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'''Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts''' is a [[Quests (Inquisition)|main quest]] in ''[[Dragon Age: Inquisition]].''
 
'''Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts''' is a [[Quests (Inquisition)|main quest]] in ''[[Dragon Age: Inquisition]].''
   
{{Blockquote|The fate of Empress Celene, and in turn, all of Orlais, has been threatened. The Inquisition must intervene.}}
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{{Blockquote|''The fate of [[Celene Valmont I|Empress Celene]], and in turn, all of [[Orlais]], has been threatened. The Inquisition must intervene.''}}
   
 
== Acquisition ==
 
== Acquisition ==
The quest becomes available after speaking to Josephine during [[From the Ashes]]. It can be initiated by spending 30 Power at the [[War table]], recommended for levels 12 to 15.
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The quest becomes available after speaking to [[Josephine Montilyet|Josephine]] during [[From the Ashes]]. It can be initiated by spending 30 Power at the [[war table]], recommended for levels 12 to 15.
   
{{Note|It is advised to have as much open inventory space as possible before beginning. Those with 60 free slots may have to sacrifice several items. Those with 75 or greater should be ok.}}
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{{Note|It is advised to have as much open inventory space as possible before beginning. Those with 60 or fewer free slots may have to sacrifice several items.}}
   
 
== Walkthrough ==
 
== Walkthrough ==
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=== Notes ===
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* See the [[#Endings|Endings]] section of this page first if you are looking for a specific outcome with respect to the throne of Orlais. Certain outcomes require very specific steps to be taken or conversation dialogue options to be chosen.
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* Bringing [[Sera]] along will open up an additional side quest, [[Red Jenny's Stashes]]; otherwise this quest will not be available.
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* It is possible to complete all three sidequests: Red Jenny's Stashes, Throwing Away Money and The Great Blackmail Hunt, only if you save your halla statuettes for the Lower Garden Door (costs 3 statuettes) AND the Empress's Private Quarters (costs 5 statuettes). This is only possible if you do NOT want the ending that reconciles Briala and the Empress.
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* There are a large number of valid variations in how to complete the various side quests and, for many of them, there are several paths to accomplish them. Not all possibilities can be documented. Specific item locations for the [[Throwing Away Money|Caprice coins]], [[The Great Blackmail Hunt|scandalous secrets]], Red Jenny stashes, and [[Herd of Stone Halla|halla statues]] are not listed below; however, a running total is provided periodically. Follow the side quest links to find more specific information.
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* Halla counters below are incremental and do not account for halla you have "spent" opening doors. In-game counts may vary depending on choices made. A total of 11 halla statues can be found, however only 10 are required to complete the quest.
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* It is never noted in game, but eavesdrop circles sometimes require multiples listens to yield a 'scandalous secret'. This is particularly the case for ones that do not have written dialogue and are only vague whispers that go toward the counter. The Inquisitor will give a dismissive statement such as, "Waste of time," "Boring," or "Just gossip," if the secret is not obtained. The circle will disappear momentarily but reappear shortly after. To obtain a point for the secret, the Inquisitor will need to eavesdrop again, sometimes more than once on the same spot. Every eavesdrop circle has a purpose and will disappear once that purpose is served.
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** The only exception to this rule are two circles that appear after exploring the servants' quarters, both of which can be used to spy on a group of men guarding the trophy room. The dialogue is the same every time, with one gentleman telling his friend about a 'knife-eared serving girl in the kitchen'.
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* To obtain the Belle of the Ball [[Achievements (Inquisition)|trophy/achievement]] for this quest, Court Approval must reach 100/100 at some point during the quest.
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* It is possible to end this quest with {{Approval3|Court Approval 100/100}}. See [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Evade the trap|here]] for details, [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Gallery|Gallery]].
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=== Enter the [[Winter Palace]] ===
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Upon the [[Inquisition]]'s arrival at the [[Winter Palace]] in [[Halamshiral]], [[the Inquisitor]] is greeted by [[Gaspard de Chalons|Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons]] at the exterior entrance. Gaspard informs the Inquisitor that he believes [[Briala]] intends to disrupt the negotiations.
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[[File:Inquisition - Quest - Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts - Court Disapproval.jpg|thumb|250px|''"Hours after you were evicted from the Winter Palace, news spread across the land that Empress Celene was dead and Grand Duke Gaspard standing accused of treason. Orlais stood leaderless: in the chaos, Corypheus conquered it all too easily, overwhelming Inquisition forces lacking the allies needed to stop him."'']]
 
[[File:Inquisition - Quest - Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts - Court Disapproval.jpg|thumb|250px|''"Hours after you were evicted from the Winter Palace, news spread across the land that Empress Celene was dead and Grand Duke Gaspard standing accused of treason. Orlais stood leaderless: in the chaos, Corypheus conquered it all too easily, overwhelming Inquisition forces lacking the allies needed to stop him."'']]
   
{{Note|Bringing [[Sera]] along will open up an additional quest, [[Red Jenny's Stashes]], as well as a "unique" announcement when entering the ballroom.}}
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: ''Court Approval starts between 25-45 out of a maximum of 100. If Court Approval reaches 0, it will be game over as the Inquisitor is thrown out of the ball. If the Inquisitor reaches a maximum of 100 Court Approval at any time then gets a bonus, the game will show {{Approval3|Court Approval 0}}.''
   
The quest begins with a scene as the [[Inquisition]] arrives at the [[Winter Palace]] in [[Halamshiral]]. [[The Inquisitor]] is greeted by [[Gaspard de Chalons|Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons]] at the exterior entrance. Gaspard informs the Inquisitor that he believes [[Briala]] intends to disrupt the negotiations.
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: ''The Inquisitor begins with a base Court Approval value of 40. [[Human]] [[mage]] Inquisitors, and [[elf]] and [[dwarf]] Inquisitors of any class, take an automatic, immediate hit of {{Approval3|Court Approval -10}} due to social stigma. Likewise, all [[Qunari]] Inquisitors of any class take a hit of {{Approval3|Court Approval -15}}. Human rogues and warriors will automatically receive {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}.''
   
After the scene, court approval starts at 40/100. If court approval reaches 0, it will be Game Over as the Inquisitor is thrown out of the ball. With regard to the trophy/achievement Belle of the Ball, court approval must, at some point during the quest, reach 100/100. It does not have to be 100 at the end of the quest.
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Speak to the noblewoman in the corner to begin the subquest '''Montbelliard's Ring'''. Choosing the middle option "Interesting stratagem" results in {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}. Choosing the bottom option "Find it yourself" causes {{Approval3|Court Approval -5}}. Locate her [[Silver Ring (Inquisition)|ring]] on the nearby lion carving and return it to her for {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}, or tell her you couldn't find the ring and keep it to sell later. The latter will void any court approval, XP and Influence gains.<br><br>
   
=== Enter the Winter Palace ===
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{{Note|If after finishing the conversation with Gaspard, the Inquisitor runs directly to the noblewoman and speaks to her, before the immediate approval/disapproval hit (the one based on the Inquisitor's origin), then you can avoid entirely. This is an exploit.}}<br>
{{Note|Elven, dwarven, and human mage Inquisitors will take an automatic, immediate hit of -10 Court Approval due to social stigma. Likewise, all qunari Inquisitors take a hit of -15. Human rogues and warriors will automatically receive 5 Approval.}}
 
   
Turn around and head to the left and approach the Noblewoman to begin '''Montbelliard's Ring'''. Speak to her and choose the middle option for Court Approval 5. Locate her [[Silver Ring (Inquisition)|ring]] on the nearby lion carving and return it to her for Court Approval 5 (128 XP, 80 Influence awarded upon completion), or tell her you couldn't find the ring and keep it to sell later (note that you will get no Court Approval if you choose this option). Examine the plaque behind the fountain to unlock [[Codex entry: Winter Palace]]. Go up the stairs towards the main gate. There are sets of stairs to the left and right.
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Head up the western stairs to begin '''Even Gilded Walls Have Ears'''. This short subquest introduces the eavesdrop mechanic. Once completed, move past the nobles to the end of the covered walkway and search for the Storage Key.
   
Head up the left stairs to begin '''Even Gilded Walls Have Ears'''. This short quest introduces the eavesdrop mechanic. Once completed, move past the nobles to the end of the covered walkway and search for the Storage Key. Head back downstairs and turn right to find the storage room. Enter the room and search the three small pots directly ahead to find the first Caprice Coin. Picking it up begins the side quest, [[Throwing Away Money|Throwing Money Away]], and unlocks [[Codex entry: Orlesian Caprice Coins]]. Search the desk to find a secret document. Picking it up begins the side quest, [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]].
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Head back downstairs and turn right to find the storage room. Enter the room and search to find the first Caprice coin in a pot. Picking it up begins the side quest [[Throwing Away Money]]. Picking up the secret document from the table in this room begins the side quest [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]].
   
Now head past the main gate and up the next set of stairs. Search near the bench to find a halla statuette. Picking it up begins the side quest, [[Herd of Stone Halla]]. This can be used to '''Unlock the Eastern Storage''' below. Opening it is optional and awards 128 XP and 80 Influence. Two loot containers are found inside.
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{{Note|If you miss the document or the coin now, there is no way to retrieve them after entering the Palace.}}
   
{{Note|Including the statuette just found, there are 11 halla statuettes to be found throughout the palace. These are not enough to open every halla door in the palace. One is required for main quest progression, so for all intents and purposes, the player will have 10 to use as they see fit. Picking up a halla statuette for the first time unlocks [[Codex entry: Superstitions of the Royal Family]].}}
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Head up the eastern stairs and pick up a halla statuette to begin the side quest, [[Herd of Stone Halla]]. Returning downstairs, the stone halla can be used to '''Unlock the Eastern Storage''' below, or saved for later.
   
Enter the main gate and a scene plays in which [[Josephine]] warns the Inquisitor of the dangers they face by attempting to play The Game.
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{{Note|The Eastern Storage door shouldn't be unlocked if you want to complete the side quests [[Red Jenny's Stashes]], and [[Throwing Away Money]], as unlocking all the halla doors in the Winter Palace requires more halla statuettes than are available. Choosing which doors to unlock sometimes grants XP and Influence, but more importantly can also affect the outcome of this quest. For full details, see [[Herd of Stone Halla]].}}
   
=== Enter the ballroom ===
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: ''Side quest totals: 1/15 [[Throwing Away Money|Caprice coins]], 1/11 [[Herd of Stone Halla|halla statuettes]] and 1/30 [[The Great Blackmail Hunt|scandalous secrets]].''
Except for a couple of eavesdrop locations, there is nothing interesting going on in the Vestibule at the moment. Proceed into the Grand Ballroom and a brief scene plays.
 
   
=== Approach Celene ===
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=== Enter the Vestibule ===
The Duke, [[Inquisitor]], advisors and party members will be announced at court. In order to hear all of the announcements, do not move to the top of the steps by [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] too quickly. The [[Florianne de Chalons|Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons]] will be introduced and [[Celene Valmont I|Empress Celene]] will greet the Inquisitor:
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The Inquisitor arrives at the bottom of a staircase in the Vestibule. Going up the stairs, they will hear various nobles gossipping and they can interact with Cullen, a noble and two eavesdrop circles for scandalous secrets which can be done now or after entering the ballroom below. Cassandra and Varric can be found near Cullen, if brought on the quest. After wandering around the Vestibule, interact with either Gaspard or the Ballroom door to enter the Ballroom.
   
:*Top option - Court Approval 10 (noble mage, Dwarf and qunari received no change to approval rating when selecting this option) (If you have Vivienne in group as dalish mage(as any mage?) you will still get 10 Court Approval)
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=== Enter the Ballroom and approach Celene ===
:*Middle option - Court Approval 5
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The Grand Duke, the Inquisitor, advisors and party members (except Cole) will be announced at court. In order to hear all of the announcements, do not move to the top of the steps by [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] too quickly. [[File:Presented_to_Celene.png|thumb|Approaching Celene]]
:*Bottom option - Court Approval -15
 
   
The second set of choices have no court approval changes. [[Leliana]] will ask the Inquisitor to see her when he/she has a moment.
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==== Introductions ====
   
=== Speak to Leliana ===
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The herald of the ball will introduce the various companions and advisors:
{{Note|From now on, refer to a side quest's individual page for hidden item locations. A running tally will be provided at key points of the quest.}}
 
   
Mingle with the court and the party members and advisors. If brought for the quest, [[Sera]] will be near the northwest corner of the ballroom, and asking about her "friends" will begin [[Red Jenny's Stashes]]. Also in the northeast corner, there is a Volume I of [[Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater]] sitting on a bench. Go back to the Vestibule and a scene with Leliana begins. She mentions that an "occult advisor" seems to have charmed the empress and the court, while the Inquisitor mentions that [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] is pointing fingers at [[Briala|Ambassador Briala]].
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''Accompanying the Inquisitor:''
   
Both leads warrant investigating the Guest Wing. To progress, three items must be found:
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* [[Vivienne]]: Madame Vivienne, First Enchanter of the Circle of Magi, Enchanter of the Imperial Court, Mistress of the Duke of Ghislain.
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* [[Iron Bull]]: The Iron Bull, leader of the famed mercenary company Bull’s Chargers. As the name might imply.
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* [[Solas]]: The Lord/Lady Inquisitor’s elven serving man, Solas.
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* [[Blackwall]]: Warden Blackwall of Val Chevin, constable of the Grey. Bearer of the Silverite Wings of Valor.
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* [[Sera]]: Her Ladyship Mai Bhalsych of Korse. (Sera snickers)
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* [[Cassandra Pentaghast|Cassandra]]: Seeker Cassandra Allegra Portia Calogera Filomena– (Cassandra: Get on with it!) …Pentaghast. Fourteenth cousin to the King of Nevarra, nine times removed. Hero of Orlais, Right Hand of the Divine.
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* [[Varric Tethras|Varric]]: Renowned author Varric Tethras. Head of noble House Tethras, deshyr of Kirkwall to the Dwarven Merchants Guild.
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* [[Dorian Pavus|Dorian]]: Lord Dorian Pavus, member of the Circle of Vyrantium, son of Lord Magister Halward Pavus of Asariel.
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* [[Cullen Rutherford|Cullen]]: Ser Cullen Stanton Rutherford of Honnleath. Commander of the forces of the Inquisition. Former Knight-Commander of Kirkwall.
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* [[Leliana]]: Lady Leliana, Nightingale of the Imperial Court. Veteran of the Fifth Blight.
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** If romanced by warden who becomes Queen: Mistress to the Queen of Ferelden.
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** If romanced by a warden who becomes Prince Consort: Mistress to the Prince Consort of Ferelden.
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** (continues) Seneschal of the Inquisition and Left Hand of the Divine.
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* [[Josephine Montilyet|Josephine]]: And Lady Josephine Cherette Montilyet of Antiva City, Ambassador of the Inquisition.
   
:*The Cylinder Seal in the Hall of Heroes.
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[[Cole]] is never announced, even if [[Subjected to His Will|he is made more human]].
:*Negotiations in the room of the upper Guest Gardens.
 
:*Letter in the Grand Library.
 
   
The order in which they are acquired doesn't matter, but once the third one is picked up, the Inquisitor will have limited time to return to the ballroom.
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==== Approaching Celene ====
   
=== Listen Closely ===
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After you arrive next to Gaspard, the [[Florianne de Chalons|Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons]] will be introduced and [[Celene Valmont I|Empress Celene]] will greet the Inquisitor:
The doors leading to the Grand Library from the Vestibule are locked from the other side, so another way in will need to be found. Examine the nearby plaque to update [[Codex entry: Winter Palace]]. Head into the Hall of Heroes via the newly opened doors and approach the Whispering Elf. Eavesdrop on them to learn about a package delivered to a room in the upper garden. Continue into the next corridor and take a brief detour into the small room to the left. Speak to Duke Germain and ask about Gaspard being his nephew for Court Approval 5 (this also counts towards [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]]). Volume II of [[Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater]] is sitting on a nearby lion statue. Before leaving use search function to uncover a coin. The Council of Heralds Vassal will be pacing the hallway. Choose "Phillipe is a jerk!" for Court Approval 10. The other option gives Court Approval -10. Either response counts towards [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]] and serves as evidence to use against Gaspard.
 
