- “Do not follow me, I said, and slipped into the shadows.” ―Morrigan
Roughly a year after the defeat of the Archdemon and the ending of the Fifth Blight, word has reached the Grey Wardens of reports of a woman in the southern wilderness that fits Morrigan's description; a companion of the Hero of Ferelden who disappeared on the eve of that battle. Following this lead, the Warden-Commander heads out on one more journey to conclude their unfinished business with her.
Given that Dog is a returning party member, the player may once again activate Mabari Dominance throughout on various 'Landmark' objects, this time to comments made by other party members.
The Warden travels to Flemeth's Hut with Dog. Inside the old building, the Warden encounters Ariane, a Dalish warrior who is trying to recover a book that was stolen from her clan by Morrigan. She tells the Warden that the subject of the book was on Eluvian, although the meaning of the word has been lost along with their culture, destroyed long ago by the Tevinter Imperium. The book itself was originally stolen from the Circle of Magi by an apostate elf mage before ending up in the possession of her clan's Keeper, and Ariane believes that the Circle may have more books like it. As the Warden is welcome amongst the Circle, unlike the Dalish Elves, she asks the Warden to take her there.
The Circle of Magi
The Warden, Dog, and Ariane travel to the Circle Tower, in order to access the library and find a book similar to one that Morrigan stole, in the hopes that they can discover her plan. You are free to explore the Apprentice Quarters unsupervised.
Sandal is also present in the tower, and can buy, sell and enchant items.
- Finding a book requires locating its entry from the Library Index (found at the very center of the Apprentice Quarters on The Warden's map). Reading an Index book at one of the four pedestals will activate four bookshelves somewhere in the library. Only one Index can be active at a time. Each bookshelf then presents four books for The Warden to inspect.
- The Warden must find and read two books in order to proceed with the quest:
- 'A Catalog of Elven Relics' is located in the Mysterious Artifacts section of the library after searching its name at the 'Index A - F' pedestal. Locate the book and a dialogue triggers with Ariane, who recognises the language as Dalish, but she cannot read it. She suggests the likelihood of another book in the library that will help them translate it.
- 'Translating Elven Languages' is located in the History section of the library. Search the book's name at the 'Index T - Z' pedestal. Locate the book, take it from the bookshelf and then head over to the Mysterious Artifacts section again to read (translate) A Catalog of Elven Relics. Using the translation book, you locate a chapter on "Eluvian."
- Aside from these two, there are many humorous entries in books, some referencing Origins or Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening stories, others presaging events and places from Dragon Age II.
- It is advisable to read all of the books, because some of them contain or activate special items, such as a Tome of Physical Technique or a Tome of Arcane Technique (depending on the class of the Warden), a Master Barrier Rune, and activating an Essence of Willpower near the library entrance.
- In addition there are codex entries from some books and, if not already known, some Herbalism or Poison-Making Recipes from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, no new ones. This only happens, if the Warden or another party member is skilled in Herbalism (e.g. Finn) and Poison-Making.
- One book is hollowed out and contains a Bad Luck Charm and a Letter of Payment revealing the location of 8 60 0. The bad luck charm becomes a permanent quest item if the letter is taken.
- There are sixteen indexed sections. For reading at least one book from each of them, the player gains 150 XP for a total of 2400 XP.
The indexes, books and descriptions:
- Index A - F – This is an index of books, sorted alphabetically from A to F.
- All about Weeds – This book is in the Beginner's Herbalism section.
- Balms for Protection and Enchantment – This book is in the Unstable Solutions section.
- A Catalog of Elven Relics – This book is in the Mysterious Artifacts section.
- Franny's Poultice Recipes – This book is in the Potent Medicines section.
- Index G - L – This is an index of books, sorted alphabetically from G to L.
- Guarding Your Mind: How to Prevent Possession – This book is in the Fade section.
- Geographical Oddities of Ferelden – This book is in the Geography section.
- Kindling the Flame – This book is in the Mage Training section.
- Lurking Horrors of the Deep – This book is in the Dangerous Beasts section.
- Index M - S – This is an index of books, sorted alphabetically from M to S.
- Raising Nugs: A How-To Guide – This book is in the Zoology section.
- Restorative Draughts: Creation and Distillation – This book is in the Expert Herbalism section.
- Seeing Beyond Sight: Advanced Scrying for Mages – This book is in the Rituals section.
