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Nalia de'Arnise is a chaotic good human dual-class thief (level 4) → mage and a potential companion in
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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn & Throne of Bhaal Edit

Nalia's family castle is under attack by trolls with a higher intelligence than average for their kind, and she needs a group of adventurers who can take back the castle and save family members who are possibly held captive.

Recruitment Edit

Nalia is available to recruit from Chapter 2. She can be found in the Copper Coronet inn in the Athkatla Slums.

Relationships Edit

  • Nalia and Viconia don't get along well, owing largely to their opposing views about poor people. Nalia is very sympathetic and compassionate toward them, while also being unintentionally condescending and naive about their plight. Viconia, by contrast, sees the poor as weak, pathetic, and deserving of little more than scorn.

Quests Edit

Gameplay Edit

Nalia is an immediate replacement for Imoen, who is abducted as soon as the party escapes from the dungeon. She doesn't have special powers like Imoen, and her thieving skills are slightly lower, but she makes up for it by the possession of a unique ring which grants a +2 bonus to all saving throws and armor class, plus 50% resistance to fire and early availability to potentially gain more XP.

While her thief skills are negligible, it does allow her to equip the Dak'kon's Zerth Blade.

Biography Edit

When asked about her past, NALIA is a bit hesitant. She comes from a wealthy landowning family headed by Lord de'Arnise, and while she speaks of her relatives with affection, the fact of her upbringing seems to embarrass her at the same time. Nalia clearly identifies more with the "poorer classes"... but also looks upon them with the eyes of the privileged. She has been educated and taught the magical arts, as per her dead mother's wishes, but Nalia states that her years of sneaking out of the castle have taught her the other side of life as well. She still has much to learn about life beyond her caste, however, and she knows it... and she is sure adventuring is the answer.

Quotes Edit

NALIA02
Oh—! I—I just wanted to help! Morale failure
NALIA03
It's just like I thought it would be: helping others and doing good things. Happy
NALIA04
This isn't right. We're supposed to be better than this. Unhappy-annoyed
NALIA05
If we don't change our ways, I'm going to have to leave. I cannot tolerate this. Unhappy-serious
NALIA06
You... you're nothing like I thought! I will have no part of you! Unhappy-break
NALIA07
I shall strive to help all those under me. Leader
NALIA08
*sigh* I'm not accustomed to these long days. Could we stop and rest? *yawn* Tired
NALIA09
I could sit around doing nothing back at the keep. Let's get going. Bored
NALIA10
For the needy! Battlecry1
NALIA11
In my father's name!

Battlecry2

NALIA12
I will do what I must!

Battlecry3

NALIA13
Damage
NALIA15
I—I'm afraid I'm the needy one now... Help me, please. Hurt
NALIA14
Dying
NALIA16
I am not used to such wide-open spaces. Aunty never went anywhere that wasn't carpeted. Forest
NALIA17
I don't like cities much. They are built on the backs of the unfortunate. City
NALIA18
I—I really don't like this. How are we helping the less fortunate trudging around in here? Dungeon
NALIA19
Another day of freedom! I never felt like this back in the ballrooms of home. Day
NALIA20
I'm not comfortable wandering around in the dark. The shadows could hold anyone... anything. Night
NALIA21
How can I help? Select1
NALIA22
Am I needed? Select2
NALIA23
Please, let me help. Select3
NALIA24
I'm ready for anything. Select4
NALIA25
Just ask and I'll do it. Select5
NALIA26
Where can I be of most use? Select6
NALIA27
I will do what I can. Action1
NALIA28
Glad to be of assistance. Action2
NALIA29
Always willing to try. Action3
NALIA30
I'll certainly try. Action4
NALIA31
Of course. Action5
NALIA32
It's almost beneath me. Action6
NALIA33
Is that all? I—I'd hoped for more. Action7
NALIA34
I can do more if you need. Select rare1
NALIA35
If only I could do as much for all in need of me. I try so hard...

