Offered and Lost is an Act 2 main quest in Dragon Age II.

Acquisition Edit

This quest is acquired by turning in the quest Blackpowder Courtesy to Viscount Dumar.

Walkthrough Edit

Viscount's Keep Edit

Viscount Dumar will inform Hawke that the Arishok sent a delegate to meet with him which has apparently gone missing. Hawke is directed to Seneschal Bran in the Viscount's Keep. After a discussion on his lacking of wanting to take action, he will simply state that the Qunari could not have been spirited away without the city guard's involvement, and that he doesn't know where Hawke might find someone so eager to sell their honor.

With a full party, two people (with Anders and Fenris taking precedence) will immediately deduce the Hanged Man as the destination with the third concurring. With two or less, Hawke will concur or will deduce it on their own if alone. Regardless, the location of the missing guards is clear.

Note: If Aveline is in your party when you speak to Seneschal Bran, she will add some dialogue to the discussion. You can visit Arishok at the Docks to inform him about his missing delegation if you are trying to earn his respect. You can do this before or after speaking to Seneschal Bran (i.e. immediately after Blackpowder Courtesy) or as late as after speaking with Mother Petrice when you visit the Chantry.

The Hanged Man Edit

Visit The Hanged Man at night and speak to Orwald. The conversation will lead to a fight, unless Aveline is in your party and you choose the 'Call on Companion' option. After either Aveline successfully intimidates him, or you defeat him in combat, he will tell you that he was under orders by a templar bearing the seal of the grand cleric.

Note: If Varric and Isabela are not in the party, they will join in as allies in the ensuing fight. If you have at least one among Isabela, Varric and Aveline in your party while confronting Orwald, fewer patrons will attack you than otherwise. So not having them in the party while initiating conversation with Orwald will net a few more XP out of the fight.

Chantry Edit

Go to the chantry. Hawke's companions will snark at the prospect of accusing the Grand Cleric of funding zealots. You will meet Petrice, who has advanced to the rank of "Mother" in the past three years. She will setup a meeting point with Hawke to hand over the offending templar, Ser Varnell. You may ask Grand Cleric Elthina about the situation.

Varnell Prisoner

Ser Varnell with Qunari prisoner

Ser Varnell's Refuge Edit

Visit the new location on the map within Kirkwall during daytime, Ser Varnell's Refuge.

Note: There is a standard locked chest (20 Cunning to open - 100 XP) and a standard trap in front of it (20 Cunning to detect and disarm - 100 XP).

Hawke will either fight Varnell and many fanatics, or an aggressive Hawke may choose to support Varnell, in which case the Qunari will break free of their chains and you will have to fight them instead. (Diplomatic and Sarcastic Hawkes can also tell Varnell to get on with it and kill the captives, but he won't accept their help and you'll get the normal fight against the fanatics.)

For tips on how to deal with the fight, see Offered and Lost (strategy).

Once the fight is over, the Viscount will then arrive and ask Hawke what he should do with the bodies of the Qunari, mutilated by Varnell's depravity. Hawke can advise the Viscount to burn the bodies to hide the torture, or convince him that hiding the act would only make the situation worse.

Note: Not burning the bodies will contribute towards earning the Arishok's respect, if he is informed of what transpired.

Result Edit

  • If the Qunari bodies are burnt, Hawke will receive the letter Letter icon DA2 The Fixer along with the chance to solve a quest by the same name.
  • Visiting the Chantry immediately after the quest will lead to an encounter with Mother Petrice, who claims that the zealots were correct in their torture.
  • 105 XP - if you support Ser Varnell or fight him (discussion before the fight)
  • Random loot and XP (about 505 XP) from the fight
  • 3 DAO goldpiece trans and 1000 XP from the Viscount - if you tell him to burn the corpses or not to hide the evidence
  • If the bodies were not burnt (i.e. Hawke persuaded the Viscount not to hide the evidence), visiting the Arishok will cause him to ask Hawke why the bodies had torture marks on them. Telling him the truth about the zealots causes him to admit a grudging respect for Hawke.

Approval Edit

  • Friendship small Aveline: friendship (+5) if the Arishok is informed of the missing delegate.
  • Friendship small Anders: friendship (+5) if Hawke immediately attacks Varnell with Anders present.
  • Friendship small Sebastian: friendship (+10) if you warn Elthina ("Someone used your seal"); note that if you subsequently choose "You're useless" and you haven't used that line earlier in Act 2, you will also get Rivalry small Sebastian: rivalry (+5), resulting in the net Friendship small Sebastian: friendship (+5).
  • If Aveline is present and the special dialogue option is chosen, you will gain Friendship small Aveline: friendship (+10); if she is present and it is not chosen, you will gain Rivalry small Aveline: rivalry (+5).
  • Friendship small Sebastian: friendship (+10), Friendship small Aveline: friendship (+5), Friendship small Anders: friendship (+5) when you say Ser Varnell and his fanatics die.
  • Friendship small Sebastian: friendship (+10) if you ask Viscount not to hide the incident.
  • Rivalry small Sebastian: rivalry (+5), Rivalry small Aveline: rivalry (+10) when you tell Ser Varnell to go ahead and kill the Qunari.
  • Rivalry small Sebastian: rivalry (+10), Rivalry small Aveline: rivalry (+10) if you tell the Viscount to burn the bodies.
  • Rivalry small Aveline: rivalry (+5) if you sided with Varnell and Petrice (available only if Hawke has aggressive personality) and immediately after the quest you go to the Chantry and talk to Petrice