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"For centuries, the Grey Wardens—the ancient order of guardians, sworn to unite and defend the lands—have been battling the darkspawn forces. Legend spoke that slaying the Archdemon would have put an end to the darkspawn threat for centuries to come, but somehow they remain."

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening is the only expansion for Dragon Age: Origins. It was released for Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 16, 2010 in the US, March 18, 2010 in Europe, and March 19, 2010 in the UK. There are both retail disc and downloadable editions available.[1] However, the PS3 version is not available at retail in Europe and can only be acquired via the PlayStation network (unless you buy the Ultimate Edition). Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening was released for Mac OS X on August 31, 2010.

The writing team on Awakening consists of David Gaider, Sheryl Chee, and Ferret Baudoin.[2]

Plot

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Box art featuring the "Children"

The events of Awakening begin six months after the conclusion of Dragon Age: Origins, specifically on the seventeenth of Ferventis.[3] The player takes on the role of a Grey Warden commander, who is either an imported character from Origins or a new Warden from Orlais. The Orlesian Warden is treated differently because of the history between Orlais and Ferelden—and because an imported Warden will be renowned to begin with, having killed an archdemon almost single-handedly in Origins.

While rebuilding the Grey Wardens and establishing Vigil's Keep, a fortress given to the Grey Wardens at the end of Origins, as a new base of operations, the Warden-Commander is faced with a new challenge. It is revealed that despite the defeat of the archdemon, the darkspawn have not returned underground and a new variety of sapient, speaking darkspawn have been discovered. Two entities, named the Architect and the Mother, appear to be involved and the Warden may have to deal with them. Once this mission is complete, the world will have changed dramatically.

Returning Characters

  • Herren and Wade return to sell new goods at Vigil's Keep. Wade will craft special items for the Warden if provided with new "fantastical" materials: eldest dragonbone, heartwood, and golem shell. After finding such materials, Wade will announce a list of further materials he needs to construct the special items.[4]
  • Alistair, Anora, Loghain Mac Tir, and Wynne can make an appearance depending on the Warden's choices in Origins. Wynne is a side quest giver found in Amaranthine near the local chantry.[5]

Companions

  • Anders is a human mage who has escaped the Circle of Magi seven times, but always seems to get caught. A female templar claims that Anders is a murderer and is not to be trusted, blaming him for the death of the templars who were guarding him at Vigil's Keep when the darkspawn attacked.[6]
  • Justice is a warrior and a noble spirit from the Fade, bound to the body of a dead Grey Warden. He is found in the the Blackmarsh Undying.[7]
  • Mhairi is a human warrior who admires the two Wardens who defeated the archdemon "single-handedly" and jumps at the opportunity to help rebuild the order. Mhairi is a Grey Warden prospect.
  • Nathaniel Howe is a rogue and the son of Rendon Howe. He is found in Vigil's Keep dungeon.[8]
  • Oghren is involved regardless of the Warden's choices. He will start at 0 approval regardless of his interactions with the Warden in Origins, and gifts given to him in Awakening continue to receive diminishing returns if the Warden has given him gifts in Origins.
  • Sigrun is a dwarven rogue who is a member of the Legion of the Dead. She fought the darkspawn with her group in the Deep Roads and is the last survivor. Also, she thinks that something odd is happening in the fortress of Kal'Hirol.[9]
  • Velanna is a Dalish elf mage who was exiled from her clan. When The Warden meets her, she is hunting the human merchants whom she thinks took her sister, and attacks the Warden as a result. Her sister was kidnapped by the darkspawn. She is found in the Wending Wood.[10]

Gameplay

Locations

  • Amaranthine: Rendon Howe's previous property estate, with lots of fishing going on.
  • Blackmarsh: Former bustling village abandoned into a gloomy, desolate marsh. The Veil is thin and torn here.
  • Kal'Hirol: The dwarven fortress long known as a center of learning for the smith caste.
  • Knotwood Hills: An area of inhospitable and barren hills to the west of Amaranthine.
  • Vigil's Keep: An ancient fortress in Amaranthine. Base of operations for the Grey Wardens.
  • City of Amaranthine: The largest city in the Arling.
  • Wending Wood: A forest area divided by the Pilgrim's Path, leading to Amaranthine.
  • Dragon Bone Wastes: A wasteland where dragons go to die and the Tevinter Imperium attempts to harvest greater power from their remains. The area of Drake's Fall lies here.

