The Way In
The Way In
- 1328 AE
- Heart of Thorns
- The Way In
- Teku Nuhoch
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- Open a route into Rata Novus.
- Earn your Nuhoch Hunting Mastery to continue your story.
- Speak to Tizlak about the lay of the land.
- (Hunt chak and talk to other Nuhoch to collect enzymes so Tizlak can craft you a solvent.)
- Kill chak and talk to local Nuhoch to collect chak enzyme, and then bring the chak enzyme to Tizlak.: x/6
- Use the Nuhoch path to find Rata Novus.
Then just kill plenty of chak until you have enough enzymes for Tizlak. You'll find a lot of them if you follow the trail southwards and down.
Talk to Tizlak again, then follow the path and interact with portals along the way.
There are two other ways to obtain enzymes, but these are generally slower than just killing chak:
From the Veteran Nuhoch Stomper located near Tizlak, head west southwest past the nearby cave entrance towards the Bouncing Mushroom to access Zintl camp. The bag can be identified by a purple glow. Return it to the Veteran Nuhoch Stomper to earn 2 Chak Enzymes.
- Fight Kaxan
Kaxan may appear nearby just southeast from Tizlak or far southwest on the ledges leading to a vista.
If he's near Tizlak, he'll ask for 2 gold, but give nothing on return, and instead go to the other location.
Head west southwest from Tizlak past the cave entrance and past the bouncing mushroom where you'll find a friendly Nuhoch named Kaxan who will turn hostile once you approach him. Fight him to earn 2 Chak Enzymes.
Any gold paid to Kaxan will not be refunded after defeating him. Since the area is often teeming with chak, and Kaxan has a large amount of health, killing chak is a much better option than paying him if he's not on the ledge already.
Speaking to Tizlak:
- <Character name>: Tizlak!
- Tizlak: Well, hello! What brings you through this way?
- <Character name>: I’m looking for Rata Novus. Ever heard of it?
- Tizlak: Rata… Hmm…
- <Character name>: That doesn’t sound promising.
- Tizlak: I’m assuming you mean an old asuran city?
- <Character name>: Yes! Near here. Underground.
- Tizlak: The Nuhoch doesn’t call that Rata Novus. We only know it as a forbidden pit of despair.
- <Character name>: That really doesn’t sound promising.
- Tizlak: The city has been dead for generations. Only the bravest venture in now.
- <Character name>: Disappointing news, but I’d still like to check it out.
- Tizlak: In that case, I can get you a map of the easiest way in.
- <Character name>: That sounds great! Thanks!
- Tizlak: The easiest way is still fraught with peril.
- <Character name>: Of course it is.
- Tizlak: It’s also blocked by a chak hive. You’ll need to dissolve it in order to enter Rata Novus.
- Tizlak: But don’t fret, we Nuhoch have a solution for that, in both senses of the word.
- Tizlak: You see, the jungle has an answer for every question it poses. In this case the answer is alchemy.
- Tizlak: I can craft you this solvent, but it requires chak enzyme. Bring enough back here and you’ll have your key to the city.
- <Character name>: I will. Where can I find the enzyme?
- Tizlak: You can harvest them from the chak themselves.
- Tizlak: That route will certainly go faster if you know the ways of our hunters.
- Tizlak: Or you might find other Nuhoch in the village who are willing to part with theirs.
- <Character name>: Got it. Thanks, Tizlak.
Talking to Tizlak again without having enzymes:
- Tizlak: I have all the other ingredients. Still need the right amount of enzyme.
- <Character name>: I'm on it.
Speaking to Veteran Nuhoch Stomper:
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: Woe is me! I’ll never see it again!
- <Character name>: What’s the matter?
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: The other day I was hunting for chak for their enzyme, had a whole satchel full, when I was attacked by the terrible Xocotl!
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: In my haste to flee I dropped the bag. My heritage warbler was in there!
- If you have a Nuhoch Warbler in inventory:
- <Character name>: I happen to have a warbler, given to me by a Nuhoch not long ago. Will it help?
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: What? Ew. No. Mine was hand carved decades ago! An heirloom.
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: What you hold saddens me. Someone told you this was a warbler? It barely lives up to the word.
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: I pictured watching my children's children play with our family warbler.
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: I would blind myself out of shame if I witnessed them playing with whatever that is.
- <Character name>: Okay, I get it. I'm trying to gather chak enzyme anyway. I won't bother you any longer.
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: Wait! I had a lot of enzyme in that bag. Bring me back the warbler and you can keep it all!
- <Character name>: Chak enzyme? I’m in need of some.
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: Oh, please! It’s all yours, everything that’s in there is yours if you bring back my precious warbler!
After returning the Lost Bag to Veteran Nuhoch Stomper:
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: You got it? It’s here?
- <Character name>: One warbler, as promised.
- Veteran Nuhoch Stomper: Thank you! My children’s children thank you! Here’s the enzyme. Small price to pay for such a fine warbler.
Going near Kaxan:
- Kaxan: Psst! Over here. Come here for a second.
- <Character name>: Need something?
- Kaxan: Be cool, be cool. Don't look at me, look down like there's something interesting on the ground.
- Kaxan: Yeah, casual. Casual like that. Good.
- Kaxan: Now, word is-don't look at me!-word is you're in the market for some chak enzyme.
- Kaxan: I got some; you interested? Just cost you a little coin, you know?
Talking to Kaxan:
- What do you say? Just 2 gold and I'll get you all of the chak enzyme you need.
- All the chak enzyme I need for 2 gold! Here you go!
- All right, but if you cheat me I'll find you. Take the money.
- I think I'll look for a ore reputable source of enzyme. Thanks.
After paying Kaxan 2 gold:
- Kaxan: Hey, thanks. Okay, I don't have the enzyme here per se, I just gotta run back to my place and pick it up.
- Kaxan: You stay here, though. Don't...don't follow me.
- <Character name>: Definitely feel like that was a mistake.
After finding Kaxan again:
- Kaxan: That was the last time. I have to stop stealing from people.
- Kaxan: People with giant weapons, that is. Everyone else is fair game. (laughs)
- (Kaxan becomes hostile right after.)
Map of bouncing mushroom location to get to the Lost Bag .