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** The inclusion of Mizhena, a transgender cleric of Tempus, elicited InternetBackdraft. As a minor NPC, Mizhena would reveal that she was transgender if the player selected a certain combination of dialogue options. Despite that, many forum posts and Youtube videos were made, deriding the developers for the character's inclusion, often exaggerating how prevalent Mizhena's gender was. Forgotten Realms founder Ed Greenwood himself weighed in, arguing that the character's detractors were being too close-minded about a setting where changing one's gender is as simple as casting a spell or putting on an enchanted belt, though many ignored his opinion for various reasons. Players bombed the Steam page with negative reviews accusing the developers of forcing political propaganda, drowning out reviews that included actual criticism of the game's technical problems and divisive writing.

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** The inclusion of Mizhena, a transgender cleric of Tempus, elicited InternetBackdraft.Tempus. As a minor NPC, Mizhena would reveal that she was transgender if the player selected a certain combination of dialogue options. Despite that, many forum posts and Youtube videos were made, deriding the developers for the character's inclusion, often exaggerating how prevalent Mizhena's gender was. Forgotten Realms founder Ed Greenwood himself weighed in, arguing that the character's detractors were being too close-minded about a setting where changing one's gender is as simple as casting a spell or putting on an enchanted belt, though many ignored his opinion for various reasons. Players bombed the Steam page with negative reviews accusing the developers of forcing political propaganda, drowning out reviews that included actual criticism of the game's technical problems and divisive writing.


** Safana. Despite being pushed as a default party member (and the developers' stated intent to flesh the character out), she's actually irrelevant to the plot and rather than being given a little more depth or CharacterDevelopment, if anything she comes across as [[TookALevelInJerkass much more of a bitch]] than she was in the first game, where she was merely considered a mediocre but harmless and tolerable party member. Her underwhelming and anticlimactic romance is also seen as the worst in the game.

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** Safana. Despite being pushed as a default party member (and the developers' stated intent to flesh the character out), she's actually irrelevant to the plot and rather than being given a little more depth or CharacterDevelopment, if anything she comes across as [[TookALevelInJerkass much more of a bitch]] than she was in the first game, where she was merely considered a mediocre but harmless and tolerable party member. Her underwhelming and anticlimactic romance romance, which ends with her cheating on you with Voghiln regardless of how you treat her, is also seen as the worst in the game.


** Caelar and her lieutenants (other than [[DragonWithAnAgenda Hephernaan]]) are generally considered to be underutilized and under-developed. WordOfGod is that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen there would have been an option for Charname to join Caelar]] that presumably would have fleshed them all out, but in the finished product the lingering hints to this path are instead an AbortedArc, with Charname being {{Railroad|ing}}ed into conflict with Caelar regardless of which dialogue options they pick. There were also those who felt that Caelar's ultimate fate [[UnintentionallySympathetic was not deserved]], with plans for a mod for ''Baldur's Gate II'' that would bring her back and make her playable again.

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** Caelar and her lieutenants (other than [[DragonWithAnAgenda Hephernaan]]) are generally considered to be underutilized and under-developed. WordOfGod is that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen there would have been an option for Charname to join Caelar]] that presumably would have fleshed them all out, but in the finished product the lingering hints to this path are instead an AbortedArc, with Charname being {{Railroad|ing}}ed into conflict with Caelar regardless of which dialogue options they pick. There were also those who felt that Caelar's ultimate fate [[UnintentionallySympathetic was not deserved]], with several plans for a mod mods for ''Baldur's Gate II'' that would bring her back and back, make her playable again.again, and potentially offer closure.

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**See [[YMMV/IcewindDale here]] for Belhifet.


* CompleteMonster: [[TreacherousAdvisor Hephernaan]] is supposedly a cleric in service of the Shining Crusade, but is in truth the servant of powerful devils. Manipulating the Crusade's leader Caelar Argent, Hephernaan made her think she could save her uncle Aun from the Abyss, inspiring her to raise an army under the false belief of storming the Nine Hells. Hephernaan oversaw the deaths of thousands and a near=catastrophic war on the Sword Coast to lure in the Bhaalspawn to use their divine blood, intending on opening Faerun and all Toril to a Baatezu invasion that would see every living thing killed or enslaved to devilish torment forevermore.

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* CompleteMonster: [[TreacherousAdvisor Hephernaan]] is supposedly a cleric in service of the Shining Crusade, but is in truth the servant of powerful devils. Manipulating the Crusade's leader Caelar Argent, Hephernaan made her think she could save her uncle Aun from the Abyss, inspiring her to raise an army under the false belief of storming the Nine Hells. Hephernaan oversaw the deaths of thousands and a near=catastrophic near-catastrophic war on the Sword Coast to lure in the Bhaalspawn to use their divine blood, intending on opening Faerun and all Toril to a Baatezu invasion that would see every living thing killed or enslaved to devilish torment forevermore.


