Genshin Impact’s Abyss Archon Quest 2.7 Made Me Cry – Genshindata

Genshin Impact’s Abyss Archon Quest 2.7 Made Me Cry – Genshindata
Genshin Impact’s Abyss Archon Quest 2.7 Made Me Cry – Genshindata

The long wait for Genshin Impact version 2.7 paid off, as the new Archon Quest Interlude chapter, Perilous Trail, delivered what may be the game’s most harrowing self-sacrifice story yet.

With an unusual team consisting of Xiao, Yelan, Yanfei, Arataki Itto, Kuki Shinobu, and Ushi, we players found ourselves trapped in the hidden depths of the Abyss, where we had to deal with a chaotic space to get out.

Along the way, we discover exactly what happened in the Abyss during the Cataclysm 500 years ago, and what a brave band of Millellith and a mysterious Nameless Yaksha did to stop the monsters of Khaenri’ah.

It’s safe to say that this quest chain had us, well, specifically me, sobbing into our sheets.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for the Abyss. If you haven’t done any of your Chasm quests, haven’t completed the dangerous trail event, haven’t read the story material collected from Liyue, or aren’t aware of the stories of Xiao’s characters or adepts, come on! Read at your own risk!

Xiao, the Yakshas and Karmic Debt

One of the multiple interwoven stories in the Perilous Trail questline features Xiao’s quest to find the mysterious nameless Yaksha, who was apparently involved in the battle at the Abyss 500 years ago.

If you know of Xiao’s backstory, which was explored in his story trailer, the Yaksha were a group of guardian adepts summoned by Rex Lapis in ancient times to protect Liyue from devastation.

Of the many Yaksha, there were five ‘Prime Yaksha’ considered to be the strongest of their kind: Bosacius, Indarias, Bonanus, Menogias, and Alatus, whom we now know as Xiao.

During those violent times, slain Old Gods cursed the land, bringing with them monsters of all shapes and sizes.

Genshin Impact’s Perilous Trail quest series is a harrowing tale of self-sacrifice, with Xiao, the last surviving Yaksha, grappling with the unbearable weight of his karmic debt and his desire to protect his friends. (Photo: HoYoverse)

These formidable warriors were well versed in battle, and while they brought victories to Liyue and provided security for its residents, their slaughter eons later would cause their painful downfall with karmic debt.

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the story continues

But what exactly is karmic debt?

This concept is strongly rooted in Indian religions such as Buddhism, as well as in the Eastern religion of Taoism. But to learn about karmic debt, we must first be aware of the concept of karma.

Karma refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect, where an individual’s intention and actions influence their future.

Karmic Debt can then be conjectured as the “effect” of one’s negative actions against other sentient beings, manifesting negatively, such as shortening of life, illness and poverty.

In the world of Genshin Impact, the karmic debt the yakshas incurred due to their wars drove them insane. The debt would be so great that they would cower in intense fear, losing their sense of self.

Of the five Prime Yakshas, ​​only Xiao has survived.

Indarias, the Pyro Yaksha, succumbed to her karmic debt, dying while driven insane by the weight of her fear. Bonanus the Hydro Yaksha and Menogias the Geo Yaksha ended up destroying each other.

Ultimately, Bosacius, the leader and Electro Yaksha, was said to have “succumbed to darkness” and disappeared from the face of the earth.

For the Yakshas, ​​their tragic endings are inescapable fates. In the end, they too must pay their debts.

Xiao’s sacrificial wish

As the last surviving Yaksha, Xiao thinks it’s inevitable that he, too, must succumb to his karmic debt.

Still, he stands firm as Liyue’s protector, perhaps knowing that continuing down this path and giving his life in the line of duty will be a relief from the weight he has carried all his life.

The desire for the ultimate sacrifice lies at the heart of the Perilous Trail quest, and Yelan and Xiao had a heated argument about it when it came time to find a way to escape the depths of the Abyss.

While Xiao was ready to risk his life to help his companions escape, Yelan, who once survived thanks to the sacrifice of her companions, vehemently disagrees.

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But in the end, Xiao was forced to use what little power he had left to transport his friends to the surface, while Yelan realizes this too late, trying to get closer to him as she and the others are teleported away. Xiao then begins to fall into darkness.

I’m not ashamed to say that I was literally crying into my hands as I watched this scene unfold.

I was ready to riot. No way was the HoYoverse really making Xiao into the Honkai Impact 3rd Murata Himeko from Genshin Impact.

But luckily for us, Xiao mains, although he was very close, his turn to make a sacrifice was foiled by Zhongli.

The climax of the Perilous Trail quest echoes the events of what happened in the Abyss 500 years ago.

Boyang, a thaumaturge (a fancy way of saying mage) and ancestor of Yelan, and a band of Millellith worked together with Nameless Yaksha to seal Khaenri’ah’s endless tide of monsters deep within the Abyss.

This unnamed Yaksha was then revealed to be Bosacius, who at the time was already maddened by karmic debt, but was still somehow bound to do his duty.

Little by little, their enemies and companions died, until only Bosacius and Boyang remained in the darkness of the subterranean depths.

In probably the most harrowing story trailer HoyoVerse has released to date, we witness Bosacius’ final days in “Only Old Memories Remain.”

Having been ripped from his original sense of self, Bosacius is confused and amnesiac, even calling Boyang “Menogias”.

Boyang reminds him of his purpose and his sacrifice, with some regret that he couldn’t get out of the sealed space. The two, one crazy, the other going crazy, await their days in the dark.

Bosacius has little time left to live.

In his last throes of life, he would remember who he was and who his family was, he would remember his fellow yakshas and the good memories he had spent with them before they and he were consumed by their debt.

But perhaps karma can be kind to those who have incurred their debt.

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Before he dies, the Nameless Yaksha remembers his name, and as he was before he lost his mind, he ended the scene with a proud announcement of his name: “I am Bosacius, and it is my destiny to make the ultimate sacrifice.”

Excuse me while I wipe the tears from my face.

The middle chapter has a bittersweet ending.

After the ordeal, Xiao and the Traveler end up at the rebuilt temple of Pervases. She would recount his past with his brothers and sisters, revealing that Pervases was one of them but died during the War of the Archons.

And for Xiao, not knowing what happened to Bosacius was a thorn in his heart that has now been eased, albeit painfully plucked.

He reflects on his suicidal sacrificial action and, as if weighed by survivor’s guilt, silently breaks down as he remembers his brothers and sisters who had died, Bosacius and Boyang, and the soldiers who had sacrificed themselves.

But the Traveler tells her that they were not victims of her fate, but heroes who had given Liyue the bright future she now has.

Xiao, who had apparently been closed off, pessimistic and distant, agrees.

We are given the assurance that the Conqueror of Demons, who had been indifferent to himself and his companions for fear of tainting them with his Karmic Debt, has opened up to people who love and appreciate him.

This middle chapter was a 10/10 for me.

Liyue quests have always been a joy to play, because the lore-rich story and well-written characters always shine.

The writers definitely outdid themselves with this one.

And now that Xiao has gone through a whole character arc, I’m excited to see how he will change in the upcoming missions where he will take the stage once again.

Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, a part-time gamer (gacha), and a part-time writer.

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