I just found this old battle report I wrote up these 10 years ago. I guess now, I have the time to finish it. I started drafting it up as I travelled by ship for my home here in Camelot, leaving Faerun behind for the last time. But before I tell you about now, I should probably try to relay what happened at the end of my Bhaal trials.
I left the Pocket Plane behind, destroying it eternally & found myself on a plane of the abyss, the small desolate place that was truly the Throne of Bhaal. .
Key Event: Melissan awaited me, sure of the success of her long forged plan to become a goddess in her own right. But the trials Imoen, Auren, Anomen, Keldorn & I had been thru, much of it b/c of her evil, came back to destroy her. Four times we had to face her as she continued trying to draw more Bhaal essence. She threw two Abyssal Elemental Princes’ @ us (Prince of Air, Yan-C-Bin & Prince of Ice, Cyronax), a Fallen Solar, several demons from the abyss including two Type V Demons (Marileth’s), two Type III Demons (Glabrezu), a Succubus, an Alu-Fiend, a Greater Air Elemental, two Vampiric Wraiths, two Blizzard Trolls, a Frost Salamander & a Skeleton Warrior. Each time she realized we were too powerful for her she escaped our clutches & withdrew to draw more essence. But, as I recall now, her best chance to defeat us was the first time she faced us…after that we figured her out. Her biggest mistake was that each time she summoned us back into her presence, she stood in the same place. After the first two times, Imoen suggested that she dump all her traps right there & see if Melissan didn’t bring us there a third time. She did & Imoen’s traps hurt her badly. We had already pummeled her twice & w/her injured to start with, the last two times we defeated her with only a few blows. Finally, Solar stopped the bloodshed & brought Melissan the news that the God’s had decreed her defeat. She rejected the news out of hand but it was so…she was defeated.
DESTROYING A DEMONESS
MELISSAN'S FINAL STAND
Solar gave me the choice of retaining all of the Bhaal essence & becoming a deity after Imoen gladly gave up her own taint. For me, there was only one choice. I retained my mortality. I’d made that choice long ago in Nashkel when first approached by Merlin & later, when King Arthur knighted me w/the understanding that when I’d avenged Gorion I’d join him & his knights here in Camelot. I fought for over two years to destroy the evil of Bhaal so, even if I hadn’t already given my word that I’d come to Camelot, it would have been unthinkable for me to choose otherwise.
FACING A CHOICE...
...I CHOOSE MORTALITY.
MY LITTLE SISTER'S EXUBERANCE!
Since I’ve been here, almost ten years now, I’ve married & lost. My beautiful wife Ragnelle returned to her father in heaven just three months ago. We were married five years & she gave me my son Gingalain w/whom I am overjoyed. But…though the traditional mourning time is through my heart cannot yet let her go. I have my duty to my fellow Knights of the Roundtable & to my King, Arthur, who calls me his nephew & treats me such. I occupy my mind w/my duties. When not attending to my duty, I watch Gingalain grow, he is four now. He is well cared for by my servants. I have had to battle whispers that Gingalain is the offspring of a Faerie who serves me in my manor house but this is untrue. My closest friend is the Knight, Sir Lancelot, for whom I would gladly give my life.
Before I left Faerun, I returned to De’Arnise just once to let Major Domo know that I was leaving the keep in his capable hands. I assured him, after speaking w/Prelate Wesselen, that De’Arnise was now under the protection of The Order of the Radiant Heart. I left the keep in my name, lest someone like another Lord Roenall try to swindle it from the inhabitants. Should he have any trouble, Major Domo can send word to Prelate Wesselen. In the meantime, The Order will regularly patrol De’Arnise & its’ lands to keep the people safe from wandering monsters & bandits.
I write frequent letters & stay in touch w/those who shared my journey.
After returning to Candlekeep for a short while, my sister, Imoen, finally settled down w/her own Thieves’ Guild that now operates from Amn all the way to Neverwinter. She says that the Thieves Guilds in Athkatla, Baldur’s Gate, Waterdeep, Neverwinter are all in her network but that her rogues are the good kind. She admonished me to, “Shhhhh, don’t tell anybody.” I can see her smile of purest innocence when I read those words. She's written more than once to tell me she's going to retire & join me here. I hope she does. I miss her dearly, especially w/Ragnelle gone. Yeah, I hope she makes the journey but I know she's happy.
Auren formed her own band of adventurers & led them on noble, but dangerous journey in Icewind Dale, a land that had beckoned to her for years. Her band rid the region of some of its more festering evils – notably a chain of Bandits that had been attacking travelling merchants. She returned home to Beregost & took another apprenticeship, this time under Taerom Thunderhammer. In her last letter she said that he had just passed the smithy on to her & retired. Good for her.
