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The Winter Palace is a palace in Orlais built on the ruins of ancient elven grounds in the city of Halamshiral. As early as 2:30 Glory, only ten years after the Exalted Marches led to the conquest of the Dales, the site where the Winter Palace would be built had become a seasonal retreat for the Imperial Court. This remains a tradition for Orlais' high nobility even today.
The city of Halamshiral grew around the palace. The first records of its existence appear in the Storm Age, when Emperor Cyril granted the title of marquis to Ser Reginald Montclair for "administration of Halamshiral."
An elven uprising destroyed Chateau Lion in the Blessed Age. When Emperor Judicael I rebuilt it, he named the new retreat the Winter Palace. It was designed more for the emperor and his immediate family than for any cadet branches of House Valmont, and became the heart of the Imperial Court in the darkest months of winter.—An excerpt from Architectual History of Orlais, Volume I by Elodie Ferrneua
—From Codex entry: Halamshiral
Dragon Age: The Masked EmpireEdit
Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit
The Winter Palace is only accessible during the quest Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts.
Main quests Edit
- Main article: Quests (Inquisition)
Side quests EditThe Great Blackmail Hunt Herd of Stone Halla Red Jenny's Stashes Throwing Away Money
Trespasser DLC quests Edit
- Main article: Trespasser
Main quests EditTrespasser
Side quests Edit
Crafting Materials Edit
Tier 1 Common Herb
Tier 2 Common Herb
Tier 1 Rare Herb
Notable items Edit
- Orlesian Banner - In the "Guest Garden", behind the Lower Garden Door.Note: Requires 3 Halla Statues to access.
- Confusion Grenade Recipe
Enemies caught in the area of effect begin attacking each other.
- In the "Secret Study" in the Grand Library.
- Crescent Slicer
Rare Dual-Blade Dagger
Requires: Level 10
Damage: 55–57 AoE
+14% Critical Damage Bonus
On kill: grants 20 stamina - Dropped by the Harlequin in the Grand Apartments.
- Masterwork Crow Blade Schematic
Damage: 9 Metal
Offense: 4 Leather
Offense: 3 Cloth
Masterwork: 1 Masterwork - Inside Celene's Vault.
- Masterwork Magister Staff Blade Schematic
Staff Blade Schematic
Offense: 5 Cloth
Offense: 2 Cloth - In the "Secret Study" in the Grand Library.
Codex entries Edit
Codex entry: Briala
Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater
Codex entry: Council of Heralds
Codex entry: Empress Celene Valmont
Codex entry: A Ghoulish Delight
Codex entry: Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons
Codex entry: Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons
Codex entry: Halamshiral
Codex entry: Jeshavis, Mother of Orlais
Codex entry: The Lion of Orlais (Inquisition)
Codex entry: Mad Emperor Reville
Codex entry: Morrigan (Inquisition)
Codex entry: Orlesian Caprice Coins
Codex entry: Superstitions of the Royal Family
Codex entry: Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts
Codex entry: Winter Palace
Trespasser Codex entries Edit
Codex entry: "Blackwall" and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: A Dispatch from the Crown of Ferelden
Codex entry: Activity in the Winter Palace
Codex entry: Cassandra and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Cole and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Conduct Becoming the Inquisition
Codex entry: Cullen and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Dorian and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Emergency Measures
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 10
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 11
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 12
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 13
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 14
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 15
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 16
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 17
Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 18
Codex entry: Iron Bull and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Josephine and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Leliana and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Notes on Palace Guests
Codex entry: Scandalous Gossip
Codex entry: Storms of Temptation
Codex entry: Tattered Tome
Codex entry: The First Grand Enchanter
Codex entry: Varric and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Vivienne and the Last Few Years
Codex entry: Wager Notes
Other texts Edit
The Art of the Winter Palace
Diary of a Nosy Servant
Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Briala)
Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Celene)
Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Gaspard)
Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Grand Library)
Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Trophy Room)
Trespasser Other texts Edit
- Formal Attire
Common Light Armor
Requires: Level 1
None can be destroyed, forcing a character to wear default clothes during the Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts quest.
- During Trespasser, where the Winter Palace serves as a base camp, falling damage is turned off as it is in Skyhold.