Plucked Fruit

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Plucked Fruit
PE2 Mukumu and Tamau.png
Details
Type
Task
Occurs in
Act 2
Quest giver
Location(s)
NPCs involved
Outcomes & Rewards
Accuse either Tamau or Rongi as the thief

Plucked Fruit is a task in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

The last of the Tikawara tribe's koiki fruit is missing. Mukūmu believes that Tamau stole it, but Tamau insists he's innocent.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  • Talk to the pair of aumaua standing at the center staircase at Tikawara to learn that the man strung-up on the pole is a Roparu by the name of Tamau and is accused of stealing the last of the koiki fruit. Mukūmu will agree to any and all assistance. If you bring Maia or Tekehu along, they will exchange unique dialogue with the pair.
    • If you already found the Dried Koīki Fruit, you can give it to Mukūmu straight away, who has no further doubts that it was Tamau who stole the fruit. You can say nothing as he cuts Tamau free, or ask that you do a bit more investigating before he concludes that it was Tamau.
  • Question the ersatz-decoration as to his involvement. Mukūmu paints him out to be the most shifty, untrustworthy character in the Deadfire. Tamau doesn't deny it, but notes that all of the Roparu starve and their ranga has misled his people. He will also say that he didn't steal the fruit, but wishes he did so.
  • Head to Pekeho. He will maintain that he saw Tamau skulking around the drying hut and states that he brought him before Mukūmu.
    • With Bluff 4, followed by Insight 3 you can point a finger at Pekeho, who will cave and admit that it was not Tamau who stole the fruit.
    • Otherwise, question him as to whether he actually saw Tamau steal anything. With 15 Perception, you can spot a bead of sweat rolling down Pekeho's brow. He will then implicate himself by stating that Mukūmu planned to use the fruit as an offering, rather than for the harvest ritual. Unfortunately, Pekeho didn't steal the fruit - he just accused an innocent man to remove an alleged leech from the tribe.
  • Head to the drying hut in the northeast, near the chieftain's hut. Grab the Stained Kaora Reeds laying nearby. They are the same kind as used by the basket weavers. Hmm...
  • Head to the Kuaru Hut, or the trading post, and interrogate Rongi. Insight 3 allows you to point out that he isn't particularly concerned by Tamau's fate. Then, with Rogue: Trickster or Insight 5 you can ask if he would think differently if Tamau was innocent (though this doesn't result in anything).
  • At this point, you can either:
    • Show Rongi the stolen fruit and force him to confess, or...
    • Read Rongi's Journal in a chest in the central Kuaru hut to get a vague sense of what he's up to. Wait until late in the night and follow him to the beach in the southwest. Once there, talk to him and use Intimidate 4, a Ranger background, or Bluff 5 to get him to spill the beans.
  • Rongi will admit that he stole the fruit and hid it on the beach so that the last of the fruit wouldn't be wiped out in the harvest festival, saying that the seeds within can be used for another crop of fruit - to benefit and feed the tribe in the long term. He will beg you not to speak a word of this to Mukūmu and offer 400 copper if pressed for a reward. Pick up the Dried Koīki Fruit from the stash nearby.
  • Return to Mukūmu. You can implicate/frame Tamau as the thief, and take comfort in the fact that his death is a sacrifice for bettering the tribe in the long term, or confess that it was Rongi and free Tamau as he is innocent. For implicating either you receive 3x Potion of Deftness bottles and 20x Azata Nui Shell (100 cp value). It is assumed that the thief is cast to the sea.
  • If you framed Tamau, you can return to Rongi to get his thoughts and vice versa.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • The quest is called Trickle-Down Economics in the game's files.