Emprise du Lion is an area in the Highlands of the Dales.[1] It is a cold and craggy environment dotted with elven ruins.

Background[edit | edit source]

Emprise du Lion is a snow-covered area formerly occupied by elves. Several ancient elven ruins including a large keep and multiple coliseums are located in the area. The hot springs in the Emprise have attracted dragons in recent years.

The ancient name of these highlands has long been lost to time. When the first Valmont emperor was crowned in the Exalted Age, the mountains were renamed Emprise du Lion to honor the House of Valmont, which bears a lion upon its crest. Remnants of a forgotten past, mingled delightfully with signs of the present, charming villages dotted the landscape, and scattered among them, relics of the lost elven nation.Brother Genitivi[2]

The ancient and the modern co-exist in the highlands of Emprise du Lion, where relics of the lost elven nation are scattered among bustling human villages. These hills are home to the village of Sahrnia, known throughout Orlais for its quarry, which produces azure granite of remarkable quality.

—Excerpt from the quest journal

Involvement[edit | edit source]

"We arrived in the Highlands at night. I was immediately given the task of overseeing the acquisition and staffing of the Sahrnia quarry. I asked the general why we needed a quarry if the crystals will grow anywhere. Apparently the Elder One believes the composition of the earth here will ensure that it grows more rapidly and abundantly. Some of my men feel we should take the quarry by force. The general did not specify how I was to secure the land, so I am considering a more subtle approach. Any suspicions we raise will increase the chance of a military investigation, perhaps even the newly formed Inquisition. We must operate in secret as long as possible."

—From the writings of Knight-Captain Fornier[3]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


Red Templars seize control of Suledin Keep and utilize the stronghold as their newest headquarters while exploiting the nearby quarry. The Keep and the quarry are both being used for the growth and harvest of Red lyrium to supply their forces, helped by the self-proclaimed choice spirit Imshael. People from the nearby town of Sahrnia have been enslaved to mine red lyrium, with the reluctant assistance of the town's leader. Due to reports of red lyrium and Red Templars, the Inquisition opens an investigation into their activity in the region. The Inquisitor can gain access to Emprise du Lion by completing the Liberate Emprise du Lion war table scouting operation in Skyhold.


Places[edit | edit source]

Regions[edit | edit source]

Map of Emprise du Lion

Note: The 16 regions below make up the Regions in the Emprise collection. Discovering all of them grants 200 Influence.
Alphonse's Passage
Drakon's Rise
Drakon's Tower
Elfsblood River
Elfsblood Tower
Elven Ruin
Etienne's Ring
Highgrove
Judicael's Crossing
Judicael's Ring
Leontine's Ring
Pools of Sun
Sahrnia Sahrnia
Sahrnia Quarry
Suledin Keep Suledin Keep
Tower of Bone

Additional places[edit | edit source]

Valeska's Watch Valeska's Watch

Inquisition Camps[edit | edit source]

Drakon's Rise Camp
Highgrove Camp
Sahrnia Camp
Tower Camp

Characters[edit | edit source]

Baron Edouard Desjardins
Granny Mae
Gordon the Frank
Imshael
Linette
Louis
Michel de Chevin
Mistress Poulin
Suledin Keep Merchant

Quests[edit | edit source]

A Timely Intervention A Timely Intervention
Breeding Grounds Breeding Grounds
Caged Confession Caged Confession
Call Me Imshael Call Me Imshael
Capturing Suledin Keep Capturing Suledin Keep
Mama's Ring Mama's Ring
Red Captors Red Captors
Rocky Rescue Rocky Rescue
Ruined Blade Ruined Blade
Securing Safe Passage Securing Safe Passage
Sifting Through Rubble Sifting Through Rubble
Stalker Stalker
Take Back the Lion Take Back the Lion
The Corruption of Sahrnia The Corruption of Sahrnia
They Shall Not Pass They Shall Not Pass
Turning the Tables Turning the Tables
Quarry Quandary Quarry Quandary
Valeska's Watch Valeska's Watch
Words not Hollow Words not Hollow

Rifts[edit | edit source]

Rifts at Drakon's Cleft Rifts at Drakon's Cleft
Rift at Elfsblood Tower Rift at Elfsblood Tower
Rifts in the Springs Rifts in the Springs
Rift on Frozen Water Rift on Frozen Water

Requisitions[edit | edit source]

Bloodstone Survey in the Emprise Bloodstone Survey in the Emprise
Brazier Requisition in the Emprise Brazier Requisition in the Emprise
Coat Requisition in the Emprise Coat Requisition in the Emprise
Shelter Requisition in the Emprise Shelter Requisition in the Emprise

War table operations[edit | edit source]

