To Rise and Decline

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To Rise and Decline [BW]
BOW To Rise and Decline.png
Details
Type
Main quest
Level
14
Quest region 
The Dead Floe
Rec. companion
Location(s)
Experience gained
Total XP
2,227
XP type
Major
XP level
14
Related quests
Previous:
An Honored Guest
Technical
Quest ID
LAX02_qst_critical_path_quest_02
Guid
9f12139f-a688-4abc-a0cb-8901fc4689e6

To Rise and Decline is a quest in Beast of Winter.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

According to Vatnir, a portal into the White Void has opened deep within the Dead Floe, fueling the iceberg's growth. While Vatnir wasn't certain why the Dead Floe is spreading, he suggested that the Watcher begin their search at the Vytmádh, an entrance to the Beyond hidden in a temple at the center of the icebound island.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  • After the introduction to the dracolich and the reveal that Vatnir is a lot more reasonable than initially seen, head out to climb the glacier. As you come out, the corpse of the dracolich pulls away and disappears into the clouds above the glacier, meaning you'll have to try to kill it again (and that the Watcher's usual kill-problems-until-they're-no-more approach might not be enough here). Head to the Outcrop on High (the location is at the northern end of Harbinger's Watch), then navigate to the Temple rope in the northeast.
  • After sliding down, make your way down to the Temple through the caverns. Enter it and head further to witness the dracolich being sucked through the portal into the White Void. Interact with the portal to gain an audience with Rymrgand, who will state in no uncertain terms that he doesn't care if the Deadfire freezes over. However, since the dracolich's very existence is a bruise on the ego, the god will offer you... A deal.
    • Save before trying to spit in Rymrgand's face. It's worth it, even if you are frozen from the inside out.
    • Otherwise, to access the Void through the Vydmath, you need to first agree to a favor - killing the Dracolich for Rymrgand - and then find his eye in the temple.
  • To gain the artifact, head to the eastern cave from the lowest level and interact with the ice imp. Try to take its "white ball" to make it come alive. Then you can convince it to hand it over with Intimidate 8, or ask what it is and reply with Diplomacy 11 or Religion 8 when the imp proves adamant. Alternatively, you can try to trade for it, using Bluff 15, offering 20 000 or 8 000 copper, or by giving it the stone idol found in Vatnir's secret room at the Watch and following up with Bluff or Intellect 10. The only option that works is offering it 20 000 coins, as any imp is going to have a weakness for those. Otherwise, you need to fight through four rime constructs to get the Eye of Rymrgand.
  • Afterwards, return to the portal and enter Rymrgand's domain.

Journal[edit | edit source]

Quests/LAX02_01_Iceberg_Dungeon/LAX02_qst_critical_path_quest_02.quest
ID Objectives
0 To Rise and Decline
10000 According to Vatnir, a portal into the White Void has opened deep within the Dead Floe, fueling the iceberg's growth.

If I'm to stop the spread of an endless winter, I should begin by locating this gateway into the Beyond.

Alternate descriptions
40001 With his last breaths, High Harbinger Vatnir spoke of something called the Vytmádh, claiming that it would spread without end to consume the whole of the world.
1 Locate the Vytmádh within the Dead Floe.
10001 While Vatnir wasn't certain why the Dead Floe is spreading, he suggested that I begin my search at the Vytmádh, an entrance to the Beyond hidden in a temple at the center of the icebound island.
20000 As I emerged from Harbingers' Retreat, the dragon I'd killed returned to life. It seemed to be carried to the top of the iceberg by some unnatural force. Perhaps the creature - or whatever plucked it from Harbingers' Watch - might know more about the Vytmádh.
20001 While exploring the icebound temple, I witnessed a soul vision of people frozen here during some manner of attack.
20002 Within the temple I saw another vision of souls lost to the attack on this place. They hoped to come to the aid of someone named Rynhaedr.
20003 I found the dragon, only to see it dragged against its will into the white chill of the Vytmádh.
2 Uncover the Eye of Rymrgand.
10002 I communed with Rymrgand, and the dread god confirmed that the Vytmádh is the source of the expanding ice.

He warned me, however, that the portal would destroy me if I attempted to enter it without a relic known as his Eye. The Eye used to be held by the foremost guardian of this place, but she perished years ago when the dragon attacked.

If I'm to have any hope of closing the Vytmádh, I'll need to locate the Eye of Rymrgand first.

20004 I found a frozen corpse near the Vytmádh that seemed to have died holding an object of great power.
20005 Whatever removed the object from the guardian's frozen corpse possess small, viciously sharp claws.
3 Enter the Beyond via the Vytmádh.
10003 I found the Eye of Rymrgand in the possession of an icy imp and recovered it. With the relic in hand, I can use the Vytmádh to cross into the Beyond.
5 Locate the Vytmádh within the Dead Floe.
10005 If I'm to keep the Dead Floe from spreading, I must seek out the Vytmádh mentioned by the Harbingers' leader. I should explore the rest of this iceberg in search of a way to stop it.
20000 As I emerged from Harbingers' Retreat, the dragon I'd killed returned to life. It seemed to be carried to the top of the iceberg by some unnatural force. Perhaps the creature - or whatever plucked it from Harbingers' Watch - might know more about the Vytmádh.
20001 While exploring the icebound temple, I witnessed a soul vision of people frozen here during some manner of attack.
20002 Within the temple I saw another vision of souls lost to the attack on this place. They hoped to come to the aid of someone named Rynhaedr.
20003 I found the dragon, only to see it dragged against its will into the white chill of the Vytmádh.
End states
Yes 30000 I stepped through the Vytmádh and entered the Beyond. Now I must search it for the dragon preventing the portal from being sealed.