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High-quality weapons can be improved by having an enchanter inscribe one or more lyrium runes on the
weapon. Runes can be found throughout Ferelden, but enchanters and weapons of sufficient quality are both
somewhat rare. Once a rune has been inscribed, its properties are added to the item. The rune is not destroyed
in the process, nor is it permanently bonded to the weapon; if you find a better rune later on, you can return to
an enchanter to replace the rune.
You will find some items identified as gifts. To give a gift to one of your party members, open your inventory,
switch to the appropriate party member, then select the item and press the S button to give it to the character.
If the character accepts your gift, his or her approval of you increases. Different characters prefer different
sorts of gifts; if you give a party member his or her favorite type of gift, the approval increase is greater. Some
gifts are so well suited to particular characters that other party members completely refuse to accept the gift
themselves. However, the more gifts you give each party member, the less he or she will be interested in the
next gift. The camp is a handy place to give gifts because you can see your whole party at once.
Ferelden uses three types of coinage: copper pieces called bits, silver pieces called silvers, and gold pieces called
sovereigns. There are 100 bits in a silver and 100 silvers in a sovereign. For convenience, the game automatically
converts your money into the least possible coinage, so if you have 80 bits and find 40 more, you end up with one
silver and 20 bits. Your current supply of money is displayed at the bottom of the inventory screen.
Merchants throughout Ferelden offer new equipment for sale and also purchase unwanted items, putting coin
in your pocket and freeing up room in your inventory. To buy items, select them on the merchant’s side of the
inventory (the left); to sell items, select them on your side (the right). You can also sell every item in your junk
tab at once by pressing the D button. The different tabs at the top of the inventory screen, which you can cycle
through by pressing the W button or the R button, determine which type of items you’re looking at. The
second-last tab allows you to buy back or sell back items that you purchased accidentally with no loss of money
so long as you haven’t left the store yet.
Characters who have learned the Herbalism, Trap-Making, or Poison-Making skills can create their own items if
they possess a recipe or plan for the item and the constituent ingredients. You’ll find recipes and ingredients in
merchants’ shops and throughout Ferelden.
Once you have a recipe or plan, open the crafting interface by selecting the appropriate skill from either the
Poisons and Traps or Potions segments of the radial menu. Your recipes appear on the left; after selecting a
recipe, the required ingredients appear on the right along with an indication of your current supply. If you have
sufficient stock of ingredients, you can create the item immediately. Note that creating more powerful items
requires higher ranks of the appropriate crafting skill.