The Emerald Graves is a forested region of the Dales in Orlais. The area is an ancient elven burial ground but has been partly occupied by Orlesians in more recent times.

Background[edit | edit source]

Long ago, before the fall of the Dales, a tree was planted for every warrior who pledged themselves to the guardianship of the Dales; these warriors were the Emerald Knights of Halamshiral. When humans began encroaching on our borders, the Knights banded together to protect us from their incursion. But the humans were many, and their Chantry powerful, and they eventually conquered the Dales. The trees that once represented the Emerald Knights were now living symbols of their sacrifice—the Emerald Graves.

—As told by Keeper Gisharel of the Ralaferin Clan[1]

Orlesian nobility referred to region as the Greatwood; however, when the Dales were still an independent nation the region was commonly labeled the Emerald March. It is said that each tree found in the Graves is a reminder of a life lost during the Exalted March against the Dales.[2]

The southern half of the region is relatively civilized, marked with road signs and Orlesian estates, though they have recently fallen into disrepair from the War of the Lions. Further into the region, the woods teem with wildlife and vast foliage. The area is home to many common beasts including wolves, brontos and nugs. In the northern-most region unique creatures such as giants and great bears rome freely, whilst the Greater Mistral reigns supreme.

Traveling through the Dales, one will see dozens of carven stone wolves. The Dalish call these the Knights’ Guardians. In the days of elven Halamshiral, wolf companions walked alongside Emerald Knights, never leaving the side of their chosen knight. Wolf and elf would fight together, eat together, and when the knights slept, wolves would guard them. The statues were erected in memory of their unbreakable bond.[3]

This forest in the Dales, once known as the Emerald March, is now the Emerald Graves. A tree grows here for every elven knight who died in the Dales, protecting the region from the humans during their Exalted March on the Dales.

—Excerpt from the quest journal

Involvement[edit | edit source]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The Emerald Graves are home to Orlesian refugees that have recently lost their homes due the encroaching War of the Lions as well as from raiding parties led by the Freemen of the Dales. The Freemen are composed of deserters from both Celene and Gaspard de Chalons's army. They have taken to harassing the refugees in area and forced them into hiding; they are also inadvertently colluding with Red Templars and Venatori in pushing the Elder One's agenda in the region.

The refugees, led by Evariste "Fairbanks" Lemarque welcome the Inquisitor's aid in dealing with the Freemen, Red Templars and Venatori. The Inquisitor can gain access to the Graves by completing the Make Contact in the Emerald Graves war table scouting operation in Skyhold.


Places[edit | edit source]

Map of the Emerald Graves

Regions[edit | edit source]

Note: The 26 regions below make up the Regions in the Graves collection. Discovering all of them grants 300 Influence.
  • Andruil's Wall
  • Argon's Lodge Argon's Lodge
  • Briathos' Steps
  • Direstone
  • Elgar'nan's Bastion
  • Firewater Garden
  • Gracevine
  • Great Bear Cove
  • Harrow
  • Hopwood
  • The Lion's Pavilion The Lion's Pavilion
  • Nettle Pass
  • Peacewood
  • Rush of Sighs
  • Silver Falls
  • Silverspray Perch
  • Southfinger Tower
  • Southfinger Watch
  • Stonereach
  • Stonewolf Green
  • Twisted Tree Rise
  • Veridium Mine Veridium Mine
  • Villa Maurel Villa Maurel
  • Watcher's Canyon
  • Watcher's Pass
  • Watcher's Reach Watcher's Reach
Note: To register the Southfinger Tower towards the collection counter, the Inquisitor must get as close as possible to the region, otherwise it can be easily missed.


Additional places[edit | edit source]


Inquisition Camps[edit | edit source]

  • Hill Camp
  • Briathos' Steps
  • Direstone Camp
  • Gracevine Camp

Characters[edit | edit source]

Quests[edit | edit source]

A Bear to Cross A Bear to Cross
A Corrupt General A Corrupt General
A Deluded Chevalier A Deluded Chevalier
A Fallen Sister A Fallen Sister
A Lover's Promise A Lover's Promise
A Puppet Master A Puppet Master
A Vicious Thug A Vicious Thug
Chateau d'Onterre Chateau d'Onterre
Devotion Devotion
Fairbanks' Trust Fairbanks' Trust
Fairbanks Patrol Under Attack Fairbanks Patrol Under Attack (unmarked side quest)
Holding the Emerald Graves Holding the Emerald Graves
Last Wishes Last Wishes
Map of Elgar'nan's Bastion Map of Elgar'nan's Bastion
Map of Watcher's Pass Map of Watcher's Pass
Motherly Encouragement Motherly Encouragement
Noble Deeds, Noble Heart Noble Deeds, Noble Heart
Not Everyone's Free Not Everyone's Free
Observing the Menace Observing the Menace
Parson's Battered Notebook Parson's Battered Notebook (unmarked side quest)
Safe Keeping Safe Keeping
The Freemen of the Dales The Freemen of the Dales
The Knights' Tomb The Knights' Tomb
The Tiniest Cave The Tiniest Cave
Victims of War Victims of War
Watcher's Reach Refugees Watcher's Reach Refugees

