Blog - February 5, 2024

Baldur’s Gate 3’s narrator might be the harshest DM you can play with

Bald Gate 3 built from the world of the Forgotten Realms and Dungeons & Dragons combat system. While the praise for the game has largely come from the freedom the RPG offers, some players have noted instances where the narrator is an unforgiving dungeon master.

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If you imagine Bald Gate 3 as a traditional desktop version of Dungeons & Dragons, then the storyteller will definitely take on the role of DM. This ethereal voice gently guides your adventure, providing scroll-by-scroll descriptions and helping you better visualize and understand your surroundings. But naturally, there is a clear difference between Baldur’s Gate 3 storyteller and real person. The Storyteller is an unabashedly harsh DM at times, unwilling to scale combat to your party’s level or continue dialogue that could result in the instant destruction of the entire party without any warning.

A Reddit thread highlights multiple instances of brutal DMing by the Narrator. Be wary, There will be spoilers ahead.

Image of Vlaakith staring at an artifact in Baldur's Gate 3.Vlaakith has the ability to attack your entire campaign if you challenge her divine position. Screenshot by Dot Esports via Larian Studios.

Theme creator u/Thoewijdak has described an example of the audience you gain with Vlaakith at Githyanki Creche as Act One. When you meet Vlaakith, she asks you to climb the Astral Prism and destroy the Guardian protecting you inside. If you outright deny or challenge Vlaakith’s power, she will completely destroy your party.

Considering the Guardian is only useful so far and it’s still early level, I have every confidence that Larian won’t allow me to incur the wrath of a god without warning. Lae’zel’s objections come too late, as the Githyanki Queen has already ended my Honor Mode run.

Any Paladin player knows the storyteller is extremely strict about keeping his oaths. If you decide to choose a Paladin, you need to uphold your Oath, whether it be Devotion, Vengeance, or the Ancients, through your words and actions. If you fail at this, you lose your Oath and become an Oathbreaker, unable to return to the previous class.

An elf with long white hair tucked behind his ear looked to the side.As a Paladin, it’s better to rush into combat than to initiate it yourself. Screenshot via Dot Esports

There are actions that would clearly betray your Oath, such as killing civilians, stealing, or any other less sacred activity. Other cases are unclear. Encounters with both the Duergar slave masters of the Underdark and Gortash have the potential to end your Oath. If you attack one of these objectively evil characters without being prompted, your Oath will disappear. The best way to solve this problem is to have another party member who is not your Paladin start a conflict. However, if you’re not expecting it, the Oath breaking cutscene may give you a jump scare.

Finally, the narrator can be a bit unreliable when it comes to the timing of events. User u/Klimekam mentions a particularly awkward interaction at the Last Light Inn. If you go to Moonrise Towers, trigger the Isobel fight at the Last Light Inn, then talk to Jahira, the narrator will remind you with a dialogue option that Marcus is a traitor despite the fact that Jahira personally see this. Worse, you might even lose the approval of other team members if you fail to convince Jahira.

While not without its flaws, the narrator is one of my favorite parts of the story. Bald Gate 3 and play a great DM. Even though it’s harsh at times.