List of the various friendly [=NPC=]s encountered in the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series, including the ''Black Pits'' spinoffs.

'''Warning: Spoilers ahead!'''

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!!Major characters

Characters who ally with Charname for a substantial length of time.

[[folder: Gorion]]
-->''You're a fool if you believe I would trust your 'benevolence'. Stand aside, and you and your lackeys will remain unhurt.''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/JimCummings

Gorion was Charname's adoptive father. Though he dies quickly into [=BG1=] and only has a few lines in the game, he was of profound importance to many of the Sword Coast's important denizens, most importantly Elminster.

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* BadassGrandpa: That fight against [[spoiler:Sarevok]] and his {{mook}}s was quite impressive.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive
* DeadManWriting: He writes such a letter.
* DeathByOriginStory
* FromACertainPointOfView: In [=BG1=], his note to you says he knew your mother (in the, er, Biblical sense), but in [=BG2=], your mother was a psychotic priestess of Bhaal and it seems unlikely Gorion would have associated himself with her, so either he lied to you, it's a straight {{retcon}},she was possibly, ah, pumping him for information (he ''was'' a Harper at the time), or, more poignantly, he knew and loved her before she joined the Dark Side. The fandom is divided on it.
* GoodParents: By all accounts, Gorion was a great parent, especially in comparison to your natural ones. Any bad behaviour from the player character can certainly not be blamed on any FreudianExcuse.
* MentorOccupationalHazard
* PapaWolf: Oh yes.
* PosthumousCharacter: Gorion dies in the first twenty minutes of the first game, but that doesn't stop him from showing up repeatedly in flashbacks and dream sequences.
** [[spoiler: It also doesn't stop a doppelganger from taking his form and attempting to pull a MindRape on after the player returns to Candlekeep.]]
* RetiredBadass: As his backstory would have it. He even adventured with Elminster.

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[[folder: Elminster]]
-->''Ho there wanderer, stay thy course and indulge an old man.''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/FrankWelker

Elminster Aumar is ''the'' mage of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', predating ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''. He shows up a few times to give advice, but he never directly intervenes. He doesn't show up in [=BG2=] (unless you count the Terminsel encounter, which doesn't actually outright admit that it is he), but he does in [=ToB=], mostly to... give out advice and not help directly. Which is his trademark modus operandi, actually.

See also ''Literature/TheElminsterSeries'', which features him as the main character.

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* TheCameo: Effectively. Sure, he shows up occasionally, but it's really mostly to say HEY IT'S ELMINSTER!
* SdrawkcabAlias: If your PC completes Jaheira's personal sidequest in [=BG2=] successfully, a guy named "Terminsel" shows up at the end of it to give her a powerful magic item. No points for guessing whom he really is. (Jaheira does.)
* ChaoticGood: InUniverse.
* DeadpanSnarker: To Volo in the manuals.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The information he gives you is never anything you don't know already, making you wonder why he bothers.
* {{Expy}}: Elminster is most certainly not Gandalf with an orange/red color scheme instead of a gray one. Why would you even suggest that?
* RobeAndWizardHat
* StealthHiBye: His role in the first game consists almost solely of showing up whenever you completed a plot point and to give you vague tips on what to do next. Not that you wouldn't know anyway.
* TricksterMentor
* VitriolicBestBuds: His exchanges with Volo in the manuals seem to be this.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Elminster's first language is an archaic[[note]]he's over a thousand years old by the time of the Realms' present day[[/note]] form of Chondathan that is rendered as such in ''FR'' texts. He drops it for the sequel, though.

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[[folder: The Solar]]
-->''"You have fought against brother and sister in recent days... fought and prevailed as they arrayed their forces against you."''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Charity James

The Solar is an angelic creature from the Upper Planes who appears to CHARNAME after taking control of the Pocket Plane in [=ToB=]. She will ask the player questions and explain the last remnants of the plot as CHARNAME battles The Five.

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* DeadpanSnarker: At times.
--> '''Solar:''' You are not a goddess yet, mortal.
* FlamingSword
* KarmaMeter: She's the one who asks the questions that decide it.
* TheLancer: She will swear herself to CHARNAME if good actions are chosen.
* LawfulGood:[[invoked]] Solars are AlwaysLawfulGood in 2nd edition.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]: She's really there mostly to inform you of things there's no way for you to otherwise learn.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Solars are the closest thing D&D has to actual angels.
* TimeAbyss: She has "existed since the first strands of Fate were woven."
* YouAreNotReady: And she is there to fix that.
* YouMonster: An evil CHARNAME gets this reaction from her.
* WingedHumanoid
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[[folder: Melissan The Red]]
-->''No! Put down your weapons, this is not neccessary!''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Heidi Shannon

A mage with a self-proclaimed 'interest' in the Bhaalspawn, Melissan has spent several years wandering Tethyr and the southern lands. She's apparently been shepherding the southern Bhaalspawn and helping them come into their own. She plays a fairly major role as the mentor/main questgiver of ''Throne of Bhaal'', and guides you in defeating the FiveBadBand that has united to kill all their lesser siblings. [[spoiler:She's also the game's BigBad in disguise, but she's got a listing on the villain page for tropes involving her true colours.]]

