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Whispering Bones
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Details
Quest Giver
Rissa
Location
Berg
Faction
Blue Chamber
Timed?
Dynamic?
Repeatable?
x
Questline
Quest Type
Main Quest
Previous Quest
Ash Giants
Next Quest
Ancestral Peacemaker

Whispering Bones is the third faction quest for The Blue Chamber Collective in Outward, and sixth in the series of main quests.

Timer[]

This quest has a timer of 40 days, which begins when you start the quest. If the quest is not completed in this time, there will be extra Ghosts in the Necropolis at the end of the quest, and it may negatively impact your rewards.

Quest Summary[]

After completing Ash Giants, Rissa Aberdeen asks you to join The Krypteia. Krypteia governs Blue Chamber using Ancestral Memories, memories that are enshrined by several founding members of Blue Chamber. One member of Krypteia, a follower of the Scarlet Lady, has been leeching power from Ancestral Memories. The player and Roland Argenson, Yzan's younger brother, will be tasked with safeguarding Ancestral Memories from the Lich and her descendants.

Walkthrough[]

Roland's Wellbeing[]

At several points throughout the quest, there are key dialogue moments with Roland which greatly impact the outcome of the quest. If you wish to obtain the Lantern of Souls or Ancestor's Memories skill then you should take note of these moments, and complete all optional objectives to assist Roland.

The pre-quest moments to boost Roland's confidence include:

  • Before you leave Cierzo during Looking to the Future, speak to Roland on the docks.
    • Choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 3, then Tex men talkIcon.png 1, then Tex men talkIcon.png 2: "That's the spirit. Make it work or die trying!"
  • During or after Mixed Legacies, speak to Roland in Berg.
  • During Ash Giants, speak to Roland in Berg again.

To receive the "perfect" success, you must have spoken to Roland and encouraged him at least twice before the quest begins, and then help him with each optional task during the quest.

Finding Roland[]

Entrance to Blue Chamber's Conflux Path

Talk to Rissa, in the city of Berg, in the Enmerkar Forest

After speaking with Rissa, we learn that she is the leader of The Krypteia, a secret organization who harness Ancestral Memories to protect and govern the Blue Chamber. Rissa will task you with finding and helping Roland Argenson, who is on Conflux Mountain to gain Mana.

The player finds Roland in Blue Chamber's Conflux Path

Find Roland inside the Blue Chamber's path in the Conflux Mountain.

Head to Conflux Mountain in Chersonese, and enter Blue Chamber's Conflux Path. From the entrance, take the first left, and then left, right and right to arrive in the room with a Mana Mantis. Defeat the Mana Mantis and speak to Roland, who will tell you to meet him at Conflux Chambers. The dialogue options here do not impact the outcome.

Meet up with Roland in the Ley Line chamber, in the mountain's core.

Find Roland at the peak of the Conflux Chambers, near the Ley Line. Roland has spent a large amount of Health and Stamina on Mana, and is severely exhausted, though he is wielding a Great Runic Blade.

  • Choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 2: "You must have gained a ton of magical power. How does it feel?" to boost Roland's confidence.

Roland will ask you to assist him in traveling to Starfish Cave.

  • Choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 2: "Sure, why not. It's not that far out of the way." to boost Roland's confidence.

The player meets roland inside Starfish Cave.

Find Roland inside Starfish Cave south of Cierzo. The tides only allow access to the cave at night.

Head to Starfish Cave between 10pm and 4:59am to reach the lower area which is normally hidden by the high tide. You will find Roland and a Mantis Shrimp in the cave. Defeat the Mantis Shrimp and talk to Roland.

  • Choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 2: "Roland, get your chin up. There's always hope if you keep at it." to boost Roland's confidence.
  • Choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 1: "I can see why you'd come back for this."
  • Roland will thank you with 2 Astral Potions and 2 Turmmip Potage.

If you don't have any Blue Sand, pick up one in the cave before you leave as we need one for the next step.

Green Horror Chitin[]

Talk to Gabriella, in the city of Berg, inside the Enmerkar Forest.

Speak to Gabriella in Berg. She needs us to prove ourselves in combat, by defeating a unique green Shell Horror at the Cabal of Wind Temple, in the south-west of Enmerkar Forest. Speak to Roland before leaving Berg.

Find a smith in Berg to make a trinket for Roland.

This is marked as "optional" in your quest log, however, you must complete this portion if you wish to receive the Lantern of Souls. Otherwise you will achieve partial success without receiving the lantern. Speak to Roland, and choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 2: "What's wrong with your Mana? You're able to summon that sword just fine.", and then agree to help him find a trinket to control his mana. Talk to Taleron, the smith in Berg, and ask him about helping Roland. He asks for either a Large Emerald or Medium Ruby, as well as Blue Sand and a Mana Stone.

