Some time later: I didn’t figure anything, sold the scroll and came back to plan A. Went south, charmed Aoln to lead a xvart to the ogre, charmed the ogre and ordered him to run around the xvart. When mighty xvart have killed the ogre I grabbed the loot and equipped the Girdle of Piercing.
[No Aoln was hurt during the production of these scrennshots.]
Went to Beregost, did some robbing, bought Shadow Armor, and exchanged helms with Kagain (for the looks). Went farther south, charmed the Flaming Fist mercenary, watched ogrillons kill him and acquired even prettier helmet. Continued south to Nashkel, took some time to admire Neira’s helm, but decided that there are no strong man around to kill her. Went to the Carnival to buy Protection from Undead
scroll. Didn’t find any, so went west and robbed a little girl. Got ambushed by 3 skeletons – one with bow, one with darts (or throwing daggers), but none hit – and then by gnolls – charmed one to outmaneuver them and escape. Went to the mines, sneaked to Mulahey, charmed him, got him killed by kobolds. Almost failed, as Mulahey had morale failure and went berserk. Good thing I changed his weapon to fist – he just knocked out one kobold before dying.
Leafed through letters, grabbed the loot, went to the surface – this time sneaking past the jellies. Used anti-undead scroll, robbed the graves (especially potion of invisibility, wand of summoning and potion of freedom) and took the dagger +2. Went to the Carnival, sold the loot, then to Nashkel, charmed Nimbul made him cast Missiles
on himself, watched him got shot to death by soldiers, looted the body and sold the loot (this time I didn’t keep the boots, I had -5 against missiles without it) and headed north to Larswood (talking to Tranzig is unnecessary). Sneaked to Teven, got transported to the camp, escaped Tazok, entered the main tent.
Gulped potion of absorption, charmed Ender, Hakt and Venkt. Had Venkt cast Haste
, positioned him and Hakt to be struck by Lightning Bolt
but failed. Ordered Hakt to catch the lighting – he managed to get hit twice, but lived. I ordered Venkt to attack Britik and waited for him to die (Venkt, not Britik). Same with Hakt. Only that he actually hit Britik and the latter failed his save. So I ordered Hakt to escape in order to get Britik away from Raemon, then moved to heal the gnoll. Raemon saw me and moved to initiate dialogue, Britik turned as if he wanted to hit me (even though he was still neutral, which was strange on it’s own), but I hid immediately. Britik finished Hakt, then I grabbed his bow, healed Britik again, hid from Raemon again, looted Venkt and moved to the exit. Recalled not looting the chest (too busy watching the Lightning Bolt
), so sneaked back, looted the chest and went away.
Went to Ulgoth’s Beard again to sell the loot and buy Ring of Invisibility. Went southwest to rob the coastal cave, buying scrolls of Invisibility
and Mirror Image
at Thalantyr’s. At the coast sneaked past sirines, cast Mirror Image
, went in, grabbed the loot, run around the corner to hide and went out without triggering the trap (Maybe it just doesn’t work at all? I’m talking about trap located on the right from the entrance). Raised constitution to 18 (and HP to 10), kept the wand paralyzation and potion of absorption, sold the rest at Thalantyr’s and bought scrolls and potions of both fire and frost resistance (better safe then sorry).
Entered Cloakwood, sneaked towards the spider area, got ambushed by ettercaps and escaped, drunk potion of freedom and cast Invisibility
from scroll, then moved on. The Invisibility
was supposed to protect me from wyvern ambushes, but it didn’t work and one wyvern nearly got me. Took the potion from a druid, cast Invisibility
again and rested. Awoke after 8 hours, well rested and quite visible. Then I recalled – the spell works true to it’s description (lasting 24 hours) in BG 2, not in BG 1. Moved farther and luckily reached the mine without being ambushed again. Charmed 2 guards, then Drassus and waited for Genthore to kill him. Looted the body, equipped the boots and entered the mines. Used last scroll of Invisibility
, because sneaking past ghasts scares me. Reached the last level, charmed the guard and protected myself from lighting, fire, cold and mind affecting spells (potion of clarity from Candlekeep). Cast Mirror Image
from scroll, triggered the traps and charmed Davaeorn – in first try. Waited until the battle horrors did their job, then lured them away using the charmed guard (I just don’t feel safe looting the body within the range of their swords – even if I just rerolled the sneaking roll).
