I'm curious if there are any mods out there that make the Slayer a worthy consideration in the game? Normally it's something of a joke, being absurdly expensive (-2 rep per transformation?), short lived (if you stay in it for any length of time, it'll kill you), and not very effective (either your THAC0 sucks, or your HP takes a hit, and either way your gear stops factoring in and odds are it's going to be pretty good gear by the end of Spellhold). As it is, the only place it's remotely useful is the mindflayer hive in the Underdark, where only it or a mindflayer can open the doors, and only then when some bug renders it impossible to enslave a mindflayer.
I mean, I understand the argument that "it's literally an evil power and you shouldn't be using it" and all, and I've played through this game so very many times with that logic in mind, but it has always irked me that such a fundamental aspect of the character and the game is squirreled away into a corner and then nerfed into irrelevance. Charname isn't just a
Bhaalspawn, they're the
Bhaalspawn, to the point that they can take the form of their father's avatar while still alive. That really shouldn't be a throwaway line and a self-destructive ability button safely hidden in a sub-menu where you'll never have to look at it again. It should either be so absurdly powerful that it's tempting despite the cost or something you can tame and bend to serve you instead of evil.
Back in the day, I used NearInfinity to strip out the rep hit from the transformation script, but I can't remember how I did that nor can I find the modified script. So I'm wondering if anyone's heard of any mods that do anything to make that ability something worth considering using - either powerful enough to be worth the cost and risk, or cheap enough to be worth the anemic buff it is.
I know the Ascension mod allows you to upgrade the Slayer to the Ravager, and I've already installed that for my current run, but I expect the same costs and limitations apply such that it's still more of a self-destruct button than a living nuke. Are there any other mods that could help with this?