“I was born an ordinary boy, but I made a decision early in life that I would become extraordinary.”
— Mr. Qi
Mr. Qi is a mysterious stranger who is first encountered when the player puts a battery pack into the lock-box in the tunnel. He is connected to the empty box at the train station.
He operates the Casino which is located behind Sandy's store, the Oasis, in the Calico Desert. To gain access to the Casino players must complete the quest line "The Mysterious Qi". After the quest is complete the bouncer will move aside to allow the player to enter. He can be found inside the Casino whenever it is open.
“It's good to finally meet ya, kid. Welcome to my exclusive clubhouse. You've got the 'spark'... that's why I singled you out. What spark? Ah... The conduit of mystery, of art... People like us have a responsiblity [sic] to keep the world alive, to give folks a taste of the extraordinary. You see, kid... The world's like a bowl of rice. It's got substance, but it ain't worth nothin' without a good, zesty sauce. That's where we come in. Didn't you ever wonder who put those treasure chests in the old mineshaft? I like to give people surprises. You'll understand someday. Just keep doing your best and never give up.”
Mr. Qi will either congratulate the player for reaching level 100 while using 10 or fewer Staircases or say the player is "clever" but not "honorable" for using more than 10. In either case, he will award the player with Iridium Snake Milk, which permanently increases the player's health by 25 points.
1.3.27: Added encounter in Skull Cavern. Updated portrait.
1.5: Added Walnut Room and quests on Ginger Island. Relationship with the player's Grandpa is now revealed in the summit cutscene.