As an unharrowed mage, demons are Elowyn's worst nightmare - literally. Now thanks to the rifts they can attack her in the physical, waking world too. Oh joy.(This particular scene comes from a RP with Tersath, back when Ellie was still wearing her Circle robes like a dork.)
Hearing the news of the Herald and his Inquisition, Ellie was overjoyed to hear that someone was doing something about the rifts. She's not sure how to feel about this Herald of Andraste business, but then again, she's not entirely sure how she feels about the Chantry in the first place. She does have a concrete opinion on the Herald being a Dalish elf - like most other elves, Dalish or not, the thought of an elf in a position of power is a cause for hope.