Retreated from Cloakwood and headed straight to Baldur’s Gate – forgetting about talking to Vai again. So I bought invisibility potions, scroll and potion of fire protection, increased dexterity to 20, grabbed the Helm of Balduran (15 HP) and went to Beregost. Raised reputation to 19 and came back. Bought some potions of master thievery (only 3 at Sorcerous Sundries but lots of in Shop of Silence). Drunk two of them and robbed enough to buy everything needed to finish the game. Equipped Gauntlets of Weapon Skill and Shield of the Falling Stars (robbed a child again). Then sneaked inside Iron Throne building, learned the needed information from a merchant, went to Eltan and got transported to Candlekeep. Got arrested, got teleported, speedily sneaked outside (oil of speed) and went to Ulgoth’s Beard. Bought the staff +3, Greater Malison
scrolls. Went to Baldur’s Gate, threw the club away, sold the shield and bought equipment for the palace fight (more on this in a moment). Went to Undercellar, charmed a courtesan to block Slythe (just in case), gulped oil of speed and changed boots (to Boots of Stealth). Slythe had good saving throws, but I charmed him in third try. He didn’t even move, as I could hide in shadows immediately after unsuccessful charming.
Then I drunk enough potions to raise Pick Pockets
skill to 200%, positioned the courtesan as close to Slythe as possible (again – just in case), then stole invitation and letter from Sarevok. Then I moved to the palace. Here’s my inventory at that moment:
I only planned on using arrows of dispelling, arrows of biting and piercing were just an insurance. I forgot about bringing the second wand of paralyzation (left it in a stash). Once inside I showed my invitation again, summoned one wave of hobgoblins (another insurance) and found them hard to control. Drunk 2 potions of mind focusing, oil of speed, potion of perception, and cast Mirror Image
(strength potion was drunk earlier). While hidden, moved in such a way that I could see Liia but not Belt. Charmed Liia, moved her to the side room, cast Invisibility
on her and positioned her far away from upcoming battle. Then I revealed myself. None of the doppelganger attacked me – most attacked Belt, one massacred my hobgoblins (all except one) and joined the others. I cast Otiluke’s Resilient Sphere
on Belt (which didn’t stop the doppelgangers from attacking him), then used Malison
, shooting arrows of dispelling inbetween. Unfortunately, spells affected not only the enemies, but also the guards. Only one doppelganger was affected by Emotion
and only one guard wasn’t.
Not as I planned. I produced a wand of paralyzation and started using it, in the meantime finishing the dispelling work. Paralyzed only one before Resilient Sphere
expired. Remaining hobgoblin was shooting so I ordered him to get lost (I couldn’t just kill him, because I wasn’t absolutely sure that I won’t get experience for that). Paralyzed second doppelganger, while the guard finished the first. I heard someone using a bow – the hobgoblin came back. Told him to get away once more and resumed paralyzing. Then I noticed the level up symbol on my portrait. I scrolled the log and learned the terrible truth – it was the hobgoblin who dealt the final blow to the doppelganger, not the guard! That was that shot I heard. Even so, I didn’t kill the damned beast, as I decided to continue. I might have gotten the experience (1333 in each class, leveled as thief), but I still had 0 kills, so “pacifist achievement” was still in my range (and I didn’t use that level up, of course).
So, I was now keeping the hobgoblin on a shorter leash – I ordered him run around the fighters (to be honest, I was hoping he’ll have a heart attack), paralyzed second doppelganger. Belt managed to kill one non-paralyzed doppelganger and died, while I paralyzed another and cursed hobgoblin finally disappeared. Only one enemy remained on the move. He charged at me, but I paralyzed him in the next round. Then I paralyzed the emotional one. And just in time – a moment later spell have expired. Guards woke up and killed paralyzed doppelgangers.
I approached Liia, showed her the assassin’s letter, waited for Sarevok to escape and got teleported.
Restocked and entered the maze. Used anti-magic scroll (stolen from Ramazith’s home) and sneaked to the Undercity, equipping the Boots of Stealth while passing doomguards and skeleton warriors. I rested in Undercity (to get rid of anti-magic) and sneaked to the temple. There I buffed: oil of speed, potion of storm giant strength, potion of magic shielding, potion of power, Draw Upon Holy Might
and Mirror Image
. Character sheet after buffing:
[My HP were lowered to 13 by potion of power. Rigid Thinking
stands for potion of mind focusing.]
Then I backstabbed Sarevok five times with staff +3, drinking potions of invisibility after each strike. Webs
and Stinking Clouds
(awful lot of them for some reason) made it easier as the saving throws were telling me when I can drink another potion. When Sarevok died I still had one potion left (and unused Ring of Invisibility, though using it wouldn’t be as easy).
[That's the semi-final backstab.]
So I failed at no experience run again, but succeeded in no leveling and no killing run.
Edited by Blackmalkin, 02 August 2012 - 01:17 AM.