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A Whistling in the Reeds

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A Whistling in the Reeds
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Adventure
Rank
major
Duration
3 turns
Rewards
Experience
25% (not shared)
Copper
500-1000 Copper pands (cp)
Items

A Whistling in the Reeds is an off-screen companion adventure in Pillars of Eternity.

In-game description[edit | edit source]

The pitch:

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
In the Ixamitl Plains, Zochine Lake is renowned for the beautiful flowers that grow along its banks for several weeks every spring. Local farmers harvest the flowers for a spring festival in all of the nearby villages.

In the past three years, four people have gone missing during the flower collections. No one has seen the abductions take place, but people in the area have reported hearing a high pitched whistle from within the tall reeds. When the abductees are discovered days later on the shore of the lake, they appear to be happy and smiling, but unaware of the world around them. The blissful victims never recover from this state, most dying within a few weeks.

The philosophers at the monastery near Zochine Lake have advised local rulers to seek outside help with the problem.

The conclusion:

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
After several more abductions took place at Zochine Lake, [Companion Name] discovered that a previously-unknown beast was behind the attacks. A strange ruby red beetle would grab the locals and feed on their worst memories.

Though victims would initially fight back, they would quickly enter a blissful state and drop their resistance. Unfortunately, the beetle would eventually devour all of their memories, leaving their minds vacant and broken off from the world. [Companion Name] was able to track the beetle to its nest and kill it.

The locals were relieved to hear the beetle had been killed, but dismayed to learn that hatched eggs were discovered in the nest. As a parting gift, a philosopher from Zochine Monastery created a wand for [Companion Name] from one of the beautiful red reeds that grows along the lake.