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Completed Let's solo Baldur's Gate on Insane (feat. The Codex)

Which BG2 LP style would You prefer?

  • The Codex Solo / Core

    Votes: 7 22.6%
  • The Codex + 1 helper / Hard

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The Codex + 2 helpers / Hard

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The Codex + 2 helpers / Insane

    Votes: 1 3.2%
  • 6 new characters / Insane

    Votes: 2 6.5%
  • kingcomrade

    Votes: 21 67.7%

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Not exactly doubles, but yes, if it was for original 89K XP cap, we would've hit level cap already. The increased 161K one gives us one more level up in each class.
 

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I dont remember fighting this much Xvarts, must be because I skipped lower left area of map completely. And a good thing too, other than those Sirens it looks booring.

Anyway sint there a demon somewhere in the wildreness of vanilla? Doesnt it qualify for a boss fight?
 

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I meant 'boss' in a more classic meaning, as a stronger enemy that You first have to reach by cutting through some dungeon (or other area) full of minions, traps and such. Someone like that demon at the bottom of Durlag's Tower.
I guess that makes Mulahey a boss too, and maybe also bandit camp leaders, as a 'group boss'.
 

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MicoSelva said:
I meant 'boss' in a more classic meaning, as a stronger enemy that You first have to reach by cutting through some dungeon (or other area) full of minions, traps and such. Someone like that demon at the bottom of Durlag's Tower.
I guess that makes Mulahey a boss too, and maybe also bandit camp leaders, as a 'group boss'.

Yeah, I'd say so. There's also that demon at Ulgoth's Beard after you finish up the Durlag's Tower stuff and Sarevok's lackeys at Iron Throne.
 

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Bonus Update #1: Fighting Borda

Remember our little bet, back from previous update?

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Yeah, about that. I actually didn't die in the stronghold, did I?

No, but the bet was about dying in the update.

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Fucking semantics!

Anyway, You lost, so I'll execute my right to make You do something very stupid and expect You to take it with a smile.

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What will it be?

We have been challenged to attack and kill a merchant we earlier missed near the smurf xvart village. An since we did miss him, the handicap is we have to defeat him right here right now, without any resupplying, only with what we have.

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A merchant? Is that all?

Yeah. His name is Borda.

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Bring him on, then! Let's get it over with, so I can make it to Friendly Arm Inn and sleep in luxury.

You think you can take him on just like that? Ok then, let's try.

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Sorry, pal, but You're going down for glory of The Codex!

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Borda deaths: 1

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Okay. What the fuck just happenned?

Apparently you were burned by his magic missiles and weren't able to hit him even once due to him being surrounded by mirror images. It all happenned so fast I didn't even have time to screenshot anything.

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Right.

Let's try that again, shall we? This time, a little more prepared.

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We arrive at the destination area again (forgot to save the game first time) and start our preparations by resting for 48 hours.

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Borda approaches automatically when we are near. We probably missed him first time because The Codex explored this area hidden in shadows most of the time.

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Right after the dialogue, Borda casts Mirror image. This cannot be prevented, since autopause doesn't work correctly, and I cannot pause manually immediately after dialogue (there's a 'cooldown' of about 2 seconds). I am also unable to click on Borda fast enough if the game isn't paused, because the screen shifts focus after dialogue is finished.
I could probably limit these problems by reducing game's FPS rate from 60 to 15 or so, but of course I'm not going to do that. So, we'll have to deal with Borda mirror imaged every time.
Mirror Image creates five illusionary Bordas. After that, each of the six has equal chance of being hit when we make a successful attack roll against Borda. That means when there's 5 images, every successful attack has 1/6 chance of hitting the real one, with 4 that's 1/5, with 3: 1/4, and so on. A successful hit against an image destroys it.
In the image above we manage to (critically, yay) hit one of the images, but 4 are still intact when The Codex is about to die here.

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Gee, thanks for the support...

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Borda Deaths: 2

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That Mirror Image will fuck me real hard. We need a way to deal with it.

Any suggestions?

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Multiple attacks at the same time should destroy his images and leave him vulnerable.

Magic Missile then?

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Magic Missile it is.

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Yeah, I can do that too, sucker!

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WTF? Magic resistance?

