Dragon Age: Origins achievements

Dragon Age: Origins

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There are 76 Dragon Age: Origins achievements (50 without DLC) worth 2,911 (1,750)

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Secret Achievement in Dragon Age: Origins

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Achievement won on 20 Jan 10
TA Score for this game: 2,911
Posted on 20 January 10 at 20:32, Edited on 08 February 10 at 09:43
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Looking to collate the various options for this achievement. This is partly based on my playthrough (I saved early and juggled most options) and comments from others, including the authors and commenters of the other solutions.

First step: Obtain Shale.

Shale is available as part of the Stone Prisoner DLC. Some editions of the game include this as a free bonus, even the standard looking ones, so check the box for a download code before you shell out the rather steep 1200 MSP.

Shale can be found in Honnleath as part of the first achievement for this DLC:
Dragon Age: OriginsRock and a Hard PlaceThe Rock and a Hard Place achievement in Dragon Age: Origins worth 31 pointsCompleted "The Golem in Honnleath" (The Stone Prisoner DLC)

From here you can talk to Shale and you'll find the dialog is generally split between her (yes, Shale is female) hatred of birds and her past, of which she knows very little. From here things generally stall until you meet Caridin during the Orzammar quest "A Paragon of Her Kind" where you have 5 (yup, FIVE) basic ways forward.

NOTE: If you've already completed this quest then you probably want to follow the WITHOUT Shale options.

Option 1: Meet Caridin WITHOUT Shale, side with Caridin:
Talk to Shale back at the party camp, she will ask a few questions about Caridin and you should be able to continue with "A Golem's Memories".

Options 2 & 3: Meet Caridin WITHOUT Shale, side with Branka:
SAVE ... Then talk to Shale back at the party camp, she will ask a few questions about Caridin. Now, if you're honest Shale won't be a happy bunny and is going to leave, not good! However if you have the Cunning/Coercion you can "(lie)". With a few white lies and vague responses Shale will accept your version of the truth, stick around and let you continue with "A Golem's Memories". If it went wrong and she left, reload that save. If you had the (lie) options you can try again, otherwise leave her alone while you build up the Coercion skill then come back later.
NOTE: This method is arguably the best as not only do you get this achievement you also gain access to the Golems for the final battle!!

Option 4: Meet Caridin WITH Shale, side with Caridin:
If you have Shale with you when you arrive at the Anvil you'll learn more about her past and by siding with Caridin you'll be able to continue with "A Golem's Memories".

Option 5: Meet Caridin WITH Shale, side with Branka:
Ooops, seriously bad move! When you side with Branka, Shale will side with Caridin and you have no choice but to kill her. Time to reload that save.

"A Golem's Memories"
Assuming you've now made it past Caridin without scaring off or killing Shale you can finish off this quest.

Head to Caridin's Cross and you'll get a mini cut-scene where Shale comments that the area looks familiar and marks Cadash Thaig on your map. Turn around and exit back to the map, Cadash Thaig will now be available just below Caridin's Cross.

Cadash Thaig itself is a fairly straightforward map with plenty of Darkspawn to top up your kills with. Now I should be saying that you're looking for a large Golem Monument, except it's actually huge and near impossible to miss. On top of that you also get a map marker showing you exactly where it is (Northwest, right near the end of the area).

Investigate the Monument, complete the conversation with Shale and the achievement is yours.
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