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[mod] Bethany NPC for IWD EE

LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
Here comes a new IWDEE companion... along with some headache and her runny nose!

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The mod adds a new companion, Bethany Vivielle Helena Corthala, a town medium (shaman kit) who always wanted to be a hat-maker. However, she has an ability to see the dead and it's really hard to be a fashion expert, attend to all these social events, and show everyone how great you can be when you are haunted by the dead. So, she could use a little distraction and... fame, because it can be quite useful for someone who wants to open her own business when it's all over.

Bethany can join the party right after you start a new game, and she can be found in Easthaven. She comes with a friendship, some items, interjections and a mini-quest later in the game.

Special thanks to @morpheus562 and Sarah, Bethany's voice!

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Enjoy!

(The crossmod content is yet to be written and added to the IWD Crossmod Banther Pack)

Comments

  • morpheus562morpheus562 Member Posts: 275
    Congratulations on the release!
  • megrimlockmegrimlock Member Posts: 45
    Cool! Valygar's granny?
  • LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
    More like great great grandaunt? :) But she's sooo much different and she deals with family matters differently too :)

    Thanks!
  • AciferAcifer Member Posts: 175
    Cool - a very creative and unique idea! Congratulations on the release!
  • TrouveurTrouveur Member Posts: 566
    Congrats and thank you!
    Hardest part of IWD will be to choose 5 NPC between all of yours and Artisan's ones. ^^
  • LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
    Thanks!

    The idea is to also give people a reason to replay the game :)
  • ThrasymachusThrasymachus Member Posts: 903
    Awesome! B)

    (I hope there is some crossmod content with Xikâsz, as these are the two companions I definitely want to use next time I play IWDEE.)
  • FrenzgynFrenzgyn Member Posts: 80
    Literally yesterday I thanked you for the unending support you give to your mods and today you come with a new NPC and an update.

    What can I say? :D

    TOO MUCH! STOP! PLZ! :):):)

    (Congratulation for the release)
  • LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
    Thanks!
  • alaisFcZalaisFcZ Member Posts: 27
    thanks for the mods as always !!! . IWD just lacks more "difficulty" , it becomes very easy
  • TrouveurTrouveur Member Posts: 566
    alaisFcZ wrote: »
    thanks for the mods as always !!! . IWD just lacks more "difficulty" , it becomes very easy
    Since last version, Sword Coast Stratagem also works on IWD. :)
  • alaisFcZalaisFcZ Member Posts: 27
    @Trouveur Hi !!! I'm testing it now and I'm in the valley of the shadows, I see little difference so far, let's hope it gets harder later haha
  • HermeticsHermetics Member Posts: 25
    edited March 19
    alaisFcZ wrote: »
    thanks for the mods as always !!! . IWD just lacks more "difficulty" , it becomes very easy

    Think iwdee fundamentally can't be difficult for a veteran player especially since there are few mages and the only special encounters are the few boss fights. Otherwise it is a sort of diablo style dungeon crawl using 2.5e, on top of your party being fully under your control. You'd have to do challenge runs where you can only build 1 character and the rest are chosen by randomizer or something. Even on hof it's too easy to just optimize a party that comes online at lvl 9 and 13 by the early and mid game with the xp being multiplied several times. The best difficulty I can come up with off the top of my head is hof mode but with exp cut in half so you can't just solve the game in minutes through min maxing, and house rules banning cheese mechanics like web and summons so that you're forced to build a proper tank line. I'd argue banning sorcerers or skald ie you can have one in a party not both, as the optimal party I think has 2 minimum 3 if you also want a base bard. It's too easy to reduce the masses of mobs into nothing when it's just a question of math, like the skill expression ends at did you make a good party and do you know how said party functions together as a unit. I never played throne of bhaal mode on bgee or the sequel but from what I understand there's no exp bonus so it's just torturing yourself and forcing cheese, so a good middle ground would be an exp bonus but not to the degree of hof mode which I believe invalidates the difficulty by the second dungeon, like all the difficulty is essentially solved by the time you reach the forgotten temple and even vale of shadow's isn't too big a deal if you had a good party, it's just that orc cave that's painful since you have nothing to fall back on but your early fighter and possibly your druid.

    Also the game is likely very challenging for kids who are teen and under I'm assuming most of the player base at this point is over 20, dnd itself isn't particularly kid friendly since there's so much knowledge you need before you can play the game properly and there's not much flashy to entertain.
  • Dalmir_The_DarkDalmir_The_Dark Member Posts: 61
    I wish there were more crazy high powered mage encounters in the game. It would really make a lot of the mage spells more useful like Breach, etc. As it stands most of Icewind Dale's encounters are endurance encounters, which I do love, by the way, but I'd still wish they included more varied types of encounters as well.
  • Dalmir_The_DarkDalmir_The_Dark Member Posts: 61
    More like great great grandaunt? :) But she's sooo much different and she deals with family matters differently too :)

    Thanks!

    Ooh! I wonder if she's able to share any history on Lavok.
  • LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
    She mentions him a couple of times, but this is a story of Bethany, who tells her own story :)
    Enjoy!
  • LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
    Bethany is now included in IWD Crossmod Banter Pack! Cheers and thanks to @CamDawg for the update!
  • ThrasymachusThrasymachus Member Posts: 903
    Awesome! Thanks for all your wonderful mods for IWDEE! :)
  • AerakarAerakar Member Posts: 1,038
    Yes, great and thanks!
  • ThrasymachusThrasymachus Member Posts: 903
    edited June 2
    I just tested out Bethany. I'm looking forward to including her in a future party!
    However, I noticed one very minor problem. When her biography gets mixed-up (as sometimes happens with IWDEE companions), telling her that "there's something wrong with your voice" does not fix the problem. She replies with, "Well, let's do something about it, then," but the biography remains incorrect.
    (In this case, the PC's biography appeared in her information. Other companions fix the problem when you tell them there's something wrong with their voice, at least with the companions you created, but that didn't work with Bethany.)
    Obviously, a very minor issue, but I thought I would mention it.
  • LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
    Thanks for letting me know, I will check it and fix it next time I'm updating the mod.
  • Zeno_42Zeno_42 Member Posts: 50
    edited June 29
    Just an FYI that Bethany is off on my latest run with my own long-time quartet:
    https://forums.beamdog.com/discussion/88571/the-hero-and-the-kat-take-kuldahar

    As noted there:
    "I found the idea for the character - an "I see dead people" shaman who would rather be a fashion designer - interesting. And Roland is the one team-leader in my portfolio who would be likely to accept her as she is and encourage her to strike out as a hero. I really want to see how she reacts to things like the Vale of Shadows, the Severed Hand, and Dorn's Deep."
  • LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
    Thanks for letting me know! Bethany isn't a huge companion mod, but I hope you'll find the mod enjoyable and fun nonetheless. Enjoy your new run!
  • Zeno_42Zeno_42 Member Posts: 50
    I was contemplating inventing an eskimo shaman to guide them through the snow anyway (just never toyed with a shaman much before), so when I saw Bethany I said - let's try that instead! Even if she's not as talkative as Minerva she fits pretty well and she'll say more than a custom character.
  • LavaDelVortelLavaDelVortel Member Posts: 2,762
    She should have an amount of talks comparable to my other IWD NPCs, just without a romance :) She is supposed to be a bit more on the funny side, but not totally ridiculous. She just has really high expectations what her life should be like, but she's also kind (when she's not whining). A bit of a Skie-kind of character, but she also her a story of her own, not just a copy.

    Anyway, cheers! Again, enjoy your game :)
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