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  • "And Ao appeared during the Time of Troubles (ToT), white beard, wearing a black robe doted with many moons"


    Beyond the realms of time and space is another, some say even having a hand in the creation of the universe (or at least a pseudopod).
    "That last amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the centre of all infinity-the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drumsand the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes" HP Lovecraft. He is attended by his servitors, flautists that announce his appearance. Those that worship Azathoth worship insanity and chaos.


    Nyarlathotep, the Crawing Chaos, is his servant, or is it the lesser being Nyarlathotep that pulls the strings for himself? Another may come, born of a god from the ToT, to overtake Nyarlathotep, loyal to Azathoth alone, a flautist supreme...



    September 17
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thus begins the tale of young bard of Candlekeep, born of a half drow gypsy of whom he has no memory other than that of the name she gave him, Velnarin (Drow:'Instrument).His dreams started after following one of the many cats of CK to a long forgotten and hidden stash of books. A strange hairless little beast with piercing eyes, as if they looked right through him, adopting him when all the other cats shied away from him and howled at his strange music. These books with names such as the Book of Eibon, Unausprechlichen Kulten, De Vermis Mysterilis, Cultes de Goules,and part of both the Celaeno Fragments and the Pnakotic Manuscripts spoke of almost forgotten beings, from outside the realms, beings worshiped by nonhuman races when humans were still primitive.
      In his dreams he saw unspeakable abominations, crawling, bubbling, amorphous horrors that strained his mind to near breaking. It was the music he heard, the monotonous drone of flutes that kept him from wholly losing himself. Flautists, seemingly part frog and part octopus, playing to him, searing the music into his mind.
      After some time he began this music while awake, often causing the monks to loose their concentration, resulting in their drawing of disturbing imagery while copying manuscripts. Velnarin found he had inherited his mothers gift of charming others through his music, to do his bidding. He could play many an instrument but the flute was his first choice.
      The night came when he sensed something was going to change. Going to sleep, his dreams of the demon like flautists appeared once more, beckonng him to follow, but he suddenly awoke to morning. The hairless cat was perched atop him, staring. The cat looked to the bedside table and he saw upon it rested a black flute, like those played by the flautists in his disturbing dreams, with a swirling of bluish-olive coloring marbled over it's surface. As he picked it up his head spun and he passed out.
      When he awoke, a monk was standing over him, speaking as if through glass, telling him to gather his things and meet Gorion. He was to leave CK immediately. As he picked up the strange flute and his meager belongings he noticed the hairless cat had gone. He would have liked to taken him with him, as a companion to wherever. But no time to hesitate, it was time to go. He had the strangest feeling though that he would see that cat again one day.
      As he was leaving, his thinking felt somehow strange, his mind felt strained. What he was beginning to experience, unbeknownst to him, was cognitive dissonance, brought on from the stresses of his dreams, horrible and yet oddly attractive experiences that were really beginning to make more sense than his waking life. It was him trying to reconcile this with his real waking life that was causing some distress. Neither his dreams or his 'real' life seemed to fit together quite right and life to him appeared as if looking through a closed window. Regardless, he would have to deal with it soon, he must rush to Gorion, maybe he could provide some insight that could help, wise as he was.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I'm sure nothing but good things will come of this ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      So far so good. After soloing the first half I have joined two fellow ...'mentally insightful' shall we say, companions to continue on into the Cloakwood Mines with. Xzar and Tiax have proved to just the right audience for this gypsy's aspirations, as they both find his disturbing style of playing both soothing and inspirational compared to most, heh.
      I went back to extreme backside of CK by the sea and cast my FF spell. The little hairless cat jumped from the high ramparts of CK, did a backflip and landed feet first in front of me. Knew I would see him again.

