O------------------------------------------------------O | | | VIRTUAL VILLAGERS 5: NEW BELIEVERS - FAQ/Walkthrough | | Version 1.14 | | Created by Mythril Wyrm | | | O------------------------------------------------------O Table of Contents I. Update History II. Legal Notice/Disclaimer III. Foreword IV. The Interface A. Population B. Food C. Tech Points D. Energy E. Map F. Collections G. Tech 1. Technologies a. Science b. Medicine c. Learning d. Construction e. Food Mastery f. Spirituality 2. God Powers a. Spawn Butterflies b. Swarm of Bees c. Sunshine d. Lightning Strike e. Hand of Bloom f. Tempest g. Fog of Doom h. Time Warp i. Revive j. Grant Youth k. Earthquake H. Trophies I. Puzzles J. Menu K. Name L. Skill M. Action N. Faith O. Detail V. Life on Isola A. The Protagonists B. The Antagonists C. Helpful Hints VI. Walkthrough A. Getting Started B. The Hungry Totem C. The Knowing Totem D. Repairing the Aqueduct E. The Pain Totem F. The Rainbow Totem G. The Blocking Totem H. The Hollow Totem I. Replenishing the Lake J. Restoring the Faith VII. Puzzles: A Quick Reference List VIII. Questions & Answers IX. Special Thanks X. Contacting Me To skip to a specific section, press Ctrl + F, type in a section name, and press Enter. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I. Update History v0.95 - Completed all sections except God Powers. Further updates to come once I experience all the game has to offer. v1.00 - Completed list of God Powers, fixed the tech point costs of Level 3 Medicine and Learning, added a General Tips section, and made numerous minor changes. v1.01 - Added more specific information about the rewards for finding duplicate collectibles, corrected some mistakes regarding Lightning Strike and time frames, and made a few minor changes. v1.02 - Added more specific information about increases in maximum population and energy, revised the description of Revive, and made a few minor changes. v1.10 - Added more information on Hand of Bloom, new content to the General Tips and Questions & Answers sections, and a quick reference list to the game's puzzles and their solutions. v1.11 - Fixed some typos and made a few minor changes. v1.12 - Updated Contacting Me section and the quick reference information for Puzzle #13, and made a few minor changes. v1.13 - Revised the General Tips section, changed its name to Helpful Hints, and made a few minor changes. v1.14 - Added a reader submission to the Helpful Hints section, updated the Special Thanks section, and made a couple of minor changes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- II. 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I neither claim nor challenge their ownership. This FAQ may contain spoilers. Continue reading at your own risk. I take no responsibility for any embarrassment, injuries, or deaths that result from the use of this FAQ or any of the information contained herein. If you're that stupid, it's your own damn fault. Got that? Good. Now, let's move on to the fun stuff... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- III. Foreword Hello, and welcome to my FAQ for Virtual Villagers 5: New Believers! I've been a fan of the Virtual Villagers games since I started playing them more than a year ago, and after completing three of the first four games and craving a new escape from responsibility, I decided to give the fifth one a try. While still holding true to the puzzle simulation roots of the series, New Believers intro- duces heathens and divine powers to the mix, drawing more emphasis to the simu- lation elements of the game and giving players more active control over the events on the island. There are quite a few secrets to discover as your tribe learns more about the origins and motives of Isola's heathens, and uncovering them is one of the most fun parts of the game. I encourage you to experiment and try to figure things out on your own before looking up a solution, but if you're at a complete loss to destroy a totem, convert a heathen, or solve one of the many puzzles of the island, I hope that this FAQ will provide the answers you seek. