The Missing Magisters

Magister Carver

Location Driftwood
Suggested Level 9+

The Missing Magisters is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II, Act II.

This quest tasks you with finding out the truth behind the disappearances of Magisters in Driftwood.


Warning: Massive spoilers below. Do not read on unless you want the solution!


Important NPCs

  • Magister Carver
  • Wyvlia



The Missing Magisters Objectives

  1. Learn about the missing Magisters.
  2. Find Higba, the prime suspect in the investigation. (Optional)
  3. Seek evidence to prove that Higba (or somebody else) is the murderer.
  4. Confront the murderer.
  5. Report back with the evidence of the murderer to Magister Carver.



The Missing Magisters Walkthrough

When you talk to Magister Carver or Magister Caryl, you will learn that several Magisters have gone missing, and that they suspect Higba has something to do with their disappearances.

Higba, the prime suspect, is hiding in a fish barrel in a storage room at Driftwood Port. When you interact with one of the barrels, Higba will talk to you and plead that he is "innocent" and wants you to help him escape from Driftwood. (Talking to him will also initiate the quest Strange Cargo if you haven't spoken with him already.)

If you choose to help him escape and successfully do so, he will provide his opinion on who he thinks the culprit may be. (Read that quest's guide for further details.)

Optional: If you've already completed the quest Powerful Awakening, you can cast Spirit Vision inside the Black Bull Tavern to find the ghost of one of the missing Magisters, Harrick. Talking to Harrick will reveal the circumstances of her gruesome death.

If you head to the tavern, you will see Stewart, an elf sitting at a table outside. Talking to him will reveal that the Magisters likely have the wrong suspect, and that he wants you to help him uncover the real one.

If you enter the tavern and head to the kitchen with a character that has high enough Wits (15 has been shown to be enough), they will discover a Loose Plank on the ground. You may need to sneak in order to search it if it would be considered stealing.

Method 1: You will find a bloody Magister ring inside this loose plank in the tavern's kitchen. If you attempt to interrogate the cook about this ring, you will be given the choice of reporting her to the Magisters, not doing so, or asking for a bribe. If you don't choose to side with her, you will engage in a fight with her. Killing her is worth 4k EXP in DE.

After she dies, you will find an incriminating note on her corpse that you can bring to Magister Carver to report. If you read the note, you will discover that the food she makes potentially contains cannibalized human body parts. (Alternatively, you can pickpocket the incriminating note from the cook instead without confronting her.)

Secret: If you buy some Meaty Stew in this tavern and have an elf eat it, you will learn of a murder taking place with a Magister. This will reward you with 2,000 EXP. (Note: This reward will not be granted after the quest is closed, so be sure to do so before reporting the murder.)

At this point in time, report the cook to Magister Carver with the ring or note. If you've confronted the cook and killed her, the quest will close and you will be rewarded with 5,000 EXP and some items. The quest Strange Cargo will now be closed as well, but you are free to help Higba escape now (oddly enough, he still isn't safe from the Magisters in the town, so you will need to be careful).

Method 2: If you reported the cook to Magister Carver without confronting her and killing her first, Magister Carver will send a Magister to investigate the cook and see if there is any truth to your claims. Although the Magister will try to arrest the cook, the cook will kill her and attack you, forcing you to have to kill the cook anyway.

Method 3: If you report to Stewart (the elf outside the tavern) after killing the cook and say that you haven't reported it Magister Carver yet, he will go and report it instead. When you talk to Magister Carver afterwards, you will be rewarded with 5,000 EXP but no items.

Alternate Ending: If you agreed not to reveal the cook's secret, you can kill Magister Carver (you'll also have to kill his nearby assistant unless you use a Teleportation skill to place him far enough away from his assistant in the building before attacking him) to end the quest. Afterwards, you can speak with the cook, who seems pleased with the news. The quest archive will note, "Patrons of Black Bull will continue to enjoy Wyvlia's special stew." this grants 2800EXP 

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    • Anonymous

      16 May 2021 21:52  

      Engaged in dialogue with Magister Bellsworth with 1 character, killed Carver with another character who did instafreeze on first hit, loot, and run. Bellsworth is alive and not aggroed. I don't know if this is an edge case, but it's one way to save Bellsworth from that. °

      • Anonymous

        07 May 2021 02:08  

        If you teleport Carver's chair near the kitchen door and give him the ring as he is sits there, he'll send his magister to her death. He'll falsely start combat during death scene, but as it ends he will start combat normally with Wylvia and lose badly.

        It's a waste of exp but funny af.

