In case you informed me a yr in the past {that a} character from a Baldur’s Gate game would have an officially-sanctioned crossover with a significant wrestling occasion, I would have given you the blankest of stares. However, right here we’re—Karlach from Baldur’s Gate 3, everybody’s favorite mammoth tiefling woman, has made an look within the Ring of Honour.

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In case you are unfamiliar, Ring of Honour has traditionally stood with titans like WWE (wherein Athena fought as Ember Moon), and whereas it had a short shut-down in 2022, it is since been picked up once more. Athena herself has had a prolific profession in wrestling spanning nearly twenty years. 

Over the weekend, Athena fought to maintain her title as the ladies’s champion (a crown she’s held for over 482 days, with a win streak of 48 matches) towards Hikaru Shida. I shan’t spoil the results of the match right here, although I would like to notice that Athena entered the ring rocking out to Plush’s “Athena”, holding a greataxe, with flames roaring within the background. Fittingly, it is steel as hell.

Samantha Béart, Karlach’s voice and mocap actor, gave a shout out to the doorway on Twitter: “Thanks [Athena] for berserking Karlach from Faerun to Earth. No interplanetary boundaries can comprise her rage. You simply made my entire weekend.” Larian CEO Swen Vincke additionally despatched his congratulations her approach. 

(Picture credit score: @SamanthaBeart on Twitter/X.)

(Picture credit score: @LarAtLarian on Twitter.)

In the meantime, Athena herself gave a “large thanks” to each Larian and Wizards of the Coast for letting her cosplay the character on stage. Adrienne Palmer, as she’s recognized outdoors the ring, has an extended historical past of taking part in each videogames and D&D. She’s proven up on livestreams with Aabria Iyengar (a DM and participant on each Dimension 20 and Crucial Position), amongst others.

(Picture credit score: @AthenaPalmer_FG on Twitter/X.)

The surprisingly widespread crossover between well-known wrestlers and D&D nerds should not shock me anymore—there’s a whole lot of overlap between kayfabe and roleplaying, naturally. However there is a distinction between ‘hey, do you know this wrestler performs D&D?’ and ‘here is a lady named after the Greek goddess of battle, striding onto stage as Karlach, the barbarian with an infernal engine for a coronary heart’. What a time to be alive.