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The Exorcist's Path is a quest follow-up quest to Distant Gaze, one of the quests in the first branch of Chongyun's Hangout Event Act I: Signs of Evil.

Steps

  1. Go to Wanwen Bookhouse and identify the clues
  2. Go to the heretical ground mentioned in the clues
  3. Proceed deeper within to investigate
  4. Proceed onward and search for more clues
  5. Defeat the attacking hilichurls
  6. Talk to Chongyun

Notes

  • There are no further branches in this quest, but losing all hearts while talking about clues will end the Hangout Event.
  • Correctly interpreting all clues grants the hidden achievement Behold, Mine Evil-Espying Eye!

Dialogue

On the Evil Spirits' Trail

Chongyun: This is a note I received from a friend. It has many clues about evil spirits on it.
Chongyun: If we check the books here at Wanwen Bookhouse according to the clues on each note, we'll be able to find the complete details of each clue.
Chongyun: Since you're here to help, I'll just read the clues to you, and you can help me judge if they're credible or not based on your experience.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Leave it to me.
Chongyun: Alright, here are the first clues.
Chongyun: "At the foot of Mt. Qingce is a Violetgrass that has turned into a gigantic, man-eating monster."
Chongyun: Also, "There's a ghostly shadow skulking about Feiyun Slope at night. It's suspected to be a vengeful spirit."
Chongyun: And finally, "Lurking in Liyue Harbor is a massive demon that was transformed from a popsicle."
Chongyun: Huh? I've never encountered any such things before.
Chongyun: Anyway, could you pick the one that seems most plausible and likely to be the work of evil spirits?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "Lurking in Liyue Harbor is a massive demon that was transformed from a popsicle."
(-2 Hearts)
Chongyun: Popsicles can't turn into demons! Besides, I always keep a close eye on my stock of popsicles.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "At the foot of Mt. Qingce is a Violetgrass that has turned into a gigantic, man-eating monster."
(-2 Hearts)
Chongyun: ...This one seems unlikely. If such a thing did exist, there would be many witnesses in Qingce Village, but nobody has yet to see it.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "There's a ghostly shadow skulking about Feiyun Slope at night. It's suspected to be a vengeful spirit."
Chongyun: Hmm, this is possible, but it sounds too similar to previous rumors. Many people often pass through Feiyun Slope, so perhaps it's just some sort of misunderstanding.
Chongyun: Hmm, how about these clues?
Chongyun: "Deep in the Sea of Clouds, a marauding demon has been raiding commercial fishing boats and building a luxurious palace."
Chongyun: Or, "In Jueyun Karst, there's a piece of thousand-year-old amber that has gained consciousness and now roams about causing trouble."
Chongyun: And lastly, "It's said that people often see a demon who loves eating chilis in Wanmin Restaurant."
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "Deep in the Sea of Clouds, a marauding demon has been raiding commercial fishing boats and building a luxurious palace."
Chongyun: This one does seem possible, but it also sounds like a tale from unverifiable sources. Plus, we don't have any means of investigating the deep sea, either.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "In Jueyun Karst, there's a piece of thousand-year-old amber that has gained consciousness and now roams about causing trouble."
(-2 Hearts)
Chongyun: Jueyun Karst is the territory of the Adepti. If there were such a thing, the Adepti would certainly take action...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "It's said that people often see a demon who loves eating chilis in Wanmin Restaurant."
(-2 Hearts)
Chongyun: Even I can tell that this is talking about Xiangling's little Guoba, not some demon...
Chongyun: Okay, here are a few more clues.
Chongyun: "A strange man wearing a mask and wielding a pole was once seen in the distance around Guili Plains. There's something eerie about his presence."
Chongyun: Or, "Someone saw an exorcist with blue hair who is actually a transformed demon." Wait, what?
Chongyun: And finally, "There is a vigilant demon adept at concealing itself in mist. Recently, people have found traces of it in Mingyun Village, Guili Plains, and Yaoguang Shoal."
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "A strange man wearing a mask and wielding a pole was once seen in the distance around Guili Plains. There's something eerie about his presence."
(-2 Hearts)
Chongyun: Oh! That must be the Vigilant Yaksha. Don't worry, he's not an enemy.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "Someone saw an exorcist with blue hair who is actually a transformed demon."
(-2 Hearts)
Chongyun: Hey! Not funny...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "There is a vigilant demon adept at concealing itself in mist. Recently, people have found traces of it in Mingyun Village, Guili Plains, and Yaoguang Shoal."
Chongyun: Now that you mention it, I may have heard of this one. I've been trying to track it, but the spirit's so cautious that I don't think we'll ever have a chance of catching it unless it decides to show itself.
(If there is 1+ Heart with Chongyun)
Chongyun: It appears most of these clues are either not reliable or nearly impossible to investigate.
Chongyun: *sigh* It seems there is little here that we can actually use...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Out of curiosity, who gave you these clues?
Chongyun: Oh, many of these are from my friend, Xingqiu. He's well-read and very knowledgeable.
Chongyun: Not to mention he's always willing to extend a helping hand. He always provides me with lots of reliable information.
Chongyun: If it weren't for my pure-yang spirit, I would have already vanquished numerous demons because of him, I'm sure of it.
Chongyun: I should find a chance to thank him personally.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Such... enviable friendship.
Chongyun: Yes, he always goes out of his way for me, but he never seems to mind and helps me all the same. Also, he often has something interesting to say. I'm quite glad that I get along with him.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Maybe you should change your source of information.
Chongyun: Do... do you mean that I shouldn't trouble him anymore?
Chongyun: Sorry, I digress. I've found another snippet of information here. There aren't many details, but it clearly mentions Wuwang Hill.
Chongyun: If we include the Test of Courage rumor from before, there are already two clues pointing there.
Chongyun: I've also noticed that the weather in Wuwang Hill has been very abnormal recently. Let's go and have a look. We might just find something useful.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I hope we can find something there.
Chongyun: Alright, let's head out and see what we can find!
(If there are 0 Hearts)
Hangout Event Ended: Seeing that the Traveler is also unable to make anything more out of the clues, Chongyun bids farewell and leaves in disappointment.

