[]

While Leliana had developed training and talents for easily placing herself in a position of trust, she relied too much on her spycraft and deception to win this game. Ezio may be older and not as trained in open combat like Leliana, but he had the proper mindset to create his moment thanks to an aggressive, more predatory style. Leliana's reliance on socializing and careful planning put her several steps behind Ezio, who took the simpler, faster path to victory, and was already making his escape plan by the time Leliana was ready to strike.

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Battle vs. Éowyn (by Greenberet69)[]

Eowyn: GreenGreenGreenGreen

Leliana: RedRedRedRed


In the plains of Rohan Eowyn is on a scouting mission with 3 Rohirrim meanwhile Leliana and 3 Orlesian Bards are hired to kill the Shieldmaiden of Rohan to weaken Rohan's leadership. Leliana and the Bards spot Eowyn and the Rohirrim and so Leliana takes out Marjolaine's Recurve Longbow and fires striking a Rohirrim in the neckGreenEowyn and the other Rohirrim are alerted and so a Rohirrim takes out a Rohan Bow and Arrow and fires striking and killing a BardRedEowyn yells to the Rohirrim to charge and so they all take out their Rohan Swords and Shields and Charge with the two Orlesian Bard's taking out their close range weapons and charging except for Leliana who continues to fire but her arrows keep on getting deflected by the Rohan Shield. So she decides to abandon her Longbow and takes out her Starfang Longsword and Rose's Thorn Dagger and charges herself. Eowyn charges at a bard and blocks his strike and knocks him back with her shield and then stabs himRedand meanwhile Leliana engages a Rohirrim and she is able to block with her Starfang and then pierces his throat with her DaggerGreen. The last Rohirrim and Bard are engaging each other with both blocking each others strikes but the Rohan is able to block a strike with his shield and then twirls around and decapitates the Bard before Leliana comes up from behind and decapitates him with her StarfangRedGreen. Leliana turns around to see Eowyn battle ready and so Leliana turns around to engage her to. Both soon engage with both blocking each others attacks but Eowyn soon bashes Leliana who falls back and Eowyn tries to stab her but Leliana quickly rolls out of the way and stabs Eowyn's leg who quickly yells in pain and slashes at Leliana who gets her dagger arm slashed dropping the Rose's Thorn Dagger. Leliana is able to get up and while Eowyn is down she stabs Eowyn right through the back with her StarfangGreen. Leliana raises her longsword and yells "FOR ORLAIS" in victory.

Winner: Leliana

Expert's Opinion[]

While Eowyn was deadly in close range combat Leliana just had the more combat experience then Eowyn and her skills at long range. Eowyn may of had the slightly better training and the more Warrior's Heart but she just stood no chance against someone who had more combat experience. To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.

Reason[]

Battle was declared invalid due to the nerfing of Leliana's Bard talents.

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