When walking the streets of Kirkwall, Hawke is often ambushed by gangs. These attacks occur at night in the Docks, Hightown, and Lowtown. While some only appear in later acts, it is possible for early gangs to appear all-throughout if you do not defeat them.
There is a set number of groups in any one area, but they will not all appear at once. This requires multiple visits to the area, and when they are all defeated, a side quest becomes available during which you hunt down the gang's leadership. When you have completely eradicated a gang you are able to collect a reward from A Friend. This is not marked on your map or journal as a quest, but is a bonus for cleaning the streets. A Friend only appears at night, in the back room of The Hanged Man. She will continue to give out rewards each time the player clears out a band of thugs in the subsequent side quests.
|Guardsmen Pretenders||Night Lies||Captain Qerth||Hightown|
|Redwater Teeth||Pier Pressure||Leech||Docks|
|Sharps Highwaymen||Sharp Little Pinpricks||Ignacio Strand||Lowtown|
|Dog Lords||Hometown Breed||Cor "The Bastard" Blimey||Lowtown|
|Invisible Sisters||Ladies' Lights Out||"Gracious" Gillian Winger||Hightown|
|The Undercuts||The Lowdown||Kanky Hammertoe||Docks|
|Crimson Weaver Bloodragers||Red Run Streets||Jakeson "The Bleeder" Hall||Hightown|
|Followers of She||Kind of Want||Hanker||Lowtown|
|The Reining Men||Reining It In||Jess Varvel||Docks|
There are also other gangs whose defeat will not earn a reward from a friend.
Sketchy on the Details
During the Act 2 quest Sketchy on the Details, Hawke encounters:
- Antivan Assassins
- Carta Loyalists
- Denerim Avengers
- Qunari Death Squad
- Rivaini Legendary Beard