An Existential Crisis is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II. Digging up the corpse of Crispin, a self-proclaimed philosopher, he challenges you to a battle of wits. Can you win?
- Dig up Crispin's grave.
- Prepare to answer his questions.
- Defeat him in a battle of wits.
At Stonegarden, you will hear a voice calling for help (co-ordinates: X:625, Y:153). He begs you to dig him up. Agree to do so.
After you dig him up, a skeleton named Crispin will appear, claiming to be a philosopher, and challenges you to a duel of wits. At this point, if the character talking to him is not an Undead, you will need to do some preparation to win. Otherwise, feel free to engage him in the battle immediately.
He will have three questions. Answering any question wrongly will ultimately result in your character being killed instantly (he will still ask you 3 questions but you will lose at the end). The most common way to win for non-undead characters is to read The Essence of Existence, Volume One, Volume Two, and Volume Three to defeat him.
If your character is an undead, however, simply pick the [UNDEAD] tagged answers for all 3 questions and you will win (Fane will also suffice for this). It is also possible to answer question 1 correctly as a Jester or a Barbarian, question 2 as a Mystic or Outlaw, and question 3 as a Scholar - the tagged dialogue option will appear and it will constitute as a right answer. Unfortunately, due to the inability of any character to have all 3 tags, reading at least one book will still be required. Volume 1 will have the answer to the first question, Volume 2 the answer to the second question, and Volume 3, the answer to the third question.
Warning: Each character only gets one chance, so unless you have an undead character, do not keep blindly trying. Continue on with the quest below to find the solutions, or else it may become impossible to complete the quest.
Tip: You will need to actually read the books and take some notes, as there aren't any clearly defined dialogue options that appear after reading them. If you've read all three books, the answers should generally become Option 3 for each question, assuming you don't have any particular tags.
You can find all 3 tomes at Ryker's mansion, as detailed in the picture below. Volume 1 is found where Ryker is, in his study. Volume 2 is found in the living room on the bottom floor. Finally, Volume 3 can be found on the 2nd floor, in his bedroom. Note that taking the books is considered stealing, and to get into the bedroom on the 2nd floor will require lockpicking.
If you answered question 1 correctly, you will see the skeleton shivering. If you answered question 2 correctly, he will exclaim, "Oh. Oh Gods, I... I can hardly bear to..." If you answered all 3 questions correctly, he will say, "Nnnnggghh! I can't bear this... this existential agony" and explode into a pile of bones.
Answering all 3 questions correctly will thus result in a successful completion of the quest, granting 16,150XP and dropping a Mass Corpse Explosion Skillbook from Crispin's body.
- Fane, as an Undead, can answer every question properly if you can't find the books.
- Lohse can answer question 1 (Jester) and 2 (Mystic) , but for the third question you will still need the book "The Essence of Existence, Volume Three". It's next to the bed in a room with a cat and a dog on the first floor in Ryker's house. See the picture above for details. Likewise, Sebille can answer question 2 (Outlaw) and 3 (Scholar), requiring you to only need to read "The Essence of Existence, Volume One".
- 16,150XP upon quest completion.
- Mass Corpse Explosion Skillbook will drop from Crispin's body upon successfully defeating him.