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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

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 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


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


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.[2]

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.[3]

Red Templars seize control of Suledin Keep and utilize the stronghold as their newest headquarters while exploiting the nearby quarry. The Keep currently is being used for the growth and harvest of Red lyrium to supply their forces. Raids on the nearby village of Sahrnia has progressed the Red Templars agenda by the unwarranted procuring of villagers used to mine the quarry. Due to the Red Templars' sudden interest in Emprise du Lion 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

Regions Edit

Emprise-du-Lion-Map

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
  • Ico Village Sahrnia
  • Sahrnia Quarry
  • Hightown icon Suledin Keep
  • Tower of Bone


Additional places Edit


Inquisition Camps Edit

  • Highgrove Camp
  • Sahrnia Camp
  • Tower Camp

Characters Edit

Quests Edit

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

Rifts Edit

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

Requisitions Edit

Quest icon DAI Bloodstone Survey in the Emprise
Quest icon DAI Brazier Requisition in the Emprise
Quest icon DAI Coat Requisition in the Emprise
Quest icon DAI Shelter Requisition in the Emprise

War table operations Edit

Quest icon DAI A Golden Opportunity
Quest icon DAI Deal with Lord Basile Maron
Quest icon DAI Emprise du Lion Resources
Quest icon DAI Gather Cloth
Quest icon DAI Gather Leather
Quest icon DAI Liberate Emprise du Lion
Quest icon DAI Restore Judicael's Crossing
Quest icon DAI Shelter Requisition in the Emprise

Creatures Edit

Enemies Edit

Collections Edit

Bottles on the Wall Edit

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

Dragon Hunter Edit

High Dragon icon Hivernal
High Dragon icon Kaltenzahn
High Dragon icon Highland Ravager

Landmarks Edit

Landmark icon Landmarks in the Emprise

Shards Edit

Oculara and Shards icon Shards in the Emprise

Skyhold Customizations Edit

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

Resources Edit

Herbs Edit

Arbor Blessing icon Arbor Blessing
Black Lotus icon Black Lotus
Elfroot icon Elfroot
Felandaris icon Felandaris
Rashvine icon Rashvine
Rashvine Nettle icon Rashvine Nettle


Leather Edit

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


Metal Edit

Bloodstone icon Bloodstone
Dawnstone icon Dawnstone
Silverite icon Silverite

Notable items Edit

Elven artifacts Edit

  • 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 2nd 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

  • South-east of the Highgrove 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


Red Jenny's Caches Edit


Red lyrium veins Edit

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


Veilfire glyphs Edit

  • Frost Rune Schematic Icon Frost Rune Schematic - Found within the cave in 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

  • Unique amulet icon Amulet of Death Syphon - see side quest Sifting Through Rubble
  • Unique amulet icon Amulet of Renewal - Looted from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.
    Note: Trespasser required.
  • Ardent-Blossom-icon Ardent Blossom - Found down the endless staircase near Suledin Keep, see side quest The Tiniest Cave.
  • Caliban icon Caliban - Looted from the high dragon Kaltenzahn.
  • Mask of Valmont icon Curse of Morrac - Found in Elfsblood Tower.
  • Dukes Mane icon Duke's Mane - Looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
  • Mace-Schematic-Icon1 Griffon Mace Schematic - Randomly available at the Suledin Keep Merchant for
    0000008317
    8317 Currency (Inquisition).
    Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.
  • Inquisition Light Armor Schematic Blue Icon Keeper Robe Schematic - Looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
  • Audacity icon Knightslayer - Looted from a corpse inside Valeska's Watch.
  • March of the Everlasting icon March of the Everlasting - Looted from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.
  • DAI-unique-lightarmor-icon1 Masterwork Battlemage Armor - Looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
  • Masterwork Vanguar Mail icon Masterwork Battlemaster Armor - Looted from the high dragon Hivernal.
  • Masterwork Scout Armor icon Masterwork Prowler Armor - Looted from the high dragon Kaltenzahn.
  • Pure spirit essence icon Pure Spirit Essence (x3) - Possible reward from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.
  • Rebuke of the Sunderland icon Rebuke of the Sunderland - Found in Elfsblood Tower.
  • DAI sack Sad Splinters - Looted from the destroyed gate remains; see side quest Capturing Suledin Keep.
  • Staff of the Void icon Staff of the Void - Looted from the high dragon Hivernal.
  • Superb Fire Rune schematic icon Superb Cleansing Rune Schematic - Available for purchase from the Suledin Keep Merchant for
    0000007294
    7294 Currency (Inquisition).
  • Superb Corrupting Rune icon Superb Corrupting Rune - Possible reward from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.
  • Unique belt icon Superior Grenades Belt - Looted from the high dragon Hivernal.
  • Unique belt icon Superior Guard Belt - Looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
  • Unique belt icon Superior Potions Belt - Looted from the high dragon Kaltenzahn.
  • Walking Death icon Walking Death - Looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.
  • Wintersbreath icon Wintersbreath - Looted from a corpse inside Valeska's Watch.
  • Yavanalis icon Yavanalis - Randomly available at the Suledin Keep Merchant for
    0000017148
    17148 Currency (Inquisition).
    Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Emprise du Lion
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Exhuming Bodies by Moonlight
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: In Death
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Judicael's Crossing
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Tower of Bone
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Trading with Kal-Sharok
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Valeska's Watch

Notes Edit

  • There is a small unmarked cave south of Highgrove Camp: when following the path through Alphonse's Passage west from Drakon's Rise Camp, it is visible in the bend of passage due south of Highgrove Camp. It 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 picture below).

Trivia Edit

  • In French, "Emprise du Lion" is translated as the "Lion's Grip".

Bugs Edit

  • xboxoneXbox one iconpcIcon pcps4Icon ps4 The glyph may be rendered inside of the cave wall and not visible, but can still be interacted with. [confirmation needed]
  • pcIcon pc Southwest of the Tower 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

References Edit

  1. Emprise du Lion official reveal
  2. From the writings of Knight-Captain Fornier:; excerpt from Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents
  3. From the writings of Knight-Captain Fornier:; excerpt from Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents
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