- The Sword and the Staff – This book is in the Mage Weaponry section.
- Index T - Z – This is an index of books, sorted alphabetically from T to Z.
- Waking Nightmares and True Torment – This book is in the School of Entropy section.
- Under the Bridge – This book is in the Mythical Creatures section.
- Virulent Walking Bomb: The New Edition – This book is in the School of Spirit section.
- Translating Elven Languages – This book is in the History section.
- Beginner's Herbalism
- All about Weeds – This book is an encyclopedia of common garden weeds.
- Poultices for Fun and Profit – A short book with recipes for basic healing poultices.
- Cooking with Herbs – The recipe for "Herbed Chicken and Biscuits" appears to be missing from this book.
- This is Your Brain on Elfroot – A battered pamphlet that informs parents on the dangerous and addictive properties of elfroot. Ironically, there's a fistful of dried elfroot stuffed in the front cover. The Warden receives Elfroot x4; the Codex entry: Health Poultices is unlocked if not already acquired.
- Dangerous Beasts
- Lurking Horrors of the Deep – This book contains entries on the giant squid, and the bony whale-shark of the Anderfels, now extinct.
- Lothering Heights – This book appears to be on the wrong shelf.
- The Dragons of Nevarra – A book detailing the different groups of dragons once found in Nevarra.
- Deepstalkers and Nugs – A book about various subterranean creatures.
- Expert Herbalism
- Restorative Draughts: The Creation and Distillation Thereof – Detailed recipes for complicated potions. Looks like someone forgot a potion here. You gain a Potent Stamina Draught (doesn't stack with imported ones).
- Ines Arancia's Botanical Compendium – An enormous encyclopedia of herbs and plants, both common and rare.
- Gardening through the Blight – Methods for rejuvenating blighted ground. This book has been thoroughly discredited.
- The Joy of Seeds – This book illustrates how to grow several rare plants from seeds.
- The Fade
- Faith, Justice, and the Spiritual Way – A book on the benevolent spirits of the Fade.
- The Black City – This books is a collection of essays written on the Black City.
- Guarding Your Mind: How to Prevent Possession – This book contains exercises for strengthening mental barriers.
- Martha's Adventures in the Fade – This seems to be a book for young mage children. It contains colorful pictures depicting demons as cute, smiling monsters.
- Secrets of the Frostbacks – A book containing paintings of the Frostback Mountains.
- Devoured from Beneath – Written from a fatalistic viewpoint, this book theorizes that the crumbling Deep Roads below Ferelden will eventually cause the land to fall apart.
- Circle Tower of Kirkwall – This book describes the Circle Tower of Kirkwall. Housed in a former Tevinter slaver fortress, its halls are a foreboding place even centuries after the city's liberation.
- Geographical Oddities of Ferelden – A study of the stranger landscapes of Ferelden and their causes.
- Fortikum Kadab – The translated text of an ancient Tevinter treatise.
- Koslun: Philosopher or Tyrant? – An exceptionally biased history of the qunari philosopher, Koslun.
- Translating Elven Languages
- If "A Catalog of Elven Relics" hasn't been read: – Based on a collection of research, this work explores the translating of various elven dialects.
- If "A Catalog of Elven Relics" has been read: – This should help you translate the elven text. Taking the book advances the main quest "In Search of Morrigan".
- Of Hammers and Witches: A History – This ancient Orlesian text dates from the Chantry's early days. Time and dust has weathered most of the ink, but from what you can make out, it covers a war on the heretics of the old Imperium. Faded depictions of men in robes tremble before figures bearing an ominous symbol of a black eye in a sunburst.
- Mage Training
- Kindling the Flame – This outlines instructions on how to control fire spells.
- Autonomous Prodigy, Volume 3: Hexes – An in-depth guide on the creation of hexes, curses, and other charms. A scribbled note on the inside cover references a book on technique in the self-improvement section. Reveals the Self-Improvement shelf.
- Strained Wrists and Stiff Necks – This is a detailed explanation of common mage injuries.
- Lightning Storms In Your Room! – The subtitle reads, "A fun activity book for young apprentices."
- Mage Weaponry
- Staff Construction for Apprentices – A simple how-to guide to constructing (and decorating) your first staff! Leaning against the book is a curious looking tablet. You receive a Master Barrier Rune.
- The Sword and the Staff – For the more athletic mage, a manual on how to wield staff and sword simultaneously.
