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Soldier's Peak is an ancient Grey Warden base that sits atop a maze of abandoned mining tunnels in northern Ferelden.

Background[]

Soldiers Peak after completing the quest.

The Grey Warden base at Soldier's Peak was built in the middle of the Glory Age, several decades after the second Blight was ended. Warden-Commander Gaspar Asturian desired a fortified headquarters where his forces could train and live. The defeat of the archdemon Zazikel was fresh in the minds of the Fereldan people, and many were willing to donate gold to build Commander Asturian's fortress. Soldier's Peak was fully completed within 10 years, and dedicated to the Maker in 9:34 [sic] Glory.
—From Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 1

Storm Age[]

Main article: Battle of Soldier's Peak

In 7:5 Storm, Soldier's Peak was besieged by Fereldan soldiers loyal to King Arland Theirin, who were sent to kill Warden-Commander Sophia Dryden and her followers, who rebelled against the tyrannical king. After a bloody battle in which almost all the Wardens inside were killed, Soldier's Peak was abandoned and later forgotten. As a consequence of the battle, the Veil inside the keep was thinned, and the ruins were overrun by demons.

Involvement[]

Fifth Blight[]

Main article: Fifth Blight

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


As a youth, Levi Dryden was contacted in dreams by Avernus, the only survivor of the battle, who had lived hidden in one of the towers of the fortress for almost 200 years by using blood magic. Avernus called Levi to the fortress (though he wasn't aware of Levi's heritage as a Dryden) in order to attract the necessary reinforcements to finally break the 200 year deadlock. The twisting labyrinth of abandoned mine shafts that must be traversed to reach the keep were far too dangerous for Levi himself to journey through.

Some time before the Fifth Blight, Levi contacted Warden-Commander Duncan for help. Duncan promised he would help Levi, but the Fifth Blight arrived first on Ferelden and Duncan was forced to deal with it. When Duncan was struck down in the Battle of Ostagar, Levi sought out to find the last of the Fereldan Wardens, in hope that they would take up the promise that Duncan could not.

During the Fifth Blight, the Warden, their companions, and Levi traveled to Soldier's Peak to uncover the truth about Sophia Dryden and her rebellion. There, they met the old mage Warden, Avernus, and learned about the demon infestation. After clearing out the fortress and strengthening the Veil, the Warden left the fortress under the care of Levi. Levi and his brother Mikhael settled at Soldier's Peak and began to use it to store their merchant goods.


Characters[]

Before sealing the Veil

Sophia Dryden
Avernus
Levi Dryden

After sealing the Veil:

Levi Dryden
Mikhael Dryden
Avernus (conditional)

Quests[]

Soldier's Peak Soldier's Peak
Ancient History Ancient History

Enemies[]

Demons
Undead

Notable items[]

Antique Warden Crossbow Antique Warden Crossbow - an above average Crossbow.
Asturian's Might Asturian's Might - the longsword of the Grey Warden Asturian.
Robes of Avernus Robes of Avernus - a robe that improves Blood Magic.
Shadow Belt Shadow Belt - a belt that reduces hostility.
Starfang (greatsword) Starfang (greatsword) - the two-handed greatsword or
Starfang (longsword) Starfang (longsword) - the longsword.
Warden Commander armor set Warden Commander armor set - set of armor once worn by Warden Commanders.
Warden Tower Shield Warden Tower Shield - a shield with a low random drop chance identical to Duncan's Shield.
Winter's Breath Winter's Breath - a powerful magical staff.

Special objects[]

  • Party Storage Chest: The only party storage chest in Origins. Make sure you've gathered all loot from inside before further map travel (after completing Warden's Keep); the doors will not open again.

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: A Letter From Bann Mathuin Wulff Codex entry: A Letter From Bann Mathuin Wulff
Codex entry: A Plea from Commander Athlar Codex entry: A Plea from Commander Athlar
Codex entry: Avernus's Notes Codex entry: Avernus's Notes
Codex entry: Sophia Dryden Codex entry: Sophia Dryden
Codex entry: Sophia Dryden's Journal Codex entry: Sophia Dryden's Journal
Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 1 Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 1
Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 2 Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 2
Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 3 Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 3
Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 4 Codex entry: The History of Soldier's Peak: Chapter 4
Codex entry: The History of the Drydens Codex entry: The History of the Drydens

Trivia[]

  • In Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, Mistress Woolsey will make mention of your successful efforts in reclaiming "The Keep" and uncovering its secrets.
  • If the Warden returns to the cleared keep with Shale as a party member, there will be a group of three ravens on the ground who hop around and follow Shale. It's not possible to interact with them, but anytime Shale moves the ravens are quick to follow.

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