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Larian Studios sings a Baldur's Gate 3 Christmas carol, and it's a real earworm

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With the holiday season now fully upon us, Larian Studios has decided to mark the imminent arrival of Christmas with a cute, all-original carol inspired by Baldur's Gate 3. It's very catchy—in fact, I'll bet that once it's in your head, you're going to have a tough time getting it out.

Tadpoles, in the context of the song, are basically illithid larva, which enter the skull through the nose, eyes, or ears (I told you it's a real earworm), and then burrows into the brain, eats it, and replaces it with its own tissue, annihilating the victim's mind and triggering dramatic physical mutations as well. The process is known as ceremorphosis, and it's how the illithid—also know as mind flayers—procreate.

Larian's song is a joyous commemoration of life and rebirth, and all the potential that a new beginning brings. A clean slate—hope!—is embodied in the changing of the year, and I can't think of a better send-off for 2020 than this joyous ode to the future, and all the promise it holds.

Glorious, wonderful party in town
We'll all be burning Baldur's Gate down!
Give me your brain and lets fly together!
You'll become cool, a brand new Mind flayer.
Tadpole for you and Tadpole for me,
The Holidays are here - the parasites for free!

(Image credit: Larian Studios)

Happy holidays!

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.