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Completed Let's Play Thea 2: The Shattering

Azira

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Because unlike someone else I intend to complete this LP.

Bear in mind, I've played the first Thea a lot, so even though this is a blind first playthrough of Thea 2, I expect to not die horribly and suddenly in the first 10 turns or so...

This primary post is for the roster and ToC.

I'll get properly started in the next post.

Roster:
Crooked Bee
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Andnjord
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Citizen
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baud
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Grimwulf
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hello friend
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Reinhardt
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Storyfag
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Nicebrain
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Table of Contents:
1: Starting the game, choosing a god
2: Getting annoyed at a little red imp while hunting rats and defending against hags
3: Creatures from Slavic Mythology are SOBs, we get cursed, almost go insane and get plot exposition hurled at us
4: Baud contracts an STD, and Storyfag is revealed as being creepy
5: Side-questing, yay or nay? And choosing what path we walk in our gods quest
6: Seeking runaway dwarf-offspring, experiencing child mortality and dancing with waterdemons
7: Even in death you might serve, and how picking up a new career is a complete makeover
8: Pulling a sword from a stone, and faced with a big decision. Voting time people!
9: The end, mocked by elves, then beaten to death by undead and demons
10: A reload, grinding elves, Monty Python references, and a case of necrophilia
11: The case of the missing white rabbit, and going from Ice to Fire
12: Orcs, goblins, a magic curse and an undead dragon, a wedding and finally, a Ring!
13: Kraken! And a question of justice
14: The end, really. :salute:
 
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Citizen

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:rage: I'm just in the middle of uni crunch till 28 dec (and spending the little of free time I have on heroine quest)

But feel free to enlist me as a village demon or some slavic hottie skiled in craftswomanship
 

Andnjord

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I have no idea who or what this game is, but apparently we can submit for the Kodex Konscription so I'll do so right now.

Sign me up sir! Whatever pathetic red shirt role you shall require sir!
 

Azira

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So, without further ado, let's fire it up.
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I fiddled around a bit with my monitor setup. I usually run with two monitors, but I disabled my secondary, as it got included in the screenshots I took, and I can't be arsed to edit all of my screenshots to disable the "dead area". Therefore I restarted to game with only one monitor running, which is why some of the tutorial popups aren't showing.

We only have two gods to choose from at the beginning.
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Dzievanna, nature goddess.
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Marovit, god of knowledge and magic.
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I choose the former, but let's just take a quick look at the other, still locked gods, to whet our appetites for replays;

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I don't know if there are special requirements for unlocking Nyia and Triglav. I'd guess so? They come with five different god card slots, compared to four for the 7 other gods.
Welp. I guess I'll learn later. Maybe even while doing this LP?

I click next game, and get treated to this screen:
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I get to pick and choose amongst some characters and boni. Only a few unlocked in this wholly fresh game.
So, I choose what I feel like.
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That's what we'll roll with.

In honor of Crooked Bee we name our Chosen One after her:
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:salute:

Then we need to decide how big the world is, and whether it consists of islands or one large landmass. I go with the default options chosen, Islands and medium size:
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And then we're treated with the loading screen.
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Once the game starts, an ugly imp accosts us, much like in the first Thea, with a bit of info and help:
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We're not going exploring or settling a village yet though. First, we orient ourselves a bit in the UI and worldmap. A lot of images coming through, with tooltips explaining what the different icons mean and do:
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The move order should be self-explanatory..

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I like keyboard bindings. I'll try to remember using them instead of this somewhat cumbersome action-wheel.

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We want to camp when we find an ideal spot for gathering.

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Right now we got shit tier equipment, as is to be expected. More on that later.

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So there's different seasons? Don't remember if they also had that in the first Thea.

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The day is for exploration. The night is for dying horribly. At least that is how I remember the original Thea game.

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Ah, so we tech-up here. Again, keyboard bindings = good.

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Nothing to see here yet.

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Might look at this again later. It's nice to be able to look up what you chose, but I guess it'll be more meaty the more you play the game and unlock different starting boni.

