Pillars of Eternity is a game that was created by Obsidian Entertain via a Kickstarter campaign. Th game has several dozen hours of gameplay and features so much content that a single guide would not be able to focus in on elements. For this reason this guide has been split up into various parts. To see all of them click on the “Pillars of Eternity Guide” link on the side bar.
The focus of this guide will be from the beginning of the game to getting to your first town. All of these guides will cover all of the side quests in the general area.
Your convoy stops and forms a defensive parameter around an area as they try to make their way to Cilant Lis. The leader gives you a female warrior as your side kick to find a cure for a disease you have.
A Moment’s Respite
Head northwest of the camp to find a wolf. The warrior has a knock down ability, use this to knock down the wolf. After the wolf is dead move a little more northwest to find a herb on the ground. Pick it up to complete your first quest.
Return to the camp and turn in the herb to complete the quest. You will be given another objective. You will have to go fetch water by the lake. Head south to find a rag that you can put in the water.
You will be ambushed by two bandits. Focus each of them down. As you head back to the camp there will be more bandits there. Kill them and make your way to the Glanfathan Leader. With appropriate answers you can avoid the fight and get free experience, with the wrong answers you will have to fight.
Next up you will have a dialogue box with Heodan. No matter what dialogue you choose Heodan will die. At this point in the game you will not have enough skills to use any of the options for saving him.
Ruins of Cilant Lis
You will enter a cave in which you will gain a quest objective of escaping the Ruins of Cilant Lis.
If you immediately head northwest you will be able to loot two boxes which will give you some camping supplies and a torch.
There are two potential paths for getting out of Ruins of Cilant Lis. Head south and you will have your two ways, continuing south or continuing east.
If you go south you will have to deal with a xurip. These are a small furry creature in the game that will be very common. If you have the appropriate skills you can negotiate your way past the xurip and gain experience for not killing it. With enough skills it will temporarily join you as a pet. But if you don’t you will have to kill it.
Heading further east you can loot a corpse to reveal a semi-sidequest. You will pick up a gem and instructions on how it works.
For this sidequest head northwest past the puzzle maze, past the braziers and at the end. Place the gem inside of the wall and it will unlock a door to the east with a few choice items in it.
Continue back south to where you left off and continue east. You will run into a skuldr whelp. These are not as easy as the xurip was. You will find a semi-broken wall. When you click on it there are two ways to open it. If you have a lot of strength you can just push the wall down. However if you do not there was a hammer and chisel that you picked up as an item that you can use to break it down.
Moving into the next room will be more skuldr whelps. After killing these move north for a final fight and then you are out.
The alternative route is to take the puzzle maze. Keep in mind that you can do both for the slight bonus gold. Just northwest of the puzzle maze are six braziers with various markers on them.
Equip your torch that you picked up earlier and light each one of these braziers. Once they are all lit up head back down to the puzzle maze and two safe paths will be lit up. Move through the safe paths to get across. There will be one last fight before you can exit the cave.
Once you exit the cave you will run into an event in which your ally will die.
The Gilded Vale
Head south to get to the Vale Woods. This is an area that has a very low amount of enemies to fight but a very high amount of resources to gather, so take advantage of that.
Heading south you will run into Nonton. Nonton will tell you to make sure not to go to a cave to the northwest. This is a side quest. If you head east of him you will find there are some enemies there you can defeat for some experience. They are low on damage and low on health meaning you will be able to solo them.
Once you get here you will find a dwarf begging for help. Kill the captors and you will gain the side quest “Late for Dinner” the goal of this is to go to an innkeeper, something you will do later anyway.
Head south into The Gilded Vale. After a dialogue box you will have completed the quest.
If you head towards the inn there is an elf being picked on. You can choose to fight the bullies or reason with them. Doing either will give you the option of recruiting Aloth, a powerful wizard. He is well worth picking up.
Go into the inn to cash in Late for Dinner. You can also recruit more adventurers here. Pick up at least one and take a room in the inn. You will unlock another quest.
Before doing that, knock out the side quest Revenge from the Grave.
Revenge from the Grave
To get this mission take your party of three to the cave in northern Vale Woods. In it is a bear. You will need to use your powers and those of your heroes to beat it. It is not an easy task.
Once inside you will find the remains of a man and see a spirit. You can talk to the spirit to reveal what actually happened.
Head to Nonton. He is in the dead man’s home with his wife. Upon talking to them you can come up with a number of possible outcomes. It comes down to that you can accept a bribe from them, let them go with the money, or kill them. Each outcome will effect your reputation in some manner.
Climbing the Wall in Vale Woods
There is a wall in the vale Woods that has the option of climbing it. There are two ways to climb it.
The first is to have enough Athletics stat that you can just climb up the wall. Your stats will bypass any need for an item.
The second way is to have a grappling hook and rope item. This can be purchased at the inn or it can be found south of Gilded Vale.
Upon climbing up you will find a corpse with a powerful item. No official side quest is given for doing this nor do you get one from this.
This concludes the first part of this walkthrough. The next part will cover the quests and side quests relating to the town of Gilded Vale