      Velnarin's mental state continues to make adjustments to his waking life vs his dream life. Now the dreams have changed into something new. It must be the influence of Azathoth, guiding and granting him new powers.
      His singing has improved. His attackers hear his music and are mentally unable to comprehend the images that appear in their heads, lulled into doing whatever he tells them to do.
      Often they are ordered to lay down their weapons and go stand facing into a corner while their buddies are subsequently destroyed, their screams echoing in their heads. At other times they are told to attack their friends themselves, seeing the horrified looks on their faces as they face death from one who a moment before was a comrade.
      ---
      11th lvl now, save vs his charming are +0 against.
      ---
      The cat had no name, but seemed ok with the one Velnarin gave him, Murrpau, or 'cat' in the name of his mother's kin on her drow side, simple but pleasing to the ear. Half drow like his mother he has taken quite well into studying the language from the rare book here and there. He did meet a wayward drow, Viconia, on the surface, but she seemed somewhat disturbed by his music (which she said was unusual, given her background). He save her from death and departed from her. Maybe another day.
  • Lawd, power restored here on the mountain, whewwwwww! That storm headed up to TN and western NC mountains after FL and GA. Wind nd rain hot pretty hard up round, Wolf Ridge, Cold Mountain,and Hogback Mountain areas. Amazing what 36 hours will do without a computer. Had my water, food, lanterns, and gas stove, but no computer. I had a car DC to AC adapter but it went belly up, figgers. I finally just went to bed but and woke up to lights, better than findin Ol St. Nick has been to visit on Christmas morn.
    Worst was I had to listen to some fool's generator lower down on the mountain during it all. I tell ya, Ifin I'd had to listen to that sound wafting up to my place one more night...I'm thinkin some wires mighta been snipped by gremlins under cover of darkness. I mean the nerve... :D
    Wandering the yard with all the white squirrels after it passed. They were coming down form the trees en mass after the wind died down. They outnumber the greys and the boomers round my house.

    September 13
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I was stewin during the storm and power outage by lantern light at night over my next idea for a run. Lookin back at my notes looks like it's time for another Lovecraftian theme. My last run I noticed I feel a lil outa sorts without some strange religious background to a character, even just a little bit. Thinking it's back to my bards again, a servant of the outer gods, heh. I read a little more of 'The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath' again, as well as 'The Music of Erich Zann, 'The Cats of Ulthar', 'The Rats in The Walls', and 'Azathoth'. Also a little of A. Derleth's 'The Lurker at the Threshhold'. My concentration won't allow for much at a time these days but that was just enough to provoke some ideas.
    • Tresset
      Tresset
      Neat squirrel picture there. I can't quite tell because the picture is so small, but the squirrel looks leucistic to me. Albino squirrels have pink eyes, but this squirrel looks to have darker colored eyes.

      Such an odd story too... I have never heard of white squirrels forming groups or outnumbering normally colored ones...
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      I feel your pain. Days without electricity are brutal. How our ancestors would laugh at how addicted we have become to such things.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Tres,Yup, these have dark eyes. They seem to be localized in this part of the mountains. It is strange. They often have a little darker strip running down there backs. Surprising they have flourished here with all the hawks and big owls about. Good for when it snows but they stick out lie a sore thumb otherwise, heh.
      The story they tell during the White Squirrel Festival nearby is that of a carnival truck passing through that left some and then they escaped into the wild here. Sounds nice anyway, but they are in a few other places as well.
      When I was building at the coast we had black fox squirrels in the long leaf pine forests, Different critters wherever I go it seems.

      RL, heh, I reckon our ancestors probably would laugh, and then say, Hey, this new fangled lectric stuff is kinda cool. But lawd, when your on the computer alot its like going through some kinda withdraw symtoms.
  • Shoot. Mannn... Looks like Tome n Blood got updated to fix a few issues. Decided to start my run over before I got to far into it. The illusionist will get some nice buffs from it, esp auto non detection, so will free him up for the Cloak of the Weasels (+1dex n summon weasels, heh).
    Slight modification to TN with a bunny as a familiar, fits the fremlins paranoid and scared-o-everything ways better than a ferocious cat. Choosing the scared or prankster replies is kinda fun this time.
    So, out the door of CK again and headed to The Cave of Caerbannog to pick up Arrrghhh to travel with (ok, maybe not so timid).
    This being Arrrghhh


    September 10
  • Now that the ogre storm caller is well on his way I'm am gonna go to the opposite end of the spectrum and play my lil fremlin Stiltskin a bit. I/T's they an be, surpisingly enough, which is a bit different for me as CHARNAME. These lil gremliny goblinoid-like dudes are about a foot and a half tall, w/bat like wings (imp animation is perfect), slate gray. He's a lil guy that like pranks and complaining (traps for the mean-uns though). I think he is gonna limit himself to NPC's closer to his height, rather than them biguns, so dwarves, gnomes, and halflings. CN alignment, bit of scardy cat, as in of bout everything, doesn't like to fight up close so will use summons (SR's gives gibberlings at first, fitting I think). THey have max 11 str & 13 con so will have to be careful even with his immunity to normal weapons, one good fireball it's game over man, game over. Small weapons only. His kitty cat familiar Ol Scratch will have to watch over him.


