He Waits in Fire

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He Waits in Fire
PE2 He Waits in Fire.png
Details
Type
Main quest
Level
12
Quest region 
Deadfire - Northeast
Location(s)
NPCs involved
Experience gained
Total XP
6,750
XP type
Normal
XP level
12
Outcomes & Rewards
Complete the quest
Related quests
Previous:
A Distant Light

He Waits in Fire is a quest in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

The Watcher spoke with Eothas in the ruins of Hasongo but was unable to divert him from his machinations. He bade the Watcher to meet him at a luminous adra pillar in a chain of volcanic islands called Magran's Teeth that rises from the northernmost seas of the Deadfire.

Note: Completing this quest ends all faction questlines.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  • Once you arrive at the Ashen Maw, much of the garrison has been already wiped out by Eothas who is siphoning essence from a luminous adra pillar in the center of a volcano named the Ashen Maw. Travel deeper into the volcano to meet with him. Enter The Sentinel Wall from the Maw, then talk to the Rathun survivors. You can try to talk them down - say you do not follow Eothas, then use Metaphysics 5 to note your soul wasn't eaten, Religion 5 to ..., or Insight 5 to point out their anger is misdirected. Head down to the Ashen Bridge.
  • To reach Eothas, you need to activate the shrine of Magran in the Jagged Keep. To activate the shrine, you need the Torc of Bithákten guarded by Jadaferlas the Ancient in the Lair of the Ancient. Head there. Jadaferlas is a challenging opponent for wits or brawn. You can find out the nature of her deal with Resolve 11, then use Bluff 8 to ... or Diplomacy 8 to play on her vanity. Then you need to have Resolve 16, Survival 14, or Religion 14 + Priest (Magran) class. If that fails, being honest and having Honest 2 reputation will. She will fly away, allowing you to plunder her hoard and snatch the torc from the essence of Brenthís, the dead Rathun-Priestress of Magran.
  • In the Jagged Keep, the Torc buys you free passage all the way to Bathor Erkon. In lieu of killing him, you can talk him down if you have Diplomacy 5 or Intellect 15. Then you need to establish that your interests don't align (eg. by stating he snatched a part of your soul). Then you can reveal the truth of Jadaferlas' betrayal.
  • Fire up the shrine with the Torc. Magran will contact you and explain a few things. Most notably, the fact that she formed the Rathun to ward against kith in order to safeguard Ukaizo - and they are entirely expendable. You can now leave the conversation and talk to the Bathor again. If your skills are high enough, you can convince the Rathun to leave the place before it is destroyed. Place the torc on the shrine, then descend to meet Eothas in the foundations of the Ashen Maw.
  • Eothas will be quite personable and nice - for a massive statue of adra whose single tooth is about your size. He will ask you about the origins of your greatness: Do you think it's innate? Or a result of the experiences that shaped you? After this little nature vs. nurture quandary is behind you, he will give you the opportunity to ask for answers (he will stall you, asking who really wants to know - you or the gods - etc.). Finally, when Magran thoughtfully reminds all of the impending volcano eruption and giant tsunami that's coming, he will reveal his goal:
I want to return the gods to our original purpose. And to allow mortals to worship us - or ignore us - for what we are, not what we pretend to be. When I entered Waidwen, I did so with the intention of illuminating the history of Engwith. I wanted to show all the nations of the Eastern Reach the machines we had used to create ourselves, how we had hidden our true nature from mortals for millennia.

But even if I had succeeded, my words would have been easy to deny. Belief creates the foundation upon which a mind's reality is built.

Why is it so important that mortals know that the gods came from the Engwithans?

We began with a dream that if we provided guidance to mortals, each generation of souls would grow stronger. And if the souls grew stronger, societies would become better, moving ever closer to achieving the potential we believed all mortals have within them. Over two thousand years have passed. Hundreds of generations have been born, lived, and died. If the world has improved under our guidance, mortals should be prepared to understand the truth. If they have not improved after all of this time, then we have utterly failed in our aims and there should be a reckoning of our faults.

