Bastion of the Pure is an incredibly rich lyrium node far beneath the Deep Roads, currently occupied by the Sha-Brytol. On its floor lies the Buried Sea.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

This area is a derelict lyrium mine.[1] Memories speak of an "unknown disaster" that lead to its abandonment long before the First Blight. A titan awoke beneath the mine in the time of King Orseck Garal and the rhythm of its song "bled despair".[2] The earthquake caused by the titan destroyed the mine.[3]

The Buried Sea has a subtle but eerie blue color but has reportedly large waves and it is thus dangerous to stand too close.[4] Swimming is also inadvisable because of significant lyrium concentration on the water.[1]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

At an unspecified time after the First Blight the Sha-Brytol started inhabiting these caverns but left the lyrium veins unexploited and by 9:41 Dragon the veins are overgrown so much that Varric Tethras jokingly remarks that he would have been the richest dwarf in the Dwarven Merchants' Guild if he exploited the untapped lyrium. The Inquisitor may visit the location as part of The Descent (quest) along with Shaper Valta in hopes of discovering the source of the earthquakes.

Inside the caverns there is a strange altar with various blood markings around it and it is guarded by an Arcane horror.



Quest icon DAI The Descent
Quest icon DAI Holding the Deep Roads
Quest icon DAI Chronicles of Forgotten Wars
Quest icon DAI Mugs in the Deep Roads
Quest icon DAI Gears in the Deep Roads

Codex entries

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Chronicles of a Forgotten War

Notable items


Silverite icon Silverite
Deep Mushroom icon Deep Mushroom
Spindleweed DAI icon Spindleweed
Serpentstone icon Serpentstone
Iron icon Iron


  • A statue which bears the likeness of Mythal lies broken in the caverns.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Landmarks in the Deep Roads
  2. Mentioned in dialogue between Shaper Valta and the dwarven Inquisitor in the Ruins of Heidrun Thaig at the lift.
  3. According to Shaper Valta at the end of The Descent (quest).
  4. Deep Roads Expeditions: Buried Sea Bridge
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