The Codex only has three missiles at level 5, and we are 'lucky' enough to two of them hit Borda himself and do shit, since he has high magic resistance (more like immunity, actually, since none of our spells worked against him). So, only one image was destroyed.

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Oh no! Oh no! Don't kill me!

Yeah, I totally forgot to make The Codex cast Resist Fear, despite knowing Borda will use Horror (he did it before), so we're fucked again.

Borda Deaths: 3 (sory, no death screenshot this time)

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The Fearless Codex will now enter the scene!

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We can fart on Horror due to resistance spell now. And the fight is going much better this time. First Magic Missile destroyed two images, and we're in the middle of firing the second one already.

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Yeah! You're going down this time, bitch!

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As you see, it didn't develop very well. Borda still has one image left and The Codex would have to survive the fifth incoming magic missile to be able to continue fighting. Can he do that?

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Of course!

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Not. Of course not.

Borda deaths: 4

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Another try.

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Quite good. Only two images left after first MM.

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:yeah:

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The second one only manages to destroy one of them, though.

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:rage:

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It ends on a similar note.

Borda deaths: 5

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Ok. This obviously isn't working. I must be able to do more damage to him before he fires up his magic missile for the second time. That's insta-kill.

Exactly. Borda's magic missile barrage can do 20-50 damage (1d4+1 x5, doubled on Insane), which means 42 HP Codex can expect to survive the first one (with a little luck), but two in a row - not really.

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So, first: if I hit him, it has to count. We will use arrows of biting from now on, instead of normal ones.

Ok.

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Second: I need more speed. And that too can be arranged!

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He'ssofuckingdeadnow!

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The first try didn't go quite according to our expectations.

Borda deaths: 6

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The second attempt looks promising for a moment, but then The Codex suffers two critical misses in a row.

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:rage:

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Borda deaths: 7

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Another try. A combination of magic missile(s?) and arrow shooting destroys 3 images.

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But that's clearly not enough.

Borda daeths: 8

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Yes!Dienowfucker!

Finally our plan works like we wanted it too. Borda loses all images, is hit by an arrow of biting and even gets poisoned. Now we'll see if it's enough to defeat him.

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Apparently not.

Borda deaths: 9

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That was quite close! Let's try again!

Alright.

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Yes!Fuck!No!Missiles!

It's going reasonably well at first, but the spell we manage to interrupt is Horror, not Magic Missile, unfortunately.

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Well, let's call it a draw.

Borda deaths: 10

Not sure if the first magic missile barrage killed The Codex, or the fight was longer and it was the second one. Doesn't matter in the long run, though.

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This plan is good! It will work! We just need some luck! Let's try again.

So, we try.

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Again.

Borda deaths: 11

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And again.

Borda deaths: 12

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Goinggreat!Alreadyoutofimagesandpoisonedandhe'sonlyjustcastinghorror!

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Unfortunately, first magic missile series kills The Codex. But yeah, it did look promising.

Borda deaths: 13

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Here's a little less successful attempt. If we don't manage to hit him even once between his magic missiles, it's a lost cause already.

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Borda deaths: 14

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Yet another try...

Borda deaths: 15

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And another...

Borda deaths: 16

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Yeah...

Borda deaths: 17

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That's it! I give up! This guy's unkillable! His magic shield of cheese is there to fuck me up over and over again, and I don't want to be fucked up like that!

We need to enhance our tactics.

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How? We used everything I have at my disposal!

Almost everything. We weren't using Your thief skills.

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They are useless in combat and you know it!

We can make them useful, I think.

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After hitting Borda with Magic Missile, The Codex runs away and hides in shadows.

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Thatwasgood. Whatnow?

Another Magic Missile?

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We hit him with second MM and hide again. He still has two mirror images left.

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Notveryimpressive. Ournextstep?

I don't know. I haven't thought that far ahead.

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Borda deaths: 18

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Another try of hit&hide. The Codex shoots Borda with second Magic Missile (notice only one mirror image left!), runs away and hides again.

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There. Image-less, naked and vulnerable!

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I'mgonnafuckhimupnow!

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Borda deaths: 19

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This plan has one major flaw - hiding doesn't always work.

