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Steps

Part 1

Start the quest by talking to Soraya near the ruin in Guili Plains.

  1. Head to Guili Assembly to search for an ancient stone tablet (0/5)
  2. Talk to Soraya
  3. Search for the stone tablets (0/2)
  4. Talk to Soraya

Part 2

  1. Talk to Soraya
  2. Enter the ruin and search for a strange jade plate (0/4)
  3. Talk to Soraya
    • This step can be skipped by going directly to the ruin and activating the mechanism, but the dialogue assumes this step was completed.
  4. Find the final ruin
  5. Start clue mechanism
    • This activates all 3 of the disabled Ruin Guards near the ruin at once.
  6. Defeat the Ruin Guards
  7. Activate the mechanism
  8. Collect the treasure
    • 1 Luxurious Chest, 2 Precious Chests. The final step requires opening the Luxurious Chest.
  9. Talk to Soraya

Notes

Text from the Tablets

The following tablet excerpts were arranged by Soraya based on context, and may not be their actual order.

"...In the beginning, when the people assembled to farm the land..."

"...A god named Guizhong descended, whose dominion was over Dust, and whose reach shrouded the skies for thousands of miles around..."

"...The god laid down four commandments for the people..."

"...Then another god descended, whose dominion was over Geo, and who brought the people of Liyue to this place. Jointly they shepherded the people for their protection..."

"...And the assembly was named Guili after the names of the two gods..."

"...and there they fought upon the Guili Plains, where black dust choked the heavens and a thousand rocks splintered..."

"Guizhong's Four Commandments are: "Teach with wisdom, be bound by virtue, fortify the bones, unite in ambition — the convergence of these four shall be known as the 'Guili Assembly.'"

"...One can bear not to leave one's native land. A treasure lies in Guili, and Guizhong's Four Commandments shall guide those in generations to come who aspire to find it, if they would test themselves against the Four."

Text from the Jade Plates

Northern Ruins: "To unite in ambition is to be steadfast and immovable for all time." (Chinese: 众志一心,亘古不移 Zhòng zhì yīxīn, gèngǔ bù yí)

Eastern Ruins: "Wisdom is like water, it nourishes all those who receive it and in it is a reflection of the truth." (Chinese: 其智如水,善立万物,为镜自省。 Qí zhì rúshuǐ, shàn lì wànwù, wèi jìng zìxǐng.)

Southern Ruins: "Fortify the bones, that movement be supple when the time comes." (Chinese: 坚其筋骨,适时而动。 Jiān qí jīngǔ, shìshí ér dòng.)

Western Ruins: "Virtue grows tall like a tree, though there be shade it will flourish forever." (Chinese: 其德如树,荫蔽一间,生生不息。 Qí dé rú shù, yīnbì yī jiàn, shēngshēngbùxī.)

