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Dragon Age: Origins walkthrough

The Arl of Redcliffe


NEW AREA: Redcliffe
Accepting the main quest to defend Redcliffe will tick off Morrigan, but of course, it’s necessary, and the best way to progress through Alistair’s backstory.

Talk to Murdoch, and then go to the Blacksmithy’s door. Feel free to break it down. If you agree to help rescue his daughter, Morrigan will disapprove, but Leliana will approve.

Perth is up on the hill, and Mother Hannah waits in the chantry. No matter what, Mother Hanna’s not going to give holy protection to Perth and his soldiers, so this task isn’t really worth your time. Might as well wait for sundown.

MINIBOSS: The Battle of Redcliffe
The key here is to manage your resources. Don’t be afraid to dip into your reservoirs of mana and life potions often if you find yourself in a bind.
Talk to Bann Teagan after the battle before he goes to the castle, he’ll give you his Signet Ring. Use it on the secret passage, found in the windmill.

KEY ITEM: Andraste’s Grace
Found in the near the Windmill in Redcliffe village, they remind Leliana of her mother. Give them to her for a huge boost in approval. If you miss them, don’t worry. You’ll have more chances later.

If you’ve chosen to play a Mage, you’ll see someone from your Origin Story in the underground passage. Remember him? You can set him free, leave him, or kill him. Killing him makes all your teammates hate you, leaving him does nothing, and letting him go opens up a different set of options.

You’ll score points with Morrigan for letting him go free, but be sure to persuade Alistair that it’s OK first, or you will lose points with both him and Leliana.

NEW AREA: Redcliffe Castle Interior
Valena, the Blacksmith’s daughter, is hiding in a room on the main floor in the top right portion of the map. You’ll score big points from Alistair and Leliana for saving her. Return to Owen (the Blacksmithy) for some Dwarven Armor as a reward. Go to the main hall to face Connor.

MINIBOSS: Connor
You can agree to kill Connor or travel to the Circle Tower instead. You’ll only be able to employ the help of the Magi if you’ve already saved them from the Blood Mages. Otherwise, you’ll be forced to fight.

KEY ITEM: Alistair’s mother’s pendant
After you finish fighting Connor’s minions, go into the next room. On the desk is a book and Alistair’s mother’s pendant. Grab it. It’s your ticket to winning his approval.

Somewhere around this point, Alistair may tell you about his half-sister Goldanna in Denerim. Agree to seek her out, and you’ll get additional approval points for accepting the task.

A Vault Key can be found in the castle halls. Inside the vault, you’ll find a weapons and armor cache containing The Fox’s Bow, a Crossbow, Ice Bolt, Chevalier’s Mace, Longbow, Heavy Chainmail Gloves, Heavy Chainmail, 2 Battleaxes, a Soldier’s Helm, Eamon’s Shield, Wooden Kite Shield, Executioner’s Helm and a Silver-framed Still Life. Give the Still Life to Sten.

BOSS: Desire Demon
Get too close to the Arl and Connor’s going to have a problem. Ah well, time for some self-defense, then. The Desire Demon will summon Enraged Corpses, Lesser Rage Demons, Devouring Corpses, and many others while she runs and hides. While she’s out in the open, she’ll use a shockwave against you. Focus everything you’ve got on her when she’s open, and use any freezing or stun spells that you have.

You can choose to spare Connor or kill him yourself, but if you choose to spare him, Lady Isolde will kill him instead. Morrigan and Leliana can be convinced this is for the best and even approve of your decision to let Lady Isolde do the killing, but if Connor dies, Alistair will blame you for his death once you return to camp.

Gift: The Guerrins of Ferelden: A History
Found in the Bookshelf near the exit to the Main Floor. Wynne will like it.
Now that Connor’s reign of terror is over, it’s up to you to find the Urn of Sacred Ashes. It’s in the Village of Haven, but you’ll want to head to Denerim first.

RECRUIT: Zevran
As you begin to travel from one area to the next, you may find yourself ambushed by the assassin Zevran. All you have to do to acquire Zevran for your party is best him in battle and choose to spare his life. It may ruffle the feathers of a few in your crew, but it sure beats killing off one of the better recruits at your disposal. Plus, you’ll be able to sleep with him, regardless of your gender.

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11 comments

  • Chaoscoolperson - June 1, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    Two things about Orzammar. 1 you have to choose a side for the entire quest. it is impossible to choose both people as king and trying to convince both sides that you are working for them will just make you do more work. 2nd DO NOT BRING BOTH OGRHEN AND SHALE TO FIND BRANKA. Shal will fight you if you side with Branka and while Ogrhen won't fight you if you side with Caridin it's still not nice to kill his wife, the paragon. Preferably bring niether and side with Caridin because Frankly Branka is crazy
  • Chaoscoolperson - May 31, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    I recomend fighting the High dragon while looking for Andraste's ashes. It is good practice for when you have to fight the Archdemon who is also a dragon, and the dragon scales can create a dragon scale armor that is the most powerful no-DLC armor in the game. Make sure to give wade two sets of drake scales first though. The first armor set he'll think is crap the second will be perfect and the dragon scales you won't have to wait on. I also recommend turning it into Dragon Bone Plate armor, as once again, Wade's Superior Dragon Bone Plate Armor is the strongest non-DLC armor in game. (I never compared it to king Cailin's armor or the Warden Commander Armor.)
  • Chaoscoolperson - May 31, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    one problem wit this guide is that you don't have to kill connor. I haven't in any of my playthroughs. I get in character act like I don't know what I'm supposed to do Alistair suggests Redcliife, I go to Redcliffe first. when I get there I leave Jowan in the cell then I go and meet connor. They say that they have to perform a blood magic ritual on him I say that I can go get the mages help. I get the mages help and send Jowan in to fight. Connor doesn't die and I have to go get Andraste's ashes. the end
  • alcapone2099 - March 18, 2011 10 p.m.

    Great walk through but this part is partly wrong "No matter what, Mother Hanna’s not going to give holy protection to Perth and his soldiers, so this task isn’t really worth your time. Might as well wait for sundown." no she wont give magical protection but she does give symbolic protection if you have enough persuasion then u can end another quest fully done
  • spanky9006 - December 21, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Gamejunkie9214 Dont use Sten if you have shayle the golem use him cuz of his enourmous quake power wich hits all mobs alistair sword and shield is good and morighan with arcane + healing + weaken skills and bloodaxe same party for you these are most combined group for the payable options for free go to dragonnexus.com
  • Gamejunkie9214 - April 11, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    Im still having trouble with the archdemon. im a lvl 20 warrior(Duel-Wield), and have Alistar(Sword and Duncan's Shield), Sten(Two-Handed Maul), and Morrigan any suggestions on any tactics?
  • bloodaxe - January 13, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    ok wats the best party to beat Branka/Caridin? im stuck on that
  • robantor - January 10, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    haha, i see this the day after i beat it.
  • Samael - January 10, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    HOLY CRAP GSTAR COOGI EVISU TRUE JEANS FOR ONLY $35-39? Yeah, reported.... Good guide, but it's a bit late isn't it? Why are you guys suddenly doing DAO stuff?
  • xecutioner - January 9, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    Man, the last month and a half were consumed playing this game non stop.

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