Elminster Aumar, also known as the Sage of Shadowdale, is one of the most famous and powerful wizards in all of Faerûn, a fair fighter and thief, and a founding member of the Harpers. He is also the chosen of Mystra, goddess of magic, which grants him extended longevity and magic prowess.
- Chapter 1 - player first meets him after entering Coast Way
- Chapter 3 - Beregost
- Chapter 5 - At the Carnival, and in Baldur's Gate City East
- Chapter 6 - A greater doppleganger under disguise of him is trying to lure you into an ambush in Candlekeep Catacombs Level 2
Tactics for killing Elminster in BG1:
|“|| (El-MINN-ster) Elminster the Sage (Chaotic Good, Human Male, Wizard 29th level). The exact age of Elminster is unknown and his year of birth unrecorded. From his tales, it is suspected he learned his magical arts at the feet of Arkhon the Old, who died in what is now Waterdeep over five hundred years ago, and he may have been in Myth Drannor near that magical realm’s final days. The exact nature of these claims remains unproven, but most Realms natives who know him consider Elminster an eternal force in the world.|
The Sage currently makes his abode in the tiny farm community of Shadowdale, living in a two - story house overlooking a fish pond with his aide and scribe, Lhaeo. He is often abroad, both elsewhere in the Realms and in other planes, where he hobnobs with the great and the not-so-great in a relentless pursuit of knowledge.
Elminster may be the most knowledgeable and well - informed individual in the Realms. His areas of specialization are the Realms and its people, ecologies of various creatures, magical items and their histories, and the known planes of 29 existence. Elminster no longer tutors or works for hire save in the most pressing cases.
He seems to prize his independence and solitude, but on several occasions he has opened his tower to newcomers and visitors. Elminster’s former students and allies include some of the most powerful good individuals in the Realms, including some of the Lords of Waterdeep; the Simbul, ruler of Aglarond; and the group known as the Harpers.
— Volothamp Geddarm, Sword Coast Survival Guide
|Ho there, wanderer. Stay thy course a moment to indulge an old man.||Initial meeting|
|Oh, it is most distressing that this is the course thou've chosen. I remove my support and will have no further dealings with thee.||Battlecry1|
|I can offer some guidance, but I will not interfere in your destiny.||Select1|
|Thy mission is urgent! Must thou waste time poking the elderly?||Select2|
|The years I have seen number hundreds, and yet I put up with thy prodding.||Select3|
|Whoa, lord, it is hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way.||Action4|
- Any time during Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn - if Gorion's Ward is romancing Jaheira, she will be forced to renounce her Harper's membership. Then, roughly two weeks after this event has occurred, a mage named "Terminsel" will appear, grant her a pardon, restore her membership and gift her with the Harper Pin. Terminstel is an alias for Elminster
- Chapter 4 - an illusion of Elminster, created by two imps for their riddle game, appears in the Sahuagin City
- Chapter 9 - you'll see him on your way back to surface near the entrance of either Abazigal or Sendai, depending on which one is the fourth to fall to the might of Gorion's Ward
Tactics for killing Elminster in BG2:
|I must fall back!||Morale failure|
|So it's come to this, has it?!||Battlecry1|
|Mystra, aid your devoted servant!||Battlecry2|
|Greetings, old friend. Ha! Fancy meeting you here.|
|Oh ho! So you do know who I am now? I must admit, you've changed more than a little since the last time we met, before you were straddling the world with your power... so to speak.|
|Watching your progress? Well, not as much as I likely should have. I wish I had known long ago that Gorion would be right. I would have done more than just warn you about your destiny, I think.|
|No need to be bashful. There's only a handful of folks who'd be willing to take you on at this point. Not even I would dare... ho ho ho! And I've had considerable time to practice.|
|There's no need for your temper, child. I wouldn't dare fight you. Tch. I would have done more than simply warn you of your destiny had I known Gorion would be right. Ah well.|
|Have you any idea of the havoc the Bhaalspawn have caused up and down the Coast? The havoc you've caused personally? No, I don't suppose you have. Not that it's entirely your fault.|
|We Harpers have been working tirelessly for weeks now to prevent the panic from reaching a boiling point. Not a simple task. As I understand it, though, your quest is nearly at an end, correct?|
|I have to leave again soon, so I can't help you much. But I can help you a little, whether you like it or not. It's important that this all ends soon, but that doesn't mean I won't lift a finger over it.|
|There may be another way in, but you'll have to find it on your own. Now... I must go. From this point on, attaining your destiny is completely your own affair. I wish you well.|