Murder in Baldur's Gate
Duke Torlin Silvershield
Leader of the greatest noble house in the city, head priest of its grandest temple, Duke Torlin Silvershield helped to defend the city against Valarken’s coup and helped found the Parliament of Peers. He sees himself as the embodiment of the best of Baldur’s Gate. As such he takes great pains with his appearance and grooming to present a proud example for others to follow. As the high artificer of the richest temple in Baldur’s Gate, that of Gond, god of innovation and technology, Duke Silvershield richly adorns himself with the excellently crafted techno- logical wonders of his god. The Gondar firmly believe in just rewards for labor, so displays of wealth are encouraged as proof of Gond’s favor. He fasts for long stretches and exercises daily, giving him a gaunt but fit appearance. His black hair has grayed at the temples, and he wears a well-trimmed salt-and-pepper beard.
With a nobleman’s education and the masterful control over his voice and demeanor he has developed from a lifetime of sermonizing, Silvershield is a natural diplomat and a consummate actor. The best interests of Baldur’s Gate are foremost in his plans, even above the interests of the temple of Gond. Silvershield never sought power and prestige within the temple hierarchy for their own sake, his sake, or Gond’s sake, but rather as his best way to serve Baldur’s Gate. He sees no hypocrisy in this. To Silvershield, the ends always justify the means.