Eileth, level 9 elven Beast Master, adventuring in Athkatla with Minsc, Jaheira, Aerie and Yoshimo.
This run almost ended yesterday. Lesson learned: seems I am very rusty at BG2 metagaming knowledge, I need to be better prepared.
Circus was easy enough, as well as some (very) light Promenade robbery. A few locks that Yoshimo's 65% OL can't open. Being really poor with tons of stuff I want to buy is both frustrating and challenging. Seems like Randomizer has moved several famous items from Ribald's, Deidre's and Joluv's wares. Interesting.
Decided to travel to the Slums at night. May as well now that I was at least somewhat vampire prepared. Explored most of the Promenade map. Couldn't find that elf hater (maybe he's only there during daytime?). Eileth decided to sneak over to that shady merchant at the NE edge, when suddenly the vampire encounter did happen. My other characters had some distance to cover. The fight was on and everyone did their part:
Two Call Lightnings, MMM throwing from Aerie and +2 arrows from all three archers. Easy kill, although Aerie took a hit that drained her down to Cleric 6/Mage 7. That meant she no longer had the ability to restore herself and I was too poor to pay for a restoration. Oh well.
Talked with Gaylan and made some connections at the Copper Coronet. Fought Amylas. He used an Oil of Speed and managed to interrupt my first animal summoning. I would have had no chance if I had kept fighting (still using a plain Studded Leather so he could hit easily). I tried to have Jaheira save me with a Pixie Dust but the wall stopped the effect. I had to drink an inviso potion and found it best to wait out the Oil effect. While I was waiting, I ate enough of SimDing0's enhanced Goodberries ("Ding0berries" - they heal 5 hp now that Jaheira has reached level 9 druid) to fully heal. Moved to the wall opposite Amylas and this time, I could finish my summoning and take up my preferred role as archer:
(Holy Smokes how many beasties! Then what will Animal Summoning III look like?!)
Time to show who the real Beast Master is:
As you can see, I tried Minsc's Berserk ability here. Don't think I will again in no-reloads runs. Main reason is that he is so much more vulnerable when you can't move him away from something dangerous or have him drink potions. Oh yeah, Eileth found it best to leg it when all the animals around them were dead. She tried to hide behind a corner but failed. More running:
Aerie cast a Hold Person at Minsc, but just as she released it, Minsc calmed down.
I now had enough loot to sell so I could buy a restoration scroll (and with Hendak in charge, Bernard lowered the cost to 750).
Slums' sewers went perfectly, and Lilarcor was obtained. "Ah, good for Minsc against the Myconids", I thought.
"Wait a minute, this is not the Myconid cave!"
I had stumbled into the slavers' basement, unbuffed. Flee or fight? Decided to fight, as I was concerned how chaotic it could have been if they followed. As it was now, at least I had a little time to get some spells off. This was probably a very bad decision
. I should have had Jaheira Pixie Dust us and just wait, then flee and come back better prepared.
We failed to stop the Priest of Cyric from casting a Greater Command. All three women saved but the boys took a nap. As long as Eileth's animals could keep the priest and two archers busy, and both Aerie and Jaheira had 'skins' left, we were still doing OK, but now Aerie lost hers, and I was getting worried:
I saved Aerie with an Improved Invisibility and that made Eileth the main target of the two guys to the up-right.
Eileth proved very easy to hit for the archers and I realized I had to drink one of my last (maybe THE last) invisibility potions to survive at all:
She actually took one more arrow (you can see it coming in the screenie) and was down to 8hp!
Did you see the priest about to cast another spell? Jaheira used her only firebreath potion to stop that. It killed him (nice!) and her following little movements took great advantage of the second round blast:
A few rounds before this one, and few rounds to follow, I had an exercise in frustration failing to get several spells off because we were hit during casting:
Aerie: Hold Person, Hold Monster
Eileth: Animal Summoning I, Horror, Vampiric Touch
Nymph: Hold Monster, Confusion
Jaheira (after losing her skins): Pixie Dust (would still have saved us!), Dispel Magic
It was a mess. The spells we did get off were a Slow from Aerie (and an early Holy Smite) and the summoning of that nymph. AND JUST FOR HOW FREAKIN' LONG ARE THE BOYS GOING TO SLEEP??? That Greater Command spell was massively OP in this fight, I think.
Aerie does not have much life, and she was soon very hurt again (she had to reveal herself earlier because she was needed). She just failed another spell so she would have to wait a couple of seconds in order to do anything but move or fight. I knew she was doomed. One last little action to damage an incoming guard a little more:
Starting to get seriously outnumbered in a small area now. This is really
bad. Jaheira still soaks up many attacks. She is not hit more often (usually) than potions can keep up with. Eileth had now drunk a bunch of potions and since the guards had started to pick on Minsc, she had to re-enter the fight. Starting from invisibility, she threw her second Bhaal Horror and this time it worked:
Four guys affected, including that nasty captain. Maybe there still is a chance. Eileth had turned to staff melee to (along with Jaheira) try to save Minsc. And, lo and behold, the boys FINALLY woke up:
Most of those four guards were badly injured or worse, and after an extra healer each, Minsc and Jaheira had that situation under control (with some help from Yoshi's arrows). Eileth used an oil of speed and focused on fast killing of the three panicked guys (they were all Injured). Would be a bummer to still have them around when the panic ends. Finally some control in the fight now:
We looted this room and went back to the Coronet to lick our wounds. I did not even have to pay money to raise Aerie because of Jaheira's Harper's Call. So all in all, our losses were manageable. A dozen extra healers and a Constitution point loss for Aerie. That is significant, though, because she is now no longer in the golden interval (9-14) for wearing Claw of Kazgaroth that I brought over from BG1.
The slavers mop-up was very easy in comparison. Lots of summons, good buffs, a new favourite spell for Aerie:
The only thing that was slightly annoying was that Minsc was hit with a Ray of Enfeeblement right in the doorway, which made fighting trickier. Or at least I thought we could not get past him - with a little tenacity, it was possible to displace him.
Lots and lots of animals:
Not sure why the bear is hostile. Maybe a Holy Smite I cast. Are brown bears evil? Or maybe a confused animal attacked it and pissed it off?
See the nymph? She was Chromatic Orb-stunned before she could cast anything.
We are now resting at the Coronet. I have 6000 gold and I plan to go back to the Promenade and buy a bunch of extra healers, maybe a Haste scroll and some Genius potions for Aerie, and more +2 arrows.
Oh, not sure if it was the work of Randomizer or just some good luck, but Lehtinan's (quite wimpy) guards and one or two of the slavers in total provided me with an impressive amount of high level scrolls: Chain Lightning, Invisible Stalker, Tenser's, Globe of Invulnerability, Pierce Magic, Summon Efreeti and Simulacrum.