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Under Her Skin is an advisor quest for Leliana in Dragon Age: Inquisition. It is only available if the Inquisitor chooses to side with the templars instead of the mages.

Much like the Inquisition, Corypheus has invested great time and effort building a trusted inner circle. Calpernia leads the Venatori - and it seems she's been busy. In the search for a a particular set of elven ruins, she and her army of Tevinter extremists have taken a keen interest in a merchant named Vicinius. Perhaps finding him would shed more light on Calpernia and her motivations.

Acquisition Edit

Available after talking to Leliana in Skyhold. This quest should be completed before taking on What Pride Had Wrought, as it will unlock additional options when confronting Calpernia.

Walkthrough Edit


Val Royeaux Edit

Travel to Val Royeaux and find Vicinius's Home. It can be accessed from the docks, just north of the Summer Bazaar.

Find papers in the first room and then deal with the Venatori upstairs. Their party consists of two Zealots, one Stalker and a Spellbinder. Search the small room to find three crystal pieces; you can also find Vicinius' body in his study upstairs.

Note: Two codex and one note are found in Vicinius' house. The note is shown the Gallery.

Skyhold Edit

Show the memory crystal to Leliana back in Skyhold, then go to the Undercroft and speak with Dagna. If Dagna has not yet been recruited, the War table mission Acquire the Arcanist must be completed.

Head to the War Room and use 1 Power to complete the new operation, Plant Crystal in Venatori Headquarters. Head back to Leliana and listen to the receiving crystal with her. This conversation will unlock Codex entry: Reports to Calpernia. Return to the War Room and pay another 1 Power to complete the Investigate the Shrine of Dumat operation.

Shrine of Dumat Edit

Use the world map to travel to the Shrine of Dumat. Inside, you will have to fight some shades, wraiths and Greater Terror Demons. There are six red glowing crystals scattered across the area. Activating any one of them will activate the side quest Corypheus's Memories.

Note: The Superb Dragon-Slaying Rune Schematic can be found in a bag on a desk on the lower floor

Once you move past the main hall, you will find the door to the next chamber guarded by a Pride demon, a shade and two wraiths. Beyond this door Magister Erasthenes can be found locked behind some sort of a magical barrier at the far end of the Shrine. Talk to him to learn more about Corypheus and Calpernia and then decide his fate.

Return to Skyhold Edit

Back at Skyhold, inform Leliana about the Magister to finish the quest.

Approval Edit

I'll free you from your pain. (Kill Erasthenes)

  • DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves
  • DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves
  • DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Cole Approves

You're too useful to kill. (Let Erasthenes live)

  • DAIApproval Vivienne Slightly Approves
  • DAIApproval Solas Approves
  • DAIApproval Sera Slightly Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Iron Bull Slightly Approves
  • DAIApproval Cole Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Dorian Disapproves

Your death will be a message. (Kill Erasthenes)

  • DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves
  • DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
  • DAIApproval Cole Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Sera Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Blackwall Disapproves

(Mage only) I can make you Tranquil. (Let Erasthenes live)

  • DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
  • DAIApproval Cole Approves
  • DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves
  • DAIApproval Sera Slightly Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Dorian Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Blackwall Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Vivienne Greatly Disapproves
  • DAIApproval Solas Greatly Disapproves
Note: Cole will react to the player's decision whether he is in the party or not.

Rewards Edit

  • 1,934 XP
  • 400 Influence
  • 3 Power
  • (Optional) 50 XP for each memory crystal collected

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Letter to a Slaver
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Charred Notebook
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Reports to Calpernia

Notable Items Edit

Superb Dragon-Slaying Rune Schematic Icon Superb Dragon-Slaying Rune SchematicSuperb Dragon-Slaying Rune Schematic
Rune Schematic
Inflicts bonus damage against dragons on each weapon strike.

Gallery Edit

Bugs Edit

  • On Xbox 1, upon entering Vicinius' house in Val Royeaux, a bug may occur. After a loading screen the player is back in Skyhold instead. Re-attempts at visiting Vicinius will have the same result. There seems to be no solution to this bug as of yet, which means the quest cannot be completed if this happens.
  • On Xbox 1, when attempting to enter Vicinius' house In Val Royeaux, a bug may occur during the loading screen where the game force closes and you are returned to the Xbox home screen reloading doesn't seem to fix this. This bug appears to be fixed with Patch 5, although it is not listed in the patch notes.

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