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Neverwintan
Acolyte

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Posted - 05 Jul 2018 :  21:45:37  Show Profile Send Neverwintan a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
I have tried to dig up some accurate information on the climates for these regions and have only found minimal information. Perhaps some more knowledgeable people here can help? :)

From the game and some information I have read on the surrounding forests, the Baldur's Gate region seems to be like parts of Italy, Southern France, or even California. It seems to be a bit dry and evergreen trees are prominent. Is this considered to be the canon climate of the area?

I imagine Neverwinter and the surrounding area to be quite lush and green throughout the year, aside from winter. Perhaps more mild along the coast?

Anyway, if anyone could point me to some info about the climate, flora, fauna, or other environmental information regarding these areas, I'd greatly appreciate it!

Balmar Foghaven
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Canada
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Posted - 05 Jul 2018 :  22:10:55  Show Profile Send Balmar Foghaven a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Northern Sword Coast is, going from south to north, mildly temperate to cold tundra. As you approach Neverwinter, the area has extremely harsh winters and summers comparable to the Pacific Coast of Canada. It rains quite a bit, as evidenced in prominent marshlands and moors closer to the coast, and the rainfall from the sea drops off further inland, as evidenced by the presence of things like the Anauroch desert.

The Neverwinter Wood is vast, and I imagine would have a high degree of biodiversity in its flora and fauna. This seems to agree with the climate for the area, as it resembles a real-world temperate forest in its descriptions and portrayal.

As for the city itself, it is warm despite the harsh weathers outside. This is due to the river which flows through the city's center, which is heated by fire elemental residue that runs off from Mount Hotenow (or if you believe the rpg, it's from a mystical underground Source Stone).

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Neverwintan
Acolyte

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Posted - 05 Jul 2018 :  23:42:09  Show Profile Send Neverwintan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for the input, Balmar Foghaven!

Do you happen to know any details about Baldur's Gate or the Western Heartlands, climate-wise?
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Ayrik
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 06 Jul 2018 :  00:29:43  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As far as climate goes: Baldur's Gate is basically San Francisco, Neverwinter is basically Seattle. Ignoring magics and apocalypses, lol.

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Neverwintan
Acolyte

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Posted - 06 Jul 2018 :  21:08:59  Show Profile Send Neverwintan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the input, Ayrik. I am designing areas in Neverwinter Nights 2 from these two regions. I am hoping my areas are as close to authentic as possible. It seems Neverwinter is pretty good. I'm doing Cloakwood now and I'm designing it as a somewhat-arid temperate area. White pines, elms, and other evergreens dominate the rugged landscape as it has been described from sources. So it does seem that Baldur's Gate is indeed like parts of California, Italy, etc...

Do most of you experts consider the game's portrayal of the Sword Coast region in Baldur's Gate to be accurate?
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rangerstranger
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USA
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Posted - 12 Jul 2018 :  18:06:48  Show Profile Send rangerstranger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I always thought of Waterdeep as basically Seattle, or maybe a little further North like Vancouver and Luskan as Anchorage and then Neverwinter somewhere in between. Baldur's Gate would be like what Ayrik said with San Francisco or a touch further south.

For European equivalents I'd say Waterdeep is London, Neverwinter is Glasgow and Luskan would be Bergen. Baldur's gate would be on the Atlantic Coast of Spain or Portugal. I've always thought of Sembia and Cormyr as Northern Italy and Southern France respectively.

I think the books do a decent job of describing the climate of said cities with respect to their geography, although I do have a hard time placing just how far North The North is. I think I've read somewhere on these boards that there is a source book which gives Waterdeep a latitude further North, like Northern Scotland.

Edited by - rangerstranger on 12 Jul 2018 18:23:37
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Ayrik
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Canada
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Posted - 13 Jul 2018 :  07:25:41  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I said San Francisco because to my mind Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California seems just a little too warm and dry. Baldur's Gate seems to have a dash of temperate climate and wider seasonal variations than I'd expect - it's described as having sometimes hard winters, it gets a little more rainfall, I'd expect it to be a little more lush and green than sandy and arid.

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Werthead
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Posted - 15 Jul 2018 :  21:04:26  Show Profile  Visit Werthead's Homepage Send Werthead a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Waterdeep sits at 45N on Toril (according to the 3rd Edition FRCS), which puts it at the same latitude as Grenoble, Turin, Crimea, the Montana-Wyoming border and Minneapolis (as in, right through the middle of the city). Neverwinter is c. 332 miles north of Waterdeep (at approx. 49.78N, the latitude of Normandy, Vancouver Island and Newfoundland), Baldur's Gate is c. 590 miles south (at c. 36.45 N, the latitude of Rhodes, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Missouri/Arkansas border).

That's from the Forgotten Realms Interactive Atlas, so the distances may not be quite correct for the current Realms (particularly the shrinking of the continent between 2E and 3E). Also, the FRIA was based on the idea that Toril is exactly the same size as Earth. Ed's home Realms setting was originally bigger (12%, I think), but I think TSR and WotC have always worked on the idea that Toril is the same size as Earth.
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