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In Dragon Age Origins, I've been recruiting factions and they now appear at my camp, along with Allied Supply Crates. I'm aware that you get XP for donating, but aside from that am wondering what the benefit is of donating and indeed how much I should be donating to each faction? Should I spend a while collecting materials for this, or am is as well simply skipping this?

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Hi - you've retagged this as dragon-age-origins, however all previous questions for this game have been tagged as dragonage-origins. For now I'm rolling back the edit to keep this tagged as per all previous questions. – Durathor Aug 9 '10 at 10:01
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Aside from the XP bonuses, the actual direct effect of donating to the allies isn't that clear. I wouldn't bother spending an excess amount of time collecting materials. Just throw whatever extras you have to them for the bonus xp, but going out of your way is unnecessary.

This page details a little more info on which items are specifically needed for each ally.

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I guess in particular, I'm happy turning in my spare mats, but some of them want gold (or things I can turn into gold like gems), and that's kind of useful for other things too :) so wondering whether to give them any or not... – Durathor Aug 8 '10 at 22:31
I would read the Effects section of that article. It's kind of hard to say, because it depends on how much gold you have, how much you plan on spending, etc. for the return you can get via leveling. Personally, I gave them all my extra crap and still had plenty of money to buy some uber weapons. – FAE Aug 8 '10 at 23:01

Donating Elfroots is the most efficient way to get XP because you can buy them so cheaply from the elvish camp. See the Dragon Age Wikia Page on Allied Supply Crates for more info.

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I can't answer your question about what the benefit is, but I can tell you that I didn't donate a thing to any of the factions and still finished it with relatively no bother. So you can conclude it doesn't play much of a role.

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It's only a way to get quick Xp so don't bother too much, just throw away your extra crap like useless novice runes (for the mages) and the elfroots (if you sided with the elves). For the human you can spend your money to buy Xp ;)

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Definitely donate!! At the end it depends how many reinforcements you have to help during the final battle. I barely donated anything and I ended up fighting the archdemon alone and believe me...that is NOT fun!

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