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The Archmage's Vault is a side quest in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.


You must find a way inside Archmage Arkemyr's Manor, in Periki's Overlook, to retrieve the Harapo Epic - an ancient tablet said to contain clues of the lost island of Ukaizo and a priceless historical artifact for the whole of Huana. Scholars want it particularly badly, to analyze the language structure, narrative voice, and use of metaphor to determine when and how it was made. For the Rauataians, it has historical purposes, and is only useful as a clue for where Ukaizo may be.


Find a way inside Arkemyr's Manor

  • The front door is locked. The key can be attained by pickpocketing it from Fassina in the Dark Cupboard in Periki's Overlook or completing her quest Velvet Glove, Brass Fist and saving Bertenno from RDC slavery.
  • From the top of the Dark Cupboard's window, the player can use a grappling hook with Athletics 3 to sneak to the roof of Arkemyr's Manor.
  • Talk to Ifren in The Dark Cupboard to discover that he and an orlan partner previously tried to break into the manor via the natural rock passages underneath the Luminous Bathhouse. At the back of the boiler room of the bathhouse there is a crack in the wall. This will take you into Arkemyr's basement. In order to gain entry you must break down a recently built wall using 16 Might or by using a Hammer and Chisel.
  • The manor is full of patrolling Ironclad constructs and Imps, as well as a number of other enemies downstairs in the laboratory. While the imps are fairly weak, the automatons certainly make up for that, and can be difficult to take down depending on your level.
  • To make things easier, head up to the bedroom (accessed from the manor's rooftop) and grab Arkemyr's Old Robe from the wardrobe beside his bed, and Arkemyr's Notes from the desk drawer. Wearing the robe will allow you to explore the manor freely. Posing as Arkemyr requires the Watcher to lie to the imps (Shady).

Locate Arkemyr's Vault

  • The vault is located in the basement of the Manor, in the Laboratory.
  • The laboratory contains a few more enemies than upstairs, more Imps, Ironclad constructs, as well as additional Storm blights and a Steelclad Prototype.
  • You can interact with a soul in the room to the north, an orlan thief (an associate of Ifren) who was killed by the constructs while trying to break into the vault - and now destined to be transferred into a construct. If you have Xoti in your party, she will harvest the soul.

Unlock Arkemyr's Vault

  • The vault is protected by some kind of combination lock involving rare gems and a combination.
  • The combination can be found in a bookcase in Arkemyr's Study on the ground floor. Combined with a sufficient mechanics skill, you can open the lock without the gem.
  • Yellow-Eye Three, an imp in the second floor lounge has the gemstone - a Translucent Crystal. You can either pickpocket it from the imp, loot it from his dead body, or convince him to give it to you.
    • To assure the imp that you're no intruder, you'll require either 8 Bluff or 9 Diplomacy. Alternatively, if you have Arkemyr's Old Robe equipped, you can also disguise yourself as Arkemyr, and lie to the imp - saying that you're "..testing out a new illusion". He'll ask for a passphrase, to which you can respond with 8 Bluff to convince him that you've stopped using passphrases, or by providing the true phrase "Cider and cheese", available only if you have read Arkemyr's Notes.
    • Asking about the crystal will allow you to persuade Yellow Eye to hand it over. You can do this by threatening him with 4 Intimidate, tricking him into thinking that the crystal is cursed with 2 Bluff, or by pretending that you're an imp too with 3 Streetwise or 3 Arcana. Most of these dialogue options can be followed up with additional optional checks. He'll also be willing to give the crystal to you in exchange for Copper pands (cp)500. If you have convinced Yellow-Eye Three that you are Arkemyr, his master, he'll hurriedly give you the crystal if you ask about it.
  • Once you have everything, head down to the vault. Opening it is straightforward, place the crystal in the recess, and enter the combination. After opening the vault, all the creatures in the area will become hostile, so make sure to do this after exploring the rest of the lab, unless you posed as Arkemyr, in which case they will remain passive

Retrieve the tablet from the Vault.

Return the artifact to Tumara or Netehe:

  • Tumara awaits outside of Imperial Command at The Brass Citadel, and Netehe in front of the Kahanga Palace in Serpent's Crown.
  • Both will reward you with Copper pands (cp)2,500 and a moderate reputation increase with their respective factions. You will also receive and invitation to Arkemyr's mansion from the Archmage himself. Ooops.
  • Upon completion of the quest, Fassina, the shop keeper at The Dark Cupboard can be recruited as a sidekick.


From The Dark Cupboard's window:

Tunnel from Luminous Bathhouse boiler room to the manor:

Interation with the vault's locking mechanism:


ID Objectives
0 The Archmage's Vault
10000 Rauatai and the Huana each have a claim over the Harapo Epic - an ancient tablet currently in the possession of the wizard Arkemyr. Both Tumara and Netehe are eager to make a grab for the tablet. Either of them would be grateful if the Epic happened to fall into their hands.
1 Find a way inside Arkemyr's manor.
10001 I need to find a way into Arkemyr's manor in Periki's Overlook. The obvious choice is the front door, but it's locked - and there are undoubtedly guards on patrol.
20010 Either Netehe or Tumara should have some ideas about how to enter Arkemyr's manor. I can find them during the day in Serpent's Crown and the Brass Citadel, respectively.
20000 Fassina, Arkemyr's apprentice, would know more about the manor. She runs the Dark Cupboard in Periki's Overlook.
20001 Someone named Ifren crossed Arkemyr and ended up soulbound to the fortune telling machine at the Dark Cupboard. He might know more about getting inside Arkemyr's manor.
20007 Ifren said that he and his partner entered the manor using a natural tunnel which extends from the Luminous Bathhouse.
20008 Fassina has a key to Arkemyr's manor, but isn't giving it up. I would need to steal it from her or take it by force.
20009 I might be able to gain access to the balcony of Arkemyr's manor from the upper floor window of the Dark Cupboard, but I'll need a grappling hook and rope.
20012 If I managed to locate one of Arkemyr's personal robes from his chambers, it's possible that I could fool his security imps.
20013 I've acquired the key to the front door of Arkemyr's manor from Fassina.
20014 Arkemyr gave his imps a passphrase to recognize him if he changed form - cider and cheese.
2 Locate Arkemyr's vault.
10002 I've made it inside Arkemyr's manor. Now I need to locate his vault.
20011 Arkemyr's vault is at the southwest corner of the estate's lowest level.
20015 I've successfully fooled the imps and can now explore the manor freely - so long as I remain peaceful, of course.
3 Unlock Arkemyr's vault.
10003 I've located Arkemyr's vault, but the door is protected by some kind of combination lock involving rare gems.

There's little hope of opening it with guesswork, so I'll need the combination to get through. It's probably somewhere in Arkemyr's manor.

20002 A gem is missing from the center of the lock. Markings around the area would suggest someone had pried it off recently.
20006 An imp in the second floor lounge is reportedly behind the theft of the gemstone from the lock.
20003 I recovered the missing gem for the vault lock.
20004 I have learned the combination to the vault lock.
20005 The vault lock has been repaired, and should work without its missing gemstone.
4 Retrieve the tablet from the vault.
10004 I've breached Arkemyr's vault. The Harapo Epic should be inside.
5 Return the artifact to Tumara or Netehe.
10005 Now that I possess the Harapo Epic, the only question is what to do about it. Tumara will await me in front of Imperial Command at the Brass Citadel. Netehe will be in front of Kahanga Palace in Serpent's Crown.
End states
Yes 30000 I returned the artifact to the Royal Deadfire Company.
Yes 30001 I returned the artifact to the Huana people.