Before we continue The Codex' city life, it's time for some loot selling and such.
First: the wand of lightning we found is the meh version (single 6D6 bolt).
I briefly consider making this halberd our new backstab weapon, but in the end decide to stick to Dagger of Venom.
Wait. Backstabbing with a halberd
Yeah. It's a piercing weapon, isn't it?
Yes, but it doesn't make any... Ah, forget it.
We get some rest (and rearrange the spell list a bit).
Since we need to get the book for the Umberlee priestess to get the geas remove scroll to save Lothander to get the cure for The Codex...
That's exactly why I hate fetch quests. This and running back and forth.
...the temple of wisdom, located in the western part of the city, is our next target.
That's a nice looking neighbourhood.
Except for that fat bitch over there. She's spoiling the view for me.
The greater basilisk from the warehouse was indeed stronger than the ones before. Worth 7000 XP, it's now our top kill. The Codex has also exceeded 1200 kils overall. With more than 245 000 total kill XP that means an average of about 200 XP per kill.
There is some nice (read: expensive) stuff in the Hall of Wonders. Some of it can even be stolen, if You come here at night - there's also a quest to get a telescope for some gnome, or something like that. We're going to completely ignore this place, except for the screenshot above.
'Steam dragon'. That sounds pretty badass.
We enter Ragefast's house next.
Wait, the guy's name is 'Ragefast', as in 'rage' and 'fast'?
Did his parents name him that or is the name self-given?
I don't know. What's the difference?
The differnce is whether I can laugh at him only for his name, or also for being so stupid to name himself that way.
Bold words for someone named 'The Codex'.
I completely fail to see your point here.
Right. Will You enter the house already?
Uh, sorry Fastrage, you're not my type, and I mean by a lot
I think he's talking to the nymph over there.
Right. The nymph. Of course. I knew that.
Cocky, aren't we?
A lone mage = unleashing The Kysus Barrage.
And he's down.
What, already? I am disappoint.
Some 'Ragefast'. He should be named 'Diefast' instead.
At least the loot is nice. You can never have too much wands of paralyzation.
Disappointment again. What's the point of rescuing distressed damsels if they don't seek company of a man afterwards?
At least we got a cloak made from her hair.
Or rather just some hair.
What a ripoff!
We meet a boy in need of help.
I'm kind of busy right now, but if you pay immediately, I will see what I can do later.
Fuck off then!
Uh, we probably should have helped him.
I'm not convinced. He smelled like a fetch quest to me.
Is this the kind of a lady I might like?
Actually, this is the temple of wisdom we were looking for.
That is one fucking misleading name.
Maybe I should pay them?
They won't sell it, trust me.
Uh, okay. Pretty please, then?
What the fuck do you mean 'anyone' you fucking priest faggot!? I am The Codex! I am a fucking hero! Twenty reputation, see!? How do you think I got it!?
So, what now?
I'll just fucking steal it.
HA! Fuck you!
That's not the book.
You know, all this wouldn't be necessary if You agreed to help that boy. The priest would gladly give us the book then.
Would that require fetching or running back and forth between areas?
Well, maybe, a little of both.
I prefer my way then.
We reload - the LP rules allow us another attempt.
I hope this time it's what we wanted.
Wait, what? 'Manual of bodily health'? What the fuck?
What do you mean?
Wasn't it supposed to be a book of wisdom? This is
a temple of wisdom after all.
Well, You see what it is. The priest doesn't have any other books. You may check if You want.
I don't get it. I'm sure
it should be a book of wisdom. It doesn't make any fucking sense!
What? What was that?
I didn't say anything.
Right. I'm keeping my eye on you.
We go back to Queen Bitch's temple.
The scroll first, bitch!
Wait, if her goddess is 'queen bitch', she won't take offense to calling her 'bitch' too, will she?
The scroll first, whore!
Right, you wanted the book of wisdom. All the faggy priest had was a manual of bodily health. Sorry?
She does not take it well.
That's why I hate Umberleeans! They're just not reasonable!
HOLY SHIT! I'M ON FIRE!
Jalantha Mystmyr does not fuck around, hitting the Codex with a pillar of fire, which immediately takes 80% of his HP.
And the rest seconds later.
Death count: 110
Fucking Umberleean whore. I want her dead.
That shall be arranged.
This time we prepare a bit, casting Life Saver 2000 before entering.
Also, mirror image.
Yes, I actually meant... Ah, fucktiwhatever.
The Codex still gets burned up, but the spell does save his life and allows us to kill Jalantha.
Don't forget to give regards to your goddess!
Oddly, other priestesses don't mind us killing their superior. Klingon promotion, anyone?
The dead body is...
I'm sure there are perfectly good reasons for a middle-aged priestess to be carrying a dead body of an adolescent boy. The less I know about it, the better.
