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Old 03-09-2011, 07:26 PM   #1
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Archaeologist Achievement Guide with Picture Locations

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.





(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.





(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.





(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 to pick it up.








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).



(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.






(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.







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.







(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.









(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.








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.





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fps... iwant your babies just started my 3rd playthrough going for the band of three and historian stuff.
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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
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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)
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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.
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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 __________________
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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!
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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.
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Yah I found it on my first playthrough, but can no way replicate it so I scratched it for now.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thank you very much for this. I've been searching for something with screencaps.
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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??
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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.
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There is a enigma inside the Templar Base in the Gallows at the room to the left of Merideth's... It's the torch.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Last Straw is a building up to deal... There is a no return point... Once you hit 5 of either mage or templar quests.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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Great guide! However, is there one in Act 1 in Viscounts Keep? I can't seem to find it.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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