Water ritual

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The water ritual is a key mechanic that aids in the manipulation of the player character's reputation with the numerous factions in game. It is a way for characters to communicate their good will towards each other. Creatures that the player has performed the water ritual with will have "You are water-bonded with [them]". During a ritual, both characters treat the other as family, referring to each other as water-siblings.

The Ritual

How the ritual is performed is not described, but is initiated with the saying "Your thirst is mine, my water is yours". If the player has Socially Repugnant, they start the ritual in a socially repugnant fashion instead, such as by saying "Swap spittle?" or licking their lips. The player character then gives the other creature a dram of fresh Water.pngwater (or another liquid that the creature or the creature's faction prefers).

Upon this, the player character's reputation with factions will change depending on the opinion of that creature.

Relationship to faction Reputation change
Admired/Loved by +100
Liked by +50
Disliked by -50
Despised/Hated by -100

The ritual can be performed multiple times, but the reputation gain will only happen once. If the player character learns Tactful after the initial reputation gain, the next water ritual will add an additional +25 reputation to their main faction.

Choices

After the initial water sharing, the player may choose to trade reputation with the other creature's main faction in exchange for information, items, or to even assist the player in combat. The player can gain a maximum of 150 reputation from that creature, excluding the reputation gained from the initial water sharing. Depending on the faction or creature, the player may be able to choose additional options.

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For ease of use, the creature will be referred to as "water-sib". In game, this term changes depending on the liquid used and what the sibling term of the creature is.

Main Choices

Option Cost Result
I have a secret to share with you. +50 Give any secret that the faction is interested in finding.
I have some gossip that may interest you. +100 Give any gossip that the faction is interested in hearing.
Share a secret with me, water-sib. -50 The creature shares a secret that their faction is interested in sharing.
I would ask you to join me, water-sib. -(12 * (Creature's Level - Player's Level) + 200) or 50, whichever is higher Recruits that creature to be your follower. Unlike Beguiling or Proselytize, the player character can have an infinite number of concurrent followers through this method.
Live and drink, water-sib. 0 Ends the water ritual.

Additional Choices

Option Cost Result Exclusions
Would you teach me your ways? -cost of skill in skill points Teaches the player the specified skill. The player does not need the stat requirement nor the base skill to learn it. Limited to rituals with factions or individuals that teach skills.
Would you share the favorite dish of your people? -50 Teaches the player character the village's signature recipe to cook later if the player has Cooking and Gathering. Reserved only for characters that reside within villages.
Would you gift me your <item>? -Commerce/4 or 5, whichever is higher Gifts the player the creature's most valuable item in their inventory. Reserved for members of the Consortium of Phyta and Merchants' Guild.
Teach me a secret of the aggregate mind. -50*mutation cost Grants the player character a mental mutation. These mutations cannot be gained if the player is a Chimera or True Kin. Limited only to Seekers of the Sightless Way.
Would you teach me to craft (tinkerable item or item mod recipe)?} -50*Recipe Tier/3 Teaches the player character a tinkerable recipe. Reserved only for rituals with the Barathrumites, with a chance of being able to teach 1-3 recipes. (Full Item List) (Full Mod List)
I am a friend to fungi. Colonize me. -? Infects a chosen limb with the specified fungal infection. Reserved only for rituals with fungi.
Teach me to think like a child again. -variable amount Grants the player a specified amount of skill points. Reserved only for rituals with newly sentient beings.
I promise not to bother you again, hermit. +100 Make a promise to never speak with that hermit again. The player will lose 200 reputation the next time they speak to the hermit. Reserved only for legendary hermits.
Teach me to cook one of your signature dishes. -50 Teaches the recipe from the chef's oven. Reserved only for legendary Chef.pngchefs.

Skills That Can Be Learned Through Water Ritual

Factions and rarely, individuals, can teach skills. The skill requirement need not be to learn the skills. The cost of the skill is the same cost of the skill in SP, unless specified otherwise.

By faction

Faction Skill
apes Conk
arachnids Lunge
Barathrumites Tinkering
cannibals Butchery
cats Acrobatics
Consortium of Phyta Snake Oiler
crabs Calloused
Cult of the Coiled Lamb First Aid
Daughters of Exile Repair
equines Longstrider
Fellowship of Wardens Shield
fish Swimming
flowers Persuasion
frogs Jump
goatfolk Butchery
hermits Berate
Issachari tribe Weathered
Mechanimists Proselytize
mysterious strangers Akimbo
pariahs Trash Divining
robots Iron Mind
roots Wilderness Lore: Jungles
Seekers of the Sightless Way Self-discipline
villagers of Joppa Harvestry
villagers of Kyakukya Cooking and Gathering
vines Ambidexterity
water barons Snake Oiler

By Individuals

Character Skill
Eskhind.pngEskhind Dual Wield
Hindriarch keh.pngHindriarch Keh Berate
Warden neelahind.pngWarden Neelahind Shield
Wardens esther.pngWardens Esther Shield
Warden indrix.pngWarden Indrix, Goatfolk Pariah Intimidate

Water Ritual Liquid Types

LiquidFactions
Blood.pngbloodcannibals • Children of Mamon
Neutronflux.pngneutron fluxhighly entropic beings
Oil.pngoilrobots
Slime.pngslimemollusks
Water.pngwaterantelopes • apes • arachnids • baboons • baetyls • Barathrumites • bears • birds • cats • Consortium of Phyta • crabs • cragmensch • Cult of the Coiled Lamb • Daughters of Exile • dogs • dromad merchants • equines • Farmers' Guild • Fellowship of Wardens • fish • flowers • frogs • fungi • Girsh • Glow-Wights • goatfolk • grazing hedonists • hermits • hindren of Bey Lah • insects • Issachari tribe • Mechanimists • Merchants' Guild • mopango • mysterious strangers • Naphtaali tribe • newly sentient beings • oozes • pariahs • snapjaws • succulents • Sultan cult • swine • tortoises • trees • trolls • unshelled reptiles • urchins • villagers of Ezra • villagers of Joppa • villagers of Kyakukya • vines • water barons • winged mammals • worms • roots • Putus Templar • Seekers of the Sightless Way

Some dynamically generated village leaders will use other liquids when performing the water ritual, such as Cider.pngcider or Wine.pngwine.

List of Static water ritual-able characters

Breaking the Oath

If the player kills a creature that they have been bonded to, they have broken the sacred covenant. This causes the player to lose 100-200 reputation with every faction. Doing this for the first time grants the player the Oathbreaker achievement.

If the game detects that a creature's death was caused by the player and accidental, it will not be considered breaking the oath.

Though breaking the oath is discouraged by the sweeping reputation loss, creatures that the player has performed the ritual with will not be deterred from violating the water ritual should the player perform an action that causes them to become hostile, or they revert to a hostile state after a status forcing them to become friendly wears .