Borda deaths: 20

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Sometimes we are just unlucky. Here we can see The Codex running away tactically retreating to find a hiding spot, when a wolf is encountered.

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Fuckit'soneofthemtorpedowolves!

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Yeah, wolves from this area still have that insane bonus to first strike critical hit chance. That's fourth one we meet here, and fourth one which does that.

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Borda deaths: 21

Probably Borda, yeah. Could be the wolf, though.

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Another try. We manage to destroy two mirror images, but The Codex is hit with magic missiles. We use stealth to retreat out of Borda's range.

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Dammitskillsdon'tfailmenow!

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After healing himself, The Codex attacks with magic missile to destroy the rest of image-Bordas.

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It doesn't work.

Borda deaths: 22

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Failing stealth. Yeah.

Borda deaths: 23

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The Codex hide in shadows kicks in once per 3, maybe 4 tries. These screenshots are those other 3 of 4.

Borda deaths: 24

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Yup.

Borda deaths: 25

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Yes!

Best attempt so far. Not only we manage to destroy all Borda's images and hide, but the one arrow shot at him hits and poisons the bastard. The Codex gets his share of pain from magic missiles, but is able to retreat and heal.

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Let'snotfuckthisupthistime!

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Sneakattackbitch!

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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!

The Codex gets another five magic missiles to the face, but drinking a healing potion between missile #4 and #5 saves his life (credit to autopause for that feat). Borda, already hurt by poison, doesn't survive the combination of sneak attack and fast arrow shooting and finally dies.

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:yeah:

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The loot.

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:yeah:

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A sword for sale.

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Kindalame.

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Both 'protection' scrolls are in fact cursed. Combine that with only 900 XP for killing Borda. Yeah. Not really worth the effort.

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:rage:

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After a quick 248-hour rest to heal, The Codex returns back on track, to adventure.

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I think I'm cured of gambling for life. I'm not making another bet ever again.
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Nice job! Magic missiles on insane are just ridiculous. Personally, i just trapped out his mirror image spell, after that he goes down reasonably fast... to a party of 6.
 

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I tried setting traps too (and some other tactics - reload count from this update would've been a bit higher than death count), but with Set Trap skill level of 10 I actually had a higher chance of critical failure and damaging myself than of success and only got frustrated.
 

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Damn. You have the persistence of a mental ill obsessive compulsive.

There is nothing in a game I would try 26 times unless I absolutely had to.
 

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Re-checked: shield SHOULD block magic missiles in 2ED. Please reload an earlier save if You have one and report results. That would hilarious if true...
 

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Sorry, but no hilarity this time.

Maybe in p&p AD&D it works that way and I don't know about vanilla BG1, but in tutu - check out screenshots below.

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I do remember it working in vanilla BG2 so perhaps its a TUTU bug. Or it wasnt implemented in BG1.

Anyway good job with fighting Borda. If level cap is still there You will face many similar fights in the future when it comes to difficulty.
 

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Serious_Business said:
There's no way you can get through this without removing the level cap

Wands, scrolls and potions? He will have gold out of his ass so buying few items for each occasion should do. But it WILL be hard. Actually it IS hard right now but only because he is stingy with his gold.
 

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Serious_Business said:
There's no way you can get through this without removing the level cap

I disagree. I've soloed with a F/M/T on insane before, it's actually not too hard. Though I did skip Durlag's Tower and most of the other obnoxious, godawful TotSC stuff.
 

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Update #12: Killing People For Money

It is finally time for us to head to Nashkel mines. Only one area on the way, fortunately.

But first, we are one sword short, so we head to Friendly Arm Inn.

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It's actually the last one they have, so I hope luck is on our side and no more swords break.

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We also buy skull trap from Thalantyr, since he doesn't have fireball for sale. :x

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Maximum discount we get from reputation is 30% instead of promised 50% - or maybe the initial price was increased due to negative reaction roll. Friends spell doesn't help, so we're still 6000 GP short. :x

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There must be a way to get it before reaching Nashkel mines.

Yeah, switching the armour back and forth is a pain in the ass... Maybe we can use the 'Borda approach'?

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Meaning?

Meaning we will attack random people in the wilderness, and steal their stuff.

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I'm not really comfortable with that. I'm chaotic neutral, not evil. But...

