Thedas is a continent in the southern hemisphere,[1] and the only known continent of the Dragon Age universe, upon which all of the Dragon Age games are set. It is presumed that there are other continents, as the Qunari do not originally come from Thedas but from an unknown land across the Northern Ocean. According to some sources, humans also came from the north.[2]

The word "Thedas" originates from Tevene, once referring to all lands beyond the Imperium and eventually, it came to encompass the entire continent.[3][4] A native of Thedas is referred to as a Thedosian. South of the continent's Korcari Wilds lies the mysterious Sunless Lands.[5][6]



High resolution map of Thedas


High resolution map of Thedas (Dragon Age: Inquisition)


Oceans and seas

  • Amaranthine Ocean — in the east
  • Boeric Ocean — in the north, surrounding Par Vollen and the Seheron archipelago
  • Buried Sea — located in the Uncharted Abyss beyond the Deep Roads
  • Colean Sea — between the Anderfels and Seheron
  • The Frozen Seas — southeast of Ferelden
  • Nocen Sea — north of Tevinter Imperium, including the Ventosus Straits
  • Sundered Sea — on the southwestern edge of Orlais
  • Venefication Sea — between Rivain and Par Vollen, including the Northern Passage leading to the Amaranthine Ocean
  • Volca Sea — west of the Anderfels
  • Waking Sea — between Ferelden, Orlais, and the Free Marches


  • Lake Calenhad — in Ferelden, also the largest in Thedas
  • Lake Celestine — in the Heartlands of Orlais
  • Lake Luthias — a small lake south of Lake Calenhad
  • The Sulfur Lakes — south of Orlais


Main article: Rivers


  • Arl Dumat — a volcano between the Hunterhorn Mountains and Gamordan Peaks
  • Mount Daverus[7]
  • Frostback Mountains — separating Ferelden from Orlais
  • Gamordan Peaks — in southwestern Orlais
  • Hunterhorn Mountains — in western Orlais and between Orlais and the Anderfels
  • Vimmark Mountains — in the southern Free Marches
  • The White Spire — in Antiva
  • Unnamed mountain range in the Tevinter Imperium's east
  • Unnamed mountain range in eastern Rivain


  • Arbor Wilds — in southern Orlais
  • Arlathan Forest — in the Tevinter Imperium's far east
  • Brecilian Forest — in eastern Ferelden
  • The Donarks — a jungle north of the Anderfels
  • Korcari Wilds — in southern Ferelden
  • Planasene Forest — in the southwestern Free Marches
  • The Tirashan — in western Orlais


As the dwarves have expanded the underground of Thedas for millennium with their formerly sprawling empire of countless thaigs, the Deep Roads therefore span the length and breadth of Thedas which connect their thaigs. The last four major kingdoms of the dwarves are the following, though only two still are inhabited:

Beyond Thedas

Few details are available concerning the lands that lie beyond the boundaries of Thedas.

  • Beyond the Korcari Wilds and Arbor Wilds to the south there is a frozen wasteland called the Sunless Lands that only the Chasind Wilders have explored.
  • There is land to the west of Thedas, although the Hunterhorn Mountains inhibit travel, as do the jungles of the Donarks in the northwest. The Tevinter call these lands the 'Viridis' - "The Green", and have rumors of wingless dragons and flying chimeras inhabiting the jungles.
  • Before the Third Blight, the Ander city of Laysh traded with ships that came across the Volca Sea. The travelers, named 'Voshai', had an excessive interest in Lyrium. Expeditions to reach the homeland of the Voshai have so far failed. In recent times, however, rumors have risen that the Voshai ships have returned, bringing with them tales of a 'cataclysm' that devastated their home.[8]
  • There are numerous islands in the Boeric Ocean. Some are havens for pirates, others are colonies of Tevinter or the Qunari, but others have indigenous populations. The most famous of these is the near-mythical Par Ladi. The Parladians are rumored to have the best coastal defenses in Thedas, practice arts similar to the Rivaini seeresses and to be bedecked in gold and jewels.[9]
  • The Qunari originate from a land far to the east, beyond the Northern Ocean.
  • The Executors claim to act "on behalf of powers across the sea", presumably entities which reside in lands beyond the Amaranthine and Boeric Oceans.
  • The land beyond the Amaranthine Ocean is referred in myths as the 'Amaranth'. Amaranth is said to be devoid of any sentient species and all thedosian attempt of colonization have failed. Legends tell that later epeditions found former settlements empty and that the only survivor was driven mad by something and killed himself a short time after being discovered.[8]


  • Thedas has two moons, the secondary moon being named Satina (from whence the holiday of Satinalia gets its name).
  • According to David Gaider, there is no individual name for the planet where Thedas exists, as most Thedosians consider Thedas "the entire world".[10]
  • Time-telling in Thedas is an inexact science. Dwarven clocks are thus uncommon but notable.[11]


  • The name was originally an acronym used on the BioWare Dragon Age forums. It stands for "THE" "D"ragon "A"ge "S"etting.

See also

External links


  1. As the weather of its nations seems to get warmer the farther north one goes.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 11
  3. Codex entry: Geography of Thedas
  4. David Gaider (17 September 2014). The Bittersweetest Thing. Tumblr.
  5. David Gaider (19 August, 2014). The Bittersweetest Thing. Tumblr.
  6. The Sunless Staff
  7. Mentioned as the location of the Urn of Sacred Ashes by the swindler in the Dragon Age II quest Miracle Makers.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 132
  9. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 131
  10. BSN David Gaider (2013). "Qunari race name" . BioWare Social Network.
  11. David Gaider twitter
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