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Ptaris is a Githyanki located in the Society of Brilliance Lodge in the Lower City during Act Three. He will only be there if the stolen githyanki egg was given to Lady Esther as part of the quest Steal a Githyanki Egg.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Ptaris is the adult Githyanki Egg, whose growth was accelerated in order for the Society of Brilliance researcher, Havkelaag, to prove his theory on genetic morality. As part of this, Ptaris was raised under the Ptarian Code, the teachings of which led him to kill the members of the lodge in his quest to cure them of evil.

Quests[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Ptaris was laid at Crèche Y'llek's hatchery. He was the last of his brood in the hatchery, taking longer then expected to hatch. Though most caretakers would have crushed him, the hatchery overseer Varsh Ko'kuu had begun life in a similar way, and wanted to give the egg as much of a chance as he could. [1]

Ptaris' egg was eventually taken from the hatchery by a group of adventurers who were passing through the crèche, and brought to Lady Esther, a member of the Society of Brilliance was on an expedition to obtain a githyanki egg for her fellow researchers. Esther brought the egg back to the Lodge in Baldur's Gate. There, it was taken on by the researcher and philosopher Havkelaag, who was trying to prove his theory on genetic morality by observing that a githyanki raised in a peaceful, nurturing environment could overcome their "violent nature".[2]

In order to complete their research in a shorter amount of time, the Society created a means of accelerating the growth of Ptaris.[text 1] As the basis of their research, Ptaris was raised under his namesake, The Ptarian Code, a strict moral code decreed by the dragon god of justice, Bahamut. Some of the core ideals of the code were to uphold the highest ideals of justice and good, and correct those who would oppose these ideals.[text 2]

As he grew, Ptaris showed a "diligence, attentiveness and hunger" for knowledge, learning and following the Ptarian doctrine almost obsessively.[text 1] While Ptaris was true to how he enacted the code, his interpretation became too inflexible to consider the broader consequences and morality of his actions.[text 1] Ptaris became more and more obsessive and compulsive, until he took action against Havkelaag and the Society. He believed himself to be absolutely good and able to determine who was "bad". Ptaris believed his father and the Society to be immoral, and in accordance with his code, attempted to "make them better". When this failed, he tried torture, and finally, death, massacring the members of the Lodge.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Main article: Steal a Githyanki Egg

Act One[edit | edit source]

Ptaris is first met while he is just an egg, incubating in the hatchery of Crèche Y'llek under the watchful eye of Varsh Ko'kuu. Ko'kuu will explain to the party that the egg is taking a longer time then expected to hatch. They can then Persuade him to let them take the egg, or simply steal it. If it is later given to Lady Esther along the Monastery trail, she will take it back to the Society of Brilliance Lodge, where it will grow into Ptaris.

Act Three[edit | edit source]

Arriving at the Society of Brilliance Lodge, the party will find a scene of devastation, blood coating the floor and the lodge members murdered. Upstairs and in the bedroom is be a portal, which leads down to the Lodge's docks, where a full grown Ptaris has just killed Lady Esther.

Ptaris will introduce himself, that he is Ptaris and he is "good". He will reveal that he was raised by a dwarf named Havkelaag, his growth accelerated and raised under the Ptarian code. Ptaris will read the player's mind and see them giving him as an egg to Esther, and will blame them for the harm his father cause him.

At this point, the party can try and talk down Ptaris. He will react by saying that his "father saved [him]"; that he was born evil and his father cured him. Ptaris will realise that his code is flawed, and will become inconsolable as he comprehends the reality of his actions.

If the party fails to convince Ptaris, he will become hostile and attack.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Spells and abilities[edit | edit source]

Misty Step.webp

Surrounded by silver mist, you teleport to an unoccupied space you can see.
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft
Generic Psychic.webp
D8 Psychic.png 4d8 (4~32) Damage TypesPsychic damage

Pierce a foe with a psychic dart and possibly drag other foes towards the target.
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft

Ptaris' Mental Image[edit | edit source]

Generic Ethereal.webp

Creates magical effigies that steal 2 points of Charisma, Intelligence, and Wisdom from nearby targets.
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft
Unarmed Strike.webp
D6 Psychic.png 2d6 (2~12) Damage TypesPsychic damage

Strike a foe and create a magical effigy that steal 2 points of Charisma, Intelligence, and Wisdom from the target.

Destroying a mental effigy restores the ability points.

 Melee: 1.5 m / 5  ft

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Ptaris is a challenging fight. He is Level 12 and creates a number of projections of himself.

Notable loot[edit | edit source]

Related literature[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dialogue with Varsh Ko'kuu.
  2. Dialogue with Lady Esther.

External links[edit | edit source]

Bahamut on the Forgotten Realms Wiki