Best Served Cold


Best Served Cold




The Wounded Coast
Templar Hall


Orsino or Meredith


Orsino or Meredith


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On the Loose


The Last Straw


Dragon Age II

Best Served Cold is an Act 3 main quest in Dragon Age II.



Best Served Cold is received via a letter from First Enchanter Orsino after finding the three mages for Knight-Commander Meredith. If Hawke sided with the Templars at the beginning of Act ba, this quest will alternatively be received from Knight-Commander Meredith .



Templar Hall


Go lớn the Gallows & then Khủng the Templar Hall. Talk lớn Orsino or Meredith, depending on who sent the letter .When accepting the quest from Meredith :

  • If you say “How does this involve me?” at the first conversation choice then you skip the second conversation choice, meaning you cannot investigate and find out why Meredith hates mages.
  • “How can I help?” Rivalry Anders: rivalry (+ 10)
  • “I don’t believe you.” Friendship Anders: friendship (+ 10)

When accepting the quest from Orsino :

  • Choosing the Diplomatic options:
    • Anders: friendship (+ 10)
    • Aveline: friendship (+ 5)
  • Choosing the aggressive options:
    • Anders: rivalry (+ 10)
    • Aveline: rivalry (+ 5)



After Hawke gets the quest, go lớn Hightown at night & head lớn the Hightown estates neighborhood .There, a battle with a nhóm of Templars & 5-6 Mages will automatically begin when the các buổi tiệc nhỏ enters the area near mập where Hawke need mập be. Afterwards, loot the bodies bự find a note that will instruct Hawke lớn head bự the Docks ( và an armor tăng cấp for Sebastian ) .



Go béo the Docks và follow the arrow bự the destination .

Secret Meeting Place


There will be another cut-scene before Hawke has mập battle another nhóm of Templars và Mages. There are two Standard-ranked traps ( requiring đôi mươi Cunning bự disarm ) in the main room, one on the eastern side và one on the western side .There are at least two Templar Hunters & a Lieutenant alongside an Elite-ranked Enchanter in this fight .There is an armor tăng cấp for Anders in the Warehouse & a gift for Fenris .Keran will be here in templar plate regardless of the resolution of Enemies Among Us ; he will tell Hawke that someone close Khủng them has been kidnapped by the rebels & that they have been taken béo a hideout on the Wounded Coast. At this point Hawke has the choice of :

  • Letting Keran go:
    • Aveline: rivalry (+ 10)
    • Sebastian: friendship (+ 10)
  • Turning him in to the Knight-Commander:
    • Merrill: rivalry (+ 10)
    • Varric: rivalry (+ 5)
    • Aveline: friendship (+ 10)
  • Killing him:
    • Merrill: rivalry (+ 5)
    • Sebastian: rivalry (+ 10)

Note: If it’s Hawke’s love interest that is supposed to be taken, Keran will describe them. However they will still be able to be selected and taken to the Wounded Coast.

If Hawke agrees with his views on Meredith, then he will automatically be allowed to leave.

Loot the area, there is a Complex-ranked chest ( 30 Cunning, 150 xp ) bự the right of the entrance và the Blade of Mercy. In a box upstairs is the Sigil of the Mage Underground. Looting this will trigger the ” cấp độ up ” sound regardless of whether Anders has been told phệ leave or not .

The Wounded Coast


Head Khủng the Wounded Coast. Take the low path và head south towards the Ruins. Fight a small nhóm of Templars and Mages on the way. A cut-scene will then occur where Samson will approach Hawke .Samson will either admit that he conspired against Meredith và wanted phệ see her ” out on her ass “, or that Thrask thought he could change things from the inside. Selecting the humorous response will grant Isabela : friendship ( + 5 ) .

