The Circle Tower, officially named Kinloch Hold, is Ferelden's regional headquarters for the Circle of Magi. It is located on Lake Calenhad, and accessed only by its docks. As per Chantry and local law, human and city elf citizens of Ferelden with magical potential are brought here to be imprisoned for most of their lives and instructed in the legally-approved Schools of Magic, and (ideally) trained to resist demons (who seek especially to possess living mages).
Apprentices and the majority of the Circle's impressive library are housed on the first floor, while full mages live on the second floor, which also contains the stockrooms, enchanters' laboratories, the Chantry, and more libraries. The third floor consists mostly of meeting rooms and assembly spaces, as well as a few personal quarters, presumably for the senior enchanters. The templars live and train on the fourth floor, while the pinnacle of the tower, accessible only from the Templar Quarters, contains the Harrowing Chamber. Each floor is dozens of feet high. The tower also features a secure basement, which houses the repository, a vault for dangerous artifacts, and, prior to 9:30 Dragon, the phylacteries of apprentices. Beneath the tower there is also an extensive network of caves which part of it is used by the tower as storage space.
A small trading hamlet has developed on the shore to facilitate trade and to maintain a ferry to the tower, which was originally reached by a massive bridge (now in ruins). Visitors are few and far between, however, as most come either to learn magic or to watch over those who do.
Since it is best known as the Tower of the Circle of Magi these days, many people forget that the great tower sitting in the middle of Lake Calenhad existed long before the Circle.— First Enchanter Lothaire
More commonly referred to as the Tower of the Circle of Magi or the Circle Tower, Kinloch Hold existed long before the Circle was founded. Built by the Avvars along with some help from dwarves, it was long considered impregnable -- until the Tevinter Imperium drove the Avvars from it in a brutal campaign.
Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne
Dragon Age: The Calling
King Maric Theirin along with a group of Grey Wardens visited Kinloch Hold in 9:10 Dragon. There, in a small ceremony in front of the Circle, they were given black brooches which would allow them to not be sensed by the darkspawn, and Maric was given some rare potions which would allow him to resist the darkspawn corruption. Duncan also slipped into the upper levels of the tower and stole an ebony-black dagger from the chest in First Enchanter Remille's room.While the Grey Wardens and Maric were underground, Remille along with the help of other Orlesian Circle mages and templars, managed to take over the tower and imprison everyone else in the dungeons. However, Teyrn Loghain who was already suspicious of the Orlesians, quickly took notice of this development. In the meantime, Remille captured Maric, Duncan and Fiona who fled Kul-Baras and brought them back to the Circle Tower where the Architect, Bregan, Genevieve and Utha were waiting for them. Eventually this meeting turned into a brawl which ended with Maric, Fiona and Duncan surviving and Utha and the Architect fleeing. In the meantime Fereldan troops led by Teyrn Loghain assaulted the Tower and freed it from those who took it over.
Dragon Age: Origins
- Main article: Magi Origin
- Main article: Broken Circle
PlacesStorage Caves Mage Tower - Basement Apprentice Quarters Interior Senior Mage Quarters Great Hall Templar Quarters Harrowing Chamber
List of Circle Tower mages
Apostates with prior Circle training
- Dagna (possibly)
- Knight-Commander Greagoir
- Head Cook
- See Quartermaster (Circle Tower) for merchant items. To open all locked chests in the Circle Tower one needs a lockpicking score of 60.
The copper pendant on this chain once bore the emblem of the Circle, but generations of worrying hands have rubbed the design completely away. The smooth metal is oddly comforting to hold.
+5% fire resistance
+5% cold resistance
+1 armor Archon Robes
This enchanted robe is decorated in the Tevinter style, with elaborate gold trimming and embossed bronze embellishments.
+0.75/+1.5 health regeneration in combat
+2 spellpower, source: Drop Blood Mage Beastman's Dagger
Red Steel (Tier 5)
Requires: 24 dexterity
Critical chance: 4.20%
Armor penetration: 6.40
Strength modifier: 0.85
+10% critical/backstab damage, source: locked Chest Buckle of the Winds
This buckle, attached to a simple leather belt, is cool to the touch and delicately engraved.
+3 defense, source: Pile of Fifth Charged Mitts
Hardened (Tier 4)
+10% electricity damage, source: SideQuest Drop Fade Rifter Cinderfel Gauntlets
Inscribed Leather (Tier 6)
+20% fire damage, source: Boss Drop Uldred Fade Striders
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 10 strength
+1 magic, source: Chest Kaddis of the Lady of the Skies
An Avvar pattern sacred to the goddess of death.
