|“||You know, this reminds me of that time... way back...||”|
Jan Jansen is available to recruit from Chapter 2. He can be found in Athkatla Government District where he is selling products without permission. He will offer to join your party immediately If don't tell the guard of his illegal selling activities, but if you do tell his bootleg, you'll have to pay 800 to get him out, which may worth the money as you receive a sum of XP this way, more if you borrow 200 then return it to the prison keeper.
- Jan Jansen Summoned Home (Don't delay too long in this quest if you want to keep him in party)
Jan, Yoshimo and Hexxat are the only thieves which can keep improving, though he's an illusionist, which means he's ruled out of many useful necromancy spells such as Skull Trap, Animate Dead, Finger of Death, and Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting.
When he joins the party, he has the following items which can only be used by him: Flasher Launcher, 10 x Flash Master Bruiser Mates, 10 x bolts, Jansen AdventureWear, Jansen Techno-Gloves, and Jansen Spectroscopes.
|“||When asked about his past, JAN stops tinkering with his gadgets and states that, despite all claims to the contrary, turnip beer has wondrous medicinal properties in addition to its fine taste.||”|
|Discretion! Not valor! Discretion! Discretion!||Morale failure|
|I haven't been this pleased with a group of folks since the Cormyrians sent the price of turnips through the roof during the Onion Famine.||Happy|
|Hmph. Being around this group too long is sort of like having the... Calimshite itch, isn't it? Except for the uncomfortable burning sensation. And the rash! But still...||Unhappy-annoyed|
|I don't think I like your attitude much. You have all the makings of a nasty griffon... which reminds me, you need a bath.||Unhappy-serious|
|That's it! Time to move on, places to go and all that. The way you're going, you're just going to end up like Golodon the Unmanned! And I didn't want to see that the first time.||Unhappy-break|
|Well now, this is a fine turn of events. I haven't led a party since... well, since Uncle Scratchy turned sick with the pox and put me in charge. He just didn't trust the dwarf, you see. Hmm... hopefully, this time works out better than the last...||Leader|
|*yawn* It's long past time for turnip tea. A little rest will shake the stew from our eyes and ache from our legs.||Tired|
|Ho hum, ho hum! Oh, look, did the grass just grow another half-inch? Wonders!||Bored|
|Beware, your knees are mine!||Battlecry1|
|Prepare to meet your DOOOOM! Heh...||
|This isn't boring, I'll give it that!||
|Er... don't mean to startle you or anything, but all this blood spurting about is actually mine!||Hurt|
|Don't forget to raise me... ah...||Dying|
|Ah, home sweet home... Wait, I don't live here...||Forest|
|...hmm... I'd wager the turnip market's making a killing today...||City|
|Ahhh, this reminds me of the turnip cellars... except Uncle Gerhardt isn't passed out by the turnip still in the corner...||Dungeon|
|You know, I'd like the daytime a lot better if it didn't mean a griffon has a clear sighting from five miles away!||Day|
|Ah... I've had this little problem ever since I was a wee gnome. When it gets dark, everybody glows red. Frightens a child something fierce!||Night|
|Don't yell! I can hear you just fine.||Select1|
|Jan Jansen, at yer service!||Select2|
|Pardon. Turnip reflex.||Select3|
|You need my skills, I see.||Select4|
|You sound like Golodon.||Select5|
|What? Is there a griffon about?||Select6|
|Yes, yes, a standard tactic, that.||Action1|
|Oh, I can do *that*.||Action2|
|It shall be done with skill and care... if not brevity.||Action4|
|At once, Your Worship.||Action5|
|I'll do it... for a turnip.||Action6|
|You know, this reminds me of that time... way back...||Action7|
|I can't. I'm allergic! Well, all right, I'm not that allergic...||Select rare1|
|I think we make a fine partnership! Like Drizzt and Wulfgar! Elminster and Volo! Ha! We should go into the mobile vegetable-peddling business together!||
|Take that, turnip-hatin' scum!||Critical hit|
|By Uncle Spanky's thumb!||Critical miss|
|Not even a dent?||Target immune|
|I'd carry the world if I could, but you'll have to package it smaller. I'm out of room.||Inventory full|
|I've nicked a bit from our friend here.||Picked pocket|
|NONE will see me now!||Hidden in shadows|
|Lost my frazzel! Apologies.||Spell disrupted|
|I've set a trap for the feet of the unwary.||Set a trap|
Jan is one of the most eccentric and chatty companions in Baldur's Gate. He is renowned for his variety of interests, which include turnip farming, gadgetry and tinkering, bootlegging, playing practical jokes on others and coming up with hyperbolic stories about imaginary acquaintances, among other things.
He loves to chat, but his stories are rarely coherent and make little logical sense. His stories usually revolve around made-up relatives that he makes up just for the given case and serve the sole purpose of amusing himself and/or his companions. Thus, he avoids giving out any information about his true beliefs and goals (if there are any).
- Jan Jansen is also an inventor, which explains the many odd items he has.
- Jan claims that he was once a deity, and complains that Helm knocked on his door early in the morning, much to his frustration.
- Jan Jansen article at the Forgotten Realms Wiki, a wiki for the medieval fantasy universe named the Forgotten Realms.