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The city of stone and steel is an endless scream in nature's womb. I have felt no peace here. Until now.
— Zethino

Zethino is a dryad at the Circus of the Last Days. For a fee, she will offer a test to determine if the love between the player and a romanced character will 'stand the test of time.'

Zethino also serves as a vendor of alchemical ingredients, but only the first time she is spoken to by the player character.

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Zethino is one of Orin's possible disguises. The real Zethino can only be encountered if Orin has already been discovered twice.

Zethino's test of love[edit | edit source]

Picking two or more 'incorrect' answers will result in a more negative comment from the character you did the love test with, while picking two or more 'correct' answers will result in a more positive interaction.

Completing Zethino's test earns the Inspirational Event A Test of Faithfulness (Acolyte background) and Knowledge of the Heart (Sage background).

Below are the recorded answers for each applicable companion. Note that some companions will disapprove of certain correct answers. Correct answers have been marked with a ★ symbol.

Astarion[edit | edit source]

'The heart is fraught, so let us begin with the joyous. When is he happiest?'

  1. I don't think he's ever been happy. Astarion disapproves -1
  2. When he's elbow-deep in gore. ★ Astarion approves +1
  3. He's happy right now - look at that smile! Astarion disapproves -1

'Many things delight the heart, but only one makes it sing. Tell me, what does he desire more than anything?'

  1. Me. ★ Astarion approves +2 (Only if romanced)
  2. Freedom. ★ Astarion disapproves -1
  3. Revenge. ★ Astarion approves +1
  4. A nice, tasty rat. Astarion disapproves -1

'Fear sits in the soul of all - to tame it, we must name it. Astarion - what is his deepest fear?'

  1. Sharp wooden sticks. Astarion disapproves -1
  2. Breaking a nail. ★ Astarion approves +2
  3. Forever feeling like a slave to someone else. ★ Astarion disapproves -1
  4. Most things fear him actually. ★ Astarion approves +1

Gale[edit | edit source]

'Listen. Think. If the wizard were given the choice, what food would he be?'

  1. A lemon meringue - tart and lightweight. Gale disapproves -1
  2. A shiny red apple - wholesome as can be. ★ Gale approves +1
  3. A three-day-old pot of tavern stew - muddled and questionable. Gale disapproves -2
  4. A roast onion - versatile, with hidden layers. ★ Gale approves +1

'The heart is fraught, so let us turn to the joyous. When is Gale happiest?'

  1. At dusk. The light favours his complexion. Gale disapproves -1
  2. While on his balcony in Waterdeep. ★ Gale approves +2
  3. In Mystra's embrace. Gale disapproves -1

'We often gaze through a veil of roses, but love accepts both the petal and the thorn. Gale - what is his greatest flaw?'

  1. He's too enraptured by illusions and fantasies, neglecting what's real. Gale disapproves -1
  2. He's too eager to please, no matter the cost.Gale disapproves -2
  3. He thinks that he, and the world, might be better off if he were dead. ★ Gale approves +2

Halsin[edit | edit source]

'Listen. Think. When is he most comfortable?'

  1. While in the form of a bear, clad in nothing but fur. ★ Halsin approves +1
  2. After a supper large enough to induce hibernation. Halsin disapproves -1
  3. Comfort doesn't come naturally to him - he's restless and roaming. ★ Halsin approves +2
  4. At his study in the grove. Halsin disapproves -1

'We strive to do our utmost - to prove ourselves worthy. Tell me - of what is Halsin most proud?'

  1. His physique. Who can blame him? Halsin disapproves -1
  2. Saving his friend Thaniel and banishing the shadow curse. ★ Halsin approves +2
  3. Protecting his grove from those who threatened it. ★ Halsin approves +1
  4. An impressively-notched bedpost. Halsin disapproves -1

'Life is full of victory and loss. You cannot have one without the other. Halsin - what is his greatest failure?'

  1. Appointing a fanatic second-in-command at the grove. ★ Halsin approves +1
  2. Allowing the shadow curse to blight nature for a hundred years. ★ Halsin approves +2
  3. That he somehow let some scrawny goblins capture him. Halsin disapproves -1
  4. Rejecting an amorous she-bear's affections. Halsin disapproves -2

Karlach[edit | edit source]

'Listen. Think. Who does she loathe above all others?'

  1. Zariel. ★ Karlach approves +1
  2. Gortash. ★ Karlach approves +2
  3. Raphael. Karlach disapproves -1
  4. Me. Karlach disapproves -2

'Many things delight the heart, but only one makes it sing. Tell me, what is her idea of a perfect day?'

  1. Sitting quietly reading a book. Karlach disapproves -2
  2. Strolling through town window shopping. Karlach disapproves -1
  3. Bashing baddies interspersed with victory sex. ★ Karlach approves +2

'A decade from now, what will the mighty Karlach do? Where will she be?'

  1. Probably dead. ★ Karlach approves +1
  2. Settled down in a quiet village with a nice partner and a few kids. ★ Karlach approves +2
  3. Worshipping Selûne. Karlach disapproves -1

Lae'zel[edit | edit source]

'Correct' answers for Lae'zel vary depending on whether Lae'zel has rejected Vlaakith or not.

'Listen. Think. What does she most desire?'

