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Hightown is the wealthy district of Kirkwall. As its name implies, it sits on the higher part of the city.

Background Edit

At the height of the Tevinter Imperium's slave trade, Kirkwall's elite prospered beyond dreams of avarice. Hightown was built for the wealthiest slavers, its glitzy mansions rising atop a great wall of rock that borders, on one side, the Waking Sea. Lowtown cowered on its other side until Kirkwall's slaves rose to plunder and destroy Hightown's riches.

Today, Hightown's prominent buildings are the Keep, home to the ruling viscount, and the chantry, home to the grand cleric and the city's religious center. Both are converted estates that once housed wealthy magisters, rebuilt and converted after the uprising.

—From In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of a Chantry Scholar, by Brother Genitivi
—From Codex entry: Kirkwall - Hightown

Everyone who is anyone in Kirkwall lives in Hightown, and they give little thought to what goes on in Lowtown other than to complain when the wind drags up the stench from its foundries or ancient mines. People in Hightown feel safe, not because the city's walls are impregnable, but because an invader would need to scale the stairs from Lowtown in order to reach them. Many bloody battles have been fought on those narrow stairs, and in several wars Hightown has held out for months after Lowtown was taken. The wealthy often forget, however, that those stairs are also their only escape.[1]

In the lowest alley of the district, several merchants peddle their wares. In a higher alley, the Dwarven Merchants' Guild is headquartered with one street leading to the Blooming Rose and the other to the Viscount's Keep and the Hawke Estate. The street eventually leads to the Kirkwall Chantry. A small staircase from there leads to the several estates of Kirkwall's elite. Although Hightown is a tranquil section of Kirkwall during the day, many gang operations surface during night time: Hightown is a center for many criminal factions.

Stores Edit

Places Edit

Gamlen's House & Hawke Estate Icon
Hawke Estate
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Bartrand's Estate
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De Launcet Mansion
Fenris' Mansion Icon
Fenris's Mansion
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Harimann Estate
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The Blooming Rose

Quests Edit

Act 1Edit

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A Friend in the Guard
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Enemies Among Us
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The Deep Roads Expedition
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Night Lies
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Loose Ends
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Magistrate's Orders
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The Unbidden Rescue
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The First Sacrifice
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Duty
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Bait and Switch
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Fenris Recruited
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Caste Treatise and House Accounting
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Inside Job
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Get Back to Work
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The Bone Pit

Act 2Edit

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Demands of the Qun
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Bounty Hunter
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Ladies' Lights Out
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Sketchy on the Details
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Fool's Gold
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Elves at Large
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The Midnight Meeting
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Wentworth's Sixth Finger
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Seal of the Old God Dumat
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The Seal of House Talwain
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The One True Pantaloons

Act 3Edit

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Showdown
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Best Served Cold
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The Lost Swords
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Red Run Streets
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A Noble Agenda
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A Murder of Crows
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Finding Nathaniel
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Mine Massacre

Notes Edit

  • In the Hightown Estates the large rectangular courtyard at the west end of the estates (furthest point west in all of Hightown) contains a hidden alley that doesn't appear on the minimap (easily detected visually though). It is the only area in Hightown that extends outside of the borders on the minimap, you can find others along the Wounded Coast. During Act 1 it has random loot during the day and night, no loot during Act 2 and then a Master level locked chest during Act 3 at night (40 cunning to open - 200 XP).

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Codex icon DA2
Codex entry: Kirkwall - Hightown

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age II Official Website
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