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In Your Heart Shall Burn is a main quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition, featuring the Herald closing the Breach with the help of their new allies. Although seemingly a successful operation, the events later take an unexpected turn as Haven is attacked by unknown enemy forces.

With the Inquisition's hard-won allies, it is time to march on the Breach and close it.

Note: This quest marks a major point of no return. After accepting this quest, certain quests and content, as well as access to Haven, will no longer be available. See Notes for details.

Acquisition Edit

The quest is automatically acquired after the conclusion of either Champions of the Just or In Hushed Whispers.

Walkthrough Edit

[Join forces with your new allies to assault the heart of the Breach and close it once and for all.

Recommended Levels: 8 to 11]

Closing the Breach Edit

ClosingBreachFeast

People celebrating closing the Breach

A scene of the Herald, along with the chosen allied force (Templars or Mages), closing the Breach will play. The scene will then shift to Haven, as everyone celebrates the Inquisition's success. The festivities are soon interrupted as an unknown force can be seen marching towards them in the distance.

Head to the gates Edit

Before heading to the gate, take a moment to note the location of some of Haven's townspeople. Threnn is right behind the party by the requisition table, along with a Supply Cache. Seggrit is just ahead at the top of the stairs. Heading to the left, Flissa will be at her usual spot in the tavern. And heading past the tavern, Adan and Minaeve can be found in the general area where Solas is usually at. Head towards the main gate, and after descending the stairs, turn left and note Lysette's position. All of these townspeople will need to be saved later.

When ready, head to the main gate and a scene plays. Either Dorian or Cole will ask for the gate to be opened:

  • Dorian explains that the mages are now part of the Venatori and led by a woman named Calpernia.
  • Cole explains that the templars have been corrupted.

Either way, the Herald will see the Elder One for the first time. A plan to use the trebuchets to attack the invading force is then formed.

If the mages were recruited, the enemies will consist of red templars, led by Samson. If the templars were recruited, the enemies will consist of the Venatori, with Calpernia leading them.

Defend the north trebuchet Edit

There is a gauge in the upper right corner. The party will need to defend the trebuchet crew by defeating a total of three enemy waves. The gauge will increase by one-third after each wave is eliminated. After the final wave, the trebuchet is fired and the party is told that the southern trebuchet isn't firing and they will need to investigate. As with much of this quest, be sure to grab any drops before proceeding to the next stage as there will be no going back to get them later.

Retake the south trebuchet Edit

There is a supply cache near the smithy. There will be a group of enemies surrounding the trebuchet. Another group will approach from the southwest as soon as the first group is defeated. There is another supply cache to the right of the trebuchet.

Man the trebuchet Edit

The wheel on the trebuchet must then be turned until the gauge is full. A scene plays of the shot connecting with the mountainside, causing an avalanche that envelops much of the enemy force. Soon after, a high dragon flies overhead and destroys the trebuchet.

Return to the gates Edit

Note: All of the rescues must be done quickly, however there is no rush in between rescues. Thus, there is time to gather loot from fallen enemies as long as the next rescue hasn't triggered.

Help Harritt Edit

On the way back to the gates, the blacksmith, Harritt, will ask for help getting into the nearby building. This begins the sub-quest, Evacuating Haven. Destroy the boxes that are blocking the door - a warrior can break them with their weapon or a mage can Mind Blast in close proximity. A rogue archer can use Explosive Shot. It is advised to save manually before proceeding to the main gate to meet up with Cullen and after each rescue that follows.

Regroup at the Chantry Edit

Note that rescuing Haven's townspeople is entirely optional, but the rewards are substantial. Each townsperson rescued is worth 128 XP and 80 Influence. After being rescued, each townsperson will head to the Chantry. It is useful to save the game after each rescue to minimize redoing work if a rescue is botched, particularly Adan and Minaeve.

Note: If you are playing on higher difficulties, it is highly recommended that you avoid using supply caches if at all possible until after the cutscene in the Chantry.

Rescue Lysette Edit

Immediately move up the stairs and to the right to rescue Lysette. She will be fighting a couple enemies initially, but more will climb over the nearby wall.

Note: If you ignore Lysette, she may still survive Haven and be present in Skyhold.

Rescue Seggrit Edit

Stick to the left side of the stairs and turn left and approach the burning building to hear Seggrit call out for help. Even sticking to the left side, it's possible the nearby enemies will engage. Consider ordering the party to hold position at the bottom of the stairs.

