Sarevok Anchev was a powerful Deathbringer and one of the Bhaalspawn, the mortal offspring of dead god Bhaal. During the mid–14th, he formulated and carried out a plan to replace his divine father as the Lord of Murder.
Sarevok was an extremely capable individual, both highly intelligent and physically powerful. He was an expert strategist and was quite charismatic when he so chose.
He did however also have a very short temper and was not one for exercising caution.
Having studied how to instill dread in his foes as well honed his skill in the most vicious styles of combat, Sarevok was a truly fearsome warrior. He was capable of inciting fear in his foes that left them completely paralyzed.
As a Deathbringer of Bhaal, Sarevok could slay some of his foes with a single cleaving slash of his greatsword.
Sarevok's life goal was to achieve apotheosis as the new Lord of Murder. Having researched his divine heritage as one of Bhaal's children, he believed that a great slaughter in Bhaal's name would spark his ascension. To this, end he concocted a plan to manipulate the Iron Throne into orchestrating a war between the city-state of Baldur's Gate and the nation of Amn.
Sarevok was romantically involved with the Kara-Turan warrior Tamoko. While the two truly loved one another, Sarevok lost sight of her as he became obsessed with his schemes and efforts related to his apotheosis. She in turn did not think such a thing was truly possible for a mortal to attain. Regardless, she simply did not want to lose him to godhood. Tamoko's disinclination to follow his plans led Sarevok to take another lover, Cythandria, who cared for little else beyond the power and wealth she could gain through Sarevok.
During his search for godhood, Sarevok gained quite a following among the faithful of Bhaal. They were wholly devoted to his cause; offering their livelihoods and even their lives to the man they saw as son of their god. Chief among these followers was the wizard Korlasz, one of the few individuals who could even say they were Sarevok's confidant.
Sarevok's inner circle was full of individuals who each had vested interests in his success: Winski Perorate, his mentor; Tazok, the leader of the Blacktalons mercenary company; Angelo Dosan, the power-hungry officer of the Flaming Fist; and the enigmatic conjurer Semaj.[note 1]
Sarevok was saved from death at a very young age. A group of Bhaalist cult members gathered several Bhaalspawn children together at their temple in the Forest of Wyrms, and prepared to sacrifice them to the Lord of Murder. A group of Harpers assaulted the temple and saved the children from a grim death. While some of the Bhaalspawn were rescued or adopted, Sarevok was unfortunately left behind.[note 2]
He grew up as an urchin in the streets until he was adopted as Sarevok Anchev by Richtar, the Arm of the Iron Throne. Richtar used the alias of Rieltar Anchev while acting as Sarevok's father and establishing the Baldurian branch of the organization. When Sarevok was just a child, Rieltar had his foster mother strangled with a garrote in front of him. This tragedy greatly troubled the young Sarevok.[note 3]
Revelation of Heritage
Like other Bhaalspawn, Sarevok had vivid dreams of destruction and mayhem that were accompanied by apparent messages from Bhaal himself. At some point he confronted a priest of Bhaal about his dreams but gleaned nothing useful. Consequently he slew the Bhaalist.
In the Year of the Sword, 1365 DR, Sarevok traveled from Ordulin to the Sword Coast alongside his adoptive father Rieltar, in order to expand the Iron Throne's operations in Baldur's Gate, and the Western Heartlands. Sarevok used this opportunity to begin researching the prophecy of Alaundo related to Bhaal, and his relevance therein. He came to understand that he was indeed one of the Bhaalspawn. After reading the line: "deaths they bring shall awaken the father, and through them he will rise", Sarevok believed he had to incite killing on a grand scale in order to assume Bhaal's portfolio.
After he gained some sense about his divine heritage, Sarevok studied under Winski Perorate to learn more about the dark arts associated with Bhaal. With the aid of his new mentor he came to understand that a grand slaughter of massive scale was needed for his ascension.
During that same year of 1365 DR, Sarevok assisted his foster father with his grand scheme that would to bring great wealth and influence to the Iron Throne. A group led by Rieltar's subordinate Mulahey would begin sabotaging the iron ore produced by the mines of Nashkel, while bandits and mercenary groups would raid iron shipments that traveled along the Coast Way road. Meanwhile, infiltrated several Baldurian mercantile interests such Seven Suns and the Merchant's League using doppelganger agents.
Growing tension in the region surrounding the iron trade would be blamed on the southern nation of Amn. They sought to compound this foreign hostility by spreading rumors that Amn was taking these actions to prepare for war against Baldur's Gate and their Flaming Fist army. The Iron Throne itself would arise as saviors, providing quality ore from their mine in the Cloak Wood, de-escalating the situation and making a fortune. While Rieltar only sought to bring the west on the precipice of war, Sarevok sought to fully carry out the events that would lead to death on the scale of a god.
