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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. The Dalish do not consider them beasts of burden but noble companions. 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 prizes in the Tevinter Imperium.

Background

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

Involvement

Dragon Age: Origins


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


During quest Elora's Halla some hallas were touched by the werewolf curse, Elora tried to examine one of them to determine if she was sick. The Warden can help her to calm the animal down and let Elora discover that the halla isn't sick but worried about it's mate.

Trivia

  • Elven legend holds that a halla will lead an elf into the afterlife.[2]
  • It is said that halla will only listen to their Dalish tenders.[3]

Gallery

See also

Ico amulet Halla Horn
Ico Quest Elora's Halla

References

  1. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, p. 202.
  2. According to ambient conversation from Zevran Arainai in the Dalish Camp, in Dragon Age: Origins
  3. According to ambient conversation from Wynne in the Dalish Camp, in Dragon Age: Origins
  4. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 161
  5. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 161
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