   
Exit west into the Guest Garden and [[Celene|Celene's]] ladies-in-waiting will deliver a message from the empress. Any Caprice Coins found can be tossed into the nearby fountain for Court Approval 1. Throwing in all 15 awards 200 Influence. The door to the lower garden is to the west, but it requires 3 halla statuettes and so it cannot be opened at the moment. There is a point in the Southwest corner that can be used to eavesdrop ''twice'' on the nearby nobles. After eavesdropping ''twice,'' speak to the nameless noble and choose one of the options to receive aid for the Inquisition (100 Influence, Power: +1 awarded).
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:* Top option - {{Approval3|Court Approval 10}} ''(For human rogues and warriors. All classes of any race get this approval amount also if Vivienne is in the party)''
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:* Middle option - {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}
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:* Bottom option - {{Approval3|Court Approval -15}} {{Approval3|Vivienne Greatly Disapproves}}
   
{{Note|The Agent Acquired graphic will display but no new agent is listed after returning to [[Skyhold]].}}
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The second set of choices have no court approval changes. [[Leliana]] will ask the Inquisitor to see her when they have a moment.
   
Climb the nearby lattice to the Upper Level. Once at the top, the [[Inquisitor]] will be in an area deemed off-limits. The Court notices the Inquisitor's absence, and so court approval will steadily drop (at a rate of about -1/min.) while in this area. To the left is the Upper Garden Door and it requires one halla statuette to be opened. There is a halla statuette on the eastern railing, in case the Eastern Storage was opened earlier. Pick up the Negotiations to complete the objective.
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=== Speak with Leliana ===
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{{Note|The following outlines one of the myriad ways this quest can be completed. The important warning is to not pick up the last of the three required items until all side quests are completed as desired. After that, there will be a forced rush to the ballroom to progress the quest and some opportunities may vanish.}}
   
{{Note|The timed drop in court approval in this and other areas is meant to induce a sense of urgency. However, this does not mean you cannot take your time (within reason) to explore all rooms and look for loot and various quest objectives. There are many ways to regain approval, as detailed below.}}
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Mingle with the court and the party members and advisors. Converse with [[Lady Mantillon]] and ask her to dance as a prerequisite for [[Dance with the Dowager: The Allemande]] (requires the [[Nobility Knowledge]] [[Inquisition perks|perk]] and {{Approval3|Court Approval 60+}}). This also grants {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}. Volume 1 of [[Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater|A Compendium of Orlesian Theater]] is on a couch here.
   
=== Celene's Occult Advisor ===
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If she is brought along for the quest, [[Sera]] will be near the northeast corner of the ballroom, and asking about her "friends" will begin [[Red Jenny's Stashes]]. Speaking with her can also bring approval changes, see [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Companion approval|companion approval]].
Enter the Grand Library. Move past the urns on the left and search the bookshelf to find a hidden switch. Pick up the letter on the desk to complete the objective.
 
   
=== Briala's People ===
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Go back to the Vestibule and a scene with Leliana begins. She mentions that an occult advisor seems to have charmed the empress and the court, while the Inquisitor mentions that Gaspard is pointing fingers at [[Briala|Ambassador Briala]].
The Inquisitor can choose to search the rest of the library now or return later. A couple of items don't immediately appear in the library, so its slightly more efficient to return later, but here is what can be done now.
 
   
Grab a veilfire torch and light the urns in the following order:
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Both leads warrant investigating the Guest Wing. To progress, three items must be found:
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* [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Briala)|The Cylinder Seal]] in the Hall of Heroes.
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* [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Celene)|Letter]] in the Grand Library.
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* [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Gaspard)|Negotiations]] in the room of the upper Guest Gardens.
   
Etienne I -> [[Reville]] -> Etienne II -> Judicael I -> Judicael II -> [[Florian]]
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These can be acquired in any order, but once the third one is picked up, the Inquisitor will have limited time to return to the Ballroom.
   
Head down into the secret study, and the first chest on the right always contains the Confusion Grenade recipe. One of the other chests always contains a Masterwork Magister Staff Blade Schematic (Tier 2 Staff Blade). Hidden items and a couple loot containers are in the main room of the library. Be sure to open the doors to the Vestibule to allow easier access later.
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The doors leading to the Grand Library from the Vestibule are locked from the other side, so another way in will need to be found.
   
Head back to the Hall of Heroes, and turn left at the end of the hallway into a room adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. Search the balcony to find a Cylinder Seal and read the note (128 XP & 80 Influence awarded).
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=== Explore the Grand Library ===
   
=== Return to the ballroom ===
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==== Investigate Briala's agents ====
A bell will soon begin to ring, signaling that it's time to return to the ballroom. But wait for the second bell to ring before entering:
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[[File:Hall_of_Heroes.png|thumb|Hall of Heroes, Lower Level]] Return to the entrance to the guest wing and enter the Hall of Heroes. The hall of heroes is located to the west as you exit the ballroom into the Vestibule. Grab the Caprice Coin at the bottom of the staircase on the right side. Approach the Whispering Elf then eavesdrop on the elves to learn about a package delivered to a room in the upper garden.
:*Enter after the first bell, on time, no Court Approval change
 
:*Enter after the second bell, fashionably late, Court Approval 10
 
:*Enter after the third bell, actually late, Court Approval -20
 
   
Enter the ballroom to meet [[Celene|Celene's]] occult advisor, [[Morrigan]]. She encountered and killed a [[Venatori|Tevinter agent]] and hands over a key she found on his body.
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Continue into the guest wing. There is a eavesdrop point next to the first golden lion on your left for a scandalous secret. Head into the room to the east, speak to Duke Germain and ask about Gaspard being his nephew for {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}. The Council of Heralds Vassal in the guest wing will be pacing the hallways. Choose "Philippe is a jerk!" for {{Approval3|Court Approval 10}} (the game displays Court Approval 15 but it actually adds 10). The other option gives {{Approval3|Court Approval -10}} (the game displays Court Approval -15 but it actually removes 10). Either response serves as evidence to use against Gaspard. There is also a Caprice coin on the floor between the two southern lions in Duke Germain's room.
   
=== Enter the servants' quarters ===
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Proceed down the hallway to find another Whispering Elf to eavesdrop on. For an elven Inquisitor, they will speak to them directly with a warning of danger in the Servant's Quarters.
Maximum possible item collection to this point:
 
:*13/30 secrets gathered
 
:*3/15 Caprice Coins found
 
:*2/11 Halla statuettes found
 
:* 1/3 Red Jenny stashes found
 
   
=== Explore the servants' quarters ===
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Continue down the hallway into the next room and through the door onto the balcony. Searching will find the first item, [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Briala)|The Cylinder Seal]] next to a flower pot.
Equip everyone's arms and armor. This area is off-limits so court approval is ticking away.
 
   
{{Note|The boss battle at the end of the quest can be skipped if court approval is at least 85. Exiting this area with approval of 50 or greater will guarantee that you can hit 100. If you have Nobility Knowledge, you can leave with 40 or greater.}}
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{{Note|Do not talk to the group of three guards in the south room more than once. Doing so will cause a drop of {{Approval3|Court Approval -10}}. It is also worth noting that if you do speak to them more than once, you will not receive a notification of any drop in approval.}}
   
In the kitchen, there is a Halla statuette and a book which updates [[Codex entry: Winter Palace]] on the rafters. These are tricky items to get. One way to get them is to jump onto the barrels in the northeast corner and then onto the nearby beam and walk slowly along the rafters. Standing on the candles on the table below may work as well. Jumping on the large red barrel and then jumping towards the statuette while mashing the action button can work as well. A third option is to jump on the table, pause the game, and use the mouse to click the statuete.
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Return to the guest wing and exit west into the Guest Garden. Celene's ladies-in-waiting will deliver a message from the empress. At the entrance, turn right, there is a eavesdrop point behind one of the pillars for a scandalous secret. There is also a group of nobles in the southwest portion of the garden that you can eavesdrop on for [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]] eventually allows the Inquisitor to talk to them. Note that this circle can be eavesdropped twice for a scandalous secret. Choose one of the options to receive aid for the Inquisition, granting Influence and Power. There is also one of Red Jenny's stashes in the open room by this eavesdropping circle.
   
=== Explore the Grand Apartments ===
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{{Note|The Agent Acquired graphic will display but no new agent is listed in [[Inquisition perks]] after returning to [[Skyhold]].}}
Exit to the gardens, in the left most corner of the gardens there is another Halla Statuette after grabbing it, fall down to begin a scene. An emissary for the Council of Heralds is found dead, and a nearby weapon bears the Chalons family crest.
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Climb up the lattice next to the fountain in the garden and a Court Approval timed section begins.
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: ''The Inquisitor enters an area deemed off-limits. The Court notices the Inquisitor's absence and as a result, Court Approval will steadily drop (at a rate of about -1/min) while in this area.''
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: ''The time limit is meant to induce a sense of urgency. However, this does not mean you cannot take your time (within reason) to explore all rooms and look for loot and various quest objectives. Further, the approval drop does not occur when the game is paused, so frequent pausing to move the camera around can reduce the loss. There are many ways to regain approval, as detailed below.''
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Once up the lattice, turn right and follow the railing around two turns to the right. Halfway down the rail is a Halla statue which you will need in just a moment. Pulse your search and you will turn up a Secret Document on the corner of the railing. Return to the lattice, continue straight ahead, and open the Upper Garden Door located to the west of the lattice. It costs one halla statuette to be opened. You must open this door to advance the main quest. Grab the loot from the chest and pick up the [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Gaspard)|Negotiations]] on the floor once you enter the halla door to obtain the second item in the objective.
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==== Celene's occult advisor ====
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[[File:Grand_Library.png|thumb|Grand Library.]]Return to the lattice and turn left to enter the Grand Library doors, located directly to the north of the lattice.
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{{Note|You can choose to search the rest of the library now or return later, however a couple of side quest items don't immediately appear in the library at this stage.}}
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Move past the urns on the left and search the bookshelf to find a hidden switch. This opens the back door of the library. Go in but '''''do not''''' pick up the [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Celene)|Letter]] just yet or the rush to the ballroom will start.
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Instead, turn right, grab the [[veilfire]] torch, and light the urns in the previous room in the following order:<br>
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Etienne I &rarr; [[Reville]] &rarr; Etienne II &rarr; Judicael I &rarr; Judicael II &rarr; [[Florian]].
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Simply:
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# Face the room with the garden entrance behind you.
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# Light the RIGHT side of urns, closest to farthest.
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# Return to the garden entrance and face the room.
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# Light the LEFT side of urns, closest to farthest.
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Down here is a ''map''
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3 2 1
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X ==========>
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6 5 4
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X is the room where you got the veilfire torch.
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Head down into the secret study, and the first chest on the right always contains {{:Confusion Grenade Recipe|style=iconmini}} One of the other chests always contains a {{:Masterwork Magister Staff Blade Schematic|style=iconmini}}.
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Go back up the stairs from the secret study, turn left and pass through either door. Go down the stairs to find rooms on the left and right. The room on the right is locked and only accessible to Rogue Inquisitors. To the right there is also a hidden book that updates [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Grand Library)|Halamshiral Investigation - Clues]]. The room to the left contains a loot chest and a scandalous secret. Continue down the long hall—picking up another scandalous secret on the tables by the windows—to double doors leading back to the Vestibule. Be sure to open one of these doors to allow easier access later.
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If [[Cole]] was brought along, he will be here for dialogue. None of the options change his approval.
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: ''Side quest totals: 3/15 [[Throwing Away Money|Caprice coins]], 2/11 [[Herd of Stone Halla|halla statuettes]], 13/30 [[The Great Blackmail Hunt|scandalous secrets]] and 1/3 [[Red Jenny's Stashes|Red Jenny stashes]].''
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Return to the room where the veilfire is and pick up the [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Celene)|Letter]].
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==== Return to the ballroom ====
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The first bell will ring, signaling that it's time to return to the ballroom. The fastest route is back through the library, rather than going back down the lattice. Once the Inquisitor steps foot into the Vestibule or the Guest Gardens, Court Approval will no longer deteriorate.
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Three bells ring before the Inquisitor must enter the Ballroom. The timing of entrance can gain or lose Court Approval as follows:
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* Enter after the first bell, on time - No Court Approval change
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* Enter after the second bell, fashionably late - {{Approval3|Court Approval 10}}
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* Enter after the third bell, actually late - {{Approval3|Court Approval -20}}
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Attempt to enter the ballroom to instead meet Celene's occult advisor, [[Morrigan]]. She encountered and killed a [[Venatori|Tevinter agent]] and hands over a key she found on his body.
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=== Enter the servant's quarters ===
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Before leaving the Vestibule, now is a good time to re-enter the Ballroom which will commence the Behind Every Empress subquest.
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Turn right and go down the side of the room. If applicable, chat with Leliana to drop off the thirteen scandalous secrets you have at this point which are required to complete [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]].
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At the first right, exit the hall to the balcony and talk to Briala. None of the dialogue options with her have an effect on the main quest. Talking to her marks the quest stage for her as done.
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Re-enter the ballroom and turn right. Speak with Lady Fleur, the middle of the ladies-in-waiting to complete Behind Every Empress.
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Continuing counter-clockwise, ignore the next balcony. Celene is there but cannot be spoken with. Gaspard is on the next balcony. Talking to him presents his take on the situation and others, completing the three-way opinion circle of the three parties. (Note: If you have trained to be a Champion, there is a special dialogue option when interacting with Gaspard that increases approval by 20)
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Return to the vestibule door and exit.
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{{Note|The boss battle at the end of this quest can be skipped if Court Approval is at least 85. Regardless of if you plan on completing the 'Throwing Away Money' or 'The Great Blackmail Hunt' side quests, it's worth picking up what you find as tossing money in the fountain will give you 1 court approval each, while secrets delivered to Liliana will give you two each. This means that there is up to an additional 75 points that can be lost throughout the quest, though achieving 0 at any one point in the quest will still result in getting removed from the ball and a game over.}}
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Re-enter the Hall of Heroes and go to the west end of the lower level. Go through the door to the servant's quarters.
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=== Explore the servant's quarters and Grand Apartments ===
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''Court Approval timed section begins''
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Equip everyone's arms and armor. This area is off-limits so Court Approval is ticking away, though time is frozen in the inventory screen. The Grand Apartments themselves are off limits, but you do not incur a Court Approval penalty while you are in the Servants Quarters or the Gardens. It is possible to go in with 100 and come out with 100; only upon entering the Grand Apartments does the countdown begin. (Note that this is no longer the case as of the final patch - court approval will drop in the Servants Quarters and Gardens, so basically you cannot avoid approval drop in this section. You can return to the Hall of Heroes from the Servants Quarters until you drop down to the fountain to reset the timer, however you will lose approval after that point until you return to the ballroom. But even taking your time you should lose no more than 8 to 10 court approval.)
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Examine the corpse for a bit of companion-dependent dialogue. Turn right and go through the archway into the bedroom. Continue counter-clockwise into the kitchen. Do not miss the Halla statue on the wooden beam above you. To grab it, you may either jump onto kitchen table or onto a three-tier pile of barrels against the wall. From the barrels, you may jump onto the beam and tiptoe to the statuette. The barrels are by the east wall. On the way to the Halla statue along the beams, there is a book which gives a codex entry on the Servants' Quarters of The Winter Palace. Counter-clockwise again takes you to the entry room. Turn right and exit to the gardens.
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Before dropping down before the fountain, turn to the left and move to the back of the balcony. There will be a Halla statue in the back left corner.
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Head towards the fountain and fall down to begin a cut scene. An emissary for the Council of Heralds is found dead, and a nearby weapon bears the Chalons family crest.
   
 
=== Find the [[Harlequin]] ===
 
=== Find the [[Harlequin]] ===
A group of [[Venatori]] approach from the left. The Grand Apartments are ahead but they can only be entered from the north and south. A group of Venatori blocks each entrance, and two groups are inside the ground floor of the apartments themselves. There is a kitchen to the north that contains a supply cache. In the SE corner is a room with four small desks surrounding a statue. Volume V of [[Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater]] is on one of the desks. In the largest room, [[Codex entry: The Lion of Orlais (Inquisition)|Codex entry: The Lion of Orlais]] is sitting on a small table next to the west wall. Stairs leading to the Upper Level are located off the dining room. [[Codex entry: Jeshavis, Mother of Orlais]] is sitting on a table nearby.
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Kill the group of [[Venatori]] that appear.
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Go southwest for a [[Red Jenny's Stashes|Red Jenny Stash]] if that quest is active and then return to the fountain.
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Go north and grab the loot by the fountain on the right and continue north. There will be Venatori off to the left. Kill them or ignore them.
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Turn north and head up the staircase. Climb the ladder to reach a balcony with a caprice coin at the end. Enter the adjacent room and look right to find a halla statuette.
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Go back down to the ground floor and kill the Venatori if you didn't before. Continue west until a vine covered wall is reached. Turn left and go through the archway.
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Enter the grand apartments, turning left and enter the bedroom. There's a caprice coin on the middle bed to the left.
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Exit the room and go forward into the kitchen. There is a [[Supply Cache]] here. Return to the previous room and turn right. Go through the small room into the dining room. Kill the Venatori in the dining room, then grab the caprice coin on the table between the two flowerpots in the south west corner of the room (it will be the rightmost table when facing them).
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Exit south to the library. Exit east from the library into the room with the fireplace and the long tables. Kill the Venatori. Head up the stairs, turn left and clear out the room to the left.
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The nearby halla door leads to Celene's Vault and requires three halla statuettes to open. If opened, the Inquisitor will find {{:Masterwork Crow Blade Schematic|style=iconmini}} and an elven locket which is essential to one of five possible [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Endings|quest endings]].
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Turn right out of the room, past the stairs and right again. Continue to the next corridor to face off against the Harlequin and a large group of Venatori. Or alternatively, just turn left, and follow where the corridor leads.
   
