With the success Baldur’s Gate 3 has had, it’s understandable that you might want to know what happened in the original game. But having launched in 1998, it’s nowhere similar to its 2023 sequel. Still, the story of Baldur’s Gate holds up, and many parts are referenced in the third entry.
The plot of the game is in many ways similar; political machinations, godly disputes and epic journeys. But for the many similarities it has, it’s also its own story, with an emphasis on friction between nations and no mention of Mind Flayers. What stays constant is that the city of Baldur’s Gate is at the center of it all.
Who Is The Protagonist Of Baldur’s Gate?
The player character is an orphan in the care of Gorion, a skilled spell caster and member of the Harpers, an organization working to maintain balance in the world. He took care of the player since infancy, telling them nothing of their origin; in truth, the player is a Bhaalspawn.
In the official canon, the main character of the story is Abdel Adrian, a good-aligned human fighter.
The player was born at the heart of the cult of Bhaal, looking to bring their Lord back to his former glory.
Bhaal is the Lord of Murder, slain in the Time of Troubles. He left his spawn to wander the earth, creating chaos and killing each other until only one remains; he will then resurrect within this final Bhaalspawn.
Who Is The Villain Of Baldur’s Gate?
The antagonist of the game is Sarevok Anchev, another Bhaalspawn. He’s aware of his heritage and looking to ascend as Lord of Murder. For this, he plans to not only slay his siblings but also create utter chaos through the land, causing countless deaths.
To this end, he formed part of a merchant’s guild known as the Iron Throne. They wished to create an artificial iron shortage, having major cities like Baldur’s Gate and Amn fall into economic crisis, and then de-escalating the issue once they had monopoly over the material.
You can find Sarevok in Baldur’s Gate 3 as the judge of the Murder Tribunal.
Sarevok looked to escalate things even further, having each nation blame each other for the shortage and starting an all out war. With this plan in motion, all he needed to do was to kill his fellow Bhaalspawn and ascend among all the murders.
What Happened In Baldur’s Gate?
With his plans set in motion, Sarevok needed only to find and kill the other Bhaalspawn. He takes care of it personally, eventually going to where the player and Gorion lived. While the player manages to escape, Gorion is slain by Sarevok.
The player can join forces with a multitude of companions, some of which might be familiar if you’ve played Baldur’s Gate 3, like the Harper Jaheira, the Ranger Minsc and Viconia DeVir, a Drow that worships Shar.
They all have their own quests and stories, and will often fight each other if their alignments are too different.
Minsc survived the hundreds of years of difference between games because he spent the majority of that time petrified.
During their travels, the player finds out about the iron crisis, and how the Iron Throne guild is manufacturing it. But at each step, Sarevok is there to twist the situation, blaming the player for many of his murders, including the killing of the guild’s leaders.
Sarevok was planning on killing the leaders from the start, taking control of the Iron Throne and making the nations of Baldur’s Gate and Amn go to war.
The player does put an end to his plans, but he manages to flee to an underground temple within Baldur’s Gate dedicated to Bhaal.
It’s here that the final confrontation takes place, and the player’s party manages to put an end to Sarevok and his plans, killing him at the temple of the Lord of Murder.
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