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Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts is a main quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The fate of Empress Celene, and in turn, all of Orlais, has been threatened. The Inquisition must intervene.

Acquisition Edit

The quest becomes available after speaking to Josephine during From the Ashes. It can be initiated by spending 30 Power at the war table, recommended for levels 12 to 15.

Note: It is advised to have as much open inventory space as possible before beginning. Those with 60 or fewer free slots may have to sacrifice several items.

Walkthrough Edit

Notes Edit

  • See the Endings section of this page first if you are looking for a specific outcome with respect to the throne of Orlais. Certain outcomes require very specific steps to be taken or conversation dialogue options to be chosen.
  • Bringing Sera along will open up an additional side quest, Red Jenny's Stashes; otherwise this quest will not be available.
  • There are a large number of valid variations in how to complete the various side quests and for many of them, there are several right ways to do them. Not all possibilities can be documented. Specific item locations for the Caprice coins, scandalous secrets, Red Jenny stashes, and halla statues are not listed below; however, a running total is provided periodically. Follow the side quest links to find more specific information.
  • Halla counters below are incremental and do not account for halla you have "spent" opening doors. In-game counts may vary depending on choices made. A total of 11 halla statues can be found, however only 10 are required to complete the quest.
  • To obtain the Belle of the Ball trophy/achievement for this quest, Court Approval must reach 100/100 at some point during the quest, and the Duchess's plot must be exposed to the court; fighting her will not grant the achievement.
  • Formal Attire Icon Formal AttireFormal Attire
    Common Light Armor
    Requires: Level 1

    Armor: 38–40
    None
    can be destroyed, forcing a character to wear default clothes during the Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts quest.
  • It is possible to end this quest with
    DAIApproval Court Approval 100/100
    . See here for details, Gallery.

Enter the Winter Palace Edit

Upon the Inquisition's arrival at the Winter Palace in Halamshiral, the Inquisitor is greeted by Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons at the exterior entrance. Gaspard informs the Inquisitor that he believes Briala intends to disrupt the negotiations.

Inquisition - Quest - Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts - Court Disapproval

"Hours after you were evicted from the Winter Palace, news spread across the land that Empress Celene was dead and Grand Duke Gaspard standing accused of treason. Orlais stood leaderless: in the chaos, Corypheus conquered it all too easily, overwhelming Inquisition forces lacking the allies needed to stop him."

Court Approval starts between 25-45 out of a maximum of 100. If Court Approval reaches 0, it will be game over as the Inquisitor is thrown out of the ball. If the Inquisitor reaches a maximum of 100 Court Approval at any time then gets a bonus, the game will show
DAIApproval Court Approval 0
.
The Inquisitor begins with a base Court Approval value of 40. Human mage Inquisitors, and elf and dwarf Inquisitors of any class, take an automatic, immediate hit of
DAIApproval Court Approval -10
due to social stigma. Likewise, all Qunari Inquisitors of any class take a hit of
DAIApproval Court Approval -15
. Human rogues and warriors will automatically receive
DAIApproval Court Approval 5
.
Speak to the noblewoman in the corner to begin the subquest Montbelliard's Ring. Choosing the middle option "Interesting stratagem" results in
DAIApproval Court Approval 5
. Choosing the bottom option "Find it yourself" causes
DAIApproval Court Approval -5
. Locate her ring on the nearby lion carving and return it to her for
DAIApproval Court Approval 5
, or tell her you couldn't find the ring and keep it to sell later. The latter will void any court approval, XP and Influence gains.

Head up the left stairs to begin Even Gilded Walls Have Ears. This short subquest introduces the eavesdrop mechanic. Once completed, move past the nobles to the end of the covered walkway and search for the Storage Key.

Head back downstairs and turn right to find the storage room. Enter the room and search to find the first Caprice coin. Picking it up begins the side quest Throwing Away Money. Picking up the secret document also found in this room begins the side quest The Great Blackmail Hunt.

Note: If you miss the document or the coin now, there is no way to retrieve them after entering the Palace.

Head up the stairs to the right of the main gate. Picking up a halla statuette begins the side quest, Herd of Stone Halla. Returning downstairs, the stone halla can be used to Unlock the Eastern Storage below.

Note: Unlocking all the halla doors in the Winter Palace requires more halla statuettes than are available. Choosing which doors to unlock sometimes grants XP and Influence, but more importantly can also affect the outcome of this quest. For full details, see Herd of Stone Halla.
Side quest totals: 1/15 Caprice coins, 1/11 halla statuettes and 1/30 scandalous secrets.

Enter the Ballroom and approach Celene Edit

The Grand Duke, the Inquisitor, advisors and party members will be announced at court. In order to hear all of the announcements, do not move to the top of the steps by Gaspard too quickly.
Presented to Celene

Approaching Celene

After you arrive next to Gaspard, the Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons will be introduced and Empress Celene will greet the Inquisitor:
  • Top option -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 10
    (Non-mage Elf, and Qunari Inquisitors received no change to approval rating when selecting this option. Mages of any race will only receive approval if Vivienne is in the party.)
  • Middle option -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 5
  • Bottom option -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -15

The second set of choices have no court approval changes. Leliana will ask the Inquisitor to see her when they have a moment.

