The characters from the epic Role-Playing Game by BioWare - Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal
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Baldur's Gate II Characters
As I've said, many come to my website and leave thinking that I'm a big console gamer and my favorite games are Halo and Metal Gear Solid. I hate giving this impression. Actually I'm a big PC gamer and my favorite games are RPG's. And what's my favorite PC RPG? The epic series of games called Baldur's Gate! These days when someone says "Baldur's Gate," people often immediately think of the hack-n-slash "action-RPG's" for the consoles called "Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance." The games I'm talking about are totally unrelated to those. The Baldur's Gate games I'm talking about were only released for the PC and Mac. They are true, in-depth role-playing games with an epic storyline, fascinating characters, beautiful settings, powerful spells and weapons, wonderful music, superb voice acting, and uh... oh well I just can't praise them enough! For more information, see the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldur%27s_gate_series It's plenty reliable, as far as I can tell. I've even edited it a bit myself to make sure!
I'm going through the list of characters in alphabetical order here, so the first on the list is Aerie. Aerie is a lawful good female elf mage/cleric that you first meet in a circus tent in Waukeen's Promenade. She was supposedly once an Avariel, or winged elf, but when her wings became too weak to fly and got rotten and infected, the circus crew cut them off. This is the main thing that she cries about in the game. Many players have complained that she is an annoying, whiny character, but others like her, and some think that her romance (she is one of the three romances available for a male) is actually the most enjoyable. I probably agree with the latter group more, though her pregnancy and giving birth in Throne of Bhaal is a bit... awkward, to say the least. But the other NPC's make great comments, hehe.
I based my Aerie minifig on both her portrait appearance and her in-game appearance, as I've done with most all of the minifigs here. In her portrait she appears to be wearing some kind of grey robes, but in the game her robes are tan and light orange by default. So I combined both of them here, giving her a grey cape and grey collar with a necklace to match the portrait, and making the rest of her robes tan and made to resemble the ones you see her wearing in the Inventory screen (including the one revealed leg). She also has a shield and mace, because, as a cleric/mage, she can wear mage robes AND a shield and helmet. Some have asked why I didn't include all that junk that she has dangling in her hair in her portrait. Well, that's because I've always thought all that junk looked stupid. So I left it out. I don't know why they felt compelled to make the Baldur's Gate II portraits so bizarre anyway. They seemed to try to put as much junk in everyone's hair as they possibly could, and as many rings as possible too. Yuck. That's why I often override the portraits. Heh.
NOT FROM BALDUR'S GATE II. This is Aribeth, a character from the original Neverwinter Nights. You could say the main character, since, unlike in Baldur's Gate II, she practically takes the leading role in the storyline instead of you (which was one of the things that irked me about NWN). Nevertheless, I sort of liked her character, even if the existence of an elven paladin made me frown disapprovingly (like most bizarre 3rd Edition combinations do). Anyway, Aribeth introduces herself as "Lady Aribeth de Tylmerande, Paladin of Tyr and Right Hand to Lord Nasher Alagondar."
Aribeth is haughty and holier-than-thou, but her attitude gets shattered over the course of the game. Her story is definitely a tragedy, and the happiest ending available in NWN1 is her turning herself in to the law to await possible execution at the hands of Lord Nasher. However, if you get the Hordes of the Underdark expansion pack, you can lead her to a more happy ending. I have a lot of complaints about that though (such as the fact that your character in HotU is not supposed to be the hero that you played as in NWN... a fact that made me royally pissed). Anyway, I seem to be rambling. Forgive me. I could complain about Neverwinter Nights all day. Not my favorite game.
Here is Aribeth in minifig form. Pretty simple, I know. But hey, I was just making her out of boredom, and I didn't want to put too much work into her, since no matter how I feel about her character, she's still from *shudder* Neverwinter Nights. So I just gave her a chest decal. If I had wanted to make her as detailed as possible, I would have made the chest decal wrap around her torso (which is why I gave her a yellow torso) and also made her shoulder pauldrons. Meh, she's fine as is. Moving right along...
Another NOT FROM BALDUR'S GATE II character. This is Arwyn, the main character of a series of comic books called Sojourn, by Crossgen, a company that unfortunately went out of business a while back. This sure was disappointing for me, since Sojourn is the only series of comic books I've been interested enough in to read from issue number 1. I bought all four graphic novel compilations of the comic books (though the fourth one was a real pain in the butt to get my hands on), but then suddenly it all stopped. It's sad that fantasy comics don't do well but stupid corny super-heroes in tights continue to sell. I've never much cared for super-hero comics... bah!
Here is my minifig version of Arwyn. She is not extremely detailed, but I was just making her for fun. I think the torso decal turned out great. I really wish she had some longer hair though. But the only longer blond hair I have is the blond Dumbledore hair from the newest Lucius Malfoy minifig. that just doesn't fit. What LEGO really needs to make is some blond Hermione hair. That would be very useful to me. I'd buy at least ten!