There are a few potential ways to rescue Seggrit. The quickest way is to climb up the ladder left of the building, go down the "catwalk" and jump into the house through the roof. Rescue Seggrit and destroy the boxes blocking the door to escape. You can also climb onto the barrel at the right corner of the building, then onto the adjacent stack of wood. Jump to the top of the stack and into the building. Alternatively, it's possible to destroy the boxes from the outside if you have a warrior in your party, a mage with Mind Blast, or a rogue with Explosive Shot. A warrior with Charging Bull can simply charge through the door.

Whichever way you get in there, make sure you loot the large chest before exiting.

Rescue Flissa Edit

Move straight ahead to encounter the next group of enemies, if they weren't already killed. If the party gets too close to the tavern, then Flissa's rescue will trigger, and there's not a lot of time to get to her before the roof collapses. Command the party to hold position and let the enemies come to them. Another group will jump over the wall as the party gets close to the tavern entrance. Take command of a rogue and use stealth to enter the tavern and perform the rescue. Do not let the fighting move past the tavern, or Adan and Minaeve's rescue will trigger too soon. Move the party and engage enemies inside the tavern if necessary.

However, this rescue will only trigger during the fight if your controlled character moves too close to the tavern. This means it is possible to clear out the enemies before triggering Flissa's rescue by controlling a ranged attacker, such as an archer or mage, and staying back from the tavern as soon as you see enemies spawn on the ramparts. Party members that you are not controlling can approach the tavern without triggering the rescue, so long as you do not switch to them during the fight. This gives you plenty of time to rescue Flissa and leave by the tavern's front door, not the side door, which also avoids accidentally triggering the rescue of Adan and Minaeve.

Rescue Adan and Minaeve Edit

There is not a lot of time to do this. After the previous battle is over, run up the stairs and do not stop. The dragon will launch a fireball and light the nearby buildings on fire. Adan will yell that fire is approaching the pots. If it reaches the pots, they will explode and one or both will die (NOTE: Rescue Adan first, as he inevitably dies if he does not get away from the pots when they explode - whereas Minaeve has a better chance of surviving the explosion.) There really is just barely enough time to rescue both of them. Consider ordering the party to hold position on the stairs to make sure they don't get in the way, or ordering a party member to hold position next to Minaeve so you can switch to them quickly once Adan has been saved. There is a supply cache in front of the apothecary and a large loot chest inside.

Rescue Threnn Edit

Move to the front of the Chantry. Kill the enemies and make sure she survives.

Note: After Seggrit, the order in which you rescue the townspeople is not set in stone. From Seggrit, you can rescue Flissa, Adan and Minaeve then Threnn as described above, or reverse the order and do it that way. The latter option makes rescuing Adan, Minaeve and Flissa quite easy, even on harder difficulties. From Seggrit head south to Threnn then approach Adan and Minaeve from the rear, around the back of the buildings before heading through the tavern side door to Flissa.

If all six townspeople were helped/rescued (only party members):

  • Varric
    DAIApproval Greatly Approves
  • Vivienne
    DAIApproval Approves

If you don't save all six townspeople, but do manage to save at least one (only party members):

  • Varric
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Vivienne
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves

Enter the chantry and a scene will play in which a wounded Chancellor Roderick ushers in the party and other survivors. After a bit of discussion, it is learned that the Herald is likely the target of the Elder One, and not the entire Inquisition.

Dorian: From what I gathered in Redcliffe, it marched all of this way to take your Herald.

Cole: The Elder One doesn't care about the village. He only wants the Herald.

  • I'd give myself to save Haven. - Varric
    DAIApproval Approves
    ; Blackwall
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    ; Sera
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
    ; Solas
    DAIApproval Disapproves
  • Why? Why does he want me? - Solas
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • How do I stop him? - Vivienne/Iron Bull
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves

Roderick will suggest that a secret path out of the chantry could be used by the Inquisition to escape. Meanwhile, the Herald intends to bury Haven using another trebuchet shot at the mountainside.

Roderick: She must have shown me. Andraste must have shown me so I could... tell you.

Q What do you mean?
  • Cullen, can you get them out?
  • Rocks won't stop a dragon. - Varric/Sera
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Go. I'll distract them.

Reach the trebuchet Edit

Several enemies will approach the party. Once they're dealt with, move towards the spot where Varric hung out and eliminate another group. As the party approaches the trebuchet, a couple groups of enemies will appear. There is a supply cache near the trebuchet.