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Ah, questlog.

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Hah! For now I'll ignore this button completely..

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The character list will probably become much more useful as I play, to keep tabs on which codexers are where.


That should do for now.
Seeing as this is an LP, we'll take a quick look at Food and Fuel management, since it's an important part of Not Dieing.
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And the inventory:
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OK, then there's the characters. One is already named:
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Then there's the unclaimed characters:
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The game has decided that two of our startings characters share the same name. I'll immediately give one of them to one of the first codexers to sign up.


And a quick overview of how our expeditionary force is equipped:
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I honestly don't know what the different equipment does right now. We'll have to engage in some trial and error to learn more.

Good! Now it's time for you to claim an expedition member, if you want to. Or just lurk around. I'll play some more and rename the characters as they're claimed.

Oh, and I'm not Grimwulf . I can't hold a candle to that true artist. :salute: So I'll not be supplying hilarious role-playing on part of the different codexers. I'll just play the game and try not to die, while showing you what this game has to show.
 
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I have over 200 hours playing the first Thea, loved every bit of it. But somehow I can't force myself to try the second one. Maybe it's because of the combat overhaul, or maybe something else - in any case, I'll follow this LP with great pleasure.

Also, sign me up as Radogost the blacksmith guy. Hopefully, I can stay in the village once we settle. To build Kommunism whatever needs building. :salute:
 

Andnjord

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Guess I'll grab that Sulibrat dude with the sword icon boss :salute:
 

Citizen

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I want to be Vaclava. Send me on suicide missions to collect berries rare resourses

Also what difficulty do you play? I started with default first time and it seemed too easy. But maybe it gets hardcore later?
 

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RPG Wokedex Strap Yourselves In [Steve gets a Kidney but I don't even get a tag.] Pathfinder: Kingmaker I helped put crap in Monomyth
I'll take Vlada, please.

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Azira

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Volounteers! Excellent!

I've played the first couple of turns already, so only Andnjord is named ingame yet, but the rest of you will follow when I next pick up the game.
My wife is working today, so I'm alone with my three children. Fortunately, I've managed to infect the two eldest with the computergaming bug, so they're occupied.
It's only the youngest, barely 4 years old, who needs my attention every now and then.

But! I did play, so here follows:

OK, we jump into the game again, and the first thing I do is toggle the show resources icon:
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That'll help me on where to setup camp etc. I'm slowly remembering the mechanics, but still rusty, which is why I'll be mismanaging my band at the start, wasting time and resources, but enough about that!


Meet Andnjord our fighter:
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Every character has some skills. Some of which are dependent on equipment, others that are native to the character itself.
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So, back to the game. Here's one of the resource icon. Hover above it, and you can see what it's all about. We can gather leather if we setup camp here, or in a hex next to.
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And there's some wood out there in the forest.
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And veggies!
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The blueish thing denotes an area of interest that can be explored. Let's try that!
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And here the tutorial popups show up.
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Let's searc the area. Seems like the sound decision, eh?
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I go for the "kunning plan".
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Which throws us into our first combat. This one based on the yellow "health", which is sanity, I guess?
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Man, that's a lot of explaining. Let's lay out our cards and start destroying shit, yes?


OK. You can pick the same character several times, but for an increased cost every time. Upside to this is that if you have one character that deals a lot of damage, that character can strike several times.
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The downside is that you don't spread damage received over more characters.. For this first match, that doesn't hurt too much.

So, we gotta start throwing the damage around. We get to designate which target to pummel, if there are more possibilities.
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Here the opponent also played the same card twice, meaning I damage "both" cards with one strike, seeing as they're the same target.

Repeat the process, and we take down some of the opposing force:
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Soon, we've won the combat and are treated with the AAR.
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Everyone in the expedition also receive som temporary blessings.
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And loot!
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That shield would look good on Andnjord, don't we all agree?
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Welp, after doing this small combat, I decided to dip into the research/development tree, and another tutorial popup shows.
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I decide not to unlock anything just yet, but take a quick look at the school, just to show you how it looks.
We'll want to unlock the gathering skills to be able to gather higher tier materials, but getting better buildings in the village will also be important.
So too crafting better gear. For now, we're still treading shallow water and can postpone our choices.