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Dialogue

Finding Ancient Stone Tablets

(Talk to Soraya)
Soraya: ...How many secrets does Liyue truly hold?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Secrets?
Soraya: Oh, Traveler, it's you. The secrets I'm referring to are a set of inscriptions.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Do you mean buried treasure?
Soraya: Haha, who knows? It's always possible. Talk of secrets waiting to be uncovered does tend to make one think of buried treasure.
Soraya: This place we are in is called the Guili Assembly. According to Liyue folklore, it was once inhabited by people — in fact, it was rather prosperous.
Soraya: But for various reasons, the whole place was wiped out. All that remains now is the countless ruins scattered across the landscape.
Soraya: Some stories put it down to conflict between the gods, other people say it was a war between humans. And some sources talk of a sudden, catastrophic natural disaster...
Soraya: Whatever the reason was, ruins are all that remains here now. The only ones who come here are the hilichurls, the Treasure Hoarders...
Soraya: ...And masochistic scholars, like me, who in spite of all the risks just can't resist the idea of how much research value these ruins have to offer.
Soraya: In practice though, scholars like me aren't cut out for this kind of field work! I've hardly covered any ground yet, and I already need a rest...
Soraya: The actual ruin-exploring seems more your area of expertise. What do you say, fancy helping me out?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Sure.
Soraya: Great. Hmm, but I should give you an idea of what to look for... Yes, keep your eyes peeled for stone pillars and stone tablets.
Soraya: Given how ancient these ruins are, any text we can hope to find will be written on stone, not paper.
Soraya: After all, stone is the oldest and most durable medium for written communication.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg What am I looking for?
Soraya: Hmm... Text essentially. Written messages from the past.
Soraya: And if you're looking for text in ruins as ancient as these, that means looking for stone pillars and stone tablets.
Soraya: Stone is the oldest, most durable medium for written communication. All the more so in the domain of the Geo Archon.
Soraya: The stones here have borne witness to all of history. I am sure they will not disappoint.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Only if there's treasure...
Soraya: Whatever treasure you find, you can keep. Material wealth isn't what appeals to me.
Soraya: In Liyue there's a saying that goes: "Money belongs to the world outside your head." I'm more interested in acquiring knowledge than money.
Soraya: So while you're hunting for treasure, please also keep your eyes peeled for stone pillars and stone tablets.
Soraya: Given how ancient these ruins are, any knowledge we can hope to find will most likely be written on stone.

(Investigating the west tablet)
Paimon: Looks like there's some writing here. Let's note it down.
(Investigating the north tablet)
Paimon: Does that even mean anything? Well, might as well write it down.
(Investigating the southwest tablet)
Paimon: Paimon found some writing! Let's make a copy.
(Investigating the middle-south tablet)
Paimon: Huh? There's some writing here. Come on, let's take a look.
(Investigating the east tablet)
Paimon: There's some writing on this stone tablet.

(Talk to Soraya again)
Soraya: Find anything in the ruins?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I found five stone tablets.
Soraya: Great! Let's see... Ugh, these are all over the place. Let me see if I can work out the right order...
Soraya: ...Hmm, there's a lot of missing text here, so it's quite disjointed. Also, I'm still not sure on the order...
Soraya: But anyway, this is my best guess. If I line up like this, it reads as follows:
Soraya: "...In the beginning, when the people assembled to farm the land... A god named Guizhong descended, whose dominion was over Dust, and whose reach shrouded the skies for thousands of miles around..."
Soraya: "...The god laid down four commandments for the people... Then another god descended, whose dominion was over Geo, and who brought the people of Liyue to this place. Jointly they shepherded the people for their protection..."
Soraya: "...And the assembly was named Guili after the names of the two gods..."
Soraya: It seems to be about the history of the Guili Assembly. And a god with power over dust, who watched over this place.
Soraya: But it also mentions another god who came here at some point, and even brought some of their people with them.
Soraya: Also, it seems to be saying that the name 'Guili', as in Guili Assembly, came about by taking one syllable each from the names of these two gods.
Soraya: How fascinating. In all the documents I've ever read, I've never come across any mention of two gods who coexisted peacefully... let alone who actively worked together...
Soraya: It seems they were more than two allied gods — they were best friends.
Soraya: But what happened to them? They can't have just... disappeared?
Soraya: And how was the Guili Assembly laid to waste so completely? With two gods watching over it, no disaster should have been quite so devastating. Natural or otherwise.
Soraya: Which means whatever happened was beyond even the gods' powers to withstand...
Soraya: Traveler, could you keep looking for more clues? Unless I'm mistaken, there should be more stone tablets around here, just like the ones you have seen already.
Soraya: Maybe they will tell the story of what happened next...
Soraya: That which is recorded on these stone tablets seems to differ in some places from those in some documents.
Soraya: *sigh* So many legends, so many tellings... Which of these is the truth, I wonder...

(Investigating the west ruin)
Paimon: So many words have faded... Let's ignore those and just copy down the rest.
(Investigating the east ruin)
Paimon: There's so much writing on this stone tablet, but lots of it is unreadable... Let's copy down the parts we can read for now.

