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“You're not supposed to be in here! You're going to ruin the surprise!”This article contains spoilers about the game's lore.
The Quills are a mysterious monastic order that serve the equally enigmatic Unum, a being who resides within the Orokin Tower at Cetus in the Plains of Eidolon. They have very close ties to the Ostron people who also praise the Unum, and are seemingly knowledgeable about the secrets of the Tenno. They are said to be able to divine the future, which combined with their information gathering prowess allows them to preemptively end threats to Cetus through the Tenno. The player will be able to ally with the Quills after completing both Saya's Vigil and The War Within quests and bringing their Operator to a cave in the north-east part of Cetus.
As a Syndicate, the Quills have their own Standing that can be exchanged for various rewards. Quill Standing can be earned solely by selling Sentient Cores to them, which can be obtained from Sentient enemies out on the Plains. The Quills are a neutral Syndicate, and gaining Standing with them will not affect a player's Standing with any other Syndicate.
|Rank||Title||Sacrifice||Benefits and Consequences||Maximum Standing|
|5||Architect||Eidolon Shard (30)|| 500,000|
|Access to fifth tier Operator Arcanes.||132,000|
|4||Instrument||Eidolon Shard (20)|| 250,000|
|Access to fourth tier Operator arcanes and helmets.||99,000|
|3||Adherent||Eidolon Shard (10)|| 100,000|
|Access to third tier Amp components, arcanes and greaves. |
Access to Amp gilding.
|2||Observer||Intact Sentient Core (20)|| 50,000|
|Access to second tier Amp components, arcanes and pauldrons.||44,000|
|1||Mote||Intact Sentient Core (10)|| 30,000|
|Access to first tier Amp components, arcanes and cuirasses.||22,000|
|0||Neutral||—||—||Able to turn in Sentient Cores for Standing.||5,000|
|Faction||Steel Meridian • Arbiters of Hexis • Cephalon Suda • The Perrin Sequence • Red Veil • New Loka|
|Neutral||Conclave • Cephalon Simaris • Ostron • The Quills|