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The Denerim Alienage is a walled off, impoverished district of the city of Denerim, where the majority of Denerim's elves reside. It is the starting location of the City Elf Origin.

Background Edit

There have been alienages for as long as elves and shems have lived in the same lands. They say that Val Royeaux has ten thousand elves living in a space no bigger than Denerim's market. Their walls are supposedly so high that daylight doesn't reach the vhenadahl until midday. But don't be so anxious to start tearing down the walls. They keep out more than they keep in. Sometimes a family gets a good break, and they buy a house in the docks, or the outskirts of town. If they're lucky, they come back to the alienage after the looters have burned their house down. We look out for each other. Here, we do what we can to remember the old ways.
—From Codex entry: Alienage Culture
Map-The Denerim Alienage

Map of the area

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

See City Elf Origin for information about who and what can be found at this location during the origin story.

After the origin story, the alienage is closed off after Arl Rendon Howe led a purge under the pretense of quelling off a rumoured elven riot, killing many elves in the process. This was done to cover up the fact that he had usurped the arling of Denerim. The purge was so violent, that the alienage's orphanage, where the Arl's soldiers mercilessly killed even elder and children elves, was haunted by demons not long after.

To make matters worse, sometime after the Battle of Ostagar, and due to infected Blight refugees arriving at Denerim seeking safe shelter, the elves were stricken by a virulent blight plague that killed even more of them,[1] prompting off a quarantine of the alienage.

When Arl Eamon Guerrin calls the Landsmeet, Queen Anora informs the Warden of rumors of unrest in the alienage, believing it a good place to gather evidence against Teyrn Loghain. The following investigations uncover that Loghain had made 'arrangements' with a group of Tevinter slavers led by a mage named Caladrius. The arrangement ensured that the slavers would operate freely in Denerim's alienage in exchange for gold. The slavers used the quarantine as a cover up, claiming to be on a humanitarian mission to heal the elves with the personal consent of Loghain, while covertly kidnapping promising elves and shipping them off to Tevinter. Among the kidnapped elves may have been the alienage's elder, Valendrian.

During the Battle of Denerim, the alienage was besieged by a huge darkspawn force led by a powerful hurlock emissary. The alienage elves may or may have not helped the Warden to defend their home during the battle.

After the Battle of Denerim, the alienage fell under the leadership of Shianni, who replaced Valendrian as the elder.[2] The new ruler of Ferelden may have called Shianni to be part of the court,[3] and may have even promoted the alienage to be part of the bannorn, appointing an elf as its bann, to the surprise of many nobles.[4] However, the lot of the Denerim elves didn't improved too much after the Fifth Blight. A foot shortage not long after the Blight may have ended in a riot that forced the monarch to come down hard against elven rioters.[5] By 9:40 Dragon, many of the surviving residents have largely abandoned the alienage.[6]

The Darkspawn Chronicles Edit

The Archdemon commands the Hurlock vanguard to burn the alienage to the ground, giving special emphasis in the destruction of the vhenadahl. The Hurlock vanguard's forces kill all the Denerim's elves, including the Antivan crow Zevran Arainai, in the process.

Quests Edit

Alienage Vhenadahl

The vhenadahl of Denerim's alienage

City Elf Origin Edit

Ico Quest A Day for Celebration

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

Ico Quest Unrest in the Alienage
Ico Quest Fazzil's Request (in the Run-Down Apartments)
Ico Quest Grease the Wheels
Ico Quest Hearing Voices
Ico Quest Places of Power
Ico Quest Scraping the Barrel
Ico Quest Something Wicked

The Darkspawn Chronicles Edit

Main quests Edit

Ico Quest Rampage to the Alienage

Ico Quest Raze the Alienage

Ico Quest Rampage to the Palace

Side quests Edit

Ico Quest Burn the Vhenadahl
Ico Quest Slaughter the Elves

Characters Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

  • Alarith, in his store.
  • Cyrion potentially returns to his home at conclusion of Unrest in the Alienage.
  • Elder Valendrian potentially returns to his home at conclusion of Unrest in the Alienage.
NPC-Haggard Human

