Speaking in Forked Tongues

Location Stonegarden
Suggested Level 12
Next Quest None
Previous Quest None

Speaking in Forked Tongues is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II. Speak to the burning chest in Stonegarden cemetary and find a way to open it.



Important NPCs


Speaking in Forked Tongues Objectives

  1. Move the chest from the fire.
  2. Speak to the chest.
  3. Find the password.
  4. Open the chest.



Speaking in Forked Tongues Walkthrough

In Stonegarden, you can find a lizard chest in between two fire-breathing statues. Move it out the flame so you can speak to it.

Let a lizard speak to it (the Red Prince will do), and you will learn it requires a password to open. The password can be learned from the salamander at Ryker's mansion, but it has to be a lizard character with both the Pet Pal talent and the "Scholar" tag. Fane's Mask of the Shapeshifter can be used if there is no lizard character in the party. With enough persuasion ability, you can also pass a speech check to make the chest open for you. Finding the password from the salamander gives 9650XP though.

Alternatively, if you have an Elf in your party there's a limb you can eat from a lizard corpse that will infuse you with the memories of the song/password. It is located near the broken statue and requires Wits to find. This is probably the easier way to complete this quest BUT if you do so, you will forfeit the rewards associated with the "Stranger in a strange land" quest, since the limbs are from the spirit of the lizard who wants his limbs burned. Opening the chest will grant 3875XP and complete the quest.


Tips & Tricks

  • Teleport the chest out from the flames
  • Smashing it gets the loot but does not solve the quest, noble lizard with petpal does not qualify to get the password.
  • A Scholar elf may learn a song from gravekeeper, which can open the chest (?)
  • Consul Zur's leg can be found at Ryker's basement (?), eat it will taught you the song/password

    • Anonymous

      31 Oct 2017 23:32  

      You can it it without schoolar tag, but if you use shapeshifting when you must eat and speak with chest in elf form.

      • Anonymous

        30 Oct 2017 18:58  

        I can confirm what another post said. There's a Disembodied Leg on a table down in Ryker's basement that, when eaten by my Scholar elf, granted the password for the chest. This is not the same leg you dig up for the "Stranger in a Strange Land" quest, and the quest won't update after you eat the leg. But when you next speak to the chest, the option will be there. I don't know if you need to eat the leg after speaking to the chest for the first time, nor do I know if a non-Scholar elf can do it.

        • Anonymous

          29 Oct 2017 16:32  

          This is a silly quest, I have Fane in my party and I just lockpicked the chest. No password necessary. But the quest didn't close after I looted the chest.

          • Anonymous

            26 Oct 2017 13:49  

            The silly thing about this quest is that lizard characters need "Pet Pal" to speak to the salamander, Xiuh. If he's speaking ancient tongue, a language which you know. But I suppose Larian gonna Larian

            • Anonymous

              26 Oct 2017 13:28  

              When you speak to Xiuh the salamander, one of the dialogue options is "Visitors? Ask who comes to see Ryker." That doesn't follow from the previous statements as there was no mention of visitors. Very weird.

              • Anonymous

                26 Oct 2017 05:38  

                Even if you talk to the chest first with a non-lizard, you will write in your quest journal that it requires a password. Hmm, how did you know? Weird.

                • Anonymous

                  15 Oct 2017 18:30  

                  I found Consul Zur's leg in Ryker's basement. That leg taught me a song and finally I could open it.
                  You should open the chest in elf form, not lizard form (If you use Shapeshifter)

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Oct 2017 22:11  

                    Simply said, as the red Prince, that I was her mistress' incarnation. Chest said she wishes I was more female or some such but opened up fine.

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Oct 2017 23:12  

                      i talked to the gravekeeper as a scholar elf and she was singing a melody when i first talked to her. when i went back to the chest, a new dialogue option popped up about hearing a lizard sing a song and the chest opened. this would be the easiest way to open it i think.

                      do not eat the lizard limb as it is required for another quest. (you're supposed to throw the limb into the fire)

                      • 30 Sep 2017 09:01  

                        Just edited the page with a new way to complete this quest that does not require any tag, only that you have an elf in your party. Eat a lizard limb that you can find in the graveyard and you'll learn the password from his memories.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Sep 2017 12:51  

                          thrice bound***** wish i had just checked a stupid guide as lockpicking ther damn thing loses you 20k exp as it does not talk! if you lock pick the stupid thing

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Sep 2017 10:43  

                            Just to make clear, you NEED to move the chest out of the flames in order to speak the password, since you can't while it's burning, even if you already got the pass.

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Sep 2017 16:24  

                              If you have taken fane in your party you will have a mask that can transform anyone into a lizzard. As long as you have someone with pet pal, use the mask, make him a lizzard, and the salamander will speak to you.

                              • Anonymous

                                22 Sep 2017 11:51  

                                I managed to open this chest without a lizard in my party at all... I don't quite remember how I did it, but I must've spoken to the salamander with my elf (pet pal) and then teleported the chest out and chose the right option. I opened the chest without a lizard AT ALL

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 Sep 2017 11:40  

                                  For talk with lizard you need a lizard scolar in party. If you dont have one Fain can turn to with his mask.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    21 Sep 2017 00:01  

                                    Ok i got it , i took the Red Prince and take the Pet Pal Ability for him and he could understand the lizard
                                    If you don't have the Red Prince in your party , try a lizard with pet pal and scholar.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      20 Sep 2017 16:42  

                                      Just being a lizard with pet pal apparently doesn't qualify for this "Ancient Language." There seems to be some other pre-requisite.

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