|Deathbringer of Bhaal|
|Orin the Red|
|Weight||75kg / 150lb|
Sarevok Anchev (grandfather and father)
Helena Anchev (mother and sister)
The Dark Urge (half-sibling)
|Enemies||The Dark Urge|
|Voice actor||Maggie Robertson|
Orin the Red is one of the chosen of the Absolute. She is a practitioner in the art of inflicting pain and a grandmaster of murder. Orin has killed for many years, but has yet to be caught, thanks in part to her shapeshifting abilities, which enable her to take the form of anyone.
She hides her cravings to commit murder beneath these numerous masks, disguising her intentions and herself to lure unsuspecting victims.
|— Orin the Red, during Act 3.|
Description[edit | edit source]
Orin is cruel and sadistic, but artistic and creative in her own twisted way. Her demeanour is immature and almost childish; Orin easily loses her composure when things do not go her way, enacts small rebellions against the authority figures in her life, and enjoys, in a arguably playful way, toying with her victims.
While in her changeling form, Orin has pale blue-grey skin with swirling, smoke-like plumes of red undulating across it. Her blond, braided hair falls to the backs of her knees in a fastening reminiscent of a flail. Her armour is bright blood-red, rigid and rough like chitin.
History[edit | edit source]
Orin was born to Sarevok and Helena Anchev, as well granddaughter to Sarevok, who had had incestuous relations with his daughter Helena. Both Orin and Helena worshipped and loved Sarevok, though he mistreated and abused them.
When Orin was still a child, Sarevok secretly ordered Helena to kill her as an offering to the Lord Bhaal. Desperate to become Bhaal's Chosen, Helena attacked Orin. However, Orin defended herself, and killed her mother instead.
Orin served Bhaal directly under The Dark Urge, though the two were at odds on the correct way of offering to him. Orin believed that the Urge "mutilated" their victims, and what their Father truly wanted was beauty and consideration in the kill. . The Urge on the other hand, understood that Bhaal only cared for the quantity of murder.
Betrayal[edit | edit source]
Yearning for respect and status, but dismissed by her fathers and sibling, Orin waited for an opportunity to betray her kin and seize Bhaal's favour for herself.
Meanwhile, the Urge joined forces with Bane's chosen Enver Gortash, and Myrkul's chosen Ketheric Thorm, forming the dead three. Using the Crown of Karsus that the Urge and Gortash had stolen from Mephistopheles, they enslaved an Elder Brain that was hidden beneath Moonrise Towers.
For a time, the Dark Urge was worshipped as a god at Moonrise Towers, but during or soon after a visit to the mind flayer colony beneath the towers, Orin finally saw her chance to betray them. Orin pierced their skull with a dagger and infected them with a modified illithid tadpole, making them the first True Soul and resulting in the Urge's amnesia.  She then left them in the Colony, later to be found by Kressa Bonedaughter, or if the Urge is not the player character, tortured and killed them, keeping their corpse for herself.
Afterwards, Orin took the Urge's place as Bhaal's chosen and third spoke of the Chosen Three. Yet still striving for regard from Bhaal, Orin proved undisciplined in her role and disliked by the other Chosen.
Interactions[edit | edit source]
Act Two[edit | edit source]
Orin first appears alongside Ketheric Thorm and Enver Gortash in the mind flayer colony underneath Moonrise Towers. Using her Netherstone, the Lash of Bhaal, she issues the order to the Netherbrain to march the Absolute's armies on Baldur's Gate.
Act Three[edit | edit source]
The player first encounters Orin in the village of Rivington, right before entering Baldur's Gate. As a changeling, she can appear to the player under the guise of several identities (listed below). She tells the party that she is aware of their goals, even goading the player to be as violent and bloody as they can while they are attempting to obtain the Netherese Stones from her and Gortash.
Notable loot[edit | edit source]
Achievements[edit | edit source]
Kill Orin while her cultists are performing their ritual chant.
Disguises[edit | edit source]
Orin's shapeshifting allows her to innocuously follow the player as several different characters in the Wyrm's Crossing area. Among her disguises are:
- Zethino, the fey Master of Love at the Circus of the Last Days.
- Fist Rowan, a member of the Flaming Fist standing near the back of the donation barn.
- Lens, a tiefling journalist.
- Gyldro Angleiron, a blacksmith in the Rivington General.
- A wounded thug of the Stone Lord.
Once the player triggers two of Orin's transformations from the list above, all other potential disguises will be the actual NPCs henceforth.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Related literature[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- It's possible to identify when an NPC is actually Orin, they'll be level 12, though not have the large amount of hit points that come with that level, and have Legendary Resistance: Incapacitation.
- Orin can only be at one place at a time: if a disguised Orin stays in the visual range of a party member she can't take the appearance of other NPCs elsewhere and thus is effectively pinned in place. This way it's possible to talk to the other genuine NPCs without triggering Orin's apparitions.
- When a disguised Orin has been identified the player can attack the NPC. This will skip the NPC's dialogue and go straight to Orin's reveal who will vanish without giving her normal lines about Gortash. Even if the attack would have killed the NPC, Orin herself doesn't die.
- Orin's kidnapping and impersonation event during the quest Rescue Orin's Victim is not fully random; it appears to follow a priority system among the companions left in camp (that is, companions not in your active party), prioritizing companions that have the lowest approval with the player, from a list of 3 possible kidnapping victims: Lae'zel, Gale, and Halsin (or Minthara). She will not kidnap a romanced companion. If none of these companions are available, she instead kidnaps Yenna.
- At launch, the player could temporarily obtain Blade of the First Blood (a Shortsword version of Bloodthirst wielded by Orin) by killing Orin and looting her before the end of the battle, but this appears to have been fixed. [Needs Verification]
References[edit | edit source]
- "You kill beautifully, and have talents in your shapes' magics that I never will." - Concerning Orin the Red by The Dark Urge
- "I need no coddling. I will send it back to Him, entrails and all." - Experiment on Cruor by Orin
- "What better offering to make to our Lord?" - Sarevok Anchev on Helena's attempted murder
- Blood-Envy for the Unworthy - Orin
- "Cleanse the temple of Orin's girlish shrines and bring your primal slaughter back to Bhaal." - Sarevok Anchev
- " How much the worm has feasted since I slipped it into its skull. All that plotting, the years of dominating this temple - forgotten" - Orin in the Bhaal Temple confrontation