The Hissing Wastes is a large stretch of desert in western Orlais.
The Hissing Wastes is a stretch of sandy desert north of the Western Approach, a lonely place where the wildlife is hungry and hostile. Among the hungriest and most hostile are the dragons that make their nests here. The rare person wandering into the wastes is either hunting prized beasts or hoping to uncover evidence of a long-vanished civilization in the dunes.—Excerpt from the quest journal
According to Solas, the Hissing Wastes used to be a forest, before encroaching sands destroyed the trees' roots.
Accessible through War table > Orlais > Stop Venatori Activity in the West
Dragon Age: Magekiller Edit
Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit
During the conflict between the Elder One and the re-established Inquisition, the Venatori establish a significant presence in the Hissing Wastes. The Inquisitor can access the Wastes by completing Stop Venatori Activity in the West operation at the war table in Skyhold.It is then possible to explore the Hissing Wastes, gradually establishing Inquisition presence there and reducing that of the Venatori and Red Templars. The Inquisitor will discover the reason for Venatori presence in the desert. Thousands of years ago, Paragon Fairel fled to the surface to escape a catastrophic civil war among the dwarves and his people founded Kal Repartha, the first thaig which was built on the surface. Now the colony is all but ruins but the Venatori are searching for the powerful runes that Fairel had created at his time by excavating his tomb.
- Ancient Road
- Burial Grounds
- The Canyon
- The Colossus
- The Cove
- Golden Oasis
- The Rippling Dunes
- Rock Top Ridge
- The Sand Crags
- The Shallow Basin
- Sunstop Mountains
- Tomb of Fairel
Inquisition camps Edit
- The Canyon Camp
- The Cove Camp
- Logging Camp
- Mountain Fortress Camp
- Sunstop Mountain Camp
- Statue Camp
- Sand Crags Camp
- Sandy Howler
- Red Templars
Herbs EditAmrita Vein
Tier 3 Rare Herb
Tier 2 Common Herb
Tier 1 Rare Herb
Tier 1 Common Herb
Tier 2 Rare Herb
Tier 3 Common Herb
Tier 1 Rare Herb
Leather EditAugust Ram Leather
Hardened Gurn Hide
Aqua Magus - Outside the Burial Grounds Tomb, south of "Logging Camp"
Flames of Our Lady - Northwest of "Sunstop Mountain camp" in the quarry structures
Silent Plains Piquette - In the Venatori main camp south-east of "Sunstop Mountain Camp"
Sacrifice - 12/12 Pieces
Skyhold customizations Edit
- Dwarven Banner - In the tomb in The Canyon. (Can be also obtained in "The Vaults" in Valammar in the Hinterlands)
- Dwarven Banner Crown - in a tomb in the Burial Grounds. (Can be also obtained in Daerwin's Mouth in the Storm Coast)
- Tevinter Banner Crown - in a chest in a small camp beside a large rock, close to the Golden Oasis, north east of the Canyon Camp
Notable items Edit
- Northwest of Sunstop Mountain Camp, at the bottom of the ladders leading down from Rock Top Ridge
- Inside the Tomb at Sunstop Mountains, at the utmost bottom of the scaffolding
- Northwest of the Logging Camp.
- North of Sand Crags Camp west of Mountain Fortress Camp near a blue tent.
- Halfway between the Sand Crags Camp and The Cove Camp, directly south of one of the Rifts near the Sand Crags, underneath two giant overlapping rocks. It is far east of the Logging Camp.
- In the Shallow Basin just north of the Burial Grounds. Directly north of the map marker labeled "The Empty Square".
Adds fire damage to each weapon strike strike
- Found in a tomb east of the Mountain Fortress Camp during the side quest The Tomb of Fairel
Loot EditSuperb Demon-Slaying Rune Schematic
Inflicts bonus damage against demons and undead on each weapon strike.
- looted from a chest in The Tomb of Fairel
"We have made for centuries. We will make for as many more. They could kill every mage, and we would still make. But they cannot. Because of what we make."
Her Hands of the Staveworks
Requires: Level 12
Damage: 49–50 Fire
+10 Spirit Damage
+16% Heal Bonus - dropped by a Venatori Overseer during Sand and Ruin
Helm of the Drasca
The Drasca were an order of warriors formed in the ancient Anderfels to resist the Tevinter Imperium reconquest in -535 Ancient. Renowned for their whirling blades and skill with the bow, they were brutally hunted by the Imperium until the last members fled into the Blasted Hills of the south. Rumors persisted that the Drasca continued on and played a part in the Anders rebellion against Orlesian rule following the Second Blight, but if that is true, they subsequently drifted into obscurity once again.
Requires: Level 19
+8% Magic Defense
+8% Ranged Defense - for purchase from merchant
Inscribed in an unusual script: "Long have I endured, as the world has endured. Though time has worn the skies, it shall not reduce me, for I am eternity." Touching the wood gives a sense of devotion... of unknown source.
Requires: Level 15
+4% Critical Chance
+48% Flanking Damage Bonus - see ... (Inquisition)
Promise of the Storm
Held lightly, hair on the arm stands on end. Held tight, fingertips numb, leaving a tingle others can feel in the wielder's touch for hours after. Unsubtle power, like the storm that destroys the invading fleet, but also home and hearth. The will that commissioned this is forgotten; even more so are her enemies.
Requires: Level 14
+16 Electricity Damage
+21% Armor Penetration
+2% Critical Chance - looted from The Tomb of Fairel
Strange Orb Edit
East of Statue Camp is set of boxes with an orb on top that can be taken but does not appear to do anything, nor does it appear in any quest.
Codex entries Edit
Codex entry: A Worn Diary
Codex entry: Blood-Spotted Venatori Diary
Codex entry: The Colossus of Orlais
Codex entry: Demons of the Stone
Codex entry: Draft of Letter to Venatori Magisters
Codex entry: Dwarven Inscriptions: Hissing Wastes
Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 3
Codex entry: Folded Letter
Codex entry: The Hissing Wastes
Codex entry: A Journal on Dwarven Ruins
Codex entry: Map of Tomb of Fairel
Codex entry: Note From the Silent Quarter
Codex entry: A Sand-Covered Note
Codex entry: Sketch of Burial Grounds Tomb
Codex entry: Sketch of Canyon Tomb
Codex entry: Sketch of Colossus Tomb
Codex entry: Sketch of Four Pillar Tomb
Codex entry: Sketch of Sunstop Mountain Tomb