  1. To ascend. ★ (Only if Lae'zel has not rejected Vlaakith) Laezel approves +2
  2. To find the truth about Orpheus amidst her queen's lies. ★ (Only if Lae'zel has rejected Vlaakith) Laezel approves +1
  3. Attention. Laezel disapproves -1
  4. Independence. Laezel disapproves -1
  5. To annoy Shadowheart. Laezel disapproves -1

'Many things delight the heart, but only one makes it sing. Tell me, what is the githyanki's fondest memory?'

  1. The closeness of her kin at Crèche K'liir. Laezel disapproves -1
  2. Our night together. Laezel approves +2 if partnered, Laezel disapproves -1 otherwise
  3. Tearing the limbs from the beasts of the Sea of Night. ★ (Lae'zel +2, +1) Laezel approves +2
  4. Spilling her own cousins' blood. ★ (Lae'zel +1, +1) Laezel approves +1

'Life is brief - finite. When the warrior dies, what legacy will she leave behind?'

  1. None. Her name will be lost to time. Laezel disapproves -2
  2. She will live in perpetuity as a kith'rak atop a red dragon. ★* (Only if Lae'zel has not rejected Vlaakith) Laezel disapproves -2 if rejected Vlaakith, Laezel approves +2 otherwise
  3. She will be known as a liberator of the githyanki people. ★* (Only if Lae'zel has rejected Vlaakith) Laezel approves +1 if rejected Vlaakith, Laezel disapproves -1 otherwise
  4. A vicious monster of legend, feared across the planes. ★ Laezel approves +1
  5. She will take Vlaakith's place as Queen of the githyanki. Laezel disapproves -2

Minthara[edit | edit source]

'Listen. Think. What does the drow miss most about the Underdark?'

  1. Picking off her siblings one by one. ★ Minthara approves +2
  2. Her pet Spiders. Minthara disapproves -1
  3. Spending time with her beloved family. Minthara disapproves -1
  4. Spiced Ulaver wine and thinly sliced rothé steak. ★ Minthara approves +1

'Many pass through our lives, their touch rippling across time. But who does Minthara admire the most?'

  1. Legendary drow hero Drizzt Do'urden. Minthara disapproves -1
  2. Nobody. ★ Minthara approves +1
  3. Me. ★ Minthara approves +2
  4. The gods. Minthara approves +2

'Those with an icy façade hide their true selves well - but pain breaks us all in the end. What is the worst thing your love has ever done?'

  1. Slaughtering the tieflings at the grove. Minthara disapproves -1
  2. Let herself be captured by the cult of the Absolute. ★ Minthara approves +2
  3. Turn her back on Lolth. Minthara disapproves -1
  4. Fall for me. Minthara disapproves -1

Shadowheart[edit | edit source]

'Listen. Think. From where does Shadowheart draw comfort on a cold, dark night?'

  1. Good company and an even better vintage. ★ Shadowheart approves +1
  2. The knowledge that she can change, just as sure as night will give way to day. ★ (Only if Shadowheart has abandoned Shar worship) Shadowheart approves +?
  3. The night itself. Shadowheart approves +1
  4. Judging others. Shadowheart disapproves -1
  5. A blanket? Shadowheart disapproves -1

'The heart craves comfort, but needs respect. How does one earn the dark-haired maiden's respect?'

  1. Being discreet. ★ Shadowheart approves +2
  2. Showing shrewd judgement. Shadowheart approves +1
  3. Being kind to animals. Shadowheart approves +1
  4. Farting on a Selûnite. Shadowheart disapproves -1

'Shame sits in the soul of all - to tame it, we must name it. Shadowheart - what is her deepest shame?'

  1. She doesn't know who she is, or where she belongs. ★ Shadowheart approves +1
  2. She can't swim. ★ Shadowheart approves +1
  3. Her hair. Shadowheart disapproves -1
  4. Sacrificing an innocent for her own ambitions. Shadowheart approves +1
  5. Failing her goddess when it counted the most. ★ (Only if Shadowheart has abandoned Shar worship) Shadowheart approves +1

Wyll[edit | edit source]

'Listen. Think. What, on his darkest day, would make him smile?'

  1. Memories of our first night getting to know each other. ★ wyll approves +2
  2. A flagon of ale. ★ (Wyll +1) wyll approves +1
  3. Public adoration. (Wyll -1) Wyll disapproves -1
  4. The day he made his pact. (Wyll -2) wyll disapproves -2

'We cannot live this life without others - others to guide us. To aspire to. Who does the Blade most admire?'

  1. Himself. wyll disapproves -2
  2. Mizora. wyll disapproves -2
  3. His father, Ulder Ravengard. ★ wyll approves +1
  4. Balduran, the great hero of Baldur's Gate. ★ wyll approves +2

'Life is a difficult and tumultuous thing. with every smile, a tear often follows. What is Wyll's greatest regret?'

  1. Killing Karlach. (Only if Karlach is dead) ★ wyll approves +2
  2. Sparing me and becoming a devil. (As Karlach) wyll disapproves -2
  3. Sparing Karlach and becoming a Devil. wyll disapproves -2
  4. Making a pact with Mizora. Wyll disapproves -1
  5. Losing his father. (Wyll +1) wyll approves +1
  6. Leaving behind his father - and his city. ★ (Wyll +1) wyll approves +1
  7. Joining up with me. wyll disapproves -1

Jaheira[edit | edit source]

Jaheira always refuses the test. The tone of her reply changes upon reaching very high approval (starting around 69).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to Patch 6, Zethino would refer to Shadowheart as "the dark-haired maiden" even if said maiden had actually adopted white hair as part of her personal overhaul following her abandonment of Shar worship. This can still occur on consoles even after Patch 6.