Baldur’s Gate 3 players are speaking out in Wyll’s defense after a Reddit post accused him of discrimination.
It’s no surprise that a game like Baldur’s Gate 3 makes players become extremely invested in their favorite characters. While companions like Astarion and Shadowheart are favorites, even the more ambiguous characters have their defenders.
This was made even more apparent after a player shared their dislike for the Origin character and companion Wyll. The admission sparked plenty of responses (and jokes) from fans. Many were quick to defend the Occultist and argue that the player had misinterpreted the character.
Warning, spoilers for Wyll’s story to follow.
Wyll fans say his detractors don’t understand his character and story
The outpouring of love for Wyll was sparked by a post by u/Slausher titled “Why I excluded Wyll from my group.”
In this post, the author explains how Wyll frustrated him as a tiefling. He called him a hypocrite for making a deal with Mizora. He also accused him of prejudice for “telling him to his face that his horns made him too ugly to socialize” .
Of course, Wyll’s fans did not tolerate the smear. Many have pointed out that Wyll’s sadness came from being physically marked by his pact with a devil. This in no way comes from an inherent dislike of those with horns like tieflings.
In the game, Wyll’s horns make some tieflings in the Grove uncomfortable. Indeed, they remind them of those who enslaved them. This led one player to comment: “The OP is literally complaining that Wyll isn’t racist by equating Tieffelin to the devil.”
Others pointed out that while Wyll “chooses to be moody and sad”and “ruins the mood at my tiefling party,”all companions have their flaws and can be annoying.
As one player says, “Lae’zel is downright racist towards Tieflings, Shadowheart constantly makes derogatory remarks, Astarion literally tries to kill you.”
A player parodies the original post and scores a point
It even led to a post parodying the original, with one user humorously explaining why Wyll might want to exclude the player-created avatar from the group.
While there are valid criticisms of Wyll’s character development and his lack of content compared to other companions, most seem to enjoy him.
Wyll is one of the few characters in Baldur’s Gate 3 who is just plain nice. This is why many find the fact that he made his pact in a desperate and selfless attempt to save his home tragic. It’s proof of a nice departure from typical wizard stories focused on ambition and lust for power.
All of which reminds those who criticize the characters in Baldur’s Gate 3 that the fans won’t let it go.