Raise levels quickly early on
When you get done with your Origin story and are recuited into the Grey Wardens you'll travel to Ostagar with Duncun. From here you talk to Duncan again and he will send you out into the Kicari Wilds to find three vials of Darkspawn Blood and to grab the archives from an old and abandoned Grey Warden keep within the Wilds.
Go through the Wilds and find the three vials of Darkspawn blood and don't go any further! Turn around and go back into Ostagar and seek Duncan out again and talk to him. He'll talk to you about returning and happy that you have the blood but then the conversation turns to the archives and he'll send you back out to get them rather than standing around. Once you get out of the conversation, you'll still gain the experience for completing the quest. Keep talking to him, hitting the button to cycle through the conversation quicker and you'll continue to gain experience. You'll level up to level twenty-five(25) very quickly. Once you level up, all of the characters you meet in the world of Dragon Age will now be one level or so behind your main character's level.
REMEMBER! Once you gain levels, every three levels (two for rogue characters) you'll gain a skill point to load up your skills. If you level up, every character that comes into your party will be automatically leveled as well. You won't have any options on customizing their skills to fit your needs, they'll go directly to what the game has programmed for them as a skill set. Also, only use the level up option up to only level eighteen(18). Continue leveling but don't go into the menu to put points into your stats because later in the game you'll be able to unlock specialization classes and if you gain both, you'll need eight(8) talent points to complete their skill chains. Otherwise, you'll have both specialization classes with only the first talent available.
After you get done with your leveling, you can go back out into the Kicari Wilds and finish the quest.
Added by: Spartan 085 Nov 24th 2009, ID#5164