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Piety of Theopolis

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Piety of Theopolis
Template:Name
Location(s) The Crematorium
The Lunaris Temple Level 2
The Belly of the Beast Level 2
The Harvest
Quest(s) Piety's Pets
Resistance(s) Resists Elemental Damage
Resists Chaos Damage
Resistance(s) 15% Fire
15% Cold
15% Lightning
7% Chaos
Skill(s) Lightning Ball
Arc
Lightning Warp
Lightning Storm
Ice Shot
Summon Monsters

Piety of Theopolis, better known as simply Piety, is a major character in the storyline and a boss in Act 3 (the Lunaris Temple) and in Act 4 (the Belly of the Beast) as Piety, the Abomination.

Defeating Piety is the objective of the quest Piety's Pets. You obtain the Tower Key when you kill her, thus allowing entry to the Sceptre of God. She returns in Act 4, and after being defeated again, she offers the quest Corpus Malachus and helps in the fight against Malachai, The Nightmare.

Lore

Piety FullBody.jpg

Background

Before the events of Path of Exile, Piety was known by the name Vinia in Oriath, where she funded her practise of thaumaturgy through prostitution. Due to her crimes she was condemned to burn in a pyre, but before her execution took place she supped with High Templar Dominus, who had come to hear her confession. However, Vinia was able to convince Dominus to let her live. It is possible, though never directly stated, that she achieved this by sharing her knowledge of the powers lying dormant in Wraeclast. The fact that the banishment of criminals to the continent began after Vinia was pardoned by Dominus supports the theory. After Vinia was granted her amnesty she enjoyed the patronage of Dominus, who made her his right-hand woman and gave her the name "Piety" to reflect her new loyalties.

In Path of Exile

In-game, the exiled player meets Piety for the first time when searching for Brutus in the Axiom Prison. Upon ascending to the Warden's chambers the player interrupts a woman studying the necromantic writings of Shavronne. Surprised at meeting an exile in such a place, Piety introduces herself and vanishes into the shadows and leaving the exile bewildered. After defeating the Warden, the player runs into Piety yet again in Prisoner's Gate where she uses her thaumaturgy to raise Shavronne's old barricade, thus blocking the way inland and forcing the player to find an alternative route.

It is only after travelling deep within Phrecia to the Chamber of Sins that the player encounters Piety again. Piety had been trying to acquire the Baleful Gem, a powerful thaumaturgical artifact of the Old Empire. Thankfully, the Gem was not left unguarded by its creator and Piety is forced to retreat. Before entering a portal of her own, she praises the player's skill and urges them to find her in Sarn.

In the City of Sarn, the player encounters a Blackguard party holding a young woman, Clarissa, captive. Upon freeing Clarissa from the Blackguards, she informs the player that she and her lover, Tolman, had been captured by Piety. Clarissa asks you to find Tolman in the Crematorium, where he is still being held captive by Piety herself. As expected, the player finds Piety and Tolman in the Crematorium, but after a brief fight, Piety manages to escape the player yet again.

After journeying through Sarn, the player is given a quest from Grigor to finally hunt down Piety in the Lunaris Temple, located west across the river that splits Sarn. Piety had turned Lunaris into her personal laboratory where she and her fellow scientists are attempting to create new Gemlings from humans. This hasn't yet borne any fruit; instead, the once beautiful Lunaris is now filled with horrible miscreations. Piety is finally slain by the Exile in the lowest level of Lunaris; however, the victory is short-lived, as it is later revealed she was saved by Malachai.

Piety is next encountered as a twisted abomination in the Belly of the Beast, where she immediately attacks the player. When she is defeated, she changes her mind about Malachai and thus turns to working together with the Exile. Piety gives the quest to obtain Malachai's organs, guarded by three loyal followers of his. Once the Exile has retrieved said organs, the Black Core opens and she joins the player in the fight against Malachai. During the battle, Piety is finally killed, having fallen to Malachai impaling her.
Piety after being impaled by Malachai's sceptre

Abilities

Skill Effect Damage
N. C. M.
Lightning Ball A large ball of lightning that periodically damages the player.
Arc Similiar to the player skill Arc.
Lightning Warp Similiar to the player skill Lightning Warp.
Lightning Storm Lightning bolts bombard the area where cast for several seconds.
Ice Shot When she is in her ice form, she shoots multiple Ice Shots.
Summoning Summons monsters.

Strategy

Chilling Portal
Burning Portal

First Encounter

The first fight with Piety takes place in the Crematorium where Piety can be found surrounded by several Blackguards. It is advised to draw out the Blackguards first and then proceed to attack Piety. Piety uses a wide range of Lightning spells during the fight so lightning resist is important in order to survive her attacks. When Piety's health drops to half she breaks off the battle to open a portal, leaving you victorious. While she can still be damaged after reaching half health, she cannot be killed.

Second Encounter

When the player enters in a portal located in a large elevated dais in the Lunaris Temple Level 2 he or she is teleported to a separate circle-shaped boss room where Piety waits. Players are advised to create a town portal for flask recharging and emergencies before confronting Piety in the opposite side of the area.

Upon reaching Piety, she taunts the player and produces the first burning and chilling portals. During the fight Piety changes between three different forms by running to these portals; in human form she casts powerful lightning spells, in the Fire form (Burning Portals) she rushes to attack the player in melee, dealing heavy damage, and in the Ice Archer form (Chilling Portals) she shoots out multiple ice arrows dealing cold damage to the player. Thus it is recommended for the player to be capped in each of the three elemental resistances.

Generally the Ice Archer form is considered to be the most dangerous of the three, and most players decide to take cover behind the poles and corpse piles, waiting her to transform back to human form. It is believed that these phases are timed; so when she turns back to human form, that is the best time to deal some damage. Players who have enough defenses can also engage the Fire form if they so choose. It should also be noted that when in melee form she seems to focus on mainly one target so when in a party, those playing a ranged character can score a few hits on her. From time to time she also summons few miscreations and blood elementals to serve as distraction, and more importantly as a way for the player to recharge flasks if need be.

Third Encounter

Piety reappears as "Piety, the Abomination" at the end of The Belly of the Beast Level 2 in Act 4. She summons corrupted lightning balls and casts a lightning beam rotating in a circle. Her lightning beam deals physical as well as lightning damage.

Achievement

There is one achievement related to Piety of Theopolis:

Name Description
Rest for the Wicked
Rest for the Wicked achievement icon.jpg
Defeat Piety in her laboratory.

Map variants

Map Level Name Notes
Temple MapTemple MapMap Level: 76
Map Tier: 9
Guild Character: Ä
Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
73 The Wicked One Only lightning form (cf. The Crematorium.)
Malformation MapMalformation MapMap Level: 77
Map Tier: 10
Guild Character: "
Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
76 Nightmare Manifest Abomination form (cf. The Belly of the Beast Level 2.)
Shrine MapShrine MapMap Level: 81
Map Tier: 14
Guild Character:
Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
81 Piety the Empyrian All three forms (cf. The Lunaris Temple Level 2)

Text and Speech

Piety is voiced by New Zealand actress and comedienne, Penny Ashton.

External Links

Party encounter video

Gallery

Version History

Version Changes
3.0.0
  • Piety's dialogue in Upper Prison now changes based on the player's character (originally this was restricted to Cruel and Merciless).