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Full Legacy Of Bhaal livestream with extra restrictions

Hey folks, I'm doing a livestream of BG:EE on Legacy of Bhaal difficulty. I'll be making an effort to do every quest, clear every area, and complete all the games content. I don't play BG as much as many of the people here, so I'm sure I'll miss a couple of the more obscure quests along the way, but an attempt will be made.

Since the restrictions are the meat of the run, I'll explain those first. I haven't done any testing with LoB mode, so a good portion of the restrictions will be waffley.

Rigid: All major content complete; Full party at all times (once available); No item use without identification; No custom npc's; SoD content will be full blind. I will be actively avoiding these forums once the expansion hits, since it'll be a few days before I finish up the non-expansion content.

Waffley: No summons; Limited resting (1 Rest per town visit, 1 rest to remove travel fatigue (not haste), 1 rest if backed into a corner where the only other option is to cheat on other restrictions); No unnecessary backtracking; All areas completed on first entry; No rest until fully healed; Coherent RP decisions (This might occasionally have unfortunate consequences)

The whole run will be done roleplaying as Aldrea. A quick note on alignment: Aldrea has changed quite a bit over the years, and despite her alignment displaying as Neutral Evil, she's really more of a Lawful Neutral character. When you see the ludicrous stats I rolled for her you'll see why I'm not rerolling her completely.





As a child, Aldrea was fascinated by the multitudes of powerful and interesting people that
frequented Candlekeep. Great scholars, wizards, and clerics all frequented the cloistered halls,
often bringing with them entourages of soldiers and guards.

It was in this environment, that a young girl with thousands of questions could truly thrive.
She learned to read at a young age, and devoured all manner of books with abandon. History,
theology, arcana, military strategy; her childhood was filled with every subject imaginable. She
found the stories of Mystra, The Red Knight, and other mortals who had ascended to godhood
particularly interesting. Some of her tutors discouraged reading such material, as the stories
tended to include very dark subject matter for a young girl, but her foster father Gorion was
always supportive of her curiosity, and let her read whatever she desired.

Aldrea disliked spending her days indoors however, and often felt stifled when she was forced to
remain inside. She had a host of reading spots up in trees, on the ramparts, and anywhere else
her climbing instincts could get her. When not reading she would engage in sports with the few
children that came to the keep. She was fiercely competitive, not with the other children, but
with herself. She always pushed to improve herself, even after outpacing her peers.

It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that she began training with the guards as soon as
she could hold a practice sword. Despite the enthusiasm of her peers, Aldrea found herself
uninterested in blades. Observing the watchers she had noticed that a blade was nearly useless
against a heavily armored foe, and she thought it silly to invest time and energy mastering a
weapon that was only useful for killing unarmored foes, when a mace or flail to the head would
kill you just as effectively nomatter what armor you wore. Her dedication payed off, and by the
time she had reached maturity she could stand toe to toe with some of the watchers themselves.

Aldrea was relentless in her desire to learn, however, and she didn't allow her martial training
to prevent her from continuing her studies into the arcane. In the evenings she would study,
either by herself or with Gorion, and with her quick mind she found herself casting her first
spells at the age of 16. Gorion's pride was palpable when she showed him her first cantrip,
changing her dull red hair to a brilliant silver for a moment.

Despite her interest and study of theology, Aldrea was always particularly unpious. She believed
gods were creatures like any other, and that mortals should strive to surpass the gods, not lick
their boots. She expressed such thoughts in a somewhat more delicate manner, but while the
priests of Oghma who resided in Candlekeep respected her thirst for knowledge, they were not
overly fond of her.

Things have begun to change for Aldrea in the past year, however. It started when she began to
find herself feeling stirrings of magic far different than the controlled arcane power that she
was familiar with. It was as if a well of power within her had been unlocked. She sometimes
found herself to be unnaturally focused, either in combat or her studies, which she ascribed
merely to her increasing competence. But then she found that she could channel that focus to
heal minor scratches and bruises, and with testing, noted she could heal others as well.

Knowing that such magic should be limited to those in touch with the divine, she started
questioning the local priests, who showed great concern at her newfound abilities. With further
testing and practice, she found that she could duplicate any of the minor orisons that a
fledgeling priest might, and over the course of the year developed this ability into full blown
spells.

Such abilities were not unheard of, though extremely rare, and some of the priests assumed that
she was simply recieving the blessings of Oghma, due to her lifelong dedication to learning, but
others feared her new powers. Some hid it well, but others, some of whom had always disliked
her, behaved as if her new magic were proof of some sort of illness.

Aldrea could tell that her abilities were a source of stress for Gorion, and he urged her not to
show how far they had developed to others. She followed his advice, but despite this, gossip
continued, and Gorion slowly became more and more stressed over the course of the year,
culminating in his summons today.


I make an attempt on every run to make decisions that fit the character in question. In a case where the tone of a reply doesn't match a character's personality, but that the actual content of the message conveyed does (i.e. a timid response saying yes vs. a stern response saying no) I'll play it by ear, and end up talking through what she's "actually" saying. This largely becomes relevant when none of the responses fit the character in question.

