Geneforge 4 Task & Reputation Guide

"I intend to find out who has the most treasure, kill them, take it, and repeat the process."
-- the PC, talking to Khyryk

Updated 12/1/06 (revision 0)
by Slarty

The purpose of this guide is to help you, a min-maxing, megalomaniac munchkin, plan which quests to complete and which sects to help in order to powergame Geneforge 4. (What a worthy goal...) As such, this table does not list quests or rewards unless they affect or depend upon your reputation or something else related to which sects you help.

There is a section at the end for the six "conversation options." These choices affect your reputation, but have no other effects or prerequisites and don't involve anything other than talking. There are also sections listing rewards and other effects of reputation, and of other sect-sidings. The bottom of this page also discusses a few confusing points (like the Eliza/Shaftoe/Moseh mess) and how to powergame the sect rewards.

There are a few terms that need defining:

CHAPTER 1 -- FORSAKEN LANDS
The Task Itself Rewards Getting the Task / Reward
Object Location Red Mage! Action ? Rep. Other XP GP Items Contact Location Rep. L? Prereqs
Tycho Crenshaw's Dell NO Attack (in battle) -2 Dinitia Quest 4*400 -- -- Trianus Southforge Gates -- -- Kill Splinterfang
Let go +2 4*400
5*50
50 -- Trianus, Crowley Southforge Gates, Shaper Camp -- -- Kill Splinterfang
Serif's Rebels Sinkhole Bridge NO Help escape 0 -- 7*300 -- -- Foyle, Serif Sinkhole Bridge -- -- --
Attack +3 -- 7*100 400 -- Crowley Shaper Camp -- -- --
Burkes Chickweed Bridge -- Betray +2 -- 5*250 400 -- Crowley Shaper Camp -- -- --
Master Thell Therile Colony NO Intimidate -2 -- 4*200
6*200
-- Steel Broadsword, Steel Shield Joakim Southforge -- 5 --
Agree with +2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Shaila Boiling Caverns NO Death (in Caverns) -5 Caravan Quests 5*450 -- -- Greta Southforge -- -- --
Walk to Forsaken Docks +5 5*450
4*300
200 Projection Band Crowley Shaper Camp -- -- --
Caravan Cairn Gates NO Guide -3 Ch. 2 8*320 750 Shaped Gauntlets Greta, Pirik Southforge, Illya Safehouse -- -- Shaila Quest
Betray +5 8*300 750 Shaped Gauntlets Crowley, Alwan Shaper Camp, Rivergate Keep -- -- Shaila Quest
CHAPTER 2 -- ILLYA PROVINCE
The Task Itself Rewards Getting the Task / Reward
Object Location Red Mage! Action ? Rep. Other XP GP Items Contact Location Rep. L? Prereqs
Sandia Secured Crossroads NO Let escape -2 -- 8*200 200 -- Rutenberg Eastern Checkpoint -- -- --
Attack (or get to return) +2 -- 8*200
7*200
500 -- Rutenberg Eastern Checkpoint -- -- --
Reiner Circle of the Drayk NO Have flee -2 -- 8*200 400 -- Rutenberg Eastern Checkpoint -- -- --
Have return +2 -- 8*200 400 -- Rutenberg Eastern Checkpoint -- -- --
Research Notes (Various) -- Give 1+ +1 -- 8*20 @ 80 @ Gauntlets of Succor # Fackler Dillame -- -- --
Drewry Dillame -- Betray +2 -- 13*100 500 Guardian Stone (when both done) Kane Rivergate Keep -- -- --
Lilly Dillame -- Betray +2 -- -- 500 Kane Rivergate Keep -- -- --
Illya Safehouse Illya Safehouse -- Tell Alwan location +4 Duncan discount 12*200 800 Rivergate Key Alwan Rivergate Keep -- -- --