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IV. The Interface As with any simulation game, it's important to know how to read and navigate the menus. Below is a list of all the terms and buttons you'll see on the screen, starting at the top left and ending at the bottom right. A. Population The number of villagers - men, women, children, and infants - who belong to your tribe. Directly affects your energy. The population caps at 10 with no housing huts, 20 with one hut, 35 with two huts, and 90 with all three. In ad- dition, each collection you complete increases the population cap by 5. B. Food The comestibles available to your villagers. A larger food supply allows you to sustain a larger population. C. Tech Points The number of points available to upgrade your technologies. Your villagers can accumulate tech points by working in the laboratory or collecting scientific equipment. Once you build the clothing hut, you can also spend tech points to change your villagers' clothes. D. Energy The available fuel for your God Powers. A larger population will provide you with more maximum energy and a higher rate of energy generation. In addition, each new relic your villagers find will add 3 to your maximum energy. E. Map Displays an overview map of the area. You can click anywhere to zoom in. F. Collections Displays the collectibles and necklace pieces your villagers have found. G. Tech A list of the technologies available to your tribe and the divine powers avail- able to you. 1. Technologies These all start at Level 1 and can be upgraded twice. a. Science Increases the rate at which your researchers accumulate tech points. At Level 2, your villagers will be able to build a clothing hut. Though expensive, this technology is worth getting early if you want to maximize the returns on your Scientists' time. Level 2: 8000 points Level 3: 70,000 points b. Medicine Decreases the likelihood that your villagers will fall ill and increases their fertility rates and lifespans. Level 2: 5000 points Level 3: 50,000 points c. Learning Increases the rate at which your villagers learn new skills. At Level 3, your villagers will be able to build a nursery school where adults can teach their skills to children. Level 2: 4000 points Level 3: 35,000 points d. Construction Enables your villagers to build more complex structures. Each level allows your villagers to construct another housing hut, increasing the maximum population of your village. Level 2: 5000 points Level 3: 65,000 points e. Food Mastery Increases the amount of food your villagers can harvest. Food collection rates increase by 50% at Level 2 and 100% at Level 3. Level 2: 3000 points Level 3: 40,000 points f. Spirituality Increases your maximum energy and allows your villagers to make additional mod- ifications to the statue. Level 2: 8000 points Level 3: 80,000 points 2. God Powers These will become available to you as your maximum energy increases. a. Spawn Butterflies Summons butterflies wherever you click. All of the children on the map will be drawn toward them and play with them until they fly away. Aggressive heathen children will be too distracted to chase your villagers. Consumes 10 energy. b. Swarm of Bees Summons a swarm of bees in the target area. The swarm will linger for a few seconds, stinging any islanders who walk into it and making them run around in pain. Aggressive heathens won't chase your villagers while being stung by the bees. The bees can also be used to pollinate the noni patch, adding 20 to its supply of fruit. Consumes 25 energy. c. Sunshine Clears the sky and covers the map in daylight. Consumes 50 energy. d. Lightning Strike Strikes the target area with a bolt of lightning. Any islanders struck by the lightning will run off to hide in the jungle. They'll stay hidden for about a minute before coming out and resuming their duties. Be aware that aggressive heathens will still chase your villagers if they encounter them while fleeing from the lightning. Consumes 100 energy. e. Hand of Bloom Causes flowers and mushrooms to grow in the target area. The flowers disappear after a few seconds, but children can pick the mushrooms for food. If used on the irrigated field, it will cause 800 crops to grow instantaneously. Consumes 150 energy. f. Tempest Fills the sky with clouds and causes a rainstorm. Heathens will often hide in the jungle to stay dry. Consumes 300 energy. g. Fog of Doom Covers the map in billowing fog that obscures the heathens' vision. Your vil- lagers will neither flee from nor be chased by the heathens until the fog dis- sipates. Consumes 400 energy. h. Time Warp Accelerates time for one islander, allowing him or her to move and work much more rapidly. Consumes 500 energy. i. Revive Restores the dead to life. When targeting a villager, it must be used on the bones before another villager picks them up. Consumes 600 energy. j. Grant Youth Turns an adult villager into a 5-year-old child. The child will retain all of the skills he or she had as an adult. Consumes 700 energy. k. Earthquake Causes an earthquake, instilling a little faith in every heathen on the map. This is the only way to convert the heathens in orange and red masks. Consumes 800 energy. H. Trophies A list of the achievements in the game. Attaining them is solely a matter of personal pride. I. Puzzles A list