Creatures

Specializations

Battle mage icon Battlemage: mage specializationn
Classico Keeper Keeper: mage specialization
Classico LegionScout Legionnaire Scout: rogue specialization
Shadow icon Shadow: rogue specialization
Classico guardian Guardian: warrior specialization
Spirit-warrior icon Spirit Warrior: warrior specialization

Spells

Mage Battlemage Keeper
Spell fade shield icon Fade Shield
Elmastery s Elemental Mastery
Spell attunement icon Attunement
Spell time spiral icon Time Spiral


Repulsion-field icon Repulsion Field
Spell invigorate icon Invigorate
Arcane Field icon Arcane Field
Spell mystical negation icon Mystical Negation
DrainingAura Draining Aura
Hand of winter icon Hand of Winter
Stoic Stoic
Elemental chaos icon Elemental Chaos
One With Nature One With Nature
Thornblades Thornblades
Replenishment Replenishment
Nature's Vengeance Nature's Vengeance

Talents

Rogue Legionnaire Scout Shadow
Heartseeker icon Heartseeker
Talent ghost icon Ghost
Talent weak points icon Weak Points
Talent flicker icon Flicker
Markofthe s Mark of the Legion
StrengthOfStone Strength of Stone
EndureHardship Endure Hardship
BlessingOfTheAncestors Blessing of the Ancestors
Shadow form icon Shadow Form
Decoy Decoy
ShadowStriking Shadow Striking
Pandemonium icon Pandemonium


Warrior Guardian Spirit Warrior
Talent second wind icon Second Wind
Talent peons plight icon Peon's Plight
Talent grievous insult icon Grievous Insult
Talent massacre icon Massacre
Guardians-shield Guardian's Shield
Fortifying-presence Fortifying Presence
Master-guardian Master Guardian
Aura-of-the-stalwart-defender Aura of the Stalwart Defender
Beyond-the-veil icon Beyond the Veil
Soulbrand Soulbrand
Fade-burst icon Fade Burst
Blessing-of-the-fade Blessing of the Fade


Weapon and Shield Dual-Wielding Weapons Two-Handed Weapons Archery
Talent juggernaut icon Juggernaut
Talent carapace icon Carapace
Talent air of insolence icon Air of Insolence
Bulwark of the Ages Bulwark of the Ages
Talent twin strikes icon Twin Strikes
Talent find vitals icon Find Vitals
Talent low blow icon Low Blow
Unending flurry icon Unending Flurry
Talent sweeping strike icon Sweeping Strike
Talent two-handed impact icon Two-Handed Impact
Talent onslaught icon Onslaught
Talent reaving storm icon Reaving Storm
Accuracy Accuracy
Talent arrow time icon Arrow Time
Talent burst shot icon Burst Shot
Talent rain of arrows icon Rain of Arrows

Skills

Quests

Main plot quests

Side quests

Main article: Side quests (Awakening)