Finally, back to the actual Baldur's Gate II characters! This is Edwin, a male human mage (conjurer). I used his Baldur's Gate 1 portrait here instead of his Baldur's Gate II one because I think his BG2 one looks disgusting. As soon as I saw his BG2 portrait, I went into the game files and replaced it with his original portrait. It's easy to do. I'd tell you how to do it here, but it would be too long. Anyway, Edwin is a cocky, stuck-up, evil wizard that you meet in Baldur's Gate 1 in Nashkel and in Baldur's Gate II in the Athkatla Docks. He's a bit strange, and he acts sort of like an unsuccessful villain that just can't seem to be as good at trying to do evil things as people like, say, Jon Irenicus. So he ends up coming off as more comical than evil. But despite his bumbling, he is by far the best mage in the entire series!
Edwin greets you by saying "Greetings to you. I am Edwin Odesseiron, but you simians may refer to me merely as 'sir' for a less... syllable-intensive workout." Here is my LEGO Edwin wearing the Robe of the Evil Archmagi. Edwin is a Red Wizard of Thay (despite the fact that he sort of left their group), so he always wears red and gold, their typical colors. I absolutely love the way his chest decal turned out. It looks so much like something you'd see in Baldur's Gate, especially with the necklace. The necklace is Edwin's special item, an amulet of Thay. It gives him extra spell slots, and you cannot remove it from his inventory.
Also, on Edwin's belt is the symbol of Mystra, used for the magic logo throughout the game. It's a moon and three stars. Here is Edwin more like he appears when you first meet him in Baldur's Gate 1. In BG1, he greets your character by saying "You! I require the services of your group! (Yes... they will do nicely)." Edwin often talks to himself in parentheses, unaware of the fact that you can hear him. Sometimes he will even reveal diabolical plans to people that he plans to betray (such as you) by doing this! Like I said, he's more comical than evil. But with his Conjuration spell school concentration, Amulet of Thay, and 18 Intelligence, he can memorize far more spells than any other wizard in your party (even your main character, if he/she is a mage, in most cases!).
There is one character in Baldur's Gate that you meet at the VERY BEGINNING of the first game and will stick with you to the VERY END, and that character is Imoen, the female human thief/mage. Of course, she gets captured in the beginning of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and you spend much of the game trying to save her, but after that she'll never leave your side unless ordered. She's pretty useful in both games, as a thief in BG1 and as a thief/mage in BG2. However, due to her annoying girlishness and tendency to make stupid comments, I've never much liked her myself. But she does act a bit more mature in BG2, I admit.
Imoen's torso decal is based on her portrait more than anything else. I decided to make her wearing leather armor, even though it's best not to make her wear any armor in BG2 since her spell casting abilities are hindered by it. I think the pinkish cape and legs fit perfectly with the minifig, as does the Hermione head. Her hair color isn't quite right, but eh, it works.
And these two creepy looking beings are Jon Irenicus and his sister Bodhi. They are the main antagonists of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Both were elves once, but they betrayed their people to gain power, and thus were magically stripped of their elven immortality. To compensate for this, Bodhi turned herself into an immortal undead... a vampire. Her brother, Irenicus, simply sustains himself with magic, but he is trying to become immortal by taking the immortal, godly essence from a certain half-deity that he has heard so much about... This, by the way, would be you.
Another one of the main characters who will stick with you through pretty much the whole series is Jaheira, a female half-elf fighter/druid who is a Harper agent. You first meet her in the Friendly Arm Inn in Baldur's Gate 1. She originally travels with her husband Khalid, but after his torture and death in the beginning of Baldur's Gate II, she will then romance the main character (you), if you choose to do so. She's haughty and a bit of a jerk, and her romance is the most complicated one in the game. It's actually quite glitchy, and despite trying several times, I've never gotten it to work all the way to the end of Shadows of Amn.
Here is my Jaheira minifig. I was originally going to go with leather for the torso, since it matches her portrait in Baldur's Gate 1 better and just seems more druid-ish, but it's much better to make her wear platemail since she's a fighter/druid and it doesn't hinder her spells any. So I made this decal based mostly on what she is wearing in her portrait, except I added a little slightly leaf-shaped thing at the top.
Next in line is Jan Jansen. Jan is a crazy male gnome illusionist/thief that you find in the Government District in Athkatla. He's one of the funniest characters in the game, with extremely quirky habits, a love of building machines, potions, and other little tricks, his reminiscing about days gone by, his talk of his crazy relatives, and his love of turnips and fear of griffons. Here's a quote: "I think we make a fine partnership! Like Drizzt and Wulfgar! Elminster and Volo! Ha! We should go into the mobile vegetable peddling business together!"
