The highly anticipated release of Baldur's Gate 3 is just around the corner, and as we prepare to delve into Larian Studios' new CRPG, it is important to familiarize ourselves with the iconic city of Baldur's Gate. Situated in the world of Faerûn, this metropolis has been a beloved setting for countless roleplaying adventures.
It has been nearly two decades since the release of Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn in 2000, and a lot has changed – not only in the world of videogames but also in the world of Faerûn. Over 120 years have passed since the events of Baldur's Gate 2, and the city is now in turmoil due to the sudden appearance of mind flayers and dragons.
Baldur's Gate is located on the Sword Coast, a region known for its powerful cities and the Lords' Alliance, a loose coalition of these cities. Other iconic PC games, such as the Neverwinter Nights series and Eye of the Beholder, have also been set in this region.
The city of Baldur's Gate was founded by an explorer named Balduran, who invested his plundered treasure in building a stone wall for the settlement. However, it is important to note that the name of the founder is Balduran, not simply Baldur.
Interestingly, there is a gate within Baldur's Gate itself. This gate has become a recognizable symbol of the city and serves as a landmark for visitors.
For those who want to explore the lore leading up to Baldur's Gate 3, there is a tabletop D&D module called “Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus.” Set in hell, this adventure module serves as a prequel to the events of Baldur's Gate 3, but it is not necessary to play through it to understand the story.
One exciting feature in Baldur's Gate 3 is the inclusion of a newspaper called Baldur's Mouth, which will report on your adventures in the city. This adds a unique and immersive element to the game.
And let's not forget about Minsc and Boo, the iconic duo of the series. After the events of Baldur's Gate 2, they were turned into statues for over 70 years until they were finally revived.
With all this background information, we can now prepare for our return to the beloved city of Baldur's Gate in Baldur's Gate 3. Get ready for an epic adventure filled with intrigue and danger!