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Lowtown is one of the main districts in Kirkwall. Lowtown serves primarily as housing for the city's less wealthy residents as well as the city's industrial center. In spite of this it remains a source of major commerce with markets lining the streets of Lowtown peddling their wares to all who pass.


Lowtown sits in a massive cauldron-shaped pit that was once Kirkwall's first quarry. The district was constructed by slaves who carved the city and its harbor out of the rock.

Today, Lowtown is a labyrinth of shantytowns, corridors, and hexagonal courtyards—"hexes" in the local parlance. Lowtown's poorest live in caves hewn out of the cliff face. The district is shoddily built and bears scars caused by collapsing walls. Foundry smoke smothers the area. Only a cold winter storm clears the air, but the icy wind howling over the mouths of old mineshafts hardly counts as relief.

Occasionally, these Darktown shafts erupt with gouts of foul air known as chokedamp. It's not uncommon to find whole slums silently suffocated, frozen in the midst of everyday activity.

The walls surrounding Lowtown are highest by the harbor. Its busiest street leads up to Hightown, where the wealthiest Kirkwallers perch. When one stands in Lowtown, all one sees other than the rocky walls is Hightown. It glitters overhead, always in sight, yet always beyond reach.

—From In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of a Chantry Scholar, by Brother Genitivi
—From Codex entry: Kirkwall - Lowtown


Map of the area

Apparel Shop
Armor Stand
Lirene's Fereldan Imports
Martin's Contraband
Trinkets Emporium
Vincento's Northern Merchandise


Gamlen's House Gamlen's House
The Hanged Man The Hanged Man
Kirkwall Alienage Kirkwall Alienage
Merrill's Home Merrill's Home
Lirene's Fereldan Imports Lirene's Fereldan Imports
Dark Foundry Dark Foundry


Act 1[]

Shepherding Wolves Shepherding Wolves
Wayward Son Wayward Son
Friends in Low Places Friends in Low Places
Loose Ends Loose Ends
The Conspirators The Conspirators
Miracle Makers Miracle Makers
Get Back to Work Get Back to Work
The First Sacrifice The First Sacrifice
Grimoire of the Apprentice Grimoire of the Apprentice
Sharp Little Pinpricks Sharp Little Pinpricks
Shawl of Dalesdottir Shawl of Dalesdottir
Bottled Scar 5:34 Exalted Bottled Scar 5:34 Exalted
The Paragon's Toe The Paragon's Toe
Secret Rendezvous Secret Rendezvous
Dark Epiphany Dark Epiphany
The Way It Should Be The Way It Should Be

Act 2[]

To Catch a Thief To Catch a Thief
Blackpowder Courtesy Blackpowder Courtesy
The Tethras Signet Ring The Tethras Signet Ring
Hometown Breed Hometown Breed
Ream-Rot Knife Ream-Rot Knife
"South-Song" Gerralt's Corpse "South-Song" Gerralt's Corpse
Goosegirl Cameo Goosegirl Cameo
The Fixer The Fixer
Pick Up Pickaxes Pick Up Pickaxes
Sketchy on the Details Sketchy on the Details
The Book of Shartan The Book of Shartan

Act 3[]

On the Loose On the Loose
The Last Straw The Last Straw
Kind of Want Kind of Want
The Lost Swords The Lost Swords
Favor and Fault Favor and Fault


Main article: Supplier
Spindleweed Spindleweed (Act 1) - daytime, in the side-street between the two eastern exits.
Spindleweed Spindleweed (Act 2) – daytime, in the dead end behind the armor merchant.
Spindleweed Spindleweed (Act 3) - daytime, next to the stairs in the Foundry District.

Notable items[]

Recipe: Rock Armor Potion Recipe: Rock Armor Potion (Act 2) – nighttime, in a pile of Rubble next to the entrance to Gamlen's House.

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Kirkwall - Lowtown Codex entry: Kirkwall - Lowtown