of the game's puzzles and descriptions of the ones you've solved. If you're not sure what to do next, look to the pictures of the unsolved puzzles for clues. J. Menu Returns you to the main menu. K. Name The name of the currently selected villager. L. Skill A description of the selected villager's aptitude - Untrained, Trainee, Adept, or Master - in his or her primary skill. M. Action An explanation of what the selected villager is doing. N. Faith A meter that displays the selected villager's attitude towards your tribe and its belief system. Red represents disloyalty; blue represents loyalty. O. Detail Allows you to get a detailed profile of the selected villager, change his or her name, assign a primary skill, and choose whether to sort your villagers by age (the default), skill, or health. The arrows to the right and left of this button will scroll through your villagers in ascending and descending order re- spectively. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- V. Life on Isola A. The Protagonists Communities function best when everyone makes a contribution, and your tribe on Isola is no different. Your villagers have six skills that will help them sur- vive on the island: -Farming determines how effectively a villager can harvest food. -Building determines how quickly a villager can build or demolish structures. -Research determines how quickly a villager generates tech points in the lab. -Healing determines how easily a villager can cure someone else's illness. -Parenting determines how easily a villager can make babies. -Devotion determines how effectively a villager can instill faith in heathens. At age 14, your villagers will gravitate to the area near the fire pit and wait for you to assign them a task. Drop them in the appropriate area to make them practice one of their skills. Once they reach Trainee aptitude in a skill, they will practice it at every available opportunity. By default, a villager's pri- mary skill is the one in which he or she has the highest aptitude, but you can set a new primary skill in the Detail menu at any time. You can also pick vil- lagers up and drop them in new areas to make them practice new skills, but they tend to shift back to their primary skill until their aptitude in the new skill increases. Villagers can become parents at age 18. To try for a baby, pick up a villager and drop him or her on top of a villager of the opposite sex. If they're both in good health, housing is available, and the time is right, they'll adjourn to the love shack and the woman will emerge with a baby. She'll then have to nurse her child until it's old enough to wander around on its own. Nursing mothers are unable to work and will flee from potential paramours, so make sure that your tribe can cope with a diminished workforce before directing your women to make babies. Women remain fertile until age 50. Villagers between the ages of 2 and 13 are children and will spend all their time running around and playing. Although they can't work, they serve another important purpose: they're the only ones who can pick up the scientific equip- ment, relics, and mushrooms that occasionally appear on the map. Stay on the lookout for these; they'll provide your tribe with an extra source of tech points, energy, and food in the early stages of the game. Children are also needed to destroy one of the totems, as the walkthrough will explain. When the game speed is set to Normal, your villagers age one year for every two hours of real time. Depending on how much research has gone into Medicine, a typical villager will live for 60-80 years. B. The Antagonists Not all of the people on the island are sympathetic to your cause. The ones in the masks are heathens, who do not share your tribe's belief system. You cannot pick heathens up or view their stats, though your villagers and your powers can affect them in various ways. Heathens have four different behavior patterns, which are indicated by the colors of their masks. Heathens in green masks are not hostile and can be converted by your villagers. Drop a villager on top of one of them to initiate a conversation and raise the heathen's faith. The heathen will join your tribe when the needle reaches the blue half of the meter. Heathens in orange masks are hostile. They will growl at your villagers and chase them away if they get too close. Heathens in red masks are not hostile, but they look fearsome. Your villagers will flee from them if they get too close. Heathens in purple masks are not hostile. They carry necklace pieces and are the masters of their respective skills. They cannot be converted by normal means; convincing them to join your tribe will require you to complete specific