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Minardil
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Posted - 24 May 2003 :  17:54:24  Show Profile  Visit Minardil's Homepage  Click to see Minardil's MSN Messenger address Send Minardil a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
What was year of the Bhaalspawn saga (Story of Baldur's Gate)? Manuals say it's either 1369 or 1373. I ask this becouse I'm planning a grand adventure for my players.

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Leona
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Posted - 25 May 2003 :  03:54:32  Show Profile  Visit Leona's Homepage Send Leona a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Don't really think that the Bhaalspawn saga actually happened in the realms outside the game itself.
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Edain Shadowstar
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The 'Bhaalspawn Saga' is not actually canon material created by TSR or Wizards of the Coast, it was infact solely a creation of Bioware for the purpose of having a really cool and epic storyline for their Baldur's Gate saga. As such there is no material regarding the Bhaalspawn outside of the games and their manuals. As far as canonized FR is concerned Bhaal is dead. That's all. Now, that's not to say you could not use it for your campaign, but you will not find any canon sources. The only products regarding the game Wizards had any hand in were the novelizations done of the game (possible the worst FR books ever done).

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The Sage
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Edain Shadowstar said -
quote:
The only products regarding the game Wizards had any hand in were the novelizations done of the game (possible the worst FR books ever done).
Even though these novels were poor, the fanatical FR novel collectors among us (myself for example), have these books sitting on our shelves, and have even read each of them at least once.

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zemd
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quote:
Originally posted by Minardil

What was year of the Bhaalspawn saga (Story of Baldur's Gate)? Manuals say it's either 1369 or 1373. I ask this becouse I'm planning a grand adventure for my players.



I thought it was FROM 1369 TO 1373
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Edain Shadowstar
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Posted - 25 May 2003 :  18:11:41  Show Profile  Visit Edain Shadowstar's Homepage Send Edain Shadowstar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I too possess the Baldur's Gate books, and have read them, which is a fact that never fails to puzzle me. I own the books, yet they're not very good (I tend to not keep 'bad' books very long). Well, no one said being a collector is easy.

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The Sage
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I don't understand Edain.

Even though the books are poor, they are still part of the FR collection. Why would you want to be rid of them, and spoil a complete collection of FR novels?.

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Bookwyrm
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Posted - 26 May 2003 :  22:25:36  Show Profile  Visit Bookwyrm's Homepage  Click to see Bookwyrm's MSN Messenger address Send Bookwyrm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sell 'em, and use the money to buy better!

I do appreciate your collector's spirit, though, Sage. I somewhat have the same. You might recall my (vocal) dislike of the Maztica trilogy. I confess they're still on my shelf. If nothing else, it makes the line of books with 'Forgotten Realms' on the spine that much longer. And I have to say, it's a very pretty sight.

However, I'm not going to spend money on what I know to be a bad egg. I'm not going to get the BG books anytime soon.

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The Sage
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Posted - 27 May 2003 :  08:36:38  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I understand and appreciate what you are talking about Bookwyrm, I guess I am just one of those eccentric people who like to have whole and complete collections of anything I collect. However, I rather enjoyed the Maztica trilogy, I thought it added a unique dimension to the FR. If I follow your thinking roughly, then I suppose you felt the same about the Empires trilogy as well?.

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Edain Shadowstar
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Posted - 27 May 2003 :  12:53:31  Show Profile  Visit Edain Shadowstar's Homepage Send Edain Shadowstar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No, no, no, you miss understand me Sage, what I'm saying is that even though they are poor books, and I do not usually keep poor books, I still keep them. I did not say I had any intent to gt rid of them, but that I was keeping them for my collection.

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The Sage
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Sorry about the misunderstanding Edain, I simply read your post incorrectly. I am glad to know though, that you kept the books.




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William of Waterdeep
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Posted - 11 Sep 2003 :  21:11:54  Show Profile  Visit William of Waterdeep's Homepage  Click to see William of Waterdeep's MSN Messenger address Send William of Waterdeep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Edain Shadowstar

The 'Bhaalspawn Saga' is not actually canon material created by TSR or Wizards of the Coast, it was infact solely a creation of Bioware for the purpose of having a really cool and epic storyline for their Baldur's Gate saga. As such there is no material regarding the Bhaalspawn outside of the games and their manuals. As far as canonized FR is concerned Bhaal is dead. That's all. Now, that's not to say you could not use it for your campaign, but you will not find any canon sources. The only products regarding the game Wizards had any hand in were the novelizations done of the game (possible the worst FR books ever done).


I thought anything that was allowed to be used for BG was canon? I am not saying your wrong i'm saying Enlighten me.

