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Baldur's Gate is a computer role-playing game developed by BioWare and released in 1998 by Interplay Entertainment. It is the first game in the Baldur's Gate series, and is set in the Sword Coast region of Faerûn. The gameplay is adapted from 2nd edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules, featuring a mixture of turn-based and pausable real-time combat. The game was critically acclaimed upon its release, and as of 2008 it had sold over 2 million copies.[1]

The plot of Baldur's Gate revolves around the main character, Gorion's Ward, and deals with the politics of the city of Baldur's Gate, as well as the aftermath of the Time of Troubles. The game was novelized by Philip Athans in 1999, with a number of discrepancies between game and novel.

An expansion pack to Baldur's Gate, titled Tales of the Sword Coast, was published in 1999. It adds between 20 and 30 hours worth of content to the original game, including four new areas. In 2012, a remaster was released under the title Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. In addition to various technical enhancements, it adds several new areas, companions, and quests.

Plot[]

The great sage Alaundo foretold the death of the god of murder, Bhaal, and also of his many children. The prophet's words rang true as always. Before the Time of Troubles, Bhaal saw his death coming as well and forced himself upon the women of every race in Faerûn, hoping to spawn vessels through which he could resurrect himself. In the year 1368 DR, these children of the dead god are now coming of age, unbeknownst to nearly everyone.

Volos map2

Volo's map of Baldur's Gate.

Meanwhile, an iron shortage is crippling the southern Sword Coast region. All of the ore coming out of the local mine near Nashkel rots soon after it has been smelted, turning whatever it is made into, be it weapons or armour, useless. The resulting iron shortage has resulted in items made of iron becoming more valuable than gold. Bandits now plague the roads in an attempt to steal what is left from those who paid far more than usual for it in the first place. The city of Baldur's Gate sends out Flaming Fist mercenaries in a near-futile attempt to police the roads but otherwise closes its gates and harbours to all traffic. Accusations are hurled at the state of Amn despite their pleas of innocence and war seems to be on the horizon while a youngster from the library-fortress of Candlekeep is told to prepare for travel.

You play the youngster and after watching your father, Gorion, die at the hands of a mysterious armoured figure you begin an adventure that will affect the Sword Coast from Baldur's Gate to Tethyr.

Gorion

Gorion, the main character's foster father.

After curing the iron shortage and taking care of the bandits you discover that the Iron Throne is the perpetrator of the entire mess in an effort to force people to buy iron from them at hugely inflated prices from an old dwarven mine they found in the Cloakwood forest. Foiling their plans again, you discover the armoured figure that killed your father is taking over the local Iron Throne operations and installing himself as a Grand Duke of Baldur's Gate so he can force a war between the city and Amn that will cause the deaths of thousands which, in turn will cause him to ascend as the next god of murder through the divine blood of Bhaal in his veins. You discover that you share that divine blood and that the armoured figure is Sarevok, your half-brother. You have to either stop him from being apotheosised before you do or simply put a stop to his evil. Either way, you must kill him.

Tales of the Sword Coast[]

Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast: This is the expansion pack for Baldur's Gate which adds four bonus areas to the existing Baldur's Gate game map: Ulgoth's Beard, a pirate island, an ice island, and Durlag's Tower. These areas provide additional side quests and exploration within the main story line. In addition, it allows the player to reach higher levels of power with increased experience point caps, wielding more powerful spells and better weaponry.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition[]

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition was produced by Overhaul Games.[2] This version enhanced the original game to work on newer technology like iOS, Android, and Linux. The game also received a few new features and story elements. It was at first set to be released in September 18, 2012, but the date was pushed to November 30 for quality assurance purposes.[3]

Index[]

Characters[]

