Nil Desperandum - dwarf berserker (update 2)
Nil has now got past the stage Grond reached yesterday, although
I cocked up the drow city.
In Brynnlaw he just helped Ginia and got the wardstone from Perth - who failed to get a spell off
after being slowed by FoA. His book offered up farsight, invisibility and wyvern call, but Nil kept going until eventually finding spell turning. It's unlikely, but I suppose that could potentially stop a maze or imprisonment at some point
A few undead were no real barrier to Nil getting himself captured by Irenicus. He briefly saw Imoen again before sending her on her way.
No problems in escaping the Asylum. There was a first use of spell turning against the beholder - it scared itself
just before dying from FoA. That encounter also got Nil to level 18 and grand mastery in flails. The lich and his team were much less affected by sunray than I hoped (I don't think any died) and Nil did retreat down the corridor there to take them on one at a time before coming back to finish the lich off
. A couple of summons helped split up the yuan-ti - the final mage was one of many I've seen whose contingency's been just too slow
On the next level Nil failed to open the golem's chest and had to use a stone giant strength potion (don't remember doing that last time). Killing the golems got him to level 19. Grophinet's machine disgorged boots of speed and boots of the north.
Against Irenicus Nil used spell turning before running back and killing his clone. A dispelling arrow found in the Asylum made Irenicus vulnerable and Nil used rage and came in to melee. Irenicus was already at near death when Wanev used his time stop and various forms of damage finished him off.
After exiting with Saemon, Nil briefly returned to the Asylum looking for goodies. A golem in the way got him to level 20 and a spot of hardiness. Nil soon found himself in Fish City, which seemed very familiar - feels like only yesterday I was there
. No problems in killing the king (and then the prince). I had to be careful with Grond the kensai to avoid encounters with groups, but Nil (with significantly better effective AC against most enemies) is far less troubled by those.
Shinning down a rope to the Underdark was enough for Nil to achieve level 21 (whirlwind; also took halberd proficiency on Gate70's advice). Killed some kuo-toa and drow and released prisoners from a giant soul gem - allowing Gont as well as the deep gnome to go free this time.
Meleed a Balor for the gnomes before seeking out Adalon. At this point I was almost up to where Grond died yesterday and was thinking about what should be done after that rather than concentrating on current affairs - resulting in this ...
Can't really argue with the guard's comment
- looks like no nice items for sale from the drow merchants! However, learning from his mistake Nil reached level 22 (greater whirlwind) by killing the door guard. I wasn't sure what to do in this situation, but presumed I could still fight through to get the eggs and proceeded to do that. The only drow to put up any sort of fight were the Matron Guards in the temple. To start with I assumed that they were just tougher, but eventually twigged I was attacking with fists after switching to a bow against a handmaiden. The golems guarding the eggs also had strange movement patterns (not being allowed to move outside the room) and Nil had to keep moving to avoid being boxed in and retreated once to regenerate with Gaxx before defeating them
(I'm still avoiding any use of healing potions in this run).
I wasn't sure if taking the eggs would seal the city's gates and require the whole city to be cleared, but Nil had no problems in exiting straight away. Although I've got the eggs, which would presumably pacify Adalon, I feel that Nil should try and take revenge for Tiamat, so a dragon fight will be first (hopefully not last
) on the agenda for next time.Nil Desperandum, berserker L22, 136 HPs ( incl. 5 from Helm), 835 kills