You can trigger this quest by walking south, past the location where the Qunari patrol is attacked by abominations, along the path that leads to the southernmost section of the Wounded Coast area in Act 2.
If Aveline is not in the party, then you can say that you will help for a price. Harley tells you there is a massive bounty on the marauders that you can have if you help defeat them.
You have three choices:
- Fight alongside the guardsmen. Players who favor diplomatic or aggressive speech responses can inspire these allies before the fight begins. This is without question the easiest option.
- Walk away. You can return to complete the quest later, but Aveline, if present, will express mild disapproval. You can also head into the marauder camp of your own volition.
- Attack the raiders without support from the guardsmen. This is difficult, but not intractably so. Aveline will deprecate this choice: why can't her guards contribute to the fight?
There are seven (7) Standard-ranked traps (20 cunning to detect and disarm - 100 XP/trap = 700 XP total) and two (2) Complex-ranked traps (30 cunning to detect and disarm - 150 XP/trap = 300 XP total). If fighting with the guards, they may run over the traps, costing the player the experience from disarming some if not all of them. However, the traps are mostly on the outer perimeter, so if a rogue pushes forward enough they can disarm them before the guards cross them. There is also a single Complex-ranked chest behind the raiders.
The most dangerous targets are Fell Orden, a blood mage, and an Elite-ranked assassin. Attacking Orden with all characters causes him to die very quickly, provided he can't get off a Hemorrhage-like AoE to utterly obliterate your party while regenerating his own health. As a "leader" blood mage, he is resistant to spirit damage (immune on Nightmare difficulty), whereas lesser blood mages are highly vulnerable to it, so keep this in mind. The raiders are resistant to Nature damage and vulnerable to electricity.
Orden drops the Swatch of the Jackyard (which begins the related side quest), the Robe of the Notorious Pirate, and the Flex-Chain - Guardsman Pattern armor upgrade for Aveline. When done looting the bodies and the surrounding area, visit the Viscount's Keep and speak to Lieutenant Jalen for your reward.
- ~300 XP (for the battle fight)
- Random loot (looted from the battle)
- 1000 XP (quest update)
- (extra rune slot for Aveline Vallen)
- (dropped by Fell Orden)
- 1000 XP (quest completion) - upon turning in the quest to Lieutenant Jalen (Viscount's Keep)
- 3 (quest completion)
Friendship and rivalry
- If Hawke works with the guards and increases the morale of the men in a diplomatic fashion:
- If Hawke works with the guards and boosts the men's morale in an aggressive fashion:
- If the quest is refused or ignored, Hawke's journal updates at the start of Act 3, stating that Harley and her guards were left to die.
- ps3xbox360 In unpatched versions of the game the player may repeatedly talk to Lieutenant Harley, with each end of the conversation netting friendship/rivalry points with Aveline.
- pc As of 1.03, if the party leave the Wounded Coast in act 2 before completing this quest, it will glitch and won't complete. This happens even if the quest has not yet been received.(confirmed in 1.04)
- xbox360 In some cases, if you fail to finish this quest during your first run through the Wounded Coast in Act 2, one of the raiders will stare at the battlefield, non-moving, non-targetable and the quest will go unfinished.
- pc 1.03, Disarming the first group of traps to the west sometimes leaves one or more traps "flashing" as if you haven't disarmed them, and you will be unable to click them again. However, the traps are inactive as they should be, and XP is earned normally.
- Hawke may not receive friendship points from Aveline following the process mentioned above.