tasks. C. Helpful Hints There are a total of 48 relics and pieces of scientific equipment to collect: 8 common, 8 uncommon, and 8 rare pieces of each. Always keep your eyes peeled for new ones. Finding duplicate relics or scientific equipment will provide you with extra energy (10/50/150) or tech points (100/250/500). Rarer collectibles yield larg- er rewards. Your villagers will drop any items they're carrying if they have to flee from heathens. Make sure they have a clear path to their destination when they pick up a collectible. Children and nursing mothers make good bait for hostile heathens. Drop one near a group of heathens, then pick up the bait and drop it a little farther away when they give chase. It doesn't cost any energy, and with a little patience, you can make the heathens chase your villager all around the map. When hostile heathens give chase, they will only move as fast as the villagers they're chasing. Using elderly villagers or villagers who dislike running as bait can start a low-speed chase that will keep the heathens busy for quite some time. Your villagers' likes and dislikes will affect their behavior and how easily they learn certain skills. Take these into consideration when assigning their primary skills. Polymaths are useful in a wider variety of situations than one-trick ponies. Each time one of your villagers masters a skill, have him or her practice a new skill for a while. Your villagers should have no trouble mastering at least two skills each. Sickness spreads, and not even Master Doctors can cure themselves if they're sick. Always have at least two villagers practicing Healing to prevent massive outbreaks of illness. Villagers will become weak if they lose too much health from sickness or hun- ger. If this happens, drop them on the food bin and have them eat until they're no longer weakened. Use Hand of Bloom to keep your villagers fed if their population starts to out- strip its food supply. Doctors, Devotees, and Parents can be picked up as soon as they successfully heal, enlighten, or kiss their targets. This saves time and allows them to be given other tasks right away. Have at least one male with Parenting as his primary skill at all times. This will provide your tribe with a source of children while you're away from the game. To quickly increase a male villager's Parenting skill, find an elderly female villager and drop the male on top of her repeatedly. Elderly villagers move and act more slowly than young villagers. Put them to work in the laboratory to minimize the loss of productivity. When there are no construction projects to undertake, villagers can increase their Building skill by fixing huts. They can also polish the statue after you research Level 3 Spirituality and complete the final modification. A ball of light will appear above the heads of heathens who converse with one of your Devotees or are affected by Earthquake. You won't be able to instill any more faith in them until the light disappears, which takes two hours on Normal speed. Be persistent! Converting heathens will allow you to surpass the population cap imposed by housing. If you want to have as many villagers as possible, make sure that your tribe has reached its maximum population before conversing with a heathen whose faith is high. Heathens do not age until they join your tribe. Some of the events on the island can change your villagers' likes and dislikes, boost their aptitude in a skill, or even cause them to join the heathens' ranks. If an event prompts you to choose a course of action, think it through carefully before making your choice. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VI. Walkthrough There are many paths to victory in Virtual Villagers 5, but if you're going for speed and efficiency, I recommend following the one below. A. Getting Started After naming your tribe, you'll be treated to a short movie that provides the backstory of the game: "There was once a mysterious island called Isola, home to a tribe of lost refugees. One day a child made a discovery. Something lost...and again found...on a for- bidden path, at the edge of the village. The elders gathered to examine the mask. They had never seen one like it be- fore. They must determine if others are nearby, so they appoint a small group of villagers to search the forbidden path." You will then be prompted to select five starting villagers. Their ages, sexes, and initial skills are randomly generated, though older villagers will usually have higher aptitude in a skill. If you don't like a particular villager, click the Reject button and try again. Who you bring is entirely up to you, but I suggest the following: -Two with high Building skill. (To speed up