|“||This sparrow is ready to fly... at your command, of course.||”|
Haer'Dalis is a chaotic neutral tiefling blade and a potential companion in Baldur's Gate II
Classic & Enhanced
This icon indicates content from all games of the 2nd Baldur's Gate instalment – all editions and expansions. This may include The Black Pits II.
Recruitment[edit | edit source]
Haer'Dalis may be recruited in Chapter 2 though he is more difficult to find than most companions. The party must first visit the basement theater of the Five Flagons Inn in the Bridge District. After the protagonist witnesses a play rehearsal gone wrong, Raelis Shai can be approached to start the side quest Free Haer'Dalis from Imprisonment by Mekrath. Haer'Dalis will offer to join the party during the events of the quest.
Simply going into the sewers of the Temple District and stumbling into Mekrath may also lead to Haer'Dalis' recruitment, but the situation will lack context.
Quests[edit | edit source]
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- Haer'Dalis and Aerie will start dating each other if the male protagonist hasn't proceeded deep in Aerie's romance route. Haer'Dalis' interference can lead to a love-triangle
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Haer'Dalis's tiefling race grants him 50% resistance against cold and magic cold, 25% against fire, magic fire and electricity, and 15% against physical damage. He starts with specialization (two points) in short swords, granting +1 to-hit and +2 damage, though he does not receive the extra ½ attack that warriors may gain from this. He also has two unique +2 short swords exclusive to him: Entropy and the Chaos Blade. Entropy inflicts 3 extra points of poison damage on a failed save vs. poison and Chaos Blade lowers the target's dexterity by 2 for 5 rounds (30 seconds) every time it hits. Besides being also specialized in two-weapon-fighting, Haer'Dalis is proficient with daggers and darts.
Shadows of Amn (2000)
This icon indicates content from the original Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn campaign. In the original Shadows of Amn, he's proficient with long swords, too, if joining a Gorion's Ward of level 13 or 14, and even specialized again with these, if the Ward's level is 15 or higher.
This icon indicates content from the Shadows of Amn campaign of the Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. In the Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, he gains this specialization automatically when his own experience exceeds 1,199,999 points, but only if the first point was assigned manually during a level-up, before or after the threshold.
Throne of Bhaal (2001)
This icon indicates content from the original Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal campaign. Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition – Throne of Bhaal (2013)
This icon indicates content from the Throne of Bhaal campaign of the Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. In Throne of Bhaal, he will always be proficient with long swords.
The Blade's Offensive Spin works well with mage spells and abilities that affect the caster's combat statistics like Melf's Minute Meteors, Polymorph Self and Tenser's Transformation while Defensive Spin may be used to significantly improve their survivability temporarily. More information on Blade bard tactics may be found in the Blade#gameplay page.
Biography[edit | edit source]
|“||When asked about his past, HAER'DALIS states that he is from the city of Sigil, a nexus of the planes and the ever-changing domain of the Lady of Pain. He claims he cannot explain it better than that, as the planars defy description by their very nature. Haer'Dalis traveled with a troupe of players, tieflings of planetouched heritage like he, and they put on masterful productions to amuse both cambion and common berk alike. An indiscretion led to the troupe fleeing to the Prime Material Plane... here... which didn't bother Haer'Dalis much. He says that he is a Doomguard, believing in the inevitable decay of all things to make way for the new. The troupe has divided, but the tiefling bard is confident that new experience can only come of it.||”|
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Haer'Dalis/Quotes
|Best to make a swift escape now, my raven!||Morale failure|
|You make pleasant company, my raven. I'll be glad to tarry awhile in your motley group.||Happy|
|Traveling with an angered cambion might almost be more interesting than the time I'm spending with you, I would imagine.||Unhappy-annoyed|
|I see it now, the forces of entropy breaking our companionship apart. And it cannot come too soon, quoth this raven.||Unhappy-serious|
|So! It has come, my raven. I'll leave this foul partnership, and it shall be as if we've never been acquainted. Try not to trip over yourself as you continue your dreary way, aye?||Unhappy-break|
|So! Haha! My part in this little play has changed, has it? 'Tis a role I'll relish... Follow me, then! We charge on!||Leader|
|Oooh, the lids grow heavy. Have we not the time to sleep and dream but even a little?||Tired|
|'Tis dreary, my raven, this time we spend here tapping toes.||Bored|
|May our deeds be sung through the ages!||Battlecry1|
|Ahhh, mayhap THIS will be the end!||Battlecry2|
|For the Doomguard, I strike a blow!||Battlecry3|
