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{{Quote|The [[darkspawn]] are an evil that must be destroyed, it's true. Though not as evil as the birds... damnable feathered fiends!}}
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|name = [[Shale]]
 
|image = Shale face.JPG
 
|image = Shale face.JPG
|race = [[Golem]]
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|Quests = [[A Golem's Memories]]<br>[[A Paragon of Her Kind]]
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|race = [[Dwarf]] <small>(formerly)</small> <br> [[Golem]]
|Family = Cadash House
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|gender = N/A <br> Female <small>(formerly)</small>
|voice = [http://www.geraldine-blecker.com/references.htm Geraldine Blecker]
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|class = [[Warrior (Origins)|Warrior]]
|location = [[Village of Honnleath]]
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|quests = [[A Golem's Memories]]
|Appearances = ''[[Dragon Age: Origins]]'', [[DLC]]
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|caste = [[Warrior caste|Warrior]] <small>(formerly)</small>
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|voice = [https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1158454/ Geraldine Blecker]
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|appearances = [[Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Origins]] - [[The Stone Prisoner]] <br> [[Dragon Age Legends]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Asunder]] <br> [[Heroes of Dragon Age]]
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'''Shale''' is a [[stone golem]] and potential [[Companions (Origins)|companion]] in ''[[Dragon Age: Origins]]''. It can be recruited from the town of [[Honnleath]] through ''[[The Stone Prisoner]]'' [[Downloadable content (Origins)|DLC]].
   
'''Shale''' is a potential party [[Companions|companion]] who can be recruited from the town of [[Honnleath]]. Shale's character (and associated quests) have been the subject of much discussion; originally intended to be a joinable NPC in the shipped game, Shale was cut by developers who wanted to concentrate on further polishing the game prior to release in 2008. When the game release date was pushed back to Q4 2009, developers spent time re-integrating Shale back into the game. Although still not included in the shipped version of the game, Shale is available as free Day One [[DLC]] to all purchasers of either the Standard or [[Collector's Edition of Dragon Age: Origins|Collector's Edition]] of [[Dragon Age: Origins]] who download "The Stone Prisoner". For those who obtain a second-hand copy of the game, "The Stone Prisoner" is available for purchase for US$15.
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== Background ==
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Shale is one of the war [[golem]]s created by [[Paragon]] [[Caridin]] in -255 [[Ancient Age|Ancient]] to defend the [[Dwarf|dwarven]] [[thaig]]s against the darkspawn during the [[First Blight]]. As such, it has been a golem for more than a thousand years. Shale was a part, for a time, of the [[Legion of Steel]] a dwarven army regiment that was composed completely by golems and she was the only female volunteer to join this regiment.<ref name="wot91">{{Cite wot2|91}}</ref> However, Shale seems able to accurately remember only the events of approximately the last 30 years, and its knowledge of what it did prior to that is mainly based on what it has heard from others.
   
Shale does not use the usual [[armor]] and [[weapons]], but, much like [[Dog]], has specialized equipment in the form of [[crystals]]. Shale may equip [[Small Crystals]] (classified as weapons in the inventory) that grant an bonus to attack damage, as well as converting all damage to that type, and [[Large Crystals]] (classified as armor in the inventory) that can grant a defensive bonus and resistance to certain types of damage.
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According to Caridin, Shale was the best warrior of [[Dwarven royalty|King]] Valtor and member of [[House Cadash]]. As a golem, Shale was very loyal to Caridin, even standing with him as he objected to Valtor's use of the [[Anvil of the Void (object)|Anvil of the Void]]. But, after Caridin was turned into a golem, he sent her away, "out of mercy". Sometime after leaving Caridin, Shale became deactivated in one of the lost thaigs.}}
   
==Background==
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[[File:Shale 1.jpg|thumb|right|310px|Shale standing frozen in Honnleath]]
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Eventually, in 8:93 [[Blessed Age|Blessed]], a deactivated Shale and its [[Golem Control Rod (Origins)|control rod]] were found by [[Wilhelm]], a [[mage]] who trying to escape from [[shriek]]s in the [[Deep Roads]].<ref name="wot91"/> Wilhelm reactivated the golem and, for many years, used it to his own ends: Shale became an object of study, a trophy, and a weapon during the [[Fereldan Rebellion]], for both [[Moira Theirin]]'s and later [[Maric Theirin]]'s rebel forces.
   
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After the war, Wilhelm settled in the village of [[Honnleath]], taking Shale with him and continuing his study of the golem. While under Wilhelm's control, Shale was experimented on, paraded around the village like a pet, and even chiseled down to a smaller size so that it might more easily fit through the doorways in Wilhelm’s home.<ref name="wot91"/>
   
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Wilhelm was found dead outside his tower in 9:04 Dragon, with a deactivated Shale standing frozen over his body. Though there were no witnesses to the event, Shale was believed to have killed him. In response to the mage's seeming death at the golem's hands, Shale's control rod was sold to a merchant by Wilhelm's wife, in the hopes that Shale would never be activated again.
   
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But, though it was deactivated, the golem was still aware of its surroundings. Shale remained that way for decades, awake but unable to move.
   
