Go to Hightown at night and enter Bartrand's Estate. Make your way through the house until you can go upstairs and into the center room. After a cut scene you will be face with an Ethereal Golem (+2050xp upon defeating). He will disappear after a short time and spawn several shades which you will have to defeat before he becomes attackable again.When the Golem attacks, the floating paraphernalia will intermittently strike nearby team members, doing little damage but knocking them back and potentially interrupting moves.
After the battle you find a piece of the idol. You will then have an option to let Varric keep it or get rid of it. If you let him keep it, this will give him three extra rune slots on Bianca, and will result in Varric: friendship (+10), Anders: rivalry (+5), Sebastian: rivalry (+10). However, if you make him get rid of it, you'll be able to give it to Sandal who will make a Primeval Lyrium Rune out of it. The latter option will result in Anders: friendship (+5), Sebastian: friendship (+10). Denying Varric the relic results in Varric: rivalry (+10) (but it may also not affect your relationship with him at all). Given the right dialog options, such as showing concern for Varric can lead to Varric: friendship (+10).
Also after the battle, the room at the top of the stairs on the right, which was previously locked, will unlock. Visit it to loot a master difficulty chest(40 cunning to open - 200 XP) and examine a ledger near the bed which will trigger a cutscene with Varric.
- 2050 XP (for the fight) and 1200 XP (quest completion)
- Rock Band looted from the Ethereal Golem
- Acquisition of the quests Closure and An Anniversary
There are two possible outcomes:
- Varric's armor will change names to Varric's Armored Leather Duster and Bianca will be upgraded with 3 additional rune slots (4 total) if Hawke allows him to keep the shard. You will also receive the Codex entry: Bianca.
- Sandal will make a Primeval Lyrium Rune from the shard, which increases attack speed (varies by weapon strength).