The Ruined Temple is the dilapidated remains of the Temple of Andraste. Sitting high atop the frigid Frostback Mountains, the temple's interior is swathed with sheets of ice and snow. Nevertheless, considering the number of years since Andraste's followers roamed its halls, the temple is remarkably intact.


Ruined Temple Map - DA:O

Background Edit

Following the execution of Andraste, her disciple Havard retrieved her remains and carried them back to her homeland. There, her followers interred her ashes among the mountains, building a temple which became a refuge for Andrastians in Alamarri lands.

The temple was eventually abandoned, however, and became the sanctum of the Disciples of Andraste, a society composed of the violent, dragon-worshiping inhabitants of the Village of Haven. The Temple is built into the mountain itself, extending deep into its caverns, which lead to the Mountain Top.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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The temple was rediscovered by The Warden and Brother Ferdinand Genitivi in 9:30 Dragon, with the former on a quest to discover the fabled Urn of Andraste in order to heal the ailing Arl Eamon of Redcliffe. Eventually information of the temple's location leaked to the Chantry who restored it to proper condition.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

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The Temple after refurbishment

A decade after its rediscovery, the temple is refurbished by the Chantry and becomes a holy site to the Andrastian faithful. In 9:41 Dragon, the Temple is chosen as the site of a peace summit between mage and Chantry leaders to negotiate a peace in the Mage-Templar War. These leaders are subsequently killed and the temple destroyed when an explosion creates a huge Veil tear known as The Breach. The Herald of Andraste manages to close the Breach temporarily after battling a Pride demon at the temple, closes it again with the help of the mages or templars, and finally seals it for good with Corypheus's Orb of Destruction.

Places Edit

  • Cultist Chambers
  • Main Hall
  • South Eastern Chambers

Quests Edit

Ico Quest Forgotten Verses
Ico Quest The Scrolls of Banastor
Ico Quest The Urn of Sacred Ashes

Enemies Edit

Containers Edit

Southwest chamber

Southeast chamber

Southeast library

West cultist chambers


Inner Sanctum

Notable items Edit

Ico gloves med Ancient Elven GlovesAncient Elven Gloves
Medium gloves
Veridium (Tier 4)
Requires: 22 strength

Armor: 1.20
Fatigue: 1.44%
+2 armor
+4% spell resistance
Ico armor heavy Armor of DiligenceArmor of Diligence
Heavy chestpiece
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 34 strength

Armor: 13.12
Fatigue: 17.50%
Rune slot Rune slot
+0.5/+1 health regeneration in combat
+2 armor
Plt ico scroll Ancient Encrypted ScrollsAncient Encrypted Scrolls
Plot item
These rolls of parchment are so old they've grown almost transparent. They are covered in strange, seemingly meaningless characters.
, for the quest Forgotten Verses
Plt ico black pearl Black PearlBlack Pearl
Plot item
At first glance, this appear to be an ordinary pearl. But on closer inspection, it seems... odd. The air around it seems very still and lifeless.
Plt ico key Main Hall KeyMain Hall Key
An ancient key, forged from an unfamiliar yellow-green metal.
Plt ico old scroll Scroll of BanastorScroll of Banastor
Plot item
Plt ico key South-East Chamber KeySouth-East Chamber Key
This small key is very old. The metal is so worn by generations of use that it is nearly parchment-thin and extremely smooth.
Plt ico taper TaperTaper
Plot item
A long stick used to light candles.

Notable gifts for companions:

Tre ico fancy bottle 2 Chasind Sack MeadChasind Sack Mead
A brutishly strong honey liquor, reminiscent of warm summer days, apple blossoms on the wind with an unexpected aftertaste of father going off to war, never to return. Bitter, to say the least.
, source: Dusty Scrolls.
Tre ico book 4 Discovering Dragon's Blood: Potions, Tinctures, and Spicy SaucesDiscovering Dragon's Blood: Potions, Tinctures, and Spicy Sauces
This thick tome is covered in dark, dusty leather and has a distinctly foreboding appearance.
, source: Bookshelf.

Codex entries Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Holy Brazier, use Black Pearl and Taper at the Brazier
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Old Gods
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Sermons of Divine Renata I
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Scrolls of Banastor
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Temple of Sacred Ashes, Rediscovered

Special objects Edit

  • x4 Tripwires (Difficulty 35 and 45 XP)
  • Ballista Will fire when the tripwire is triggered or when clicked with the mouse.
  • x4 Leghold Traps (Difficulty 45 XP)

Companion remarks Edit

One of your companions may make interesting remarks at certain spots: