Dragon Age: Origins walkthrough

A Paragon of Her Kind

NEW AREA: Frostback Mountains
Make your way past a mercenary or two, and up to Orzammar. You may have to settle a dispute with your fists before you can enter.

NEW AREA: Orzammar Commons
There are lots of quests to take and people to see here. Take up some sidequests if you like, or head to the Diamond Quarter to continue.

KEY ITEM: Cute Nug
If you’re hoping to woo Leliana, one of your first stops should be the Dust Town. An Idle Dwarf is a little ways down the road. Talk to Leliana first, who will tell you she wants a Nug as a pet. After this conversation, a new conversation option will appear for the Idle Dwarf. Just leave Dust Town and talk to him again to receive a cute Nug.

At Garin’s shop, you can find a Golden Mirror that will trigger a conversation with Morrigan, a Gold Amulet that she will also love, and a Gemmed Bracelet that anyone will like.

NEW AREA: Diamond Quarter
Harrowmont’s Estate has some chests, quests and a codex update, but your destination is the Chamber of the Assembly. Here, things get tricky. You’ll have to side with either Prince Bhelen or Lord Harrowmont to continue. To side with Bhelen, talk to Vartag in the Chamber of the Assembly and accept his quest. Or, to side with Lord Harrowmont, talk to Dulin right outside the Chamber and accept his quest instead.

Our guide will cover both options, starting with Harrowmont, then Bhelen.

Siding with HARROWMONT
Talk to Dulin to enter the Proving Grounds under Harrowmont’s name. You’ll need to convince the two warriors Baizyl and Gwiddon to fight in the Proving. Baizyl waits on the left side. Persuade or Intimidate him to find out more about his relationship. He’ll tell you to see Myaja, whose locked quarters are in the same building to the south.

Gwiddon is in the northern room. Either Intimidate or Persuade him to goad him into a fight. Now that that’s taken care of, talk with the Proving Master. You’ll have to face some easy baddies as part of your Proving, which shouldn’t be a big problem. You’ll get to choose a partner for the fourth battle. Baizyl or Gwiddon can fight with you, and they aren’t too shabby. Return to Dulin at the Tapsters Tavern after you win to meet Lord Harrowmont.

Siding with BHELEN
Talking to Vartag will start a simple quest. You’ll need to deliver some documents to Lady Dace and Lord Helmi. Lady Dace is in the Diamond Quarter near House Harrowmont. She’ll give you a map to the Aeducan Thaig, found in the Deep Roads. Before venturing there, first go to Tapster’s Tavern and talk to Lord Helmi. He’s a lot easier to convince. Once you’re ready, go to the Deep Roads, accessible through the Commons.

NEW AREA: Aeducan Thaig
There’s not much here other than some simple corridors, a few minor gems, and a bunch of Darkspawn. Lord Dace is north. Head back to the Chamber of the Assembly and speak to Vartag, who will take you to Bhelen.

Entering Jarvia’s Hideout
Regardless of whom you’ve sided with, you’re going to have to take out Jarvia. You’ll be ambushed on your way there, but it shouldn’t be a problem. Alimar’s Emporium holds your next clue. Enter the Slums house and get ready to fight. Persuade or Intimidate the thug to get a Finger Bone Token and use it on the Suspicious Door outside.

NEW AREA: Cartel Hideout
Defeat the gang of thugs. There are a number of chests and crates in this area, but be wary of the trip wire in the southern portion of the map. After you loot the two barrels in this corridor, take a left at the fork. You can fight a guard who drops a key. Free the prisoner and continue.

Note that there are a number of stashes around here. You’ll only be able to open Jammer’s Stash Box if you only take the least expensive trinket from all the other stashes. A Longrunner’s Cap is your reward for your trouble. Jarvia is waiting in the upper right corner of the map, but the path leading to where she’s hiding crisscrosses plenty.

BOSS: Jarvia
If you can sleep or stun the archers from afar, this battle will be much easier. There are numerous traps to be found if you choose to chase Jarvia, and unfortunately the door locks behind you, preventing an easy funnel. You’ll get plenty of good gear for finishing her off.

Once you’re done, loot all you can find and head back to the Diamond Quarter to meet whomever you sided with (House Harrowmont for Lord Harrowmont, Orzammar Royal Palace for Bhelen). You’ll have to enter the Deep Roads again, but this time you’ll have help.

He’ll join you to help find Branka.

NEW AREA: Cardin’s Cross
Expect lots of battles and another Ogre encounter. This can be kind of tough. Cast an area spell as soon as possible for crowd control. Either way, heal often and bust your way through!

A chest carries a Totem, near where you fight the 2 Broncos. Sten will like it.

NEW AREA: Ortan Thaig
You’ll see an Ogre fighting some spiders. If you can hit them all with an area spell, you’ll get XP for killing them all. There are plenty more spiders to go around if you miss the opportunity, though.

You’ll find Ruck near the area where you fought the Golem. He’s near the Darkspawn corpse. Several spiders will spawn behind you after you talk to him, but you can trade with him soon afterwards if you track him down. Head over the bridge and be ready to fight two more Stone Golems. After that, the Spiders won’t want to fight you anymore until you reach the…

MINIBOSS: Corrupted Spider Queen
The Spider Queen keeps her distance and will occasionally encase you in a web before teleporting away and summoning more spiders. Fire spells will work reasonably well, but this battle is mostly an endurance test. Collect Branka’s Journal and head to the Dead Trenches next.

NEW AREA: The Dead Trenches
You’ll run into a group of Legionnaires. They’ll be of great help, but remember to heal them. You’ll fight a slew of archers and another Ogre across the bridge. Make sure all the baddies are being dealt with simultaneously, or you’ll be in trouble. Work your way through the Trenches, being mindful of the traps along the way.

MINIBOSS: Darkspawn Horde
Expect to encounter a huge group of enemies here. If you’ve got the fireball spell, use it often, along with Tempest or Blizzard. These spells take up a lot of Mana, but you’ll need them for crowd control in this fight. As always, keep an eye on your party’s health, and let them come to you.

Prepare yourself for a Shriek ambush, and then keep heading north. There’s some Armor of the Legion in a Sarcophagus near where you fight the Emissary. As you continue on, you’ll start hearing strange voices. Heading north when you hear about the “seventh day” will send you into another battle with some Corrupted Spiders and some decent loot.

Past where you speak with Hespith is an Ominous Door. You can’t open it yet, so head past it to the Legionnaire Shrine. Touch the Legion of the Dead Relic to update your codex and the Legionnaire Altar to get the key to the Ominous Door. The Spirits will turn on you, so be ready!

BOSS: Broodmother
First things first, you’re going to want to take down the Broodmother’s tentacles. Once they’re gone, you can attack her without too much of a problem. Area spells like Fireball, Tempest, and Blizzard work well. Be careful for the Darkspawn she summons, too. With the Broodmother gone, head to the Anvil of the Void. Branka is waiting.


  • 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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