Crushing on Dammon.

The NPCs in ‘Baldur’s Gate 3’ Are Just as Noteworthy as the Main Characters!

Damn, Dammon!

In most games, NPCs don’t really serve a purpose beyond filling the world with character, and therefore aren’t given much character in return. Unless they directly contribute to a main quest or plotline, NPCs are relatively bland, both looks-wise and personality-wise.

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I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, then, that Baldur’s Gate 3 really took the NPC game to a whole new level. Throughout my playthrough, I’ve been consistently delighted with characters who aren’t really that important, beyond maybe one or two sidequests. To me, they symbolize how much care and attention Larian put into this game, and they ultimately serve to make the world feel more colorful, alive, and easier to feel a part of.

These are the NPCs I love the most—with relative spoilers—and who aren’t what I consider to be “so” important (hence you won’t see characters like Arabella or Isobel here). I highly encourage you all to share your favorites, too!

**Updated September 8th to add more characters!**

Dammon the “Hot Blacksmith”

Dammon the hot tiefling blacksmith in 'Baldur's Gate 3'
(Larian Studios)

I had to start with this guy, because I’m learning I’m not the only one who refers to him as The Hot Blacksmith and I feel so vindicated. You meet Dammon as early as Act 1, where he serves as the blacksmith for the tiefling refugees. Even in Early Access, I had a “WHOA” moment when I first met Dammon because even for a tiefling, he’s got a stark appearance. I’ve chalked it up to his facial structure and his pretty green eyes—which stand out, since they have white sclera, unlike most tieflings you meet in the grove.

Yeah, I dunno. Damn, Dammon.


Rolan, the aspiring wizard Tiefling.
(Larian Studios)

Rolan is another Tiefling you can meet at the Grove, and who, depending on your choices, could either be a recurring figure later on, or nothing more than a background dressing (hence why he’s on this particular list). Alongside his siblings Cal and Lia, Rolan is the more attitudinal, egotistic sibling—hence why I like him so much. We can’t all be cardboard-cutout heroes, some of us have a little bit of cheek and sass. And a flair for the magical dramatic.

And honestly, what kind of world would this be if we didn’t have people who could throw around some magical flair? I see you Rolan, you messy bitch. I appreciate you.

He Who Was

The mysterious Drow, He Who Was, in 'Baldur's Gate 3'
(Larian Studios)

I truly thought this freaky-deeky drow was going to have more of a role in Baldur’s Gate 3 since his quest in Act 2 was so seemingly enigmatic and important. In the end, though, if you do what He Who Was wants, he just gets a little horny and starts laughing because … his kink is vengeance and righteousness, I guess. Then he gives you his mean pet raven and stunts off back to wherever he came from.

And honestly? That makes me like him more. This nasty bitch ultimately pulled such a hilarious con, I can’t really be mad at him. Where are you sir, and when can we hang out again?

Ghustil Stornugoss

Ghustil Stornugoss of Creche Y'llek.
(Larian Studios)

We only get a couple of minutes with Miss Stornugoss, but that was enough time for me to have even more bi-panic than I was already experiencing. I mean, come on, look at her. She’s cute as hell! That pixie cut, the nerdy scientist getup? That’s a girlfriend right there. A pity that she’s all too eager to kill us if we don’t do things 100% her way, but that’s science for ya.

Anyway, here’s another reminder that you should definitely not skip the creche quest in Act 2. It’s surprisingly full of personality, with my girl Stornugoss being such a great/cute example.

Lucretious the Ringmaster

Lucretious the ringmaster has a moment in 'Baldur's Gate 3'
(Larian Studios)

The circus in Act 3 is already a trip full of delights (and disasters), but even after passing a love test with the goth love of my life, I think the highlight of this venture is getting to meet Lucretious. As ringmaster of the circus, she’s already got a lot on her plate, but it doesn’t help that those nasty little bone henchmen of hers just can’t seem to get their teeth straight!

