Midnight Suns Hiram Shaw's Church mystery explained: How to find the Moon Seal

Midnight Suns Hiram Shaw's Church mystery explained: How to find the Moon Seal
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton

Published 

10th May 2023 12:40

Contents

Our walkthrough of the Midnight Suns Hiram Shaw's Church mystery will help you complete the game's longest mystery by taking you through all the different steps that ultimately leads you to the Moon Seal.

Midnight Suns covers the supernatural and mysterious side of Marvel, and part of this sees players solving various mysteries on the Abbey grounds, ranging from breaking hexes, to placing bones in their rightful resting place. The most complex mystery in the game involves Hiram Shaw's Church and a special Moon Seal that lets you unlock a new section of the map.

So, take a look at our walkthrough of the Midnight Suns Hiram Shaw's Church mystery, and learn how to grab the Moon Seal.

Midnight Suns Hiram Shaw's Church location

a screenshot of the Midnight Suns words of power menu showing the Reveal word of power
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Before you can begin the Hiram Shaw's Church mystery, you will first need to complete the second Trial of the Elder Gods and earn the 'reveal' word of power. You can begin this trial after collecting all the Midnight Suns Elemental Rods, which provides you with the Moon Seal needed to end the trial and earn the word of power.

With the 'reveal' word of power, you will now have access to the top right of the Abbey grounds map, allowing you to head to Hiram Shaw's Church.

Once you arrive at the church and enter, a short cutscene will play that starts the mystery, and you will be able to speak to Agatha to learn more about the area. After the conversation ends, you will get the objective to "explore the church".

Hiram Shaw's Church mystery explained

  • Once you have control again, head to the closed doors at the back of the church and use the 'open' word of power. This will reveal a study with some journal pages and a recipe book inside, and another set of doors.
  • Use the 'open' word of power on the next set of doors to access the area behind the church.

a screenshot of a Midnight Suns cutscene showing Hunter and Agatha talking behind Hiram Shaw's Church
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  • Behind the church is a small area that runs underneath a wooden walkway. Travel to the back of this area to find an entrance to a cave and a hex blocking the way.
  • Interact with this hex to start a cutscene with Agatha, where you will get the objective to speak to Doctor Strange.
  • Travel back to the Abbey to speak to Doctor Strange so you can ask him to come to the church with you. You'll both arrive a little before the church, so follow the path and head back to the cave entrance behind it.
  • Once you get there, you and Doctor Strange will have another conversation where he essentially says he will think of some way to bypass the hex.
  • After this point, you will need to wait and go about business as usual by doing missions.
  • Once you get to the point in the story where you extract a sample of the Venom symbiote and create a suit out of it, Doctor Strange will notify you to speak to him again. Talk to him and he will give you a special potion he brewed that will let you dispel the hex.

an image of Midnight Suns gameplay showing the Faded Journal page in the cave behind Hiram Shaw's Church
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  • Head back to Hiram Shaw's Church and interact with the hex again to dispel it.
  • Explore the cave and interact with the bones on the floor to receive the next objective, which is searching the study back in the church (the second room).
  • Go back into the study and stand in front of the small table with three pieces of paper. Use the 'reveal' word of power to reveal drawings of witch warrens on each page. Agatha will speak to you about them and tell you to meet her in the library the following night to study them.
  • When you speak to Agatha the following night, she will instruct you to locate the three witch warrens from the drawings and then collect a soil sample from each one. 

Witch Warren locations

an image of the Midnight Suns map showing the Witch Warren locations
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We've marked each Witch Warren on the map above, but you can check out a detailed walkthrough for each one below.

  • Witch Warren Location 1 - To find the first location, head out to the training yard and toward Agatha's Altar. Instead of heading up the path to the altar, turn right and follow the stream of water. You will come to the witch warren against a rock wall in the corner.
  • Witch Warren Location 2 - The second location is in Dreamer's Descent. If you fast travel to the Stone Terrace, turn around and follow the path down and to the left. After getting to the bottom, immediately turn left and go back up another path toward some blue torches. Take a left here and you will see a cave with the witch warren inside.
  • Witch Warren Location 3 - Fast travel to the Stone Terrace again, but this time follow the path ahead and then turn left straight at the first fork in the road. Follow this next path and then take two lefts so you do a U-turn into a path next to a cliff. Keep walking ahead until you get to a small cave on your right with the witch warren inside.

Moon Seal location

After collecting the soil samples from all three witch warrens, return to Agatha in the Abbey library and speak to her. She will ask you to then meet her at Agatha's Altar so you can commune with the dead witches and locate the next Moon Seal. A cutscene will play and you will be instructed to find the Moon Seal at the Hanging Tree.

an image of Midnight Suns gameplay showing the Dead Tree near the end of the Hiram Shaw's Church mystery
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  • To find the Hanging Tree, fast travel to Hiram Shaw's Church and then turn around and follow the path leading away from it.
  • Take the second right that leads you over the long bridge toward the large graveyard, and then turn left through a small arch. You should now see a dead tree with small green symbols covering it.
  • Use the 'reveal' word of power next to the tree and it will summon the Moon Seal, along with Agatha.
  • A short cutscene will play and once it has finished, the Hiram Shaw's Church mystery will be complete and you can pick up the Moon Seal to take to the third Trial of the Elder Gods.

That's all for our walkthrough of how to solve the Midnight Suns Hiram Shaw's Church mystery, and now you know all the steps you need to take during this quest to find the Moon Seal.

After finishing the third Trial of the Elder Gods, check out where to find the Midnight Suns Seal Fragments to continue this questline. 

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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