The Emerald Graves is a forested region of the Dales in Orlais. The area is an ancient elven burial ground but has been partly occupied by Orlesians in more recent times. They were formerly known as the Emerald March when the Dales were still an independent nation and are referred to as the Greatwood by the local Orlesian nobility.

Background Edit

It is said that each tree found in the Graves is a reminder of a life lost during the Exalted March against the Dales. The southern half of the region is relatively civilized, marked with road signs and Orlesian estates, though they have fallen into disrepair during the War of the Lions. Further into the region, the woods teem with wildlife and vast foliage. The area is home to many common beasts such as wolves, brontos, and nugs. Some of such wildlife are unique creatures—giants, great bears, and a dragon that prowls through the northern-most region. The forest is also home to a group of Orlesian refugees, led by a man called Fairbanks, and the Freemen of the Dales, deserters of Celene and Gaspard's armies who have taken to harassing the refugees.

Characters Edit

Creatures Edit

Enemies Edit

Places Edit


Map of the Emerald Graves

Regions Edit

Note: The 26 regions below make up the Regions in the Plains collection. Discovering all of them grants 300 Influence.
  • Andruil's Wall
  • Argon's Lodge
  • Briathos' Steps
  • Direstone
  • Elgar'nan's Bastion
  • Firewater Garden
  • Gracevine
  • Great Bear Cove
  • Harrow
  • Hopwood
  • The Lion's Pavilion
  • Nettle Pass
  • Peacewood
  • Rush of Sighs
  • Silver Falls
  • Silverspray Perch
  • Southfinger Tower
  • Southfinger Watch
  • Stonereach
  • Stonewolf Green
  • Twisted Tree Rise
  • Veridium Mine
  • Small location icon (Inquisition) Villa Maurel
  • Watcher's Canyon
  • Watcher's Pass
  • Watcher's Reach
Note: You have to get extremely close to Southfinger Tower for the landmark to register, it can be easily missed.

Additional places Edit

Inquisition Camps Edit

See Holding the Emerald Graves.
  • Hill Camp
  • Briathos' Steps
  • Direstone Camp
  • Gracevine Camp

Quests Edit

Main article: Quests (Inquisition)

Unlock the area by completing the Make Contact in the Emerald Graves War table operation.
Quest icon DAI A Bear to Cross
Quest icon DAI A Corrupt General
Quest icon DAI A Deluded Chevalier
Quest icon DAI A Fallen Sister
Quest icon DAI A Lover's Promise
Quest icon DAI A Puppet Master
Quest icon DAI A Vicious Thug
Quest icon DAI Chateau d'Onterre
Quest icon DAI Devotion
Quest icon DAI Fairbanks' Trust
Quest icon DAI Fairbanks Patrol Under Attack unmarked quest
Quest icon DAI Holding the Emerald Graves
Quest icon DAI Last Wishes
Quest icon DAI Map of Elgar'nan's Bastion
Quest icon DAI Map of Watcher's Pass
Quest icon DAI Motherly Encouragement
Quest icon DAI Noble Deeds, Noble Heart
Quest icon DAI Not Everyone's Free
Quest icon DAI Observing the Menace
Quest icon DAI Parson's Battered Notebook unmarked quest
Quest icon DAI Safe Keeping
Quest icon DAI The Freemen of the Dales
Quest icon DAI The Knights' Tomb
Quest icon DAI The Tiniest Cave
Quest icon DAI Victims of War
Quest icon DAI Watcher's Reach Refugees

Rifts Edit

Quest icon DAI Rifts at the Cove
Quest icon DAI Rifts at the Pavilion
Quest icon DAI Rifts at the Reach
Quest icon DAI Rifts near the Sighs

Requisitions Edit

Main article: Requisitions

Quest icon DAI Artifact Requisition in the Graves
Quest icon DAI Lure Requisition in the Graves
Quest icon DAI Obsidian Survey in the Graves
Quest icon DAI Pyrophite Survey in the Graves
Quest icon DAI Remedy Requisition in the Graves

Collections Edit

Astrariums Edit

Astarium icon Astrariums in the Graves

Bottles Edit

Bottles On The Wall icon Sun Blonde Vint-1, on the east riverbank just north of the Silver Falls landmark
Bottles On The Wall icon Absence, on top of some boxes in a small room located inside Argon's Lodge
Bottles On The Wall icon Mackay's Epic Single Malt, in the bear cave just north of Chateau D'Onterre's entrance
Bottles On The Wall icon Chasind Sack Mead, in a red templar camp north of the Southfinger Tower.

