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Locations of the First Blight
Posted: Jun 21 2018, 05:40 AM
Known (or possible*) cities and locations in -307 Ancient:
Antiva*: existed as a city-state prior to -30 Ancient, at which point it became a full-fledged nation.
Antiva City*: It is possible Antiva City was one of the first coastal settlements built by the raiders that would later ally with the city-state, though likely it was merely a port town or fishing village.
“Abandoned” Thaig – this thaig lies beneath the Free Marches, to the west of the Sundermount foothills. It was presumably lost in the First Blight; it may have been one of the first to fall due to its comparative proximity to the Imperium and thus the Archdemon and the highest concentration of darkspawn.
Aeducan Thaig – in the ancient age, King Kelgak ordered the construction of a road between Aeducan and Gundaar.
Bastion of the Pure – this lyrium mine was lost long before the First Blight, during the reign of Orseck Garal when a Titan awoke and the resulting earthquakes destroyed the mine.
Cadash Thaig – previously Cad’halash thaig, which was destroyed by the dwarves of Kal’Sharok after ancient elves were sheltered there. Kal’Sharok built a new thaig on top of the old one, renaming it Cadash Thaig.
‘Caridin’s’ Cross – this crossroad still exists but under another name, as Caridin himself will not be born for several decades. Given it is the largest crossroad in the Deep Roads, it is likely named after another highly influential figure, such as Endrin Stonehammer or Orseck Garal.
Daerwin’s Mouth – the port was used in ancient times for trade between the dwarves and the Imperium, and abandoned only after the darkspawn began closing in on Orzammar.
Darmallon Thaig – one of Thedas’ greatest sources of gold. It lay beneath western Thedas – probably what will become Orlais, or maybe Orthland.
Felhammer Thaig – this thaig was lost at some point during the First Blight.
Gundaar Thaig – one of the great thaigs, and the capital of the Kingdom of Gundaar. In the ancient age, King Kelgak ordered the construction of a road between Aeducan and Gundaar. The thaig fell sometime between -35 and -30, not long after its King, Jerek, was killed in a Proving Match in -45. His murderer, Beregrand, was exiled to the surface and would go on to improve the naval power of the city-states that would later become Antiva.
Gwaren – the dwarven outpost adjoined with the human settlement above it. It was abandoned after being overrun by the darkspawn.
Heidrun Thaig – built pre-Blight, it is unknown when it fell other than it was during or in the aftermath of the First Blight.
Hekkat’s Hall – a hall dedicated to the Paragon Hekkat, which is the mid-point on a road linking the Great Thaig of Aeducan and the Soaring Thaig of Gundaar.
Hormak Thaig – one of the great thaigs and the capital of the Kingdom of Hormak. It was led by Paragon Egon Wintersbreath in its final years, falling to the darkspawn in -35.
Kal’Barosh Thaig – this thaig lay south of the location Kal-Hirol will eventually be built. It fell shortly before Kal’Hirol itself, late into the First Blight or soon after it ended. It was overrun by 2 Pluitanis in the year Kal’Hirol fell.
Kal’Repartha – the only surface thaig was built at least a century before the First Blight. It is possible the thaig is still inhabited.
Kingdom of Kal-Sharok – the capital before Orzammar.
Kobaliman – this thaig was presumably lost during the First Blight.
Kul-Baras – an ‘ancient dwarven fortress’. It is possible this thaig is as old as Kal-Sharok, given both thaig’s use of a hyphen rather than an apostrophe in their names.
Kingdom of Orzammar – became the capital in -1170 Ancient.
Ortan – an ‘ancient thaig’, and the thaig in which Caridin is born.
“Primeval” Thaig - founded many centuries before the Blights, before dwarves began ancestor worship and still had a pantheon of gods. Probably already lost to time and memory, though the presence of golems suggest that either it was rediscovered during the later years of the First Blight, or that Caridin was not the first to invent them.
Revann Thaig – presumably lost during the First Blight or even earlier. From an inscription found on its wall, the thaig was closed off to the Roads through a deliberate cave-in, dooming its people. Rather than starve, they resorted to eating lyrium, and became profane, after which point the message was inscribed.
Routen Thaig* – only described as ‘old’, it is unknown when this thaig was built or fell.
Valammar – an ‘ancient’ thaig used as trade post until overrun by darkspawn.
Valdasine Thaig – before the darkspawn, this thaig single-handedly supplied the ancient empire with lyrium. One day the mining house who owned the thaig closed its doors, and none could contact anyone inside – not even a visiting Paragon. After days of silence, the doors opened – to nothing. No dwarves, no bodies, no indication of what happened. All that remained was a staff of ‘strange metal’ that looked like lyrium and chilled the heart like ‘remembered sorrow’. The king of the time sealed the staff within the thaig and no dwarf ventured there again. Despite this, the staff will later end up in the Primeval Thaig. This may indicate that Valdasine is the Primeval Thaig – or that plunderers broke into the thaig, stole the staff, which somehow ended up in the Primeval Thaig.
Varen Thaig – located somewhere near Kal’Barosh and thus south of the future Kal’Hirol, this thaig fell at around the same time as Kal’Barosh, either during the late stages of the First Blight or soon afterwards. It was overrun by 2 Pluitanis in the year Kal’Hirol fell.
