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  • I've been thinking back to another previous character concept with an Oozemaster. A little different take this time I am thinking. More Lovecraftian in nature and will start as Chaotic Neutral. Lowest chr. to start for an OM on purpose, a 7, which should lower to a 1 by lvl 15, which shows his slow progression to an alien like entity, in body and thoughts. He shall find the way to recall the Old Ones, from books discovered hidden out of site in Candlekeep, once worshiped in prehuman times, and banished by the elder gods. He finds his mind and his body both starting to go through some extraordinary changes. He is started to have trouble relating to others...



    June 29
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Nice artwork by Tooth Wu.

      Furyan had a strange dream (or was it), that had to do with hearing strange sounds from the insects around Candlekeep. They told him of a place to look within the library. This led to his discovery some texts hidden in the depths of the library, behind a panel in the lowest rung of a bookcase: The Book of Eibon, the Celaeno Fragments, Cult de Goules, De Vermis Mysteriis, the Dhol Chants, the Pnakotic Manuscripts, and theUnausprechlichen Kulten. They tell of a race of beings referred to as the Old Ones, worshiped long in the past, and banished by the Elder Gods. For the most part they are just bits and pieces, some disjointed ramblings, but all talk of the same reference to a book called the Necronomicon, where ALL is revealed. Mention was made of the servants of the Old Ones. It is reputed that an ancient race of fish men served them in the past, deep beneath the oceans.

      After the dream was when he noticed changes in himself, and at how strange other people around him were starting to seem.
      Gorion started to notice these changes but never having seen the books before, did not know what to think, other than he felt a growing unease when around Furyan.

      On the night before Gorion told him they were leaving Candlekeep, Furyan heard a loud cacophony of whippoorwills, that suddenly stopped, all at once. He knew from his readings of the hidden texts that this heralds an imminent death. Would it be him, before he could even begin his search for the reputedly lost 'Necronomicon', that held the secrets to the return of the 'Old Ones'.

      Without reason, he somehow 'felt' he must start this search, beyond Candlekeep. Good thing Gorion was leading him away quickly, even though he noticed a strange expression Gorion's face whenever he looked his way.

      Perhaps he could find a worshiper of one these Elder Gods, who had a part in banishing the Old Ones, and get what information he could from them (NPC Mur'Neth), that is, if the whippoorwills were not signaling his death of course. At least he might be safe with a great mage like Gorion at his side...
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      You know, there isn't enough mixture of fantasy and cosmic horror in media.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Oh I agree, wholeheartedly, it really adds something. At least the first edition printing of the old Deities & Demigods had the Cthulhu Mythos included.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Even though I'm too young to remember that first hand, I really appreciate the fact. Even if it does feel a little weird giving stats to the unknowable ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yeah, that was Lovecraft's thing, fear of the unknown is always the best kind(worst, hehheh). Well, you know for D&D, the great DM in the Sky knew all. Course, bout like ll the deities I guess. They also had the Melnibonean as well, for the Elrich of Moorcock fans. I think copyright problems got them and they had them removed later. Glad I still have my original. The Newhon Myths of Leiber are quite interesting to. I enjoyed seeing Fafhrd' s name in BG.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heck with this plan, I keep running into probs with the class resistances every time, no matter what. Divine Remix just doesn't operate right with the EE games. A shame really. Whelp, back to the grave diggin'. Maybe I'll just dig my way to the Far Realm, one corpse at a time,hehheh (or sing it into existance with the dirgesinger run).

      I got a fever, and the only prescription is more Lovecraftian influence in Baldur's Gate. He had a few variations of undead in his stories, Pickman's Model, The Outsider, and The Lurking Fear, perhaps suitable here as it's a genetic disposition to become ghoul-like and hang out in the graveyards with granma and granpa. Suitable for a Palemaster I believe.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      If only all mods had perfect compatibility and didn't have problems with hardcoding.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I know, even EE Keeper does not do the job properly, so will probably just go base classes for now, so I can go from one game to the next flawlessly, and just head canon the rest.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Would it work better to re-create your character from scratch instead of transferring to give them the kit, and then use EEkeeper to make the stats match (if tomes were used)?
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Messed with that a little. Some of the oozemaster's resistances can be dispelled from drinking a potion to anything else that dispel's. Have to EEkeeper it back every time. Doing stat adj's I tried, the majority of the time the kit name does not transfer to new game chapters BG to SoD to BG2 for ex., although some of the special powers do. Just bugs the heck outa me to be workin with broken stuff sometimes.
      Heh, I usually give out before getting to the end of the game as I know what awaits.
      Knowing me I'll give em another go after while. Can't resist.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Are you creating the character with the kit when starting BG2, or does simply not support the kit at all?
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hmmm, I've been EEkeeper'n the imported character which cannot choose the oozemaster. Fooled around with it a little as suggested. If I make a NEW character, and EEK him, he DOES get recognized as a kit. I see I can adjust exp as well. Maybe if I just do that for SoD and then into BG2 it might just work. Looks like you can add items as well. Would not be in the right places for BG2 but I guess I could stretch the imagination a lil bit more.
      Your tempting me to give it another run here TBell, as I really like the ol OM class (best for that cosmic alien tint I like).
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I think that should work better for you.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks TBell, firin him up again tonight.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Hope everything works for you :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Alrighty, trying the oozemaster with SR & some new work on the om within FnP mod. Seems to be making progress on aforementioned problems with the help of the FnP guys. Im willing to test it anyway, lots of cool spells added for the om.
      Still will need to EEKer each new game but it is a nice start I think.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Finally, success, a separate fix for divine remix that addressed the dispel resistances thing. Just a zip download from @subtledoctor installed right after DR.
      Good folks here.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I love it when a character concept comes together.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Me to, was really buggin me. Yeaaa!
  • OK. The old setup was gettin too buggy :'( .

    I think that last erase thing that happened recently really put the grave marker up.

