@UssNorway : LOL, I *love* your character's name and portrait. I don't think I've ever seen you play a bard before. If it's not too forward to ask, your forum portrait is female, and yet I see you playing male characters mostly. Just so I can get the right pronouns in my head when I think of you, would you mind revealing your gender?
I want to try to keep this short and sweet tonight. Rescued Aerie. Decided I had better fight my way out of Athkatla, because I'm worried to death about Minsc's timer to get to Imnesvale (boy caught us in gov district), which I remember as being a very short fuse.
First try to get out, got smacked with the poisoned Renfield and the thug party caught in the act. So many spells flew around here I can hardly summarize it with clear detail. Reminded me of the USA national anthem as far as "rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air." As much as I can remember, there were magic missiles and hold persons and stinking clouds and holy smites and insect swarms lighting up the screen like a July 4th fireworks display. Quite thrilling to have so many magicals in my party, actually. Only muggle is Minsc, who will be Aerie's and my warder. (Really hers, but since I will be her husband, eventually....)
I tried to get some good shots of the fireworks, but I don't think I succeeded. (UssNorway, since you are obviously an expert at good photos, is the fact that I have pause on cast activated hurting me in my photography? Jan, Aerie, and I got a few triple magic missiles cast a couple of times, I really wanted a shot of the fireworks, but I think the game pausing three times in a row may be hampering that goal. Some advice?)
Here's what little I could capture on film:
Took Renfield to the harper complex, agreed to help Monty and Xzar so I could do the mission later, and tried to get out of town again. This time, I was worried about an Orog ambush since I was low on "mana", having not rested, but I got lucky and made Imnesvale.
Did all the yada yada with the wizard/golem/lovestory and pacified Valygar and saved him in his cabin for later. Unfortunately, his ranger guard attacked without listening to our pleas that we had just made peace, and we had to kill them. Did what we needed to in Merella's cabin. Minsc helped us avoid killing a beautiful spotted leopard by charming it. Headed out to dark woods temple area and did the yada yada.
Jaheira has no magic weapon and is using all six first level spell slots filled with Shillelagh. Having three of us able to turn undead made the shade mirror scenario a breeze. Got into the shade lord's dungeon.
Here are what photos I was able to capture in all the excitement:
I was going to finish this dungeon tonight, but I'm getting a little tired. I think I'll go back in for at least a bit before bed. Will either add some more to this post, or maybe post tomorrow, not sure right now.
AUUUGH! ACH! AAAAARG! I should have known better than to go back in there for a "quick" few minutes! DISASTER!
LOL. This is kind of a comedy of errors, now. I got Jaheira killed against a bone golem. And, in studying my own photos, I have really got to stop casting magic missiles against skelly warriors and bone golems, since they don't do anything against those particular monstrosities. Here's the one photo I managed to snap before I had to fight for my life with the rest of us:
<sigh> And then.... I had to go back to Athkatla to get Jaheira raised. I went straight to the temple district, only to find out that we didn't have enough money, and would have to go back to the Promenade to sell some stuff. And then... I got hit by two messengers: Aerie's, starting a second timer that will require us to visit both the circus and the Bridge District Playhouse, NOW, and... Ano's, informing us of his sister's untimely death, which will require us to visit the Government District, NOW. ROFL. This game can get rather... complicated... in keeping a party together. And I expect a messenger informing me that I must take Jan NOW to help his family any moment.
LOL. Hooooookay. So, I am going to have to go to sleep and continue this tomorrow. I will have to visit Quayle and take Aerie to the playhouse to talk to Raelis, then take Ano to confront his father about his youth and his sister, and then, hopefully head back out to the ruins of the temple of Amaunator to finish the one mission I've started. LOL. And, I just bet, as soon as I *finally* get back out there, I will get hit with Jan's messenger telling me to go back to Athkatla NOW. LOL. But, <sigh>, I guess that's kind of what makes this game so much fun, no?
Edited by BelgarathMTH, 28 July 2012 - 02:05 AM.