The time has come for a new covenant between gods and mortals, one forged in the light of truth and understanding between our kind.

I will leave this place and go to the lost city the Huana call Ukaizo. It is there that all souls pass through the machines of the gods, where all souls pass into the Beyond before beginning their next life. When I reach that place, I will find our great machines and tear them to pieces. I will smash the Great Wheel until the lights of Hel all gutter and die.

And when my work is done, I will leave this world forever.

[...]

Both gods and mortals alike rely on the Wheel. We depend on it for the souls that give us power. Mortals depend on it for the lives of future generations. Breaking it will force all of us to face the truth. We will fail together or move forward together. Either ending is preferable to the cycle we still find ourselves in.

  • Then Eothas will promptly save you. The adra giant will take your entire party in his palms to protect them from Magran's wrath. Of course, as your soul is partially embedded inside Eothas, you're in for a very, very bad trip. You will find the part of your soul that was split and get the option to rejoin, just as Eothas carries you away in his palm through the ruins of the Ashen Maw and the fire and brimstone Magran unsuccessfully threw at him.
  • Then Ondra sends her gigantic tsunami to smash Eothas and you. As the water smashes into the titan, you go back to tripping souls. You get the option of reaffirming yourself, with the narration depending on the choice you made at Sun in Shadow. Then Eothas will set your ship and you down on the water, with krakens clinging to him (in abject futility). Then he will gently nudge the ship with you southwards, which effectively turns it into a speedboat - and asks that you deliver message of his plans to the rest of the gods.
The council
  • You come to in the audience hall of Kahanga Palace, in the middle of a debate between Director Castol, Hazanui Karū, and Queen Onekaza II, regarding the information you brought from Eothas. Apparently you talk a lot in your sleep and revealed his entire plan, so the kith are understandably concerned about him breaking the mechanism of reincarnation they took for granted - and potentially killing off the pantheon. Once you come to, you are immediately invited to join the talks (just who cleaned you up is not explained, unless you arrived overnight and stand there smelling of ash and fire) as to how address this new development.
  • The discussion is interrupted by the arrival of the Principi, who lay siege to Queen's Berth and invite themselves to the proceedings under the banner of Captain Aeldys. Once she makes her entrance, you reveal and clarify Eothas' plans. Although your knowledge is limited, you can speculate that breaking the cycle can extinguish all life on Eora in time - or just admit you have no idea. All faction leaders agree that something needs to be done about this and propose passing through Ondra's Mortar to reach Ukaizo and defend it. Fortunately, your soul is still bound to Eothas, allowing you to sense and locate the god within the storms.
  • And of course, instead of cooperating like sane kith in the face of potential apocalypse, Queen Onekaza II declares that she will not abide an outsider in Ukaizo, effectively crossing out the possibility of a grand alliance against the gods. Wonderful.

Journal[edit | edit source]