I then dip into the factions and loyalty tab, and find that only the monsters know about our group, and have decided that we look tasty.
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I then log into the fuel management part again, to disable the burning of wood in favour of coal. The wood can be used for crafting.
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The "Domination Victory" tab shows us some ways of winning the game.
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I wonder if we'll manage that in this playthrough..
Also, here's the Characters list. We still only have our one little expedition, so it's not like there's a lot to manage yet.
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I set up camp, and we get more popups.
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Note; it's only if you manage to go above the required number, that you actually find resources in one turn. So this'll allow me to gather some leather.

Crafting is done similarly to in Thea.
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And I find out how you build a village. You craft an Idol, which serves as the centrepiece. Also, this Idol can use wood as the primary material. Good thing I toggled that off as fuel.
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In this screen I show that I had forgotten how the resource gathering system works. I assign people to research for one turn, and they fail to produce enough points to actually make progress, and the 68 points are lost..
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At least I manage to cook.
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Once I click end turn, the imp shows up again.
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OK, OK I get it. He wants us to setup camp. Which I just did. And now we can see that we got 9 pieces of leather and some cooked food.
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We move to another spot, where I waste some more time on actually not advancing our research, but at least we forage for some veggies and cut some wood.
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Then I spot some higher quality wood that we don't know how to cut yet.
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It's right next to another adventure site.
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It asks if we want to play it safe? Hah! Not yet at least.
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Ouch.. At least I can now find out if health regenerates automatically...

Note; I didn't screenshot it, but yes, the health, sanity and faith bars all regenerate a bit each turn. Also, I got a new research point.
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And I found a neutral village!
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Before I can make contact though, the imp shows up again..
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Also, levelups! I choose to tag the biggest increase. Right now, I just want to grow my characters as much as possible. Later, I might build more towards a specific goal, but I haven't reached that level of meta-fu yet.

And where were we? Oh yes, the village...
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So, we can either attack it outright, leave, or try to convince them we're worth their time...

Let's do the latter. It's a sanity battle. Should be Fun!
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Yeah... So we won, but took heavy damage..
If any of the health bars wind up below 30%, there's a chance each turn that said character leaves us forever..

We do get some better relations out of it, and the possibility of adding another warrior I guess?
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Off I wander in the direction of their quest, when I spot the imp's house. Thinking it's about furthering the main quest, I enter, just to find myself face to face with a hag! These bitches mean business.. I try to use the intelligence option here.
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Then I decide to try and use the autoresolve option..
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Oh! I lived!
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And the troll imp pipes in again.. Isn't he annoying?

Spent, I setup camp, and out of the dark, we're suddenly attacked! By rats... It was over so quickly I didn't even think of doing screenshots.
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And, AGAIN with the imp. He just doesn't quit talking.
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OK, we're back on track doing the sidequest for the Slavyans village.
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And we levelup just before engaging their quest target!
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Rats again. We play it safe and try to trap them.
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The newly won loot let's us switch some gear around. We equip Crooked Bee with some javelins, hoping the "first strike" skill is as powerful in this game as it was in the original Thea. Yes. Javelins give you that skill.
Also shields all around! We want that protection..

Now the village will actually let us enter. We COULD still attack them, but it seems stupid to do so. We don't even have a village of our own, so let's not start a war, yes?
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Instead we take on another sidequest.
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Then we go to where the imp said there was a village in need of our help. Yet another adventure in need of resolution.
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We do a very easy little combat and are basically told to "go search" for this Zbigniev. No quest compass on the map.

But that's for later. I think I'll wrap this up by unlocking some crafting.
I suspect more combat very soon, and as such, I want to stack up on better gear. So I unlock armor, shields and ranged weapons.
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Also, one of the "attractive" women in the band level up and can become a crafter. Just what Citizen wanted!
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I'll add the rest of you conscripts later.
 

