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Pillars of Eternity Kickstarter Update #99: Expansion Companion Descriptions, Patch 2.0 Notes

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Pillars of Eternity Kickstarter Update #99: Expansion Companion Descriptions, Patch 2.0 Notes

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Thu 25 June 2015, 01:39:05

Tags: Adam Brennecke; Carrie Patel; Eric Fenstermaker; Justin Britch; Obsidian Entertainment; Pillars of Eternity; Pillars of Eternity: The White March

Today's Pillars of Eternity Kickstarter update is brought to you by Justin Britch, a new member of Obsidian's army of producers, who has been placed in charge of the Pillars of Eternity: The White March expansion. The update formally introduces the expansion to those backers who hadn't been paying attention to E3 or the gaming press and reveals more information on its two new companions. It also includes a patch notes video narrated by Adam Brennecke, demonstrating the expansion's new features. No release date yet, though. Here's the video and the companion descriptions:



Zahua
From Eric Fenstermaker:

Zahua comes from an agrarian people known as the Tacan that dwells in the Ixamitl (ih-SHAH-mitt -ull) Plains to the north. (You may have known him as Forton once, but we renamed him to reflect his region of origin.) He belongs to the Nalpazca, a strict order of warrior-monks that constitutes the Tacan's standing army.

The Nalpazca distinguish between the material world and the imagined world of perceptions, feelings, and false structures, seeing the latter as the limiting force that prevents a person's transcendence. They employ extreme practices to remain ever-conscious of what is truly real, and are known for exhibiting bizarre anti-social behavior in public settings, consuming powerful hallucinogenic drugs, and inflicting great pain upon themselves, all so as to allow themselves to "see more clearly." There are even rumored to ritualistically cannibalize the flesh of the recent dead so that they might come to terms with their own mortality, though such rumors have the ring of superstition.

Zahua is the greatest living practitioner of Nalpazca beliefs, and even as you meet him, he is in continual pursuit of their ideals, which he believes will transform him into an unbeatable combatant. Above all, he believes in suffering as the path to enlightenment, and nearly every inch of his body is covered in scars - mostly self-inflicted. While some might see that as a grim or depressing viewpoint, from Zahua's perspective, suffering is a thing of beauty, to be admired and revered, and he is often able to appreciate situations that would dishearten most others. (Perhaps with a little too much cheer for some people's taste.)

The player will meet and get to know Zahua as a party member in White March Part I, and then his vision quest will come into focus later, in Part II.

The Devil of Caroc
From Carrie Patel:

The Devil of Caroc is a bronze golem inhabited by the soul of a convicted murderer. She's ruthless and relentless, yet something about the player piques her interest when they first meet.

The Devil was once a trapper in Cold Morn, a village that became notorious for its role in the Saint's War. When she and her neighbors let the Readceran troops pass through town unopposed, they became a symbol of treachery and cowardice throughout Dyrwood. The Purges that swept the country began in Cold Morn, and everyone the Devil ever knew perished when an angry mob burned the village to the ground. The Devil survived and sought revenge on the men and women who set her home ablaze.

She's still a rustic at heart, but her crude manners belie cunning and a cynical sense of humor.
So Forton made it in after all, eh? Maybe they'll bring back Cadegund for Part II.

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