Head up the stairs, turn left and clear out the room to the left. A book on a nightstand updates [[Codex entry: Winter Palace]]. The nearby door leads to the empress' vault and requires 3 halla statuettes to open. Inside the vault:
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The Harlequin always drops {{:Crescent Slicer|style=iconmini}}. A scene with Briala begins after all enemies are eliminated.
   
:*a loot chest always contains an [[Amulet of Power]] for [[Vivienne]], and a few random items.
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=== Return to the Ballroom ===
:*another loot chest always contains a Masterwork Crow Blade schematic (Tier 2 Dagger) and a few random items.
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Before leaving this room, be sure to grab the Halla statue that was visible in the cutscene with Briala and any dropped loot from the enemies killed. Dropping off the right side of the balcony is the quickest way down, but there is some not-so-apparent loot to be found. Once the cutscene with Briala is over and you've picked up your loot and the Halla statue, head north to the next room to find an open window on the right wall. Jump diagonally left across to the larger balcony to find more loot near some square crates. This might take more than one attempt, so if you fail, simply switch to another party member to attempt it up to 4 times. Return to the railing you landed on from the open window, jump down to land on a lower balcony near a large pile of gold and a corpse. Either jump off this lower balcony or switch to another party member that is still up top.
:*an elven locket—required to reconcile [[Celene]] & [[Briala]] at the end of the quest
 
   
{{Note|[[Throwing Away Money]] cannot be completed if the vault is opened.}}
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If the balconies are not taken, turn around, go back through the desk room, exit south, take an immediate left and go downstairs. Take a right at the bottom of the stairs, a left into the library and straight out into the gardens. Turn left, kill some more Venatori, past the elven agents, and go up the stairs and open the gate that goes back to Main Palace.
   
Turn right out of the room and right again. A book is on a desk nearby and it unlocks [[Codex entry: Mad Emperor Reville]]. Continue to the next corridor to face off against the Harlequin and a large group of Venatori. The Harlequin always drops a Crescent Slicer (Rare Dual-blade, Lv. 10 req). A scene with Briala begins after all enemies are eliminated.
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''Court Approval timed section ends''
   
=== Return to the ballroom and confront Gaspard ===
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: ''Side quest totals: 6/15 [[Throwing Away Money|Caprice coins]], 6/11 [[Herd of Stone Halla|halla statuettes]], 13/30 [[The Great Blackmail Hunt|scandalous secrets]] and 2/3 [[Red Jenny's Stashes|Red Jenny stashes]].''
Dropping off the right side of the balcony is the quickest way down, but there is some not-so-apparent loot to be found. Once the scene is over, head back the way the party came to find an open window. Jump diagonally across to the larger balcony to find more loot. Back to the original balcony, jump over the northern railing to land on a lower balcony near a large pile of gold. Either jump off this lower balcony or switch to another party member that is still up top.
 
   
Check maximum item collection before exiting the area:
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=== Dance with Florianne ===
:*13/30 secrets gathered
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Go back through the Hall of Heroes, turn right at the Ballroom door and wait for the second bell for extra Court Approval. It is possible to miss the first bell due to the game loading. The Inquisitor will make a comment when the second bell rings.
:*6/15 Caprice Coins found
 
:*6/11 Halla statuettes found
 
:*2/3 Red Jenny stashes found
 
   
Head south and enter the gate to return to the Hall of Heroes. '''Gaspard's Clandestine Meeting''' is active but there is no time for that now. The bell will be ringing again, although it's possible to miss hearing the first bell due to the game loading. Again, wait for the second bell and enter the ballroom. A scene begins with [[Florianne de Chalons|Florianne]]. Any options not listed have no court approval changes.
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'''Gaspard's Clandestine Meeting''' is active now but can be completed later since time is an issue. On entering the ballroom a scene begins with Florianne. Any options not listed below have no court approval changes.
   
[[File:FemInquisitor-dances-with-Florianne.png|300px|thumb|Female Inquisitor dances with Duchess Florianne]]
 
 
'''Dance with me...'''
 
'''Dance with me...'''
:*Two women dancing? ''(female only)'' - Court Approval -10
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:* Two women dancing? ''(female only)'' - {{Approval3|Court Approval -10}}
:*Let's dance. - Court Approval 10
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:* Let's dance. - {{Approval3|Court Approval 10}}
:*Let them hear us. - Court Approval -15
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:* Let them hear us. - {{Approval3|Court Approval -15}}
   
 
'''...What do you know about our civil war?'''
 
'''...What do you know about our civil war?'''
:*''(Nobility Knowledge)'' Orlais' war is Thedas' war. - Court Approval 5
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* ''(Nobility Knowledge)'' Orlais' war is Thedas' war. - {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}
:*As much as I care to. - Court Approval -10
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:* ''(Human Rogue)'' - Orlais is everyone's business. {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}
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:* As much as I care to. - {{Approval3|Court Approval -10}}
   
 
'''The security of the empire is at stake...'''
 
'''The security of the empire is at stake...'''
:*I can agree with that./That's why I'm here. - Court Approval -10
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:* I can agree with that./That's why I'm here. - {{Approval3|Court Approval -10}}
:*Is that what we both want? - Court Approval 10
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:* Is that what we both want? - {{Approval3|Court Approval 10}}
   
 
'''You are a curiosity to many...'''
 
'''You are a curiosity to many...'''
:*I'm here to help./Not my problem. - Court Approval -10
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:* I'm here to help./Not my problem. - {{Approval3|Court Approval -10}}
:*Which am I to you? - Court Approval 5
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:* Which am I to you? - {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}
   
 
'''...Who in the Court can be trusted?'''
 
'''...Who in the Court can be trusted?'''
:*I trust Celene/Gaspard/Briala. - Court Approval -10
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:* I trust Celene/Gaspard/Briala. - {{Approval3|Court Approval -10}}
:*''(Underworld Knowledge)'' I trust no one./I trust the Inquisition./Who do you trust? - Court Approval 5
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:* ''(Underworld Knowledge)'' I trust no one./I trust the Inquisition./Who do you trust? - {{Approval3|Court Approval 5}}
   
 
'''It cannot have escaped your notice...'''
 
'''It cannot have escaped your notice...'''
:*All options at the time this choice is made: if court approval is 50 or lower - Court Approval -15, else Court Approval 5 (the game displays Court Approval 5 but it actually adds 10)
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:* All options
Because of the conditions of that final choice, court approval after the scene will either be 65 or higher or 35 or lower. [[Florianne de Chalons|Florianne]] ultimately suggests investigating the Royal Wing. Another scene with the advisors begins immediately. [[Leliana]] reminds the [[Inquisitor]] that [[Corypheus]] wants chaos in the [[Orlesian Empire|empire]]. She also says that there are many ways to bring stability to the empire, and not all involve [[Celene]] (hinting at multiple endings for the quest).
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::* Court Approval less than 50 - {{Approval3|Court Approval -15}}
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::* Court Approval more than 50 - {{Approval3|Court Approval 10}} ''(the game displays Court Approval 5 but it actually adds 10)''
   
=== Find material in the royal wing to blackmail Gaspard & Briala ===
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Florianne ultimately suggests investigating the Royal Wing. Another scene with the advisors begins immediately. [[Leliana]] reminds the Inquisitor that [[Corypheus]] wants chaos in the [[Orlesian Empire|empire]]. She also says that there are many ways to bring stability to the empire, and not all involve Celene (hinting at multiple endings for the quest).
If the Nobility Knowledge perk has been taken, speak to The Dowager and a special option will appear, "Care to dance?" This unlocks a new [[war table]] operation, '''Dance with the Dowager: The Allemande''' and gives Court Approval 5. If the elven locket was retrieved, now is the time to speak to the empress' ladies-in-waiting and [[Briala]] about it. Doing so allows the two of them to possibly reconcile at the end of the quest. Speaking to them will also complete '''Behind Every Empress''' (no rewards). The Inquisitor can optionally confront Gaspard and Briala with any evidence gathered, as well learn more about their backgrounds.
 
   
Back in the Vestibule, Volume IV of [[Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater]] has appeared on a bench across from the entrances to the Grand Library. A new loot container can be found near the hidden switch in the library, along with a new dead body. Approach the trophy room and trick the guards into going to [[Cullen]], which also awards Court Approval 10. The trophy room is an optional, off-limits area, and an additional piece of evidence to use against [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] can be found within. The locked door leads to two loot containers.
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=== Find material in the Royal Wing ===
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At this point the Inquisitor can optionally confront Gaspard and Briala with any evidence gathered so far, as well as learn more about their backgrounds if they didn't do so earlier.
   
It's possible to '''Open the Lower Garden Door''' at this point, but only if the empress' vault was not entered. Otherwise, the royal wing will need to be entered to acquire one or more statuettes.
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:''Many new side quest items now appear in the Ballroom, Vestibule, Hall of Heroes, Guest Wing, in the Guest Garden and on its balcony and in the Grand Library. There are also a few in the Trophy Room. Now is also a good time to access the [[Herd of Stone Halla#Lower Garden Door|Lower Garden Door]] off the Guest Garden which also contains several items, unless the statuettes are being saved for a different purpose.''
   
Reasons to '''Open the Lower Garden Door''':
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Before heading to the Royal Wing, approach the Trophy Room on the north side of the Hall of Heroes and trick Ambassador Anton and his comrades into talking to Cullen, which also awards {{Approval3|Court Approval 10}}. [[File:Trophy_Room.png|thumb|344px|Trophy Room]]
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Otherwise, if the Inquisitor is an elf, they can ask for Whispering Elves next to Ambassador Anton to make a distraction. However, this won't reward Approval points.
   
:*128 XP, 80 Influence upon opening
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The Trophy Room is an off-limits area where Court Approval will be reduced. If ignoring the side quests, simply open the rear door, enter the office and loot the [[Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Trophy Room)|Secret Orders]] as material to blackmail Gaspard. The door on the left can be opened if the Inquisitor is a rogue.
:*It is NOT necessary to open as far as satisfying requirements for a specific ending
 
:*Must be opened to complete [[Throwing Away Money]] & [[Red Jenny's Stashes]]
 
:*Orlesian banner is found in a chest just past the door
 
:*Volume III of [[Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater]]
 
:*The remaining members of the Council of Heralds can be spoken to and unlock [[Codex entry: Council of Heralds]]. However, if [[Varric Tethras|Varric]] was brought for the quest, they will be talking to him about his books, and they cannot be interacted with ''(bug?)''
 
   
Maximum item collection to this point:
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Exiting the Trophy Room to the Hall of Heroes halts the drop in Court Approval.
:*27/30 secrets gathered
 
:*13/15 Caprice Coins found
 
:*7/11 Halla statuettes found
 
:* 3/3 Red Jenny's stashes found
 
Enter the royal wing, which is an off-limits area. The [[Inquisitor]] will need to choose whether or not to '''Open the Upper Royal Wing Door'''. This door, which leads to the Empress' Private Quarters, requires 5 Halla statuettes to open. Reasons to open it:
 
   
:*[[The Great Blackmail Hunt]] & [[Throwing Away Money]] can only be completed if this door is opened.
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Head to the royal wing located up the east stairs at the north end of the Vestibule.
:*Acquire material to blackmail Celene.
 
   
If the door is opened, and the soldier is spoken to:
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{{Note|This is the point of no return for some aspects of this quest. Inside the Royal Wing the Inquisitor can access the Empress's Private Quarters, two Caprice coins, three scandalous secrets and four halla statuettes. All other side quest items should be found before entering, thus the Inquisitor should have 13/15 [[Throwing Away Money|Caprice coins]], 7/11 [[Herd of Stone Halla|halla statuettes]] and 27/30 [[The Great Blackmail Hunt|scandalous secrets]] with [[Red Jenny's Stashes]] complete. This means the Inquisitor needs to collect 7 more coins, loot 1 more Hala statue, eavesdrop and loot 14 more scandalous secrets and have looted the final Red Jenny Stash. <br>If pursuing the Celene/Briala reconciliation ending, the elven locket must be found ''and'' discussed with Briala, the Empress's ladies-in-waiting and the Empress herself.}}
   
:*I need you to testify. ''(Free him to obtain blackmail on Celene.)'' - {{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Approves}}
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The three points where blackmail evidence may be obtained are:
:* You can stay here. ''(Leave him... to whatever fate.)'' - {{Approval3|Dorian Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}
 
   
In order to retrieve the Caprice Coin, the soldier must be released, one way or the other. Releasing him awards Court Approval 10.
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*Against Briala: the elven servant
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*Against Celene: the soldier in the bed
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*Against Gaspard: the mercenary captain after closing the rift
   
Moving past that door, a scream will be heard upon approaching the door straight ahead. Enter the room to acquire material to blackmail Briala. Continue through the hallway off of this room into a larger corridor and enter the double doors on the right. Turn right and eventually jump through a window into a room that contains a supply cache, as well as some searchable items and a pile of gold. Head back to the corridor. The final Halla statuette is down the short flight of stairs to the south.
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Entering the Royal Wing resumes the periodic loss of Court Approval.
   
At this point all possible side quest items could have been collected.
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[[File:Harlequin_and_Elf.png|thumb|330px|A Harlequin, before their interrupted attempt to kill the elven servant.]]
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The Inquisitor will need to re-equip weapons, armor and helmet. Companions should appear ready to go.
   
Entering the other set of large double doors is a one-way trip, so now is the time to return to the ball and turn in any secrets to Leliana, toss coins and possibly Open the Lower Garden Door.
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There is a secret on the table immediately to the left.
   
Upon entering the doors a scene takes place and the party is ambushed.
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Go up the stairs and into the Royal Quarters. Take a right and then a right through the door. Loot the two containers, one secret and the halla.
   
'''You're such a challenge...'''
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Exit the room and go past the locked door; a scream will be heard upon approaching the next door on the right. Open the door and a cutscene plays where the Inquisitor defenestrates a Harlequin. Interviewing the elven servant provides the blackmail evidence against Briala. There is also a halla and two lootboxes inside the room.
:''No approval changes''
 
   
'''Corypheus insisted...'''
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Exit the room through the passageway, enter the darkened hallway and go past the door with the Ferelden soldier yelling and down the steps to retrieve a halla from the floor. Return to the cutscene room.
:*It's not too late to end this. - {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Disapproves}}
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:*I'm sure he'll get used to it. - {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}
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Exit the room to the hallway and the Empress's Private Quarters are on the right which requires five halla statuettes to unlock. Asking the soldier tied to the bed to testify against Celene is required to complete two of the side quests and to achieve the [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Endings|public truce]] ending. Otherwise, asking the soldier to keep this quiet awards {{Approval3|Court Approval 10}}.
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A Caprice coin is on the desk to the right of the bed when the Inquisitor is at foot of the bed, facing it. There is also one chance for [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Companion approval|companion approval]] gains (Cassandra, Dorian and/or Sera only). Note that leaving the soldier in the bed causes the cutscene to restart on returning to the bed. So if Sera approval is desired, leave him in the bed, come back and let him go, which will allow access to the coin.
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The final Caprice coin is in a room off the darkened hallway, see [[Throwing_Away_Money#Royal_Quarters|Throwing Away Money]] for directions.
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:''Once all the scandalous secrets and Caprice coins have been found, the Inquisitor should exit the Royal Wing immediately to (a) talk to Leliana and deliver the blackmail in order to complete [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]] and (b) toss all the coins into the coin fountain to maximize Influence gains for [[Throwing Away Money]]).<br>Once the trap is sprung, any opportunity to complete these quests is lost.''
   
