“What if … there were multiple Baldur’s Gate Universes” is a challenge I made for myself. As a Baldur’s gate player the last 20 years I found myself always doing the same things over and over. I(m not into roleplaying a videogame, although I play pen and paper role playing games very often. I’m always creating powerful characters with high stats in all important attributes and dumping points in less important attributes. I always take weapon proficiencies I know that give the best fighting chances later on. I always go for the best NPC’s I can find that suit my main character. I even chose my spells and thieving skills at character generation in function of Candlekeep (friends + open locks 65 give access to a lot of free valuables early on). Certain alignments give better familiars for mages in certain strategies. …
Then I found the random challenges here on this forum. Maybe this is what I need to play. So I made my first random party. Fruendithas Stoneheart – Male Cleric – Priest of Tyr Neutral Good Dwarf was born. His stats were rather meh … Str 15, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 15, Wis 15, Cha 6. He randomly chose to be proficient in Flail/morning star and single weapon style. His randomly chosen companions were Finch (gnome Cleric), Minsc (human ranger), Dynaheir (human invoker), Safana (human thief) and Xan (Elf Enchanter). Allthough this would never be the character and party I would ever have chosen myself, it was fun to play.
After Fruendithas I decided to try another one. Yllastina Dragonsbane – female Fighter/mage neutral evil half-elf (Str 17, Dex 14, Con 10, Int 15, Wis 13, Cha 9). The fun part was her party. Kagain (dwarf fighter), Viconia (drow elf cleric), Xzar (human necromancer), Montaron (Halfling assassin) and Garrick (human bard). I loved the interaction between Montaron, Kagain and Garrick. There is a moment where Kagain threatens to kill Garrick and Montaron interferes telling that he also tried to threaten him, but the fool doesn’t understand.
These were the things I seem to have missed during all my playthroughs so far. So in the spirit of random play, I decided to challenge myself to complete the game with all NPC’s. Since I have EET installed in recommended version, some new NPC’s have been added.
I randomly created my groups, but I added some rules.
First party is a cannon party with a human fighter as child of Bhaal. He will be with Khalid, Jaheira, Imoen, Minsc and Dynaheir. This party was not randomly created.
Cannon: Abdel Adrian Chaotic Good Male Human Fighter
Long Sword ** sword and shield **
Khalid; Jahiera; Minsc; Dynaheir; Imoen (duals at lvl 7)
The next groups are all randomly created. Only Imoen was used a second time, because I was one NPC short to created 6 full parties. 2 groups are good, 2 neutral and 2 evil. 3 main characters are male and 3 female. Weapons were randomly chosen. Once chosen as much proficiency points will be put in that weapon or style as possible, then a new one will be chosen. The only exception, if a style is randomly chosen without a matching weapon a reroll is done. So no two-handed style for a dagger-fighter. Thieving skills are randomly chosen by two rolls. These skills will be maxed to 90 first before a new skill is learned. The only exception is set trap. If this is learned points will be invested from level only until maxed, because EET only allows to set traps from level 6. Spells are NOT randomly rolled. I once tried this and it was not fun for me. Attributes are randomly rolled in a best of 10. The highest summation of all prime stats is kept.
Neutral: Corlynn Darkeyes - Lawful Neutral Female Half-Orc Cleric/Thief
Sling * Club *
Find Traps +20; pick pockets +20; Set Traps will be maxed after lvl6
Branwen; Xan; Faldorn; Alora; Dorn
Good: Horfire Woodsheart - Neutral Good Male Halfling Priest of Tyr
War Hammer * Club *
Gavin; Yeslick; Coran; Valerie; Garrick
Evil: Jankahn Chandler - Lawful Evil Female Human Priest of Helm
War Hammer * Quarterstaff *
Viconia; Eldoth; Skie; Shar-Teel; Safana
Good: Breaga Silvershaper - Female Chaotic Gnome Cleric/Illusionist
Flail/Morning Star * Club *
Kivan (Deheriana); Isra; Ajantis; Finch; Imoen (duals at lvl 7)
Evil: Corlove Armorsmith - Lawful Evil Male Half-Orc Thief
Dart * Dagger *
Detect Illusion +20; Move Silently +20; Set Traps will be maxed after lvl6
Baeloth; Edwin; Kagain; Xzar; Montaron
Neutral: Iriekain Carter - Lawful Neutral Male Half-Elf Fighter/Mage/Thief
Short bow ** Mace **
Move Silently +20 detect Illusions +20
Quayle; Neera; Tiax; Rasaad; Imoen