    September 7
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hmm, just noticing a remarkable eye resemblance between Stiltskin and Ol Scratch. Double dose of the evil eye, heh.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Fun, fun, fun this is. Lil Stiltskin fly-hopping around, dartin the tar outa enemies while the gibb's lay into them at the same time. I/T's are an interesting combo, esp since I love my rogues. Being careful so is very rarely even hit. In SR familiars start at original strength lvls so Ol Scratch is a real beast -4AC, 3att/rd, 50%MR &24HP. At 99% stealth he backstab slashes for up 20 pts on a double damage critical. Even disarms all the Nashkel mine traps. Slowly gethering lil uns to travel with. Montaron (Xzar's head stuck up to high and caught an arrow so he's out (dumb big uns) and Alora so far, Kagain and a gnome or two next. Soloing most of pre-Cloakwood to gain exp lvl & up the npcs lvl automatically before having them join as usual.
      Using NPCee for changes. Alora is an Adventurer thief. Not sure about Kagain. Berserker does not seem to fit him really, or defender, maybe just straight fighter.
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    September 7
  • Plenty of food stocked for the long weekend and two new ogre runs, both trying new shaman kits by @Ulb. A Spiritwalker, taking powerful spirits within himself instead of calling them to help. Awesome new spiritforms to take on, Yak (a big un), Tiger, and Crane. All are colorful looking and sounding with special abilities.
    AND the new Storm Caller shaman (got it working), calling down lightnin instead of spirits, yes! Vaprak the ogre deity will get a new follower to spread the club bashing, lightnin frying destructor appetite around, hehheh. Both are chaotic as all get out.
    (Maybe even a little work with my foot n half tall Fremlin I/T, lowww Str n Con, ouch, n only can use small weapons 1h, but immune to normal weapons (finally got EEK to get it right, I think))

    This fine lookin ogre gentleman is goin to town, hehheh. Well, going to look for the magical Dr Seuss Book of Reading (+INT from pictures,heh). Starts with 8 again.
    Art by Cloister

    September 2
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Well, got to 9th lvl Storm Caller over the weekend and it's been pretty effective so far. Just focusing on this one kit at the moment to stay in the one frame of mind that I always devote to each character. The other two are prepped and ready to leave CK though. Spell Revisions has some nice storm/wind related spells that for nice with the class. I also now have the club Eye of the Storm +2, which REALLY fits here (elec res. & call lightning).
      He has a wyvern for an animal companion, as well as a will-o-wisp companion/ dijinn romance thing going on. Another nice fit given the WoW's electrical base and Jini being from the plane of air.
      Oh, the Storm Caller can move a little when dancing as he does not have to stay focused on controlling spirits, a nice touch.
      Gathered up lil ms shadow druid Faldorn (as an Avenger- all the rest are in BGNPCproject) and getting Verr'Sza next as rakshasa are a type of spirit so is a nice fit for a shaman. Maybe Garrick again to help with learning to read until I can find Dr.Seuss's Book of Pictures (+1 INT). THen it's scroll and wand using time, finally.
      Onward now to the city of BG itself. Love running ogres, heh. Now we have his thud-thud footstep sounds while walking with the added wing flapping of his wyvern buddy. Quite a scene that make.
  • Ogre Shaman is getting a trial lately. The only other class allowed to ogres in the CBofH's. Only need a 9 wis which is there top. Quite good with the 20 str in combat, not like my last run in the fighter department but the combo has alot of character and roleplay potential. Anyway, fun as usual running something new and unusual. The Witchlight Shaman gets a few extra goodies in spells, but also lowers max dex and chr to 6 each. No dex penalty applied though, I was surprised and relieved at the same time.