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* ActualPacifist: Usually espouses peaceful solutions to conflicts; they never pan out, and she gets rather resigned to CHARNAME having to solve all your mutual problems with violence.
* TheChick: Non-ActionGirl, who only ever seems to case the Dimension Door spell to take herself away from the player's position.
* DroppedABridgeOnHer: Balthazar apparently kills her halfway through the game. [[spoiler:He failed, given she is the BigBad and all.]]
* {{Mentor}}
* TooDumbToLive: So, you found a bunch of Bhaalspawn, and figured there's safety in numbers. Ok, fair enough. You then decide to bring them all to a walled-in city to protect them... Apparently forgetting that one of The Five ''is a fire giant with a massive army at his beck and call''. Not the cleverest tactical idea right there.
* WideEyedIdealist: She seemed to genuinely believe the insane and unhinged Gromnir -- a half-orc so trigger-happy, for reference, that his own orc tribe threw him out for being too violent -- would make an effective leader and that the player would be able to reason with him.
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!!Minor characters

Characters who ally with Charname for a relatively short length of time.

[[folder: Tethoril]]

->''I am very proud of you, as I am sure Gorion is...''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/HamiltonCamp

One of the monks in Candlekeep. He cares for both Gorion and Charname, despite knowing of Charname's heritage.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He knows to trust Charname, and even if Charname confesses to killing Rieltar, Tethoril understands that it was for a good reason. He also knows that Charname will not be able to get a fair trial in Baldur's Gate and so helps him escape.

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[[folder: Drizzt Do'Urden]]
-->''Do not poke Drizzt! 'Tis entirely unsociable.''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/JeffBennett

Another well-known ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' face, Drizzt has even less to do with the plot than Elminster but as one of the two best known characters of the setting (the other being Elminster himself) he shows up anyways. He has a brief cameo in the first game, then acts as an important ally in Chapter 6 of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn.

See also ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt''.

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* BonusBoss: Sort of, in both games. You'll have to be the one to pick the fight with him, but the game at least lets you choose to do so (Elminster, by comparison, cannot be fought ever).
* TheCameo: Even more blatant than Elminster.
* CantCatchUp: It is very difficult for new players to beat Drizzt in a straight fight in [=BG1=], however veterans can often solo or duo him with little trouble. In [=BG2=] he's merely a level fourteen ranger and even with a party of his own presents little threat.
* ChaoticGood: InUniverse.
* DualWielding
* GondorCallsForAid: You can enlist his assistance in the fight against Bodhi.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: In [=BG1=] he carries by far the game's two best one-handed swords and some incredible chainmail. He carries them in the sequel as well, but by then they're nothing special.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch
* OneManArmy: His introduction consists of him fighting a large set of Gnolls. He can kill them all with ease, but he asks for help anyway.
* OurElvesAreBetter: A dark elf.
* OutOfCharacter: An odd example. While Drizzt mostly comes across as the [[IncorruptiblePurePureness practically saintly]] hero he is, his voice-acted lines outside the actual dialogue are written so as to make him sound irritable and arrogant.
* PantheraAwesome: His ranger companion is a panther, as per the books.
* StopPokingMe: The only non-joinable [=NPC=] to have one.
-->'''Drizzt:''' Don't. Poke. Drizzt. 'Tis entirely unsociable.
* WhatTheHellHero: If you kill him in [=BG1=], he'll ask you why you did it in [=BG2=], and accept an answer of "You're a drow." If you say you'll help him in [=BG1=] against the gnolls he's fighting and don't (although he's easily powerful enough to kill every single gnoll in the game at the same time by himself) he'll be offended and leave. He's also will attack you if your character's name is [[NamesTheSame Drizzt]] and he has a low reputation.
* ZergRush: One of the most widely accepted ways of killing Drizzt in the first game is to spam him with summoned monsters or animated skeletons while sniping him with ranged weapons. Sure, he'll chop through those mooks like butter, but if you summon enough, he'll die before he can reach your party. The other way is to drink as many potions as you can (and use the aforementioned Protection of Evil bug) to improve your AC, and then confront him.

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[[folder: Scar]]

-->''It's good to see you again. How have things gone?''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Neil Ross

The field commander of the Flaming Fist. Scar hires Charname for various jobs in Baldur's Gate, culminating in an effort to expose the true plot of the Iron Throne.

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* FriendOnTheForce: Scar is a high-ranking member of the Flaming Fist, who serves as the police in Baldur's Gate. He also supports Charname.
* KilledOffForReal: Sarevok has him assassinated and replaced with his lackey Angelo to make sure that the Flaming Fist won't be ordered to interfere with his plans.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: 'Scar' probably isn't his real name, but it's the only one that anyone uses to refer to him.

