|A Prayer to the New God||Lesser Terror|
|A Guard's Journal||Venatori Zealot|
|Alexius's Journal||Venatori Spellbinder|
|Studies on the Blight||Alexius*|
Travel to Redcliffe and Make Contact with the Mages
Head to the Chantry at Haven; you don’t have to make a decision right now so you can say whatever you want during the scene. From here you’ll want to go to the Crossroads in the Hinterlands and head north. It should be a pretty quiet run until you almost get there. The objective will change and a Fade Rift can be seen in the distance. Defeat the few Lesser Terrors that attack then close the Fade Rift and go through the gate.
Go to the Gull & Lantern to Meet Fiona
There’s a lot to do in Redcliffe. Go around and shop, start some quests by speaking to the people around town, and break into some houses if you can. There are plenty of codex entries to find as well for quick experience gain. You can even find Connor, son of the previous Arl of Redcliffe, down by the docks providing he is still alive in your game.
Head to the Gull & Lantern tavern when you are done running around. You’ll meet Grand Enchanter Fiona, but oddly enough she thinks this is the first time you’ve met. Something is definitely going on and just when you thought you’d never get an answer, it comes barging through the door. Magister Alexius of the Tevinter Imperium walks in with his son Felix. You need to deal with Alexius because Fiona has no negotiation powers anymore. Answer how you wish. Felix eventually feigns illness and casually drops a note for you. The note warns about Alexius and asks you to meet in the Chantry.
Before doing so, talk with people in the tavern. Clemence will ask to join the Inquisition after your conversation with him; he aids Cullen in completing operations 5% faster. In the Chantry you’ll meet Dorian and he needs your assistance closing a Fade Rift. The enemies include Wraiths and Terrors; be sure to freeze them in place so you can defeat the Wraiths more easily. Close the Fade Rift and talk to Dorian. He breaks the news on what Alexius is trying to do and asks to be there if you are going after him.
Head back to Haven where you will need to make a decision. To stay on this path choose "In Hushed Whispers" – it still costs 15 Power. Dorian is a required party member to come along. There are some objects that require a Warrior to bash, and a Rogue to lockpick so bring at least one of each class. Starting the mission triggers a long cutscene at the Redcliffe Castle.
You are warped after the cutscene and two Venatori Zealots will attack. Loot the Prison Key and head up the left stairs to find a pot with the Scout Mail Arms schematic. On the other side is a snake box with the Notched Staff Grip schematic. Go up the other set of stairs and loot the objects in the cell before advancing to the door. There are more objects to loot along the way, but in the end you need to climb the staircase.
Here you’ll find more Venatori Zealots. Defeat them and descend the left path, taking the left door to a chest. The central door leads to Fiona where she’s in a bit of a rutt. After listening to what happened, go back up to the central room then down to the right side. Here you’ll find your two companions that were with you; you’ll need to convince them you aren’t dead.
Return to the upper cells and you will be met by four Venatori Zealots and a Venatori Spellbinder. Be sure he goes down first. Up the steps to the Guard Barracks, there’s plenty to loot. Be sure to grab the note on the table, A Prayer to the New God, the Reinforced Defender Armor and Mindleech Staff from the pot in the corner. Open the locked door with a Rogue and the one opposite it to find A Guard’s Journal and the Kirkwall Mace schematic.
Find a Way Back to Alexius Throne Room
Continue up to the torture area; the side room has some loot. Up the stairs you can open the door to find Hanley and two Venatori Zealots. Loot the bodies for the Bleeder of Souls and Bianca Arms II . Continue up to the next room and through the door on the left to find Leliana. Pay attention to the dialogue as it’s rather unique and interesting. Proceed down the hall and across the bridge into the Torture Chambers. Time to seal a Fade Rift but be sure to deal with the Wraiths first.
Use the wheel to raise the portcullis and enter the docks. Clear out the two Lesser Shades then loot the area, including the Supplies Cache to refill your Potions. Climb up to the Courtyard where you will find another Fade Rift with plenty of Lesser Shades to deal with. Shortly ahead is another, so deal with the demons and get to closing it. Head to the Upper Royal Wing, searching the left room for Alexious’s Journal and the right room for the Spellbinder’s Journal .
Ahead you’ll find some loot: a Circle of Magi Banner , and another Supplies Cache . In the open room you’ll need to fight off Spellbinders and Shades while you close the Fade Rift; stick to cover if you need it. Loot the corpses for a Red Lyrium Shard of which you’ll need five of these. Go through the southeast door and up the steps. In the room here you’ll find another Spellbinder and Venatori Zealots. Kill the Spellbinder and drop some heavy area of effect near the steps for a quick win. Loot the second Red Lyrium Shard and the Punisher from the chest in the back.
Loop around the hallway to a large room that contains another Spellbinder and cronies. Grab the third Red Lyrium Shard from their bodies then head into the next room. Check the Supplies Cache and lockbox for the Wide-Blade Sword schematic. Have a Rogue open the door here then open the door across to find a Spellbinder who has the fourth Red Lyrium Shard on him. Read up on the Studies on the Blight then bash the northern wall down with a Warrior. Loot the pot for the Apostate Staff schematic. Break the other wall down to surprise two Zealots; kill them and head out.
Check both doors on the way out. It’s critical to get the Masterwork Wave Blade schematic. At the bottom of the staircase is another Supplies Cache ; use it then go across from here through the door. Defeat the Spellbinder and the Gladiators to obtain the last Red Lyrium Shard . Take them back to the main hall and place them in the door.
BOSS - Alexius Level 7
|Immunity||All Disabling Effects|
The first thing you should notice is that Alexius has no resistances or vulnerabilities. This means all your physical and magical attacks will do full damage but you lack the ability to combo since you cannot incapacitate him. He has the ability to teleport far away so you’ll want to focus on ranged attacks. His arsenal of spells is fairly limited.
The battle gets rough when you drop Alexius’s health below 50%. He summons a Fade Rift and you’ll need to contend with demons during this phase. Alexius isn’t targetable here so Disrupt the Rift and take out the small fry, closing the Fade Rift afterward. Focus on building Guard and placing Barrier on your Warrior as you’ll be able to mitigate nearly all of the damage this way.
At 25% health Alexius will summon a second Fade Rift with even more demons. Like last time, focus on the demons. You can cast Dispel on the location they are going to spawn to stop them from spawning completely and placing runes or traps on the spawn location is fairly useful for a lot of quick damage. At this point Alexius can be targeted down and defeated.
Loot : Staff of Stasis, Cooldown Amulet
The scene that takes place afterward is pretty amazing. With everything restored head back to the Chantry in Haven. Here you’ll be given an opportunity to recruit Dorian into the Inquisition. And why wouldn’t you?