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The Dark Theurge is a shade found in the Deep Roads beneath Vigil's Keep.


The shade was bound to its location by united Avvar and dwarves. The Avvars most likely used blood magic to bind it.[1]


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

The shade is first encountered upon entering the Forbidden Chamber area of Vigil's Keep - Deep Roads. It is aided by skeletons and attacks the party. When the fight is over, the shade becomes docile, and does not attack. However, once the Warden-Commander activates the Strange Apparatus, the door behind the shade opens, and it exits the area to disappear in the corridor.

It is encountered again before the Warden-Commander leaves the Deep Roads. After the Ogre commander is killed, the Dark Theurge reappears and brings the ogre back to life in spirit form.

It is last seen entering the Avvar Crypt in Vigil's Keep basement. Once the door is open, the Warden-Commander may choose to enter the crypt as well. Once inside, the shade brings Avvar Lords back to life. When the walking dead are vanquished, the journal updates, stating that perhaps this time the Dark Theurge perished.


It Comes From Beneath It Comes From Beneath
The Wraith's Vengeance The Wraith's Vengeance


Vigil's Keep - Deep Roads Vigil's Keep - Deep Roads


In order of usage probability (100% to 20%):

Weakness Weakness
Lightning Lightning
Arcane Bolt Arcane Bolt
Mana Drain Mana Drain
Stonefist Stonefist
Shock Shock
Chain Lightning Chain Lightning
Mana Clash Mana Clash
Arcane Field Arcane Field
Resistances - similar to arcane horrors, i.e. cold immunity and high spell resistance.

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Ancient Vows Codex entry: Ancient Vows
Codex entry: The Great Strife Codex entry: The Great Strife


  • It is entirely possible that the Dark Theurge is the result of Ruadan's possession.