- Tevinter Wands of the Glory Age – A book about the wands occasionally used by the Tevinter Imperium several hundred years ago. Scratched in the corner of the page are some words from an irritated student. "What kind of self-respecting mage uses a wand, anyway?"
- Use Your Fist – A mage can be caught without his staff, but never without his fists.
- Mysterious Artifacts
- Talismans of Ancient Tevinter – This book details the construction and usage of folk talismans from ancient Tevinter.
- Chasind Charms – This book is mainly a dry treatise on Chasind superstitions.
- A Catalog of Elven Relics – This book is written in an ancient dialect you cannot read. Triggers a dialogue with Ariane that furthers the main quest.
- Scale and Bone: Crafting the High Dragon – This book contains complex recipes for crafting items from parts of a dragon's carcass.
- Mythical Creatures
- Under the Bridge – A book about trolls and fairies.
- The Elven Varterral – Legends of the varterral creatures, supposedly created by the elven gods. Leafing through the book, you notice a section on the only recorded encounter. It appears that from a company of Tevinter soldiers, only the cunning archers and magisters escaped with their lives.
- Does this Book have Griffons in It? – Stories of the now-extinct griffon. (See also Easter eggs.)
- The Truth Behind the Stories – An explanation of creatures from superstition and legend, and why they appear in our world.
- Potent Medicines
- Magical Balms and Ointments – A collection of recipes for balms and ointments.
- The Complete Compendium of Poisons and Antidotes – A detailed list of poisons and antidotes.
- Franny's Poultice Recipes – A small book containing recipes for homemade poultices. A couple of these will be useful. You'll have to thank the wise old girl if you ever meet her. Only with a party member with Herbalism skill: Unlocks/updates the codex "Random Recipes" and adds the Superb Health Poultice Recipe and the Potent Lyrium Potion Recipe if not acquired before.
- How to Heal a Mabari – Advice on how to treat a wounded mabari, covering everything from basic injuries to suspected possession by desire demons.
- Seeing Beyond Sight: Advanced Scrying for Mages – A book for those studying scrying.
- Bathing Practices of the Orlesian Monarchy – This should probably be in the Foreign Cultures section.
- Dreamwalking: Rituals for Understanding the Fade – A series of meditative rituals for mages who want to learn more about the Fade.
- The Holy Office of the Seekers – This heavy book is firmly locked with a Chantry seal. Scorch marks suggest that someone tried opening this book to no avail. The illusive Seekers guard their secrets well.
- School of Entropy
- Creation versus Entropy – A paper comparing the strengths of the two schools of magic.
- Waking Nightmares and True Torment – A manual teaching advanced entropy spells.
- Understanding Entropy – A guide to the school of Entropy, for apprentice mages.
- Controlled Destruction – The book has been hollowed out. Inside is a note and a sinister ruby figurine. "This will reveal a shrouded chest in the apprentice dorms; inside is the final payment. I hope you choke on it." The Warden has the option to take the figurine (Bad Luck Charm) and the Letter of Payment, which will reveal the Shrouded Chest in the apprentice dorms, containing 8 60.
- School of Spirit
- Virulent Walking Bomb: The New Edition – This short book details creative uses of the Walking Bomb spell.
- Spirit, the Supreme School of Magic – This book has been vandalized and is no longer readable. Scribbled on the cover are the words: "Entropy Rules!"
- Spirit Healers through the Ages – A book on the history of spirit healers. Folded near the back of the book is a very old sheet of notes scrawled by a young apprentice. In the margins are various sketches of templars being eaten by a fierce tiger named Ser Pounce-a-lot.
- Quieting the Mind – Relaxation exercises for spirit mages.
- Unstable Solutions
- Balms for Protection and Enchantment – Recipes for various balms and enchantments.
- Ellie's Exploding Elixirs – A thin book filled with recipes for mixtures that are guaranteed to explode. A few of these could come in handy. Only with a party member with Poison-Making skill: Unlocks/updates the codex "Random Recipes" and adds the Elemental Grenade Recipe, the Soulrot Bomb Recipe and the Dispel Grenade Recipe if not acquired before.
- The Proper Use and Storage of Dragon's Blood – A tattered scroll from Tevinter, detailing what one can do with dragon's blood.
- Lyrium Bombs: Fact, or Fiction? – An old book with instructions for creating explosive devices with lyrium.
