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Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part 2 Screenshots at PC Gamer

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Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part 2 Screenshots at PC Gamer

Preview - posted by Infinitron on Thu 28 January 2016, 23:33:16

Tags: Obsidian Entertainment; Pillars of Eternity; Pillars of Eternity: The White March

The lucky fellows at PC Gamer have gotten their hands on the first batch of screenshots from the second part of the Pillars of Eternity: The White March expansion, which is due for release in less than three weeks. Along with the screenshots they also received a description of the location featured in them, a temple of the goddess Ondra called the Abbey of the Fallen Moon. Behold:

Ask the denizens of the White March if they've heard of the Abbey of the Fallen Moon, and they will tell you they have. Ask them for directions to it, and you'll be met only with blank stares.

When someone wants desperately to forget something, they pray to Ondra, goddess of the sea, to take it from their memory. The abbey is thought to be one of Ondra's most sacred sites and to be home to some of her highest ranking clergy, but so little about it is known to outsiders that many have supposed the goddess has used her dominion over memory to protect knowledge of its whereabouts and activities.

The abbey's name is thought to originate with an old folk legend. The story tells of Ondra's unrequited love for the moon, and how in her frustration, she once reached out to touch it, causing a piece of it to fall into her, and resulting in widespread catastrophe. It is said she continues to pursue the moon, and this serves as the most common explanation for the tides.

One persistent rumor among lower level Ondrite clergy is that the abbey houses a number of important and powerful holy relics. Of particular appeal to Ondrite Giftbearers is a pool known as the Salt Well. Giftbearers are faithful servants of Ondra who travel from village to village, helping people to forget painful memories. They accept memento objects that represent these memories, and deposit them into deep water for Ondra to accept into her keeping. Bearing these memories, while a relief to their original owners, takes an emotional toll on the Giftbearers over time. It is said that if one is to bathe in the Salt Well, however, then they have their burdens washed clean—even Giftbearers.
Of all the gods of Eora, Ondra was probably the least involved in the story of the base game, so it makes sense that she's a focus of the expansion.

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