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The Aetherial Witch

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The Aetherial Witch
Outcast Quest Icon.png
Quest Info
Given by: Captain Reave
Location: Fort Ikon
Faction: The Black Legion
The Outcast
Type: Side Quest
Prerequisites: N/A
Unlocks: Cult Activity
Power of our Enemies
Rewards: XP, Reputation

This is an Act 4 side quest offered by Captain Reave after completing the Betrayal at Fort Ikon quest.

The Legion is harboring a Possessed witch named Anasteria, and Inquisitor Creed has ordered her not to be harmed. Captain Reave however blames her witchcraft for the betrayal by Commander Lucius, and asks you to deal with her.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Speak to Anasteria at the Fort Ikon Prison

Optional:

  • Slay Anasteria
  • Report to Captain Reave at Fort Ikon

Guide[edit | edit source]

Anasteria is located in the Fort Ikon Prison. Talk to her and decide whether to kill her or let her live.

Benefits to letting her live[edit | edit source]

  • Unlock the Outcast faction, equipment, bounty table, and quest line, which increases Outcast reputation and decreases Black Legion reputation.
  • Access to some of the best Aether Resistance augments in the game, able to be applied on weapons and armor.

Benefits to killing her[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

As with most quests, your choices in one difficulty can be different in the next. However, with Anasteria it is a little different. Changing your mind with her in a new difficulty will cause your Outcast reputation to reset to 0 (Tolerated) across all difficulties. This also means that, while she may still be friendly in The Fort Ikon Prison in a difficulty she was befriended, her augments and equipment will no longer be available in any difficulty.

Outcast reputation is gained very quickly, as the quests from Anasteria have very high reputation rewards, but they also decrease Black Legion reputation at the same time. This reputation loss is easily offset by running a Black legion Bounty and using a Writ of the Black Legion.

The Fort Ikon Prison (as an enemy dungeon after killing Anasteria) is a short, one-level dungeon packed with Elites and an end boss (Anasteria), making it an excellent spot for farming gear.

One option is to kill Anasteria in Normal and Elite difficulties and befriend her in Ultimate. This will provide very useful 70+ gear and augments to your already-high-level character, along with most likely being Revered with The Outcast by the time you reach Ultimate. Access to the Outcast's Aether Resistance augments can be useful; the Order of Death's Vigil and The Black Legion quartermasters have similar augments, but with less Aether Resistance.

A second option is to befriend her in Normal and Elite difficulties and kill her in Ultimate. This will cause her dungeon to be unlocked at the highest difficulty that will provide you with the best possible loot. Also, Anasteria gains strength as your reputation decreases by killing her, making her fight tougher, but allowing easy-to-find Nemesis mobs to spawn inside once you reach Nemesis reputation.

A third option is to befriend her in all difficulties and then, using a separate character, kill her in all difficulties. This will provide you with all of her dungeon's loot which can be shared in the Item Transfer Stash.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Spare Anasteria:

Normal Elite Ultimate
XP 8000 20000 50000
Reputation -250 (Black Legion)
+250 (The Outcast)
Anasteria will then offer the Power of our Enemies quest.

Kill Anasteria:

Normal Elite Ultimate
XP 16000 40000 100000
Reputation +1000 (Black Legion)
Captain Reave will then offer the Cult Activity side quest.


Quest Log[edit | edit source]

Quest log
Captain Reave of the Black Legion has determined that all of the Legion's recent troubles stem from the arrival of an aetherial witch in their midst. He is under strict orders not to harm Anasteria, but you are under no such obligation. Head into the Fort Ikon prison and deal with this traitorous wretch.

Objectives:

  • Speak to Anasteria at the Fort Ikon Prison
You have spoken with Anasteria and agreed with Reave's assessment. Anasteria needs to die.

Objectives:

  • Slay Anasteria
You have slain the Aetherial witch Anasteria. Report back to Captain Reave at Fort Ikon of your success.

Objectives:

  • Report to Captain Reave at Fort Ikon