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[[folder: Duke Eltan]]
-->''I need a small group of spies to break into the Iron Throne headquarters and see if they can find any proof of the Throne's involvement with the caravan raids. If you do this for me, you'll be paid extremely well...''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/FrankWelker

One of the four Grand Dukes of Baldur's Gate, and the only one who suspects that the Iron Throne is behind the recent unrest in the Sword Coast. He assists Charname in several ways, including by helping Charname get back into Candlekeep to continue his investigation.

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* FriendOnTheForce: As the Commander of the Flaming Fist and one of the four leaders of Baldur's Gate, Eltan is perhaps the ultimate FriendOnTheForce. With his backing it would be possible for Charname to expose even people as powerful as the Iron Throne leaders. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Eltan is incapacitated before Charname can return with the evidence he needs.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He is willing to hear out Charname and look at evidence against the Iron Throne. Also, when Charname says that more evidence is currently in Candlekeep, rather than complain or object Eltan just helps Charname get back into Candlekeep to keep searching.

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[[folder: Maralee]]

A wolfwere on Balduran's Isle. Unlike the rest of her community, she is not inherently hostile to Charname. After Charname's party rescues her baby she agrees to help them escape the island before they succumb to lycanthropy.

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* AndroclesLion: She's a literal beast, and by helping her the party can gain her loyalty so she helps them later.

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[[folder: Dradeel]]
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/NickJameson

An elf shipwrecked on Balduran's Island. He's gone somewhat insane from the solitude and the perpetual threat of Karoug's werewolves, but he's still able to give some advice to Charname.

He later shows up in Spellhold as one of the inmates, where he is again able to assist Charname, this time in attacking Irenicus.

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* KilledOffForReal: Irenicus kills him along with the rest of Spellhold's inmates.

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[[folder: Hurgan Stoneblade]]

->''I got the adventure that'll make ye yearn for glory!''

A dwarf seeking to prevent the release of Aec'Letec, a powerful demon. He tasks the party with recovering a dagger before it can be used to summon the demon; when that fails, he advises the party on how to stop the demon from causing total catastrophe.

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* QuestGiver: One of two quest givers that wants the party to go to Durlag's Tower (the other being Therella, whose son went missing in the Tower).

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[[folder: Liia Janneth and Belt]]
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/JenniferHale (Liia) and Brian George (Belt)

Grand Duchess Liia Janneth and Grand Duke Belt are two of Baldur's Gate's leaders. They help Charname track down Sarevok after Charname saves them from being slain in Sarevok's ambush.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Both seem very reasonable. After Charname saves them, they trust Charname and provide assistance in tracking down Sarevok to stop him from launching another attack.
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[[folder: Aran Linvail]]
-->''Yes? You have something to report?''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/CamClarke

Aran Linvail is the Shadowmaster of Athkatla and therefore the leader of the local Shadow Thieves in their war against the new rival thieves' guild. He can help Charname get to Spellhold but needs help in removing some distractions first -- such as the aforementioned Bodhi and her guild.

He plays a major role in Chapter 3 of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and a somewhat more minor role in Chapter 6.

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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Though a thief who runs an operation that performs assassinations and torture, Aran is still the "good" option compared to the vampires. Keldorn and Mazzy will still support you if you choose him, though Yoshimo for some reason is less than thrilled.
* AffablyEvil: He's a lot more polite and respectable than his underlings when dealing with you.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: If you fight him as part of Bodhi's path, he reveals himself as a high-level thief/mage.
* DecoyLeader[=/=]TheDragon: Implied. [[AllThereInTheManual According to]] [[ForgottenRealms the background material]] The Shadow Thieves are led by a group called the Shadow Council, whose names and identities are always kept secret and one of whom is on the Council of Six. Linvail could be one of them, or head of the local chapter, given extraordinary wartime powers.
** Note that he has one of his own -- Renal Bloodscalp, who runs the Shadow Thieves' operations on the surface.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Has pretty much all of the trappings, barring that he's on your side.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Bodhi sends you to sack his guildhall and kill him as the last of her tasks before she takes you to Spellhold. She really doesn't care about his nature but he's only so much less evil than her.
** PayEvilUntoEvil: In an inversion of IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten, on the good side of the ''Alternatives'' mod Sir Aster sends you after him to prove your benevolence, since not being a vampire is basically the only thing making him better than Bodhi (whom you also go after).
* MovingTheGoalposts: After paying the price to see him he decides that he needs a bit more aid out of you before he can send you on your way. To be fair, the war with Bhodi's guild is putting a severe drain on his resources.
* NeutralEvil: [[strike:Invoked]]. Due to laziness in Bioware's code he will appear as TrueNeutral in an unpatched game.
* ObviouslyEvil: He's not really much more subtle about his alignment than Bodhi is. The Shadow Thief guildhall contains examples of ColdBloodedTorture, TrainingFromHell, and a number of unsavoury characters.
* PragmaticVillainy: Working with a Good-aligned CHARNAME is this. Also his motivation for taking on the vampires is that they're infringing on his territory.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's mostly concerned with the overhead and preservation of the Shadow Thieves. He's also willing to sic assassins after Saemon for betraying your trust, and helps you fight Bodhi when she reappears later in the game even if she has no plans to resurrect her guild.
* ReligionOfEvil: During the attack on his guildhall it is shown that his gang has the support of the clergy of Mask, the NeutralEvil god of thievery.
* TheReveal: He eventually reveals that the Shadow Thieves were behind the attack on Irenicus' dungeon in the opening sequence, and that he's had you under surveillance for the first two chapters of the game to see if he could use you to strike back at Irenicus.
* TheSyndicate