Azira

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I'm playing default difficulty. Have no input on whether the difficulty is too low or not. Simply not far enough into the game yet.
 

hello friend

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I'm on an actual spaceship. No joke.
I'll take Pshemyshl

How has the combat changed from the first one? I liked the idea of Thea 1 but in practice I hated it. If they improved the combat I might have to buy this one.
 

Citizen

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I'll take Pshemyshl

How has the combat changed from the first one? I liked the idea of Thea 1 but in practice I hated it. If they improved the combat I might have to buy this one.

First of all there's an actual battlefield now with 2 front/back rows, and instead of just building a queue of cards players lay them on battlefield slots

Since there's no more queue, card order is decided by delay stat that is tied to stats and action/weapon that card is perfoming

No more offensive/tactical hands, 7 cards maximum, every card can be used on the battlefield, performing spells/skills/attacks

I'd say it's much better, I hated first thea combat and never played far enough because of it
 

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I want to be short, sturdy creature fond of drink and industry. If any dorf join your village soon i claim him.
 

Azira

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I wanted more of Thea today, so I dove into the game again. Did you know that mythical creatures in Slavic mythology are SOBs to a tee?
Well, they are.

It seems I have no shortage of willing recruits! Very well. Consider yourselves enrolled.
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As I left the game last, I was about to go search for this Zbigniev fellow, whereever he may be.
Might as well do some sidequests while we're out there, roaming.
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If you have the right skills, some behind-the-scenes rolls occur, and you can get different options for solving adventures. Here, having a hunter lets us tackle this one a bit differently.
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I decide to kill them all off though, in hopes of better loot.
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And I tempt fate by asking for an auto-resolve. Well, not as much tempt fate, as being lazy, seeing as you can always decide to resolve the battle manually after the results of the auto-resolve is teased to you.
No reason to do that if you get a "Perfect Victory" though.
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OK loot. This stuff can all be used in crafting. Either in food, equipment or buildings. You can construct buildings out of bone, yes. Grisly, right? Gotta love it.
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And suddenly, as I enter a random hex, there he is! Dialogue initiated.
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I decided to play it nice and goody-two shoes. This is my first playthrough, remember. And I'm a big softie at heart, so there's that.
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After doing that, we get a popup explaining how to start a settlement.
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Okay, so the shard is a one-off, got it. Probably should look for an ideal place to settle then. But first, more levelups!
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I have no idea what the luck stat does, but I'm counting on it being important.
And for baud that boost to Gathering just looked so useful. You want clever gatherers in your expedition.

We're now good buddies with one of the neutral factions, allowing us to go into their village and gamble. I think tagging the luck skill twice pays off here.
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Emboldened, I do the exact same in the other village.
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Silver and gold are nice. Can be used in crafting, but apparently also in some random events. I did not know that then though.
Instead, I decide to start a settlement smack dab right next to the quest village.
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Let's construct an Idol of Stone.
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And voilá! Thus the foundation for Sokovice is laid.
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Building a settlement attracts a pet demon...
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The demon can perform the same tasks as you regular villagers, only it's bound to the settlement.
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That's a nice demon. It stays near my settlement, does his chores and defends the children. Good.
Other demons are less nice. Some merely annoying.
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Feeling benevolent, I let the creature live, and resolve to going for the peaceful solution.
All of the time spent fighting creatures and staving off demons lead to more level increases. hello friend and Grimwulf both tag the Tough feat, increasing their survivability.
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We drop by one of the villages again, looking for more stuff to kill.
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Before finding the vermin, we're ambushed. It's an easy ambush, simple to repel.
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Now, with a village settled, we can get random events happening there too. This is one of the good ones:
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We'll see more of this stork later..
Still, this wouldn't be a proper RPG without killing rats, would it?
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We happily ask for more tasks, this time it's not rats they want removed, but actual fellow humans. Not a task below us, even if we are goody-two shoes.
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Before finding them, Andnjord ups his survivability too, in an even better fashion! He improves his armor stat. If you can manage to only receive armor damage in a battle, without losing health, you're much better off. Tough is a good perk, but I like Parry better. Our pet demon also learns how to conjure ghostly axes and fling them...
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Well, we manage to progress in the food-stealing demon quest before finding the scoundrels. There's a lot of text-quests in this game, just as in the prequel. I like that.
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Well, what do you know? Another demon that wasn't an SOB? Verdict is still out on whether each and every last of them ought be exterminated though.

