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The Threat Remains is a main quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The Breach is calmed but the trouble is only beginning.

Acquisition

This quest is automatically triggered after The Wrath of Heaven is completed. The Inquisitor will awaken in a room in Haven, where a young elven girl bringing medical supplies will walk in. After apologizing profusely she will explain that Cassandra wanted to be made aware of when the Inquisitor woke up and will immediately run off.

Walkthrough

The Inquisition is reborn - the charter nailed on Haven Chantry

The Inquisition is reborn - the charter nailed on the door of Haven Chantry

Meet Cassandra in the chantry

Proceed to the chantry where you will hear Cassandra along with her friend Leliana will be arguing with Grand Chancellor Roderick. A rumor has spread through the people of Haven that the Inquisitor is the Herald of Andraste, which Cassandra supports based on providence, the fact that they were exactly who the people needed when and where they were needed.

The Inquisitor can agree to her assessment for slight approval from Cassandra or dismiss it for negative approval. After more arguing with Roderick, Cassandra, acting on Divine Justinia's final orders, declares the Inquisition reborn. Roderick storms out, and the Inquisitor can show willingness or unwillingness to help the two Hands, which results in approval gains and losses with Cassandra respectively.

Scenes will play as Leliana sends forth messenger birds, Cullen nails a charter to the chantry door, and people begin taking up arms. Standing before their following, the Inquisitor is adorned in new armor and turns to face the Breach above. The title "Dragon Age Inquisition" appears on a blank screen as the prologue comes to a close.

Note: Now is a good time to pick up any side quests in Haven.

You may also wish to find the other codex scattered around Haven and its surroundings. A complete list can be found here.

At this point, you can also enter the tavern to discover songs for the Patron of the Arts collection. Each time you enter you have the chance of discovering a new song by listening to Maryden the bard.''

Rebirth of the Inquisition

After the cut-scene you can decide to continue explore Haven, or go to the chantry once more to advance the story. Here, Cassandra introduces the Inquisitor to Cullen, commander of the Inquisition's Forces, Josephine, its ambassador and overseer of Connections, and Leliana, the spymaster and purveyor of Secrets.

Cassandra surmises that the Herald's Mark needs more power to close the Breach. Leliana states that they should seek out the rebel mages to boost the Mark's power. Cullen disagrees, stating they should appeal to the Templar Order, to suppress the Breach's output and weaken it so the Inquisitor can close it, before Leliana cuts him off stating it is "pure speculation." Regardless, Josephine notes that the Chantry has denounced the Inquisition and specifically the Herald of Andraste. As such, they lack the political power to approach either group for help.

Leliana suggests visiting Mother Giselle, a Mother operating in the Hinterlands near Redcliffe, to begin laying the groundwork for approaching the remaining members of the Chantry. The Inquisitor must go there and relieve the refugees chafing under the reignited Mage-Templar War and prevent anything bad happening to Giselle.

The war table

In order to unlock the Hinterlands the Inquisitor must learn how to issue mission directives from the war table. At first only Scout the Hinterlands is available, which requires 1 Power. Selecting the operation will trigger a cutscene and unlock the Hinterlands for exploration. At this point you can travel to the Hinterlands directly or choose to go there later and instead return to the war table to start any other operations that have unlocked.

The Hinterlands

Arriving at the camp, Harding will brief the Inquisitor on Mother Giselle, as well as Dennet, Redcliffe's old horsemaster.

Following the path down the hill from the camp, the Inquisitor will have to clear the area of the two warring factions: mages, consisting of a Spellbinder and some sellswords; and the Templars who show up after. Both groups have four members, and the templars have a Templar Defender and two Archers. Take down the ranged fighters with Winter's Grasp and Long Shot while Cassandra draws the ire of the melee fighters. Don't be shy about using healing potions, as you can restock them by returning to the camp after the battle. Several codex will unlock during the battle.

With the Crossroads secure, Mother Giselle will talk to you and suggest that you visit Val Royeaux. Following this conversation, you must speak with Corporal Vale about the state of the Hinterlands. He will point you in the direction of a number of new side quests and grant Codex entry: The Inquisition.

To progress the quest from this point, you require 4 Power which can be earned in ways as described in the codex - seal Fade rifts, complete quests and establish camps in the Hinterlands.

Val Royeaux

Lucius-and-Barris-at-Val-Royeaux

Lord Seeker Lucius and Ser Barris confront the Inquisition.

Head back to the war table and unlock Val Royeaux using 4 Power. Once there, an Inquisition soldier will tell you that the templars are waiting for you on the other side of the market.

After you are accosted by Revered Mother Hevara, Lord Seeker Lucius appears, taunting the Chantry and the Inquisition after his thug knocks her out. He dismisses any idea of allying with the Inquisition against the Breach and withdraws all Templar forces from Val Royeaux, leaving it virtually defenseless.

When you regain control, you'll be able to explore Val Royeaux and interact with merchants.

Note: Important: If you are attempting to recruit all possible agents, Belle is available beside the stage. She may disappear if you engage Grand Enchanter Fiona in conversation first.'

You'll be met by the rebel mage leader Fiona just before you leave, and she invites you to Redcliffe Castle to form an alliance.

Returning to Haven, the Inquisitor consults with the advisors. Josephine recommends approaching the mages, while Cullen insists on approaching the templars in spite of the Lord Seeker's denunciation. He does acknowledge that the Inquisition lacks the power to approach them safely, and should build its influence. Finally, Leliana mentions that the Grey Wardens of Ferelden and Orlais have disappeared without a trace, and the timing is curious with all that has happened. She directs you to a Warden named Blackwall, sighted in the Hinterlands near Lake Luthias. The quest completes as new options become available.

Rewards

At the end of the prologue you receive:

  • 40 Influence

Speaking with Corporal Vale yields

  • 40 Influence
  • 44 XP

Completing the quest yields

  • 400 Influence
  • 2 Power

Result

  • The new Inquisition is formed to close the Breach
  • Giselle joins the Inquisition
  • The Templars withdraw from Val Royeaux and garrison in Therinfal Redoubt
  • The Mages approach the Inquisition, inviting them to come to Redcliffe
  • The Hinterlands and Val Royeaux become available for exploration
  • Access to the recruitment quests for Sera, Vivienne, Blackwall, and Iron Bull

Approval

Three Days Later

Cassandra: The breach is stable, but it is still a threat. I will not ignore it.

  • I did what I could. - DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
  • I'm still a suspect? - (No effect)
  • You want my help. Again. - (No effect)

Cassandra: Providence. The maker sent him/her to us in our darkest hour.

  • Blessed be the maker. / Are you sure? - DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
  • You believe I'm innocent. - (No effect)
  • I am not a "chosen one." - DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves
  • What more do you want? - (No effect)
  • Are you serious? - DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves

Cassandra: We must act now. With you at our side.

  • I want to help. - DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
  • This is rather strange. - (No effect)
  • I agree. For now. - (No effect)

Rebirth of the Inquisition

If "The Herald of Andraste?" dialogue option is chosen:
Cullen: How do you feel about that?

  • It's unnerving. - (No effect)
  • They're wrong. - DAIApproval Cassandra Disapproves
  • I like it. - DAIApproval Cassandra Approves
  • I don't know. - (No effect)

After Val Royeaux

Cullen: You think the mage rebellion is more united? It could be ten times worse!

  • We should meet the mages. - DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves
  • We should find the templars - DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
  • You must choose soon - DAIApproval Cassandra Approves

Codex Entries

Hinterlands
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Archers
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Foot Soldier
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Guardsman
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Spellbinder
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Inquisition

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