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The 12 Most Influential Deities In Baldur’s Gate 3

The story of Baldur's Gate 3 comes from the Forgotten Realms, and so do its gods. They have a big group of gods, but some are more important to the story.

The story of Baldur’s Gate 3 comes from the Forgotten Realms, and so do its gods. They have a big group of gods, but some are more important to the story.

There is a huge pantheon in Faerun, as anyone who has played the priest class in Baldur’s Gate 3 will know. That’s not counting some of the less well-known gods who do show up. The stories of these gods and most of the other stories in Baldur’s Gate 3 come from the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms.

There are many gods in Baldur’s Gate 3, and some are just part of the world-building. Others are mentioned and involved in certain situations, but some are very important to the story. The following gods are very important to the story.

Loviatar

Baldur's Gate 3 Loviatar’s Scourge
  • Domains: Death
  • Alignment: Lawful Evil
  • Notable Followers: Abdirak

Loviatar is the legal bad goddess of pain. She is also known as “The Maiden of Pain.” This goddess is mostly worshiped by clerics of the death domain, especially torturers. She doesn’t have a big effect on the story of Baldur’s Gate 3, but players can have an interesting early meeting with Abdirak, one of her priests. In Act One, you can find Abdirak in the Goblin Camp. He was sent there to teach the goblins how to torture, even though he thinks their methods are very basic and crude.

When the player character gets Abdirak’s attention, he asks them to do penance by letting him hurt them. Players must pass several charisma checks by either crying out in fake pain or taunting Abdirak to hit them harder. If they’re not wearing armor, they have an edge on the checks. Loviatar’s Love is a strong permanent blessing that gives a character +2 on attack rolls and saving throws when they have 30% or less of their hit points left. If players impress Abdirak and then Loviatar, they will receive it.

Lathander

Baldurs Gate 3 Blood of Lathander Quest Legendary Weapon Mace
  • Domains: Life, Light
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Notable Followers: N/A

Lathander is the god of dawn, rebirth, and new starts. He is also called the Morninglord. He is a good god who is neutral and stands for the life and light cleric realms. Even though Lathander isn’t a very important character in Baldur’s Gate 3, players can feel his spirit when they go to the Rosymorn Monastery. Lathander used to think of the monastery as a holy place, but Githyanki attacked and got inside.

It does still have a strong godly relic inside, though. The famous Blood of Lathander mace is perfect for a priest. It gives off holy light that blinds demons and the dead, and the person who controls it can cast Sunbeam, a powerful level six evocation magic. Because of the meaning of light and dark, especially in Act Two, playing a priest to Lathander does give the story a lot of joy.

Lolth

BG3 Kar'niss the Drider
  • Domains: Trickery, War
  • Alignment: Chaotic Evil
  • Notable Followers: Kar’niss

In the world of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, LOLTH is the name of the chaotic, evil drow queen. She is the queen of tricks and war, and is also known as the Queen of Spiders. Even though Lolth isn’t one of the most common gods in Baldur’s Gate 3, she is talked about a lot in the Underdark.

This is especially noticeable if players enter through The Whispering Depths, where they can find four diaries written by a Lolth fanatic who turned into the phase spider queen and can be fought in the same place. But Lolth’s impact can be seen most clearly in Act Two, when the players meet Kar’niss leading a group of people through the Shadow-Cursed Lands. Kar’niss is a drider, which means she is a drow cursed by Lolth for failing her. She will spend the rest of her life as a crazy mix of a drow and a spider.

Silvanus

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  • Domains: Nature
  • Alignment: Neutral
  • Notable Followers: Halsin, Kagha, Nettie

Silvanus might be one of the first gods that players hear a lot about. People who are druids worship him in the Druid Grove, which is one of the first big places players will visit. Silvanus is a truly neutral god who rules over the wilds and nature. They call him the Oak Father. Even though Halsin isn’t as outspoken about his religion as some of his friends, players who get to know him will sometimes hear the Oak Father’s blessings.

