The quest is acquired in Corypheus's Prison - Sashamiri's Floor upon the deactivation of the first magical prison and defeating the shade that was confined within. The prison barrier is deactivated by using the two trigger points ("Mark of the Binder") which look like glowing red dots (see photo, above) and are located on nearby walls. Then a third Mark of the Binder on the magical barrier itself must be used. Once the shade (and its replicas) have been defeated, the quest triggers and appears in Hawke's journal.
There are three magical prisons to be deactivated within the prison:
- The first magical prison is deactivated while obtaining the quest (see Acquisition, above).
- The second magical prison is located soon after entering Farele's Floor, on the eastern side. A Mark of the Binder is near the magical prison, and a second in the next room. This prison contains an abomination that summons four profanes. Defeating the enemies updates the quest.
- The third magical prison is located about halfway through Farele's Floor, on the northern side. Hawke will encounter two interlinked rooms of prison cells, the first of these two rooms contains a Mark of the Binder and the magical prison. The second Mark of the Binder is in the next room (to the west). The prison holds a desire demon that summons corpses and skeleton archers to her defense. Defeating the enemies completes the Malcolm's Will quest.
Damage: 1.7 + 1.85 * LVL fire damage
(2.3 + 2.52 * LVL per second)
+(1 + 0.1 * LVL) magic
+(10 + 0.25 * LVL)% fire damage
+(10 + 0.25 * LVL)% cold damage
+(0.1 * DMG) fire damage across 2m – if Bethany is in the party.
Damage: 42 physical damage
(68 per second)
+13% critical chance
+11% attack speed
Attacks ignore enemy armor – if Carver is in the party.
+1.2 * (LVL + 3) health
+0.6 * (LVL + 3) mana/stamina
Immunity to critical hits – if neither Bethany nor Carver is in the party.
The voice of Malcolm Hawke explains his role in imprisoning these demons as part of a deal to allow him and Leandra Amell to return home with their baby. Malcolm expresses hope that the baby will not take after him (i.e., that the unborn Hawke will not be a mage).
If Carver is present in the party a conversation will begin, providing an opportunity to gain friendship or rivalry:
- "You know that's not true" and "Stop doubting" results in Carver: friendship (+15).
- "You know that's not true" and "More like abnormal" results in Carver: friendship (+15).
- "You know that's not true" and "Shut up" results in no change.
- "No we weren't. Grow up." and "Stop doubting" results in Carver: friendship (+10).
- "No we weren't. Grow up." and "More like abnormal" results in Carver: friendship (+10).
- "No we weren't. Grow up." and "Shut up" results in Carver: rivalry (+5).
- "We should have been" and "It's confidence, not neglect" results in (+10)
- "We should have been" and "You were free" results in (+10)
- "We should have been" and "Shut up" results in (+5).
Alternate dialog wheel options (sarcastic Hawke, obtained on PC patch 1.04 with a neutral-to-friendly Warden Carver):
- First dialogue option appears to have no effect.
- Second dialogue option: