Bianca says Corypheus is getting his red lyrium from the thaig Hawke and Varric discovered years ago on their expedition into the Deep Roads under Kirkwall. It may be possible to reach it using an entrance to the Deep Roads somewhere in the Hinterlands.
Available after completing the main quest Here Lies the Abyss. Talk to Varric to trigger a cutscene when he is seen speaking in his usual spot to a female dwarf called Bianca. She explains that there is a lead for Corypheus's red lyrium source, as the location of a thaig inside Valammar has been leaked. Agreeing to help her starts the quest.
Enter Valammar in the Hinterlands with Varric. The fastest way there is fast traveling to Upper Lake Camp. Bianca will be waiting inside Valammar and, after a cutscene, will accompany the group. Head to the lower terrace and let her open the large, stone door that leads to a previously inaccessible area.Kill the mobs in the room. Codex entry: A Different Darkspawn? can be found here as well. The key is found in the end of the room, on the desk.
Return to Skyhold and speak to Varric about what happened.
- 1,025 XP
- 400 Influence
- 3 Power
- When talking to Varric, there is now the option to ask more about Bianca.
- Varric's Tarot Card changes to "The Sun."
- A friendship cutscene for Varric becomes available given a high enough approval.
Open the locked door Edit
- That was handy. - No approval change.
- You were waiting to do that. -
- There's no time to waste. - No approval change.
Finding the key Edit
Bianca: I just ... wanted to figure it out.
- Did you? - No approval change.
- You're not saying everything. - No approval change.
- That was stupid. -
Bianca: Then I went to you.
- It isn't really your fault. -
- You put this on us. -
- You've done a lot of damage. -
Varric: As if i would tell stories about my own mistakes!
- Varric is right. -
- She's right. -
- Just let it go. - No approval change.
- Get a room, you two. - No approval change.
Back at Skyhold Edit
Varric: And I am not good at dealing with shit like this.
- Nobody is. - No approval change.
- Talk your way out of it. -
- Just confront it. - No approval change.
Varric: If Cassandra hadn't dragged me here, I'd be in Kirkwall right now, pretending none of this was happening.
- No you wouldn't. -
- Nothing's stopping you. -
- She did you a favor. -
- If you entered Valammar previously as part of Keeping the Darkspawn Down and sealed the tunnel, a new Hurlock alpha will spawn on your return and the Inquisitor will still remark that the hole needs to be sealed even if it already has been.
- If the key to Valammar is obtained for the quest Deep Trouble before Bianca unlocks the entrance to the thaig, the quest may not complete.