I spent forever trying to decide on what head to give Jan Jansen. To be honest, probably the closest match to his appearance in his portrait is Count Dooku's head, but it looks way to gloomy for Jan Jansen. Also, I wanted to give him a bigger beard to make him look more gnomish. In the actual game, he has a long, pointed grey beard, so I gave him one in the LEGO as well. It's not a perfect, match, but I like the way it looks. Funny and gnomish. If you're wondering why I made his outfit such strange colors, purple and light blue... well, then you've obviously never seen what he looks like in the game. I have a screenshot of him farther down. I also made the top of the decal look more like his portrait, but unfortunately his beard covers it up. Oh well.
Here he is with his crossbow, the Flasher Master Bruiser. It's so complicated (according to the item description) that only he can use it. So yeah, here's another Jan quote: "I've had dangerous dealings with a wizard or two, myself. In fact, Golodon the Unmanned had the most dangerous breath this side of Rashemen. A casual conversation between him and Rozar the Unwilling almost started the Guild War of '42, you know. All those spells he cast, thinking he was cursed, and all he really needed was a good dentist. Of course, you show me a dentist whose willing to yank a rotten tooth out of the mouth of a cranky wizard and I'll show you a pig with wings! Big ones! They have them in the Moonshaes, you know. But enough about me."
Anyone recognize this? I've had it in my artwork page for two or three years now. It's an old picture I drew in 2003 or 2004 that I've been using as my character's portrait in RPG games ever since. Naturally, I also used it in Baldur's Gate II one time I played the game. The character's name is Justyn the Sabre-Scorpion, and he is a Chaotic Good Human Male Ranger. He wears red dragon scale armor and fights with two curved swords or a bow.
So here's my LEGO version of my protagonist. He has the most detailed decals of any of the minifigs here. I know that a few things don't match the picture above, but that's because I changed them to match my preferences of today. After all, he's my character, so I change him all I want. By the way, the reason for his sword combination is because my favorite two swords in Baldur's Gate II are the Celestial Fury, a katana, and Angurvadal, a flaming long sword.
This very scarred up fellow is Keldorn, a human paladin that you meet in the sewers of Athkatla below the Temple District. Keldorn Firecam is one of the best characters in the entire game, especially if you fix his low dexterity with the Gauntlets of Dexterity and give him the best sword in the game, the paladin-only blade called Carsomyr, the Holy Avenger, which can be found in the belly of Firkraag, the red dragon. After that, he's an AWESOME tank.
Okay, here's the story behind this fig: I made the face decal a long time ago when I was first trying to make Keldorn, and I stuck it on a head and slid on the silvery helmet. Now it's... stuck. I can't get it out. Usually my decals don't get stuck if you just cut them out so that it's ONLY the face and it doesn't wrap all the way around the head. Unfortunately, this one did wrap all the way around the head, so it made the head much thicker and got stuck. I'm afraid to get it out the hard way because it would scratch up my silvery helmet. Ah well. The silver armor fits his paladin ness well. Also, even though it's hard to tell, he's holding a golden sword to represent Carsomyr.
Exactly why the portrait artists gave Korgan pointed ears and an "Amish beard" as I like to call them (meaning a beard without a mustache)... I have no idea. Certainly doesn't look very dwarf-like to me. But despite this, Korgan Bloodaxe, the Chaotic Evil Male Dwarf Berserker, is one of my favorite characters and one of the best characters in the game. He's a total jerk to everyone he meets, has a bad attitude, cusses a lot, hates everybody, and loves to kill stuff!
Here is Korgan in LEGO form. I originally gave him a tan suit with a unique decal, but the tan just didn't suit his character (his clothes in the game are red and black by default), so I changed it. The decal is actually the same one that I used for Dak'kon in Planescape: Torment, strangely enough. I don't think the minifig really looks like him in the portrait, but it does look a bit like him in the game. I highly recommend making Korgan dual-wield battleaxes. He's awesome that way.
This is my old Korgan that I made a long time ago. He's one reason you haven't seen these minifigs before now. You see, after making this minifig, I heard about the new Vikings sets... and then I realized how much better the horned helmets and axes would look than the ones you see here. So I had to wait for the Vikings sets to come out... it was a long wait. But hey, the cut-up helmet still proved useful for Jan Jansen, and the cut-up horns still proved useful as well. They look great stuck in one of the new Vikings helmets!
Every game has a signature character. In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, that character is probably HK-47. He's in both games, on both game covers, and everywhere you see KOTOR, you see HK-47. For the Baldur's Gate series, the signature character is Minsc. Minsc is a chaotic good male human ranger who likes to use big swords and armor and slay evil wherever he finds it! He also has an animal companion hamster named Boo, who Minsc believes is actually a highly intelligent miniature giant space hamster. He often talks to it. "Something must be done, Justyn! We must find this evil wizard! All that is goodness cries out for this! Even little Boo, although he cannot cry out quite so loudly."
