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The Forgotten and the Damned

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Location Bloodmoon Island
Suggested Level 15
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The Forgotten and the Damned is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II. Coming across various Blazing Sculptures on Bloodmoon Island, you get the feeling they hide treasures beneath them. However, they don't seem to budge when you try to move them. How will you get past this obstacle?

 Requirements

  • Scholar Tag

 

Important NPCs

  • Blazing Sculpture

 

 

The Forgotten and the Damned Objectives

  1. Learn "The Taming of the Holy Fire" hymn.
  2. Discover Blazing Sculptures on Bloodmoon Island.
  3. Learn that the High Priest's hymn allows you to enter the vaults.
  4. Sing the hymn to the sculptures.
  5. Enter the vaults.

 

 

The Forgotten and the Damned Walkthrough

On Bloodmoon island, there will be a Blazing Sculpture facing the demon's camp. You may interact with the statue to acquire this quest. You can also acquire this quest by picking up the book "The Taming of the Holy Fire" and read it as a Scholar.

There are 3 sculptures on Bloodmoon Island. In order to activate them, you will need to read a book called "The Taming of the Holy Fire". This book is called "Ornate Hymnal" before you decipher it, and you can find one from these places:

  • Inside Jahan's house.
  • The Archives on the northeast location of the island.
  • On one of the Black Ring magister bodies near the ancestor tree.

You will need a character with the Scholar tag in order to decipher the book's hymn. Reading the book as a scholar will net 14,450XP. Before you enter the vault, however, make sure to first go to the north of the island and find the Ancient Forge (co-ordinates X:317, Y:479). Use the Ancient forge to combine it and the silver bar to create a Silver Lever Shaft. You only need 2 Silver Lever Shafts in the game, for vaults 2 and 3. Silver bars can be found right next to the forge, and on a Black Ring member in the unfinished crypt. There should also be one inside a vase in vault 3.

There are 3 vaults scattered around the southern part of the island, near the demon's camp. Use the hymn to destroy the statues and get into the vault. The quests Delusions of Grandeur and Bound by Pain require you to fix the switch with the Silver Lever Shaft. More details are listed below for each individual vault.

The Location of the Archives:

This is where you will find the Green Teleporter Pyramid, and medical notes to start the "Delusions of Grandeur" and "The Silent One" quests. See "The Secrets of Bloodmoon Island" for more information about this location, including rewards earned.

If you read the notes, you will realize that these vaults actually house people afflicted with demons that the healers could not treat. These afflicted persons were thus locked away along with a healer in order to prevent the demon from ever being a threat to humanity.

The Location of the Vault 1 (Unfinished Crypt):

This crypt is unfinished and holds nothing really noteworthy of value, except for a Silver bar. Exploring it might be necessary for the completion of this quest, though.

The Location of Vault 2:

Upon entering this vault, you will come across a broken lever shaft where you will need to use the Silver Lever Shaft to fix the broken lever and open the wall door. Unfortunately, when you try to use the lever, it doesn't work. Cast Spirit Vision to reveal the spirit of Brother Robert near the statue, and speak to him. Pass the persuasion check and he will unlock the door and beseech you to kill the creature within.

Enter the room and tread lightly. If any character takes the source from the source pool in the room, the lizard will initiate dialogue with that specific character, so be careful. If you agree to set her free, Rajjarima will steal all the source points from your character and break free, initiating combat. Be warned - when she breaks free and initiates combat, she will cast a powerful Arrow Storm that will deal massive damage to your party, especially if they are bunched up together, possibly even killing 2 or 3 of them outright. In any case, kill the possessed Godwoken.

If you refuse her, you will eventually need to pass a speech check. If you are successful, she will not be able to steal any source points from your character and be unable to break free. You can then simply rain arrows or cast ranged spells to kill her safely from high ground.

Ultimately, the simplest method here is to attack her from high ground from the start and not even bothering to pick up any source points from the pool.

Regardless of the method, once she dies, you will earn 36100XP + 21675XP for a total of 57,775XP, and the quest "Delusions of Grandeur" concludes. Remember to speak to the spirit of Brother Robert on your way out for a choice of loot reward.

