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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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, travelled 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

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.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

Main Quests[edit | edit source]

The Arl of Redcliffe The Arl of Redcliffe

Side Quests[edit | edit source]

Lost in the Castle Lost in the Castle

Skin Deep Skin Deep

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

Main Quests[edit | edit source]

In Hushed Whispers In Hushed Whispers

Characters[edit | edit source]

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Venatori
    • Venatori Zealot
    • Venatori Marksman
    • Venatori Spellbinder
    • Venatori Gladiator
  • Lesser Shade
  • Wraith

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

Main Floor[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Eamon's Shield Eamon's Shield

Notable gifts for companions[edit | edit source]

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.

Bug icon.png Bug! Cannot be obtained via normal means. See the page for more info.

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)

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

Masterwork Wave Blade Schematic Masterwork Wave Blade Schematic - in a room before the Main Hall

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins

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

Spellbinder's Journal Spellbinder's Journal

Alexius' Journal Alexius' Journal

Studies on the Blight Studies on the Blight

A Guard's Journal A Guard's Journal

Containers[edit | edit source]




Main Floor, north corridor

Main Floor, south

Upper Floor, bedrooms

The Vault

Special objects[edit | edit source]

  • Gate Lever - pulling it opens the inner gate, beyond which Ser Perth and his surviving knights wait to join the liberation of the castle
  • Landmark Tree - for Dog, in the courtyard

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If the vault is looted before "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[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Inquisition Maps[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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