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FSparacino4
03-09-2011, 07:26 PM
This guide is to detail where to find the hidden Band of Three messages for the Archaeologist achievement. You will need to find three of these messages during each Act and shouldn't progress the story until you find them. There are four in each Act so you can only afford to miss one.

They are all entitled Enigma of Kirkwall and will appear in your Journal under the Lore section. They share the same name so expanding this codex entry will detail how many you have already found.

* - Indicates that the area can only be accessed via a secondary quest



ACT I


(1) Low Town (Night): Located in Elven Alienage in the northeastern most point of the map. In it is in the back corner, behind the big tree, located directly behind the sewer grate.

http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/9381/actilowtownnightmap.png


http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/7995/actilowtownnightpicture.png


(2) The Gallows: Opens up a bit into Act I. You can find it to the very North in a pile of bricks in front of a closed gate.

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/5980/actigallowsmap.png


http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/4592/actigallowspicture.png


(3) The Bone Pit * : In order to gain access to the Bone Pit during Act I, you must complete the 'Birthright' companion quest. After the main story quest 'A New Home' speak to your mother in Gamlen's Home, then speack to your sister to get this quest. After completing it, you will find 'Bone Pit' as a letter on your desk. Once in the Bone Pit, travel to the Southeast dead end and you will see it before the broken train tracks.

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/9749/act1bonepitmap.png


http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/4505/act1bonepitpicture.png


(4) Viscount's Keep - This Enigma will not physically appear in your game world, but it DOES exist. After entering Viscount's Keep, head up the left stairs and into the next room. You will see two Guards in front of one door and to the left of them stands Seneschal Bran. Enter through the open door to his left, and on the right wall you will see two pictures seperated by a red vase. The enigma will be in the bottom corner of the right picture. Simply go to the area and spam :abut: to pick it up.

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/4292/activiscountkeepmap.png


http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/2527/activiscountkeeppic.png



ACT II

(1) Chantry - Upon entering the Chantry, head straight to the balcony, and head up the larger of the two sets of stairs on the right. At the top, head right and it is on the table by the fireplace.

(2) Darktown - Head up the first set of stairs and then take the next set of stairs on your right. Continue towards the "Leave Area" icon on your mini-map and you will see it straight ahead (Leave Area is on your right).

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/2839/darktownmap.png

(3) Docks - Upon entering the docks, head up the stairs to the left by the change party station to enter the Qunari Compound. After passing through the gates head up the left side of the stairs to find it.

http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/3079/docksmap.png


http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1091/dockspic.png

(4) Gallows Dungeon * - This dungeon can only be accessed during Anders' ‘Dissent’ companion quest. Like all Act II companion quests, you must complete Blackpowder Courtesy first. Then visit Anders' clinic with him in your party to start Dissent. Once in the Gallow's Dungeon, progress until you encounter a cutscene with a group of Templars harassing a mage. After it is over, continue up the stairs. The exit door back to Darktown will be in front of you. Instead of leaving, go to the right and down the northern dead end (the one that looks like a rabbit head on your mini-map) to get this.

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/264/gallowsdungeonmap.png


http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/9518/gallowsdungeonpic.png


ACT III
NOTE: All of these secret messages are found during quests.

(1) ‘Justice’ - You must complete Anders' Act I and II companion quests in order to get this. After starting the quest travel through Darktown to the Sewers. Once you enter, travel to the southern most room, where one of the waypoint markers is located. Before going up the stairs to collect one of the Sela Petrae deposits, look in the small alcove to the left to find this.

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/8598/justicemap.png


http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/8427/justicepic.png


(2) ‘On The Loose’ - After entering the Templar Hall, go into the hallway where the waypoint marker is (it will be the only door you can go through from the main area). Continue down the hallway and enter the second door on your right (the one after the waypoint marker). If you turn around and face the door you came through, the enigma is in the torch to the right of the door.