Speak with Leliana Edit

Note: The following outlines one of the myriad ways this quest can be completed. The important warning is to not pick up the last of the three required items until all side quests are completed as desired. After that, there will be a forced rush to the ballroom to progress the quest and some opportunities may vanish.
Mingle with the court and the party members and advisors. Converse with Lady Mantillon and ask her to dance as a prerequisite for Dance with the Dowager: The Allemande (requires the Nobility Knowledge perk and
DAIApproval Court Approval 60+
). This also grants
DAIApproval Court Approval 5
.

If she is brought along for the quest, Sera will be near the northeast corner of the ballroom, and asking about her "friends" will begin Red Jenny's Stashes. Speaking with her can also bring approval changes, see companion approval. Go back to the Vestibule and a scene with Leliana begins. She mentions that an occult advisor seems to have charmed the empress and the court, while the Inquisitor mentions that Gaspard is pointing fingers at Ambassador Briala.

Both leads warrant investigating the Guest Wing. To progress, three items must be found:

These can be acquired in any order, but once the third one is picked up, the Inquisitor will have limited time to return to the Ballroom.

The doors leading to the Grand Library from the Vestibule are locked from the other side, so another way in will need to be found.

Explore the Grand Library Edit

Investigate Briala's agents Edit

Hall of Heroes

Hall of Heroes, Lower Level

Return to the entrance to the guest wing and enter the Hall of Heroes. Grab the Caprice Coin at the bottom of the staircase on the right side. Approach the Whispering Elf then eavesdrop on the elves to learn about a package delivered to a room in the upper garden. Continue into the next corridor "A"; speak to Duke Germain and ask about Gaspard being his nephew for
DAIApproval Court Approval 5
. The Council of Heralds Vassal will be pacing the hallway. Choose "Philippe is a jerk!" for
DAIApproval Court Approval 10
(the game displays Court Approval 15 but it actually adds 10). The other option gives
DAIApproval Court Approval -10
. Either response serves as evidence to use against Gaspard. There is also a Caprice coin on the floor between the two southern lions in Duke Germain's room.

Proceed down the hallway to find another Whispering Elf to eavesdrop on. For an elven Inquisitor, they will speak to them directly with a warning of danger in the Servant's Quarters.

Turn left into the room the elves went into and exit through the door onto the balcony. Searching will find the first item, The Cylinder Seal next to a flower pot.

Note: Do not talk to the group of three guards in the south room more than once. Doing so will cause a drop of
DAIApproval Court Approval -10
.

Return to the corridor "A" and exit west into the Guest Garden. Celene's ladies-in-waiting will deliver a message from the empress. There is a group of nobles in the southwest portion of the garden. Eavesdropping on the nobles for The Great Blackmail Hunt eventually allows the Inquisitor to talk to them. Choose one of the options to receive aid for the Inquisition, granting Influence and Power.

Note: The Agent Acquired graphic will display but no new agent is listed in Inquisition perks after returning to Skyhold.

Head up the lattice and a Court Approval timed section begins.

The Inquisitor enters an area deemed off-limits. The Court notices the Inquisitor's absence and as a result, Court Approval will steadily drop (at a rate of about -1/min) while in this area.
The time limit is meant to induce a sense of urgency. However, this does not mean you cannot take your time (within reason) to explore all rooms and look for loot and various quest objectives. Further, the approval drop does not occur when the game is paused, so frequent pausing to move the camera around can reduce the loss. There are many ways to regain approval, as detailed below.

Once up the lattice, turn right and follow the railing around two turns to the right. Halfway down the rail is a Halla statue which you will need in just a moment. Pulse your search and you will turn up a Secret Document on the corner of the railing. Return to the lattice, continue straight ahead, and open the Upper Garden Door. It costs one halla statuette to be opened. You must open this door to advance the main quest. Grab the loot from the chest and pick up the Negotiations on the floor once you enter the halla door to obtain the second item in the objective.

Celene's occult advisor Edit

Grand Library

Grand Library.

Return to the lattice and turn left to enter the Grand Library doors.
Note: You can choose to search the rest of the library now or return later, however a couple of side quest items don't immediately appear in the library at this stage.

Move past the urns on the left and search the bookshelf to find a hidden switch. This opens the back door of the library. Go in but do not pick up the Letter just yet or the rush to the ballroom will start.

Instead, turn right, grab the veilfire torch, and light the urns in the previous room in the following order:
Etienne I → Reville → Etienne II → Judicael I → Judicael II → Florian.

Simply:

  1. Face the room with the garden entrance behind you.
  2. Light the RIGHT side of urns, closest to farthest.
  3. Return to the garden entrance and face the room.
  4. Light the LEFT side of urns, closest to farthest.

Down here is a map

 3  2  1

X ==========>

 6  5  4

X is the room where you got the veilfire torch.

Head down into the secret study, and the first chest on the right always contains Confusion Grenade recipe icon Confusion Grenade RecipeConfusion Grenade Recipe
Recipe
Enemies caught in the area of effect begin attacking each other.
One of the other chests always contains a DAI masterwork staff blade schematic icon Masterwork Magister Staff Blade SchematicMasterwork Magister Staff Blade Schematic
Staff Blade Schematic

Offense: 5 Cloth
Offense: 2 Cloth
.

Go back up the stairs from the secret study, turn left and pass through either door. Go down the stairs to find rooms on the left and right. To the right there is also a hidden book that updates Halamshiral Investigation - Clues. Continue down the long hall to double doors leading back to the Vestibule. Be sure to open one of these doors to allow easier access later.

