Gate70/Grond0 multiplayer attempt 108 - (1st and final update)
Mixie, human transmuter (Grond0) & Penance, half-elf transmuter (Gate70)
Another one-session wonder yesterday saw the end of the transmuting twins - though mainly as a result of a bug.
After getting their opening level from Shoal they proceeded to the FAI to pick up the Ring of Wizardry. Penance was happy to take on Tarnesh using his shield protection and the enemy mage's chances were pretty much ended when he was blinded as well.
Back in Beregost Gate70 teased me by referring to the availability of the spiders (who ended our last run). Ignoring those for now though we went down to Nashkel and bought a green scroll (being unable to use the mage PfP). That lasted long enough to kill all the basilisks despite our mediocre martial abilities. Penance had nearly activated Mutamin early after auto-moving forward when a stack of throwing daggers was exhausted, but retreated just in time.
With his pet basilisk dead we did show ourselves and Penance was sent running by horror - fortunately Mixie was able to shadow her and lead various gibberlings and gnolls away until Penance recovered. Mutamin was then magic missiled to death, though we failed to interrupt a couple of acid arrow spells, requiring Penance to use a healing potion to stay alive.
Kirian's mob then suffered from Mixie having learnt Mutamin's stinking cloud spell and providing a nice smelly environment for Korax to play in.
After collecting Meilum's bracers it was time for Greywolf. Without distance attacks he was pretty helpless despite us running out of magic missiles. However, rather than finish him off with missiles Penance chose to attack him in melee. However crazy that might have seemed it worked - ghoul touch proving fatal for him!
Flushed by success Penance tried the same again in the Cloud Peaks against Krumm - where things followed a slightly different script .
After a temple visit and recovering equipment stashed in a nearby cave the duo continued with a few more reputation tasks - doing those included teaching the Doomsayer a lesson.
The successful revival of Melicamp got reputation to 20 and the use of friends allowed Penance to get a good deal on some scrolls while at High Hedge.
With her newly learned mirror image Penance decided she was ready to meet some ankhegs - though in fact she only met one of them before requiring another temple visit .
Back again, Penance added shield to boost her defences and, using sleep and blind, successfully killed a number of ankhegs on the way to pick up their treasure.
That allowed a bit of shopping at Ulgoth's Beard, but we didn't have enough for the Greenstone Amulet, so went in search of Bassilus. His opening rigid thinking put Penance out of control and though Bassilus was blinded almost immediately afterwards he was still attacking, so Mixie resorted to the use of a wand. Trying a scorcher seemed dangerous as random movements could have put Penance in the path of that, so the wand of frost was used - unfortunately resulting in the destruction of Bassilus' equipment.
The exception to that though was his holy symbol and the local temple paid handsomely to recover that.
While picking up a magic dagger for Penance from Hentold it seemed only reasonable to magic missile the Revenant. In the same area some ghasts were guarding a wand of monster summoning and Penance tried to drag them outside for easy disposal - but they didn't want to play that game. Trying to tank them Penance was held, which was the signal for Mixie to use a first scorcher charge.
Nearby, a stinking cloud gave Narcillicus no opportunity to create some jellies. Penance was a bit keen to check out his scroll collection though and fell down in the cloud - just as some skeleton archers appeared on the scene. Fortunately the 3 of them were just close enough together and just far enough from Penance for a well-placed wand fireball.
With the Greenstone amulet in hand taking on the sirines seemed safe enough and Penance approached them with shield, mirror image and amulet protection all active. Things went quickly wrong though when she was charmed anyway (the bug associated with half-elf partial immunity to charm that I noted a while back in one of my runs).
I thought that the sirines were still targeting Penance, but that was only partly true as one of them switched a follow-up dire charm on to Mixie - who failed to save ...