Protector of the Dryads (Protector of the Dryads +2 in-game) is an enchanted shortbow, also known by the name of Eagle Bow. In terms of enchanted shortbows, this is a Shortbow +2. It offers a +2 bonus to damage and THAC0, weighs 2 lbs., has a speed factor of 4 and is much better compared to a normal shortbow.

This item appears in
BGnoglow1 Baldur's Gate (1998)
This icon stands for classic Baldur's Gate without Tales of the Sword Coast installed
BGEEglow BG: EE (2012)
This icon stands for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition without Siege of Dragonspear installed
. It can be gained when the party kills the assassin Marek in the Baldur's Gate (city) during the side quest to cure his poison within ten days. It's the most powerful shortbow available in the first game.


In order to protect their community from an encroaching orc logging encampment, the hero Hannable the White was given this magnificent bow by the dryads of Gulthmere Forest. A deadly confrontation followed when the loggers dared to try to cut down a great oak tree, nearly killing the dryad linked to it. With the help of powerful forest animals, Hannable slew entire bands of orcs before any more damage was inflicted upon the wood. The orcs were forced to abandon their plans, lest they suffer the continued wrath of Hannable and the forest. Needless to say, the hero who aided the grateful dryads lived happily... nay, VERY happily ever after!


Game files have another entry for the eagle bow:

An eagle bow is a shortbow that has been imbued with magical properties. Any Archer using it will experience a noticeable increase in both accuracy and damage.