Get Help from Healer Nettie

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Nettie is a talented healer - but can she cure a tadpole?

Get Help from Healer Nettie is a sub-quest of Act One's main quest, Find a Cure. It can be started by inquiring about a healer with Nymessa and Damays or various individuals at the Druid Grove.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

Objectives and journal entries may vary pending player decisions and outcomes.

Find the druid's apprentice.
  • Aradin told us that the druid Halsin has an apprentice. If we can find her, she might be able to help us with the parasite.
Find the healer Nettie.
  • When we asked about healing, we were told to look for Nettie in the Inner Sanctum.
  • There's a camp nearby where someone named Nettie can supposedly heal any wound. She might be able to help remove the parasite.
Follow Nettie.
  • We told Nettie about the parasite. She seemed concerned and asked us to follow her to another room for treatment.
Find an antidote for the poison.
  • Unable to heal us, Nettie spared us the horror of ceremorphosis - by poisoning one of us with deadly venom. We need to cure the poison immediately.
  • Nettie's corpse told us of a cure - the Elixir of Silvanus. It seems related to flora of the Dalelands.
  • To make the lifesaving antidote, we need to mix a bundle of mugwort in a cauldron of theriac, blessed by Silvanus.
Quest Complete
  • Nettie tried to poison us, but we managed to talk her out of it. She let us go, but she made us promise to kill ourselves if we started to turn.
  • We managed to find a cure for the venom Nettie used - but we're still no closer to a cure for the parasite.
  • We rescued Nettie's master, Halsin. Now that he's safe, we don't need to ask Nettie for help - we can go directly to the master druid instead.
  • Nettie was killed before she could help us. We'll need to find another way to cure ourselves.
  • Nettie's dead - serves her right for trying to poison us. But it's a bittersweet victory: we still need to find a way to deal with the parasite.
  • We left the area without seeing if the druid apprentice could heal us.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

The library where you speak with Nettie.

Nettie can be found within the Emerald Grove, in the room beyond the lounge where Kagha and Rath are situated. She will not help the player until they admit to her that they're infected by a Mindflayer Tadpole. She invites the player to join her in the library room deeper within the sanctum to talk.

Once the player is inside the room, she locks the door behind them and they lose the ability to Fast Travel. Approaching Nettie initiates a conversation.

If the player is truthful with Nettie - informing her of the various symptoms they have been experiencing, then Nettie is honest in kind. She doesn't have a cure, and was instead planning to euthanize the player before they can transform.

Nettie offers to let the player go free if they swear to consume Wyvern Poison and kill themselves at the first signs of turning. If the player agrees and swears to Nettie's demands, she informs them of the current situation in the Grove and gives them the quest Rescue the Druid Halsin. If the player is unwilling to swear to this, she attacks in hopes of stopping the player before they can transform and harm others.

If Nettie is killed, the player finds that they're still trapped within the library. To escape, they must loot Nettie's Circlet, the Key of the Ancients which opens the stone slab doors. The players can use this to return to the Druid Grove, or head towards the Underground Passage.

If the player is not truthful with Nettie - refusing to provide any details of their symptoms, she asks to touch the player's hand without explanation.

  • If the player offer their hand to Nettie, the Druid slices them with the poisoned plant Kelemvor's Kiss, inflicting them with a special Poisoned condition called At Death's Door, which inflicts a -2 penalty to all Ability Scores, and continues to worsen after Rest.

If the player successfully avoids getting poisoned, they can make another DC10 Medicine, History, or Intimidation to get Nettie to stand down. If this is successful, the conversation loops back to her request for the player to swear to drinking the poison should they start transforming. Saying yes finishes the quest. Refusing to swear once again leads to combat.

Poisoned and Trapped[edit | edit source]

If the player is poisoned, they have an opportunity to grab the branch and conduct a DC10 Nature Check to identify the poison. Doing so provides some lore, but does not seem to affect future checks and options. The player is able to walk away from the conversation at this point. Nettie is not hostile, believing that with the doors lock and the player poisoned, they'll no longer be a danger.

The player have the following options to try to obtain the antidote, which is on Nettie, at this point:

  • Convince Nettie to give it to them by passing a DC15 History, Medical or Deception (two chances). This is the only peaceful method to obtain the antidote and leave the room at this point.
  • Attack Nettie and loot her body for the Elixir of Silvanus.
  • Pick-pocket the Elixir of Silvanus from Nettie. She turns hostile once she discovers it missing. However, this allows you to fight her without the At Death's Door debuff.

If Nettie is convinced to peacefully provide the antidote, she now offers to let the player go free as long as they swear to commit suicide prior to turning. Refusing once again leads to a fight.

Note, that at any point of the conversation, the player can choose to attack Nettie to either obtain the antidote (if they're poisoned) and to free themselves from the locked room, through the "Attack" button at the bottom left of the screen when in dialogue. Alternatively, the player can switch characters and have them initiate the fight.

Brewing an Antidote[edit | edit source]

Should the player wish to, they can also learn to brew an antidote to cure themselves of the poison.

In the room where they originally found Nettie healing the bird, there is a book named On Antidotes sitting on a desk by the cauldron. Reading the book teaches the player the crafting recipe for an Antidote and combining Salts of Mugwort with any suspension will allow them to brew an antidote that can cure them of the poison. Antidotes found elsewhere will also work for curing the poison.

Three Mugwort can be found in the Druid's Quarters to extract the salts and the room Nettie locks you in has three Bullywug Trumpets that allow the player to extract a suspension, providing all the ingredients needed to brew an antidote if the player doesn't already have them. Picking up the Bullywug Trumpet nearest to Nettie will trigger a dilogue line where she tells the player to stop searching for an antidote as they won't find one.

The player can brew the antidote ahead of speaking with Nettie or simply bring one with them found elsewhere in the world. Should the player get poisoned, they then have the option to cure themselves immediately, which causes Nettie to give up, and loop back to offering the player a chance to leave if they swear to kill themselves should they start to transform.

Quest Rewards[edit | edit source]

Completing this quest earns the player 75 Experience Points. The Wyvern Toxin the player can obtain is actually a powerful consumable that be used to add significant poison damage to a single weapon attack. The Key of the Ancients can only be obtained in outcomes that involves killing Nettie.

Earlier Versions[edit | edit source]

The Cauldron of Boiling Theriac used to brew the Elixir of Silvanus in early versions.

Prior to Patch 1 the player was able to read the book Flora of the Dalelands in the Druid's Quarters to learn that the poison Nettie has used on them is known as 'Kelemvor's Kiss'. The book also taught the player how to brew an Elixir of Silvanus using the Cauldron of Boiling Theriac to cure the poison.

This would also grant the inspiration "The Apprentice Turns Master" to players with the Guild Artisan background, which is now inaccessible.

Patch one removed the book and replaced it with a copy of On Antidotes which instead teaches the player how to craft a regular Antidote using the crafting system.