Select rare2

NALIA36
Yes! Critical hit
NALIA37
Ah, heck! Critical miss
NALIA38
Something is wrong here... Target immune
NALIA39
I'm not accustomed to such loads. I've had to drop something. Inventory full
NALIA40
I have made the pinch, and none are the wiser. Picked pocket
NALIA41
I am hidden from any that would see. Hidden in shadows
NALIA42
My spell is lost! Spell disrupted
NALIA43
The trap is set. Watch your step! Set a trap
Chapter 8
*sigh* You know, there's little point in driving us to the breaking point. We should stop soon. Tired
*sigh* I don't want to be annoying, but... I detest just standing around. Bored
Evil falls today! Battlecry1
If you fight, you die! You cannot match our power! Battlecry2
There is evil here... but there is likely also magic that can help us, I'd bet. Dungeon
I can assist you. Select2
My magic is at your command. Select3
It can be done. Action2
Naturally! Action3
Very well. Action4
Once, all this would've been beyond my imagination. But *that* was a long time ago. Action5

Dialogues Edit

NALIA51
Look how these people squander their wealth. Children lie starving in the street while the wealthy concern themselves with acquiring the latest Calimshan silks.
NALIA54
I can't stand seeing all these taverns around the city. They exist simply to drain the poorer classes of their money and throw them into such a stupor that they can't even realize their oppression.
NALIA01
Is anyone willing to hear my plea? Anyone? You all know me—I've helped some of you! Is this the thanks I get? I've helped lots of your kind!
NALIA63
Will none of you people listen? Anyone?! I've helped your kind... now why won't you help me?
NALIA53
All this traveling is beginning to wear on me... I can't remember the last time I walked so much in a single day. Haha haha... it's something my aunt should try, I think... instead of being hauled about in her gilded carriage.
NALIA56
An interesting little situation you've found yourself in, Edwin. I trust you'll use it to better learn how others think and feel?
NALIA57
Edwin, you should learn to walk a little more dignified... carry yourself in a better manner.
NALIA45
Viconia, it's simply a matter of even distribution of goods. There are those whose consumption is a crime against nature, and that injustice should be corrected whenever possible.

Personality Edit

Nalia was of a particularly charitable bent. She was appalled at the unfairness of the class system in her country and others like it, and consequently very preoccupied with helping the needy, to the point of criticizing charity that was too small. She insisted that she did not "go slumming", and thought she was really in touch with the people she was trying to help, but she had some difficulty shaking off the feeling of superiority she was raised with, and was seen as well-intentioned but not so good as she thought she was.[1]

Below are excerpts of conversation taken from the game to help characterize Nalia:

Between the protagonist and Daleson, a groom at De'Arnise Keep:
Daleson: No offense meant, but are you here to really help, or are you here to say how much someone should help? Miss Nalia is a bit more talk than action sometimes.
Protagonist: What do you mean by that? She sure seems to care about what happens to you.
Daleson: She means well... a little too well. Thinks she's gotta help all of us "peasants." She sneaks out now and then and skulks around our taverns and such, as if it makes her "understand" us. She may help occasionally, but we're still servants and she's still the noble. She's foolin' herself with her charity, but she tries at least.
Met her for the first time at the Copper Coronet, seeking for help fending off a troll invasion:
Nalia: Is anyone willing to hear my plea? Anyone? You all know me—I've helped some of you! Is this the thanks I get? I've helped lots of your kind!
The party talking to a beggar:
Beggar: Aye now, a good business to ye. Does ye have a gold coin to spare a poor beggar?
Protagonist: Get away from me, you filthy beggar! I'll not spend time speaking to the likes of you!
Beggar: Rot yer skull, then, ye bleedin' kobold!
Nalia: Well, I'm not about to refuse you a coin or two, you poor soul. We have plenty, I think... and a few gold can do them a lot more good than it does you, <CHARNAME>!

Her discontent with the current class system is also reflected by her aversion to Amn's various churches and what is done with the donations poor people give to them to better their lives. This is shown when visiting Keldorn's house, which is quite the Villa bought and paid for by the Most Noble Order of the Radiant Heart. But no matter how much she hates the system, she loves her Aunty and can accept that her generation "is set in their ways".

External LinksEdit

Nalia de'Arnise on the Forgotten Realms Wiki, a wiki for the Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting Forgotten Realms.

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