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Cyric
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Posted - 11 Oct 2003 :  01:52:46  Show Profile  Visit Cyric's Homepage  Click to see Cyric's MSN Messenger address Send Cyric a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Am pretty sure that i read that all things that happend in the Bhaalspawn saga is canon just as that is said
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William of Waterdeep
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Posted - 11 Oct 2003 :  02:33:47  Show Profile  Visit William of Waterdeep's Homepage  Click to see William of Waterdeep's MSN Messenger address Send William of Waterdeep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cyric

Am pretty sure that i read that all things that happend in the Bhaalspawn saga is canon just as that is said





I've seen this whole argument in another forum and someone from WotC
supposedly told someone that anything used in the games just as in the
novels had met approval and was canon.I'll see if I can find that thread.If I can first remember the forum...

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The Cardinal
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Posted - 11 Oct 2003 :  07:36:07  Show Profile  Visit The Cardinal's Homepage  Send The Cardinal an AOL message  Send The Cardinal an ICQ Message  Click to see The Cardinal's MSN Messenger address  Send The Cardinal a Yahoo! Message Send The Cardinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
William, you have my blessing. This would be a tremendous boost to those who support the BG series as Cannon ... ... Not that I would dare to lead such a front... It's just I've heard that there is a Candlekeep Revolutionary Front somewhere around here


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Edited by - The Cardinal on 11 Oct 2003 07:37:33
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William of Waterdeep
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Posted - 11 Oct 2003 :  15:16:46  Show Profile  Visit William of Waterdeep's Homepage  Click to see William of Waterdeep's MSN Messenger address Send William of Waterdeep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I should have found the forum first before I made such a comment.I know it exisits or at least it did.I was surprized the first time I seen it myself since Bhaal is out of the picture but what he said sounded logical too.(*SIGH*)Cardinal,I'll admit I'm having trouble
finding it so if you want to help then it would be greatly appreciated
as a matter of fact *HEEEELLLLPP*I may have let my mouth overload
my arse on this one.

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The Cardinal
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Posted - 11 Oct 2003 :  18:50:26  Show Profile  Visit The Cardinal's Homepage  Send The Cardinal an AOL message  Send The Cardinal an ICQ Message  Click to see The Cardinal's MSN Messenger address  Send The Cardinal a Yahoo! Message Send The Cardinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
* Slaps forehead with hand* What could be one of the most important scrolls to the Candlekeep Revolutionary Front an you 'misplace' it?!?! I'll see what I can do... although I think I had seen them Coast Wizards burning some of their scrolls... I pray that wasn't the one...


It has to be Certain, the Gods Hate Me. For whatever irrevokable Fate, I have been made the walking Joke. Either that, or Beshaba is overlyfond Of Me.
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The Cardinal
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Posted - 11 Oct 2003 :  19:58:14  Show Profile  Visit The Cardinal's Homepage  Send The Cardinal an AOL message  Send The Cardinal an ICQ Message  Click to see The Cardinal's MSN Messenger address  Send The Cardinal a Yahoo! Message Send The Cardinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
These people on the Wizards of the Coast Forum..... they scare me....
They Talk as though they have poles up their nethers.... WAIT!!!!!!!!!
MWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! PRAISE BHAAL!!!! And MANY thanks to Kuje31 for their post that has thankfully remained.. Wait this needs music... Hmm Imperial March outta do... Ok here is their post (

I will attempt to hunt down the rest of this information):

" Actually what he( Richard Baker -Deimos note) said is they are canon if you want them to be, or they are not if you don't want them to be. Since each version of FR is different from DM to DM and so you chose what is canon in your FR or your DM decides."
So Ineffect they can or cannot be, depending on the DM so nothing really new here.

"But as far as I am concerned, officially they are canon, since there are three novels based on the games, three Dragon articles on the games, and a sourcebook that ties in with the games. Also according to the WOTC timeline for FR on the WOTC web page, the BG novel is listed as canon also."
AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!!! So Wizards does embrace the BG series as Cannon... on an intresting note though:

"Which is no different then the Pool of Radiance: Attack on Myth Drannor game. There is a novel for that game, a module for that game, and Dragon article(s) for that game."
I am sorry to say this means little to me but you other wizend sage may know what this person speaks of... Let's see I found most of this at:
http://boards1.wizards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=91264&highlight=Bhaalspawn
I hope that Link worked...

OK EDIT NOTE: These Dry And dusty tomes in the Wizard's forum cause me to quake... We might be cracked... Ok maybe only me but these are FANATICS... Of course several options, opinions and ( I would assume) deaths have been put upon some pages with regards to A return to, of, or for Bhaal...and some against... some just don't see the artistry in Bhaal's work, he was an artist and, the time of death, the body a canvas... A pity most are too altruistic, goody-goody or blinded by their own meager evils to see the true work that was Bhaal's. I KNOW there will be return fire or dead silence...which I will take as my victory
Still the path is pushing forward...but By AO himself, those people are scary....


