For the other Grey Warden fortress located in this region, see Adamant Fortress.

Griffon Wing Keep is a former Grey Warden outpost in the Western Approach.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Griffon Wing Keep is an old fortress built by the Wardens for use as an outpost to monitor darkspawn activity. The keep lies between the Warden's observation tower and Adamant Fortress, the main stronghold in the region. The keep was subsequently abandoned when the Wardens withdrew from The Approach. Drinking water for the nearby inhabitants was primarily obtained from a well found in the cave directly below the keep.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Griffon Wing Keep is a critical part of the Master's plan. You are instructed to hold it against the Inquisition assault to the last man.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

In 9:41 Dragon the Griffon Wing Keep is occupied by the Venatori to serve as a forward operating outpost in the Approach; it is commanded by a spellbinder mage, Prelate Macrinus. The Inquisitor may engage on an assault to claim the keep for the Inquisition; in which case the Inquisition will establish the keep into one of its outposts to patrol the region.

Repairs and fortifications originally initiated by the Venatori will be adjusted to Inquisition standards and completed. Knight-Captain Rylen will take command of the outpost and Inquisition soldiers and merchants will move in and occupy the keep, as well as the usual crafting utilities which can be found on the top floor.

On a small platform, reached by climbing a ladder on the top floor, an Astrarium can be found, through which Toth can be observed. While the keep was under Venatori occupation the water source from the Old Well beneath the keep had been contaminated from all of the corpses thrown in; a new source of water must be found and secured to continue Inquisition operations.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Griffon Wing Keep Merchant
Prelate Macrinus
Commander Rylen

Quests[edit | edit source]

Assault on Griffon Wing Keep Assault on Griffon Wing Keep
The Trouble with Darkspawn The Trouble with Darkspawn
This Water Tastes Funny This Water Tastes Funny
Fortress Squatters Fortress Squatters

War Table Operations[edit | edit source]

Find the Source of Darkspawn Find the Source of Darkspawn
Secure a Source of Water for Outpost Secure a Source of Water for Outpost
Deal with the Angry Varghests Deal with the Angry Varghests

Enemies[edit | edit source]


Collections[edit | edit source]

Astrariums[edit | edit source]

Astrariums in the Approach Astrariums in the Approach

Landmarks[edit | edit source]

Landmarks in the Approach Landmarks in the Approach

Mosaics[edit | edit source]

The Archdemon numbering

The Archdemon The Archdemon (piece #8) - found under the keep in the Old Well, near the Old Well landmark.

Skyhold Customizations[edit | edit source]

Inquisition Banner Inquisition Banner - capture Griffon Wing 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]

Deathroot Deathroot

Metals[edit | edit source]

Lazurite Lazurite
Paragon's Luster Paragon's Luster
Serpentstone Serpentstone

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Elven artifacts[edit | edit source]

Up the stairs to the right, when coming in through the main gate. – Solas DAIApproval.png Slightly Approves when activated.

Loot[edit | edit source]

Cowl of the Overseer Cowl of the Overseer - looted from Macrinus during the assault.
Kitty's Collar Kitty's Collar - looted from Macrinus during the assault.
Note: Requires installation of Patch 10.
Pyre of the Forgotten Pyre of the Forgotten - randomly available at the Griffon Wing Keep Merchant for 21433 Currency (Inquisition).png.
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk
Sad Splinters Sad Splinters - looted after destroying the keep gate during the assault on Griffon Wing Keep.
Superb Amulet of Magic Superb Amulet of Magic - randomly available at the Griffon Wing Keep Merchant for 14495 Currency (Inquisition).png.
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk
Superb Belt of Magic Defense Superb Belt of Magic Defense - randomly available at the Griffon Wing Keep Merchant for 14495 Currency (Inquisition).png.
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Constellation: Toth Codex entry: Constellation: Toth

Note texts[edit | edit source]

Griffon Wing Keep (from Servis) Griffon Wing Keep (from Servis)
Griffon Wing Keep (to Servis) Griffon Wing Keep (to Servis)
Note of Slight Jealousy Note of Slight Jealousy

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • After the assault, a wooden scaffolding is found on the keep's mid tier, leaning against a wall. On its upper level there's a chest, containing some random loot. However, a ladder only leads up from the second to the top level, there's no direct access from the ground. The chest can only be reached by climbing the pile of wooden crates beside the scaffolding, then jumping across the gap on the construction.
  • Griffon Wing Keep receives the most significant design overhaul between enemy and Inquisition occupation of any fort; a massive rock construct is added next to the uppermost turret along with scaffolding, the crumbling corners of the battlements are reinforced with iron retaining walls, and large green drapes are drawn from the turrets to the battlements across the lower marketplace, presumably to reduce its exposure to direct sunlight. Three of the turrets are also extended with iron spires.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • After the fort is claimed, passing the drill sergeant may cause the Inquisitor to overhear a dialog in which the sargent asks the recruits what the two main weapons of the Inquisition are. One recruit says "Surprise, ser!" and another says, "Surprise and fear, ser!". This is a reference to the Monty Python sketch The Spanish Inquisition.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • After capturing the keep and leaving the area or reloading a save game from after this point, the Inquisition flag on the flagpole will revert back to the Venatori one.
  • If you take the keep before the Still Ruins, Rylen might still refer to you having cleared out the latter, when asked for a status report and nothing else is to mention.

See also[edit | edit source]

Manifest Manifest

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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