* CompleteMonster: Hephernaan is supposedly a cleric in service of the Shining Crusade, but is in truth the servant of powerful devils. Manipulating the Crusade's leader Caelar Argent, Hephernaan made her think she could save her uncle Aun from the Abyss, inspiring her to raise an army under the false belief of storming the Nine Hells. Hephernaan oversaw the deaths of thousands and a near catastrophic war on the Sword Coast to lure in the Bhaalspawn to use their divine blood, intending on opening Faerun and all Toril to a Baatezu invasion that would see every living thing killed or enslaved to devilish torment forevermore.

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* CompleteMonster: Hephernaan [[TreacherousAdvisor Hephernaan]] is supposedly a cleric in service of the Shining Crusade, but is in truth the servant of powerful devils. Manipulating the Crusade's leader Caelar Argent, Hephernaan made her think she could save her uncle Aun from the Abyss, inspiring her to raise an army under the false belief of storming the Nine Hells. Hephernaan oversaw the deaths of thousands and a near catastrophic near=catastrophic war on the Sword Coast to lure in the Bhaalspawn to use their divine blood, intending on opening Faerun and all Toril to a Baatezu invasion that would see every living thing killed or enslaved to devilish torment forevermore.

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*CompleteMonster: Hephernaan is supposedly a cleric in service of the Shining Crusade, but is in truth the servant of powerful devils. Manipulating the Crusade's leader Caelar Argent, Hephernaan made her think she could save her uncle Aun from the Abyss, inspiring her to raise an army under the false belief of storming the Nine Hells. Hephernaan oversaw the deaths of thousands and a near catastrophic war on the Sword Coast to lure in the Bhaalspawn to use their divine blood, intending on opening Faerun and all Toril to a Baatezu invasion that would see every living thing killed or enslaved to devilish torment forevermore.


** The inclusion of Mizhena, a transgender cleric of Tempus, elicited InternetBackdraft. Forgotten Realms founder Ed Greenwood himself weighed in against this, arguing that the character's detractors were being too close-minded about a setting where changing one's gender is as simple as casting a spell or putting on an enchanted belt, though many ignored his opinion for various reasons. Players bombed the Steam page with negative reviews accusing the developers of forcing political propaganda, drowning out reviews that included actual criticism of the game's technical problems and poor writing.

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** The inclusion of Mizhena, a transgender cleric of Tempus, elicited InternetBackdraft. As a minor NPC, Mizhena would reveal that she was transgender if the player selected a certain combination of dialogue options. Despite that, many forum posts and Youtube videos were made, deriding the developers for the character's inclusion, often exaggerating how prevalent Mizhena's gender was. Forgotten Realms founder Ed Greenwood himself weighed in against this, in, arguing that the character's detractors were being too close-minded about a setting where changing one's gender is as simple as casting a spell or putting on an enchanted belt, though many ignored his opinion for various reasons. Players bombed the Steam page with negative reviews accusing the developers of forcing political propaganda, drowning out reviews that included actual criticism of the game's technical problems and poor divisive writing.



* ScapegoatCreator: Among the game's developers, Amber Scott got the worst of the heat. She took credit for writing Jaheira and Safana's character bits. She also wrote a post on the forums proclaiming she put as much diversity as possible into her writings.

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* ScapegoatCreator: Among the game's developers, Amber Scott got the worst of the heat. She took credit for writing Jaheira and Safana's character bits. She also wrote a post on the forums proclaiming she put as much diversity as possible into her writings.writings, which led to her receiving a great deal of online harassment.


* ScapegoatCreator: Among the game's developers, Amber Scott got the worst of the heat. She took credit for writing Jaheira and Safana's character bits and proclaimed their characterizations in the first game were sexist and shallow while her own would be an improvement -- but in practise her take on Safana is widely considered TheScrappy and Jaheira is nothing special. She also wrote a post on the forums proclaiming she put as much diversity as possible into her writings without caring about whether it fit the narrative or universe she was writing for, which many took as further proof of [=BeamDog=] needlessly politicizing the franchise.

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* ScapegoatCreator: Among the game's developers, Amber Scott got the worst of the heat. She took credit for writing Jaheira and Safana's character bits and proclaimed their characterizations in the first game were sexist and shallow while her own would be an improvement -- but in practise her take on Safana is widely considered TheScrappy and Jaheira is nothing special. bits. She also wrote a post on the forums proclaiming she put as much diversity as possible into her writings without caring about whether it fit the narrative or universe she was writing for, which many took as further proof of [=BeamDog=] needlessly politicizing the franchise.writings.


