The delemgan of Elms' Reach, told the Watcher that Thaos has destroyed the route from Teir Evron to Breith Eaman. To reach him, they will have to descend through the pit in the Burial Isle. The gods are willing to offer great power in exchange for a promise to deal with the stolen souls in the manner of their choosing. There would, however, be a price for betrayal.
You automatically get this quest after completing The Assassin at Large.
Enter Teir Evron (the Glanfathan temple) in Elms' Reach. Pick up the Luminescent Adra Shard from the altar on the right, and place it into the pillar inside the big circle in the middle of the room. This activates four pulpits surrounding the circle. You can interact with each of them to speak to the god whose symbol is closest to it. (The remaining gods are not available.)
The first time you pray to each god, you must correctly recite their ritual words. You can figure these out by reading the books in the bookshelves on the left and top wall of this room, or from the lore you've already encountered throughout the game - or just consult the table below. If you recite the wrong words, the god will end the interaction abruptly and summon monsters to attack you.
Once you've gotten through to a god, they'll give you a quest which you can complete in order to gain their favor. The four available gods are:
|Deity||Ritual words||Quest received|
|Galawain||"Survival begins with strength from within."||The Old Queen and the New King|
|Hylea||"Live every note of life's song."||The Nest Above the Clouds|
|Berath||"There is life in death, and death in life."||A Servant of Death|
|Rymrgand||"All life ends in stillness."||Into the White Void|
Note that you only need the favor of one of the Gods in order to continue the main story, but feel free to do all four of those quests if you want. After completing one or more of them, return to Teir Evron and pray again to the god(s) who gave it to you. This will gain you their favor.
Furthermore, each of the gods whose quests you completed will make you an additional offer: They will give you a boon (making you more powerful), but in return you must promise to make your endgame choice according to their preference. On acceptance of this promise, the boon is given to the protagonist only (as a permanent passive talent that stacks with everything). If you accept such a proposal but then end up breaking your word, it will dramatically affect the end-game slides.
It was planned to gain Wael's Boon which gives +10 Defense against confusion, +1 Intellect if you do not take any of the boons from the four gods. Unfortunately that possibility was cut from the game, and the boon is accessible only through console commands.
After completing Memories of the Ancients, you can also choose to appease Skaen, who asks that you distribute the souls to Woedica instead. If you agree, you get Skaen's Boon (which can be applied at the same time as other boons), but can still continue to do otherwise when it comes to making the final decision.
|Galawain||Distribute essence to existing souls in Dyrwood to strengthen them||Galawain's Boon||+1 Might, +1 Athletics|
|Hylea||Return souls to the bodies they were intended for||Hylea's Boon||+1 Perception, +1 Lore|
|Berath||Send souls back into the reincarnation cycle||Berath's Boon||+1 Resolve, +5 Defense against paralyze and petrify|
|Rymrgand||Entropically disintegrate the souls, ending their existence||Rymrgand's Boon||+1 Constitution, +1 Survival|
|During Memories of the Ancients|
|Skaen / Woedica||Allow the souls to pass through the vein to Woedica.||Skaen's Boon||+1 Dexterity, +1 Stealth|
|Wael||Disperse the souls to an unknown location.||-||-|
After you've completed one quest and discussed the resulting offer, you will be granted an additional set of XP. On exiting Teir Evron you will have a surreal encounter with Iovara and one of her guards. A dialog will ensue.
Next, travel to the Burial Isle (from the pier in Oldsong). The Quest will complete when you jump into the pit (see also Court of the Penitents). WARNING! Jumping into the pit is a way of no return, it starts the endgame.
|0||Council of Stars|
|10000||Sîdha and Rîhenwn, the delemgan of Elms' Reach, told me that Thaos has destroyed the route from Teir Evron to Breith Eaman. To reach him, I will have to descend through the pit in the Burial Isle.
That requires the aid of the gods.
|1||Pray to the gods in Teir Evron.|
|10001||The delemgan sisters explained that no mortal can survive the descent to Breith Eaman. The gods, however, can grant me safe passage.
To ask for their favor, I'll need to pray to them in Teir Evron, where they are said to commune with mortals.
|2||Earn divine favor.|
|10002||It seems the gods want something from me, as well. To earn favor, I'll have to complete the task given to me in the vision.|
|20000||Berath gave me a vision of a dwarf and an elf on an eerie road. Both perished at my touch.|
|20001||Galawain showed me a battle between a great lion and a mighty bear.|
|20002||Hylea revealed a mountaintop temple beset by a terrible menace.|
|20003||At Rymrgand's shrine, I saw a procession of pale elves perish before a wall of ice.|
|3||Descend the pit in the Burial Isle to Breith Eaman.|
|10003||Now that I have divine favor, I can travel to the Burial Isle and pursue Thaos.
It seems, however, that the gods are willing to offer great power in exchange for a promise to deal with the stolen souls in the manner of their choosing. There would, however, be a price for betrayal.
|20004||I promised to return the souls to the cycle in exchange for Berath's power.|
|20005||I agreed to use the souls to strengthen the Dyrwood in exchange for Galawain's power.|
|20006||I swore to Hylea that I would return the souls to Hollowborn children. She gave me her power.|
|20007||I vowed to give the souls over to Rymrgand's entropy in exchange for his power.|
|20008||I have learned that the Burial Isle can be reached from Oldsong.|
|Summoned Souls of the Absolved|
|30000||I've chased Thaos into Breith Eaman. There's no turning back now.|