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Korgan Bloodaxe. One of the best examples of evil I have seen





"After leaving 's company, Korgan Bloodaxe lived in as bloody a fashion as he could manage. He took control of an entire dwarven clan, killing their leader in secret and guiding their revenge to a target of his choosing. He could have lived in luxury, but his thirst for carnage was immeasurable, and he stunned the Realms by pushing deep into the Underdark. The blind fury of the clan took even the dark elves by surprise, but holding territory in the home of the drow is a hopeless proposition. Korgan was last seen burying his axe in the gullet of a high priest of Lolth, laughing as he struck. Dwarven legend immortalized the image, and his bloodlust is now called a crusade. History, it seems, finds more heroes than madmen."


In light of his dialogue with Mazzy, it feels like Korgan *tried* to do what she said. To direct his anger onto a deserving target. But even in doing so, he acted in an evil manner (murdering a clan leader, leading a clan into a war they couldn't win). It also reads as him choosing a death in a way which would earn him the respect in death that he could not earn in life.

Just wanted to share this, because I know that this dialogue option doesn't always pop up so it is very easy to miss. It also highlights the excellent writing from this game.


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  • ChnapyChnapy Member Posts: 360
    edited September 7
    I don't know about his english voice but his french one, christian pelissier, has done a lot of work on plenty of video games and tv series and pretty much always does the same very recognizable, low, raspy voice.

    Be it Korgan in bg2, Vivec in morrowind or Galmar in skyrim, I just love hearing a character talk and just immediately going "Oh hi, Captain Haddock, what brings you here?".
    OrlonKronsteenArctodusKuronaAerakar
  • ArctodusArctodus Member Posts: 593
    edited September 8
    Chnapy said:

    I don't know about his english voice but his french one, christian pelissier, has done a lot of work on plenty of video games and tv series and pretty much always does the same very recognizable, low, raspy voice.

    Be it Korgan in bg2, Vivec in morrowind or Galmar in skyrim, I just love hearing a character talk and just immediately going "Oh hi, Captain Haddock, what brings you here?".

    I nowadays always play in english, but the first bg2 version I played was in french. Korgan's voice is the one that I remember liking the most, by far. Thanks for the memory !

    En plus, je n'avais jamais vraiment fait le lien entre Korgan et capitaine Haddock ! Et Dieu sais que Tintin a une importance significative pour moi ! Encore merci !
    Chnapy
  • SkatanSkatan Member Posts: 2,483
    It's annoying that not all banter pops up even though you have the party members. The whole "two characters have to stand close to trigger banter" can really mess with you sometimes.
    Grum
  • chimaerachimaera Member Posts: 439
    Yeah, in SoA. In ToB there is no depth to his character and he turns into a walking 'chaotic evil' trope. :|
  • HendrykHendryk Member Posts: 1
    Bioware seems not to have had a very high opinion of adventuring. Every character adventures because of some grave personal tragedy or, driven by noblesse oblige, a desire to protect something or other. Korgan's my favorite because he has adjusted best to adventuring as it basically is in the game; he really likes the killing and looting. Granted, he is short-sighted, greedy and sometimes brainlessly vicious but at least he seems to belong on the road.
    Aerakartbone1SkatanArctodus
  • chimaerachimaera Member Posts: 439
    Tbh, I think Jan is only there for the turnips. >:)
    ThacoBelltbone1
  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 3,421
    chimaera said:

    Tbh, I think Jan is only there for the turnips. >:)

    And the stories! Imagine what the next adventuring party he joins will have to listen to?
    tbone1Chnapy
  • ChnapyChnapy Member Posts: 360
    edited September 9
    *Enters a mine*
    "Ah, that reminds me of the nine hells. Although the lack of devils really throws the whole thing of. Maybe we could try to find some. My cousin Nebo really had a knack for luring them..."
    ->Have you really been to Hell, gnome, or is this yet another of your ridiculous stories?
    "What? I'll have you know that all my stories are authentic, unbelievable though they may sound."
    "As for Hell, it was back in the days when I operated as a honest merchant in Athkatla, in Amn. have you ever been in Amn? The dang place is ripe with mage haters and one couldn't even try to make a honest profit selling technically illegal yet incredible merchandise without attracting a flock of angry bureaucrats. But home is where the turnip cellar is, I suppose."
    "Anyway, I was trying to get enough money to put myself back into the turnip farming business after the root blight of 1368 when I tried to sell some of my products to an adventurer, who was actually, although it only came up later down the road, the son of a fallen god trying to stop a crazy mage on his way to divine ascension. Needless to say, hilarity ensued. But the short version is that I ended up travelling with him and when we finally took down the mage, all of us were dragged to Hell for a final confrontation. You know how these things go, you just can't kill an important bad guy without some showdown over a pit of lava or something similar."
    "I kept travelling with that guy for a while and without even knowing it we ended up in a crusade to kill all the children of that god. The god who fathered my adventuring companion, are you even listening to me? So anyway, we kill all these godlings too and suddenly my buddy ends up becoming a god himself! Of course I wasn't really that surprised. It wasn't the first god I had seen and when you've seen one you can just tell them apart from the crowd. It's mostly the way they walk, and also that way they never eat with their mouth closed, so maybe that's something you should be looking out for in the future?"
    ->Forget I asked.
    "As you wish my friend. The day isn't getting any younger anyway, and turnips don't harvest themselves!"

    ThacoBellAstafasJoan_DaroCharn_Aim
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    I just like his personality, regardless of alignment. His exchange with his old buddies in the slums still cracks me up.
    tbone1UnderstandMouseMagic
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