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Quest
Forbidden Knowledge

EvilTome
Act:
2
Location:
Start:
Writing Desk (Hawke Estate),
or upon finding an Evil Tome
End:
Previous:
Appearances:

Forbidden Knowledge is an Act 2 side quest in Dragon Age II.

Bug icon Bug! This quest is bugged. Choosing any option other than destroying the initial 5 books will leave you unable to complete the quest. This quest can still be completed with the stat boost as long as only the Fell Grimoire is read.

Acquisition Edit

If Idunna was spared during Enemies Among Us, she sends a letter to Hawke at the beginning of Act 2. If she is dead, the quest is received upon finding any Evil Tome.

Maximising experience and loot Edit

To achieve the largest possible amount of experience as well as gaining the stat boost and Voracity, destroy all five Evil Tomes, the quest will proceed and you will be led to the last book called the Fell Grimoire. Then choose to read the Grimoire to gain the stat boost. This will let you complete the quest and gain the stat boost as well as the unique Staff.

Walkthrough Edit

There are 5 Evil Tomes scattered throughout and around Kirkwall as well as the Fell Grimoire.

You can choose any of the following options when selecting a book (they are all mutually exclusive):

  • Destroy the book:
Rivalry small Merrill: rivalry (+10)
750 XP (1500 XP in pcIcon pc1.04)
  • Read the book, then accept the book's deal:
Friendship small Merrill: friendship (+5) (This will only apply for the first book.)
Tome Greater Tome of the Mortal VesselGreater Tome of the Mortal Vessel
Tome
This tome gives the reader one or more points to spend on attributes, but is rendered useless afterwards.

+2 attribute points
  • Read the book, then take it:
Friendship small Merrill: friendship (+5) (This will only apply for the first book.)
Junk Book of Forbidden LoreBook of Forbidden Lore
Junk
, worth
0000008600
86DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans.
  • Take the book:
Junk Book of Forbidden LoreBook of Forbidden Lore
Junk
, worth
0000008600
86DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans.

Choosing any of these options will cause several demons and abominations to attack.

Taking or reading any of the Evil Tomes will make the quest impossible to complete.

Reading and accepting the book's deal will give you +2 attribute points, but this will only work once: subsequent books will not provide attribute bonuses.

Evil Tomes Edit

The order in which you find the Evil Tomes is irrelevant. Upon entering an area with a tome, it will be marked on the map. Be prepared to fight shades, demons and abominations. The tomes are located:

  • In the chantry on a table near the top of the southern stairs.
Note: When the enemies spawn a door closes. It can be unlocked (during combat only) for 250 XP with 50 cunning (or 40 and "Bonus to lockpicking" gear).
Note: The tome in the keep can not be used immediately upon arriving in Act 2; Hawke must leave the area and return to use it as Hawke being able to use the book immediately upon starting Act 2 would mean they could possibly be forced to fight alone.)
  • In the Abandoned Thaig, whose entrance is shown as "Recently Opened Passage" in the game, and is near Sundermount's western exit to the world map. The tome is found in the main room of the thaig, along with the Nexus Golem's wares. There is a battle in this room before getting the tome; see abandoned thaig strategy if you have trouble.
  • In a Dank Cave, whose unmarked entrance is found in the north-central area of The Wounded Coast (see map below). A dragon guards the tome and a modest treasure. There is also Raw Lyrium at the beginning of the cave.

The Fell Grimoire Edit

The Fell Grimoire can be found in The Forgotten Lair, which is an area in Darktown near the Northwest entrance next to a barrel and labeled as Evil Pit. It will not be unlocked until all the Evil Tomes have been destroyed.

As soon as you enter the Forbidden Lair, there is a master trap (50 cunning to detect and disarm - 250 XP) blocking the hallway. The first door you encounter has a simple lock (10 cunning to open - 50 XP), so be sure to bring at least one rogue or you cannot proceed. After fighting some corpses in the first room, there is a complex trap (30 cunning to detect and disarm - 150 XP) and a master trap* (40 cunning to detect and disarm - 200 XP) in the short hallway before the open doorway.

Note: *This master trap can sometimes spawn as a complex trap instead.

After walking through the open doorway, there are two more master traps (50 cunning to detect and disarm - 250 XP/trap) in this hallway. Ranged attacks can draw enemies into safe areas where they can be defeated and then the traps can be disarmed.

Note: A rogue with 40+ cunning and "Bonus to disarm traps" gear will be effective at disarming the master traps listed above that normally require 50 cunning to detect and disarm.

After destroying or reading the grimoire (which will grant you +2 attribute points), you will confront Xebenkeck, a powerful desire demon. The boss will summon hordes of rage demons and abominations, as well as a revenant in the second wave. See the article on Xebenkeck for strategies to defeat them.

Result Edit

The Fell Grimoire and Tarohne's tomes were destroyed.

Rewards Edit

  • Exorcist achievement or trophy
  • From 3DAO goldpiece trans to 7DAO goldpiece trans on Xebenkeck
  • 1000 XP (after reading/destroying the Fell Grimoire - quest completion)
  • (optional) 750 XP/book destroyed and (about) 260 XP/demon fight (for the "other" five books)

Notable items Edit

Staff gold DA2 VoracityVoracity
Staff
Red Steel

Damage: 41 fire damage
(56 per second)
+117 attack
+4 fire damage across 2m
Blood Magic: Each point of health provides 0.25 additional mana
, looted from Xebenkeck

Notes Edit

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