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

Background Edit


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

Dragon Age: Magekiller Edit


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


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 The Wastes by completing the Stop Venatori Activity in the West war table scouting operation in Skyhold.

Places Edit

Regions Edit

Hissing-Wastes-Map

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

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

Characters Edit

Quests Edit

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

Rifts Edit

Quest icon DAI Rifts at the Sunstop Mountains
Quest icon DAI Rifts near the Canyon
Quest icon DAI Rifts near the Cove
Quest icon DAI Rifts near the Sand Crags

Requisitions Edit

Quest icon DAI Artifact Requisition in the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Lazurite Survey in the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Nevarrite Survey in the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Relief Requisition in the Wastes
Quest icon DAI Shelter Requisition in the Wastes

War table operations Edit

Quest icon DAI Hire Former Slaves as Paid Workers
Quest icon DAI Hissing Wastes Resources

Creatures Edit

Enemies Edit

Collections Edit

Bottles on the Wall Edit

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

Dragon Hunter Edit

High Dragon icon Sandy Howler

Landmarks Edit

Landmark icon Landmarks in the Wastes

Mosaics Edit

Mosaic Pieces icon Sacrifice 12/12 pieces:

  • See Sacrifice mosaic for detailed locations.


Shards Edit

Oculara and Shards icon Shards in the Wastes

Skyhold Customizations Edit

Skyhold-Customization-icon Dwarven Banner - In the tomb located in The Canyon. (Can be also obtained in "The Vaults" of Valammar in the Hinterlands)
Skyhold-Customization-icon Dwarven Banner Crown - In a tomb located in the Burial Grounds. (Can be also obtained in Daerwin's Mouth on the Storm Coast)
Skyhold-Customization-icon 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

Herbs Edit

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


Leather Edit

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


Metals Edit

Lazurite icon Lazurite
Nevarrite icon Nevarrite
Serpentstone icon Serpentstone
Volcanic Aurum icon Volcanic Aurum

Notable items Edit

Elven artifacts Edit

  • 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

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


Quarries Edit

  • 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


Loot Edit

  • Armor of the Knights-Divine icon Armor of the Knights-Divine - Looted from the Sandy Howler high dragon.
  • Bloodwake icon Bloodwake - Dropped by a Venatori Overseer at the Venatori Camp located in the Sunstop Mountains; see side quest Sand and Ruin.
  • Helm of the Drasca icon Helm of the Drasca - Available at the Canyon Merchant for *
    0000006103
    6103 Currency (Inquisition).
  • DAI-unique-lightarmor-icon1 Masterwork Battlemage Coat - Randomly available at the Canyon Merchant for
    0000008121
    8121 Currency (Inquisition).
    Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.
  • Masterwork Vanguar Mail icon Masterwork Battlemaster Coat - Randomly available at the Canyon Merchant for
    0000014212
    14212 Currency (Inquisition).
    Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.
  • Masterwork Scout Armor icon Masterwork Prowler Coat - Randomly available at the Canyon Merchant for
    0000008121
    8121 Currency (Inquisition).
    Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.
  • Perseverance icon Perseverance - see ... (Inquisition)
  • Promise of the Storm icon Promise of the Storm - Looted from a chest within the Tomb of Fairel; see side quest The Tomb of Fairel.
  • Ancient Elven Robes icon Robes of the High Keeper - Looted from the Sandy Howler high dragon.
  • Unique belt icon Superb Belt of Melee Defense - Looted from a chest within the Sunstop Mountain Tomb; see side quest The Tomb of Fairel.
  • Superb Demon-Slaying Rune schematic icon Superb Demon-Slaying Rune Schematic - Available at the Canyon Merchant for
    0000007294
    7294 Currency (Inquisition) or looted from a chest within the Tomb of Fairel; see side quest The Tomb of Fairel.
  • Unique ring icon Superb Ring of Attack - Looted from a chest within the Dwarven Tomb near the Sand Crags Camp; see side quest The Tomb of Fairel.
  • Unique ring icon Superb Ring of Barrier Penetration - Looted from a chest within the Tomb of Fairel; see side quest The Tomb of Fairel.
  • Unique ring icon Superb Ring of Critical Damage - Looted from a chest within the Burial Ground Tomb; see side quest The Tomb of Fairel
  • Unique ring icon Superb Ring of Guard Penetration - Looted from a chest within the Canyon Dwarven Tomb; see side quest The Tomb of Fairel.
  • Unique ring icon Superb Ring of Sundering - Looted from a chest within the Colossus Tomb; see side quest The Tomb of Fairel.
  • Stamina amulet icon master superb Superb Stamina Amulet - Looted from the Sandy Howler high dragon.

Strange Orb Edit

  • 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

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

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. From Codex entry: Dwarven Inscriptions: Hissing Wastes
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