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Amaranthine is an arling that spans along the sinuous northeastern coast of Ferelden.


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The Waking Sea is known for its temper, and the storms that sweep in from the warmer northern waters are sudden and brutal. Rising above these turbulent waters is the City of Amaranthine—once a modest fishing village, now an important and prosperous port city and a center for trade in northern Ferelden. Hardship and adversity, like the storm-tossed waves of the Waking Sea, have assailed Amaranthine time and time again, only to crash and break upon her walls. The people of Amaranthine survived first the Orlesian occupation, then the sacking of the city when the Orlesians departed. They know one thing for certain: the city will always stand as a testament to the strength and steadfastness of the Fereldan people.[1]

The Pilgrim's Path is another important location in the Arling. It is the major road which connects Amaranthine with Denerim and rest of the southern Ferelden. In the aftermath of the Fifth Blight, the Path is plagued by darkspawn and bandit attacks.


During the Orlesian occupation of Ferelden, Tarleton Howe sided with the Orlesians while the neighbouring Couslands of Highever with the rebels. Eventually, the Highever forces clashed in several battles against the Amaranthine forces. In one of these battles, the Couslands managed to capture the remote town of Harper's Ford and Tarleton Howe. Tarleton was hanged for his treachery. Byron Howe, Tarleton's younger brother became the new Arl of Amaranthine.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne.

In 8:97 Blessed, during Prince Maric Theirin's rebellion against the Orlesian Empire, the rebel army had their base at Amaranthine for a time. After several months, they left the land along with Arl Byron and his most trusted men who also joined the rebellion. Byron Howe died during the war, and Tarleton's son, Rendon Howe, a hero of the rebellion, became Amaranthine's new Arl until 9:30 Dragon.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

See also: Epilogue (Origins)
At the conclusion of the Fifth Blight, and with Rendon Howe named traitor and killed, Amaranthine is given by the Fereldan monarchy to the Grey Wardens as a reward for their service, stripping all rights from the ruling Howe family.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

After the Fifth Blight, Amaranthine was the site of the Darkspawn Civil War. Two competing factions of Darkspawn led by The Architect and The Mother clashed and the Grey Wardens were drawn into the conflict. The conflict eventually ended when the Grey Wardens led an assault on the Darkspawn nest at Drake's Fall beneath the Dragonbone Wastes. The darkspawn were defeated and the arling was restored to peace under Warden rule.


Map of Amaranthine

Map of the arling of Amaranthine


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Codex entry: The Howes of Amaranthine Codex entry: The Howes of Amaranthine


  1. Amaranthine. BioWare. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mentioned by Senechsal Varel during A Day In Court.
  3. Lord Eddelbrek is the ruler of this land.
  4. Codex entry: Kristoff's Note