Rebel Papers Illya Safehouse -- Show to Alwan +2 -- -- -- -- Alwan Rivergate Keep -- -- --
Servile Refugees West Illya Road -- Help 1+ flee -2 -- 14*50 @ -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Turabi Gate Turabi Gate -- Scout -3 -- 12*200 200 -- Darnor Illya Safehouse -- -- --
31st Regiment Dillame Fields -- Wipe out -3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Heart of the Kiln Purity Workshop B NO Destroy (or return) -3 -- 12*200 200 -- Darnor Illya Safehouse -- -- --
Return +3 -- 14*350 -- Skein of Wisdom Mouawad Rivergate Keep -- -- --
Zorin's Rebels Rocky Point NO Help flee -2 -- 14*50 @ -- -- Zorin Rocky Point -- -- --
Attack +2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Shaper Bonus Buy spells, creations -- -- Numerous Duncan Rivergate Keep 105+ Y (More after Moseh Quest)
-- -- 200 -- Mouawad Rivergate Keep 105+ N --
-- -- 500 Thirsting Knife 112+ N --
-- -- 1000 Ring of Eye's Purity 120+ N --
Rebel Bonus Join -- -- -- Khur Illya Safehouse 100- N --
Buy canisters -- -- Create Clawbug, Roamer Gibbons Illya Safehouse 90- Y --
-- -- -- -- Darnor Illya Safehouse 95- N --
-- -- -- Firecaster Gauntlets 88- N --
-- -- -- Girdle of Life 80- N --
BARRIER ZONE
The Task Itself Rewards Getting the Task / Reward
Object Location Red Mage! Action ? Rep. Other XP GP Items Contact Location Rep. L? Prereqs
Eliza Help, kill, report Help +3 -- 14*200
16*200
-- -- Eliza Eliza's Bunker -- -- --
Death -3 -- -- -- Agent Cloak -- -- -- -- --
Report death -2 -- 20*200 -- Mindwarp Seal Pirik Illya Safehouse -- -- --
Shaftoe Help, kill, report Help +3 -- 14*200
16*200
-- -- Shaftoe Shaftoe's Bunker -- -- --
Death -3 -- -- -- Guardian Claymore --
Report death -2 -- 20*200 -- Runed Jade Necklace Pirik Illya Safehouse -- -- --
Moseh Help, report, report; or kill, report, report Help +3 -- 13*200
15*200
18*400
-- -- Moseh Moseh's Bunker -- 10 --
Report help +5 Alwan's Pass 22 9 4 14*200 1000 Shaped Breastplate Alwan Rivergate Keep 109+ Y Safehouse Quest or 8 L
Report help 0 Agate -- -- -- Pirik Illya Safehouse -- -- --
Death -3 --
Report death +2 Alwan's Pass 10*200 500 -- Alwan Rivergate Keep 109+ Y Safehouse Quest or 8 L
Report death 0 Agate 17*300 -- Shaped Blade Pirik Illya Safehouse -- -- --
CHAPTER 3 -- FENS OF AZIRAPH
The Task Itself Rewards Getting the Task / Reward
Object Location Red Mage! Action ? Rep. Other XP GP Items Contact Location Rep. L? Prereqs
Vecsey Camp Gamma Contact, betray Contact -2 -- 20*250 200 -- Ellsworth Rebel Camp -- -- Alwan's Pass
Betray +2 -- -- -- 1 Token Miranda Camp Gamma -- -- --
Archibald Rebel Camp Contact, betray Contact +1 Kristol Quest 15*200 -- 1 Token Miranda Camp Gamma -- 4 --
Betray -2 -- 20*100 100 -- Ellsworth Rebel Camp -- -- --
Kristol -- Report +1 -- 17*200 -- 1 Token Miranda Camp Gamma -- 6 Contact Archibald Quest
Nakel Northern Fens -- Attack +2 -- 14*200 500 -- Horace Western Rise -- -- --
Cantor Southwest Fens NO Attack -2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Rescue 0 -- 17*100 -- 1 Token Miranda Camp Gamma -- -- --
Monarch's Papers Monarch's Realm NO Give -3 -- 20*200 800 Mental Focus Charm Greta Rebel Camp -- -- --
Give +3 -- 20*250 1000 -- Miranda Camp Gamma -- -- --
CHAPTER 4 -- BURWOOD PROVINCE
