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I am a huge fan of the Baldurs Gate games, and a lot of my knowledge of Faerun comes from these games.

I appreciate how the layout of towns and playable scenarios should not be treated as canon but...

Within the game we are told many pieces of information, e.g. you can ask characters about the area, you can even read books within the game.

What i'm suggesting is that we allow some in-game information to be considered canon. Information I would like to be considered canon;

  • In-game biographies
  • In-game readbale books
  • Information told to us by in-game characters.

What really made me think of this is the vast amount we learn about the story of Durlag Trollkiller, but seeing as he barely appears in any other literature, the wiki page can hardly confirm any information about him.

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Currently video games are considered non-canon as per Forgotten Realms Wiki:Canon. As per the proposal at Forgotten Realms Wiki:Changes to canon policy, the change would mean that if you can establish the information as canon (you have a valid Realms source like Ed Greenwood or similar who verifies it, or it appears in another, canon source) then it would qualify as canon.

I'm afraid being a fan of something can't affect its status as canon. I agree that the Baldur's Gate games were fine video games and contained a huge wealth of information, but I don't believe it can be considered canon unless it can be shown to be the case.

Fw190a8 21:00, January 17, 2012 (UTC)
Okay dokey, thanks for clearing that up.
Thomaslove92 23:44, January 17, 2012 (UTC)
Most of the book information in Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II were direct quotes from official D&D material and so have nothing to do with the game per se. Also, I would be very wary about some of the information contradicting official sources. For example, In Baldur's Gate II, there is a chance (however incredibly slim) that you can kill Zallanora Argentresses. And while the game explains it away if/when you kill Drizzt Do'Urden, it doesn't with her. Also, One of the worrisome things about BGIIs impact on lore was Spellhold. Everyone calls the place Spellhold now. It's a rare sage that calls it by its (IMO) proper name of Arlathan.
hashtalk 14:45, January 22, 2012 (UTC)
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