construction and demolition jobs.) -One with high Research skill. (To help you accumulate tech points faster.) -One nursing female. (To get extra energy and a child.) -One child. (To gather collectibles and mushrooms.) Once you've selected your villagers, you'll see a second, shorter movie: "The path took them into the darkest parts of the jungle. Although they could see no one, they sensed they were being watched. An ambush! Your villagers have been captured and are now the prisoners of this faceless tribe! Do you need help getting started?" If you click the Yes button, the game will provide you with hints to get you started and familiarize you with the interface. If you're using a walkthrough, chances are you won't need them. The first thing you'll notice is that your villagers are being held in a corral made of bamboo. It doesn't do much to restrict their mobility, but the heathens around them and the fly-eaten pile of food don't exactly make for a comfortable living arrangement. Pick up all of your adult villagers and drop them on the fence, and they'll start tearing it down and using the materials to build a food bin. Once they have a more sanitary place to store their food, drop them on the statue to the north. It won't take long to modify, and doing so will boost your villagers' Building skill and your energy pool. Use Spawn Butter- flies and Swarm of Bees to keep the hostile heathens away from your villagers as they work, and enlighten the non-hostile ones at every opportunity. Before doing anything else, check the hospital on the west side of the map. If there are no hostile heathens near the Heathen Master Doctor, drop one of your villagers on top of him. Keep trying until you successfully treat his illness, and he'll join your tribe and give you the first piece of the necklace. B. The Hungry Totem Requirements: 1+ Builder(s) Once your villagers have a food bin and the beginnings of a statue, they'll need a steady supply of food. The noni patch to the east of the statue is a prime feeding ground, but you'll need to use Swarm of Bees to drive the hea- thens away from it. While they're running around and trying to evade the bees, drop all of your adult villagers on top of the totem and they'll start tearing it apart. Three or more semi-seasoned Builders will quickly reduce the Hungry Totem to rubble, giving your tribe access to the noni patch and the woodpile. Now that you have the means to support a larger population, you're ready to build the love shack. Drop some Builders on top of it, and they'll have it con- structed in short order. While you're at it, have your villagers gather dry grass from the west bank of the river and wood from the woodpile. After they deposit their materials in the fire pit, drop another villager on it to light the fire. Keeping your villagers warm and dry will reduce the rate of sickness among them, so keep the home fire burning. Conceive a baby or two once the love shack has been assembled. You'll need the extra villagers soon. C. The Knowing Totem Requirements: 1+ Builder(s) No matter how often you use Swarm of Bees on it, the noni patch won't sustain your tribe indefinitely. Securing the laboratory is the first step to procuring a replenishable food supply. The heathens in the red and orange masks should now be congregating around the Knowing Totem. Drive them off with Lightning Strike, then have your best Build- ers demolish the totem. Once it's out of the picture, the heathens will vacate the laboratory. At this point, you should have at least half your villagers working on research at all times - you'll need a lot of tech points. Getting the Heathen Master Scientist to join your cause will take time, effort, and Level 2 Science. She's mulling over a difficult proof, but you can help her with it by dropping one of your Master Scientists in front of the drawing board on the left. When she sees the solution, she'll spend some time pondering it and gain a little faith. Wait until the light above her head disappears, then repeat the process twice more for a new follower and the second piece of the necklace. D. Repairing the Aqueduct Requirements: Level 2 Construction, 1 Master Scientist, 1+ Builder(s) Drop your Master Scientist on top of the broken aqueduct, and he or she will supervise the repair project. Drop a few Builders on top of it, and they'll start working in earnest. Use butterflies, bees, or lightning bolts to keep any wandering heathens at bay. Repairing the aqueduct will irrigate the field and provide you with crops at regular intervals, thus allowing you to sustain a larger population. It will also convince the Heathen Master Farmer to join your tribe, which will earn you the third piece of the necklace