It was time to try & bring this thing to a conclusion & I was ready to go for the jugular, no matter what lay ahead. Leaving Ulgoth’s Beard behind, I led us to Wyrm’s Crossing before having Quayle cast Invisibility 10’ Radius on all of us so that we could move thru BG undetected. After a visit to Sorcerous Sundries & a rest after the journey from UB, my next stop was back to the Flaming Fist Headquarters. Using Invisibility 10’ Radius we went directly in, past the FFs that were milling around & upstairs where we found Duke Eltan lying ill in bed being treated by some guy I’d never seen. I had Branwen, still invisible, try to cast Cure Disease on the Duke. When she did, the man who’d been treating him became a Greater Doppelganger & died his trouble. At the Dukes request, we secreted him to the Harbormaster who took him into his care.
The Duke gave us damning documents that laid out Sarevok’s true intentions & told us to find the assassin’s Slythe & Kristen in the Undercellars. Not knowing where these were, we took a shot that we’d find them in the sewers. Sure enough, we wound around in them until we finally walked right into a thriving brothel. We were invisible, as usual, so we were able to scout the entire place w/o notice but we noticed Slythe although we didn’t see Kristen. I finally decided to reveal myself to Slythe which brought Kristen out of her own invisibility. As soon as Slythe reacted we pummeled him. Kristen put up a better fight than her husband but Imoen’s Magic Missiles & Arrows of Biting & Branwen Dispel Magic allowed us to get to her & take her out. She’d gotten off a Cloudkill spell but before it had much affect Branwen countered w/ Zone of Sweet Air.
BATTLE IN THE UNDERCELLAR
With invitations to the coronation of Sarevok as a new Duke, in place of Entar Silvershield who’d been assassinated by Slythe & Kristen, I led us to the Ducal Palace the following day. I planned to expose Sarevok for who he really is & what he intends using the documents provided by Duke Eltan. Only one of us, Imoen approached the guard & presented our invitations, the rest being invisible. Once we went inside, Imoen used her innate Invisibility so that we could move around undetected. The ceremony began & then an argument broke out between Duke Belt & Sarevok when Sarevok immediately overstepped him bounds. Suddenly, ~ eight Greater Doppelgangers shape changed from what had appeared to be nobles, aslo there for the coronation. Duke Belt, Duchess Liia & about 12 Flaming Fist Mercenaries, joined us in destroying the Greater Doppelganger’s before suddenly, @ the death of the last, Sarevok lost his temper & it was on. Unfortunately, he was teleported out before we could finish him.
BATTLE IN THE DUCAL PALACE
Duke Belt knew where Sarevok would go & he aided us in chasing him by teleporting us to his trail. We ended up in the local Thieves’ Guild (not Imoen’s type, Charming Rogue’s, but just a motley crew of thieves). We spoke to one of them, who told us that Sarevok had just torn thru & headed into the Thieves’ Maze. Wasting no time, we took off after him but were far behind & had to fight thru two Green Slimes, two Mustard Jelly’s, two Ochre Jellies, two Grey Ooze; two Doom Guards; three Skeleton Warriors; a Battle Horror & a Skeleton Warrior before we found where Sarevok had exited the maze. His mentor, now cast aside, lay wounded at the door he escaped thru. Winski, by name, told me of my relationship to Sarevok & laid out his plans for me. We left Winski alive & headed down to a city beneath the city, aptly named The Undercity. We patrolled the entire place, quickly finding the building that had to be where Sarevok was holed up. The gig was up & he had nowhere to go. As we performed our reconnaissance, we ran across & killed, 16 Ghasts; 10 Skeleton’s w/Composite Longbows; three Ghouls; six Skeleton’s w/Mace & Buckler; six Skeleton’s w/Warhammer & Buckler; four Skelton Warriors, three w/Two-Handed Swords, one w/Composite Longbow & Arrows of Ice. During this last battle, Ajantis was killed by the last one standing & Branwen cast Raise Dead on him, then we healed him the best we could. Wounded, we wanted to rest in place but I knew we’d be better off closer to the exit where we’d come in just in case something attacked our weakened group while resting (Note: I knew I was walking us into a tough fight, all wounded, but what I did is what I would have done normally, so I’d be using foreknowledge to save myself if I rested elsewhere – I always rest where we can get off the map if necessary). So we headed that way & we came across Iron Throne Assassin’s who’d been sent for