The Qunari Compound is a walled off section in the center of the Kirkwall Docks. It is here that the Qunari expedition and their leader the Arishok reside. For the safety of the public, and the Qunari, it remains sealed off.
Lowtown and the docks were carved out of the quarry rock by slaves when Kirkwall was part of the Tevinter Imperium. The docks are outside of the soaring city walls that border Lowtown to the north. To the south, the Gallows can be seen across the harbor.