The Task Itself Rewards Getting the Task / Reward
Object Location Red Mage! Action ? Rep. Other XP GP Items Contact Location Rep. L? Prereqs
Meeting with Litalia Derenton Freehold -- Report +1 -- 25*200 -- -- Alwan Poryphra Ruins 115+ Y --
Northforge Location NO Give w/ Unbound specs +2 ??? 25*200 -- -- Alwan Poryphra Ruins -- -- Meeting Litalia Quest
Give w/o specs +2 ??? 25*200 -- -- Alwan Poryphra Ruins -- -- Meeting Litalia Quest
Litalia's Papers Derenton Freehold -- Tell about +2 -- 20*200 500 -- Kiki Poryphra Ruins -- -- --
Rebel Papers Illya Safehouse -- Give +2 -- 20*200 500 -- Kiki Poryphra Ruins -- -- --
Prisoners Western Morass -- Free -3 +1 Essence Armor
+1 Major Heal
25*200 -- -- Manohla -- -- -- --
Trapped Rebels Fort Raevinn Not attack Pledge help -1 -- -- -- -- Rebels Fort Raevinn -- -- --
1+ escapes -1 -- 25*50 @ -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Attack +1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Shaper Bonus Join -- -- -- Shotwell ??? 105+ N --
Avoid Matala fight -- -- -- Matala Matala's Workshop 120+ 2/1 --
-- -- 200 -- Grim ??? 110+ 1/3 --
-- -- 500 Farsight Breastplate 124+ 1/3 --
-- -- 1000 Agent's Shelter 136+ 1/3 --
Rebel Bonus -- -- -- -- Manohla Derenton Freehold 90- N --
-- -- -- Farsight Breastplate 80- N --
-- -- -- Agent's Shelter 68- N --
Poryphra Camp Poryphra Ruins NO Wipe out -4 -- 30*200 -- Viper's Touch Litalia Derenton Freehold -- -- --
Litalia Derenton Freehold Kill +3 -- 25*300 -- Spectral Rapier Koerner Poryphra Ruins -- -- Help 5 Infiltrators Quest
Drakon Scrolls Quessa-Uss -- Give +2 -- 25*200 -- Ethereal Bindings Dalia Khima-Uss -- -- --
BURWOOD INFILTRATORS
The Task Itself Rewards Getting the Task / Reward
Object Location Red Mage! < /th> Action ? Rep. Other XP GP Items Contact Location Rep. L? Prereqs
Horis Poryphra West Gate ????? Help shape +2 -- 25*200 -- Ethereal Bindings Horis Poryphra West Gate -- -- Infiltrator IDs
Death -1 -- 25*200 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Krogstad Valeya Road ????? Wipe out cultists +2 +1 Major Heal 22*200 -- -- Krogstad Valeya Road -- -- Infiltrator IDs
Death 0 -- 25*200 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Yngrid Western Burwood ????? Sabotage rebel defenses +2 -- 25*200 -- Infiltrator's Charm Yngrid Western Burwood -- -- Infiltrator IDs
Death 0 -- 25*200 -- -- -- -- -- --
Kantor Valeya Ruins ????? Kill Rogue Trall +2 -- 25*200 -- -- Kantor Valeya Ruins -- -- Infiltrator IDs
Death 0 -- 25*200 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Dameron Cultist Safehouse ????? Kill chief & shaman +2 -- 25*200 -- -- Dameron Cultist Safehouse -- -- Infiltrator IDs
Death 0 -- 25*200 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Burwood Infiltrators (Various) ????? Help 3+ +1 -- 25*200 -- Polychromous Shield Koerner Poryphra Ruins -- -- --
Help 5 +2 -- 25*250 -- Blasted Greaves Koerner Poryphra Ruins -- -- --
Kill 5 -3 -- 25*200 -- Stasis Shield
Puresteel Boots
Ossissess Derenton Freehold 100- N --
CONVERSATION OPTIONS
Barbaro NO 1
Alwan Rivergate Keep NO Tell about mission at first meeting or lie/refuse 1
Mars Rivergate Keep NO 2
Mouawad Rivergate Keep NO 1
Ozyss Illya Safehouse NO 1
Greta NO 1