A quick look at our journal reveals that Lothander is waiting for us at an inn placed in yet unexplored part of the city. That's where we'll be heading now.
Fucking fetch quests.
We are spawned suspiciously close to the aforementioned inn.
What!? The OTHER HALF
!? You mean it's not over yet!?
So, where exactly is that Blushing Mermaid? Have we already passed it, or does that mean more pointless running around the city?
Uh, the latter, I'm afraid.
Since we won't be needing the book anymore, The Codex uses it to raise his Constitution.
17 CON means +3 HP/level, which translates to 7 additional hit points at The Codex' current level. The math behind that...
Shut up. Now.
Time for some good old house robbin'.
The game seems rather generous with giving us basic magical items for free at this point.
Do we even have some way of spending the money we get from selling all this stuff?
I'll think of something.
We loot this place next.
We have a stock of these already, but having one more won't hurt.
Most buildings in the city have entrances on the visible sides, but some, like on this warehouse, can only be found by mouse-hovering over supposed door placement.
Yeah, sure, I did a good job too, whatever it was.
Actually, the quest was killing the basilisk from last update. Our reward is 1300 XP, 500 gold and some item I forgot to screenshot.
Burglars! And it used to be such a safe city!
Before we came here, You mean?
They buy our bluff. We would get better reward for killing them, but I doubt it would be worth the added trouble.
Also, I don't think stealing from other people's houses warrants a death penalty. Call it a professional bias, if you want.
That's because You never had a house of Your own.
I'm not fond of long-term obligations.
Good going so far today. If we keep this up, we might be able to finish exploring the city in this update.
Blushing Mermaid is located in the northeastern part of the city. Getting there is non-trivial, though. We need to access that part from one of other northmost areas, or we end up in the smaller part where we've earlier met Marek and Lothander.
This fucking quest in one hell of a drag.
Almost immediately, we meet this guy.
Sure, but as for the nymph...
What an impatient guy. I better follow him and clear up the misunderstanding.
That is one tall tower. I bet it was built by the same guy that made the uber-long bridge to the city. Clearly, there were some body part size issues involved.
Now just wait a minute there. You left before I was able to...
It was a lightning bolt, if someone's curious.
Death count: 111
You know what? Killing me, I could forgive. But it was the second time that guy did not let me finish my sentence. For that, he dies.
This time we prepare for the inevitable conversation outcome.
Ramazith casts Lightning Bolt and immediately moves upstairs.
Let's follow him.
Yes, let's, but hidden in shadows. Just in case.
What the fuck is this!?
Each level of the tower has some enemies. Their number increases with each level, but relative strength decreases. First floor has two mustard jellies (I think).
The second one four ghasts (or were they ghouls?).
Third one: six hobgoblin elites.
And the fourth one: six (or more - there's some fog of war here) kobold comandos.
Finally, we're at the top. Only Ramazith is here.
The Codex is unable to place himself behind Ramazith to backstab him, but we we get a lucky critical hit, which works almost as well. Also: poison kicks in.
Try to interrupt my sentence now! I dare you!
Ramazith falls a few seconds later.
Oh, and it was all a misunderstanding! Fucker.
Ramazith drops some really nice loot.
So, it all turned out all right in the end.
Amulet of Metaspell Influence means potentially one additional Mirror Image per day, so it will replace our current one.
We find this too.
Let me corect myself: it all turned out VERY GOOD in the end.
There are also some scrolls of protection and a wand of paralyzation here.
Now to think of it, I might have decided to come and kill him regardless of other circumstances. Good thing I had
sound reasons for that.
Stealth ensues our safe return to the ground floor.
Identyfying our loot. We've found these boots somewhere somehow. They will be sold.
Since the metaspell amulet means we won't be able to use amulet of protection anymore, we will now start using this ring (also dropped by Ramazith). It will replace ring of animal influence.
Which I most certainly will not
And last but not least - the statboost book found in Ramazith's tower.
Intelligence. And there I thought it would be strength.
Book of strength in a wizards tower? That wouldn't make much sense.
Yeah, exactly like a book of CONSTITUTION in a temple of WISDOM. Right?
This conversation is a pointless waste of time. let's move on.
Move on to reading the Tome of Intelligence, of course.
Superhuman intelligence of 19 gives The Codex 95% chance of learning a spell and no limit for amount of spells per level in his spellbook.
Better than crack!
Back to exploring the city. Here's one of the numerous inns.
Three Old Kegs. Where have I heard this name before?
Oh it's the inn the carry-me-skull guy was talking about.
I think solving this quest also might have convinced the priest in the Temple of Wisdom to help us.
No sense in thinking about it now.
Entering another random house.
Potion of... defense, I think?
Yet another random house.
We are intercepted by this unusual fellow, supposedly dressed in silly colors (?).
You should be seeing it from my perspective. Precious.