Sarevok built a loyal following of devotees during this time. They saw him as a sort of divine teacher. With the aid of his most–committed servant Korlasz, he established a hidden sanctum within the ancestral crypts that belonged to her family.
At some point Sarevok traveled to an abandoned temple of Bhaal located near where the Coast Way crosses the Winding Water. After he routed the Cyricists within, he learned that the saga of the Bhaalspawn would culminate in the Tethyrian city of Saradush.
Seize of Power
By the month of Tarsakh in the Year of the Banner, 1368 DR, their plan was well on its way to success. At that time Sarevok saw an opportunity to rid himself of a fellow Bhaalspawn. In Mirtul, he returned to Candlekeep with Tamoko and a few allies and ambushed Gorion and his ward along the Way of the Lion. While Sarevok managed to slay the old sage of Candlekeep, the Bhaalspawn fled into the night.[note 4]
In the weeks that followed, Abdel Adrian began putting an end to Sarevok's lesser schemes while the leadership of the Iron Throne intervened against his more grandiose plot. Rieltar and Brunos Costak made for Candlekeep to negotiate a treaty with the Knights of the Shield, in an effort to prevent all out war. To stop them both, Sarevok framed the hero for the deaths of the Iron Throne leaders and had them imprisoned within the dungeons of the great fortress library.
Sarevok then arranged for the assassination Entar Silvershield of the Baldurian Council of Four and Commander Scar of the Flaming Fist, blaming it on the Shadow Thieves guild in Amn. As Baldur's Gate was crippled with fear about a seemingly inevitable war, Sarevok was able to gain nomination as one of the new Grand Dukes of Baldur's Gate. His interests in the Iron Throne would provide the city with the iron they needed and he would lead their army under the permission of its ranking officer, Angelo Dosan.
During his coronation, Sarevok was confronted by his brother and fellow Bhaalspawn Abdel. His plans were laid bare for all to see and the true nature of his plans were exposed to the city's leaders and the Baldurian nobility. After a brief battle, Sarevok fled to his inner sanctum, within the Bhaalist temple in the Undercity. The Hero of Baldur's Gate followed. They and their respective allies fought a great battle that ended with Sarevok's death. His body dissolved into golden dust as his essence dispersed and joined that of Bhaal.
Existence After Death
When Abdel Adrian pursued Jon Irenicus into the Abyss the following year, he encountered a supernatural being that took Sarevok's form. As with all the Bhaalspawn, an "echo" of Sarevok was transported to Bhaal's realm after his death. This wraith Sarevok possessed one of the Tears of Bhaal and used it to provoke his half-sibling to transform into Bhaal's avatar, the Slayer. Sarevok was defeated once again, yet a portion of his essence still remained.
This essence of Sarevok manifested in the pocket plane of Bhaal's Throne of Blood again some weeks later. When the Abdel Adrian appeared once again, he presented his divine sibling with a deal: If they gave up a part of their divine soul so that he may live again, he would offer information vital to resolving the Bhaalspawn crisis. In truth, Sarevok wished to travel alongside his brother. Despite his death he felt he still had some role to play in the fulfillment of Alaundo's prohpecy.
- In the Baldur's Gate novel, Sarevok counted the Zhentarim agents Xzar and Montaron among his followers.
- While it is not explicitly stated that the temple of Bhaal in the Forest of Wyrms is the same temple featured in the origins of Abdel Adrian and Sarevok, there is evidence to suggest that it is. The original Baldur's Gate game states that the Harper Gorion was a lover to and killer of Abdel's biological mother. The Throne of Bhaal expansion reveals her identity as Alianna, a priestess of Bhaal and the mother of Abdel Adrian. Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear features the story of how the forest temple was raided by members of the Harpers, one of whom nearly killed his lover before rescuing her infant child.
- Sarevok's diary suggests Sarevok's dream of this event was more of a flashback. In the entry dated Nightal 2 1365 DR, Rieltar mentions Sarevok's unfaithfulness and him "suffering the same fate" as his mother if he failed in being dutiful. Additionally the abrupt line of "It was only a dream." added to the end of the Tarsakh 11 1366 DR entry seems to actually suggest otherwise.
- In the Baldur's Gate novel, Gorion is killed by a group of assassins sent by Sarevok.
Behind the Scenes
- In the Baldur's Gate series of video games, Sarevok is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.
- Philip Athans (August 1999). “Rogues Gallery: Baldur's Gate”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #262 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 70–74.
- BioWare (December 1998). Designed by James Ohlen. Baldur's Gate. Black Isle Studios.
- Beamdog (November 2012). Designed by Philip Daigle, et al. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Beamdog.
- BioWare (June 2001). Designed by Kevin Martens. Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. 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.
- Steven E. Schend, Sean K. Reynolds and Eric L. Boyd (June 2000). Cloak & Dagger. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 123. ISBN 0-7869-1627-3.
- Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 155. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- BioWare (September 2000). Designed by James Ohlen, Kevin Martens. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Black Isle Studios.
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