Emprise Du Lion – Red Templars Dales

Emprise du Lion


Location: Emprise du Lion

Terrain: Glacial

Type: Highlands

Location: Highlands of the Dales, Orlais

Inhabitants: Elves (formerly), Sahrnia Villagers, Red Templars

Enemies: Red Templars, Bears, Great bears, Wolves, Black wolves, Darkspawn, Demons, High dragons, Dragonlings

Appearances: Dragon Age: Inquisition

Emprise du Lion is an area in the Highlands of the Dales. It is a cold and craggy environment dotted with elven ruins.



Emprise du Lion is a snow-covered area formerly occupied by elves. Several ancient elven ruins including a large keep and multiple coliseums are located in the area. The hot springs in the Emprise have attracted dragons in recent years.

“The ancient name of these highlands has long been lost to time. When the first Valmont emperor was crowned in the Exalted Age, the mountains were renamed Emprise du Lion to honor the House of Valmont, which bears a lion upon its crest. Remnants of a forgotten past, mingled delightfully with signs of the present, charming villages dotted the landscape, and scattered among them, relics of the lost elven nation.” Brother Genitivi

The ancient and the modern co-exist in the highlands of Emprise du Lion, where relics of the lost elven nation are scattered among bustling human villages. These hills are home to the village of Sahrnia, known throughout Orlais for its quarry, which produces azure granite of remarkable quality.

—Excerpt from the quest journal



“We arrived in the Highlands at night. I was immediately given the task of overseeing the acquisition and staffing of the Sahrnia quarry. I asked the general why we needed a quarry if the crystals will grow anywhere. Apparently the Elder One believes the composition of the earth here will ensure that it grows more rapidly and abundantly. Some of my men feel we should take the quarry by force. The general did not specify how I was to secure the land, so I am considering a more subtle approach. Any suspicions we raise will increase the chance of a military investigation, perhaps even the newly formed Inquisition. We must operate in secret as long as possible.”

—From the writings of Knight-Captain Fornier

Red Templars seize control of Suledin Keep and utilize the stronghold as their newest headquarters while exploiting the nearby quarry. The Keep and the quarry are both being used for the growth and harvest of Red lyrium to supply their forces, helped by the self-proclaimed choice spirit Imshael. People from the nearby town of Sahrnia have been enslaved to mine red lyrium, with the reluctant assistance of the town’s leader. Due to reports of red lyrium and Red Templars, the Inquisition opens an investigation into their activity in the region. The Inquisitor can gain access to Emprise du Lion by completing the Liberate Emprise du Lion war table scouting operation in Skyhold.





Map of Emprise du Lion

Note: The 16 regions below make up the Regions in the Emprise collection. Discovering all of them grants 200 Influence.

Alphonse’s Passage

Drakon’s Rise

Drakon’s Tower

Elfsblood River

Elfsblood Tower

Elven Ruin

Etienne’s Ring


Judicael’s Crossing

Judicael’s Ring

Leontine’s Ring

Pools of Sun


Sahrnia Quarry

Suledin Keep

Tower of Bone


Additional places

Valeska’s Watch


Inquisition Camps

Drakon’s Rise Camp

Highgrove Camp

Sahrnia Camp

Tower Camp



Baron Edouard Desjardins

Granny Mae

Gordon the Frank




Michel de Chevin

Mistress Poulin

Suledin Keep Merchant



A Timely Intervention

Breeding Grounds

Caged Confession

Call Me Imshael

Capturing Suledin Keep

Mama’s Ring

Red Captors

Rocky Rescue

Ruined Blade

Securing Safe Passage

Sifting Through Rubble


Take Back the Lion

The Corruption of Sahrnia

They Shall Not Pass

Turning the Tables

Quarry Quandary

Valeska’s Watch

Words not Hollow



Rifts at Drakon’s Cleft

Rift at Elfsblood Tower

Rifts in the Springs

Rift on Frozen Water



Bloodstone Survey in the Emprise

Brazier Requisition in the Emprise

Coat Requisition in the Emprise

Shelter Requisition in the Emprise


War table operations

A Golden Opportunity

Deal with Lord Basile Maron

Emprise du Lion Resources

Gather Cloth

Gather Leather

Liberate Emprise du Lion

Restore Judicael’s Crossing

Rumors of the Sulevin Blade

Shelter Requisition in the Emprise



August Ram



Hostile creatures


Great bear


Black wolf

Red lyrium infected Giant

Highland Ravager






Red Templars

Red Templar (Warrior – One-Handed Sword)

Red Templar Guard (Warrior – Sword and Tower Shield)

Red Templar Horror

Red Templar Knight

Red Templar Marksman (Rogue – Archer)

Red Templar Shadow (Rogue – Double Daggers)

Red Templar Behemoth



Hurlock alpha


Despair demon


Greater Terror

Lesser Terror

Pride demon




Bottles on the Wall

Legacy White Shear – search near the entrance of the locked tower in Sahrnia Quarry.

Abyssal Peach – inside Suledin Keep, head past the cages and the first Giant encounter, search just before the lyrium tents.


Dragon Hunter



Highland Ravager



Landmarks in the Emprise



Shards in the Emprise


Skyhold Customizations

Orlesian Throne – see judgment of Mistress Poulin; related quest: Rocky Rescue.

Inquisition Banner – capture Suledin Keep (conditional: awarded after the Inquisitor captures their first keep).

