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Redcliffe Castle is the seat of the Guerrin family. In the valley below is Redcliffe Village. The castle provides soldiers for the entire Redcliffe region. Redcliffe's coat of arms is a tower atop a red cliff on a white background.

Redcliffecastle-mainfloor

Map of the Main Floor

Redcliffecastle-upperfloor

Map of the Upper Floor

Background Edit

Castle Redcliffe has stood for far longer than the village it protects. Since the days of the Alamarri clans, the castle has guarded the main pass through the Frostback Mountains into Orlais. Redcliffe Castle is the first and last line of defense for the sole land route into Ferelden, and the country has never fallen to any force that did not first take Redcliffe.[1]

It was here that the Avvar hill folk came to strike at the lowlands to the east, and it was this castle the Orlesian Empire needed to control before conquering Ferelden. That was no easy task, for while the folk of Redcliffe may be simple, they are also proud of their ancient role as Ferelden's protectors from incursion. "There is iron in the hills, as there is in the people" goes the local saying, and no one disbelieves it.

The fortress has endured many sieges. On only three such occasions was it successfully taken - first by Calenhad Theirin,[2] much later by Orlesian nobility, and most recently when restored to the Guerrins in the Fereldan Rebellion. The castle is popularly described as "unassailable" in spite of these three attacks.[1]

InvolvementEdit

Dragon Age: Origins 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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When the Warden arrives to Redcliffe the castle has been taken over by an undead horde which is attacking the village. No matter if he or she decide to help the village or not he or she will have to fight through the undead guarding the castle where they in the end will find Connor Guerrin being possessed by a desire demon.

Later Redcliffe Castle serves as a staging area for troops fighting against the Blight.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

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“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor
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The Monarchy offered the rebel mages sanctuary in Ferelden, in the Arling of Redcliffe. The mages gratefully accepted the offer however the Templar host pursued them across the border.

Chaos erupted after the explosion that caused the Breach destroyed the Chantry's peace Conclave. Eventually Venatori infiltrators persuaded the desperate mages under Fiona their only hope of survival was to escape to the Tevinter Imperium. One of the Venatori, Magister Gereon Alexius, traveled in time to the rebel mages' most desperate moment and offered the mages citizenship in exchange for ten years indentured servitude. Feeling they had no choice, the mages accepted. Alexius banished Arl Teagan Guerrin and seized Redcliffe Castle as his stronghold.

Alexius' Redcliffe Castle

Redcliffe Castle after a year of Alexius' rule

Inquisitor recruits the Mages: Magister Alexius invites the Herald of Andraste to Redcliffe Castle to negotiate for the southern mages' aid. Secretly he intends to capture the Herald and present them as a trophy to the Venatori's mysterious deity; The Elder One. Inquisition soldiers infiltrate the castle during the negotiation however and kill the Venatori before they can proceed with their plan. In desperation Alexius attempts to use his unique time-distorting magic and kill the Herald, however Dorian Pavus intervenes and the Herald and Dorian are flung forward through time a year into the future.

They discover that Alexius has held on to Redcliffe Castle, turning it into a major Venatori stronghold in southern Thedas and both the Inquisition and Ferelden have failed in their attempts to oust the Venatori from the fortress. Magister Alexius has greatly expanded the Castle's underground chambers and outer fortifications and the castle is now overgrown with Red lyrium deposits. Alexius has also allowed rifts into the Fade to open throughout the Castle, leaving whole sections of the fortress overrun with Demons. Alexius himself has installed a unique seemingly impenetrable barrier door blocking the throne room, which can only be opened with all five of the red lyrium rings held by his most trusted Venatori mages.

The Herald and Dorian together with their allies kill Alexius and return to their original time and Magister Alexius is swiftly captured thus preventing Alexius' version of Redcliffe Castle from ever coming to be.

Quests Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

Main Quests Edit

Ico Quest The Arl of Redcliffe

Side Quests Edit

Ico Quest Lost in the Castle
Ico Quest Skin Deep

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

Main Quests Edit

Quest icon DAI In Hushed Whispers

Characters Edit

Enemies Edit

Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Venatori
    • Venatori Zealot
    • Venatori Marksman
    • Venatori Spellbinder
    • Venatori Gladiator
  • Lesser Shade
  • Wraith

Notable items Edit

Dragon Age: Origins

Main Floor Edit

Ico dog collar Black Leather CollarBlack Leather Collar
Collar
Heavy black leather, from which a mabari, hopefully, can't wriggle free.

