Hi There! first up I am new to these forums so if this is in the wrong section it would be great if the mods could move it for me
so to my question …
I am on my first play through of BG:EE, playing as a druid. I have noticed that my rep has been climbing quite quickly and I am now at 13 (popular). As my character is neutral I feel it makes sense to try and keep from getting too heroic but I am worried my rep will get too high. Does anyone have any tips for keeping rep under control for a neutral character?
I have being trying to balance out rep losses and gains but find a lot of the dialogue options don't fit a neutral character very well. I am happy to refuse to do things which are too "goody goody" for my char but it seems like most of the rep losses come from quest conclusions and being out and out evil. I don't think it fits that my character would be particularly greedy when it comes to being paid, or that she would be rude/hostile towards everyone given that she has 18 charisma. I do let her be a little bloodthirsty to balance off her politeness, so I don't accept an enemy's surrender (unless they are more use alive) but it also seems like killing enemies rather than letting them go does not net you a rep decrease?
I have got some magpie like tendencies and cannot resist having Imoen break in everywhere and open all containers (I don't always take stuff - I just like to know what's inside lol) but I don't let myself get seen so don't seem to lose any rep doing this. I read somewhere that you can lose rep if you get caught thieving and run away before the guards come to avoid the huge rep loss from killing all the guards, but I tried this out and there was no loss unless I killed the guards, which took me too far down. I don't want my good party members to walk or to end up turing towns hostile towards me.
also on a related note can anyone clarify for me what exactly the reputation is? it seems like it is how the world views my party rather then how my party members view me, so will I be alright to keep evil party member like Dorn around if I get a high reputation as my party members know different to the world in general? If this is the case do I need to be careful my lawful good part members don't get upset by my thieving and violent ways?
Thanks for the help - much appreciated.