  • Hawke states that they want to help the Mages.
    • Anders: friendship (+ 10)
    • Fenris: rivalry (+ 10)
    • Merrill: friendship (+ 10)
    • Sebastian: rivalry (+ 5)
    • Varric: friendship (+ 10)
  • Hawke states that the mages must be stopped:
    • Anders: rivalry (+ 10)
    • Fenris: friendship (+ 10)
    • Merrill: rivalry (+ 15)
    • Sebastian: friendship (+ 5)

After the scene continue lao dốc the path until the tiệc nhỏ reaches the main nhóm of Templars / Mages. They are being led by the templar Thrask, who will implore Hawke Khủng side with them against Meredith. Behind him, whoever was taken hostage will be lying on the ground, unconscious .” Release your hostage ! ” :

  • Merrill: friendship (+ 5)

” I don’t tư vấn Meredith. ” :

  • Merrill: rivalry (+ 5)

Whether she was sent Khủng the Circle, or let her go during the quest Act of Mercy, Grace will Gọi for the hostage phệ be killed & then turn on Hawke. When speaking phệ Grace :

  • diplomatic response: : Sebastian: friendship (+ 5).
  • humorous/aggressive response: Sebastian: rivalry (+ 5).

Grace orders Alain lớn kill the hostage ; if you choose the diplomatic or humorous response then he will refuse béo vì it .Grace kills Thrask và then attacks you .During this battle, Grace herself is easily taken xuống dốc, but becomes a Pride Abomination upon death. After the battle, Samson will return with Cullen. As with Keran earlier in this quest, Hawke will have the opportunity lớn decide the fate of Alain và Samson .After the fight, talk with Cullen béo decide the fate of the surrendering mages và rogue templars. Cullen will permit Samson bự become a Templar again if Hawke requests that he give him another chance. Hawke can also ask Cullen béo be merciful lớn Alain và the other mages who are arrested .lưu ý : Mage Hunter và Arcane Defender Achievement : This is the final chance lớn side with either the Templars or Mages. During the conversation with Cullen :

  • (Side with the templars) Say “He’s one of Grace’s.” and then either “Give Samson another chance.” or “Kill them all”.
  • (Side with the mages) Say “Don’t hurt Alain.” and “Be merciful.”

The achievement will not pop up until Hawke reports back bự either Meredith / Orsino bự over the Quest, providing they have sided with the same faction bốn times previously .Cullen says béo take Alain in for questioning .

  • “Don’t hurt Alain.”:
    • Sebastian: friendship (+ 5).
  • “He’s one of Grace’s.”:
    • Aveline: rivalry (+ 10).
    • Merrill: rivalry (+ 10).

Note: Cullen will make reference to his experience in Ferelden’s Circle Tower.

Cullen asks if you have any recommendation for him bự bring lớn Meredith :

  • “Be merciful.” This would save the lives of the mages as Meredith will simply lock them in the Gallows while the templars involved in the conspiracy lose their pay instead.
    • Aveline: friendship (+ 10).
    • Merrill: friendship (+ 10).
  • “Give Samson another chance.” Cullen says he will look into Samson rejoining the Templars:
    • Aveline: friendship (+ 10).
  • “Kill them all.” Cullen will kill Samson as well on the grounds that if he knew so much about the conspiracy he must be part of it.
    • Merrill: rivalry (+ 15).
    • Varric: rivalry (+ 10).
    • If Anders is in the party, surprisingly he says nothing at this.

Note: If Hawke’s romance partner was the hostage, and you had them join the party before coming to The Wounded Coast, then they leave the party now.



On return béo the Gallows Courtyard, speaking bự Cullen will discover how Hawke’s recommendation decided the fate of the surviving conspirators, but this step is not required .



Return lớn Orsino / Meredith Khủng complete the quest .

