Eleven statues are found in the Asylum Dungeon in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Each requiures a certain item to be placed in the bowls they hold. Clicking on each statue will reveal a riddle which is a clue to the item to be placed in that statue's bowl. The eleven items which can be found in the chest in the middle of the room are:
- Grinning Skull
- The Gagged Man
- Sword Medallion
- Sun Medallion
- Jar of Water
- Worn-out Boots
- Golden Circlet
- Star Medallion
- Warden's Note, not used in the riddle solutions.
Riddles[edit | edit source]
Starting with the statue to the right of the entrance, going clockwise.
Riddle 1: Try to defeat me but try in vain. When I win, I end your pain.
Solution: Grinning Skull
Why: This riddle is about death. The skull is related to death.
Riddle 2: I have two heads but one body. The more I stand still, the faster I run.
Why: When the houglass stands still, the sand will run the fastest from one side to another.
Riddle 3: Always I do tell the truth, yet cannot speak. Look to me and see what really is.
Why: A mirror shows how you look and is never wrong.
Riddle 4: Name me and so shall you break me.
Solution: The Gagged Man.
Why: The Gagged Man represents silence. As soon as you speak, silence is broken.
Riddle 5: I will save your life, but yet you can die by me. I settle disputes yet not with words.
Solution: Sword Medallion.
Why: A sword can save you and it can kill you. It's never used to solve a dispute with words.
Riddle 6: To those within the dungeon I am joy. To those fully beneath my gaze, I can be Hell.
Solution: Sun Medallion
Why: The sunlight is pleasant for prisoners locked up in the dark. The sun in a desert is deadly.
Riddle 7: I have seen the mountains rise. I have seen the fall of Netheril. You shall die but still shall I march on.
Why: The Sundial represents Time. Time continues regardless of the events that may happen.
Riddle 8: Here, in this place, you swallow me. Yet, if I were more, I would swallow you.
Solution: Jar of Water.
Why: You can drink a glass of water. An ocean can swallow you easily.
Riddle 9: Two brothers we are, great burdens we bear, all day if we are bitterly pressed; yet this will I say - we are full at day, and empty when we go at rest.
Solution: Worn-out Boots.
Why: Boots are under pressure when someone walks in them and empty at night, when their wearer removes them.
Riddle 10: No beginning. No end. I am a symbol of the world's cycles.
Solution: Golden Circlet
Why: It is impossible to identify where a circle begins and ends.
Riddle 11: At night I come without being fetched, at day I am gone without being stolen.
Solution: Star Medallion
Why: Stars appear at night and are gone when the day arrives.