A Noble Agenda is an Act 3 side quest in Dragon Age II.


The quest is received from Ser Marlein Selbrech in Hightown, after siding against Knight-Commander Meredith in the opening dialogue.

Walkthrough Edit

After receiving the quest, there are two tasks to complete:

  1. Head to Darktown to the entrance of Hidden Supply Depot. Clear out the mercenaries and Templars. There are two locked chests available (1 Standard-ranked and 1 Complex-ranked, 20 and 30 Cunning, 100 and 150 XP respectively, the latter containing Cynoeswr Sain). Not too difficult, but the group of templars has a Lieutenant and Hunter present at the same time. Freeze and kill the Hunter first, then pile on the Lieutenant while also keeping the archers stunned.
  2. Head to Lowtown near Gamlen's House, and defeat Meredith's death squad led by Ser Mettin. It's not too different from the supply depot group, but it's not too difficult when you've got all of Lowtown to spread out across and the Hunter isn't there right away. With Bloom or The Celebrant you can probably kill the initial group in as close by as the Alienage and drop out of combat before the Hunter shows up.

Return to Hawke's Estate to check the writing desk, where there will be a message asking you to head to Lowtown at night to protect Ser Marlein at a meeting.

Defend Ser Marlein against Edgert the Hound, cementing the nobles' support. This fight is much more difficult, as there will be two Lieutenants and two Hunters in total. If the second Lieutenant is allowed to spawn before the first Lieutenant dies, they will heal each other and combine their healing efforts for everyone else, namely the Hunters. If Ser Marlein holds their aggression it will make it difficult to withdraw and divide the waves, so bring a tank with Taunt. Use Bloom or The Celebrant to overcome their healing rates, try to keep two Elites paralyzed at the same time, and use Brittle cross-class combos to deal the most damage.

With the templars dead, Marlein promises the nobles' support when the time comes. The quest concludes.

Notes Edit

  • If you do not kill the Followers of She before going to meet Ser Marlein against Edgert the Hound, then you will need to fight the templars as well as the Followers of She. A good strategy to deal with this is to hold your party at the entrance and wait for the Followers of She to come to you.
  • Garahel's Helm is found within a chest in the Hidden Supply Depot after charging the remaining templars. The chest is standard level (requiring 20 cunning and resulting in 100 experience).

Rewards Edit

  • 3DAO goldpiece trans and 1200 XP after reading the message at Hawke's Estate (quest update)
  • 1200 XP from Ser Marlein after the fight (quest completion).
    • She says that she gives you something, but you don't get any items or coin.
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