Downtown is the fifth part in the Teyvat storyline Archon Quests, Chapter I, Act II: Farewell, the Archaic Lord.

Summary

Now that the Noctilucous Jade and perfume have been prepared for the Rite of Parting, Zhongli informs you that the next step is to get some kites. He meets you at Granny Shan's toy shop, where you chat about the workmanship of the kites. Childe shows up and gives you A Huge Bag of Mora containing 50,000 mora and pays for the kites. Zhongli then informs you that you need to find workers to help with the ceremony.

It is beneficial to negotiate with each dock worker as you will be able to keep any leftover Mora at the end. Negotiating is also necessary as you cannot pay all the workers for their full asking price. If you don't have enough mora for one of the workers, you will have to fetch an item for them.

Dock workers with their asking prices:

  • Tic is willing to fetch 50 tree branches and 20 stacks of timber for 20,000 Mora.
  • Tac is willing to work for you at the rate of 25,000 Mora.
  • Toe is willing to gather Crystalflies for 15,000 Mora.

After this, you meet Childe and he informs you that you can keep any leftover mora. Childe offers to let you raid the Northland Bank vault in exchange for information, but you decide not to trust him in light of the Fatui attack in Mondstadt.

Completing this quest will award you the Wonders of the World achievement Ticked, Tacked, and Towed.

Steps

  1. Talk with Granny Shan
  2. Find the three workers
    • Talk to Tic, Tac, and Toe, then barter with them.
  3. Talk to Childe

Notes

  • You get to barter with the workers, which is your best option as you can keep anything that's in the bag after you're done and exchange it for Mora with Ekaterina at the Northland Bank.
  • The lowest amount you can go for is not fixed. Values shown below might not reflect on your playthrough.
  • Roughly the amounts you can negotiate for, based on player testing (Note: Lowest amount stated may fail, best amount is 5k Mora discount from the asked price):
    • Tic: 10,000 Mora - 15,000 Mora
    • Tac: 14,000 - 20,000 Mora
    • Toe: 8,000 Mora - 15,000 Mora
  • If you don't have enough money, you will have to obtain the following items:

Dialogue

Getting Kites

(Talk to Granny Shan)
Granny Shan: Ah, sir, you're here. The seven kites you asked for have been made to order. Would you like to take them now?
Zhongli: Yes. Thank you.
Granny Shan: It's rare to see customers who want to buy this type of kite nowadays. In the early days, we used to get orders from people of all walks of life...
Paimon: Well, this is Mr. Zhongli from the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor, so he's probably well-versed in all these walks of life.
Paimon: We've talked about a whole bunch of things while traveling with him...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Fashion, economics, jewelry and jade pottery...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Tea, perfumes, flora and fauna...
Paimon: He seems to know Liyue's favorite topics, money and government, really well, but he likes talking about less useful topics instead.
Zhongli: Well, that's because I prefer to share fun things with you.
Granny Shan: Children's toys are very fun things, that's for sure. I enjoy watching the children at play as much as anyone else. But there is more to it than that.
Granny Shan: Finely crafted toys are well-loved by children. But this craft itself has been honed over thousands of years, and there is meaning behind that.
Granny Shan: I have made kites in Liyue for forty years, and I am intimately familiar with the forms passed down from my ancestors. The meaning of these seven kites is far from banal.
Zhongli: Indeed. These are decorations used in the Rite of Parting. The seven kites represent The Seven.
Granny Shan: I took the liberty of coloring outside the lines when doing the insignia of the Anemo Archon.
Granny Shan: As for the kite that honors the Geo Archon, one must follow the contract given right down to the last letter. These patterns are ancient, and you can also find them in the Golden House.
Paimon: Ah, Paimon's heard that name before—
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Shh!
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Paimon, stop talking...
Paimon: Huh?
Zhongli: The design of this kite displays a firm grasp on the cyclicality and eternity so dear to the Electro Archon.
Zhongli: These markings of tree and leaf pay due honor to wisdom and the passage of time. All this, on a single kite — truly astonishing.
Zhongli: Justice flows across the surface of the waters, war rages like a flame, as does that which the Cryo Archon once... yes, these details are masterfully done.
Granny Shan: Hehehe, the compliments of a learned man truly are pleasant.
Zhongli: Well then, Granny Shan, I shall take these back with me. As for the payment...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Uh-oh!
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "As for the payment," he says!
Childe: Well, allow me.
Paimon: Hey, it's Childe!
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Did you arrange to meet here?
Childe: Haha. No, I was merely passing through.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg You ambushed us!
Childe: Haha, no way. I was just passing through!
Childe: I see Mr. Zhongli's the same as ever. When paying— Well, when getting others to pay for him, he neither looks at the price tag nor his wallet.
Childe: He knows a great deal about money, and about the trials of the common man. He just doesn't consider poverty to be something that could ever happen to him.
Childe: Or perhaps you could say that he cannot imagine himself lacking money.
Paimon: How has he not died of hunger yet?
Zhongli: ...Childe, you are as fond of jokes as ever. Well then, since we've purchased our kites without incident, there's no need to take a break before moving to the next step in our preparations.
Zhongli: The Rite of Parting requires helping hands as well as materials. We should be able to find some people near the harbor.
Childe: Oh, by the way, Traveler, take this bag of money. You probably won't want to let Zhongli do the bargaining, if you know what I mean.

