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The defeat at Ostagar left Ferelden increasingly undefended, and the darkspawn were able to push northwards into the nation's heartland, unopposed by any force of significant size.<ref>According to [[Varric Tethras|Varric]]'s narration during [[The Destruction of Lothering]].</ref> Ferelden soldiers were still active in attempting to protect the roads from darkspawn, but could do little against the main horde. Many villages and towns were attacked by darkspawn war bands advancing ahead of the horde, spreading terror and disrupting the nation's supply lines and attempts at defense.<ref name="rumors">Mentioned in rumors from [[Bodahn Feddic]] or the [[Bartender (Origins)|Bartender]], and the patrons in the taverns of Lothering and Redcliffe, or outside the gates of Orzammar.</ref>
 
The defeat at Ostagar left Ferelden increasingly undefended, and the darkspawn were able to push northwards into the nation's heartland, unopposed by any force of significant size.<ref>According to [[Varric Tethras|Varric]]'s narration during [[The Destruction of Lothering]].</ref> Ferelden soldiers were still active in attempting to protect the roads from darkspawn, but could do little against the main horde. Many villages and towns were attacked by darkspawn war bands advancing ahead of the horde, spreading terror and disrupting the nation's supply lines and attempts at defense.<ref name="rumors">Mentioned in rumors from [[Bodahn Feddic]] or the [[Bartender (Origins)|Bartender]], and the patrons in the taverns of Lothering and Redcliffe, or outside the gates of Orzammar.</ref>
   
A few days after the Battle of Ostagar,<ref>As hinted by [[Carver]] during The Destruction of Lothering.</ref> the village of [[Lothering]] was overrun by the advancing horde. Only a handful of survivors were able to escape before the darkspawn attacked the village. Another host of the horde also attacked the town of [[Gwaren]] in the east. Most of the population of Gwaren managed to survive, however, as they left the town with ships.<ref name="rumors"/> Meanwhile, the bulk of the darkspawn horde marched to the southwest, laying waste to the southern lands<ref name="Wulf">According to [[Gallagher Wulff|Arl Wulf]] during [[The Landsmeet]].</ref>, including the village of [[Honnleath]].<ref name="Stone">As seen in the quest [[The Golem in Honnleath]].</ref>
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A few days after the Battle of Ostagar,<ref>As hinted by [[Carver]] during The Destruction of Lothering.</ref> the village of [[Lothering]] was overrun by the advancing horde. Only a handful of survivors were able to escape before the darkspawn attacked the village. Another host of the horde also attacked the town of [[Gwaren]] in the east. Most of the population of Gwaren managed to survive, however, as they left the town with ships.<ref name="rumors"/> Meanwhile, the bulk of the darkspawn horde marched to the southwest, laying waste to the southern lands<ref name="Wulf">According to [[Gallagher Wulff|Arl Wulf]] during [[The Landsmeet]].</ref>, including the village of [[Honnleath]].<ref name="Stone">As seen in the quest [[The Golem in Honnleath]].</ref>
   
 
As the horde advanced, the land itself began to be corrupted. The skies turned black, vegetation began to die, [[ghoul]]s and strange [[Ghoul#Animals|mutant creatures]] began to roam in the wilderness, and the [[Taint#The disease|blight disease]] spread across the kingdom faster than the horde.<ref name="rumors"/> Even before the main darkspawn force made its way north, reports surfaced of people disappearing all over the country, leaving farmholds and wagons completely abandoned.<ref>According to dialogue with [[Danal]] in [[Dane's Refuge]].</ref> They left no bodies behind and any prisoners were presumably taken into the Deep Roads by the darkspawn.<ref>According to dialogue with [[Bodahn Feddic]] when you ask him where he got his merchandise.</ref>
 
As the horde advanced, the land itself began to be corrupted. The skies turned black, vegetation began to die, [[ghoul]]s and strange [[Ghoul#Animals|mutant creatures]] began to roam in the wilderness, and the [[Taint#The disease|blight disease]] spread across the kingdom faster than the horde.<ref name="rumors"/> Even before the main darkspawn force made its way north, reports surfaced of people disappearing all over the country, leaving farmholds and wagons completely abandoned.<ref>According to dialogue with [[Danal]] in [[Dane's Refuge]].</ref> They left no bodies behind and any prisoners were presumably taken into the Deep Roads by the darkspawn.<ref>According to dialogue with [[Bodahn Feddic]] when you ask him where he got his merchandise.</ref>
   
Once the south was taken over, the bulk of the darkspawn horde began to slowly move into the heartlands. The [[Southron Hills]] and the Southern [[Bannorn]] were overrun.<ref name="Minor quest">As seen in the quests [[Caravan Down]] and [[Desperate Haven]]</ref> A branch of the horde continued north across Lake Calenhad and attacked the arling of the [[West Hills]]<ref name="Wulf"/>, reaching as far as the village of [[Crestwood]]. A part of this host was stopped by Crestwood's [[Gregory Dedrick|mayor]], who flooded the [[old Crestwood]] village to kill the beasts and the blight diseased refugees who were hiding in the nearby [[Flooded Caves|caverns]].<ref name="Cres">[[Codex entry: Letter Of Confession]].</ref>
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Once the south was taken over, the bulk of the darkspawn horde began to slowly move into the heartlands. The [[Southron Hills]] and the southern [[Bannorn]] were overrun,<ref name="Minor quest">As seen in the quests [[Caravan Down]] and [[Desperate Haven]]</ref> and a host composed of 2500 darkspawn even got as far as to [[Edgehall]] and the frontier with Orlais near [[Frostback Mountain Pass|Gherlen's Pass]]. This host was stopped by a coalition of local [[Fereldan royalty and nobility#Bann|banns]] and mercenaries in a hard won battle.<ref>''[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]]'', Game Master's Guide Set 3, p. 90</ref> Another branch of the horde continued north across Lake Calenhad and attacked the arling of the [[West Hills]]<ref name="Wulf"/>, reaching as far as the village of [[Crestwood]]. A part of this host was stopped by Crestwood's [[Gregory Dedrick|mayor]], who flooded the [[old Crestwood]] village to kill the beasts and the blight diseased refugees who were hiding in the nearby [[Flooded Caves|caverns]].<ref name="Cres">[[Codex entry: Letter Of Confession]].</ref>
   
 
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=== Fereldan Civil War ===
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