The Elven Mountain Ruins are ruins of an ancient elven dwelling hidden high in an unknown mountain range outside[1] Orlais. The main structure is on an island in the lake, while three large sentry towers are situated on nearby mountaintops.

Background[edit | edit source]

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In the time of Elvhenan the whole valley was a sanctuary created by Fen'Harel for elven slaves. It was guarded by his people. He rejected the divine mantle himself and taught the refugees the truth about the Evanuris, powerful mages who posed as gods. Fen'Harel removed the vallaslin that the Evanuris used to mark their slaves, and the freed elves then fought back against the pretender gods.[2]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

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The Inquisitor enters one of the sentry towers through an eluvian while following the trail of a Qunari who was found dead in the Winter Palace. The bridge to the central island is broken, and the Inquisitor is left to search the three towers interconnected with eluvians for clues. More Qunari bodies in similar clothing lay around. They all appear to have been recently taken by surprise and killed by magic. Their notes are written half in Qunlat and half in the common tongue.

In the second tower the Inquisitor encounters elven spirits. If the Inquisitor drank from the Well of Sorrows, they know the secret greeting from those Fen'Harel trusted and can pass safely. Otherwise the spirits consider them intruders and engage in combat. The Inquisitor's Anchor interacts with veilfire-like mosaics in the towers. They disappear, revealing hidden passages and ancient memories of the place.

The Inquisitor's hand starts to hurt in the third tower near an elven device, and they acquire the Anchor Discharge ability. A small wolf statue nearby summons more spirits when touched. The statue fits into the pedestal by the bridge and allows to raise its missing section.

Qunari attack the Inquisitor on sight in the sanctuary behind the bridge. The Qunari themselves are fighting spirits as well. A large mural on the far wall of the building depicts Fen'Harel removing elven vallaslin. The statue of the Dread Wolf next to it guards a secret passage and moves when the Inquisitor solves a puzzle, a part of the "Lateral Thinker" achievement.

Hidden armory behind the last mosaic down below is also occupied by the Qunari. After they are defeated, the Inquisitor finds a plan of attack on the Winter Palace with a shock trooper. A note about an unknown intruder who awoke the spirits and fled lies nearby. With that knowledge, the Inquisitor departs for the palace.

Areas[edit | edit source]

Vine-Covered Tower
Smoking Tower
Silent Tower
Forgotten Sanctuary
Hidden Armory

Quests[edit | edit source]

Trespasser Trespasser

Enemies[edit | edit source]

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Resources[edit | edit source]

Prophet's Laurel Prophet's Laurel - side of the Forgotten Sanctuary
Silverite Silverite - side of the Forgotten Sanctuary

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Plan of Attack Codex entry: Plan of Attack

Note texts[edit | edit source]

Ancient Mosaics Ancient Mosaics
An Unknown Agent An Unknown Agent
Qunari Notes Qunari Notes

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Superb Belt of Urgency Superb Belt of Urgency Vine-Covered Tower
Superb Belt of the Inferno Pact Superb Belt of the Inferno Pact Smoking Tower
Superb Belt of the Storm Pact Superb Belt of the Storm Pact Smoking Tower
Sigil of Felandaris Sigil of Felandaris Forgotten Sanctuary
Arrowwood Arrowwood Forgotten Sanctuary
Single Incarnation Single Incarnation Hidden Armory

Dialogue points[edit | edit source]

Each companion has one dialogue point:

  • Iron Bull - Vine-Covered Tower, as the Inquisitor is walking up from the eluvian entrance, there will be a landing on the stairwell; the dialogue point is on the left.
  • Sera - Vine-Covered Tower, behind the first building.
  • Blackwall - Smoking Tower, on top of the stairs left of the guardian spirits.
  • Dorian - Silent Tower, highest level of the tower near the railing, overlooking the scenery.
  • Varric - Silent Tower, highest level of the tower near the railing, overlooking the scenery.
  • Cole - Forgotten Sanctuary, outside the building to the right.
  • Cassandra - Hidden Armory, in the central open area of the lowest room with the eluvian, beneath a banner.
  • Vivienne - Hidden Armory, first room on the right.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Pile of rubble leading to a hidden passage

  • After the Inquisitor gets Anchor Blast, they can re-visit the location and clear the rubble on the shore southwest of the Forgotten Sanctuary. The newly discovered passage leads to a treasury within the Hidden Armory with a substantial amount of gold and random valuables.
  • The eluvian leading from the Vine-Covered Tower to the inaccessible part of the Smoking Tower ("B" on the map) is obscured by crates. They can be broken by a warrior or with the Anchor Blast.
  • For the additional puzzle in this see area Lateral Thinker.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Inquisitor's comment upon entering Elven Mountain Ruins.
  2. Note: Ancient Mosaics

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