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Worked to the Bone is a side quest in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening. It is a subquest of A Master's Work and is granted by Wade upon presenting him with the Eldest Dragonbone. Wade has been complaining about making common weaponry and armour for the soldiers of Vigil's Keep and is keen to take on a challenge to make any special weaponry. The Warden-Commander finds a dragonbone from an ancient dragon in the Blackmarsh, and can ask Master Wade to create a special weapon. He will require additional ingredients to create the item.

Walkthrough Edit

After discovering the Eldest Dragonbone from the Dragonbone rubble located by the Queen of the Blackmarsh's lair, take the bone to Master Wade. He updates the quest, and will ask for additional ingredients to make a truly spectacular weapon. The Warden-Commander will have to find some items and craft others. Once all of the items have been given to Master Wade, he will craft Vigilance. Items required:

Icon eldest dragonbone Eldest DragonboneEldest Dragonbone
Plot item
The bones of this ancient dragon are almost warm with the power they contain.
Found in Blackmarsh in the Dragonbone Rubble after defeating Queen of the Blackmarsh (must complete the quest The Lost Dragon Bones) - starts the quest
Tre ico diamond DiamondDiamond
Gem
A brilliant cut, colorless stone.
Can be bought or found most easily at Turnoble Estate on the corpse of Goodwife Valena Turnoble (along with
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13DAO goldpiece trans 27DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans)
Ico greater warmth balm Greater Warmth BalmGreater Warmth Balm
Herbalism
This light balm attunes the user to the element of fire.

+60% fire resistance for 180 seconds.
Can be bought from Yuriah in Vigil's Keep across from Ambassador Cera, found, or crafted
Ru flame grandmaster Grandmaster Flame RuneGrandmaster Flame Rune
Weapon Rune
This lyrium rune is the ancient Tevinter symbol for Toth, god of fire.

+5 Fire Damage
Can be crafted, or already in inventory from Dragon Age: Origins if using an imported Warden. Not sold in any stores in Awakening.
Plt ico black pearl Fresh Dragon EggFresh Dragon Egg
Plot item
A newly laid dragon's egg.
Found in the Silverite Mine, in the room with the Hurlock Dragon-Tamer

Crafting Options Edit

Unlike other crafted weapons, Master Wade uses a series of questions to assist in the customization of Vigilance. Vigilance can be either a longsword or a greatsword, however the bonuses are the same for either type of weapon.

Vigilance Base Bonuses
+1 to all attributes
+0.5 armor penetration
+2 attack
Balance Preference
Raw power Flexible and Nimble
+1.5 armor penetration
+5 fire damage
+6 attack
+5 cold damage
Materials Preference
I want it as sharp as sharp can be. Make it effortless to swing. Whatever aid it can lend me in defense. Do what you think best, Master Wade.
3% critical strike chance
15% critical/backstab damage
+0.5 combat stamina regeneration
+50 stamina
+6 defense
+10% chance to dodge attacks
+3 to all attributes

Rewards Edit

The Warden-Commander can choose

Vigilance longsword Vigilance (longsword)Vigilance (longsword)
Longsword
Volcanic Aurum (Tier 9)
Requires: 41 strength

Damage: 12.60
Critical chance: 3.60%
Armor penetration: 5.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
+1 to all attributes
+2 attack
+0.5 armor penetration

or
Vigilance greatsword ico Vigilance (greatsword)Vigilance (greatsword)
Greatsword
Volcanic Aurum (Tier 9)
Requires: 46 strength

Damage: 19.80
Critical chance: 2.70%
Armor penetration: 7.50
Strength modifier: 1.10
+1 to all attributes
+2 attack
+0.5 armor penetration
  • 250 XP

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Materials for Working with Dragonbone

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