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Dragon Age Origins and Awakening
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Greg Boccia
First Published: 24-07-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 01-11-2019 / 16:07 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 15-12-2019 / 12:37 GMT

Dragon Age Origins and Awakening Guide

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The Urn of Sacred Ashes

The Gauntlet

Around the corner you enter a room with a vase, rubble, and a book for Codex 215: The Maker’s First Children . The Guardian has much to say. In the end he leaves the trials of the Gauntlet for you to overcome and the quest " A Test of Faith ". The first room is a room of riddles; below is a list of the people giving the riddles and the correct answers. Failing to answer correctly will summon an Ash Wraith.

Brona

Riddle : Echoes from the shadow realm, whispers of things yet to come. Thought’s strange sister dwells in the night, is swept away by dawning light. Of what do I speak?

Answer : Dreams

Thane Shartan

Riddle : I’d neither a guest nor a trespasser be; in this place I belong, that belongs also to me. Of what do I speak?

Answer : Home

General Maferath

Riddle : A poison of the soul, passion’s cruel counterpart; from love she grows till love lies slain. Of what do I speak?

Answer : Jealousy

Archon Hessarian

Riddle : She wields the broken sword, and separate true kings from tyrants. Of what do I speak?

Answer : Mercy

Disciple Cathaire

Riddle : No man has seen it but all men know it. lighter than air, sharper than any sword. Comes from nothing, but will fell the strongest armies. Of what do I speak?

Answer : Hunger

Disciple Havard

Riddle : The bones of the world stretch towards the sky’s embrace. Veiled in white, like a bride greeting her groom. Of what do I speak?

Answer : The mountains

Lady Vasilia

Riddle : An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. The debt of blood must be paid in full. Of what do I speak?

Answer : Vengeance

Ealisay

Riddle : The smallest lark could carry it, while a strong man might not. Of what do I speak?

Answer : A tune

You must speak to each spirit and answer the riddle correctly to move on.

With all the riddles solved the door at the other end unlocks. Here you should meet someone whom you are familiar with, they will give you Reflection. Turn the corner to do battle with a mimic of your party. The next room is a tricky one and requires you to move your characters individually. Follow the diagram and directions below to pass this test of intelligence.

Match up the positions as shown.

On the other side of the bridge, approach the altar and take your gear off to pass through the flames and complete the quest. Loot the Unfortunate Adventurer for the Belt of the Magister Lords and Golden Demon Pendant . There are two chests on the side, one requires high cunning. Now is the time to make your choice; take a pinch and defile the ashes, defile the ashes, or just take a pinch. If you defile the ashes Leliana and Wynne will turn on you, so if you choose this path place your Mabari, Morrigan, and Zevran in your group so you don’t lose any party members. The Guardian will attack you regardless of your group make up.

If you defile the ashes Kolgrim will be waiting outside for you. Drink from the chalice to unlock the Reaver Specialization. You can then betray him and loot Kolgrim’s Horn which will summon the High Dragon and you earn a unique, Faith’s Edge which is a mighty Two-handed battleaxe. Head to the middle of the Mountain Top and kill the Drake and Cultists being sure to loot the Drake Scale . If you so dare, blow Kolgrim’s Horn and fight the High Dragon.

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BOSS - High Dragon

Drops: Maetashear War Axe, Crow Dagger, Antivan Longbow, The Long Sight, Storm Talons, Qunari Siege Gauntlets, Pure Bitch Braid, Deadhead Charge, Grandmaster Flame Rune, Dragon Scale.

This battle will be fought much like Flemeth was. Have your tank pick up the High Dragon and move all other characters behind her out of range of a tail swipe. When the tank gets chomped either stun, bash, or freeze the High Dragon to force it to release. Hexes work nicely here as well as fire resist gear and warmth balms. Winter’s Grasp and Cone of Cold work wonders since they will cause a temporary freeze. You cannot shatter the High Dragon but a freeze plus Stone Fist combo still does decent damage. Tough it out and keep everyone topped off by using Health Poultices if need be and keep your mages chugging Lyrium Potions so they can provide much needed aid.

As you would expect, this guy is tough. A lot of fire attacks and strong physical attacks. Stay away if you are a ranged character!

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Looting the Dragon Scale will start a new quest " Dragon Scale Armor ". Take the shortcut to the west leading back to the Ruined Temple. Speak with Genitivi and show him the pouch of Ashes. With the ashes in hand return to Redcliffe Castle. Approach Bann Teagan and use the ashes to heal Arl Eamon. Accept his reward to get the Champion Specialization and receive the Redcliffe Elite Shield . Be merciful to Jowan to let him live.

Head to Denerim and turn in "Forgotten Verses" to Sister Justine. In Wade’s Emporium, turn in the quests "Drake Scale Armor" and "Dragon Scale Armor". Turn in the Drake Scales first and pay the 10 and 20 sovereign to have better quality made. Choose Dragon Scale last and pay the 30 sovereign to receive a superior quality. Enter Genitivi’s abode and speak with him about a reward. The shops now have some decent items in them so be sure to take a look. When you are ready head to the Brecilian Outskirts.

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Cesar

Item Price
Magebane Poison Recipe 4g 65s 60c
Soldier's Bane Recipe 4g 44s 00c
Demonic Poison Recipe 3g 40s 80c
Concentrated Crow Poison Recipe 2g 73s 60c

Gorim

Item Price
Meteor Sword 3g 74s 00c
Chasind Great Maul 151g 19s 50c
Thorval's Luck 12g 70s 50c
Camenae's Barbute 13g 25s 50c
Rock-Knocker 6g 24s 25c
Katriel's Grasp 4g 62s 00c
Sword Belt 0g 66s 00c
Grandmaster Silverite Rune 10g 45s 00c
Backpack 5g 50s 00c

Wade’s Armor

Item Price
The Felon's Coat 88g 95s 25c
Evon the Great's Mail 107g 64s 00c
Kaddis of the Mountain-Father 5g 03s 11c

Did You Know? - You can return to Haven and see a graveyard full of comical messages.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, 360
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    24 July 2014
  • Last Updated
    1 November 2019
  • Guide Author
    Greg Boccia

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