Varchas is one of my favorite parts of the game, given all the things there are to do in the city and how detailed the writing is compared to most other ports. However, it has a very unsatisfying conclusion in the form of turning into a place that’s only function is to give you a single tale of terror when you visit. The game also tells you that more options will become available to you if you trigger the pilgrimage, this is not true at all. It’s much more akin to giving the alarming scholar 7 searing enigmas, as witnessing the pilgrimage will permanently lock the city out in exchange for 2 secrets, one iron or pages, 7/8 memories of distant shores or a tale of terror, and a searing enigma.
Considering the extreme amount of value you can get out of trading scintillack and especially blue scintillack there, this may be very undesirable and functionally be a beginner’s trap.