It seems most people would prefer to believe that Andraste crossed the Waking Sea with little more than a basket of flowers and songs of peace and harmony. The truth is that she came with a horde of warriors at her back, and that without a rebellion occurring behind the enemy lines it's very possible that the holy invasion could have been foiled.
Shartan was a slave who became a fabled warrior and later a devotee of Andraste herself, and we know this because the Canticle of Shartan spoke of their meeting on the Valarian Fields. Andraste gave him a mystic blade that he called Glandivalis (translation unknown) and he even fought at Maferath's side. But now the Canticle is one of the Dissonant Verses, and has been ever since the Exalted March of the Dales.
It seems we don't wish to speak of elven heroes or the role they played in Andraste's war any more than we wish to speak of barbarians or the bloody death toll that accompanied the war. With each passing age, heroes like Shartan become more of a fable, but some of us will always know the truth.—From The Dissonant Verses by Sister Petrine, Chantry scholar, 9:25 Dragon
—From Codex entry: Glandivalis
- The enslave effect lasts for 10 seconds.
- This sword is one of the best weapons for a sword and shield warrior, only surpassed by the Blade of a Thousand Battles with powerful runes.
- Electricity damage has the fewest number of creatures outright immune to it (none of which appear in Act 3 when the sword is acquired) and a large amount of creatures with weaknesses to its damage effect.
- Several Act 3 creatures that have a tolerance (Normal) to electricity also have a weakness (Low) to frost, equipping the sword with a frost rune while a mage sustains Elemental Weapons (Cold-Blooded or similar staff) can prove effective in place of a Rune of Devastation or the Primeval Lyrium Rune.
- The sword can enslave bosses which can be an issue. Boss level enemies tend to have large health point bars. When enslaved they could not be attacked, and some will regenerate health when not under attack.
- Additionally, if all remaining enemies in combat are enslaved, combat ends. This means your party gets to regain health and mana/stamina as well as revive dead allies, but it also means the enemies are returned to full health and must be fought again once the enslave wears off. This can be particularly troublesome when leaving a boss as a final enemy, as the number of hits required to kills some stronger bosses may result in a second enslaving. This can make tougher battles last much longer.
- Glandivalis has the same model as Vigilance in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.
- According to the Dissonant Verses of the Chant of Light, Glandivalis originally belonged to Andraste's mother, Brona, before being given to her champion, Shartan, who renamed it.