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== Involvement ==
   
[[File:Shale 1.jpg| right |310px |Shale ]]
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=== ''Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne'' ===
Shale is one of the last dwarven war [[golems]]. The knowledge to create such golems was presumably lost after the invasion of the [[darkspawn]] and the sealing of the [[Deep Roads]]. Shale is extremely proud of being a golem and hates the villagers of the town of Honnleath; citing the expression that "familiarity breeds contempt", and that after 30 years of watching them, Shale has become very familiar with them. Shale's hatred of the town folk may also come from their habit of dressing the golem up in festive garb during holidays or the fact that they spread bird seed around the golem's inert body which brought near Shale's most dreadfully hated enemies, the birds.
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Shale is seen under the control of [[Wilhelm]] when [[Maric Theirin|Maric]] and [[Loghain Mac Tir|Loghain]] meet the main rebel camp. Shale is also encountered when the party returns to [[Gwaren]].}}
   
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=== ''Dragon Age: Origins'' ===
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[[File:Shale recruitment - DA Keep.png|thumb|270px|The recruitment choices for Shale in ''[[Dragon Age Keep]]'']]
   
If Shale is a party member when the [[Warden]] arrives at the [[Anvil of the Void]] it is revealed that Shale was once a female [[dwarf]] known as Shayle and she belonged to the House of Cadash. She was one of the first volunteers to become a golem. After becoming a golem, she stayed with [[Caridin]] until she was sent away out of mercy. More information is also available through Shale's personal quest.
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After [[the Warden]] encounters a merchant called [[Felix de Grosbois]] at [[Sulcher's Pass]], they obtain the control rod to a [[Golem]] located in the village of [[Honnleath]]. After rescuing several trapped villagers including [[Matthias]], Wilhelm's son, The Warden re-activated Shale and convinced it to join in their fight against the [[Fifth Blight]].
   
==Involvement==
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[[File:Shale status - DA Keep.png|thumb|270px|The fate of Shale in ''Dragon Age Keep'']]
   
After the Anvil of the Void Quest quest is over Shale remembers where her [[Thaigs|thaig]] might be, and it can be explored. If the Warden decides to side with [[Branka]] and take the Anvil of the Void while Shale is in your active party, Shale will side with Caridin and you will be forced to fight and kill her in the ensuing battle. Otherwise you can let Shale stay in the Camp before Anvil of the Void and then side with Branka, keeping Shale as companion for the rest of the game.
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During the [[A Paragon of Her Kind|mission]] to rescue the [[Paragon]] [[Branka]], the Warden will encounter Caridin. If Shale is present at the time, Caridin will reveal much of Shale's past and trigger the quest [[A Golem's Memories]]. If the Warden sides with Branka they will be forced to kill Shale as well. Alternatively if they side with Branka and Shale is not present, a conversation in camp will trigger where the Warden can simply say they do not know what happens to Caridin and then the next time Shale is brought into the [[Deep Roads]] the quest will activate.
   
Also, if Shale is in your active party when you reach [[Orzammar]], it will regularly participate in intimidation efforts by adding that it will squish or pop heads. It will also engage in a conversation with the [[Shaperate]], located in the diamond quarter. ''Note: Shale cannot accompany you into the Arl of Denerim's Estate to rescue Queen Anora. If you have her in your party, Queen Anora's hand maiden will tell Shale that she cannot go. You will then get the party selection screen and be forced to select another party member to accompany you.''
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Shale will remember it was found in [[Cadash Thaig]] where the party will discover a registry of dwarves who volunteered to become Golems in order to fight the darkspawn. The list includes Shale's original identity: Shayle, a female warrior of House Cadash.}}
   
== Quest ==
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=== ''Dragon Age: Asunder'' ===
One way to get Shale's personal quest, is to have her in the party during the culmination of [[A Paragon of Her Kind]]. If Shale is not in the party when the Warden speaks with Branka and Caridin or if Shale was collected after A Paragon of Her Kind quest is completed, simply speak to Shale at the party Camp. She will ask the Warden if Caridin was encountered and will follow with a few questions about Caridin. If the Warden sided with Caridin, respond honestly to her questions and she will thank you and give the quest. If the Warden sided with Branka while Shale wasn't in the party, the quest still can be taken later in the Camp through consequent lying to Shale with high Coercion Skill. Return to Caridin's Cross in the [[Deep Roads]] and Shale will automatically make a comment about how the area is familiar and she remembers a Thaig nearby. Agree to see the Thaig and it will be available on the Deep Roads map as [[Cadash Thaig]].
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{{BioWare canon}}
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[[File:GroupShot AsunderDE.jpg|thumb|right|220px|The battle inside the keep]]
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Shale is accompanying [[Wynne]] to an abandoned [[Grey Wardens|Grey Warden]] outpost in the [[Western Approach]] where [[Pharamond]], a [[Tranquil]] researcher and personal friend of Wynne's, is investigating the nature of the [[Rite of Tranquility]]. According to Wynne, Pharamond's research might give insight into how to return Shale to its original female dwarven form. When Shale and Wynne arrive at the outpost, they find it overrun by demon-possessed corpses. As Wynne leaves to find help in [[Val Royeaux]], Shale stays behind to ensure nothing escapes the outpost. After confronting the abomination, Shale was to stand watch while the others entered the [[Fade]], but was drawn through the [[Veil]] with them. After rescuing Pharamond, Shale goes to the [[Circle of Magi]] in [[Orlais#Cities|Montsimmard]] so the information about the Rite of Tranquility could be disseminated among the circles quickly. Later Shale joins [[Evangeline de Brassard|Evangeline]] and Wynne in their raid on the [[White Spire]] and destroys the [[Phylactery|phylacteries]] stored there. Shale is also present at a gathering at Wynne's resting place, her ashes being buried beside an old oak tree.}}
   
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== [[Gifts (Origins)|Gifts]] ==
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Shale has a preference for "remarkable" gemstones. There is an issue with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions which causes Shale to not give the standard {{ColorPositiveStat|+10}} for the first gem; instead you receive {{ColorPositiveStat|+5}}, which decreases as usual, so that after receiving four of the gems, Shale seems uninterested in the others ("So I'm to keep this then, am I? Fine."), giving only {{ColorPositiveStat|+1}} for the rest, giving a measly 18 approval for giving them all to Shale. Therefore, you have to rely on conversation and your actions to get higher approval.
   