Yes?

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If they can get provoked into fighting, that doesn't count as us attacking them, right? :smug:

I like the way You're thinking.

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Our next stop.

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Area entrance stats. Only one level up in each class left, and none of them will happen in this update, I'm afraid.

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149 days, and we're still in Chapter #1.

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You fail at this game hard.

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A cave bear for a good start of the update :thumbsup:

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Come to papa!

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Can't think of a witty comment here.

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You consider Your other comments witty? That's some major self-delusion there.

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Kobolds. They will become our new favourite enemy pretty soon, I guess.

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Anything other than farts is good.

Gibberlings!

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Fuck you. I got over that ages ago.

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The xvart-killing way is equally effective against kobolds.

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It so sucks to be these guys now.

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Done and done.

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A few steps further, we meet these three guys.

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'These three guys'? That's Larry, Darryl and Darryl!

Who?

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It's so great to meet You! I'm Your biggest fan, guys!

You are?

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Thank You so much!

But who are they? Ah, fuck it.

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:thumbsup:

Right after that exciting event, we run into some skeletons:
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No sweat!

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Uh. It would be a good time to cast skul trap, I think.

I'm afraid we forgot to rest to prepare it.

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Fuck! :x

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Skeletons hit hard, so The Codex retreats a little.

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I don't feel like fighting them, so I'll just sneak past.

That's cheating!

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Dammit!

Ah, the karma got You. What are You going to do now?

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Now? I'm going to die.

Run away!

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Yeah, that wasn't our best performance there.

Death count: 41

Loading game.

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If I'm to fight these guys, I want my skull trap.

Let's rest, then.

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AAAAAAAARRRRGGGHHH!

:cry:

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:godimsomadtheyremovedthissmiley:

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We manage to rest at second attempt.

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I'm going to fuck up those skeletons now!

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:rage:

:obviously:

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:dizzy:

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:violin:

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:clap:

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:hug:

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Noooooo! FUCK! I just killed you guys!

:stupid:

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:blah:

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Smurfs Xvarts managed to wound our hero, so we rest a bit.

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Oh, look. It's Albert.

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I know what You're going to say. Here's your answer: no. I'm not going to attack him.

Please? Just once?

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No! He'll just kill me and you know it!

You won't even try, although that might get You closer to robe of archmagi?

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Ah, fuck it! Ok, just one try.

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I already regret agreeing to this.

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Yeah, this. No animation even (child sprite doesn't seem to have attack animation). The Codex just dropped dead.

Death count: 42

Load game.

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Ok. Enough. Let's move on.

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I guess, we'll just do the quest instead.

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I think I'll just get all your money instead, guys!

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Some of us definitely are, yes.

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Vax quickly falls, but Zal manages to hurt The Codex.

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12 damage from a dart? That's fucking cheating!

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A deadly archery/darth-throwing duel begins.

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I'll show you, who's the better killer here, pal!

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Zal wins.

Death count: 43

Reloading.

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Well, that was stupid, I have to say.

Yes, we didn't really use the best tactics. Let's try that again.

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But before we have a chance for that, we need to reach Vax & Zal (no save immediately before meeting them). And this time there's a winter wolf on the way.

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Good. I could use another pelt.

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Great! Nice shootin', bow! You rock as always!

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Time for the second attempt at Vax & Zal.

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OW! Fuck! My liver!

Yeah, not a good start this time. Vax can hit hard, it seems.

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Healing potion!

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And right on time, since that dart would've killed The Codex if he hadn't healed himself.

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Unfortunately, it only delayed the inevitable.

Death count: 44

Reloading the game.

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Weren't we supposed to use some kind of different tactics than the first time?

Well, we were planning to attack Zal at melee range, after Vax is killed.

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Maybe we should start with that, then. Zal is obviously the bigger threat here.

Ok.

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How do you like that, HUH!?

Zal isn't very tough up close and goes down rather fast.

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Vax gets a couple of lucky shots in, though.

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The stinker!

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But his luck runs out fast.

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Oh yeah! Sword shows how it should be done!

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Zal had magical bracelets.

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I hope it's not something useless like those dexterity gloves back then.

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Some healing potions from Vax.

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The sucker should've used them. All the better for me!