If Cole was brought along, he will be here for dialogue. None of the options change his approval.

Side quest totals: 3/15 Caprice coins, 2/11 halla statuettes, 13/30 scandalous secrets and 1/3 Red Jenny stashes.

Return to the room where the veilfire is and pick up the Letter.

Return to the ballroom Edit

The first bell will ring, signalling that it's time to return to the ballroom. The fastest route is back through the library, rather than going back down the lattice. Once the Inquisitor steps foot into the Vestibule or the Guest Gardens, Court Approval will no longer deteriorate.

Three bells ring before the Inquisitor must enter the Ballroom. The timing of entrance can gain or lose Court Approval as follows:

  • Enter after the first bell, on time - No Court Approval change
  • Enter after the second bell, fashionably late -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 10
  • Enter after the third bell, actually late -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -20

Attempt to enter the ballroom to instead meet Celene's occult advisor, Morrigan. She encountered and killed a Tevinter agent and hands over a key she found on his body.

Enter the servant's quarters Edit

Before leaving the Vestibule, now is a good time to re-enter the Ballroom which will commence the Behind Every Empress subquest.

Turn right and go down the side of the room. If applicable, chat with Leliana to drop off the thirteen scandalous secrets you have at this point which are required to complete The Great Blackmail Hunt.

At the first right, exit the hall to the balcony and talk to Briala. None of the dialogue options with her have an effect on the main quest. Talking to her marks the quest stage for her as done.

Re-enter the ballroom and turn right. Speak with Lady Fleur, the middle of the ladies-in-waiting to complete Behind Every Empress.

Continuing counter-clockwise, ignore the next balcony. Celene is there but cannot be spoken with. Gaspard is on the next balcony. Talking to him presents his take on the situation and others, completing the three-way opinion circle of the three parties. (Note: If you have trained to be a Champion, there is a special dialogue option when interacting with Gaspard that increases approval by 20)

Return to the vestibule door and exit.

Note: The boss battle at the end of this quest can be skipped if Court Approval is at least 85. Exiting this area with approval of 50 or greater will guarantee that you can hit 100. If you have Nobility Knowledge, you can leave with 40 or greater.

Re-enter the Hall of Heroes and go to the west end of the lower level. Go through the door to the servant's quarters.

Explore the servant's quarters and Grand Apartments Edit

Court Approval timed section begins

Equip everyone's arms and armor. This area is off-limits so Court Approval is ticking away, though time is frozen in the inventory screen. The Grand Apartments themselves are off limits, but you do not incur a Court Approval penalty while you are in the Servants Quarters or the Gardens. I went in with 100 and came out with 100, only upon entering the Grand Apartments did the countdown begin.

Examine the corpse for a bit of companion-dependent dialogue. Turn right and go through the archway into the bedroom. Continue counter-clockwise into the kitchen. Do not miss the Halla statue on the wooden beam above you. To grab it, you may either jump onto kitchen table or onto a three-tier pile of barrels against the wall. From the barrels, you may jump onto the beam and tiptoe to the statuette. There is a book which gives a codex entry on the Servants' Quarters of The Winter Palace. Counter-clockwise again takes you to the entry room. Turn right and exit to the gardens.

Before dropping down before the fountain, turn to the left and move to the back of the balcony. There will be a Halla statue in the back left corner.

Head towards the fountain and fall down to begin a cut scene. An emissary for the Council of Heralds is found dead, and a nearby weapon bears the Chalons family crest.

Find the Harlequin Edit

Kill the group of Venatori that appear. Go north and grab the loot by the fountain on the right and continue north. There will be Venatori off to the left. Kill them or ignore them.

Turn north and head up the staircase. Climb the ladder to reach a balcony with a caprice coin at the end. Enter the adjacent room and look right to find a halla statuette.

Go back down to the ground floor and kill the Venatori if you didn't before. Continue west until a vine covered wall is reached. Turn left and go through the archway.

Enter the apartments, turning left and enter the bedroom. There's a caprice coin on the middle bed to the left.

Exit the room and go forward into the kitchen. There is a Supply Cache here. Return to the previous room and turn right. Go through the small room into the dining room. Kill the Venatori in the dining room, then grab the caprice coin on the table in the south west corner of the room.

Exit south to the library. Exit east from the library into the room with the fireplace and the long tables. Kill the Venatori. Head up the stairs, turn left and clear out the room to the left.

The nearby halla door leads to Celene's Vault and requires three halla statuettes to open. If opened, the Inquisitor will find Inquisition-Dagger-Schematic-icon2 Masterwork Crow Blade SchematicMasterwork Crow Blade Schematic
Dagger Schematic

Damage: 82–95–106–112
Damage: 9 Metal
Offense: 4 Leather
Offense: 3 Cloth
Masterwork: 1 Masterwork
and an elven locket which is essential to one of five possible quest endings.

Turn right out of the room, past the stairs and right again. Continue to the next corridor to face off against the Harlequin and a large group of Venatori. Or alternatively, just turn left, and follow where the corridor leads.

The Harlequin always drops DAI-Crescent Slicer Icon Crescent SlicerCrescent Slicer
Rare Dual-Blade Dagger
Requires: Level 10

Damage: 55–57 AoE
+14% Critical Damage Bonus
+2 Dexterity
On kill: grants 20 stamina
. A scene with Briala begins after all enemies are eliminated.