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If you have the [[Feastday Gifts and Pranks]] [[Downloadable content (Origins)|DLC]], however, you might also compensate for this bug with the thoughtful gifts and sugar cakes available from [[Bodahn Feddic]]. No matter how many are given, a [[Thoughtful Gift]] is always worth {{Approval|10}}, while a [[Sugar Cake]] is worth {{Approval|5}}.
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{{:Remarkable Amethyst|style=itemgiftrow}}
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{{:Remarkable Diamond|style=itemgiftrow}}
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{{:Remarkable Emerald|style=itemgiftrow}}
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{{:Remarkable Garnet|style=itemgiftrow}}
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{{:Remarkable Greenstone|style=itemgiftrow}}
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{{:Remarkable Malachite|style=itemgiftrow}}
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{{:Remarkable Ruby|style=itemgiftrow}}
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{{:Remarkable Sapphire|style=itemgiftrow}}
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{{:Remarkable Topaz|style=itemgiftrow}}
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}}
   
This quest consists of taking Shale back to her home Thaig, called [[Cadash Thaig]] to find proof that she was once a dwarf. If this quest is completed, Shale's approval can increase by +23 or more points. Along the way you will have to fight several hordes of [[Darkspawn]]. You will also find a few large and small 'Brilliant' crystals to make use of on the trip to your final destination of the Golem Monument (marked as a quest location), and a conversation with Shale that ends the quest. If she was not with you when you met Caridin she will comment that she wishes she would have had the chance to speak with him. Note: To get the 'Brilliant' Crystals Shale must be of a certain level(16 was my lowest need further confermation) to get them otherwise u get lower quality crystals!
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== Initial statistics ==
   
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=== Attributes ===
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Relative attribute weightings on auto-level:
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| style="width: 16%;" | Strength
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| style="width: 16%;" | Dexterity
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| style="width: 16%;" | Willpower
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| style="width: 16%;" | Magic
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| style="width: 16%;" | Cunning
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| style="width: 16%;" | Constitution
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|-
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| 1.4
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| 0.25
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| 0.5
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| 0
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| 0.145
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| 1.9
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=== Talents (PC) ===
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{{See|[[Shale talents]] for a list of all Shale talents}}
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[[File:Shale's Talents.jpg|thumb|200px|Shale talents]]
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{| class="daotable"
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| rowspan="2" | [[Warrior talents (Origins)|Warrior]]
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| [[Warrior talents (Origins)#Powerful tree|Powerful]]
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| {{:Powerful|style=iconmini}} &ensp; {{:Threaten|style=iconmini}}
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| [[Warrior talents (Origins)#Precise Striking tree|Precise Striking]]
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| {{:Precise Striking|style=iconmini}} &ensp; {{:Taunt (Origins)|style=iconmini}}
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|-
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| rowspan="4" | [[Shale talents|Shale]]
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| [[Shale talents#Pulverizing Blows tree|Pulverizing Blows]]
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| {{:Pulverizing Blows|style=iconmini}} &ensp; {{:Slam|style=iconmini}} &ensp; {{:Quake (Origins)|style=iconmini}}
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|-
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| [[Shale talents#Stoneheart tree|Stoneheart]]
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| {{:Stoneheart|style=iconmini}} &ensp; {{:Bellow (Origins)|style=iconmini}} &ensp; {{:Stone Roar|style=iconmini}} (level 12)
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| [[Shale talents#Rock Mastery tree|Rock Mastery]]
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| {{:Rock Mastery|style=iconmini}} (level 8) &ensp; {{:Hurl Rock|style=iconmini}} (level 9) &ensp; {{:Earthen Grasp|style=iconmini}} (level 13)
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| [[Shale talents#Stone Aura tree|Stone Aura]]
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| {{:Stone Aura|style=iconmini}} (level 10) &ensp; {{:Inner Reserves (Origins)|style=iconmini}} (level 11)
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|}
   
Note: If the main character decides to side with Branka for the final part of [[A Paragon of Her Kind]], Shale will side with the golems and attack the main character. She becomes hostile and must be killed, and does not reappear later in the game, effectively losing the ability for her use for the remainder of the game.
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== Equipment ==
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[[File:Shale fighting.jpg|thumb|250px|Shale fighting [[deepstalker]]s]]
==Strategy==
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Shale does not use conventional weapons or armor. Instead, much like [[Dog]], the golem has two slots for specialized equipment:
 
Shale serves dual purposes: the party’s main tank or a heavy melee damage-dealer. If the Warden wants Shale to act as the main tank, concentrate on the Stoneheart chain first. Stoneheart activates Shale’s defensive talents and increases the golem’s threat. Stone Roar gains a health regeneration bonus for Shale and attracts the attention of a single targeted enemy, who will veer toward Shale immediately and has a chance to stun nearby enemies if they fail a mental resistance check. Regenerating Burst damages and possibly stuns nearby enemies, plus it increases stamina regeneration and threat generation.
 