    Here lies Zaghoul's first Baldur's Gate
    It gave much fun and filled his plate
    Although fun for a test
    It's time to put it to rest
    At least now he can add new mods to rate

    The Morrigan says it's time for the rebirth of my BG install.




    I downloaded from BDClient a fresh copy of BG/SoD to reset everything overnight. I got ALL my downloads back in the new folder and now ready to install them tonight. Whewww.

    I'll bet some folks are bout ready to do updates soon, shoot. Well, got to get crackin anyway. B)









    July 20
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      To save time in the future. You can have the client verify your game files rather than a full redownload. It reverts the game to a clean install.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Good to know, thanks. I think my old install was in the wrong place last time as I tried to do just that and it failed, so I just opted to let it put them where it thought they should.

      Next time will be easier as you mentioned. I might even just use that each time I do a big re-modding project for each new start.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Yeah, I usually re-verify every time I want to add/remove a mod component. Safer that way.
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    July 20
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Congratulations!
    • lolien
      lolien
      Well done!
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Congratulations!
    • Shandyr
      Shandyr
      Congratulazioni!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks guys. I suppose I have been getting into this forum more than others, so much to offer here. :)
    • Anduin
      Anduin
      Well done!
  • I got my tat idea a while back, about a year after I got out of the burn unit. from Morrigan, a celtic goddess, associated with birth, death, and war (felt like I went through bout all that back then, still does TBH). Anyway, she had a thing with ravens n crows. One my favorite birds, up there with whipporwills.

    July 15
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Neat! :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks. Both myself and the artist were worried about how it would come out on grafted skin.
    • Anduin
      Anduin
      More than one crow is not a flock of crows... The correct term is a murder of crows... This is even better than a crash of rhinos...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Ah well, then that IS even better then. Thankee
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Names for groupings of animals are great. A group of Flamingoes is a Flamboyant.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heh. Maybe if it was FLAMEboyant, it woulda worked. ;)
    • Xeroshi
      Xeroshi
      pretty sweet dude, i'm getting my first tatoo on my birthday
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      hehe
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @xeroshi Your in for an 'interesting' treat.
  • Mmmhmm,THAT'S what Im talkin bout, nice creepiness with the reds and darks, fire sparks n ravens.
    This plague doctor by Ilona Tsymbal is GONNA be used. And I am thinking fits just fine with a H/O Necrotic Shaman (of Yurtrus of course) (will of the wisps that @Lavadelvortel came up with). Even the fires sparks resemble the lil will o wisps he gets.
    Same fitting Bacilus Plaguehands name I think.

    He can smell and taste the death in the air, from the coming pestilence and plague of war on the horizon. He took up the raven mask to both put the monks in CK at ease(hehheh, under there is Gothmog's pic still) and to keep certain 'herbal mixtures' in the filter (maybe just a hint of cadaverine or putrescine for special occasions to keep Yurtrus in mind). Lawd, that's dark, nice. ;) Not your standard plague doc I think.
    He knows the cure,but that doesn't mean everyone's gonna like it...

    June 19
    • Shandyr
      Shandyr
      reminds me of the TV show "12 monkeys", thumbs up
    • Anduin
      Anduin
      Thanks to magic, the realms have a new dating spell called tinder, (something about fuelling the initial sparks of hell). Anyways... I would give this profile pic a swipe.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hah, plague shows n dating spells, hmm, looks like this doc has got a few prospects in the background already. ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Liking this run as the necrotic shaman, as always the Staff of Withering is a nice touch, but so is Herbs n Potions fire weapons, given the necrotic fireflies, will o wisps,fiery spirits n such, hehheh. The druid spells actually have on of the best contagion like spells in the game, 'Dolorous Decay' ,of course animate dead is always a nice touch as well.

      Be nice to have an undead creation that could spread disease as well, ghouls and ghasts being the best choices I think due to their ties with this ability in PnP.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      These summons can beat the tar outa quite a few things, quite helpful, they eat lightning for breakfast as well. It's quite satisfying to see enemy mages chuck a lightning bolt at em, close range. Dumb mages they are.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I am finding it a bit interesting, with the romances for this guy. He's necrotic shaman, with the face of Gothmog under his mask. I mean ANYBODY giving him a little kiss has got guts, but he reckons, well, guts is enough, hehheh.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Perhaps this is one instance when, “Take down your walls, take off your mask and be yourself.” would not be good dating advice. ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yeah, I'm hearin ya. I'm playing it off as a SERIOUS connection that occurs over shared experiences and respect, and even then a little different. Now given, it is at least with Ishlilka, a H/O wizard slayer whose momma is a priestess of Luthic, the Cave Mother. I actually was not going to do any of the romances but as she started in with the likes, and is very slow going romance wise, well, guess thats how it goes, hehheh.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Not unlike real life. Sometimes it finds you whether you seek it or not. :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Always found me like that, when NOT seeking it, the most surprising way I always thought, when not looking for it.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Oh lawd, my restartitis vaccine has worn SLAP out again I think. This new Jini mod I found just got fixed, thanks to @rashkae. It has a will-o-wisp companion in it as well. Gots to try it out with a shaman that summons will-o-wisps, gots to.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hmmm, strange this thread seems to have a strange effect the mind, leading posts to another spot, hehheh. The shamans spirits must be influencing others. Shoot, maybe it's just aliens, and a distortion field, something nice and concrete.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @ravenslight In my own mind, I always see ravens and crows, although they may flock/gather around death and war, they clean up all the traces of that so new life, a 're-birth', can arise again. Well, I figured I needed such a permanent reminder after all that I went through.
  • Next CN I do will have a cat familiar I picture as this. Now that's a real puddy tat familiar. ;) The ol cath shee from 2nd edition AD&D MM. I'm guessin it was their take on the Scottish folktale of a cat sith.

    I guess the kitty won't mind whenever I would inact the planned conversion to CE in the Hell Trials. Heh, he looks like he would enjoy it to be honest. I mean look at those claws, somebody would be darin him to scratch them.

    I always liked this scene of Sylvester.

