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The Trials of Durance

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The Trials of Durance
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Details
Type
Side quest
Quest giver
Location(s)
Experience gained
XP type
Major
XP level
8
Outcomes & Rewards
Finish the quest
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The Trials of Durance is a companion side quest in Pillars of Eternity.

Overview[edit | edit source]

This quest requires the player character to go through Durance's dialogue trees to learn about Durance's history, Magran, and the Godhammer. Progress in this quest is made through conversing with Durance, as well as resting/camping with him and seeing resting cut-scenes.

According to a developer, you must camp with Durance, not just rest at an inn to make progress. https://forums.obsidian.net/topic/73209-the-trials-of-durance/?p=1636400

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

There are two rest cut-scenes required to finish The Trials of Durance.

In the first cut-scene, the PC wakes up to find Durance staring at his staff, looking hazy and indistinct.

In the second cut-scene, the PC again wakes up to find Durance staring at his staff, this time trying to do something with the 12 circle symbols.

However note that to finally finish the quest the player has to progress in the mission "Council of Stars", in Act III. Before that, the information known to the party would not be enough to solve the doubts of Durance.

Reward[edit | edit source]

Journal[edit | edit source]

ID End Description
10000 I met a strange priest in Magran's Fork who claims we have something to gain from questioning one another.
1 Spend time traveling with Durance.
10001 Durance says he and I are meant to travel together, and that we can teach one another. He is a man of many words who seems to raise more questions than he answers, but if I travel the road long enough with him, perhaps I may discover something worth learning.
2 Discuss your vision with Durance.
10002 I had a dream about Durance. My eyes seemed unable to focus on him, and a blinding light burst from his staff. Something about the dream seemed all too real - as though something in his soul was revealing itself to me. I should ask him what I saw.
3 Continue to get to know Durance.
10003 Durance revealed to me that he was one of the engineers of the Godhammer bomb. There must be more to this that he isn't telling me - at least not yet.
4 Find out from Durance what the fading symbols meant.
10004 I had another dream about Durance. I saw a burning symbol on his staff - a circle of twelve smaller circles, and as I watched it, eleven of the twelve faded out. In my dream Durance seemed to try to rekindle them, but it was no use. Perhaps Durance will know what it meant, as he did with the last dream.
5 Continue to journey with Durance.
10005 Durance was evasive when I asked him about the fading circles on his staff. He claimed it represented his lost connection with the other engineers of the Godhammer, whom he left behind to follow his own path after the destruction of Eothas. When the time is right, I'll see if there isn't more to be learned about this.
6 Talk to Durance about Woedica.
10006 Learning that Woedica is responsible for Waidwen's Legacy leaves many questions about the circumstances of the Saint's War and the destruction of Eothas. Durance may have further insight.
20000 Durance was unsettled in discussing Woedica's plot and the death of Eothas. It seems probable that Magran would've been in league with Woedica, given that the Godhammer was Magran's work. But Durance still seems to be in denial. If I can make that case to him using his own words as my evidence, I may be able to break Magran's hold over him.
30000 I was able to get Durance to see that Magran had conspired with Woedica in creating the Godhammer, and that her refusing to speak with him wasn't because he had wronged her, but rather was because she had intended him to die with the other Godhammer engineers, in order to keep secret her direct involvement in Eothas' destruction. Though it appears this alliance between the goddesses was short-lived, it sheds new light on the Saint's War and the epidemic of Hollowborn infants that followed. Durance, for his part, has renounced his goddess and sworn revenge. As a man who's killed one god already, it would seem that he might be one of the only people alive who could make good on such a threat.
30001 Durance has died.
30002 This matter can no longer be resolved.

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