   
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* [[Small Crystals]], which act as weapons and appear on Shale's wrists; they grant a bonus to the corresponding elemental attack damage, convert all damage to the crystal's element type, and can (depending on their quality and type) grant bonuses to various attacks, attributes, and health/stamina regeneration. Because Shale's damage is largely elemental based, Vulnerability Hex and Affliction Hex are helpful in boosting damage.
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* [[Large Crystals]], which act as armor and appear on Shale's shoulders and legs; they grant a bonus to the corresponding elemental resistance and can (depending on their quality and type) grant bonuses to various defenses, attributes, and health/stamina regeneration.
   
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There are a total of 50 different [[crystals]]: 25 small crystals, 25 large crystals. Both sizes of crystals come in each of the five elemental types and in five varying degrees of quality.
   
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Equipping Shale with a small and large crystal of the same elemental type will grant an additional set bonus of +10% to the corresponding resistance.
   
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== Plot skills ==
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[[File:Shale - Dragon Age Legends.png|thumb|Shale in ''[[Dragon Age Legends]]'']]
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{{Plot skills|companion=Shale|attribute=strength}}<br>
   
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== Quotes ==
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[[File:Shale.jpg|thumb|310px|Concept art of Shale]]
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{{Main|Shale/Dialogue}}
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* "I wonder what it is like to float...or drown."
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* ''(If given one of the [[Gifts (Origins)|Remarkable Gems]])'' "Oooh, Shiny!"
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* "I would appreciate it if it didn't spread around that I said anything. [[Human]]s might start to get the wrong idea. They might start thinking their [[race]] is not completely hopeless."
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* "Now, let us crush something soft and watch it fountain blood. That is a girlish thing to want to do, yes?"
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* (While conversing with ''Sten'' about the ''Qun'') "Does sound like a delightful place where it comes from. Mages on leashes. What '''will''' they think of next?"
 
 
[[File:Shale fighting.jpg | right |380px |Shale Fighting]]
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=== Dialogue ===
 
The Stone Aura chain supports a Shale tank strategy. It imbues nearby party members with bonuses to attack, defense, and health regeneration; however, the sustained ability paralyzes Shale and imposes a personal penalty to defense (also it drains stamina). Inner Reserves beefs up Shale’s armor, and party members within Stone Aura gain additional bonuses to armor, spellpower, stamina regeneration, and health regeneration. Renewed Assault further increases Shale’s armor and ability to resist hostile spells, and party members within the aura gain bonuses to attack, stamina regeneration, critical chance, and armor penetration where the enemies within the aura suffer penalties to attack, movement speed, and defense. Supernatural Resilience gives more bonuses to armor and the ability to resist hostile spells meanwhile the party members within the aura gain additional bonuses to health regeneration, damage, spellpower, and to resist hostile spells.
 
 
If the Warden wants Shale to act as the main damage oriented character, first concentrate on the golem’s Pulverizing Blows chain. It activates Shale’s offensive talents, which gives a bonus to damage with a penalty to defense. Slam swings at a nearby enemy and, if it connects, automatically generates a critical hit and knocks the target back. Quake hits nearby enemies with an AoE that damages and knocks them back. Killing Blow smashes a target with a critical hit (for successful connects) and extra damage equal to Shale’s remaining stamina, which drains away after the blow.
 
 
Rock Mastery supports damage orientation and gives Shale more ranged options and it activates the golem’s ranged talents and gains a large bonus against incoming ranged attacks, but with a penalty to armor, defense, and melee critical chance. Nearby party members also gain bonuses to ranged critical chance and ranged attack speed. Hurl Rock throws a stone projectile at a targeted area and all enemies near the point of impact take physical damage and may be knocked down. Earthen Grasp immobilizes enemies unless they pass a physical resistance check. Rock Barrage throws multiple rocks into the air, which rain down on a targeted area and inflict movement penalties and knock down anyone within if they fail a physical resistance check.
 
 
==Unique Talents==
 
 
 
 
[[File:Shale's Talents.jpg|thumb|200px|Shale's Talents]]
 
Shale can serve four different roles through her [[Shale_Talents|talents]]. Each has a set of four talents (one sustained plus three related active or passive) designed around a role. The three related talents become accessible in combat if the corresponding Sustained Talent is activated. In addition, learning any of the three related talents increases the power of the sustained talent. In addition to unique talents, Shale has access to [[Warrior Talents]]. Shale does not have access any of the [[skills]] the other characters have nor can she specialize in any of the Warrior specializations. The four roles, and information/tips on each are:
 
 
* Melee DPS (associated talents made accessible by activating [[Shale_Talents#Pulverizing Blows|Pulverizing Blows]])
 
** Includes [[Shale_Talents#Pulverizing Blows|Pulverizing Blows]], [[Shale_Talents#Slam|Slam]], [[Shale_Talents#Quake|Quake]], and [[Shale_Talents#Killing Blow|Killing Blow]]
 
* Tank (talents made accessible by activating Stone Heart)
 
** Stone Heart - grants Shale bonuses to armor, magic resistances, and activates a taunt aura that makes enemies want to target Shale more than other party members.
 
** Bellow - increases Shale’s threat and has a chance to stun nearby enemies if they fail a mental resistance check.
 
** Stone Roar - grants a health regeneration bonus for Shale and attracts the attention of a single targeted enemy (who will veer toward Shale immediately).
 
