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

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.

A Mother's Hope - Dragon Age Keep

Ruck's fate in Dragon Age Keep

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 Wynne is in the party, agreeing to lie to Ruck's mother about his death gives you Wynne approves (+2) immediately and Wynne approves (+1) when you say to Filda that her son is dead. 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
Rgt ico lifestone Lifestone (x99)
30DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Rgt ico frostrock Frostrock (x5)
30DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Frozen Lightning
Rgt ico frznlightning Frozen Lightning (x6)
30DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Fire Crystal
Rgt ico firecrystal Fire Crystal (x3)
30DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Deep Mushroom (Origins)
Rgt ico deepmush Deep Mushroom (x99)
1DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Waraxe
Ico axe Dwarven Waraxe
18DAO silverpiece trans 99DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Longsword (Origins)
Ico longsword Dwarven Longsword
60DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Mace
Ico mace Dwarven Mace
27DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Heavy Dwarven Helmet
Ico helm heavy Heavy Dwarven Helmet
90DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Heavy Boots
Ico boots heavy Dwarven Heavy Boots
81DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Armor of the Divine Will
Ico armor massive Armor of the Divine Will
57DAO goldpiece trans 0DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Shield of the Legion (Origins)
Ico dragonbone shield Shield of the Legion
5DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Dwarven Large Round Shield
Ico shield largeroundmetal Dwarven Large Round Shield
22DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans
Destructionist's Belt
Ico belt Destructionist's Belt
5DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Grandmaster Cold Iron Rune
Ru coldiron grandmaster Grandmaster Cold Iron Rune
27DAO goldpiece trans 0DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans
Etched Silver Symbol
Tre ico holy symbol 4 Etched Silver Symbol
39DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans


  • (About the spiders) "They takes things of steel and paperl! 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.
  • If the Warden is female and is able to persuade Ruck, he calls her "pretty lady" frequently throughout the conversation.
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