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Representing the furthest point of encroachment by the ancient Tevinter Imperium into the barbarian lands of the southeast, the fortress of Ostagar was once one of the most important defensive Imperial holdings south of the Waking Sea.

Background Edit

Standing at the edge of the Korcari Wilds, its Tevinter garrisons watched for any signs of invasion by the Chasind Wilders barbarians. Straddling a narrow pass in the hills, the fortress kept the Chasind from the fertile lowlands of the north, being exceedingly difficult to attack due to its naturally defensible position.

Like most southern Imperial holdings, Ostagar was abandoned after Tevinter's collapse during the First Blight. It was sacked from the south at least once, but the Chasind threat has dwindled since their defeat by the hand of Hafter after the Second Blight and no troops have been stationed the area for centuries - though most of the walls still stand, as does the Tower of Ishal which is named after the Archon who ordered its construction. Ostagar remains a testament to the power of the Tevinter Imperium.

Involvement Edit

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Map of the Area.

Battle of Ostagar Edit

Main article: Battle of Ostagar
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“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
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Ostagar was the staging ground for the armies of Ferelden to battle the Fifth Blight. Before the Warden arrived with Duncan, the armies under King Cailan had already defeated two waves of darkspawn. After The Warden underwent the Joining alongside Daveth and Ser Jory, it was time for the final plans to be made for the battle. King Cailan ordered Alistair and the Warden to light a beacon atop the Tower of Ishal, a signal for Loghain Mac Tir and his troops to charge and rush the flanks of the darkspawn already engaged with Cailan's forces.

All did not go according to plan, however, as darkspawn swarmed the tower from subterranean tunnels. Those tasked with lighting the beacon had to fight their way to the top and pit themselves against an ogre before they could complete their mission. Then, Loghain ordered his forces to retreat, abandoning the rest of the army in the valley beneath Ostagar. King Cailan and Duncan were slain and their troops massacred, leaving only two Grey Wardens in all of Ferelden.

Shortly thereafter, more darkspawn stormed the tower and overwhelmed the two Wardens. Ostagar was lost.

Return to Ostagar Edit

Main article: Return to Ostagar
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“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
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The Warden returns to Ostagar, finding it covered with snow and tenacious darkspawn. By driving off several groups of stragglers, the party recovers King Cailan's body and equipment, the royal arms chest, and Duncan's sword and dagger, among a few other unique items.

Epilogue Edit

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“We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party.” — Morrigan
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After the end of the Fifth Blight in 9:31 Dragon, a Warden of Dalish Elf Origin can request the monarch as a boon to give land to the Dalish and they receive the Hinterlands including the ruins of Ostagar, or otherwise if a Dalish Warden makes the ultimate sacrifice to defeat the Archdemon.

Quests Edit

Ico Quest The Hungry Deserter
Ico Quest The Mabari Hound
Ico Quest Joining the Grey Wardens
Ico Quest Tainted Blood
Ico Quest The Grey Wardens' Cache
Ico Quest After the Joining
Ico Quest The Tower of Ishal

Characters Edit

Notable items Edit

See Quartermaster and The Hungry Deserter.
Ico longsword Ser Garlen's SwordSer Garlen's Sword
Longsword
Grey Iron (Tier 2)
Requires: 13 strength

Damage: 7.70
Critical chance: 2.20%
Armor penetration: 2.30
Strength modifier: 1.00
+2 attack
+10 physical resistance
, source: Elven Messenger
Plt ico key Key to Mages' ChestKey to Mages' Chest
Key
An ornate key in questionable condition. Oddly enough, it's a little warm...
, source: The Hungry Deserter
Ico belt Hardy's BeltHardy's Belt
Belt
This belt was either made by a master or someone mentally unbalanced. Every stitch has been spaced evenly. The leather has been carefully pressed and trimmed to precise uniform thickness.

+1 constitution
, source: Quartermaster (see Stealing, below)
Ru flame novice Novice Flame RuneNovice Flame Rune
Weapon rune
This lyrium rune is the ancient Tevinter symbol for Toth, god of fire.

+1 Fire Damage
, source: chest by Alistair
Ru slow novice Novice Slow RuneNovice Slow Rune
Weapon rune
The ancient Tevinter symbol for sloth.

Low chance to reduce movement speed
, source: chest by Alistair
Tre ico dog bone 3 Beef BoneBeef Bone
Gift
A shoulder of beef, with bone attached.
, source: Sacks
Tre ico silver chalice Joining ChaliceJoining Chalice
Gift
Darkspawn blood still encrusts this silver chalice. With a shudder, you remember the day you brought it to your lips and drank deeply of all the mysteries that lay within.
, source: Return to Ostagar

Codex entriesEdit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Archdemon - Unlocked upon arrival
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Dogs in Ferelden - Note in empty kennel in Ostagar after completing Tainted Blood quest
Ico codex entry Codex entry: King Cailan Theirin - Meet Cailan
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Korcari Wilds - Unlocked upon arrival
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Loghain Mac Tir - Unlocked when Cailan mentions Loghain
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Ostagar - Talk to the guard at the end of the bridge
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Wynne - Talk to Wynne
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Fade - Talk to Wynne