    July 15
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Where did you get a picture of my cat’s “inner child”? ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Haha. I think a few have that look in em after the "Three pets only please, exactly three, remember it, sucka". :)
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      You do know that ravens bring the light with them, not the darkness, don’t you? :)

      Always “the light” will make it’s way into the darkest of evil circumstances. Such silly notions of them being icons of evil only come from mistaken interpretations of their presence when evil is near. In truth, they bring “light”, carefully cloaked under feathers of black, so as not to alert the evil to their true purpose.

      “So sayeth the wise Ravenslight” ;)
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Hmm... I could have sworn that I made that comment under your other picture. The one with the ravens. :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      RS, hehheh, Ive done that myself. ;) I do like my ravens n crows. Hmm, can't post it here, at the top then.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Just so you know for my mod prefix and such, it is RL as in Ravens Light. :)
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      I keep commenting in the wrong wall post as well... fortunately I can just delete and post in the right place :)
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Heh... :)
  • Running my gypsy bard again now that his song has been reworked to operate properly, thanks to @tresset again ( as my dirgesinger was). This guy has some real influence now. One of the best, if not THE best songs to date. Spell revisions is nice as it puts find familiar in a universal category, previously cut off from with his conjuration limitation. Got TnBlood to finally add the tweaks I wanted, and even a few circlets from MSFMages.
    Mmm, much better than before, just about nothing escapes his power of charming.


    July 12
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Another bard that is being led to a return of some sort, dreams and a feeling of an otherworldly presence that has given his music the power to mesmerize.
      As these dreams intensified and became more disturbing, a peculiar thing occurred, the cats around the library have taken an extreme dislike in Furyan, they seem to be extremely agitated when he plays.
      The dreams ask him to gather those that both want and don't want to listen. He must 'fascinate them, woo them, and finally, make them one of US'. it is the 'us' that is disturbing, having glimpsed visaged on the edges of a dream, shapes so otherworldly and alien as to seem almost impossible to imagine in full sight. The music will not leave his head, but as he plays, the sounds in his head diminish just about enough to be comfortable, comfortably disturbed.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hard to find a picture that felt right this time. I wanted something with sort of an otherworldly , fey, or almost astral like look about him. None of that bulging muscles, 6 pack abs showing with shrrt open down to the crotch look. Just a strange piercing quality about his eyes, eyes that looked right into people and see just what needed to be played to captivate them.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Your prettiest charname to date ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Haha, yeah, I think it was tougher for me finding an image a bit 'different' from my usual 'freaks n freakier' look. I am thinking his appearance will change with each section of the series to show stress, maybe having a Xzar-ish look after a while.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      I’m charmed… :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Good, good. That's what he's goin for, rt up until he tells the mages to fireball themselves, or magic missile there stoneskins away, hehheh.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      OK, things seem to be back to normal again, after reloading every mod and fix, plus EEKeeperin the gypsy kit back on him, Furyan is back to where he left off. Wheww, breaks my roll with a character, will see if I stick with it.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Alrighty, gettin back into it now. Layin waste to cloakwood mines. They can't help it, the figure in black walks in, starts playin, and the murderin and backstabbin each other begins. Heck, they even listen when I tell em to put down their swords and fight barehanded (poor saps). Nice.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      How could they resist? :)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      All considered, that could have been worse.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      RS Yup, one of the best bard songs yet (only when fixed though). Just fix em with the mesmer stare, and that's it.

      TB Lawd yeah. At least it didn't erase all saved games as well. Whewww
  • Great. Game crashed. Windows was doing it Trying to fix the problem/reporting thing AND THEN, I find out it erased ALL my mods for BG, every motha lovin one. What in the name of...
    AND the game reset all options for some reason.
    Id switch back to Mac if Apple wasn't one of the dirtiest companies out there now. THey used to be sorta ok until they got to big for their britches.

    I miss my old Amiga, outdated though it was. After that I had to choose between the two enemy camps. Apple n PC. PC won out for college program purposes. Jeeze.

    Nice, windows, real nice. This is a new one for me. Guess I'll be busy overnight. :#
    July 14
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Wow, I've never even heard of that happening before. Hope the fixing isn't too horrendus.
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Can you please report it in the troubleshooting area, if you're indeed sure your mods (files) were deleted without your participation - maybe someone will see and understand the situation if they encounter the same problem.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Hmm odd. Shadow found this morning that his Norton anti-virus program had marked as dangerous and deleted many files from his installed mods as well. As far as he can tell so far, it mostly had to do with the BGI Mini Quest Encounters mod. But he hasn’t had time to thoroughly check into it yet.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @juliusborisovI see what I can do for reporting it, still not quite sure.

      @ravenlight Yeah, I think it was firefox, windows and norton updating. Some of the downloads were missing.
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      The Activity post will go away, but a comment on the forum will stay, so other people will be aware it can happen.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @juliusborisov Done.
  • Ahh, thanks to @tresset, new life has arisen into the dirgesinger. The adventure of the Dead Minstrel's return to Shar.

    Anonymous artist, as befits one drawn to the Dark Queen, but another nice dirge. The dead minstrel returns, to alter facts,songs, history, people, and places, to return secrets revealed, to the dark once again .
    May 31
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Now time to go on the hunt for dread and vampire wolf hides tonight. A dirge has GOT to have his Bone Hide Vest.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      I found myself wondering what music this one might use to beguile his enemies. In my mind, he began to play a melody so hauntingly beautiful that one could not help but pause to listen. Enchanted, they hesitated just a moment to long as their beguiled minds tried to separate joy from the uneasy feeling of wrongness. I can certainly see him as a true son of Bhaal.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Erich Zann, is that you?
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      I tried to discover where this image came from but it has been used everywhere.. from Discworld blogs to Game of Thrones discussions...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @ravenslight That was similar to what I was thinking when I happened across this image. Images play greatly into thinking of what to be as CHARNAME. Sometimes they can be the heart of imagination.

