GL in Amn Grond0. Don't ****** off Cowled Wizards. At least now while you're having conversations.
Phoe Gyi, 19th BG2 update
I decided to ramp up Temple Sewers unfinished business first. Lich there was first. Edwin attacked him solo, under a stupendous ammount of buffs. Lich opened with TS-Alacrity-Planetar combo. A Cornugon was summoned as well.
Then came the part when Edwin and Lich are debuffing each other. Edwin now memorises Pierce Shield spells. This spell with SR removes one spell and one combat protection of any level, and it affects Liches. After being struck by it Lich refreshes PfMW, but another casting caught him while he was casting a spell. Here I used Phoe Gyi's Slow Time ability (this is not a HLA, it's gained at level 17). It works like Time Stop, but only lasts a round, usable 1xday.
And that was enough to kill the unprotected Lich.
Now, Alhoon. I won't forge Crom, but I need XP to get Edwin to level 18. Phoe Gyi got dispelled here, but his saves are mostly at 0 - for as long as he doesn't get malisoned, he won't be held by Psionic Blast. We focused the summoned demon first, then Alhoon failed to save vs DK's Fear aura and started running in fear, enough for Edwin to debuff him completely.
In upper temple levels - Slavers. Sion attampted some Divination (btw - this is outright cheating on SCS part. He's a Conjurer, and shouldn't have divinations), thwarted. Still he saved vs Quivering Palm, and triggered his buffs. I didn't specifically rewrite Edwin's spellbook, so he's still filled with spell removals, and lacks some proper AoE like Chain Lightning or ADHW. He does have Chaos, which both him and Jan use. Viconia launches Greater Command, and Jaheira Creeping doom.
Koshi charged Phoe Gyi, who was glad to meet him with his fist. First casualty, as usual.
First we kill Olaf and the other big guy. Under Creeping doom, they suffer severe penalties to AC/THAC0, in addition to taking damage and getting occasinally poisoned. Meanwhile, Edwin and Jan debuff Sion and Jaheira kills him. Viconia is casting both Detect Invisibility and True Seeing to keep Ketta visible.
Now, back to Underdark, to get Vithal out. This was, to my surprise since I don't usually do this quest, quite an effort. The Guardians are severely beefed up. Earth has unlimited Stoneskins a la Ogremoch, and had 3 Shamling Mounds. I used Chaotic Commands on Phoe Gyi here to prevent knockdown effect.
Fire was nothing special (burned Edwin with Flamestrike), and Air was very annoying with Wing Buffet kind of ability. Edwin almost died here, but managed to release magic missiles just in time to kill it.
We asked Vithal for more loot, and then left him be. Too many times I've read about him ending No-Reloads. I should probably be visiting WK level 2 now. Good thing is we finally managed to get some proper money - most of which was invested in buying Edwin Spell Trigger scroll. Now he has both it and Chain, albeit Chain he cannot cast since he's still at level 17. Phoe and Jaheira are 18.