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.

Redcliffe heraldry

Background[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]


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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[edit | edit source]

Involvement[edit | edit source]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


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.

Places[edit | edit source]

Map of the area

Blacksmith's Store Blacksmith's Store

House House

Redcliffe chantry Redcliffe chantry

Windmill Windmill

General Store General Store

Tavern Tavern

Kaitlyn's Home Kaitlyn's Home

Dwyn's Home Dwyn's Home

Wilhelm's Cottage Wilhelm's Cottage

Quests[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Dereliction of Duty Dereliction of Duty

Grease the Wheels Grease the Wheels

Scraping the Barrel Scraping the Barrel

Chanter's Board[edit | edit source]

Brothers and Sons Brothers and Sons

Caravan Down Caravan Down

Desperate Haven Desperate Haven

Skin Deep Skin Deep

The Mages' Collective[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Correspondence Interruptus Correspondence Interruptus

Dead Drops Dead Drops

Merchants[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Note: Some of these will not appear until after completing The Attack at Nightfall.

Notable Items[edit | edit source]

Deathroot Deathroot x5

Notable gifts for companions:

Ale Ale, source: Lloyd's inventory

Andraste's Grace Andraste's Grace for Leliana, source: can be found at 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 for free from Bella in the tavern, after you've convinced Lloyd to help defend the village.

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Lake Calenhad Codex entry: Lake Calenhad, source: 'No Swimming' sign

Codex entry: Redcliffe Codex entry: Redcliffe, source: entering Redcliffe Village

Containers[edit | edit source]

Special objects[edit | edit source]

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

Companion remarks[edit | edit source]

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

  • 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[edit | edit source]

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

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • 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, 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[edit | edit source]

Involvement[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.

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 mage refugees were in fact Venatori infiltrators who encouraged an alliance with the Tevinter Imperium as the situation with the mage rebellion grew dire. Grand Enchanter Fiona conceded to agree to the alliance with Magister Gereon Alexius when Alexius used time warping magic to manipulate the rebel mages via clinching his seedy deal with the rebel mages when the rebel mages were at their 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 changes 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 orders 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.



Places[edit | edit source]

Gull and Lantern Gull and Lantern

Redcliffe Village Chantry Redcliffe Village Chantry


Characters[edit | edit source]


Merchants[edit | edit source]


Quests[edit | edit source]

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


Collections[edit | edit source]

Bottles on the Wall[edit | edit source]

Bottles On The Wall icon.png 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.


Songs[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Elfroot Elfroot
Spindleweed Spindleweed

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Red Jenny's Caches[edit | edit source]


Loot[edit | edit source]


Codex entries[edit | edit source]

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 (Inquisition) Codex entry: Redcliffe (Inquisition)
Codex entry: Seers and the Allsmet Codex entry: Seers and the Allsmet
Codex entry: The Annulment at Dairsmuid Codex entry: The Annulment at Dairsmuid
Codex entry: The Crows and Queen Madrigal Codex entry: The Crows and Queen Madrigal
Codex entry: The Troubles of a Chantry Scholar Codex entry: The Troubles of a Chantry Scholar

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • ps3ps3pcPC 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.
  • There is an inaccessible bag atop some rocks behind the wall across from where Tanner is located.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There is a district in the UK city of Bristol called Redcliffe, also named after the red sandstone cliffs that line the south side of the Floating Harbour. There is a similar district in the north of Brisbane, Australia.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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