** Regenerating Burst - damages and possibly stuns nearby enemies. It will also shatter them if they are frozen. It increases stamina regeneration and threat generation as well.
 
* Ranged DPS (associated talents made accessible by activating Rock Mastery)
 
** Rock Mastery -
 
** Hurl Rock -
 
** Earthen Grasp -
 
** Rock Barrage -
 
* Support Totem (activated by the Stone Aura talent)
 
** Stone Aura - turns Shale into an immobile buff totem. It imbues nearby party members with bonuses to defense, attack and health regeneration. Also it provides excellent party buffs but Shale paralyzes with the sustained ability and imposes a personal penalty to defense and it draining his stamina as well.
 
** Inner Reserves - beefs up Shale’s armor, and party members within Stone Aura receive additional bonuses to armor, health regeneration, stamina regeneration, and spellpower.
 
** Reserved Assault - further increases Shale’s armor and ability to resist hostile spells. Also the party members within the aura gain bonuses to attack, stamina regeneration, critical chance, and armor penetration where enemies within the aura suffer penalties to movement speed, attack, and defense.
 
** Supernatural Resilience -
 
 
== Plot Skills and Plot Talent ==
 
 
As you befriend Shale and gain her [[approval]] she will gain additional skills, including the following:
 
 
{|cellpadding="3" border="0"
 
|-style="background:#555555;"
 
|'''Skill Name'''
 
|'''Benefit'''
 
|'''Requirement'''
 
|-style="background:#333333;"
 
|Inspired: Minor Strength
 
| +1 to Strength
 
|25% approval
 
|-style="background:#333333;"
 
|Inspired: Moderate Strength
 
| +2 to Strength
 
|50% approval
 
|-style="background:#333333;"
 
|Inspired: Major Strength
 
| +3 to Strength
 
|75% approval
 
|-style="background:#333333;"
 
|Inspired: Massive Strength
 
| +4 to Strength
 
|90% approval
 
|}
 
 
 
==Quotes==
 
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*''(If removed from party)'' "Pigeon crap."
 
*"The darkspawn are an evil that must be destroyed, it's true. Though not as evil as the birds... damnable feathered fiends!"
 
*"I wonder if there are any pigeons here...I think we should look for them"
 
*"I wonder what it is like to float...or drown."
 
*(''To Templar at Lake Calenhed when you have difficulty crossing'') "Just let me crush a few things it can't possibly miss."
 
*(''Battle cry'') "Death to all pigeons!"
 
*"It's a wonder this Maker has any followers at all. I mean, pigeons--what was he thinking?"
 
*"I could have done this in Honnleath." (When selected at a time when your party isn't moving)
 
*''(If given one of the [[Gifts|Remarkable Gems]])'' "Oooh, Shiny!"
 
*''(approaching Lake Calenhed)'' "I could just walk along the lake bottom to reach the tower. It, however, could not."
 
*''(To the Guardian)'' "It seems that reflection on past mistakes is constant on the religious mind."
 
*"It is at times like this that I am grateful for the inability to smell."
 
*"And... do try not to get swallowed whole. If the beast were to fly about afterwards and poop it out, irony would dictate that it would land on me. I couldn't take it."
 
*"Oh, somebody please kill somebody!"
 
*''(When heavily injured after battle)'' "Oh look! I think I got chipped after that last fight!"
 
*"The birds are the true blight and must be utterly destroyed"&nbsp;
 
*Now, let us crush something soft and watch it fountain blood. That is a girlish thing to want to do, yes?
 
 
====Dialogue====
 
 
''See [[Shale's Dialogue]] for the full list.''
 
 
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* '''The Warden''': "So... what now? You go on a killing rampage?"
 
* '''Shale''': "Don't be ridiculous. Well, I wouldn't mind killing the birds... those evil birds and their foul droppings! I could crush them all!"
 
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* '''The Warden''': "And how do I know you can be trusted?"
 
* '''Shale''': "I have no idea. How does it trust anything else without a control rod?"
 
* '''The Warden''': "Good point."
 
* '''Shale''': "They haven't killed it, yet. I consider this a good sign."
 
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* '''Shale''': "I see it found some augmentation crystals. I was not even aware it knew about them... well done! So? What does it think? They don't make me look any wider, do they? I find I am already too wide as it is."
 
* '''Shale''': "I see it found some augmentation crystals. I was not even aware it knew about them... well done! So? What does it think? They don't make me look any wider, do they? I find I am already too wide as it is."
* '''The Warden''': "I think they're so pretty!"
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* '''The Warden''': "No, no, they're quite slimming."
 
* '''Shale''': "They are, aren't they? I so adore them! I think it should find some more as soon as possible. I want to glitter from ear to ear... so to speak!"
 