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[[folder: Prelate Wessalen]]

A member of the Order of the Radiant Heart. He gives out missions for the paladin stronghold quest, and can also agree to dispatch knights to help slay Bodhi.

He can help the party in Chapters 2 and 3 of Shadows of Amn (by providing the paladin stronghold quests) as well as in Chapter 6 (by providing those same quests and also by providing help against Bodhi).

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* KnightInShiningArmor: He's one, and he's in charge of several more.

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[[folder: Saemon Havarian]]
-->''We could argue about who's done what to whom all day. Or maybe less, as I imagine my being chopped to bits might make your argument a little more effective than mine.''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/JeffBennett

Saemon Havarian is a treacherous swashbuckler/mage who can and will sell out anyone, including Charname, to save his own skin. About as untrustworthy as a man can be, he is nevertheless not directly antagonistic and may even end up helping Charname out (by betraying his current employer). For some reason, most people will trust -- or at least tolerate -- him despite knowing his (very well-deserved) reputation; presumably he has an absurdly high charisma.

He plays an important role in Chapter 4 of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and--depending on the player's actions--may also be important in Chapter 9 of Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Though it's worth keeping in mind that he eventually proves trustworthy when sufficiently motivated (i.e., after all of his friends and associates have been betrayed and murdered).
* DeadpanSnarker
* DirtyCoward[=/=]LovableCoward: Depending on how sympathetic you find him. He never fights once in the game and only casts spells to escape.
* DualWielding: Possibly a subversion, as his cowardly nature means he never actually fights.
* KarmaHoudini: Technically you can kill him at one point, but it doesn't "count" as the game continues with the assumption that he lived. In any case, he always ends up getting away with his crimes, which at the least involve robbery and frequently involve people getting killed (in fairness, he never kills anyone himself, or even fights at all, but he's still responsible).
** Well, 'getting away' is a bit harsh. He never ''dies'' (permanently) but associating with you basically ruins him financially thrice over (two boats and one smuggling network), ''and'' you can make Aran Lindvail put a price on his head. And the people who get killed usually do so because they end up picking a fight with or associating with ''you''.
*** Even so, he always seems to bounce back with few lasting repurcussions, and the price you get put on his head obviously isn't working. And considering he pins the blame for his misdeeds on you ''twice'' and is not punished in any way, he sort of ''does'' get away with it all.
* LovableRogue: Though only so lovable once you realise he's basically a spineless wimp.
* LovableTraitor: You're even allowed to lampshade it the first time you meet it. Everyone else will too, even if you don't. [[spoiler:Even ''Irenicus'' implies that he trusts Saemon about as far as he can throw him.]]
* MeaningfulName: His first name is very similar to 'seaman', with two letters changed. His last name is the norwegian word for "Shipwreck" (as in the event, not the ensuing derelict) with -an affixed to the end.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Not directly 'stupid', but the manual reveals he's a level 12/14 swashbuckler-mage dual class, and is probably far more dangerous than his cowardly nature would imply.
* {{Pirate}}: He'll deny it, though.
* TrueNeutral: InUniverse.
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[[folder: High Priestess Senityili]]
--> '''Voiced by:''' Tress MacNeille

A sahaugin who understands that her king is insane and that only by overthrowing him can her people be preserved. After Charname's party arrives in her city, she arranges for Charname to be freed and then gives advice on how the party can contact Prince Villynaty to defeat the mad king and save everyone.

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* HighPriestess: She is one, and she's able to use her position to convince the king that Charname is a hero from prophecy and thus should not be killed upon arrival in the city.

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[[folder: The Spectator]]
-->''Oh captain, my captain.''

A large and powerful beholder who Charname runs into near the end of Chapter 4 of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and in the middle of Chapter 9 of Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. Unlike his less diplomatic siblings, he's chatty, friendly...and [[DeadpanSnarker more than a little snarky]].