The Location of Vault 3:

 This Vault is the location for the "Bound by Pain" quest. Enter it, cast Spirit Vision, and speak to Brother Kalvin. Here, you will learn that the demon housed here gluts itself on pain, and only by inflicting the most painful torture possible will you be able to bring the demon to surface. In any case, go ahead and fix the broken lever with a Silver Lever Shaft, then talk to Brother Kalvin again and convince him to open the door for you. You will have to pass a speech check in order to convince him to open the door. Be careful; the Intelligence speech check seems to fail even at 7 persuasion - whereas the memory speech check passed with 5 persuasion.

In any case, once the door is opened, you will come face to face with a possessed dwarf. He will then beg you to destroy the pillars, which of course, when destroyed, will simply free him and initiate combat. Unlike Rajjarima in Vault 2, though, he is weak, and it shouldn't take much effort to kill him for 28900XP.

After he dies though, a demon called "Mor the Trenchmouthed" will appear, attacking you immediately. He is slightly stronger than the possessed dwarf, but is still a relatively easy opponent. The caveat here is that when you damaged Mor, there is a chance he will instantly possess a random (or perhaps closest) party member and turn him or her against you (this effect shows up as "Demonic Invasion" and is not curable). Simply inflict enough damage on that party member to bring him or her near death, and Mor will leave your party member's possessed body. Attack him and he will perish for 21,675XP.

Also, there is a bug that, if Mor was knocked down and a strike from one of your party members would otherwise land the finishing blow, Mor would disappear, placing the "Demonic Invasion" debuff on one of your characters but that character doesn't actually go mad. The combat will end in this case and the debuff will remain on your character permanently, until that character takes fatal damage with 10% or so HP, causing Mor to suddenly appear out of nowhere again and initiate combat.

Alternatively, the better option is simply to save the dwarf from possession. The trick here is simply use one of your party members and continuously damage the dwarf's HP, but not kill him. It is probably recommended to cast healing spells on him so that he doesn't die. You will know its working as he keeps getting knocked down. Keep hitting him until he doesn't get knocked down anymore, then destroy the pillars. It is possible to do enough damage to the demon that it dies. In this case, you will be rewarded exp for killing the demon while it is still inside of the dwarf and the demon will appear as a corpse when you break the pillars.

The moment the pillars are destroyed, the demon should leave the dwarf's body while keeping the dwarf intact. If you did not kill the demon while it was inside the dwarf, then at this stage, it is the same as if you killed the dwarf; damage Mor and if he possesses one of your members, damage that member until he or she is near death as well and Mor should leave the body of your party member. Attack him when he appears and he should perish, granting you 21,675XP. In this case, though, the dwarf survives, and talking to him will net another 36,100XP. The quest is concluded at this point.

As you make your way out of the vault, make sure to speak to Brother Kalvin for a choice of loot reward. If you did not manage to save the dwarf, Brother Kalvin will instead sadly disappear, leaving you with nothing.

The Location of Vault 4:

This is the vault for "The Silent One" quest. Enter it, and use Spirit Vision as usual to see the spirit of the dead healer, Brother Morgan. Speak to him and he will ask you to bring the poor girl confined within the vault to somewhere peaceful. Agree (or lie) and he will open the vault for you.

Inside, in order to talk with the girl, you have to first pass a speech check with the cat (requires Pet pal talent) so that it will let you speak with her mistress. In the event that you fail the speech check, there is no choice but to kill the cat for 1400XP. Destroy the source chains chaining the girl and speak to her but note that if you fail the speech check, the girl will not rouse from her slumber. If you fail the speech check with all 4 party members, there will be nothing left for you to do and the quest will remain incomplete. Also, note that you cannot kill the girl since she is a child and thus the game makes her invulnerable to all attacks.

If you pass the speech check, you will gain 14,450XP and be able to teleport the girl aboard the Lady Vengeance to cure her at a later stage. The quest, "The Silent One", is complete at this point. Speak to Brother Morgan on your way out and you will receive a choice of common-quality loot reward for your troubles.