* '''Shale''': "They are, aren't they? I so adore them! I think it should find some more as soon as possible. I want to glitter from ear to ear... so to speak!"
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*'''Leliana''': You aren't all stone, Shale. There is a person inside of you.
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== Trivia ==
*'''Shale''': If so, it is because I ate him.
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* Shale, the [[Golem control rod#Other references|golem control rod]], and [[Wilhelm's Cottage]] were originally intended to be found in [[Redcliffe Village]] and therefore be accessible in the base version of the game.
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* Like Dog, Shale uses no weapons. So, when [[Frost Weapons]], [[Flaming Weapons]], or [[Telekinetic Weapons]] is enabled, its visual effect is applied to Shale's entire body.
==Trivia==
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[[File:Shalevgolem.PNG|thumb|Size comparison between Shale and another golem]]
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* Shale mentions being chiseled down to a smaller size by Wilhelm at the behest of his wife, who complained that the golem couldn't fit through the doors of their home. This refers to difficulties the developers had with getting Shale to fit through many of the game's doorways when they used the original golem graphical model for it. A full-sized version of Shale can be seen during [[A Nightmare|its nightmare]] in the [[Fade]].
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* At [[Soldier's Peak]] (after Levi has set up shop), birds will migrate towards Shale and follow it around.
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* To capture the ambiguity of Shale's gender, the voice actress's already gravelly voice was pitch-shifted down to sound deeper and more masculine.<ref>{{BWF|access=July 14, 2014|author=Rob Bartel|date=November 10, 2009|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151105072305/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/12636-is-shale-a/|title=Is Shale a....?}}</ref>
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* Shale is referenced twice in ''[[Dragon Age II]]'':
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** [[Corff]] the Bartender indirectly references Shale when he mentions that "the pigeon population has taken a nose dive in Ferelden".
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** During the epilogue, a picture of Shale chasing some chickens appears on one of the flipping pages of [[Cassandra]]'s book.
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* Shale's [[Codex entry: Shale|codex entry]] after completing her personal quest contains information that is inconsistent with other game lore. It says she became a golem "300 years earlier", presumably 300 years earlier than the current events in the game. However, Shale was created by Caridin around 1200 years ago.
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* Shale was to appear in the cut plot "Finding Shale" for ''[[Dragon Age II]]''. The plot was replaced with [[Finding Nathaniel]].<ref>{{BWF|author=[[David Gaider]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20151105070036/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/216795-your-random-dragon-age-question/?p=5968414|title=Your Random Dragon Age Question?}}</ref>
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* Shale is the only member of the party who cannot throw the [[Stick]] for Dog to fetch.
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* A dwarven [[Inquisitor]] comes from the same [[house]] as Shale.
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* [[David Gaider]] stated that Shale was influenced by a "combination of forced pigeon sex viewings and my bristling hatred of everything outdoors".<ref>{{Twitter|author=David Gaider|url=https://twitter.com/davidgaider/status/1065423558916984832|date=November 21, 2018}}</ref>
   
[[File:Shale.jpg| right|thumb |310px |Shale's Concept Art]]
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== Gallery ==
*Shale has an undying hatred for birds, and if you recruit her into your immediate party after releasing her, she will violently stomp on a chicken just as you leave Honnleath. This hatred may stem from the fact that the roosting birds may have defecated on her, as she mentions the feces throughout the dialogue.
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*Shale mentions she used to be 10 feet tall, but was chiseled down to fit through doors. Referring to how Shale's in-game model was actually too large and caused problems during game development. Shale was possibly the same size as the Golems you encounter in game. (During Shale's nightmare in the Fade you will be able to see a full-sized shale, and is indeed much taller than her playable counterpart).
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Shale Bioware Char Art.png|Character art
*If Shale accompanies you to Soldier's Peak after Levi has set up shop, the camp ravens slowly migrate towards her and begin to follow her around.
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Shale da2.jpg‎|Shale chasing chickens in [[Cassandra Pentaghast|Cassandra]]'s book
*Shale's gender appears to be a mystery to those who do not know her, as Loghain will refer to Shale as a male (using the phrase "I think the odds might be slightly in ''his'' favor at a test of strength") if Shale is the Warden's champion at the Landsmeet.
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Diamond Shale.png|Promotional image of Ruby and Diamond Shale in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''
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Diamond Shale 1.jpg|Diamond Shale in ''Heroes of Dragon Age''
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Ruby Shale HoDA.png|Tier progression of Ruby Shale in ''Heroes of Dragon Age''
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Patrick's day shale.jpg|A mock up Shale tile from the ''[[Dragon Age Keep]]'' team in celebration of St. Patrick's Day
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File:Promotional Amethyst Shale.jpg|Shale with Spirit Crystals in ''Heroes of Dragon Age''
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Promotional Emerald Shale.jpg|Artwork of Shale with Nature Crystals in ''Heroes of Dragon Age''
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* [http://www.1up.com/media/03/1/6/7/lg/856.jpg?r Artwork of Shale]
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* Print-Version of GameStar 11/2008 (German)
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Latest revision as of 07:08, March 29, 2020

The darkspawn are an evil that must be destroyed, it's true. Though not as evil as the birds... damnable feathered fiends!


Shale is a stone golem and potential companion in Dragon Age: Origins. It can be recruited from the town of Honnleath through The Stone Prisoner DLC.

Background Edit

Shale is one of the war golems created by Paragon Caridin in -255 Ancient to defend the dwarven thaigs against the darkspawn during the First Blight. As such, it has been a golem for more than a thousand years. Shale was a part, for a time, of the Legion of Steel a dwarven army regiment that was composed completely by golems and she was the only female volunteer to join this regiment.[1] However, Shale seems able to accurately remember only the events of approximately the last 30 years, and its knowledge of what it did prior to that is mainly based on what it has heard from others.


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


According to Caridin, Shale was the best warrior of King Valtor and member of House Cadash. As a golem, Shale was very loyal to Caridin, even standing with him as he objected to Valtor's use of the Anvil of the Void. But, after Caridin was turned into a golem, he sent her away, "out of mercy". Sometime after leaving Caridin, Shale became deactivated in one of the lost thaigs.

