Outcasts and Refugees
Baldur’s Gate is a city of opportunity and fair laws.
By some accounts, it has swelled to become the most populated city in all of Faerûn.
Baldur’s Gate has seen a recent restructuring of its government. After the city nearly fell to Grand Duke Valarken and an external force of lycanthropes called the Band of the Red Moon, surviving Grand Duke Portyr instituted a parliament to better balance city power. One can hardly spend an hour in the city without seeing one or more members of the Flaming Fists. This mercenary band is so ensconced in the city that it now serves as Baldur’s Gate semiofficial patrol.
Although Baldur’s Gate is a self-encompassed city-state that thrives on trade, it has many nearby features that make it a prime location from which to launch adventures. The city stands on the edge of the Sword Coast, halfway between Faerûn’s other two western hubs of commerce, Waterdeep and Athkatla.