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/7649/ontheloosemap.png


http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/9422/ontheloosepic.png




(3) ‘Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure’ - Travel to Lowtown and then to Gamlen's House and pick up the crumpled note on the table in front of him. Then speak to Gamlen to get this quest. During the quest you will be asked to head to Smetty's Fish Guttery at the Docks (Night). Once you are inside the Fish Guttery, head to the left and down the ramp to find this in a pile of rubble between the two boats.


http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/5428/sgreatesttreasuremap.png


http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/5384/sgreatesttreasurepic.png


4. The Last Straw - Located on the docks during this quest. NOTE: Do everything you want to do in Act III before this quest as there is no turning back once you get into it. After your decision to side with the mages or templars in Lowtown, you will enter the docks. Go down the stairs and you will see corpses on the ground and a giant statue holding a torch. After fighting a bunch of shades and a Pride demon, look by the red boxes to the right of the statue to find this.

http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/2666/thelaststrawmap.png


http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/6086/thelaststrawpic.png

Roshan
03-09-2011, 07:51 PM
Nice work ! You're the man.

ll Mr Bubbles ll
03-09-2011, 08:03 PM
fps... iwant your babies ;) just started my 3rd playthrough going for the band of three and historian stuff.

FSparacino4
03-09-2011, 08:05 PM
fps... iwant your babies ;) just started my 3rd playthrough going for the band of three and historian stuff.

:) The historian stuff is easy. Three in the chantry during each act and 1 quest specific. Look at the guide for it :)

ll Mr Bubbles ll
03-09-2011, 08:38 PM
yea i did my playthrough and found , 2,3,4 without the guide then i missed the very first !!! lol doing it now. Any chance the viscount pic is going to be up, i know the location of every other on the acts but i just checked viscount and cant find it , unless it has to be at a specific time in the act (some doors are locked)

FSparacino4
03-09-2011, 08:44 PM
yea i did my playthrough and found , 2,3,4 without the guide then i missed the very first !!! lol doing it now. Any chance the viscount pic is going to be up, i know the location of every other on the acts but i just checked viscount and cant find it , unless it has to be at a specific time in the act (some doors are locked)

They will all have pictures, but I need to start a new playthrough to take them and I am in the middle of one now.

Aqua18
03-10-2011, 04:36 AM
ACT III
NOTE: All of these secret messages are found during quests.

(1) ‘Justice’
(2) ‘Justice’
(3) ‘Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure’
(4) ‘Last Straw’ on the docks __________________
A little more help for others
ACT III
NOTE: All of these secret messages are found during quests.

(1) ‘Justice’ (In first place you enter with anders the sewer once your in a room where there is a skinny spiral like walkway to a silverite for the quest. The corner of the larger room right before you go up to get the sliverite.)
(2) ‘Justice’ ( Killing myself and checking over and over still no luck please help)
(3) ‘Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure’ (Checked everywhere couldn't find this one either)
(4) ‘Last Straw’ on the docks (When your on the "The Last Straw" quest you will need to travel to the docks go to the right once you go down a set of stairs I believe and it's a piece of paper on the ground. NOTE: If you travel there before your suppost to go there for the quest it will not show)

I know it's not the best written but I would have killed to have this information when I was looking. So if anyone out there knows where the middle two are please help!

k2natural
03-10-2011, 08:55 AM
Any chance the viscount pic is going to be up, i know the location of every other on the acts but i just checked viscount and cant find it , unless it has to be at a specific time in the act (some doors are locked)

I can't find the one in Viscount's Keep either. I know the official guide says there is one there but it's certainly not on the maps they provide either. I have looked everywhere that is available in Act I and have had little to no luck.

FSparacino4
03-10-2011, 09:03 AM
Yah I found it on my first playthrough, but can no way replicate it so I scratched it for now.

k2natural
03-10-2011, 04:54 PM
Yah I found it on my first playthrough, but can no way replicate it so I scratched it for now.

You should probably still at least make mention of it in your guide rather than remove it completely. It is listed in the Official Guide, therefore it probably does exist. I know you say you only need 3 in each Act but in search for the whereabouts I have found the achievement is not popping for certain individuals. One person even mentioned that they had found 3 in Act I & II and 4 in Act III and they did not receive the achievement.

solo07
03-10-2011, 05:04 PM
Sparacino, its official, I love you.

