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The Council of Four, whose individual members were referred to as the Grand Dukes, was the governing body of the city of Baldur's Gate consisting of four powerful individuals elected for life. The council was part of the Lords' Alliance, which included Waterdeep, Neverwinter and Silverymoon, among others.
The history of the council dates back to the earliest days of Baldur's Gate and the conflict between the rich farmers of the walled city and the sea-captains of the harbor who refused to pay for entering the gate that had been financed by their colleague Balduran. The captains overthrew the farmers and the four eldest among them was installed as rulers, jokingly calling themselves "dukes".
In 1384 DR, Grand Duke Valarken tried to seize power using lycanthropic mercenaries but failed. After that, surviving Grand Duke Dillard Portyr dissolved the council, which was replaced by the Baldurian Parliament for some time.
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- Belt, a powerful warrior and adventurer
- Eltan, leader of the Flaming Fist
- Liia Jannath, a mage
- Entar Silvershield, the richest man in the city, but also a strong warrior in his own right.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
- ↑ Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 77. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Matt Sernett, Steve Winter (August 20, 2013). Murder in Baldur's Gate (Adventure). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 3–4. ISBN 0-7869-6463-4.
- ↑ Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, Robert J. Schwalb (September 2008). Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 82–83. ISBN 978-0-7869-4929-8.