 
=== Evade the trap ===
 
=== Evade the trap ===
The rift will spawn a random combination of [[wraith]]s, [[shades]], [[Terror demon|greater terrors]], [[despair demon]]s and/or [[rage demon]]s. Close it (967 XP, 200 Influence & Power: +2) and a scene begins with the mercenary captain, who agrees to testify against [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]]. If the Underworld Knowledge [[Inquisition perks|perk]] has been selected, an option to get his company to work for the [[Inquisition|Inqusition]] appears. This awards 100 Influence and Power: +1 {{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}.
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{{Note|It is possible to end this quest with {{Approval3|Court Approval 100/100}}. See [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Gallery|Gallery]]. In order to do so you must gain maximum approval before entering "Jardin de Reverie" in the "Royal Wing". <br>
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Because it is an off-limits area where {{Approval3|Court Approval}} will steadily drop you must move fast, frequently pausing to move the camera around, and (if necessary) head back few times to the far eastern room on the "Upper Level" (where approval doesn't drop). Having a [[rogue]] with [[Stealth (Inquisition)|Stealth]] and [[Stealth (Inquisition)#Crafting materials|Fade-Touched]] gear make it a lot easier.}}<br>
   
{{Note|Again, the Agent Acquired graphic is displayed, but no new agent is listed upon returning to Skyhold.}}
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Go through the doors opposite the balcony doors. [[File:Florianne-garden.png|thumb|The assassin unmasked]] This causes a cut scene to take place and the party is ambushed. There will be a dialogue with Florianne which provides the following option (all other choices have no effect):
   
=== Return to Cullen with the information gathered ===
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'''Corypheus insisted...'''
After the scene pick up any loot, head through the east door to find some gold, then head south into Le Requiem and dispatch a small group of [[Venatori]]. Examine the podium to update [[Codex entry: Winter Palace]]. Proceed down the stairs to encounter the final group of Venatori. Head through the northern hallway and a book on a shelf unlocks Volume VI of [[Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater]]. Proceed into the next room and '''Choose a Lower Royal Wing Door''' if enough halla statuettes are held. Each door requires 5 Halla statuettes and only one door can be opened, regardless of how many statuettes are on hand. Behind each door is a single loot container:
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:* It's not too late to end this. - {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Disapproves}}
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:* I'm sure he'll get used to it. / Corypheus will be dissappointed. - {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}
   
:*The container behind the left door always contains a Lightning Rune and a couple random items.
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The [[Fade rift]] will spawn a random combination of [[wraith]]s, [[shades]], [[Terror demon|greater terrors]], [[despair demon]]s and/or [[rage demon]]s. Close it and there is a very brief interval during which the rift drop can be looted prior to a scene beginning with the mercenary captain in which he agrees to testify against Gaspard. If the Underworld Knowledge [[Inquisition perks|perk]] has been selected, an option to get his company to work for the Inquisition appears. This awards Influence, Power and [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Companion approval|companion approval]].
:*The container behind the right door always contains an Enhanced Cooldown Amulet (Rare, +10% Cooldown) and a couple random items.
 
   
Head back and continue into a larger courtyard. Head through the north door into the kitchen, which contains the final supply cache. When ready, proceed into the ballroom.
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:''Again, the Agent Acquired graphic is displayed, but no new agent is listed upon returning to Skyhold.''
   
A scene begins as [[Cullen]] asks the [[Inquisitor]] what they should do:
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=== Return to Cullen with the information gathered ===
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Head west to the locked door, turn right and loot the box. Go through the east door onto a balcony to find some gold (the balcony also serves as a safe zone where Court Approval does not drop). Then head south into Le Requiem and dispatch a small group of [[Venatori]].
   
:* I'll talk with Florianne. ''(Publicly expose the duchess' crimes to the court, avoiding further bloodshed.)''
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[[File:Garden_chapel.png|thumb|320px|Jardin de Rêverie]]
::*Requires court approval of 85 or greater
 
::*Boss battle with [[Florianne de Chalons|Florianne]] is skipped (forfeit about 5500 xp and a unique bow)
 
::*{{Approval3|Dorian Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Solas Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Blackwall Approves}}, {{Approval3|Iron Bull Approves}}
 
::''This will lead to another choice...''
 
:::* I will execute her myself. ''<nowiki>(Kill the duchess.) - ''</nowiki> {{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Blackwall Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Solas Disapproves}} ''<nowiki/>''
 
:::* Take her away. ''<nowiki>(Give the Duchess to the guards.) - ''</nowiki>'''''Dorian Slightly Approves; Solas, Sera, Iron Bull, Blackwall & Cole Approve'''''<nowiki/>''
 
   
:* Detain the duchess. ''(Save Celene's life, then deal with the duchess.)''
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Proceed down the stairs to encounter the final group of Venatori. Head through the northern hallway, then proceed into the next room and [[Herd of Stone Halla#Lower Royal Wing (Left door)|'''Choose a Lower Royal Wing Door''']] if enough halla statuettes are held. Each door requires five halla statuettes and both doors can be opened (if you've gathered and saved ten of the eleven halla statuettes in the Winter Palace, even though the quest text by the doors suggests otherwise).
::*Leads to boss battle with Florianne
 
::*'''''Sera & Blackwall Approve; Cole Greatly Approves'''''
 
   
:* Wait for Florianne to attack. ''(Allow the empress to die before dealing with the duchess.)''
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Head back and turn right, open the door and continue into a larger courtyard. Take a right and head through the north door into the kitchen, which contains the final supply cache. The room to the west ("Dining Room") has 2 small loot chests. There is a short dead-end hallway by the west-most chest that is a safe zone for Court Approval. Go back out through the kitchens and straight across the courtyard. Open the door, turn left, go up the stairs and loot the footlocker. Go straight back and the doors will activate a cutscene.
::*Leads to boss battle with Florianne
 
::*'''''Sera & Blackwall Greatly Disapprove; Cole Disapproves; Cassandra, Iron Bull & Dorian Approve'''''
 
   
 
=== Confront Grand Duchess Florianne ===
 
=== Confront Grand Duchess Florianne ===
[[Florianne de Chalons|Florianne's]] skills:
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The scene begins as Cullen asks the Inquisitor what they should do:
:*[[Leaping Shot]], causes KNOCK DOWN
 
:*Will occasionally use a quick flurry of attacks with daggers
 
:*form of Knockout Bomb, has unlimited range, inflicts ASLEEP
 
:*[[Stealth]]
 
:*Bow attack with an effect similar to Toxic Cloud
 
:*Like all archer-type enemies, she can fire a shot that inflicts WEAKEN
 
:*She will deploy a full GUARD at times, but it's relatively weak
 
   
She is immune to all disabling effects, poison, slow and knock down. Attacks/skills that can SUNDER or WEAKEN her will help greatly.
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* '''I'll talk with Florianne.''' ''(Publicly expose the duchess' crimes to the court, avoiding further bloodshed.)''
  +
:* Requires Court Approval of 85 or greater
  +
:* Necessary to gain the Belle of the Ball achievement
  +
:* Boss battle with Florianne is skipped.
   
{{Note|A potential annoyance during this battle is that Florianne can sometimes land on the edge of the fountain or on the railing along the stairs after performing Leaping Shot. If this happens she sort of clings to her new perch, making it difficult for melee characters to land hits and skills consistently.}}
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* '''Detain the duchess.''' ''(Save Celene's life, then deal with the duchess.)''
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:*Leads to boss battle with Florianne
   
As far as her regular attack pattern goes, Florianne generally favors her bow, but she will use daggers for brief moments on occasion. She is most dangerous when she is supported by other enemies, as she likes to flank party members while they are distracted. She will frequently use Leaping Shot to get out of danger, and usually follows-up with a weakening shot. The key is to eliminate her support as quickly as possible. By herself, she succumbs rather quickly to the party.
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* '''Wait for Florianne to attack.''' ''(Allow the empress to die before dealing with the duchess.)''
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:*Leads to boss battle with Florianne
   
At the start of the battle she will be on the fountain, so use tactical camera and push L3/R3 to cycle targeting to her, and assign archers/mages to attack her. [[Hook and Tackle]] can be used to get to her position on the fountain, but she will come down on her own soon enough. She will initially be supported by a couple of [[Venatori|Zealots]]. After they are dispatched Florianne will be on her own until she reaches 75% health.
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Each decision results in different [[#Companion approval|companion approval]] outcomes.
   
At 75% health, she will use her Knockout Bomb, and jump to the top of the west wall. She's immune to knock down so Grappling Chain cannot be used to pull her off the wall. Two [[harlequin]]s will jump down off the wall and Florianne will try to use flanking attacks and fire weakening shots from the top of the wall. Staying close to the wall during this time can limit her options. Hook and Tackle can be used to get up on the wall with her, and flush her back down to ground level. She will jump down on her own once the harlequins are defeated, but she might also jump down sooner. She will deploy another GUARD eventually and resumes her regular attack pattern. She also begins to use Stealth more often, for both offense and defense.
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If choosing to fight Florianne, see [[Florianne de Chalons (strategy)]].
   
At 50% health, she will use another Knockout Bomb and jump to the top of the east wall. Two Zealots appear at ground level and a Harlequin will jump down from the wall to support. Florianne won't stay on the wall for long this time, as she will come down to ground level and try to flank party members engaged with other enemies. This part of the battle can become hectic, especially if the zealots and harlequins that arrived earlier are still alive. But, she receives no further support for the remainder of the battle.
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=== Denouement ===
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Following the confrontation with the Grand Duchess and after [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Endings|deciding the fate of Orlais' throne]], a new scene plays as [[Morrigan]] informs the Inquisitor that she has been named the Imperial liaison to the Inquisition.
   
At 25% health she will deploy another full GUARD and begin to use an attack in which she fires a shot straight into the air, and when it lands it erupts into an AoE poison cloud. This attack has a long animation, so it's easy to move party members out of the way in time.
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If a romance is being pursued, the Inquisitor's love interest will join them on the balcony. Accepting the offer of a dance will result in [[Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts#Companion approval|approval]] (not applicable to advisors, of course). If there is no love interest or they were not brought to the Winter Palace, Josephine will come out to talk.
   
All in all, the Grand Duchess is rather a push-over. The Harlequins are really more of a nuisance and can be more dangerous than she is.
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If Sera is the Inquisitor's love interest, then this approval can only be obtained before the finale while Sera is still in the ballroom: a dialogue option suggests that the couple dance together, an offer which Sera declines humorously.
   
Killing her awards ~5500 XP and she always drops The Tenpanner's Requital (Unique Bow, Lv 10 req).
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The scene then moves to [[Skyhold]], and [[Leliana]] and [[Cassandra Pentaghast|Cassandra]]'s future is discussed, after which the quest completes.
   
=== Endings ===
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== Endings ==
Whether a boss battle occurred or not, the final sequence of the quest involves a series of cutscenes and dialogue choices.
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Whether a boss battle occurred or not, the final sequence of the quest involves a series of cutscenes and dialogue choices which decide the fate of Orlais' throne.
   
==== [[Celene]] is alive ====
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=== Celene rules alone ===
Celene can maintain her place on the throne and rule alone:
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Celene can maintain her place on the throne and rule alone.[[File:Celene_addresses_the_court.png|thumb|Celene addresses the court.]]
{{Note|This is the default ending.}}
 
:*[[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] was planning a coup. ''(Reveal evidence of Gaspard's crimes to the empress.)''
 
::*As you wish. ''(Gaspard executed.)''
 
::*[[Briala]] is an accomplice. ''(Gaspard executed. Implicate Briala as well.)'' - '''''Iron Bull Approves'''''
 
::* ''(Special)'' No, spare Gaspard's life. ''(Try to convince Celene to let Gaspard live.) - '''Blackwall Slightly Approves; Sera Approves'''''<nowiki/>''<nowiki/>''
 
   
[[Celene]] and [[Briala|Briala's]] relationship can be reconciled. Celene will maintain her place on the throne with Briala's support. Briala is given the title of Marquise:
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After Florianne springs her trap, the Inquisitor must:
{{Note|Reconciliation requires the elven locket to be retrieved from the empress' vault in the Grand Apartments, and then shown to her ladies-in-waiting and Briala}}
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# Keep Celene alive
:*Briala helped stop Florianne. ''(Use the evidence gathered about Gaspard to support Briala.)'' - '''''Solas Approves'''''
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# Reveal evidence of Gaspard's crimes to the Empress ("Gaspard was planning a coup.")
:*We have Gaspard's orders.
 
:*He hired mercenaries.
 
:*Do I really need to go on?
 
:*What about Briala's reward? ''(Gaspard executed. Attempt to reconcile Celene and Briala.)'' - '''''Sera Disapproves; Cole Approves'''''
 
:*What happens now? ''(successfully reconcile Celene & Briala.)'' - '''''Dorian Slightly Approves'''''
 
:*This is an achievement.
 
::''If unsuccessful, Briala is pardoned and exiled.''
 
   
All three of them can be blackmailed and forced into a public truce:
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[[A Favor Returned]] becomes an available [[War table]] operation.
{{Note|Requires entering the Empress' Private Quarters and convincing the soldier to testify.}}
 
*All of you were at fault. ''(Try to force the three leaders into a truce.) - '''Solas Approves'''''
 
::'''Celene: You made your point.'''
 
   
:::*Work together for Orlais. - '''''Cole Greatly Approves; Sera & Blackwall Slightly Approve; Cassandra Slightly Disapproves'''''
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=== Celene and Briala rule together ===
:::* You've been outplayed. - '''''Blackwall Slightly Approves; Sera Approves; Cassandra Slightly Disapproves'''''
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Celene and Briala's relationship can be reconciled. Celene will maintain her place on the throne with Briala's support. Briala is given the title of Marquise.
:::*You work for me now. - '''''Sera Approves'''''
 
   
==== Allowed Celene to die ====
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The Inquisitor must:
[[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] can become emperor and rule alone:
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# Retrieve the elven locket from Celene's vault. This is found in the Servant's Quarters/Grand Apartments (upper level) by opening a halla door that requires three halla statuettes.{{Note|Opening this door prevents the Inquisitor from completing [[Throwing Away Money]]. If the right doors are chosen, the Inquisitor can complete [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]] or [[Red Jenny's Stashes]] but not both. See [[Herd of Stone Halla#Notes|Herd of Stone Halla]] for more details.}}
:*Gaspard will be emperor. ''(Use the blackmail material to discredit Briala and support Gaspard.) -'' '''''Iron Bull Greatly Approves'''''
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# Then, the Inquisitor must speak with <u>both</u> Briala and the Empress's ladies-in-waiting in the main ballroom and show them the locket. This leads to a cut scene involving the Inquisitor and the Empress.
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# Finally, after Florianne springs her trap:
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:* Keep Celene alive
  +
::* Give Briala partial credit for rooting out the assassins ("Briala helped stop Florianne.")
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::* Use the gathered evidence against Gaspard and accuse him of treason and;
  +
::* Request that Briala be rewarded ("What about Briala's reward?")
  +
[[A Gift from the Imperial Palace]] becomes available as a [[War table]] operation.
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(Please note that if you choose to spare Gaspard, Celene will rule alone and all efforts will be for nothing)
   
Gaspard can become emperor, with [[Briala]] pulling the strings from the shadows.
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=== Public truce ===
:*Briala can take over. ''(Use blackmail material to put Briala in power.)'' - '''''Solas Approves'''''
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All three leaders can be blackmailed and forced into a public truce.
   
After all that is done with, a final scene in the ballroom will begin and more party approval changes will occur. Yet another scene plays as [[Morrigan]] informs the [[Inquisitor]] that she has been named the Imperial liaison to the Inquisition.
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The Inquisitor must:
  +
* Enter the Empress's Private Quarters (which requires five halla statuettes) and convince the naked soldier to testify against her.
  +
* Retrieve blackmail material on Briala.
  +
* Retrieve blackmail material on Gaspard.
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* Have at least 85 Court Approval (any lower and Celene will dismiss your accusation as "histrionics").
   
If a love interest was brought to the Winter Palace, they will come out to talk with the Inquisitor. Choosing an option that will allow them to dance with the Inquisitor will result in approval. Otherwise, [[Josephine]] will come out to talk.
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=== Gaspard rules alone ===
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[[File:Gaspard Rules Alone.png|270px|thumb|Emperor Gaspard addresses the court.]]
  +
Gaspard can become emperor and rule alone.
   
The scene then moves to [[Skyhold]], and [[Leliana]] and [[Cassandra|Cassandra's]] future is discussed, after which the quest completes.
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The Inquisitor must:
  +
* Allow Celene to be assassinated
  +
* Use blackmail material to discredit Briala and support Gaspard.
  +
* [[An Invitation from the Emperor]] becomes an available [[War table]] operation.
   