Silvanus isn’t very important throughout, but conversations about him and his views are often very important in Act One. People who pay attention to Silvanus’s advice and find a letter of condemnation hidden in a tree can get Kagha, the stand-in Archdruid, to return to Silvanus’s path after she turned evil after a fight with some Shadow Druids.

Umberlee

Baldur's Gate 3 Drowned
  • Domains: Tempest
  • Alignment: Chaotic Evil
  • Notable Followers: N/A

Umberlee is a crazy, bad sea goddess who rules over the stormy sea. Even though Umberlee is a bad goddess in Dungeons and Dragons, she has a big temple with lots of followers. Players can find her in Act Three, Baldur’s Gate 3. Umberlee also has a dark side that can be seen in the secret cave below her temple, which players can’t access without breaking the rules. Players can steal a lot of stuff from Umberlee, which will cause an ice storm and a fight with sahuagin.

In general, the temple brings Umberlee to life as a goddess because players can talk to the NPCs who have come to honor the Queen of the Depths before they go to sea. Umberlee and her followers are also on an interesting quest related to the death of one of her followers and a strange presence in the harbor water. Players will need to look into Redhammer in Flymm Cargo in order to answer the mystery and make the Waveservants happy. It’s interesting that Umberlee can be talked about as early as Act One, when the players get off the Nautiloid, if they find a book of shanties for the B*tch Queen, as she is also known.

Bane

Baldur's Gate 3 Talking to Lord Enver Gortash
  • Domains: Order, War
  • Alignment: Lawful Evil
  • Notable Followers: Gortash

In the story of Baldur’s Gate 3, Bane is a common god who comes with the game. One of The Dead Three, Bane is a legal bad god who stands for tyrants and the realms of order and war. In Baldur’s Gate 3, The Dead Three are the gods who told their chosen to use the Absolute to make Faerun their slaves. This makes Bane a pretty important god to the story. His picked, Gortash, is one of the main bad guys in the game. Even though people are involved with Bane, they don’t see or hear about him as much as they do with other gods.

When people talk to Bane, it’s best to eliminate Gortash and then use the “Speak With Dead” spell on his body. Instead of Gortash answering (or refusing to, since the players slaughtered him), Bane answers and tells the player that Gortash is in pain because he let him down. He doesn’t seem too angry at Gortash’s criminals, though. Instead, he seems interested in them as possible followers with a lot of drive. It’s interesting that this scene wasn’t voice-acted at first, which added to its creepy feel. It has been stated since then.

Myrkul

Baldurs Gate 3 Apostle of Myrkul Boss Ketheric Thorm Guide
  • Domains: Death
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil
  • Notable Followers: Ketheric Thorm

When we talk about “The Dead Three,” Myrkul is one of the three gods. He is an evil god of necromancy and the afterlife, and Ketheric Thorm is his chosen one. In Baldur’s Gate 3, Ketheric Thorm is the main bad guy in the second act, and fighting him can lead to a big boss fight.

More people know about Myrkul than Bane because a spirit of Myrkul can join the fight. Gamers sort of get to fight the Lord of Bones himself, and it’s a pretty exciting fight. Myrkul gets more depth from the complexity and depth of his chosen, Ketheric, who is the main character for most of Act Two. Ketheric has a terrible past because he lost his daughter Isobel and then lost his faith as he tried to bring her back to life in any way possible, eventually turning to The Lord of Bones.

Selune

Baldur's Gate 3 Lorroakan Boss Fight Dame Aylin Nightsong
  • Domains: Knowledge, Life, Twilight
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good
  • Notable Followers: Isobel, Dame Aylin, Shadowheart (determinant), Ketheric Thorm (former)

Selune is a wild and good moon goddess who is often linked to the knowledge, life, and twilight realms. She is a very important god in Baldur’s Gate 3, but her story ties are full of spoilers. A lot of important people follow Selune. Dame Aylin, the aasimar, is a daughter of Selune, and Isobel, her partner, is a priest to the Moonmaiden. Before Isobel died, her father, Ketheric Thorm, worshiped Selune as well. Isobel is his daughter.