Sarevok but decided to try us on first. There were two warriors in Plate Mail; a Rogue type; an Ogre & two Mages. One of them, was shooting Arrows of Detonation & w/the explosion, he took out Quail & a still weakened Ajantis. After that, we won the battle relatively easily with help from Branwen’s Silence 10’ Radius & Dispel Magic spells reducing the threat of the two mages. Once the battle was over, we collected up our fallen comrades’ equipment & headed back to the city to rest & allow Branwen to cast Raise Dead on them. On the way, a warrior named Tamako approached us as we passed Sorcerous Sundries (w/o Quayle we weren’t invisible – Imoen has Invisibility 10’ Radius but had already used it so we walked exposed). Tamako wanted to tell us something but wouldn’t spill the beans just yet, inviting me to meet her later @ the FF HQs. After Branwen’s had done her work & we’d rested, I headed there & talked w/her while everyone else stood near, invisible. Evidently she was Sarevok’s lover & wanted to rescue him from his mad desire to become the God of Murder & make him ‘Sarevok the man’, so she could love him & care for him. She wanted me to promise not to kill him & I said I’d do my best.
QUAYLE & BRANWEN BICKERING - QUAYLE WINS THIS ROUND
WHATEVER HAPPENED, I KNEW THIS WAS GOODBYE
After that, I wasted no time getting back to the Thieves’ Maze & back to the Undercity where we finished our reconnaissance external to the building killing six more Skeleton’s w/Warhammer & Buckler & three Ghouls before we ran into Tamako again…but she was hostile this time. We killed her easily.
Key Event: It was time to attack the Temple of Bhaal as it turned out to be. We rested nearby, & then prepared for our assault. Knowing what I thought lay beyond the door we prepared best we could, exactly like we did when we killed the Demon Knight. Spells, potions, innate abilities, whatever we had that could aid each other or ourselves we tried to don before we entered. Unfortunately, we pussyfooted around & lost some of our protections before the battle ever began. Imoen, invisible, as were we all, slipped around to the left to see what lay ahead but she wasn’t focusing on traps & set off a Lightning Bolt that hurt her pretty badly. She then backed off & started focusing on traps but even w/her skill, she couldn’t Remove Traps on a bunch of them that were spread around a huge Symbol of Bhaal that was in the center of the room. Imoen, went forward again, invisible & still injured. She made eye contact w/ Saravok & he could obviously Detect Invisibility b/c he called her out. She responded by firing an Arrow of Piercing that missed but the fight was on. Sarevok called to “Angelo, Tazok & (someone else)” & suddenly it was a little warm in there – really. One of them cast Web & another Cloudkill but all of us, except Quayle, got away. Quayle was injured & fell unconscious. I decided to fight my half-brother & I asked Minsc to go after the mages in the Web w/Spider’s Bane. Branwen managed to cast Dispel magic & Silence 15’ Radius, I think but I was focused on Sarevok & next I noticed she, Imoen, Quayle & Ajantis were all so badly wounded they’d slipped into unconscious from loss of blood. It was up to Minsk & I to finish the deal. I was landing solid blows against Sarevok while he wasn’t able to reciprocate. Our biggest problem was that there was, I guess, a Warrior/Mage that was protected in a spell & firing Arrows of Detonation & another kind that I thought was electricity based as it looked like Minsc was getting hit by Lightning Bolts but they didn’t to bounce around after…luckily w/his Boots of Grounding, Minsc is very resistant to lightning. I’m pretty much resistant to fire w/my Ring of Protection from Fire & Helm of Defense. I kept overpowering Sarevok & had landed four or five solid blows & he was weakening slowly but surely. Minsc separated from the fight a bit to quaff Potions of Healing, & while successful, he also woke up a Battle Horror in the corner. After healing a bit, he avoided the Battle Horror & came back over to aid in the main fight. He still couldn’t land much on the Warrior/Mage so I hollered @ him to help me w/Sarevok. Tazok was standing beside me but couldn’t land a blade on me which allowed me to continue all my focus on Sarevok. Minsc & I pounded away & finally killed Sarevok!!! As soon as we did Tazok headed for the door & when I looked up the Warrior/Mage & his cohort were dead too. We offed the Battle Horror, collected everything from our fallen that Minsc & I could carry & headed back to the city to Raise Branwen so she could Raise the others, which she did.