== Companion Approval ==
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=== Gaspard and Briala rule ===
Celene rules alone - '''''Cole Greatly Disapproves'''''
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Gaspard can become emperor, with Briala pulling the strings from the shadows.
   
Celene rules with Briala supporting - '''''Cassandra, Cole & Dorian Greatly Approve'''''
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The Inquisitor must:
  +
* Allow Celene to be assassinated
  +
* Use blackmail material to force Gaspard to submit to Briala.
   
All 3 forced to work together - '''''Cassandra Slightly Disapproves; Cole Greatly Approves'''''
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* [[A Whisper from Behind the Throne]] becomes an available War table operation.
   
Gaspard rules alone - '''''Blackwall & Cole Greatly Disapprove; Dorian Disapproves; Sera Slightly Approves; Cassandra Greatly Approves'''''
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== Companion approval ==
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{{Section stub}}
   
Gaspard rules, Briala in power - '''''Cassandra Greatly Disapproves; Sera Slightly Disapproves; Dorian Slightly Approves'''''
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=== Main quest ===
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<u>Ballroom</u>
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* '''Inquisitor to Sera: How are you fitting in?'''
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:* ''If the Inquisitors Court Approval is 60 or lower - {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}''
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:* ''If the Inquisitors Court Approval is 61 or higher - {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Disapproves}}''
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<u>Guest Garden</u>
  +
* '''Inquisitor to Dorian: Thank you for coming.'''<br>{{Approval3|Dorian Slightly Approves}}
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* '''If the Inquisitor is in a romance with Dorian: We should dance''' <br>{{Approval3|Dorian Slightly Approves}} (repeatable)
  +
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<u>Royal Quarters</u>
  +
* To the naked soldier in Celene’s bed: I need you to testify. {{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Approves}}
  +
* '''Come work for me.''' ''(Recruiting the mercenary captain)''<br>{{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}
  +
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<u>Confront Grand Duchess Florianne</u>
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* '''I'll talk with Florianne.''' ''(Publicly expose the duchess' crimes to the court, avoiding further bloodshed.)''<br>{{Approval3|Dorian Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Solas Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Blackwall Approves}}, {{Approval3|Iron Bull Approves}}
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:* '''I will execute her myself.''' ''(Kill the duchess.)''<br>{{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Blackwall Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Solas Disapproves}}
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:* '''Take her away.''' ''(Give the Duchess to the guards.)''<br>{{Approval3|Blackwall Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Approves}}, {{Approval3|Iron Bull Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Approves}}, {{Approval3|Solas Approves}}, {{Approval3|Dorian Slightly Approves}}
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* '''Detain the duchess.''' ''(Save Celene's life, then deal with the duchess.)''<br>{{Approval3|Sera Approves}}, {{Approval3|Blackwall Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Greatly Approves}}
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* '''Wait for Florianne to attack.''' ''(Allow the empress to die before dealing with the duchess.)''<br>{{Approval3|Sera Greatly Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Blackwall Greatly Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Cassandra Approves}}, {{Approval3|Iron Bull Approves}}, {{Approval3|Dorian Approves}}
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=== Endings ===
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<u>Celene rules alone</u>
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* '''Briala is an accomplice.''' ''(Gaspard executed. Implicate Briala as well.)''<br>{{Approval3|Iron Bull Approves}}
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* '''(Special) No, spare Gaspard's life.''' ''(Try to convince Celene to let Gaspard live.)'' (Requires sufficient Court Approval)<br>{{Approval3|Blackwall Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Greatly Disapproves}}(Cole greatly disapproves even If he is not in the party)
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<u>Celene and Briala rule together</u>
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* '''Briala helped stop Florianne.''' ''(Use the evidence gathered about Gaspard to support Briala.)''<br>{{Approval3|Solas Approves}}
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* '''What about Briala's reward?''' ''(Gaspard executed. Attempt to reconcile Celene and Briala.)''<br>{{Approval3|Sera Disapproves}}{{Approval3|Dorian Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Approves}}
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* Reconciliation successful<br>{{Approval3|Cassandra Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Dorian Greatly Approves}}
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<u>Public truce</u>
  +
* '''All of you are at fault.''' ''(Try to force the three leaders into a truce.)''<br>{{Approval3|Solas Approves}}
  +
* '''Celene: You made your point.'''
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:* '''Work together for Orlais.'''<br>{{Approval3|Cole Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Blackwall Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Disapproves}}
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:* '''You've been outplayed.'''<br>{{Approval3|Blackwall Slightly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Disapproves}}
  +
:* '''You work for me now.'''<br>{{Approval3|Sera Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cassandra Slightly Disapproves}}
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<u>Gaspard rules alone</u>
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* '''Gaspard will be emperor.''' ''(Use the blackmail material to discredit Briala and support Gaspard.)<br>''{{Approval3|Iron Bull Greatly Approves}}, {{Approval3|Blackwall Greatly Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Cole Greatly Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Dorian Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Approves}}, ''{{Approval3|Cassandra Greatly Approves}}''
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<u>Gaspard and Briala rule</u>
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* '''Briala can take over.''' ''(Use blackmail material to put Briala in power.)''<br>{{Approval3|Solas Approves}}, {{Approval3|Cassandra Greatly Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Sera Slightly Disapproves}}, {{Approval3|Dorian Slightly Approves}}
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== Divine Election ==
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=== Empress Celene Assassinated ===
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* Gaspard and Briala rule together: Leliana +5, Cassandra -5, Vivienne -10
  +
* Gaspard rules alone: Cassandra +10, Vivienne -1
  +
  +
=== Empress Celene Alive ===
  +
* Public truce: Cassandra +1, Vivienne -5
  +
* Gaspard executed: Vivienne +1
  +
* Gaspard spared: Leliana +1, Vivienne +5
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''(For more details on Divine Election and point system, [[Divine election|see here]].)''
   
 
== Rewards ==
 
== Rewards ==
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=== Optional ===
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Completing "Montbelliard's Ring" yields:
  +
* 128 XP
  +
* 80 Influence
  +
Completing "Even Gilded Walls Have Ears" yields:
  +
* 128 XP
  +
* 80 Influence
  +
Recruiting one of the unnamed nobles as an agent (Guest Garden):
  +
* 100 Influence
  +
* 1 Power
  +
* ''Does not contribute to Inquisition perks''
  +
Recruiting the mercenary captain as an agent (Royal Quarters):
  +
* 100 Influence
  +
* 1 Power
  +
* ''Does not contribute to Inquisition perks''
  +
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=== Main quest ===
  +
Finding the cylinder seal yields:
  +
* 128 XP
  +
* 80 Influence
  +
  +
Closing the rift yields:
  +
* 967 XP
  +
* 200 Influence
  +
* 2 Power
  +
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''(Optional)'' Killing Florianne yields:
  +
* ~5,500 XP
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Awarded upon quest completion:
 
Awarded upon quest completion:
* 9875 XP, 3200 Influence, Power: +4
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* 9,875 XP
* Formal attire schematic
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* 3,200 Influence
* Mask of the Grand Duchess & Mask of Chalons ''(if [[Florianne de Chalons|Florianne]] was publicly shamed at court)''
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* 4 Power
None of the masks listed below are rewarded if Celene, Gaspard and Briala were forced into a truce, otherwise:
 
* Mask of the Empress ''(if Celene rules alone)''
 
* Mask of Valmont ''(if [[Celene]] lived)''
 
* Coquin Mask ''(if Celene & Briala reconciled OR if Briala in power)''
 
* Traditional Chalons Mask & [[Mask of the Grand Duke]] ''(if [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] rules alone)''
 
* Mask of the Ambassador ''(if [[Briala]] in power)''
 
Items that can ALWAYS be found during the quest:
 
* Confusion Grenade recipe & Masterwork Magister Staff Blade schematic ''(secret study in Grand Library)''
 
* Crescent Slicer (Rare Dagger, Lv 10 req) ''(dropped as loot by Harlequin in Grand Apartments)''
 
* [[Amulet of Power]] for [[Vivienne]] & Masterwork Crow Blade schematic ''(empress' vault in the Grand Apartments)''
 
* [[Lightning Rune (Inquisition)|Lightning Rune]] OR Enhanced Cooldown Amulet ''(left OR right Lower Royal Wing Door, respectively)''
 
* The Trepanner's Requital (Unique Bow, Lv 10 req) ''(dropped as loot by the Grand Duchess)''
 
   
 
== Results ==
 
== Results ==
* Stability is brought to [[Orlais]] as the [[Orlesian civil war|civil war]] is ended
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* Stability is brought to [[Orlais]] as the [[War of the Lions|civil war]] is ended.
* [[Florianne de Chalons|Grand Duchess Florianne]] or her remains will be [[Judgment|judged]]
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* [[Florianne de Chalons|Grand Duchess Florianne]] or her remains will be [[Judgment|judged]].
* [[Morrigan]] is named Imperial Liaison to the Inquisition and moves to [[Skyhold]]
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* [[Morrigan]] is named Imperial Liaison to the Inquisition and moves to [[Skyhold]].
* The operation '''A Favor Returned''' becomes available if [[Celene Valmont I|Celene]] rules alone
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* The operation [[A Favor Returned]] becomes available if [[Celene Valmont I|Celene]] rules alone.
* The operation '''A Gift from the Imperial Palace''' becomes available if Celene & [[Briala]] reconciled
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** 60 Influence
* The operation '''[[An Invitation from the Emperor]]''' becomes available if [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] rules alone
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* The operation [[A Gift from the Imperial Palace]] becomes available if Celene and [[Briala]] reconciled.
* The operation '''A Whisper from Behind the Throne''' becomes available if Briala in power
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** [[Amulet of Power|Amulet of Power (Inquisitor)]]
  +
* The operation [[An Invitation from the Emperor]] becomes available if [[Gaspard de Chalons|Gaspard]] rules alone.
  +
** 60 Influence
  +
* The operation [[A Whisper from Behind the Throne]] becomes available if Briala is in power.
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** [[Miniature Mask]]
   
== Side quests ==
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== Notable items ==
The following are never listed in the journal:
 
* [[Montbelliard's Ring]] - 128 XP, 80 Influence
 
* Even Gilded Walls Have Ears - 128 XP, 80 Influence
 
* Unlock the Eastern Storage - 128 XP, 80 Influence
 
* Social Leverage - 370 XP, 160 Influence ''(only if all 30 secrets returned to [[Leliana]])''
 
* Caprice Coin Toss - 200 Influence ''(only if all 15 tossed)''
 
* Open the Lower Garden Door - 128 XP, 80 Influence
 
* Behind Every Empress - no reward
 
* Find a Missing Key - no reward
 
* Gaspard's Clandestine Meeting - no reward
 
* Open the Upper Royal Wing Door - no reward
 
* Choose a Lower Royal Wing Door - no reward
 
The following are listed in the journal under ''The Winter Palace'':
 
* [[The Great Blackmail Hunt]]
 
* [[Throwing Away Money]]
 
* [[Herd of Stone Halla]]
 
* [[Red Jenny's Stashes]]
 
   
== Trivia ==
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=== Main quest ===
[[File:Inquisition Celene assassination concept.jpg|thumb|250px|Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts quest concept]]
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Loot the secret study in the Grand Library to find:
* Most of the quest names in the main plot refer to specific verses of [[Chant of Light]]. "Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts" refers to the Canticle of Silence 3:6.
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* {{:Confusion Grenade Recipe|style=iconmini}}
* After the announcements and speaking to [[Celene Valmont I|Celene]] for the first time, the [[Inquisitor]] bows. [[Leliana]] can be seen down the stairs with [[Cullen]] and [[Josephine]] ( If you wait out and don't rush into cutscene, you'll see them approaching after you, in the actuall cutscene you can see Leliana coming right beside the Inquisitor ). When the Inquisitor turns to the left to leave, Leliana has miraculously appeared at the top of the steps.
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* {{:Masterwork Magister Staff Blade Schematic|style=iconmini}}
* If [[Blackwall]] is brought for the quest, he is announced at court to have been awarded the Silverite Wings of Valor. When questioned about it, he is evasive about how and when he received the award.
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* If Blackwall is brought for the quest, he will be found conversing with a noble who thinks he recognizes Blackwall from a Lord Rudalt de Lancre's company of soldiers.
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Dropped by the Harlequin in the Grand Apartments:
* If [[Cole]] is brought on the mission, he is not announced at court.
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* {{:Crescent Slicer|style=iconmini}}
* If [[Solas]] is brought on the mission, he is announced as "Lady/Lord Inquisitor's Elven Servant, Solas"
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* Cullen is announced at court as the former Knight-Commander of [[Kirkwall]].
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Complete the main quest and receive:
* There are three dwarves in the Vestibule who mention [[House Helmi]] is trying to mount an expedition to [[Amgarrak]], but [[House Dace]] are blocking any expedition into the [[thaig]].
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* {{:Formal Attire Schematic|style=iconmini}}<br>
* There is a head of a [http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Krogan Krogan] in the trophy room.
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=== Conditional ===
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Inside the left Lower Royal Wing halla door:
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* {{:Lightning Rune (Inquisition)|style=iconmini}}
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Inside the right Lower Royal Wing halla door:
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* {{:Enhanced Cooldown Amulet|style=iconmini}}
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In a small chest in the "Guest Garden", behind the Lower Garden Door ''(requires [[Herd of Stone Halla#Halla statuettes|3 Halla Statues]])'':
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* {{:Orlesian Banner|style=iconmini}}
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Inside Celene's Vault:
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* {{:Masterwork Crow Blade Schematic|style=iconmini}}
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Killing Florianne yields:
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* {{:The Trepanner's Requital|style=iconmini}}
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Publicly shame Florianne at court and receive:
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* {{:Mask of the Grand Duchess|style=iconmini}} and {{:Mask of Chalons|style=iconmini}}
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If Celene rules alone receive:
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* {{:Mask of the Empress|style=iconmini}}
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Keep Celene alive and receive:
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* {{:Mask of Valmont|style=iconmini}}
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Install Gaspard on the throne and receive:
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* {{:Mask of the Grand Duke|style=iconmini}} and {{:Traditional Chalons Mask|style=iconmini}}
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Put Briala in power and receive:
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* {{:Ambassador's Mask|style=iconmini}}
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Reconcile Celene and Briala '''or''' have Gaspard and Briala rule togther and receive:
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* {{:Coquin Mask|style=iconmini}}
   
 
== Codex entries ==
 
== Codex entries ==
{{:Codex entry: Halamshiral|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Briala|style=iconmini}}<br>
{{:Codex entry: Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Winter Palace|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Orlesian Caprice Coins|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Superstitions of the Royal Family|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Empress Celene Valmont|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
 
{{:Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Council of Heralds|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Empress Celene Valmont|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: A Ghoulish Delight|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: A Ghoulish Delight|style=iconmini}}<br>
{{:Codex entry: Morrigan (Inquisition)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons|style=iconmini}}<br>
{{:Codex entry: The Lion of Orlais (Inquisition)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Halamshiral|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Jeshavis, Mother of Orlais|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Jeshavis, Mother of Orlais|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: The Lion of Orlais (Inquisition)|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Mad Emperor Reville|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Mad Emperor Reville|style=iconmini}}<br>
{{:Codex entry: Briala|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Morrigan (Inquisition)|style=iconmini}}<br>
{{:Codex entry: Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Orlesian Caprice Coins|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Superstitions of the Royal Family|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts|style=iconmini}}<br>
 