(Talk to Soraya again)
Soraya: Ah, you're back. I was starting to wonder how much longer I'd have to wait. Found anything?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Two more stone tablets.
Soraya: Ooh, let me see!
Soraya: "...and there they fought upon the Guili Plains, where black dust choked the heavens and a thousand rocks splintered..."
Soraya: Oh my... It appears to be saying that a battle once took place on the Guili Plains. And an enormous battle at that...
Soraya: That must have been the battle in which Guili Assembly fell. But as for this other passage...
Soraya: ...It seems to have been written by someone who couldn't bring themselves to leave their home. So they stayed here. And what's more...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg ...There's treasure.
Soraya: ...Clearly you have a fondness for treasure. But you're not wrong, there is indeed treasure in the Guili Plains if this passage is to be taken literally.
Soraya: But then we have... "Guizhong's Four Commandments shall guide those in generations to come who aspire to find it," followed by:
Soraya: "Teach with wisdom, be bound by virtue, fortify the bones, unite in ambition — the convergence of these four shall be known as the 'Guili Assembly.'"
Soraya: How does one decipher that? I wouldn't know where to start.
Soraya: Let's head back to Wangshu Inn. I think we all need some down time before we try to tackle the riddle of Guizhong's Four Commandments.

Finding the Treasure

Soraya: Guizhong's Four Commandments... What are they really trying to tell us...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I'm ready.
Soraya: Haha, raring to go! That's what I like to see. Then let's begin our reading of Guizhong's Four Commandments.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Let's go find that treasure!!!
Soraya: Whew, the slightest mention of treasure and you're suddenly beside yourself with excitement... Hmm so be it — let's begin our reading of Guizhong's Four Commandments.
Soraya: "Teach with wisdom, be bound by virtue, fortify the bones, unite in ambition — the convergence of these four shall be known as the 'Guili Assembly.'"
Soraya: On the surface, it does read like a set of commandments. Golden rules for life.
Soraya: But it's also supposed to contain some sort of clues to a hidden treasure...
Soraya: ...I can't decipher it, though. It seems we'll have to approach this in what academics like to call the old-fashioned way...
Soraya: Those seven passages we found previously, they were all located in ruins of some sort.
Soraya: Since we're not sure where to start this time, perhaps keep searching in ruins for now.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg ...Where exactly?
Soraya: Hmm... For now, let's limit the search area to Guili Plains.
Soraya: However... as I'm just a scholar, there's no way I'd be able to keep up with you out in the field.
Soraya: So I will leave the actual ruin-searching to you. Just let me know what you find.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg ...ALL the ruins?
Soraya: Obviously not... We'd never be able to cover all the ruins in Liyue just between the two of us.
Soraya: So let's limit the search area. Since the treasure has to do with the Guili Assembly from the Guili Plains...
Soraya: ...Let's restrict our search to the Guili Plains area for now.
Soraya: Oh, and one other thing. There's no way a scholar like me could keep up with you out in the field.
Soraya: So I will leave the actual ruin-searching to you. Just let me know what you find.
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Ruins of Liyue, here I come!
Soraya: Wait! Hold on a second! ...How exactly do you propose to cover every single ruin in Liyue!? It'll take you forever!
Soraya: You can't afford to get so excited every time you hear the word treasure, you know.
Soraya: How about this — since we know the treasure comes from the Guili Assembly in the Guili Plains, let's restrict the search area.
Soraya: Okay... to start with, let's limit the search to inside Guili Plains...
Soraya: Hold on! I'm not finished yet! ...Don't forget to search the ruins thoroughly. And if you find anything of interest, come back and let me know.
Soraya: Remember, stick to the Guili Plains! Don't let you boundless enthusiasm lead you further afield.
Soraya: While we're on the subject — I once came across a strange plate with some writing on in one of the ruins around here.
Soraya: I only looked at it in isolation though. Didn't do any sort of holistic analysis.
Soraya: Now I think about it, it might be connected to Guizhong's Four Commandments.
Soraya: How about I mark the location on your map? You should go check it out, maybe it'll lead somewhere.
(Talk to Soraya again)
Soraya: I wonder how the Guili Assembly met its demise...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Remind me of Guizhong's Four Commandments.
Soraya: Having trouble memorizing them? I understand, most people would. Fortunately, I have a rather good memory for this sort of thing.
Soraya: Guizhong's Four Commandments are as follows: "Teach with wisdom, be bound by virtue, fortify the bones, unite in ambition — the convergence of these four shall be known as the 'Guili Assembly.'"
(Takes you back to the first line)
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg A battle for territory between the gods?
Soraya: A territorial challenge, you say? Hmm... but the Guili Assembly is said to have existed peacefully under Guizhong's rule for a very long time.
Soraya: Not that Guizhong was a particularly powerful god... At least, that's my impression...
Soraya: But there seems to have been another god with the Guizhong Assembly besides Guizhong. I highly doubt anyone would have been foolish enough to try and take on two gods at once...
(Takes you back to the first line)
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Someone wanted the treasure? (Unlock requirements unknown)
Soraya: Unlikely. The great gods would not have waged an all-out war over a bit of treasure that took their fancy.
Soraya: Or if they did, then you have to ask yourself... What kind of treasure would it take to drive the gods into war with each other?
Soraya: ...Haha, I for one cannot imagine such a treasure.
(Takes you back to the first line)
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Maybe Guizhong and one of the other gods... (Unlock requirements unknown)
Soraya: Wh—What are you suggesting? ...You shouldn't pay any heed to those tall tales you hear in Liyue Harbor.
Soraya: Guizhong was a god, a deity... Not a mere mortal...
Soraya: ...S—Surely a god wouldn't... Surely not...
(Takes you back to the first line)
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I also wonder...
Soraya: Maybe it's to do with the Archon War.
Soraya: A protracted war erupted between the gods, each of whom coveted a seat at one of the seven divine thrones in Celestia.
Soraya: It seems that none in Teyvat escaped the reach of that all-consuming war.
(Takes you back to the first line)
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Goodbye.
Soraya: Goodbye. Don't forget to come back and tell me if you find anything.

