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LocationThe Vast Interior
Given ByInkpot or Ioxu
Reward25 XP
Cultists leave Ioxu alone or Ioxu agrees with you that shuttering the project is for the best
  • Encephalon of Subjugating Revification
Ioxu stops his work

note that you can get both!

Anathema is a quest in Torment: Tides of Numenera.


Ioxu, a talented varjellen, is harangued by cultists of the Bloom under the lead of one Inkpot. They are accusing him of heresy and want to kill him to please the Bloom.


  • Talk to either Inkpot or Ioxu. They both ask you to deal with the other as they see fit. Compromise is unlikely.
  • Killing Ioxu pleases the Bloom, but denies you access to some of the best cyphers in the game. Make sure to exhaust his offer first before killing him. You will have to fight his construct too.
  • You can disable the shield generator in his shanty (Icon Might small.png Might (Smashing or Icon Speed small.png Speed (Lore: Machinery, Quick Fingers), causing maws to spawn and attack him - likely killing the poor sod.
  • You can also convince him to stop his experiments peacefully. Inspecting the generator and the construct allows you to use these as an argument, reducing the difficulty of the persuasion task. You can also use Icon Intellect small.png Intellect (Persuasion, Deception) to persuade him he's in danger or Icon Might small.png Might (Intimidation) to threaten him.
  • If you prefer Ioxu, intimidate Inkpot into leaving him alone. You can question his devotion to the Bloom, then use Icon Might small.png Might (Intimidation) or Icon Intellect small.png Intellect (Deception) to get him to sod off.
  • Doing nothing will cause the cultists to take matters into their own hands and kill Ioxu. You can still talk to Inkpot for a reward.