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Emprise du Lion is an area in the Highlands of the Dales.[1] It is a cold and craggy environment dotted with elven ruins.

Background Edit

The ancient and the modern co-exist in the highlands of Emprise du Lion, where relics of the lost elven nation are scattered among bustling human villages. These hills are home to the village of Sahrnia, known throughout Orlais for its quarry, which produces azure granite of remarkable quality.
—Excerpt from the quest journal

Emprise du Lion is a snow-covered area formerly occupied by elves. Several ancient elven ruins including a large keep and coliseums are located in the area. The hot springs in the Emprise have attracted dragons in recent years.

Involvement Edit

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The Inquisition investigates Red Templar activity in Emprise du Lion. The Red Templars seize Suledin Keep as their headquarters and begin to use the nearby quarry as a site for the growth and harvest of Red lyrium to supply their forces. They have also made several raids on the nearby village of Sahrnia.

Characters Edit

Enemies Edit

Places Edit


Map of Emprise du Lion

Regions Edit

  • Alphonse's Passage
  • Drakon's Rise
  • Drakon's Tower
  • Elfsblood River
  • Elfsblood Tower
  • Elven Ruin
  • Etienne's Ring
  • Highgrove
  • Judicael's Crossing
  • Judicael's Ring
  • Leontine's Ring
  • Pools of Sun
  • Ico Village Sahrnia
  • Sahrnia Quarry
  • Hightown icon Suledin Keep
  • Tower of Bone
  • Valeska's Watch

Inquisition Camps Edit

  • Drakon's Rise Camp
  • Highgrove Camp
  • Sahrnia Camp
  • Tower Camp

Quests Edit

Quest icon DAI A Timely Intervention
Quest icon DAI Breeding Grounds
Quest icon DAI Caged Confession
Quest icon DAI Call Me Imshael
Quest icon DAI Capturing Suledin Keep
Quest icon DAI Mama's Ring
Quest icon DAI Red Captors
Quest icon DAI Rocky Rescue
Quest icon DAI Rumors of the Sulevin Blade
Quest icon DAI Securing Safe Passage
Quest icon DAI Sifting Through Rubble
Quest icon DAI Stalker
Quest icon DAI Take Back the Lion
Quest icon DAI The Corruption of Sahrnia
Quest icon DAI They Shall Not Pass
Quest icon DAI Turning the Tables
Quest icon DAI Quarry Quandary
Quest icon DAI Valeska's Watch
Quest icon DAI Words not Hollow

Rifts Edit

Quest icon DAI Rifts at Drakon's Cleft
Quest icon DAI Rift at Elfsblood Tower
Quest icon DAI Rifts in the Springs
Quest icon DAI Rift on Frozen Water

Requisitions Edit

Quest icon DAI Bloodstone Survey in the Emprise
Quest icon DAI Brazier Requisition in the Emprise
Quest icon DAI Coat Requisition in the Emprise
Quest icon DAI Shelter Requisition in the Emprise
Silverite Survey in the Emprise

Resources Edit

Arbor Blessing icon Arbor BlessingArbor Blessing
Tier 3 Common Herb

Black Lotus icon Black LotusBlack Lotus
Tier 1 Rare Herb

Bloodstone icon BloodstoneBloodstone

Dawnstone icon DawnstoneDawnstone

Elfroot icon ElfrootElfroot
Tier 1 Common Herb

Felandaris icon FelandarisFelandaris
Tier 3 Rare Herb

Rashvine icon RashvineRashvine
Tier 2 Common Herb

Rashvine Nettle icon Rashvine NettleRashvine Nettle
Tier 2 Rare Herb

Silverite icon SilveriteSilverite

Notable items Edit

Bottles on the Wall Edit

Bottles On The Wall icon Legacy White Shear - near the locked tower in Sahrnia quarry
Bottles On The Wall icon Abyssal Peach - inside Suledin Keep

Elven artifacts Edit

One on the eastern edge of Drakon's Tower

Landmarks Edit

Quest icon DAI Landmarks in the Emprise

Loot Edit

Ardent-Blossom-icon Ardent BlossomArdent Blossom
Unique Helmet
"So I said to the fellow, 'You want a what?' And it turns out I heard him right the first time. A helmet of flowers, he said, with a vein of lyrium running through it to keep them flowers alive. I thought for sure this had to be some elven thing, something for frolicking in the woods, but no. It's for a duel, he said. Bloody Orlesians. Dwarven pride demanded I make the damned thing effective, at least."
Requires: Level 19

Armor: 39–41
+24% Sunder When Hit
, found down the endless staircase near Suledin Keep once The Tiniest Cave is completed
Caliban icon CalibanCaliban
Unique Sword
First wielded by Caliban, the most famous non-Pentaghast dragon hunter (he claimed to have slain the last dragon in the early Steel Age, notorious for his commoner heritage and sexual appetite. After the death of his lover, Queen Fionne Theirin, he went into self-imposed exile and, some say, trained a secret warrior order in the Frostback Mountains called the Calibanites.
Requires: Level 20

