The Hissing Wastes is a large stretch of desert in western Orlais.

Background[edit | edit source]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The sun burned above oceans of sand, but in the sand was Stone, strong and true. Fairel hewed the Stone, and built—as great as any thaig in the deep. And with his sons' help, he ensured the thaig prospered and grew. Fairel, Paragon, fled from the strife his brilliance created, the strife that destroyed thaigs, sundered houses, from weapons that clan used against clan. His own clan and his two sons followed Fairel to the pitiless surface, the surface where they would hide from the war that took their home.

After many years Fairel, greatest of Paragons, could not bear life's burden. And with the burden growing, he called his sons to his bedside. He bade each son swear he would take care of his brother, and the brothers swore, and mourned when their father returned to the Stone. Fairel's sons built monuments to their father, locking away his great works, and worked together, for a time, side by side. Each ruled half the thaig, but each ruled differently. They argued, and heated words made the brothers duel, and where one brother fell, the other raised bloodied axe in hand, alone.

This is the tale of Fairel, Paragon among Paragons, father of two sons, who, against their father's wishes, fought from foolish words and foolish pride. For pride these halls were made—to honor a father's deeds, and grieve his loss. And for loss these halls were made, to honor a brother mourned. A father taken by time, a brother dead by my own hand. With this work behold my grief, in Stone and shifting sand.[1]


The Hissing Wastes is a stretch of sandy desert north of the Western Approach, a lonely place where the wildlife is hungry and hostile. Among the hungriest and most hostile are the dragons that make their nests here. The rare person wandering into the wastes is either hunting prized beasts or hoping to uncover evidence of a long-vanished civilization in the dunes.

—Excerpt from the quest journal.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Magekiller[edit | edit source]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Magekiller.


Tessa Forsythia and Marius are sent to the Hissing Wastes to deal with Venatori excavating the ruins. Unable to deal with the problem, Tessa asks Charter to send additional support. This support comes in the form of Dorian Pavus and some of the Bull's Chargers led by Krem. Their main target is a camp of fifty Venatori. While Dorian and Marius provide a distraction, Tessa frees the captive slaves; once all the slaves are clear, Rocky, the Chargers' sapper, brings the cliff wall down on the camp, killing the remaining Venatori.



Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


During the conflict between the Elder One and the re-established Inquisition, the Venatori establish a significant presence in the Hissing Wastes. Thousands of years ago, Paragon Fairel fled to the surface to escape a catastrophic civil war among the dwarves and his people founded Kal Repartha, the first thaig which was built on the surface. Present day the colony lay in ruins; however, the Venatori are searching for the powerful runes that Fairel had created at his time by excavating his tomb.

According to Solas, the Hissing Wastes use to be a lush forest, before encroaching sands destroyed the trees' roots. Exploring the Hissing Wastes and establishing Inquisition presence will reduce that of the Venatori and the Red Templars. To unravel the reason for the Venatori's presence in the desert the Inquisitor can access to the Wastes by completing the Stop Venatori Activity in the West war table scouting operation in Skyhold.


Places[edit | edit source]

Regions[edit | edit source]

Map of the Hissing Wastes

Note: The 12 regions below make up the Regions in the Wastes collection. Discovering them all grants 500 Influence.
  • Ancient Road
  • Burial Grounds
  • The Canyon
  • The Colossus
  • The Cove
  • Golden Oasis
  • The Rippling Dunes
  • Rock Top Ridge
  • The Sand Crags
  • The Shallow Basin
  • Sunstop Mountains
  • Tomb of Fairel


Inquisition camps[edit | edit source]

  • The Canyon Camp
  • The Cove Camp
  • Logging Camp
  • Mountain Fortress Camp
  • Sunstop Mountain Camp
  • Statue Camp
  • Sand Crags Camp

Characters[edit | edit source]

Quests[edit | edit source]

Field of Bones Field of Bones
Holding the Hissing Wastes Holding the Hissing Wastes
Let's Slay the Beast Let's Slay the Beast
Notes on the Wastes Notes on the Wastes
Sand and Ruin Sand and Ruin
The Tomb of Fairel The Tomb of Fairel

Rifts[edit | edit source]

Rifts at the Sunstop Mountains Rifts at the Sunstop Mountains
Rifts near the Canyon Rifts near the Canyon
Rifts near the Cove Rifts near the Cove
Rifts near the Sand Crags Rifts near the Sand Crags

Requisitions[edit | edit source]

Artifact Requisition in the Wastes Artifact Requisition in the Wastes
Lazurite Survey in the Wastes Lazurite Survey in the Wastes
Nevarrite Survey in the Wastes Nevarrite Survey in the Wastes
Relief Requisition in the Wastes Relief Requisition in the Wastes
Shelter Requisition in the Wastes Shelter Requisition in the Wastes

War table operations[edit | edit source]

Hire Former Slaves as Paid Workers Hire Former Slaves as Paid Workers
Hissing Wastes Resources Hissing Wastes Resources

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

Bottles on the Wall[edit | edit source]

Bottles On The Wall icon.png Aqua Magus - Search outside the Burial Grounds Tomb, south of "Logging Camp".
Bottles On The Wall icon.png Flames of Our Lady - Search northwest of "Sunstop Mountain Camp" in the quarry structures.
Bottles On The Wall icon.png Silent Plains Piquette - Search the Venatori main camp located southeast of "Sunstop Mountain Camp".

