Thanks for your perspective Roxanne. I was asking from an assumed good aligned perspective, which of course is not a given for everybody's game (though it is for mine). I can easily see the evil side encouraging the protagonist to seize power for its own sake.
I know it's technically inconsequential, but the reactions of those final moments really matter to me as a player. The only reason why I would install a banter-heavy romancing NPC mod is because I value the roleplay aspect of that NPC's story entwining with my CHARNAME's story. It may not have any game statistics or quest log entries, but those final bits of dialogue are arguably the most important part of an NPC mod. They are the conclusion of a story -- the story of a relationship.
I asked because I have seen several NPC mods now (really good ones, too) where an NPC grows and develops a relationship with CHARNAME, and are clearly good aligned. Depending on the mod, there may be aspects of salvation from evil, release from bondage and slavery, and many other great and noble themes.
Then, when the PC is brought to the ultimate point, the climax of the story, where the entire point of the Bhaalspawn story comes to a head, and the decision is made whether or not to accept apotheosis, there is a sudden reversal. The NPC that has gone through hell and back (literally) with the PC and has grown so close as to become nearly of one mind with the PC, suddenly feels that for the PC to become a divine power for ultimate good would be a betrayal and abandonment.
It makes absolutely no sense to me. The PC's story has been about apotheosis from the very beginning of the story back in Candlekeep. Everything in the PCs path has led to this. The PC -- as a good divine -- will have the ability to affect the lives of billions or trillions of beings across tens or hundreds of thousands of years. This new deity could change the course of kingdoms and civilization -- and the supposedly Good aligned NPC says "yeah, but I would miss you so don't go"?
This is not even to mention that the newly ascended deity would need an exarch -- and any other number of cohorts in their new divine realm. I imagine my newly ascended PC would immediately name her love interest as her new exarch. Bam, problem solved. I even saw a mod handwave that very suggestion as an "abuse of power".
I'm not discounting the decision to remain a mortal. It is entirely valid. I just have a dim view of a carefully crafted NPC who essentially robs the PC of the freedom to make that choice with essentially emotional blackmail. Part of truly loving someone is being able to let them go. If the NPC truly loves the PC, it may hurt but they should accept nothing less out of the PC than their true destiny -- whatever that is.
I hope I don't make anybody mad by that little rant. The mods where I have seen this are beautifully written and I really like them -- up until the absolute end. In fact, it is because those mod NPCs are so well crafted that it feels like such a betrayal at the end. I may end up going into NI in them and rewriting some of those last bits of dialogue for my own use.
Anyway, I am curious -- does anybody have a different perspective?