    August 30
    • darko1beamdog
      darko1beamdog
      Watch out for loose gravel. ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Ha. I've never even played a 6 Dex before and TBH, so far so good. Course maybe I'm being more careful for gravel (and arrows, swords, teeth, discarded bubble gum...). :)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I'm just seeing the start of a no reload run, "In your attempt to talk to Gorion, you trip on the last step fall backwards, breaking your neck. You die instantly and crush Imoen on the way down for good measure."
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hahaha! :) Bout right I think. We might need that one in the thread for the death of Gorion's ward.
  • I was playing around with a pixie creation/run and found I liked it quite a bit. Sharpshooter kit is pretty good for a rogue. Posion weapon and the full 25 points to allocate for thieving skills is right helpful, No backstab but grandmastery in a thief's missile weapon is hot. Heck, even the 14max strength ain't buggin me.This 10th lvl lil guy is a deadeye with a shortbow and 4 pips so far in BG1. I thought leaving off a pip for now in a melee weapon would hurt, but nope. Still more bonuses and better weapons to get. Focuses on HiS, MS, Dillusion and STraps for any fool giving chase.

    I have to be careful, even with the pixie's natural invisibility I was still targeted by a FtoStone spell by the ghost in Durlag's. Area effect spells are risky as well, good thing I keep the lil dude far off and pepperin the enemy with arrows. I thought I was a goner for sure but luckily had the right potion.
    Yep, was watchin Legend again.

    August 24
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I haven't seen Legend in close to forever.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      That movie had some awesome sets and costumes. :)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      agreed
  • Ok (heh). Next idea is one I've been thinkin about for a while.
    A human making the transformation to one of the Deep Ones is next (based on the amphibious Kuo-Toa).
    He will be patterned off the monk class in the world of BG, the 'Monitor' of that race, who acts as a monk. I always liked that since the old D2 Shrine of the Kuo-Toa we ran through not long after learning to play AD&D.
    Near the sea, catacombs below CK could house some hidden sea passages. Dusty esoteric tomes in the library, just waiting to be found( for mention of the genetic change (Cthulhu). I can work in leaving CK not too long after the change.
    Natural AC 6 (like scale mail)
    Can work in poison and charm resistance with monk lvls as is
    Infravision
    50& electrical resistance
    Charisma, hmm, will base max off an adv.bullywug at 14 in CBofHumanoids
    Start as LN
    Hmm, -2 ST vs fire, not sure, maybe -5 or -10 resistance to fire in a d20 system works?
    Monk AND LN is new for me.
    Pasi Juhola artist:

    August 19
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      How will charname stay safely moist on their travels?
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heh. Apparantly, the ancient Kuo-toa adapted long ago and are fine in or out of water, fortunately. They do have to stay in pools for at least their first year.
      So first they lived both in/out of water & land, got run off by humans, then went deep in the sea, got run outa there by worse, then adapted to the middle and upper reaches of the Underdark. Been sitting and building new and stronger powers, almost forgotten ever since (cept for the Drow -an accept/fear/hate relationship).
      I reckon these dudes musta been around a while. They do seem to be having a few issues with discipline, insanity and inbreeding.
      A strange but interesting race, seems like it was tailor made for Lovecraft. I think his need for a full hooded cloak will be high on the list however.

      Now the relatively younger bullywugs on the other hand, they have to do a wineskin of water 3/day or loose 2pts of con each missed 'bath', with 0 con = to death from dehydration, heh. Poor ol frog hoppers, but they's mean lookin, esp. the big-uns.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hmm, thinking on it, I think I will RP a love of water in regardless, for enjoyment and atmosphere. There is so much coastline, as well as an abundance of peninsula's, rivers and nice little islands around, not to.
  • Getting into this humanoid business, it's refreshing the game for me. So this time ;) , and I'm really goin off the rails here in more ways than one, going to do the ranger thang. After checking my Complete Book of Humanoids, again, I took an interest in the beastmen. Looking further I saw they could be a type of humanoid ranger called wilderness protectors, fanatical and tribal/beastlike at the same time in their devotion (almost like shadow druids in a way, but have to be good).
    I checked on ranger kits, from the handbook and mods and did find the Feralan kit. Perfect, no armor, specialization in only basic weapon types, no big shields, feral rage and innate animal summons(call of the wild).
    Con and str a little lower than normal but they do have 80% MR built in, and a natural AC of 8, which helps. CG, hmm, will see, at least chaotic.
    Scea'dugenga