Better than You in ankheg armour?
Go outside and freeze to death, willya?
That sounds ominous.
Oh, yeah. Terrifying. I haven't been this scared since last combat with kobolds.
Drelik immediately mirrorimages himself.
Fucking copycat! Now you die!
We try The Kysus Barrage on him, but it ends with a bunch of 'magic resistance' messages.
What the fuck...?
He manages to cast a rather deadly Magic Missile on our hero.
It's like fighting Borda all over again!
Yeah, I'm getting some Borda similarities myself right now.
Death count: 112
I smell a non-trivial encounter.
Yeah, that magic resistance will bite us in the ass. We should prepare.
Back to the inn, to get some rest.
We engage Mirror Image this time to even out the odds.
They would be evened out if I had magic resistance too.
You do have magic resistance. Whole 5% of it.
Weren't you supposed to thrust a rusty nail into your eye or something?
Drelik has one more mirror image than The Codex, so must be a higher level mage. We decide to burn up his clones with Magic Missile.
He does the same thing, and more efficiently.
This guy is starting to annoy me!
But we have Amulet of Metaspell Influence now, meaning another Mirror Image available.
Ha! Whatcha gonna do now, wimp?
My poor reflexes don't allow me to notice that casting this Magic Missile is pointless, as Drelik's last mirror image was destroyed by one of The Codex' arrows.
I hope I won't die because of your fucking stupid mistake!
Uh, yeah, I hope so too.
Death count: 113
Try to pay more attention, willya?
This time we cast Mirror Image and
entering the house.
We should have done that from the start.
From the start we cast Magic Missile twice to destroy his mirror images.
His retaliation forces us to withdraw outside.
We go back after refreshing Mirror Image and hiding in shadows.
How does it work exactly? Are my mirror images also hidden in shadows, or are they visible, or what?
I'll tell You how it works: it works fine.
The backstab effort is disappointing - rather pathetic damage and no poison.
The Codex moves a few steps and stars to spike Drelik with arrows, hoping it will be enough to disrupt the enemy's spellcasting.
But since Magic Missile is cast almost instantly, it doesn't work very well.
Death count: 114
I don't think I will be able to stop him from casting magic missile without haste spell.
You may be right.
Another try. The priority, as always, is getting rid of his Mirror Image.
Next, deal as much damage as possible while our own Mirror Image is still active.
When images are gone, we leave and come back refreshed and hidden (of course, backstab works even worse than before).
A deadly duel ensues. We are at a disadvantage, but manage to nullify that by casting Mirror Image for the third time.
Haste allows us to disrupt his spellcasting this time and he finally dies, after taking a total of 8 arrows to the face.
The loot he drops is far from impressive.
We head upstairs.
You were really attached to that buttler, weren't you? I mean really
Are You implying something?
Between this and colors that Drelik guy wore, I think everything is implying by itself.
Jardak is a heavy melee fighter (aka tank), so we try to blind him.
But it seems he's as magic resistant as his servant was. Not good.
OH FUCK! My head!
retreat downstairs to heal a bit, and head back hidden in shadows.
These backstabs sure ain't what they used to be.
And these guys resist poison all the time. I smell cheating.
Another tactical trip down the stairs.
Good thing he's too stupid to follow.
13 damage only?
What is wrong with this dagger today!?
And we never reach the stairs...
Death count: 115
Loading last save.
Should have gone with that backstabbing halberd after all.
16 damage this time. Uh
Jardak has his way of telling us that coming back up was a stupid idea.
We manage to get downstairs and return for another run. Damage is back to reasonable levels.
The following attempt is a total failure at backstab overall, but at least we score a hit in.
Next time we will be glad at even swinging the dagger in the correct general direction.
With your l33t dagger skillz, we'll take what we get.
Next backstab is again pathetic damage-wise, but at least this time poison manages to work. And I've already given up hope of that happening.
But another one is an epic fail.
Indeed, could've been better.
Death count: 116
I have nothing to say. Except maybe that your 'no run-throughs' rule, forcing us to explore everyting, sucks ass.
Next attempt is much better in damage department.
But has a very similar result.
Death count: 117
Some healing potions, maybe? So I can survive one hit at least?
He's on the verge of dying, I'm sure!
You're on the verge of dying too, you realize that?
I don't get it. What is with the sucky backstab damage against this guy? Does he have some sort of damage reduction?
Fortunately, next attempt is the last one.
As opposed to his servant, Jardak does drop something useful.
Wow, that's a rather awesome helmet!
Indeed. Pity we found it so late and won't be able to use it for long. We should be getting Helm of Balduran in next update.
So, this whole fight was... pointless?
Do you mean that house was the last one?
Last significant one. Yes.
And we could have finished exploring this area fifty screenshots ago if not for those two guys?
Next time: We find a house that proves to be even more annoying than Jardak's.