Protagonist
Companions
Ajantis Ilvastarr • Alora • Branwen • Coran • Dynaheir • Edwin Odesseiron • Eldoth Kron • Faldorn • Garrick • Imoen • Jaheira • Kagain • Khalid • Kivan • Minsc • Montaron • Quayle • Safana • Shar-Teel Dosan • Skie Silvershield • Tiax • Viconia DeVir • Xan • Xzar • Yeslick Orothiar
Cameos
Other
Aasim • Abela • Achen Dell • Aello • Al • Alai • Alatos Thuibuld • Aldeth Sashenstar • Algernon • Alvanhendar • Alyth Elendara • Andout • Angelo Dosan • Aoln • Arcand • Ardenor Crush • Areana • Arghain • Arkanis • Arkion • Arlin • Baerin • Be'land • Bellamy • Belt • Bendalis • Benjy • Bentan • Bentley Mirrorshade • Berrun Ghastkill • Bheren • Billy • Binkos • Bjornin • Black Lily • Borinole Mann • Bork • Brage • Brandilar • Brathlen • Brendan • Brevlik • Brielbara • Brilla Silvershield • Britik • Brun • Brunos Costak • Bub Snikt • Cailan • Canderous • Carbos • Carsa • Casson Belde'ar • Caturak • Cauternus • Chanthalas Ulbright • Charleston Nib • Chase • Christian • Connoly Finn • Cordyr • Corsone • Credus • Cyrdemac • Cythandria • Daer'Ragh • Dabron Sashenstar • Davaeorn • Deder • Degrodel • Delorna • Denak • Destus Gurn • Diana • Dillar • Dilos • Dirk • Diyab • Doomsayer • Drakar • Drasus • Dra'tan • Drelik • Dreppin • Dribben • Dun • Dunkin • Elkart • Eltan • Emerson • Ender Sai • Entar Silvershield • Entillis Fulsom • Erik • Euric • Faizah Tin • Farluck • Fergus • Fahrington • Faltis • Felonius Gist • Fenten • Firebead Elvenhair • Footy • Forthel August • Fuller • Furret • G'axir • Galileus • Gallor • Gandolar Luckyfoot • Gantolandan • Garclax • Gardush • Gellana Mirrorshade • Geltik • Gerde • Gervisse • Ghorak • Glanmarie • Glayde • Gnarl • Golin Vend • Great Gazib • Gretek • Greywolf • Gurke • Gyllian • Hafiz bin Watat • Hairtooth • Hakt • Halacan • Halbazzer Drin • Hareishan • Helshara • Hentold • Hephis • Hull • Hulrik • Husam • Icharyd • Ingot • Ioin Gallchobhair • Irlentree • Ithmeera • Ithtyl Calantryn • Ivanne • Jalantha Mistmyr • Jamie (bodyguard) • Jardak • Jared (merchant) • Jenkal • Jessa Vai • Joia • Jopi • Jondalar • Kahrk • Karan • Karp • Kelddath Ormlyr • Kent • Kerrachus • Kesheel • Kestor • Kirian • Knott • Kolssed • Korax • Krystin • Kysus • Lady Hannah • Laerta • Lamalha • Landrin • Lantanara • Laryssa • Larze • Lasala • Laurel • Lena • Lendarn • Liia Jannath • Lindin • Lobar • Lorriaz • Lothander • Louise • Lovey • Lusselyn • Malkax • Maltz • Maneira • Maple Willow Aspen • Marek • Marl • Meakin • Melicamp • Meilum • Mirianne • Molkar • Mordaine • Morvin • Mulahey • Mutamin • Naaman • Nader • Nadine • Nalin • Nantrin Bellowglyn • Narcillicus Harwilliger Neen • Narlen Darkwalk • Natasha • Nathan • Neb • Nelik • Nemphre • Nessa • Nessie • Nestor • Neville • Nexlit • Niemain • Niklos • Nikolai • Nila • Nimbul • Noober • Noralee • Nortuary • Obe • Oberan • Oogie Wisham • Ordulinian • Osmadi • Osprey • Oublek • Oulam • Pang Wallen • Parda • Pargus • Perdue • Permidion Stark • Peter • Peter of the North • Petrine • Phandalyn • Phlydia • Poe • Prism  • Rance • Quayle • Quenash • Quinn • Raemon • Raiken • Ragefast • Ramazith Flamesinger • Rashad • Ratchild • Rededge • Reevor • Reginald Worthington • ResarRieltar Anchev • Rinnie • Roe (Beregost) • Samuel • Sarah • Sarevok Anchev • Sarhedra • Sath • Scar • Schlumpsha • Semaj • Sendai Argrim • Mr. Shade • Shaella • Shank • Shep • Shoal • Sil • Silence • Silke Rosena • Slythe • Sprat • Stephan • Sunin • the Surgeon • Surrey • Taerom Fuiruim • Tamah • Tamoko • Emissary Tar • Tarnesh • Tazok • Taurgosz Khosann • Tel-anon • Tenya • Tersus • Tessilan • Tethtoril • Teven • Thaldorn • Tor Lobo • Theodon • Tranzig • Tremain Belde'ar • Triadore • Turpin • Ulcaster • Ulraunt • Unshey • Ursa • Vail • Varci Roaringhorn • Vay-ya • Venkt • Vivienne • Voltine • Wenric • Wheber Ott • Whelp • Wilco • Wilf • William Garst • Winski Perorate • Winthrop • Wiven • Yago • Zargal • Zeela • Zhalimar Cloudwulfe • Zhurlong • Zordral • Zorl Miyar
Referenced only
Alaundo • Alemander IV • Alemander V • Black Alaric • Dilby • Johnny • Kazgaroth • Kennair Nethalin • Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun • Lobelahn • Lyle Espejo • Nashram Sharboneth • Netty • Nevron • Thurm

