|“||Ahhh, the child of Bhaal has awoken. It is time for more...'experiments'... The pain will only be passing; you should survive the process...||”|
Joneleth Irenicus, also known as Jon Irenicus or simply Irenicus is the main antagonist of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. He is an elf originally from Suldanessellar. His henchmen managed to capture the protagonist, shortly after the events of Baldur's Gate. At that time, the child of Bhaal was accompanied by Imoen, Jaheira, Khalid, Minsc and Dynaheir during an ambush, the choices the player has made in the game don't affect this. During the ambush, Dynaheir was killed and Khalid was later killed in his dungeon. He imprisoned the party and started experiments on Imoen and the protagonist, trying to get them ready for their souls to be taken away. Doing this would allow him and his sister Bodhi to live once again.
Beginning of Baldur's Gate IIEdit
|“||A name that is synonymous with death and ugliness.||”|
Once a powerful elven spellcaster living in Suldanesellar, he was well-respected by his countrymen and loved by the elven queen Ellesime. However Jon’s hunger for power and ambition lead to an eventual downfall. At one point Jon, assisted by his confidante and "sister" Bodhi (their actual kinship is never verified) attempted to become a god but ultimately failed. For their deed, both Bodhi and Irenicus were stripped of their connection the elven race and were cast out of the elven city. It is implied that the nature of the punishment significantly shortened Bodhi's lifespan, as she voluntarily turned into a vampire as means of survival. Irenicus was affected to a lesser extent, but was still left physically scarred by the experience – most notably the pointy ears typical for his race are missing. In the beginning of Shadows of Amn Irenicus has not given up his plans to ascend to godhood. He has built a massive secret base of operations beneath Athkatla from where he conducts experiments with the ultimate goal of restoring his soul and recreating the love he once felt towards Ellesime. The appearance of the Bhaalspawn proves a unique opportunity to forward his plans and even get his revenge toward Suldanesellar by draining the Tree of Life as a source of divine energy.
Irenicus has captured Gorion's Ward and their party at the beginning of the game, killing Khalid and Dynaheir and torturing the rest. Jon's motives at this point in the game are unknown. He is later apprehended by the Cowled Wizards together with Imoen for their illegal use of magic and exiled to Spellhold. From then on, Gorion's ward is left to identify and pursue his captor.
Later Gorion's Ward confronts him in Spellhold in Chapter 4, but Irenicus prevails and steals the protagonist's soul.
- "Torture? Silly girl, you just don't understand what I'm doing, do you?"
- "I cannot be caged. I cannot be controlled. Understand this as you die, ever pathetic, ever fools!"
- "Life is strength"
- "You are but a gnat, compared to my power."
- "No, you'll warrant no villain's exposition from me."
- "Silence, child. Allow the fool to make his judgement."
- In the original Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Jon Irenicus is of the human race. This is fixed in the Enhanced Edition.This icon indicates content from the original Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn campaign.