|Gorion's battle with Sarevok and his evil minions. (You won't be given the choice to do anything but run from this regardless of whether you're on a pacifist run.)|
|You can probably find a spot to rest pretty easily to memorize spells on this map...|
|Our mage's Fairy Dragon casts "Invisibility 10' Radius," turning all three allies invisible as a gibberling lopes forward to attack us...|
|By turning the "Party AI" interface button off, you can quietly stealth past creatures like this nice black bear (or else your NPC allies might default to start attacking any perceived threat).|
If you head a little way east and a longer stretch northward (where it's possible to slip between wolves in the west and gibberlings in the east), you can return to where Gorion battled Sarevok and his minions, and find some gold and treasures, along with a letter from the wizard Elminster among Gorion's items.
If you backtracked and followed the western sea cliffs down (or up, if coming from the bottom of the map) to the middle area, you can find a nobleman named Chase. (Watch out for several bears you may run into on the way, though they were easy to avoid.) Chase claims he's going to jump into the sea, but he'll cheer up very quickly if you talk to him. He'll divulge that he dropped a diamond from one of his rings, but as far as we know there's no way to find it and then give it back to him...
|Talking with the nobleman Chase. (As far as we could tell, there is no way to give him back his diamond even if you find it.)|
You can find the diamond further ahead inside a tree beside the road at the coordinates X:4418, Y:1956, but since there doesn't seem to be a way to give it back to Chase, you can keep it and choose to sell it later for around 500 gold.
|This is where a bird has hidden away the missing diamond...|
One note: Baldur's Gate is not like many RPGs in which most or all friendly or neutral NPCs will attack monsters (which only happens occasionally in a minority of cases, like with the guards at the Friendly Arms Inn). This can lead to some surreal situations in which relaxed talkative NPCs ignore large groups of foes/monsters chasing you as though they weren't even there, but helps avoid sad situations like accidentally having NPCs like town guards slay some wild animals that were chasing you. (You also shouldn't have to worry about Chase being killed by bears, if one happened to follow you at this point.)
As for other encounters on the map:
If you either just followed the road east (or returned to it later) you can meet a friendly merchant named Kolssed who lost his business in Nashkel after troubles at the iron mines and the ride of banditry in the region.
Further ahead you'll meet a pair of dubious characters named Xzar and Montaron (both evil alignment) who will offer you a healing potion and then try to make you feel obliged to join them on a trip to Nashkel to try to claim a bounty in Nashkel. (We gave them the miss for various reasons, but if you want to you can let them join you as NPC allies.)
Past this, the road will wind a little on the way north, and you'll find some trees on either side near the end where you can spot the tiny hiding place of the hidden diamond midway up the trunk on the left side.
Holding down the Tab key will usually make hidden caches like this visible with a blue outline if you're having trouble finding it.
Finally, there is a messenger named Binkos who says he's going to warn Baldur's Gate about banditry.
The main road exits the map in the east.
If you came from the main road in the west, you'll still be on the road called the Way of the Lion, but will find it soon joins the north/south "Coast Way."
You'll meet the famous Wizard Elminster here, who will have one of many conversations with you about Gorion, your quest, and your future.
|Encounter with Elminster the Wizard|
The Friendly Arms Inn is north up the coast way (on the next map), and if you continued heading south you'd eventually reach Beregost.
If you head directly northeast of your starting position by going off the path, you'll have to avoid some Xvarts (hostile goblin-sized blue humanoids), but they're easy to deal with either with nonviolent spells like Sleep or Color Spray, or just by running away.
|Our mage successfully casts a charm spell to stop a Xvart from attacking...|
There is a small clearing with a large stone in it, and if you search the middle of the rock (X:1006, Y:1114), you can find a Ring of Protection that is a nice thing to have to increase your own defense, as well as being worth some gold. (If you started as a thief with decent stealth, you may be able to do this without even being spotted, especially at night.)
|The hidden ring of protection is at the rock shown above under the cursor|
If you want to head to the Friendly Arms Inn and follow our optional path, there probably isn't much advantage to exploring the southern or eastern portions of the map yet, other than to be chased by various foes— but you'll return later on the way to Beregost, unless you choose your own nonlinear course.
If you do explore this map and head to the north following the road, you'll meet a ranger named Aoln who will tell you the area is dangerous (among other things).
The Ogre: If you headed through the dried ground and the evergreens to the southeast , you'll find a large ogre who robs travellers. He is involved in a quest you can get from the Friendly Arms Inn to recover a stolen girdle (though we're not aware of any way to solve it without killing the ogre, since ogres appear to be immune to the Charm spell and this one starts out hostile, making it impossible to pickpocket him).
If you headed even further south, you could find a morbid ruin of a caravan with some bodies and a few gold pieces in a nearby container. Nearby there is a young boy who will be rude to you, and also another messenger from whom you can learn there is likely going to be a war between Baldur's Gate and the southern city of Amn.
For our purposes, we first headed north to the Friendly Arms Inn, for reasons explained in the next section...