Return to the Ballroom Edit

Dropping off the right side of the balcony is the quickest way down, but there is some not-so-apparent loot to be found. Once the scene is over, head back the way the party came to find an open window. Jump diagonally across to the larger balcony to find more loot. Back to the original balcony, jump over the northern railing to land on a lower balcony near a large pile of gold. Either jump off this lower balcony or switch to another party member that is still up top.

If the balconies are not taken, turn around, go back through the desk room, exit south, take an immediate left and go downstairs. Take a right at the bottom of the stairs, a left into the library and straight out into the gardens. Turn left, kill some more Venatori, past the elven agents, and go up the stairs and open the gate that goes back to Main Palace.

Court Approval timed section ends

Side quest totals: 6/15 Caprice coins, 6/11 halla statuettes, 13/30 scandalous secrets and 2/3 Red Jenny stashes.

Dance with Florianne Edit

Go back through the Hall of Heroes, turn right at the Ballroom door and wait for the second bell for extra Court Approval. It is possible to miss the first bell due to the game loading. The Inquisitor will make a comment when the second bell rings.

Gaspard's Clandestine Meeting is active now but can be completed later since time is an issue. On entering the ballroom a scene begins with Florianne. Any options not listed below have no court approval changes.

Dance with me...

  • Two women dancing? (female only) -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -10
  • Let's dance. -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 10
  • Let them hear us. -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -15

...What do you know about our civil war?

  • (Nobility Knowledge) Orlais' war is Thedas' war. -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 5
  • As much as I care to. -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -10

The security of the empire is at stake...

  • I can agree with that./That's why I'm here. -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -10
  • Is that what we both want? -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 10

You are a curiosity to many...

  • I'm here to help./Not my problem. -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -10
  • Which am I to you? -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 5

...Who in the Court can be trusted?

  • I trust Celene/Gaspard/Briala. -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -10
  • (Underworld Knowledge) I trust no one./I trust the Inquisition./Who do you trust? -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 5

It cannot have escaped your notice...

  • All options
  • Court Approval less than 50 -
    DAIApproval Court Approval -15
  • Court Approval more than 50 -
    DAIApproval Court Approval 5
    (the game displays Court Approval 5 but it actually adds 10)

Florianne ultimately suggests investigating the Royal Wing. Another scene with the advisors begins immediately. Leliana reminds the Inquisitor that Corypheus wants chaos in the empire. She also says that there are many ways to bring stability to the empire, and not all involve Celene (hinting at multiple endings for the quest).

Find material in the Royal Wing Edit

At this point the Inquisitor can optionally confront Gaspard and Briala with any evidence gathered so far, as well as learn more about their backgrounds if they didn't do so earlier.

Many new side quest items now appear in the Ballroom, Vestibule, Hall of Heroes, Guest Wing, in the Guest Garden and on its balcony and in the Grand Library. There are also a few in the Trophy Room. Now is also a good time to access the Lower Garden Door off the Guest Garden which also contains several items, unless the statuettes are being saved for a different purpose.
Before heading to the Royal Wing, approach the Trophy Room on the north side of the Hall of Heroes and trick Ambassador Anton and his comrades into talking to Cullen, which also awards
DAIApproval Court Approval 10
.

Otherwise, if the Inquisitor is an elf, they can ask for Whispering Elves next to Ambassador Anton to make a distraction. However, this won't reward Approval point.

Trophy Room

Trophy Room

The Trophy Room is an off-limits area where Court Approval will be reduced. If ignoring the side quests, simply open the rear door, enter the office and loot the Secret Orders as material to blackmail Gaspard. The door on the left can be opened if the Inquisitor is a rogue.

Exiting the Trophy Room to the Hall of Heroes halts the drop in Court Approval.

Note: This is the point of no return for some aspects of this quest. Inside the Royal Wing the Inquisitor can access the Empress's Private Quarters, two Caprice coins, three scandalous secrets and four halla statuettes. All other side quest items should be found before entering, thus the Inquisitor should have 13/15 Caprice coins, 7/11 halla statuettes and 27/30 scandalous secrets with Red Jenny's Stashes complete.
If pursuing the Celene/Briala reconciliation ending, the elven locket must be found and discussed with Briala, the Empress's ladies-in-waiting and the Empress herself.

Entering the Royal Wing recommences the periodic loss of Court Approval.

Harlequin and Elf

A Harlequin, before their interrupted attempt to kill the elven servant.

The Inquisitor will need to re-equip weapons, armor and helmet. Companions should appear ready to go.

Go up the stairs and into the Royal Quarters. Take a right and then a right through the door. Loot the two containers.

Exit the room and go past the locked door; a scream will be heard upon approaching the next door on the right. Open the door and a cutscene plays where the Inquisitor defenestrates a Harlequin. Interviewing the elven servant provides the blackmail evidence against Briala.

Exit the room and the Empress's Private Quarters are on the right which requires five halla statuettes to unlock. Accessing this room is required to complete two of the side quests and to achieve the public truce ending.

There is also one chance for companion approval gains (Cassandra, Dorian and/or Sera only).

Return to the room the Harlequin and the elf were in. Turn right and head south down the passageway. The passageway dumps off into a corridor of covered furniture. As you traverse the corridor, a Fereldan is heard cursing Orlesians beyond a door. Ignore the door on the left for now and go through the doors on the right to the balcony. Go right along the balcony, pulsing search.