+0.5 armor penetration
+2 armor
Ico warhammer Heavy MaulHeavy Maul
Maul
Steel (Tier 3)
Requires: 22 strength

Damage: 10.80
Critical chance: 0.60%
Armor penetration: 9.10
Strength modifier: 1.25
Rune slot
+2 damage
Ico warpaint Kaddis of Hakkon WintersbreathKaddis of Hakkon Wintersbreath
Warpaint
A traditional Avvar kaddis design meant to invoke the Lord of Winter.

+30% cold resistance
Ico shield kitewood Redcliffe ShieldRedcliffe Shield
Kite shield
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 18 strength

Fatigue: 3.20%
Strength modifier: 1.00
Plt ico chantry cabinet key Redcliffe Vault KeyRedcliffe Vault Key
Key
This key is so heavy it could be used as a bludgeon. They don't make them like they used to.
, carried by the Chamberlain
Ico warpaint Warpaint of the TempestWarpaint of the Tempest
Warpaint
A traditional design used most often in Highever.

+30% electricity resistance

Upper Floor Edit

Ico shield kitemetal Eamon's ShieldEamon's Shield
Kite shield
Steel (Tier 3)
Requires: 22 strength

Fatigue: 3.52%
Strength modifier: 1.00
+6 defense
+25 stamina

Notable gifts for companionsEdit

Main Floor

Tre ico alistair amulet Alistair's Mother's AmuletAlistair's Mother's Amulet
Gift
This silver emblem of Andraste's Flame is riddled with cracks. Someone with a lot of patience has carefully glued it back together.
for Alistair, found on the desk in Arl Eamon's study
Tre ico dog bone 1 Lamb BoneLamb Bone
Gift
The bone from a leg of roast lamb.
for Dog, in a chest.
Tre ico map 5 Botanist's Map of ThedasBotanist's Map of Thedas
Gift
A botanist's map of Thedas, showing where rare plants may be found on the continent.
for the Secret Companion, in a chest.
Bug icon Bug! Cannot be obtained via normal means. See the page for more info.
Tre ico ring 2 Small Silver RingSmall Silver Ring
Gift
A thin silver band set with a single gemstone.
, in a chest.

Upper Floor

Tre ico statuette 1 Stone Dragon StatuetteStone Dragon Statuette
Gift
A small stone carving of a dragon.
for Alistair, in a chest on the Second Floor.
Tre ico small painting 2 Silver-Framed Still LifeSilver-Framed Still Life
Gift
This painting is framed in silver and depicts thirty-two identical Orlesian porcelain tureens.
for Sten, in a chest.
Tre ico book 5 The Guerrins of FereldenThe Guerrins of Ferelden
Gift
"The Guerrins of Ferelden: A Genealogical History." This book traces the line of Arl Eamon back to the time of the Alamarri clans. It doesn't seem to have been read much.
for Wynne, on a bookshelf.
Tre ico map 4 Map of Occupied FereldenMap of Occupied Ferelden
Gift
An old map showing Ferelden as part of Orlais. Naturally, many such maps were destroyed when the Orlesians were driven out.
for Secret Companion, in a chest (only during the Final Onslaught)

Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Circle of Magi banner - from a box in the Upper Royal Wing
Sword-Schematic-Icon1 Masterwork Wave Blade SchematicMasterwork Wave Blade Schematic
Longsword Schematic

Damage: 115–124–147–156
Damage: 14 Metal
Utility: 5 Metal
Utility: 4 Metal
Masterwork: 1 Masterwork
- in a room before the Main Hall

Codex entries Edit

Dragon Age: Origins

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Connor Guerrin
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The History of the Chantry: Chapter 2, book in upstairs chantry
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Geography of Ferelden
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Orlesian Empire, book in Eamon's study
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Journal of the Tranquil, book in guest room
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Aveline, Knight of Orlais, book in Connor's room
Ico codex entry Codex entry: History of Ferelden: Chapter 1, book in Eamon's room
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 2, book in Eamon's room

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Text ico Spellbinder's Journal
Text ico Alexius' Journal
Text ico Studies on the Blight
Text ico A Guard's Journal

Containers Edit

Courtyard

Armoury

Kennels

Main Floor, north corridor

Main Floor, south

Upper Floor, bedrooms

The Vault

Special objects Edit

  • Gate Lever - pulling it opens the inner gate, beyond which Ser Perth and his surviving knights wait to join the liberation of the castle
  • Landmark Tree - for Dog, in the courtyard

Trivia Edit

  • If the vault is looted before The Arl of Redcliffe is advanced, the castle's Quartermaster and a servant can be overheard mentioning that not much of the treasury remains.

Gallery Edit

Dragon Age: Inquisition Maps Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Redcliffe. Dragon Age.
  2. Codex entry: History of Ferelden: Chapter 1

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