(After investigating first jade plate)
Paimon: This looks like the kind of place Soraya was hoping to find.
Paimon: If she's right, there should be three more of these around here.
Paimon: We'd better keep looking.
(After investigating second jade plate)
Paimon: It's one of the lines from the four commandments.
Paimon: Two down, two to go!
(After investigating third jade plate)
Paimon: Another line from those four commandments. This must be one of the places we need to find.
Paimon: Just one more to find now. What do you think we'll discover?
(After investigating fourth jade plate)
Paimon: Four ruins, four commandments...
Paimon: That's gotta be all of them. Feels like we didn't make any huge discoveries though...
Paimon: Oh well, let's get back to Soraya. Maybe she'll see something we don't.

(Return to Soraya)
Soraya: Sometimes fate is inescapable, even for a god...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I found four clues in four ruins.
Soraya: Four ruins, four clues... And there are Four Commandments.
Soraya: Each of these clues expounds upon the meaning of one of the Four Commandments.
Soraya: To get to the correct interpretation, the original text of Guizhong's Commandments is key. These four are helpful, but peripheral to our enquiry.
Soraya: These five passages are all linked — but how?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg "Convergence..."
Soraya: Hmm... Could "convergence" mean that... these four things all link up in some way?
Soraya: Wait — I remember, each of Guizhong's Four Commandments can be found in a specific ruin...
Soraya: Hmmm... I am speculating here, but perhaps the four ruins are relevant to deciphering the true meaning of Guizhong's Four Commandments...
Soraya: How exactly, I don't know. I need to mull it over. Maybe you could have a think too — or better still, go and investigate it firsthand.
Soraya: I'm just a skinny little scholar after all, I tire out completely after a few seconds on the run... Wish I had your stamina!
Soraya: Anyways, I'm going to keep thinking about it for a while. If you think of anything, or if you find anything, you know where I am.
(Talk to Soraya again)
Soraya: It's a speculative hypothesis, but I believe the four ruins corresponding to each of Guizhong's Four Commandments may be relevant to deciphering their true meaning...
Soraya: Exactly what role the ruins are supposed to play, well, that's another question. And... I don't think I have the physical strength to test out each of my hypotheses in full...
Soraya: It's also possible that I just have a one-track mind, and this idea is leading me nowhere...