* EthnicScrappy: Some transgender fans of the game dislike minor character Mizhena, whom they see as a poor representative of transpeople due to revealing her status as one far too casually for their liking and otherwise being a FlatCharacter whose presence came off as tokenism.


** The inclusion of Mizhena, a transgender cleric of Tempus, elicited InternetBackdraft from fans of the original game due to the way the character both was portrayed, and handled. Instead of being treated as a natural part of the setting, Mizhena just proclaims herself as transgender when the play didn't even bring it up in the first place. Not helping was that the idea of a transgender character, while potentially controversial, could work fine if the writers use the existing world and magic to work it in naturally, but instead Mizhena is a modern transgender based character, making her clash heavily with the setting to a point that many consider it immersion breaking. This, combined with the Amber Scott's flippant response to the situation made many critical of the expansion and refuse to buy it. Forgotten Realms founder Ed Greenwood himself weighed in against this, arguing that the character's detractors were being too close-minded about a setting where changing one's gender is as simple as casting a spell or putting on an enchanted belt, though many ignored his opinion for various reasons. Players bombed the Steam page with negative reviews accusing the developers of forcing political propaganda, drowning out reviews that included actual criticism of the game's technical problems and poor writing.
*** Regardless of opinion, many players on both sides of the debate questioned two things about the character. The first, and one that to many serves as the main argument for why they don't like the inclusion, is why didn't Mizhena just grab a magic item that reverses gender, which can be found in one of the very first areas in Baldur's Gate 1? The game does not reward nor offer a dialogue option for that exchange since it comes across as an oversight for the writers. The second question, and one that was from people who were open to the idea but dislike the execution, is why Mizhena offers this bit of backstory/entire life story in such a casual manner? The player doesn't really need to know unless they wish to, meaning the game essentially railroads you into learning it without the player being free to inquire themselves.

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** The inclusion of Mizhena, a transgender cleric of Tempus, elicited InternetBackdraft from fans of the original game due to the way the character both was portrayed, and handled. Instead of being treated as a natural part of the setting, Mizhena just proclaims herself as transgender when the play didn't even bring it up in the first place. Not helping was that the idea of a transgender character, while potentially controversial, could work fine if the writers use the existing world and magic to work it in naturally, but instead Mizhena is a modern transgender based character, making her clash heavily with the setting to a point that many consider it immersion breaking. This, combined with the Amber Scott's flippant response to the situation made many critical of the expansion and refuse to buy it.InternetBackdraft. Forgotten Realms founder Ed Greenwood himself weighed in against this, arguing that the character's detractors were being too close-minded about a setting where changing one's gender is as simple as casting a spell or putting on an enchanted belt, though many ignored his opinion for various reasons. Players bombed the Steam page with negative reviews accusing the developers of forcing political propaganda, drowning out reviews that included actual criticism of the game's technical problems and poor writing.
*** Regardless of opinion, many players on both sides of the debate questioned two things about the character. The first, and one that to many serves as the main argument for why they don't like the inclusion, is why didn't Mizhena just grab a magic item that reverses gender, which can be found in one of the very first areas in Baldur's Gate 1? The game does not reward nor offer a dialogue option for that exchange since it comes across as an oversight for the writers. The second question, and one that was from people who were open to the idea but dislike the execution, is why Mizhena offers this bit of backstory/entire life story in such a casual manner? The player doesn't really need to know unless they wish to, meaning the game essentially railroads you into learning it without the player being free to inquire themselves.
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* ScapegoatCreator: Among the game's developers,, Amber Scott got the worst of the heat. She took credit for writing Jaheira and Safana's character bits and proclaimed their characterizations in the first game were sexist and shallow while her own would be an improvement -- but in practise her take on Safana is widely considered TheScrappy and Jaheira is nothing special. She also wrote a post on the forums proclaiming she put as much diversity as possible into her writings without caring about whether it fit the narrative or universe she was writing for, which many took as further proof of [=BeamDog=] needlessly politicizing the franchise.

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* ScapegoatCreator: Among the game's developers,, developers, Amber Scott got the worst of the heat. She took credit for writing Jaheira and Safana's character bits and proclaimed their characterizations in the first game were sexist and shallow while her own would be an improvement -- but in practise her take on Safana is widely considered TheScrappy and Jaheira is nothing special. She also wrote a post on the forums proclaiming she put as much diversity as possible into her writings without caring about whether it fit the narrative or universe she was writing for, which many took as further proof of [=BeamDog=] needlessly politicizing the franchise.


