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|name = [[West Hills]]
 
|name = [[West Hills]]
 
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|location = Southwestern [[Ferelden]]
 
|location = Southwestern [[Ferelden]]
 
|type = [[Arling]]
 
|type = [[Arling]]
|inhabitants = [[Human]]s, [[Elf|elves]], [[Dwarf|dwarves]]
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|inhabitants = [[Human]]s, [[Dwarf|dwarves]]
 
|appearances = [[Dragon Age: Origins]] <small>(mentioned)</small> <br> [[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]]
 
|appearances = [[Dragon Age: Origins]] <small>(mentioned)</small> <br> [[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]]
 
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The '''West Hills''' arling lies to the south of [[Redcliffe Village]],<ref name="kirby">{{BSN|author=[[Mary Kirby]]|date=2010|url=http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/47/index/1371374/1|title=Question on Ferelden Background (For the writers, more so)}}</ref> in the borderland area along the [[Frostback Mountains]] and abutting the [[Korcari Wilds]].<ref>Notably the [[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]] places the location of West Hills arling in the region of the bannorn of [[West Hill]], possibly an error due to the similarity of names or because the guidebook references material that has changed during the development of the ''Dragon Age'' setting.</ref>
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The '''West Hills''' [[arling]] lies to the south of [[Redcliffe Village]], in the borderland area along the [[Frostback Mountains]] and abutting the [[Korcari Wilds]].<ref>{{BWF|author=[[Mary Kirby]]|date=22 February, 2010 |url=http://web.archive.org/web/20160731144314/https://forum.bioware.com/topic/84452-question-on-ferelden-background-for-the-writers-more-so/?bioware=1|title=Question on Ferelden Background (For the writers, more so)|access=March 5, 2014}}</ref><ref>Notably, ''[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]]'' places the location of West Hills arling in the region of the bannorn of [[West Hill]], which is a mistake.</ref>
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
[[File:H_aowestera_0.png|thumb|168px|West Hills heraldry]]
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[[File:H aowestera 0.png|thumb|180px|Heraldry]]
The location of West Hills places it in a precarious location between wild and dangerous swamps inhabited by [[Chasind]] and mountain passes inhabited by [[Avvar]]. The current arl, [[Gallagher Wulff]], therefore has spent a considerable amount of time battling these varied threats, particularly the Avvar.<ref>[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]] campaign "Where Eagles Lair."</ref> The arl and his family are loved in the arling for their bold natures as well as their kindness.<ref>[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]] campaign "Where Eagles Lair."</ref> Arl Wulff has a reputation in western Ferelden as a valiant man who takes his duties seriously.
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The location of West Hills places it in a precarious location between wild and dangerous swamps inhabited by [[Chasind Wilder|Chasind]] and mountain passes inhabited by [[Avvar]]. The current arl, [[Gallagher Wulff]], therefore has spent a considerable amount of time battling these varied threats, particularly the Avvar. The arl and his family are loved in the arling for their bold natures as well as their kindness. Arl Wulff has a reputation in western Ferelden as a valiant man who takes his duties seriously.
   
The landscape is heavily forested, flanked by the massive mountain peaks to the west. Roadways in this region are few and typically muddy, though many have permanent wheel ruts from the numerous caravans passing through into the [[Bannorn]].<ref>[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]] campaign "Where Eagles Lair."</ref> Small towns are typically built of wood and canvas with stone reserved for buildings of greatest importance, such as a [[Chantry]]. The proximity to [[Orzammar]] allows for [[Dwarf|dwarven]] goods to be fairly plentiful.
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The landscape is heavily forested, flanked by the massive mountain peaks to the west. Roadways in this region are few and typically muddy, though many have permanent wheel ruts from the numerous caravans, often [[Dwarf|dwarven]], passing through into the [[Bannorn]]. Small towns are typically built of wood and canvas with stone reserved for buildings of greatest importance, such as a [[Chantry]]. The proximity to [[Orzammar]] allows for dwarven goods to be fairly plentiful.<ref name="eagles">''[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]]'', Blood in Ferelden, Where Eagles Lair</ref>
   