After exploring all 4 vaults, the quest should conclude with the last entry being "We found and cleared all four vaults on Bloodmoon Island".

 

Rewards:

  • 14,450XP for reading the "Ornate Hymnal" book with a Scholar character.
  • 57,775XP total for killing the possessed lizard Godwoken and completing the "Delusions of Grandeur" quest.
  • 21,675XP for killing Mor and 36,100XP for saving the dwarf in Vault 3, completing the "Bound by Pain" quest.
  • 14,450XP for managing to rouse the girl in Vault 4, completing "The Silent One" quest.



    • Anonymous

      13 Oct 2018 18:16  

      This quest could not be closed. After I used 1 character to defeat Mor. Then it possessed my character and watch as they battle each other. lmao. I keep my character alive by the ashen idol of rebirth. Because that's the only way Mor will appear again. After I killed it, the journal update and the one that closed is the "the silent one" quest. I think it's bug, because I haven't even got to the 4th vault. So now I have not closed "bound by pain" quest. Even after I finished "the silent one".

      • Anonymous

        30 Sep 2018 00:38  

        Alas, this quest group is indeed bugged as hell even as of the latest patch of Definitive Edition (3.6.29.3822). I managed to get all four sub-entries to the (Closed) state at the cost of dozens of reloads and different approaches in conversations and combat. However the main entry still wants me to "Venture on down the hatch."...

        • Anonymous

          26 Sep 2018 04:26  

          I had an ornate hymnal, pretty sure I cleared inventory on the advocate or someone else I killed. Is there no other way?

          • Anonymous

            15 Sep 2018 10:22  

            Just finished the island on my second run through. Silent girl is bugged both times and it still says I need to awake her after she teleported to Lady Vengeance. Additionally on both runs I had glitches with spirit in guarding the lizard. If you do not have persuade option then use a different char and try. Lohse had no option available but Sebille did. He still didn't give me reward afterwards though... Tl;Dr this quest buggy as hell but at least it's interesting and gives globs of xp

            • Anonymous

              09 Sep 2018 11:42  

              The quest "The Silent One" now has a followup (if you free the girl). The quest is called "Silence Broken". Once you crash Lady Vengeance in Arx, you will hear about a girl running from the carnage in the harbour, and you will find her to the north. There seem to be a few different ways to free her from the demon, I told it to possess me instead and then had my team kill me to stop him. He then summons some minions (which can be a bit nasty), though they can be completely ignored since they despawn when he dies. The reward that I got was 8 source orbs from the girl (and vendor trash from the demon). She then runs off to find her cat.

              • Anonymous

                08 Sep 2018 13:23  

                I confirm, quest is bugged in DE. I regret starting my first playthrough on that buggy version, so many problems. Tags are also broken.

                • 07 Sep 2018 04:21  

                  Quest seems to be bugged in DE. If you save the dwarf in 'Sweet Shackles of Pain', talking to the dwarf afterward does nothing. He just says "The one who set me free... I owe them eferythink. Everythink.". The quest remains open.

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Sep 2018 03:26  

                    The Quest is stuck in my Questlog. I've cleared all Vaults. But the sweet shackles of Pain is not marked as closed. I attacked the dwarf before I unchained him. When I unchained him, he was my ally and I defeated the demon. In my Questlog there is Defeat the dwarf as the last entry and after that only the demon was banished. Also spoke with the dwar afterwards. Also I did not get any Quest rewards from all 3 Spirits after clearing the vaults, they just dissapeared. Maybe because I ventured into the Archives after I ventured into 2 of those vaults.

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Jul 2018 03:51  

                      >Alternatively, the better option is simply to save the dwarf from possession. The trick here is simply use one of your party members and continuously damage the dwarf's HP, but not kill him. It is probably recommended to cast healing spells on him so that he doesn't die. You will know its working as he keeps getting knocked down. Keep hitting him until he doesn't get knocked down anymore, then destroy the pillars. It is possible to do enough damage to the demon that it dies. In this case, you will be rewarded exp for killing the demon while it is still inside of the dwarf and the demon will appear as a corpse when you break the pillars.
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                      I was never able to kill the demon before freeing him from the dwarf. despite hitting him many, many, many multiples more than a full healthbar. I just sat there pinging him with arrows and casting Restoration/first aid on him and eventually he didn't have any fresh dialog. he never stops getting knocked down. oh well, it's an interesting fight, but I couldn't do it without a couple of ressurect scrolls... you have to get party members down to such low health to get the demon to pop back out, and then he attacks them.

