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Viconia DeVir is a recruitable neutral evil drow cleric of Shar. She is not a series canon companion; even if Viconia accompanied Gorion's Ward until the end of Baldur's Gate, she won't appear in Irenicus' Dungeon.

Baldur's GateEdit

Viconia can be found in the north-west corner of the Peldvale area, where she is being chased by a Flaming Fist officer. This officer wants to kill her and the party can prevent this from happening. If Gorion's Ward speaks to her after the battle, she will offer to join their party. If they side with officer, 800 XP will be awarded for killing her.[1]

She has a natural magic resistance of 50%. This applies against both enemy spells and party- (or self-) cast beneficial magic, which means healing or buffing Viconia can be a very frustrating affair, especially if she is in dire need of healing. This is corrected in Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition to only block enemy spells.

If the party's Reputation grows too high (19+) for Viconia's liking, or if she is removed from the party, she will then depart the game permanently.

Recruited at level 6, she has 27 HP, and is equipped with chain mail, a small shield and a mace. She has Weapon Proficiencies in:

  • War Hammer +
  • Mace +
  • Sling +
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - Recruitment
Average party level Level XP Gold Hit Points Weapon Proficiencies Equipment
1.00 - 2.99 2 1603 0 12 (2d8)
  • Mace +
  • Sling +
3.00 - 4.99 4 6134 0 18 (4d8)
  • War Hammer +
  • Mace +
  • Sling +
5.00+ 6 27628 0 27 (6d8)


RelationsEdit

In Baldur's Gate, she may end up fighting Ajantis Ilvastarr and/or Kivan if they are in the same party for too long.

Recruiting her reduces the party's Reputation by 2, because she is a drow and they are despised by the surface-dwelling races.

In-game biographyEdit

When asked about her past, Viconia reveals (quite proudly) that is she is a dark elf from the Underdark city of Menzoberranzan. She says very little about her reason for leaving that sunless realm, though separations from such a nature are never gentle. She claims she does no longer worship the spider goddess Lolth, a change that you even know is often fatal. Her new faith is in the night goddess Shar, an appropriate choice for a drow, though this is not a firm indication that she has given up the brutal ways of her people. She finds the Laws of the surface world quaint and and more than a little strange, but this is simply because of her lack of experience. Likewise she seems a bit naive about how her race is viewed by surface dwellers. Many will not give her the chance she seems to expect, and even being seen with her affect how people think of you. You know, that as a drow, she has resistance to magic, both beneficial and harmful.

Baldur's Gate: Siege of DragonspearEdit

Viconia joins the fight against the Shining Lady's crusade and first shows up alongside her new companion (a duergar named Pfaug) in chapter 7 in front of the Ducal Palace when the forces from Baldur's Gate set out to march against Dragonspear Castle. She can also be recruited into the party here, for the loss of two reputation points. If not recruited or dismissed, she can be found within the Coalition Camp, where she can be re-recruited.

She is also romancable by male human, half-elf, half-orc, or halfling protagonists.
















Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnEdit

Viconia can be found in Athkatla's Government District near the Prison, where she must be rescued from followers of Beshaba, who want to burn her on a stake. If you try to rescue her, this will provoke the followers to attack your party. She doesn't have any items when she joins, but she has some priest spells prepared.

If she is removed from the party, she can be found in the Graveyard, near the far entrance of Bodhi's lair.

Her wisdom has been improved by three points and her magic resistance has increased to 65%.  Her magic resistance blocks only harmful spells; thus, buffing and healing Viconia becomes much easier.

As an evil cleric, at high levels her Turn Undead will affect paladins, including Keldorn; this can be prevented with a Remove Fear spell.

RelationsEdit

Drow have gained extreme notoriety in the Forgotten Realms. Having Viconia in the party reduces the party's Reputation by 2. This Reputation is regained as soon as she is removed from the group.

Viconia can be romanced by male player characters who are human, half-elf or halfling; she will not respond to elves, half-orcs, dwarves or gnomes. However, altered coding allows her to romance male half-orcs in Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.

