Kana Rua

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Kana Rua
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Biography and appearance
Race Island aumaua
Gender Male
Culture Rauatai
Background Scholar
Statistics
Class Chanter
Attributes Mig: 16 Con: 12 Dex: 9 Per: 14 Int: 17 Res: 10
Gameplay
Location Caed Nua
Quests Time and Tide
Companion Permanent

Kana Rua is an aumaua chanter and one of the recruitable companions in Pillars of Eternity. He can be found just outside of Caed Nua.

Background[edit | edit source]

Just off the side of the path into Caed Nua stands an imposing figure: a tall, thick-set aumaua, clad in worn armor and peering up at the outer walls of the keep. In his hand is a small piece of charcoal, and it works feverishly at taking notes upon a small scrap of paper. More than once he has to reach up to prevent his colorful cap from falling off his head as he gazes upwards. That's Kana Rua.[1]

Kana is a 31 year old aumaua hailing from the royal city of Tâkowa, seat of the ranga nui of Rauatai. He comes from a wealthy family with close ties to the royalty, which immigrated to Rauatai from the Deadfire Archipelago. His father is a coralmason favored by the king. He is the youngest of six children, with two brothers and three sisters. The former took up their father's work, while the latter found their calling on the open seas. Kana was free to pursue his greatest passion and joined the college, becoming a student of lore and a chanter. He would have remained a traditional scholar pursuing theology and traditions... If his father didn't complete his greatest commission: The Gate of Great Teeth.[2]

To Kana, it was a sign that Rauatai was changing. Looking inward. As he studied the writing of a dozen nations, marveling at all the things that lay beyond our borders, he found accounts of ancient Engwith. The Aedyrans held a great hunger for Engwithan relics, as it was the civilization from which the Glanfathans learned to read souls. He decided that his third degree would be in history, and that he would study the Engwithans. After all, they were at the heart of so much discussion abroad. Although his decision was mocked by some, he stood by it. His determination soon bore fruit: He found a section of the Tanvii ora Toha in one of Aedyran books, translated from an ancient Engwithan script. This raised the question: What if the holy chant wasn't necessarily authored by Rauatai, but adapted from an older culture, say, that of Engwith?[3]

His theory that the sacred Rauatai text was not a pure Rauataian work was a subject of controversy among the chanters, particularly due to his family's close ties to the ranga nui. The proposition that the king's Pahari advisors mistranslated a sacred text didn't go down well. However, Kana managed to finish his third degree despite these issues. His father gave him a special gift for that occasion: Free passage aboard any royal ship of the Rauatai fleet, so Kana could go find the evidence he needed. Although his father never believed his words, he was willing to give his son a chance to prove himself.[4]

Kana accepted the gift and set off to foreign lands. He first traveled to Aedyr, to confer with experts on Engwithan culture and ruins. As he gathered information on the Engwithans, he drew the attention of the Leaden Key, who first warned him to stop his studies, then attempted to kill him as he examined Engwithan sites in Ixamitl. The Dyrwood was his next stop. His research led him to believe that a complete copy of the original Tanvii ora Toha lies buried beneath Caed Nua. Of course, the lingering spirit infestation is difficult to breach without the Watcher's help...[5]

Politics[edit | edit source]

A veritable pacifist. I know the value of good blades and a strong fleet. That's never been the point of contention. But the kingdom that isolates itself is vulnerable to all those that look abroad.

Kana is fundamentally opposed to the Pahari and their reactionary traditionalism. Although he appreciates the virtue of firepower and military might, he nonetheless considers isolationism and a reactionary stance to be harmful to a nation's status, especially his homeland. An isolated Rauatai might enjoy safety for a short while, but it is bound to become vulnerable to those who look abroad, appreciating their traditions while charting a course for a better future.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

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This character is a party member.
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This character starts quests.

Time and Tide

Companion quest[edit | edit source]

Endings[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kana Rua was written by Olivia Veras.
  • Before PoE 1.03, Kana had the following Attributes: Mig: 16 Con: 12 Dex: 9 Per: 14 Int: 17 Res: 10.
  • He is voiced by actor Patrick Seitz

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