Bipp the cleric/thief update 3: Druid Grove, Cernd's personal quest, Umar Hill/Temple
So the party battles through the druid grove, encountering trolls, spiders and shadow druids. The enemies were beat cleanly. The tower shield was a great investment for Jaheira, she took only minimal damage. Minsc would finish off the trolls with Stonefire. While exploring the grove, we found a scimitar that added an extra attack for the main hand. Minsc uses that with Stonefire primary hand.
So eventually we found the source of the trademeet problems, a shadow druid who had taken over the druid grove. Jaheira challenged her and it seemed to be going well at first, though her insect spell was resisted, so she kind of wasted a spell:
But then Faldhorn got some good hits in Jaheira was near death but so was Faldhorn! Couldn't decide if I should let her continue to attack and see if she got lucky. I tried to back off and heal but that got her killed and I LOST the challenge. I haven't lost this battle in a long time...then it came on me - this is no re-load, if I fail that's too bad...what to do.
Eventually decided to kick Yoshimo out and recruit Cernd. Despite only being a level 9 druid, he kicked Faldhorn's posterior..however he had EXTRA help! Jaheira's fire elemental was still there! So Cernd had his 4 summons and the elemental beating down Faldhorn. Without a doubt once that was the case, changing to werewolf form should just crush Faldhorn and it did.
We reported our success back in Trademeet and were hailed as heros. We had just BARELY over 15k gold. Decided would pay off Galen so that the rest of our funds can be for upgrades. Cernd's quest activated so we did a run around and eventually retrieved his child for him. Cernd decided to leave and then mulled what to do next. While in town, we paid a stop to the Crooked Crane and Bipp sanctuaried, and picked the lock and looted the daystar (a cleric/thief is really the best thief in the game, as far taking stuff without being detected is concerned).
I had intended to do the Umar Hills/Temple battles/quests anyways, decided having Cernd leave is actually convenient now we have open spot for Mazzy to join. So off to the Hills we go. Was in town getting ready to depart to the temple, and noticed a problem, we have a shortage of magical ammo and with our low gold and merchants not having any arrows for us (that we could afford anyways), need to melee. So Dogdancing meleed that area with her sword of chaos. Minsc was using Belm and Daystar and despite not being proficient with long swords, were killing the undead fairly quickly.
Mazzy joined us, and realized got too many people trying to use 1h weapons, now what? Also Mazzy is wearing pathetic chain mail. Jaheira still had the unicorn spear so gave her armor and shield to Mazzy, put Mazzy in #2 spot, and had Jaheira use her spear. This actually worked very well, with 4 melees the undead were going down quick.
We fought our way to the shadow dragon and considered our options - fight or pass for now? Jaheira leveled and so now can summon 2 fire elementals and some bears, Dogdancing can cast a earth elemental, and just for distraction Jaheira summoned a Nymph. Misnc and Mazzy are good tanks, and Mazzy has the Ilbratha (mirror image for fighters) and last but not least we have 3 lightning wands, and lightning works pretty well on the shadow dragon.
As Lantier would have said, "No guts no glory" so we put our people/summons into position and then attacked. Oh should mention Bipp summoned some skeletons so that the shadow dragon would waste its death spell on them. Our opening phase:
Mazzy had to gulp a heal potion, Bipps slinged, and the mages fired their lightning wands. Should be mentioned that the mages do not have lower magic resist spell yet. The strategy seemed to be paying off..
Couple more rounds then success. Aerie got the kill shot in, and also hit Dogdancing for a ton of damage, guess she was mad at something Dogdancing said.
We did what buffs we had (which weren't much) then attacked the shade lord. Both he and his undead went down very fast...may have to consider using 4 melees on a permanent basis. Patrick's chain mail (AC 2) replaced Jaheira's "excellent" chain mail.
So we headed back to town of Immesvale to report to the mayor the good news, sold our junk/rested, went to trademeet to get the Tasheron's bow for Dogdancing and then remembered...I didn't loot the dragon! I headed back but the gems were gone and so was the scale. The Crom Faeyr scroll was there but can't use that for a long time. Oops.
Bhaalspawn character sheets:
I found it interesting that the character with the most HP in our party...is our mage!?
Edited by corey_russell, 24 July 2010 - 05:16 AM.