- "Malek’s missing shield. I hated to restore his dignity, but I would need to return this to his monument before I could progress."
When Kain returned to the Sarafan Stronghold in Chapter 3 of Defiance, he noticed a new statue of Malek in the 'cloister' courtyard and noted that the statue was missing a sword and a shield (further evidenced by a nearby mural depicting Malek with both, and two Sealed Doors depicting bearing images of a sword and a shield respectively).
As Kain moved through the stronghold he used the Falcon Insignia to open the way to the upper levels of the chapter house and sanctuary area, finding his way to the relic room. In this chamber he found another empty- handed statue of Malek, but by moving a nearby block and triggering a floor-pad mechanism, the statue revolved revealing an identical statue holding Malek's Shield. Returning the shield to Malek's statue in the cloister dispelled the barriers protecting the 'Shield Mural' door, allowing Kain to ascend to the upper levels of the 'cloister' courtyard and the 'main battlements' area, where he found a second statue of Malek holding Malek's Sword.
- Like the Falcon Insignia and Malek's Sword, the appearance of Malek's Shield is foreshadowed in Chapter 1 of Defiance, when Kain passes Malek's Statue (and it's accompanying murals) in the 'cloister' courtyard. Unlike the Falcon Insignia, Kain does not comment on the statue or the related quest items until Chapter 3.
- The Sealed Doors that open when Kain places Malek's sword and shield at his statue initially appear to be protected by a yellow variant of the earlier Blessed Barriers (these cannot be dispelled by the Balance Reaver enhancement), only when Kain returns Malek's sword and shield to his statue are the barriers dispelled.
- Several fans have noted that the appearance of Malek's statue is slightly inconsistent with other depictions of him in the series; as to date, Malek has only been depicted using a pike as a weapon - Although it is likely that Malek's role as Conflict Guardian may have provided him with a certain level of weapon expertise.