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Alistair

- After meeting Alistair
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Tranquil - Talk to the Tranquil mage near the Circle of Magi area
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Legend of Luthias Dwarfson - Talk to the Ash Warrior
Ico codex entry Codex entry: King Maric Theirin - Talk to Loghain

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Ser Cauthrien - After Cutscene

Containers Edit

Daytime

  • Chest (generic, critter) - southeast of the gate to the Tower of Ishal; locked (10 XP)
  • Chest (Ferelden, normal) - by Quartermaster; locked (5 XP)
  • Chest (Ferelden, critter) - by infirmary; locked (10 XP)
  • Chest (Ferelden, critter) - by sergeant; locked (5 XP)
  • Chest (Ferelden, critter) - by war council table; locked (5 XP)
  • Chest (Special, see above) - by Alistair; locked (5 XP)
  • Sack (Ferelden, normal) - platform behind Cailan's tent
  • Sack (Ferelden, critter) - platform behind Cailan's tent
  • Sack (generic, critter) - platform east of bridge
  • Sacks (generic, normal) - platform east of bridge, always includes Beef Bone

Evening

Tower of Ishal sector

Stealing Edit

Daytime

Stealing targets:

Normal

  • The Chantry sister leading prayer by the benches, where Ser Jory begins.
    • Both shield-bearing Knights in this prayer group.
  • A female Ash Warrior.
  • A male Ash Warrior without a helmet.
  • A soldier (bearing a round shield) close to Duncan's fire.
  • A soldier (bearing a round shield) attending the Cleric's sermon.
  • Tower Guard.
  • A soldier (bearing a shield) near the Quartermaster.
  • Both soldiers (bearing metal shields) near the Sergeant.
  • The first soldier bearing a round shield as you come up the ramp towards the Sergeant.

Elite

  • The Sergeant lecturing over the genlock corpse on the platform south of Loghain's tent (though not while he is speaking).
  • Ash Warrior Leader.
  • The Kennel Master.
  • The Quartermaster (always yields Hardy's Belt).

Boss

  • Duncan (requires at least 20 cunning)

Evening Due to a lasting exploit, all of the daytime targets can be pick-pocketed a second time; three more 'normal' targets also become available:

  • A soldier (bearing a metal shield) near the Sergeant.
  • A male soldier (bearing a metal shield) in the group across the ramp from the Sergeant.
  • A soldier on the bridge.
  • Alistair after the joining before you go to the meeting with the King.

Notes Edit

  • The Imperial Highway ends at Ostagar and is also the southernmost point of this construct.
  • If you fail a pickpocket attempt on some of the soldiers at Ostagar, a knight reports this to Duncan (who will defend the Warden) and, when spoken to, will give a stern yet understanding lecture on when not to steal from people and the importance of not getting caught.
    • Speaking to the Knight after this report causes him to state, "People sometimes forget that the Wardens recruit from all walks of life, even thieves. I have not forgotten."
  • When Morrigan guides you back from Flemeth's Hut, evening has fallen. The Quartermaster will have restocked inventory (i.e. everything bought from him during the day can be bought again); see also Stealing above.
  • See Tainted Blood regarding an experience exploit.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360The Deathroot (Elfroot on thepcIcon pc) due south of the King's Highway map marker resets when it becomes night in Ostagar, allowing it to be acquired once when you first arrive, and then again before the attending the strategy meeting (where it will now be a deathroot on thepcIcon pc).

Bugs Edit

  • pcIcon pcWhen you have completed the Tainted Blood and The Grey Wardens' Cache quests and return to the night time Ostagar as a Human Noble, the Kennel Master has a quest marker hovering over his head and on the minimap/map, but you cannot interact with him.
  • There are several places on this map where you can go "out of bounds" and enter areas that should be inaccessible. The first two of these will leave your character trapped, so remember to save your game.
    • On the lookout platform southeast of the main camp area, there is a broken ledge that you can walk off of to land on the inaccessible platform below.
    • Once Tower of Ishal has started, it is possible to walk onto one of the ballistae on the bridge and step off the ledge, landing in the middle of the battle below. The participants in the battle are low-resolution sprites that cannot be interacted with.
    • You can walk off the worn-away part of the southwest lookout next to the Tower of Ishal and travel down the slope.
    • You can go back to "within the bounds". Go to the Army Camp from the outside, click on the Cleric to get through the barrier and talk with the guard. He'll give his standard line and you'll be back in the game.
    • It's possible to use the map hole along with the "hold/follow" command for party members to maneuver the party into the off limits area of Ishal. Getting to this area will allow the player enter Ishal and start the quest to light the beacon early. This can allow the player to take Daveth and Ser Jory into later areas of the game, as they will stay in the party until manually removed.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 The player can get unlimited XP by reporting back to Duncan after they collect the vials of blood but before they retrieve the documents from Morrigan. When Duncan asks if you have been successful the player can report that they have the blood but not the scrolls. You will receive XP every time you do this.

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