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Brothers of Stone is a side quest in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening. In the Wending Wood, you will come across two statues, one called the Statue of War and one called the Statue of Peace, who claim to be cursed Avvars.
The Statue of Peace wants your help to calm his brother, which he unsuccessfully tried to do over the years. Peace has tried to sleep but every so often, he awakens because of his brother's need for vengeance. The statue explains that the magister's death will accomplish nothing: anger and vengeance will not free them, but peace will. The statue wants you to calm his brother so they can both be at peace forever. You must choose to side with one of the brothers.
If you choose to side with the Statue of War, you need to turn around and head a bit north. You will find some bones of the magister. Disturb them and what looks like an arcane horror will spawn. Kill the ancient magister and return to the Statue of War.
If you choose to side with the Statue of Peace, talk again with the Statue of War. He explains that his brother is weak: he was a thinker and a dreamer, not a warrior. Ask him if being angry has helped him at all. A character with a Coercion skill of 100 can calm the brother and he will accept your way. Alternatively, with no persuasion required, ask if anyone has killed the magister in a thousand years, then say that he will still be trapped. Talk again with the Statue of Peace to end the quest.
- 750 XP
- The Winter Blade
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 31 strength
Critical chance: 3.20%
Armor penetration: 4.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
+0.5 armor penetration
+3 cold damage
- Oghren approves (+2)
- Justice approves (+2)
While it may seem enticing to side with the Statue of War in order to get the Winter Blade, you may also receive it from Utha later as a possible drop.
If you side with the Statue of Peace, he tells you of his lore of herbs.
- Potent Stamina Draught Recipe
- Master Stamina Draught Recipe
- Greater Spirit Balm Recipe
- Nathaniel approves (+2)
- Sigrun approves (+2)
You can still slay the magister after that, which will yield a new codex entry detailing arcane horrors. However, this way you won't acquire the Winter Blade.
- If you kill the ancient magister, then there will be two piles of bones in the field. This explains the story of the Statue of War, who told you that the magister was killed already a few times in the past.
- It is best to save before deciding to kill the ancient magister, as sometimes its corpse will drop nothing.