It has to be Certain, the Gods Hate Me. For whatever irrevokable Fate, I have been made the walking Joke. Either that, or Beshaba is overlyfond Of Me.
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Edited by - The Cardinal on 11 Oct 2003 20:09:45
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William of Waterdeep
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Posted - 12 Oct 2003 :  16:53:19  Show Profile  Visit William of Waterdeep's Homepage  Click to see William of Waterdeep's MSN Messenger address Send William of Waterdeep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well,thats not the same thread I was looking for but thanks for helping.

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Cherrn
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Well you could consider it non-canon since there isn't any mention of the bhaalspawn saga in any source book at all. One would think something like that would deserve at least a little mention. (praise the caliph that it didn't)

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EcThelion
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Posted - 28 Jan 2004 :  00:07:28  Show Profile  Visit EcThelion's Homepage  Click to see EcThelion's MSN Messenger address Send EcThelion a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Bhaalspawn saga is canon? Yay! That just makes me feel all warm inside, it does!

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Cherrn
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It is if you want it to be. But I would think that it wasn't due to the fact that nothing at all is mentioned about it in sourcebooks. Not even a single line.

A wise man from Calimport once told me: "If a merchant puts sand in the flask of oil he's trying to sell you, then he isn't trying to sell you sand..."
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Cyric
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Posted - 28 Jan 2004 :  17:42:20  Show Profile  Visit Cyric's Homepage  Click to see Cyric's MSN Messenger address Send Cyric a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes i know the Shadows in amn lost a whole lot of members and power but does stand a single place no, but i hope its canon.
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Edain Shadowstar
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Posted - 29 Jan 2004 :  20:05:49  Show Profile  Visit Edain Shadowstar's Homepage Send Edain Shadowstar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, pardon me if I have difficultly trusting anything that is posted on the Wizard.COMMUNTIY boards; that place, especially the Forgotten Realms sections, is insane, you have fanatics, ruleslawyers, fools, and game designers/author mixing. Its like fire and octane. I know, I spend time over there, mostly lurking since expressing your opinion there gets you crucified. Regardless, I can probably pull out a few game designers saying its not canon if I tried, but there's no point. As long as the Forgotten Realms sourcebooks and settings do not mention it, I will continue to consider in non-canon.

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Cherrn
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Well written post Edain, that one had me laughing. Especially the fire and octane part

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quote:
Originally posted by Cardinal Deimos

These people on the Wizards of the Coast Forum..... they scare me....
They Talk as though they have poles up their nethers.... WAIT!!!!!!!!!
MWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! PRAISE BHAAL!!!! And MANY thanks to Kuje31 for their post that has thankfully remained.. Wait this needs music... Hmm Imperial March outta do... Ok here is their post (

I will attempt to hunt down the rest of this information):

" Actually what he( Richard Baker -Deimos note) said is they are canon if you want them to be, or they are not if you don't want them to be. Since each version of FR is different from DM to DM and so you chose what is canon in your FR or your DM decides."
So Ineffect they can or cannot be, depending on the DM so nothing really new here.

"But as far as I am concerned, officially they are canon, since there are three novels based on the games, three Dragon articles on the games, and a sourcebook that ties in with the games. Also according to the WOTC timeline for FR on the WOTC web page, the BG novel is listed as canon also."
AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!!! So Wizards does embrace the BG series as Cannon... on an intresting note though:

"Which is no different then the Pool of Radiance: Attack on Myth Drannor game. There is a novel for that game, a module for that game, and Dragon article(s) for that game."
I am sorry to say this means little to me but you other wizend sage may know what this person speaks of... Let's see I found most of this at:
http://boards1.wizards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=91264&highlight=Bhaalspawn
I hope that Link worked...

OK EDIT NOTE: These Dry And dusty tomes in the Wizard's forum cause me to quake... We might be cracked... Ok maybe only me but these are FANATICS... Of course several options, opinions and ( I would assume) deaths have been put upon some pages with regards to A return to, of, or for Bhaal...and some against... some just don't see the artistry in Bhaal's work, he was an artist and, the time of death, the body a canvas... A pity most are too altruistic, goody-goody or blinded by their own meager evils to see the true work that was Bhaal's. I KNOW there will be return fire or dead silence...which I will take as my victory
Still the path is pushing forward...but By AO himself, those people are scary....



Wow I feel special. :) Some one quoted me over here. :) And yes maybe I am a bit vocal over on the FR boards. :)

To further expand on what I said about the Pool of Radiance:Attack on Myth Drannor game is this. There is a computer game of the same name. Then WOTC put out a novel of the same name, a sourcebook that ties into the puter game, and also article(s)in Dragon.

To answer the posters question the BG novels take place in 1368 and 1369. At least to this link on the WOTC's web site.

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=books/fr/fictionlist&tablesort=1

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