Caridin's Cross is a crossroads within the Deep Roads, named after the ancient Paragon, Caridin.

Background Edit

Map-Caridin's Cross

Map of the area

Caridin's Cross was once the largest crossroads in the Deep Roads, connecting the city of Orzammar with many outlying thaigs. It is now in a state of ruin, inhabited only by the darkspawn and deepstalkers.

A deepstalker matriarch and deepstalker nests are located in the eastern portion of the map.

A makeshift darkspawn fort is located south of the starting point (in the middle of the crossroads), with three ballistae manned by genlocks watching the roads. Charging the position without first removing the ballista crews can be dangerous. Fortunately the area is small enough that area-based spells can easily dislodge them.

There are many road markers throughout Caridin's Cross.

Quests Edit

Ico Quest A Paragon of Her Kind
Ico Quest An Admirable Topsider
Ico Quest Asunder
Ico Quest The Black Vials
Ico Quest The Drifter's Cache
Ico Quest The Shaper's Life

Notes Edit

  • The exits are all marked "Deep Roads" on ps3Icon ps3pcIcon pc, but they do not go to the same areas. The bottom one opens up Ortan Thaig on your travel map. On xbox360Icon xbox360, the south exit is marked Ortan Thaig correctly.

Characters Edit

NPC-Hired Goon

Hired Goon

  • Hired Goons and Elven Mercenary: Two dwarves and an elven mage hired by either Lord Harrowmont or Prince Bhelen, unless you are publicly working for one and secretly working for the other, will be waiting for you at the start of the area. After a brief speech, they will attack.

Enemies Edit

Containers Edit

Caridin's Cross - darkspawn barricade

The darkspawn fort


North-central passage

  • Chest (Dwarven, Elite) - locked
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)


Deepstalker nest

  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Sarcophagus (Dwarven, Boss)

Southwest tunnel

Notable items Edit

Caridin's Cross - river view

An underground river crossing the location

Ico gloves massive Effort's GlovesEffort's Gloves
Massive gloves
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 2.63
Fatigue: 3.75%
+1 strength
, source: Drifter's Cache
Ico sack Head in a BagHead in a Bag
Plot item
The head of some demonic creature is in this sack.
, source: Small Bloody Sack
Ico ring Ring of the WarriorRing of the Warrior
This is gold, covered in elven script. Whatever the writing says, it's awfully wordy.

+2 strength
+2 dexterity
, source: Drifter's Cache
Ico dagger Thorn of the Dead GodsThorn of the Dead Gods
Varies (Tier 2, 3 or 6)
Requires: 12 dexterity (Tier 2)
14 dexterity (Tier 3)
26 dexterity (Tier 6)

Damage: 4.40 (Tier 2)
4.80 (Tier 3)
6.00 (Tier 6)
Critical chance: 3.30% (Tier 2)
3.60% (Tier 3)
4.50% (Tier 6)
Armor penetration: 4.60 (Tier 2)
5.20 (Tier 3)
7.00 (Tier 6)
Strength modifier: 0.85
Tier 2:
+2 damage
+2 armor penetration

Tier 3:
+1 damage
+1 armor penetration

Tier 6:
+3 damage
+3 armor penetration

, source: Drifter's Cache
Plt ico family sword Topsider's HiltTopsider's Hilt
Plot item
The hilt of a fine elven sword. A partial inscription glows faintly in the presence of lyrium, but remains unreadable.
, source: on the genlock emissary in south cave corridor of Caridin's Cross
Ico sack Torso in a BagTorso in a Bag
Plot item
The torso of some demonic creature is in this bag.
, source: Small Bloody Sack

Notable gifts for companions:

Tre ico totem TotemTotem
A small wooden totem with figures of demons and other strange beasts carved into it.
, source: Chest

Codex entries Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Asunder, source: Small Bloody Sack
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Orzammar History: Chapter One, source: Statue near southwest exit to Deep Roads
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Black Vials, source: Glass Phylactery
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Blights, source: Firepit
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Crosscut Drifters, source: Rubble
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Shaper's Life, source: The Shaper's Life
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Thorn of the Dead Gods, source: Drifter's Cache
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Topsider's Honor, source: Genlock emissary

Special objects Edit