Ulder Ravengard

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Grand Duke Ulder Ravengard is the human Supreme Marshall of the Flaming Fist, and father of Wyll. His story stretches through all three acts of Baldur's Gate 3, and he can become a camp follower late in the game.

Ulder Ravengard is a recurring character in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons, appearing in the 5e adventures: Murder in Baldur's Gate, The Rise of Tiamat, and Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus.

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Events of Baldur's Gate 3[edit | edit source]

Act One[edit | edit source]

You first learn about Ulder Ravengard during the quest Rescue the Grand Duke, when the player arrives near Waukeen's Rest. He is suspected to be trapped inside the burning inn, but after rescuing Counsellor Florrick she reveals that the Grand Duke has been kidnapped.

Act Two[edit | edit source]

Duke Ravengard is infected

The party learns that he was taken to Moonrise Towers by the followers of the Absolute.

In the Mind Flayer Colony underneath the Moonrise Towers, as the party chases after Ketheric Thorm, they encounter the Chosen Three - Thorm, Orin the Red, and Enver Gortash along with Ulder Ravengard. They watch from the shadows as the trio infect Ravengard with a mind flayer tadpole and then whisk him away to Baldur's Gate.

Act Three[edit | edit source]

Wyrm's Rock Fortress[edit | edit source]

Duke Ravengard swears Gortash in as Archduke of Baldur's Gate.

Once the party enters Wyrm's Rock Fortress to attend Gortash's coronation, Ravengard is there in the Audience Chamber with Gortash and officiates Gortash's swearing in as Archduke of Baldur's Gate. Immediately after the ceremony, Ravengard can be spoken to. If that party says that Florrick sent them, he says that Florrick is a black widow who betrayed the city, and that she was punished. Choosing to connect with Ravengard's parasite to seek information about Florrick reveals that she is imprisoned in Wyrm's Rock Prison and set to be executed, starting Free Counselor Florrick. If the party prods Ravengard's mind further, they find that deep uncertainty and fear of an illithid invasion is within him, indicating his mind hasn't fully been taken over.

Once the coronation is complete, Mizora appears and reveals that Duke Ravengard is already being moved to another location to be disposed of. She refuses to elaborate and tells the party to go to camp. After a Long Rest, Mizora appears before Wyll to present a new contract - an eternity of servitude for Zariel in exchange for rescuing the Duke. If Wyll signs the contract, she reveals that Duke Ravengard is in Gortash's underwater prison, the Iron Throne and promises to keep him from harm. Otherwise, if Wyll breaks the contract, Mizora states that he's as good as dead, but that she plans to stick around to see what happens.

If the party ignores the coronation and moves into the Lower City, then Duke Ravengard remains in the Audience Hall with Gortash until the ceremony is completed. If the party completes the questline Disable the Steel Watch without attending the coronation, then the entirety of Wyrm's Rock Fortress becomes hostile, including Duke Ravengard. Note that clearing the Iron Throne causes the coronation attendants to become hostile, even if you don't fully complete Disable the Steel Watch. To ensure that the Duke can be rescued, it is advised to attend the coronation, speak to Mizora, and take a long rest to ensure that he can be found in his intended location.

The Iron Throne[edit | edit source]

After the previous events, Duke Ravengard is moved to the Iron Throne, either alive or dead. The party may find the Iron Throne either by exploring the Lower City, or be guided there as part of the quests Disable the Steel Watch, Save the Gondians, Avenge the Ironhands, or Avenge the Drowned.

Duke Ravengard is in the block of cells directly east from the ladder to the submersible. Normally, he is in the middle cell, alive, and with only 35 HP. He will also have the Fiendish Obeisance status, unless the player simply did not recruit Wyll. Upon opening the door to his cell, the party gains control over the Duke's movements. However, once he leaves the cell, if Wyll broke his pact with Mizora, then she appears and summons multiple Combustion Belly Spiderlings to kill the duke. She orders him to kneel while the spiderlings explode on their turn. The Duke can be saved by healing him while he is in his cell (via Healing Word, throwing healing potions, or other tactics) or through spells like Arcane Gate.

Under some circumstances, the duke is found already dead. After escaping the Iron Throne, the party may be able to make a deal with Mizora to resurrect the duke in exchange for renewing Wyll's pact, or reject the deal in order to break his pact. The availability of this option may depend on Wyll's status and earlier choices.

If Duke Ravengard is saved, he stays at camp under the protection of the Astral Prism. If Wyll was recruited, the pair can reconcile, and Ravengard asks the party to seek out Ansur, Baldur's Gate's guardian dragon who sleeps under the city.

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