      @thacobell Maybe, hehheh. Lovecraft is probably my favorite author of all time. 'The Music of Erich Zann'

      @mlnevese Tried to track it down myself, as artwork that speaks to me gets me interested in other work they may have done.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Yeah, that's a personal favorite of mine. :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Now that I have given fair try to my most of my other fav. kits, time to try the dirgesinger with the new mods. SRevisions, TnBlood, and MSFMages. Bard song was finally fixed to get the standard 30' radius, not the broken 10' it had that always stopped me from playing after a while.
    • Anduin
      Anduin
      This image is from Terry Pratchetts graphic novella The last hero, that describes the death of Cohen the barbarian. The picture is by Paul Kidby. Not sure if this was released in the USA.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @anduin Heyyyy, that's it. That could not have been an easy find. Thanks. Just looked at the book, 2nd to last picture in there. I immediately recognized the resemblance in the other artwork in there as well. I like Kidby's work then, the other less brawny pictures of a warrior was a nice change.
    • Anduin
      Anduin
      If I went on mastermind my specialist subject would Terry Pratchett.

      ...

      Or maybe Tolkien.

      ...

      Or Bernard Cornwell...

      ...

      Nah... Peter Hamilton.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Whew, it seems like it's been a long time since I read much outside of school/research related stuff. Cornwell looks to have some interesting things as I like historical fiction among other things (or did anyway).
  • I finally have the author now, thanks to a little help from Anduin, it's Paul Kidby. Here is the version that's a bit darker. Scrap the Shar stuff on this dirgesinger run, he's going straight up 'Erich Zann' style for the chaotic return of the 'Old Ones'. I finally saw the movie Dagon last weekend. It is one of the better Lovecraft film adaptations I have seen to date.

    July 10
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      For this CE run maybe he can be a messenger for the 'Old Ones', a Nyarlathotep like figure, high charisma, singing about their return from imprisonment by the Elder Gods, making folks half lose it with his strangely disturbing music. Gonna shack up with Xzar and Mur'Neth this time, maybe Shar-teel as well,
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Shoot, got ol Viccy to take the Nightcloak of Shar kit 'finally'. Puts me in a bit of a quandary as to alignments now, NE or CE. Still tempted to go the chaotic route. I think I can head canon that pretty well, read enough Lovecraft in the past for sure. Will just have to see what items n such are in BG1 game to help it along.
      Huh, now this is interesting, in the 1st printing of the AD&D Deities & Demigods book, under Nyarlathotep (the crawling chaos, the messenger of the gods) it reads "...his progress across the face of the land shall be followed riot, war, mass murder,suicide, and insanity". Interesting. That fits right in with his bhaalspawn story almost. His songs of sorrow, grief, horror, and awakening certainly fit.
  • Now that I have given fair try to my most of my other fav. kits, time to try the dirgesinger with the new mods. SRevisions, TnBlood, and MSFMages. Bard song was finally fixed to get the standard 30' radius, not the broken 10' it had that always stopped me from playing after a while.

    After listening to a few folks play the modern version of the hurdy gurdy last night, it sounds like it would fit a dirgesinger just right. It reminds me the bagpipes, the violin, and something else, a buxxing of sorts, all in one. I wouldnt mind having a go at it myself. At least I've got my lil tenor lochaber trump to play though.
    July 9
  • My brother found some ol slides in the barn, must have been there for 35+ years. He found a way to copy and upload them to the computer. This one I found interesting. It must have been around 1980 or thereabouts, around 12 I think. I think I had been into D&D for a year or two. Anyway, what does a D&D kid ask for a birthday present (well besides a dirt bike)?

    I musta fancied myself being an archer or something, seems like I did have a ranger as one of my first characters. Hehheh, looks like it would be a short composite bow of sorts. Funny though, I STILL don't play an archer now.

    Man, look at all that hair,THAT sure moved a little lower down on my head. :* B)

    July 7
  • Giving this palemaster one a little go again, cept basing him on the Death Master from The Dragon magazine. Half-orcs allowed(Humans, H/O's, dwarves only) there so running a H/O with various ol school Death master restrictions:
    Max Wis 12
    Max Chr 7
    (does not take too much of a roll for that)

    Chaotic Evil, Orcus worshiper
    Weapons: Daggers and staves only (NO weapon that uses fire damage) SOMEBODY needs to make a sickle and a scythe.
    Restrictions on Magic Items as well- NO frre wands, only paralyzation, fear (frost wand ok).
    Only a few rings usuable, inc free action, fire resistance, invisibiliy and regen.

    No robes of archmage (vecna ok for latter as undead related), o looks like Critter Parts mod mage robe will be the best option.

    Most protection items ok.

    Claw of Kazgoroth ok once he gets necromantic arm graft at 6th, as he'll graft it onto the flash golem like arm for use as a hand.

    No spells or items that control the living (NO ring of Human influence)

    No tomes that increase wisdom or Charisma allowed.

    No healing potions (some herbal concoctions from herbs and potions mod will be allowed)

    Limited spell selection based on article from Dragon. Only scrolls used that are penned in the Language of Death (that's gonna be only the ones from his limited list(all necromancy, gas type spells, cold, some invisibility, shield, identify,FF, enfeeblement, etc.
    Gonna evaluate the spells that are newer since this came out on a case by case basis.

    ONLY NE or CE allies. NO paladins,rangers,clerics (as they don't worship Orcus), druids, monks, bards, or illusionists.

    Trying to stick with humans, h/o's, and dwarves for the most part, so Dorn, Ishlilka(ONLY once I get Helm of Alignment Change. Possible a Drow, not sure,article came out before Unearhted Arcana allowed drow as characters. Cant be Viccy, maybe Vynd, an assassin), Baeloth's a jackwagon and does not help in the way Xzar can with training.

    Kagan is out as he's LE but Korgan will make the roster ifin I can stick with it long nough.

    Xzar (for formal necromancy learning as PM is sorcerer)
    Monty as a true anti-social halfling prolly ok,NE as well, so that might work after all.

