The Unholy Tongue: The Dark Side of Clerics in Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur's Gate 3, the epic role-playing game that has enthralled players with its rich fantasy world, holds some surprising secrets. Among them is the ...
Baldur's Gate 3, the epic role-playing game that has enthralled players with its rich fantasy world, holds some surprising secrets. Among them is the unexpectedly aggressive dialogue for the Cleric class, with options that border on downright abusive. Who would have thought that those pious healers could be so mean?
When you think of clerics, you imagine some of the kindest souls in the realm of Baldur's Gate. They're the go-to healers and support class, radiating kindness and goodwill. Even Shadowheart, with her mysterious demeanor, exudes a certain level of compassion. After all, how mean can you be when you're casting Healing Word at every opportunity?
But not all clerics are cut from the same cloth. Depending on the deity they follow, the character and personality of your Tav, the protagonist, can take a wild turn, especially if you deviate from the path of the nice gods. And one god, in particular, leads cleric players down a path of rudeness and arrogance: Talos, the god of chaos, destruction, and nature.
Recently, a player stumbled upon a dialogue option exclusive to Talos followers. It becomes available when you find Arabella's parents in Act 2, and it's a real doozy. The option reads, "The only option's being a d*ck just by choosing a Storm God?" Talk about a limited menu of choices! But to progress Arabella's story, you have no other option but to pick the worst one.
Here's the line that caused a stir: "Oh, they're very dead. But don't worry - being an orphan makes you much more interesting." Ouch! That's a burn even a Githyanki would envy. It perfectly embodies Talos's uncaring nature and highlights his position as a god of chaos. Poor Arabella certainly didn't deserve such harsh treatment.
Picture this scene: your Tav, a Talos devotee, standing before Arabella, a young and hopeful orphan, with a mischievous grin and a twinkle in their eye. They casually drop the bombshell news of her parents' demise, as if discussing the weather. Arabella's eyes widen in disbelief, her hope shattered like a fragile crystal. And your Tav, in all their divine arrogance, adds insult to injury by suggesting that her newfound orphan status makes her more intriguing. It's a moment of darkness in a sea of heroes.
It's remarkable how Baldur's Gate 3 immerses players in a world where even the noblest of classes can harbor the cruelest of tongues. Talos worshippers, with their stormy disposition, bring a unique flavor to the game. They challenge the notion that clerics must be paragons of virtue and compassion. Instead, they embody the raw power and unpredictability that comes with chaos and destruction.
While it may be tempting to shy away from the harsh dialogue options, it's important to recognize the role they play in shaping the narrative. They offer a glimpse into the complexities of faith, the inner conflicts within characters, and the consequences of following a deity with a less-than-gentle touch. It's a reminder that even in a world of magic and gods, there are shades of gray.
So, the next time you embark on a journey through the realms of Baldur's Gate 3, consider the path of the Talos-worshipping cleric. Embrace the wicked dialogue options, revel in the darkness they bring, and witness the impact they have on the unsuspecting denizens of the game world. After all, sometimes it's fun to be a little wicked, even if it means being a "d*ck" to progress the story. Just remember, it's all part of embracing the chaos.