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.
Some time later, Minsc and his companions, while working as sellswords in the Lower City district of Baldur's Gate, helped defend a temple of Kelemvor against an attack of werewolves who had broken in. The werewolves fled after stealing the temple relics in search of a magic amulet and kidnapping Nerys, a cleric of Kelemvor. Upon chasing them back to their lair with the help of Boo, Minsc and his companions were swept up by mists and transported into the land of Barovia.
While in Barovia, Minsc had his fortune partially read by Madam Eva, but stormed out of her tent after she predicted that he would fail in destroying the evil that permeated those lands. The companions also briefly interacted with the wereravenDavian Martikov after saving his son Adrian from an attack of ghouls and spent the night at the Wizard of Wines winery.
The following day, the companions proceeded to Vallaki, which was holding the Parade of Purple decreed by the burgomaster Vargas Vallakovich. During the parade, they were attacked by Strahd. After narrowly surviving a confrontation with Strahd and his vampire and werewolf minions, the badly wounded companions managed to escape Barovia through the activation of the amulet by Delina and were transported back to Faerûn, about half a day's travel away from Fireshear.
Minsc was the roleplaying character of Cameron Tofer years before being part of the Baldur's gate story. In fact many of the characters from the Baldur's Gate video game featured in a real pen-and-paper campaign run by James Ohlen. Trent Oster Twitter. Retrieved on 2014-07-17.
↑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.