    Let the graveyard diggin begin. Gonna need a base, better visit Bassilus, the poor Cyric worshipping fool. (Gorion prolly didn't like that diggin and spermintin and dissecting on dead bodies, hehheh)

    I know, but I do enjoy it.
    Needs him an Igor asst. No Marty Feldman NPC's with his proper eyes... Ok, got it, FF Quasit can be named Igor, there.
    June 27
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      @ Zaghoul said: (Gorion prolly didn't like that diggin and spermintin and dissecting on dead bodies, hehheh)

      Haha! This conjured up all kinds of mental images and scenarios over my coffee this morning.

      Gorion: “He will outgrow it… Of course he will… won’t he?...”
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @ravenslight Hah, I do so enjoy givin ol Mr.G something to stew over his porridge with.

      I just couldn't get all the death master outa me, plus a little 'Young Frankenstein', and started thinkin again (oh lawd).
    • Anduin
      Anduin
      *Views portraits with interest*

      My dating opportunities are on the up!
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      It’s the wild look in the eyes that is so beguiling, isn’t it? :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @anduin He does kinda catch one's 'eye', doesn't he?

      @ravenslight All he needed to do was just give a 'look', and that could mean ALOT.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      If a fella gave me that look I’d run. :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      HaHa! Probably best TBH. :)
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Love the pic! Haven't seen that movie in ages, but I remember that character, hehe..
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yup, I thought it pretty darn good myself, I have only seen pictures or screenshots til this.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I am gonna try this kit with spell revisions, looks like an interesting take on spells, especially with new undead summons.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Also adding More Style for Mages mod, as well as Tome and Blood.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Well buggers. PM not recognized by TnB mod. so that's out at the moment.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Well shoot.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yup, that's what I thought.
  • As none transfer correctly, even with EEkeeper, heck with kits (as interesting as they are for just ONE of the BG series) and back to base classes. Wormser Moleshadow, cleric/thief of Urdlen. lGorion just caught him behind the shed feeding his pet mole some blood last night, while burning and burying various books on gnomish religion. Thing is, Wormser is having a little trouble remembering things he's done sometimes. The dreams ask for blood, heinous pranks, theft, and the ruination and burial of pretty things. What IS happening to his mind...all he knows is that he must, it keeps the white monster's claws away in his dreams. It says appease me first, then yourself. Maybe HE can help him find the Necronomicon, referenced in old books in CK library. In his growing insanity. Maybe he, with this strange way of seeing things, can find these Old Ones, & awaken them to the world again.
    Beware, and check under the bed at night before turning in.The sleeper's SHALL awaken...
    Time to go.



    July 1
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Perhaps as Urdlen's only possible ally is Zuggtmoy, the Demoness Lady of Fungi, he may seek her out as well, maybe she has knowledge of these Old Ones, banished by the elder gods long ago. It maybe that a follower of the Elder Gods (such as Mur'Neth of Ghuanadaur) can be of some assistance, for a time.
      The insane shall perhaps be of some of the most insightful help as well, Xzar, Tiax (dirty Cyric worshipper, but mayhaps he can be of 'temporary' help), and maybe Xzar's helper Monty could tag along, for a bit.
      A weird and crazy bunch for sure.
      Course Shar does not follow anyone, which is good, a little 'off' to, and likes bloodshed, so she might work and appreciate the finer nature of Wormser's work. Dorn serves another to strongly, so maybe, maybe not. But in BG2 Wormser could convince him to double cross both his demons and work for him alone as a fallen blackguard enforcer.

      Romances, hehheh, prolly not, but hey, if Shar don't mind a crazy little dude, amongst a group of crazy dudes, he may have to let her play a little. They could have nice blood baths together like the infamous folktales of Hungary's Elizabeth Bathory. Lawd,on a roll tonight. Well if your gonna do a dark character for BG, and mix in some Lovecraft, might as well go whole hog...
      Yeah, maybe I can get into this JUST a little.

      Now, where was that Kraken Society in the Forgotten Realms, that seemed to give homage to Lovecraft's work 'The Shadow over Innsmouth? Some Islands I think.
      Need to watch 'Dagon' this weekend.

  • by Tsad De Lira
    Palemaster, ahhh, back home again. Complete with Staff of Withering mod as well, hehheh. Boneskin, Cadaverous skin gained at 1st lvl fits with this appearance quite well I think. And will call that nice little critter his quasit, gating in to join the 'party'. GOT to go with his necromantic replacement arm at 6th lvl as that of the stitched up flesh golem arm. Cool beans, be just like mine in the burn unit after skin grafting and hundreds of staples. Weird how that ability rung a personal bell with me. Good enough for me. Real scars are tattoos to, but with better stories.
    Hey, Didn't even put my own pic in this time, must be getting better at changing portraits.
    May 22
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      ‘Tis always good to be back in ones own skin, is it not? :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hehheh, it is. Actually gave me an idea for Mr. Tanner regarding dread and vampire wolf hides for a special mage robe.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      If he (you) would have been shorter and broader, that would have been a pretty epic dwarf avatar.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hmm, it just might at that. I've got the baldness and half the beard myself- only a LITTLE white yet though, heh.

  • Even found a stylized portrait that fit just right, Gothmog from LOTR. Not sure who did it, had it saved for a bit and can't find it again.
    Anyway from the film.



