- Helarine, the Doomguide of Kelemvor NPC Cleric (Found in the Friendly Arm Inn, within the walls but outside of the inn. AR2300 for those who think in internal area names.)
- Four-conversation friendship track.
- Three plot-reaction conversations.
- Banters with Faldorn, Branwen, Kivan, Neera, Xzar, Xan, Dorn, Edwin, Eldoth, and Tiax.
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- Alpha v1 ("v0.01"): Initial alpha release.
- Alpha v2 ("v0.02"): Fixed kit ability issue. Modifed Helarine's starting inventory. Added 3 new Branwen banters.
- Alpha v3 ("v0.03"): Fixed a number of bugs. Removing Helarine from the party with send her to Friendly Arm Inn. Added 9 new banters (3 Edwin, 3 Eldoth, 2 Dorn, 1 Dorn romance reaction). Separated friendship track from plot reactions. Reduced scroll of protection from undead to one use. Added plot reactions for chapter 4, 5, and a specific scene in chapter 6.
- Beta v1: Added a new friendship track conversation and banter accelerators for all available banters.
- Beta v1 hotfix: Reuploaded the mod with a few fixes from WhiteAngus.
Thanks to BGEE, I've been sucked into modding for Baldur's Gate when I'm not working on my other writing projects. Aside from some tinkering, this will be my first major mod for the BG series. But I'm sure people are more interested in reading about the mod than how I came to start working on it, so moving onward...
-------------Helarine, Doomguide of Kelemvor
Planned Features for Basic Release:
- New human cleric NPC (100%)
- NPC and Player initiated conversations (2/7, 0/?)
- Reactivity to romances and plot stages (1/7)
- Banters with some core NPCs (8/?)
Other Intended Features (may not make the cut):
- Custom Doomguide of Kelemvor kit (100%)
- Interjections in major conversations (0/?)
- Longer relationship track*
- Divergent relationship*
* SoA/ToB continuation *
Features that are NOT Planned:
- Banter with other mod NPCs
Before I explain each feature that I feel needs explaining, here's Helarine's in-game Biography (subject to change):When asked about her past, Helarine becomes quiet and hugs herself tightly. She explains that she once was the servant of an important deity that perished during the Time of Troubles, but refuses to specify which one. Unwilling to relinquish her divine powers, she began her service to the new God of Death, Kelemvor. She claims that she had to go through a significant change of personality to adhere to Kelemvor's wishes, but she doesn't tell you what she was like before her conversion to Kelemvor's clergy. Once the tale is told, she becomes distant and formal once more, leaving further questions unanswered.Personality
Helarine is cold and aloof, preferring to stay out of the spotlight. When she does talk, she seems to have an obsession with death, and will steer conversations to the subject of mortality. She shifts into a preacher's role when people downplay or refuse to acknowledge the nature of death, but is otherwise calm and formal.History (Spoilers for intended SoA continuation)
Before the Time of Troubles, Helarine was the daughter of a priest of Bhaal and had begun her training as an acolyte. Once the Godswar began, she and her parents took it upon themselves to kill the followers of other gods to live up to the expectations of the Lord of Murder. After Bhaal's death and Cyric's ascension, Helarine barely escaped the murder of her family by followers of the Dark Sun. Angry and spiteful, Helarine hid away and planned to avenge her deity's death. After the Time of Troubles ended, Helarine began to hunt down followers of the new God of the Dead, Kelemvor. She was killed by one of the clerics she attempted to murder, and her soul was greeted by Kelemvor in the Fugue plane. As her patron deity was dead, Kelemvor was duty-bound to force Helarine's soul to be attached to the Wall of the Faithless, but he offered her a chance to convert. Planning on double-crossing the god, Helarine agreed to take him as her new patron and allowed herself to be raised by the very priest she had tried to kill. As time went on however, she began to feel her personality shifting to match her patron deity, and while she suspected that Kelemvor's priest had placed a geas on her she didn't resist the change. Over the years since her conversion, she has travelled the Sword Coast from Luskan to Baldur's Gate. When the Sword Coast iron crisis begins, she finds herself at the Friendly Arm Inn, and waits there patiently for the problem to smooth itself out.Reactivity to Romances and Plot Stages
As of right now, this mostly means "Helarine will mention this in one conversation and then leave you alone." A draft of a very confrontational reaction to the BGEE romances (focused on the possiblity of death, of course) has already been written. I also plan to make Helarine comment on certain plot developments, such as clearing out the Nashkel mines and a certain reveal about the protagonist's past. Depending on how well I can code the conditions without a GUI conversation editor, I might also make a few more specific romance and plot reactions for Helarine.
