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The Mountainside Caverns extend onwards from the Ruined Temple and continue the path on the quest for The Urn of Sacred Ashes. Inside the caverns, the Disciples of Andraste reside.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

  • Feeding Chambers: About midway through the caverns and located to the east of the map, a room with several goats and sheep. Three drakes will spawn, dropping drake scales when killed. These can be given to Wade at Denerim who will use them to craft Wade's Drakeskin Armor Set.
  • Hatchery Room: A cavern with a lot of dragon eggs within located at the very top right room of the caverns. Two drakes will spawn in the large cavern prior to this room during or after the fight with the Arcane Warrior Cultist overseer. Another drake will be with the Cultist mage in the hatchery. These will provide another set of three drake scales for Wade.
  • Final cave: This is where Kolgrim is located. He will ask the Warden to defile the Sacred Ashes: agreeing to his proposal will start the associated quest; however, refusal to do so will result in Kolgrim and his guards turning hostile and a battle will ensue.
Note: Defiling the ashes is the only way to gain the Reaver specialization, though it will cause Leliana and Wynne to become hostile.



Hostile creatures[]




Map of the caverns


Notable items[]



Drake Scale Drake Scale (6) - activates the Drake Scale Armor questline.
Faith's Edge Faith's Edge - source: Kolgrim.
Kolgrim's Horn Kolgrim's Horn - source: Kolgrim (pcPConly).
Lifedrinker Lifedrinker - source: dragon egg.
Spellweaver Spellweaver - source: Arcane Warrior Cultist overseer.
Vial of Dragons Blood Vial of Dragons Blood - received upon acceptance of Kolgrim's task.
Master Dweomer Rune Master Dweomer Rune
Master Paralyze Rune Master Paralyze Rune - source: 50 XP locked chest

Companion Gifts[]

Stone Warrior Statuette Stone Warrior Statuette - found in a pile of dragon filth.


Object Dragon Egg

Dragon Eggs

Special objects[]

  • Leghold Trap (7) - steel claw, medium difficulty, 40 XP gained per trap disarmed.
  • Tripwire (2) - 40 XP to detect and disarm.

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: The Frostback Mountains Codex entry: The Frostback Mountains - source: book.
Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 3 Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 3 - source: book in Hatchery Room.
Codex entry: The Life Drinker Codex entry: The Life Drinker - source: Lifedrinker.