    June 17
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      The sight of that character always makes me just a bit queasy. There is just something so… wrong about him. :)
    • Shandyr
      Shandyr
      Looks like cauliflower to me.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heh, he definitely makes an impression. Hah, cauliflower, not to far off. Would definitely be a sign of being 'touched' by Yurtrus then.
    • Anduin
      Anduin
      Gothmog is a chosen of Cauli. He is a keen gardener but goes to extremes to find good compost...
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Lol That would explain a lot...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      And all KINDS of good composting materials with the right 'gardener'. ;)
    • Xeroshi
      Xeroshi
      Wait he has a name? me and my dad have always refereed to him as the ugly orc
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      All I can ever think at the sight of him is, cauliflower. Cauliflower gone really really wrong...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @xeroshi In Tolkien lore it was not to clear what Gothmog was, but he was pretty cauli n orclike like in the movie, as mentioned a few times. Anyway,I imagine weren't NO orc gonna question THAT dude. ;)
    • Xeroshi
      Xeroshi
      @Zaghoul apparently the lord of balrogs was also named Gothmog
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Gothmog does have an interesting past, balrogs, numenoreans, maia, etc, Tolkien did like his naming and languages, that's for sure.
  • Shandyr
    See what I mean? A certain resemblance to 12 Monkeys :)

    image
    June 19
    • Shandyr
      Shandyr
      Needless to say... this has been creeping me out since I saw it the first time on the show...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hah. I never even knew somebody made a series out of that. I liked the movie, well, worldwide plagues are ALWAYS grabbin my attention in movies. Been up in these hills with basic cable for a while I think.
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    June 19
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      Anduin
      Congratulations! Why should a little thing like death stop you!
    • Ravenslight
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      Congratulations!
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Congrats! Keep it up!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks all. :)

      @anduin For some reason a quote from Lovecraft's writings came to mind when you wrote that. It was in a few of his books having to do with his 'Necronomicon' he was always writing into stories for characters to come across.

      "That is not dead which can eternal lie.
      And with strange aeons even death may die."

      Anyway, one of those nice n weird things he was always coming up with in stories.
  • Okay, after watchin LOTR last night, the idea started brewing to run my Half-orc C/T of Yurtrus again, since I haven't in a bit now since I added all the nice mods. Bacillus Plaguehands, who having suffered a terrible disfiguring disease as a young boy, started to read as much as he could about the orcish side of his heritage. When he happened upon Yurtrus, the Orcish god of death and disease, he took it as a sign form Yurtrus that he survived. According to the history, only the special chosen of Yurtrus could have survived and be forever marked with such a badge of honor. His skin had turned bone white all over, the only place not affected by the disease were his hands, which remained white but otherwise untouched by disease. Baciilus took it upon himself to watch over the burial ceremonies at CK, even guarding the burial chambers in and around the keep, He helped the priests with the sick, and secretly, helped the weakest along a little faster.
    June 17
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      As the rest of the monks began to distrust him, fearing to catch his disease, he came to be avoided by all but a few as if he were plague incarnate. Bacillus began to yearn for the other half of his people, the orcs, maybe they would understand what the teasing monks, who nicknamed him 'Plaguehands' could not. He vowed to find others of like mind, who worshiped or at least respected Yurtrus, although who might fear him, but at the same time respect his wisdom as well. Gorion found him practicing extispicy using the entrails of small animals he found, sewing there skin into armor of a sort, dyed white with a mixture of chalk and lime. Although Bacillus was seeking answers to his life questions and advice on sicknesses running through CK, Mr G decided it was time to get Bacillus help from the priests of Oghma. Before Bacillus got the chance though, Mr G said they had to leave and leave fast. For Bacillus, it wasn't fast enough for his taste. He yearned to find his place in the world, to have a congragation of his own, and to finally write his own chapter into the holiest book of Yurtrus, 'The Book of Worms'.
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    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      This 'may' just fit my rather chaotic nature of profile picture use best (for now, maybe, perhaps...oh who am I kiddin, for today anyway. ;)
  • Sooo, some dude backed up ONTO the hood of my Saab (Just had the hood redone as well, figgers) with an SUV the other day, at the landfill of all places. Poor kid, was on college break drivin his pops car at that. At least he admitted he was at fault for insurance purposes.

    Anyway, right after it happened I got out to get witnesses who were behind me in line. Now I was calm, nice, even toned (I thought), but people started rollin up their windows and sayin 'get away from me'.
    What the heck? So m'lady was in the car with me at the time, said to me afterwards when I was commenting on the whole window rollin thing 'Babe, let me get a pic of you from inside the car and maybe you can see what they were seeing'.
    Sounded reasonable to me, bein in conflict mgt., I wanted to know. So this is what they saw; so what was it, my slightly furrowed brow? Big guy in a little cap? The sun? Go figger. 'Funny' that, must remember. :* B)

    June 15
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Don’t be too hard on them. Faced with the sight of your lovely beard, they may have just been overcome with awe. What does a mere mortal say when suddenly face to face with such style, such magnificence?
    • RelSundan
      RelSundan
      I'm with @Ravenslight on this one.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Yeah, beards can be burden at times. Few know the proper rituals for discoursing with one.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Well, when one holds so much power they naturally must learn to exercise caution, restraint, if you will. Lesser beings can go through their whole lives without witnessing such awesomeness. Is it any wonder that when suddenly confronted with evidence of it’s existence they might feel a bit overwhelmed?

      Perhaps in such circumstances it could be discreetly tucked under the collar so as to not unnecessarily overwhelm the unprepared.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      I didn't know we have a member of ZZ Top in the forum :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @ravenlight Thanks, it was a real eye opener for me in a way. I mean I have had women and men both come up out of the blue and say something nice, esp. the younger folks. In stressful situations it can be a little...different, I am thinking. Anyway, I will remember to exercise a little more caution at times, hehheh.

      Good thing I wasn't wear my black stockin cap, m'lady keeps saying 'don't wear THAT, ya look like your gonna rob a bank or something'. Well my poor ol head gets a little cold ya know, all that hair left the top and moved south for the winter I think, lol.

      @relsundan @thacobell Thanks, I sometimes have folks lookin at my chin n chest instead of my eyes, a little weird but I spose it does stand out a bit.