High Dragons Edit

High Dragon icon Greater Mistral

Landmarks Edit

Quest icon DAI Landmarks in the Graves

Mosaics Edit

Mosaic Pieces icon Invasion 7/12 pieces

  • In the Veridium Mines
  • In Argon's Lodge in a room next to a log pile with a table that has weapons on it in front. On the left hand side
  • In the personal store room (adjacent to the study) in Villa Maurel. A warrior is required to break the wall to access it
  • Outside the door at the Din'an Hanin landmark
  • Inside of Din'an Hanin
  • On a balcony of Chateau d'Onterre. You need to jump out of the bedchamber window onto a ledge then jump to the top of the nearby building on the right
  • In Chateau d'Onterre. It is on the left-hand wall in the locked room off the Grand Balcony

Shards Edit

Quest icon DAI Shards in the Graves

Skyhold Customizations Edit

Songs Edit

Song icon The Girl in Red Crossing - inside Chateau d'Onterre

Resources Edit

Herbs Edit

Arbor Blessing icon Arbor BlessingArbor Blessing
Tier 3 Common Herb

Blood Lotus DAI Blood LotusBlood Lotus
Tier 1 Common Herb

Deep Mushroom icon Deep MushroomDeep Mushroom
Tier 2 Common Herb

Elfroot icon ElfrootElfroot
Tier 1 Common Herb

Embrium icon EmbriumEmbrium
Tier 2 Common Herb

Prophets Laurel icon Prophet's LaurelProphet's Laurel
Tier 2 Rare Herb

Rashvine icon RashvineRashvine
Tier 2 Common Herb

Rashvine Nettle icon Rashvine NettleRashvine Nettle
Tier 2 Rare Herb

Royal Elfroot icon Royal ElfrootRoyal Elfroot
Tier 1 Rare Herb

Spindleweed DAI icon SpindleweedSpindleweed
Tier 1 Common Herb

Leather Edit

August Ram Leather icon August Ram LeatherAugust Ram Leather

Great Bear Hide icon Great Bear HideGreat Bear Hide

Metals Edit

Bloodstone icon BloodstoneBloodstone

Dawnstone icon DawnstoneDawnstone

Everite icon EveriteEverite

Iron icon IronIron

Obsidian icon ObsidianObsidian

Pyrophite icon PyrophitePyrophite

Stormheart icon StormheartStormheart

Notable items Edit

Elven artifacts Edit

  • In the southernmost room in the Hallowed Tombs of the Din'an Hanin - Upper Crypts
  • In the Firewater Garden, just north-east of the small bridge, north of a large rock tower
  • To the far east of the south-west Astrarium, south of Argon Lodge
  • In a small room adjacent to the Ballroom in Chateau d'Onterre

Logging stands Edit

  • Near the north-western most rift.
  • North of the Andraste's Promise landmark (east and out of the canyon from Fairbanks' first camp).

Quarries Edit

  • North-east of Direstone Camp near the Fade rift
  • West of Gracevine Camp (slightly north) against the rock wall.

Red Jenny's Caches Edit

  • Inside the unmarked, semi-circular cave/ravine just north of the Mathalin's Tree landmark

Veilfire glyphs Edit

Lightning rune schematic icon Lightning Rune SchematicLightning Rune Schematic
Rune Schematic
Adds electricity damage to each weapon strike
: on the path heading south out of Watcher's Reach. The rune is on the right side wall; the torch is inside Watcher's Reach.

Loot Edit

Unique amulet icon Andraste's SacrificeAndraste's Sacrifice
Unique Amulet
Against all odds, Inquisition scouts discovered this amulet under the charred, fallen rafters of a burned-down Chantry. A mage who examined it said it "felt like all the power in the world."

+10% Cooldown Modifier
Chance on hit: Taunt all enemies within 8 meters for 4 seconds
The wearer of this amulet regenerates Mana or Stamina at a higher rate.
- in a chest in Villa Maurel (requires patch 10)
Yavanalis icon DeathwardDeathward
Unique Staff
This staff is marked with symbols that loosely translate to "Ever forward, ever deathward." It was the motto of a Mortalitasi sect that saw popularity during the formative years of the Nevarran fascination with death. Its members are said to be "The First," though whether in research or in application is lost to history.
Requires: Level 11

Damage: 46-47 Cold
+10 Constitution
+9 Willpower
On Hit: Heal 1% of maximum health
- see Astrariums in the Graves
Evanura icon EvanuraEvanura
Unique Sword
Forged by the High Keeper of June, God of the Craft, after the elven homeland's creation in the Dales, this sword passed from the first Emerald Knight, Mathalin, to his squire, Sulan, after the boy saved him in battle. The last Emerald Knight to wield it was Lindiranae, who fell in the Second Exalted March's final battle.
Requires: Level 16