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* BenevolentGenie: Well, more ''Lazy'' Genie. When you first meet him he's been bound to guard the local ruler's magical chest. With a minimal amount of coaxing, you can point out to him that he's only been bound to guard the chest...''not'' what's ''inside'' the chest, and thus is not obligated to stop you from taking it. With the added incentive that even the Beholder's Council wouldn't force him to guard an ''empty'' chest, he's all too happy to let you steal the loot.
* DeadpanSnarker: The main reason for his popularity with the fans.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: His above-mentioned Walt Whitman quotation.
* LawfulNeutral:[[invoked]] He's a creature of Helm, ''the'' LN god. Although he's a bit more snarky about than par for Helm's followers.
* LiteralGenie: Inverted; the [=PC=] can avoid killing him by ''pointing out'' that he can be this.
* LoopholeAbuse: With the help of the player, realises he can use this to mooch on his job.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: He rarely makes any actual effort to act sinister, no matter what his employers have asked, not being evil and all.
-->'''Spectator''': ...Oh, that reminds me. I promised that mad little Sahuagin that I would make an effort to scare off intruders. So...''boo!'' ...And that's about as much effort as I'm willing to put into ''that''
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: He's not the only non-evil beholder-type creature in the ForgottenRealms, being a member of an Always LawfulNeutral sub--race of beholders, but he is the only one you encounter.
* OddFriendship: By the final time you meet it, you're able to actually have a halfway cordial conversation with him, before he metaphorically shrugs his shoulders and teleports himself home...you just having slaughtered his current employers.
* PunchClockVillain: To a T, and hes rather unfond of his job. The first time you meet him, hes all too willing to let you [[ExactWords reinterpret his orders somewhat liberally]] so long as it gets him off duty. The second time, he convinces his [[MiddleManagementMook employer]] to [[TooDumbToLive fight you personally]] because he gets to ditch the job again if he dies. In fact, he's quite happy to leave you alone and go check out the nearest hive for babes.
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[[folder: Prince Villynaty]]
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/DwightSchultz

Prince of the Sahaugin. He is less evil than his father and is willing to assist Charname in exchange for help seizing the throne.

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* TheEvilPrince: From his father's perspective, since he's trying to overthrow and kill his father in order to take the throne. (He's also evil in general, though willing to help a good Charname in exchange for aid with the whole regicide thing.)

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[[folder: Adalon]]
-->''I am Adalon, the guardian, and I have done my duty as well as I have been able for many a century. I was not the first, but I know the history.''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Diane Pershing

A silver dragon, tasked by the elven god Corellon Larethian himself to guard one of the entrances to the Underdark and the temple that sits on top of it from invasions by the drow. However, the drow stole her eggs and threatened to destroy them if she left her lair. When the party finds her lair, she gives them a quest to infiltrate the nearby drow city and retrieve her eggs in exchange for her help in reaching the surface. This quest alone makes up about 3/4 of the content of Chapter 5 of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and it has ties to nearly every other quest available in the Underdark.

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* BreathWeapon: As all dragons have.
* CurbStompBattle: At the resolution of her quest, she briefly joins the party to escort them out of the Underdark. The drow guards near the exit don't live very long. Also, if Jaheira is in the party, she expresses regret that [[BigBad Irenicus]] didn't piss Adalon off, because their problem would have been solved nicely if the silver had curb-stomped him.
* GoodIsNotNice: Understandably, as she is quite stressed out at the loss of her eggs and the realization that her task of keeping the peace is all but impossible.
* LawfulGood: In-universe. Metallic dragons like Adalon are always some flavour of good, in contrast to their chromatic brethren.
* MamaBear: She threatens to kill you if you don't bring her eggs back to her intact. If you fail to keep up your end of the bargain, you find out she wasn't exaggerating. She also mentions that she'd dearly love to slaughter those involved in kidnapping her eggs -- if she didn't genuinely believe they would break them if she did.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Silver dragon.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Realizing that her task of keeping the peace is all but impossible, she decides to leave after she has taken vengeance on the drow.
* SilenceYouFool: Your first clue that she is not exactly nice, or in the best of moods.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: In the past, she was granted a powerful wish. Since she could not resurrect her husband with it, she settled for getting dragon eggs.
* VoluntaryShapeShifting: A standard power for most dragons in AD&D, but she is the first (and until Throne of Bhaal, only) dragon seen doing it on screen.
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[[folder: Solaufein]]
--> ''I do what I must, when I must. Know this well...''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Michael Gough

A prominent male drow tasked by the drow leaders to supervise you when you infiltrate Ust Natha. [[spoiler: In reality, he is a well-disguised Eilistraee worshipping spy.]]

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* [[spoiler: AntiHero: Type III. He goes to great lengths to disguise his true allegiance.]]
* [[spoiler: DarkIsNotEvil: Like most Eilistraee aligned drow.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially towards Phaere.
* [[spoiler: GoodIsNotNice / [[GoodIsNotSoft Soft]]: Necessary to hide his true identity. He'd even commit murder if he had to.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Veteran fighter who is a lot cleverer than most of his commanders. [[spoiler:He has also been living undercover as a spy for years.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: He's rude and insults you whenever possible.
** [[spoiler:JerkassFacade: It was really an act, as a kind drow is a dead drow.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Can give a delightful one to [[spoiler: Phaere]] near the end of the questline. The Matron Mother has stolen a clutch of silver dragon eggs as a sacrifice for a Demon Lord's aid. [[spoiler: Phaere has made a bunch of fake eggs she wants you to replace the real ones so the Matron Mother will be killed by the demon, allowing Phaere to be appointed as the new Matron Mother. Solaufein has, guess what... made a second bunch of fake eggs to give to Phaere.]]
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[[folder: Queen Ellesime]]
-->''Yes... it was a terrible punishment. But you violated everything we hold dear.''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/KathSoucie