Remember I mentioned we'd see more to the stork?
Well, it seems that Grimwulf and Crooked Bee has taken a liking to eachother. Who knew?
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Children in the prequel were useless and a liability. They may be a liability in Thea 2 too, I don't know yet.
Before we proceed, randomly we get a new adventure based on the food-stealing demon.
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I probably just should've killed the creepy critter..
Welp, about children in Thea 2, it seems you can put them to work! Good, I leave the child in the village, where she can pick fruits and cut wood and whatever task I deem necessary.
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About wood, I placed the village within gathering distance of Elven Wood. To gather that though, I need to unlock it in the Advancement tab.
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And then the icon for it is no longer greyed out.
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Time to outfit the expedition again. I leave the child with the demon (known for their perfect child-rearing skills I'm sure) and bring plenty of food and firewood. I remember to mark the Elven Wood as non-usable for fuel purposes.
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Then we go to beat up human opponents. This time I decide to do a manual battle. For more loot, I want to kill them. It's a bit at odds with my goody-two shoes thing, but hey. I'm complicated.
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The manual combat is simple. First is the setup phase. Look at the icons in the middle between the two board halves. There are some red, and some green icons, followed by two crossed sword icons at the end.
The red icons is the enemy setup, green is mine. The number of "gearcogs" denotes how many/costly actions you can fire off. Placing a character the first time costs 1 cog, the second time it costs 2 cogs.
So I can place two characters on my fist go, which I do.
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The most armored character to the front, and our best archer directly behind. Some skills can be used to buff already played cards. I don't do that here. I just place everyone.
And note that the enemy has a character with purple markings over it. That one is placed twice.
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Some skills you can designate a target for.
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The combat is quick and one-sided.
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Seems I upset the scavenger faction. Didn't know they had a faction. And the research material I can research, for better results on auto-resolve against just that type of enemy.
I got more research points, so I can unlock more stuff. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to unlock a playground...
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Don't have the resources for it yet. Silly decision.
Then I get a random adventure.
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It cost a lot of gold, and the child got a permanent bonus to a stat. Not sure if worth it..
We do get more levelups. Again, I go for the biggest boost.
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Then I spot a terrain feature I haven't seen before. This is new in Thea 2. Don't know what it does, but it's sparkly, so it's probably important. It's right next to a boar lair though, gotta clear that first.
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Manual battle punished me there. Took damage. Noone is below the 30% threshold though, so should be safe.
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Close by is also a serpents nest. Clearing that manually as well.
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My armor proves adequate, and I take no lasting damage.
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Safe from the lairs, I setup camp to extract the artifact. There's fuel and food nearby to, which is ideal.
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We get another levelup, then I decide to shuffle around the characters a bit, as gathering the artefact was going a bit too slow for my tastes.
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Turns pass...
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Our Bee levels up and improves her perception, and finally we've dug out the artefact.
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So we clear the next boar lair in sight. This time I opt for auto-resolve, and we pull it off without a hitch.
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Then we're ambushed by a single snake. Results were easy to predict.
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We don't get to celebrate our victories, as that food-stealing demon isn't done yet.
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Back in the village, the child levels up, without attaining adulthood. I have no idea whether growing to adulthood is dependent on a hidden clock or if its random. Anyhow, I also decide to unlock a Lumber Mill. Another building I lack the resources to erect.
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Our expedition comes across another random Adventure, this one seems to be tied to the free DLC.
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Just one against my entire flock. It didn't stand a chance.
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In the prequel, I really liked casters, and I was a bit disappointed I wasn't joined by one here. Maybe he would join if I had the right god. Well. The ordeal does provide experience, and we get some improvements.
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Random adventures are Fun.