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Sweet! Now I'm going to be an even better archer than before.

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THAC0 = 8 gives us 60% (or is it 65?) chance of hitting someone with AC = 0. Not bad.

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Recovery from the quite tough fight takes The Codex 232 hours.

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And days keep passing...

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Kobolds. Yay.

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I know the drill for these.

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First: Sleep

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Second: Whaaa...? Only one kobold?

There's a second one to the left, but it wasn't affected.

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What a waste of magic!

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I'm starting to dislike you puppies!

Aren't they some kind of small lizard people?

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Third edition.

Oh.

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Heh. I guess I should just get used to fighting them.

Probably.

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Boom! Headsho-OW!

Hahaha, the damage You do to him with your arrows is about half of that he does to You. You suck.

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Or you can say that I did over 200% of his HP in one shot damage, and he did only 38% of mine... Shit. 38%. A kobold. That sucks.

Yes.

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A quick 128-hour rest.

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Another winter wolf is encountered.

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The more pelts I have, the better!

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Shit! Fuck! Cock-sucker!

That 2x20 damage was actually done in one hit. The last level up's +4HP is really a life-saver here.

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Yeah, bow! You are almost as awesome as me!

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Rest attempt is interrupted by some foul undead.

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Quiet there, I'm trying to sleep, goddammit!

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Ok. I honestly did not expect this outcome.

Death count: 45

Reloading.

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Let's all quickly forget that pitiful incident.

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This time a quick 248-hour rest heals all wounds of The Codex.

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:yikes:

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:poop:

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We encounter some more people that can be killed and robbed of their possessions. There are two more, besides the woman The Codex talks to.

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What an insolent bitch. I will cut her down with pleasure!

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Yeah, yeah, fuck you too.

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Combat starts with The Codex getting two arrows to the face.

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Retreat!

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Unfortunately the retreat route we choose is not optimal.

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The fuck? Not now!

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Sendai is paralyzed, so we can take control of the situation a bit.

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Unfortunately, her two friends follow (not pictured) and the combat doesn't resolve in a way favourable for The Codex.

Death count: 46

Reloading.

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Let's use some tactics and maybe approach them one at a time.

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Second attempt. We manage to stay out of Delgod's sight range, but not Alexander's.

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Retreat ends on a note similar to the previous one.

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That's stupid, actually. Why would those fucking farts ignore them and attack me only? That doesn't make any sense!

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Sendai is paralyzed once more. She hits hard in melee, and it's best to avoid that if possible. It would be best to put the xvarts to sleep now, but I can't remove The Codex' armour during combat.

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Another reason to finally buy that goddamned robe.

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Alexander is not as tough a fighter and quickly goes down.

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Mwahahaha! Eat dick, dickeater!

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We also eliminate Sendai while she's still paralyzed.

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Too bad we're not alone, or I would've shown her some...

Don't.

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:twisted:

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Some nice loot.

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Magic arrows - also nice.


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No wonder they managed to hit me that easily.

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These are basic +1 arrows. Should prove useful where arrows of biting suck - like against enemies immune to poison.

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More foul undead interrupting our rest.

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Oh, no, guys! Not this time!

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From dust to dust, as they say!

I don't think they say that in this world.

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A quick 208-hour rest.

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We decide to approach Delgod cautiously. Mostly not to let him use up too much of his magic arrows shooting us.

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There he is. Probably totally lost in his thoughts since he didn't even notice that his two friends disappeared over a week ago!

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I'll backstab the living shit out of him... Or even better, let's finally try my new spell!

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If You insist.

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7+12 damage. Not bad, but could be better.

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He doesn't have much HP left and dies quickly.

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How do you like them arrows to the face!? Huh!? Not very pleasant, are they!?

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He's similar to Alexander loot-wise.

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While roaming the wilderness, we encounter Albert's dog - Rufie.

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I totally forgot about that quest.

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Despite the dialogue, we don't actually get any kind of material reward (the same glitch that appeared with golden pantaloons?).

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Albert's true form.

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Looks pretty badass.

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1000 XP is not too shabby.

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Area completed!

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Great! Let's now sell all the stuff we found here and finally buy me my robe!

We might still be short on cash, but let's try.

