This page describes the task of Painted Masks in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire. This is Aloth's personal mission, a comrade coming back from the first installment of the series. Doing the task doesn't offer any rewards, but it allows you to improve your relationship with Aloth and explore the remote island - Ori o Koiki.
Starting the task
The mission starts automatically after Aloth joins to the team - you can do it at the Engwithan Digsite (M8) on the island of Maje. It's true that the task will appear in the journal, but you must now wait for Aloth to sort out his notes, so he can give you more information. This will happen after some time of the game - it's best to do all the missions on the island of Maje, and then go to Neketaka. There, Aloth should express his willingness to talk to you - he will ask you to look for traces of Painted Masks, that is, a branch of the Leaden Key Brotherhood.
Journey to Ori o Koiki
The game will not give you any hints, where to look for the traces of Painted Masks - go to the island of Ori o Koki on your own. It is located near the upper left corner of the world map (look at the picture above and the area marked in red).
Approaching the island, you'll see a message that you've come across another ship. It will start a scripted interaction, in which Aloth finds that it may be a ship associated with the Leaden Key Brotherhood - you must agree to check the ship. On board, you'll find a dead crew and soul - activate it, which will allow you to get some information. Then talk to Aloth - decide (together with the team) that it is worth visiting the island of Ori o Koiki.
Meeting with Ruasare
Once you reach the location of the Ori o Koiki, head right until you are asked by Kipeh, standing on the platform. A woman will not want to let you be their leader, but you can solve it in several ways:
- Use one of the special dialogue options that require Diplomacy 8 or Bluff 9.
- Bribe a woman - if you have the Streetwise 5, then you can pay her 1000 coins. Otherwise, you have to pay 1500 coins.
- Attack her - this is the worst option and if you are going to finish the Painted Masks task, it makes no sense to choose this variant. In this case, you will be forced to kill the entire tribe, which will contribute to the unsuccessful end of the mission.
- After using option number 1 or 2, Kipeh will leave the elevator and you can go upstairs.
Follow the path until you are asked by two characters - choose dialogue options that are unrelated to fight or flight, and you will be quickly admitted to the leader's sanctuary.
Now you have a dialogue with Ruasare - the leader of the Painted Masks. At the beginning, she will not want to talk about the Brotherhood of Leaden Key - first you have to listen to the speech about the problems of her people and accept the mission of killing slave hunters called the Barbarian business from her. Only after that, choose the dialogue option related to the Leaden Key Brotherhood - you will see an option that allows you to look into the soul of Ruasare.
Seeing the soul of the leader will provide you with a lot of information. Now talk with Aloth - there is a long dialogue before you. After it the mission will be completed.