Differences between Origins and Awakening

  • There are no romance options in Awakening.[11]
  • There are 2 new tiers of material. Heavy Armor gains White Steel (Tier 8) and Volcanic Aurum (Tier 9), Light Armor gains Dragonwing (Tier 8) and High Dragon Hide (Tier 9), and Wood gains Vhenadahl (Tier 8) and Ancestral Heartwood (Tier 9).
  • Merchants are not likely to have high-end Runes (like Masterpiece or Grandmaster) in stock; most sell the low to medium-end runes and the crafting materials. This way you will be able to craft your own runes and use them on armor or weapons. Runes that are in stock cost significantly less than in Origins.[12]
  • You have the ability to re-spec your character without losing plot decisions made in Origins through an unlimited number of Manual of Focus tomes, sold for 6DAO goldpiece trans each.[13]
  • Most promotional and DLC items cannot be transferred into Awakening.[14] However, items received during Return to Ostagar and the Memory Band will transfer.[15] If you had any other promotional items equipped on your last savegame in Origins and you import that savegame into Awakening then you will start off in your undergarments. There is a fix for this for PC users, it can be found here.
  • Oghren will meet you with his new Legion of the Dead armor set including the Helm of the Legion along with a new weapon, Darkspawn Ravager.
  • Inside the Vigil's Keep - Throne Room (to the right after entering the room) there is a personal chest where you can store all of your items.
  • You level up and gain money at a much faster rate in Awakening compared to Origins.
  • A higher level cap of 35.
  • All characters (with the exception of Justice) can be recruited and put through the Joining to be made a Warden. (Characters will have to be put through the ritual before ending their area's quest if done last.)
  • Crafting cannot be exploited nearly as easily to make money, due to the increased prices of crafting materials. This is offset by the large amounts of money received during normal gameplay, however.
  • There is no merchant in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening that has an unlimited supply of Deathroot. If you plan to make poisons or traps that require Deathroot, it is recommended you stock up on it in Dragon Age: Origins before you import your game.
  • You can no longer initiate dialog with companions at any time like in Origins instead they will initiate dialog when interacting with specific landmarks.

Importing an Origins Warden versus creating an Orlesian Warden

  • The people of Amaranthine will treat a Fereldan Warden with respect, as opposed to suspicion towards an Orlesian Warden.
  • An imported Warden starts at the level imported or at level 18, whichever is higher. Orlesian Wardens start at level 18. All companions tier to an imported Warden's level.
  • An imported Warden will retain the weapons, armor and accessories that the Warden had equipped when imported, as well as any unassigned weapons, armor, accessories and all basic items in the inventory. Your Origins companions' equipment will be lost unless you unequip it and keep it in your inventory. ps3Icon ps3xbox360Icon xbox360It is possible to load the "Epilogue"-autosave after end credits. Then you can access the Party Camp and remove gear from party members that will be carried over to Awakening.
  • Imported Wardens retain the stat, talent, and skill gains garnered from Lost in Dreams and tomes.
  • Imported Wardens equipped with any of the gear from DLCs other than Return to Ostagar and Leliana's Song will appear "naked" with all of those items removed from the game. However the stats of those items, like fatigue or health, are still present on your character (confirmed to be fixed for the PC as of patch 1.04. Imported Warden will be equipped with the Grey Warden Armor set).

Achievements and trophies

NameRequirementAchievement pointsTrophy typeImage
AwakeningCompleted Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening50GoldAch awakening
The Enduring VigilAcquired all upgrades for Vigil's Keep30BronzeACH The Enduring Vigil
Commander of the GreyReached level 3030BronzeACH Commander of the Grey

Secret achievements and trophies

NameRequirementAchievement PointsTrophy TypeImage
Savior of Kal'HirolDestroyed the broodmothers in Kal'Hirol30BronzeACH Savior of Kal-Hirol
Blind VengeanceEscaped the Silverite Mines30BronzeACH Blind Vengeance
Pride Before The FallDefeated the Baroness30BronzeACH Pride Before the Fall
Amaranthine's Last HopeSaved the City of Amaranthine25BronzeACH Amaranthines Last Hope
Keeper of the VigilSaved Vigil's Keep25BronzeACH Keeper of the Vigil

See also

References

  1. Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Q&A - PC feature - at IGN
  2. BSN Ferret Baudoin"Who wrote Awakenings(sp)?" . The BioWare Forum.
  3. According to Varel during Nathaniel Howe's recruitment.
  4. Awakening FAQ
  5. Awakening FAQ
  6. Anders Trailer
  7. Justice Trailer
  8. Prima Game Guides
  9. Sigrun Trailer
  10. Velanna Trailer
  11. Point 1.8 on the Awakening FAQ
  12. Destructoid preview
  13. Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Q&A - PC feature - at IGN
  14. Point 2.5 on the Awakening FAQ
  15. BSN "Awakening Q&A" . The BioWare Forum.

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