Investigate the Murders

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Devella is tracking a serial killer, and she needs help.

Investigate the Murders is a sub-quest of the quest Get Orin's Netherstone in Act Three of Baldur's Gate 3.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

Follow the bloody trail of murders in Baldur's Gate.
  • Gortash told us how to find Orin the Red - follow the spate of murders across the city. The Open Hand Temple may be a good place to start.
Investigate the murder of Duke Stelmane.
  • Duke Stelmane was ritualistically killed at the Elfsong Tavern shortly before our arrival into the city. We should investigate - it may help us find the Lord of Murder's Chosen.
Find the unsually elaborate murder scene.
  • The Flaming Fist have found elaborate, ritualistic murder scenes around the city. They could be Bhaalist - and could lead us to Orin.
  • Gauntlet Devella asked us to check out an elaborate murder scene that could be Bhaalist in nature. It could lead us to Orin the Red.
Show the Bhaalist target list to the Investigator.
  • Father Lorgan's name appears on a target list we found - tying his murder into a test for cultists to access the Temple of Bhaal. We should show Investigator Valeria.
Talk to Gauntlet Devella in the Elfsong Tavern.
  • Investigator Valeria is now convinced Father Lorgan's murder is linked to a wider plot - and has asked us to bring the news to her constable, Gauntlet Devella, in the Lower City's Elfsong Tavern.
  • We found a target list for Bhaalist assassins hoping to access the Temple of Bhaal - presumably where we'll find Orin. Duke Stelmane's on this list. We should inform Gauntlet Devella.
Find the victims on the Bhaalist target list.
  • We found a list of targets for Bhaalist murderers - the only victims left alive are in the Lower City. The murderers following this list are trying to gain access to the Temple of Bhaal, presumably where we'll find Orin.
  • We confirmed Franc Peartree was dead, as the Bhaalist target list noted. We should check on the other victims too.
  • One of the victims from the Bhaalist target list told us his killer was dressed in red. We should track down the remaining victims before they strike again.
  • We confirmed Alexander Rainforest was dead, as the Bhaalist target list noted. We should check on the other victims too.
  • A talkative rat in a Bhaalist victim's cellar saw the murderer - a dwarf dressed in red. We should track down the remaining victims before they strike again.
  • Chef Roveer is dead by our hands - we should check in on the other victims from the Bhaalist target list.
  • We warned Chef Roveer of the Bhaalist target list he's on - we should do the same for the other marked targets.
  • Nesha Leesha is dead by our hands - we should check in on the other victims from the Bhaalist target list.
  • We warned Nesha Leesha of the Bhaalist target list she's on - we should do the same for the other marked targets.
  • Figaro Pennygood is dead by our hands - we should check in on the other victims from the Bhaalist target list.
  • We warned Figaro Pennygood of the Bhaalist target list he's on - we should do the same for the other marked targets.
  • Gauntlet Devella is convinced the target list we found is linked to a wider Bhaalist plot. She asked us to follow the people noted on the list, save them if possible, and get more information about the Bhaalist cult.
Chase down the serial killer.
  • We discovered Cora Highberry, one of the people noted on the Bhaalist target list, slaughtered brutally. Figaro Pennygood is next on the list - we need to find him before the killer does.
  • We saved Cora Highberry from a Bhaalist serial killer disguised as a wine merchant. Figaro Pennygood is next on the target list - we need to find him before the killer does.
  • We stopped a spree of murders by taking down the killer - a dwarf named Dolor. We should check his body for any clues about finding the Bhaalist cult.
Follow the serial killer.
  • The next victim on the Bhaalist target list is the late Figaro Pennygood. We should check his place - see if the killer stopped by and left any clues.
Enter Candulhallow's Tombstones.
  • We found a note on Figaro Pennygood's corpse instructing his killer to enter Candulhallow's Tombstones with a passphrase - seems as though the Bhaalist cult may be there.
  • We found a note in the killer Dolor's pockets, instructing him to enter Candulhallow's Tombstones with a passphrase - seems the Bhaalist cult may be there.
  • We learned the passphrase we must speak at Candulhallow's Tombstones to meet with the Bhaalist cult.
Infiltrate the Murder Tribunal.
  • We spoke the passphrase to enter Candulhallow's Tombstones - we should explore within to find the Bhaal cult.
Debrief with the Investigator.
  • Justice Sarevok is dead by our hands - we should speak to his hollyphant captive before heading to the Temple of Bhaal.
Quest Complete
  • Investigator Valeria told us where to find the Temple of Bhaal - Orin awaits us there.
  • With Justice Sarevok and Investigator Valeria dead, we must search the Tribunal for a way of accessing the Temple of Bhaal.
  • We became Unholy Assassins of Bhaal at the cost of Investigator Valeria's life - we wetted ourselves with her blood and were granted a way to access the Temple of Bhaal.
  • We defeated the Justice Sarevok and his Murder Tribunal, stopping the serial killings in Baldur's Gate for now. To end them for good, we must find Orin.
  • Justice Sarevok is dead by our hands - we can use his amulet to enter the Temple of Bhaal.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

