Baldur's Gate II: Shadows Of Amn

Hank the ranger and Bobby the Barbarian make a cameo in the video game Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. In the Adventurers' Mart portraits can be seen of them that are snapshots from the cartoon.


If you click on Hank's portrait you get the following text:

"This is a painting of one of a group of young adventurers from long ago, this one a ranger... all of whom were attempting to return to their homeland far away. Word has it they died horribly at the hand of the dragon, Tiamat."

If you click on Bobby's portrait you get the following text:

"Another painting of a party of young adventurers from long ago, this one a diminutive barbarian. Rumour has it that this barbarian had a pet unicorn smaller than he... also swallowed by Tiamat, it is presumed."

4 comments:

  1. I loved that cartoon I wish they did a final episode

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    1. It never made it to animation, but there is a script of the planned finale episode named Requiem. You can read a synopsis, followed by the full script, here: http://www.dungeonsdragonscartoon.com/2009/08/requiem.html

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  2. This, in my mind cements the fact that the cartoon was loosely placed in the Forgotten Realms before TSR bought the rights. Here is how:

    In 1983, Ed Greenwood had already been submitting pieces to Dragon magazine about his home world for 4 years. During this time, it is known that Gary Gygax had met Ed several times. It is possible Gary's ideas for Barbarian, Thief-Acrobat, and Cavalier came from discussion with Ed, as these three classes always fit better into the Realms setting, which was purchased by TSR in 1986.

    When the Grand Tour comic was released, however, NBC still had the rights to the show, so they could not outright say their names.

    However, by the time Baldur's Gate 2 was released, Wizards of the Coast (Hasbro) had reacquired the ownership rights of the show. This allowed the likenesses to appear in the game.

    One last piece: the two different world maps from the sticker books (one on the BCI release as "World Map"), along with the map to Tardos Keep, can be placed at places along the Sword Coast easily, especially the area mark "Dustlands" (Amn itself is a plains area that in a drought could be a dustbowl of sorts, while Calimshan to the south has a large desert). It all fits too perfectly.

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  3. Wish this degree of canon was enforced.

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