{{:Codex entry: Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Codex entry: Winter Palace|style=iconmini}}<br>
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== Other texts ==
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{{:Note: The Art of the Winter Palace (Bronto)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Note: The Art of the Winter Palace (Deepstalker)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Note: The Art of the Winter Palace (Guest Garden)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Note: Diary of a Nosy Servant|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Briala)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Celene)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Gaspard)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Grand Library)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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{{:Note: Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Trophy Room)|style=iconmini}}<br>
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== Trivia ==
  +
[[File:Inquisition Celene assassination concept.jpg|thumb|250px|Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts quest concept]]
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* Most of the quest names in the main plot refer to specific verses of [[Chant of Light]]. "Wicked eyes and wicked hearts" refers to the Canticle of Silence 3:6.
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* If Blackwall is brought for the quest, he will be found conversing with a noble who thinks he recognizes Blackwall from a Lord Rudalt de Lancre's company of soldiers.
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* If she is brought along, Vivienne mentions that there are six members of the Counsel of Heralds present, and that the seventh is "indisposed" further complicating negotiations. Her personal quest - which cannot be unlocked until Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts has been completed - reveals that her deathly ill lover, [[De Ghislain family|Duke Bastien De Ghislain]], was the head of the Counsel of Heralds, and was likely indisposed due to his illness.
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* There are three dwarven emissaries in the Vestibule who mention [[House Helmi]] is trying to mount an expedition to [[Amgarrak Thaig|Amgarrak]], but [[House Dace]] is blocking the expedition into the [[thaig]].
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* If the Hero of Ferelden is a dwarf and survived, the same three dwarves are wondering about the disappearance of Paragon [[Brosca family|Brosca]]/[[House Aeducan|Aeducan]].
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* There is a head of a [http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Krogan Krogan] in the trophy room. This is a reference to the game [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_Effect Mass Effect].
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* In the Fumeur section, one of the nobles is trying to figure out classic puzzles such as, [[wikipedia:Knights and Knaves|Knights and Knaves]], [[wikipedia:Tower of Hanoi|The Tower of Hanoi]], [[wikipedia:Fox, goose and bag of beans puzzle|Fox, Goose, Beans]] and the [[wikipedia:Sphinx#The Riddle of the Sphinx|Riddle of the Sphinx]].
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== Bugs ==
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* After the announcements and speaking to Celene for the first time, the Inquisitor bows. Leliana can be seen down the stairs with Cullen and Josephine (if you wait out and don't rush into cutscene, you'll see them approaching after you, in the actual cutscene you can see Leliana coming right beside the Inquisitor). When the Inquisitor turns to the left to leave, Leliana has miraculously appeared at the top of the steps.
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** In the [[Dragon Age: Inquisition Game of the Year Edition|Game of the Year Edition]], she moves up the lower stairs, passes round Gaspard to go up, then reappears with Cullen and Josephine, then she's back at the top of the stairs.
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* {{Platforms|ps4}}{{PC}} If you free the naked soldier in the Empress' bedroom using the hush up option, you may experience a random court approval drop message, but court approval does not change.
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* After completing the quest, even if the player chose to have all 3 parties work together, Leliana may comment that Celene is "rooting out the last of Gaspard's supporters" when asked for any updates at Skyhold.
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* Be careful when moving between the Vestibule and the Grand Ballroom as it is possible for the door's destination to change to the room you're already in if you get too close, causing the game to never leave the loading screen or an exceptionally long loading time. The same problem exists with the door between the Vestibule and the Royal Wing.
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* If the player uses necromancy in the Harlequin fight, the cut-scene required for progression may not trigger.
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** The work-around is to enable friendly fire (settings -> gameplay -> friendly fire) and AOE any of the raised opponents to death.
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** Or, use [[Spirit Mark]] to instantly kill all raised spirits.
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* While in the Ballroom after being introduced to Celene, if the player asks Vivienne if there is anything to look out for, she will comment on Cole behaving even more strangely than usual, even if Cole is not in the party.
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* When the American-accented female inquisitor is in a romance with Solas, her voice may become male when asking him to dance.
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* When coming and going from the vestibule and ballroom, the door may be labeled as both "Vestibule" and "Grand Ballroom." Rotate the camera and the position of the Inquisitor to get the correct label to appear. If entering the door when labeled as the same room you're in, the game will take a long time loading, and you'll reappear in the same room.
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* When being introduced in the ballroom in the beginning of the mission, if you stop before going up the stairs and look up to the right, you will see another Leliana standing on the other side of the railing, standing in the same position as the Leliana next to Cullen and Josephine, that you can highlight if you put your cursor over her.
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* In the garden area, the minstrel sings songs translated into French, but the captioning remains localized.
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* The approval drop in off-limit areas can be avoided by quicksaving and quickloading rapidly - as reloading the game resets the countdown of the approval drop.
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* Side quests involving the halla statuettes may become permanently stuck on the side of the screen where active quests are shown even after progressing beyond the Winter Palace.
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* Sera can be asked to dance by a female Inquisitor even if not in a romance with her.
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* If the player saves and reloads after the first bell has rung, the second bell may not ever trigger.
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== Gallery ==
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<gallery widths="199" captionalign="center" orientation="landscape">
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Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts Journal.png|{{Approval3|Court Approval 100/100}}
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Winter Palace Front Garden Map.png|Winter Palace Exterior Garden Map
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Winter Palace Exterior Upper Balcony Map.png|Winter Palace Exterior Upper Balcony Map
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Winter Palace Lower Level Map.png|Winter Palace Lower Level Map
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Winter Palace Main Level Map.png|Winter Palace Main Level Map
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Winter Palace Servants Quarters and Grand Apartments Main Level Map.png|Winter Palace Servants Quarters and Grand Apartments Main Level Map
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Winter Palace Servants Quarters and Grand Apartments Upper Level Map.png|Winter Palace Servants Quarters and Grand Apartments Upper Level Map
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Winter Palace Upper Level Map.png|Winter Palace Upper Level Map
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</gallery>
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Latest revision as of 22:09, September 10, 2020


Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts is a main quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The fate of Empress Celene, and in turn, all of Orlais, has been threatened. The Inquisition must intervene.

Acquisition Edit

The quest becomes available after speaking to Josephine during From the Ashes. It can be initiated by spending 30 Power at the war table, recommended for levels 12 to 15.

Note: It is advised to have as much open inventory space as possible before beginning. Those with 60 or fewer free slots may have to sacrifice several items.

Walkthrough Edit

Notes Edit

  • See the Endings section of this page first if you are looking for a specific outcome with respect to the throne of Orlais. Certain outcomes require very specific steps to be taken or conversation dialogue options to be chosen.
  • Bringing Sera along will open up an additional side quest, Red Jenny's Stashes; otherwise this quest will not be available.
  • It is possible to complete all three sidequests: Red Jenny's Stashes, Throwing Away Money and The Great Blackmail Hunt, only if you save your halla statuettes for the Lower Garden Door (costs 3 statuettes) AND the Empress's Private Quarters (costs 5 statuettes). This is only possible if you do NOT want the ending that reconciles Briala and the Empress.
  • There are a large number of valid variations in how to complete the various side quests and, for many of them, there are several paths to accomplish them. Not all possibilities can be documented. Specific item locations for the Caprice coins, scandalous secrets, Red Jenny stashes, and halla statues are not listed below; however, a running total is provided periodically. Follow the side quest links to find more specific information.
  • Halla counters below are incremental and do not account for halla you have "spent" opening doors. In-game counts may vary depending on choices made. A total of 11 halla statues can be found, however only 10 are required to complete the quest.
  • It is never noted in game, but eavesdrop circles sometimes require multiples listens to yield a 'scandalous secret'. This is particularly the case for ones that do not have written dialogue and are only vague whispers that go toward the counter. The Inquisitor will give a dismissive statement such as, "Waste of time," "Boring," or "Just gossip," if the secret is not obtained. The circle will disappear momentarily but reappear shortly after. To obtain a point for the secret, the Inquisitor will need to eavesdrop again, sometimes more than once on the same spot. Every eavesdrop circle has a purpose and will disappear once that purpose is served.
    • The only exception to this rule are two circles that appear after exploring the servants' quarters, both of which can be used to spy on a group of men guarding the trophy room. The dialogue is the same every time, with one gentleman telling his friend about a 'knife-eared serving girl in the kitchen'.
  • To obtain the Belle of the Ball trophy/achievement for this quest, Court Approval must reach 100/100 at some point during the quest.
  • It is possible to end this quest with DAIApproval Court Approval 100/100. See here for details, Gallery.

Enter the Winter Palace Edit

Upon the Inquisition's arrival at the Winter Palace in Halamshiral, the Inquisitor is greeted by Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons at the exterior entrance. Gaspard informs the Inquisitor that he believes Briala intends to disrupt the negotiations.

Inquisition - Quest - Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts - Court Disapproval

"Hours after you were evicted from the Winter Palace, news spread across the land that Empress Celene was dead and Grand Duke Gaspard standing accused of treason. Orlais stood leaderless: in the chaos, Corypheus conquered it all too easily, overwhelming Inquisition forces lacking the allies needed to stop him."

Court Approval starts between 25-45 out of a maximum of 100. If Court Approval reaches 0, it will be game over as the Inquisitor is thrown out of the ball. If the Inquisitor reaches a maximum of 100 Court Approval at any time then gets a bonus, the game will show DAIApproval Court Approval 0.
The Inquisitor begins with a base Court Approval value of 40. Human mage Inquisitors, and elf and dwarf Inquisitors of any class, take an automatic, immediate hit of DAIApproval Court Approval -10 due to social stigma. Likewise, all Qunari Inquisitors of any class take a hit of DAIApproval Court Approval -15. Human rogues and warriors will automatically receive DAIApproval Court Approval 5.

Speak to the noblewoman in the corner to begin the subquest Montbelliard's Ring. Choosing the middle option "Interesting stratagem" results in DAIApproval Court Approval 5. Choosing the bottom option "Find it yourself" causes DAIApproval Court Approval -5. Locate her ring on the nearby lion carving and return it to her for DAIApproval Court Approval 5, or tell her you couldn't find the ring and keep it to sell later. The latter will void any court approval, XP and Influence gains.

Note: If after finishing the conversation with Gaspard, the Inquisitor runs directly to the noblewoman and speaks to her, before the immediate approval/disapproval hit (the one based on the Inquisitor's origin), then you can avoid entirely. This is an exploit.

Head up the western stairs to begin Even Gilded Walls Have Ears. This short subquest introduces the eavesdrop mechanic. Once completed, move past the nobles to the end of the covered walkway and search for the Storage Key.

Head back downstairs and turn right to find the storage room. Enter the room and search to find the first Caprice coin in a pot. Picking it up begins the side quest Throwing Away Money. Picking up the secret document from the table in this room begins the side quest The Great Blackmail Hunt.

Note: If you miss the document or the coin now, there is no way to retrieve them after entering the Palace.

Head up the eastern stairs and pick up a halla statuette to begin the side quest, Herd of Stone Halla. Returning downstairs, the stone halla can be used to Unlock the Eastern Storage below, or saved for later.

Note: The Eastern Storage door shouldn't be unlocked if you want to complete the side quests Red Jenny's Stashes, and Throwing Away Money, as unlocking all the halla doors in the Winter Palace requires more halla statuettes than are available. Choosing which doors to unlock sometimes grants XP and Influence, but more importantly can also affect the outcome of this quest. For full details, see Herd of Stone Halla.
Side quest totals: 1/15 Caprice coins, 1/11 halla statuettes and 1/30 scandalous secrets.

Enter the Vestibule Edit

The Inquisitor arrives at the bottom of a staircase in the Vestibule. Going up the stairs, they will hear various nobles gossipping and they can interact with Cullen, a noble and two eavesdrop circles for scandalous secrets which can be done now or after entering the ballroom below. Cassandra and Varric can be found near Cullen, if brought on the quest. After wandering around the Vestibule, interact with either Gaspard or the Ballroom door to enter the Ballroom.

Enter the Ballroom and approach Celene Edit

The Grand Duke, the Inquisitor, advisors and party members (except Cole) will be announced at court. In order to hear all of the announcements, do not move to the top of the steps by Gaspard too quickly.
Presented to Celene

Approaching Celene

Introductions Edit

The herald of the ball will introduce the various companions and advisors:

Accompanying the Inquisitor:

  • Vivienne: Madame Vivienne, First Enchanter of the Circle of Magi, Enchanter of the Imperial Court, Mistress of the Duke of Ghislain.
  • Iron Bull: The Iron Bull, leader of the famed mercenary company Bull’s Chargers. As the name might imply.
  • Solas: The Lord/Lady Inquisitor’s elven serving man, Solas.
  • Blackwall: Warden Blackwall of Val Chevin, constable of the Grey. Bearer of the Silverite Wings of Valor.
  • Sera: Her Ladyship Mai Bhalsych of Korse. (Sera snickers)
  • Cassandra: Seeker Cassandra Allegra Portia Calogera Filomena– (Cassandra: Get on with it!) …Pentaghast. Fourteenth cousin to the King of Nevarra, nine times removed. Hero of Orlais, Right Hand of the Divine.
  • Varric: Renowned author Varric Tethras. Head of noble House Tethras, deshyr of Kirkwall to the Dwarven Merchants Guild.
  • Dorian: Lord Dorian Pavus, member of the Circle of Vyrantium, son of Lord Magister Halward Pavus of Asariel.
  • Cullen: Ser Cullen Stanton Rutherford of Honnleath. Commander of the forces of the Inquisition. Former Knight-Commander of Kirkwall.
  • Leliana: Lady Leliana, Nightingale of the Imperial Court. Veteran of the Fifth Blight.
    • If romanced by warden who becomes Queen: Mistress to the Queen of Ferelden.
    • If romanced by a warden who becomes Prince Consort: Mistress to the Prince Consort of Ferelden.
    • (continues) Seneschal of the Inquisition and Left Hand of the Divine.
  • Josephine: And Lady Josephine Cherette Montilyet of Antiva City, Ambassador of the Inquisition.

Cole is never announced, even if he is made more human.

Approaching Celene Edit

After you arrive next to Gaspard, the Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons will be introduced and Empress Celene will greet the Inquisitor:

  • Top option - DAIApproval Court Approval 10 (For human rogues and warriors. All classes of any race get this approval amount also if Vivienne is in the party)
  • Middle option - DAIApproval Court Approval 5
  • Bottom option - DAIApproval Court Approval -15 DAIApproval Vivienne Greatly Disapproves

The second set of choices have no court approval changes. Leliana will ask the Inquisitor to see her when they have a moment.

Speak with Leliana Edit

Note: The following outlines one of the myriad ways this quest can be completed. The important warning is to not pick up the last of the three required items until all side quests are completed as desired. After that, there will be a forced rush to the ballroom to progress the quest and some opportunities may vanish.

Mingle with the court and the party members and advisors. Converse with Lady Mantillon and ask her to dance as a prerequisite for Dance with the Dowager: The Allemande (requires the Nobility Knowledge perk and DAIApproval Court Approval 60+). This also grants DAIApproval Court Approval 5. Volume 1 of A Compendium of Orlesian Theater is on a couch here.

If she is brought along for the quest, Sera will be near the northeast corner of the ballroom, and asking about her "friends" will begin Red Jenny's Stashes. Speaking with her can also bring approval changes, see companion approval.

Go back to the Vestibule and a scene with Leliana begins. She mentions that an occult advisor seems to have charmed the empress and the court, while the Inquisitor mentions that Gaspard is pointing fingers at Ambassador Briala.

Both leads warrant investigating the Guest Wing. To progress, three items must be found:

These can be acquired in any order, but once the third one is picked up, the Inquisitor will have limited time to return to the Ballroom.

The doors leading to the Grand Library from the Vestibule are locked from the other side, so another way in will need to be found.

Explore the Grand Library Edit

Investigate Briala's agents Edit

Hall of Heroes

Hall of Heroes, Lower Level

Return to the entrance to the guest wing and enter the Hall of Heroes. The hall of heroes is located to the west as you exit the ballroom into the Vestibule. Grab the Caprice Coin at the bottom of the staircase on the right side. Approach the Whispering Elf then eavesdrop on the elves to learn about a package delivered to a room in the upper garden.

Continue into the guest wing. There is a eavesdrop point next to the first golden lion on your left for a scandalous secret. Head into the room to the east, speak to Duke Germain and ask about Gaspard being his nephew for DAIApproval Court Approval 5. The Council of Heralds Vassal in the guest wing will be pacing the hallways. Choose "Philippe is a jerk!" for DAIApproval Court Approval 10 (the game displays Court Approval 15 but it actually adds 10). The other option gives DAIApproval Court Approval -10 (the game displays Court Approval -15 but it actually removes 10). Either response serves as evidence to use against Gaspard. There is also a Caprice coin on the floor between the two southern lions in Duke Germain's room.

Proceed down the hallway to find another Whispering Elf to eavesdrop on. For an elven Inquisitor, they will speak to them directly with a warning of danger in the Servant's Quarters.

Continue down the hallway into the next room and through the door onto the balcony. Searching will find the first item, The Cylinder Seal next to a flower pot.

Note: Do not talk to the group of three guards in the south room more than once. Doing so will cause a drop of DAIApproval Court Approval -10. It is also worth noting that if you do speak to them more than once, you will not receive a notification of any drop in approval.

Return to the guest wing and exit west into the Guest Garden. Celene's ladies-in-waiting will deliver a message from the empress. At the entrance, turn right, there is a eavesdrop point behind one of the pillars for a scandalous secret. There is also a group of nobles in the southwest portion of the garden that you can eavesdrop on for The Great Blackmail Hunt eventually allows the Inquisitor to talk to them. Note that this circle can be eavesdropped twice for a scandalous secret. Choose one of the options to receive aid for the Inquisition, granting Influence and Power. There is also one of Red Jenny's stashes in the open room by this eavesdropping circle.

