Flaming Fist

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The Flaming Fist is the largest and most powerful mercenary company of the fictional world known as the Forgotten Realms, in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.


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 Flaming Fist organization is run by Duke Eltan, one of the four Grand Dukes of Baldur's Gate.[1]

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.[2]:11 Tethyr has proven to be a source for recent hires by Duke Eltan during their decades-long civil war.[2]:9

By 1479 DR, The Flaming Fist had changed from a mercenary group to the police and military force of Baldur's Gate.[3]

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."[4]

In other media[edit]

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.