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Loose Ends is an Act 1 secondary quest received from either Meeran or Athenril in Dragon Age II.

Acquisition Edit

This quest becomes available after Birthright has been completed, via the Writing Desk at Gamlen's House. If Hawke worked for the smugglers during The Destruction of Lothering, they receive a letter from Athenril. If Hawke worked for the mercenaries a letter from Meeran is received instead.

Walkthrough Edit

Working For Athenril Edit

Hightown Edit

Hawke can find Athenril in Hightown. She requests that some goods be retrieved as they are meant to be sold to nobles at Orzammar.

  • Accept the job:
    • Rivalry small Aveline: rivalry (+5)
    • Rivalry small Carver: rivalry (+10)
  • Refuse the job:
    • Friendship small Aveline: friendship (+5)
    • Friendship small Carver: friendship (+5)
Note: If you refuse the offer and then talk to Athenril again and accept, you will get both sets of Approvals. Or you can refuse the job, leave and switch party members, then return and accept the job.

Docks (night) Edit

Go to the Docks at night. Hawke finds Pryce being chased by some Coterie thugs. The first wave contains an Assassin, so concentrate on her. The other enemies are all two-handers and can interrupt less resilient enemies with just their basic attacks, so one strategy is to allow them to draw close while hitting them with ranged attacks from the top of the stairs (a Firestorm at the base works great), then rely on warriors in this tight space to eliminate the melee-oriented wave. The walls should help insulate from the Assassin's backstabbing tactics. Five archers will spawn at the foot of the stairs after enough of the first wave is slain, so be ready to deal with them as soon as the assassin falls. The third wave spawns from the east thoroughfare and has a mix of archers and two-handers, for a total of roughly 15 enemies. The Coterie enemies here are vulnerable to spirit damage and have no immunities to the other elements, if the player has the means to inflict such damage available.

After killing the thugs, Pryce says that the exchange was a setup by the Coterie, the others were killed and he only survived because he ran. He explains that his mother was killed by "one of them big, horned darkspawn" and is reliant on working for Athenril to provide for his sisters. Hawke must make a decision concerning what to do with the goods:

  • Tell Pryce you'll be taking the goods to Athenril:
    • Rivalry small Aveline: rivalry (+5)
  • Give Pryce the goods:
    • Friendship small Aveline: friendship (+5)
    • Friendship small Bethany: friendship (+10)
    • Friendship small Carver: friendship (+10)

Return to Athenril.

Working For Meeran Edit

Lowtown (night) Edit

Hawke can find Meeran in Lowtown at night. He requests that Hawke find Gustav and ensure that the noble he was sent to kill is dead.

Docks Edit

Go to the Docks during the day. Hawke finds a group of guards surrounding Gustav. The Guard Commander orders the men to hurt Gustav to keep him from running, and combat ensues. Afterwards Hawke speaks with Gustav:

  • Diplomatic option gives no change
  • Humorous option gives Friendship small Varric: friendship (+5)
  • Aggressive option gives Rivalry small Varric: rivalry (+5)

Lord Harimann arrives. Asking Harimann about the bounty will reveal that he convinced the Viscount to send aid to Ferelden during the Blight and the other nobles resented that. This allows Hawke the option of sparing the noble's life.

  • "Who wants you dead?"
    • You do not kill Lord Harimann:
      • Gustav promises to keep quiet about it since Hawke saved his life.
      • Friendship small Anders: friendship (+5)
      • Friendship small Aveline: friendship (+10)
      • Friendship small Carver: friendship (+5)
      • Friendship small Varric: friendship (+10)
    • Tell him he's a dead man; you kill him:
      • Rivalry small Anders: rivalry (+5)
      • Rivalry small Aveline: rivalry (+10)
      • Rivalry small Carver: rivalry (+10)
      • Rivalry small Fenris: rivalry (+5) (tested on pcIcon pc version 1.02, Confirmed does not occur on pcIcon pc 1.03 and ps3Icon ps3)
      • Rivalry small Varric: rivalry (+10)
  • Tell him he's a dead man; you kill him:
    • Rivalry small Aveline: rivalry (+5)
    • Rivalry small Varric: rivalry (+5).

Return to Meeran.

Results Edit

Athenril Edit

  • If Hawke brings the goods to Athenril: She rewards Hawke with sovereigns and invites Hawke to work with her again.
  • If Hawke gives the goods to Pryce and lies to Athenril:
    • Hawke is not rewarded, but is still invited to work with Athenril in the future.
    • Friendship small Isabela: friendship (+5)
    • Friendship small Varric: friendship (+5)
  • If Hawke gives the goods to Pryce and tells the truth to Athenril:
    • Hawke is scolded for helping a "pock-marked brat" and for being a "soft-hearted Fereldan bastard/bitch." Athenril will ambush the party next time they approach this location at night; killing Athenril and her entourage yields about 300 XP.
    • Friendship small Aveline: friendship (+5)
    • Rivalry small Varric: rivalry (+5)

Meeran Edit

Meeran:

  • If Hawke killed Harimann: Meeran rewards Hawke for killing Harimann and rescuing Gustav, and invites Hawke to work with him in the future.
  • If Hawke does not kill Harimann:
    • If Hawke lies to Meeran:
      • Hawke is rewarded for rescuing Gustav, and is invited to cooperate with the Red Iron mercenaries in the future.
      • Friendship small Isabela: friendship (+5)
      • Friendship small Varric: friendship (+5)
    • If Hawke tells Meeran the truth:
      • Hawke is scolded for not doing the job as Meeran instructed, that "[they] don't get to decide if it's right." The quest concludes and Meeran will ambush the party next time they approach this location at night; killing Meeran and his entourage yields about 300 XP.
      • Friendship small Aveline: friendship (+5)
      • Friendship small Carver: friendship (+5)

Despite the mention of future work, Hawke will never meet Meeran or Athenril again in Dragon Age II.

Rewards Edit

Athenril Edit

  • 300 XP for killing the Coterie ambushing Pryce
  • Retrieving the goods: 3DAO goldpiece trans
  • Lying about the goods: No gold
  • Telling the truth: No gold, ambush in Hightown at night worth 300 XP

Meeran Edit

  • Killing Lord Harimann: 3DAO goldpiece trans
  • Lying about Lord Harimann: 1DAO goldpiece trans
  • Telling the truth: No gold, ambush in Lowtown at night worth 300 XP

Notes Edit

  • The dialogue Athenril or Meeran gives before attacking you is very similar to the dialogue for betraying them in the prologue, with minor changes.
  • If you've earned their ire, you can avoid fighting them by simply not visiting their locations at night. Anything involving the Blooming Rose can be resolved during the day to avoid Athenril, and to avoid Meeran you can take the long road around Lowtown and/or simply fast travel directly to Gamlen's House from the Hanged Man and vice-a-versa, rather than exiting to Lowtown from one and walking over to the other (which also saves you a loading screen). If you manage to avoid them for the remainder of Act 1, neither Athenril nor Meeran will be present in Act 2 to take their revenge. They disappear from the game and Hawke's life like in any other scenario.
  • Both Athenril and Meeran are Elite-ranked Assassins. The simplest way to deal with them is to pull them far away from their starting positions and eventual reinforcements. This may require wiping out many of the groups of Gangs roaming the streets at night beforehand.
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