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Storm the Gates is the first main quest in The Darkspawn Chronicles DLC for Dragon Age: Origins.


As the Hurlock Vanguard you begin just inside the Denerim City Gates. Your goal is to fight your way through the area in order to get to the Market District, recruiting some party members along the way to assist you in battle.

This main quest serves as a sort of tutorial, teaching you how to use the Hurlock Vanguard's abilities and how best to utilize the abilities of the various darkspawn that you can recruit in this area.

Recruit a Thrall[]

You start out with the base ability Enthrall. You will need to use this on the Genlock and Hurlock that are near the Main Gate.

Earn Respect in Battle[]

Kill enemies to raise the approval of your thralls, which will bring you closer to earning the Enthralling achievement.

Save the Ogre[]

Kill the crossbowmen attacking the ogre and then recruit it.

Note: Keeping this ogre alive throughout the rest of the game will earn you the Ogre's Keeper achievement.

Smash the Barricades[]

Use the ogre's Hurl ability to smash the two barricades.

Kill the Arl[]

The Arl in the title is the one and only Arl Rendon Howe. He will be aided by Cauthrien, as well as several bodyguards, a lieutenant, and a guard dog.

Rampage to the Market[]

Enter the gate and travel to the Denerim Market District. This will begin the next main quest, Massacre in the Market.


Saw Sword Saw Sword - Found on Arl Howe.

Steel Bracers Steel Bracers - Gift found on Arl Howe.

Large Bone Large Bone - Gift found on Guard Dog.


Use the gifts to raise the approval of the Hurlock/Genlock. It's suggested to use both gifts on the same thrall so that (coupled with the approval gains from killing enemies) you can raise it to the maximum level before leaving the area; you will need to open a spot in your party at the beginning of the next stage.