A Test of Mettle and the Crew is a war table operation in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

This operation becomes available following the operation Outfitting the Crew (Part III) and speaking to Sutherland again at Herald's Rest.

Operation text[edit | edit source]

A report sealed with the mark of a minor Lord:

It is irrelevant who noticed the darkspawn, Your Worship. Such pockets are not uncommon. We understand that you cannot allow such things on trade routes you wish to exploit. Unfortunately, we cannot allow external forces to cross our holdings. Instead, we request sanction to act under your banner. It is a risk we are prepared to take because such partnership, and the expected increase in status, will be profitable. In return, we will promise resources, but we remain committed to merely observing your greater struggle. I trust you understand.

Lord Presmond-Als

A note by Cullen added below the report:

Brought to our attention by Sutherland and his crew. Charming.

Advisor suggestions[edit | edit source]

Note: The time listed is the time it takes with no agents.

Josephine - 2:24:00[edit | edit source]

A holdout over negotiations. This offer comes with caveats, but it is valuable.

Leliana - 3:00:00[edit | edit source]

Answer with a small group and give this fool no reason to posture. Sutherland and his crew will serve.

Cullen - 3:00:00[edit | edit source]

Do we need such allies? March.

Result[edit | edit source]

Josephine[edit | edit source]

A simple bargain, and we risked none of our holdings. Lord Presmond-Als was as good as his word, although he leveraged his association with us extensively. Josephine

Leliana[edit | edit source]

Sutherland and his company dealt with the darkspawn threat. Lord "Irrelevant" paid no attention to them. I believe he was expecting a larger force he could posture against, not young adventurers. Such a shame to disappoint him. Leliana

Cullen[edit | edit source]

Our soldiers report a blockade of sorts. Mere posturing, and they were quick to surrender arms. We removed the darkspawn threat further on, although we have made few friends on the matter. Cullen

Reward[edit | edit source]

Josephine / Cullen[edit | edit source]

  • Gold (40-65)

Leliana[edit | edit source]

  • 30 Influence
  • Unlocks A Crew of Ambassadors (Part V) operation (speak to Sutherland again to trigger the quest)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The War Table list shows this operation as being from the Ferelden side (to keep the quests in order); however, the quest is in fact found on the Orlais side.
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