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Balthazar is an Undead necromancer in service to Ketheric Thorm, who can first be encountered in the Gauntlet of Shar during Act Two.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Balthazar is a necromancer in service to General Ketheric Thorm, sent to the Gauntlet of Shar to retrieve the Nightsong; the source of Ketheric's immortality.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Balthazar can first be encountered in the Gauntlet of Shar, behind a locked door guarded by his undead servants.

Approaching the door and/or his servants, wherever they are found, will generally trigger a conversation. A combat encounter will always trigger on conclusion of this conversation, where Dark Justiciar Avengers attack both the undead servants and the player's party. Once this combat resolves, the player may have the opportunity to speak to Balthazar further and learn more about the relic he is searching for. The player also has the option to simply attack and kill Balthazar at any time after this encounter.

The player also has the option to fully avoid contact with Balthazar and his servants until they delve deeper into the Gauntlet. It is impossible to avoid meeting Balthazar if the player reaches this point.

The second place he can be encountered, assuming the player has not killed him, is when the player crosses the threshold into the Shadowfell from within the Gauntlet. If the player has not yet met Balthazar at this point, he will simply introduce himself and give the player the opportunity to help him finish his mission.

Once the player finally meets Balthazar, they are generally allowed to choose at several points if they want to kill him or help him finish his mission.

If the player helps Balthazar obtain the Nightsong and later meets with Ketheric, Ketheric will take the player prisoner. They will wake up in Balthazar's lab at the Mind Flayer Colony, where Balthazaar prepares to find a way to remove the artefact from the player's possession; ultimately, a fight between the player and Balthazar will break out.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Balthazar will use a Potion of Speed at the start of his turn to gain Hasted unless you buy it off him during dialogue first (use the Trade button).

Spells and abilities[edit | edit source]

Honour mode[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Related literature[edit | edit source]

Tissue and Organ Register

Written by Balthazar[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Balthazar's name (and ribs) were taken from the monk Balthazar, a character from Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal.

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