A Golden Opportunity A Golden Opportunity
Deal with Lord Basile Maron Deal with Lord Basile Maron
Emprise du Lion Resources Emprise du Lion Resources
Gather Cloth Gather Cloth
Gather Leather Gather Leather
Liberate Emprise du Lion Liberate Emprise du Lion
Restore Judicael's Crossing Restore Judicael's Crossing
Rumors of the Sulevin Blade Rumors of the Sulevin Blade
Shelter Requisition in the Emprise Shelter Requisition in the Emprise

Creatures[edit | edit source]

August Ram
Snoufleur

Hostile creatures[edit | edit source]

Bear
Great bear
Wolf
Black wolf
Red lyrium infected Giant
Highland Ravager
Hivernal
Kaltenzahn
Dragonling

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Red Templars
Darkspawn
Demons

Collections[edit | edit source]

Bottles on the Wall[edit | edit source]

Bottles On The Wall icon.png Legacy White Shear - search near the entrance of the locked tower in Sahrnia Quarry.
Bottles On The Wall icon.png Abyssal Peach - inside Suledin Keep, head past the cages and the first Giant encounter, search just before the lyrium tents.

Dragon Hunter[edit | edit source]

Hivernal Hivernal
Kaltenzahn Kaltenzahn
Highland Ravager Highland Ravager

Landmarks[edit | edit source]

Landmarks in the Emprise Landmarks in the Emprise

Shards[edit | edit source]

Shards in the Emprise Shards in the Emprise

Skyhold Customizations[edit | edit source]

Orlesian Throne Orlesian Throne - see judgment of Mistress Poulin; related quest: Rocky Rescue.
Inquisition Banner Inquisition Banner - capture Suledin Keep (conditional: awarded after the Inquisitor captures their first keep).
Inquisition Banner Crown Inquisition Banner Crown - capture all three keeps: Caer Bronach, Griffon Wing Keep, and Suledin Keep.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Herbs[edit | edit source]

Arbor Blessing Arbor Blessing
Black Lotus Black Lotus
Elfroot Elfroot
Felandaris Felandaris
Prophet's Laurel Prophet's Laurel
Rashvine Rashvine
Rashvine Nettle Rashvine Nettle

Leather[edit | edit source]

August Ram Leather August Ram Leather
Bear Hide Bear Hide
Canine Leather Canine Leather
Dragonling Scales Dragonling Scales
Great Bear Hide Great Bear Hide
Snoufleur Skin Snoufleur Skin

Metal[edit | edit source]

Bloodstone Bloodstone
Dawnstone Dawnstone
Everite Everite
Silverite Silverite

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Elven artifacts[edit | edit source]

• On a cliffside ledge east of Drakon's Tower and Valeska's Watch.
• Hidden within an arch directly north (or to the right of) the ocularum in the second dragon ring near the Leontine's Steward region. The artifact is hidden from view; to access the artifact, jump down from the last archway in the ring to the large rock-ledge below.

Logging stands[edit | edit source]

• Southeast of the Highgrove Inquisition Camp.
• The island at the center of the frozen lake, by an unmarked hunter campsite, and a tower with a locked door.

Memories of the Grey[edit | edit source]

Joining Chalice - found on an altar in Valeska's Watch.
Grey Warden Armor - in Valeska's Watch, found in the same room as the Valeska's Watch landmark.

Red Jenny's Caches[edit | edit source]

Inside Sahrnia Quarry, northwest of the Sahrnia Quarry landmark.

Red lyrium veins[edit | edit source]

• Near Drakon's Rise Camp
• Near Valeska's Watch
• Found midway between the Sahrnia and Highgrove Inquistion Camps
• In Sahrnia Quarry
• Found midway between the Highgrove and Drakon's Rise Inquistion Camps, just west of the vein found near the Drakon's Rise Inquistion Camp

Veilfire glyphs[edit | edit source]

Frost Rune Schematic Frost Rune Schematic - found within the cave located at the Sahrnia Quarry; the entrance begins south of the Suledin Keep map marker. The Veilfire torch is located at the end of the cave, the glyph is roughly halfway through, almost directly west of the Suledin Keep map marker just past the loot box on a small ledge.
Note: The illusory wall leading to the Ardent Blossom is located just west of the Veilfire torch; see side quest The Tiniest Cave for specifics.