      @mlnevese That's much better than, Duck Dynasty, hehheh.I like ZZ. Shoot, I didn't even know that show the first time somebody said that. I had to ask 'what you mean Duck?' heh.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Your chin and chest instead of your eyes you say… Interesting… I have had this experience myself, and yet I have no beard at all. ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hehheh, yep, I understand a 'little' better at least, when I see or hear of women saying 'My eyes are up here'.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      @Ravenslight It's a mistery! What could those people belooking at? :)

      @Zaghoul It could be worse... they could be calling you by the name of some guy from the Bigfoot hunters program... or one of the alien ones :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @mlnevese Have not seen that show, but after lookin it up, I woulda thought those dudes might have put down the razors for longer periods of time, considering their interest in what they were after, hehheh.
  • Oh my...so between watching the '56 movie The Mole People again, and finding such an interesting movie poster to play around with using GIMP for a portrait a while back, the imagination turned again to a lil gnome, Wormser Moleshadow, cleric/thief of Urdlen. So many new mods I've added since last running him, he has just GOT to adventure into the Realms once again. Ol Gorion just caught him behind the shed feeding his pet mole some blood last night, while burning and burying various books on gnomish religion. Gorion said that he wanted to him to have a talk with the priest of Oghma in the morning regarding that, AND his rusty nail traps hidden amongst the grounds for unsuspecting monks . Thing is, Wormser is having a little trouble remembering things he's done sometimes. What IS happening to his mind...all he knows is that he must. >:) But morning comes, and Mr.G says 'We got to go'!


    June 11
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      I simply must remember to wear my tall, thick leather boots today. Such evil scrambling about my ankles demands extra protection.

      (Takes just a peek under her desk… just to make sure.)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      *wags finger* Nosferatu!
    • Shandyr
      Shandyr
      How can anyone look at that picture and not think of Anduin?
    • Nimran
      Nimran
      Well, there's a certain over-abundance of flesh in this picture compared to Anduin.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      That’s where I have seen him before!

      Thank you, Shandyr. I knew he looked familiar.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      @ravenslight Aye, there be spriggan n banshee under them desks sometimes, hehheh.
      All I need now is for somebody to make me clawed bracer Freedy Kruegar 'finger knives'. Well that and a good ol polar bear or winter wolf cloak for his priestly dress, hint,hint.

      @shandry @ Nimran Yep, ya gots to have the flesh, bone don't bleed ya know, Anduin just bleeds dust ya know. ;)
      Hey now, maybe @Nimran knows a good cookie recipe using bone dust n blood, hah! Urdlen's boys likes a good cookie to , dontcha know.

      @thacobell Yeah, remembering now, He does remind me of the original Nosferatu from the '20's. That is STILL a creepy lookin dude even by today's movie standards. But then again, he was from Lovecraft's era.

      Finally, got 'Dawgs CD Tweaks that brings back edged weapons for multi-class clerics like AD&D of old, and it's...nice, nice n NASTY daggers.

      Give me a nice picture n a good ol movie, and the mind goes into overdrive.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      You change avatars more often than I change underwear.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hehheh, I DO be a changin. I just tend to throw out the pic of the top guy in the various runs I have saved out there. Just too many ideas when I get a wild hair and HAVE to play it out for a bit.
      I gots to hurry though, no tellin what ol movies I'll be watchin this coming weekend. ;)

      Better NOT be no dadburn King Arthur either, might stroke out trying to run...a paladin. Probably give me the 'heebie jeebies' and would not compute. At least Svengoolie's got 'The Boy Who Cried Werewolf' on Sat.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Zaghoul as a paladin?... This I have to see! ;)

      (Slips King Arthur into Zaghoul’s movie queue.)
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      Of course he is a Paladin...

      Lord Zaghoul/... RISE!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hehheh, I'd be liable to become fallen 'right out the gate'.

      Hey now, lets see though, Mordred is in some of the stories. Agravaine is also a nice dastardly fellow in Once and Future King. Hmm, maybe I could start as a paladin, then trip n fall WAY down and then EEKEEPER him to a blackguard. Maybe a little narcissism thrown in, pride and vanity clear up to the ceiling, lust for courtesans, drink like a fish, maybe a deranged dwarf and a depraved halfling thief as henchmen, an insane necromancer for undead maids,butlers, and mixin 'molotov cocktails' , maybe either Viccy or Vynd for a single drow 'advisor'. Eldoth could help with the blackmailing and singin "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", so thats covered. Lets see, would need a defrocked priest as well, to lead the Sunday Mass...not sure on that one, hmm, wonder if all that's possible.

      Yeah, yeah! I think I COULD do a paladin, maybe a pencil thin 'stach, curled up nice into upside down crosses. Muhahahhaha, 'there can be only one'.

      Now, would I start as the standard tyoe,Cavailer or the unbending Inquisitor. Hmm, maybe a relentless inquistor like Bernado Gui from 'Name of the Rose'.
      He could have some tracts printed up for the dwarf n halfling to pass out as we ride into town, 'Repent or Burn.'

      Hey, this might be a could plan ya'll. Thankee. :)

      Wormser Moleshadow is thinking he better hurry and line the latrines with lots of purdy, purdy jewelry n books, like FAST, before the weekend gets here, hehheh.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      That is certainly technically a Paladin ;) OOH! What about a reanimated corpse OF a Paladin (even better an Undeas Hunter). That would lend itself to some inner conflict.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hah, A revenant, an Undead Hunter, out for revenge against his killer (maybe Saervok DID get him after all) with Gorion, but instead of dying as he ran off, his rage awoke him just in time as undead revenant. Hmm, Yeah, I'm almost SURE that would lead to some nice juicy inner conflict. Others involved must feel the pain of undeath, the loss, the anguish, hehheh (just for them to be able to empathize better, of course) Those that were turned 'unjustly; though, must have the release to death again. ;)
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      You have good character concepts Zag.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      agreed
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks. A 'Zag-NUT" perhaps, but they just tend to come up from the weirdest and sometimes most unrelated sources sometimes. But, ya know, ya just gotta go wherever it takes you at times. Like a leaf on the wind, there's no tellin where it will land.
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      Thankee, I reckon it means I must be 'gettin a lil wood on the ball' at least every now and again. ;)
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    • Zaghoul
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      Thanks ya'll. I'm still enjoying the 'trip'.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Given the other new mods on my favorite class a whirl, and now to try with the Dirgesinger again.
      Lets see if SRevisions,TnBlood, and MSFMages all work on the DS.

