"Speak not to your betters, surface slave."
Viconia is a Drow who was forced to leave her home in the Underdark. Once in the surface world, she forsook the spider Goddess, Lolth, and became a follower of Shar instead. She is first encountered in Baldur's Gate
, but her full backstory is not revealed until Baldur's Gate II
, and then only through conversations with a male protagonist who is romancing her.
Viconia was from a Drow House of high standing, but was forced to flee to the surface after she'd refused to perform a sacrifice. As a result of this act, her family was disgraced, and her brother, who had stood up for her, was turned into a drider as punishment. Shar, the Goddess of Loss and Darkness, granted her powers in the surface world, but agents of Lolth continue to search for Viconia, intending to destroy her.
Surface life does not come easy for Viconia. She finds the surfacers a bunch of insipid fools, best used as slaves, and isn't afraid to say so. She is persecuted by most of them, even when she does try to fit in; she is first encountered while trying to escape from a Flaming Fist soldier who intends to kill her for being a Drow, and in Baldur's Gate II
, she is found on the verge of being burned on a stake by an angry mob. She may later describe how she lived fairly peacefully on a farm near Baldur's Gate until her neighbors discovered she was a Drow, upon which they captured her, abused her, and buried her alive. She dug herself out and took her vengeance upon them before fleeing to Athkatla.
The Viconia romance in Baldur's Gate II
is a game-spanning process composed of several elaborate conversations that can ultimately result in a terrible breakup, marriage, a possible change of her moral alignment, and several others. Viconia proves a hard woman to love, constantly challenging her suitor's emotion, intellect, taste, sexual prowess, and trust, but in the end she, the Drow, may herself fall in actual love.
Viconia is voiced by Grey DeLisle