** While her character throughout the campaign is merely divisive, Corwin's actions at the end of the game are so widely despised that she winds up in this territory. More specifically... [[spoiler:She claims to have seen the player killed Skie, but this is not true in any version -- a vision shows it was actually done by Irenicus, and she didn't show up until after the fact. She then tells the player that they should commit suicide to give Baldur's Gate peace because the city is in turmoil over the question of whether they're innocent.]][[note]]The only way to avoid this is to romance her, and even that won't stop her from [[spoiler:trying to prevent your escape during the final chapter if you can't convince the dukes to smuggle you out of the city instead.[[/note]] At the very least, the player character is able to [[TakeThatScrappy throw her "suggestion" right back in her face]].

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** While her character throughout the campaign is merely divisive, Corwin's actions at the end of the game are so widely despised that she winds up in this territory. More specifically... [[spoiler:She claims to have seen the player killed Skie, but this is not true in any version -- a vision shows it was actually done by Irenicus, and she didn't show up until after the fact. She then tells the player that they should commit suicide to give Baldur's Gate peace because the city is in turmoil over the question of whether they're innocent.]][[note]]The only way to avoid this is to romance her, and even that won't stop her from [[spoiler:trying to prevent your escape during the final chapter if you can't convince the dukes to smuggle you out of the city instead.instead]].[[/note]] At the very least, the player character is able to [[TakeThatScrappy throw her "suggestion" right back in her face]].


** The inclusion of Mizhena, a transgender cleric of Tempus, elicited InternetBackdraft and harassment. Forgotten Realms founder Ed Greenwood himself weighed in against this, arguing that the character's detractors were being too close-minded about a setting where changing one's gender is as simple as casting a spell or putting on an enchanted belt. Players bombed the Steam page with negative reviews accusing the developers of forcing political propaganda, drowning out reviews that included actual criticism of the game's technical problems and poor writing.
*** Players on both sides of the debate questioned two things. 1) Why didn't Mizhena just grab a magic item that reverses gender, which can be found in one of the very first areas in Baldur's Gate 1? The game does not reward nor offer a dialogue option for that exchange. 2) Many players question why Mizhena offers this bit of backstory/entire life story in such a casual manner.

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** The inclusion of Mizhena, a transgender cleric of Tempus, elicited InternetBackdraft from fans of the original game due to the way the character both was portrayed, and harassment. handled. Instead of being treated as a natural part of the setting, Mizhena just proclaims herself as transgender when the play didn't even bring it up in the first place. Not helping was that the idea of a transgender character, while potentially controversial, could work fine if the writers use the existing world and magic to work it in naturally, but instead Mizhena is a modern transgender based character, making her clash heavily with the setting to a point that many consider it immersion breaking. This, combined with the Amber Scott's flippant response to the situation made many critical of the expansion and refuse to buy it. Forgotten Realms founder Ed Greenwood himself weighed in against this, arguing that the character's detractors were being too close-minded about a setting where changing one's gender is as simple as casting a spell or putting on an enchanted belt.belt, though many ignored his opinion for various reasons. Players bombed the Steam page with negative reviews accusing the developers of forcing political propaganda, drowning out reviews that included actual criticism of the game's technical problems and poor writing.
*** Players Regardless of opinion, many players on both sides of the debate questioned two things. 1) Why things about the character. The first, and one that to many serves as the main argument for why they don't like the inclusion, is why didn't Mizhena just grab a magic item that reverses gender, which can be found in one of the very first areas in Baldur's Gate 1? The game does not reward nor offer a dialogue option for that exchange. 2) Many players question exchange since it comes across as an oversight for the writers. The second question, and one that was from people who were open to the idea but dislike the execution, is why Mizhena offers this bit of backstory/entire life story in such a casual manner.manner? The player doesn't really need to know unless they wish to, meaning the game essentially railroads you into learning it without the player being free to inquire themselves.


* ScapegoatCreator: Among the game's developers,, Amber Scott got the worst of the heat. She took

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* ScapegoatCreator: Among the game's developers,, Amber Scott got the worst of the heat. She took credit for writing Jaheira and Safana's character bits and proclaimed their characterizations in the first game were sexist and shallow while her own would be an improvement -- but in practise her take on Safana is widely considered TheScrappy and Jaheira is nothing special. She also wrote a post on the forums proclaiming she put as much diversity as possible into her writings without caring about whether it fit the narrative or universe she was writing for, which many took as further proof of [=BeamDog=] needlessly politicizing the franchise.

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