The Long Road is a scripted encounter in Dragon Age: Origins.

Background[edit | edit source]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

Map of the area

This encounter will only occur after the cutscene where Arl Howe and Loghain hire Zevran Arainai to kill The Warden, which occurs after completing one of the main questlines. When you arrive at this location, a woman approaches and asks for help; however, when you follow her, it turns out to be an ambush. Zevran and several other assassins move into position, and the woman is revealed to be a mage.


Try to take out the mage traveler first, to negate the great damage from her spells. There are numerous traps set up along the inclines, making it difficult to approach the crossbowmen on the hills. Ranged attacks can be helpful to take them out from the clearing.

Once all the enemies are defeated, you will be able to interrogate Zevran, and have the option of recruiting him as a companion if you accept his offer. Otherwise, you can simply kill him in the field or let him go.

Note: If you recruit Zevran, all the traps in the area will disappear.

Enemy Skills

Cripple Cripple
Flurry Flurry
Shock Shock
Paralyze Paralyze
Lightning Lightning
Chain Lightning Chain Lightning
Pinning Shot Pinning Shot
Shattering Shot Shattering Shot
Critical Shot Critical Shot
Mark of Death Mark of Death
(Zevran only.)


If you decide to recruit Zevran, this triggers the following approval changes from companions:

  • Ico Appr Heart.png Leliana approves (+2)
  • Ico DisAppr Heart.png Morrigan disapproves (-3)
  • Ico DisAppr Heart.png Alistair disapproves (-5) (he can be persuaded down to -3, but depending on your response it could get as high as -10 if you choose the line about "picking up cast-offs")
  • Ico DisAppr Heart.png Oghren disapproves (-5)

No changes for Shale, Wynne and Sten.

You can avoid approval changes with other party members, both positive and negative, by making the offer to let Zevran join you in return for his life (as opposed to letting him propose the same). To make this happen, follow this dialogue path: "I'm done asking questions" -> "You tried to kill me!" -> "Yes. Actually, I can." -> "Never mind that. I want you to serve me." -> "Do you want to live or not?" The party member selection screen will pop up without approval changes. Be careful to avoid conversation choices that lead to Zevran offering to serve you, since that cancels out this option.

Objects[edit | edit source]

Items[edit | edit source]

Deathroot Deathroot

Codex entry: Friends of Red Jenny Codex entry: Friends of Red Jenny

Exits[edit | edit source]

World map World map

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