The Dead Three are a trio of evil death-themed deities: Bane, the God of Tyranny, Bhaal, the God of Murder and Myrkul, the God of Death. They earned their monicker after all three gods were slain during the period known as the Time of Troubles. Despite their deaths, the Dead Three eventually manage to return to life.
Lore[edit | edit source]
Ascension[edit | edit source]
Before they were gods, Bane, Bhaal and Myrkul were once mortal men who dreamed of godhood. They set out into the world amassing power and defeating all who opposed them. Once they had gathered enough power, the Three set their sights on Jergal, the ancient God of Death whose power they coveted the most. They stormed Jergal's realm and confronted him at his throne. However, they were taken aback by Jergal's willingness to step aside as the Lord of the End had grown tired of his power and station. Jergal proposed a game of chance to the Three so they could equally divide his power amongst themselves without killing each other for it.
Bane was the ultimate winner of the game and chose Tyranny, Strife and Hatred. Myrkul came in second place and chose to rule the Dead. Bhaal came in last, so Murder and Death were given to him. Their goal achieved, the Three joined the Faerûnian pantheon and began to spread their new faith and dominions meanwhile Jergal who still retained some divinity served Myrkul.
Time of Troubles[edit | edit source]
Despite their ascension, Bane and Myrkul still wished for more power and the two stole the Tablets of Fate from the overgod Ao with the belief that the Overgod's power was tied to the Tablets. When Ao noticed the theft, he summoned all the gods and demanded that the thieves return the tablets but no deity stepped foward. Tired of their constant power plays and negligence of their duties, Ao banished all the gods and forbade entry into the Divine realms until the Tablets were found and returned to him.
It was during this time that the Three met their demise. Bane died alongside the god Torm after both clashed in a titanic battle against each other. Myrkul was killed by the Chosen of Mystra, Midnight and Bhaal perished at the hands of the mortal Cyric wielding the sword Godsbane which was an avatar of the God of Thieves and Shadows, Mask. After their demise, the three were given the name Dead Three and Cyric who ascended as a god after the Time of Troubles gained all of the Dead Three's divine portfolios and worshippers for a time.
Return[edit | edit source]
Before their demise in the Time of Troubles, the Dead Three had prepared contingencies in the event that they were killed. The most infamous of these was Bhaal's, who foresaw his own death and begat progeny; the Bhaalspawn. Each child possessed a small portion of his divine essence as the Bhaalspawn's true purpose was to serve as its vessel and eventually die, so that the scattered divine essence inside them could be gather and used to restore Bhaal back to life. Bane's was not so dissimilar from Bhaal's, as he had sired a half-demon son named Iyachtu Xvim, who later reclaimed his father's domains of tyranny, hatred and strife from Cyric and Myrkul imbued an artifact known as the Crown of Bones with a portion of his power.
The first of the Dead Three to return was Bane, who consumed his half-demon son and reclaimed his divinity. The second was Bhaal, who was resurrected after the last two remaining Bhaalspawn perished and reclaimed his domain of Murder from Cyric. Myrkul was the last, as he was resurrected during the Second Sundering along with many previously dead deities as the God of Death, but was forced to serve Cyric's successor as Lord of the Dead, Kelemvor. The Second Sundering saw a change in how Gods interacted with the mortal world. The Dead Three decided to stay on the mortal world as quasi-deities, the lowest rank in the divine hierarchy as they wished to continue to spread their influence to the mortals.
Revelations[edit | edit source]
Act One[edit | edit source]
- Passing the Investigation check for the Book of Dead Gods references the Dead Three.
- The Brand of the Absolute bears a striking resemblance to their symbols: the black hand of Bane, the skull of Bhaal, and the triangle-inset skull of Myrkul.
Act Two[edit | edit source]
Act Three[edit | edit source]
Notes and Trivia[edit | edit source]
- All three members of the Dead Three were originally available as deity options for Cleric in Early Access, but the option was cut in the full release of the game.
- Dead Three cultists in Baldur's Gate are the main antagonists in the first section of the D&D adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, the events of which are frequently referred to in Baldur's Gate III.