and a short movie about the beginnings of the heathen tribe. Build some new housing and convert heathens or make babies to enlarge your tribe before pressing on. E. The Pain Totem Requirements: 100 maximum energy, 1+ Builder(s) As the heathens migrate southward, they'll stake claim to the hospital. You must destroy the Pain Totem to drive them away. The problem is, it shocks your villagers whenever they try to touch it. The solution is to give the totem too much of a good thing. Hit it with Light- ning Strike to overload it, and your villagers will be able to approach it safely. This totem takes a little longer to demolish than the previous two and will soon build up a new electrical charge, so you may have to hit it with more than one lightning bolt to finish the job. Upgrade all of your technologies to Level 2 and complete the second modification to the statue before you go after the next totem. F. The Rainbow Totem Requirements: Constructed clothing hut, 2+ Builders This totem takes more time to demolish than the last three, and the heathen in the red mask will frighten your villagers away from it. For some odd reason, being in the hot spring protects him from Swarm of Bees and Lightning Strike, so you need to find another way to drive him off. Close examination of the Rainbow Totem will reveal the answer. Notice that the color orange is missing from it. Notice as well that three pots of dye will ap- pear near the farm once your villagers complete the clothing hut. You'll need to drop two different villagers - preferably Builders, to speed things up - on the pots of red and yellow dye in the span of a few seconds. They'll carry the pots over to the hot springs and pour the dye in, turning the water orange and driving the heathens out. You can then have your Builders begin deconstructing the Rainbow Totem in peace. They probably won't finish the job before the dye fades from the water, but you can keep coloring the hot springs until the totem lies in pieces. G. The Blocking Totem Requirements: 500 maximum energy, as many Master Builders as you have available I strongly suggest converting the Heathen Master Builder before dealing with this totem. He won't join you until you beat him in a building contest, which he completes much faster than even your most experienced Builder. The challenge may seem impossible at first, but your Godly Powers can shift the balance in your favor. Use Time Warp on one of your Master Builders, then drop him or her on top of the pile of materials while the heathen is watching. Your villager will easily win the contest and impress the Heathen Master Builder so much that he'll join your tribe. He'll also give you the fourth and final piece of the necklace. Demolishing the Blocking Totem presents a unique challenge. First and foremost, only Master Builders have the knowledge needed to tear the totem apart. Second, most of the heathens will be piling rubble in front of the mausoleum, so you'll have quite a crowd with which to contend. Finally, the Blocking Totem is by far the sturdiest of the totems, and the heathens will try to repair it once your villagers start disassembling it. If you don't want them to undo all your hard work, you'll need to keep them at bay until the totem is completely destroyed. Speed, diligence, and manpower are of the utmost importance here. When you're ready to go after the totem, use Lightning Strike to drive the hea- thens into the jungle. Gather all of your Master Builders, drop them on top of the Blocking Totem, and make sure that your other villagers are distracting the heathens in the orange masks. Using Spawn Butterflies to surround them with a crowd of children is highly effective. Keep them distracted for as long as you can, and strike the rest of the heathens with lightning if they approach your Master Builders before their work is done. Dismantling the Blocking Totem grants your villagers access to the mausoleum. As soon as they finish clearing away the rubble, they'll have a place to bury their dead. They'll also have access to a pan, which is necessary to solve one of the final puzzles. H. The Hollow Totem Requirements: 6 children This is the only totem that adult villagers can't destroy. It's an inside job - quite literally - and only children are small enough to do it. You'll need six children to pull off the feat. Use Lightning Strike to clear out any heathens around the totem, then pick the children up and drop them on top of the totem in sequence. Once the sixth child crawls inside, the Hollow Totem will crumble and give your tribe access to the lake bed. It may not seem like much of a reward, but it's necessary to provide your villagers with all the food they need. I. Replenishing