Sand and Ruin

How to unlock: Unlocks automatically after completing the “Stop Venatori Activity in the West” operation.

Quest giver: –

The operation in The Hissing Wastes.

To add this quest to your journal, find the icon on the war table in Skyhold. You must have at least 20 power points to unlock The Hissing Wastes. Once unlocked, go to the dwarven ruins at M16,1 and talk to Lace Harding. Be warned, The Hissing Wastes is a challenging location and should only be attempted with team members of at least level 16-17.

Attack the cultists and search the camp.

The next part of the quest requires attacking Venatori camps located throughout The Hissing Wastes. One camp is located in the western part of the map at M16,1d. Defeat the cultists, focusing on the Venatori Mages and Stalkers, and search for two books related to “The Tomb of Fairel” side quest.

The cultists in the second camp.

Another camp can be found in the central part of the Wastes at M16,1f. Kill all the cultists, including the elite Venatori Brute, and search for the book. One of the five additional tombs from “The Tomb of Fairel” quest is located nearby.

Choose one of the paths leading up the mountain.

The third camp is located on top of the mountain in the north-eastern part of the map at M16,1j. Choose one of the available paths to reach the camp, defeat the Venatori (kill the Mages first), and search for two books, including one with a sketch. You can also set up your own camp here.

Get rid of the cultists in the first part of the camp.

The largest camp is located in the eastern part of The Hissing Wastes at M16,1k. Attack the cultists in the first part of the camp, watching out for archers on the fortifications. The second part of the camp is protected by barricades, but you can go around them from the south through several narrow passages.

Get past the barricades and attack the group led by the Overseer.

The second part of the camp is defended by a large group of opponents, including the Overseer, who is resistant to fire attacks. Use other elements to defeat him. Once the battle is over, search the Overseer’s body for the Bloodwake staff and find the last book.


The rewards for completing the objectives include unlocking the side quests “The Tomb of Fairel”, “Rifts Near the Cove”, and “Holding the Hissing Wastes”. In addition, gaining access to the Hissing Wastes, acquiring a significant amount of experience, 1500 Inquisition influence, and 4 Inquisition power are also part of the rewards.


1. What is the significance of sand in the context of ruins?

Sand is a crucial element in the formation and preservation of ruins. It can both erode and preserve structures over time, depending on various factors such as wind patterns, moisture levels, and the type of material the ruins are made of. In many cases, sand can cover or bury ruins, helping to protect them from further damage. However, sand can also contribute to the destruction of ruins by causing erosion or shifting the foundations of structures. In some cases, the movement of sand can reveal previously hidden ruins, adding to our understanding of ancient civilizations and their histories.

2. How have humans contributed to the ruin of sand landscapes?

Human activity has had a significant impact on sand landscapes and the ruins found within them. Activities such as mining, construction, and land development can cause irreparable damage to sand dunes and other formations, leading to the destruction of ancient ruins. Additionally, pollution and climate change can alter the delicate balance of sand ecosystems, making them more susceptible to erosion and other forms of degradation. To protect sand landscapes and the ruins they contain, it is essential to prioritize conservation efforts and sustainable practices that minimize human impact on these fragile environments.

3. What are some famous sand ruins around the world?

There are many famous sand ruins around the world, each with their own unique history and cultural significance. Some examples include the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, which was carved into sandstone cliffs and abandoned in the 7th century; the Mayan ruins of Tulum in Mexico, which sit atop a sandy coastline overlooking the Caribbean Sea; and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, which were constructed using limestone blocks quarried from nearby sandstone formations. Other notable sand ruins include the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna in Libya, and the abandoned ghost town of Kolmanskop in Namibia.

4. What challenges do archaeologists face when excavating sand ruins?

Excavating sand ruins can be a challenging and time-consuming process due to a number of factors. One of the main challenges is the unstable nature of sand, which can shift and erode quickly if not handled properly. Archaeologists must use specialized techniques and equipment to carefully excavate sand ruins without causing further damage to the structures or the surrounding environment. Additionally, sand ruins are often located in remote or inhospitable locations, requiring archaeologists to navigate difficult terrain and extreme weather conditions. Despite these challenges, excavating sand ruins can provide valuable insights into the history and culture of ancient civilizations, making it a worthwhile endeavor for archaeologists and historians alike.

5. How can we preserve sand ruins for future generations?

Preserving sand ruins for future generations requires a multi-pronged approach that involves both conservation efforts and public education. One key strategy is to limit human impact on sand landscapes through sustainable land use practices and conservation initiatives. Additionally, efforts can be made to protect sand ruins through the implementation of site management plans, which provide guidelines for preserving and maintaining the structures. Finally, public education is essential for raising awareness about the cultural and historical value of sand ruins, and for promoting responsible tourism practices that minimize damage to these fragile environments. By working together, we can ensure that sand ruins continue to be a source of wonder and inspiration for generations to come.

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