    Interesting bit:Beastmen do not believe in magic, ghosts,
    spirits, or the supernatural. Only those things
    which can be seen, touched, tasted, smelled
    and heard exist. Beastmen are not hindered by
    superstitions.
    August 14
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Given the belief in mundane and that they live up in the treetops, I think spider will do nicely for a favored enemy. Gotta go club n dagger to start, with a pip in darts as well (wheres my blowgun?!) Axe, spear, or short bow later. Faldorn again probably, as befits a fanatic, NO darn mages again, or shamans for SoD (spirits and such). Will go from there. The Jini lamp that he was given and cursed with holding will probably open his mind somewhat, as well as the will-o-the-wisp companion as well. But he will most certainly will have the beastmen necessity of experiencing it with all his senses, in quite a few ways at that, ha. For that matter he'll meet all kinds of supernatural new things.
      Gives me a chance to play a ranger with a panther animal companion with the mod (not my usual spiders)
      Anyway, enjoying the creativity and change (and the wonder of EEKer, heh).
      'Low' human paperdoll, 'no race' will be best.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hmm, other thoughts: 16 max con might be not be the best, but there 'is' the innate MR.
      As beastmen prefer to use poison (blowgun) darts, and his favored enemy is spiders, Critter Parts will be a real bonus mod that fits quite nice. Not sure bout Verr'Sza the CE rakshasa ranger, as they are technically evil spirits, but material as well.
      Time to get movin again.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I always love seeing non-standard builds/runs.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yup, I'm finding the ideas too much to pass up. Freshening the game up for me anyway.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Do you actually finish all your runs or do you suffer from restartitis? If you do finish the runs I am impressed (and a bit envious) on the amount of runs you manage to find time for.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Ha. Lots of restartitis I'm afraid. I definitely don't finish all runs, as often a new idea hits, usually after CK return, or a new kit issue arises.
      The ogre run was the first I finished in a while, (held at opening to SoD). These new race ideas really have my imagination going full steam ahead at the moment.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Heh, playing all the way to candlekeep is quite long :) You must have a lot of hours to spend, hehe..
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Too many at the moment TBH. But playin ol BG helps sometimes. :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      This only being able to use magic weapons and no other magic items is darn tough. May have to shelve him for a bit. I like my magic 'stuff'. A bounty hunter fits a little better using the RRing special traps, but dang.
  • That's the last straw. Horshack has found the nasty lil creation he overheard visiting mages speaking of when seeing him, nasty gloves made from the very hands of an ogre.
    He was right to despise their arcane ways. Now THEY will fear the ogre in the night, just as the children spoken of in his last dream ("Tonight you are the monster everyone claims you are: the kobold scorned like a rodent; the ogre that children fear comes in the night"). These 'advanced' sages of magic, have experimented to far, treated humanoids with disdain for too long.
    They shall pay...they shall all pay for their corruption of magic.


    August 10
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      It seems Horshack's abilities as a WS were chosen wisely, or maybe chosen for him. Although CN he works to release those harmed or trapped by magic. For the corrupted mages, nothing. The rest of his party has to sneak 'little' magic items with care, as he does not trust it much, unless of divine nature. Reminds me a little of a book I read when young, "A Spell for Chameleon", with Bink, whose magic was his resistance 'TO' magic. He is disturbed at how humanoids are wrongly used as pawns by Saervok's minions, corrupted and led easily astray. Mulahey paid with his life.
      He has also heard of an especially corrupt ogre mage named Kahrk, there will be a showdown there I am sure.
      Interesting how a different race perspective lends itself to this adventure.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Show Kahrk what for! I've had too many bad encounters with him.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heh. After destroying the cabal of ogre magi at the docks in BG, I moved onto Kahrk. They gave me a bit of a shock with a lucky confusion. Busted the heads in of half my party before coming to and laying in on em.

      Foolish Kahrk, he raised his magical defenses and I shattered them using my MR expelled outwardly, moving in then to bash his skull open, his pitiful magic washing over me like water off a duck's back.
      Hand to hand, ogre to ogre. My most satisfying encounter with that fool yet. :)
      WS rebalanced, as it should be. Got to be careful now.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Soo, finished up BG for once. Went through SoD starting dungeon and got it saved there. Still an interesting run with an ogre. WS Rebalanced is pretty darn strong. I had not run a fighter class in quite some time, sticking with bard and druid kits normally.
      Maybe the change helped with the restartitis a little, at least for another finish. I will have to see what's next, never did finish the gypsy run or oozemaster runs after I got the their abilities fixed... we'll see.

