Kimo Tavon is, perhaps, the oddest artisan you can recruit to your service. Put up with his silly demands (and on-going complications) and you’ll have a woodworker as your disposal, willing to craft staves, spears, bows, arrows and shields for you. The categories of gear you can choose from when requesting a specific item are as follows:
- A fighting staff.
- A spear.
- A bow.
- A quiver of arrows.
- A wooden shield.
Kimo Tavon’s masterpiece is the Mirror Bow, a Composite Longbow +5 that deals extra damage equal to +1d4 + half the user’s Strength modifier.
Recruiting Kimo Tavon
To recruit Kimo Tavon you must first claim the Northern Narlmarches (you’ll get the event card for this when you’ve boosted your Community to Rank IV) then you must build a village in this newly annexed territory. Once you’ve claimed the Northern Narlmarches and founded a village there, pay your new village a visit and you’ll find an elf named Kimo Tavon standing around. Talk to him and he’ll hint at a secret and try to solicit your aid before eventually telling you about “an incredibly beautiful flower growing in the swamp”. He wants you to recover it for him, as he fears his own incompetence. Probably a wise choice.
You’ll find this flower in the Swamp Witch’s Hut area, which you hopefully cleared out a while back (if not, see the linked page for more information.)
When you find the time, return to the Swamp Witch’s Hut and make your way to the northeast corner of the map, just east of Tiressia. From her location, make your way southeast until you find some bushes, which you can walk through to trigger a perception check, revealing an Athletics 22 check leading to a previously hidden area.
If you’d rather not save scum your way through the Athletics check, don’t worry. The worst you’ll sustain are some minor injuries. Beyond it, however, you’ll encounter three Greater Enraged Owlbears, which collective present qutie a challenge. Check out the link provided for details on this fight - a tank with a high Armor Class will make this fight much easier, but summoning fodder via Animate Dead, blinding your foes with Glitterdust and using Haste to buff your party are all good ideas.
With all three Owlbears dead, you’ll be free to take a sample of the rare flower from the bush to the north. Don’t miss the corpse east of the bush, it’ll net you a Dueling Sword named Swordsman’s Passion, worth 5,000 gold if nothing else. Loot the bush for the Rare Bog Flower and then make your way back to the village in the North Narlmarches. Once there, speak with Kimo Tavon and present him with the flower to earn 600 Experience and a Masterwork Longspear. Offer to build him a workshop in exchange for working for you and the weird elf will readily agree, after which you merely need to construct Kimiel’s Shop in the village to get him started on his new line of work.
|Reward: For giving Kimo Tavon the Rare Bog Flower.|
Affairs of the Heart - Kimo Tavon’s Masterpiece Quest
After bringing you his first crafted item, he’ll ask you to come see him at the village in the Northern Narlmarches. Do so and he’ll tell you the lady he’s in love with has consented to a date, and naturally he wants to woo her with a gift. An Emerald Necklace, to be specific. Your artisans really are keen on emeralds, for some reason…
Alas, this item isn’t as common as you may think - there’s no jeweler you can visit and buy it from, and if you don’t have any DLC, you won’t be able to get an Emerald Necklace until Chapter 4. The quest isn’t in any danger of failing any time soon, however, so if you don’t have one, you shouldn’t worry about leaving the quest idle for a while. Perhaps a long while, as the case may be.
In any event, the locations where you can find an Emerald Necklace are as follows:
- If you have access to the game’s DLC, complete the quest Sorrowflow, then sometime later talk to Kaessi and they’ll complain about their tiefling friends, starting the errand A Task for the Sweet Teeth. Talk to the Sweet Teeth and choose the options “Let’s see if you can complete my task…” followed by “The Narlmarches are overgrown. They need to be weeded!” to send them off on this absurd task. This will take them several weeks to complete, so some downtime in this quest is unavoidable.
However you manage it, once you acquire an Emerald Necklace, return to Kimo and give it to him for 180 XP. The quest will again go dormant after this.
After Kimo crafts you another item, he’ll slink into your throne room and deliver it, moping the entire time. As usual, he won’t elaborate on his grief, leaving it to you to seize the initiative.
Make your way to your village in the Northern Narlmarches and talk to Kimo, who will reveal the obvious - his girlfriend, a dryad, broke up with him. Perhaps not so surprising for a capricious fey creature, Kimo isn’t optimistic about your chances, but if you wish to complete this quest, you’ll need to intervene.
