Undercity Magma Bulwark Encounter: Red Skeleton -It is Unfinished!
As I was playing through my ('currently' unreleased) Baldur's Gate play-through and I thought that there should be a container added beside where the Plate Mail +2 'The Magma Bulwark' is found - the dark broken block to its right to be precise. Although then I wanted to give it to a Skeleton Warrior instead of just finding it (I favoured extra fights for the enchanted plate mail is found right at 'the end of the game'). I was originally going to create an armour overlay sprite (Microsoft Paint crop skills for the win - yo) akin to how the helmet and weapons work for the Skeletal Warriors although then I found / realized that there was an arguably better opinion with more detail and animation quality in the form of those big Armoured Skeletal Warriors and Skeletal Golems. Thus I have my playthrough party 'Ctrl+6-7 cheat key-ed' into various skeletons
Dynaheir is the Skeletal Golem, Yeslick is the Skeleton Warrior with the small shield, Ajantis is the Skeleton Warrior with the medium shield, Minsc is the rightmost Withered Armoured Skeleton Warrior and Coran is the leftmost Withered Armoured Skeleton Warrior with lastly (and irrefutably greatest:-P) Matthew The Great (P.C.) as the Red Skeleton in the back / middle.
Although I had other plans (as you can already deduct I presume from the above animated gif >.>).
So I was thinking of adding the above 'Skeleton Party' encounter with the Plate Mail +2 'The Magma Bulwark' as the greatest treasure with possibly some other minor treasure / loot / booty on the other skeletons.
Okay I am open for ideas and this so far is what I have so far:
-The Red Skeleton: In-game name: Ric'Berna
This guy has to be a / an hommage to Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton:
Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American entertainer. He was best known for his national radio and television acts between 1937 and 1971, and as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show. Skelton, who has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio and television, also appeared in vaudeville, films, nightclubs, and casinos, all while he pursued an entirely separate career as an artist. Skelton began developing his comedic and pantomime skills from the age of 10, when he became part of a traveling medicine show. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Skelton
I am thinking of having his in-game Skelton
name be a mash up / a corruption of Richard Bernard. It would be kind of like how Mor'Ladim in Classic World of Warcraft is a corruption of Morgan Ladimore (wow lore) or like how in the Faerûnian ballad of "The Warlock King" it is based upon a corruption of the great Lich Larloch and The Warlock's Crypt - where he dwelt http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/The_Warlock_King
Perhaps his name could be something like Ric'Berna (as in the 'Mor'Ladim pattern' of [Ric]hard [Berna]rd) combining two Easter eggs into 'one'.
Upon his death "Ric'Berna" will explode in a fireball - like a Phoenix Guard. Roasted!
-New Helmet: "HELM00"
I created this here helmet for there are / were no current equip-able helmets in Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition that offer a likeness to the Red Skeleton's protrusion-less helm. So I searched around near infinity and my hunches were correct and I found the necessary assets to combine into a helm that would roughly match that of the Red Skeleton's own helm. The helmet is 90% based upon the Mirror Helm (that is found within Near Infinity) and "HELM35" (which is a 'non-droppable' item and is found on a few non-companion characters).
I took naming inspiration from the internal helmet animation designation of 'Helmet 0' (and with compatibility in mind) I christened it "HELM00" (or just "Helmet" in-game)!
(The above picture is no error, no Matthew The Great is so Metal
that he shoots Morningstar +1s as his arrows! Suck on that Arrows of Detonation:-P).
-Armour: Plate Mail +2 'The Magma Bulwark'.
-Weapon: Bastard Sword +1 (I looked up Long Sword +1 vs. Bastard Sword +1 in Near Infinity, Bastard Sword +1 is much rarer. Plus it is more suiting, the deadliest Skeletal Warriors use them and plus it suits the animation's large one-handed sword)
-Oil of Speed (I desire a script to be written that upon combat Ric'Berna will use / consume the Oil of Speed. I wanted to say drink and then I remembered that skeleton pirate drinking scene from pirates of the Caribbean O.o).
We are naming the rest of the skeletons after Guns and Roses 1987 band members (Slash for the Bone Golem inspired it): The short list for the Guns in Roses that released the Appetite for Destruction album is as follows: Axle Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler.
Look at the album cover it is paradise city, it's so easy!
The above gif image with all of the skeletons will have all of the 'actors' rearranged to form an inverted cross with the following positions for the 'actors':
Northernmost: 'The Red Skelton
' Ric'Berna as an Immoral Armoured Red Warrior, eternal and forsaken from Valhalla, glowing red, shiny and bone! (F*ck it! Let's throw in some Mad Max Fury Road dialog Easter eggs while we are at it too!)
Second Northernmost: Izzy'Nildarts will be a Withered Armoured Skeleton with an Axe (because he played Rhythm Guitar). Also Ancient Armour.
Rightmost: Ffud McKagan will be a Withered Armoured Skeleton with an Axe (because he played Bass). Also Ancient Armour.
Middle: El'xaesor will be a 'Skeleton Priest' with a non-magical medium shield and a Flail +1 (kinda like a mic. and 'cord'). Also equipped: HELM01.
Leftmost: St. Never'Elda will be a 'Skeleton Priest' with a Buckler +1 and a Club +1 (his 'drumstick' X-D). Also equipped: HELM01.
Bottom: Slash is going to be the Bone Golem - there is no Bone
(I couldn't resist X-P).
There needs to be some type of black metal loot, you know inverted cross and all. Ah! The helmet is black on the Red Dead Skelton! (I guess all of my gifs are all kinda Boned!