      I would say get them to SoD but when I leave a save sitting for too long I need to start it over to get the feel back, and then it's something new

      It WAS nice not to have to fool around with EEKeeper with the WS, after getting to SoD for A change. Same would go for BG2 for that matter.
  • Since we have kobold and gnoll runs out there, I thought just for kicks, why not. I went the opposite direction & introduce Horshack, the Ogre Berserker (never run a berserker). Those dudes can hit. He's got the usual violet/lavender rare skin color, morningstar weapon graphic, the awesome thudding footsteps, and, the best part, a paper doll to match.
    Stats from Complete Humanoid book. Max. values rolled with 74, heh.
    Str 20
    Dex 8
    Con 20
    Int 8
    Wis 9
    Chr 8
    No infravision was given per manual, as well as a base armor class of 5.
    Morning stars(to match animation- can through daggers for the big 2/rd hitters)
    CE like the rest of the brethren.
    Has a little fear of sickness, physical weakness, and to the Ogre god Vaprak the Destroyer. Always gives a quick prayer to him asking for the rage of the berserker.
    "Horshack the ogremack, try to bust him and he'll knock ya back"

    August 4
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Too much humanoid talk lately for me not to get in on the action, so had to try it.
      Don't every kobold need a door opener? Best darn door opener there is, heh.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Ha, wrote 'through' instead of 'throw', lawd, I'm already gettin into his 8 Int.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Now we just need someone to play a slime amorphous disciple *cough*@Kamigoroshi *cough*
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Ha! Be a strange lookin' but surprisingly effective crew, that. Yup, I do believe so.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Horshack worked in the barn until the monks found quite a use for him in the lie-berry. They saw he didn't need a step ladder and could carry entire bookcases, with the books, up the stairs. Although not the brightest, he did like to read. Well, the guards got tired of practice fights, and noticed a change in him if he got mad, all crazy eyed, with a 'I'm gonna gnaw on ya bones look'.
      Horshack found that the more he read about Vaprak, Lord of Ogres, and how humans always tried to kill his kind, his ways of thinking began to change. He started dreaming of fighting, smashing, gnawing on an enemies bones. After the monks said he had to leave... "Me crush-Crush you to goo!" the lie-berry for bustin up a bookshelf, he just got bitter about the place and the people. Although, the extree lil folks there, Deder and Arkanis, didn't really bug him that much.
      Not long after the bookcase incident, Gorion said they had to go, and quick. Horshack was attacked right before though, but nothing much came of it, (cept goo). He wondered if he'd meet any other lil halflings or dwarfs, they weren't as strong as him, but tough as nails. Maybe ogres to find out there soon to...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      [face-palm]Dangit, just got out of CK and forget I meant for him to be CN, not CE, and unlike the brethren, although that may be a lit later in BG2. Also saw in CBHumanoids I forget to add the +4hp at first lvl. Ok, NOW, I'm ready(I hope).
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Good luck!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      At least one, so far, of the ogre phrases comes out in combat, in the ogre voice, "Me crush". Nice.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Got two set up to test now. One the zerker, and the other the Rebalanced Wizard Slayer (w/minimal changes option) I have been eyeing with interest as of late. We'll see.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Well, that settles it, the Rebalanced WS will work just fine. Nice changes, may pick up Ishlilka the H/O WS as well. ForNPC's, wizards are out, but a bard might work, soothin his nerves maybe with music.
      I think I can work in his background with more depth as well.
      He kept overhearing visitin wizards to Ckeep speaking some gobbledygook bout using his hands for some kind of strongman gloves or even some kinda filthy drink cocktail. Shoot, he even thought he heard the words 'killer arrows' from usin his blood. He got a real NASTY vibe for those guys. Let em try, just once he thought. C'mon punks.
      He can channel his energy into weapons, with the result 'shattering' their defensive mumbo jumbo. Nice.

      Have to be careful when I go solo at times. He moves a lil slower than humans so ain't gonna be winnin any 'kiting' contests soon.
      To tell the truth, it's easier when not having to worry bout what magic items to use.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Proving to be...different. Can't use Pro scrolls, int to low. I didn't have any lore starting out and still dont. Now I see he is like -20 right out the gate on that, heh.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Woohoo, ogre is up to 9 int now, mmmm, scrolls or protection. Still like -3 lore, but it's rising as it started at -20, heh.
      AND, with boots of speed, moves at about a barbarian's pace it seems, , up from lumbering forward, behind others.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I love that you char learned to read by reading a book.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heh. Yeah, them ol CK books he grew up were too hard, but he kept trying. Finally though, it was one that used ALOT of lil pictures and divine like symbols to help him understand better.

