We rode the halla. They leapt with such grace and beauty as to make your horses look like Ferelden dogs by comparison. They were smarter, too. Which often made them willful.

The halla are a type of horned stag. Some of them are herded by the Dalish elves who used them to pull the aravels, or landships. Their milk is also made into cheese and butter.[2] The Dalish do not consider them beasts of burden but noble companions. To get them to accompany a clan, the Dalish elves ask rather than force them to. Alistair remarks that he's heard that the horns of a halla sells for a fortune. It is said that the Dalish carve their antlers for decorative purposes, and that their antlers are particularly prized in the Tevinter Imperium.

Background[edit | edit source]

No creature is more revered by the Dalish than the halla. No other animal has a god of its own. These white stags are much larger than ordinary deer, and the Dalish halla keepers carve their antlers as they grow, making them curve into intricate designs. In ancient times, these stags bore elven knights into combat, but since the fall of the Dales, they are used less as mounts and more to pull the aravels.
—From Codex entry: Halla

Locations[edit | edit source]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Age: Origins.

During Elora's Halla, the Warden can assist in examining a halla believed to be stricken with the werewolf curse. If successfully calmed, it is revealed that the halla isn't afflicted, she's distressed because her mate has been infected.

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

The halla can be found roaming around the Exalted Plains.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The Inquisitor can assist the Dalish clan in the Exalted Plains by herding a golden halla (Hanal'ghilan) towards the clan, allowing it safe refuge from human soldiers who would kill it for its antlers.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Elven legend holds that a halla will lead an elf into the afterlife.[3]
  • It is said that halla will only listen to their Dalish tenders.[4]
  • It is said that the halla was elven god Ghilan'nain's favorite creature, and the only one she did not kill when Andruil made her to destroy her own creations.[5]
  • Halla wool is soft and smooth, the gaps in the weave so small it doesn't catch on anything. It feels cool in summer and warm in winter.[6]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Halla Horn Halla Horn

Elora's Halla Elora's Halla

Clan Shield Clan Shield

Codex entry: Halla (Inquisition) Codex entry: Halla (Inquisition)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 202.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 289
  3. According to ambient conversation from Zevran Arainai in the Dalish Camp, in Dragon Age: Origins
  4. According to ambient conversation from Wynne in the Dalish Camp, in Dragon Age: Origins
  5. Codex entry: The Ascension of Ghilan'nain
  6. Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, An Old Crow's Old Tricks
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