With the three items collected, talk to Taleron and give him the materials. He says that the trinket will be delivered to Roland within the hour, although technically this happens automatically. Nothing will update in your quest log to indicate that the trinket was delivered.

The unique Shell Horror at Cabal of Wind Temple.

Kill the green shell horror in the Cabal of Winds' temple, in the Enmerkar Forest's south-west.

Before you leave, make sure to speak to Roland and choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 2: "It's time to kill that green horror! Meet me at the Cabal of Winds Temple." or you will tear down Roland's confidence.

Head to the Cabal of Wind Temple in the south-west of Enmerkar Forest. Climb down the rope into the dungeon, you will immediately see the locked gate in front of you with the unique Green Shell Horror, as well as Roland. Pull the lever to open the room and help Roland defeat the beast. You can pull a second lever just inside the room to close the gate and prevent other Scourge in the dungeon from joining in the fight.

Once you defeat the Shell Horror, make sure to loot the Green Horror Chitin from the corpse. Speak to Roland and choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 1: "You carried your weight there. Good work", then return to Berg.

Return to Gabriella in Berg and present her with the green Horror Chitin.

Necropolis[]

The player finds Sagard and Julius in the Inn.

Gabriella tells us to check on Julius in the Old Coin's Inn in Berg. Head into the Inn to find Sagard Battleborn at the scene, and Julius brutally murdered on the floor. Sagard tells us that Julius was seen talking with a lady in red, and that when Sagard pressed him for information, Julius "tried to take him with a dagger", and the lady ran off to the Necropolis.

One of the Family Altars in the Necropolis.

Find Gabriella in the Necropolis under the Blue Chamber.

Head into the Necropolis. If you have taken more than 40 days to reach this point there will be aggressive Ghosts, defeat them to continue. The metal door immediately on your right which is normally locked is now open. Interact with it to pass through, then walk down to the glowing purple barrier to find Gabriella. She tells us that the red lady has unleashed violent Ghosts in the Necropolis, and that had it not been for Roland - who sensed the Ghosts with his newfound affinity for the ethereal - she might be dead. She tells us to burn a Greasy Fern at the nearby Ancestral Altars.

Burn a Greasy Fern at each of the 2 altars inside the Necropolis.

If you need some Greasy Ferns, there are a number of spawns in one of the rooms. From Gabriella, if you take a right, and then a left, you will see a room with a Blue skull effigy and several Greasy Fern spawns.

With two Greasy Ferns, defeat the Ghost (Purple) in the hallway to reveal a secret area at the end of the hallway. Approach the altar and interact with it to burn a Greasy Fern.

Head back around towards Gabriella, and continue onto the other side of the area. There is another Ghost which you must defeat, after which a second hidden area will be revealed which contains another altar to burn a Greasy Fern at.

The Red Lady[]

The player overlooks the Rotwood Tree and Roland.

Find Roland in the Necropolis, now that the barrier has vanished.

The large purple barrier where Gabriella was standing is now removed, and you can venture down further into the dungeon. Head down and you will see a large blue tree similar to the Compasswood Tree. You can drop down below from here, and in the area below you will find Roland waiting by the Ancestral Altar. Talk to Roland and learn that a red spirit is violently entangled with the blue spirit of the Ancestral Memories, and that he is going to attempt to intervene. Choose option Tex men talkIcon.png 1, and one of three outcomes will occur:

Finishing Up[]

Return up the stairs and stick to the right, past where the barrier was, and up to Rissa on the stairs. You are given the choice to leave the Krypteia if you wish, though this does not seem to impact the story at all. Finish the conversation to complete the quest.

Outcomes[]

Regardless of your outcome, Rissa will give you:

From Roland if you help him at Starfish Cave:

From Gabriella for showing her the Green Horror Chitin:

Perfect Success[]

  • Roland becomes part of the Whispering Bones, a Lich, which protects the Ancestral Memories. The Lich inhabits Roland's body and will remain in this area of the Necropolis permanently.
  • You can choose between Ancestors' Memories or Lantern of Souls, and receive 3 Luxe Lichette
  • You unlock a unique Defeat Scenario where you can be saved by Ghosts.
    • "You wake up to see a butterfly resting on your nose, someplace quiet. As you pull yourself up you notice a trio of ghosts guarding you... yet they soon vanish as if they were never there... It would seem that the Ancestral Memories sent you aid in your time of need."

Partial Success[]

  • Roland will successfully contain the red lady and banish her from necropolis, but Roland will die in process.
  • You receive Lantern of Souls (Only if you also crafted the trinket for Roland), Occult Remains and 3 Luxe Lichette.

Failure[]

  • Roland becomes possessed by the red lady and the player must fight them. Roland will die afterwards.
  • No unique rewards, other than the loot from Roland if you defeat him.

See Also[]

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