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We are am.... ahem, waylaid by a ghast on the way back.

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Want to guess what else appears in one second?

Hobgoblins?

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Gnolls, maybe?

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Oh, look, nothing more appeared.

Yup. Nothing at all. Good for us.

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Standards anti-ghast tactics: do not let it touch You.

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There's also an ogrillon here.

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That doesn't make any... Ah, fuck it!

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Die, immigrant pervert!

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Some skeletons follow us to Thalantyr's house.

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Sorry, guys, not in the mood to fight you. Maybe some other time.

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Area transition - best way to get rid of enemies following you. :thumbsup:

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Unless of course they are using BG2-like rule 'enemies follow through area transition'.

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Always work to be done, not a moment of peace!

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They are no challenge of course.

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Now, can I finally buy my robe?

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Loot identification. Nice armour here.

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What's more important: expensive armor.

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A standard +1 longsword.

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After selling basically everything that could be sold - except the autograph...

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IT'S NOT FOR SALE!

...we are finally able to buy the robe, although it eats almost all our funds.

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:yeah:

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The Codex' AC is now at 0, which is a bit worse than the earlier -1, but we can freely use every thief skill and wizard spell while wearing the robe. That's a huge :incline: .

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The robe also improves The Codex' saving throws.

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And gives him 5 percent resistance to magic.

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Better than nothing, I guess, but not by much.

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With the amount of money we now have, selling these doesn't seem as stupid as it did a few moments before...

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Excess stuff is put into our stash at Friendly Arm Inn.

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I hope my autograph is safe here.

Yeah, let's look at it again.

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:thumbsup:


Seriously, WTF?
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Next time: we try to get on with the plot and are in for a major disappointment.
 
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Two things:

1) Newhart was pretty funny.

"I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl and my other brother Darryl."

2) Use ShadowKeeper to change your avatar to a mage now that you are wearing robes.
 

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I never watched Newhart, so only decided to imply that The Codex did, since I don't know any details of the show. Besides Baldur's Gate, I know one more shout out to Larry, Darryl & Darryl - in Bloodhound Gang's Right Turn Clyde.

I'm going to leave the avatar as it is - would've switched it if The Codex dual classed to mage, but since nothing actually changed class-wise, I'll let it be. Also, I don't want to fire up Shadkowkeeper for the first time, since the tempatation to use again and again (there is some tweaking I'd gladly do) would be too strong.

Hieromancer said:
Serious_Business said:
There's no way you can get through this without removing the level cap

(...) it's actually not too hard. (...)

What he said.
 

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Update #13: Nashkel Mines, part I

What do You say to starting following the plot? You've got Your robe, and I think we've delayed it long enough.

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I say yes!

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Finally able to click on this area.

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Nashkel Mines. Not the most direct route we took to get here.

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You don't say...

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Area entry stats. No level up incoming this time too.

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Eternal sirine is still here. Number of kills has exceeded 750. I wonder when will we reach 1000.

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We are spawned near to this buliding, so let's take a look inside.

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A warehouse. I bet there are rats inside.

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War dogs. You were close.

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How is that close?

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The Codex slaughters poor, innocent...

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Not listening.

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There's some searching to be done here.

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The only loot worth mentioning is this healing potion..

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Soon after leaving the warehouse we meet some of our new best friends.

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I don't get it. There's obviously a ton of kobolds roaming the area, and still miners think that they are attacked by 'demons'. How stupid are they, exactly?

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Two down. Three million to go.

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I'm considering the 'random emote treatment' for these guys too.

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Yeah, but there's a good part to fighting them. They sometimes drop arrows, so I don't have to worry about resupplying that often.

Arrows that you'll most likely use to kill more kobolds.

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Yeah, my life sucks. Anything else is new?

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Boom! Headshot!

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Wow, a ghoul! Some variety, at least.

Don't let it touch You. The bad touch lasts for life, You know.

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This one definitely does.

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There were two ghouls, actually. All the same for The Codex.

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And my bow!

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And my AXE!

...?

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What the fuck was that?

Let's just move on.

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Free XP!

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I'm thinking that bear extinction might happen sooner than expected if You keep killing them like that.

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No worries, more will spawn.

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We meet some gnome running away from kobolds.

