The Dead Trenches is an underground fortress, accessible via the Deep Roads only after Ortan Thaig has been traversed.

Background Edit

Map-The Dead Trenches

Map of the area

Bownammar, also known as the City of the Dead was once the headquarters of the Legion of the Dead. The fortress was reclaimed by the dwarves and lost again to the darkspawn so many times that even the Memories cannot track it.[1] Eventually it was permanently lost in 9:13 Dragon only with great regret.[2] It is now called the Dead Trenches. Paragon Caridin designed it long ago and it is considered one of the finest works of the dwarves.

Involvement Edit

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The first bridge contains a wave of darkspawn being fought by the Legion of the Dead. Halfway through the second bridge, the Warden will be ambushed by a large number of Shrieks.

In the final area, the Warden will face a broodmother.


  • Kardol and some Legionnaires of the The Legion of the Dead. They are fighting on the bridge when the Warden approaches, after the first battle the Warden can speak with Kardol about his mission there and the Blight.
  • Hespith: A member of House Branka. She is located in the small room just before the final large open area.
  • Laryn: A member of House Branka, now turned into a broodmother.

Quests Edit

Ico Quest A Paragon of Her Kind
Ico Quest An Admirable Topsider
Ico Quest The Dead Caste
Ico Quest The Gangue Shade
Ico Quest The Shaper's Life

Enemies Edit

Notable items Edit

Legionnaire statue I

A statue found in a Legion of the Dead mausoleum

Ico armor massive Armor of the LegionArmor of the Legion
Massive chestpiece
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 42 strength

Armor: 21.88
Fatigue: 27.30%
Rune slot Rune slot Rune slot
+3 willpower
, source: Sarcophagus
Ico boots massive Boots of the LegionBoots of the Legion
Massive boots
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 42 strength

Armor: 3.75
Fatigue: 3.90%
, source: Sarcophagus
Ico gloves massive Gloves of the LegionGloves of the Legion
Massive gloves
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 42 strength

Armor: 3.13
Fatigue: 3.90%
+4 attack
, source: Sarcophagus
Ico helm heavy Helm of the LegionHelm of the Legion
Heavy helmet
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 3.13
Fatigue: 2.92%
, source: Legionnaire Altar
Plt ico lod key Legionnaire KeyLegionnaire Key
An ancient key that unlocks Bownammar.
, source: Legionnaire Altar
Plt ico seal of faith Dead Caste InsigniaDead Caste Insignia
Plot item
A dwarven coat of arms with old ancestral ties. A new field suggests that its bearer intended either to join with the old house or create a new one.
, source: coffin - part of the Dead Caste side-quest
Plt ico family sword Topsider's BladeTopsider's Blade
Plot item
A weighty pommel of obviously fine elven make. A partial inscription glows faintly in the presence of lyrium, but remains unreadable.
, source: dropped by the Ancient darkspawn in the south-central tunnel on the map (only available after acquiring An Admirable Topsider quest from the Warrior's Grave in Ortan Thaig).
Ico warhammer Forge Master's HammerForge Master's Hammer
Red Steel (Tier 5)
Requires: 32 strength

Damage: 12.60
Critical chance: 0.70%
Armor penetration: 11.20
Strength modifier: 1.25
Rune slot Rune slot
+25% fire resistance
+6 attack
, source: corpse of genlock forge master
Ico longbow Spear-ThrowerSpear-Thrower
Sylvanwood (Tier 6)
Requires: 30 dexterity

Damage: 9.00
Critical chance: 1.50%
Armor penetration: 8.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
+2.5 armor penetration
Rapid aim
, source: corpse of genlock forge master
Ico armor massive EffortEffort
Massive chestpiece
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 18.38
Fatigue: 26.25%
+15% to healing effects received
, source: corpse of broodmother
Ico ring Ring of SelectionRing of Selection
A cruel application that claims adherence to nature's most unforgiving reality, sparing none but the fittest.

+10% nature damage
, source: corpse of broodmother

Codex entries Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Load Limit Reached, source: Rubble
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Orzammar History: Chapter Two, source: Statue (Paragon Branka)
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Stalata Negat, source: multiple Runestones
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Dead Caste, source: x3 Sarcophagi and Legionnaire Altar
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Gangue Shade, source: Legion of the Dead Relic
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Shaper's Life, source: Runestone

Containers Edit

Legionnaire statue II

A statue of a legionnaire

  • Broken Chest (Darkspawn, Normal)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Critter)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Critter)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)


Forge Master's camp

Inside Bownammar

Inside Bownammar

The Corruption


Special objects Edit

  • x2 Pressure Plates (detect/disarm for 40 XP)
  • An automatically resetting tripwire, unless disarmed (40 XP difficulty); in order for a rogue to disable it, switch to 3rd-person top-down view and then move the mouse pointer along the tripwire to either side and into the wall until the disarm icon appears. (PC Only)
  • Ominous Door: Locked, needs a key that can be found in the southernmost room of the final large area in the Legionnaire Altar.

Notes Edit

  • You must have received the quest to find Branka in order to get to the Dead Trenches. This area is only accessible once you have found Branka's journal in Ortan Thaig. Getting through the Dead Trenches leads to Anvil of the Void.

See also Edit

Masterwork Vanguar Mail icon Bownammer PlateBownammer Plate
Unique Heavy Armor
Requires: Level 9

Armor: 165-166
+3% Magic Defense
+9% Melee Defense
On hit: gain 2 guard

References Edit

  1. Mentioned by Oghren while in this location.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 141