Aim the trebuchet Edit

Corypheus and dragon

Elder One and his dragon

As soon as a party member begins turning the wheel, the radar will show enemies approaching but they don't arrive all at once. The wheel can only be turned so much, and then a larger group of enemies will spawn who need to be eliminated before the trebuchet can be rotated further. This pattern will repeat two more times. In the third enemy group either Knight-Captain Denam or Fiona will appear. They are both Elite rank. Once the third group has been dispatched, the trebuchet can be fully aimed without further interruption.

There are walls in front of the wood fences which can be reached by a cluster of rocks near the trebuchet and used for ranged/AoE attacks. They can also cause enemies to run into the stronghold and cluster together outside the tavern. AoE spells are very effective from this position. It is a good idea to keep your party clustered together at the start of each wave until as many enemies as possible are close enough to be taunted into attacking your warrior(s). Once enemy focus is on the warriors, move your mage and rogue party members out of the line of fire. In the last wave, focus on the lesser enemies and save Knight-Captain Denam or Fiona for last. Take out any archers first as they can do significant damage with one shot.

Once the trebuchet is fully aimed a scene plays in which the Herald will speak to the Elder One and learn his true identity as Corypheus. The Herald fires the trebuchet, and an avalanche consumes Haven. The Herald falls underground as the scene ends.

Note: It is possible to fully aim the trebuchet without killing all the enemies, thus beginning the cutscene and skipping the rest of the fight.

Find a way forward Edit

Continue moving forward and eventually a group of demons spawns. A tutorial will begin on focus abilities and the Mark of the Rift ability will be unlocked and automatically assigned to a quick slot. The cavern exit will soon be reached after the battle. Move ahead slowly, possibly examining a couple of abandoned campfire pits, until lights can be seen on the horizon.

Several scenes will play out. In the first, the advisors are arguing while the Herald speaks to Mother Giselle. The first set of choices do not have any impact, but the second set may affect the choices in the ceremony at Skyhold and establish whether the Herald is considered "faithful" or "non-faithful" by the game. However, it appears that the first cutscene conversation with Cassandra in Haven where she asks the Herald if they believe in the Maker has a huge impact on whether it is possible to establish the Herald as non-faithful.

Note: Conversations with other companions/characters may have a similar impact. [confirmation needed]

Mother Giselle: That is hard to accept, no? What "we" have been called to endure? What "we", perhaps, must come to believe?

If the Herald told Cassandra that they believe in the Maker:

  • [Investigate options]: I didn't die and come back./Should we believe Corypheus? (leads to "He said the heavens are empty")
  • We need more than faith. - Confirms belief
  • I believe, but it didn't help - Confirms belief
  • Fanatical belief is to blame. - Confirms belief
  • This is a waste of time. - Confirms belief
  • I've lost faith. - Confirms belief

If the Herald told Cassandra that they did not believe in the Maker OR said they didn't know:

  • [Investigate options]: I didn't die and come back./Should we believe Corypheus? (leads to "He said the heavens are empty")
  • We need more than faith. - Confirms non-belief
  • I believe, but is that enough? (may say "I want to believe" instead) - Establishes belief
  • Fanatical belief is to blame. - Confirms non-belief
  • This is a waste of time. - Confirms non-belief
  • I still don't believe. - Confirms non-belief

Only a faith-based Inquisitor will be able to declare the Inquisition for faith at Skyhold. Conversely, only a non-faith based Inquisitor will be able to declare the Inquisition for order or to do what is right.

Afterwards, Solas will ask the Herald for a word in private. He will explain that the orb Corypheus wields is of elven origin. Solas' dialogue will differ and the conversation options will give different approvals if the Inquisitor is Dalish.

If the Herald is Dalish: Solas: We must find out how he survived... and we must prepare for their reaction, when they learn that the orb is of our people.

Q How do you know this? (repeat w/o option) - Solas
DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • I won't worry. They trust me. - No approval
  • Lost here, it won't matter. - No approval
  • They'll blame us eventually. - Solas
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves

If the Herald is not Dalish: Solas: I do not yet know how Corypheus survived... Nor am I certain how people will react when they learn of the orb's origin.

Q How do you know this? (repeat w/o option) - Solas
DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • You're right to be worried. - Solas
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • Lost here, it won't matter. - No approval
  • So prove yourself. - No approval

Solas will inform the Herald of a place that the Inquisition can rebuild: Skyhold.