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See? Told you everyone knows about kobolds here!

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Wait, fucker! I didn't say I am going to help you!

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Four kobolds.

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Didn't he say there are dozens of them?

What's the difference?

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Ten seconds?

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That last one really thought he'll get a shot at me. That's kinda cute.

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This guy's name is Prism. He's an emo artist, but we'll help him anyway, because it nets us ph47 l007.

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Prism stole some gems to create the perfect sculpture's of a woman he's in love with. There's a quest to get them back. Since BG doesn't really have C&C, we can both help Prism and get the gems back. Stupid, I know.

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All the better for me.

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There's another bounty hunter after Prism - Greywolf. We're now going to kill him, but that's ok, since he's evil.

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Are you sure?

No, but who cares?

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Yes, WE are armed to the teeth and WE mean to stop you.

I'm not armed.

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I was referring to myself, the bow and the sword.

How are they armed?

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Will you stop with the fucking semantics?

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All those conversations were apparently very tiring, because The Codex becomes fatigued just at the start of combat. Great timing there, game. :thumbsup:

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Tired or not, I'm going to kill him anyway!

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Ow! Ow! Ow!

It's quite an even fight, but only because we score a critical hit.

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Shit.

Death count: 47

Reloading.

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How about we use the fact that I can now cast spells during combat to my advantage?

Sorry, forgot.

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We rest 8 hours to have the optimal spell set prepared.

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The second attempt.

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Blur should make me a little harder to hit... Why exactly haven't I cast it before combat?

That's a really good question there.

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BOO!

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Hahaha! You're so dead now!

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WTF? Worn off already?

Should've been shooting faster, I guess.

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Yeah, a bit better, but we're not there yet.

Death count: 48

Loading.

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I wouldn't have run of time if we cast blur before combat!

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Let's do that now.

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Horror didn't work this time, unfortunately.

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:rage:

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Calm down, wolfie, I'm actually your friend! Really!

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I can't believe the sucker actually bought it!

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Move away a bit, I have a gift for you to seal in our friendship!

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Only 8 damage - kinda sucky.

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I've got more. Kameha... I mean: Magic Missile!

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We also try Sleep, but greywolf is probably too high-level for that, because there's no 'save vs spell' message and it just doesn't work.

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Dammit! You're not killing me for the third time!

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Or is he?

Death count: 49

Load game.

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No comments. Let's just kill the fucker.

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Fourth attempt doesn't start all that good.

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OW! FUCK THAT HURT!

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LOOK THERE'S YOUR MOTHER IN LAW THERE!

And it actually worked this time.

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Of course it did!

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There, wolfie! Catch!

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We move in to cast Magic Missile - a little too close unfortunately - The Codex gets into his own skull trap's range. Luckily, since the spell isn't hostile-cast it only deals regular not double damage.

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YES! I SHALL WEAR YOUR JAW AS A NECKLACE!

A nicely timed critical hit helps to cement our victory. Two-handed weapon fighting style is a worthwile investment after all. I once was able to defeat the shadow dragon from BG2 with three such crits in a row - lucky.

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The loot.

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+2 longsword 'Varscona' is probably the best one-handed sword in the game, unless You count the +3 short sword of backstabbing which You get five minutes before endgame...

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Not two-handed? Lame.

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Finishing Prism's quest nets reputation, which we might need later, so we're going to ignore him for now. Instead, we rest and move on.

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Back to exploring - we meet a winter wolf.

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Here, pelty-pelty...

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Nice shooting, bow!

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There, in the tree-hollow. I see something.

Let's check, then.

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Nice! :thumbsup:

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8d6 damage area-wise. Could prove very useful indeed.

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Sweet!

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We talk to Emerson the mine caretaker to gain access inside.

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One day? Yeah, right.

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Move away, pottyhead!

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And we gut fucked by the game once again. It seems that in order to enter the mines, we need to have reached Chapter #2 and getting here doesn't trigger that. We'll have to go to Nashkel and come back.

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What? That's just fucking stupid!
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Next time: An extremely boring interesting update in which The Codex doesn't die.
 
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Malakal

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Ahh Nashkel mines.The uh boring part of uh largely boring game. Yep, now I remember why I prefer BG2.
 

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