Download Guide
Purchase Game

Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Purchase on Amazon

Kellid Barbarian Camp

Nathan Garvin
Scott Peers

Walkthrough for the end of the quest Along the Cold Trail during The Varnhold Vanishing in Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Confronting the Defaced Sisters in the Kellid Barbarian Camp.

After you’ve found all three Sisters - whether they were already dead when you found them, you killed them afterwards, or you shamed them instead of sending them back to camp (or a combination thereof) - return to the Kellid Barbarian Camp. If you were expecting a hero’s welcome, however, you’re sure to be sorely disappointed. Be sure to spell buff as much as possible before moving anywhere upon entering the area.

When you’re ready, approach the center of the camp to witness a scene, where the Sisters are proving themselves worthy of the contempt their fellows heap upon them by accusing you of wrong-doing. Worst of all, she’ll speak your name, allowing the ever-present raven to hear it. The outcome of this encounter depends on two factors; how you respond when you get the chance, and whether the barbarians are already biased against you enough to do the Sister’s bidding.

(1 of 2) If you return to the Kellid Barbarian Camp, the Deface Sister there will drop your name,

If you return to the Kellid Barbarian Camp, the Deface Sister there will drop your name, (left), and the raven will finally get what it wants. (right)

If you earned their respect, Dugah and his allies will ignore the Defaced Sister's call to arms.

In the latter case, their disposition towards you was determined during your first visit to their camp, during the Illustrated Book Event. You had two options to gain favor and two options to earn disfavor, and so long as you didn’t didn’t pick both negative options - drinking the wine instead of pouring it out and arguing for the Sister to eat with the rest of you - you’ll be fine. Or at least, you’ll have a chance to reason with Dugath. If their opinion of you is negative, however, Dugath will command his barbarians to attack.

Assuming a fight against the entire barbarian host isn’t inevitable, you have some options. First, you can attempt a [Diplomacy 25] check to talk some of the barbarians out of a fight. You’ll also automatically attempt a [Lore (Religion) 25] check which, if successful will give you a corresponding option that avoids involving Dugath and a few others. Finally, if your protagonist is [Neutral] you can pick an alignment-specific option to mitigate the upcoming fight.

Some level of conflict is unavoidable as the Sisters and their loyalists will attack you regardless. The fight is, however, much easier without Dugath and his minions joining in although the strategy for this battle is the same either way. There’s a lot of barbarians, and you start out in a miserable position so retreating across the bridge to the south (a feat much less painful with Haste) is a step worth taking, although slower characters like Linzi may make this unadvisable.

(1 of 3) While the barbarians hit hard, the Defaced Sister is the real threat.

Assuming you can break free to the south and form a defensive line, use debilitating spells like Confusion, Web and Slow to hinder your enemy, and Animate Dead to draw their attention and dish out damage - their Armor Class is low enough for these minions to be dangerous. If you can break out and form a single line of defense, you’ll definitely need all the summons you can get, as the barbarians, while somewhat squishy, can hit pretty hard, and should be disposed of so you can concentrate on the Defaced Sisters without getting hacked tp bits. Divide and conquer works much better when you have more bodies (skeletal or otherwise) to divide.

The average barbarian will die readily enough, but the Sisters are more resilient nuisances, having high Armor Class and Damage Reduction. They’re hard-to-remove nuisances, and frankly, the more you killed out in the wild, the better off you’ll be. Turn-based mode makes this chaotic affair much, much easier.

Should you emerge victorious, talk to Dugath, who will tell you where the Sisters were searching - the Valley of the Dead. If you fought him, he hopes you find your demise there, but doesn’t help matters by forfeiting some high quality gear. If he didn’t fight you, he’s a bit more diplomatic about revealing the location of the Valley of the Dead. You’ll also get an option to attack him, so if you want his gear without fight all the barbarians at once… Either way, if you kill Dugath be sure to loot him for a Breastplate +2, a Cloak of Resistance +1, a Belt of Physical Perfection +4 and Endless War a Greatsword +5 with the “Vicious” property, which deals 2d6 damage to the opponent and 1d6 damage to the wielder.

However you resolved matters, pick up the Cyclops Incense Burner from the Sister, if she had one. Another fey creature. Seems you can’t get a reprieve from their machinations. In any event, the next area you’ll need to explore is the Gates to the Valley of the Dead, a far ways to the south. This is the final dungeon of Chapter 3’s main questline (a relatively short chapter, compared to the absolutely huge Chapter 2), and you should prepare for it. The Chapter itself may be short, but the dungeon ahead isn’t.


User profile pic
Welcome Guest

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Deep Silver
  • Platforms,
    Linux, Mac, PC
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    29 January 2020
  • Last Updated
    21 April 2022
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

Share this free guide:

At the mansion of the Swordlord Jamandi Aldori, adventurers have gathered, lured by the promise of dominion should one of them conquer the nearby Stolen Lands and oust its current overlord - the Stag Lord. You are one such adventurer, and Jamandi’s offer isn’t just a benevolent call-to-arms to make the Stolen Lands safe for normal folk, there’s political angles to its conquest, and the ultimate allegience of its new ruler. More than that, however, a sinister, primordial force has her own interests in the Stolen Lands, and a desire to see new rulers rise… and fall. The Pathfinder: Kingmaker guide includes a full walkthrough of the game’s main campaign, including various side quests, companion quests and strategies.

Inside the guide:

Get a Gamer Guides Premium account: