Baldur's Gate 3 unravels intricate lore, and amidst the numerous backstories, one NPC stands out as the oddest with a fascinating Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) history. Set in the expansive Forgotten Realms, spanning various D&D editions, this setting is rich with arcane tales that delve into the core of its narrative. Recognizable characters like Volo, Gortash, and Elminster boast detailed histories in the tabletop setting. The githyanki-illithid war and the well-documented events in the pantheon of the Forgotten Realms further contribute to the depth of the lore.

However, even seemingly obscure NPCs carry substantial lore. In Act Two of Baldur's Gate 3, players might encounter a character named Kar'niss in the Shadow-Cursed Lands. Kar'niss, a drider—a hybrid of half-drow and half-spider—presents a unique appearance and speaks in an unusual manner, potentially leading some to cast him as a villain. Yet, beneath the surface, Kar'niss harbors a profoundly tragic backstory.

Most drow in the Forgotten Realms worship the dark goddess Lolth, also known as the Spider Queen. Lolth's domain encompasses chaos, trickery, and war, contributing to the animosity directed at drow in the game. However, even Lolth's devoted followers are not exempt from her thirst for conflict. As drow gain power, they must undergo the Test of Lolth, a rite of passage often involving a lethal duel between two followers. The victor gains Lolth's blessing, while the defeated meets death. Failing the Test by other means, however, results in a harsh punishment—transformation into a drider. Kar'niss's tragic existence stems from this cruel twist of fate within the realms of D&D lore.