Baldurs Gate 2
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The Forgotten Realms, the high fantasy campaign setting in which Baldur's Gate II is set, is a fictional world, perhaps similar to a medieval Earth, but having its own geography and history. In the Realms (as its inhabitants refer to it) fantastic creatures and mythical peoples are a not uncommon sight; and magic is an art practised by many. The gods of the Realms are, like those of ancient Greece, many and varied, though individuals tend to follow one deity or another; for instance, paladins may follow Tyr or Helm, whereas a mage, or wizard, may be a follower of Mystra.
Baldur's Gate II takes place mainly in Amn, a country on the subcontinent of Faerûn. This country, known commonly as the Merchant Kingdom, lies south of Baldur's Gate; and wealth being the chief concern of the region, trade and economy are the driving forces in it. The capital city of Athkatla, around which a fair portion of the game revolves, is the most important in Amn, and is ruled by the anonymous Council of Six, though the local thieves' guild, the Shadow Thieves, has also considerable power. The Shadow Thieves, though operating all along the Sword Coast, are based in Athkatla. Also deserving of a passing remark are the Cowled Wizards, another powerful organisation in Amn, and who regulate the use of magic in the region. Besides Athkatla, the player will travel through other locations, some of which are the town of Trademeet, the city of Suldanessellar, and the Underdark.
The game's protagonist is a child of the dead god of murder Bhaal. He grew up in the library fortress of Candlekeep, his guardian being the mage Gorion. Imoen was his childhood friend, and accompanied him on his adventure along the Sword Coast, where he learned of his heritage, and at length defeated his half-brother Sarevok, also a child of Bhaal.
Throne of Bhaal
The Throne of Bhaal expansion was released in 2001 and added new classes, quests, items and and whole additional extra realm to conquer. In my opinion the expansion is considerably more enjoyable with the Ascension Mod.
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