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Dragon Age: Origins walkthrough

The Landsmeet


Once all four main adventures are finished, it is time, at long last, for the Landsmeet. Go to Redcliffe and march right up to the Arl. You’ll begin the planning process. There are plenty of sidequests to finish up here if you like, with a variety of nice but non-essential rewards. To continue with the story, go to the room across from where Sten and Morrigan are waiting. You’ll trigger a cutscene with Eamon upon entering and you’ll need to agree to help Anora in order to continue. Head to the Arl of Denerim’s location next, and be prepared for a surprise while you travel there. Did you treat Zevran well throughout your journey? It will affect the outcome of this next battle.

NEW AREA: Arl of Denerim’s Estate
You don’t have to help Erlina, but if you did, she’ll show you a secret entrance and distract the guards while you wait in the bushes. Of course, you can battle your way through this whole next section, but the stealth approach is more fun. Make your way to Anora’s room, and then continue past it. Make sure to loot the Chest of Documents for the Grey Warden Documents. You can use them with Riordan in the next room if you like, but it’s not vital. Continue to the Dungeons and get ready for some more battling.

NEW AREA: Dungeon
Other than a few sidequests to nab, this section is just another grind. Rexel waits in a cell. Once you grab the key off the nearby jailor, you can kill Rexel or set him free, it doesn’t really matter.

MINIBOSS: Arl Howe
The Arl’s got quite a posse, but the Mages around him are the biggest threat. Take them out first, and then focus on the Arl. He’s got plenty of life, but he’s stunnable and his attacks miss often. Vaughn is waiting in the next room. Zevran will disapprove if you set him free, but Morrigan will approve. There’s another prisoner here named Irminric, who you should definitely free if you want extra help at the Landsmeet. Head back up to the main floor to free Anora, but a surprise is waiting for you.

When Cauthrien tries to stop you, you have options. Also, you’re not supposed to win this fight. The guards hopelessly outnumber you, and you’re going to let Anora go regardless. It’s best to surrender, but there’s no penalty for failing if you choose to fight.

NEW AREA: Fort Drakon
You can wait for your friends to bust you out, or try to break free. It’s pretty boring if you just wait, so we’ll show you how to break out instead. Call the guard over and persuade him for a little sexy action, then kick his ass. There are some guard uniforms nearby, which will help you slip by undetected. First, relieve the guard in the Officer’s Armory, then head to the Storage Room and talk to the guards to learn about their missing swords. Finally, head to the Colonel’s room. A soldier cannot do without Discipline, by the way. The soldiers will give you the password if you don’t have it already. It’s “Rabbit.” Head back to the Arl of Redcliffe’s Estate. Once there, talk to Anora and get the next main quest. You’ll be heading to the Elven Alienage next. But don’t go just yet!

KEY ITEM: Duncan’s Shield
Talk to Riordan in Eamon’s study and ask him about the Warden’s secret vault. It’s located in the Warehouse in Denerim’s Market District – once Riordan unlocks it, you can examine the shelf in the back room to reveal a secret passage.

Gift Duncan’s Shield to Alistair. It’s the last major gift for him, assuming you’ve been following this guide. He’ll get all weepy over it.

Head to the Gnawed Noble Tavern. Alfstanna, Irminric’s sister is waiting. Sighard will also be there, and he’ll give you a reward. Note that the entrance to the Alienage is NOT accessible via the city map. The entrance is in the Market District on the eastern side of the map. Don’t get stuck like we did.

KEY ITEM: Andraste’s Grace
There’s another lovely flower for Leliana, between Valendrian’s house and Ser Otto. If you missed it the first two times around, here’s your last chance!



You’re going to have to talk to Ser Otto here, and accept his quest to continue. To continue, you’ll need to investigate the Pool of Blood and the Dead Dog, both of which are near the orphanage. The Feral Dog will work too. Head with Otto to the Orphanage to continue.

NEW AREA: Orphanage
Follow the spook around. He’ll release some hounds on you, but nothing too bad. You’ll face a bunch of battles through the linear corridors, including some Rage Abominations near the end. Fight it out and funnel whenever possible! Ser Otto will die during this quest, but that’s OK. Once back in the Alienage, talk to the Elf Guard. You can bribe him or kill him. Save the elves locked in the nearby cage, go outside, beat up the guards and talk to Shianni. Your next destination is the Apartments, to the north.

NEW AREA: Apartments
MINIBOSSES: Devera and Caladrius

Grab the Free Sailor Sextant in the first chest you see, and then give the Veal Bone to your Dog. Head south to exit this area, and get ready to fight more guards. Devera is in the next room. She’s pretty hard to Persuade or Intimidate, but not too hard to take down. Caladrius waits for you in the next room. It’s up to you to decide how intimidating you think you’ve become. You may be able to convince him to pack up and leave without a fight. However, if you must fight, be sure to take out his guards first. After he’s defeated, you can convince him to increase your physical strength using Blood Magic, but this is done at the expense of the remaining slaves.

Congratulations! You’ve saved the Elves, found evidence that incriminates Loghain, and are finally ready to complete the Landsmeet.

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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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