  • Talking to Orsino:
    • If Hawke says that Meredith was not involved:
      • Anders: rivalry (+ 5)
    • If Hawke says that Meredith must be stopped:
      • Anders: friendship (+ 5)
  • Talking to Meredith:
    • “You’re paranoid.”:
      • Aveline: friendship (+ 5)
      • Meredith will not give Hawke the Hearth Shield.
    • “I’ll name names.” (whether you said “Orsino is blameless.” or not):
      • Anders: rivalry (+ 5)
      • Sebastian: rivalry (+ 10)
      • Meredith gives Hawke the Hearth Shield.
    • “Orsino is blameless”, and “I’ll name names.”:
      • Aveline: rivalry (+ 5)
      • Meredith gives Hawke the Hearth Shield.
    • “You must let this go.”
      • Anders: friendship (+ 5)

Note: If Hawke got this quest from Meredith then they may be able to investigate at this point to learn some rather interesting things about her.

Afterwards, if Hawke returns béo their estate, they will find a letter from either Meredith or Orsino that pertains lớn the quest The Last Straw. Note that once this letter from Meredith / Orsino is read, Hawke can no longer return phệ the Gallows without triggering the endgame. To indefinitely postpone that & still be able bự read messages at trang chính, Hawke can finish the quest except for returning bự the Gallows & thus no message will appear at trang chính .



Bethany / Carver will be kidnapped if they are alive. It does not matter if they are with the Mages, Templars or the Grey Wardens .If Bethany / Carver is chết, then Hawke’s love interest will be kidnapped. However, they will only be taken if they are not in their tiệc ngọt when they travel lớn the Wounded Coast .If Bethany / Carver is chết, the love interest is in the buổi tiệc ngọt, or there is no love interest, the companion with the highest friendship score who is not in the tiệc ngọt at the phút giây will be kidnapped .If Bethany / Carver is chết, all possible companions have left or have not been recruited, & all remaining companions are in Hawke’s party, Anders will be kidnapped even though he is no longer a companion .Sebastian cannot be taken as a hostage .





  • The name of the quest takes its name from the common expression dating from at least “Don Quixote”[1] that “revenge is a dish best served cold”.
  • If Hawke chooses not to side with either Meredith or Orsino in the beginning of Act 3, it appears that the quest is given based on how a character responds to Meredith at the end of On The Loose. (Confirmed for Xbox 360)
  • Cullen will kill Samson if told to kill all the Mages. However, there is no option for this in the Dragon Age Keep. Thus, regardless of this choice in Dragon Age II, Samson will always be alive in Dragon Age: Inquisition.



  • When encountering the mages in Hightown (night) the corpse that is supposed to be looted might disappear. Loading an earlier save is the only way to proceed with this quest. Sustained modes that draw health or mana from dead bodies will always trigger this bug.
  • After encountering the mages in the warehouse at the Docks (night), return to Hawke’s estate and leave. Even if Isabela or Fenris were kidnapped, Hawke will still be able to select them for the party. If Hawke brings them to the Wounded Coast, this leads to an amusing scene where there are two Fenrises or Isabelas: one unconscious on the ground and the other fighting.
  • If Bethany or Carver joined the Grey Wardens and is kidnapped, she/he may appear wearing their Circle outfit/Templar outfit instead of their Warden Uniform. This is a graphic-only effect and does not affect/change game decisions (Confirmed on all consoles).
  • If Keran was forced out of the Templars at the end of Enemies Among Us, he will still be one of the Templar Conspirators. The dialogue will be the same regardless of the earlier decision.
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    • If completing the quest for Meredith, if Hawke names names, they will refer to Keran as a templar, even if he was dismissed from the Order. If completing the quest for Orsino and he was allowed to leave, however, a dismissed Keran will stand outside the Hanged Man for the rest of the game wearing leather hides, stating he is glad to not be part of the order right now.
  • If Samson is made a Templar again, he will still appear in Lowtown(night) begging.
  • If Death Syphon is active, it is possible that Grace’s corpse will disappear and therefore not be able to be looted.
  • When exiting the warehouse, the marker on the door says “Lowtown” but in fact exits to the docks where Hawke entered.






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