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Once you take in the darkness, you not miss the light so much. You know, do you not? Ruck sees you, he sees the darkness inside you.


Ruck is a dwarf of the smith caste who has become deformed by the darkspawn taint. He can be found in the ancient ruins of Ortan Thaig, which is accessed via the Deep Roads.

Background Edit

According to his mother, Filda, Ruck left Orzammar as the only smith of an expeditionary force into the Deep Roads five years before the Fifth Blight. While in the expedition, he accidentally killed a fellow dwarf in a quarrel. Rather than stay and endure the punishment of being exiled to the mines, where he would have found certain death, Ruck ran away. In order to survive in the Deep Roads, Ruck fed on the corpses of darkspawn which made him severely tainted. He is also a scavenger, and will attack the Warden if he fears having his "treasures" stolen. Ruck seems to remember his previous life in Orzammar, or at least his mother, and it pains him greatly to even think of those good times.

Involvement Edit

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In the quest A Mother's Hope, the Warden can agree to help Filda, who is found in the Orzammar Commons, by promising to track down her son who was lost at the Deep Roads. The Warden can discover Ruck in Ortan Thaig. Initially, he is quite frightened and will run when several spiders move to attack the Warden. Afterwards, Ruck will retreat into his cave, where he can be coerced into engaging in commerce with the Warden, interrogated, or killed.

Mentioning his mother causes Ruck great distress; if he is told that she should know he is alive, he will beg the Warden not to tell her. The Warden can agree to tell his mother that he is dead, as he does not want his mother to see him like this; Filda remembers a completely different Ruck. If Zevran is present, he might force the Warden to kill Ruck, saying that it is the most humane thing to do. This can be avoided, as he will only press if the Warden decides to leave instead. Oghren will also suggest that he should be killed.

Inventory Edit

You must persuade or intimidate Ruck to trade with you; otherwise, he will attack.

Name Price
Lifestone
Rgt ico lifestone LifestoneLifestone
Item
These rare rocks have existed in close proximity to lyrium ore, and as such, they have absorbed some of its traits. Lifestones enhance the natural properties of other materials used in item creation.
(x99)
0000003000
30DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Frostrock
Rgt ico frostrock FrostrockFrostrock
Ingredient
These shards of lifestone are infused with magic, either naturally or by one of the Tranquil. Frostrocks radiate cold and can be used in many cold-related potions and traps.
(x5)
0000003000
30DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Frozen Lightning
Rgt ico frznlightning Frozen LightningFrozen Lightning
Ingredient
Frozen lightning is a common name for a crystal that can naturally store electricity, which has made it a sought-after ingredient in the composition of several items and salves.
(x6)
0000003000
30DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Fire Crystal
Rgt ico firecrystal Fire CrystalFire Crystal
Ingredient
These shards of lifestone are infused with magic, either naturally or by one of the Tranquil. They're white-hot and useful in many fire-related potions and traps.
(x3)
0000003000
30DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Deep Mushroom (Origins)
Rgt ico deepmush Deep MushroomDeep Mushroom
Ingredient
Fungi found underground in close proximity to lyrium veins. In addition to their restorative properties, they can also be made into poisons.

Use: After chewing a deep mushroom, warriors and rogues regain a small amount of stamina. Mages gain no benefit from chewing deep mushrooms.
(x99)
0000000150
1DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Waraxe
Ico axe Dwarven WaraxeDwarven Waraxe
Waraxe
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 11 strength

Damage: 6.00
Critical chance: 1.00%
Armor penetration: 2.00
Strength modifier: 1.10
0000001899
18DAO silverpiece trans 99DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Longsword
Ico longsword Dwarven LongswordDwarven Longsword
Longsword
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 11 strength

Damage: 7.00
Critical chance: 2.00%
Armor penetration: 2.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
0000006000
60DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Mace
Ico mace Dwarven MaceDwarven Mace
Mace
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 12 strength

Damage: 5.00
Critical chance: 0.50%
Armor penetration: 4.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
0000002700
27DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Heavy Dwarven Helmet
Ico helm heavy Heavy Dwarven HelmetHeavy Dwarven Helmet
Heavy helmet
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 18 strength

Armor: 1.25
Fatigue: 2.25%
0000009000
90DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Heavy Boots
Ico boots heavy Dwarven Heavy BootsDwarven Heavy Boots
Heavy boots
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 18 strength

Armor: 1.25
Fatigue: 2.25%
0000008100
81DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Armor of the Divine Will
Ico armor massive Armor of the Divine WillArmor of the Divine Will
Massive chestpiece
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Armor: 18.38
Fatigue: 26.25%
+20% spell resistance
-5 magic
0000570000
57DAO goldpiece trans 0DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Shield of the Legion (Origins)
Ico dragonbone shield Shield of the LegionShield of the Legion
Targe
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 34 strength

Fatigue: 3.25%
Strength modifier: 1.00
+10 mental resistance
0000051000
5DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Large Round Shield
Ico shield largeroundmetal Dwarven Large Round ShieldDwarven Large Round Shield
Targe
Varies (Tier 1-7)
Requires: 14 strength

Fatigue: 2.50%
Strength modifier: 1.00
0000002250
22DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans
Destructionist's Belt
Ico belt Destructionist's BeltDestructionist's Belt
Belt
Lyrium has been inlaid into the leather of this belt, forming curious geometric patterns.

+0.5/+1 mana regeneration in combat
+3 spellpower
0000051000
5DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Grandmaster Cold Iron Rune
Ru coldiron grandmaster Grandmaster Cold Iron RuneGrandmaster Cold Iron Rune
Weapon Rune
This forms the Tevinter symbol for the Fade.

+10 Damage vs. Undead
0000270000
27DAO goldpiece trans 0DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Etched Silver Symbol
Tre ico holy symbol 4 Etched Silver SymbolEtched Silver Symbol
Gift
A simple holy symbol, made of etched silver.
0000003900
39DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans

QuotesEdit

  • (About the spiders) "They takes things of paper and metal! They takes the shinies and the words!"
  • "The dark master calls them with his beautiful voice!"
  • (About the Grey Wardens) "Grey like the stone. Guardians against the darkness."

Trivia Edit

  • In Mass Effect 3, an asari is trying to guide a friend called Ruck to a secure bunker. She does not recognize the name of the place Ruck gives her over the comms.

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