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Beneath the estate above, lies the Arl of Denerim's dungeon. The last residence of many unfortunates who broke the law in Denerim, in particular the elves of the local Alienage. The fact that the Arl's bedroom has a passage adjoining one of the dungeon's multiple torture chambers is the stuff of urban legends.


This section contains spoilers for:
Leliana's Song.

After being betrayed by Marjolaine, Leliana, Tug and Sketch are imprisoned here by Commander Harwen Raleigh. With the help of an unknown stranger Leliana managed to escape along with the other prisoners.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

Discovering that Queen Anora could only be freed by killing the mage responsible for her imprisonment, the Warden entered the dungeon to confront Arl Howe.


Map of the Area

Leliana's Song[]

Dragon Age: Origins[]

Arling of Denerim[]

  • Howe Guard – a after a very brief dialog he (and his colleagues) attack regardless of the dialog option chosen
  • Arl Rendon Howe – he will engage in dialog the moment you enter. No matter what dialog you choose it will always end in combat


  • Rexel – the poor man has gone mad from prolonged torture; the Warden can free or kill him to complete the quest Missing in Action
  • Soris – an elf locked up here for quite some time, he will be free after a short dialog with the Warden; f the Warden is a City Elf and took responsibility for killing Vaughan, then he will not be here
  • Vaughan Kendells – the son of the Arl of Denerim; he can be freed, killed, or forced to remain; see his article for details (not present if slain during City Elf Origin)
  • Ser Irminric – a captured templar and brother of Bann Alfstanna; choosing to help him initiates the Lost Templar
  • Oswyn – a dialogue with him begins Tortured Noble.
Note: To speak with these characters, right-click on their cell door (as if to unlock it). Right-clicking on the character triggers a brief comment, but does not initiate the dialogues noted above.


The Game The Game - the main quest of Leliana's Song
Rescue the Queen Rescue the Queen
Missing in Action Missing in Action
Tortured Noble Tortured Noble
Lost Templar Lost Templar

Hostile creatures[]

Mabari (Normal)



Notable items[]

Biteback Axe Biteback Axe - source: Arl Howe
Arl Howe's Key Arl Howe's Key - source: Arl Howe
Key to Lower Prison Key to Lower Prison - source: Jailor
Vaughan's Key Vaughan's Key - source: Vaughan Kendells

Special objects[]

  • Tripwire, at the entrance to the dungeon.
  • Cell Door Locked, key required. (Key to Lower Prison dropped by Jailor)
  • Fire trap (cannot be disarmed)
  • Torture Device, using it frees Oswyn, son of Bann Sighard.


Bug icon.png Bug! Clicking on Vaughan first before the cell door may make it impossible to free him, the door will begin giving the same brief comment as clicking on Vaughan directly (the door however remains locked). Reloading before clicking on Vaughan first will be required.