Damage: 195–202
+14% Attack
+16% Heal on Kill
+5% extra damage for each enemy within 8 meters
, drop from Kaltenzahn
Mask of Valmont icon Curse of MorracCurse of Morrac
Rare Helmet
This mask is not actually cursed, though many believe that the people associated with it are. The house of Morrac, the traditional rulers of Val Firmin, went through a period in the late Exalted Age where almost every member of their large family met a tragic end. It reached the point where the Morracs were shunned out of fear, justified or not, their "curse" might be contagious. Lady Louise de Morrac, wife of Count Evram, who had passed away from poisoned grapes only days before, made a public show of destroying the Morrac mask and having a new one crafted - something almost unheard of. The deaths stopped, and despite Lady Louise's efforts, the previous masks became a much-sought-after rarity.
Requires: Level 14

Armor: 27–28
+6 Cunning
+6 Dexterity
, found in Elfsblood Tower
Dukes Mane icon Duke's ManeDuke's Mane
Unique Helmet
Requires: Level 19

Armor: 45–46
+14% Heal Bonus
+8% Melee Defense
+8 Strength
, drop from the Highland Ravager
Audacity icon KnightslayerKnightslayer
Unique Dual-Blade Dagger
The most famous elven criminal in Orlais was Alidda of Halamshiral, arrested in 4:45 Black for slaying three chevaliers. The trial, presided over by Divine Clemence I, revealed that Alidda had slain twelve chevaliers, in retaliation for the "graduation" tradition that sent knights into the slums to attack elves out past curfew. Alidda escaped and killed twenty more chevaliers, two in single combat, before she was cornered and, to avoid capture, cut her throat with her own dagger.
Requires: Level 13

Damage: 74–76 AoE
+32 Damage vs. Living
+5% Armor Penetration
+9% Critical Damage Bonus
+5% Guard Damage Bonus
looted from a corpse in Valeska's Watch
March of the Everlasting icon March of the EverlastingMarch of the Everlasting
Unique Shield
This shield may have been forged in Arlathan, like the varterrals that guard ancient elven tombs. If so, it fell into the hands of Tevinter conquerors, who reshaped it with their own magic. During the Black Age's Exalted Marches, Orlesian Circle Mages re-enchanted it and gave it to the chevaliers.
Requires: Level 17

Armor: 29
+30 Front Defense
+27 Maximum Health
+8% Melee Defense
+4 Strength
+5% extra damage for each enemy within 8 meters
, drop from Imshael
Rebuke of the Sunderland icon Rebuke of the SunderlandRebuke of the Sunderland
Unique Greataxe
Forged both well and true, though as far as it has traveled, it has never truly left the will of its master. An axe that demands an accounting, the approval of some faraway smithy granted or rebuked with every swing.
Requires: Level 14

Damage: 198–206 AoE
+8% Bleed on Hit
+24% Critical Chance
+7.5% extra damage for each enemy within 8 meters
, found in Elfsblood Tower
Staff of the Void icon Staff of the VoidStaff of the Void
Unique Staff
A weapon that stills the air around it. The inscription is old Tevinter Imperium: "There is strength in absence. Absence of weakness, and of limitation. Absence of caution, and of mercy. The Void has always been within."
Requires: Level 17

Damage: 65–66 Electricity
+6% Attack
+6% Critical Chance
+36 Magic
10% chance to grant 2 seconds of Walking Fortress
, drop from Hivernal
Walking Death icon Walking DeathWalking Death
Unique Dagger
The well-worn hilt bears the marks of the Nevarran Mortalitasi. The order makes an art of mummification, and their tools are imbued with magicks that blur the moment between life and death, though death is no less certain.
Requires: Level 17

Damage: 124–128
+21% Armor Penetration
+4% Attack
10% chance to apply Walking Bomb for 5 seconds, with detonation of 50% weapon damage
, drop from the Highland Ravager
Wintersbreath icon WintersbreathWintersbreath
Unique Shield
Egon Wintersbreath, one of history's greatest dwarven warriors, achieved Paragon status in his own lifetime, leading the defense of the Kingdom of Hormak during the First Blight until it fell in -35 Ancient. When word came that Orzammar would seal its passages from the other kingdoms, he dropped his hammer and left for the surface, grieving, "I would rather die under an alien sky than be buried in the Stone that betrayed us."
Requires: Level 15

Armor: 26
+3 Constitution
+30% Front Defense
+20 Guard Max
+6% Ranged Defense
Berserk: +10% damage bonus, +100% damage from all sources
looted from a corpse in Valeska's Watch

Shards Edit

Quest icon DAI Shards in the Emprise

Veilfire glyphs Edit

Superb Frost Rune, found in a cave that starts just south of the Suledin Keep map marker. Veilfire torch is at the end of the cave, the glyph is about halfway through, almost directly west of the Suledin Keep map marker. Just past the loot box on a small ledge.

Note: the illusory wall rock leading to the Ardent Blossom helm as part of The Tiniest Cave is located just west of the Veilfire torch.

Logging Stand Icon Logging standLogging stand

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Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Emprise du Lion
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Exhuming Bodies by Moonlight
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: In Death
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Judicael's Crossing
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Tower of Bone
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Trading with Kal-Sharok
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Valeska's Watch

Note Edit

  • There is a strange, small cave between Highgrove and Drakon's Rise camps, west of the logging camp that has frozen bodies hanging from the ceiling, weapons scattered on the ground, a pyramid shaped box with a note that says "DON'T TOUCH MY PYRAMID" and a loot chest. See gallery picture below.

Bugs Edit

  • xboxoneXbox one iconpcIcon pcps4Icon ps4 The glyph may be rendered inside of the cave wall and not visible, but can still be interacted with. [confirmation needed]

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Emprise du Lion official reveal

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