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Sitting on the western shore of Lake Calenhad, the village of Redcliffe is so named for the reddish hues of the cliffs that tower above it. A path leads up into the hills and across a bridge to an island where the ancient Castle Redcliffe has stood far longer than the village itself.

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Redcliffe heraldry


“The fate of Redcliffe is the fate of all Ferelden.” ―Calenhad Theirin[2]

Redcliffe is located in the western hills of Ferelden. The village below the castle (and others under Redcliffe's authority) grew until the arling was as powerful a settlement as any teyrnir. 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 assault that did not first take Redcliffe.

Redcliffe is one of the largest and most prosperous towns in Ferelden, due to its position between Orzammar and Orlais. As such it is a center of foreign trade. Such favorable conditions caused the domain to be named an arling in spite of its small size. The citizens of Redcliffe are primarily fishermen or merchants engaged in shipping dwarven goods from Orlais.

In late autumn the villagers smoke the fish they have caught, to the dismay of visiting merchants.[2]

Witch Hunt[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Witch Hunt.

By 9:32 Dragon, the Bannorn increasingly looked to the Arl of Redcliffe for guidance and leadership. It was speculated that if this continued, Redcliffe would become a rival of Denerim.

Dragon Age: Origins[]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

Redcliffe concept art

Redcliffe concept art

As the Warden approaches the village the first time, they will be greeted by Tomas, a member of the Redcliffe militia. Tomas will then take your party to Bann Teagan, Arl Eamon's brother, in the Chantry. There they discover that the village is under siege from undead creatures spawning from Redcliffe Castle at night. The Villagers ask the Warden and their companions to join them and lead the defense against the animated dead.

Later the village is attacked by Darkspawn.

Redcliffe Village continued to expand and grow, establishing a new district east of Redcliffe Castle in the years following the Fifth Blight.


Redcliffe Village Map

Map of the area

Blacksmith's Store Blacksmith's Store
Dwyn's Home Dwyn's Home
General Store General Store
House House
Kaitlyn's Home Kaitlyn's Home
Redcliffe Village Tavern Redcliffe Village Tavern
Redcliffe Chantry Redcliffe Chantry
Wilhelm's Cottage Wilhelm's Cottage
Windmill Windmill


Note: Some of the following characters will not appear until after completing The Attack at Nightfall.



A Missing Child A Missing Child
A Village Under Siege A Village Under Siege
The Arl of Redcliffe The Arl of Redcliffe
Last Will and Testament Last Will and Testament
Lost in the Castle Lost in the Castle
The Attack at Nightfall The Attack at Nightfall

The Blackstone Irregulars[]

Dereliction of Duty Dereliction of Duty
Grease the Wheels Grease the Wheels
Scraping the Barrel Scraping the Barrel

Chanter's Board[]

Brothers and Sons Brothers and Sons
Caravan Down Caravan Down
Desperate Haven Desperate Haven
Skin Deep Skin Deep

The Mages' Collective[]

Justice Must Be Served/A Gift of Silence Justice Must Be Served/A Gift of Silence
Careless Accusations Careless Accusations
Herbal Magic Herbal Magic
The Scrolls of Banastor The Scrolls of Banastor

Certain Interested Parties[]

Correspondence Interruptus Correspondence Interruptus
Dead Drops Dead Drops


Deathroot Deathroot (5)

Notable Items[]

Companion Gifts[]

Ale Ale - source: Lloyd's inventory.
Andraste's Grace Andraste's Grace - for Leliana; source: can be found by the Windmill (near the tree).
Sten's Sword Sten's Sword - for Sten; source: Chest in Redcliffe Village (or) handed directly to the Warden by Dwyn.
Wine Wine - obtained from Bella in the tavern, after convincing Lloyd to help defend the village.


Special objects[]

Note: The Chanter's Board, Blackstone Irregulars Quest Box, and Mages' Collective Bag will not appear until after the Village has been saved.

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Lake Calenhad Codex entry: Lake Calenhad - source: "No Swimming" sign.
Codex entry: Redcliffe Codex entry: Redcliffe - source: entering Redcliffe Village.

Companion remarks[]

One of the companions may make interesting remarks at certain loctions:

  • Shortly after stepping outside the chantry
    • Oghren: (belches) "Huh. Surface air."
    • Sten: "Is this where humans keep all their wisdom? Your behavior makes much more sense to me now."
    • Alistair: (sniffs) "What is that smell? Fish? And something else. Oh... more fish."
    • Wynne: "These people don't deserve what has happened to them. We must get to the bottom of this."
    • Leliana: "Walking corpses? Do you think it's something in the water?"
    • Morrigan: "Ahh, fresh air. 'Twas difficult to breathe within all that self-righteousness crowding the air."
    • Zevran: "Ah! What a lovely fishing town! You can almost smell the desperation of local gentry, no?"
    • Shale: "Are there pigeons here? I think we should look for them."
  • At the cliff's edge anywhere around the mill
    • Alistair: "Ah, it's sort of like coming home again. But with more undead."
    • Oghren: "What do you think the villagers would say to me taking a dip in the lake naked?"
    • Wynne: "Isn't it beautiful? Standing here, you wouldn't know the trouble down in the village."
    • Leliana: "Ooh, a windmill. I once took a ride on the sails of a windmill. Didn't turn out well."
    • Morrigan: "Yes, yes very lovely. Let us soak in the vista before the massacre begins."
    • Zevran: "Hmm. Anyone up for a bit of naked cliff-diving? No?"
    • Sten: "Hmph. Defensible enough spot."
    • Shale: "I wonder what it must be like to float? Or drown?"

