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Redcliffe Castle is the seat of the Guerrin family. In the valley below is Redcliffe Village. The castle provides soldiers for the entire Redcliffe region. Redcliffe's coat of arms is a tower atop a red cliff on a white background.

Map of the Main Floor

Map of the Upper Floor

Background[]

Castle Redcliffe has stood for far longer than the village it protects. Since the days of the Alamarri clans, the castle has guarded the main pass through the Frostback Mountains into Orlais. Redcliffe Castle is the first and last line of defense for the sole land route into Ferelden, and the country has never fallen to any force that did not first take Redcliffe.[1]

It was here that the Avvar hill folk came to strike at the lowlands to the east, and it was this castle that the Orlesian Empire needed to control before conquering Ferelden. That was no easy task, for while the folk of Redcliffe may be simple, they are also proud of their ancient role as Ferelden's protectors from incursion. "There is iron in the hills, as there is in the people" goes the local saying, and no one disbelieves it.

The fortress has endured many sieges. On only three such occasions was it successfully taken - first by Calenhad Theirin,[2] much later by Orlesian nobility, and most recently when restored to the Guerrins in the Fereldan Rebellion. The castle is popularly described as "unassailable" in spite of these three attacks.[1]

Involvement[]

Dragon Age: Origins[]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


Upon the Warden's arrival at Redcliffe, the castle has been taken over by an undead horde which is attacking the village. No matter if they decide to help the village or not, he or she will have to fight through the undead guarding the castle where they will, in the end, find Connor Guerrin possessed by a desire demon.

Later Redcliffe Castle serves as a staging area for troops fighting against the Blight.


Dragon Age: Inquisition[]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The Monarchy offered the rebel mages sanctuary in Ferelden, in the Arling of Redcliffe. The mages gratefully accepted the offer however the Templar host pursued them across the border.

Chaos erupted after the explosion that caused the Breach destroyed the Chantry's peace Conclave. Eventually Venatori infiltrators persuaded the desperate mages under Fiona that their only hope of survival was to escape to the Tevinter Imperium. One of the Venatori, Magister Gereon Alexius, traveled in time to the rebel mages' most desperate moment and offered the mages citizenship in exchange for ten years indentured servitude. Feeling they had no choice, the mages accepted. Alexius banished Arl Teagan Guerrin and seized Redcliffe Castle as his stronghold.

Redcliffe Castle after a year of Alexius' rule

If the Inquisitor recruits the Mages:
Magister Alexius invites the Herald of Andraste to Redcliffe Castle to negotiate for the southern mages' aid. Secretly he intends to capture the Herald and present them as a trophy to the Venatori's mysterious deity; the Elder One. Inquisition soldiers infiltrate the castle during the negotiation however and kill the Venatori before they can proceed with their plan. In desperation Alexius attempts to use his unique time-distorting magic and kill the Herald, however Dorian Pavus intervenes and the Herald and Dorian are flung forward through time a year into the future.

They discover that Alexius has held on to Redcliffe Castle, turning it into a major Venatori stronghold in southern Thedas and both the Inquisition and Ferelden have failed in their attempts to oust the Venatori from the fortress. Magister Alexius has greatly expanded the Castle's underground chambers and outer fortifications and the castle is now overgrown with Red lyrium deposits. Alexius has also allowed rifts into the Fade to open throughout the Castle, leaving whole sections of the fortress overrun with Demons. Alexius himself has installed a unique and seemingly impenetrable barrier door which blocks access to the throne room, a door that can only be opened with all five of the red lyrium rings held by his most trusted Venatori mages.

The Herald and Dorian, together with their allies, kill Alexius and return to their original time and Magister Alexius is swiftly captured thus preventing Alexius' version of Redcliffe Castle from ever coming to be.


Dragon Age: Origins[]

Characters[]

Arlessa Isolde Guerrin
Cassian (only after a particular decision during Nature of the Beast)
Connor Guerrin, son of Isolde and Eamon
Arl Eamon Guerrin
First Enchanter Irving (only if certain choices are made during Broken Circle and Arl of Redcliffe)
Jowan, a mage imprisoned in the dungeon
Ser Perth (he enters the Castle as soon as the Gate Lever is activated)
Bann Teagan Guerrin, Bann of Rainsfere, Eamon's younger brother
Valena, servant to Arlessa Isolde and daughter of Owen the village blacksmith

Quests[]

Main[]

The Arl of Redcliffe The Arl of Redcliffe

Side[]

Lost in the Castle Lost in the Castle
Skin Deep Skin Deep

Enemies[]

Demons
Undead
Animals
Humans

Notable items[]

Main Floor[]

Black Leather Collar Black Leather Collar
Heavy Maul Heavy Maul
Kaddis of Hakkon Wintersbreath Kaddis of Hakkon Wintersbreath
Redcliffe Shield Redcliffe Shield
Redcliffe Vault Key Redcliffe Vault Key (carried by the Chamberlain)
Warpaint of the Tempest Warpaint of the Tempest

Upper Floor[]

Eamon's Shield Eamon's Shield

Notable gifts for companions[]

