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Thedas is a continent in the southern hemisphere,[1] and the only known continent of the Dragon Age universe, upon which all of the Dragon Age games are set. It is presumed that there are other continents, as the Qunari do not originally come from Thedas but from an unknown land across the Northern Ocean. According to some sources, the humans also came from the north.[2]

The word "Thedas" originates from Tevene, once referring to all lands beyond the Imperium and eventually, it came to encompass the entire continent.[3] A native of Thedas is referred to as a Thedosian. South of the continent's Korcari Wilds lies the mysterious Sunless Lands.[4]

Geography Edit


High resolution map of Thedas

Surface Edit

Beyond the Korcari Wilds to the south is a frozen wasteland that only the Chasind Wilders have explored. There is also land further west, although the Hunterhorn Mountains inhibit travel, as do the jungles of the Donarks in the northwest. Par Vollen and Seheron lie to the north, much closer to the equator. In the southwest is a region called the Sea of Ash, however no further information is available.

Oceans and seas Edit

  • Boeric Ocean in the north; an archipelago lies inside with Seheron being the largest of these islands
  • Amaranthine Ocean in the east
  • Sundered Sea on the southern border of Orlais
  • Volca Sea, west of the Anderfels
  • Colean Sea, between the Anderfels and Seheron
  • Nocen Sea, north of Tevinter Imperium, with the Ventosus Straits
  • Venefication Sea, between Rivain and Par Vollen, with the Northern Passage leading to the Amaranthine Ocean
  • The Frozen Seas in the south
  • Waking Sea, between Orlais, Ferelden and the Free Marches

Lakes Edit

  • Lake Calenhad in Ferelden, also the largest in Thedas
  • Lake Celestine in Orlais
  • The Sulfur Lakes south of Orlais

Rivers Edit

Main article: Rivers

Mountains Edit

Underground Edit

As the dwarves have expanded the underground of Thedas for millennium with their formerly sprawling empire of countless thaigs, the Deep Roads therefore span the length and breadth of Thedas which connect their thaigs. The last four major kingdoms of the dwarves are the following, though only two still are inhabited:

  • Gundaar (lost)
  • Hormak (lost)
  • Kal-Sharok — located deep beneath the Hunterhorn Mountains (inhabited)
  • Orzammar — located beneath the Frostback Mountains (inhabited)

Notes Edit

  • Thedas has two moons, the secondary moon being named Satina (from whence the holiday of Satinalia gets its name).
  • According to David Gaider, there is no individual name for the planet where Thedas exists, as most Thedosians consider Thedas "the entire world".[6]
  • Time-telling in Thedas is an inexact science. Dwarven clocks are thus uncommon but notable.[7]

Trivia Edit

  • The name was originally an acronym used on the BioWare Dragon Age forums. It stands for "THE" "D"ragon "A"ge "S"etting.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. As the weather of its nations seems to get warmer the farther north one goes.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 11
  3. David Gaider (17 September 2014). The Bittersweetest Thing. Tumblr.
  4. David Gaider (19 August, 2014). The Bittersweetest Thing. Tumblr.
  5. Mentioned as the location of the Urn of Sacred Ashes by the swindler in the Dragon Age II quest Miracle Makers.
  6. BSN David Gaider (2013). "Qunari race name" . BioWare Social Network.
  7. David Gaider twitter

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