After reuniting with Athea and getting access to some rather helpful ghostly powers, it’s now time to get back to doing what you do best. Being a Banisher, you’ll get the chance to do that right away in a new Haunting Case, which will set you on course to either Banish, Ascend, or Revive Athea at the end of the game.
In this chapter, we meet a hungry hunter who resides in a cave filled with maggots and seems to have lost his marbles waiting for his partner to return; it’s your job to help him regain his sanity and uncover what sort of unearthly spirit resides in the woods.
Without further delay, here is Indie Game Culture’s Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Walkthrough – Hungry The Hunters.
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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Full Walkthrough – Hungry The Hunters
We begin this chapter by taking down a few Specters in a clearing just beyond where one chapter changes to the next. It is here that Athea states that she will need to find some essence if she is to ensure she does not become one of the specters you have been fighting thus far.
The good news is, you’ll be able to find some by completing Haunting Cases, and in a cave just ahead, you’ll find a Haunting that is just begging for a Banisher to step in.
In the cave, you’ll find Jacob, a trapper who has been hiding out and waiting for his companion, Ben, to return. But not all seems right here, meaning you’ll need to investigate.
Take the time to look through the cave for clues, and also take the time to talk to Jacob as well. You’ll come to understand that Ben left to gather food, that the road ahead is dangerous as a Spectral Fog surrounds the area, and that Ben is almost certainly as alive and well as Jacob claims him to be.
Also, be sure to gather his Rope, as this will be essential for traversal moving forward.
Take your leave and begin to explore the immediate area. Head down the path to the right and then hook around into the hidden cave nearby. Here, you will find a Cursed Chest, but you’ll have to fight some Possessed Wolves after you open it, so be ready.
After this, you’ll want to continue along the path. Eventually, you’ll come to a misty area, which, with the Rope, you can now drop down into. Red will not be able to see through the Spectral Fog, so switch to Athea for the time being.
You won’t be able to explore the area properly until you clear the source of the Fog, so you’ll want to find a Spiritual buildup that kind of looks like frozen icicles, which is just up ahead and across a small gap. Break this structure, and the fog will dissipate.
What Really Happened to Ben?
You can explore the area now, and you’ll find some resources and chests dotted around, but nothing major. After exploring, return to where you broke the Quickmyst Structure, and you can then examine a ripple left by the dead.
You’ll want to perform a Harkening Ritual here to uncover a flashback sequence. This will require Wild Chevril and Lilac Hyacinth.
This flashback will then show that Jacob’s hunger got the better of him, and in a fit of rage, he decided to kill Ben by pushing him off the cliff ahead. Which means you’ll need to head to the area down below to find their corpse.
Head across the gap and to the right, hugging the wall to get across, and then climb down into the area where Ben fell.
You’ll find his body carved by a knife for its meat, and if you’ve put the pieces together, you’ll know that the tie that bonds Jacob and Ben’s Spirit is back at his camp. So you’ll need to return there. You’ll need to fight some Specters along the way, but nothing too taxing.
Upon returning to his Hovel, he will be outside, allowing you to search the area in piece. Here, you can examine his Bowl of Stew, which you’ll confirm is, in fact, what remains of Ben.
This Bowl and Spoon, along with some Wild Chevril and some Hoof Fungus, will allow you to perform a Make-Manifest Ritual, and make Ben appear before you.
This will allow you to discuss things with Ben and get the full picture. It turns out it is not Ben who haunts Jacob for killing him, but rather Jacob who cannot accept that Ben is dead, and his delusion ties Ben to the world beyond the grave. This means you’ll need to make Jacob confess to the murder of his friend.
Matters of Life and Death
Head outside and talk to Jacob, and try to make him understand what has happened, for better or worse. He will eventually confess to his crimes, and will appear in Spectral form to forgive Jacob for his actions.
Leading to a situation where all parties are free to let you decide their fate. Something that will pretty much not be the case for the rest of the game.
This then leads to the moment where the player will need to either Banish the Ghost, Ascend the Ghost, or Blame the living and sacrifice their soul.
Sacrificing souls will allow you to pursue reviving Athea at the end of the game; ascending will contribute to an ascension for Athea, and banishing will do neither.
Most of the time, the lines between right and wrong are blurred, but here, I believe that Ascension is the moral option. That being said, there are no real consequences for what you choose here from a gameplay perspective, so choose what feels right for you.
With this decision made, you’ll witness the aftermath, and will then be awarded 1200XP as a reward, and will have completed your first Haunting Case outside of New Eden Town.
You’ll need to head inside the Hovel and rest after this quest, and here, you’ll have another exchange with Athea, which will grant her a new power called Leap, which will allow you to cross the Broken Bridge from before, and head onto the next chapter, The Woodfolk.
Also, rather importantly, you will be able to take an Oath at this point, essentially promising Athea that you intend to either Ascend or Revive her come the end of the adventure. This Oath must be made now, but your decision can be changed right up until the point of no return late in the game.
The Curse of Hunger is Lifted
So there you have it, all the tools you’ll need to solve another Haunting Case and decide the fate of Jacob and Ben.
It’s really a bit of a free hit, as the other cases will make it much harder for players to choose to sacrifice others to help Athea. But maybe we must do what we need to do to save our love. I hope this guide helps, and I’ll see you in the next one; as always, thanks for reading Indie Game Culture.
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