Smiles90
03-10-2011, 06:22 PM
The location of the enigma for gamlen's greatest treasure is when you get the note to go to the docks. Once you are at the docks you will find smetty's fish guttery. Go inside and go down the ramp which i believe is immediately on the left and the enigma will be besides a shipping crate. But I couldn't find the second justice enigma, and trust me, it wasn't from lack of looking.

FSparacino4
03-10-2011, 07:13 PM
Sparacino, its official, I love you.

You will love me even more when I release my Companion, Gift & Armor Upgrade, and Romance Guide. It is an extremely big task but I assure you it is my top priority at the moment.

solo07
03-10-2011, 08:10 PM
You will love me even more when I release my Companion, Gift & Armor Upgrade, and Romance Guide. It is an extremely big task but I assure you it is my top priority at the moment.
Yea man, I've been reading your stuff since your dead space 2 guide and i haven't been disappointed. Keep it up, people like me are definitely in your debt lol.

TheLastGunslinger
03-11-2011, 09:27 PM
Thank you very much for this. I've been searching for something with screencaps.

xRick79
03-11-2011, 10:01 PM
Thanks for these, they've been a big help. I still haven't been able to find the second "Justice" location...anyone have some info on this one, I can't find it??

PaleVoyager
03-12-2011, 02:47 AM
A little more help for others
ACT III
NOTE: All of these secret messages are found during quests.

(1) ‘Justice’ (In first place you enter with anders the sewer once your in a room where there is a skinny spiral like walkway to a silverite for the quest. The corner of the larger room right before you go up to get the sliverite.)
(2) ‘Justice’ ( Killing myself and checking over and over still no luck please help)
(3) ‘Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure’ (Checked everywhere couldn't find this one either)
(4) ‘Last Straw’ on the docks (When your on the "The Last Straw" quest you will need to travel to the docks go to the right once you go down a set of stairs I believe and it's a piece of paper on the ground. NOTE: If you travel there before your suppost to go there for the quest it will not show)

I know it's not the best written but I would have killed to have this information when I was looking. So if anyone out there knows where the middle two are please help!



Gamlen's Greatest Treasure one is in the fish smetty place in the Docks. The codex is near the boats past a small decline. It isn't missable either. You can return even if you completed the quest.

soulstar32
03-12-2011, 04:16 AM
There is a enigma inside the Templar Base in the Gallows at the room to the left of Merideth's... It's the torch.

soulstar32
03-12-2011, 04:18 AM
How do you trigger Gamlen's Greatest Treasure? I didn't get it for some reason... But then again I had a bugged quest to rescue someone outside of kirkwall that I couldn't complete either.

Pearson
03-12-2011, 05:32 AM
This guide is definitely going to come in handy. I missed two of the messages in Act III during my first play through. Now that I just begun my second run, I should be able to get this achievement with no problems.

ramarcos
03-12-2011, 05:39 AM
How do you trigger Gamlen's Greatest Treasure? I didn't get it for some reason... But then again I had a bugged quest to rescue someone outside of kirkwall that I couldn't complete either.

Same here. Is last straw the last quest? Because I can't trigger the Gamlem's Greatest Treasure quest too.

soulstar32
03-12-2011, 07:07 AM
Last Straw is a building up to deal... There is a no return point... Once you hit 5 of either mage or templar quests.

mercutio0305
03-12-2011, 10:24 AM
there is a letter in gamlen's house to activate the treasure quest

act 3:
there is only one letter in the justice quest, 2nd is where soulstar32 said, 3rd in the last part of the gamlen quest, down the stairs between the ships, 4th wasn't there in my playthrough, but you need only three of four

pms
03-12-2011, 10:56 AM
1. Justice, (In first place you enter with anders the sewer once your in a room
where there is a skinny spiral like walkway to a silverite for the quest. The corner of
the larger room right before you go up to get the sliverite.)

^^ confirmed

2. Justice

^^ no
Quest: On the Loose
Location: Templar Hall (off of Gallows)
2nd door on the right past Merdiths room, in the lamp next to the door, inside the room.

