NiGHTMARE Posted April 15, 2006 Share Posted April 15, 2006 A few days ago, I finally succumbed to curiousity and got the first Baldur's Gate novel. I knew it would be bad, and I knew it wouldn't adhere to the game's storyline. But, seeing as the novels have recently been acknowledged as "cannon" by the Fogotten Realms designers, I wanted to see what these differences were. What I wasn't expecting was for the novel to diverge from the game's storyline on the very first page. Seriously. So that no-one else has to suffer this novel, I'm going to be listing "deviations" and other notable plot points as and when I come across them. Which I expect to be fairly often. So without further ado: 1) Abdel Adrian, aka Charname, left Candlekeep several years ago. He's a sellsword, and has travelled to both Baldur's Gate and Athkatla several times in the past. This includes a job guarding a mysterious warehouse in Athkatla. Whether this plot point will be explored in the Shadows of Amn novelization is unclear, but I wouldn't be surprised if the author completely forgets about it. 2) Gorion is killed by a seemingly random group of mercenaries. It appears that they *aren't* working for Sarevok, as Sarevok apparently only becomes aware of Abdel after he kills the last of the mercenaries. 3) Imoen doesn't appear anywhere in the entire novel. Not even a name check. 4) Tamoko is a exceptionally skilled assassin from Kozakura. And Sarevok's sexual slave. 5) Xzar and Montaron are in the employ of Sarevok. 6) Abdel Adrian is only 10 years old, but has been a fully grown man for several years. 7) Abdel is absolutely petrified of gibberlings. Admittedly when he first encounters them, it was pitch black and there were several hundred of them. 8) Abdel likes Montaron almost as soon as he meets him, but quickly develops the desire to murder Xvar. 9) Xvar's skin litterally crawls (at least on his face), and he has a frequent nervous tick. 10) Montaron is scared of sunlight. Really. 11) Xvar tells Abdel that he's the son of Bhaal before they even reach the Friendly Arms Inn. Abdel doesn't believe him, and at first I thought this rather stupid seeing as he found a note on his dead foster father which was all about the children of Bhaal. Then I re-read the note, and saw it actually talked about the children of "the Black Lord", that being a title used not by Bhaal, but his boss Bane. Whether the author completely screwed up here or the novel will indeed feature Banespawn is unclear, but I strongly suspect the former to be the case. 12) The guards at the FAI are all gnomes. Gnomes who are willing and able to kick arse, apparently. 13) There's no bounty hunter waiting at the FAI; instead, there's a drunkard who accidentally hits Abdel with a chair. Abdel later murders said drunkard after the drunkard throws a bottle at Abdel's head (precisely why he threw a bottle at Abdel's head will appear to go unexplained.) 14) Abdel fancies Jaheira like mad from the moment he meets her, but he would never come between a man and his wife. He'll murder people and contemplate murdering others quite happily, though. 15) Both Khalid and Jaheira's human parents were Amnian. Odd considering that Khalid is the son of a wealthy Calishite merchant, and Jaheira is the daughter of a Tethyrian noble. 16) Khalid is killed in the Nashkel mines... by Abdel. But hey, it was an accident! 17) Mulahey is a half-orc fighter. Who wets himself. 18) Actually, Khalid isn't really dead. Hooray! Abdel is somewhat disappointed about this, because apparently he never fights to wound, only to kill. Although that reasoning makes no sense, because he didn't fight Khalid; the whole thing was an accident. Oh dear, plot hole time. I suspect we'll be seeing more of these. 19) I guess all that speculation over whether Jaheira worships Chauntea or Silvanus was pointless. Apparently she worships Mielliki. Who'd have thought. 20) After succesfully completing the task he assigned them, Sarevok murders both Xzar and Montaron. The manner in which Xzar is killed is rather nasty, to say the least. 21) According to Jaheira, the Iron Throne are a splinter group of the Zhentarim. We'll have to see whether it is her or the author who is very much mistaken. 22) Tazok and possibly Tranzig are, for some reason, both murdered by Sarevok and replaced by a doppleganger (the same one). 23) Khalid has cheated on Jaheira at least once (with a fellow Harper), and she most certainly knows about it. 24) Abdel and Jaheira can barely keep their hands off each other. It's usually him who pushes her away. 25) Khalid is dead again. This time it looks to be permanent, as most of his organs were dissolved and his entire body turned into green slime. For some reason I get the impression the author really isn't too fond of Khalid. 26) Apparently Jaheira has "modest but well-rounded cleavage", which Abdel gets to see after a spider goes down there and she rips off all her clothes trying to get rid of it. As you do. 27) Now Xan is dead, too. His head gets bitten of by a spider (a somewhat larger example of the species than the one which explored Jaheira's mammary glands). 28) Angelo is both a duke of Baldur's Gate and a good man. This simultaneously conflicts with both the game and pnp lore regarding the city. 29) Abdel is redeemed by his love for Jaheira, and her love for him. Very Sweet. Shame that this is the novelization of BG1, not SoA. 30) The complete list of joinable NPCs who actually appear in this novel: Montaron, Xzar, Jaheira, Khalid, Xan, and Yeslick. That would mean these characters are technically "canon", though it also mean all but Jaheira and Yeslick are canonically dead. And I've heard rumours Jaheira dies in the novelization of SoA, too. Link to comment
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