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Open a Vein is a side quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

A letter found on a dwarven corpse suggests that a cave in the hills has a valuable vein of lyrium waiting to be mined.

Acquisition Edit

Southeast of the Outskirts camp, read A Letter Found on a Dead Dwarf in the Smuggler's Cave to commence the quest.

Walkthrough Edit

The party will need to find the vein of lyrium in the cave, Ash Warrior's Refuge. The location will be marked on the map. The mine containing the lyrium is blocked by a magical barrier (ice element), so a mage will be required to get through.

A rebel spellbinder and two lesser shades occupy the cavern. Approach the lyrium vein at the end of the tunnel to complete the quest.

Rewards Edit

Reading the letter yields:

  • 75 XP

Completing the quest yields:

  • 44 XP
  • 40 Influence

Notes Edit

  • The spellbinder always drops KeeperIceStaffIcon Keeper Ice StaffKeeper Ice Staff
    Rare Staff
    Requires: Level 4

    Damage: 28 Cold
    +12% Barrier Damage Bonus
    .
  • Further into the cave, the dead body of a dwarf is discovered. Loot his corpse to find Bianca-arms-schematic-icon2 Bianca Arms I (Enhanced) SchematicBianca Arms I (Enhanced) Schematic
    Bianca Arms Schematic

    Damage: 12 Metal
    Offense: 7 Leather
    .
  • If the lyrium vein is approached before picking up the letter in Smuggler's Cave, then the quest will complete immediately upon picking up the letter.
  • There is also an Apostate Cache in another branch of the cave.