      His bard song is now fixed to have the radius of the standard bard,30' away, instead of just10'.
  • Skatan
    There, fixed it for you. Some mead, some bread and porridge and now you are a proper dwarf. Still a bit on the skinny side, but it'll have to do.


    May 24
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      LOL. If ONLY I played dwarves as CHARNAME's Id be set. I wonder if Korgan or Kaigan would like a change though, hehheh. Well Korgan goin berserk all the time has GOT to raise his metabolism a bit, and what with trail rations (I guess) and no food options in the inns (always bugged me), probably makes him a tad thinner anyway.

      Alas, dwarves cant be palemasters, although they and half-orcs could be my old favorite the Death Master in old school Dragon mag #76 though. Hmm. Now if I could only mix in alchemy with the palemaster Id have a death master true.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Mmm, Chaucer's Mead. Carolina Renaissance Festival is still,let me see, almost 5 months away, dangit. Got to brush off the ol kilt.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Perfect weather, national holiday, no work tomorrow. Today is indeed the perfect day to be a dwarf! Barbeque and beer galore.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yep, three day weekend is MOST welcome comin up these parts. Been rainin like the dickens here in the mountains though. Got a creekbed runnin across the road up to the cottage. BBQ tofu will have to settle me vegan ways, hehheh, a beer is always welcome though. Although several years ago I went off the wagon for just a little while and it was meat galore, ppl thought I went nuts for a bit, heh.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      I've turned vegetarian quite recently and still eat meat sometimes, albeit more and more seldom. It's only just these last few months I've actually thought of myself as a vegetarian. I've found portobello to be excellent for barbeques, but also aubergine can be grilled to great satisfaction. Grilled Aubergine with thyme and tzatziki is amazing.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hey, that's great, I always like to hear of another possible convert. So many new products and substitutes these days compared to 25 years ago when I started the eating change. Mushrooms offer a variety of possibilities. I do eggplant(as we call aubergine here) lasagna that is great, fried and breaded first with Daiya cheese(best so far). The Mellow Mushroom Pizza chain started using it to. Marinating tofu in BBQ for this weekend.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      (Carefully concealing her turkey sandwich under her napkin, she moves to a discreet corner of the room. Comfortably settled in, she contentedly continues to munch.)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hehheh, that's ok RS, you'd still be most welcome. Im not as militant as I was once in my younger days. I came to realize a while back it's not what we eat but relationships and how we all get along that is most important in life. I think maybe that's why I like the Critter Parts mod, my alter ego gets to come out in full and explore.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      I’m the same way about bread. I haven’t touched a store bought loaf in years. I’m a big believer in the old idiom, “bread is the staff of life.” But in order for it to truly have any life supporting properties it must not be so refined that it is essentially dead.

      Each loaf is lovingly prepared with freshly ground grains and newly sprouted seeds that are truly packed with life-force. I love holding a ball of freshly kneaded dough. I swear I can just feel the life in it. The thought of all those dear little yeasties busily living their lives as they do their part in the process tickles me. …….. I am easily amused. :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I was doing that in my 20's ,along with soy milk. I have not tried a loaf of bread in a long time now. Yep, there is something to it,I'll agree, I still remember that yeasty smell, rising before baked. I'm also a sucker for natural food stores. Weird how the natural stuff costs more WITHOUT all the crap in it though.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Heh, Yes… Rather like paying a ransom for the stolen nutrients.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hah. Agreed.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      BBQ tofu sandwich's were pretty darn good. Nice bit of Kraken rum and Old Toby in the chuchwarden at sunset overlooking the mountains was NICE. AND as a bonus, Monday is still a holiday.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      I have to admit, I'm not one for "meat-replacers". Meaning instead of trying to replace meat with replacers such as tofu, seitan, ummpf, quorn or whatever else there is, I cook different food instead. It has really made me a better cook, if I can call myself that.

      It happens that I use meat-replacers, but it's very rare. So, when eating mexican(ish) food I put my slowcooked refried beans at the center instead of slowcooking meat. When eating regular day-to-day food, I like to make three different things, like one cold salad, one warm "salad" and one bulk item like quinoa, pasta, or similar. Then you never feel like there's something "missing" on the plate because I haven't taken a standard meat dish and just removed the meat.

      Now that I am officially a vegetarian, I've realized just how bad most restaurants are at veggie food. I have to admit that I've didn't think it was soo bad until I stood in the middle of a bustling, modern city and googled like crazy trying to find a restaurant that serves something that is at least slightly less boring than what the work cantina serves on a weekday. It has almost made me want to open a restaurant myself, hehe :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heh, it takes a bit of getting used to the restaurants. Weirdly enough, the old steak house buffets are good for it. Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese is good for veggi 'sushi rolls, if you ask, are all have good choices.
      I only do store bought meat/cheese replacer's occaisonally now. They are better for helping early veggies that have a tougher time switching over. Tofu is just a long time tree hugger staple, it is just a good protein source that is great at taking up whatever flavor you add, BBQ sauce for example. Quinoa is good mixed with lots of dished. I haven't tried my hand at homemade wheat gluten yet. Mostsly beans, lentils, soymilks, good bread, and PN butter here and there, plus whatever veggies on hand. All old school stuff.
      If you can find a good natural co-op, the larger ones often have great cafe's inside that have PLENTY to try.
      If you have a Mellow Mushroom pizza place in your state they have added veggie cheese and make a great veggie pizza, for a once in a while treat.
      It is quite adaptable to everyone's (that tries it long enough) tastes.

      Glad to see a fellow convert, hope you can stay at it a while.
      Now, my palemaster's got to get in a vampire wolf steak on the grill that RS creatively provided, hehheh.
  • I'm liking this lost druid kit, an interesting take on an ol 2nd edition kit with an unusual background. No healing so I am having to stop in at every drugstore (i.e. temple) to stock up on healing draughts. Staff of Withering fits nice as well. My little undead dread wolf helpers have quite a few immunities that are coming in quite handy.
    April 25
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      This is the spot, heh, dread wolf summons aught to scale in power as animate dead skellies do.