FINAL BATTLE WITH SAREVOK
FINISHING THE LAST ENEMY, A BATTLE HORROR
This will be my last journal for a while. Imoen & I are headed south to Athkatla & I Minsc is going to join us rather than return to Rasheman. Ajantis will travel w/us too, as he to go back to The Order of the Radiant Heart to report completion of his mission to prove himself as a Paladin by defeating the Bandit’s in & around Baldur’s Gate. He did a whole lot more than that. Quayle, I think, is going to Athkatla also but I don’t expect him to stay with us once we get there. He says he has a niece there that he needs to spend some time with. Funny, that doesn’t seem like him @ all but family changes us & he obviously misses her. Sadly, Branwen decided, not unexpectedly, to return to her home of Seawolf in the Norheim Isles. I’ll miss my former lover & battle partner.
Treasure of Note: (Final Purse = 6,293 gold) Armor/Weapons: Short Sword of Backstabbing (Imoen); Helm of Charm Protection (Ajantis); Full Plate Armor (Ajantis); Gems/Jewelry/Gold: Black Opal; Potions: Scrolls: Cone of Cold, Fireball
Current Disposition: Resting, one last time, at out little inn in S BG.
Next Steps: Travel to Amn, to Athkatla & take some time to recuperate. We’ve been on the road over a year since I left Baldur’s Gate w/Gorion.
Level Up: As the final blow fell on Sarevok, Minsc suddenly & clearly improved himself to a whole other level as a Barbarian (9).
MINSC FINAL RECORD AFTER ADVANCEMENT
Current Party: (Reputation: 20 – Heroic)
· Gawain: Ftr/9; HP105; Full Plate w/Large Shield +2, Cloak of Protection +2, Helm of Defense, Boots of Grounding, Girdle of Bluntness, Rings of Fire Resistance & Free Action; Sword of Balduran; Bastard Sword +1/+3****, Mace +2, (SSS**) (Sarevok)
SIR GAWAIN FINAL RECORD
SIR GAWAIN FINAL INVENTORY
· Imoen: Thief (Charming Rogue/11); HP48; Shadow Armor, Cloak of Non-Detection & Gandolar’s Lucky Ring w/Short Bow*, Short Sword of Backstabbing* Dagger +1*, (Andris)(Thief Def)
· Minsc: Fighter (Barbarian/9); HP76; Splint Mai w/Boots of Avoidance, Girdle of Bluntness &Spiders Bane***, Flail 1 x x2/THWS**(Spellcaster Defend)(Davaeorn)
MINSC FINAL INVENTORY
· Quayle: Mage (Illusionist/9); HP20; Bracers of Defense AC6, Sling* & Dagger +2*, Ring of Energy, Necklace of Missiles, (Chess Queen)(Wizard Defensive)
· Branwen: Cleric (Priestess of Tempus/9): HP52; Full Plate +1 (Plate of the Dark) w/Large Shield +1, Gauntlet’s of Dexterity, Kiel’s Helmet & Mace +1*; Warhammer*; (SSS*);(Fuernebol)(Cleric Aggressive)
· Ajantis: Fighter/(Paladin/8); HP47; Full Plate w/Medium Shield, Boots of the North, Helm of Charm Protection & Wolfsbane Amulet; L/Sword +1** x2, Mace** (SSS**)(Sirine Queen) (Paladin )
LEAVING THE TEMPLE OF BHAAL BEHIND
Mods Used: HardTimes-v2; BG1UB_v12; bg1npc-v20; X0black101 (Blackguard); MegaModKits v1.01L; level1npcs-v1.9; bg2_tweaks-v14; Randomizer-v68; scs-v21 (- Tactical Challenges)
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Red Font: Monster encounters (first use)
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* Name Levels are ancient, AD&D titles that used to represent each new level in a class