Ellesime is the leader of the elves of Suldanesselar, the city which Irenicus and Bodhi were from. She loved Irenicus, but was forced to exile him for his crimes. She plays an important role in Chapter 7 of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn by expanding on Irenicus' motivations.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Remember that sculptor near Nashkel Mines in [=BG1=]? Yeah, it was her statue he was making...
* TheHighQueen
* LawfulGood: InUniverse.
* MyGreatestFailure: She says that Irenicus is this to her.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Subverted, somewhat. She admits she screwed the pooch by letting Irenicus and Bodhi go, and that the elves are to blame for the death and destruction the two of them end up inflicting on the outside world.
* ReplacementGoldfish: In the first dungeon, Irenicus tries cloning her. The clone rebels against the Ellesime identity, going absolutely insane and requiring death.
* TheReveal
* StupidGood: Exiling an epic-level evil wizard who'd already killed hundreds of his countrymen because you want him to [[TaughtByExperience "learn from his mistakes"]] and try to [[TheAtoner "redeem himself"]], ''without stripping him of his powers''?!? [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice one, your highness.]]

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[[folder: Brother Odren]]

->''Come, my brethren! We must venture into the lower vault now that the Bhaalspawn has cleared the way... we must see for ourselves if the Imprisoned One is truly dead or not.''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson

Leader of the Knights of the Vigil, a group of warriors serving Helm by ensuring that Demogorgon remains imprisoned in Watcher's Keep. When the prison's wards begin to fail, Odren comes up with the idea of enlisting another hero-such as Charname--to enter the tower, fight through the monsters to reach the lowest level, and then recite the ritual that will reset and strengthen the wards. This will keep Demogorgon imprisoned in Watcher's Keep for the foreseeable future... [[spoiler:as well as whoever reads the ritual, which is why Odren doesn't want to do it himself and instead decides to trick someone else into doing it.]]

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* TreacherousQuestGiver: Odren is being truthful enough when he says that the monster in the keep is at risk of breaking out, and that by reading the ritual Charname can keep him imprisoned. He neglects to mention, however, that [[spoiler:whoever reads the ritual will be imprisoned inside Watcher's Keep as well.]]
** A journal found within Watcher's Keep shows that Odren didn't just do this to Charname. Rather, he's been doing this to various heroes and adventuring groups for ''decades'', waiting for one to finally arrive which is strong enough to reach the bottom of the Keep.

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[[folder: Nyalee]]
--> ''And... there. It be done, a simple thing, it is. The boy's heart is cold, now. As... as cold as his mother's old heart...''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/GreyDelisle

Yaga-Shura's adoptive mother and living in an old temple outside of Saradush. Charname seeks her out to discover the secret of Yaga-Shura's immortality in Chapter 8 of Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal.

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* [[MamaBear Adoptive Mama Bear]]: After her heart is returned and she remembers how much she loved Yaga-Shura, she attacks you because she knows you're going after her boy.
* ChaoticNeutral [[strike:in-universe]]
* {{Druid}}: She was once a priestess of Bhaal, but when he died, she had to turn to the druidic arts.
* EvilMentor: She raised Yaga-Shura with the intention that he would do what Sarevok could not.
* FlunkyBoss: She summons [[WhenTreesAttack Shambling Mounds]] and forest nymphs to help her fight.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: She shouldn't be allowed to be ChaoticNeutral; druids are only allowed to be TrueNeutral under the 2e rules.
* HappilyAdopted: Although her initial motives were less than ideal, Nyalee grew to genuinely love Yaga-Shura as she raised him. She thought he felt the same way, but in the end he didn't care much for her; it's not stated whether this was always the case or he loved her as a child but stopped loving her when he grew up.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Being a fire giant, Yaga-Shura would have been just as tall as her before he was even ten years old, and several feet taller as an adult.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When you return her heart and she undoes Yaga-Shura's SoulJar protection, she remembers her love for the giant and realizes she has helped make him vulnerable, upsetting her greatly; becoming desperate, she attacks you and is killed.
* SenselessSacrifice: She accomplished nothing by turning against you. Not only did Yaga-Shura die anyway, but he didn't remember her with any fondness, or everything she did for him, and she only ended up getting herself killed as well.
* SoulJar: She made this for Yaga-Shura, making him invulnerable. After this was done, he did this to her, so she could not undo it.
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!!Shopkeepers

These characters are not exactly allies or friends of Charname, but are willing to sell or construct items which can benefit Charname just the same.

[[folder: Taerom Fuiruim]]
--> '''Voiced by:''' Bert Kramer

A blacksmith who works out of a forge in Beregost. In addition to selling a variety of standard weapons, he can manufacture a suit of ankheg armor, which is both incredibly strong and incredibly light.

