Warning! Major Spoilers. This is mainly for those who have played the mod and want to know a bit more about the people they encountered. For those who are still playing or are pondering whether to download the mod, Angelo introduces about ten new facesâ€¦most of them enemies.
Note: Their stats displayed here may not match their actual in-game stats, which are geared for technical purposes.
History: Horace Blackthorne is the eldest son of Randall Firecamâ€”black sheep of the noble Firecam familyâ€”and Marissa Blackthrone, the former dockside prostitute who became his wife. Randall enjoys the distinction of being one of the few successful criminals able to operate without the patronage of the Shadow Thieves, and he has placed the hopes of his small criminal empire in his son. Like his father, Horace prefers to operate on the boundaries of legality, and is often involved in minor felonies such as black-marketeering and forgery. In his better moments he thinks of himself as a benefactor, providing citizens a shortcut through the snarls of Amnian bureaucracy. Nonetheless, he is a studied cutthroat.
Recently he was sought out by Angelo Dosan, a marked fugitive from Baldurâ€™s Gate claiming to want a â€œnew lifeâ€ in Amn.
History: This half-orc fighter is one of a score of amateur bounty hunters operating in-between Baldurâ€™s Gate and Amn. Through sheer toughness he has acquired a reputation, but his skills have yet to be tested against a major quarry.
The Brothers Blackwater: Lucius, Marcus, Mencius and Caius
Ages (in order): 31, 30, 25, 21
History: The sons of a Beregost farmer who lost his livelihood one bitter winter, the brothers Blackwater tried a career in the Amnian army, only to realize that â€œfreelanceâ€ work paid twice as well and had the advantage of letting you kill anyone you pleased. They share a remarkable physical resemblance and are entirely without scruples. Lucius, the eldest, taught his brothers spellcraft, but his skill is by far the greatest.
Height: 5â€™ 11â€
Hair Color: Black
Eye color: Blue
Fighter, level 10
History: It is said that there are two kinds of officers in the Flaming Fist mercenary police forceâ€”those who are in it for the money and those who have principles. Merzer, after his hero Scar, is emphatically one of the latter. He lacked the temperance and dedication necessary to become a Paladin of Torm, but is still a devoted worshipper of the Paladinâ€™s god, and has dedicated his life to protecting the citizens of Baldurâ€™s Gate.
Merzer was an up-and-coming officer in the Fist during what has become known as the Sarevok Affair, in which Captain Scar was murdered, and his place taken (under dubious circumstances) by the freelance operative Angelo Dosan. Merzer believed Angelo a good man who would uncover the truth behind Scarâ€™s murder. In fact, after managing to get the normally temperate Captain drunk one night, Angelo himself had committed the murder.
Merzer has now risen to the station formerly occupied by Scar and Angelo. He has little taste for the Fistâ€™s practice of contracting its work to common bounty hunters, but his desire for vengeance has proved greater than his scruples. Hearing that Angelo managed to elude several operatives, he has struck out for Athkatla.
Combat: Merzer is an accomplished swordfighter, and he has armed himself with the most powerful magical items at the Fistâ€™s disposal. With his great strength and fortitude and his preference for heavy armor, his favored tactic is to wear his opponents down before delivering the fatal blow.
Height: 5â€™ 6â€
Hair color: White
Eye color: Golden-brown
Onmyou-do Sorcerer, level 16
History: Amato Sawara is named after his â€œbirthplace,â€ Amato hill in the Sawara province of Kozakura. There he was found by a member of the Black Lizard criminal clan, enjoying a tryst in the woods with his mistress. Failing the efficacy of contraceptive herbs, infanticide is an allowed practice in Kozakuran society (although priests of the Way decry it); and most likely Sawaraâ€™s mother was a prostitute who had left the unwanted child to perish. However, Amato hill is also reputedly home to a powerful fox spirit, and the criminal who found him assumed he was the child of spirits. Hoping to harness this power for the Black Lizard clan, he raised the child as his own.
From a young age, Sawara indeed showed a magical aptitude. As in the West, this sort of innate talent is ascribed to divine or draconic blood, and Sawara grew to believe himself a chosen of the â€œeight million godsâ€ of Kozakura. Whether true or false, this belief was only fueled when a street fortune-teller informed him that he was one of countless bastard sons of the Emperor of the Jade Throne himself.
Sawara quickly grew dissatisfied with his role as assassin. Conspiring with Suu, a fellow assassin who, like him, had been raised by the clan from birth, he overthrew the clan council and declared himself Grandmaster. However, rather than staying to cement his power, he took off after a report that a powerful relic of Kozakura had fallen into the hands of Amnians.
With this relic, a sword once wielded by one of Kozakuraâ€™s mythic heroes, he hopes to give legitimacy to a bid for the throne itself. His power in undeniable, but some may question whether it has not far outstripped the young manâ€™s judgment.
Sawara is eerily handsome and claims to be able to charm people by looking into their eyes. One may question whether his power is in fact his own, or if he himself has been â€œcharmedâ€ by a malicious spirit.
Combat: Using incantations and paper amulets, Sawara is able to cast spells with a speed equaled by few Western mages (which his in-game casting of Time Stop is meant to represent). He prefers indirect tactics such as magical coercion, but if his life is threatened, he will abandon subtlety and repeatedly cast his most powerful spells until his enemies are dead.
