The Shadow Under Neketaka

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The Shadow Under Neketaka
PE2 The Shadow Under Neketaka.png
Details
Type
Faction quest
Level
10
Quest region 
Neketaka - Periki's Overlook
Quest giver 
Rec. companion
Faction
Location(s)
NPCs involved
Experience gained
Total XP
2,430
XP type
Normal
XP level
10
Outcomes & Rewards
Release the dragon
Release the dragon while preserving Watershaper power
Kill the dragon
Strengthen the Wards
Related quests
Previous:
From the Wreckage
Technical
Quest ID
05_QST_Dragon_Prison
Guid
c99e709a-aa07-44de-8844-4c3617dad7f2

The Shadow Under Neketaka is a faction quest in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

With matters in the Deadfire reaching a boil, Queen Onekaza's watershapers must be ready for anything. In spite of the pressures from all around, the head of the Watershapers Guild does not answer the queen's summons. Onekaza needs someone to find Guildmaster Mairu.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  • Talk to Queen Onekaza II to begin the quest. Concerned with the readiness of her watershapers, she will ask you to check up on Guildmaster Mairu. Make sure to bring Maia and Tekēhu along for this quest, as it makes for some interesting dialogue.
  • Head to Periki's Overlook and enter the Watershapers Guild to discover that it has been invaded by Naga. Talk to Ekenu, he tells you that they entered from the waterways of the sanctum, and that the watershapers have managed to push them back until they fled underground. Mairu and some of the others are currently making a stand downstairs at Periki's tomb, while Ekenu guards the stairs. You'll experience some tremors in the guild, as Ekenu tells you that they have only recently been occurring, even before the attack. If you haven't yet recruited Tekēhu, you'll have an opportunity to do so here.
  • Head to the ruins below, kill the few Naga in the two rooms and speak to a dying Guildmaster Mairu in the central area. With her last breaths, she'll tell you to find the Rod of the Deep Hunter. Talk to her again in spirit, before departing she'll tell you that by using the rod and the words of Periki's Devotion, you can open the way to the inner sanctum. Ominously, she says to "...strengthen the wards... no matter what it tells you."
  • Retrieve the rod from the Nagas led by Zihaa, a named Coral nāga shaman in the grotto area to the south and use it to open the door near the ruins' entrance. Rotate the code dial such that the symbols are activated in the following order: Anglerfish - Moon - Rain - Moon - Hands. The clue to this is Periki's Devotion, which Mairu taught you:

Pitied is Ngati, Lady of Lament.

As the pearl orb of the heavens crosses her view,
Her eyes well with tears as constant as rain.

But the moon's skyward journey continues apace,
The lovers' affection as ephemeral as fingers touching.

  • In the cavern beyond, you will speak to the prisoner held there, Scyorielaphas, a massive sea dragon and source of the tremors. He'll reveal to you that decades ago he was tricked by Periki, who trapped him below the guild and siphoned his power to feed the watershapers abilities. Apart from releasing or attacking him, you can also, with appropriate skills, devise a solution that releases most of him without depriving the Watershapers of his power.
    • You can suggest excising a part of his soul with Metaphysics 5 and History 4, cutting out the part that's compelled to remain. Then you can use Diplomacy 2, Bluff 3, or Insight 3 to convince him.
    • This requires a Metaphysics check of 9 to manipulate the four wards accordingly. If you need 1-2 Metaphysics points you can buy the Animancy Cat from Tiabo for 9,500 gold. He stands outside the Tower of the Soul Seekers, which is located in The Sacred Stair district of Neketaka. Additionally, Blessed Incense can be used by the PC from a Quick Item slot for +2 to Metaphysics.
    • Alternatively, once you’ve inspected the wards, you can attack him but spare him at the end of the fight, in which case you'll be given the opportunity to excise a part of his soul from his weakened state, without the metaphysics requirement.
    • Finally, you can spare him at the end of the fight *and* strengthen his wards, leaving him trapped to power the watershapers
  • If you release him by disabling the wards, you will gain a promise of his gratitude, but lose major reputation with the Huana after reporting the outcome to Queen Onekaza. However, if you leave enough of his soul to power the Watershapers you will instead gain Major Reputation with the Huana. In any case you also obtain the unique Rod of the Deep Hunter as a weapon.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Be warned - Once you enter the Watershapers Guild, you will not be able to exit without "failing" the quest. The Dragon will free itself and remove any further options. If you convince the him to allow you to excise part of his soul, this restriction is removed temporarily and you may come and go freely.
    • However, the quest will not fail or have any kind of time limit if you do not obtain Guildmaster Mairu's rod and you can come and go as you wish.
    • If you open the door to Scyorielaphas, but don't enter (and instead choose "Leave" in the dialogue options), the quest will fail if you leave the guild.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Unused scripted interaction graphics (that may be used in other parts of the game) show a naga waiting and going through the door leading to Scyorielaphas. This suggests that perhaps at one point there may have been plans for the Watcher to be able to ally with Zihaa in order to follow through with the naga's plan to rescue the dragon - something that is otherwise not explained during the quest other than when the Watcher returns to the queen and tells her that the "Naga invaded the guild to rescue an ancient sea dragon."
  • A cut alternate method of obtaining the words of Periki's Devotion involved actually finding and reading the aformentioned manuscript. This is no longer the case, as it is given to you by Mairu's spirit.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Journal[edit | edit source]

Quests/05_Neketaka_Artisans_District/05_QST_Dragon_Prison.quest
ID Objectives
0 The Shadow Under Neketaka
10000 With matters in the Deadfire reaching a boil, Queen Onekaza's watershapers must be ready for anything. In spite of the pressures from all around, the head of the Watershapers Guild does not answer the queen's summons.