A Bhaalist Plot[edit | edit source]

According to Enver Gortash, Orin the Red can be found by following the murders in the city, starting with the latest reported murder at the Open Hand Temple. Completing Solve the Open Hand Temple Murders provides more information on Father Lorgan, the latest victim of the Bhaalist plot, as well as information on the killer behind the murders.

The party can also come across information on the murders by going up the stairs in the Elfsong Tavern and encountering the murder scene of Duke Belynne Stelmane. Here, they meet Gauntlet Devella Fountainhead, who is investigating the murders in town and believes they are part of a Bhaalist conspiracy. The party can tell her they are adventurers, and use Perception, Investigation, or Insight to convince Devella they can be of use. If Devella believes they can help, she will give a Map of Murder that points to another crime scene.

If the party starts with Solve the Open Hand Temple Murders, they encounter Inspector Valeria who is charged with investigating the murders, and she refers the party to Gauntlet Devella once they've shown her sufficient proof of Bhaal's involvement in the murders. Otherwise, the party can share the information on the Bhaalists with Devella directly if they already encountered her at Elfsong Tavern.

Speaking to any of the deceased victims, or speaking with the rats in Rainforest's home, reveals that they were killed by a dwarf in red. Speaking to Ffion Goldgrind's corpse in Fraygo's Flophouse reveals his name is Dolor and he is her son, who killed her after she found out he was a serial killer.

The Murder List[edit | edit source]

Fraygo's Flophouse (X:-6, Y:72) is across the way from Sharess' Caress. After going up the stairs of the Flophouse, a ladder (X:-12, Y:87) can be taken up to the top floor. On this floor, a red wardrobe can be found (X:-17, Y:82).

There are multiple ways to get into the secret room on the uppermost floor of the Flophouse:

On the table to the right of the room's entrance is a Bloodstained Parchment. This parchment contains a list of murder victims and can be picked up to present to Valeria or Devella as hard evidence of a Bhaalist plot.

Location of the Bloodstained Parchment in Peartree's House.

If Devella gave the party the Map of Murder, then they can find a Bloodstained Parchment in Peartree's House (X:32, Y:-96).

Save the Victims[edit | edit source]

Once the Bhaal murder list has been found, the party can utilize it to track down the victims who haven't yet been killed in order to seek out the murderer.

Living Victims:

  • Cora Highberry (X:22, Y:-38): The Wine Festival southwest of the Elfsong Tavern.
  • Figaro Pennygood (X:-182, Y:-31): Inside Facemaker's Boutique.
  • Chef Roveer (X:64, Y:8).: In the kitchen of the Elfsong Tavern.
  • Nesha Leesha (X:-153, Y:-90): Outside of the Blushing Mermaid.

Deceased Victims:

  • Father Lorgan (X:-57, Y:-22): In the infirmary of the Open Hand Temple.
  • Duke Belynne Stelmane (X:73, Y:-19): Second floor of the Elfsong Tavern.
  • Alexander Rainforest (X:-95, Y:-114): In a bed on the top floor of Rainforest's Home.
  • Franc Peartree (X:42, Y: -96): On the ground in Peartree's Home.

Chef Roveer[edit | edit source]

Roveer is in the kitchen of Elfsong Tavern. He immediately insists the party take care of rats in the cellar, as part of Roveer's Storehouse and won't listen to the party otherwise. After killing the rats, the party can return and warn him of the murder plot.

