The Flaming Fist is based in the city of Baldur's Gate on the Sword Coast, where its members serve as a guard within the city. Their job is to put down (with deadly force) any who commit egregious acts of evil. They also work out of this city, going down just south of Beregost but stopping before Nashkel. From Nashkel onwards, the Amnish soldiers keep guard.
The organizations's base of operations is in the city of Baldur's Gate, although they have other forts and establishments in Anchorome, Chult, and Tethyr.:11 Tethyr has proven to be a source for recent hires by Duke Eltan during their decades-long civil war.:9
Game designer Ken Rolston commented on the Flaming Fist in his review of the original 1987 Forgotten Realms Campaign Set: "the detailed description of the Flaming Fist Mercenary Company is an interesting, extreme design example. Considering the DMG hirelings tables [pages 28-34], it's hard to see how this bunch can stay in business even at 10,000 gp a day, but I still think it is a neat idea that is well presented."
In other media
The Flaming Fist plays a prominent role in the plot of the Baldur's Gate series computer games. In particular, the following characters are members of the Flaming Fist:
- Officer Vai is the woman who lurks in the Jovial Juggler in Beregost after the player has completed the quest in the Nashkel mines, buying bandit scalps for 50 gp each.
- Scar is the man in Baldur's Gate who offers the player quests leading to the Iron Throne mystery. He is later killed, and the main character is left framed for his murder.
- Greenwood, Ed; Reynolds, Sean K.; Williams, Skip; Heinsoo, Rob (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. Wizards of the Coast. p. 225. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- Beach, Tim (1992). Gold & Glory. TSR. ISBN 1-56076-334-5.
- Cordell, Bruce R.; Greenwood, Ed; Sims, Chris (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Wizards of the Coast. pp. 94–95. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
- Rolston, Ken (January 1988). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR (#129): 84–86.
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