Rite of Passage
Put Ghost of She to rest
Drink. Tea is strong. Tea is bitter. Wisdom is strong. Wisdom is bitter. You see? You go to cave. Find Ghost of She. Lay ghost to rest. This your quest. Bring peace where was strife. Go!”— White Bird
|Side Quest: Rite of Passage|
|Collect 3 sacred datura roots.|
|Return to White Bird.|
|Go to the Ghost Den.|
|Kill the Ghost of She.|
|Loot the corpse for its paw.|
|Return to White Bird.|
|Reward: Variable XP|
When speaking to White Bird, he will tell them to return to him with 3 sacred datura roots. The roots can be found along almost any road or riverbank in Zion. The Courier can also buy the roots from Joshua Graham when they first encounter him, or pick them from along Utah State Route 9 between the old Rockville Bridge and the North Fork Bridge. It is possible to find some roots in the cave's sacks, but the contents are randomized so there are not three guaranteed samples.
After the roots have been collected, White Bird will offer to make a tea from them, giving the Courier the option of accepting or declining if they are not ready. Be aware that if the tea is consumed, the screen will become blurry and strangely colored until you complete the entire quest. After drinking the tea and its effects are felt, White Bird will tell the Courier to kill the Ghost of She and bring back its paw, and will mark the Ghost Den on the map. If the Courier speaks to White Bird again, they can ask about the Ghost of She, and he will say to speak with Waking Cloud. After asking Waking Cloud about it, she will tell the Courier the tribe's story of the beast.
To reach the Ghost Den, follow the river back out of the Narrows. After reaching Caterpillar's Mound, follow the river east. After a bit there is a pathway that leads to the Vault 22 dwellers' guard camp. Take care on the way to the Ghost Den, as giant spore plants, spore carriers and cazadores may be found along the way near the camp, and the den itself contains several Yao guai cubs and/or giant yao guais. After travelling far enough into the Ghost Den, the Ghost of She will appear as a giant flaming yao guai. Upon reaching the Ghost of She, a flash of light will blind the Courier. When her health drops to half, she will divide into four copies of herself. Once the original is killed, the other three will disappear. One way to figure out the original is to go into V.A.T.S. and check which one has the highest health. After defeating the bear and looting its corpse for the paw, travel back to White Bird. The hallucinogenic effects will be removed from the screen, and the Courier will be rewarded with She's Embrace and a level-dependent amount of XP.
|5||Speak to White Bird the shaman.|
|10||Pick the roots from the 3 sacred datura plants.|
|20||Quest finished||Return the roots to the Shaman.|
|25||Pick the roots from the 3 sacred datura plants.|
|30||Return to the Shaman to start the ritual|
|40||Retrieve the paw from Ghost of She.|
|50||Quest finished||Return to the Shaman.|
- If Waking Cloud has not been asked about her bear glove, talking to Daniel to complete the Deliverer of Sorrows quest and subsequently leaving the Sorrow's Camp will result in Waking Cloud informing the Courier that White Bird wants to speak with them, starting this side quest.
- Once the tea is accepted, strange visual effects such as blurring, discoloration, blinding lights and major motion blur will persist until the quest has been completed.
- When talking to White Bird for the first time with the Wild Wasteland trait, asking what he is talking about will cause him to reply "Take drugs. Kill a bear." This is a reference to the internet meme advice animals.
- The sacred datura root tea effects differ from the regular datura poison.
- The Ghost of She's strange physical characteristics are a result of the player being under the influence of a datura derived drug.
- The quest can not be completed if the main quest has been completed. White Bird will disappear after the completion of the main quest.
Behind the scenesEdit
A rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person's progress from one status to another, usually the transition to adulthood.
- ↑ J.E. Sawyer: "Datura's one helluva drug"
- ↑ J.E. Sawyer: "The bear is real, but everything you see about the bear may not be!"