The Ceremony Edit

Inquisitorcheering

Cullen and others enjoying selection of the new Inquisitor

A scene plays in which the Herald is named the Inquisitor. The dialogue choices here can be affected by whether the Herald is faithful or non-faithful, as well as the choice made during the earlier conversation with Mother Giselle.

Cassandra: You.

  • (Surprised) But I'm not your chosen one! - Vivienne
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
  • (Pleased) I'm honored./My faith is rewarded. - Cassandra
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • (Confused) Everyone agreed to this?/But I'm not even human. (non-human only)/You trust this to a mage? (mage only)
  • (Mad) I don't want this! - Blackwall
    DAIApproval Disapproves

Cassandra: There would be no Inquisition without you. How it will serve, how you lead: that must be yours to decide.

(Note that the answer the Inquisitor chooses can have minor to semi-significant effects on the election of the Divine. For more info on the Divine Election, see here.)

Race/class restricted:
  • A dwarf will stand for us all. (Dwarven only) - Sera
    DAIApproval Approves
    ;
    • Divine Election - Leliana +1, Cassandra -1, Vivienne -1
  • An elf will stand for us all. (Elven only) - Solas
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    ; Sera
    DAIApproval Disapproves
    ; Dorian
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    • Divine Election - Leliana +1, Cassandra -1, Vivienne -1
  • A qunari will stand for us all. (Qunari only) - Sera
    DAIApproval Approves
    ; Iron Bull
    DAIApproval Approves
    ; Dorian
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    • Divine Election - Leliana +1, Cassandra -1, Vivienne -1
  • I'll set an example as a mage. (Mage only) - Dorian
    DAIApproval Approves
    ; Solas/Sera
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    ; Vivienne
    DAIApproval Greatly Approves
    • Divine Election - Leliana +1, Vivienne +5
Faithful only:
  • I'll be a servant of faith. - Cassandra
    DAIApproval Greatly Approves
    ; Vivienne
    DAIApproval Approves
    ; Solas/Sera
    DAIApproval Disapproves
    , Dorian
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
    • Divine Election - Cassandra +5, Vivienne +1
Non-faithful only:
  • I fight for order, not faith. - Varric
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    ; Cassandra/Sera
    DAIApproval Approves
    • Divine Election - Cassandra +1, Vivienne -1
  • I'll do it because it's right. - Sera
    DAIApproval Greatly Approves
    ; Blackwall
    DAIApproval Approves
    ; Varric/Solas/Iron Bull
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
    • Divine Election - Leliana +5
Available to all:
  • Corypheus must be stopped. - Dorian
    DAIApproval Greatly Approves
    ; Sera
    DAIApproval Approves
    ; Iron Bull/Blackwall
    DAIApproval Slightly Approves
  • I will lead them to vengeance. - Sera
    DAIApproval Approves
    ; Cassandra/Solas/Iron Bull
    DAIApproval Slightly Disapproves
    ; Varric
    DAIApproval Disapproves
    • Divine Election - Leliana +1, Vivienne +5
  • I'll do it for my own power. - Cassandra/Varric/Solas/Sera/Blackwall
    DAIApproval Greatly Disapproves
    ; Dorian
    DAIApproval Disapproves
    • Divine Election - Leliana +5, Cassandra -1

The quest ends as the Inquisition plans its next move.

Rewards Edit

Inquisition Second Inquisition formation concept

Skyhold scene concept

Completing the quest yields

  • 971 XP
  • 2,000 Influence

Plus

  • 128 XP and 80 Influence for each townsperson rescued in Haven

Results Edit

Notes Edit

  • Fiona always drops Rare Amulet Icon 1 Enhanced Amulet of MagicEnhanced Amulet of Magic
    Rare Amulet

    +5 Magic
    with the base game OR Rare Amulet Icon 1 Enhanced Amulet of BarrierEnhanced Amulet of Barrier
    Rare Amulet
    The wearer of this amulet receives a moderate amount of barrier when hit.

    Generates moderate amount of barrier when hit
    if you have the Trespasser DLC installed.
  • Denam always drops Rare Belt Icon Enhanced Belt of Magic DefenseEnhanced Belt of Magic Defense
    Rare Belt

    +5% Magic Defense
    with the base game OR Rare Amulet Icon 1 Enhanced Amulet of AggressionEnhanced Amulet of Aggression
    Rare Amulet
    The wearer of this amulet generates a moderate amount of threat when attacking.

    Generate threat when attacking
    if you have the Trespasser DLC installed.

