Minsc was a kind-hearted, but rather addled warrior known for his habit of talking to a hamster. He believed that the animal, called Boo, was a miniature giant space hamster, but no-one else ever saw any evidence of this.
Minsc was very capable physically but mentally much more limited. Besides talking to the hamster Boo, whom he believed to be a miniature giant space hamster, he had a very simplistic view of the world, and was often quick to decide someone was evil and should be attacked. Fortunately he was also kind by nature and determined to be a hero. He was somewhat unstable and prone to flying into a rage.[note 1] He will also react violently to his witch being threatened.
It was believed that that Minsc had suffered significant head trauma sometime in his past; it was not known what his mental capacities were before that, but he mentioned that it had happened around the time he befriended Boo.
Minsc was first encountered in Nashkel in 1368 DR, and played a role during the Bhaalspawn crisis. He was originally looking for heroes to help him save his charge Dynaheir who had been captured by gnolls. The pair of them had both left their homeland of Rashemen to perform their respective rites of passage, he acting as her bodyguard and she as his "witch".[note 2] Minsc and Dynaheir then formed an adventuring party along with Imoen, Jaheira and Khalid.
Later, Minsc was found trapped in a dungeon. He was distraught over the loss of Dynaheir, who had been murdered in front of his eyes, also meaning that he had failed in his dajemma (a ritual journey to manhood).[note 3][note 4] There were also reports of him escaping Irenicus's dungeon along with Abdel Adrian.[note 5]
Sometime in the 1480s DR, Minsc mysteriously returned. A statue depicting "the beloved ranger" was accidentally struck by a spell cast by the wild mageDelina which was meant for an attacking Gargoyle. Somehow, the spell restored Minsc and Boo to life. The pair joined up with the thieves Krydle and Shandie to battle the Cult of the Dragon. Coran, now a member of the Parliament of Peers was the only person who recognized Minsc as anyone but someone who was dressed like the statue.
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↑It is up to the player to decide what to do about this quest, but it's possible to rescue Dynaheir and recruit both characters in one's party. Refusal to help will result in Minsc's attacking, as he is somewhat unstable.
↑Depending on player choices, it is possible that Minsc will later adopt as his "new witch" Aerie, another playable character in the game.
↑In the novelization of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Minsc is encountered in Irenicus's dungeon (for unknown reasons) and escapes it along with Abdel Adrian. He has red hair and does not play a significant role in the rest of the story.
↑The Neverwinter expansion Elemental Evil attempts to reconcile the unusual appearance of the ranger in Baldur's Gate by confirming that he was indeed petrified, which ensured his longevity.