Question from McSqueeks

Who is the better one to decide with in the Dwarves part of the Main Quest, the Lord or the Prince?

Is either one a good or evil choice? There's mention of plots and poison.

Accepted Answer

Seraph2489 answered:

It doesn't really matter.

You won't save Lord Dace from deepstalkers at Aeducan Thaig if you side with Harrowmont, but you can still visit that area regardless of your side.

Though Harrowmont asks you to be his champion in the proving,
you can visit the proving with either.

If you side with Bhelen you can visit the proving after gathering Dace and Helmi's votes, and it won't have any side effects as long as you make it clear through dialogue who you are siding with.

Don't try to side with both or you'll screw your game up.

[Spoilers]

They're both ethically questionable jerks, but according to the game epilogue Bhelen ushers in an era of prosperity while Harrowmont heralds an era of decay for the dwarves.
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Kirotaka answered:

Basically Bhelan is a progressive and Harrowmant a traditionalist. Bhelan wants to strength trade ties with the surface and relax the caste system but he's a ruthless tyrant who rules with an iron fist. Overall though he's good for the dwarven people as he basically drags them kicking and screaming into the present and Harrowmant will keep them firmly routed in the past and basically cause the decline of the dwarves.

[Spoiler]

If your origin is Dwarven noble you'll probably have a really hard time siding with Bhelan. I'm sure you can figure out why.
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Arcom8065 answered:

In a nutshell, there is no good or evil choice. Flip a coin.

Harrowmont - has a good nature when you meet him but turns out to be completely impotent at governing, gets whacked, while allowing social injustice to continue and may or may not declare war on the rest of the world.

Bhelen - devious snake that does whatever it takes to get his way with no regard to morality, complete tyrant but knocks down the social caste barriers allowing for more equality and attempts to improve relations with other races.
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