Caridin's Cross is a crossroads within the Deep Roads, named after the ancient Paragon, Caridin.

Background[edit | edit source]

Map of the area

Caridin's Cross was once the largest crossroads in the Deep Roads, connecting the city of Orzammar with many outlying thaigs. However it has been lost to the darkspawn and according to the Mines Commander no dwarf in centuries has managed to reach the Cross. It is now in a state of ruin, inhabited only by the darkspawn and deepstalkers.

A deepstalker matriarch and deepstalker nests are located in the eastern portion of the map.

A makeshift darkspawn fort is located south of the starting point (in the middle of the crossroads), with three ballistae manned by genlocks watching the roads. Charging the position without first removing the ballista crews can be dangerous. Fortunately the area is small enough that area-based spells can easily dislodge them.

There are many road markers throughout Caridin's Cross.

Quests[edit | edit source]

A Paragon of Her Kind A Paragon of Her Kind

An Admirable Topsider An Admirable Topsider

Asunder Asunder

The Black Vials The Black Vials

The Drifter's Cache The Drifter's Cache

The Shaper's Life The Shaper's Life

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The exits are all marked "Deep Roads" on ps3PS3pcPC, but they do not go to the same areas. The bottom one opens up Ortan Thaig on your travel map. On xbox360XBOX360, the south exit is marked Ortan Thaig correctly.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Hired Goon

  • Hired Goons and Elven Mercenary: Two dwarves and an elven mage hired by either Lord Harrowmont or Prince Bhelen, unless you are publicly working for one and secretly working for the other, will be waiting for you at the start of the area. After a brief speech, they will attack.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Containers[edit | edit source]

The darkspawn fort


North-central passage

  • Chest (Dwarven, Elite) - locked
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)


Deepstalker nest

  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Fractured Stone (Stone, Normal)
  • Sarcophagus (Dwarven, Boss)

Southwest tunnel

Notable items[edit | edit source]

An underground river crossing the location

Effort's Gloves Effort's Gloves, source: Drifter's Cache

Head in a Bag Head in a Bag, source: Small Bloody Sack

Ring of the Warrior Ring of the Warrior, source: Drifter's Cache

Thorn of the Dead Gods Thorn of the Dead Gods, source: Drifter's Cache

Topsider's Hilt Topsider's Hilt, source: on the genlock emissary in south cave corridor of Caridin's Cross

Torso in a Bag Torso in a Bag, source: Small Bloody Sack

Notable gifts for companions:

Totem Totem, source: Chest

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Asunder Codex entry: Asunder, source: Small Bloody Sack

Codex entry: Orzammar History: Chapter One Codex entry: Orzammar History: Chapter One, source: Statue near southwest exit to Deep Roads

Codex entry: The Black Vials Codex entry: The Black Vials, source: Glass Phylactery

Codex entry: The Blights Codex entry: The Blights, source: Firepit

Codex entry: The Crosscut Drifters Codex entry: The Crosscut Drifters, source: Rubble

Codex entry: The Shaper's Life Codex entry: The Shaper's Life, source: The Shaper's Life

Codex entry: Thorn of the Dead Gods Codex entry: Thorn of the Dead Gods, source: Drifter's Cache

Codex entry: Topsider's Honor Codex entry: Topsider's Honor, source: Genlock emissary

Special objects[edit | edit source]

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