Kaveh is one of the more enigmatic characters in Genshin Impact, but a number of message boards reveal information about him.
The Genshin Impact Kaveh was only recently introduced in the game’s 3.2 update. In it, he has a heated argument with Alhaitham before walking away. The Traveler has not yet interacted with him, but anything is possible in the future.
Genshin Impact is notorious for teasing its characters long before they are playable. They’re usually introduced as non-player characters (NPCs) who play a role in the main plot. In other cases, however, HoYoverse scatters hints about them throughout the game world. Kaveh was an example of this; prior to his first appearance as an NPC, there were messages to and from him in various parts of Sumeru.
Genshin Impact’s Message Boards Reveal Kaveh
When Genshin Impact first released the Sumeru region, it was filled with places to explore and items to interact with. Message boards, on the other hand, were most likely among the players’ last priorities (barring lore enthusiasts). These unassuming boards turned out to contain interesting information about various characters. Some people mentioned Lord Jackal, Cyno, and even the Yae Publishing House from Inazuma. Finally, Kaveh and his antics are mentioned on three different message boards.
The first message board can be found across the bridge from the teleport waypoint in Port Ormos. One passage contains an argument between two people. It starts with a troubled craftsman lamenting how their skills are no longer required because the Akasha network can easily teach people how to build and maintain merchant ships. The craftsman then mentions that “the Scribe” – Genshin Impact’s Alhaitham – told them to look for work elsewhere, but they don’t have the funds to make the trip.
Another person, Kaveh, then speaks up, saying that he knows someone in need of craftsmen and that they should disregard the Scribe. Alhaitham responds, telling Kaveh not to get involved in “meaningless matters.” He goes on to say that some people will fail while others will succeed because that is how the world works. Kaveh emphatically denies this, rejecting Alhaitham’s belief in survival of the fittest in favor of ideas of “mutual assistance, fairness, and righteous anger.” The conversation concludes with Alhaitham questioning Kaveh’s budget situation.
It appears that Kaveh is the more sympathetic of the two, which is understandable given that Kaveh and Alhaitham are polar opposite Genshin Impact characters. This is even more evident in the second message board, which can be found near the Puspa Cafe in Sumeru City. Here, Kaveh and Alhaitham disagree once more, this time about the worth of art. While Kaveh believes in appreciating art for its own sake, Alhaitham sees it as nothing more than a commodity that loses meaning when it no longer has monetary value. “And that is exactly why I’ve always despised materialists like you,” a frustrated Kaveh retorts. Dori then pays Kaveh’s bill at the end of the exchange.
What’s interesting about this situation is that both men’s words appear to contradict their actions. Despite the fact that Alhaitham is the first to make claims about survival of the fittest, he himself welcomed a bankrupt Kaveh to his home, seemingly asking for nothing in return. In contrast, while Kaveh clearly has a stronger moral compass, he can’t seem to stay out of trouble, as evidenced by the last message board in Genshin Impact.
The final passage can be found on Sumeru City’s Mahamata Bulletin Board. It’s the shortest of the three exchanges, and it involves Alhaitham and the tavern owner. Alhaitham inquires about the wine crates he had ordered, only to discover that Kaveh had taken them all. So, while Kaveh is quick to help those in need, he appears to have no qualms about biting the hand that feeds. The two have an amusingly dysfunctional dynamic, which will most likely be featured in the next Genshin Impact updates.