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* TheBlacksmith: The preeminent one in the first game.
* UltimateBlacksmith: His ankheg armor is a true work of art.

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[[folder: Ribald Barterman]]
-->''The Adventure Mart is the finest shopping in all of Faerun... widest selection, lowest prices, and nary a fancy illustration. Just the goods, fair and plain.''
--> '''Voiced by:''' David Prince

A former adventurer who runs the Adventure Mart, a shop for adventurers. He has no effect on the story, but virtually every Charname will visit his shop at least once because the stuff he sells is just incredible. He also knows Jaheira from a while back.

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* ArmsDealer: His shop is one of the only places in Athkatla that sells unique and powerful magical items.
* ChaoticNeutral: InUniverse.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Ribald is a half-elven former adventurer who lives in Amn, which is a FantasyCounterpartCulture for Spain, so it makes perfect sense for him to have a Texan accent.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Yet another half-elf.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Subverted: Ribald enjoys his showmanship and posturing and buys stuff for a significantly lower price than other merchants (making him a really bad choice to sell your loot to), but his prices are the same as everyone else's and all his stuff is genuine and appears to be on the up-and-up. He also sells a number of very useful items you can't find anywhere else.
* MeaningfulName: Really, now...
* RetiredBadass: As you'll discover if he catches you stealing from him.
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[[folder: Cromwell]]
-->''I've made armor from the scales of a basilisk, a helmet from a cockatrice... items to put fear into the hearts of the bloody gods themselves. Hah!''

A dwarven smith living in the docks district of Alkathla. He can help Charname by repairing several broken artifact weapons--if Charname can collect all their parts.

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* TheBlacksmith: It's what he does, and the things he makes are quite useful, even though you can't get most of it until you've already been in some very dangerous places.
* BlasphemousBoast: See his quote.
* GottaCatchThemAll: What you'll have to do before he can create [[InfinityPlusOneSword uberweapons like The Equalizer, The Wave or the Crom Faeyr]].
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Well, they were until Throne of Bhaal was released.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: A dwarven weaponsmith isn't exactly a new or original concept.
* UltimateBlacksmith: He can forge some incredible weapons.
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[[folder: Cespenar]]
-->''Cespenar is good servant. Oh yes!''
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/JeffBennett

Bhaal's imp butler, who apparently has been doing nothing since the big guy kicked the bucket. He hangs around Charname's Pocket Plane.

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* TheBlacksmith: His main purpose. He is [=ToB's=] equal to Cromwell, taking various useless items and fusing them to make some truly awesome stuff. Or taking good stuff and making it better.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: His only purpose in the game is providing stuff of this caliber.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: For a former servant of the god of murder, he's not especially malevolent.
* NiceGuy: You wouldn't expect a butler to be otherwise, really. Even if he ''is'' an imp.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker
* ThirdPersonPerson
* UltimateBlacksmith
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!!Gladiators in the Black Pits series

Gladiators trapped in the same arena as the player's party in The Black Pits II: Gladiators of Thay. They are willing to help the player's party fight in the arena, though generally for a price.

[[folder: Brother Ellraish]]

An assassin. He claims to be a priest of Lathander, though a brief questioning reveals that he knows virtually nothing about that deity--and also that he's very quick to threaten others when questioned.

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* BadassPreacher: Averted--he's a strong fighter, but he's not really a preacher.
* HairTriggerTemper: He makes violent threats as soon as the party begins picking apart his story.

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[[folder: Duff Ebonbeard]]

An ancient mage (specifically a conjurer). Though very powerful, he's also going senile. He can provide the player's party with several useful services, including fighting alongside them in the pits and also creating the spell to remove Bannor from his adamantine body, but he requires regular doses of magical potions to restore his mind in order to function.

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* TheArchmage: He's able to cast Level 9 spells such as Time Stop with ease.
* ScatterbrainedSenior: Without regular potions from Bellowgulp and The Concoter, Ebonbeard is so senile he can't even perceive the player's party talking to him.

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[[folder: Feldrack Feldrack'i]]

A fighter/thief, Feldrack is a short-tempered gladiator who constantly threatens to kill anyone who annoys him, which is almost everyone. However, the player's party can exploit his zeal for battle by asking him to help them in the arena; he's so bloodthirsty that he'll agree to do so without pay.

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* PsychoForHire: He was a professional killer before he was forced to be a gladiator. Although, he admits he sometimes kills people just because they annoy him, or because they're the biggest guy around.
* WhatAnIdiot: He picked a fight with Bannor, an adamantine golem, at a bar. One short and exceedingly embarassing fight later, Feldrack was packed off to Dennaton's arena.

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[[folder: Gerrold Darkfellow]]

A wild mage whose violent surges have killed many people. He was lured to the arena with the promise of a cure for his condition, only to be trapped and forced to fight like the other gladiators. He is much cheaper than most of the other gladiators, since he's a much more risky partner than the fighters or the mages who can control their powers.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: All he wanted was to drop the 'wild' part of his magic. Instead he was captured and forced to fight for his life in Dennaton's arena.