Shale 1

Shale standing frozen in Honnleath

Eventually, in 8:93 Blessed, a deactivated Shale and its control rod were found by Wilhelm, a mage who trying to escape from shrieks in the Deep Roads.[1] Wilhelm reactivated the golem and, for many years, used it to his own ends: Shale became an object of study, a trophy, and a weapon during the Fereldan Rebellion, for both Moira Theirin's and later Maric Theirin's rebel forces.

After the war, Wilhelm settled in the village of Honnleath, taking Shale with him and continuing his study of the golem. While under Wilhelm's control, Shale was experimented on, paraded around the village like a pet, and even chiseled down to a smaller size so that it might more easily fit through the doorways in Wilhelm’s home.[1]

Wilhelm was found dead outside his tower in 9:04 Dragon, with a deactivated Shale standing frozen over his body. Though there were no witnesses to the event, Shale was believed to have killed him. In response to the mage's seeming death at the golem's hands, Shale's control rod was sold to a merchant by Wilhelm's wife, in the hopes that Shale would never be activated again.

But, though it was deactivated, the golem was still aware of its surroundings. Shale remained that way for decades, awake but unable to move.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne.


Shale is seen under the control of Wilhelm when Maric and Loghain meet the main rebel camp. Shale is also encountered when the party returns to Gwaren.

Dragon Age: Origins Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Origins.


Shale recruitment - DA Keep

The recruitment choices for Shale in Dragon Age Keep

After the Warden encounters a merchant called Felix de Grosbois at Sulcher's Pass, they obtain the control rod to a Golem located in the village of Honnleath. After rescuing several trapped villagers including Matthias, Wilhelm's son, The Warden re-activated Shale and convinced it to join in their fight against the Fifth Blight.

Shale status - DA Keep

The fate of Shale in Dragon Age Keep

During the mission to rescue the Paragon Branka, the Warden will encounter Caridin. If Shale is present at the time, Caridin will reveal much of Shale's past and trigger the quest A Golem's Memories. If the Warden sides with Branka they will be forced to kill Shale as well. Alternatively if they side with Branka and Shale is not present, a conversation in camp will trigger where the Warden can simply say they do not know what happens to Caridin and then the next time Shale is brought into the Deep Roads the quest will activate.

Shale will remember it was found in Cadash Thaig where the party will discover a registry of dwarves who volunteered to become Golems in order to fight the darkspawn. The list includes Shale's original identity: Shayle, a female warrior of House Cadash.

Dragon Age: Asunder Edit


This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Asunder.


BioWare canon
The plot follows BioWare's own canon, meaning it may not follow some of the player's choices in the games.

GroupShot AsunderDE

The battle inside the keep

Shale is accompanying Wynne to an abandoned Grey Warden outpost in the Western Approach where Pharamond, a Tranquil researcher and personal friend of Wynne's, is investigating the nature of the Rite of Tranquility. According to Wynne, Pharamond's research might give insight into how to return Shale to its original female dwarven form. When Shale and Wynne arrive at the outpost, they find it overrun by demon-possessed corpses. As Wynne leaves to find help in Val Royeaux, Shale stays behind to ensure nothing escapes the outpost. After confronting the abomination, Shale was to stand watch while the others entered the Fade, but was drawn through the Veil with them. After rescuing Pharamond, Shale goes to the Circle of Magi in Montsimmard so the information about the Rite of Tranquility could be disseminated among the circles quickly. Later Shale joins Evangeline and Wynne in their raid on the White Spire and destroys the phylacteries stored there. Shale is also present at a gathering at Wynne's resting place, her ashes being buried beside an old oak tree.

Gifts Edit

Shale has a preference for "remarkable" gemstones. There is an issue with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions which causes Shale to not give the standard +10 for the first gem; instead you receive +5, which decreases as usual, so that after receiving four of the gems, Shale seems uninterested in the others ("So I'm to keep this then, am I? Fine."), giving only +1 for the rest, giving a measly 18 approval for giving them all to Shale. Therefore, you have to rely on conversation and your actions to get higher approval.

If you have the Feastday Gifts and Pranks DLC, however, you might also compensate for this bug with the thoughtful gifts and sugar cakes available from Bodahn Feddic. No matter how many are given, a Thoughtful Gift is always worth Approves (+10), while a Sugar Cake is worth Approves (+5).

Name Notes Description

Tre ico amethyst
Remarkable Amethyst
Located: Alimar
A deep, clear purple stone.
Tre ico diamond
Remarkable Diamond
ps3Icon ps3xbox360Icon xbox360Can be purchased from Garin.
A brilliant cut, colorless stone.
Tre ico emerald
Remarkable Emerald
Located: Figor
This dark green gem has murky depths, like an overgrown pond.
Tre ico garnet
Remarkable Garnet
Unobtainable via normal means
A gem the shade of dried blood, dark red, nearly black.
Tre ico greenstone
Remarkable Greenstone
Blue-green stone with a pattern like a turtle's shell.
Tre ico malachite
Remarkable Malachite
Located: Circle Tower
This stone is patterned with odd bands and ripples of color, like the contents of a witch's cauldron.
Tre ico ruby
Remarkable Ruby
Deep red and nearly indestructible, these are prized by royalty.
Tre ico sapphire
Remarkable Sapphire
Located: Legnar
A star-cut sapphire, almost the color of the night sky.
Tre ico topaz
Remarkable Topaz
Located: Faryn
A brilliant gem the color of sunshine.

