Oh my goodness! This is beautiful! <3 I do so love these stories. Seriously; what comes out of your head and onto paper is awesome. Vals story is really nice and I am going to be reading more! (Well, more after my classes. :P)
You know, I was reading through the comments. One of the things I love about Dragon Age: Origins (Not DA:2. shivers) is that when you pick up an item it adds its story to your journal. Then you can look at it and read it. I remember picking up a named ax and it had a good backstory behind it. It did fire damage but had negative cold resistance, making the wielder always feel cold. Goodness me, it was awesome!
Perhaps something like that could be done here. In the game, I notice that if you click on something or go near something with a character, dialogue will be launched. Some of my favorites are from Caira. I particularly love the one in Wraith Trap where she comments on how foul humans are to this Wraith. Or with the tire conversation with Abe. Haha So perhaps a few tidbits here and there could be added to a 'journal.' I would understand how that would be difficult to put in a game like that where you don't normally use a journal. So eh.
The thing above about the ax is DA:O, Awakening, reminds me of the weapons the hunters use. I know its explained in game (mostly) but since I have the memory of a flea... where can I find these again? I'm thoroughly shocked that healer would use grenades to heal her people. Haha