Inquisition Banner Crown – capture all three keeps: Caer Bronach, Griffon Wing Keep, and Suledin Keep.





Arbor Blessing

Black Lotus



Prophet’s Laurel


Rashvine Nettle



August Ram Leather

Bear Hide

Canine Leather

Dragonling Scales

Great Bear Hide

Snoufleur Skin








Notable items


Elven artifacts

  • On a cliffside ledge east of Drakon’s Tower and Valeska’s Watch.
  • Hidden within an arch directly north (or to the right of) the ocularum in the second dragon ring near the Leontine’s Steward region. The artifact is hidden from view; to access the artifact, jump down from the last archway in the ring to the large rock-ledge below.


Logging stands

  • Southeast of the Highgrove Inquisition Camp.
  • The island at the center of the frozen lake, by an unmarked hunter campsite, and a tower with a locked door.


Memories of the Grey

  • Joining Chalice – found on an altar in Valeska’s Watch.
  • Grey Warden Armor – in Valeska’s Watch, found in the same room as the Valeska’s Watch landmark.


Red Jenny’s Caches

Inside Sahrnia Quarry, northwest of the Sahrnia Quarry landmark.


Red lyrium veins

  • Near Drakon’s Rise Camp
  • Near Valeska’s Watch
  • Found midway between the Sahrnia and Highgrove Inquisition Camps
  • In Sahrnia Quarry
  • Found midway between the Highgrove and Drakon’s Rise Inquisition Camps, just west of the vein found near the Drakon’s Rise Inquisition Camp


Veilfire glyphs

Frost Rune Schematic – found within the cave located at the Sahrnia Quarry; the entrance begins south of the Suledin Keep map marker. The Veilfire torch is located at the end of the cave, the glyph is roughly halfway through, almost directly west of the Suledin Keep map marker just past the loot box on a small ledge.

Note: The illusory wall leading to the Ardent Blossom is located just west of the Veilfire torch; see side quest The Tiniest Cave for specifics.



Amulet of Death Syphon – see side quest Sifting Through Rubble.

Amulet of Renewal – looted from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.

Note: Trespasser required.

Ardent Blossom – found down the endless staircase near Suledin Keep, see side quest The Tiniest Cave.

Caliban – looted from the Kaltenzahn high dragon.

Curse of Morrac – found in Elfsblood Tower.

Duke’s Mane – looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.

Griffon Mace Schematic – randomly available at the Suledin Keep Merchant for 8317 currency.

Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.

Keeper Robe Schematic – looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.

Knightslayer – looted from a corpse inside Valeska’s Watch.

March of the Everlasting – looted from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.

Masterwork Battlemage Armor – looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.

Masterwork Battlemaster Armor – looted from the Hivernal high dragon.

Masterwork Prowler Armor – looted from the Kaltenzahn high dragon.

Pure Spirit Essence (x3) – possible reward from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.

Rebuke of the Sunderland – found in Elfsblood Tower.

Sad Splinters – looted from the destroyed gate remains; see side quest Capturing Suledin Keep.

Staff of the Void – looted from the Hivernal high dragon.

Superb Cleansing Rune Schematic – available for purchase from the Suledin Keep Merchant for 7294 currency.

Superb Corrupting Rune – possible reward from Imshael; see side quest Call Me Imshael.

Superior Grenades Belt – looted from the Hivernal high dragon.

Superior Guard Belt – looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.

Superior Potions Belt – looted from the Kaltenzahn high dragon.

Walking Death – looted from the Highland Ravager high dragon.

Wintersbreath – looted from a corpse inside Valeska’s Watch.

Yavanalis – randomly available at the Suledin Keep Merchant for 17148 currency.

Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.


Codex entries

Codex entry: Emprise du Lion

Codex entry: Exhuming Bodies by Moonlight

Codex entry: In Death

Codex entry: Judicael’s Crossing

Codex entry: Letter About Lyrium

Codex entry: Letter of Confirmation

Codex entry: New Orders (conditional)

Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents

Codex entry: Tower of Bone

Codex entry: Trading with Kal-Sharok

Codex entry: Valeska’s Watch


Note texts

Child’s Diary

Daily Observations

Fisherman’s Letter

Half-Written Letter

The Hunt

The Hunt (ripped)

Grey Warden Diaries (battered journal)

Grey Warden Diaries (Valeska’s Watch diary)

Journal Found Near Dead Elf

Knight-Captain’s Orders

Letters Home (Aldric)

Letters Home (I got him)

Love Beyond the Walls

Mistress Poulin’s Records

Pocket Diary

Test Notes (exposure)

Test Notes (submission)

Written Confession



There is a small unmarked cave south of the Highgrove Inquisition Camp: when following the path through Alphonse’s Passage west from the Drakon’s Rise Inquisition Camp, it is visible in the bend due south of the Highgrove Inquisition Camp. The cave has frozen bodies hanging from the ceiling, weapons scattered on the ground, a pyramid shaped box with a note that says “DON’T TOUCH MY PYRAMID” and a loot chest (see gallery below).



In French, “Emprise du Lion” translates to the “Lion’s Grip”.



The Veilfire glyph may be rendered inside of the cave wall and not visible, but can still be interacted with.

Southwest of the Tower Inquisition Camp there is an icon of a locked door next to a tower corresponding to the locked door underground at Valeska’s Watch. This icon may not correctly disappear from the map after the door is opened.


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