"Hello, we have not met. I am Baccata, Dawn's apprentice."
Baccata is a Thomgog, companion of Dawn, Talamari, officer of Gladstone and an important supporting character throughout the Lands of Lore trilogy. He serves as deuteragonist to the Champion in Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos and tritagonist to Luther in Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny. He has two siblings; Petricia and Viscosa.
History[edit | edit source]
Prior to the Nether Mask Conflict, Baccata was studying to become a member of the Talamari under mystic Dawn, royal councilor to King Richard of Gladstone. Though Thomgog are traditionally warriors rather then mages, he cast aside the aggressive nature of his kin and took to his apprenticeship well, becoming an adequate mage - something most Thomgogs never do. His studies were interrupted by the sudden infiltration and poisoning of Richard by the nefarious witch Scotia, whom Dawn managed to fight back and latter cast a magic shroud around his unconscious body until a cure could be acquired. It light of recent events, Timothy, who had been The Champion's companion up to this point, needed to be let go as his services were need at the Keep, being replaced by Baccata in his stead. Baccata had already visited the Draracle by this point and knew the way and mystic chant to open the entrance to his caves. The Champion and Baccata would then make their way through the hostile caves before uncovering a nest of Scavenger pods where they found Lora, a farm girl from Grisbl who came to the caves to serve the Draracle on behalf of her village. She accompanied them to the very end where they met the Draracle and he gave them the riddle to the Elixir of Tybal. When they returned to the Keep however, they discovered is had be destroyed by the Dark Army and Richard had been captured. They fled by boat across Lake Dread to Opinwood and along the way met with the Gorkha's and obtained the Ruby of Truth in their chieftain Mathpasha's possession. The Champion and Baccata thereafter reunited with Dawn, who warned Baccata that violence interfered with his training and discouraged him from continuing his journey and staying with her, to which he rebuffed her, saying he would not abandon his friends nor his king, even if it meant his training suffered for it to which she relinquishes him. From this point onward, Baccata served The Champion as his faithful companion to the very end when he ultimately accompanied The Champion and Paulson to Castle Cimmeria where he aided in defeating Scotia.
Upon returning to Gladstone, he was honored as an officer of Gladstone and completed his training with the Talamari under Dawn.
Stats[edit | edit source]
Inventory:[edit | edit source]
Baccata's starting equipment when initially recruited:
Dialogue[edit | edit source]
After King Richard's poisoning:
Baccata: Hello, we have not met. I am Baccata, Dawn's apprentice.
Baccata: I am familiar with the path to the Draracle and I would be honored to join you in your quest.
In the Northland Forest:
Baccata: Do you recall seeing the caverns east of the Keep?
The Champion: Uh, er, no, we...
Baccata: There is a passage. Let us bear east and then proceed north as soon as possible.
In front of the Draracle's Caves entrance:
Baccata: Here, this mystic chant will open the passage. Connaax vur Talamari!
Gallery[edit | edit source]
The Throne of Chaos[edit | edit source]
Guardians of Destiny[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- He is voiced by Jason Buchanan in Throne of Chaos and Warren Burton in Guardians of Destiny.
- He is 6'6" tall and 32 years of age.
- Baccata's eye color inexplicably changes between the first two games, appearing bright red in The Throne of Chaos and a soft blue in Guardians of Destiny.
- According to his brother Viscosa, Baccata was "the wealthiest man in Gladstone".
- The name Baccata is Latin for "with berries" and perhaps derived from Taxus baccata, a species of evergreen tree more commonly known as yew.
- Baccata cannot wear rings, presumably due to the size of his race's hands.
- It is unclear whether Baccata is truly "dead" by the end of the series, since thomgogs are for all purposes immortal, although Viscosa referring to his "late-brother" appears to confirm he has indeed passed on for good.
- According to an email with designer/developer JF:
So Thomgog immortality doesn’t make them impervious to damage and/or normal death by destruction, poison, etc. sadly there are methods of death that can interrupt the Thomgog birth cycle. Tragic. Also any protections afforded by a mundane racial characteristic would be completely invalidated by Ancient Magic, Belial’s horn, the claws of the Draracle, etc. I always wanted there to be weapons/devices that were forged of Ancient parts (quenched in Ancient blood, made from Ancient Bone, etc.) that would be top-tier artifacts. As a general rule, all things Ancient trump all things Mundane. However, is it possible that Baccata could have been ‘reseeded’, perhaps by a close lady friend with blonde hair? And that a new version of Baccata would show up somewhere in the future? And team up with said blonde lady friend’s daughter? Perhaps with some vestigial memories of his former incarnation? Absolutely!
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos
- Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny
- Lands of Lore III (Mentioned Only)