Nesha Leesha[edit | edit source]

Nesha Leesha wanders the outer decks near the Blushing Mermaid's entrance. The party can warn her that she is a target for murder, but Nesha initially takes it as a joke. She doesn't think anyone would want to murder her. With a successful Persuasion roll (DC 15), she can be convinced that her life is in danger, after which she walks off to take care of her tab at the bar.

Cora Highberry[edit | edit source]

Cora simply wanted to run a wine tasting to benefit orphaned children. Dolor had other plans.

Cora Highberry is at a table at the wine festival southwest of Elfsong Tavern. Speaking to her, she tells the party she's about to taste some of "Master Meztli's" wine. A successful medicine check reveals that the wine smells sickly sweet, with an acrid note on the periphery, indicating poison.

  • Cora Highberry, your life is in danger. A serial killer is after you.
  • I would love a glass, Master Meztli.
  • I'm afraid I must decline, but I hope you enjoy your wine.
  • I think it's only polite that we let Master Meztli drink first, or should I say... Dolor?
  • Attack the poisoner.

Choosing "I would love a glass" or "I hope you enjoy your wine" results in Cora being poisoned and killed. Otherwise, "Master Meztli" reveals himself to be the serial killer Dolor and is infuriated that his perfect crime was interrupted. He retreats, summoning multiple doppelgangers to keep the party busy. Dolor uses a (scripted variation of) boots with Dimension Door at level 5 that teleports 100 meters (66~ feet) away. One of the corpses contains a Tombstone Shop Key necessary for later on in the quest. Successfully warning Cora Highberry earns the Inspiration Icon.pngInspirational Event Wine Connoisseur (Noble background).

However, his Dimension Door can be Counterspelled, meaning the player can simply kill him at his initial appearance and avoid the fight at Facemaker's Boutique, if you are going to kill him here after the Counterspell he will likely to throw a potion to paralyze party member followed by a modified sneak attack that doesn't require an advantage and will always drink an invisibility potion to attempt a second escape, if he reaches his next turn he will cast Dimension Doors again at level 5.

Figaro Pennygood[edit | edit source]

Only after fleeing from the wine festival will Dolor be found with his last target, Figaro Pennygood, at Facemaker's Boutique, near the Baldur's Gate waypoint. Figaro and Gauntlet Devella can be found in the back room, paralyzed, while Dolor prepares to murder them. If the party chooses the option to sneak into a better position, Dolor is able to kill Figaro, while announcing themselves immediately saves Figaro's life. During the battle, Dolor will target Devella first, making it imperative to heal (or cast Sanctuary on) her. Entering through the right (southmost) double door can also put you in a better position to save Devella. After the fight, Devella thanks the party and suggests searching Dolor's body for clues on what he intended to do next.

Killing Dolor grants the party a bag of his victims' hands, as well as a Torn and Bloody Page with a poem from the Dirge of the Unholy Assassin. Reading the page provides a passphrase, 'Sicarius,' and a location, Candulhallow's Tombstones. Successfully killing Dolor awards the Inspiration Icon.pngInspirational Event Culling the Imitator (Haunted One background).

Murder the Victims[edit | edit source]

Olfaith Olumssdottir approaches the party after a successful murder.

In contrast to saving the victims, the party can choose to murder the remaining victims for themselves and claim their hands as trophies. While Dolor is busy with Cora Highberry, the party can target Figaro Pennygood. The party can also take out Nesha Leesha and Roveer, either by announcing they've come to kill them or by using subterfuge (ie utilizing Greater Invisibility or Darkness). If the party announces they intend to kill the targets, the targets become hostile and are joined by friendly NPCs.

After the first kill, or after killing Devella, the party is approached by Olfaith Olumssdottir who congratulates them and asks them to kill another target on the list. Once this is done, he directs the party to Canduhallow's Tombstones and gives them the secret passphrase - 'Sicarius.'

Candulhallow's Tombstones[edit | edit source]

Entrance to Candulhallow's Tombstones

Candulhallow's Tombstones (X:74, Y:25) is northeast of Elfsong Tavern. Its entrance can either be lockpicked, broken (normal attack), or a key used if the party killed Dolor. Move into the back office room and remove the Butterfly on Skull painting (X:87, Y:15) to find a button. Press the button to reveal a secret door. The only way to get past this door is to know the passphrase, Sicarius.

The painting that hides the button.

