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Is Athkatla from Baldur’s Gate 2 a walled city?

iosfrustrationiosfrustration Member Posts: 31
In my mind Athkatla from Baldurs Gate 2 is a walled city. It exists in a war-torn region, in a medieval high-fantasy setting, with a huge concentration of wealth and power. Ergo walled city

But now that I come to think about I can’t actually think of any PROOF that it’s a walled city. None of the maps have walls that I can remember, the overhead map seems wall-free, and none of the dialogue that I can rennet mentions walls specifically.

But how can this be? Surely raiders would rob the place blind and burn it to the ground in a week?

Maybe the walls are magical, created by the red wizards? Maybe they are metaphorical, the city is protected by the influence of the council?

Does anyone have any thoughts or evidence one way or the other. Walls? No Walls?

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  • ilduderinoilduderino Member Posts: 294
    edited October 2

    Apparently yes but some parts of the city were outside the walls

    Edit: Oops wrong city, need coffee, good job I am not doing any important work today 😬 although I think this was initially about Baldur’s Gate

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  • jmerryjmerry Member Posts: 339
    edited October 2
    Yes, there are walls. All sides are covered by walls which appear in the maps, with the exception of the docks which meet the river directly in the south. Then there's a secondary wall which separates the lower districts near the river from the upper districts, cutting through several of the maps (northeast, center, west).
    The place you first enter the city is a gate set into the wall.

    [Edit note - this was about the city of Baldur's Gate, not the revised question about Athkatla]

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  • gorgonzolagorgonzola Member Posts: 2,825
    I suppose that this topic belongs to the BG section, not the BG2 one.
    Can please the OP or a mod move it there?

  • iosfrustrationiosfrustration Member Posts: 31
    gorgonzola wrote: »
    I suppose that this topic belongs to the BG section, not the BG2 one.
    Can please the OP or a mod move it there?
    A valid point. I’ll revise the question to “Athkatla” to remain in character for the BG2 forum

  • gorgonzolagorgonzola Member Posts: 2,825
    edited October 3
    On the world map it seems that some parts like at south there are no walls, and looking at the individual maps we see some walls and gates, in the bridge and slums only at the north side.
    Maybe only parts of the town are fortified, the part beyond the river probably fully surrounded by walls. At the SE exit of one of the 2 areas the road is actually on a wall, and there are defensive turrets. Also the bridge wall is at that side.

    By the way I am not convinced that the artists that created the areas had a clear and agreed opinion on the matter.

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  • lunarlunar Member Posts: 3,396
    edited October 7
    I recommend Volo's Guide to Baldurs Gate II, it gives a lot of details and flavor about Athkatla. You can find a pdf online.

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