Dragon Hunter[edit | edit source]

Sandy Howler Sandy Howler

Landmarks[edit | edit source]

Landmarks in the Wastes Landmarks in the Wastes

Mosaics[edit | edit source]

Sacrifice Sacrifice 12/12 pieces:


Shards[edit | edit source]

Shards in the Wastes Shards in the Wastes

Skyhold Customizations[edit | edit source]

Dwarven Banner Dwarven Banner - In the tomb located in The Canyon. (Can be also obtained in "The Vaults" of Valammar in the Hinterlands)
Dwarven Banner Crown Dwarven Banner Crown - In a tomb located in the Burial Grounds. (Can be also obtained in Daerwin's Mouth on the Storm Coast)
Tevinter Banner Crown Tevinter Banner Crown - In a chest in a small camp beside a large rock, close to the Golden Oasis, north east of the Canyon Camp.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Herbs[edit | edit source]

Amrita Vein Amrita Vein
Deathroot Deathroot
Dragonthorn Dragonthorn
Elfroot Elfroot
Ghoul's Beard Ghoul's Beard
Vandal Aria Vandal Aria
Witherstalk Witherstalk

Leather[edit | edit source]

August Ram Leather August Ram Leather
Dragonling Scales Dragonling Scales
Fennec Fur Fennec Fur
Hardened Gurn Hide Hardened Gurn Hide
Lurker Scales Lurker Scales
Rough Hide Rough Hide
Varghest Scales Varghest Scales
Wyvern Scales Wyvern Scales

Metals[edit | edit source]

Lazurite Lazurite
Nevarrite Nevarrite
Serpentstone Serpentstone
Volcanic Aurum Volcanic Aurum

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Elven artifacts[edit | edit source]

  • Northwest of Sunstop Mountain Camp, at the bottom of the ladders leading down from Rock Top Ridge.
  • Inside the Tomb at Sunstop Mountains, at the utmost bottom of the scaffolding.


Logging stands[edit | edit source]

  • Northwest of the Logging Camp.
  • North of Sand Crags Camp west of Mountain Fortress Camp near a blue tent.


Quarries[edit | edit source]

  • Halfway between the Sand Crags Camp and The Cove Camp, directly south of one of the Rifts near the Sand Crags underneath two giant overlapping rocks (far east of the Logging Camp).
  • In the Shallow Basin just north of the Burial Grounds, directly north of The Empty Square landmark.


Veilfire glyphs[edit | edit source]


Loot[edit | edit source]

Strange Orb[edit | edit source]

  • East of Statue Camp is set of boxes with an orb on top that can be taken but does not appear to do anything, nor does it appear in any quest.

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: A Worn Diary Codex entry: A Worn Diary
Codex entry: Blood-Spotted Venatori Diary Codex entry: Blood-Spotted Venatori Diary
Codex entry: The Colossus of Orlais Codex entry: The Colossus of Orlais
Codex entry: Demons of the Stone Codex entry: Demons of the Stone
Codex entry: Draft of Letter to Venatori Magisters Codex entry: Draft of Letter to Venatori Magisters
Codex entry: Dwarven Inscriptions: Hissing Wastes Codex entry: Dwarven Inscriptions: Hissing Wastes
Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 3 Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 3
Codex entry: Folded Letter Codex entry: Folded Letter
Codex entry: The Hissing Wastes Codex entry: The Hissing Wastes
Codex entry: A Journal on Dwarven Ruins Codex entry: A Journal on Dwarven Ruins
Codex entry: Map of Tomb of Fairel Codex entry: Map of Tomb of Fairel
Codex entry: Note From the Silent Quarter Codex entry: Note From the Silent Quarter
Codex entry: A Sand-Covered Note Codex entry: A Sand-Covered Note
Codex entry: Sketch of Burial Grounds Tomb Codex entry: Sketch of Burial Grounds Tomb
Codex entry: Sketch of Canyon Tomb Codex entry: Sketch of Canyon Tomb
Codex entry: Sketch of Colossus Tomb Codex entry: Sketch of Colossus Tomb
Codex entry: Sketch of Four Pillar Tomb Codex entry: Sketch of Four Pillar Tomb
Codex entry: Sketch of Sunstop Mountain Tomb Codex entry: Sketch of Sunstop Mountain Tomb

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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