Note: Entering this door is a point of no return. Make sure you have finished all side quests and turned them in.
There is a Supply Cache located here. Return to the covered furniture hallway.

Once all the scandalous secrets and Caprice coins have been found, the Inquisitor should exit the Royal Wing immediately to (a) talk to Leliana and deliver the blackmail in order to complete The Great Blackmail Hunt and (b) toss all the coins into the coin fountain to maximize Influence gains for Throwing Away Money).
Once the trap is sprung, any opportunity to complete these quests is lost.

Evade the trap Edit

Note: It is possible to end this quest with
DAIApproval Court Approval 100/100
. See Gallery. In order to do so you must gain maximum approval before entering "Jardin de Reverie" in the "Royal Wing".
Because it is an off-limits area where
DAIApproval Court Approval
will steadily drop you must move fast, frequently pausing to move the camera around, and (if necessary) head back few times to the far eastern room on the "Upper Level" (where approval doesn't drop). Having a rogue with Stealth and Fade-Touched gear make it a lot easier.

Go through the doors opposite the balcony doors.
Florianne-garden

The assassin unmasked

This causes a cut scene to take place and the party is ambushed. There will be a dialogue with Florianne which provides the following option (all other choices have no effect):

Corypheus insisted...

  • It's not too late to end this. -
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Disapproves
  • I'm sure he'll get used to it. / Corypheus will be dissappointed. -
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves

The Fade rift will spawn a random combination of wraiths, shades, greater terrors, despair demons and/or rage demons. Close it and a scene begins with the mercenary captain, who agrees to testify against Gaspard. If the Underworld Knowledge perk has been selected, an option to get his company to work for the Inquisition appears. This awards Influence, Power and companion approval.

Again, the Agent Acquired graphic is displayed, but no new agent is listed upon returning to Skyhold.

Return to Cullen with the information gathered Edit

Head west to the locked door, turn right and loot the box. Go through the east door to find some gold. Then head south into Le Requiem and dispatch a small group of Venatori.

Garden chapel

Jardin de Rêverie

Proceed down the stairs to encounter the final group of Venatori. Head through the northern hallway, then proceed into the next room and Choose a Lower Royal Wing Door if enough halla statuettes are held. Each door requires five halla statuettes and both doors can be opened (if you've gathered and saved ten of the eleven halla statuettes in the Winter Palace, even though the quest text by the doors suggests otherwise).

Head back and turn right, open the door and continue into a larger courtyard. Take a right and head through the north door into the kitchen, which contains the final supply cache. Go back out through the kitchens and straight across the courtyard. Open the door, turn left, go up the stairs and loot the footlocker. Go straight back and the doors will activate a cutscene.

Confront Grand Duchess Florianne Edit

The scene begins as Cullen asks the Inquisitor what they should do:

  • I'll talk with Florianne. (Publicly expose the duchess' crimes to the court, avoiding further bloodshed.)
  • Requires Court Approval of 85 or greater
  • Necessary to gain the Belle of the Ball achievement
  • Boss battle with Florianne is skipped.
  • Detain the duchess. (Save Celene's life, then deal with the duchess.)
  • Leads to boss battle with Florianne
  • Wait for Florianne to attack. (Allow the empress to die before dealing with the duchess.)
  • Leads to boss battle with Florianne

Each decision results in different companion approval outcomes.

If choosing to fight Florianne, see Florianne de Chalons (strategy).

Denouement Edit

Following the confrontation with the Grand Duchess and after deciding the fate of Orlais' throne, a new scene plays as Morrigan informs the Inquisitor that she has been named the Imperial liaison to the Inquisition.

If a romance is being pursued, the Inquisitor's love interest will join them on the balcony. Accepting the offer of a dance will result in approval (not applicable to advisors, of course). If there is no love interest, Josephine will come out to talk.

If Sera is the Inquisitor's love interest, then this approval can only be obtained before the finale while Sera is still in the ballroom: a dialogue option suggests that the couple dance together, an offer which Sera declines humorously.

The scene then moves to Skyhold, and Leliana and Cassandra's future is discussed, after which the quest completes.

Endings Edit

Whether a boss battle occurred or not, the final sequence of the quest involves a series of cutscenes and dialogue choices which decide the fate of Orlais' throne.

Celene rules alone Edit

Celene can maintain her place on the throne and rule alone.
Celene addresses the court

Celene addresses the court.

After Florianne springs her trap, the Inquisitor must:

  1. Keep Celene alive
  2. Reveal evidence of Gaspard's crimes to the Empress ("Gaspard was planning a coup.")

A Favor Returned becomes an available War table operation.

Celene and Briala rule together Edit

Celene and Briala's relationship can be reconciled. Celene will maintain her place on the throne with Briala's support. Briala is given the title of Marquise.

The Inquisitor must:

  1. Retrieve the elven locket from Celene's vault. This is found in the Servant's Quarters/Grand Apartments (upper level) by opening a halla door that requires three halla statuettes.
    Note: Opening this door prevents the Inquisitor from completing Throwing Away Money. If the right doors are chosen, the Inquisitor can complete The Great Blackmail Hunt or Red Jenny's Stashes but not both. See Herd of Stone Halla for more details.
  2. Then, they must speak with both Briala and the Empress's ladies-in-waiting in the main ballroom and show them the locket. This leads to a cutscene involving the Inquisitor and the Empress.
  3. Finally, after Florianne springs her trap:
  • Keep Celene alive
  • Give Briala partial credit for rooting out the assassins ("Briala helped stop Florianne.")
  • Use the gathered evidence against Gaspard and accuse him of treason and;
  • Request that Briala be rewarded ("What about Briala's reward?")

