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The Ruined Temple is the dilapidated remains of the Temple of Andraste. Sitting high atop the frigid Frostback Mountains, the temple's interior is swathed with sheets of ice and snow. Nevertheless, considering the number of years since Andraste's followers roamed its halls, the temple is remarkably intact.

Ruined Temple Map - DA:O

Background[]

Following the execution of Andraste, her disciple Havard retrieved her remains and carried them back to her homeland. There, her followers interred her ashes among the mountains, building a temple which became a refuge for Andrastians in Alamarri lands.

The temple was eventually abandoned, however, and became the sanctum of the Disciples of Andraste, a society composed of the violent, dragon-worshiping inhabitants of the Village of Haven. The Temple is built into the mountain itself, extending deep into its caverns, which lead to the Mountain Top.

Involvement[]

Dragon Age: Origins[]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


The temple was rediscovered by the Warden and Brother Ferdinand Genitivi in 9:30 Dragon, with the former on a quest to discover the fabled Urn of Andraste in order to heal the ailing Arl Eamon of Redcliffe. Eventually information of the temple's location leaked to the Chantry who restored it to proper condition.


Places[]

Cultist Chambers
Main Hall
South Eastern Chambers

Quests[]

Forgotten Verses Forgotten Verses
The Scrolls of Banastor The Scrolls of Banastor
The Urn of Sacred Ashes The Urn of Sacred Ashes

Enemies[]

Cultists (Human, Critter)
Cultist archers (Human, Normal)
Cultist mages (Human, Normal)
Cultist reavers (Human, Normal)
Bronto (Animal, Lieutenant)
Ash wraiths (Demon, Normal and Lieutenant)

Containers[]

Southwest chamber

Dead Adventurer (Ferelden, Normal) - contains journal for Unbound
Bookshelf (Books and Scrolls, Normal) - contains Discovering Dragon's Blood: Potions, Tinctures, and Spicy Sauces
Cabinet (Special) - contains Taper

Southeast chamber

Chest (Special) - contains Main Hall Key
Chest (Circle, Normal) - locked
Chest (Tevinter, Elite) - locked

Southeast library

Ancient Texts (Special) - Scroll of Banastor
Book (Special) - unlocks Codex entry: The Old Gods
Scroll Pile (Special) - Ancient Encrypted Scrolls
Chest (Tevinter, Normal) - locked

West cultist chambers

Ancient Texts (Special) - Scroll of Banastor
Book (Special) - unlocks Codex entry: The Sermons of Divine Renata I
Chest (Tevinter, Normal) - locked
Dusty Scrolls (Generic, Critter) - contains Chasind Sack Mead
Ornate Chest (Qunari, Normal) - contains South-East Chamber Key and Black Pearl
Wooden Crate (Tevinter, Normal)

Tunnel

Fallen Knight (Ferelden, Normal) - contains the Armor of Diligence

Inner Sanctum

Iron Chest (Elven, Elite) - contains Ancient Elven Gloves
Chest (Tevinter, Elite) - locked
Vase (Tevinter, Normal)

Notable items[]

Ancient Elven Gloves Ancient Elven Gloves
Armor of Diligence Armor of Diligence
Ancient Encrypted Scrolls Ancient Encrypted Scrolls, for the quest Forgotten Verses
Black Pearl Black Pearl
Main Hall Key Main Hall Key
Scroll of Banastor Scroll of Banastor x2
South-East Chamber Key South-East Chamber Key
Taper Taper

Notable gifts for companions:

Chasind Sack Mead Chasind Sack Mead, source: Dusty Scrolls.
Discovering Dragon's Blood: Potions, Tinctures, and Spicy Sauces Discovering Dragon's Blood: Potions, Tinctures, and Spicy Sauces, source: Bookshelf.

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Andraste: Bride of the Maker Codex entry: Andraste: Bride of the Maker
Codex entry: The Holy Brazier Codex entry: The Holy Brazier
Codex entry: The Old Gods Codex entry: The Old Gods
Codex entry: The Sermons of Divine Renata I Codex entry: The Sermons of Divine Renata I
Codex entry: Scrolls of Banastor Codex entry: Scrolls of Banastor

Special objects[]

• x4 Tripwires (Difficulty 35 and 45 XP)
Ballista Will fire when the tripwire is triggered or when clicked with the mouse.
• x4 Leghold Traps (Difficulty 45 XP)

Companion remarks[]

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

• Entering the ruin proper
• In the small library
• At the statue of Archon Hessarian
• At the statue of Maferath

Dragon Age: Inquisition[]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The Temple after refurbishment

A decade after its rediscovery, the temple is refurbished by the Chantry and becomes a holy site for the Andrastian faithful. In 9:41 Dragon, the Temple of Sacred Ashes hosts a peace summit for mage, templar, and Chantry leaders in hopes of negotiating peace for the ongoing Mage-Templar War. Subsequently, all those in attendance are killed by an explosion and the temple laid to ruin. The explosion creates a huge Veil tear, called the Breach, in the heart of the temple. Somehow, a lone survivor escapes unharmed and is immediately apprehended by the Left and Right hands of the Divine.

The survivor sets off with a small party to investigate the Breach at the temple remains. While there, they manage to temporarily close the Breach after battling a Pride demon. The lone survivor, now labeled the Herald of Andraste, assists the Chantry in establishing an Inquisition in hopes of closing the Breach once and for all. The Herald requires the aid of mages or templars to successfully close the Breach; in order to do so they must put an end to the Mage-Templar War by deciding to ally with one of the groups. The combined forces manage to seal the Breach, however, a larger threat emerges, revealing the Breach can only be sealed with the Orb of Destruction. A final confrontation with the Elder One results in the Breach finally being sealed.


Quests[]

The Wrath of Heaven The Wrath of Heaven

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Temple of Sacred Ashes, Rediscovered Codex entry: Temple of Sacred Ashes, Rediscovered
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