Major Quests

There are several quests that affect who is willing to work with you (and how they are willing to help you) beyond your reputation score.

Expanded Explanations of Complicated Sets of Tasks

Basic Analysis

For the most part, when you are forced to choose rewards, the Shapers give better rewards. However, there are several notable exceptions: the Barrier Zone Shapers carry nice loot, the Rebels reward you well for Monarch's papers, and Ossissess has a great prize for killing the Infiltrators.

Powergaming the Ring of Eye's Purity and Stasis Shield

If you plan on use lower-tier creations (in practice, this probably means Drayks) in the end-game, the Stasis Shield is extremely useful for its mental resistance. It's good with upper-tier creations, too. However, getting it requires keeping your reputation low. That can be difficult considering how many tasks make reputation go up, and how frequently the Shaper reward (with its accompanying reputation rise) beats the Rebel reward. It is especially hard to nab both the Ring of Eye's Purity (at 120 in Chapter 2) and the Stasis Shield; dropping 20 points is hard. However, it's possible to do so without missing out on any XP or items from completing other tasks the power gaming-optimal way. Here's a plan that allows you to do so. It requires giving up the Agent's Shelter, but seeing as you can't equip two shields, that's not a loss.

Chapter 1
+2 Let Tycho go
 0 Help Serif's rebels escape
+2 Betray Burkes
-2 Intimidate Master Thell
+5 Walk Shaila to Forsaken Docks
-3 Guide Caravan through Cairn Gates
TOTAL: 102

Chapter 2
+2 Convince Sandia to return
+1 Give Fackler Research Notes
+2 Betray Drewry
+2 Betray Lilly
+1 Alwan's conversation option -- reveal mission
+4 Tell Alwan Illya Safehouse location
 0 Don't show Alwan Safehouse Papers
+3 Return Heart of the Kiln to Mouawad
+3 Help Eliza
TOTAL: 120 -- Get Mouawad's rewards

-2 Have Reiner flee
-2 Help West Illya Road refugees flee
-3 Scout Turabi Gate
-3 Wipe out 31st Regiment
-2 Help Zorin's rebels flee
+3 Help Shaftoe
+3 Help Moseh
+5 Report help to Alwan
-5 Kill Eliza, report to Pirik
-5 Kill Shaftoe, report to Pirik
 0 Report Moseh's survival to Pirik
-1 Ozyss's conversation option -- pro-Rebel
TOTAL: 108

Chapter 3
-2 Contact Vecsey
+2 Betray Vecsey
+1 Contact Archibald
-2 Betray Archibald
+1 Report on Kirstol
 0 Don't attack Nakel
 0 Rescue Cantor
-3 Give Monarch's papers to Greta
TOTAL: 105

Chapter 4
TOTAL: 105 -- Get Alwan's quest with 10 Leadership

-3 Free prisoners in Western Morass
-2 Help Fort Raevinn rebels escape
TOTAL: 100 -- Get Ossissess's quest to kill the Infiltrators

+1 Report to Alwan about Litalia meeting
+2 Tell Alwan Northforge Citadel location
+2 Tell Kiki about Litalia's papers
+2 Give Kiki Safehouse papers
+2 Give Dalia scrolls
+10 Help all five Infiltrators
-1 Kill all five Infiltrators
+3 Get and fulfill Koerner's Infiltrator quest
TOTAL: 121 -- Get Grim's first 2 rewards with 9 Leadership (loss: Agent's Shelter)
You are then free to report to Ossissess, and take your pick of either assassinating Litalia for Koerner, or wiping out the Poryphra camp for Litalia. You can also complete Dalia's quest when you get to her. There is actually a further bit of wiggle room, as Barbaro, Mouawad, and Mars in Chapter 2, and Greta in Chapter 4, all have conversation options we haven't needed to use.