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The Third Blight began when Toth, the Old God of Fire, awoke in 3:10 Towers, and the darkspawn erupted in the central lands of Thedas in greater numbers than ever before.[1]


Overview of the Blight[]

The darkspawn swarmed the Tevinter cities of Marnas Pell and Vyrantium, as well as the Orlesian cities of Arlesans, Churneau and Montsimmard. It is during the Third Blight that we find the first recorded use of siege weapons against the darkspawn. The cities of Arlesans and Montsimmard used catapults to fling flaming debris at the besiegers but were only able to inflict minimal casualties.[2] The Grey Wardens organised the defense of these cities, and despite heavy losses, the darkspawn were pushed back.[1]

In 3:18 the darkspawn horde went east, focusing their efforts on the more lightly defended Free Marches, attacking the city-states along the Minanter River. At first Orlais and Tevinter did nothing, preferring to rebuild their ravaged lands. However, steady pressure from the Grey Wardens convinced both nations to send aid.[1][3]

Battle of Hunter Fell[]

In 3:25, the combined armies of the Grey Wardens, Tevinter and Orlais met in Hunter Fell and destroyed Toth in one of the bloodiest battles in history. It was said that the darkspawn corpses were piled as high as a hundred feet and then burned. With the death of the Archdemon, the Third Blight came to an end.[4]


In the same year Marcher states, still celebrating the end of the Blight, were taken by surprise as the victorious armies turned on them. Orlais took Nevarra, while Tevinter claimed Hunter Fell. Marchers fought back, and eventually regained their independence—Hunter Fell in 3:49, Nevarra in 3:65.[4]

See also[]

Codex entry: Thorn of the Dead Gods Codex entry: Thorn of the Dead Gods – a legend about the blade that killed Toth


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, pp. 83, 157
  2. Codex entry: 'Siege Equipment in Thedas' DAI
  3. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 84
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, pp. 84-85, 158