3. Gamlen's Greatest Treasure
Location: Smetty's Fish Guttery (off of Docks/Night)
next to Shipment 1039 in the pile of rocks by the two boats and water, to the left when you enter

soulstar32
03-12-2011, 02:09 PM
I actually found one on the docks during Last Straw... I went in search for it because I saw this post... That is the 4th verifiable one. Gamlen is still my sticking point as I've yet to get back there yet to verify.

ramarcos
03-12-2011, 04:54 PM
there is a letter in gamlen's house to activate the treasure quest

act 3:
there is only one letter in the justice quest, 2nd is where soulstar32 said, 3rd in the last part of the gamlen quest, down the stairs between the ships, 4th wasn't there in my playthrough, but you need only three of four

The letter told me to go to darktown alone and I did. But the marker disappears when I'm in there. I searched everywhere in darktown nothing. Also went to the docks but I don't see the fish guttery entrance.

Jagger O Riley
03-12-2011, 08:15 PM
Great guide! However, is there one in Act 1 in Viscounts Keep? I can't seem to find it.

scrummers
03-12-2011, 10:31 PM
1. Justice, (In first place you enter with anders the sewer once your in a room
where there is a skinny spiral like walkway to a silverite for the quest. The corner of
the larger room right before you go up to get the sliverite.)

^^ confirmed

2. Justice

^^ no
Quest: On the Loose
Location: Templar Hall (off of Gallows)
2nd door on the right past Merdiths room, in the lamp next to the door, inside the room.

3. Gamlen's Greatest Treasure
Location: Smetty's Fish Guttery (off of Docks/Night)
next to Shipment 1039 in the pile of rocks by the two boats and water, to the left when you enter


thanks for the post. I searched everywhere in the drakestone mines. Guess they really messed up the guide.

scrummers
03-12-2011, 10:33 PM
A little more help for others
ACT III
NOTE: All of these secret messages are found during quests.

(1) ‘Justice’ (In first place you enter with anders the sewer once your in a room where there is a skinny spiral like walkway to a silverite for the quest. The corner of the larger room right before you go up to get the sliverite.)
(2) ‘Justice’ ( Killing myself and checking over and over still no luck please help)
(3) ‘Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure’ (Checked everywhere couldn't find this one either)
(4) ‘Last Straw’ on the docks (When your on the "The Last Straw" quest you will need to travel to the docks go to the right once you go down a set of stairs I believe and it's a piece of paper on the ground. NOTE: If you travel there before your suppost to go there for the quest it will not show)

I know it's not the best written but I would have killed to have this information when I was looking. So if anyone out there knows where the middle two are please help!

might have already read but someone else posted and said the second one isn't found during the justice quest. It's found in the templar hall when you do the on the loose quest. Second room past Meridith's room on the right. Go in the room turn left and it's in the light. A least it was for me.

FSparacino4
03-13-2011, 03:50 AM
I've updated the locations for the Act III Enigmas and will be uploading pictures when I get around to it. In the meantime, if anyone finds the fourth codex in Act I feel free to let me know and I will add it. People said the official guide has it in Viscount Keep, but no one can confirm this.

JDMBO1
03-13-2011, 03:56 AM
do you have screen caps of Act III enigmas, and Act II's Chantry enigma?

edit: where is a mod to pin all these helpful guides I have to rifle through the DA II forum. Then I just get cross eyed and everything that it makes me dizzy

FSparacino4
03-13-2011, 06:26 AM
I didn't post a screen cap for the Act II Chantry Enigma b.c the Chantry is tiny. Follow the description and you should have no problem finding it.

JDMBO1
03-13-2011, 06:32 AM
I guess that's true well, I'm sorry to have asked that. I think it's just the perfectionist in me

LURadioDJ
03-13-2011, 09:28 AM
Can you only get the Gallows one that is in Act 1 when you first get to Kirkwall ??.......cuz that's what I'm seeing, I hope I'm wrong.

