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Top: Minsc (with Boo, of course) and Delina. Bottom: Shandie and Krydle.
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Legends of Baldur's Gate is a Comic Book spin-off of the Baldur's Gate video games, themselves part of the Forgotten Realms setting.

The comics feature writing by Jim Zub and art by Max Dunbar. There are five issues in the series, and the story ties into the wider "Tyranny of Dragons" plotline (which spread across multiple media). The comics were published from October 2014 to March 2015.

The story follows the moon elf Delina, who comes to the city of Baldur's Gate looking for her twin brother, Deniaj, after feeling a terrible darkness through the mystical bond they share. Upon arrival, however, she is attacked by a couple of gargoyles, and in her attempts to defend herself brings back the Beloved Ranger, Minsc. After a couple of rogues, Shandie and Krydle, help them evade the city guard, the group will have to navigate a city under attack by the secretive Cult of the Dragon.

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The characters introduced in Legends of Baldur's Gate reappeared in other mini-series, first Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow of the Vampire, which sent the group, along with Nerys (a cleric of Kelemvor) to Ravenloft, domain of the vampire lord Strad, and then Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant's Fury, in publication as of this writing (same writer, different artist).


The comics provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Archer Archetype: Shandie, who uses a shortbow (and hits a dragon in the eye with it).
  • Ballroom Blitz: The party makes a deal with an underworld figure to deliver a letter to a member of parliament (who happens to be Krydle's father and Minsc's acquaintance from the games, Coran). This involves going to a fancy party, but Delina recognises someone there as a Dragon Cultist who attacked her earlier. A fight breaks out.
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  • Brought Down to Normal: This appears to have happened to Delina after her brother Deniak uses a ritual to steal her powers and turn into a dragon. Actually, she can still do enough to kill him.
  • Call-Back: In the games, Minsc is always telling his hamster Boo to "go for the eyes". After being thrown at a dragon, Boo does just that.
  • Clear My Name: Delina and Minsc are accused by the city guards of being responsible for deaths which were actually caused by the gargoyles pursuing Delina.
  • Defector from Decadence: Krydle the thief is the son of Coran, a member of the Parliament of Peers, but hated politics and inequality too much to live that life. Ironically, Coran was originally a thief himself. They remain estranged.
  • Eye Scream: Deniak, as a dragon and trapped on the ground, gets one eye attacked by Boo the hamster (as is fitting) and the other shot with an arrow by Shandie.
  • Freudian Excuse: Deniak is jealous of his sister, since he had to work for his powers, while she got them naturally with no effort whatsoever.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Even though she has just defeated a dragon, Delina considers her mission a failure because she didn't save Deniak and the Cult isn't gone, and plans to leave the city. Her new allies convince her to stay.
    • After the second miniseries, Minsc also suffers from this after facing the might of Stradh and barely escaping alive.
  • In the Blood: Even though Coran the thief has ended up a member of parliament, his son Krydle is a thief.
  • Religion of Evil: Delina's missing brother turns out to be leader of a splinter group of the Cult of the Dragon.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: The main enemy is a splinter of the Cult of the Dragon. The real Cult believes in helping dragons rise to power, but the splinter group wants to acquire dragons' powers and rule themselves.
  • Scaled Up: As befits someone associated with the Cult of the Dragon, Deniak turns into one.
  • Sibling Rivalry: As children, Delina's brother Deniak criticised her for not putting much effort into her magical studies, but when this angered her enough to manifest her wild magic, he changed his tune and became jealous of her instead. When he's found, he has gone completely over the edge and wants to steal Delina's power with a ritual.
  • Taken for Granite: This happened to Minsc at some point after the games, with people thinking he was a statue. He's revived by a spell that Delina (a Wild Mage was aiming at some gargoyles.
  • Time Skip: The comics are set "generations" after the events of the first game. Minsc spent the intervening time up as a statue which Delina accidentally brings back to life. The only person he can find who recognises him is Coran (who is now, of all things, a member of parliament).
  • Wild Magic: Delina, whose mission starts the comics off, is a wild mage, so her magic can have unintended effects. The fact that a spell she was aiming at a gargoyle ended up reviving the statue-ised Minsc instead is presumably an example. Later, so is the fact that Deniak gets turned into a dragon when he was probably just expecting dragon-ish power.
  • You Remind Me of X: When Minsc is revived, he initially helps Delina fight the gargoyles attacking her because he thinks she's his friend Neera. Delina goes with it.

Alternative Title(s): Baldurs Gate

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