Onekaza needs someone to find Guildmaster Mairu.

Alternate descriptions
40001 The Watershapers Guild withstood a bloody attack, leaving the main hall littered with nāga bodies. Considering how the Huana hold their watershapers in high esteem, the Neketaka authorities would want the matter investigated.
1 Search the guild for Mairu.
10001 Nāga have attacked the guildhall and the first floor is littered with bodies - none of them Mairu.

She might need help holding her forces against this attack.

3 Find Mairu in the sanctum beneath the guildhall.
10003 Guildmaster Mairu is leading a counterattack against the nāga incursion in the sanctum beneath the Watershapers Guild.
5 Retrieve Guildmaster Mairu's rod.
10005 In her dying breaths, Mairu indicated that an important rod was taken, presumably by the nāga. She suggested that the rod was the key to preventing something from escaping the sanctum.

She also began speaking some sort of prayer, but was unable to finish it before she died. It may have something to do with the door she mentioned.

20010 The full text of Periki's Devotion is as follows:

Pitied is Ngati, Lady of Lament.
As the pearl orb of the heavens crosses her view,
Her eyes well with tears as constant as rain.
But the moon's skyward journey continues apace,
The lovers' affection as ephemeral as fingers touching.

7 Uncover the threat to the guild.
10007 I've retrieved the Rod of the Deep Hunter. According to Mairu, I can open the stone door near the entrance to the sanctum and finally deal with whatever is behind the tremors and the attack on the guild.
20010 The full text of Periki's Devotion is as follows:

Pitied is Ngati, Lady of Lament.
As the pearl orb of the heavens crosses her view,
Her eyes well with tears as constant as rain.
But the moon's skyward journey continues apace,
The lovers' affection as ephemeral as fingers touching.

20017 The tremors are increasing in strength. If something is about to escape the guild ruins as Mairu believed, it's going to happen soon.
20000 I've felt the strongest tremor yet. If I leave the guild now, it'll be too late to stop whatever is behind all this chaos.
8 Decide what to do with Scyorielaphas.
10008 Scyorielaphas seeks freedom from the guild that long ago ensnared him. He makes promises of deepest gratitude, but releasing him could hamper the education of acolyte watershapers and cause unknowable havoc besides.
20015 In exchange for his freedom, the dragon implied that he will assist me in a time of need.
20014 Scyorielaphas warned me against wasting his time. He will summon more nāga - and find another escape route - if I delay.
20013 According to Scyorielaphas, the Rod of the Deep Hunter is the key to his freedom and can siphon power from the wards encircling his prison.
20021 I chose to engage Scyorielaphas in combat.
9 Speak with Queen Onekaza.
10009 The queen will expect a full report on the events that occurred at the Watershapers Guild. She can be found in the rooftop garden of Kahanga Palace in Serpent's Crown.
14 Speak with Guildmaster Mairu.
10014 I've found Guildmaster Mairu. She's looks like she's been badly injured.
20023 Mairu is dead, but her spirit remains. I should speak with her.
16 Speak to Guildmaster Mairu.
10016 Guildmaster Mairu can be found at the Watershapers Guild in Periki's Overlook.
18 Retrieve Guildmaster Mairu's rod.
10018 The spirit of Guildmaster Mairu told me to seek out a rod stolen by the nāga and use it to open the stone door by the entrance to this sanctum. She wishes for me to strengthen a set of wards, though what they guard is still a mystery.

She said that the words of Periki's Devotion will open the way.

20010 The full text of Periki's Devotion is as follows:

Pitied is Ngati, Lady of Lament. As the pearl orb of the heavens crosses her view, Her eyes well with tears as constant as rain. But the moon's skyward journey continues apace, The lovers' affection as ephemeral as fingers touching.

Unused strings
- 20002 There is a stone door by the entrance to this hidden sanctum, but I don't have the means to open it.
20018 I have read the manuscript which describes Periki's Devotion.
20019 I found a copy of Periki's Devotion in the ruins of the guild archive. These were Guildmaster Mairu's parting words - they must be important.
40002 The spirit of Guildmaster Mairu told me to seek out a rod stolen by the nāga and use it to open the stone door by the entrance to this sanctum. She wishes for me to strengthen a set of wards, though what they guard is still a mystery.

She said that the words of Periki's Devotion will open the way.

End states
Yes 30000 I set Scyorielaphas free upon Neketaka. This was the right thing to do, but I cannot anticipate what damage my choice might cause.
Yes 30001 I decided to keep Scyorielaphas imprisoned. He was too dangerous to set loose upon Neketaka, and watershaping is too critical to the security of the city to chance it.
Yes 30002 I fractured Scyorielaphas' soul and set him free. The Huana may not be pleased that I unshackled their prisoner, but the power of watershaping is uninterrupted.
Yes 30004 Scyorielaphas is dead, his strength ripped from the watershapers. The Huana will not be pleased, but at least their prisoner is 'free,' after a fashion.
Yes 30005 A sea dragon escaped the clutches of the Watershapers Guild. I had no part in it.