Neverwinter Nights 2 is composed of three distinct acts. The game's first act begins in the village of West Harbor, where the player's character was raised as an orphan by the elven ranger Daeghun.
In act two, the party discovers a plot of an evil wizard, Black Garius, to subsume the power of a powerful entity known as the King of Shadows. Garius is interrupted during the scheme and apparently killed. As a reward the protagonist earns a title of nobility and is awarded a stronghold, Crossroads Keep, by Neverwinter's political leader, Lord Nasher.