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The Beloved Ranger was a large statue located in Baldur's Gate that portrayed a larger-than-life depiction of the Rashemi ranger Minsc and his companion Boo.[3] It was the the only structure allowed to permanently grace the ever-bustling marketplace of the Upper City,[1] and was a particular favorite meeting spot that was rather cherished by the Baldurian populace.[3][4]

DescriptionEdit

The sculpture depicted the peculiar hero of the city with his distinct smile as he held his "giant pygmy space hamster" with care.[3]

ActivitiesEdit

Each morning before dawn, the Bailiff of the Wide and their subordinates gathered around the statue to discuss changes in market-stall locations and prepare for the activities of the day.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Beloved Ranger was erected sometime around the Year of the Dauntless Dwarves, 1412 DR and commissioned by Orburt Lewel, a rather eccentric merchant. This honorific deed was taken as a sort of thanks, as apparently Minsc had saved Lewel's life from some long-forgotten peril.[3] Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, the statue was actually the real Minsc and Boo under the effects of petrification.[5]

In 1479 DR, a group of teenagers vandalized the statue, breaking off its hands and Boo. The vandals were later apprehended and the statue was fixed.[6]

The wide-5e

An ambush by worshipers of the Dead Three near the restored statue.

One night, in the 1480s DR, the wild mage Delina was being chased through the Upper City by a pair of gargoyles. She stopped running in the Wide and stood her ground at the foot of the Beloved Ranger. When she cast a spell, the errant effects of the wild magic struck the statue and dispelled the petrification, bringing Minsc and Boo back to life.[7][5]

The merchants of the Wide complained vehemently about the loss of some of the marketplace's charm, so by the Year of Three Ships Sailing, 1492 DR[note 1] a new statue was commissioned and placed on the same pedestal where the originals once stood.[5]

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).

AppearancesEdit

Adventures
Murder in Baldur's GateBaldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
Comics
Legends of Baldur's Gate 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ed Greenwood, Matt Sernett, Steve Winter (August 20, 2013). “Campaign Guide”. In Dawn J. Geluso ed. Murder in Baldur's Gate (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12. ISBN 0-7869-6463-4.
  2. Jim Zub (November 2014). “Legends of Baldur's Gate 2”. Legends of Baldur's Gate #2 (IDW Publishing).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ed Greenwood, Matt Sernett, Steve Winter (August 20, 2013). “Campaign Guide”. In Dawn J. Geluso ed. Murder in Baldur's Gate (Wizards of the Coast), p. 13. ISBN 0-7869-6463-4.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Matt Sernett, Steve Winter (August 20, 2013). “Murder in Baldur's Gate”. In Dawn J. Geluso ed. Murder in Baldur's Gate (Wizards of the Coast), p. 14. ISBN 0-7869-6463-4.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins (September 17, 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 183. ISBN 0786966769.
  6. Ed Greenwood, Matt Sernett, Steve Winter (August 20, 2013). “Murder in Baldur's Gate”. In Dawn J. Geluso ed. Murder in Baldur's Gate (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 14–15. ISBN 0-7869-6463-4.
  7. Jim Zub (October 2014). “Legends of Baldur's Gate 1”. Legends of Baldur's Gate #1 (IDW Publishing).
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