The Mountainside Caverns extend onwards from the Ruined Temple and continue the path on the quest for The Urn of Sacred Ashes. Inside the caverns, the Disciples of Andraste reside.

Involvement Edit

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Map of the caverns

  • Feeding Chambers: About midway through the caverns and located to the east of the map, a room with several goats and sheep. Three drakes will spawn, dropping drake scales when killed. These can be given to Wade at Denerim who will use them to craft Wade's Drakeskin Armor Set.
  • Hatchery Room: A cavern with a lot of dragon eggs within located at the very top right room of the caverns. Two drakes will spawn in the large cavern prior to this room during or after the fight with the Arcane Warrior Cultist overseer. Another drake will be with the Cultist mage in the hatchery. These will provide another set of three drake scales for Wade.
  • Final cave: This is where Kolgrim is located. He will ask the Warden to defile the Sacred Ashes: agreeing to his proposal will start the associated quest; however, refusal to do so will result in Kolgrim and his guards turning hostile and a battle will ensue.
Note: Defiling the ashes is the only way to gain the Reaver specialization, though it will cause Leliana and Wynne to become hostile.

Enemies Edit



Containers Edit

Object Dragon Egg

Dragon Eggs

Notable items Edit

Plt ico drake scales Drake ScaleDrake Scale
A perfect drake scale.
, activates Drake Scale Armor side quest
Ico greataxe Faith's EdgeFaith's Edge
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 34 strength

Damage: 15.00 (pcIcon pc)
13.50 (consoles)
Critical chance: 4.50%
Armor penetration: 5.25
Strength modifier: 1.10
Rune slot Rune slot
+2 willpower
+5% critical/backstab damage
, source: Kolgrim
Plt ico hallas antlers Kolgrim's HornKolgrim's Horn
Plot item
This horn, emblazoned with a modified Chantry symbol, belonged to Father Kolgrim of Haven. When he wished to "commune" with the high dragon he believed to be Andraste reborn, this horn would sound out from the mountaintop.
, source: Kolgrim, pcIcon pconly
Ico amulet LifedrinkerLifedrinker
The emblem of the Imperium decorates this ancient golden torc. It is studded with garnets the color of dried blood, and feels bitter cold to the touch.

+4 spellpower
Ico longsword SpellweaverSpellweaver
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 27 strength/magic

Damage: 10.50
Critical chance: 3.00%
Armor penetration: 3.50
Strength modifier: 1.00
Rune slot Rune slot
+5 magic
+1 or +2 mana regeneration in combat
+10% spell resistance
+3 electricity damage
, source: Arcane Warrior Cultist overseer
Plt ico darkspawn blood Vial of Dragons BloodVial of Dragons Blood
Plot item
The contents of this vial seem almost to glow. The glass is hot to the touch.
, received upon acceptance of Kolgrim's task
Ru dweomer master Master Dweomer RuneMaster Dweomer Rune
Weapon rune
Dweomer runes get their name from the ancient Tevinter name for dwarves.

+8% Spell Resistance

Notable gifts for companions Edit

Tre ico statuette 2 Stone Warrior StatuetteStone Warrior Statuette
A small stone carving of a humanoid warrior.
, found in a pile of dragon filth.

Codex entries Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Frostback Mountains, source: book
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 3, source: book in Hatchery Room
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Life Drinker, source: Lifedrinker

Special objects Edit