Like many of you, I've played through the BG games multiple times over the years.
While I don't anticipate playing again for awhile -- I'm waiting on the big update and some mods to be released first -- I've been thinking about what character I want to play next and how I can avoid falling into the powergaming trap that I always fall into, where I inevitably make the same in-game choices and do the exact same things every playthrough.
So in the meantime, I've been trying to think up a specific character to play who has role-playing rules that I must follow. I'm curious to see what other role-playing ideas and characters that people come up with to enhance their own playthroughs and keep things fresh, as well as any suggestions for my own.
The following is one example for a potential character that I created. GENDER
: Bladesinger. Use Eldritch Magic
or Might and Guile
for this custom Fighter/Mage kit that's based off of the one found in The Complete Book of Elves
: Lawful Good.VOICE SET
: Female Mage 2
from IWD:EE. RULES TO FOLLOW
1.) Always decline rewards offered by NPCs. Material things are beneath you!
2.) No party pickpocketing or thieving of any kind against innocent people. This includes taking gold from barrels in cities and drawers in rooms, such as snatching The Stupefier from the Burning Wizard in Beregost. However, rifling through Mulahey's chest in the Nashkel Mines is fine, of course. Bad guys don't have rights.
3.) Frequently use Charm Person or Dire Charm to interrogate your enemies and extract information from them -- Nimbul, Tranzig, and Rieltar are all example targets. (Think of it as your character's Jedi mind trick!) But never use this ability on any non-evil or non-villainous characters.
4.) Use as many elven-themed items (e.g., Elven Chain Mail) as possible. For extra fun, wait until the IWD-in-EET module is released for the Enhanced Edition Trilogy, which will allow you to use all of the drops from the Hand of the Seldarine, as well as other items from IWD:EE.
5.) Whenever possible, choose dialogue options that are any combination of the following: haughty, lawful, solemn, and sophisticated. Never use any childish or crude dialogue options -- your character's sense of humor is limited to dry wit only.
6.) As part of your Bladesinger training, stick to using one weapon type only (e.g., long swords) for your entire playthrough.
7.) Per The Complete Book of Elves
, “Not only must [Bladesingers] attempt to advance the cause of elvendom somehow at all times, they must also lend aid to any elf in need. Unless the elf is proven to be an enemy of the elven way of life, the Bladesinger must sacrifice life and limb to save that elf's life.”
8.) Destroy or hold onto any evil items (e.g., Robe of the Evil Archmagi, Ring of Gaxx, etc.) Never use them or sell them, which would allow them to wind up in someone else's hands.
9.) Don't use or include spells like Animate Dead in your spellbook, as elves loathe the undead. EXAMPLE IN-GAME ACTIONS
1.) You would aid the Flaming Fist mercenary in killing Viconia. (Sorry, Viccy, but lending aid to any elf in need doesn't apply to drow.) Dorn, Hexxat, and other transparently evil companions would likewise need to be brought to justice (i.e., ending their existence).
2.) Don't cheese and use dialogue options that you know lead to an easier outcome. For example, in the fight with Bassilus the Murderer, your character would use the "You are mad, monster! Die by my righteous wrath!" line rather than using the clever choices to destroy his undead army. Your character is supremely confident in her abilities, after all, and doesn't need to use dirty tricks to win.
3.) For a possible role-playing "arc," your character would become more cold-hearted and prone to violence over time, as she copes with her Bhaalspawn heritage and her growing power. For example, in BG:EE, she would be an arrogant but still good-at-heart Bladesinger trying to do the right thing. In BG2:EE, she would be increasingly consumed by her mission -- namely stopping Irenicus at any cost -- even if it meant sacrificing some of her principles in the process.
4.) In the vein of what's mentioned above, your character would be more likely to kill her enemies rather than spare them in BG2:EE when given the choice. SUGGESTED PARTY MEMBERS
: Given your character's elven heritage and strong belief system, it's best to stick with either members of her own kind or with people of a similar alignment as much as possible.
BG:EE: Coran, Jaheira, Khalid, Kivan, and Xan.
BG:SoD: Corwin, Jaheira, Khalid, Neera, and Rasaad.
BG2:EE: Aerie, Jaheira, Kivan (mod), Neera, and Xan (mod).OTHER SIMILAR CHARACTERS
: Bastila Shan from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
and Maiev Shadowsong from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne