The Council of Four, whose individual members were referred to as the Grand Dukes in the mid–14th century DR,[1][2] 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.[3]


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 were installed as rulers, jokingly calling themselves "dukes".[4]

In the mid–15th century DR,[5] Grand Duke Valarken tried to seize power using lycanthrope mercenaries, but failed. After that, surviving Duke Dillard Portyr dissolved the council, which was replaced by the Baldurian Parliament for some time.[6]


1357 DR[3]

(all known as Grand Dukes and Duchesses)

1479 DR[7]
1492 DR[2]



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