Unlocking “Here Lies the Abyss” Quest

To unlock this quest, you must first complete the “From the Ashes” main quest and talk to Varric on the ramparts (M12,8). During this meeting, Gray Warden Hawke – the protagonist of the previous installment – will task you with the quest. To start, visit the war room and unlock the “Find the Warden” operation on the war map by spending 8 Power points and confirming your travel to Crestwood.

After arriving in Crestwood, you must travel to the cave near the Eastern edge of the map (M13,1a) while fighting off undead and highwaymen along the way. Once inside the cave, you will meet Hawke and then proceed to meet with Stroud (M13,1b). After this meeting, return to the war room in Skyhold and spend 8 Power points to unlock the entrance to The Western Approach. Head to the Ritual Tower (M19, 1a) and meet with Hawke and Stroud before entering the tower and facing Lord Livius Erimond.

Get rid of the mage guards quickly.

During the fight, prioritize the elimination of the Warden Spellbinder first (note that they are immune to ice attacks) and send some warriors to attack them in order to make it difficult for them to cast spells. Keep an eye out for the rage demon, and it’s best to attack it with your entire party. The smaller monsters can be dealt with later as they are not much of a problem. After defeating all the enemies, talk to the Hawk and Stroud. To continue the quest, return to Skyhold and go to the council room. Here, you can unlock the passage to the Adamant Fort (cost: 20 Power points), where the main part of the quest begins.

The wardens fight against demons

After the cutscene, you will be thrown into the action (M27,1a) – fight off several demons while climbing the stairs. You will come across the Grey Wardens fighting more Darkspawn (M27,1b) next to the descent. If you help them, they will retreat, but if you demand their surrender, you will have to fight them.

The Pride demon on the battlements

Cross the door and climb the stairs. You can now complete the optional quest to clear points of besiegement. You can identify them by the groups of Wardens fighting demons. The first one is to the right, after climbing onto the battlements (M27,1c). The rest can be found after leaving the tower behind (M27,1d), where the Pride demon is fighting, and along the battlements to the right (M27,1e). Helping in these fights will earn you Power points, Influence points, and additional experience. Afterwards, climb down the stairs.

Clarel and Edimond on the fort’s battlements

After passing through the outer walls, you will reach Clareel and the rest of the Wardens. You will have to make a choice: if you attack the Wardens, both they and the demons will become hostile towards you. However, if you choose “I have already spared Wardens” in the special menu or if Blackwall is on your party, some of the Wardens may side with you (if you have talked to your party members frequently, you may have access to additional dialogue options). After the battle, climb up the stairs where you will see a cutscene at the top.

The Fade

You will now enter the Fade (M27,1f). This place is unique as you will only be fighting demons and spiders here.

Emerald green shadow crystal

There are chests here called Emerald green shadow crystals which are worth looting as they contain valuable items.

The mirror

Another valuable item in the Fade are the mirrors. They permanently increase a character’s attribute after approaching and interacting with them.

Memory Consumption

Look up and talk to the spirit of Justynia. Defeat a group of wraiths and collect the memories they leave behind. Interact with each memory to open the passage.

Breaking the Last Barrier

Proceed until you encounter another barrier. Defeat stronger demons to bring down the barrier. The number and type of demons are randomly generated, making the fight lengthy. A supply crate is available near the stone in the center of the area.

The Boss Fight – Nightmare

Fight the final boss, Nightmare, in the last chamber. Nightmare floats in the air, making it hard to reach him with all blades. After depleting 30% of his health, he summons spiders and demons to his aid, and becomes nearly invisible. Hit him when he blinks. He becomes visible again after you defeat his summons.

The End of the Fade Stage

Choose between Hawke or Stroud to stay behind in the Fade to secure the party’s retreat. After leaving the Fade, decide to either drive the Grey Wardens away or include them in the Inquisition, which affects available operations on the war table.

Rewards for completing the quest:

  • Lots of experience
  • 3840 influence points
  • 8 power points

Fears of the Dreamers

How to Unlock: Find a Dreamer or the item they want in the Fade.

Quest Giver: –

Gifts for the Dreamers

Find five Dreamers and fulfill their requests for items. They will reward you with an additional point of a random attribute.

A Dreamer

After giving each Dreamer the requested item, you will receive a reward. In total, you need to find five items (M27,2a,2c,2e,2g,2i) and claim 5 rewards (M27,2b,2d,2f,2h,2j).

Rewards from the Dreamers

Finally, you receive an additional reward (M27,2k) from the Dreamers – the Essence of Perfectness, a valuable crafting material. It is located to the left, next to the rock surrounded by Dreamers after you destroy the last barrier.

Rewards for completing the quest:

  • You will gain a little experience
  • Receive 80 Influence points
  • Get +1 Attribute point for each item you deliver to the Dreamers
  • Obtain the Essence of Perfectness

Broken window

To begin the quest, approach the altar on the rock in the Fade.

The quest giver is unknown and can be found at (M27,3).

The altar in the Fade

The side quest in the Fade is simple. On the rock where two Pride Demons are, there is an altar near the edge. The objective is to light flames in the correct order. The order is: 4, 1, 3, 5, 2.

The case on the altar

Once all flames are lit, you will earn experience and a case will appear on the altar. The case contains a legendary ring and an Amulet of Power.

Rewards for completing the quest:

  • You will gain a little experience
  • Receive 80 Influence points


What is Here Lies the Abyss?

Here Lies the Abyss is a quest in the video game Dragon Age: Inquisition. It is one of the main quests in the game and focuses on the Inquisitor and their companions attempting to seal a massive tear in the Fade, the magical realm that exists alongside the physical world. The quest is filled with challenging battles and difficult decisions, and the outcome can have a significant impact on the game’s story and ending.

What makes Here Lies the Abyss challenging?

Here Lies the Abyss is challenging for several reasons. One of the main challenges is the difficulty of the battles that the player must face. There are several powerful enemies throughout the quest, including a powerful dragon, that require careful planning and strategy to defeat. Additionally, the quest presents several difficult moral dilemmas that can have significant consequences for the game’s story and characters. The player must navigate these decisions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.

What is the significance of the Fade in Here Lies the Abyss?

The Fade is a magical realm that exists alongside the physical world in the Dragon Age universe. In Here Lies the Abyss, the player must enter the Fade to seal a massive tear that threatens to destroy the world. The Fade is a dangerous and unpredictable place, filled with powerful demons and spirits that can harm the player and their companions. Additionally, the player must navigate the moral complexity of the Fade, as the spirits that inhabit it are not always what they seem.

How does Here Lies the Abyss impact the overall story of Dragon Age: Inquisition?

Here Lies the Abyss is a crucial quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition, as it has a significant impact on the game’s story and ending. The decisions that the player makes during the quest can have far-reaching consequences for the other characters in the game and the fate of the world. Additionally, the quest sets up several important plot points that are explored in later quests and DLC. Overall, Here Lies the Abyss is a crucial part of the Dragon Age: Inquisition experience and a must-play for fans of the series.

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