Note: The Agent Acquired graphic will display but no new agent is listed in Inquisition perks after returning to Skyhold.

Climb up the lattice next to the fountain in the garden and a Court Approval timed section begins.

The Inquisitor enters an area deemed off-limits. The Court notices the Inquisitor's absence and as a result, Court Approval will steadily drop (at a rate of about -1/min) while in this area.
The time limit is meant to induce a sense of urgency. However, this does not mean you cannot take your time (within reason) to explore all rooms and look for loot and various quest objectives. Further, the approval drop does not occur when the game is paused, so frequent pausing to move the camera around can reduce the loss. There are many ways to regain approval, as detailed below.

Once up the lattice, turn right and follow the railing around two turns to the right. Halfway down the rail is a Halla statue which you will need in just a moment. Pulse your search and you will turn up a Secret Document on the corner of the railing. Return to the lattice, continue straight ahead, and open the Upper Garden Door located to the west of the lattice. It costs one halla statuette to be opened. You must open this door to advance the main quest. Grab the loot from the chest and pick up the Negotiations on the floor once you enter the halla door to obtain the second item in the objective.

Celene's occult advisor Edit

Grand Library

Grand Library.

Return to the lattice and turn left to enter the Grand Library doors, located directly to the north of the lattice.
Note: You can choose to search the rest of the library now or return later, however a couple of side quest items don't immediately appear in the library at this stage.

Move past the urns on the left and search the bookshelf to find a hidden switch. This opens the back door of the library. Go in but do not pick up the Letter just yet or the rush to the ballroom will start.

Instead, turn right, grab the veilfire torch, and light the urns in the previous room in the following order:
Etienne I → Reville → Etienne II → Judicael I → Judicael II → Florian.

Simply:

  1. Face the room with the garden entrance behind you.
  2. Light the RIGHT side of urns, closest to farthest.
  3. Return to the garden entrance and face the room.
  4. Light the LEFT side of urns, closest to farthest.

Down here is a map

 3  2  1

X ==========>

 6  5  4

X is the room where you got the veilfire torch.

Head down into the secret study, and the first chest on the right always contains Confusion Grenade recipe icon Confusion Grenade Recipe One of the other chests always contains a DAI masterwork staff blade schematic icon Masterwork Magister Staff Blade Schematic.

Go back up the stairs from the secret study, turn left and pass through either door. Go down the stairs to find rooms on the left and right. The room on the right is locked and only accessible to Rogue Inquisitors. To the right there is also a hidden book that updates Halamshiral Investigation - Clues. The room to the left contains a loot chest and a scandalous secret. Continue down the long hall—picking up another scandalous secret on the tables by the windows—to double doors leading back to the Vestibule. Be sure to open one of these doors to allow easier access later.

If Cole was brought along, he will be here for dialogue. None of the options change his approval.

Side quest totals: 3/15 Caprice coins, 2/11 halla statuettes, 13/30 scandalous secrets and 1/3 Red Jenny stashes.

Return to the room where the veilfire is and pick up the Letter.

Return to the ballroom Edit

The first bell will ring, signaling that it's time to return to the ballroom. The fastest route is back through the library, rather than going back down the lattice. Once the Inquisitor steps foot into the Vestibule or the Guest Gardens, Court Approval will no longer deteriorate.

Three bells ring before the Inquisitor must enter the Ballroom. The timing of entrance can gain or lose Court Approval as follows:

  • Enter after the first bell, on time - No Court Approval change
  • Enter after the second bell, fashionably late - DAIApproval Court Approval 10
  • Enter after the third bell, actually late - DAIApproval Court Approval -20

Attempt to enter the ballroom to instead meet Celene's occult advisor, Morrigan. She encountered and killed a Tevinter agent and hands over a key she found on his body.

Enter the servant's quarters Edit

Before leaving the Vestibule, now is a good time to re-enter the Ballroom which will commence the Behind Every Empress subquest.

Turn right and go down the side of the room. If applicable, chat with Leliana to drop off the thirteen scandalous secrets you have at this point which are required to complete The Great Blackmail Hunt.

At the first right, exit the hall to the balcony and talk to Briala. None of the dialogue options with her have an effect on the main quest. Talking to her marks the quest stage for her as done.

Re-enter the ballroom and turn right. Speak with Lady Fleur, the middle of the ladies-in-waiting to complete Behind Every Empress.

Continuing counter-clockwise, ignore the next balcony. Celene is there but cannot be spoken with. Gaspard is on the next balcony. Talking to him presents his take on the situation and others, completing the three-way opinion circle of the three parties. (Note: If you have trained to be a Champion, there is a special dialogue option when interacting with Gaspard that increases approval by 20)

Return to the vestibule door and exit.

Note: The boss battle at the end of this quest can be skipped if Court Approval is at least 85. Regardless of if you plan on completing the 'Throwing Away Money' or 'The Great Blackmail Hunt' side quests, it's worth picking up what you find as tossing money in the fountain will give you 1 court approval each, while secrets delivered to Liliana will give you two each. This means that there is up to an additional 75 points that can be lost throughout the quest, though achieving 0 at any one point in the quest will still result in getting removed from the ball and a game over.

Re-enter the Hall of Heroes and go to the west end of the lower level. Go through the door to the servant's quarters.

Explore the servant's quarters and Grand Apartments Edit

Court Approval timed section begins

Equip everyone's arms and armor. This area is off-limits so Court Approval is ticking away, though time is frozen in the inventory screen. The Grand Apartments themselves are off limits, but you do not incur a Court Approval penalty while you are in the Servants Quarters or the Gardens. It is possible to go in with 100 and come out with 100; only upon entering the Grand Apartments does the countdown begin. (Note that this is no longer the case as of the final patch - court approval will drop in the Servants Quarters and Gardens, so basically you cannot avoid approval drop in this section. You can return to the Hall of Heroes from the Servants Quarters until you drop down to the fountain to reset the timer, however you will lose approval after that point until you return to the ballroom. But even taking your time you should lose no more than 8 to 10 court approval.)

Examine the corpse for a bit of companion-dependent dialogue. Turn right and go through the archway into the bedroom. Continue counter-clockwise into the kitchen. Do not miss the Halla statue on the wooden beam above you. To grab it, you may either jump onto kitchen table or onto a three-tier pile of barrels against the wall. From the barrels, you may jump onto the beam and tiptoe to the statuette. The barrels are by the east wall. On the way to the Halla statue along the beams, there is a book which gives a codex entry on the Servants' Quarters of The Winter Palace. Counter-clockwise again takes you to the entry room. Turn right and exit to the gardens.

Before dropping down before the fountain, turn to the left and move to the back of the balcony. There will be a Halla statue in the back left corner.

Head towards the fountain and fall down to begin a cut scene. An emissary for the Council of Heralds is found dead, and a nearby weapon bears the Chalons family crest.

Find the Harlequin Edit

Kill the group of Venatori that appear.

Go southwest for a Red Jenny Stash if that quest is active and then return to the fountain.

Go north and grab the loot by the fountain on the right and continue north. There will be Venatori off to the left. Kill them or ignore them.

Turn north and head up the staircase. Climb the ladder to reach a balcony with a caprice coin at the end. Enter the adjacent room and look right to find a halla statuette.

Go back down to the ground floor and kill the Venatori if you didn't before. Continue west until a vine covered wall is reached. Turn left and go through the archway.

Enter the grand apartments, turning left and enter the bedroom. There's a caprice coin on the middle bed to the left.

Exit the room and go forward into the kitchen. There is a Supply Cache here. Return to the previous room and turn right. Go through the small room into the dining room. Kill the Venatori in the dining room, then grab the caprice coin on the table between the two flowerpots in the south west corner of the room (it will be the rightmost table when facing them).

Exit south to the library. Exit east from the library into the room with the fireplace and the long tables. Kill the Venatori. Head up the stairs, turn left and clear out the room to the left.

The nearby halla door leads to Celene's Vault and requires three halla statuettes to open. If opened, the Inquisitor will find Inquisition-Dagger-Schematic-icon2 Masterwork Crow Blade Schematic and an elven locket which is essential to one of five possible quest endings.

Turn right out of the room, past the stairs and right again. Continue to the next corridor to face off against the Harlequin and a large group of Venatori. Or alternatively, just turn left, and follow where the corridor leads.

The Harlequin always drops DAI-Crescent Slicer Icon Crescent Slicer. A scene with Briala begins after all enemies are eliminated.

Return to the Ballroom Edit

Before leaving this room, be sure to grab the Halla statue that was visible in the cutscene with Briala and any dropped loot from the enemies killed. Dropping off the right side of the balcony is the quickest way down, but there is some not-so-apparent loot to be found. Once the cutscene with Briala is over and you've picked up your loot and the Halla statue, head north to the next room to find an open window on the right wall. Jump diagonally left across to the larger balcony to find more loot near some square crates. This might take more than one attempt, so if you fail, simply switch to another party member to attempt it up to 4 times. Return to the railing you landed on from the open window, jump down to land on a lower balcony near a large pile of gold and a corpse. Either jump off this lower balcony or switch to another party member that is still up top.

If the balconies are not taken, turn around, go back through the desk room, exit south, take an immediate left and go downstairs. Take a right at the bottom of the stairs, a left into the library and straight out into the gardens. Turn left, kill some more Venatori, past the elven agents, and go up the stairs and open the gate that goes back to Main Palace.

Court Approval timed section ends

Side quest totals: 6/15 Caprice coins, 6/11 halla statuettes, 13/30 scandalous secrets and 2/3 Red Jenny stashes.

Dance with Florianne Edit

Go back through the Hall of Heroes, turn right at the Ballroom door and wait for the second bell for extra Court Approval. It is possible to miss the first bell due to the game loading. The Inquisitor will make a comment when the second bell rings.

Gaspard's Clandestine Meeting is active now but can be completed later since time is an issue. On entering the ballroom a scene begins with Florianne. Any options not listed below have no court approval changes.

Dance with me...

  • Two women dancing? (female only) - DAIApproval Court Approval -10
  • Let's dance. - DAIApproval Court Approval 10
  • Let them hear us. - DAIApproval Court Approval -15

...What do you know about our civil war?

  • (Nobility Knowledge) Orlais' war is Thedas' war. - DAIApproval Court Approval 5
  • (Human Rogue) - Orlais is everyone's business. DAIApproval Court Approval 5
  • As much as I care to. - DAIApproval Court Approval -10

The security of the empire is at stake...

  • I can agree with that./That's why I'm here. - DAIApproval Court Approval -10
  • Is that what we both want? - DAIApproval Court Approval 10

You are a curiosity to many...

  • I'm here to help./Not my problem. - DAIApproval Court Approval -10
  • Which am I to you? - DAIApproval Court Approval 5

...Who in the Court can be trusted?

  • I trust Celene/Gaspard/Briala. - DAIApproval Court Approval -10
  • (Underworld Knowledge) I trust no one./I trust the Inquisition./Who do you trust? - DAIApproval Court Approval 5

It cannot have escaped your notice...

  • All options
  • Court Approval less than 50 - DAIApproval Court Approval -15
  • Court Approval more than 50 - DAIApproval Court Approval 10 (the game displays Court Approval 5 but it actually adds 10)

Florianne ultimately suggests investigating the Royal Wing. Another scene with the advisors begins immediately. Leliana reminds the Inquisitor that Corypheus wants chaos in the empire. She also says that there are many ways to bring stability to the empire, and not all involve Celene (hinting at multiple endings for the quest).

Find material in the Royal Wing Edit

At this point the Inquisitor can optionally confront Gaspard and Briala with any evidence gathered so far, as well as learn more about their backgrounds if they didn't do so earlier.

Many new side quest items now appear in the Ballroom, Vestibule, Hall of Heroes, Guest Wing, in the Guest Garden and on its balcony and in the Grand Library. There are also a few in the Trophy Room. Now is also a good time to access the Lower Garden Door off the Guest Garden which also contains several items, unless the statuettes are being saved for a different purpose.
Before heading to the Royal Wing, approach the Trophy Room on the north side of the Hall of Heroes and trick Ambassador Anton and his comrades into talking to Cullen, which also awards DAIApproval Court Approval 10.
Trophy Room

Trophy Room

Otherwise, if the Inquisitor is an elf, they can ask for Whispering Elves next to Ambassador Anton to make a distraction. However, this won't reward Approval points.

The Trophy Room is an off-limits area where Court Approval will be reduced. If ignoring the side quests, simply open the rear door, enter the office and loot the Secret Orders as material to blackmail Gaspard. The door on the left can be opened if the Inquisitor is a rogue.

Exiting the Trophy Room to the Hall of Heroes halts the drop in Court Approval.

Head to the royal wing located up the east stairs at the north end of the Vestibule.

Note: This is the point of no return for some aspects of this quest. Inside the Royal Wing the Inquisitor can access the Empress's Private Quarters, two Caprice coins, three scandalous secrets and four halla statuettes. All other side quest items should be found before entering, thus the Inquisitor should have 13/15 Caprice coins, 7/11 halla statuettes and 27/30 scandalous secrets with Red Jenny's Stashes complete. This means the Inquisitor needs to collect 7 more coins, loot 1 more Hala statue, eavesdrop and loot 14 more scandalous secrets and have looted the final Red Jenny Stash.
If pursuing the Celene/Briala reconciliation ending, the elven locket must be found
and discussed with Briala, the Empress's ladies-in-waiting and the Empress herself.

The three points where blackmail evidence may be obtained are:

  • Against Briala: the elven servant
  • Against Celene: the soldier in the bed
  • Against Gaspard: the mercenary captain after closing the rift

Entering the Royal Wing resumes the periodic loss of Court Approval.

Harlequin and Elf

A Harlequin, before their interrupted attempt to kill the elven servant.

The Inquisitor will need to re-equip weapons, armor and helmet. Companions should appear ready to go.

There is a secret on the table immediately to the left.

Go up the stairs and into the Royal Quarters. Take a right and then a right through the door. Loot the two containers, one secret and the halla.

Exit the room and go past the locked door; a scream will be heard upon approaching the next door on the right. Open the door and a cutscene plays where the Inquisitor defenestrates a Harlequin. Interviewing the elven servant provides the blackmail evidence against Briala. There is also a halla and two lootboxes inside the room.

Exit the room through the passageway, enter the darkened hallway and go past the door with the Ferelden soldier yelling and down the steps to retrieve a halla from the floor. Return to the cutscene room.

Exit the room to the hallway and the Empress's Private Quarters are on the right which requires five halla statuettes to unlock. Asking the soldier tied to the bed to testify against Celene is required to complete two of the side quests and to achieve the public truce ending. Otherwise, asking the soldier to keep this quiet awards DAIApproval Court Approval 10.

A Caprice coin is on the desk to the right of the bed when the Inquisitor is at foot of the bed, facing it. There is also one chance for companion approval gains (Cassandra, Dorian and/or Sera only). Note that leaving the soldier in the bed causes the cutscene to restart on returning to the bed. So if Sera approval is desired, leave him in the bed, come back and let him go, which will allow access to the coin.

The final Caprice coin is in a room off the darkened hallway, see Throwing Away Money for directions.

Once all the scandalous secrets and Caprice coins have been found, the Inquisitor should exit the Royal Wing immediately to (a) talk to Leliana and deliver the blackmail in order to complete The Great Blackmail Hunt and (b) toss all the coins into the coin fountain to maximize Influence gains for Throwing Away Money).
Once the trap is sprung, any opportunity to complete these quests is lost.

Evade the trap Edit

Note: It is possible to end this quest with DAIApproval Court Approval 100/100. See Gallery. In order to do so you must gain maximum approval before entering "Jardin de Reverie" in the "Royal Wing".
Because it is an off-limits area where DAIApproval Court Approval will steadily drop you must move fast, frequently pausing to move the camera around, and (if necessary) head back few times to the far eastern room on the "Upper Level" (where approval doesn't drop). Having a rogue with Stealth and Fade-Touched gear make it a lot easier.

Go through the doors opposite the balcony doors.
Florianne-garden

The assassin unmasked

This causes a cut scene to take place and the party is ambushed. There will be a dialogue with Florianne which provides the following option (all other choices have no effect):

Corypheus insisted...

  • It's not too late to end this. - DAIApproval Sera Slightly Disapproves
  • I'm sure he'll get used to it. / Corypheus will be dissappointed. - DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves

The Fade rift will spawn a random combination of wraiths, shades, greater terrors, despair demons and/or rage demons. Close it and there is a very brief interval during which the rift drop can be looted prior to a scene beginning with the mercenary captain in which he agrees to testify against Gaspard. If the Underworld Knowledge perk has been selected, an option to get his company to work for the Inquisition appears. This awards Influence, Power and companion approval.

