Entering the challenge with Kroas Lautenspieler (which you'd propably translate to Kroas the Lutenist), a neutral good half-elven Skald, with the following stats:
He is proficient with shortbows and crossbows.
My current installation includes BGT, SCS (with all the difficulty improving components installed, with the exception of prebuffing mages and clerics (but they do have BG2 spells), HardTimes and ItemRandomiser. Since this is only my second time trying to play with SCS, HardTimes and ItemRandomiser, this run will most likely be not very successful, but I shall try my best. I am playing on core rules, but I'll maximize the hp gained per level.
Kroas started his adventure in Candlekeep, were he delivered 20 bolts to Fuller (getting a Dagger +1), brought Hull his sword, got a free healing potion, fought some rats
, gave Dreppin an antidote, delivered a book to Phlydia and brought Firebead a scroll from Tethtoril. With all the money, he could afford a crossbow and some bolts (for those who have never played HardTimes: All the prices are significantly increased), using them to take out both Shank
with a single bolt (the battlesong stays active for the remainder of the round, so you can get one shot with the +2 thac0-bonus).
Kroas talked to Gorion and they both left the fortress. However, they got ambushed, and Gorion was murdered right in front of the scared Kroas by a mysterious armored figure.
The next morning, Imoen, who admitted having followed the two, joined the Skald. Together, they returned to bury Gorion's body and look at the letter from "E" he had with him. Learning about Khalid and Jaheira at the FAI, they decided to go east, where they met Montaron and Xzar who joined their party. Also, in the next area, a strange fellow called Eldoth accepted to accompany the group.
Montaron, a masterful assassin, successfully backstabbed the evil mage Tarnesh
. Kroas decided to part ways with Montaron, Xzar and Eldoth at the FAI, instead asking Jaheira and Khalid to join his party. The Skald also accepted a quest to free a house in Beregost from some spiders, and got 6 antidotes from Landrin to ensure his success. After fighting some Hobgoblins, Kroas delivered a flamedance ring to Joia. On Jaheira's bidding, the group travelled south to investigate the iron mines in Nashkell. However, they soon had to deal with a very dangerous dire wolf
(after killing a regular wolf and a xvart), but they managed to flee to Beregost.
There, Kroas visited the local inns to pick up some rumors, accept some quests (Bjornin, Gurke) and play some songs of his own to earn some pieces of copper. After nightfall, the group found Landrins house, and they killed the giant spiders
. Kroas also calmed Marl and brought a book to Firebead. Kroas reached level 2.
Imoen managed to sneak into a big estate, where she stole an invisibilty potion and a wand of lightning.
The group travelled further to the south, fighting two ogrillions with a letter and a rather big Hobgoblin group
. At Nashkell, Kroas talked to the mayor and Oublek, explaining that he, in fact, was not the famous bounty hunter Greywolf.
Far more interesting was the Nashkell Carnival. Here, Kroas saved the priestress Branwen with a stone to flesh scroll he bought from the temple of helm, and both she and an annoying gnome called Quayle are now travelling with the Skald.
In one of the tents, the group tried to save Bentha from getting killed by the powerful wizard Zordral. Branwen used her "remove fear"-spell, Quayle tried to command the mage, but failed. Subsequently, he used both his magic missle spells, while the group was attacking Zordral with bullets, arrows and swords. He managed to use two vampiric touch spells - but needed two of them to kill a 6 hp-Quayle. Bad for him: Even though he managed to stun and wound
Jaheira with Ghoul Touch, he was killed a few seconds after this screenshot, providing level 2 for Imoen.
In Nashkell, the group raised Quayle from the dead before resting (Branwen learned 2 command spells and 1 remove fear, Quayle still only has 1 command and 2 magic missles, Jaheira has 1 cure light wounds and two entangle, Kroas has one sleep - found the scroll with one of the ogrillions). Meanwhile, Imoen robbed another estate, acquiring another invisibilty potion.
After resting, they entered the tavern, where another bounty hunter, Neira, attempted to kill them. She failed due to Branwens very successful command spell
Next time, I'll try to return some quests and go start monster hunting in the areas around Beregost and Nashkell.
Edited by Enuhal, 17 July 2011 - 05:52 PM.