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Time and Tide is a side quest and companion quest for Kana Rua in Pillars of Eternity.

Synopsis[]

Kana Rua, an aumaua from the northern lands of Rauatai, has come to the Dyrwood in search of a sacred text, the Tanvii ora Toha, or Book of Virtues. After a long year's search, he believes that he has tracked the text to a tablet within the buried ruins beneath the keep of Caed Nua.

He is eager to explore the ruins, and has asked for the Watcher's assistance in doing so. Until then, he seems happy enough to accompany them on their travels - though he has sheepishly admitted that this is in part due to his being pursued by mysterious assailants.

Walkthrough[]

  • Find Kana Rua outside of Caed Nua and accept him into your party. This will start his quest, however to progress further you must first complete The Old Watcher.
  • Once The Old Watcher has been completed, you will have access to The Endless Paths of Od Nua. You must descend down to level 7 to progress this quest. Since the enemies get progressively harder in this dungeon, if you can't reach level 7 right away it's recommended that you return later.
  • Once on level 7, head to a room at the end of the corridor in the south-western corner. Take the old copper key from the chest.
  • Use the key to unlock the door for the southeast room.
  • Kill Gabrannos. This triggers the first dialog that plays a large role in determining Kana's ending. Your choices will count towards three different traits. (see below)
  • Pick up his tablet on the nearby table and begin the second part of the dialog (see below)

Note: If you leave through the master staircase after completing the quest with Kana in your party, you'll be attacked by assassins in level 1 and Kana will have additional dialog. (see below)

Kana Rua dialogue[]

Your dialogue choices made with Kana Rua during the final part of the quest will influence his endings. The core is decided by three variables:

  • Truthseeker (Realist): Kana's determination to uncover knowledge, whatever the result.
  • Confident: Kana's mission to help his people.
  • Idealist: Idealism regarding the past and Engwithans.

All three variables start at 0.

Dialogue Ending
Truthseeker Confident Idealist
"Was this the source of all that knowledge? Those... experiments out there? The bodies?" (after killing Gabrannos)
→ "He was one man. That doesn't mean you were wrong about the rest of it." -1
→ "Knowledge takes sacrifice." +1
→ "Their knowledge didn't save them. This place is a ruin." -1 -1
→ "Nothing's worth this much death." -1
 
"...Is there really nothing? Not even to explain this?" (after interacting with tablet)
→ "Leave it, Kana. What good will it do?"
→ "Is there a sadder sight than a morose historian?"
→ "What is there to explain? You saw for yourself what they did here." -1 -1 -1
→ "Maybe you can salvage some small part of it. Isn't it enough that you found it?" +2 +2
→ (Cruel) "Well, that was a waste of time." -2 -2
 
"And here it is. The tablet. I might as well bring back an empty piece of parchment. There's no answer here."
OR

"What, this shattered mess? I might as well bring back an empty piece of parchment." *

→ "The tablet was here, and you still have the phrase you found in Ixamitl. You were right. Tell that to the lore college." +1 +1 +1
 
→ "The tablet can still serve as a symbol. One that means peace for Rauatai." +2 +3 +3
→ "Gabrannos was flawed. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't advocate for peace." +2 +3
→ "You want to return home a failure?" +2 +2 +2
→ "But think of what we've learned! We are the first people in two thousand years to descend this far." +3
→ "Whatever was on that tablet, your people made the Tanvii ora Toha their own. What Gabrannos thought about it doesn't matter." +3 +3
→ "If this Gabrannos held the tablet, maybe these verses weren't a call for unity after all" ** -3 -3 -3
→ "The Engwithans clearly destroyed themselves. You should leave their words in the past." -3 -3 -3
→ "A little mystery is the spice of life. We got an adventure out of it." +2
→ "Now you can stop digging around for Dead Engwithans. Let's go" -2 -2
 
"It doesn't make sense. All they could know is that we were descending into the ruins. And that was enough to warrant their attack." (after assassination encounter)
OR

"I think you're right. They never asked us for what we found. It seems to be the ruins themselves they take issue with us exploring... enough to hound me across Aedyr, Ixamitl, and the Dyrwood."

→ "Let's hunt them down for a change." +2 +2
→ "That just means you're on the right path." +1
→ "What's your point?" +1
→ "Then maybe you should stop searching." -3 -3

* - Kana's response if you said "Maybe you can salvage some small part of it..."
** - Only available if you didn't say "Maybe you can salvage some small part of it..."

