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A Mother's Hope is a side quest in Dragon Age: Origins.

Walkthrough Edit

Filda can be found in the Commons near Tapster's Tavern. She is praying for her missing son, Ruck, who was lost in the Deep Roads five years ago and hasn’t been seen since. The Warden can promise to help her; if they ask for a reward she promises a shield.

En route to finding Paragon Branka during A Paragon of Her Kind, the party will pass through Ortan Thaig. Deep in the tunnels, Ruck will appear and scurry away leaving the party to deal with a surprise attack of some corrupted spiders. Afterwards the party can follow him to his cave. When the Warden speaks to the dwarf, they will learn that he has become tainted from eating the flesh of darkspawn and his mind has deteriorated. You have various options at this point:

  1. Kill him.
  2. Intimidate or persuade him to talk with you, which offers an opportunity to trade with him and additional options:
    • Tell him you will let his mother know where he is.
    • Tell him you will tell his mother he is dead; this is his preference because he is ashamed of what he has become. If Wynne is in the party Ico Appr Heart Wynne approves (+2) .
    • If you persuaded him and then asked him about gems, he will attack.
  3. If you cannot intimidate or persuade him then end the conversation. The next time you talk to him he will talk to you as if you had successfully intimidated or persuaded him.

If Zevran is in the party, if you choose the conversation option "I should go," he will advocate a mercy killing, saying it pains him to see Ruck like this. You will have no choice but to agree with him and attack Ruck. If you don't want to kill Ruck then either don't take Zevran along or ask Ruck to trade and exit the conversation with him by closing the trade window. Similarly, if Oghren is in the party he will also suggest you put Ruck out of his misery, but he'll leave the decision up to you (no Approval change).

Whether the Warden deals with Ruck or not, they can return to Orzammar and speak to Filda.

Killing Ruck Edit

  1. Lie to her and tell her Ruck is dead (this is an option even though it is not a lie) or that you found his remains and that he died heroically long ago. If Wynne is in the party Ico Appr Heart Wynne approves (+1) . You get the reward.
  2. Tell her you put him out of his misery. She calls you a monster and refuses to talk to you. You don't get the reward.
  3. Tell her that her son is a lunatic. You get the reward.
  4. Lie to her and tell her you didn’t find him.
    • If Sten is in the party he insists on telling her the truth. You have to choose one of the other conversation choices.
    • Otherwise she thanks you for looking. You get the reward.

Not killing Ruck Edit

  1. Tell her Ruck went crazy. You get the reward.
  2. Lie to her and say he’s dead (this is not an option unless you told Ruck you would tell his mother that he was dead). If Wynne is in the party Ico Appr Heart Wynne approves (+1) . You get the reward.
  3. Tell her that her son is a lunatic. You get the reward.
  4. Lie to her and tell her you didn’t find him.
    • If Sten is in the party he insists on telling her the truth.
      • If you tell her that Sten is talking rubbish then she chooses to believe Sten, who tells her Ruck is in the Deep Roads. She leaves to find him. You get the reward.
      • Otherwise tell her one of the other conversation choices.
    • Otherwise she thanks you for looking. You don't get the reward.

Result Edit

A Mother's Hope - Dragon Age Keep

The quest choices in Dragon Age Keep

Depending on the Warden's actions, Filda will respond it two different ways:

  • If Filda believes Ruck is dead, she will return to her life in Orzammar, unhappy but accepting and thankful for taking the risk or resentful if she is told that Ruck was killed by the Warden's hand.
  • If Filda believes Ruck is alive even if she is told that Ruck doesn't wish to be seen, she will be thankful but disappointed that the Warden didn't do more for them and then state that she will go to the Deep Roads in order to find and save her son.

Rewards Edit

  • 100 XP
Ico shield smallroundmetal Ruck's ShieldRuck's Shield
Buckler
Steel (Tier 3)
Requires: 14 strength

Fatigue: 0.00%
Strength modifier: 1.00
+10% spirit resistance
+4 attack

Ico Money MoneyMoney

GoldDAO goldpiece trans SilverDAO silverpiece trans BronzeDAO bronzepiece trans
Requires: Inventory
, Gold
Note: pcIcon pc(v1.05) There is no gold given for any of the options above.

Bugs Edit

  • If you choose the alternate route of lying to Filda before you enter the tunnels, you will not be able to change your mind later. However, Filda will still appear with a marker over her head, as if the quest has not been resolved.
  • If you talk to Ruck after completing the quest, Filda will appear with quest marker over her head, but will not speak with you.
  • If you tell Filda that Ruck is alive, she will say that she plans to look for him. However, she seems to remain in her same spot.
  • If you talk to Ruck before talking to Filda, then Filda is nowhere to be found, making the quest impossible to complete.