(Please note that if you choose to spare Gaspard, Celene will rule alone and all efforts will be for nothing)

Public truce Edit

All three leaders can be blackmailed and forced into a public truce.

The Inquisitor must:

  • Enter the Empress's Private Quarters (which requires five halla statuettes) and convince the naked soldier to testify against her.
  • Retrieve blackmail material on Briala.
  • Retrieve blackmail material on Gaspard.
  • Have at least 50 Court Approval (any lower and Celene will dismiss your accusation as "histrionics").

Gaspard rules alone Edit

Gaspard Rules Alone

Emperor Gaspard addresses the court.

Gaspard can become emperor and rule alone.

The Inquisitor must:

  • Allow Celene to be assassinated
  • Use blackmail material to discredit Briala and support Gaspard.

Gaspard and Briala rule Edit

Gaspard can become emperor, with Briala pulling the strings from the shadows.

The Inquisitor must:

  • Allow Celene to be assassinated
  • Use blackmail material to force Gaspard to submit to Briala.

Companion approval Edit

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Main quest Edit

Ballroom

  • Inquisitor to Sera: How are you fitting in?
  • If the Inquisitors Court Approval is 60 or lower -
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves
  • If the Inquisitors Court Approval is 61 or higher -
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Disapproves

Guest Garden

  • Inquisitor to Dorian: Thank you for coming.
    DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves
  • If the Inquisitor is in a romance with Dorian: We should dance
    DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves
    (repeatable)

Royal Quarters

  • Come work for me. (Recruiting the mercenary captain)
    DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves

Confront Grand Duchess Florianne

  • I'll talk with Florianne. (Publicly expose the duchess' crimes to the court, avoiding further bloodshed.)
    DAIApproval Dorian Greatly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Solas Greatly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Blackwall Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves
  • I will execute her myself. (Kill the duchess.)
    DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Blackwall Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Solas Disapproves
  • Take her away. (Give the Duchess to the guards.)
    DAIApproval Blackwall Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Sera Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Solas Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves
  • Detain the duchess. (Save Celene's life, then deal with the duchess.)
    DAIApproval Sera Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Blackwall Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Greatly Approves
  • Wait for Florianne to attack. (Allow the empress to die before dealing with the duchess.)
    DAIApproval Sera Greatly Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Blackwall Greatly Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cassandra Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Dorian Approves

Endings Edit

Celene rules alone

  • Briala is an accomplice. (Gaspard executed. Implicate Briala as well.)
    DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves
  • (Special) No, spare Gaspard's life. (Try to convince Celene to let Gaspard live.) (Requires sufficient Court Approval)
    DAIApproval Blackwall Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Sera Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Greatly Disapproves
    (Cole greatly disapproves even If he is not in the party)

Celene and Briala rule together

  • Briala helped stop Florianne. (Use the evidence gathered about Gaspard to support Briala.)
    DAIApproval Solas Approves
  • What about Briala's reward? (Gaspard executed. Attempt to reconcile Celene and Briala.)
    DAIApproval Sera Disapproves
    DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Approves
  • Reconciliation successful
    DAIApproval Cassandra Greatly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Greatly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Dorian Greatly Approves

Public truce

  • All of you were at fault. (Try to force the three leaders into a truce.)
    DAIApproval Solas Approves
  • Celene: You made your point.
  • Work together for Orlais.
    DAIApproval Cole Greatly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Blackwall Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves
  • You've been outplayed.
    DAIApproval Blackwall Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Sera Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves
  • You work for me now.
    DAIApproval Sera Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Greatly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves

Gaspard rules alone

  • Gaspard will be emperor. (Use the blackmail material to discredit Briala and support Gaspard.)
    DAIApproval Iron Bull Greatly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Blackwall Greatly Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cole Greatly Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Dorian Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cassandra Greatly Approves

Gaspard and Briala rule

  • Briala can take over. (Use blackmail material to put Briala in power.)
    DAIApproval Solas Approves
    ,
    DAIApproval Cassandra Greatly Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Sera Slightly Disapproves
    ,
    DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves

Divine Election Edit

Empress Celene Assassinated Edit

  • Gaspard and Briala rule together: Leliana +5, Cassandra -5, Vivienne -10
  • Gaspard rules alone: Cassandra +10, Vivienne -1

Empress Celene Alive Edit

  • Public truce: Cassandra +1, Vivienne -5
  • Gaspard executed: Vivienne +1
  • Gaspard spared: Leliana +1, Vivienne +5

(For more details on Divine Election and point system, see here. )

Rewards Edit

Optional Edit

Completing "Montbelliard's Ring" yields:

  • 128 XP
  • 80 Influence

Completing "Even Gilded Walls Have Ears" yields:

  • 128 XP
  • 80 Influence

Recruiting one of the unnamed nobles as an agent (Guest Garden):

  • 100 Influence
  • 1 Power
  • Does not contribute to Inquisition perks

Recruiting the mercenary captain as an agent (Royal Quarters):