Again, the Agent Acquired graphic is displayed, but no new agent is listed upon returning to Skyhold.

Return to Cullen with the information gathered Edit

Head west to the locked door, turn right and loot the box. Go through the east door onto a balcony to find some gold (the balcony also serves as a safe zone where Court Approval does not drop). Then head south into Le Requiem and dispatch a small group of Venatori.

Garden chapel

Jardin de Rêverie

Proceed down the stairs to encounter the final group of Venatori. Head through the northern hallway, then proceed into the next room and Choose a Lower Royal Wing Door if enough halla statuettes are held. Each door requires five halla statuettes and both doors can be opened (if you've gathered and saved ten of the eleven halla statuettes in the Winter Palace, even though the quest text by the doors suggests otherwise).

Head back and turn right, open the door and continue into a larger courtyard. Take a right and head through the north door into the kitchen, which contains the final supply cache. The room to the west ("Dining Room") has 2 small loot chests. There is a short dead-end hallway by the west-most chest that is a safe zone for Court Approval. Go back out through the kitchens and straight across the courtyard. Open the door, turn left, go up the stairs and loot the footlocker. Go straight back and the doors will activate a cutscene.

Confront Grand Duchess Florianne Edit

The scene begins as Cullen asks the Inquisitor what they should do:

  • I'll talk with Florianne. (Publicly expose the duchess' crimes to the court, avoiding further bloodshed.)
  • Requires Court Approval of 85 or greater
  • Necessary to gain the Belle of the Ball achievement
  • Boss battle with Florianne is skipped.
  • Detain the duchess. (Save Celene's life, then deal with the duchess.)
  • Leads to boss battle with Florianne
  • Wait for Florianne to attack. (Allow the empress to die before dealing with the duchess.)
  • Leads to boss battle with Florianne

Each decision results in different companion approval outcomes.

If choosing to fight Florianne, see Florianne de Chalons (strategy).

Denouement Edit

Following the confrontation with the Grand Duchess and after deciding the fate of Orlais' throne, a new scene plays as Morrigan informs the Inquisitor that she has been named the Imperial liaison to the Inquisition.

If a romance is being pursued, the Inquisitor's love interest will join them on the balcony. Accepting the offer of a dance will result in approval (not applicable to advisors, of course). If there is no love interest or they were not brought to the Winter Palace, Josephine will come out to talk.

If Sera is the Inquisitor's love interest, then this approval can only be obtained before the finale while Sera is still in the ballroom: a dialogue option suggests that the couple dance together, an offer which Sera declines humorously.

The scene then moves to Skyhold, and Leliana and Cassandra's future is discussed, after which the quest completes.

Endings Edit

Whether a boss battle occurred or not, the final sequence of the quest involves a series of cutscenes and dialogue choices which decide the fate of Orlais' throne.

Celene rules alone Edit

Celene can maintain her place on the throne and rule alone.
Celene addresses the court

Celene addresses the court.

After Florianne springs her trap, the Inquisitor must:

  1. Keep Celene alive
  2. Reveal evidence of Gaspard's crimes to the Empress ("Gaspard was planning a coup.")

A Favor Returned becomes an available War table operation.

Celene and Briala rule together Edit

Celene and Briala's relationship can be reconciled. Celene will maintain her place on the throne with Briala's support. Briala is given the title of Marquise.

The Inquisitor must:

  1. Retrieve the elven locket from Celene's vault. This is found in the Servant's Quarters/Grand Apartments (upper level) by opening a halla door that requires three halla statuettes.
    Note: Opening this door prevents the Inquisitor from completing Throwing Away Money. If the right doors are chosen, the Inquisitor can complete The Great Blackmail Hunt or Red Jenny's Stashes but not both. See Herd of Stone Halla for more details.
  2. Then, the Inquisitor must speak with both Briala and the Empress's ladies-in-waiting in the main ballroom and show them the locket. This leads to a cut scene involving the Inquisitor and the Empress.
  3. Finally, after Florianne springs her trap:
  • Keep Celene alive
  • Give Briala partial credit for rooting out the assassins ("Briala helped stop Florianne.")
  • Use the gathered evidence against Gaspard and accuse him of treason and;
  • Request that Briala be rewarded ("What about Briala's reward?")

A Gift from the Imperial Palace becomes available as a War table operation. (Please note that if you choose to spare Gaspard, Celene will rule alone and all efforts will be for nothing)

Public truce Edit

All three leaders can be blackmailed and forced into a public truce.

The Inquisitor must:

  • Enter the Empress's Private Quarters (which requires five halla statuettes) and convince the naked soldier to testify against her.
  • Retrieve blackmail material on Briala.
  • Retrieve blackmail material on Gaspard.
  • Have at least 85 Court Approval (any lower and Celene will dismiss your accusation as "histrionics").

Gaspard rules alone Edit

Gaspard Rules Alone

Emperor Gaspard addresses the court.

Gaspard can become emperor and rule alone.

The Inquisitor must:

Gaspard and Briala rule Edit

Gaspard can become emperor, with Briala pulling the strings from the shadows.

The Inquisitor must:

  • Allow Celene to be assassinated
  • Use blackmail material to force Gaspard to submit to Briala.

Companion approval Edit

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Main quest Edit

Ballroom

  • Inquisitor to Sera: How are you fitting in?
  • If the Inquisitors Court Approval is 60 or lower - DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves
  • If the Inquisitors Court Approval is 61 or higher - DAIApproval Sera Slightly Disapproves

Guest Garden

  • Inquisitor to Dorian: Thank you for coming.
    DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves
  • If the Inquisitor is in a romance with Dorian: We should dance
    DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves (repeatable)

Royal Quarters

  • To the naked soldier in Celene’s bed: I need you to testify. DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves
  • Come work for me. (Recruiting the mercenary captain)
    DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves

Confront Grand Duchess Florianne

  • I'll talk with Florianne. (Publicly expose the duchess' crimes to the court, avoiding further bloodshed.)
    DAIApproval Dorian Greatly Approves, DAIApproval Solas Greatly Approves, DAIApproval Blackwall Approves, DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves
  • I will execute her myself. (Kill the duchess.)
    DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Blackwall Disapproves, DAIApproval Cole Disapproves, DAIApproval Solas Disapproves
  • Take her away. (Give the Duchess to the guards.)
    DAIApproval Blackwall Approves, DAIApproval Cole Approves, DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves, DAIApproval Sera Approves, DAIApproval Solas Approves, DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves
  • Detain the duchess. (Save Celene's life, then deal with the duchess.)
    DAIApproval Sera Approves, DAIApproval Blackwall Approves, DAIApproval Cole Greatly Approves
  • Wait for Florianne to attack. (Allow the empress to die before dealing with the duchess.)
    DAIApproval Sera Greatly Disapproves, DAIApproval Blackwall Greatly Disapproves, DAIApproval Cole Disapproves, DAIApproval Cassandra Approves, DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves, DAIApproval Dorian Approves

Endings Edit

Celene rules alone

  • Briala is an accomplice. (Gaspard executed. Implicate Briala as well.)
    DAIApproval Iron Bull Approves
  • (Special) No, spare Gaspard's life. (Try to convince Celene to let Gaspard live.) (Requires sufficient Court Approval)
    DAIApproval Blackwall Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Sera Approves, DAIApproval Cole Greatly Disapproves(Cole greatly disapproves even If he is not in the party)

Celene and Briala rule together

  • Briala helped stop Florianne. (Use the evidence gathered about Gaspard to support Briala.)
    DAIApproval Solas Approves
  • What about Briala's reward? (Gaspard executed. Attempt to reconcile Celene and Briala.)
    DAIApproval Sera DisapprovesDAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Cole Approves
  • Reconciliation successful
    DAIApproval Cassandra Greatly Approves, DAIApproval Cole Greatly Approves, DAIApproval Dorian Greatly Approves

Public truce

  • All of you are at fault. (Try to force the three leaders into a truce.)
    DAIApproval Solas Approves
  • Celene: You made your point.
  • Work together for Orlais.
    DAIApproval Cole Greatly Approves, DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Blackwall Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves
  • You've been outplayed.
    DAIApproval Blackwall Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Sera Approves, DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves
  • You work for me now.
    DAIApproval Sera Approves, DAIApproval Cole Greatly Approves, DAIApproval Cassandra Slightly Disapproves

Gaspard rules alone

  • Gaspard will be emperor. (Use the blackmail material to discredit Briala and support Gaspard.)
    DAIApproval Iron Bull Greatly Approves, DAIApproval Blackwall Greatly Disapproves, DAIApproval Cole Greatly Disapproves, DAIApproval Dorian Disapproves, DAIApproval Sera Slightly Approves, DAIApproval Cassandra Greatly Approves

Gaspard and Briala rule

  • Briala can take over. (Use blackmail material to put Briala in power.)
    DAIApproval Solas Approves, DAIApproval Cassandra Greatly Disapproves, DAIApproval Sera Slightly Disapproves, DAIApproval Dorian Slightly Approves

Divine Election Edit

Empress Celene Assassinated Edit

  • Gaspard and Briala rule together: Leliana +5, Cassandra -5, Vivienne -10
  • Gaspard rules alone: Cassandra +10, Vivienne -1

Empress Celene Alive Edit

  • Public truce: Cassandra +1, Vivienne -5
  • Gaspard executed: Vivienne +1
  • Gaspard spared: Leliana +1, Vivienne +5

(For more details on Divine Election and point system, see here.)

Rewards Edit

Optional Edit

Completing "Montbelliard's Ring" yields:

  • 128 XP
  • 80 Influence

Completing "Even Gilded Walls Have Ears" yields:

  • 128 XP
  • 80 Influence

Recruiting one of the unnamed nobles as an agent (Guest Garden):

  • 100 Influence
  • 1 Power
  • Does not contribute to Inquisition perks

Recruiting the mercenary captain as an agent (Royal Quarters):

  • 100 Influence
  • 1 Power
  • Does not contribute to Inquisition perks

Main quest Edit

Finding the cylinder seal yields:

  • 128 XP
  • 80 Influence

Closing the rift yields:

  • 967 XP
  • 200 Influence
  • 2 Power

(Optional) Killing Florianne yields:

  • ~5,500 XP

Awarded upon quest completion:

  • 9,875 XP
  • 3,200 Influence
  • 4 Power

Results Edit

Notable items Edit

Main quest Edit

Loot the secret study in the Grand Library to find:

Dropped by the Harlequin in the Grand Apartments:

  • DAI-Crescent Slicer Icon Crescent Slicer

Complete the main quest and receive:

  • Inquisition Light Armor Schematic Blue Icon Formal Attire Schematic

Conditional Edit

Inside the left Lower Royal Wing halla door:

  • Lightning Rune icon Lightning Rune

Inside the right Lower Royal Wing halla door:

  • Enhanced cooldown amulet icon Enhanced Cooldown Amulet

In a small chest in the "Guest Garden", behind the Lower Garden Door (requires 3 Halla Statues):

Inside Celene's Vault:

  • Inquisition-Dagger-Schematic-icon2 Masterwork Crow Blade Schematic

Killing Florianne yields:

  • Bane of Red Crossing icon The Trepanner's Requital

Publicly shame Florianne at court and receive:

  • Mask of the Empress icon Mask of the Grand Duchess and Mask of Valmont icon Mask of Chalons

If Celene rules alone receive:

  • Mask of the Empress icon Mask of the Empress

Keep Celene alive and receive:

  • Mask of Valmont icon Mask of Valmont

Install Gaspard on the throne and receive:

  • Mask of the Empress icon Mask of the Grand Duke and Mask of Valmont icon Traditional Chalons Mask

Put Briala in power and receive:

  • Mask of the Empress icon Ambassador's Mask

Reconcile Celene and Briala or have Gaspard and Briala rule togther and receive:

  • Mask of Valmont icon Coquin Mask

Codex entries Edit

Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Briala
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Council of Heralds
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Empress Celene Valmont
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: A Ghoulish Delight
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Grand Duchess Florianne de Chalons
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Halamshiral
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Jeshavis, Mother of Orlais
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Lion of Orlais (Inquisition)
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Mad Emperor Reville
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Morrigan (Inquisition)
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Orlesian Caprice Coins
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Superstitions of the Royal Family
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Winter Palace

Other texts Edit

Text ico The Art of the Winter Palace (Bronto)
Text ico The Art of the Winter Palace (Deepstalker)
Text ico The Art of the Winter Palace (Guest Garden)
Text ico Diary of a Nosy Servant
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Briala)
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Celene)
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Gaspard)
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Grand Library)
Text ico Halamshiral Investigation - Clues (Trophy Room)

Trivia Edit

Inquisition Celene assassination concept

Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts quest concept

  • Most of the quest names in the main plot refer to specific verses of Chant of Light. "Wicked eyes and wicked hearts" refers to the Canticle of Silence 3:6.
  • If Blackwall is brought for the quest, he will be found conversing with a noble who thinks he recognizes Blackwall from a Lord Rudalt de Lancre's company of soldiers.
  • If she is brought along, Vivienne mentions that there are six members of the Counsel of Heralds present, and that the seventh is "indisposed" further complicating negotiations. Her personal quest - which cannot be unlocked until Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts has been completed - reveals that her deathly ill lover, Duke Bastien De Ghislain, was the head of the Counsel of Heralds, and was likely indisposed due to his illness.
  • There are three dwarven emissaries in the Vestibule who mention House Helmi is trying to mount an expedition to Amgarrak, but House Dace is blocking the expedition into the thaig.
  • If the Hero of Ferelden is a dwarf and survived, the same three dwarves are wondering about the disappearance of Paragon Brosca/Aeducan.
  • There is a head of a Krogan in the trophy room. This is a reference to the game Mass Effect.
  • In the Fumeur section, one of the nobles is trying to figure out classic puzzles such as, Knights and Knaves, The Tower of Hanoi, Fox, Goose, Beans and the Riddle of the Sphinx.

Bugs Edit

  • After the announcements and speaking to Celene for the first time, the Inquisitor bows. Leliana can be seen down the stairs with Cullen and Josephine (if you wait out and don't rush into cutscene, you'll see them approaching after you, in the actual cutscene you can see Leliana coming right beside the Inquisitor). When the Inquisitor turns to the left to leave, Leliana has miraculously appeared at the top of the steps.
    • In the Game of the Year Edition, she moves up the lower stairs, passes round Gaspard to go up, then reappears with Cullen and Josephine, then she's back at the top of the stairs.
  • ps4Icon ps4pcIcon pc If you free the naked soldier in the Empress' bedroom using the hush up option, you may experience a random court approval drop message, but court approval does not change.
  • After completing the quest, even if the player chose to have all 3 parties work together, Leliana may comment that Celene is "rooting out the last of Gaspard's supporters" when asked for any updates at Skyhold.
  • Be careful when moving between the Vestibule and the Grand Ballroom as it is possible for the door's destination to change to the room you're already in if you get too close, causing the game to never leave the loading screen or an exceptionally long loading time. The same problem exists with the door between the Vestibule and the Royal Wing.
  • If the player uses necromancy in the Harlequin fight, the cut-scene required for progression may not trigger.
    • The work-around is to enable friendly fire (settings -> gameplay -> friendly fire) and AOE any of the raised opponents to death.
    • Or, use Spirit Mark to instantly kill all raised spirits.
  • While in the Ballroom after being introduced to Celene, if the player asks Vivienne if there is anything to look out for, she will comment on Cole behaving even more strangely than usual, even if Cole is not in the party.
  • When the American-accented female inquisitor is in a romance with Solas, her voice may become male when asking him to dance.
  • When coming and going from the vestibule and ballroom, the door may be labeled as both "Vestibule" and "Grand Ballroom." Rotate the camera and the position of the Inquisitor to get the correct label to appear. If entering the door when labeled as the same room you're in, the game will take a long time loading, and you'll reappear in the same room.
  • When being introduced in the ballroom in the beginning of the mission, if you stop before going up the stairs and look up to the right, you will see another Leliana standing on the other side of the railing, standing in the same position as the Leliana next to Cullen and Josephine, that you can highlight if you put your cursor over her.
  • In the garden area, the minstrel sings songs translated into French, but the captioning remains localized.
  • The approval drop in off-limit areas can be avoided by quicksaving and quickloading rapidly - as reloading the game resets the countdown of the approval drop.
  • Side quests involving the halla statuettes may become permanently stuck on the side of the screen where active quests are shown even after progressing beyond the Winter Palace.
  • Sera can be asked to dance by a female Inquisitor even if not in a romance with her.
  • If the player saves and reloads after the first bell has rung, the second bell may not ever trigger.

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