Ortan Thaig is an ancient thaig located somewhere beneath Ferelden.[1] Named after Paragon Ortan, this used to be the ancient home of House Ortan but was lost to the darkspawn during the Fourth Blight.[2]

Background Edit

This is where the Paragon Branka took her entire House in order to search for the Anvil of the Void. It was the birthplace of the great Paragon Caridin, and he preferred to stay there even when he became a Paragon.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Edit

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In 8:99 Blessed, at the height of the Fereldan Rebellion and after the disastrous Battle of West Hill, the rebel Prince Maric Theirin and his companions - Loghain, Lady Rowan, and Katriel - travel through Ortan Thaig in an effort to reach Gwaren before the Orlesian army strikes there. They are attacked by giant spiders, and Loghain burns their webs in order to escape.

Dragon Age: The Calling Edit

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In 9:10 Dragon, King Maric Theirin and a group of Grey Wardens travel to Ortan Thaig in order to find Bregan. This time, the thaig is empty. However, when they enter the palace, they find the throne occupied by the skeleton of a dwarven ruler, with other corpses spread within thirty feet of the throne. The corpse is actually possessed by a demon, which killed all the defending dwarves inside the throne room and the darkspawn which were invading the palace. Its own power fading, the demon sends Maric and the Wardens into the Fade. Maric is the first to break free of his dream and manages to rescue the Wardens, though Nicolas refuses to leave the Fade, as his body in the real world soon dies. While in the Fade, the demon tries to possess Fiona in order to become an abomination, however it is defeated in its own realm by the ones it trapped. Shortly afterwards the group returns to the mortal world and hurriedly leaves the palace.

Utha also finds dwarven runes which indicate that her House once owned a building in Ortan Thaig.[3]

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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As part of their quest to crown a new king, the Warden must journey through here. In order to visit this area, the Warden must first traverse Caridin's Cross. It is populated by darkspawn, shades, spiders and golems. The party also notices that the Legion of the Dead passed through the area, leaving numerous darkspawn corpses behind them.[4]

Ruck's Camp

Ruck's camp

Ruck can be found in the northeastern area near the bridges. Talking to him nets some information about Branka, and is also necessary to complete the quest A Mother's Hope.

The Warden will first encounter Ruck in the thaig proper, where he will engage in a brief dialogue with them before running back to his cave while giant spiders surround the party. If the Warden pursues him to his cave, Ruck can be persuaded or intimidated into trading with the Warden, being the only merchant to sell or buy items in an underground location except Orzammar. If Zevran or Oghren is present, he might force the Warden to mercy kill Ruck if the conversation goes on long enough.

Characters Edit

Enemies Edit

Ortan Thaig another view

Underground river crossing the Ortan Thaig

Notable items Edit

Plt ico parchment Ortan RecordsOrtan Records
Plot item
This ancient registry is preserved in some kind of wax. It charts births, marriages, and deaths within House Ortan. The most recent date is from four hundred years ago.
— source: Ortan Thaig Chest
Ico axe BloodlineBloodline
Varies (Tier 1-9)
Requires: 25 strength

Damage: 8.40
Critical chance: 1.40%
Armor penetration: 3.20
Strength modifier: 1.10
+3 dexterity
+10% spirit resistance
+1 armor penetration
+4 damage vs. darkspawn
, source: corpse of corrupted spider queen
Ico gloves light Silk Weave GlovesSilk Weave Gloves
Light gloves
Inscribed Leather (Tier 6)

Armor: 1.33
Fatigue: 1.13%
+20% nature damage
, source: corpse of corrupted spider queen
Ico amulet Smith's HeartSmith's Heart
Droplets of molten metal that fall from the forges of the dwarven smiths are often collected and worn for good luck. This one is steel, roughly shaped like a clenched fist.

+20% fire resistance
-1 dexterity
— source: Cocoon (in spider lair)
Plt ico family sword Topsider's PommelTopsider's Pommel
Plot item
A weighted pommel of obviously fine elven make. A partial inscription glows faintly in the presence of lyrium, but remains unreadable.
— source: Vase (in Ruck's camp)
Ico armor massive Armor of the Divine WillArmor of the Divine Will
Massive chestpiece
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 18.38
Fatigue: 26.25%
+20% spell resistance
-5 magic
— source: Ruck
Ico belt Destructionist's BeltDestructionist's Belt
Lyrium has been inlaid into the leather of this belt, forming curious geometric patterns.

+0.5/+1 mana regeneration in combat
+3 spellpower
— source: Ruck
Ru coldiron grandmaster Grandmaster Cold Iron RuneGrandmaster Cold Iron Rune
Weapon Rune
This forms the Tevinter symbol for the Fade.

+10 Damage vs. Undead
— source: Ruck
Ico dragonbone shield Shield of the LegionShield of the Legion
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 34 strength

Fatigue: 3.25%
Strength modifier: 1.00
+10 mental resistance
— source: Ruck
Rgt ico deepmush Deep MushroomDeep Mushroom
Fungi found underground in close proximity to lyrium veins. In addition to their restorative properties, they can also be made into poisons.

Use: After chewing a deep mushroom, warriors and rogues regain a small amount of stamina. Mages gain no benefit from chewing deep mushrooms.
— unlimited source: Ruck
Rgt ico lifestone LifestoneLifestone
These rare rocks have existed in close proximity to lyrium ore, and as such, they have absorbed some of its traits. Lifestones enhance the natural properties of other materials used in item creation.
— unlimited source: Ruck

Notable gifts for companions:

Tre ico holy symbol 4 Etched Silver SymbolEtched Silver Symbol
A simple holy symbol, made of etched silver.
— source: Ruck

Special objects Edit

Codex entries Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Asunder, source: Altar of Sundering
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Caridin's Journal, source: Book
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Topsider's Honor, source: Warrior's Grave
Map-Ortan Thaig

Map of the area

Containers Edit

Darkspawn vs. spiders area


Spider lair

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ortan Thaig should be somewhere beneath Ferelden as the main characters in Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne crossed it in order to reach Gwaren from West Hill. Furthermore, the surface entrance near West Hill which is leading to the Deep Roads was again used by Maric Theirin and the Orlesian Grey Wardens years later in order to reach the thaig in Dragon Age: The Calling.
  2. Mentioned by Orta.
  3. Dragon Age: The Calling, pp. 246-247
  4. Mentioned by various companions in party banter.