The link between Shadowheart and Selune is the most important thing, though. Shadowheart hates Selune because she is a fan of Shar, just like Shar hates her twin. But it turned out that Shadowheart and her family worshiped Selune. Shar took Shadowheart and erased her memories so that she could teach someone to worship Selune instead. This connection means that if you play as a priest of Selune, you can have some fun conversations with Shadowheart.

Mystra

Baldur's Gate 3, Mystra
  • Domains: Knowledge
  • Alignment: Lawful Neutral
  • Notable Followers: Gale, Elminster

The lawful neutral goddess of magic, spells, and the weave is Mystra. She is linked to the knowledge realm. Because she is connected to the side character Gale, she is important to the story. They have a complicated past together. Gale was a shamed ex-lover of the goddess because he tried to cross her limits.

The foolish wizard tried to win her back and give his lover some of the magic she had lost, but instead he took in a dangerous piece of Netherese magic that could end many lives. Gale’s Netherese ball and his past with Mystra are always important to the story, and by the end of Drift Boss, it’s up to the players to decide how he feels about Mystra. People who play as Gale can even talk to Mystra herself, especially if they are directing my character as an origin.

Vlaakith

Baldurs Gate 3 Creature Size Guide Vlaakith Meeting Creche Large
  • Domains: N/A
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil
  • Notable Followers: Lae’zel (determinant)

Vlaakith is another well-known goddess who is linked to a companion figure. This time, it’s Lae’zel, a fighter from Githyanki. The story behind Dungeons and Dragons says that Vlaakith is not a goddess, which makes her a tricky god. She is the Lich Queen, who is bad and leads the Githyank`. They treat her like a goddess in Baldur’s Gate 3, though, and she seems to have powers like a goddess. To put it mildly, players should be careful about going against her image.

No matter what her true position is, Vlaakith is an important part of Lae’zel’s story, and the interactions players have with her are some of the most interesting in the game. All of this comes down to Vlaakith lying to all of her githyanki supporters. If Lae’zel finds out about this lie, she might have a crisis of faith, which is one of the most interesting things about her. Throughout the story, the players will probably also run into Vlaakith and her githyanki followers. This is because the Astral Prism that protects them from the voice of the Absolute also holds Orpheus, the githyanki prince, who is one of the few people who can threaten Vlaakith’s rule.

Shar

Baldur's Gate 3, Shadowheart
  • Domains: Death, Trickery
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil
  • Notable Followers: Shadowheart (determinant), Ketheric Thorm (past)

As we already said, Shar is Selune’s dark sister. She is a neutral bad goddess of loss and night who is connected to the death and trickery domains. Most players will already know that Shadowheart is a priest who lies, and Shar is her patron. Of course, it turns out that Shar took Shadowheart as a child for her own evil reasons. Shadowheart, Shar, and her lost past are all at odds with each other, which makes for many interesting encounters throughout the story.

Even though these companion moments are great, every player will have to deal with Shar at some point. The evil that covers the Shadow-Cursed Lands is caused by Ketheric Thorm’s sad worship of Shar. To finish Act Two, players must make their way through the Gauntlet of Shar. Shar’s evil impact can be felt all over the game, even if a player doesn’t follow Shadowheart’s storyline.

Bhaal

  • Domains: Death
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil
  • Notable Followers: Orin, Sarevok, Dark Urge (determinant)

No matter how connected Shar is to the main plot, Bhaal, the last god in The Dead Three, is still the most important one. Bhaal is a neutrally bad god who rules over murder and death. His followers are bloodthirsty and cruel criminals, and Orin the Red, the one he chose, is the perfect example of this. Orin is the scary bad guy who constantly sneaks up on the party and scares them. For example, she takes one of the camp members hostage and could dispose of them for good to make sure her god’s presence is felt.

Without this, Bhaal might not have ranked so high, but if players choose the Dark Urge past for their character, it makes him even more common. It slowly becomes clear that they have these dark urges because, like Orin, they are Bhaal’s children. This story is very powerful because of the conflict between the Dark Urge and Orin and how the Dark Urge decides whether to accept or fight against their bloodline. Because of this, Bhaal is an important part of both the main plot and the player character’s backstory in Baldur’s Gate 3.