the Lake Requirements: 600 maximum energy Natural weather conditions can help you accomplish the first part of this task, but you'll need a lot of energy for the second. Your goal is to make it rain long enough to refill the lake. Two uses of Tempest will accomplish this, as will using Tempest immediately after a storm. Don't wait too long after the first storm subsides, or the lake bed will dry up again. When your energy has replenished, use Revive on the lake. The dead fish will be brought back to life, providing your tribe with an unlimited supply of food. Eat hearty! J. Restoring the Faith Requirements: Restored mausoleum, lit fire, collected all necklace pieces With all of the totems destroyed and the heathens scratching out a living in their dirt patch, you're ready to meet with their chief. See the pan by the mausoleum? Drop one of your villagers on top of it, and he or she will bring it to the bank of the river. Drop someone else on it to start panning for gold dust. It may take a few tries, but stick with it. As your villagers find gold dust, they'll store it in the clay pot. Find gold three times, and the pot will be full. Make sure the fire is blazing and drop a villager on top of the full pot to start smelting the gold. You'll soon have a sphere of gold that's perfectly sized to fit in the indentation in the totem to the northeast. Drop a villager on top of the sphere to give the totem a golden eye. Placing the eye in the totem will reveal the Heathen Chief's woodland retreat. He isn't hostile, and he'll mumble something about his daughter if a villager approaches him. You'll have to show him the necklace to jog his memory. Drop a villager on top of the necklace pieces to assemble them, then drop the villager on the completed necklace to present it to the chief. Seeing the memento of his daughter will make him cast aside his mask and join your tribe, earning you a master of all six skills and a short ending movie. With the mystery of the heathens solved and their chief a firm believer in your villagers' ways, you'll be free to enlarge your tribe, pursue achievements, complete your collections, and convert the remaining heathens at your leisure. May your people live long and prosper! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VII. Puzzles: A Quick Reference List The following is a list of all the game's puzzles and the ways to solve them. Puzzle #1: The Sick Heathen Description: Your villagers have cured a sick heathen, who has now joined the believers! Solution: Have one of your villagers heal the Heathen Master Doctor. Puzzle #2: The Prison Break Description: Your villagers have torn down the flimsy bamboo fence and built a food bin from it. Now they have a place to store food. Solution: Have your villagers tear down the fence that surrounds them at the beginning of the game. Puzzle #3: The Hungry Totem Description: Your villagers have torn down an enemy totem. Now they can add no- ni fruit to their diet. Solution: Have your villagers tear down the totem by the noni patch. Puzzle #4: The Knowing Totem Description: Your villagers have torn down an enemy totem. They have gained ac- cess to the lab. Solution: Have your villagers tear down the totem by the laboratory. Puzzle #5: The Hydroponic Farm Description: Your villagers have restored an advanced hydroponic farm. Solution: Research Level 2 Construction, then have a Master Scientist direct your Builders as they repair the aqueduct by the field. Puzzle #6: The Buried Mausoleum Description: Your villagers have restored the mausoleum, and once again have a place to honor their dead. Solution: Have your villagers clear the rubble from the mausoleum entrance. Puzzle #7: The Blocking Totem Description: Your villagers have torn down an enemy totem. They can now dig out the mausoleum safely. Solution: Have your Master Builders tear down the totem by the mausoleum. Puzzle #8: The Hollow Totem Description: Your village children have broken an enemy totem. The lake is now part of the believers' domain. Solution: Have six children crawl inside the totem by the lake. Puzzle #9: The Heathen Builder Description: Your villagers have convinced the heathen builder to join the be- lievers! Solution: Use Time Warp on one of your Master Builders, then challenge the Hea- then Master Builder to a building contest. Puzzle #10: The Lake Description: Fish! The lake is full of life once again, and your villagers have a regular source of food. Solution: Use Tempest twice, then use Revive on the lake. Puzzle #11: The Pain Totem Description: Your villagers have torn down an enemy totem. They have gained ac- cess to a healing area. Solution: Use Lightning Strike on the totem by the hospital, then have your