The pace of the story goes at full speed once you reach the Lower City gates in Baldur’s Gate 3, and one of your first choices in the area includes deciding whether to side with Lord Gortash or not. In this guide, I will cover whether Gortash is a better ally to have than Orin, or if you should just ignore both of them entirely.
Should You Trust Lord Gortash in Baldur’s Gate 3?
The short answer is yes, I would trust Lord Gortash for the time being and join him as an ally in the fight against Orin. You will encounter Gortash before Orin or the Elder Brain in the Lower City of Baldur’s Gate 3, and it just happens to be during his coronation from the Duke. That means he has more power than you might imagine.
Nearly all of the Flaming Fist Guards and the Steel Watchers are under the control of Lord Gortash. If you side with him, then they will ignore you unless they are provoked. This gives you tons of freedom around the city, and compared to Orin, he is far more stable.
Remember that you can always completely betray these characters as well. So after you have what you need against the Elder Brain, you can simply turn against Gortash as well. This makes the alliance completely situational with plenty of benefits.
Should You Join Orin in Baldur’s Gate 3?
Orin has far less influence around the city and she relies far more on her doppelganger assassins. Joining her can alleviate some of the attacks against you, but it’s not as useful as what Lord Gortash offers. For that reason, I would completely push her to the side and even kill her before tackling any of the other major players.
Out of all the options, actually helping Orin would be the most devastating. She plans to wipe out half of Baldur’s Gate and she cares for nothing aside from assassination. Letting Bhaal get the upper hand is the last thing everyone needs in BG3.
Orin isn’t the only evil character that wants an alliance. Find out if you should side with Raphael in Baldur’s Gate 3 before you trust another devil.