You’ll find this dryad at the Fey Glade area, where the quest A Trail of Misfortune took place. When you arrive, you’ll recognize the dryad as one of the fey troublemakers. Talk to her and you’ll get several options for resolving the matter:
If you let her exercise her free will, regardless of how fickle her reasons, you’ll have to go tell Kimo, failing the quest in the process. Alternatively you can threaten to burn down her grove [Neutral Evil] to vilely coerce her into putting up with Kimo. The fire might be a kinder fate. Finally, you can succeed at a [Diplomacy 22] or [Diplomacy 28] check to convince her to give Kimo another shot. Picking the [Diplomacy 28] option causes her to melodramatically whine about being a sacrifice in the name of art, while [Diplomacy 22] actually seems to soften her hard, wooden heart.
Return to Kimo with the news, and provided you got the Dryad to give it another go, you’ll complete the quest, earning 780 XP for your matchmaking efforts.
Craftable Items - Kimo Tavon
Below you’ll find lists of all the items Kimo Tavon can craft:
|Ultrasound Arrows||0||20x arrows that deal +1d3 sonic damage. Increases attack speed.|
|Lightning Arrows||1||20x arrows that deal +1d6 electric damage. Increases critical threat range and multiplier.|
|Lovers Arrows||3||20x arrows that deal +2d6 cold damage. Chance to Dominate target (as per spell) for 1d6 rounds.|
|Rose’s Thorns Arrows||4||20x arrows that deal +2d8 unholy damage. Chance to inflict Curse of Weakness (as per spell) for 1d6 rounds.|
|Fiery Eye||0||Composite Shortbow +1, +1d6 fire damage. User can cast Flare Burst 3x/day.|
|Whirlwind||1||Composite Longbow +2, +2 Dexterity. User can summon a medium Air Elemental 1x/day.|
|Shady Longbow||2||Composite Longbow +3, +5 Stealth checks. User can cast Invisibility 2x/day.|
|Prowling Cat||4||Composite Shortbow +4, extra attack per round. User can summon 1d4+1 Smilodons 1x/day.|
|Hunter’s Blessing||5||Composite Longbow +5, +2d6 damage vs evil, +4 Dexterity.|
|Will of the Disciple||0||Quarterstaff +1, +2d6 vs Chaotic, can stun on hit for 1d4 rounds.|
|Rigid Oak Staff||2||Quarterstaff +2, +4 Constitution, +2 Fortitude Saves. User can cast Resist Sonic 2x/day.|
|The Undaunted||4||Quarterstaff +4, +6 vs Aberrations, +2d6 damage vs Aberrations, +1d6 fire damage, +3 Persuasion checks. User can cast Remove Paralysis 1x/day.|
|Spiked Defender||0||Spear +1, +1d3 cold damage, +1 Armor Class.|
|Sunbeam||1||Spear +2, +1d6 fire damage. User can cast Searing Light 2x/day.|
|Dystopia||3||Spear +2, +1d6 negative energy damage, +5 Athletics checks. User can cast Inflict Critical Wounds 3x/day.|
|Utopia||5||Spear +5, +7 vs Undead, +2d6 damage vs Undead, +2d6 vs Evil, +3 Initiative checks. User can cast Good Hope 3x/day.|
|Northern Lights||0||Light Shield +1, +1 Fortitude Saves, Cold Resistance 10.|
|Bulwark||2||Heavy Shield +2, +5 Perception checks, Acid Resistance 15.|
|Wild Guardian||3||Heavy Shield +3, +3 Will Saves, +4 Constitution.|
|Heart of Thunder||5||Light Shield +5, immunity to paralysis. User can cast Shout, Greater 3x/day.|
Artisan Tiers - Kimo Tavon
Below are the various ways to increase Kimo Tavon’s artisan rank, hence the tiers of items he can craft:
|Event||Kimo Artisan Tier|
|Build Kimiel’s Shop||Kimo Tavon Tier +1|
|Complete Chapter 4||Kimo Tavon Tier +2|
|Culture Rank 5||Kimo Tavon Tier +1|
|Loyalty Rank 4||Kimo Tavon Tier +1|
|Loyalty Rank 8||Kimo Tavon Tier +1|