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His Old Self
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Side quest
Occurs in
Act 2
Quest giver
NPCs involved
Experience gained
XP type
XP level
Outcomes & Rewards
Return to Kaenra
Side with Nyrid or get a discount from Purnisc
  • 50% discount on Svef

His Old Self is a side quest in Pillars of Eternity.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Kaenra is a woman recovering from a rather bad experience with her fiancee, Purnisc. He started bringing svef addicts into their home and pushing drugs. When she confronted him about it, she received a fist to the nose and an order to get out. Now she tried to figure out a way to give

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  • Find Kaenra at a table in the back of the Goose and Fox tavern in the Copperlane district of Defiance Bay. She will tell you about her fiancee Purnisc who has started to act strangely and cut off contact with her, and ask you to return his grandmother's ring to him, a token of engagement.
  • Exit the tavern and find Purnisc's House to the north-west in the same district. Enter, and speak with "Purnisc" in the first room to the right. If you give him the ring, he won't seem to realize who Kaenra is. Something is clearly not right, so you must investigate further. You have two options:
  • Provoke a fight
If you select the passionate response after giving him the ring, or you simply attack him, a fight breaks out and "Purnisc" reveals himself as a wizard called Nyrid!
When he's almost dead, he will ask for mercy and you can choose to take him prisoner (provided you have already restored your stronghold dungeons) or finish him off.
You can then either proceed to the second floor to finds the real Purnisc (see below), or end the quest prematurely by returning to Kaenra and telling her the ring is delivered. (She will give you Unwavering Resolve and Minor Positive reputation with Defiance Bay.)
  • Proceed to the second floor without bloodshed
If you don't want to fight (just yet), talk instead to the Mercenary in the kitchen who is guarding the stairs to the second floor. To get through, you must bribe him (100 Copper pands (cp)) or intimidate him (Resolve 14+).
Note: If you try to get past him a second time he will attack you. If there are other mercenaries on sight they will join the fight.

In any case, once upstairs, make your way to the room on the right:

  • by fighting (you can loot the door key from the mercenaries' bodies), or
  • by sneaking (you'll need a character with Mechanics 5 for the door).

In that room you'll see the real Purnisc lying on the floor. He will ask you to kill Nyrid, the mage who is impersonating him downstairs.

Unless you have already fought Nyrid earlier, go down and confront him. This conversation leads to two options:

  • Make a deal with Nyrid
He will lower the price of Svef to 68 Copper pands (cp) if you kill Purnisc for him. If you do this, the quest ends, and Kaenra vanishes from the tavern, making you unable to get a reward from her.
  • Fight Nyrid
When he's almost dead, he will ask for mercy and you can choose to take him prisoner (provided you have already restored your stronghold dungeons) or finish him off.

Once Nyrid is gone, talk to Purnics again. He will ask you to keep his svef dealing a secret. If you agree to this (or force him to give you a discount with Might 14), he will then sell Svef to you at 68 Copper pands (cp) next time you enter his house. You could also kill him.

Finally return to Kaenra. If you're being honest with her then pick the Benevolent answer you get a slight increase with reputation with Defiance Bay twice. Whatever dialog option you pick with her, she gives you the amulet Unwavering Resolve - except if you killed Purnisc after killing Nyrid and admit to it, in which case she will be shocked and appalled.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Pillars of Eternity[edit | edit source]

  • Going back to talk to Kaenra after finding Purnisc upstairs, without dealing with Nyrid, does not give you any option to tell her about Purnisc's predicament, but you can tell her that strange things are going on in that house.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire[edit | edit source]

  • Some NPC's will talk about a svef dealer in Copperlane if Nyrid was killed during the quest and Purnisc is still dealing svef.