Rifts[edit | edit source]

Rifts at the Cove Rifts at the Cove
Rifts at the Pavilion Rifts at the Pavilion
Rifts at the Reach Rifts at the Reach
Rifts near the Sighs Rifts near the Sighs

Requisitions[edit | edit source]

Artifact Requisition in the Graves Artifact Requisition in the Graves
Lure Requisition in the Graves Lure Requisition in the Graves
Obsidian Survey in the Graves Obsidian Survey in the Graves
Pyrophite Survey in the Graves Pyrophite Survey in the Graves
Remedy Requisition in the Graves Remedy Requisition in the Graves

War table operations[edit | edit source]

Emerald Graves Resources Emerald Graves Resources
Investigate Elven Ruins Investigate Elven Ruins
Make Contact in the Emerald Graves Make Contact in the Emerald Graves

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Hostile creatures[edit | edit source]

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

Astrariums[edit | edit source]

Astrariums in the Graves Astrariums in the Graves

Bottles on the Wall[edit | edit source]

Bottles On The Wall icon.png Sun Blonde Vint-1 - search the east riverbank just north of the Silver Falls landmark.
Bottles On The Wall icon.png Absence - search the small room located inside Argon's Lodge, found on top of some boxes.
Bottles On The Wall icon.png Mackay's Epic Single Malt - search in the bear cave just north of Chateau d'Onterre's entrance.
Bottles On The Wall icon.png Chasind Sack Mead - search the Red Templar Camp north of Southfinger Tower.

Dragon Hunter[edit | edit source]

Greater Mistral Greater Mistral

Landmarks[edit | edit source]

Landmarks in the Graves Landmarks in the Graves

Mosaics[edit | edit source]

Invasion Invasion 7/12 pieces:

  • In the Veridium Mine, found on a partially open crate next to some barrels with lanterns situated on them.
  • Inside Argon's Lodge on a makeshift table with random junk on it, search the room directly to the left of a log pile located in the southeast corner.
  • Inside Villa Maurel, search the Personal Store Room, adjacent to the Study. A warrior is required to break the wall down to access the area.
  • Just outside the main entrance of Din'an Hanin at the Din'an Hanin landmark.
  • Inside of Din'an Hanin; found in the Knight's Hall on a pew along the eastern wall.
  • On the southwest balcony of Chateau d'Onterre. Jump out of the bedchamber window onto a ledge then jump to the top of the nearby building on the right.
  • In Chateau d'Onterre; on the left-hand wall inside the locked room off of the Grand Balcony.
    Note: Requires Deft Hands, Fine Tools Inquisition perk.


Shards[edit | edit source]

Shards in the Graves Shards in the Graves

Skyhold Customizations[edit | edit source]

Dalish Banner Dalish Banner - in a barrel, found in the empty shack close to the entrance of Argon's Lodge.
Orlesian Banner Crown Orlesian Banner Crown - in the safe located inside Villa Maurel's Vault; see side quest Safe Keeping.

Songs[edit | edit source]

Song icon.png The Girl in Red Crossing - found inside Chateau d'Onterre.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Herbs[edit | edit source]

Arbor Blessing Arbor Blessing
Blood Lotus Blood Lotus
Deep Mushroom Deep Mushroom
Elfroot Elfroot
Embrium Embrium
Prophet's Laurel Prophet's Laurel
Rashvine Rashvine
Rashvine Nettle Rashvine Nettle
Royal Elfroot Royal Elfroot
Spindleweed Spindleweed

Leather[edit | edit source]

August Ram Leather August Ram Leather
Bear Hide Bear Hide
Bronto Hide Bronto Hide
Canine Leather Canine Leather
Great Bear Hide Great Bear Hide
Nugskin Nugskin

Metals[edit | edit source]

Bloodstone Bloodstone
Dawnstone Dawnstone
Everite Everite
Iron Iron
Obsidian Obsidian
Pyrophite Pyrophite
Stormheart Stormheart

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Elven artifacts[edit | edit source]

  • In the southernmost room of the Hallowed Tombs in Din'an Hanin's Upper Crypts.
  • In the Firewater Garden, just northeast of the small bridge, on the western end of a ruined wall.
  • Due east of the southwestern most astrarium, found just south of Argon's Lodge.
  • In a small room adjacent to the Ballroom in Chateau d'Onterre.


Logging stands[edit | edit source]


Quarries[edit | edit source]

  • Northeast of the Direstone Inquisition Camp near the rift.
  • West of Gracevine Camp (just slightly north the camp), against the rock wall.


Red Jenny's Caches[edit | edit source]


Red lyrium veins[edit | edit source]

  • Inside the Veridium Mine, found on a partially open crate next to some barrels with lanterns situated on them.
  • Found just outside Villa Maurel on the left hand side.
  • At Southfinger Watch in the northernmost part of the Graves, near the Red Templar Camp containing the Bottles On The Wall icon.png Chasind Sack Mead.