I’ve yet to finish the circus quest in its entirety, but even so, I’m sad that we probably won’t get more of Lucretious than we deserve. She’s full of personality and even alludes to a potential offer for a glass of wine if she wasn’t such a mess! More to the point, I very much appreciate that whoever designed her character apparently thought the game needed a touch of Divine, because what game doesn’t?

Also, her body is bodying. Larian, when can we have bodies like that too???


Shadowheart's childhood friend Nocturne in 'Baldur's Gate 3'
(Larian Studios)

Though Nocturne doesn’t have a role in the game beyond one companion quest, I still really enjoy her presence, and not just because she helps fill in some gaps in my goth wife’s past. Deep in the thicket of Shar’s temple, where a bunch of nasty people dwell, suddenly there’s Nocturne: an incredibly sweet, lovely presence, who just wants to mind her own business and help where she can.

Her design is really charming, and her relationship with Shadowheart is endearing, too—Miss Ma’am, you are more than welcome to come visit our post-game farm! Plus, Nocturne’s voice actress is trans (none other than Abigail Thorn of Philosophy Tube!), and it’s implied through in-game dialogue and notes that Nocturne herself is trans. I really love how Larian made a point to be inclusive, even in such small areas of the game!


Valeria the elephant detective in 'Baldur's Gate 3'
(Larian Studios)

For all intents and purposes, this lady was a jerk, but how can you not like her? Valeria is an elephant detective who can fly! She has a monocle! She hangs out in a brothel and drinks the day away! This lady rules!

I also just love how, in a game that does have elements of dark fantasy, they still remember to pull out the whimsy, like with this lady. Valeria is 100% a menace to society, but with ears like that, maybe she deserves to be.


Helsik the hellish diabolist.
(Larian Studios)

We only get to interact with Helsik for one quest, and while her role is invaluable, it’s pitifully small considering how fun she is. I don’t quite buy that this hellish diabolist is “just” a Dwarf; I’d suspect she’s probably some fantastical creature in disguise, not because I have a thing against Dwarves, but because she’s just too cool and intriguing to be mortal. Plus, her design slaps supremely (gods, I wish we could have had full-body tattoos, too).

Tolna Tome-Monger

Tolna and her very strict rules.
(Larian Studios)

Similarly, we only got to talk to Tolna for one quest, but I could have had her shush me for hours. Talking to this extra-serious librarian was so entertaining, in large part because of the way she anthropomorphizes books. As a core part of the shop Sorcerous Sundries, she takes her job very seriously, to the point where you almost want to believe those books are sentient.

I also just love any and all librarians, and her makeup was incredibly cute. Having to shake her down in order to progress the quest had me feeling very guilty. Like, girl, believe me, if it were up to me, I’d leave you alone and just do each other’s makeup while talking about books. The game made me bully you, I swear.


Biscotti the dog in 'Baldur's Gate 3'
(Larian Studios)

Biscotti is a very, very good boy who needs you to tell him he’s a good boy, and that his bow is beautiful. What more do you want????

I thought Scratch was the only good boy in this game, but the fact that there are two of them and they’re both so good … be still, my tadpole’d heart.

His Majesty

His Majesty of most utter feline eminence in 'Baldur's Gate 3'
(Larian Studios)

I’ll end by saying this: The cats in this game rule the game. You need to talk to every single cat you see because they’re all purrfect. But His Majesty, in particular, made me laugh out loud when I first met him.

Hiss! Hiss, I say!

(featured image: Larian Studios)

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Madeline (she/her) is a staff writer with a focus on AANHPI and mixed-race representation. She enjoys covering a wide variety of topics, but her primary beats are music and gaming. Her journey into digital media began in college, primarily regarding audio: in 2018, she started producing her own music, which helped her secure a radio show and co-produce a local history podcast through 2019 and 2020. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz summa cum laude, her focus shifted to digital writing, where she's happy to say her History degree has certainly come in handy! When she's not working, she enjoys taking long walks, playing the guitar, and writing her own little stories (which may or may not ever see the light of day).