      That's an ogre I reckon. Whewwww, and he is one of the smarter ones.

      (Maybe that Tome was by the monk they called Seuss. ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Woohoo. The monk Camryn just gave him a special present on returning to CK for helping him reunite with Tamrah (basilisks). He recognized his penmanship and keept all his books he found spread out all over the realms (latest Romantic Encounters mod).

      Even A WS can use it.
      The Ring of Scholars:
      Another +1 Int, +5 Lore.

      That's a whole 10 now (least while he has it to wear). That boosted Lore out of the negative, finally.

      Awww, ain't that just the sweetest thing, heh. Like a graduation present from just having learned to read a little earlier.
      Surprised again I was, nice. Lovin this different run.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      The last dream, VERY fitting for ogres and kobolds.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      "Tonight you are the monster everyone claims you are: the kobold scorned like a rodent; the ogre that children fear comes in the night.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I think we may have an ogre scribe in the making ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Could be, could be, he really only cares now for those scribe like monks, some other divine types, if benevolent, and druid types of the more aggressive variety. If nobody else can get history right, maybe he can. At least from a humanoid point of view.
  • A 'darker' gypsy-bard (with a suitable portrait). Still on my Lovecraftian theme, he will be fashioned in a style somewhat similar to Nyarlathotep, the dark messenger whose appearance signals the return of the 'Old Ones'.

    His dreams of music led to his style of melodies and rhythms, seeming almost 'otherworldly' in sound. A murder of ravens often gathered in the place where he played, and with their fallen feathers, he fashioned an unusual looking cloak. The cats however, shied away from him. Twas good to leave CK, and just as well, as there were often unsettling disturbances among the residents. Unusual though, one of the cats,that had never shied away, and a black as pure as night, followed him from CK, keeping to the shadows, as if waiting for him to ask something.
    As he begins his travels across the land, he shall find that just about all, humans, humanoids, animals, react to his music, and often follow his commands, sometimes in a purely chaotic manner.


    July 26
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      When was the last time you finished a series run?
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Ha. Good question. :) Probably BG1 about a month. SoD 1 or 2 more, but usually right before I go for Saervok in BG1, new ideas come round and I start it up again. Done a bunch before modding it. I tend to favor BG1, so getting close to the end gets me feeling nostalgic for first starting out again with new concept development and backgrounds, I enjoy that the most, and tinkerin' about with small changes. Always a chance though, always a chance...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Spell Revision is pretty darn cool. Nice new spells and some reworking of existing ones. Find Familiar being in a Universal category is especially nice.
      Familiars are beefed up a little as well. My cat in BG1 has like 99% stealth, 50%MR, -4 AC, 3 attacks/rd. and backstabs from hiding for a respectable bit. Nice.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Restartitis...I remember a period when I never got more than halfway through any BG game for about 2-3 years. All those tasty character concepts.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heh, fightin it, yeah.So far so good on this one. Gypsy with his fixed song and Jini mod is pretty good. A bit of a double romance thing it has in a way. Even Mr Big himself does a cameo appearance, from BG2.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Well...shoot. I'm gonna beat the record.
      Somebody get me a vaccination vs. this stuff, STAT.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      AND back again, hehheh.
  • Well... shoot. I got just within site of the Iron Throne building this time before it hit me. I musta missed this warning marker, cause the whole dad-blame area was contaminated with the Restartitis virus. Well, at least it's still fun.


    August 1
    • Shandaxx
      Shandaxx
      Is that the Iron Throne building in the background?
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Spittin image I thought. Heh, It fits anyway. ;)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Gonna run with my Pale Master some more (at least a few days, hehheh), same restrictions. Igor the Quasit got beefed up in Spell Revisions nicely. At least I have some things worked out after the total reinstall, it needed it as the errors were adding up over 6mos.
    • Anduin
      Anduin
      I need one of these to go outside our local retirement home...

      Mwhahaha!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yup, really ani't too far off the mark.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Ok, so one day. He's on hold again. Trying out weasels n bats fighting along side my oozemaster with a giant spider companion, just too compelling to pass up, heh.
  • 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.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      OK. Spell revisions works. TnBlood using just modifications to base classes and spell revision section(the tweaks part being checked by modder), MSFMages adds some items (circlets).
      Testing again.
  • 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.