villagers tear it down. Puzzle #12: The Rainbow Totem Description: Your villagers have torn down an enemy totem. The warm springs are now theirs to enjoy. Solution: Complete the clothing hut, then have your villagers pour yellow and red dye in the hot springs and tear down the nearby totem. Puzzle #13: The Heathen Scientist Description: Your villagers have convinced the heathen scientist to join the believers! Solution: Research Level 2 Science, then have one of your Master Scientists solve the Heathen Master Scientist's proof three times. Puzzle #14: The Tribute Statue Description: Your villagers have sculpted a grand statue! This will maximize accumulation of divine energy. Solution: Research Level 3 Spirituality, then complete the third modification to the statue. Puzzle #15: The Blind Totem Description: Your villagers have reactivated this peculiar totem. Your vision in this area is restored! Solution: Use the pan to find gold dust three times. Smelt the gold in the fire to make a golden eye, then have one of your villagers place it in the indenta- tion in the totem. Puzzle #16: The Heathen Chief Description: Your villagers have finally convinced the Heathen Chief to join their cause! Solution: Have one of your villagers assemble the four parts of the necklace and bring it to the Heathen Chief. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VIII. Questions & Answers Q: Why a Virtual Villagers 5 FAQ? A: It hadn't been done yet, and I enjoyed playing through the game. Q: This game is boring! All my villagers do is wander around like idiots! A: That's not a question, and you're missing the point. The game runs even when you're not playing it, so all you need to do is give your villagers a task and then stop playing for a while. They'll continue to work on it until you resume the game and give them a new task. Q: This game is too fast/slow! A: That's still not a question, and you can change the speed in the Options menu. Q: You used all the wrong gender pronouns for the heathens! What are you, a complete idiot? A: Like the sexes of your villagers, the sexes of the heathens are determined randomly. I used the appropriate gender pronouns for the heathens I saw when I first played through the game; the ones you encounter in your game may vary. Q: Why can't I find scientific equipment? A: It won't start appearing until you destroy the Knowing Totem. Besides, it wouldn't do you any good to collect it before you could access the laboratory. Q: Your FAQ sucks! I've crapped out better FAQs than this! A: As soon as you find a way to upload excrement, you should post your wondrous creation for all to see. Q: I posted my FAQ, and everyone I know thinks it's better than yours! Your FAQ really DOES suck! A: Congratulations! I am in awe of your superior FAQ-writing skills! Now go away. Q: This is the best FAQ I've ever read! You're a genius and a god among men, and I want to know more about you so that I can immortalize you! A: Yeah, I get that a lot. My contact info's listed below. Q: <insert some question that has nothing to do with Virtual Villagers 5 or the FAQ here> A: See the second sentence of my previous answer. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IX. Special Thanks I would like to thank... ...Last Day of Work, for creating the Virtual Villagers series. ...the Big Fish Games forum, for hinting at how to complete the Heathen Master Builder's challenge. ...the Virtual Villagers 5 Answers page on GameFAQs, for confirming my theory about replenishing the lake. ...JCrichton (email@example.com), for telling me that the heathens in the orange masks only move as fast as the villager they're chasing. ...GameFAQs, for posting this FAQ. ...IGN, for posting this FAQ. ...Neoseeker, for posting this FAQ. ...Super Cheats, for posting this FAQ. ...you, for reading this FAQ. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- X. Contacting Me If you want to get in touch with me, send an e-mail to the following address: mythrilwyrm[at]gmail[dot]com Be sure to replace [at] and [dot] with the appropriate symbols, and put the word "FAQ" in the subject line of your e-mail to ensure that it doesn't wind up in my spam folder. I check my e-mail every day, so you should receive a reply quickly in most cases. I happily accept praise, corrections, and constructive criticism, and will give you credit for any information you share with me that I decide to add to the FAQ. Rude, crass, or unintelligible e-mails will be ig- nored or mercilessly ridiculed as my mood dictates, so keep your e-mails clear and polite if you want me to respond in kind. I also use Skype and various IM clients occasionally. If you want my contact information, ask for it via e-mail. Happy gaming!