Imoen (pronounced: /ˈɪmmoʊɛn/ IMM-oh-en)was an adventurer and mage that traveled across Faerûn during the mid–14th century DR. She was one of the mortal children spawned by the deity Bhaal a decade before the Time of Troubles.
She had wide eyes and a manner of speech that was beyond her years.
Imoen had a good relationship with her adoptive father Winthrop. He was rather lenient with Imoen, allowing her to run wild in Candlekeep.
Imoen was born in the city of Baldur's Gate. Her mother passed away during childbirth and she was promptly adopted by the gruff but jovial man named Winthrop. In the Year of Shadows, 1358 DR, Winthrop and Imoen traveled south to the library fortress of Candlekeep. Her adoptive father eventually came to the run the Candlekeep Inn within the austere keep. She grew up alongside Abdel Adrian, the adoptive son of the sage Gorion; a young man she believed to be her friend, but who was in fact was her divine sibling.
In the Year of the Banner, 1368 DR, Gorion abruptly left Candlekeep with his foster child in care. While snooping on the elder mage, Imoen got wind of his plans and followed the pair as they fled in the middle of night. She witnessed Gorion's death at the hands of Sarevok Anchev, and did her best to comfort and console her friend.[note 1]
In the month of Uktar, she was reunited with her companion as they ventured through the familial tomb of the Korlasz family in search of the last remaining disciple of Sarevok. A couple of weeks passed until they were reunited again in Baldur's Gate. On the night they both stayed at High Hall, Imoen and her sibling were attacked by assassins working for the Shining Lady. Imoen was afflicted with a non-lethal poison and took quite some time to recover.
In the Year of the Gauntlet, 1369 DR, her sibling was framed for the murder of Skie Silvershield and imprisoned within High Hall. After they were discreetly freed by the Grand Dukes, Imoen rallied some of their allies and accompanied them from the city. Among them were the Rashemaar berserker Minsc, the Wychlaran Dynaheir, and the married couple from the Harpers, Jaheira and Khalid. Unfortunatley the group was quickly ambushed, and taken to a dungeon in the far-south city of Athkatla.
The group was captured by the sadistic mage Jon Irenicus and his vampire "sibling" Bodhi. Imoen and her own sibling were tortured and experimented upon in an effort to unlock their divine power. Somehow Imoen freed herself and freed her companion from their cage. After encountering the thief Yoshimo they ventured out of the dungeon complex and into the open market of Waukeen's Promenade.
They arrived to see their captor slaying a few members of the Shadow Thieves guild. Imoen and Irenicus exchanged words and a few spells in a heated exchange, before being stopped by the Cowled Wizards. As they both openly cast arcane spells in the streets of the city, they were arrested for the illegal use of unlicensed magic and taken for judgement, and imprisoned within the asylum of Spellhold on the island of Brynnlaw.
Irenicus quickly freed himself from the control of the Cowled Wizards. He continued his experiments on Imoen, hoping again to unlock the powers she unknowingly had as a Bhaalspawn. Irenicus managed to extract Imoen's divine soul and instill it within his sibling Bodhi, in an effort to restore the extended life she would have previously had as an elf. While Imoen's sibling managed break into Spellhold, they were captured as well and similarly had their Bhaalspawn essence and their soul drained from them to supplant Irenicus' lack thereof. The pair and their companions were left to rot in the dungeon maze beneath the asylum as Bodhi's playthings.
After a journey that took them through the Underdark, the drow city of Ust Natha, and an elven war camp near the Forest of Tethir, Imoen's sibling was able to return to Athkatla and confront Bodhi in her lair beneath the city's Grave District. Finally she was slain, her body was staked through the heart and Imoen's soul was returned to her.[note 2]
Behind the Scenes
In the Baldur's Gate series of video games, Imoen is voiced by Melissa Disney.
- Imoen is not present in the Baldur's Gate (novel). She was said to have remained in Candlekeep until after the end of the iron crisis.
- In the Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (novel), Imoen is captured by Irenicus alongside Jaheira and is briefly transformed into the Slayer. She is present during the expedition into the drow city and has a tryst with Phaere Despana. Imoen is again captured by Irenicus, set into the body of Bhaal's avatar, and let loose upon the city of Suldanessellar. She is rescued by Abdel Adrian and in turn helps pull him out of his descent into hell.
- BioWare (December 1998). Designed by James Ohlen. Baldur's Gate. Black Isle Studios.
- Chris Avellone (January 1999). “Baldur's Gate: Candlekeep”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #255 (TSR, Inc.), p. 58.
- BioWare (September 2000). Designed by James Ohlen, Kevin Martens. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Black Isle Studios.
- BioWare (June 2001). Designed by Kevin Martens. Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. Black Isle Studios.
- Beamdog (March 2016). Designed by Philip Daigle, et al. Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear. Beamdog.
- Drew Karpyshyn et al (2000). Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Game Manual , link:. (BioWare).
- Chris Avellone (January 1999). “Baldur's Gate: Candlekeep”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #255 (TSR, Inc.), p. 57.
- 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. 4. ISBN 0-7869-6463-4.
Ajantis Ilvastarr • Alora • Baeloth Barrityl • Branwen • Coran • Dorn Il-Khan • Dynaheir • Edwin Odesseiron • Eldoth Kron • Faldorn • Garrick • Imoen • Jaheira • Kagain • Khalid • Kivan • Minsc • Montaron • Neera • Quayle • Rasaad yn Bashir • Safana • Shar-Teel Dosan • Skie Silvershield • Tiax • Viconia DeVir • Xan • Xzar • Yeslick Orothiar
Siege of Dragonspear
Baeloth Barrityl • Dorn Il-Khan • Dynaheir • Edwin Odesseiron • Glint Gardnersonson • Jaheira • Khalid • M'Khiin Grubdoubler • Minsc • Neera • Rasaad yn Bashir • Safana • Schael Corwin • Viconia • Voghiln
Aerie • Anomen Delryn • Cernd • Dorn Il-Khan • Edwin Odesseiron • Haer'Dalis • Hexxat (Clara) • Imoen • Jaheira • Jan Jansen • Keldorn Firecam • Korgan Bloodaxe • Mazzy Fentan • Minsc • Nalia de'Arnise • Neera • Rasaad yn Bashir • Valygar Corthala • Viconia DeVir • Wilson • Yoshimo