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Arkhan the Cruel (pronounced: /ˈɑːrkɔːnAR-kawn[3]) was a dragonborn paladin of Tiamat who lived in the late 15th century DR.[1]

PossessionsEdit

In battle, Arkhan carried the magical axe Fane-Eater and carried a dragonscale shield. He also owned the Wreath of the Prism, an amulet that granted him control over a vicious manticore called Chango.[1]

HistoryEdit

After a brief visit to the world of Exandria, Arkhan replaced his left hand with a legendary artifact known as the Hand of Vecna, with the intention of using its power to free Tiamat from her prison in Avernus.[4]

By the Year of Twelve Warnings, 1494 DR,[note 1] Arkhan, having taken residence in a tower located near a monument dedicated to Tiamat in Avernus, had yet to succeed in his endeavor. Prolonged possession of the Hand of Vecna was slowly causing his left side to become corrupted, a process that could only be slowed down by sacrificing the life of good creatures.[4]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Canon material provides two distinct dates for the events described in Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus: the adventure itself, described in chapters 1 through 5, takes place in 1494 DR, according to events mentioned in pages 7 and 47, while the Baldur's Gate Gazetteer describes the city as of 1492 DR (p. 159).

BackgroundEdit

Arkhan is based on a character in the streamed campaign Force Grey. He is played by Joe Manganiello, an American actor who is a lifelong D&D enthusiast.[1]

AppearancesEdit

Adventures
Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
Video Games
Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Codename Entertainment (September 2017). Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. Codename Entertainment.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins (September 17, 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 111. ISBN 0786966769.
  3. Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins (September 17, 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4. ISBN 0786966769.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins (September 17, 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 113. ISBN 0786966769.
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