The Rumored Heretical Ground

(Upon approaching the designated spot)
Chongyun: This place seems quite... ordinary.
Chongyun: So ordinary that I don't even feel that it's worth investigating.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Same feeling here.
Chongyun: Wuwang Hill's unusual weather and peculiar surroundings are a source of constant rumors, most of which are untraceable and can never be proven.
Chongyun: So, I suppose this could only be expected...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg It seems you seldom have anything to show for all your efforts. Is that also due to your pure-yang spirit?
Chongyun: I guess so. Like I mentioned before, my yang energy tends to just scare away evil spirits.
Chongyun: You may think it's beneficial for me to have such a condition, and therefore there's no real need for me to practice thamaturgy.
Chongyun: But if I renounced my practice my thaumaturgy, and one day met an evil spirit that didn't fear my yang energy, then I may not be able to exorcise it.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg No wonder you're so persistent.
Chongyun: If I merely spend my time training without actually putting it into practice, then how would I ever know the fruits of my labor, or what skills I need to improve?
Chongyun: But to this very day, despite the many exorcisms I have performed, I have yet to see a single demon, not to mention one that I needed to defeat using thaumaturgy.
Chongyun: *sigh* Sorry, I—I shouldn't rant like that. I'm fine, I've gotten used to such feelings...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Don't give up, Chongyun.
Chongyun: *sigh* ...You're right. It's a shame to say that I've grown accustomed to such things. You shouldn't have to comfort me.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Not all rumors are not necessarily fake. Let's have a look around.
Chongyun: You're right. I just need to stay disciplined.
Chongyun: Since we're already here, let's go check the two locations mentioned in the clue.

