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.[2]


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".[3]

In the mid-15th century DR[4] 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.[5]

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