For the First Orlesian Invasion of Ferelden, see here.

The Second Orlesian Invasion of Ferelden was ordered in 8:24 Blessed by the Orlesian Emperor Reville, commonly known as the "Mad Emperor".


The Vigil's Keep is the first Fereldan fortress to fall to the Orlesians.[1]

Battle of Lothering

At the Battle of Lothering, King Vanedrin Theirin is killed and Calenhad the Great's sword, Nemetos, is lost.[2] Before the king's death, Ardal Cousland, Teyrn of Highever, is slain defending his king.[3]


Though Vanderin is succeeded by his son, King Brandel Theirin, the youth is unable to unite the country beneath him, and for the next two decades, Ferelden is mired in blood and battle.[2]

In 8:44 Blessed, twenty years after the invasion first started, Orlais finally sacks the city of Denerim, claiming victory in Ferelden and driving King Brandel into hiding.


The Orlesian occupation begins in Ferelden which lasts for 58 years, marking a dark period in its history.

Though routed, the king now known as "Brandel the Defeated" continues to rebel against the Orlesians. For the most part his efforts are inefficient as most nobles believe that Ferelden is truly lost.[4]


  1. Codex entry: The Vigil
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 124
  3. Based on Shield of Highever description.
  4. Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne
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