  • 100 Influence
  • 1 Power
  • Does not contribute to Inquisition perks

Main quest Edit

Finding the cylinder seal yields:

  • 128 XP
  • 80 Influence

Closing the rift yields:

  • 967 XP
  • 200 Influence
  • 2 Power

(Optional) Killing Florianne yields:

  • ~5,500 XP

Awarded upon quest completion:

  • 9,875 XP
  • 3,200 Influence
  • 4 Power

Results Edit

Notable items Edit

Main quest Edit

Loot the secret study in the Grand Library to find:

Dropped by the Harlequin in the Grand Apartments:

  • DAI-Crescent Slicer Icon Crescent SlicerCrescent Slicer
    Rare Dual-Blade Dagger
    Requires: Level 10

    Damage: 55–57 AoE
    +14% Critical Damage Bonus
    +2 Dexterity
    On kill: grants 20 stamina

Complete the main quest and receive:

  • Inquisition Light Armor Schematic Blue Icon Formal Attire SchematicFormal Attire Schematic
    Light Armor Schematic

    Armor: 152–177–198–218
    Armor: 17 Cloth
    Defense: 6 Cloth
    Defense: 4 Cloth
    Utility: 4 Leather
    Masterwork: 1 Masterwork


Conditional Edit

Inside the left Lower Royal Wing halla door:

  • Lightning Rune icon Lightning RuneLightning Rune
    Rune
    Adds electricity damage to each weapon strike

    +10 Electricity Damage

Inside the right Lower Royal Wing halla door:

  • Enhanced cooldown amulet icon Enhanced Cooldown AmuletEnhanced Cooldown Amulet
    Rare Amulet
    The cooldown for all abilities is shorter by the specified amount.

    +10% Cooldown Modifier

Inside Celene's Vault:

  • Inquisition-Dagger-Schematic-icon2 Masterwork Crow Blade SchematicMasterwork Crow Blade Schematic
    Dagger Schematic

    Damage: 82–95–106–112
    Damage: 9 Metal
    Offense: 4 Leather
    Offense: 3 Cloth
    Masterwork: 1 Masterwork

Killing Florianne yields:

  • Bane of Red Crossing icon The Trepanner's RequitalThe Trepanner's Requital
    Unique Bow
    Named for an old Imperium fable that reflects a nation's fears of Tranquility. Ehrie Naius claimed to be a healer. Too late, her victims learned the hate behind her meaning: her father dead to magisters, her lands forfeit. Her singsong taunt frightens Tevinter children to this day: "So much pressure, so much sickness. It's your thinking, too much quickness. Harrowed arrows stop your dreaming. Outside smiling, inside screaming."
    Requires: Level 10

    Damage: 92–96
    +16% Armor Penetration
    +15% Flanking Damage Bonus
    On kill: target explodes for 75% weapon damage

Publicly shame Florianne at court or assassinate her and receive:

  • Mask of the Empress icon Mask of the Grand DuchessMask of the Grand Duchess
    Unique Helmet
    This is one of the personal masks of Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons, an exquisite piece from one of the finest master artisans in Orlais and the envy of many. It has been granted to the Inquisition with the approval of the Orlesian Imperial Court.
    Requires: Level 11

    Armor: 25–26
    +12% Critical Chance
    +6 Cunning
    and Mask of Valmont icon Mask of ChalonsMask of Chalons
    Rare Helmet
    A mask belonging to the Chalons noble house, this is the exquisite work of a master artisan that would have been used by family members rather than by servants and household guards.
    Requires: Level 11

    Armor: 23
    +5% Critical Chance
    +5 Cunning

If Celene rules alone receive:

  • Mask of the Empress icon Mask of the EmpressMask of the Empress
    Unique Helmet
    This is one of the personal masks used by Empress Celene de Valmont, rumored to have been crafted for her by the gifted artisan, Kaloch. The dwarf was always choosy regarding the Orlesian families for whom he worked, and after refusing any sitting emperor his entire life, he bestowed a set upon Celene in 9:33 Dragon – something which was considered a great honor at the time. This mask has been granted to the Inquisition with the empress's blessing, as well as the approval of the court.
    Requires: Level 11

    Armor: 26-27
    +18% Barrier Damage Bonus
    +6 Cunning

Keep Celene alive and receive:

  • Mask of Valmont icon Mask of ValmontMask of Valmont
    Rare Helmet
    The Valmont royal house has held the Imperial Throne ever since the Exalted Age, and in that time the family's mask has not changed once. This is an exceptional specimen, used only by family members and not by the servants and household guards.
    Requires: Level 11

    Armor: 23
    +9% Barrier Damage Bonus
    +5 Cunning

Install Gaspard on the throne and receive:

  • Mask of the Empress icon Mask of the Grand DukeMask of the Grand Duke
    Unique Helmet
    Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons is not a man known for ornamentation. But he respects tradition. He spared no expense when it came to crafting the mask of his personal house, turning to one of the most respected artisans in the land: a former chevalier himself, if rumors are true. The mask is both functional as well as impressive, and has been granted to the Inquisition with the full approval of the Orlesian Imperial Court.
    Requires: Level 11

    Armor: 25-26
    +6 Cunning
    +68 Maximum Health
    and Mask of Valmont icon Traditional Chalons MaskTraditional Chalons Mask
    Rare Helmet
    A mask belonging to the Chalons noble house, this is the exquisite work of master artisan that would have been used by family members rather than by servants and household guards.
    Requires: Level 11