After the quest is complete, talking to Kana gives additional opportunities for altering the count (stored in companion_cv_kana_hub).

"All that time, dreaming of what the Endless Paths would be. I fashioned it into something grand, in my thoughts. A hidden kingdom, waiting under the earth for us to find it. What a fool I was!" (63)
→ "Whatever happened to the tablet, this place still inspired you." (64) +3 +3 +3
→ "What do you mean? There was a hidden kingdom. And treasure!" (74)
→ "Now you know better." (65) -2 -2 -1
→ "Perhaps now you'll stop prattling about how great the Engwithans were." (66) +2 -2 -2
→ [Say nothing.] (68) -3 -3 -3

At other times, Kana may ask the Watcher's opinion, such as after resting (stored in companion_cv_kana_rest).

"Animancy seems to be the topic of the hour here. You've closer dealings with souls than I do - what do you think of it?" (54)
→ (Scholar) "As a scholar I have to acknowledge its potential." → "But in practical terms, you approve?"
  → "I do. By unlocking the secrets of the soul, we can realize our full potential." +2
→ "No. I think we are tampering with matters that are beyond us."
→ "I prefer to keep an open mind about the whole thing."
→ "I think it's incredible that we hold such power over our own souls." +2
→ "The animancers have bungled their research time and time again, and it's always innocent people who suffer for it." → "Surely it's helped many people as well? Those suffering from soul-sickness, or else afflicted with temper and criminal impulse. Even the reading of soul lineages - people have a better sense of their place in the world."
"I'd rather my past lives stay in the past." -2
"Nothing good comes from that kind of power." -1
"I think I'm tired of hearing about it."
"I'd rather stay out of the whole thing."
→ "I'm not sure how I feel about it yet."
→ "You're not as interested in the subject?"
→ "I think I'm tired of hearing about it."
→ "I'd rather stay out of the whole thing."

Gallery[]

Journal[]

quests\companions\companion_qst_kana
ID Objectives
0 Time and Tide
10000 Kana Rua, an aumaua from the northern lands of Rauatai, has come to the Dyrwood in search of a sacred text, the Tanvii ora Toha, or Book of Virtues. After a long year's search, he believes that he has tracked the text to a tablet within the buried ruins beneath the keep of Caed Nua.

He is eager to explore the ruins, and has asked for my assistance in doing so. Until then, he seems happy enough to accompany me on my travels - though he has sheepishly admitted that this is in part due to his being pursued by mysterious assailants.

1 Find Maerwald.
10001 Kana Rua has been waiting outside the gates of the keep, hoping to find assistance in crossing the infested bailey. He believes that Maerwald may provide him with answers concerning the tablet he is searching for. It seems we both seek this Old Watcher.
20000
2 Explore the Endless Paths with Kana Rua.
10002 Kana Rua believes that we will find the tablet within the depths of the dungeons known as The Endless Paths. He does not know precisely where it will be found, though he is certain that it will be found by the remains of Gabrannos, an ancient Engwithan scholar. Kana seems just as excited about the ruins in and of themselves, having studied the Engwithan people for many years.
3 Find Gabrannos or the tablet.
10003 We have passed the sealed door which barred passage into the lower regions of the Endless Paths. Kana Rua believes that this was the site of Gabrannos' work. It is a grim place, for all that Kana Rua seems pleased to be here, and it may be best that we find Gabrannos' remains or his work with haste.
5 Find the ruins beneath Caed Nua.
10005 Maerwald was too far gone to give us answers. We will have to navigate the ruins beneath the keep on our own.
End states
Yes Kana is Encouraged
30000 The tablet Kana Rua was looking for turned out to have been destroyed long ago - by who or what, there's no way to tell. Kana seems to have been hit hard by this revelation. I have tried to encourage him - whatever answers either of us are going to find, it seems they still lie ahead of us.
Yes Kana is Discouraged
30001 Our search for the Tanvii ora Toha has come to an end, for we have found the shattered fragments of the tablet Kana sought. Kana seems to have been hit hard by the loss of the tablet, and his feverish excitement over the Endless Paths has lessened considerably. Given what we have seen, that may be for the best.
No Failed - Kana Killed
30002 Kana has been killed, and his ambitions die with him.
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