the changeling comes back from the land of faerie and finds that an impersonator has been living his life, but that things have gone poorly; he is horrified to realize that he’s missed years of his kids’ lives, and that his wife has divorced the imposter.
he breaks into the dingy apartment demanding answers from the i poster, but finds him slouched over the cheap, stained table, drinking himself into a stupor. he pulls up a seat and the two lay out the truth, the first time either of them have voiced their real experiences. the changeling wonders aloud about what it means to have a perfect copy of himself running around.
“buddy, i may be a copy, but i’m not perfect.”
the two make their peace and the imposter allows himself to dissolve, his purpose more than served. the changeling carries twin heartbreak in his chest, but feels whole again for the first time since the thorns.
One of my favorite ideas from Changeling: the lost, is how the returning Changeling would deal with the imposter (fetch) left in their place.
These are just a few of the ungenerous reviews the new Baldur’s Gate expansion, Siege of Dragonspear, is getting on Steam. The game has generated this response entirely because Beamdog Entertainment included a trans character in their updated material.
All they did was INCLUDED a trans character.
Baldur’s Gate occupies a place at the crossroads of video gaming, tabletop gaming, and gaming nostalgia. Obviously it’s attracted the worst elements from all of these communities. It’s also meant that a friend has faced days of harassment.
I’m not asking that you buy this game—though, that couldn’t hurt. Rather, please, lend Beamdog your support, your kind words, your appreciation for helping to make gaming more inclusive, and a reminder that adding LGBTQ content to a game wins more than public hate, harassment, and toxic reviews.
(Additionally, you should absolutely check out Kathrine Cross’s words on Virtue Signalling & Trans Characters in Baldur’s Gate.)
This company’s takeaway from this experience, in 2016, cannot be that including LGBTQ content in a video game is not worth the pain.
Your support and positivity would mean a great deal right now.
Steam page for Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.
Beamdog’s forum for Siege of Dragonspear.
Beamdog’s Twitter account.
In the crosshairs of these broken fractions of human beings is Amber Scott, author of Wrath of the Righteous–the person who created or gave more than a mere mention to our Empyreal Lords: Arshea, Ragathiel, Pulura, Eritrice, and all the others. She also created Anevia, our first really featured trans character.
Amber possesses the virtues we assume good writers have–wit, elegance, smarts, and creativity. But more than that, she’s the most extraordinarily compassionate writer I’ve read, both to her readers and to her characters. She’s done so much work to make games large-hearted and generous to everyone, and seeing her torn down by people who want to make them smaller, duller, and more exclusionary is breaking my heart.
We should all act support diversity and inclusivity in fantasy role-playing games. If we continue to do this the “desperate cries of [these] dinosaurs” will soon fade away to nothing.