(Interact with the Strange Smoke)
Chongyun: What's this...?
Chongyun: I know this mist. It was left by some kind of evil spirit.
Chongyun: It's very thick and never disperses. The evil spirit may have been here recently.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg So it seems the clue was real.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Great, our efforts have finally paid off!
Chongyun: Yes, it was not all in vain.
Chongyun: But we mustn't act rashly. If this mist remains here, it can easily contaminate the area.
Chongyun: Once it contaminates monsters such as hilichurls, it could even make them more aggressive and dangerous to anyone nearby.
Chongyun: Or if it happens to contaminate any adventurers passing by, the consequences would be unimaginable.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I'll leave this to you.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg It's your time to shine, Exorcist.
Chongyun: My pleasure.
Chongyun: Let's inspect the surrounding area to see if there's any more mist like this. Once we've cleaned up this mess, we'll continue forward.
Chongyun: Remember, there might be danger ahead. We should be prepared for a fight.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg You're very calm.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg You're very thorough.
Chongyun: It's second nature to me... Exorcism is a solemn and serious matter.
Chongyun: It's on me if you or anyone else gets hurt due to my negligence.
Chongyun: There's no time to lose. Let's go.
(After the cutscene ends)
Chongyun: It appears that there are evil spirits here, and not the weak variety.
Chongyun: Let's keep going.

(Upon interacting with the Strange Smoke, hilichurls appear)
Chongyun: I suspected that there would be Hilichurls here.
Chongyun: Let's deal with them all. We mustn't let a single one escape.
(After defeating the hilichurls)
Chongyun: These tracks are still fresh. It seems the evil spirit is on the move.
Chongyun: The path ends here, as well as the tracks... It'll be difficult to follow it any further.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I didn't think your pure-yang spirit could be so powerful.
Chongyun: It must have sensed me as a threat from a long way off. That's why it ran with such haste.
Chongyun: It seems that this is still not the kind of spirit that can overcome my abundant yang energy and fight me head-on.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg But if we don't deal with it, it'll just go somewhere else and harm people, right?
Chongyun: *sigh* Don't worry. I'll continue tracking it for a few days. It won't dare show its face around here again.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg But you still won't ever see it, right?
Chongyun: Most likely, yes. I'm afraid the best I can do is just scare it away.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg It's a shame that we can't take care of it for good.
Chongyun: Yes, defeating it once and for all would certainly make all this worth our efforts.
Chongyun: Hm? Why do you seem so disappointed?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I can't help but feel like this was a waste of our time.
Chongyun: No, quite the contrary. Not only did we clean up the traces of an evil spirit, but we also took care of those monsters. We've done our jobs as exorcists.
Chongyun: My only regret is that I didn't get to drive it away using my thaumaturgy.
Chongyun: But I'm already prepared to spend my life chasing this goal, so I do not regret such disappointments.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Hmm, I guess you're right.
Chongyun: Yes, so please cheer up.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Now you're comforting me?
Chongyun: Of course. I'd never wish for you to be in low spirits on my account.
Chongyun: Actually, I also wanted to thank you for not leaving me, even with my special condition, and for helping chase the evil spirit to the very end.
Chongyun: Even if we'd ended up running into an incredibly strong demon, I would've felt much safer with an experienced adventurer like you by my side.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I'm just doing my duty.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Your persistence made it hard for me to leave...
Chongyun: Well, I appreciate it. Oh, it seems the weather is starting to clear up over there. Let's go have a look.
Chongyun: Hmm, perhaps there's nothing to worry about after all. Even though I didn't come face to face with that evil spirit, at least I met you.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I'm not an evil spirit.
Chongyun: Oh, no — that came out wrong. What I'm trying to say is...
Chongyun: We shouldn't focus only on the gains and losses of our journey. The things you see and the events you encounter along the way are equally important rewards.

Ending: Blessing in Disguise

Aether Lumine
Hangout Chongyun Act 1 Blessing in Disguise (Aether).png Hangout Chongyun Act 1 Blessing in Disguise (Lumine).png

"Comparatively speaking, the things you see and the events you encounter along the way are equally important rewards."

Change History

Released in Version 1.4