A Certain Baldur’s Gate 3 Villain Was Supposed to Be Playable in the Original

Ketheric Thorm (Photo from larian Studios)

Larian Studios head Swen Vincke recently revealed that a famous villain from Baldur’s Gate 3 was originally playable. This was revealed at the Game Developers Conference 2024, thanks to an interview with IGN.

This article will contain Baldur’s Gate 3 spoilers from Act II and Act III

This villain is Ketheric Thorm. Players will first hear about him in Act I, while the lore regarding his family gets to be explored in Act II. His story then concludes by Act III.

Ketheric Throm is an immortal monster players have to deal with throughout the game. He was the Chosen of Myrkul, the God of the Dead and Lord of Bones. Eventually, Ketheric Thorm also became a cult leader of the Absolute.

Ketheric Thorm’s Original Story

According to Vincke, they were going to add a huge roster of playable characters. Players could then invite them to their party as they traverse the world of Baldur’s Gate. Vincke’s favorite out of these characters was Ketheric Thorm.

Ketheric Thorm from Baldur's Gate 3 (Photo from Larian Studios)
Photo from Larian Studios

In the current game, Ketheric Thorm meets his end in Act II. In the original, however, there is a short moment before his death when players have to pass a challenging persuasion check. Once they pass, they would have the option to “spare” him.

Vincke shared that he was supposed to be in the player’s camp while they dealt with Gortash and Orin. Ketheric Thorm’s role is also to become a source of information, which would lead to mutual trust between him and the player.

Sadly, this didn’t see the light of day. Larian Studios cut his story short due to deadlines and the game’s near release.

Additionally, the studio also deleted three landmarks on the map. These include:

  • Candlekeep
  • Gith Astral Plane
  • Hell
  • Vlaakith’s palace

Unfortunately, Ketheric Throm will never be a playable villain in Baldur’s Gate 3. Larian Studios said goodbye to the franchise when they mentioned days ago that they won’t create any other major content. That means they won’t be in charge of Baldur’s Gate 4 (if there will be any) or any DLCs.

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