Anomen had a crisis of faith & his confidence in Helm was shaken. He wound up on the frontiers of Maztica where he helped organize the Maztican Soldiers who were battling a demonic conquering horde under the banner of the evil Cleric Yamash. He found that in training his soldiers to do their duty & to honor their role as guardians, it brought him to the realization that he was, in fact, teaching the Doctrine of Helm. After defeating Yamash, Anomen founded The Disciples of Anomen, a new order for a new land.
Sadly, I learned from Maria that Keldorn was drawn out of retirement when Amn was besieged by Giants. He died defending a strategic pass alongside five other Knights of the Radiant Heart. Maria tells me that the knights assure her that, “The Hand of Torm descended on the scene & when it departed, Keldorn was gone”. She is comforted in her dreams, telling me she sees “the True God w/the stalwart, ghostly form of Keldorn smiling at her from his right hand.”
Some Treasure of Note: (Purse = 216,002) Armor: Weapons: Jewelry/Gold: Potions: Scrolls: Wands: Misc & Artifacts:
Current Disposition: In my manor house, about 20 miles from Camelot
Next Steps: The Round Table has not been called together for month or so which has allowed me to grieve Ragnelle. I need to shake this, so I’m going to accompany my Huntsman tomorrow to capture some game.
Level Up: I’ve likely reached the limits of my mortal ability, having risen to Lord (Fighter)/35 during our battle w/Melissan when I added a 3rd Magic Resistance HLA.
Final Party: (Reputation: 13)
· Gawain: Ftr/35 (HP 186); Shuruppak’s Plate w/ Helm of Balduran w/Darksteel Shield +4, Ring of Fire Control & Belt of Inertial Barrier, Cloak of Reflection & Amulet of Seldarine; Crom Faeyr*****, Axe of the Unyielding +5 (Cespenar) &, Bastard Sword +3*****, Bastard Sword***** (Bodhi)(1); (HLAs: WWAtk, GWWAtk x2, DBw, GDBw, MgRs x3, CrSk, PAtk, Smite, Hdns)
· Keldorn: Paladin (Inquisitor/27); HP 128; White Dragon Scale Armorb& w/Helm of Brilliance, Paladins Bracers, Girdle of Fire Giant Strength; Kaligun’s Amulet of Magic Resistance & Ring of Fire resistance (Sentinal +4); Ravager +4**, Morning Star Ice Star +4**; (Chromatic Demon)(Spellcaster Attack); (2); (HLAs: WWAtk, GWWAtk, DBw, GDBw, MgRs, PAtk, CrStk)
· Auren Aseph: Ftr (Apprentice//30), (HP 131); Grand Masters Armor +6 w/Helm of Command & Girdle of Stone Giant Strength; The Answerer +4*****, Yamato +4**, Long Sword*****, (SWS**; Ring of Fire Resistance; (Saladrax) (SCS Ease of Use, Setting 1)(4); (HLAs: WWA, GWWA, DBw, GDBw MgRs,PAtk, CS, Hdns x2)
· Anomen: Ftr/Watcher of Helm//18/20, (HP 75); Blue Dragon Plate; w/Shield of the Order +4, & Helm of Defense, Girdle of Hill Giant Strength, Periapt of Proof Against Poison; Runehammer +5***, , Mace***; (Dragon – Watcher’s keep)(Cleric Aggressive)(3); (HLAs: WWA, EBs, GWWA, SoV, DBw, ES, GDB, GoB, SumDeva, MR, Ipsn)
· Imoen: Thief (Charming Rogue/36); (HP 120); Sylvan Chain +2 w/Dusty Rose Ioun Stone, Tzu-Zan’s Bracers, Ring of Anti-venom, Ring of Improved Invisibility & Boots of Speed w/Taralash +4* & Staff of the Ram +4*, (Dagger*, Short Sword*, Club*, Katana*, Scimitar*, Crossbow*), Wand of Spell Striking; (Olhydra), (Ranged, Thief Adventurer, Thief Scout)(5); (HLAs: DgrS, Evn, SExTp, SAdTp, SSTp, SoCh, UAI, Asn x2, AvDth, Alch. CrpgSk)
Mods Used: BG2 FixPack _v10; Amber_v4; Auren Aseph_v9; Sarah_v4; Haldimir_v2; : Tyris Flare_v6; Gavin_v20 & Hotfix; scs-v30 (- Tactical Challenges); MegaModKits v1.01L (Anti-Paladin, Charming Rogue, Priest of Sylvanus, Bladesinger, Amazon, Apprentice, Ninja, Samurai); Divine Remix_v8 (Nightcloak of Shar, Holy Strategist of the Red Knight, Batleguard of Tempus, Strifeleader of Cyric, Bowslinger, Forest Runner, Wilderness Runner) ; Rogue Rebalancing; bg2_tweaks-v16; Item Randomizer-v6.8; level1npcs-v1.9
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