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Our pet demon also improves.
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I still haven't found that food-stealing demon quest thing, so I keep exploring and come across another faction.
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Just as I spot that village though, I finally get to progress (and end) the food-thief quest.
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I probably shouldn't have taken that option, but it seemed tempting...
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Right, so everyone is cursed. Go me. No helping it, I gotta progress.
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Welp, I win, get a friendly pet demon and a spellscroll.
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Before making contact to the new faction, the Lightbringers (remember what the Vohl said. They're evil), I check up on the Theopedia. Here you can see that once you complete your creature research, subsequent encounters with said creatures will become easier.
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OK. Let's step foot into the lightbringer settlement and see what's to learn.
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Eh. Doesn't seem like it'll conclude peacefully. I try to auto-resolve and get incredibly lucky with scraping by on a win.
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Everyone is losing their minds after that mental battle, but I got a pet wraith. Looks useful.
Now though, I am at risk of losing one or more characters at the end of each turn, until their sanity recharges...
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By freak luck, that doesn't happen on the first turn, and Citizen improves her gathering skills.
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See here, everyone's yellow bar has taken a serious hit.
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Several turns tick over, with noone losing their will to be adventurers, so I decide to push on. In the distance I spot some rare bone resource that can be mined later, and a boars lair. Maybe netting a victory will lift the spirits?
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You want different foods for the party, to increase the morale regain. That morale is what helps you regain sanity. Which also translates into our entire expeditionary force being completely drained for morale...
The meat we got from the boars will help a bit though. We push on, headed back to the village, but find a "Stinger" faction outpost. They aren't friendly.
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I decide to battle them. Don't want to be bullied by bees. We get a win with minor injuries, which I readily accept, and the loot! Those gathering tools are really useful!
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The relation loss could hurt us later though. Bummed about that. The lair was situated directly above this grove of Dryad Wood though. Gotta unlock that and start harvesting later.
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On our way back to the village, we get treated to another adventure. See if you can spot a trend with the behaviour of demons in this game..
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Fortunately, the illness is temporary. So Citizen should be fine. Should be.
We're almost back at the village when we spot this scene. This game has Spider Diplomacy!
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And this random encounter fixes some of the relation loss I took with Stingers. I'll take it. And no, I'm not sorry about clearing that lair, as the gathering tools made up for it.
We are still cursed from the demon game though, and curses last until lifted. So I unlock the curse removal ritual.
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It'll cost us a fair amount of resources though. I think we got enough herbs to pull it off. We don't get to actually do that though, because now the game decides to throw Plot Exposition at us.
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The text is voiced, which I think is a nice touch. Seems like actual voice actors too. I felt a bit like a paladin here, taking all the "yes god, I shall do as you please, god" choices. Don't know if the game will actually let you deviate and choose your own path. I would think so. I'm just counting on the rewards from the gods being good. We'll see if I'm disappointed.

Back at the village, we complete the curse-lifting ritual, and round everything off with some more levelups.
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Also, I've updated the roster with the characters at the level they were when I last left the game.
 

Citizen

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Azira said:
Fortunately, the illness is temporary. So @Citizen should be fine. Should be.

Caught some nasty slavic aids! Nothing to worry about tho, a few botles of vodka nut moonshine and I'll be back to chopping elven wood in no time
 

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RPG Wokedex Strap Yourselves In [Steve gets a Kidney but I don't even get a tag.] Pathfinder: Kingmaker I helped put crap in Monomyth
Hey, you also got another character in addition to the wraith when clearing that lightbringer village
 

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Hey, you also got another character in addition to the wraith when clearing that lightbringer village
True, another child. Which I dumped back at the village.
 

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''Balance is your calling.''

So we are playing as :littlemissfun:?
 

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