Vessen the level 2 cleric and gang's continuing adventures...
Vessen's party survived their travel to Nashkel, as well as Marl and Karlat and Neira. Neira battle was funny, we entangled her and she entangled us. But we made sure to be out of melee range and she summoned her magic weapon, and could just sit there and be pegged by missiles. Karlat also got entangled so the party just backed away and finished him off. Marl was defeated by ranged fire as well.
Thanks to Joshua's 18 CHA, we got the antidotes from Landarin and worked on clearing her house of spiders at level 1. Very resource intensive, Joshua thanks to his poor AC (his DEX) got poisoned a bunch, so he had to antidote 3 times and heal potion as well. We did finally win though. As if I needed any more encouragement to get his gauntlets of dexterity.
When we got to Nashkel we gave the Ankeg armor we found in a field to Paja. The reasoning is that while BG 1 she is just a support character most time (unless we can get her to level 9 in which case she can actually get us some really decent summons), in BG 2 she will likely be very useful there in and ToB. So I need her to stay in one piece.
Also for safety reasons, Vessen is in the back row with our thief/mage, so Paja needs to be able to survive the 2nd row the ankeg armor will help.
When we put up with Noober's rambling, we got our first level of the game. No surprise that Lily the bard got the first level. Her lore is 0 at level 1, but a few levels will change that nicely. We headed out to the gnoll fortress, with the party being all level 1's except Lily. We travel what I believe is the safest route > direct south of Naskhel > West then West again.
The party dealt with the Gnoll Fortress very well. Only slight scare was the Carrion Crawler started wandering around the cave and at one point could have attacked and possibly held almost anyone in the party. No reason to take chances, so Uriah used a few guaranteed hits from his magic missile wand to get the kill. This got our 2nd level of the game for the party, for Vessen in this case. He only got 5 hit points from the level, but guess that's better than 1. We found a wizard in a pit, but we didn't talk to them. The CHA tome went to Paja.
When finished here at the Gnoll Fotress, we headed to Beregost to rest, identify our stuff, and with any luck come at night-time. It was, Eureka! Quickly, Uriah went to the Thunderhammer Smithy which was closed yet unlocked, and opened the chest with the +1 bastard sword. I knew his 55% lock picking is enough for that chest. After looting JUST the magical bastard sword, he quickly left the smithy. I always ignore all the loot here other than the bastard sword thanks to a previous run where a ton of flaming fist appeared and blocked the door. I had to kill lot of them destroying my rep. So if I just send the thief and hurry, the chance of a repeat of that is much diminished.
The party noticed a lot of hostiles on their road to Nashkel from Candlekeep, so they will start clearing these road areas when we next hear from them.
Edited by corey_russell, 26 October 2011 - 03:02 PM.