 
== Involvement ==
 
== Involvement ==
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=== ''Dragon Age: Origins'' ===
 
=== ''Dragon Age: Origins'' ===
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During the course of the [[Fifth Blight]], West Hills, along with much of the southern portion of Ferelden, has been devastated by the Blight and [[darkspawn]] incursion. According to Arl Wulff during the [[Landsmeet]], the southern reaches of Ferelden have fallen under the assault. Wulff himself is embittered at the devastation of his arling and the way he feels its suffering has been ignored during the chaos.
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During the course of the [[Fifth Blight]], West Hills, along with much of the southern portion of Ferelden, has been devastated by the Blight and [[darkspawn]] incursion. According to Arl Wulff during the [[Landsmeet]], the southern reaches of Ferelden have been overrun. Wulff himself is embittered at the devastation of his arling and the way he feels its suffering has been ignored during the chaos.
 
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== Places ==
 
== Places ==
* Elmridge:<ref>[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]] campaign "Where Eagles Lair."</ref> a small town
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* Elmridge:<ref name="eagles"/> a small town
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* Arl's winter manor:<ref name="eagles"/> a stone fortress on the edge of the arling
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Avvar raids into Ferelden, and West Hills in particular, only occur under the cover of a snowstorm to hide the passage of the raiders.<ref>[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]] campaign "Where Eagles Lair."</ref>
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* Avvar raids into Ferelden, and West Hills in particular, only occur under the cover of a snowstorm to hide the passage of the raiders.<ref name="eagles"/>
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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Latest revision as of 14:43, July 31, 2016

The West Hills arling lies to the south of Redcliffe Village, in the borderland area along the Frostback Mountains and abutting the Korcari Wilds.[1][2]

Background Edit

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Heraldry

The location of West Hills places it in a precarious location between wild and dangerous swamps inhabited by Chasind and mountain passes inhabited by Avvar. The current arl, Gallagher Wulff, therefore has spent a considerable amount of time battling these varied threats, particularly the Avvar. The arl and his family are loved in the arling for their bold natures as well as their kindness. Arl Wulff has a reputation in western Ferelden as a valiant man who takes his duties seriously.

The landscape is heavily forested, flanked by the massive mountain peaks to the west. Roadways in this region are few and typically muddy, though many have permanent wheel ruts from the numerous caravans, often dwarven, passing through into the Bannorn. Small towns are typically built of wood and canvas with stone reserved for buildings of greatest importance, such as a Chantry. The proximity to Orzammar allows for dwarven goods to be fairly plentiful.[3]

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


During the course of the Fifth Blight, West Hills, along with much of the southern portion of Ferelden, has been devastated by the Blight and darkspawn incursion. According to Arl Wulff during the Landsmeet, the southern reaches of Ferelden have been overrun. Wulff himself is embittered at the devastation of his arling and the way he feels its suffering has been ignored during the chaos.

Dragon Age (tabletop RPG) Edit

Arl Wulff, his family, and the arling itself are the major participants and setting for the campaign "Where Eagles Lair" from the Blood in Ferelden expansion, in which the players must investigate the kidnapping of one of Wulff's children, his daughter Izot.

Places Edit

  • Elmridge:[3] a small town
  • Arl's winter manor:[3] a stone fortress on the edge of the arling

Trivia Edit

  • Avvar raids into Ferelden, and West Hills in particular, only occur under the cover of a snowstorm to hide the passage of the raiders.[3]

References Edit

  1. BSN Mary Kirby (22 February, 2010). "Question on Ferelden Background (For the writers, more so)" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on March 5, 2014.
  2. Notably, Dragon Age (tabletop RPG) places the location of West Hills arling in the region of the bannorn of West Hill, which is a mistake.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Blood in Ferelden, Where Eagles Lair
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