Other Minsc quotes:
"Go for the eyes, Boo! GO FOR THE EYES!!! RAAAAGHH!!!"
"Make way, evil! I am armed to the teeth, and packing a hamster!"
"There is safety in numbers... and I am two or three at least!"
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Watch it! I'm huge!"
"What? My weapon has no effect? I need a bigger sword!"
"Magic is impressive... but now MINSC leads! Sword for EVERYONE!"
Here are Minsc and Boo in LEGO form! Yeah, Minsc just has a face decal. As for Boo, well, he's a mutilated LEGO rat. I cut off its tail and painted it. Not the best paint job in the world, but you get the idea, I think. Minsc is wearing full plate mail in his LEGO because he likes to say "Full plate, and packing steel!". And he's using a sword, of course, because he loves swords. For example, if you give a beggar a piece of gold, then Minsc will say: "I would rather have given a sword. Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach a man to fight and he can chow down the meaty marrow of evil!"
Despite the fact that he's a ranger, Minsc is actually more of a barbarian. He can even go into a berserker rage. And he naturally gets the ranger's skill at dual-wielding, so I sometimes make him dual-wield axes, swords, or even maces (since he starts out with a proficiency in maces). Anyway, here is a decal I made for him but decided not to use, because I think the plate mail fits him better. The decal is based on the armor he wears in his Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 portraits.
Here's a bit of a spoiler for you if you haven't played the games: In Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Sarevok (the big badguy you killed in the end of the first Baldur's Gate) can come back to life and JOIN YOUR PARTY! I have a minifig of Sarevok in all his original evil armor from the first game. You can find that minifig on a separate page. This one is just my interpretation of him in your party. By the way, he rules. He is a Chaotic Evil Male Human Fighter with possibly the best stats of any party-joining NPC. You can even dual-class him to a mage or thief if you want. But my advice is just to give him plate mail and a really big sword and let him kick some arse. He also makes really devastating critical hits once in a while.
This minifig actually matches his portrait better. But of course I usually don't make flesh-tone minifigs of any kind, so I eventually scrapped this minifig for the other one. Still, here it is anyway, for those of you who care.
When you reach Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the final game in the series, your guide through the story is an angelic celestial simply known as Solar. She guides you through your destiny, contacting you and speaking with you, testing you for the trials ahead, and sometimes warning you about what you are about to face.
Another popular character from the Baldur's Gate series is Viconia, the female dark elf cleric who has by far the best-looking portrait in the game. Heh. She is also a romance interest, though if you continue your romance with her to the end, it doesn't end very happily. She's a tragic character, a dark elf who has been taught to be evil like the rest of her kind, but you can change her to be good if you try. But this doesn't really change the ending. Anyway, she's still one of my favorite characters, so here is the minifig of her...
The torso decal is a combination of what she appears to be wearing her portrait... and plate mail armor. Because she's much better in some kind of armor besides just leather. Her default colors include purple, and I think it goes well with her as a Drow, so I gave her a purple cape and legs. I also gave her a mace and shield, though in the game, she is actually better off just using a sling and spells to fight, because of her abysmally low constitution. She has even less constitution than Aerie!
And last but not least (or maybe least; I guess that's up to you) is Yoshimo. He is a male human thief (bounty hunter to be precise) that you meet in the very beginning of Baldur's Gate II. Despite his friendly manner, he is not entirely trustworthy, as you find out later in the game. Never trust a bounty hunter. He's a pretty darn useful character though, being the only pure-class thief in the entire game. This makes him indispensable at first. It's also a VERY good idea to keep him with you the first time you play through the game, because he's important in the story.
My Yoshimo minifig is pretty simple, but I love the way his chest decal turned out. I based it on a certain type of leather armor you find in the game (I forget which) and I combined it with the appearance of his armor in his portrait. I also gave him a hood because thieves always wear hoods in the game, and his Katana +1 (+1 AC) that only he can use.
Nice, I use a good trick with yosi, here it is I use him to escape the duengoen. Then dual class him to a fighter. Then before i enter spellhold I take all of his weapons off and armour. Then you can kill him easier. Here is a good party: Me(Paladin),Keldorn,Minsc,Jan, Arie(Personal favorite),and Edwin(Best Spellcaster in the whole Game!!!). That is how i finish the game fast and easy.
where in the word did you get those swords!?...
truely, that puts a great touch to it, i've only played Boulders gate one so i dont know who some of the charicters are but still... wonderful! keep up the good work!
Wow. When I read the update on your site figured you wouldn't have this posted for a few weeks at the very least. Anyway, I really like the attention you paid to details on all of the characters. I can tell you spent alot of tie on these, and it really shows. Keep up the good work. ::Goes off to play Baldur's Gate::