Dragon Age: Origins walkthrough

NEW AREA: Denerim
You’ll immediately stumble upon Goldanna’s house if you’ve talked with Alistair about her and agreed to meet her. Things aren’t going to go too well, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a few points from telling him you care.

Head into Weylon’s house. There’s no wrong way to go about this conversation, but you should know that the Weylon you’re speaking to is an impostor. In the room he doesn’t want you to enter lies the real Weylon’s body, along with the Steel Symbol of Andraste. Leliana will like it.

To find the Urn of Sacred Ashes, you’ll need to head to the Village of Haven next.

NEW AREA: Village of Haven
After a cold welcoming by a guard, feel free to explore the village.

KEY ITEM: Antivan Leather Boots
You’ll find an Iron Chest in the Village Shop. If you’re skilled enough to break the lock, you’ll get some great gifts, including Antivan Leather Boots for Zevran and a Locket for Morrigan. If you’re not skilled enough to break the lock yet, you can always come back later. Head up to the Chantry to fight Eirik.

You know the drill by now. All of Eirik’s men will attack in a cluster. Assuming you have the magic and a clear shot, use any area spells you have to take them all out at once. This battle shouldn’t be too difficult at this point. Make sure to grab Eirik’s Medallion off him once he’s down.

Be sure to check the left room for a few good items, including a small silver bar for Zevran. Look for Genitivi behind the brick wall. He’ll take you to the Ruined Temple.

NEW AREA: Ruined Temple
To the east are several cultists and a gift: Discovering Dragon’s Blood. Wynne will like it. To the right is a locked door and a few scrolls that will update your codex. Up the stairs and to the right are a series of rooms, one of which contains a Black Pearl and a key to the locked door you passed earlier. There’s some Chasind Sack Mead there, too. Save it for Oghren. Use the key on the first locked door and get a key to the main hall. Make your way through the guards, while taking note of the many traps that line the hall. Use electricity spells if you have them. An Ash Wraith waits for you along with a number of guards. The Ash Wraiths hide in treasure chests. Only the locked one in this room is safe to open. Make your way from here to the Wrymling Lair.

NEW AREA: Wrymling Lair
There are several minor treasures to find here, including a Stone Warrior Statuette, which Alistair will appreciate. Father Kolgrim will ask you to help his cult. Once again, you can either help him or defy him. Helping him will win you points with negatively aligned characters, and you’ll lose no points with Alistair as long as you can persuade him you have something up your sleeve. If you fight him, be warned – he’s pretty tough. You will get a Faith’s Edge for beating him though, which is pretty sweet.

NEW AREA: Mountain Top
Banging the gong will wake the High Dragon. Don’t do it unless you think you can beat one of the toughest bosses in the game. If Kolgrim is still alive, he’ll make sure you don’t have to fight it.

If you do choose to fight the High Dragon, you may be able to survive by staying far away with a team of Mages and spamming spells from the bridge. Your best bet is to keep your distance and heal your allies constantly. This battle is a grind and you’ll need to be well equipped to survive. You’ll get a Dragon Scale, which triggers a quest, and other random goodies for your efforts if you prevail.

NEW AREA: The Gauntlet
In the first room, you’ll have to answer a series of riddles. Here are the answers:

Riddle: The smallest lark could carry it, while a strong man might not. Of what do I speak?
Answer: A tune

Riddle: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. The debt of blood must be paid in full. Of what do I speak?
Answer: Vengeance

Riddle: The bones of the world stretch towards the sky's embrace. Veiled in white, like a bride greeting her groom. Of what do I speak?
Answer: The mountains 

Riddle: No man has seen it but all men know it. Lighter than air, sharper than any sword. Comes from nothing, but will fell the strongest armies. Of what do I speak? 
Answer: Hunger

Riddle: She wields the broken sword, and separates true kings from tyrants. Of what do I speak? 
Answer: Mercy

Riddle: A poison of the soul, passion's cruel counterpart; from love she grows, till love lies slain. Of what do I speak? 
Answer: Jealousy

Riddle: I'd neither a guest nor a trespasser be; in this place I belong, that belongs also to me. Of what do I speak?
Answer: Home

Riddle: Echoes from the shadow realm, whispers of things yet to come. Thought's strange sister dwells in night, is swept away by dawning light. Of what do I speak? 
Answer: Dreams

In the next room, you’ll do battle with ghost versions of your party. If you can, lure them through the choke point you entered through. Next, you’ll see a circular room with a number of panels. Your goal here will be to use all the members of your party together to make the bridge appear.

Each segment of the bridge corresponds with two panels, one on each half of the room. You’ll need one party member on each panel to make that segment safe to walk on. Make the bridge pieces in order - each time you get a new piece of bridge made, have the one designated party member not standing on a panel cross to that new piece.

In the next room, there’s an altar. Take off your gear to continue and grab those ashes! Don’t forget to take the Golden Demon Pendant off the Unfortunate Adventurer to give to Morrigan, and make sure you save. If you defile the ashes with Kolgrim’s blood, Leliana will turn on you. However, you’ll also get the “Sacrilegious” Achievement/Trophy. Otherwise, just take the ashes for the Ceremonialist Achievement.

There’s a shortcut in the west of the Mountain Top to get you to the Ruined Temple quicker. Show Genitivi the pouch, but don’t kill him to keep everyone happy. Then, make your way all the way back to Redcliffe Castle. Once you return to the Arl, you’ll save the day and get yourself the Redcliffe Elite Shield.
Congratulations! You’re now the Hero of Redcliffe.


  • 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
  • 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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