Statue of war
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 persuasion 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
If you side with the Statue of War, next to him is a tribute left by the hero Dane: a sword, The Winter Blade, stuck in the ground.
- 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)
If you side with the Statue of Peace, he tells you something of his lore of herbs, giving the Potent Stamina Draught Recipe, Master Stamina Draught Recipe and Greater Spirit Balm Recipe. You can still slay the magister after that (which is recommended, since you will get a new codex entry detailing Arcane Horrors).
- Nathaniel approves (+2)
- Sigrun approves (+2)
- 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.
- pcps3xbox360 (patch 1.04 and patch 1.05) You can choose to side with Peace to calm the statue of war, receive the XP and rewards from him, and then proceed to disturb the ashes and kill the magister (who will appear in the form of a boss-level arcane horror) for more XP without having any further impact on the quest. However, you will not receive The Winter Blade or as much money from the magister's corpse as a reward. In fact, it is best to save before deciding to kill it, as sometimes its corpse will drop nothing.