(As the Traveler, Paimon, and Zhongli walk away)
Childe: Hmm... It seems I missed out on some interesting information.
Childe: ...I suppose I'll just have to find a more opportune moment next time.

Hiring Help

(Talk to Tic)
Tic: Oh? Help? Sure! I, Tic, always put in one hundred percent effort into everything I do! Of course, there'll be a premium if you want me to give a hundred and ten percent.
Tic: So what's the job?
Zhongli: Let me see... we are still missing some wooden implements over at Yujing Terrace. They aren't uncommon objects, so I didn't make any special preparations for them.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Fetch me 50 tree branches, and 20 stacks of timber!
Tic: No problem. That'll be twenty thousand Mora for a single trip. How does that sound?
Zhongli: Done.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Wait, let's talk prices.
(Opens the bartering menu)
(If the price is right)
Tic: Let me think... Deal. This price is reasonable. I'll hop right to it.
(If the price is too low)
Tic: Huh? No, no... How about a bit more. This amount isn't worth going out of the way to make only one trip.
(If the price is far too low)
Tic: Oh, come on, that's too little.
(If bartering is unsuccessful)
Tic: You're mad! And to think I was so willing to bargain, too! Twenty thousand Mora, and not one Mora less! If not, the deal's off!
Paimon: Hey, don't get mad... Ah, guess we have no choice but to pay in full, (Traveler).
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg We have a deal.
Tic: Oh? You're a straight shooter, huh? We have a deal.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Ugh, we brought too little money...
Tic: This is all you've got? Then no can do.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Please go look for someone named Childe...
Tic: Childe? No, no, no. He's putting up the money? Still, no. Wouldn't that mean that I have to make two trips rather than one?
Tic: How about this. Let's make a trade. I'll take what you're offering right now, and...
Tic: Get me a single Qingxin flower, and I'll consider that payment for a detour to find this Childe fellow. How does that sound?
Paimon: Guess we've got no choice.
(Return to Tic)
Tic: Have you brought the goods?
Tic: Hey, that's pretty good. These things are pretty rare, and I have no idea where I'd find them.
Tic: With this Qingxin flower, I should be able to pacify my daughter tonight. I'll make sure the work is done before I return home.

(Talk to Tac)
Tac: A full day of odd jobs at Yujing Terrace? Hmm... No problem. Twenty-five thousand per day. A fair trade, yes?
Paimon: Whoa, that's expensive. Um, could you give us a bit of a discount on account of the whole Hero of Mondstadt thing?
Tac: Hero of Mondstadt? Never heard of them.
Zhongli: Well, you may never have heard of this hero, but it seems you've heard of Mora nevertheless, thus I will simply pay the whole sum.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Wait, let's talk prices.
(Opens the bartering menu)
(If the price is right)
Tac: This price'll do. No loss to me for a day's work.
(If the price is too low)
Tac: This... is too little. I'd consider it if it was a bit higher.
(If the price is far too low)
Tac: That's too little. Hardly a fair price.
(If bartering is unsuccessful)
Tac: That's enough! I'm done! Twenty-five thousand, and not a Mora less! Take it or leave it!
Paimon: Hey, don't get mad... Ah, guess we have no choice but to pay in full, (Traveler).
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg We'll pay in full.
Tac: Hey, that's a good price. Anyone would work for this much Mora.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Ugh, we brought too little money...
Tac: This is all you've got? Then no can do.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Please go look for someone named Childe...
Tac: Childe? No, no, no. He's putting up the money? Still, no. Wouldn't that mean that I have to make two trips rather than one?
Tac: How about this. Let's make a trade. I'll take what you're offering right now, and...
Tac: Find me a high-quality Lotus Head. I'll consider that my detour fee paid, and go find what's-his-face Childe. How about it?
Paimon: Guess we've got no choice.
(Return to Tac)
Tac: Have you brought the goods?
Tac: Oh, that looks good. I'm hitting the kitchen tonight, and it's not often that I get to use such fresh and high-end ingredients...
Tac: Well, I'll head to Yujing Terrace in a moment. I won't be late!
(Talk to Tac again at Yujing Terrace)
Tac: Oh, boss, it's you. I actually met that Childe guy while I was working. He's a pretty good sort.
Tac: He gave me enough pay to stick around for several more days, all the way until we're done with that ritual of yours.
Tac: Honestly, he's way easier with his money than you are.

