I've just finished my evil playthrough of TOB. Very fun, as always. But Hexxat? What the hell? Where to begin?
Did I miss something with her? My priestess of Talos/mage romanced Hexxat. But do you ever actually learn anything about her?
She has... a mother.. That she doesn't want to discuss. And other things... She doesn't want to discuss. Despite the fact she apparently loves you and you went on all these random quests of treasure hunting for her.. Nup. Nothing. I literally know nothing about her. Even her romance sucks, filled with flirty one-liners as opposed to a meaningful, thought/emotion-provoking experience, such as with Viconia. Seriously, that's all it is.
Hexxat: It is quite a hot day.
Charname: I can think of something else hot.
Hexxat: But can you stand the heat?
Charname: Given enough incentive.
Hexxat: My kind does not like extreme heat..
Charname: Yet your heat could melt ice..
Hexxat: How charming. Let us be off, lest we both get too hot....
Seriously. That's ALL the romance is. That's it. Really. I know. Hard to believe. But that's it. Did I mention that's ALL it is?
Now, I wrote that example in about 4 seconds. That's all it took for the devs too, I'm guessing, judging from the quality of the writing. Gone is the Bioware of old, and Hexxat is a shining example of how badly their writing is missed. Oh, and be sure to check out her "info" on the starter screen. "With a wit sharper than any sword." Seriously? THAT passes for wit?
You even fail her final quest if your charisma isn't high enough. That's right.. After all the suffering, all the trials, all the things you share, if you simply don't have the charisma (or say the wrong thing) she will opt suicide. Permanent suicide.
So not only was she essentially duped by Larloch into doing all this crap, she cares not. She abandons you at the height of your quest to die. Riiiiiight.
She couldn't say "Hey, a little busy here, L, come back and see me once I have finished helping charname." After centuries of waiting, I'm sure another few weeks/months wouldn't matter to either of them. Absolutely retarded.
I have gone from a supporter of this NPC to an absolute hater. I will never, ever play her again. I will venture into Dragomir's Tomb simply to slaughter her. Then I will reload and do it again.
What the hell? This is the Bhaalspawn saga! Not the "emotional rollercoaster of a vampire who doesn't want to discuss her past." The story focuses on her FAR too much. As if she's achieving some destiny of her own. Everyone else's sidequests feel like sidequests. Hers feels like a parallel run of your own journey. No, Hexxat, you are not the star, no matter how much the devs wanted you to be. She smacks of "overdone." Tries too hard, achieves too little, misses the mark by a mile.
Which brings me to another point. Vampire thief. Err, yeah. She has no level drain touch. And aside from her selfish nature, she doesn't really seem all that "evil." She actually seems quite compassionate at times, and very understanding. Unlike the obviously evil characters like Korgan who is just soulless and devoid of any compassion whatsoever.
She makes no sense. I don't even understand why the devs would take the much-needed thief NPC and pigeonhole her into such a SPECIFIC character. She should have been some other class if they wanted to make her as they did, vampire and everything. Another thief character should have been made for BG2:EE, one that could fit into any (or any evil) party.
We got three new NPC's in BGE1, a game already saturated in NPC's. And in BG2E, we get one (devs got lazy and just "imported" the three from BGE1, it seems.)
Even her epilogue sucks.
Wow. Bad after horribly bad. By the way, her saving throws suck. She died more times than I can count because she was held, or stunned, or confused. Bad NPC is bad.
Despite all of this, I do feel Hexxat was made for a purpose, and there is a lesson to be learned from all of this: To show us the folly of not selecting Jan Jansen to be your thief. I'm sorry, my irritating little friend. I'm bailing you out of those jail cells immediately.
Lesson learned. Lesson bloody well learned.