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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.

Background Edit

Emperor Judicael I

Emperor Judicael I

After the glorious reclamation of the Dales, the elven capital lay empty and in ruins for years, a haven for bandits and highwaymen and all manner of miscreants. The land lay unused until the Exalted Age, when Alphonse Valmont, the very Lion himself, declared that a palace should be built there in honor of the valiant actions of his brothers in besting the armies of false Emperor Xavier Drakon. Originally called Chateau Lion, it was designed as a grand retreat for the emperor's brothers and their families.

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

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: The Masked EmpireEdit

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“I have no wish to discuss our family's bloody history. I know it quite well, thank you.” — Empress Celene
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Empress Celene is magically transported to the Winter Palace by the eluvians. Celene learns from the palace's Seneschal that Comte Pierre has handed over Halamshiral to Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons and is requesting that the palace guards surrender also. Celene summons Pierre to the Winter Palace to discuss terms. Upon discovering Celene is free, Comte Pierre immediately surrenders the city to her and re-affirms his loyalty to the Empress.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

The Winter Palace is only accessible during the quest Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts.

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“Whatever we were before, we are now the Inquisition.” — The Inquisitor
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The Winter Palace was chosen to hold the peace talks between the two sides of the War of the Lions. The Inquisitor attends the costume party to find an assassin hiding among the guests.

TrespasserEdit

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“I suspect you have questions.” — Solas
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In 9:44 Dragon, Ferelden, Orlais and the Chantry come together to call an Exalted Council to determine the fate of the Inquisition as an independent order. The Winter Palace is chosen as the site to hold the council.

Quests Edit

Main quests Edit

Main article: Quests (Inquisition)
Quest icon DAI Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts

Side quests Edit

Quest icon DAI The Great Blackmail Hunt
Quest icon DAI Herd of Stone Halla
Quest icon DAI Red Jenny's Stashes
Quest icon DAI Throwing Away Money

Trespasser DLC quests Edit

Main article: Trespasser

Main quests Edit

Quest icon DAI Trespasser

Side quests Edit

Note: These do not show up in the Quest Log.
Quest icon DAI Expensive Bones
Quest icon DAI Fireworks
Quest icon DAI Halla Treasure Hunt
Quest icon DAI Harlequin Tag
Quest icon DAI Painting Correction

Merchants Edit

Trespasser

Enemies Edit

Crafting Materials Edit

Herbs Edit

Elfroot icon ElfrootElfroot
Tier 1 Common Herb

Embrium icon EmbriumEmbrium
Tier 2 Common Herb

Royal Elfroot icon Royal ElfrootRoyal Elfroot
Tier 1 Rare Herb

Notable items Edit

Skyhold Customizations Edit

Loot Edit

  • Confusion Grenade recipe icon Confusion Grenade RecipeConfusion Grenade Recipe
    Recipe
    Enemies caught in the area of effect begin attacking each other.
    - In the "Secret Study" in the Grand Library.
  • 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
    - Dropped by the Harlequin in the Grand Apartments.
  • 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
    - Inside Celene's Vault.
  • DAI masterwork staff blade schematic icon Masterwork Magister Staff Blade SchematicMasterwork Magister Staff Blade Schematic
    Staff Blade Schematic

    Offense: 5 Cloth
    Offense: 2 Cloth
    - In the "Secret Study" in the Grand Library.

Synchronization Edit

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

Trespasser Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: "Blackwall" and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Dispatch from the Crown of Ferelden
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Activity in the Winter Palace
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Cassandra and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Cole and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Conduct Becoming the Inquisition
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Cullen and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Dorian and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Emergency Measures
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 10
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 11
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 12
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 13
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 14
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 15
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 16
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 17
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Hard in Hightown: Chapter 18
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Iron Bull and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Josephine and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Leliana and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Notes on Palace Guests
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Scandalous Gossip
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Storms of Temptation
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Tattered Tome
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The First Grand Enchanter
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Varric and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Vivienne and the Last Few Years
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Wager Notes

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)

Trespasser Other texts Edit

Text ico Dedication
Text ico The Gilded Horn's Drink List
Text ico Sera's Past and Now Things

Notes Edit

  • 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.
  • During Trespasser, where the Winter Palace serves as a base camp, falling damage is turned off as it is in Skyhold.

Gallery Edit

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