She will eventually come to blows with Keldorn if left in the same party for too long.  She will also come to blows with Valygar if a certain noblewoman in the Government District is spoken to while they are both in the party.

In-game biographyEdit

When asked about her past, Viconia snarls that it is not your place to know such things of her. There is still pride in her voice when she speaks about the Underdark home of Menzoberranzan, but you get the feeling that there is nothing left for her there, her family and House most likely victims of typically vicious Drow 'politics'. She has continued in her worship of Night Goddess Shar, but that appears to have been her only boon to her exile. She seems sullen and bitter, and certainly has learned much of the intolerance she must face while living amongst surface peoples. Her natural abilities as a Drow have faded with time, also contributing to her lost sense of belonging.


StrategyEdit

With her 19 Dexterity and the ability to wear any kind of armor, she can hold her own quite well in combat. Her Strength of 10 restricts her from wearing heavy armor, but this problem can be solved by letting her equip Strength-boosting equipment. In Baldur's Gate, the only such items are the Gauntlets of Ogre Power, but in the second game she has a wider choice of Strength-boosting items. She can also wear the lightweight ankheg plate mail.

However, her maximum Hit Points are rather low because she doesn't have any bonus from high Constitution. Since there aren't many HP-boosting items in both games, this is a major downside to Viconia's combat effectiveness. Hit Points can still be boosted by the Helm of Balduran in both games, or the Girdle of Fortitude and the Pale Green Ioun Stone in Shadows of Amn. Stat-boosting spells like Draw Upon Holy Might become very important when Viconia joins a fight.

In general, Viconia's strong points (high Dexterity and bonus priest spells due to high Wisdom) are best utilized when she stays in the back row, buffing-up and healing the group's tanks and using her sling from afar. Using her in melee is not encouraged due to her low HP and sub-par THAC0. She is also equipment-dependent, requiring at least two stat-boosting weapons to be fully efficient.

PersonalityEdit

In general, Viconia tends to be cold and cruel, particularly when it suits her purposes. Due partly to her experience as a drow, she values strength and the ambition to dominate and tends to despise compassion as a weakness. Occasionally, she exhibits a slightly less vicious side to her, though.

If romanced, Viconia will (depending partly on how Gorion's Ward responds) vacillate between venomous hostility and abject compassion and fear (mostly of her former goddess, Lolth).

QuotesEdit

Baldur's GateEdit

  • "Surface-dwellers can be so stupid."
  • "There is no roof to this world."
  • "Male, fetch me something to eat!"
  • "Kahless Nau"
  • "Nightsinger, give me power."
  • "Your forests seem very strange, and yet somehow familiar."
  • "Oloth Zha?"
  • "May darkness prevail."
  • "Lil alurl! For Shar!" (when attacking)
  • "Shar! Save me from the spider queen's vengeance."
  • "You are one of the few among us whom I can respect."
  • "The light, it burns." (Heard it in midday but also at dusk)
  • '"Tis akin to my home, but home does not welcome me." (When underground)
  • "Get away from me, surface scum!"
  • "Death is not something to mourn." (When a party member dies)

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnEdit

  • "Jal Khaless?"
  • "Trust is for the foolish... and the dead."
  • "Yes, abbil?"
  • "I shall follow your strength."
  • "Usstan zhah dosst."
  • "Destiny awaits!"
  • "I am yours to command."
  • "Shar guides my hand"
  • "Nau natha."
  • "No mercy for those that oppose us!"
  • "Victory shall be ours, you know this."
  • "The stink of the collected rivvin. How I despise them all"
  • "I find this a most satisfactory arrangement." (When Reputation is low)
  • "How long do you intend to crack your whip against my back? I say we stop now." (when tired)
  • "I swim in memories at places such as this...most unpleasant memories." (When underground)
  • "I am still unused to all this green and fragrant brightness...part of me yet looks for the hidden spider's web amongst all this." (When in a forest)
  • "Vith'os!" (Critical hit)
  • "My weapon is faulty!" (When weapon ineffective)

External linksEdit

Viconia DeVir article at the Forgotten Realms Wiki, a wiki for the medieval fantasy universe named the Forgotten Realms.

  1. Viconia's dilema.

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