Sell everything you can to empty your inventory before enter this location.
In this location you will decide who will be future ruler of Orlais: Empress Celene or Grand Duke Gaspard or Ambassador Briala.
Main Quest for this location:
QUEST: Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts
You have to earn Court Approval by collecting Scandalous Secrets, Caprice Coins and Halla Statuettes.
IMPORTANT: In some regions of Winter Palace Court Approval will drop down in time. It is important not to drop Court Approval below zero. If it happens you will be evicted from Winter Palace.
QUEST: Herd of Stone Halla Collect Halla Statuettes
QUEST: Throwing Away Money Collect Caprice Coins
QUEST: The Great Blackmail Hunt Collect Scandalous Secrets.
Here you appear in Halamshiral: The Winter Palace
NPC: Grand Duke Gaspard
QUEST: Montbelliard's Ring it's in (03)
ITEM: Silver Ring for Montbelliard's Ring Quest
QUEST: Unlock the Eastern Storage
ITEM: Storage Key
QUEST: Even Glided Walls Have Ears
Use Storage Key to open.
ITEM: ITEM: Halla Statuette
Open Doors with Halla Statuette
Enter The Winter Palace
IMPORTANT: Some secretes and items are unavailable in first run. Search Winter Palace again after visiting Servant's Quarters.
Enter Ballroom, watch cut scenes and exit to talk to Leilana.
Empress Celene messengers.
QUEST: Open the Lower Garden Door
Fountain Toss Caprice Coins to gain Court Approval
"In the bottom left corner of the guest garden you have 2 opportunities to obtain an agent by talking to two men that you eavesdrop on. You get an agent either by supporting mages or templars. It's a super easy agent to obtain! The only way you won't get him is if you don't talk to them."
Climb to Upper Level (17)
If you are off limits Court Approval will decrease slowly.
Search Secret in corner, Pull Book and enter (19)
Take Veilfire from (19) and return to (18)
Light Urns in (18) in order A,B,C,D,E,F
Enter downstairs to secret room.
ITEM: Cylinder Seal
You got Halla to open this Door.
Go to Ballroom.
ITEM: Key to Servant's Quarters
(Court Approval will decrease slowly here)
Equip Weapons and Armours for you and your team.
Halla Statuette - look up, jump table, jump torch to pickup.
Dead Noble and fight with Venatori Agents
Pickup Halla Statuette and Caprice Coin
Pickup 2 x Caprice Coin and 3 x Codex Entry
Open Halla Door
ITEM: Elven Locket
NPC: Ambassador Briala
IMPORTANT: Some secrets in locations in Winter Palace visited before are now available.
Talk to Guards, direct them to Cullen
QUEST: Gaspard's Clandestine Meeting
Return to Ballroom
NPC: Duchess Florianne
Ask Florianne to dance and during conversation select options listed below to gain good court approval:
2. Why don't you educate me ?
2. Is that what we both want ?
2. Which am I to you ?
6. Who do you trust ?
2. Isn't everyone ?
Next, talk with your team. Don't make final decisions yet.
Enter to Royal Wing.
Rescue spy and receive information.
In this room you will get informations against Briala.
Pickup 4 Hallas on this floor to open doors.
Number of halla is limited, so you can not go into this room and save halla for (42).
Talk to agent.
Talk to Florianne and defend.
NPC: Mercenary Captain
You can recruit him.
Back to Mail Level.
If you save halla at (38) you can open only one of this rooms.
They are marked warrior and mage. There is nothing very special in those rooms just good loot.
Exit to Ballroom.
Its time for final decision.
Select: "I'll talk with Florianne" to expose Duchess;'s Crimes to The Court and avoid future Bloodsheed.
Kill Florianne personaly.
Next try to force Celene, Gaspard and Briala to cooperate.
Select: "All of you are at fault."
"At 44 when your approval is below a certain treshold (i believe it's 85) you aren't able to talk to Florianne and have to settle with the other two options(detain the Dutchess or wait for Florianne to Attack)."
"... third option not show if u no enter the Empress's Private Quarters where Gaspard's agent is tied to the bed. Approval has nothing with it. Had 100 approval and had third option."
Recruit Morrigan into Inquisition.