Even in a fantasy world, the short kings, queens, and monarchs in non-binary finery among us don’t get the treatment they deserve. This time, the injustice is taking place in Baldur’s Gate 3, and it’s perhaps the worst violation yet of the rights and dignity of our comrades of diminished stature: They can’t kiss Karlach, the game’s resident hot Tiefling girlfriend.

Spotted by Kotaku, it seems that Faerûn’s gnomes and halflings—a hobbit by any other name that remains as short—are running into a little difficulty when it comes to romancing Baldur’s Gate 3’s big red one. A tweet from Prima Games associate editor Jesse Vitelli illustrates the issue: Their gnome character’s head is eye-level with Karlach’s torso, transforming what should be a sweet, chaste kiss between new lovers into a strangely sensual smooch on the midriff (while Karlach pecks the air, as though blowing a kiss in acknowledgement of a distant aunt at a wedding). 

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