Creatures[]

ankheg • basilisk • bat • battle horror • bear (black) • carrion crawler • cat • chicken • cow • dog (war, wild) • doppelganger • dwarf • elf • ettercap • flind • ghast • ghoul • gibberling • gnoll • gnome • goblin • gray ooze • green slime • halfling • half-elf • half-ogre • half-orc • hamadryad • helmed horror • hobgoblin • horse • human • invisible stalker • jelly (mustard, ochre) • kobold • nereid • nymph • ogre • ogre mage • ogrillon • phoenix guard • rat • revenant • sirine • skeleton • spider (huge, phase, sword, wraith) • tasloi • werewolf • worg • wolf (dire, dread, vampiric) • wraith • wyvern • xvart • zombie
Referenced only
aurochs • korred • lich • ox • phaerimm • rothé • tarrasque

Locations[]

Buildings & Sites
Inns & Taverns
Roads
Settlements
Forests
Cloak Wood • Larswood • Peldvale • Wood of Sharp Teeth
Regions & Nations
Referenced only
Anauroch • Calimshan • Dambrath • Evereska • Forest of Tethir • Frozen Forest • Halruaa • Gray Waste • Lake Halruaa • Lapaliiya • Marsember • Mhair Jungles • Mycontil • Netheril • Ordulin • Sea of Fallen Stars • Sembia • Telath Pass • Tethyr • Thay  • Unicorn Run • Waterdeep

Items[]

Accessories
Ammunition
arrow of biting • arrow of detonation • arrow of dispelling • arrow of fire • arrow of ice • arrow of piercing • arrow of slaying • bolt of biting • bolt of lightning • bolt of polymorphing
Armor
Clothing
Jewelry
Discipliner • Edventar's Gift • Edwin's amulet • Evermemory • honorary ring of Sune • Jester's Folly • The One Gift Lost • The Protector • ring of the princes • ring of fire control • The Victor
Shields
Weapons
The Army Scythe • Ashideena • Backbiter • battle axe of Mauletar • dagger of venom • The Dead Shot • Harrower • Icingdeath • Kondar • Krotan's skullcrusher • Protector of the Dryads • Spider's Bane • Twinkle • Vampire's Revenge • Varscona • whistling sword • Xan's moonblade
Staves, rods and wands
Potions and oils
oil of fiery burning • potion of absorption • potion of agility • potion of clarity • potion of cloud giant strength • potion of cold resistance • potion of explosions • potion of fire breath • potion of fire giant strength • potion of fire resistance • potion of fortitude • potion of freedom • potion of frost giant strength • potion of genius • potion of healing • potion of heroism • potion of hill giant strength • potion of infravision • potion of insight • potion of insulation • potion of invisibility • potion of invulnerability • potion of magic blocking • potion of magic shielding • potion of master thievery • potion of mind focusing • potion of mirrored eyes • potion of perception • potion of power • potion of regeneration • potion of stone form • potion of stone giant strength • potion of storm giant strength • potion of strength • red potion • violet potion

Magic[]

Arcane Spells
1st level
2nd level
3rd level
4th level
5th level
Divine spells
1st level
2nd level
3rd level
4th level
5th level

Organizations[]

Band of Merry Fools • Chill • Flaming Fist • Harpers • Iron Throne • Maulers of Undermountain • Red Wizards of Thay • Seven Suns • Zhentarim
Referenced only
Shadow Thieves • Night Masks • Ormynd

Religions[]

Bhaal • Cyric • Helm • Ilmater • Oghma • Tempus • Umberlee
Referenced only
Bane • Beshaba • Chauntea • Garl Glittergold • Jergal • Kozah • Malar • Myrkul • Shiallia • Talos • Tyche • Tymora

Miscellaneous[]

Food & Drink
Books
Curios
telescope
Games
Gemstones
Metals
gold • iron • silver
Vegetation
black lotus
Referenced only
Halruaan skyship

Volo's Guide to Baldur's Gate[]

As well as the instructions for gameplay and controls, the game manual that was included in the original Baldur's Gate game included a section titled "Volo's Guide to Baldur's Gate". This was 9 pages of background information on the Sword Coast and monsters found there.

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Gallery[]

Further Reading[]

External Links[]

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the following links do not necessarily represent the views of the editors of this wiki, nor does any lore presented necessarily adhere to established canon.
Bg icon Baldur's Gate (game) article at the Baldur's Gate Wiki, a wiki for the Baldur's Gate games.

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