Damage: 158-163
+16 Cold Damage
+27% Armor Penetration
+40 Guard Max
- find Codex entry: The Silver Knight in the Exalted Plains then search near the Lindiranae's Tree landmark
Gift of the Talons icon Gift of the TalonsGift of the Talons
Unique Dagger
Assassins who achieve the rank of talon in the Antivan Crows receive a dagger from the guildmaster, who orders them to kill a target with that blade alone. The more unusual and difficult the target, the greater the omen for their future in guild leadership. More than one talon has never returned.
Requires: Level 12

Damage: 93–97
+2% Critical Chance
+17% Flanking Damage Bonus
10% chance to use Hidden Blades on a hit, with 3 added hits
- see Greater Mistral High Dragon
Axe of the Dragon Hunter icon Glittering DarmallonGlittering Darmallon
Unique Greataxe
The dwarven thaig Darmallon was one of Thedas's greatest sources of gold. This axe predates the thaig's loss to the darkspawn, and from flecks on the hilt, the blade was once coated in gold.
Requires: Level 11

Damage: 164–170 AoE
+6% Critical Damage Bonus
+25% Sunder on Hit
10% chance to grant 2 seconds of Walking Fortress
- see A Vicious Thug
Helm of the Inquisitor icon Helm of the InquisitorHelm of the Inquisitor
Unique Helmet
The last leader of the original Inquisition went by the name Ameridan, a renowned dragon hunter conscripted into the Order for his heroic reputation as well as his skills as a warrior. Records of the era paint him either as a passionate man, determined to do his part to restore order, or as a man of faith, ultimately uninterested in the intricacies of leadership but willing to do what he could for the greater good. A close friend of Kordillus Drakon, the Orlesian emperor responsible for the Chantry's creation, Ameridan vanished soon after the Inquisition's dissolution. Some believe he went on a failed dragon hunt; others say he dropped out of sight so as to not overshadow the newly created Templar Order. Whatever the truth, despite an extensive search ordered by the emperor, he was never seen again.
Requires: Level 12

Armor: 32
+9% Heal Bonus
+34 Maximum Health
+6% Melee Defense
- see Greater Mistral High Dragon
In War Victory icon In War, VictoryIn War, Victory
Unique Light Armor
Blight is beaten, and we of the Hammer of Anderfels commit to this oath: that never will a Warden want while breath remains to be drawn.
Requires: Level 11

Armor: 145–151
Inquisition: +15 Maximum Health
+25% Melee Defense
+3% Stagger on Being Hit

Trespasser: +20 Maximum Health
+6% Melee Defense
+3% Stagger on Being Hit
- see Greater Mistral High Dragon
Bane of Red Crossing icon LongshotLongshot
Unique Bow
This magical bow has always ended up with archers skilled enough to use it, and always in a crisis where it is most needed. This pleases the bow because otherwise, life would be boring, even for a bow.
Requires: Level 10

Damage: 92–96
+23% Flanking Damage Bonus
+5 Willpower
+10% focus gain
- found on a corpse next to the Twisted Tree landmark, north of the Greater Mistral
Maul of Tacitus icon Maul of TacitusMaul of Tacitus
Unique Maul
Tacitus Valerius served as Imperator of the Tevinter Legions for all of the blood-soaked reign of Archon Tidarion. It was rumored that the maul he carried had broken so many priests of the old gods that their blood forever fused it with their spite so that no one should ever stand before the weapon that had felled them.
Requires: Level 15

Damage: 197-205
+29 Strength
Enhanced Basic Attacks: the end of the attack chain now knocks down enemies
- see Astrariums in the Graves (requires Trespasser)
Soulkisser icon SoulkisserSoulkisser
Unique Mace
Inscribed on the hilt in Antivan script: "I shall kiss my foes' souls, all the better to draw them into my embrace. Leave me your darkness, and I shall give you my light."
Requires: Level 10

Damage: 84-87
+13% Armor Penetration
+4 Strength
On hit: heal 1% of maximum health
- see A Fallen Sister
Unique belt icon Superb Belt of HealthSuperb Belt of Health
Unique Belt

+200 Maximum Health
- see Map of Watcher's Pass
Tacticians renewal icon Superb Cooldown AmuletSuperb Cooldown Amulet
Unique Amulet
The cooldown for all abilities is shorter by the specified amount.

+15% Cooldown Modifier
- see Chateau d'Onterre

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Midwife's Journal
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Battleground State
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Knight's Guardian
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Parson's Battered Notebook
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Emerald Graves
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Perendale War
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Vallasdahlen
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Sketch of Chateau Courtyard
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Diary of Troilus Hertubise

Gallery Edit