Party banter[]

At the following spots, companions may engage in party banter:

  • After using the secret passage to enter the castle dungeons
  • On the bridge along the cliff
  • The boardwalk near the blacksmithy


  • Entering the village with Alistair will trigger a conversation about his heritage. Afterward, if you talk to him and his approval is high enough, he'll start the quest Alistair's Family.
  • Leaving the village (traveling anywhere other than the Party Camp) without completing the quests Village Under Siege and The Attack at Nightfall will result in the deaths of all the inhabitants except Bann Teagan, who will still take his part in continuing the Arl of Redcliffe quest line.
  • The first cottage on the right when you enter Redcliffe Village belongs to Wilhelm Sulzbacher, it's inaccessible by normal means and is a remnant of the original process to acquire Shale before it was added as downloadable content.
  • There is a bug in the pcPCwhich may cause fires to still be present after the quest A Village Under Siege is completed.
  • There is a bug where the game will not load at the after the defense of the village from the undead.

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.

Redcliffe Village DAI Map

Map of the new eastern district in Inquisition

Chaos erupted after the explosion that caused the Breach destroyed the Chantry's peace Conclave. As the brutality of the Mage-Templar War escalated, many hunted rebel mages and apostates congregated to Fiona's refuge in Redcliffe village. Some of these foreign mage refugees were in fact Venatori infiltrators who encouraged an alliance with the Tevinter Imperium as the situation with the mage rebellion grew dire.[3] Grand Enchanter Fiona conceded to the alliance with Magister Gereon Alexius when Alexius used time warping magic to manipulate the rebel mages when they were most desperate. Alexius was also a Venatori agent and usurped Redcliffe Castle with the rebel mages' aid, banishing Arl Teagan Guerrin. With the mage rebellion's survival now dependent on their alliance with the Tevinter Imperium, Alexius changed the terms of the alliance: from protection and eventual Tevinter citizenship in exchange for indentured servitude to conscription of all the rebel southern mages into military service under his command. He then ordered his forces to displace the people of Redcliffe from their homes.

Eventually however both the Venatori and the rebel mages vacate Redcliffe Village and life subsides back into normality.


Gull and Lantern Gull and Lantern
Redcliffe Village Chantry Redcliffe Village Chantry




In Hushed Whispers In Hushed Whispers
The Ideal Romance The Ideal Romance
The Ballad of Lord Woolsley The Ballad of Lord Woolsley
A Healing Hand A Healing Hand
A Common Treatment A Common Treatment
An Advanced Treatment An Advanced Treatment
A Rare Treatment A Rare Treatment
Business Arrangements Business Arrangements
Flowers for Senna Flowers for Senna


Bottles on the Wall[]

Bottles On The Wall icon Vintage: Warden Steed/ Bethany Hawke/ Carver Hawke - search inside the Wheelhouse located near the village's entrance.
Note: Requires Deft Hands, Fine Tools Inquisition perk.


Landmarks in the Hinterlands Landmarks in the Hinterlands


Song icon Hero in Every Port (Ballad of Nuggins) - acquired from a book behind One-Eyed Jimmy's shack.


Elfroot Elfroot
Spindleweed Spindleweed

Notable items[]

Red Jenny's Caches[]


Masterwork Battlemaster Mail Masterwork Battlemaster Mail - randomly available at the Redcliffe Armor & Upgrades Merchant for 14212 Currency (Inquisition).
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.
Masterwork Scout Armor Masterwork Scout Armor - available at the Redcliffe Armor & Upgrades Merchant for 1161 Currency (Inquisition).

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: The Annulment at Dairsmuid Codex entry: The Annulment at Dairsmuid
Codex entry: The Carta Codex entry: The Carta
Codex entry: The Crows and Queen Madrigal Codex entry: The Crows and Queen Madrigal
Codex entry: Culture of Ferelden Codex entry: Culture of Ferelden
Codex entry: Hero in Every Port (Ballad of Nuggins) Codex entry: Hero in Every Port (Ballad of Nuggins)
Codex entry: Oculara Codex entry: Oculara
Codex entry: Redcliffe Codex entry: Redcliffe
Codex entry: Seers and the Allsmet Codex entry: Seers and the Allsmet
Codex entry: The Troubles of a Chantry Scholar Codex entry: The Troubles of a Chantry Scholar


  • ps3ps3pcPC (Inquisition) The guard at the gate into Redcliffe may run up to the path toward the Inquisitor or rebuke the Inquisitor upon first visiting Redcliffe village, however the fade rift may not spawn demons, even if Val Royeaux has been visited. Loading from the previous save point may fix this issue.
  • (Inquisition) There is an inaccessible bag atop some rocks behind the wall across from where Sister Tanner is located.



  1. Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 Redcliffe. Dragon Age.
  3. According to Fiona's dialogue when asking her, "How did Alexius take control?" In Dragon Age: Inquisition