Veilfire glyphs[edit | edit source]


Loot[edit | edit source]

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: A Midwife's Journal Codex entry: A Midwife's Journal
Codex entry: A Torn Diary Codex entry: A Torn Diary
Codex entry: Battleground State Codex entry: Battleground State
Codex entry: Blood-Splattered Notes Codex entry: Blood-Splattered Notes
Codex entry: From the Canticle of Threnodies Codex entry: From the Canticle of Threnodies
Codex entry: Knight's Guardian Codex entry: Knight's Guardian
Codex entry: Lord D'Onterre's Journal Codex entry: Lord D'Onterre's Journal
Codex entry: Of Gods and Doubt Codex entry: Of Gods and Doubt
Codex entry: Maliphant's Journals Codex entry: Maliphant's Journals
Codex entry: Parson's Battered Notebook Codex entry: Parson's Battered Notebook
Codex entry: Scrap of Paper Codex entry: Scrap of Paper
Codex entry: Sexuality in Thedas Codex entry: Sexuality in Thedas
Codex entry: Sketch I of Chateau d'Onterre Interior Codex entry: Sketch I of Chateau d'Onterre Interior
Codex entry: Sketch II of Chateau d'Onterre Interior Codex entry: Sketch II of Chateau d'Onterre Interior
Codex entry: Sketch III of Chateau d'Onterre Interior Codex entry: Sketch III of Chateau d'Onterre Interior
Codex entry: Sketch of Chateau Courtyard Codex entry: Sketch of Chateau Courtyard
Codex entry: Superstitions Codex entry: Superstitions
Codex entry: The Diary of Troilus Hertubise Codex entry: The Diary of Troilus Hertubise
Codex entry: The Emerald Graves Codex entry: The Emerald Graves
Codex entry: The Exalted March of the Dales Codex entry: The Exalted March of the Dales
Codex entry: The Girl in Red Crossing Codex entry: The Girl in Red Crossing
Codex entry: The Long Walk to Halamshiral Codex entry: The Long Walk to Halamshiral
Codex entry: The Perendale War Codex entry: The Perendale War
Codex entry: Vallasdahlen Codex entry: Vallasdahlen

Din'an Hanin[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Arlathan: Part One Codex entry: Arlathan: Part One
Codex entry: Arlathan: Part Two Codex entry: Arlathan: Part Two
Codex entry: Epitaphs for the Lost Codex entry: Epitaphs for the Lost
Codex entry: The Death of Elandrin Codex entry: The Death of Elandrin
Codex entry: The Emerald Knights Codex entry: The Emerald Knights

Note texts[edit | edit source]

A Candle for Tristan A Candle for Tristan
A Cook's Diary A Cook's Diary
A Difficult Announcement A Difficult Announcement
A Letter Home (Aline) A Letter Home (Aline)
A Letter to Maliphant A Letter to Maliphant
A Lover's Promise A Lover's Promise
A Cook's Diary A Cook's Diary
An Apology (to Colette) An Apology (to Colette)
An Official Appraisal An Official Appraisal
A Reminder (shakily written) A Reminder (shakily written)
A Servant's Letter A Servant's Letter
A Sketchbook (from a hobbyist) A Sketchbook (from a hobbyist)
A Torn Page (the Herbalist) A Torn Page (the Herbalist)
A Widow's Woe A Widow's Woe
Duhaime's Notes Duhaime's Notes
Duhaime's Notes (Watcher's Reach Rats) Duhaime's Notes (Watcher's Reach Rats)
From Sister Costeau (Vir Adahlen) From Sister Costeau (Vir Adahlen)
From Sister Costeau (Watcher's Reach Refugees) From Sister Costeau (Watcher's Reach Refugees)
Hunting Log Hunting Log
Lady Maurel's Diary Lady Maurel's Diary
Lord d'Onterre's Beast Lord d'Onterre's Beast
Pages from Lord Maurel's Journal Pages from Lord Maurel's Journal
Scrawled Note Scrawled Note
Secret Reading (hidden letter) Secret Reading (hidden letter)
Ser Auguste's Messages (Phyllida) Ser Auguste's Messages (Phyllida)
Ser Auguste's Messages (Heathen Etchings) Ser Auguste's Messages (Heathen Etchings)
Torn Pages (Nothing to hunt) Torn Pages (Nothing to hunt)

Red Templar Correspondence[edit | edit source]

Red Templar Note Red Templar Note

Red Templar Orders[edit | edit source]

Red Templar Orders Red Templar Orders

Scribbled notes[edit | edit source]

Freemen Orders Freemen Orders

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Excerpt from Codex entry: The Emerald Graves
  2. Codex entry: The Emerald Graves
  3. An excerpt from In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of a Chantry Scholar by Brother Genitivi; taken from Codex entry: Knight's Guardian
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