(Talk to Toe)
Toe: Hiring help? Sure, but let me just say first that I'm a reserve member of the Adventurers' Guild. I take adventuring commissions, but I don't do anything clerical.
Zhongli: Adventure... venturing into the mountains to capture a few crystalflies seems adventurous enough.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Brave adventurer, we have need of 5 crystalflies.
Toe: Eh? That's not hard, almost a bit too easy for a reserve adventurer... Eh, never mind. I'll only charge you fifteen thousand Mora. What say you?
Zhongli: A most fair price.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg No, let's negotiate...
(Opens the bartering menu)
(If the price is right)
Toe: Five Geo Crystalflies... Yes, I do think it's worth about this much. I'll do it.
(If the price is too low)
Toe: Let's see... No. Go higher, or I'm not doing this.
(If the price is far too low)
Toe: That won't do, I'm afraid. It's too little! Too little, I say!
(If bartering is unsuccessful)
Toe: Fifteen thousand Mora, not one less! That's the lowest I'm going, end of story!
Paimon: Hey, don't get mad... Ah, guess we have no choice but to pay in full, (Traveler).
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Yes, a fair price.
Toe: A pleasure doing business with you.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Ugh, we brought too little money...
Toe: This is all you've got? Then no can do.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Please go look for someone named Childe...
Toe: Childe? No, no, no. He's putting up the money? Still, no. Wouldn't that mean that I have to make two trips rather than one?
Toe: How about this. Let's make a trade. I'll take what you're offering right now, and...
Toe: Get me a piece of iron ore. I'll take that as payment to go see that Childe person. What do you think?
Paimon: Guess we've got no choice...
(Return to Toe)
Toe: Have you brought the goods?
Toe: Mm, this is good ore. As an adventurer, one must have a trusty weapon by one's side...
Toe: This'll work. Once I've finished, I will go and claim my payment.

Talk to Childe

Childe: All finished then? Splendid. Any leftover cash is yours to keep — a favor for the Fatui should never go unrewarded.
Paimon: You think you can buy us off with some loose change? No way! Paimon demands to know when the next payment is coming!
Childe: Haha. Well, how does this sound: You give me the information I need, and maybe I'll leave the Northland Bank's vaults open and unattended for half an hour...
Paimon: What info do you need!?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg No!
Paimon: Huh? (Traveler), does that mean you know what he's after?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg What else could the Fatui want?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Are you forgetting what happened in Mondstadt?
Paimon: Yikes! You're right, Signora...
Childe: ...
Childe: You both need to calm down... I don't know what's gotten into you, (Traveler).
Childe: Just what is this about? The atmosphere got so tense all of a sudden.
Paimon: Ehh...
(Zhongli turns up just in time to break the awkward atmosphere...)
Zhongli: Next, we need some Everlasting Incense. For this, we need to go to Bubu Pharmacy, the finest pharmacy in all of—
Zhongli: Is... everything okay?
Childe: Everything is fine. I was just informing them that they need not return the surplus Mora.
Childe: Now if you'll excuse me, I must be going.
(After the cutscene ends)
Paimon: Paimon definitely felt like Childe wasn't happy with us just now...

Trivia

  • After the last cutscene, Paimon's Chinese voiceline differs from the English one, translating to "Just now, I felt like there was something super scary about Childe..."

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