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.
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.