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Your first time through chapter 4

How did you feel the first time you played through chapter 4 with the asylum, the City of caverns and all? What did you think was going to happen storywise and did you think it should have been different?

The first time I played this game I was fourteen. And I had a really... uneasy feeling about the chapter. I had no idea where the story was going and it felt like the game was slowly slipping out of my control. I mean, Irenicus ran off with my soul. I wasn't sure if Imoen was actually sane again or if she might snap. I couldn't decide for myself where to go. I'm turning into this weird monster I can't control. I'm alienating my party and having sinister dreams that urge me to abandon them and just go insane.

At that point I worried that it might actually happen. That I would have to play to the end-game abandoned by friends and with a charname that I couldn't entirely control. Now I think it could have been kind of neat if Charname just descended into this evil madness and you had to drag yourself through it all to find Irenicus before it was too late. Back then I didn't like this thought at all.


  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 3,142
    I ended up skipping the Sahuagin city, not knowing it was there. But when I realized I was in the Underdark, I was terrified to go on. I only ever heard how many times my dad's party wiped there when he played pnp back in the day. To this day, its still my favorite part of the series.
  • Permidion_StarkPermidion_Stark Member Posts: 3,192
    I remember clearly the first time my character transformed into the Slayer. I wasn't at all happy about it. It suddenly turned the character into someone I didn't want to be or want to play. I've always really disliked the whole Cthulhu thing so when I suddenly turned into a creature that looked like it slithered straight out of that mythos some of the magic just went out of the game for me.

    I know it makes sense in plot terms, you are a child of Bhaal after all, and if you are a descendant of the Lord of Murder you will have some pretty impressive inner demons, but after that point I really found myself playing to find out what happened rather than because I was enjoying it.
  • RVNSRVNS Member Posts: 75
    I think anytime a game or book or movie or any form of media can impart feelings, whether they are feelings you want or not, they have done their job. I don't have to agree with the story 100%, nobody ever will. Rarely have I read a book, or seen a movie where I was completely in agreement with its presentation.

    Take the story for what it is, for bad or for worse and let yourself enjoy. If you spend the whole day analyzing a story arc and picking it a part, you can find fault in all things.

    I love chapter 4 just like I love all the other chapters in the whole series. I did feel helpless when I turned into the slayer and honestly I feel like that was what they were going for.

    Just my thoughts, sorry about the rambling. :#
  • JoenSoJoenSo Member Posts: 198
    @ThacoBell - I ended up in the City of caverns precisely because I tried to avoid the Underdark, even though I didn't know much about it. Also, I didn't quite understand the logic behind going down there in the first place.

    @RVNS - well, I never said that I didn't like chapter 4, or that it was bad and should be different. Or that I spent the whole day picking it apart. It's just an interesting part of the game where the story could have taken several different paths. Discussing the story and those paths it didn't take doesn't mean that you didn't enjoy the game.
  • tbone1tbone1 Member Posts: 1,030
    @UnderstandMouseMagic I just laughed loud enough at that thought that I woke up a twelve year old beagle.

    My first thought was “Oh crap”. Back in my PnP days, one of the DMs bough a module where the climax was fighting a sahuagin invasion. It must have been this one

    It wasn’t as tough as I thought, I think with the old module we were a bit under leveled.
  • UnderstandMouseMagicUnderstandMouseMagic Member Posts: 1,324
    I'd never played D&D, (still haven't) so every monster was a surprise.

    I never really knew whether the makers were taking the micky with the Beholders and Illithids, Beholders in particular.
    The Sahuagin came across as the cherry on the cake, all part of a massive joke that the writers had going on and making up stuff as they went.
  • Permidion_StarkPermidion_Stark Member Posts: 3,192
    I think a problem with D&D is that every dumb monster anyone could think up got thrown into it. And for me sahuagin are about the dumbest. I don't know why but land sharks just seem beyond stupid to me.
  • typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,010
    By Sahuagin city, I just wanted to go back to sell loot. :D I remember running to finish the area so I could get back to town -- only to realise there were more areas. o_O
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