Once per day, Sawara can summon 2-3 double-tailed white foxes. These magical beasts serve best as couriers or scouts, but they can defend their master if need be.
Height: 5â€™ 3â€
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Mud brown
Assassin, level 11
History: At the age of seven, Amaeko Suu was taken as payment for a gambling debt accured by her spendthrift, noble parents. She fell into the hands of Hirawaki Souya, Grandmaster of the Black Lizard clan, and given a new nameâ€”â€œAmaekoâ€ meaning roughly â€œsweet girl,â€ Suu a nonsense syllable. She claims not to remember her parentsâ€™ faces, and her earliest actual memories are of being trained as courtesan and assassin for the Black Lizards.
At the age of twelve she was wooed by Amato Sawara, then two years her senior, who lured her with promises of a better life. She quickly realized he was a lunatic who seemed to lack all capacity for human feeling, but was no less in love with him.
Recently, Suu traveled to Amn to help guard a shipment of black-market katanas and wakizashis for their sale to Aran Linvail. Contrary to rumor, the blades of Kara-Tur turned out to posses no inherent magic, and were of no use for the obscure mission Aran had undertaken. Nonetheless while in Amn, Suu heard a rumor that greatly interested her flame Sawara.
Presently, while glad to be at Sawaraâ€™s side again, Suu has grown increasingly resentful of his relationship with his bodyguard Hayate. She is most likely too intelligent for the sort of work she does, but for some reason, Sawara continues to trust her. Possibly it is beyond his conception that she would be a threat, even were she to betray him.
Combat: Suu is a student of the tried-and-true method of seducing a man (and in some cases a woman) before killing him. She claims to feel nothing during the act of sex. She has always preferred to go â€œstraight for the throat,â€ but is a fair hand with a poisoned throwing-dagger.
Height: 6â€™ 1â€
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Mud brown
Kensai, level 15
History: Hayate is a ronin, a disgraced samurai who earns his living with his blade, and for six years has served as yojimboâ€”or paid bodyguardâ€”to the Black Lizard clan. He almost never speaks and has been mistaken for a religious devotee. From what details are known, his fatherâ€”a low-ranking samuraiâ€”and his fatherâ€™s lord were killed in one of Kozakuraâ€™s endless power struggles, and he abandoned what seemed like a pointless concept of honor in favor of his current life.
Standing at over six feet, Hayate is freakishly tall for a Kozakuran, and his appearance alone had often resolved matters in his mastersâ€™ favor. A testament to his skill with the blade is the lack of visible scars on his face or body.
Hayate has no apparent interest in women. He has sometimes been a companion to his employer, even those who were markedly fond of women, and is now the lover of Amato Sawara. His devotion to Sawara is absolute and machine-like. It is unclear what Sawara himself gets from the relationship, although it may be speculated that he prefers a lover like Hayate, bound to him by money and professional loyalty, to a lover with a mind of his or her own.
Combat: Like all kensai, Hayateâ€™s skill is unencumbered by armor. A well-placed arrow might fell him, but in hand-to-hand combat he is a fearsome opponent. He fights with a rare style using sword and dagger; and both his sword and dagger are artifacts, the best that could be found in the storehouses of the ancient Black Lizard clan.
Hirawaki â€œOosouyaâ€ Souya
History: Little is known about the now-deceased former Grandmaster of the Black Lizard. He was called â€œOosouya,â€ meaning â€œBig Souya,â€ and was considered a temperate and good clan leader.
Kagawa â€œChisouyaâ€ Souya
History: â€œChisouya,â€ or â€œlittle Souya,â€ is the younger brother of the dead Hirawaki. In contrast to his level-headed big brother, he is known for his vanity, cruelty and his eccentric love of cats. It is well-known that he despises Amato Sawara, and he is not alone among the seasoned captains of the Black Lizard, who both resent the sudden power shift and having to answer to a â€œmere boy.â€
Hair color: White
Rogue, level 10 / Fighter, level 3 / Ninja, level 12
History: Next to nothing is known about the Ninja Master called Ginpachi, a near-mythic figure in Kozakura. He is one of the six Guardians of the Imperial Police, a force ostensibly serving His Holiness the Emperor, but in fact answering to the de facto ruler of Kozakuraâ€”the shogun or military overlord, currently Omotada Sekine. The Imperial Police are spies, assassins, and saboteurs, and Ginpachiâ€™s life is to fulfill the shogunâ€™s command, whatever it might be. Whether he has desiresâ€”or indeed an agendaâ€”of his own is a question for sages.
Ginpachi is fond of disguise and so is rarely seen in his â€œtrueâ€ appearance. Even when unmasked, he is surrounded by the aura of his bladeâ€”Maya Otohimeâ€™s Demon-Sealing-Brandâ€”that renders his features indistinct. The only thing apparent is his terrific age, which has no effect on his abilities as a killer.
He often works closely with his associate Lady Kaede, who prefers more direct methods.
Combat: Ginpachi utilizes any number of arcane (in the sense of ancient) tricks to vanish while in plain view, without resorting to magic. His blade gives him considerable protection against the powers of evil. This does him little good, however, when the shogunâ€™s command pits him against those who are not generally considered evil.
Good thing you now know Hayate's eye color when you're frying him with chain lightning, eh?
Edited by Sister Vigilante, 03 January 2008 - 12:01 AM.