|Repair me quickly, good raven, or bid me fond farewell while you can!||Hurt|
|At last... oblivion! Ohh... oh...||Dying|
|'Tis passing strange what you primes call these "forests." But it has a serene beauty of a sort as well.||Forest|
|Aye, the lifeblood of a city. *chuckle* It ebbs and flows the same on any plane.||City|
|Beneath the earth, our fates await us... and just think, we shan't need go far to lie in our graves!||Dungeon|
|Mmm... the sky, it is a brilliant azure shade. Pity you primes have only the one sun.||Day|
|Ahhh, night has laid her shroud upon us. A perfect time for a warm fire and a story to regale you all... were you not so distracted by pressing quests, that is.||Night|
|This sparrow is ready to fly... at your command, of course.||Select1|
|Aye, my raven?||Select2|
|Fate beckons us all.||Select3|
|Readier than a red-cheeked maiden, my friend.||Select4|
|Urgent, is it?||
|I do not care o'ermuch for being prodded all the time.||
|Aye! A fair gambit.||Action2|
|A welcome laid for oblivion.||Action3|
|Thy will be done.||Action4|
|'Tis a role I am glad to play!||Action5|
|I shall be glad to dance to your tune... if you but learn to play.||Action6|
|Only if you're sure...||Select rare1|
|Wouldn't you rather a tune? A sonnet? Some grand melody? ...Fine, have it your way, my raven.||
|A solid blow!||Critical hit|
|A complete miss!||Critical miss|
|No damage? Interesting...||Target immune|
|I can carry not another stitch. Let it fall to the ground then.||Inventory full|
|What was once yours is now mine alone.||Picked pocket|
|My concentration is lost.||Spell disrupted|
Dialogues[edit | edit source]
|Miss Raelis... I... I cannot come with you. Not this time.|
|Ah, my hound, this city be the great world of commerce! Perhaps we can sell Jaheira?|
|Why do you stare at me so, Jaheira? Have I offended you? My manner is oft grim, but I did not think you so sensitive to it.|
|Your heart is heavy, my mourning dove? Your eyes wander, I think, into dark and solemn places that others cannot see. Have a care, fair Aerie, lest they draw you in forever.|
|If we ever gaze upon the marvels of the City of Doors, my dove, it will be because we are meant to. One often arrives in Sigil without meaning to—or never finds it, even after an exhaustive search.|
|I find myself unable to tear my eyes away. In the Doomguard, we appreciate the forces of entropy that bring destruction in their wake... and with each passing day, I see a personification of that force taking shape before me!|
|Ah ha! What is it now, my fair Aerie? You think I am not looking at you, but I can spy your desire to put the bard to the question. Go ahead, my dove... I'll not mind.|
|A moon? Why, no, there never was. Just a city that stretched in all directions, curling in upon itself to sometimes block the sky. The moon is better, don't you think, my dove?|
|Was I mistaken, my dove, or have I heard a thought fall from your lips once or twice that you had aspirations of the thespian bent?|
|I have been thinking, my mourning dove, of a role to complement your first voyage onto the stage. And I do believe I have discovered it.|
|"You have come to me, my goddess! I have prayed for my love not to be denied, and my majestic queen appears before me!"|
|Aerie, my sweet dove, I have given you time to ponder my words, but my aching soul yearns for requitement. Do you not feel some measure of love for this solitary bard? I beg you to say that you do!|
|My mourning dove... the time has come for you to make a choice between us. I beg of you to decide, as my ailing heart can wait no longer!|
|But of course, my mourning dove. Whatever your wish might be, this sparrow will endeavor to achieve it.|
|Ahh, Imoen, my wildflower. Have I ever told you that you've a most natural grace and innocent beauty about you? 'Tis something any man would find most charming.|
|My dear raven, valiant as always! You are poetry—you are song!|
|A life on the planes as a new power? 'Tis not a life for everyone, my raven. No matter how powerful you assume yourself to be, there is always another stronger... and in the planes, this is doubly so.|
Achievements[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Achievements
Planehopper[edit | edit source]
Rescue Haer'Dalis from a grim fate.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Despite his obtuse manner of speech and flowery language, Haer'Dalis is actually one of the more perceptive party members in the game and is able to call Yoshimo out on the latter's two-facedness.
His interactions with other party members also paints him as a conflicted character. Despite being a self-professed Doomguard who celebrates the inevitable decay of all things, Haer'Dalis nevertheless demonstrates pragmatism when discussing battle tactics with Keldorn and appears jaded by the constant fighting and despair around him, as revealed in his conversations with Nalia and Yoshimo.
Regardless, Haer'Dalis is unique – compared to other companions – in that he is refreshingly honest and open about who he is and what he does. While this makes him more trustworthy than other characters, given his nature it really doesn't make him more reliable or predictable.
[edit | edit source]
- Haer'Dalis on the Forgotten Realms Wiki, a wiki for the Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting Forgotten Realms.
References[edit | edit source]