- Raising Nugs: A How-To Guide – This book was written by Loknar Weem, a dwarven nug farmer who tried to raise nugs on the surface.
- The Care of Dragons – A book that explains how to breed dragons as pets. It has been banned in most circles for blatant misinformation.
- Mabari: A History – A detailed history of the mabari hound… This opens up a dialogue with your Dog where the Warden can give him the book figuratively.
- Why is a Bronto Here? – Speculation on why brontos always turn up in the most unexpected places.
- Self-Improvement (unlocked after reading "Autonomous Prodigy, Volume 3: Hexes" from the Mage Training section)
- The Willpower Workout – A self-directed program for overcoming low levels of spiritual energy. You notice a chapter near the back, which calls upon some kind of mental workout device. As your eyes glance over the last paragraph, you hear a distant gust of wind. This activates an Essence of willpower in the Library.
- Staff Repair: Not Just a Task for the Tranquil – This is an overview of restoring staves overwhelmed by their owners.
- Tome of Technique: Use It or Lose It
- If the Warden is a mage: – This is a training manual for mages with a note from a disgruntled senior enchanter. "All apprentices want these days are hand-outs! What happened to doing the work yourself? --Senior Enchanter Sweeney." Taking the book adds a Tome of Arcane Technique to your inventory.
- If the Warden is a rogue or a warrior: – This is a training manual for templars and other melee warriors. A note on the inside cover reads, "For those forever in pursuit of perfection. --Alderic, Orlesian Order of the Templars." Taking the book adds a Tome of Physical Technique to your inventory.
- Healing Your Robes – A handy guide to fixing tears in magical vestments.
After finding these books, the party engages in a dialogue with Finn, a mage scholar of languages and Tevinter history, who recognizes the word "Eluvian", and that it refers to a magical elven mirror. He explains that the Tevinter mages tried to activate the full power of the Eluvian after they captured them from Arlathan, but only managed to use them as communications portals. Ariane recounts a story of another Dalish Clan that lost two young scouts when they chanced upon a cave with a mysterious mirror inside. If the Warden is Dalish, the Warden will recall the encounter with the mirror in the cave. Finn believes that it is possible to use one Eluvian to locate others, but does not know how. He suggests asking the only known "survivor" of that age of history, and joins the party.
Finn informs the Warden that he has been chatting to a statue of Eleni Zinovia, kept in the Tower Basement. To unlock the basement, they must first acquire the key from Hadley. Hadley explains that something has caused the Sentinels in the basement to malfunction and attack even the mages of the Tower, so he is keeping it locked until something can be done. The Warden can convince him that the Sentinels will not be a problem, and Hadley will hand over the key.
Upon entering the basement, the Warden is attacked by the Sentinels, who upon being sufficiently damaged, temporarily reveal Veil Tears. Once these have been defeated, nearby Sentinels will no longer be hostile and will return to their posts. Upon reaching the statue, conversation with it is fruitless as it is panicked about something. Mabari Dominance can be activated on the nearby 'Landmark Artifact'. Finn speculates that this is likely due to the tears in the Veil, and advises fixing all of them to rectify the problem. After closing all the Veil tears, the Warden may now converse with the statue. The statue advises them that they require shards of a broken Eluvian, as well as the Lights of Arlathan from Cad'halash, and that they must perform a scrying ritual to find other Eluvians.
The party travels to the ruins featured in the Dalish Elf Origin. If the Warden romanced Morrigan and kept Morrigan's Ring, Ariane will initiate dialogue and remark that the Warden plays with it a lot, and asks what he will do when they find her. Mabari Dominance can be activated on the 'Landmark Corpse' near the entrance. Inside the cave, the party is attacked by elves who seem to be infected with a disease similar to the Darkspawn taint. After dodging various traps and defeating the Infected Keymaster located in the south side of the dungeon, the party loots the key and locates the broken Eluvian shard.
- Main article: The History of Cad'halash
The party travels to Cadash Thaig, where Finn explains that there is a slight hitch to finding the Lights of Arlathan - the Dalish Elves likely used magic to hide them from all but those of Dalish blood. Given that Ariane is of such lineage, her blood could be used in a spell to uncover them, but which obviously requires a 'donation' of it. Mabari Dominance can be activated on the 'Landmark Stone' at the base of a large statue, located on a landing between two bridges near the Thaig entrance.
