Which character does Abigail Thorn voice in Baldur’s Gate 3?
In a story-rich RPG like Baldur’s Gate 3, most non-player characters act as storytellers who bring depth to the in-game world. Characters are essential in improving the player’s experience by providing mini-stories, quests, and information that reveal the game’s narrative.
An actress named Abigail Thorn is behind the voice of an NPC who reveals a fragment of your companion, Shadowheart’s past. Find more about this character below.
Important Note: this article may contain spoilers for players who have not reached Act 3 in the game.
Who is Abigail Thorn?
But first, let us dive into Abigail Thorn’s past and recent creative endeavors to understand her role in BG3 better.
For those who don’t know, Abigail Thorn is a British actress, writer, and voice talent. She is mainly known for her videos on her YouTube channel, Philosophy Tube, where she gives free lectures on philosophy and shares her viewpoints on modern political and social issues.
In one of the videos she posted in 2021, she made the headlines when she came out as a transgender woman. While announcing her transition to the public, she covered topics related to gender identity and transgender matters.
Abigail Thorn is most notable for her scintillating wit and love for literature. She often laces her works with creativity and theatrics, as she likes to incorporate props and costumes in her videos. Due to her passion for the arts, she also studied voice acting, which led her to land a role in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Who does Abigail Thorn play in Baldur’s Gate 3?
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Abigail Thorn is the voice behind Nocturne, a Tiefling who works as a quartermaster in the House of Grief. During Shadowheart’s companion quest, you must locate Nocturne to progress her story.
Nocturne is an old friend of Shadowheart. Both are followers of Lady Shar, the Goddess of Loss and Darkness. However, since the cult occasionally takes Shadowheart’s memories away, she cannot remember much from her past.
If you let Shadowheart the Noblestalk, she will vaguely remember a purple-haired Tiefling with short horns named Rennald. You can ask around about Rennald’s whereabouts, but you’ll learn he no longer exists.
Upon arriving at Cloister of Sombre Embrace, you’ll meet with a level 1 Tiefling with purple hair and short horns. This person is indeed your companion’s childhood friend. Shadowheart will then remark that Nocturne is much different from what she remembers.
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You will soon discover Nocturne’s old journal in which she expressed her struggles with her identity before she became Nocturne. There, she wrote that Shadowheart was the only friend who respected her enough to call her by her preferred name. Shadowheart even went as far as to scold anyone who mocked and misgendered her.
Nocturne’s dialogues change depending on your actions before reconciling with her. If Shadowheart turns her back to Shar, Nocturne will acknowledge that they’re enemies but will not resent her for following her heart. Otherwise, if Shadowheart continues to follow her goddess, Nocturne will promise to help out as much as possible.
Regardless, Nocturne will be a merchant and gladly trade, buy, and sell goods with you.
Every character you encounter in Baldur’s Gate 3 has different motives and ideals. Whether good or evil, they all make the Forgotten Realms world more immersive and alive. Nocturne is just one of the NPCs with a fascinating story to tell. Due to her existence, players can unveil bits of Shadowheart’s mysterious past. And this provides you some perspective on why Shadowheart is the way she is — tenacious, brave, and loyal.
Aside from Abigail Thorn, you’ll also hear the voices of these well-known talents in BG3: Neil Newborn, Jennifer English, J.K Simmons, Jason Isaacs, and Matthew Mercer.