Note: For the time being, I only plan to react to core game plot states and BGEE romances.Custom Doomguide Kit
While a BGEE Doomguide kit *has* been created (here: http://www.shsforums.net/topic/55638-mod-bgee-kitpack/
), I'm wary about using a mod to make a mod (and that's not even getting into figuring out if the mod author is okay with me using their work in my mod). I'm also not sure how to make a custom kit, so I doubt I'll be making such a thing very soon without a detailed tutorial.Interjections in Major Conversations
This goes with the reactivity thing as a "nice to have" element that I might not get to work right. According to the dialogue guide I've read it's a lot easier to make new interjections than in other games I've modded, but I'll still have to find a way to debug conversations I can't control."Divergent Relationship"
This is sort of the replacement of a romance track that I have in mind for Helarine. It probably won't show up much in BGEE, but in SoA and ToB Helarine's relationship with the player will potentially alter her alignment and loyalty to the protagonist. If the player works to understand the conflict Helarine has between her old patron deity and her new deity, they can influence whether she stays loyal to Kelemvor or tries to find another patron. If the player is dismissive of Helarine, she becomes even more distant and cold and her loyalty to Kelemvor is assured. (As with interjections, this is a "nice to have" element that isn't necessary, especially in BGEE).Shadows of Amn/Throne of Bhaal Continuation
When BG2EE comes out, I hope to create a continuation of this mod that completes Helarine's story arc. I suppose I can start writing it as soon as I'm done with the BGEE content, but I doubt it'll get far enough to release until I have some version of BG2 installed again.Planned Story Arc
This is mostly for my benefit and the benefit of people who can't wait for release (or want to know if they should bother with this mod), but here's my plans for Helarine's story arcs. Hopefully if I get eaten by gibberlings tomorrow and can't finish the mod, at least this thread won't be a complete waste of everyone's time thanks to these plan summaries.BG1 (BGEE)
Helarine notices the divine spark in the protagonist, but doesn't recognize what it means. She makes an excuse to join the party when met at the Friendly Arm Inn. She grills the protagonist about their feelings on death, trying to learn anything useful about the protagonist's mindset. Eventually, she realizes that she's being unfair and stops (though she'll start up again briefly if the player starts a romance). In an attempt to fit in again, Helarine shares some stories about her travels after becoming a Doomguide. Even in these she'll focus on the people she's seen die and performed funerals for, however. Once the majority of her stories are over, she'll offer to perfom the protagonist's funeral should they die (along with a separate offer for any romance interest).
While Helarine will note when the protagonist's Bhaalspawn nature is revealed, she only makes a small comment about it possibly being what she saw in the protagonist when she was recruited.
Total planned conversations: 11
(3 feelings on death, 3 romance, 4 doomguide stories + funeral offer, 1 bhaalspawn revelation)BG2: SoA (BG2EE)
Helarine will be in Athkatla from the start of Chapter 2. If she was not recruited in BGEE (chosen by player), she won't repeat any of that content (she'll have learned of the protagonist's Bhaalspawn nature and basic tales of their travels).
Before Spellhold (skipped if recruited after), Helarine will question the player's relationship to Imoen. She will also have some extra dialogue in Spellhold that is skipped if recruited later. (If Helarine is recruited after Spellhold, she'll get the basic idea of what happened from the other companions and will still have post-Spellhold dialogues normally.)
In her non-plot dependant arc, Helarine admits early on about her upbringing as an acolyte of Bhaal. If the player is dismissive of her in this conversation or later related conversations, she'll stop speaking of the topic and devote herself to Kelemvor. If the player is receptive, she'll tell stories about her family's attempts to honor Bhaal during the Time of Troubles. If the player finishes Shadows of Amn without dismissing or angering Helarine, her loyalty path will be open in Throne of Bhaal.
Regardless of her loyalty track, Helarine will eventually tell the story of her conversion to Kelemvor (which will be slightly altered based on current loyalty).
Helarine will also have a short friendship track separate from her loyalty conversations. These will be more generic conversations, and the track won't cut short if the player is dismissive.
Helarine will also take note of core and BGEE romances, and have some comments based on the romance in question.
Total planned conversations: 13
(2 missable plot, 5 loyalty, 1 death story, 3 friendship, 2 romance)BG2: ToB (BG2EE)
Shortly after rejoining the party, Helarine will ask the protagonist how they feel about fighting their Bhaalspawn relatives. This conversation doesn't affect the loyalty track.
If Helarine's loyalty track wasn't broken, she'll have 2-3 conversations that cement her personality for the endgame. She'll either be convinced to devote herself to Kelemvor (especially if loyalty is broken) or decide to be open minded and seek out a new deity.
Helarine will also have a short friendship track and one final comment about potential romantic interests.
In the endgame, Helarine's reaction depends on her loyalty choice:
Player becomes a god (good version), Helarine devoted to Kelemvor: Helarine is somwhat dismayed at the protagonist's decision, and will comment on what the protagonist must give up to become a deity.
Player becomes a god (evil version), Helarine devoted to Kelemvor:
Helarine is appalled at the protagonist's decision, and vows to put down the protagonist once she's amassed enough power to kill a god.
Player becomes a god, Helarine became open to change:
Helarine offers to become the protagonist's Herald and enforce their will. Her alignment will have shifted toward the player's on this loyalty track, and her offer will be altered by alignment.
Player refuses godhood:
Helarine is surprised that the protagonist was willing to give up the power to become a god, but is pleased by the result.
Total planned conversations: 8
(opening, 3 loyalty, 3 friendship, 1 romance)How You Can Help
While I have Helarine's personal and plot-based story arcs figured out, I don't know what kind of banters and interjections are expected. Having only secondhand knowledge of some plot scenes in the BG series (I've only got as far as Chapter 5 in BG1 and SoA, and the rest of my knowledge is from guides and videos), I'm not sure where the major plot points are to insert the interjections. If someone could come up with the major points where core and mod NPCs are expected to have interjections, I'll make sure those are worked on.
I'm also not sure what I should put in the player-initiated dialogue section. While I'm not adverse to adding flirts if people require that in an NPC mod, it'd be kind of awkward with Helarine since she's simply not interested in a romance. Aside from that, I can only think of basic questions to ask Helarine that would get old after the first use.
I also might need an editor/beta reader to ensure I don't do anything [i]too[/i] lore-breaking. While I've played a lot of Forgotten Realms-inspired CRPGs, I'm not master of the FR setting, especially during the 2nd Edition timeline.
(It might also be nice to have a custom portrait and some VO for Helarine's combat soundset, but I'll wait until her core content is done before I start begging for an artist or voice actor. :P )
And that's about it. If you'll excuse me, posting this kinda obligated me to writing 11 BGEE conversations and a few banters to live up to such a big plan. With only 3 drafted, that means I have some work to do.