The fort was a place of refuge for weary explorers or adventurers as a last resort, at least for a night or two.
The fort was well supplied and well defended against the monsters of the jungle.
Following the discovery of Maztica in 1361 DR, Duke Eltan, leader of the Flaming Fist mercenary company, was taken by an urge to explore. Among other ventures, he financed an expedition to Chult in 1364 DR[note 1] consisting of three ships and 150 men, led by the officers Beluarion and Nenon. Despite hiring six experienced elven guides to ease their passage in the Chultan jungle, more than half the expedition was lost, including Beluarion. The surviving expedition members founded Fort Beluarian, named for their fallen commander.
By 1479 DR, the fort was still manned and operated by the Flaming Fist, but ownership had ceded to the city of Baldur's Gate itself, and its population had swelled to a thousand inhabitants. In the near-century since its founding, the fort had been lost twice to native uprisings, but was retaken each time. Amn expressed interest in purchasing the fort, but it was suspected their motive was to close it down to drive more trade towards their own colony of Port Nyanzaru, effectively giving them a trade monopoly.
The Flaming Fist would hire out its mercenaries from the fort for the right price, provided the task was not evil. In the late 14th century DR, the outpost was home to a small assortment of rangers, wizards, clerics, and rogues and numerous fighters.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Gold & Glory states the Flaming Fist expedition to Chult was an offshoot of its expedition to Maztica, which The Grand History of the Realms dates to 1364 DR.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 104. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 137. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 James Lowder, Jean Rabe (1993). The Jungles of Chult. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 1-5607-6605-0.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition (map). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ Tim Beach (1992). Gold & Glory. (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 1-56076-334-5.