    Armor: 23
    +5 Cunning
    +33 Maximum Health

Put Briala in power and receive:

  • Mask of the Empress icon Ambassador's MaskAmbassador's Mask
    Unique Helmet
    Traditionally, elves would not have a mask of their own. If they wore one at all, it would be the mask of whichever noble house they served. Several elven artisans known for mask-making have created these "coquins" for use by Ambassador Briala—one of which has now been passed on to the Inquisition with the approval of the Orlesian Imperial Court.
    Requires: Level 12

    Armor: 27–28
    +9% Critical Damage Bonus
    +6 Cunning

Reconcile Celene and Briala OR install Briala on the throne with either Garspard or Celene and receive:

  • Mask of Valmont icon Coquin MaskCoquin Mask
    Rare Helmet
    Traditionally, elves would not have a mask of their own. If they wore one at all, it would be the mask of whichever noble house they served. Several elven artisans known for mask-making have created these "coquins" for use by Briala and her cohorts.
    Requires: Level 11

    Armor: 24
    +9% Critical Damage Bonus
    +5 Cunning

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Briala
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Council of Heralds
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Empress Celene Valmont
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Ghoulish Delight
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Halamshiral
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Jeshavis, Mother of Orlais
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Lion of Orlais (Inquisition)
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Mad Emperor Reville
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Morrigan (Inquisition)
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Orlesian Caprice Coins
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Superstitions of the Royal Family
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Winter Palace

Other texts Edit

Text ico The Art of the Winter Palace
Text ico Diary of a Nosy Servant
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Briala)
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Celene)
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Gaspard)
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Grand Library)
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Trophy Room)

Trivia Edit

Inquisition Celene assassination concept

Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts quest concept

  • Most of the quest names in the main plot refer to specific verses of Chant of Light. "Wicked eyes and wicked hearts" refers to the Canticle of Silence 3:6.
  • If Sera is brought for the quest, she is responsible for a rather humourous announcement from the courtier.
  • If Blackwall is brought for the quest, he is announced at court as having been awarded the Silverite Wings of Valor. When questioned about it, he is evasive about how and when he received the award.
  • If Blackwall is brought for the quest, he will be found conversing with a noble who thinks he recognizes Blackwall from a Lord Rudalt de Lancre's company of soldiers.
  • If Cole is brought on the mission, he is not announced at court, even if he is made more human.
  • If Solas is brought on the mission, he is announced as "Lady/Lord Inquisitor's Elven Serving man, Solas"
  • Cullen is announced at court as the former Knight-Commander of Kirkwall.
  • There are three dwarves in the Vestibule who mention House Helmi is trying to mount an expedition to Amgarrak, but House Dace are blocking any expedition into the thaig.
  • If the Hero of Ferelden is a Dwarf, the same three dwarfs are wondering about the disappearance of Paragon Brosca/Aeducan.
  • There is a head of a Krogan in the trophy room. This is a reference to the game Mass Effect.
  • In the Fumeur section, one of the nobles is trying to figure out classic puzzles such as, Knights and Knaves, The Tower of Hanoi, Fox, Goose, Beans and the Riddle of the Sphinx.

Bugs Edit

  • After the announcements and speaking to Celene for the first time, the Inquisitor bows. Leliana can be seen down the stairs with Cullen and Josephine (if you wait out and don't rush into cutscene, you'll see them approaching after you, in the actual cutscene you can see Leliana coming right beside the Inquisitor). When the Inquisitor turns to the left to leave, Leliana has miraculously appeared at the top of the steps.
  • After completing the quest, even if the player chose to have all 3 parties work together, Leliana may comment that Celene is "rooting out the last of Gaspard's supporters" when asked for any updates at Skyhold.
  • Be careful when moving between the Vestibule and the Grand Ballroom as it is possible for the door's destination to change to the room you're already in if you get too close, causing the game to never leave the loading screen or an exceptionally long loading time. The same problem exists with the door between the Vestibule and the Royal Wing.
  • If the player uses necromancy in the Harlequin fight, the cut-scene required for progression may not trigger.
    • The work-around is to enable friendly fire (settings -> gameplay -> friendly fire) and AOE any of the raised opponents to death.
    • Or, use Spirit Mark to instantly kill all raised spirits.
  • While in the Ballroom after being introduced to Celene, if the player asks Vivienne if there is anything to look out for, she will comment on Cole behaving even more strangely than usual, even if Cole is not in the party.
  • When the American-accented female inquisitor is in a romance with Solas, her voice may become male when asking him to dance.
  • When coming and going from the vestibule and ballroom, the door may be labeled as both "Vestibule" and "Grand Ballroom." Rotate the camera and the position of the Inquisitor to get the correct label to appear. If entering the door when labeled as the same room you're in, the game will take a long time loading, and you'll reappear in the same room.
  • When being introduced in the ballroom in the beginning of the mission, if you stop before going up the stairs and look up to the right, you will see another Leliana standing on the other side of the railing, standing in the same position as the Leliana next to Cullen and Josephine, that you can highlight if you put your cursor over her.
  • In the garden area, the minstrel sings songs translated into French, but the captioning remains localized.
  • The approval drop in off-limit areas can be avoided by quicksaving and quickloading rapidly - as reloading the game resets the countdown of the approval drop.

Gallery Edit

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