The following quests are no longer available after accepting this mission:

The following war table operations are no longer available after accepting this mission:

War table operations started at Haven and in progress when the quest is started will show as completed or still in progress on the Skyhold war table.

The two opportunities to soften Leliana are no longer available after accepting this mission.

Any codex entries in Haven not obtained prior to completion of this quest will become available for purchase from Willvan in Val Royeaux after the Inquisition relocates to Skyhold.

Tips for harder difficulties Edit

This quest can be very challenging on harder difficulties. Here are some tips to make completing the quest easier on hard or nightmare.

Supply caches

It is highly recommended that you save as many of the supply caches inside Haven until after the cutscene in the chantry. (Supply caches in the first part of the quest, outside Haven's walls, will not be accessible later and can be used freely.) Your party will be brought to full health and resupplied after the cutscene, but you will face a series of hard fights after that point, and conserving the supply caches will let you refill in between waves as needed.

Crafting

It is a good idea to make use of the crafting system before beginning the quest. Crafting grants access to equipment with better base statistics than you will get from loot, particularly since crafted equipment has no level restrictions. Affordable schematics can be bought from the Dwarven Bookseller in Redcliffe. If you have gold to spare, you can buy higher-tier but more expensive schematics from the schematics merchant in Val Royeaux, but the Redcliffe schematics should be good enough even on nightmare.

Focus on crafting weapons that give "% chance to heal on kill" (by using cotton or samite in a cloth offense slot in a weapon schematic) and armour that gives a healing bonus (by using cotton in a cloth defense slot in an armour schematic). This gives a character a chance to heal some or all of the damage they've received every time they defeat an enemy, which means you can save potions for when you really need them. If you're still having trouble, consider using drakestone or summer stone in a metal defense slot to boost a character's maximum health.

Party set up

Your party set up will greatly impact your survival. Here are two potential set ups to help you survive the quest, depending on your preferred play style.

Option 1:

Set up a party of two mages and two warriors. There are no locks to open during the quest so you don't lose anything by not taking a rogue. The warriors should both have weapon and shield abilities and equipment. Set taunting abilities such as War Cry and Challenge as preferred abilities in your warriors' tactics; these will keep enemies focussed on the warriors while also generating guard to protect them.

Having two mages allows you to have each mage renew the party's barrier each time it falls, while you wait for the other mage's barrier ability to reset. It is a good idea to keep active control of a mage to avoid them both casting barriers at the same time which may leave you stuck without a barrier just when you need it. If an enemy targets a mage, have them use mind blast or an ability that causes panic such as Flashfire to get away (note: Flashfire may not panic fire-resistant enemies). Use the tactical camera to move your mages out of the line of fire and use your warriors' taunting abilities to keep enemies clustered around them.

The downside to this option is that disengaging from enemies if you find yourself overwhelmed can be very difficult. This option works best in combination with the crafted gear described above to help keep the party alive.

Option 2:

Have an archer rogue with stealth in the party and keep them on the edge of the fight. When the larger groups of enemies spawn, use your rogue to run out of the immediate battle area, far enough that you disengage. The party, including any fallen party members, will respawn next to your archer. After respawning, try to engage only one or two enemies at a time. Their health will not reset, so you can gradually wear them down.

You must keep the rogue alive and in good health at all costs. Set the healing potion reserve to at least two and only use those last few healing potions for your rogue. Save stealth for when you need to run away from enemies. This is a slightly more risky option because fallen party members will have very little health once they revive, so you will need a lot of potions and/or patience, but it can be done with an under-levelled party and/or a party with weak gear.

This tactic will not work for some difficult fights where leaving the battlefield resets the enemies (such as fade rifts or dragons), but it is often useful in areas with a lot of room to run around (such as Suledin Keep), so keep it in mind.

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Corypheus
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: On Skyhold

Trivia Edit

  • Most of the quest names in the main plot of Inquisition refer to specific verses of the Chant of Light. "In your heart shall burn" is from the Canticle of Threnodies 5:7.
  • Beginning In Your Heart Shall Burn and then loading the milestone save from just before entering the War Room can cause companions to refer to you as "Inquisitor," and unlocks dialogues about your new title before you are actually named as the Inquisitor.
  • Some memories of the event linger in the Fade and can be read later.
  • This quest was written by Lukas Kristjanson.[1]

References Edit

  1. The Sound and the Fury: What we listened to while writing Dragon Age: Inquisition

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