        • Anonymous

          25 Apr 2021 21:05  

          Confronted the cook, then with a separate character told stewart about the murder, started the fight with the cook before he reached the kitchen and killed her before she could kill stewart.

          stewart accuses me of the murder of the cook

          • Anonymous

            23 Apr 2021 00:24  

            only getting 5000 exp for finishing regardless, i've tried multiple different ways but they all amount to the same in the end, don't let stewart know about the evidence or you lose your item rewards. probably more exp killing him and bellworth than letting it go to waste

            • Anonymous

              02 Apr 2021 22:55  

              Talking to Stewart and not giving him any information but learning about the investigation gave 1000 EXP. Free EXP basically. DE.

              • Anonymous

                26 Nov 2020 17:40  

                The way it went for me was: 2k EXP from eating the stew with an Elf, then 4k EXP from killing the Cook, then I talked to Carver for the 2k EXP but didn't tell him about the evidence yet. Went to Steward and got 1k EXP for letting him know, and finally 10k EXP for giving Carver the ring. So in total i got 19k EXP for this quest on DE.

                • Anonymous

                  17 Nov 2020 16:58  

                  If you kill Carver before getting anywhere near the kitchen and report to the guy outside the tavern, he rushes in and she kills him.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Nov 2020 18:51  

                    If you want Carver out of the room, just move his chair without him in it with telekinesis. Once he goes to sit back down, he will go to it where ever you put it. I moved it down towards the outhouses.

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Aug 2020 14:25  

                      Ifan told Caryl he'd pay up, then he shook the bag and laughed in her face. This prompted an immediate battle, but then the entire townfolk of Driftwood fought with us. Everyone survived except the Magisters and servants. It pretty much played out itself with a lot of XP. Feels good man?

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Apr 2020 07:02  

                        In DE; Steal the note from the cook or find the ring in the kitchen, tell her you'll keep your mouth shut if she pays you. This will make a fight start between you and the cook. Kill her for 4k Exp, then report back to the magister for another 5k exp. Total of 9k.

                        • Anonymous

                          26 Jan 2020 13:31  

                          Report to stewart first while the culprit is still alive to get him killed, then kill carver alone by teleporting him out of his house with far out man character. Gives 2200 less exp but at least the murderer, the jerk, and the naive fool/credit stealer is dead.

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Jan 2020 05:59  

                            I let Stuart take the credit and I got 5k xp, not 10k. this website gets all the numbers wrong...claiming 2-3 times higher xp awards than i get for most quests. unless DE nerfed xp awards? I dunno.

                            • Anonymous

                              04 Oct 2019 16:17  

                              Carver's racist! As an elf, he gave me about 50 gold and 3 meh items to choose from- I think special arrows and a cheap skillbook. He was also rude. Out of curiosity I reloaded the save and approached him as Lohse- he gave her about 130 gold, 3 rare items to choose from + a higher value skill book!

                              • Anonymous

                                12 Apr 2019 23:52  

                                Silence of the la...elves - you can report her, get the loot, vent your frustration for ratting out someone and attack the magister and his assistant for telling you're a ****** elf. Mari pruitt and her boy will not join the fight, not tell anyone and the magisters in town won't care. job done

                                • Anonymous

                                  11 Feb 2019 20:05  

                                  When Carver sends Bellsworth to her doom, you can save Bellsworth if you run ahead of her and kill the cook, use after you save her, use Red prince to get the hidden dialogue. Her expression is lol...

                                  • Anonymous

                                    25 Jan 2019 05:15  

                                    Stewart is a creep! Worse, he’s a credit stealing, mopey whiney little self-loathing *****. He deserves the Magisters, and they him. So, not wanting to loose out on the reward I accomplished both. While having a conversation using Fane reporting the criminal, I simultaneously told Stewart who the culprit was. Right before telling Stewart if I took credit, I did and took the reward. Before finishing out of the conversation with Carver I finished telling Stewart I didn’t take credit. This allows Stewart to take credit, be a blight to the Magisters and I still get the reward! lol

                                    • Anonymous

                                      11 Jan 2019 09:03  

                                      I was wondering if there was a way to frame someone else for the murders. I've discovered it was the cook who's been killing the magisters and making her special stew, but i was not exactly opposed to magisters dying, despite the disgusting method. Stewart struck me as a bit of a patriot (and a chode), and I noticed there was a dialogue option with him about himself potentially appearing suspicious. Would it be possible to frame Stewart for the murders, clearing the name of the suspect, the cook and getting rid of a patriot all in one swoop?

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