Within the basement, there is immediately a sign that says "Flaming Fists this Way." This area is heavily trapped with grease barrels that alight if the party enters that way. Instead, remain on the brick path on the right and enter the door to the Murder Tribunal's antechamber (X:-1302, Y:519).

Infiltrate the Murder Tribunal[edit | edit source]

Map of the Murder Tribunal.

Enter the Murder Tribunal Antechamber and speak to That Which Guards. The entity provides a riddle, "Present me well from gifts thine own, or I shall rend thy flesh from bone." Choose "I killed to be here - and took the victim's hand as proof" to proceed forward. The party can use the hand bag from Dolor, the hands taken from any victims they chose to kill, or the hand of Gortash to gain entry. Choosing any other option results in a fight with the guards, and the Murder Tribunal becomes hostile as well.

Choosing to go the murder route and not pursue Dolor results in Dolor being at the Tribunal and arguing with That Which Guards. That Which Guards states that only one murderer can go forth into the Tribunal. The party can tell Dolor to either go ahead, persuade him to fight against the Tribunal, or fight him to the death.

Sarevok Anchev hosts the murder tribunal.

If the party chooses not to fight their way through, they come face to face with Sarevok Anchev, along with the Echo of Amelyssan, Echo of Sendai, and Echo of Illasera. The party can ask various questions about Sarevok and how he is still alive, his ties to Orin, and information about what the Murder Tribunal is.

Sarevok states that there is no better mirror in which to see the true nature of a killer than his victim. Thus, he summons the image of one of the murder victims. The spectre cannot speak, as the murderer stole its voice. Thus, the party must speak for it. Sarevok asks how the pitiful creature was slain:

  • The deed is done - the details don't matter.
  • In combat. Honourably.
  • [DECEPTION] First, I ended its sorry existence. Then I cut the hand from its corpse.
  • [DECEPTION] Slowly and painfully. I savoured every scream.
  • [DECEPTION] With a smile on my face, and pleasure in my heart.
  • I didn't kill this person. But I will kill you.

If the soul was actually slain by the party, then no deception checks are needed. Choosing the first two options or the last option make Sarevok and the echoes hostile. Otherwise, Sarevok leads the party to the Dread Lord's Abattoir, for the next challenge. Inside the abattoir is the hollyphant investigator, Valeria. The party must choose to kill Valeria, becoming a holy assassin of Bhaal, or slay Sarevok.

An additional scene plays if either Minsc or Jaheira is in the party during the tribunal. Sarevok instantly recognizes them and declares them traitors. The party can respond by stating they are sacrifices offered up to Bhaal and kill them, or go through Intimidation or Performance checks to having Jaheira/Minsc kneel before the Tribunal. Doing the latter satisfies Sarevok enough to allow the Tribunal to continue and both Minsc and Jaheira can be baptised as unholy assassins.

Quest Rewards[edit | edit source]

Companion approval[edit | edit source]

In the confrontation at Figaro's shop:

  • Order Meztli to stop (either the first option or any class option) Astarion disapproves -1 Minthara disapproves -1 Halsin approves +1 Jaheira approves +1 Karlach approves +1 Lae'zel approves +1 Minsc approves +1 Shadowheart approves +1 Wyll approves +1
  • Tell Meztli to back off of your kill Halsin disapproves -1 Jaheira disapproves -1 Karlach disapproves -1 Minsc disapproves -1 Wyll disapproves -1 Astarion approves +1 Lae'zel approves +1 Minthara approves +1
  • Offer to investigate the tribunal Halsin approves +1 Jaheira approves +1 Karlach approves +1 Minsc approves +1 Wyll approves +1
  • Sacrifice Gauntlet Devella Fountainhead Halsin disapproves -1 Gale approves +1 Shadowheart approves +1 Jaheira disapproves -1 Karlach disapproves -1 Minsc disapproves -1 Minthara disapproves -1 Wyll disapproves -1Astarion approves +1

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This quest intertwines heavily with Impress the Murder Tribunal, which is completed at the same time as this quest.
  • Several of the murder sites also contain body parts for Find Dribbles the Clown.
  • Warning Roveer and Nesha does not appear to make a difference - Dolor only targets Cora and Figaro.
  • While this Quest doesn't seem to have a time limit, It should be noted that if the Player takes a Long Rest after entering the Lower City and sees the Wine Festival but not interact with anyone, Cora will be murdered the next day.