There are a lot of great Baldur's Gate 3 mods out there, but along with those mods are some not-so-great ones as well. One particular Ser Aylin mod has created a lot of controversy, and here's why.
BG3 Ser Aylin 'No Alphabets' mod controversy explained
BG3 is an obviously inclusive experience featuring many different sexual orientations and gender identities, but sadly, not all players welcome these features. In fact, so much so that one modder took it upon themselves to create a 'No Alphabet' mod that made the outwardly Trans character, Dame Aylin, into a man, removed all LGBTQ+ characters from the game, and all mentions of their identity throughout the story. This immediately caused an uproar in the BG3 community.
The mod was available on Nexus Mods and a few other mod websites and was described by the creator as a mod that "ensures that the gender and sexuality of world NPCs match medieval status quo." They also ask for help in tracking down all LGBTQ+ themes in the game for them to continue to remove. More mods similar to this have also been listed by the creator, including one going as far as removing people of color from the game.
It didn't take too long for the moderators of Nexus to catch on to the listed mods, and since then have removed all of them from the site and even banned the creator without any warning within 24 hours. They included a message stating, "We are for inclusivity, we are for diversity. If we think someone is uploading a mod on our site with the intent to deliberately be against inclusivity and/or diversity then we will take action against it. The same goes for people attempting to troll other users with mods deliberately to cause a rise."
Unfortunately, these mods are still listed on other modding sites for download, and the creator still receives plenty of support despite all the backlash. However, players have taken to Reddit to push for others to report the mods and get them taken down as quickly as possible.