With all that said, here's a link to the livestream. Hope you all enjoy it!

https://gaming.youtube.com/c/ArkTolei/live

BelgarathMTHJuliusBorisovGirewanelminster

Comments

  • TredvoltTredvolt Member Posts: 62
    Good luck Ark - I hope you are able to get LOB mode working. All of my efforts have failed so far as any sort of reload sets the difficulty back to insane. My friends and I have decided to set the game aside until this is fixed but I'll be checking back to see if anyone has found a way to keep it enabled.

    JuliusBorisov
  • Ark_ToleiArk_Tolei Member Posts: 69
    Tredvolt said:

    Good luck Ark - I hope you are able to get LOB mode working. All of my efforts have failed so far as any sort of reload sets the difficulty back to insane. My friends and I have decided to set the game aside until this is fixed but I'll be checking back to see if anyone has found a way to keep it enabled.

    Thanks Tred, I'll start troubleshooting a solution now. I suspect the difficulty reduction error is related to auto-saves specifically, because I reloaded dozens of times with those stupid rats with no issues. We might be able to work around it by using Hard saves before entering new areas, and then just not saving until we completely clear an area. The saves that are already corrupted seem unsalvageable, but I have a few uncorrupted saves to work with.

    Since I'm not the only one looking for a workaround I'll start checking my hypothesis now.

    BelgarathMTHJuliusBorisov
  • BelgarathMTHBelgarathMTH Member Posts: 5,644
    @Ark_Tolei , I just watched a little of this so far, but it's really excellent, and I love your positive, upbeat attitude about the new patch. I'll be watching your whole recorded sessions when I have time, so please keep them posted, as I usually can't catch the live streams.)

    Calling @bengoshi . I think this deserves a post in "What's new in the forum". Actually, I guess I could make a post linking it in there. Also, if you like it as much as I do, maybe it deserves a "promote"? (I don't really know your criteria for that. I know it's not to be given lightly, but I think this deserves serious consideration.)

    JuliusBorisov
  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 6,456
    edited April 2016
  • Ark_ToleiArk_Tolei Member Posts: 69

    SCS?

    I'm not using any mods atm, but maybe in a future run I'll do SCS. I figured I'd do a vanilla LoB run before I make my life even scarier.

    BelgarathMTHFinneousPJJuliusBorisov
  • skellytzskellytz Member Posts: 6
    An excellent series.

    You're certainly knowledgeable about the game mechanics and intricacies; even more so than many modders out there. It's obvious you've played through the original game numerous times and can now offer discerning insights.

    I may be out on a limb here, but I think all the skills and habits you've developed as a writer influence a lot, here. You have the character concept, the progression and the world rules all laid out.

    At the same time, you're very persistent in how you want to play and your actions in-game reflect this, even if it means spending a couple of hours troubleshooting a rule-breaking bug.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Ark_ToleiArk_Tolei Member Posts: 69
    skellytz said:

    An excellent series.

    You're certainly knowledgeable about the game mechanics and intricacies; even more so than many modders out there. It's obvious you've played through the original game numerous times and can now offer discerning insights.

    I may be out on a limb here, but I think all the skills and habits you've developed as a writer influence a lot, here. You have the character concept, the progression and the world rules all laid out.

    At the same time, you're very persistent in how you want to play and your actions in-game reflect this, even if it means spending a couple of hours troubleshooting a rule-breaking bug.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    Thanks for the compliments! I've never really thought about how my writing influences my gameplay, since they've both always been a part of my life. You're right though, they're intimately intertwined. Aldrea is a very well established character at this point, and I have strong ideas about how she would behave not just from a standpoint of conversation dialogues, but her views on resting (sleep is for the weak!), consumables (potions are crutches!), and companions. As a faction leader Aldrea needs to be associating with a lot of different people, not just 5. That said, she's very likely to have at least a couple people that she keeps around on a more permanent basis, depending on their circumstances.

    Imoen is a good example, because Imoen isn't really a freelance adventurer or someone who has a specific need from Aldrea, she's someone who left candlekeep specifically to follow her. There are other examples I have in mind already, but I won't spoil them.

    Those tends to steer the gameplay in a specific direction. It was actually what finally convinced me that Aldrea was a better fit for the stream than Sveria, because Sveria has a small, extremely dedicated following, rather than the broad base that Aldrea has. Both have amazing synergy with the BG series though and I'll probably do the Sveria run for myself eventually unless there's alot of demand for me to livestream BG twice.

    I'm glad you're enjoying the run. BG is one of my favorite games, and it's great being able to stream it with the new difficulty setting.

    BelgarathMTHGirewan
  • Ark_ToleiArk_Tolei Member Posts: 69
    edited June 2016
    So it's been a couple months and I figure I should probably update this. Finishing all the content in the game has taken longer than I expected, and the total runtime is probably approaching 80-90 hours, with ToTSC done and only the return to baldur's gate left. I've been largely happy with the way the run has gone, and I had some really fun fights.


    Especially Kahrk


    I should be finishing up the original content today and will be on my way to SoD on my next stream. I've managed to avoid spoilers thus far, so it'll be a completely blind run.

    JuliusBorisovGirewan
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