Risen 2 had 5 temples on 5 different islands with golden artifacts in them. They cost a lot, and before going to the ending I wanted to level some combat perks, so I sold them for cash.
Then I found the last temple, where a ghost appeared and told me that some asshole was stealing the golden artifacts from all the other temples, and since I visited that last temple, I was the one chosen to find them and bring them back, else I would've been punished.
I didn't finish that quest, tho.
Since the main character of 1/2 was a fucking drunkard in 3, I can only assume that his fall from grace (again) was the punishmet and not finishing this quest was canon.