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Unbound is a side quest that requires the Warden to find some missing notes in order to uncover an ancient mystery.


In order to obtain this quest you need to do three things (in no particular order):

  • Get the letter off the dead adventurer's corpse located down the first hallway on the left after entering the Ruined Temple accessible during or after The Urn of Sacred Ashes quest.

The distress of Nervous Adventurer

Once all three are completed, travel to the Dirty Back Alley in southeastern Denerim. Interact with the door to a Quaint Hovel which is the home of Vilhm Madon and ask about Gaxkang to initiate dialogue and a difficult battle. See Gaxkang the Unbound (strategy) for tips on how to defeat it.


Upon defeat, Gaxkang will drop the Keening Blade and several other items. There is a slight chance he will drop the Fade Wall shield and up to 5Gold 0Silver 0Bronze on his body. In addition, you can find around 10Gold 0Silver 0Bronze and Elementalist's Grasp in the chest in the back room.

After defeating Gaxkang, the Dirty Back Alley will disappear from the Denerim Map. The area will then be inaccessible. It is therefore advised to complete the quests Back Alley Justice, Blood of Warning, and Notices of Death prior to Unbound.

Note: The quest is not complete until you loot Gaxkang. If you kill Gaxkang, then leave without looting, Dirty Back Alley will not disappear and you can go back to loot Gaxkang later after finishing these three quests.

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Codex entry: Unbound Codex entry: Unbound