Zygmunt Thaig – this thaig was lost in approximately the Exalted Age, though presumably fell centuries earlier.
Ferelden: see below. Part of the Imperium as far south as Ostagar.
City of Amaranthine*- existed prior to Andraste’s uprising, as Maferath rallied his forces and Andraste revealed the Chant of Light here.
Denerim - grew around Fort Drakon.
Fort Drakon – built as an ancient Tevinter outpost.
Gwaren* - existed prior to the First (Divine) Age, as the dwarves were forced to abandon its underground port when the darkspawn attacked during the Second Blight. Before this it was a wealthy trade port, which needed time to grow.
Lothering – was a trading post for Ostagar in ancient times.
Ostagar – was built at the height of the Imperium and abandoned by Tevinter during the First Blight.
Redcliffe Castle – existed since ancient times, since the days of the Alamarri.
Skyhold – built by early Fereldens (possibly Alamarri, as this was a time long before ‘Ferelden’ existed), on top of an ancient elvhen ritual site. The fortress is noted to possess features from multiple centuries, and to have been repeatedly built over.
The Tower of Ishal - was built at the height of the Imperium and abandoned by Tevinter during the First Blight.
Vigil’s Keep – built by the Alamarri Avvars and older than both Denerim and Gwaren.
The Free Marches: part of the Imperium.
Emerius – founded in -620 by the Imperium, it will later be renamed Kirkwall in -25 Ancient.
Cumberland* - first mention in 1:16, during a battle in the Second Blight. As such, likely to have existed in some form in -307.
Nevarra City – the original city from which the city-state arose during ancient times. Currently part of the Imperium, as with the rest of the Marches.
Starkhaven* - the first mention of it is in 1:95 at the Battle of Starkhaven; the last of the Second Blight. As such, it is possible it existed in -307.
Orlais: see below
Adamant Fortress* - built by dwarves, it was at its peak during the Second Blight, when it housed over a thousand wardens and griffons. As such, it is possible it existed in -307.
Andoral’s Reach* – constructed at some point during the Ancient age by Tevinter, it was sacked during Andraste’s Exalted March.
Val Royeaux* – first mentioned in -11 Ancient, when a temple dedicated to the Maker was first commissioned there. Given it seemed to be the capital of Kordillus Drakon’s new kingdom of Orlais, it was likely a city at the time of unification in -155. As such it is possible it existed in -307, if so it will have been built by the Ciriane.
Orthland: the old name for the Anderfels. The name was still in use at the time as it was the Orth people who introduced griffons to the Grey Wardens after -305. At this point in time Orthland is still part of the Imperium after being re-conquered.
Hossberg* – earliest known date was the start of the second Blight in 1:05, where it was nearly destroyed and all but a couple of people survived. As it was a city at this point it may have existed in some form in -307, likely as a town or village
Estwatch – currently occupied by Tevinter, though with the onset of the Blight the island has been all but abandoned.
Par Vollen: controlled loosely by Tevinter. The only known location of the Fex.
Rivain: controlled by Tevinter.
Seheron: controlled by Tevinter.
Ath Velanis – built by an ‘ancient’ magister Malgorthios the Black, who sacrificed women to the Old Gods there. Since active worship of the Old Gods rapidly declined during and after the First Blight due to the remaining gods’ silence when prayed to for help against Dumat, it is likely this was built pre-Blight.
Marnas Pell* – struck by famine during Andraste’s March, the city was likely to exist in -307.
Minrathous – one of the oldest human cities in Thedas, dating to the time of the ancient elves.
Qarinus – once a kingdom in its own right, Qarinus is a pre-Imperium city.
Locations and countries yet to exist:
Anderfels: see Orthland, above.
Weisshaupt - (built -305)
Amgarrak – founded after Caridin vanished.
Bownammar – founded by Caridin upon becoming Paragon.
Caridin’s Cross – see above.
Kal’Hirol – the wealthy thaig of Paragon Hirol, who was made Paragon for his improvements to golems. As Caridin only invented golems in -255, Kal’Hirol was not founded until after this date, although it was evacuated during the First Blight on 7 Pluitanis/Guardian. Dailan, a contingent of his men and 200 casteless remained behind to delay the darkspawn advance and give the rest of the city time to escape. They last until 15 or 16 Pluitanis.
Sharokovar Thaig – presumably located near Kal’Hirol and possibly built after the great thaig was ‘lost’.
Ferelden: united by Calenhad in the Exalted Age.
Highever & Castle Cousland – built in the Divine Age.
Soldier’s Peak – built in the middle of the Glory Age, several decades after the Second Blight ended.
Therinfal Redoubt – earliest given date was the Storm Age.
Village of Redcliffe – Redcliffe Castle stood for ‘far longer’ than its accompanying village.
The Free Marches:
Kirkwall – see Emerius, above.
Wycome – as it was only a fishing town by the time of the Fourth Blight it is unlikely to have existed as far back as -307 Ancient.
Nevarra: Currently no more than a city-state, not the nation it is in the Dragon Age.
Orlais: united by Isorath in -155 Ancient.
Halamshiral – built between -1:65 and -1:40 Ancient.
Qunandar – not built until the Steel Age with the arrival of the Qunari.
Llomerryn – while the island is probably inhabited, it is unlikely that any sizeable settlements exist.
City of Seheron
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