Heart of the Forest is a side quest in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening. It is a sub-quest of A Master's Work. In the Wending Wood you can find Heartwood from the Old One, a wild sylvan. Bring the Heartwood to Wade with four other items and he will craft either a shield or a bow.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

After collecting the Heartwood from the Old One in the Wending Wood, return to Vigil's Keep and speak with Wade. He can craft an item from the Heartwood but needs some extra materials. You need to bring him:

Heartwood Heartwood
Taken from a boss, The Old One
Oil Oil
Found in the Crown and Lion Inn; as soon as you enter it is in the room on your right.
Catgut Catgut
Found on a dead mabari dog in the Blackmarsh.
Flawless Ruby Flawless Ruby
Bought from Master Henley in the City of Amaranthine, or found on the corpse of the Golem master in Kal'Hirol.
Grandmaster Lightning Rune Grandmaster Lightning Rune
Must be crafted (from 2 x Master Lightning Rune, 1 x Blank runestone, 4 x Etching Agent - see Runecrafting) or carried over from a character imported from Dragon Age: Origins.

Once all the materials are gathered, return to Wade where he will give you a choice for either a longbow or kite shield, both of which are tier 9.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Heartwood Shield Heartwood Shield OR

Heartwood Bow Heartwood Bow

  • 250 XP

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Heartwood Shield has the largest Absorbs damage property of any shield at -15%.
    • For Arcane Warriors using weapon-and-shield, the Landsmeet Shield may be more suitable than obtaining the Heartwood Shield. Although its stats are slightly inferior to the Heartwood Shield, the Landsmeet Shield grants 50 extra mana plus 30% protection against electricity damage, which drains mana.
  • If you obtain the Heartwood and return to Master Wade before completing one of the main plot quest lines, Wade will have a quest "arrow" over his head but will not discuss the heartwood. This is because the entire A Master's Work questline will only become available after completing any one of the main plot quests.
  • This quest must be completed before Vigil Keep is attacked, as Master Wade will be unselectable thereafter.
  • If not planning on using either weapon, the shield is worth over twice as much as the bow.

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