+30 physical resistance, source: Chest Litany of Adralla
The Litany has the power to stun demons and stop mind-controlling blood magic if it is used at the moment the spell is cast.
, source: Niall's Corpse Love Letter
A note between wealthy paramours.
, source: locked Chest Mabari War Harness
A steel reinforced leather collar with a double row of razor-sharp spikes.
+2 armor penetration
+8 armor, source: Chest Sailor's Charm
Hanging on this chain of silver filigree is the tooth of a whale, covered in delicate carvings of a ship weathering a storm at sea.
+10% electricity resistance, source: Vanity Scroll of Banastor
x2, source: Pile of Books Shiver
The mortal realm is real, barren, and cold. This intricate pendant allows an exchange of vitality for ruggedness, a deal not lightly taken. The warmest embrace also constricts.
+20% cold resistance
-1 dexterity, source: Drop Desire Demon Small Painted Box
A small painted box found in First Enchanter's office.
, Quest Item, source: First Enchanter's Desk The Libertarian's Cowl
This heavy felt hood has a strange glimmer if seen from the corner of your eye.
+0.25/+0.5 mana regeneration in combat, source: Charred Corpse Yusaris
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 34 strength
Critical chance: 2.25%
Armor penetration: 5.25
Strength modifier: 1.10
+20% fire resistance
+10 damage vs. dragons, source: SideQuest Boss Drop Shah Wyrd Greagoir's Shield
Whitewood (Tier 4)
Requires: 30 strength
Strength modifier: 1.00
+10% fire resistance
+4% spell resistance, it is marked as stealable but currently equipped making this impossible without the toolset. Journeyman Lightning Rune
This symbol is the old Tevinter rune for tempest.
+2 Electrical Damage, source: Locked Chest Templar Quarters (4th Floor). Remarkable Malachite
This stone is patterned with odd bands and ripples of color, like the contents of a witch's cauldron.
, for Shale, source: Quartermaster at Apprentice Quarters (First Floor). Black Grimoire
A black leather-bound book with a tree on the cover.
, for Morrigan, source: Irving's Quarters at Senior Mage Quarters (Second Floor). Chantry Amulet
This amulet is similar to the ones worn by members of the Chantry. The carving on the amulet depicts Andraste's undying flame.
, for Leliana, source: Templar Corpse at Senior Mage Quarters (Second Floor). Silver Chain
This short necklace is made of several strands of silver chain.
, for Morrigan, source: Vanity at Senior Mage Quarters (Second Floor). The Rose of Orlais
"The Rose of Orlais" appears to be a book about a woman named Lady Talia Lyonne, and her tempestuous romance with the arrogant chevalier, Garren.
, for Wynne, source: Pile of Books at Senior Mage Quarters (Second Floor). Water-Stained Portrait
An antique portrait, slightly water-stained, of a man wearing furs and a heavy crown.
, for Sten, source: Charred Corpse at Senior Mage Quarters (Second Floor). White Runestone
A small, flat white stone with a gold rune carved into it.
, for Alistair, source: Boss Drop Abomination at Great Hall (Third Floor). Small Gold Bar
A small bar of gold.
, for Zevran, source: Drop off Charmed Templar in the Great Hall (Third Floor) or Templar Quarters (Fourth Floor). Beef Bone
A shoulder of beef, with bone attached.
, for Dog, source: Chest Templar Quarters (Fourth Floor). Sun Blonde Vint-1
Tevinter-brewed for a very discreet clientèle, and strong enough to fluster a tranquil. An almost weightless spirit best served with a powdering of catsbane as a flavor-enhancer and antidote.
, for Oghren, source: Vanity at Templar Quarters (Fourth Floor).
A companion may interject a comment upon certain triggers:
- Entering the Senior Mage Quarters
- Entering Irving's study
- Entering the Great Hall
- Collecting the fourth note for Watchguard of the Reaching
- Collecting the last note for Watchguard of the Reaching
- Passing corruption (the bizarre 'growths' overlapping with walls, doors and gore) in the Templars' Quarters
- Approaching Cullen
- Defeating Shah Wyrd
Party banter may be triggered at the following spots:
- The first corridor in the Apprentice Quarters.
- ps3xbox360After the player finishes the quest Broken Circle and asks First Enchanter Irving if Dagna can join magic classes, there might be a minor bug if you return to the Circle Tower without going to Orzammar Commons to tell her that she was accepted. She may already be there waiting for the Warden; when told she can join she will return to Orzammar but will act as if she is in the Tower.
- ↑ Kinloch Hold. BioWare wiki.
- ↑ Circle Letter
- ↑ Codex entry: Extracurricular Studies
- ↑ According to the item description for Oven Mitts.