Tuesday, March 5, 2024

New Baldur’s Gate 3 mods say ‘trans rights’

A new series of mods that makes the majority of your Baldur’s Gate 3 companions visibly transgender has been published over on the modding website Nexus Mods.

Created by users Aetherpoint and ElisdrielNightlock, the mods change the Origin companions’ bodies, characters the player can take control of but cannot edit in any way like they can with their tadpoled adventurer. Origin companions include Astarion, Lae’zel, Shadowheart, Gale, Wyll, and Karlach.

“I just finished making a series of mods that makes every main companion in Baldur’s Gate 3 visibly transgender. Each mod changes the character’s genitalia to be the opposite of what they had in vanilla BG3. And for masculine characters with unique textures, I gave them top surgery scars.” Aetherpoint explains via blogging website Tumblr.

They further comment that the mods were created to serve as a source for representation. “For us transgender people to be able to download a mod that makes a character visibly transgender, without needing to rely on fetishistic mods created by people that sexualize transgender folks.”

As of now, the full list of characters involved in this series of mods are:

  • Shadowheart
  • Lae’zel
  • Karlach
  • Wyll
  • Astarion
  • Gale
  • Halsin

Halsin is not an Origin companion but can be recruited to join the full party sometime in Act 2 of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Other companions, such as Jaheira, Minsc, and Minthara, are also being worked on for this series.

You can download the mods here if you’re interested in Aetherpoint and ElisdrielNightlock’s work and want to make the world of Baldur’s Gate 3 even more inclusive.

This isn’t the first time that modders have taken it into their own hands to make Baldur’s Gate 3 even more accessible to trans players. While the character creator has allowed players to add their genitalia and scars, some features (such as surgery scars) are missing. Thankfully, modders like Aetherpoint, ElisdrielNightlock, and Noctilumi are on the case, with the latter creating even more body options for trans men.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.