(After obtaining treasure)
Paimon: Is this the treasure? We should go tell Soraya.
(Talk to Soraya again)
Soraya: How is the search going? Found the treasure yet?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Yes, it was about where they "converge" after all.
Soraya: Really... So it's just like Guizhong's Four Commandments says. The treasure was located at "the convergence of these four..."
Soraya: Whoever designed this riddle must have truly revered Guizhong.
Soraya: So much so that they preserved Guizhong's Four Commandments for future generations, even though the Guili Assembly was wiped out.
Soraya: And as for Guizhong herself, who established the commandments — she must have been adored by her people.
Soraya: Clearly, she wished for her people to be wise, to hold themselves to a moral code, to be strong and healthy, and to find solidarity in the shared enterprise of protecting their home — the Guili Assembly...
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg But she failed.
Soraya: Failed? I suppose you're right, she died in the end... and when the Guili Assembly was wiped out, her people no longer has a place to call home.
Soraya: And yet, today, Guizhong's Four Commandments have seen the light of day once more.
Soraya: These were the words penned by Guizhong herself to serve both as maxims and blessing for her people.
Soraya: Once there was a time when she led her people to go forth and take this very land, guided by these commandments.
Soraya: She may no longer be with us, but her beliefs, the things she stood for — they will endure.
Soraya: Whoever it was that revered her so much was very clever indeed. They used the allure of hidden treasure to ensure Guizhong's Four Commandments would be passed down.
Soraya: Though for that person, I wonder whether the treasure they held dear was the rare metals and precious stones, or Guizhong's Four Commandments themselves.
Soraya: Haha, well, to me at least, it's clear that the commandments are the real treasures here. A chest full of gold or gems can't compare.
Soraya: ...But if you made people choose, how many would really pick a list of commandments over material wealth?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Seems like a gentle-natured god.
Soraya: I'm not sure "gentle-natured" is a particularly common trait of gods...
Soraya: But maybe it was once. Maybe a long, long time ago, among the gods who led the peoples of the world, there were those gentle by nature.
Soraya: Those who protected their people... walked among them... stood by them as they went forth into the world...
Soraya: But it was the gentle gods who were ultimately powerless to protect their people. Look at Guizhong — it took an elaborate treasure hunt just to preserve the four commandments that were once the lifeblood of a whole civilization.
Soraya: Haha, well, to me at least, it's clear that the commandments are the real treasures here. A chest full of gold or gems can't compare.
Soraya: ...But if you made people choose, how many would really pick a list of commandments over material wealth?
Icon Dialogue Talk.svg I wish I could meet her...
Soraya: You want to meet a god? You do entertain some wild thoughts.
Soraya: But I'm curious, what would you say to Guizhong if you actually got to meet her?
Soraya: "...Cheer up, Guizhong, you did your best"?
Soraya: If it were me... I'd recite Guizhong's Four Commandments flawlessly from memory.
Soraya: And I'd tell her that her vision and her ideals were alive and well, that the people of this land still remember the things she taught to their ancestors.
Soraya: I think that for someone like Guizhong, who lost everything... That would be the only thing that could lift her spirits.

Trivia

  • Stone Tablet Compilations: Vol. I makes it clear that the other god who ruled over Guili Plains was Morax. While his name at the time is unknown, his current mortal alias, Zhongli, uses the same character in 归离 Guīlí.

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Released in Version 1.0
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