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Bad reputation and the consequences!

So, as I've never dared going below 4 rep before, I figured it was about time to see what happens!

Shortly after arriving in Beregost, I was greeted by a Flaming Fist war party, and decided to stick around for the ensuing fight! Despite lack of rest and spells, I was able to destroy almost the whole party, when...ANOTHER party suddenly arrived! What's that all about?

Anyone care to explain the system abit for me? I figured I'd get atleast some respite after battling it out with one party, but no...do they just keep coming? Should I run for the hills? :D

I noticed one of the commoners also went hostile; I think killing a Fist Enforcer in sight of him might've done that, but I'm completely unsure! If I went and donated to the church, would the commoners become neutral again or do they remain hostile? I.e. what triggers the hostility and is it reversable? Many thanks, NN

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  • drakescar9drakescar9 Member Posts: 65
    yeah pissing the guards off and getting a low rep is like putting a target on your back and putting a sign on your chest that says 'Kill me! I'm an bad person!'

    NocturneN
  • KidCarnivalKidCarnival Member Posts: 3,747
    I think there's a threshold difference. If it drops to 1, EVERYONE turns hostile. So, if you killed a Flaming Fist, that likely made your rep drop enough to turn the commoners in the area hostile, too. Once hostile, they usually stay hostile, but don't actively attack (or they are too slow to get to you if you just walk by). Assuming your rep is already so low that it can't drop any further, you should just kill everything that moves and then buy the rep back as needed. New commoners that were not in the area should be neutral after that.

    NocturneN
  • drakescar9drakescar9 Member Posts: 65
  • NocturneNNocturneN Member Posts: 123
    edited March 2013

    I think there's a threshold difference. If it drops to 1, EVERYONE turns hostile. So, if you killed a Flaming Fist, that likely made your rep drop enough to turn the commoners in the area hostile, too. Once hostile, they usually stay hostile, but don't actively attack (or they are too slow to get to you if you just walk by). Assuming your rep is already so low that it can't drop any further, you should just kill everything that moves and then buy the rep back as needed. New commoners that were not in the area should be neutral after that.

    Hmm, do commoners respawn? Either way, quite insightful - thanks!

    yeah pissing the guards off and getting a low rep is like putting a target on your back and putting a sign on your chest that says 'Kill me! I'm an bad person!'

    They'll just keep coming, then? I thought I'd only get a new encounter when travelling, but it seems I'll just have to fight wave after wave...

    Is there any difference between wilderness areas and civilised areas? One would think it would be easier to avoid the law traversing the woods, for example.

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  • KidCarnivalKidCarnival Member Posts: 3,747
    Commoners don't "respawn" as in "new ones appear out of nowhere" like Flaming Fists. But they do move around and can enter/leave houses. For example, in Nashkel, Taris will go inside the Inn when it gets dark and come back out in the morning. Houses are different maps/areas, so the commoners that left would not turn hostile with the others. It's the reverse case of killing a lone commoner in a house to avoid guards attacking you. I'm not sure commoners do that on all maps, but in most towns, they seem to move around, including entering buildings (or disappearing into them and later reappear, I don't think they're actually inside when you go looking, but it's hard to follow the unnamed ones).

  • LuigirulesLuigirules Member Posts: 415
    1 reputation won't make commoners automatically hostile.

    I'm doing a 1-rep run now, and they only become hostile when you kill other commoners around them.

    Darksheer
  • drakescar9drakescar9 Member Posts: 65
    most i've ever killed is when i started a bar fight in the friendly arm

  • NocturneNNocturneN Member Posts: 123
    @Luigirules

    Or if there is a hostile Flaming Fist in the vicinity of the party, any commoners nearby also turn hostile! And commoners near those commoners turn hostile... :D

    I find it dissapointing that the Flaming Fist parties seem infinite... it's not THAT hard to beat one party, but I actually got attacked inside the Jovial Juggler and they just kept coming! In the end, I had some 30+ soldiers bashing my skull in!!

    They also have nothing of any real value on them, so once you're down to 1 rep you have to pay an exorbiant amount of money to get to good standing. Mayhaps this is something a future mod could adress! :)

    I'm not sure commoners do that on all maps, but in most towns, they seem to move around, including entering buildings (or disappearing into them and later reappear, I don't think they're actually inside when you go looking, but it's hard to follow the unnamed ones).

    That is really cool and something I've never noticed for all my years playing BG!

  • KidCarnivalKidCarnival Member Posts: 3,747
    I've only noticed when Dorn told me to talk to Taris while being in Nashkel at night - and no Taris was there. I figured I go rest and hope she reappears (wasn't sure if she was accidentally killed in the fight with Nimbul) and behold, there she is in the Inn. I rested anyway, and found her outside. There had also been two more commoners in the Inn that were not there after resting.
    As far as I can tell, commoners can enter and leave Inns and houses. Not sure about shops. I've definitely seen commoners in the BG city shops (the normal "General Stores"), but never in Thunderhammer Smithy or Nashkel Store.

  • LuigirulesLuigirules Member Posts: 415
    Nothing of real value? Depends what you define as "real value". Those FF parties have a few guys in plate mail, which is actually worth a decent amount of coin.

    I've never had that many FF parties spawn, either. I've only ever gotten one group per map, and even then you have to wait a while for another to trigger.

  • KidCarnivalKidCarnival Member Posts: 3,747
    The most I had was 2 groups. Early in the game, even the splint mail is "valuable". Sure, you can't buy 20 rep with that, but with the store prices on low rep, every coin counts.

  • Copastetic1985Copastetic1985 Member Posts: 277
    Not sure if it's in EE, but if you go to Nashkel, there should be a random bounty hunter for you if your rep is low. He's not hard, and I think he just uses Studded Leather.

    Wish there were more than FF coming after you.

  • NocturneNNocturneN Member Posts: 123
    Could be different in EE and BGT. The Bounty Hunters in Nashkel never stop spawning in my game, and nor does the FF parties. I could have a bug or two in my install aswell.

    I've only ever seen commoners (and other people) go into houses when they're fleeing, though I admittedly have never bothered looking. There sure seems to be alot less people out at night, and beds inside houses seem to be fuller! ^^ Could also simply be an EE feature. :)

    Well, I agree about plate mail and splint mail being valuable, 'Tis just that I use Aurora mod which cuts all sell prices in half, so the most I'll get for a Plate Mail is ~150 gp. It's good money, sure, alas, my party consists of physically weak characters so lugging it all back to the shops to sell is not an option. :D

  • GrimjackMVGrimjackMV Member Posts: 77
    Playing a low REP party and finding myself in a similar situation. Upon zoning into the Friendly Arm Inn area I was met by a Flaming Fist party, after dispatching them - within moments a second Flaming Fist party spawned into the area.

    This spam spawning of Flaming Fist groups is making a low REP play through a little unmanageable.

  • ArtonaArtona Member Posts: 1,073
    @GrimjackMV - potions of invisibility are your friend. ;)

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