                      • Anonymous

                        29 May 2018 13:18  

                        Just sayin, even with all the slots filled with silver bars, no shaft ever gets made. ive been looking to get the shafts repaired to open the vaults as i only got the one ghost protecting the little girl to actually open the vault. i consumed the others because they weren't helping me.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Apr 2018 20:18  

                          "Keep hitting him until he doesn't get knocked down anymore, then destroy the pillars. It is possible to do enough damage to the demon that it dies. In this case, you will be rewarded exp for killing the demon while it is still inside of the dwarf and the demon will appear as a corpse when you break the pillars."

                          DOES NOT WORK.

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Mar 2018 09:21  

                            So, didn't open the unfinished crpyt (used silver cup for second lever) but the quest still closed and says I cleared all 4 vaults

                            • Anonymous

                              18 Mar 2018 17:14  

                              "Keep hitting him until he doesn't get knocked down anymore, then destroy the pillars. It is possible to do enough damage to the demon that it dies. In this case, you will be rewarded exp for killing the demon while it is still inside of the dwarf and the demon will appear as a corpse when you break the pillars."
                              Really? I can damage the dwarf so that the demon separate from him when I destroy the pillars but but I can't kill or damage the demon before it pop on the fight.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Mar 2018 02:20  

                                I have a tip for those of you who want to avoid getting possessed... I managed to finish the fight without a single possession by teleporting the demon all the way to the entrance of the vault, and using my longest range characters to attack him. Make sure he's crippled and he can't come close and after 2-3 turns he should be dead.

                                • Anonymous

                                  01 Feb 2018 20:35  

                                  I just had a strange one in vault 3.

                                  I was attempting to kill the demon, when it possessed sebille, and the fight ended as if victorious, yet I could still retain full control of the character. I was able to speak to the dwarf and the quest progressed as if the demon was dead.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    19 Jan 2018 04:25  

                                    To those who do not have the Scholar tag but wants to do this quest, I am currently not aware of any method inside the game that makes this possible. The respec mirror does not allow you to change tags, so players who don't have any characters in their party that has a Scholar tag will sadly be unable to enter the vaults.

                                    However, there is a method outside the game that allows players to edit their saved files so that they could add a Scholar tag in any of their characters. Some may not like tweaking with the games files, but if you're someone like me who didn't get the Scholar tag at the start of the character creation and really wants to start this quest, try it.

                                    https://www.reddit.com/r/DivinityOriginalSin/comments/74f5lk/how_to_edit_your_characters_in_your_save_file_a/?st=J99WWJLR&sh=e8dbd298

                                    • Anonymous

                                      18 Jan 2018 21:33  

                                      There is a bug with the lever. Combining the lever with the shaft does not fix it, rather it results in a ?uestion. Thus you cannot advance.

                                      A quick "fix": combine two shafts with the lever. I don't usually suggest devil's threesomes, but desperate times call for desperate measures XD

                                      • Anonymous

                                        13 Jan 2018 05:00  

                                        If you save the possessed dwarf the hard way (by freeing him, then repeatedly attacking and healing him) he offers you a treasure but when I followed the directions, I only found a bag with 11 gold in it... You get good exp though.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          05 Jan 2018 16:05  

                                          Just confirmed it myself:
                                          You do NOT NEED A SCHOLAR.
                                          1: I read ALL the notes in the archive. 4 notes, and then the archivist's journal, and lastly the hymn book
                                          2: Spoke to the spirit in the archive, and on the beach near the huge amount of spirit corpses
                                          3: Made the levers with silver bars
                                          4: Spoke to the statue, and it gave me a racial option. Mine was human "Sing a song of humanity's triumphs" but it didn't do anything.

                                          I believe this means that it's a racial thing. I believe you need an elf, which you may be able to hire one.

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