Initial statistics Edit

Attributes Edit

Relative attribute weightings on auto-level:

Strength Dexterity Willpower Magic Cunning Constitution
1.4 0.25 0.5 0 0.145 1.9

Talents (PC) Edit

See Shale talents for a list of all Shale talents.
Shale&#039;s Talents

Shale talents

Warrior Powerful Talent-Powerful icon PowerfulTalent-Threaten icon Threaten
Precise Striking Talent-PreciseStriking icon Precise StrikingTalent-Taunt icon Taunt
Shale Pulverizing Blows Pulverizing Blows Pulverizing BlowsSlam SlamTalent-Quake icon Quake
Stoneheart Stoneheart StoneheartBellow BellowStone Roar Stone Roar (level 12)
Rock Mastery Rock Mastery Rock Mastery (level 8)   Hurl Rock Hurl Rock (level 9)   Earthen Grasp Earthen Grasp (level 13)
Stone Aura Stone Aura Stone Aura (level 10)   Inner Reserves Inner Reserves (level 11)

Equipment Edit

Shale fighting

Shale fighting deepstalkers

Shale does not use conventional weapons or armor. Instead, much like Dog, the golem has two slots for specialized equipment:

  • Small Crystals, which act as weapons and appear on Shale's wrists; they grant a bonus to the corresponding elemental attack damage, convert all damage to the crystal's element type, and can (depending on their quality and type) grant bonuses to various attacks, attributes, and health/stamina regeneration. Because Shale's damage is largely elemental based, Vulnerability Hex and Affliction Hex are helpful in boosting damage.
  • Large Crystals, which act as armor and appear on Shale's shoulders and legs; they grant a bonus to the corresponding elemental resistance and can (depending on their quality and type) grant bonuses to various defenses, attributes, and health/stamina regeneration.

There are a total of 50 different crystals: 25 small crystals, 25 large crystals. Both sizes of crystals come in each of the five elemental types and in five varying degrees of quality.

Equipping Shale with a small and large crystal of the same elemental type will grant an additional set bonus of +10% to the corresponding resistance.

Plot skills Edit

Shale - Dragon Age Legends

Shale in Dragon Age Legends

As you befriend Shale and gain its approval, it will gain the following additional skills:

Name Benefit Requirement
Inspired: Minor Strength +1 to strength 25% approval
Inspired: Moderate Strength +2 to strength 50% approval
Inspired: Major Strength +4 to strength 75% approval
Inspired: Massive Strength +6 to strength 90% approval
Note: These bonuses are non-cumulative, i.e. the total bonus is +6, not +13.

Quotes Edit

Shale

Concept art of Shale

Main article: Shale/Dialogue
  • "I wonder what it is like to float...or drown."
  • (If given one of the Remarkable Gems) "Oooh, Shiny!"
  • "I would appreciate it if it didn't spread around that I said anything. Humans might start to get the wrong idea. They might start thinking their race is not completely hopeless."
  • "Now, let us crush something soft and watch it fountain blood. That is a girlish thing to want to do, yes?"
  • (While conversing with Sten about the Qun) "Does sound like a delightful place where it comes from. Mages on leashes. What will they think of next?"

Dialogue Edit

  • Shale: "I see it found some augmentation crystals. I was not even aware it knew about them... well done! So? What does it think? They don't make me look any wider, do they? I find I am already too wide as it is."
  • The Warden: "No, no, they're quite slimming."
  • Shale: "They are, aren't they? I so adore them! I think it should find some more as soon as possible. I want to glitter from ear to ear... so to speak!"

Trivia Edit

Shalevgolem

Size comparison between Shale and another golem

  • Shale mentions being chiseled down to a smaller size by Wilhelm at the behest of his wife, who complained that the golem couldn't fit through the doors of their home. This refers to difficulties the developers had with getting Shale to fit through many of the game's doorways when they used the original golem graphical model for it. A full-sized version of Shale can be seen during its nightmare in the Fade.
  • At Soldier's Peak (after Levi has set up shop), birds will migrate towards Shale and follow it around.
  • To capture the ambiguity of Shale's gender, the voice actress's already gravelly voice was pitch-shifted down to sound deeper and more masculine.[2]
  • Shale is referenced twice in Dragon Age II:
    • Corff the Bartender indirectly references Shale when he mentions that "the pigeon population has taken a nose dive in Ferelden".
    • During the epilogue, a picture of Shale chasing some chickens appears on one of the flipping pages of Cassandra's book.
  • Shale's codex entry after completing her personal quest contains information that is inconsistent with other game lore. It says she became a golem "300 years earlier", presumably 300 years earlier than the current events in the game. However, Shale was created by Caridin around 1200 years ago.
  • Shale was to appear in the cut plot "Finding Shale" for Dragon Age II. The plot was replaced with Finding Nathaniel.[3]
  • Shale is the only member of the party who cannot throw the Stick for Dog to fetch.
  • A dwarven Inquisitor comes from the same house as Shale.
  • David Gaider stated that Shale was influenced by a "combination of forced pigeon sex viewings and my bristling hatred of everything outdoors".[4]

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Shale
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Journal of Enchanter Wilhelm

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 91
  2. BSN Rob Bartel (November 10, 2009). "Is Shale a....?" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on July 14, 2014.
  3. BSN David Gaider"Your Random Dragon Age Question?" . The BioWare Forum.
  4. Twitter icon David Gaider (November 21, 2018). https://twitter.com/davidgaider/status/1065423558916984832 . Twitter.
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