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 NOT be used in this case (this has been patched out). You need the Red Prince specifically. 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, use an Elf or Mask of the Shapeshifter to turn into an Elf and eat the disembodied leg of Consul Zur to learn her memories of the song/password. It is located in Ryker's basement underneath a pile of body parts. Opening the chest will grant 3875XP and complete the quest.

Alternatively you can destroy the chest by attacking it. This will grant less experience but will close the quest with the remark "we opened the chest".

Warning: If you lockpicked the chest before getting the quest, you can no longer talk to the chest and finish the quest normally, however you can then destroy the chest to force the quest to close.


Tips & Tricks

  • Teleport the chest out from the flames
  • A Lizard Scholar can persuade the chest to open. Fane and Sebille can do it while wearing the face of a Lizard. Persuasion check: 3.
  • 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. The leg can be found on the table on X:596 Y:787, make sure you use alt to see if it's the right body part and if it's rotten or not. (to be verified for me its was under the table on X:585 Y:782)



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    • Anonymous

      27 Mar 2021 04:20  

      you can complete the quest with sebille in party and equp the shapshifter mask to turn into a lizard and with +4 persuasion pick the option that her master is long dead and that will complete the quest and allow you to keep the loot

      • Anonymous

        23 Mar 2021 23:03  

        Remember you can always change your talent using the mirror in the lady vengeance. The first option is easier provided that you had the red prince in your party

        • Anonymous

          09 Jan 2021 15:17  

          i just straight up smashed the chest, got the unique loot and completed the quest? Seems like they made this quest less tedious

          • Anonymous

            27 Dec 2020 17:37  

            I managed to complete this without talking to anyone but the chest itself. Red Prince + Memory Persuasion does the trick and the chest makes an exeption and opens. Nice loot inside.

            • Anonymous

              12 Nov 2020 20:30  

              some update needed since both quests were refer to different dismembered legs.. the chest refer to conzul zur’s leg while the lizard spirit on his leg..so yeah both quests can be closed without effecting each other...on side note, use the same character that ate the leg and in elf transformation to talk to the chest if not the dialog options will not trigger.

              • Anonymous

                13 Oct 2020 20:23  

                In DE, used teleport to pull the chest out of the fire. Used Red Prince to talk to the chest and tried all the chat options and got to a persuasion check (Intelligence, Memory, Wits). Had 5 Persuasion and 15 Wits and passed check, unlocking the chest. This does not give max XP but will finish the quest (need to get song for additional 7725 XP).

                • Anonymous

                  14 Jun 2020 01:50  

                  In DE, only the Red Prince or a Custom Lizard with Scholar Tag can get the song from Xiuh (also requires Pet Pal). Total max XP for this quest if you can obtain the song is 11600 XP (7725 XP is awarded for getting song from Xiuh + 3875 XP for opening the chest). Otherwise, the max XP for this quest is 3875 XP.

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Apr 2020 07:54  

                    The salamander won't teach my Red Prince the song, I have no idea why. "You feel like it's trying to tell you something, but you've no idea what..."

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Jan 2020 12:30  

                      I teleported the chest to a safer place not knowing it will break after. Guess that is one way to finish the quest

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Jan 2020 21:00  

                        if you already picked the lock on the chest, which is super easy to do, without ever realizing you can "talk" to a treasure chest...wtf..the quest marker will stay incomplete and the lizard will refuse to talk to you even if you use fane's mask... however, as someone below suggested, throwing the chest back into the fire and then bashing it with a weapon, will complete the quest, but it's worth 3875 xp, not 20,000

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Dec 2019 15:39  

                          if you have a party going for you it mathers who tryed picklocking it i pickloed with loshe "she is my rouge type character" and i can still talk to it with others in the party everyone has thier own new dialog with most npc's that isnt tied into main quests that being said even some mainquest npc's are included if you didnt fisnish thier quests yet he/she will still say oh hi! like its the first time again when you start conversation with another character just so you know

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Dec 2019 22:13  

                            Easy approach: Teleport the chest out of the flame, have the lizard prince talk to it (4 persuasions needed), and tell the chest that you have the authority to open the chest (because you are the prince). It'll open for you and you loot the chest. No other quests needed.

                            • Anonymous

                              06 Jun 2019 18:14  

                              To clarify. The point isn't to have A lizard to talk to Xiuh (red salamander at Ryker's mansion). It's to have THE Red Lizard. A royalty. It working with Fane mask was a "bug" and "fixed" on Definitive Edition. To be able to talk to the fancy salamander and it share its secret, it need to acknowledge you as a majesty. If you don't have Red Prince in your group, you can either 1) eat the disembodied lizard leg from Stranger in a Strange Land or 2) get your way into Ryker's basement by accepting his quest to retrieve a tablet from Blackpits (after this and after leaving and coming back, the basement hatch will be uncovered and a servant will give you a note telling Ryker is waiting for you down there). At the north part of the basement, among other body parts, there'll be a disembodied leg that will teach you the song. The female lizard spirit near the chest tells you "an elf" didn't left empty handed. Luckly "an elf" left a leg...

                              • Anonymous

                                18 May 2019 02:07  

                                The salamander wouldn’t tell me the password, even though I talked to it with the Red Prince that has pet pal...

                                • Anonymous

                                  07 Mar 2019 22:46  

                                  If you picked the chest, and lost 20,000 xp doing so, you can still finish the mission by talking to the lizard thing as a lizard with pet pal, then go back to the chest and destroy it while its in the flames. You will achieve full xp for the quest as well as remove it from your quest logs

                                  • Anonymous

                                    21 Oct 2018 06:49  

                                    If you lockpicked the chest before you got the quest and you can no longer talk to the chest, the way to close the quest is to move the chest out of the fire, rightlick Attack it and destroy it. the quest closes then

                                    • Anonymous

                                      27 Sep 2018 09:21  

                                      I wouldn't mind getting Pet Pal if the points weren't so few and far between. Of course, I'd prefer mnemonics, or attribute/talent points, or leech, or comeback kid, or extra vitality for my tank (lizard character with the scholar tag) via warfare, or... ...I still have a squirrel chasing after me in spirit form but I've yet to talk to him because he's too snooty to speak with Ifan and I've wanted things other than Pet Pal on my main. Like loremaster, this should be a one party member and done thing. I'm not putting it on Ifan, Red Prince, and my main.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        24 Sep 2018 19:48  

                                        If you wanted to talk to the salamander, as a lizard with pet pal, do it before you kill Ryker, bc after I did that the salamander didn't give me the password

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