Throughout Cadash Thaig are various pieces of lore, which when read, will piece together a missing chapter of Elven history, detailing the fate of refugee elves who eventually settled in the location of the Thaig, "Cad'halash". See The History of Cad'halash.
Finn informs the Warden that he has also used magic to reveal 'Magical Vortices', that when stood in allow a person to see the flow of magical energy, which will inevitably be drawn to the location of the Lights - merely following the energy will reveal the location where they are hidden.
If the Warden walks over the location of a Light, Finn will automatically cast the spell to uncover them. There are four Lights in total, and picking up each one will summon Ancient Elven Guardians (elite rank or higher) of varying class and number to attack the party. After battling through the resident Darkspawn recovering all four, Finn will tell the Warden that he knows of a suitable location for the scrying ritual. Exit to the World Map, and head to the Elven Ruins.
Upon reaching the Elven Ruins, Finn will begin the ritual, warning the party of 'unwanted attention'. The Warden, Ariane, and Dog must then fight off the waves of Shades that will appear and attack him. The conclusion of the ritual results in a comical scene of dialogue, followed by the revealing of a new location on the World Map.
The party travels to the Dragonbone Wastes, fighting their way through Cultists, Dragonlings, and Drakes. Dog can activate Mabari Dominance on the Landmark Skull. In a large clearing before the descent into the ground, the party is ambushed by a giant unknown creature, which Ariane recognises as a Guardian created by the Elven Gods to protect their people - the mythical Varterral. Why it attacks the party, and even Ariane, is never revealed.
The party enters the site where the Warden defeated the Mother in Awakening. Behind where the Mother was entrenched, a path leads out to an island where Morrigan is seen pacing back and forth in front of the activated Eluvian. Dog is overjoyed and begins happily jumping around Morrigan. The Warden converses with her. If the Warden agreed to Morrigan's Ritual, or was a male and romanced Morrigan (regardless of whether the Ritual was done), Morrigan reveals that she has given birth to a male child, who is unaware of his background and is safe in another location.
Morrigan tells the Warden that the world is about to change greatly, and that she needs more time and more power to prepare for what is to come, hinting that such power is to be found on the other side of the Eluvian. She also brings up the subject of her mother Flemeth, suggesting that Flemeth is not truly human, far more powerful than an apostate or an abomination, and poses a threat to the entire realm. Flemeth is also revealed to have survived the Warden's attack on her (if a direct confrontation was chosen during the Flemeth's Real Grimoire quest). If the Warden-Commander has not met her before, Morrigan implies that she has tarried specifically to warn whoever found her about Flemeth.
The final conversation with Morrigan can take a few paths, eventually ending in one of four ways:
- Morrigan and the Warden say goodbye, and Morrigan walks through the Eluvian portal.
- Morrigan and the Warden kiss (if she was fully romanced), say goodbye, and Morrigan walks through the portal alone.
- The player stabs Morrigan and she falls backwards through the Eluvian portal.
- The player and Morrigan kiss and then walk into the Eluvian portal together. If the Warden undertook Morrigan's Ritual, it is implied that Morrigan will allow the Warden to meet their son (if she was fully romanced).
In all but the last outcome, the final scene shows the Warden retrieving the Dalish book, as well as a 'gift' (the nature of which is not revealed) left by Morrigan. The party then departs.
Game completion. Any unresolved side-plots are left unfinished.
- In some of the dialogue options with Morrigan, she will state that the Warden denied her the ritual, even if the ritual was undertaken. This doesn't seem to impact the availability of dialogue choices involving the Warden wanting to see his son or the option to enter the portal with Morrigan.
- If, at the end of Origins your Warden had romance active with both Morrigan and Leliana, the game will not take note of your romance with Morrigan, if, in the epilogue Leliana stayed with him.
- The book in the Apprentice Quarters titled "This is Your Brain on Elfroot" is a parody of an American anti-drug campaign that used a frying egg to make a similarity to drug use, stating "this is your brain on drugs."
- A pair of apprentices in the Apprentice Quarters will comment on Dog, leading one apprentice to say he wishes the Circle allowed pets such as an owl. The other apprentice scoffs and asks what kind of mage would own an owl; a reference to the popular Harry Potter series.
- If you choose to examine all the books in the library, there will be one on wands used in the ancient Tevinter. In that book will be a remark by an apprentice saying "What kind of a mage uses wands?" which also refers to Harry Potter (and most commonly recognized wizard stereotypes).