Loot[edit | edit source]

Amulet of Death Syphon Amulet of Death Syphon - see side quest Sifting Through Rubble.
Amulet of Renewal Amulet of Renewal - looted from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.
Note: Trespasser required.
Ardent Blossom Ardent Blossom - found down the endless staircase near Suledin Keep, see side quest The Tiniest Cave.
Caliban Caliban - looted from the Kaltenzahn high dragon.
Curse of Morrac Curse of Morrac - found in Elfsblood Tower.
Duke's Mane Duke's Mane - looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
Griffon Mace Schematic Griffon Mace Schematic - randomly available at the Suledin Keep Merchant for 8317 Currency (Inquisition).png.
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.
Keeper Robe Schematic Keeper Robe Schematic - looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
Knightslayer Knightslayer - looted from a corpse inside Valeska's Watch.
March of the Everlasting March of the Everlasting - looted from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.
Masterwork Battlemage Armor Masterwork Battlemage Armor - looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
Masterwork Battlemaster Armor Masterwork Battlemaster Armor - looted from the Hivernal high dragon.
Masterwork Prowler Armor Masterwork Prowler Armor - looted from the Kaltenzahn high dragon.
Pure Spirit Essence Pure Spirit Essence (x3) - possible reward from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.
Rebuke of the Sunderland Rebuke of the Sunderland - found in Elfsblood Tower.
Sad Splinters Sad Splinters - looted from the destroyed gate remains; see side quest Capturing Suledin Keep.
Staff of the Void Staff of the Void - looted from the Hivernal high dragon.
Superb Cleansing Rune Schematic Superb Cleansing Rune Schematic - available for purchase from the Suledin Keep Merchant for 7294 Currency (Inquisition).png.
Superb Corrupting Rune Superb Corrupting Rune - possible reward from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.
Superior Grenades Belt Superior Grenades Belt - looted from the Hivernal high dragon..
Superior Guard Belt Superior Guard Belt - looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
Superior Potions Belt Superior Potions Belt - looted from the Kaltenzahn high dragon.
Walking Death Walking Death - looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
Wintersbreath Wintersbreath - looted from a corpse inside Valeska's Watch.
Yavanalis Yavanalis - randomly available at the Suledin Keep Merchant for 17148 Currency (Inquisition).png.
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Emprise du Lion Codex entry: Emprise du Lion
Codex entry: Exhuming Bodies by Moonlight Codex entry: Exhuming Bodies by Moonlight
Codex entry: In Death Codex entry: In Death
Codex entry: Judicael's Crossing Codex entry: Judicael's Crossing
Codex entry: Letter About Lyrium Codex entry: Letter About Lyrium
Codex entry: Letter of Confirmation Codex entry: Letter of Confirmation
Codex entry: New Orders Codex entry: New Orders (conditional)
Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents
Codex entry: Tower of Bone Codex entry: Tower of Bone
Codex entry: Trading with Kal-Sharok Codex entry: Trading with Kal-Sharok
Codex entry: Valeska's Watch Codex entry: Valeska's Watch

Note texts[edit | edit source]

Child's Diary Child's Diary
Daily Observations Daily Observations
Fisherman's Letter Fisherman's Letter
Half-Written Letter Half-Written Letter
The Hunt The Hunt
The Hunt (ripped) The Hunt (ripped)
Grey Warden Diaries (battered journal) Grey Warden Diaries (battered journal)
Grey Warden Diaries (Valeska's Watch diary) Grey Warden Diaries (Valeska's Watch diary)
Journal Found Near Dead Elf Journal Found Near Dead Elf
Knight-Captain's Orders Knight-Captain's Orders
Letters Home (Aldric) Letters Home (Aldric)
Letters Home (I got him) Letters Home (I got him)
Love Beyond the Walls Love Beyond the Walls
Mistress Poulin's Records Mistress Poulin's Records
Pocket Diary Pocket Diary
Test Notes (exposure) Test Notes (exposure)
Test Notes (submission) Test Notes (submission)
Written Confession Written Confession

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • There is a small unmarked cave south of the Highgrove Inquisition Camp: when following the path through Alphonse's Passage west from the Drakon's Rise Inquisition Camp, it is visible in the bend due south of the Highgrove Inquisition Camp. The cave has frozen bodies hanging from the ceiling, weapons scattered on the ground, a pyramid shaped box with a note that says "DON'T TOUCH MY PYRAMID" and a loot chest (see gallery below).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In French, "Emprise du Lion" translates to the "Lion's Grip".

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • xboxonexboxonepcpcps4ps4 The Veilfire glyph may be rendered inside of the cave wall and not visible, but can still be interacted with. [confirmation needed]
  • pcpc Southwest of the Tower Inquisition Camp there is an icon of a locked door next to a tower corresponding to the locked door underground at Valeska's Watch. This icon may not correctly disappear from the map after the door is opened.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Emprise du Lion official reveal
  2. From In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of a Chantry Scholar; excerpt from Codex entry: Emprise du Lion
  3. Excerpt taken from Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents
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