Dragon Age - The Wandering Blades
The largest city in the Free Marches, the independent city-state of Starkhaven is ruled by the Vael Family and has strong ties to the Chantry in its governance. It sits on the Minanter River in the northeast and borders with Antiva. Starkhaven has had its share of memorable events in Thedas history, such as being the site where the Second Blight was ended with the Archdemon Zazikel’s destruction by Grey Wardens, and in the Steel Age, when it was besieged by Qunari invaders who hoped to cut off trade to the north, only to be repelled. It is known to have had at least one Champion rise to prominence who participated in the Battle of Ayesleigh.
It is a place of wealth and opulance, with many kingly estates with fountains of marble and paths of granite. It is also famed for its superb cuisine, with its most famous dish being fish and egg pie. It is made with three deboned fresh fish, boiled eggs, dried fruit, spices, and thickened cream, topped with a light crust.
Starkhaven was the location of one of the two Circles of Magi in the Free Marches (the other being in Kirkwall).