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[[folder: Gezzthemin]]

A drow mage (specifically an enchanter). He can help the player's party in several ways, including fighting alongside them and also brewing a poison to deal with Joker. He's also one of the most expensive gladiators to hire.

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* BlackHumor: When a rival gladiator tries to teleport away and gibs himself, Gezzthemin cracks some jokes.
* {{Karma}}: He used to help out and advise The Winged, a corrupted fallen planetar. Eventually, she lured him into a trap and brought him to Dennaton, victimizing him just as he used to help her victimize others.
* ServileSnarker: He spends most of his dialogues subtly ribbing anyone who tries to talk to him.
* SmugSnake: One of the most arrogant gladiators.

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[[folder: Hort Il-D'rth]]

A barbarian half-orc who values nothing more than combat skill. He refuses to help the player's party in the arena until they've earned his respect by winning other fights. Once they earn it, though, he charges less than most of the other gladiators.

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* {{Revenge}}: Even after the party earns his respect, he makes them swear an oath to seek revenge upon everyone even vaguely associated with Dennaton's arena should they escape.

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[[folder: Lea Gosh'Aar]]

A fighter/mage, Lea is completely demented and thinks the furniture and imaginary animals are talking to her. She's a capable gladiator nonetheless, though.

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* CloudCuckoolander: She's arguably the most insane person in the entire Baldur's Gate franchise, and that's including Minsc (of the Miniature Giant Space Hamster) and Tiax (who thinks he rules the world).

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[[folder: Mercy Whitedove]]

A fighter serving Hoar, the god of vengeance, as a vigilante. She demands the player's party prove itself before being willing to help them fight, and also charges 1,700 gold pieces for her help--more than the standard rate. She is a powerful warrior, though, and thus can be worth the extra expense.

In the main series, she is referenced in Dorn's epilogue as having been hired by his victims to hunt him down and deliver retribution to him. [[spoiler:She succeeds.]]

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* BeyondTheImpossible: By the time Mercy gets involved, Dorn has beaten the gods themselves by breaking into the heavenly plane of Lunia, slaughtering its defenders, and manually removing his name from the list of those deserving divine punishment. Yet though the gods have failed to bring Dorn to justice, [[spoiler: Mercy succeeds]].
* IronicName: Mercy has none whatsoever.

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[[folder: Symm Haximus]]

A fighter (specifically a dwarven defender) who has convinced himself that he's not really a slave and is instead a 'master gladiator' who lives for battle and loves what he does. While willing to fight alongside the player's party in the arena, he develops contempt for them when he learns they are trying to escape. He joins Tartle to interfere with their escape attempt.

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* BerserkButton: Calling him a slave.

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[[folder: Timmoth Goodtree]]

A berserker/cleric serving Tempus, the God of War. Timmoth gets into frequent arguments with the clerics in the arena's shrines, alternately accusing the clerics of worshipping the wrong gods and of cowardice (since they spend more time ministering to the wounded than actually fighting). He is temperamental and will only help the player's party under certain conditions; if they have not won enough battles yet, he does not think them worth his time, and if they have won too many, he says they don't need him. Nonetheless, he is a strong fighter to have on the player's party's side.

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* TheFundamentalist: An absolute fanatic when it comes to Tempus.

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[[folder: Voghiln the Vast]]

A bard, specifically a skald. For more information see Characters/BaldursGateSoDPartyMemebers.

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!!Other allies in the Black Pits series

[[folder: Bellowgulp and The Concocter]]

A friendly gnome and his myconid friend who are repeatedly captured and forced to brew potions for gladiators. They appear in both The Black Pits and The Black Pits II: Gladiators of Thay.

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* CordonBleughChef: The Concocter creates potions by ingesting raw materials, mixing them within his flesh, and then carefully secreting the finished potions into flasks. The potions work, but are still stated to be disgusting.
* KingIncognito: The Concocter is actually myconid royalty, but he shows no sign of this. If Bellowgulp didn't tell his story then nobody would ever know it.

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[[folder: Brodle]]

The slave in charge of the day-to-day operations of Dennaton's arena. Chafing under Dennaton's rule, he can help the player's party to obtain various supplies that can help them escape. He is also the brother of Tartle.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: He is very protective of his cousin Tartle, even though Tartle is completely on Dennaton's side. Brodle even demands that the player's party promise not to kill Tartle during their escape attempt.
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: He acts as this for the player. For instance, he can obtain the spell components that Ebonbeard needs to scribe the spell that will remove Bannor from his golem body.

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[[folder: Molzahn of Tymora, Curell of Tempus, and Laris of Garagos]]

Three clerics ministering to the wounds of the gladiators in Dennaton's arena.

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* TheFundamentalist: There are frequent arguments over which of their gods are better, with Curell and Laris the most combative while Molzahn tries to keep the peace.

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