As for everything else, I'm so confused there's so many people posting so many things, its bloody confusing.

soulstar32
03-13-2011, 12:23 PM
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/%3Ca%20href=http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v672/FFXISoulstar/?action=view&current=100_1082.jpg%20target=_blank%3E[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/FFXISoulstar/th_100_1082.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/FFXISoulstar/th_100_1083.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v672/FFXISoulstar/?action=view&current=100_1083.jpg)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/FFXISoulstar/th_100_1082.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v672/FFXISoulstar/?action=view&current=100_1082.jpg)

*confirmed*
It does NOT display Enigma of Kirkwall but it is to the right of the vase in the lower left section of the right hand painting!

This is the Viscount Enigma Location... It doesn't normally show up but I spammed the basic attack button around the room and it paused me here with the enigma. I also posted the enigma lore for it, as it Clues in where the enigma is.

If anyone has found the other hard to find enigmas, post the lore for it. Meaning where it is said to have been found inside the lore. That way it will help people on hunting it down easier.... I'm hoping that the second Justice is really the Templar Base one... because that would mean there are 5 of them in act 3 instead of 4.

FSparacino4
03-13-2011, 02:05 PM
Can you only get the Gallows one that is in Act 1 when you first get to Kirkwall ??.......cuz that's what I'm seeing, I hope I'm wrong.

As for everything else, I'm so confused there's so many people posting so many things, its bloody confusing.

It isn't there when you first get to Kirkwall that is still the Prologue.. You will return to the Gallows later during a quest.

soulstar32
03-13-2011, 04:10 PM
nope no prologue ones... I got all 4 in act 1 after the prologue

G3N0Unknown
03-13-2011, 09:00 PM
There is one in the Viscount Keep building Act I where the locked chest it. It's between a dresser and painting. It didn't show up for me, but I got it while running around and just pressing A (Spinning my daggers while I run) and it popped up. I took a picture of it actually displayed on my screen from when I picked it up the first time.

http://img864.imageshack.us/img864/1390/0313011554.th.jpg (http://img864.imageshack.us/i/0313011554.jpg/)

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FSparacino4
03-13-2011, 09:08 PM
Yes it was posted already i have to start a new playthrough to get here in order to post another pic of my own. For now the 3 listed are fine as that is all you need.

FSparacino4
03-15-2011, 01:59 AM
Added the Viscount Keep location during Act 1. See the guide for specifics as it won't pop up on your map.

Rukishou
03-15-2011, 03:53 PM
So if I followed this guide when there was only three instances in Act I and then moved on to Act II I'll have to restart my game 35 hours in? Great, just great.

Edit: Never mind, I missed the point that you can afford to miss one. XD

LoveAsThouWilt
03-15-2011, 07:19 PM
I would like to clarify for everyone that the fourth enigma in Act 4 is not required, though I did find it. Its right by the statue in the center of the docks after you made your decision.

The one in the Gallows where Meredith and Orsino is can easily be found on the WALL of the door on the right past Meredith. Its on the Torch on the side of the door you will enter through. I got the achievement upon attaining that one.

FSparacino4
03-15-2011, 11:33 PM
Like the Guide STATES , you only need 3 out of the four in each Act.

FSparacino4
03-23-2011, 10:55 PM
All pictures have finally been updated. Hope this helps anyone who still needs the achievement.

tkhbecker
03-26-2011, 04:59 AM
Great guide! Found them all...

blackbrainCL
12-13-2011, 02:35 PM
thanks for the pictures!

Lemon1337
12-30-2011, 08:25 PM
Thank you for the guide, very well done.

ImFireX
03-22-2012, 03:52 PM
Great guide! helped me alot, thank you :)

Rhornset
03-28-2012, 01:37 AM
This helped me so much in getting the achievement. Thanks :)

VyzieTaur
03-28-2012, 09:23 AM
Excellent guide! This should unlock when i pick up one more....hopefully lol

Onimushaiz
05-08-2012, 06:37 PM
you sir are a god!

dlali
09-15-2012, 04:36 PM
Thanks lot!

Penny Bandit
05-18-2013, 12:50 PM
This was perfect, thank you :)
Ive nearly got them all, just a few more for act 3 then booyah

Penny Bandit
05-22-2013, 01:24 PM
Actually this achievement popped before the last straw :D
This guide was perfect, thank you for doing this!