Baldur’s Gate 3 has entered Early Access and one of the playable classes in this build is the Cleric. The player needs to select a god for their character to worship, which will likely tie into a separate mechanic in the full version of the game.
In Dungeons & Dragons, Clerics are granted their divine magical powers from the god they worship. The Cleric selects their Domain at level one, which is linked to a specific deity, such as the Trickery Domain being linked to Mask, the god of thieves. In the Early Access build of Baldur’s Gate 3, the player can choose any mixture of patron deity and Domain, but that could change in the final version of the game and limit the player’s options. TheGamer has played the Early Access build of Baldur’s Gate 3 and we now know what patron deities will appear in the game.
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Patron Gods In Baldur’s Gate 3
Bane, the god of tyrants – Like Bhaal, Bane was dead during the events of Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2, but he returned during the third edition era of D&D. Bane wants to rule all of Faerun, and his worshipers are just tools as part of that goal.
Bhaal, the god of murder – By far the biggest surprise on the list is that players can choose to worship Bhaal. The entire point of Baldurs Gate 1 & 2 was preventing the return of Bhaal, but the creators of D&D brought him back during the fourth edition era, so he’s here to stay. This means that players can take on the role of murder worshipers during their run-through of Baldur’s Gate 3, while also having access to the Life Domain in Early Access.
Eilistraee, the drow goddess of beauty and music – In the old days, Eilistraee was the main choice of god for people who wanted to play good drow, especially once the Drizzt Do’Urden books became popular. Nowadays, there are more drow on the surface of Faerun than ever and not all worship Eilistraee, but she still remains a popular goddess, especially among fan artists (but Google her name at your own risk.)
Corellon Larethian, the patron god of elves – Corellon is the leader of the Seldarine (the pantheon of elven gods) and all elves worship him to some degree. He is also the god of elves in other D&D campaign worlds.
Garl Glittergold, the patron god of gnomes – Garl is the leader of the Lords of the Golden Hills (the pantheon of gnomes gods) and he is closely associated with good-hearted trickery. He is also the god of gnomes in other D&D campaign worlds. Gnomes cannot be played in the Early Access build of Baldur’s Gate 3, but they’re coming in the future.
Helm, the god of guardians – One of the oldest gods in Faerun, Helm only recently returned from death, as he was slain in a duel with Tyr. Helm is a popular choice of cleric among paladins.
Ilmater, the god of endurance – Ilmater’s worshipers often injure themselves in pursuit of their god’s ideals, but there are few clerics more compassionate and willing to aid others than the Ilmatari.
Kelemvor, the god of the dead – Kelemvor was once a mortal, but he rose to godhood and was granted the death portfolio from Cyric. It’s Kelemvor’s duty to send mortals to the correct afterlife, which includes tormenting the unbelievers.
Laduguer, the god of duergar – It’s possible for Baldur’s Gate 3 characters to worship the god of duergar (evil dwarves), suggesting that they might be playable in the final build of the game.
Lolth, the goddess of drow – It’s possible to play a Lolth-worshiping drow from the Underdark in Baldur’s Gate 3, so it’s no surprise that she appears in the game. Lolth is also a powerful demon, who could be battled in some of the earliest D&D adventures.
Moradin, the god of dwarves – Moradin is the leader of the Morndinsamman (the dwarven pantheon) and he appears in the other D&D campaign worlds.
Myrkul, the god of death – Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul were all slain during the Time of Troubles, but all three eventually returned to their former positions. Myrkul recently returned after the Second Sundering, and he serves alongside gods like Kelemvor.
Mystra, the goddess of magic – Mystra was once the most popular goddess in the Forgotten Realms when it came to the lore of the setting, as she had a major role in most of the non-Drizzt books. Mystra was almost slain during the fourth edition era, which led to the event known as the Spellplague, but she has now returned to full strength.
Oghma, the god of knowledge – Oghma is the most popular choice of god among the bards, but his portfolio includes things like crafting, invention, and sages, so don’t let the spoony ones alter your opinion of him.
Selune, the goddess of the moon – Selune has often been a popular goddess with D&D players, but that’s usually because the moon has been associated with powerful magical items and spells. Moon spells are often linked with destroying the undead and keeping allies alive, which is an important aspect of playing a cleric.
Shar, the goddess of darkness – Shar rose to prominence during the third edition era of D&D, when she created the Shadow Weave and gave her followers access to a new form of dark magic. She now resides in the fortress of Shadowfell and her power grows by the day.
Tempus, the god of war – D&D has its roots in war games and the Forgotten Realms is seemingly always mired in conflict. These are the reasons why Tempus is one of the most powerful gods in Faerun, and why everyone whispers his name as they draw their weapons.
Tyr, the god of justice – Tyr is similar to the god of the same name from Norse mythology. Tyr is one of the few Lawful Good gods of the Forgotten Realms, and the desire for justice in an unfair world ruled by dice rolls means that he has no shortage of worshipers.
Vlaakith, the goddess of githyanki – Vlaakith started out as a powerful lich, but she rose to godhood and became the deity of the githyanki. The githyanki have a large role to play in Baldur’s Gate 3, to the point where player’s can choose to create a githyanki character, so it makes sense that Vlaakith can be worshiped.
Yondalla, the goddess of halflings – Yondalla is the leader of Yondalla’s Children (the halfling pantheon) and all halflings worship her to some degree. She is also the goddess of halflings in other D&D campaign worlds.
Baldur’s Gate 3 launches on Early Access for Google Stadia and PC on October 6, 2020.
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Scott thinks Chrono Trigger is the best video game of all time, followed closely by Final Fantasy Tactics and Baldur’s Gate 2. He pretends that sorcerer is his favorite Dungeons & Dragons class in public but he secretly loves bards.
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