Haggard Human

  • Haggard Human, only when first visited (or in the second visit, if you play a City Elf). He is being harassed by several elf thugs. After the Warden appears, the thugs flee. There is a single multiple choice dialogue option, while the human's responses will heavily vary based on the origin of the Warden. Afterwards, the haggard human leaves.
  • Elf Guard, involved in the quest Unrest in the Alienage.
  • Healer Saritor, involved in the quest Unrest in the Alienage.
  • Healer Veras, involved in the quest Unrest in the Alienage.
  • Hooded Courier, when on the quest Grease the Wheels.
  • Ser Otto, can start the quest Something Wicked.
  • Shianni, involved in the quest Unrest in the Alienage, first time talking to can yield Codex entry: Valendrian.
  • Soris, in Cyrion's Home if not in Arl of Denerim's Estate - Dungeon
  • Starved Veteran, a city elf beggar.
  • Varel Baern, when on the quest Scraping the Barrel.
  • Deranged Beggar, when on the quest Something Wicked and Hearing Voices.
  • Tevinter Guards, involved in the quest Unrest in the Alienage.
  • Soldier, involved in the quest Unrest in the Alienage.

The Darkspawn Chronicles Edit

  • Elder Valendrian: As an enemy in the quest Burn the Vhenadahl.
  • Zevran Arainai: As an enemy in the quest Slaughter the Elves.

Enemies Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

There are no hostile characters when the Warden enters the area, though it is possible that a fight can break out during the investigation into the Unrest in the Alienage.

The Darkspawn Chronicles Edit

  • Zevran Arainai (Elf, Rogue, Elite Boss)
  • Valendrian (Elf, Warrior, Lieutenant)
  • Elven Elder (Elf, Warrior, Lieutenant)
  • Elven Defender (Elf, Warrior, Normal)
  • Elven Archer (Elf, Warrior, Normal)
  • Frightened Elf (Elf, Warrior, Normal)

Notable items Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

Rgt ico deathroot DeathrootDeathroot
Ingredient
A harmless enough plant on its own, deathroot's thick leaves contain an extract that the Chasind have used to induce hallucinations for centuries. Sufficiently concentrated, it can be made into a deadly poison.
x2
Ico dagger FangFang
Dagger
Varies (Tier 4-7)
Requires: 18 dexterity

Damage: 5.20
Critical chance: 3.90%
Armor penetration: 5.80
Strength modifier: 0.85
PC:
+6 attack
+6 damage vs. beasts


Consoles:
+3 cunning
+5% melee critical chance
+6 attack
+10% critical/backstab damage
+1 nature damage
, source: Cyrion (City Elf only)
Ico armor robe Tevinter Enchanter's RobesTevinter Enchanter's Robes
Clothing
This robe was crafted in Tevinter and few of its kind are seen outside its borders. Refined lyrium has been woven into its fabric, giving it properties not found in common robes.

+0.5/+1 mana regeneration in combat
+3 spellpower
+10% chance to dodge attacks
, source: Tevinter healers
Plt ico key Hospice KeyHospice Key
Key
One of the keys to the makeshift hospice.
, source: Elf Guard, Healer Saritor, or Hospice Supervisor

Notable gifts for companions:

Plt ico andrastes grace Andraste's GraceAndraste's Grace
Gift
A small white wildflower, commonly known as Andraste's Grace.

The Darkspawn Chronicles Edit

Ico dagger Crow DaggerCrow Dagger
Dagger
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 10-30 dexterity

Damage: 4.00-6.40
Critical chance: 3.00%-4.80%
Armor penetration: 4.00-8.00
Strength modifier: 0.85
+15% critical/backstab damage
, source: Zevran.
Ico dagger Enchanted DaggerEnchanted Dagger
Dagger
Veridium (Tier 4)
Requires: 18 dexterity

Damage: 5.20
Critical chance: 3.90%
Armor penetration: 5.80
Strength modifier: 0.85
+4 attack
, source: Valendrian.

Notable gifts for companions:

Tre ico antivan boots Antivan Leather BootsAntivan Leather Boots
Light boots
Inscribed (Tier 6)
Requires: 18 strength

Armor: 2.00
Fatigue: 0.56%
+4% spell resistance
, source: Zevran.
Tre ico tribal necklace Tribal NecklaceTribal Necklace
Gift
A necklace of sun-bleached teeth and bones.
, source: Valendrian.

Special objects Edit

References Edit

  1. According to dialogue with Shianni during Unrest in the Alienage.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 117.
  3. According to the epilogue, if Alistair is made king.
  4. According to the epilogue, if the royal boon is granted to a City Elf Warden, or the City Elf Warden did the Ultimate Sacrifice.
  5. According to the epilogue, if Anora is made queen.
  6. According to Sera's codex entry.