Quests/Crit_Path/CP_QST_10_Magran_Teeth.quest
ID Objectives
0 He Waits in Fire
10000 I spoke with Eothas in the ruins of Hasongo but was unable to divert him from his machinations. He bade me to meet him at a luminous adra pillar in a chain of volcanic islands called Magran's Teeth. If I want to know more about his intentions, I will have to join him there.
Alternate descriptions
40001 Eothas stands before a pillar of luminous adra in the center of the Ashen Maw, the largest volcano in Magran's Teeth. The god appears to be draining the pillar of its essence.
1 Rendezvous with Eothas in Ashen Maw.
10001 Eothas invited me to speak with him further at Ashen Maw in Magran's Teeth, a chain of volcanoes that rises from the northernmost seas of the Deadfire.
20018 I have marked the location of Ashen Maw on my map. It is the largest volcano within a chain of volcanic islands called Magran's Teeth.
20017 Eothas is headed for Magran's Teeth, a volcanic chain along the northeastern edge of Deadfire. I have been asked to report this news to Queen Onekaza II in Neketaka.
20016 I learned Magran's Teeth is a volcanic chain along the northeastern edge of Deadfire. While Queen Onekaza II might have known the location of the Ashen Maw, I'm in no position to ask her now.
20000 Eothas plans to restore his power somewhere in Magran's Teeth, undoubtedly from a large vein of luminous adra.
2 Reach the lower bridge.
10002 Eothas is siphoning essence from a luminous adra pillar in the center of a volcano named the Ashen Maw. I must travel deeper into the volcano if I wish to meet with him.
20003 Speaking with the Rathun's warlord, the bathor, within his Jagged Keep may gain me a route to meet with Eothas.
20002 The Rathun intend to battle Eothas to the bitter end. They're currently planning for a secondary assault from within their fortress, the Jagged Keep.
20001 When Eothas stormed Ashen Maw, he siphoned souls from many of the Rathun, a sect of Magranite fire giants, living within the volcano.
3 Find a way to Eothas through the Jagged Keep.
10003 I'm closer to Eothas, but I can see no clear route to the adra pillar in the center of the Maw. I'll search the Rathun's fortress, the Jagged Keep.
20006 The shrine to Magran inside the Jagged Keep is a gateway - kept locked to guard the adra spire within the depths of the Maw.
20013 Magran's shrine in the Jagged Keep appears to function as an elevating platform.
20014 I've found a magical torc that bears the symbol of Magran.
20008 A dragon attacked and killed the Rathun's brenthís.
20011 Jadaferlas the Ancient hinted that the means to opening a route to Eothas through the Jagged Keep rests with the Rathun's priestess - or what's left of her.
20004 The Rathun are preparing for an assault against Eothas from within the Jagged Keep. They await the return of their priestess, the brenthís, before they strike.
20009 The dragon, Jadaferlas the Ancient, refuses to fight Eothas for the Rathun. She will allow me, however, to retrieve the Torc of Bithákten from the brenthís' body.
20005 Violent tremors are shaking the foundations of the Maw. The volcano is growing increasingly more active.
4 Acquire the Torc of Bithákten to access Magran's shrine in the Jagged Keep.
10004 A shrine to Magran in the back of the Jagged Keep leads to the adra spire on which Eothas feeds. The shrine requires the Torc of Bithákten, a relic sacred to Magran, to operate.
20007 The Rathun's priestess, the brenthís, bears the Torc of Bithákten which can ignite the shrine. However, she's ventured into the Lair of the Ancient to secure the Ancient's help against Eothas.
20015 A hanging bridge, west of the Jagged Keep, leads to the Lair of the Ancient.
20008 A dragon attacked and killed the Rathun's brenthís.
20009 The dragon, Jadaferlas the Ancient, refuses to fight Eothas for the Rathun. She will allow me, however, to retrieve the Torc of Bithákten from the brenthís' body.
20010 The bathor blessed me with a protective spell to aid me against the fire and fumes that fill the Lair of the Ancient.
5 Ignite Magran's shrine to reach the adra spire within the depths of Ashen Maw.
10005 I've acquired the Torc of Bithákten. The relic should lower Magran's shrine from the Jagged Keep into the Maw, opening the way to Eothas.
6 Speak to Eothas.
10006 I've lowered Magran's shrine into the bowels of the volcano. Now I can face the god.
7 Take the torc to Magran's shrine in the Jagged Keep.
10007 The fire torc I looted off a priestess' corpse may be related to Magran's shrine inside the Jagged Keep. I should take the torc to the shrine to further suss out their connection.
Unused strings
- 20012 The brenthís was wielding a sacred torc when she and several of her Rathun warriors were killed.
End states
Yes 30000 I've spoken with Eothas. I could not deter him from his plan to break the Wheel at Ukaizo.