Main Floor[]

Alistair's Mother's Amulet Alistair's Mother's Amulet for Alistair, found on the desk in Arl Eamon's study
Lamb Bone Lamb Bone for Dog, in a chest
Botanist's Map of Thedas Botanist's Map of Thedas for the Secret Companion, in a chest
Small Silver Ring Small Silver Ring, in a chest

Upper Floor[]

Stone Dragon Statuette Stone Dragon Statuette for Alistair, in a chest on the Second Floor
Silver-Framed Still Life Silver-Framed Still Life for Sten, in a chest
The Guerrins of Ferelden The Guerrins of Ferelden for Wynne, on a bookshelf
Map of Occupied Ferelden Map of Occupied Ferelden for Secret Companion, in a chest (only during the Final Onslaught)

Containers[]

Courtyard[]

Barrel (Generic, Elite)
Barrel (Generic, Elite)

Armory[]

Armor Stand (Generic Armor, Normal)
Chest (Generic Armor, Elite)
Chest (Generic Weapons, Elite)
Weapon Stand (Generic Weapons, Normal)
Weapon Stand (Generic Weapons, Normal)
Weapon Stand (Generic Weapons, Normal) - contains Heavy Maul

Kennels[]

Chest (Special) - contains kaddis and lamb bone
Charred Corpse (Generic, Critter)

Main Floor, north corridor[]

Armoire (Generic, Normal)
Cabinet (Generic, Normal)
Cabinet (Generic, Normal)
Wooden Crate (Generic, Normal)
Wooden Crate (Generic, Normal)

Main Floor, south[]

Desk (Books and Scrolls, Critter) - contains Alistair's Mother's Amulet
Chest (Ferelden, Elite) - locked

Upper Floor, bedrooms[]

Chest (Ferelden, Normal) - locked
Chest (Generic, Elite)

The Vault[]

Armor Stand (Generic Armor, Boss)
Chest (Orlesian, Elite) - contains Silver-Framed Still Life
Chest (Ferelden, Boss) - contains Eamon's Shield
Chest (Ferelden, Elite)
Weapon Stand (Generic Weapons, Boss) - contains The Fox's Bow
Weapon Stand (Generic Weapons, Elite) - contains Chevalier's Mace

Special objects[]

Gate Lever - opens the inner gate, which allows for Ser Perth and his knights to assist with liberating the castle
Landmark Tree - for Dog, in the courtyard

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Connor Guerrin Codex entry: Connor Guerrin
Codex entry: The History of the Chantry: Chapter 2 Codex entry: The History of the Chantry: Chapter 2, book in upstairs chantry
Codex entry: Geography of Ferelden Codex entry: Geography of Ferelden
Codex entry: The Orlesian Empire Codex entry: The Orlesian Empire, book in Eamon's study
Codex entry: Journal of the Tranquil Codex entry: Journal of the Tranquil, book in guest room
Codex entry: Aveline, Knight of Orlais Codex entry: Aveline, Knight of Orlais, book in Connor's room
Codex entry: History of Ferelden: Chapter 1 Codex entry: History of Ferelden: Chapter 1, book in Eamon's room
Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 2 Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 2, book in Eamon's room

Dragon Age: Inquisition[]

Characters[]

King Alistair (conditional)
Queen Anora (conditional)
Connor Guerrin (conditional)
Dorian Pavus
Felix Alexius
Grand Enchanter Fiona
Magister Gereon Alexius
Hanley D'Urvain
Leliana
Linnea
Lysas
Talwyn

Areas[]

Upper Royal Wing
Lower Royal Wing
Courtyard
Docks
Torture Chambers
Guard Barracks
Upper Cells
Lower Cells

Quests[]

In Hushed Whispers In Hushed Whispers

Enemies[]

Venatori
  • Venatori Zealot
  • Venatori Marksman
  • Venatori Spellbinder
  • Venatori Gladiator
Demons

Notable items[]

Bianca Arms II Bianca Arms II - looted from Hanley.
Bleeder of Souls Bleeder of Souls - looted from Hanley.
Circle of Magi Banner Circle of Magi Banner - looted from a pyramid shaped chest in the Upper Royal Wing.
Masterwork Wave Blade Schematic Masterwork Wave Blade Schematic - looted from a room in the Upper Royal Wing (east side).
Staff of Stasis Staff of Stasis - looted after defeating Alexius.

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Dorian Pavus Codex entry: Dorian Pavus
Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius Codex entry: Magister Gereon Alexius
Codex entry: The Venatori Codex entry: The Venatori

Note texts[]

A Guard's Journal A Guard's Journal
Alexius's Journal Alexius's Journal
A Prayer to the New God A Prayer to the New God
Spellbinder's Journal Spellbinder's Journal
Studies on the Blight Studies on the Blight

Trivia[]

  • (Origins) If the vault is looted before the quest The Arl of Redcliffe is advanced, the castle's Quartermaster and a servant can be overheard mentioning that not much of the treasury remains.

Gallery[]

Dragon Age: Origins[]

Dragon Age: Inquisition Maps[]

References[]