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Vichan
Oct 1, 2014

I'LL PUNISH YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR CRIME



"I would carry the world for you if I could... but alas... I cannot."

Bioware's Baldur's Gate series of RPGs are some of the most beloved games in their genre. From the first game's release in 1998 to its vastly superior sequel's expansion in 2001 they quickly became favorites of CRPG fans around the globe. Its popularity re-surged after Beamdog released the Enhanced Editions in 2012 and 2013 respectively as well as Siege of Dragonspear, a new expansion to the original game that was released in 2016.

The games are also known for having a surprisingly large modding community and this Let's Play will focus on these mods most of all, or rather one mod in particular: Sandrah Saga. As a result this Let's Play will not focus too much on Baldur's Gate's original content aside from the main story beats. Players unfamiliar with Baldur's Gate will probably be better off reading a 'vanilla' LP in addition to this one if they want to follow along.

This LP will also be focusing more on dialogue/story instead of regular gameplay, in part because despite playing the games since their release I'm still a piss-poor player but also because that'd make the LP too drat long. Mod-specific areas as well as interesting new game mechanics (if any) will obviously receive a bit more attention in this regard. Please try to contain your inevitable frustration at my horrific way of playing. Constructive criticism however is of course more than welcome.

By this point you're probably asking yourself what the Sandrah Saga is all about. Allow me to answer that question at least somewhat:


quote:

"With the EET possibility to play the Baldur’s Gate once again as one continuous game, the Sandrah Saga tries to create a character with her very own storyline spanning the complete saga (and more) who can accompany the player throughout the game. Her story is connected in many ways to the Bhaalspawn’s own quests.

Sandrah is a young priestess of Mystra (fighter/cleric) from Waterdeep, the daughter of a famous character of the Realms, who steps out of her father’s mighty shadow to make herself an own name and also to discover the hidden part of her family history. This plot runs along the PC’s own discovery of who he/she is. Sandrah is a specialized healer, on the battlefield but also for those companions that suffer in heart and soul."

You might be thinking that this sounds like a slightly-larger-than-usual NPC mod but you'd be sorely mistaken. This mod is one of the more ambitious BG 'megamod' projects. It includes entire new areas, over a hundred new quests(!) and aims to rival the main character's story in scope. Sandrah is infamous for being an enormous Mary Sue whose story quickly eclipses anything else going on in the game right up until the end. The mod even includes content set after the end of Throne of Bhaal. Few megamods rival it in the amount of content it adds, in this Let's Play we'll see if said content is actually worthwhile.

The mod is rather infamous for its large amount of crossmod content, with dozens of mods having Sandrah-specific content added to them often without the permission of their respective modders. Some of these mods seem to be essential to Sandrah's story which is why I've decided to install pretty much all of them so that we can enjoy this trainwreck the way it was intended. The mod list can be found in the readme of the mod which you can find in the link above.

This will be a (mostly) blind playthrough. Some aspects of this LP are set in stone, I am planning on bringing certain NPCs with me and my attitude towards Sandrah will be as friendly as possible since the mod seems to be geared towards that attitude. Suggestions on pretty much everything else are not only welcome but in fact encouraged, especially if some of you have already played this mod before. These people are encouraged to use spoiler tags when discussing content that I haven't reached yet, however.




Table of Contents:

Baldur's Gate I:

Chapter 1 - Buzzurk! Gorschabarmarzabuldarvel!
Chapter 2 - *sadly* Me too.
Chapter 3 - Scarry. Like bloodhounds.
Chapter 4 - I have deducted that you have known my mother still alive.
Chapter 5 - These are trouble times indeed.
Chapter 6 - Wow, little duckling, you are a magnificent swan tonight.
Chapter 7 - You full hate, elfling?
Chapter 8 - Oh bloody me, where's ma brain.
Chapter 9 - She has no steady boyfriend at the moment.
Chapter 10 - I'm Imoen, the counsellor Of Love.
Chapter 11 - What a tease...what a fruit to be plucked...aah...
Chapter 12 - It is Sandrah I kiss, not Elminster's daughter.
Chapter 13 - I can almost smell all the men you have experienced...
Chapter 14 - Healer of souls.
Chapter 15 - Water caress scales like lover should.
Chapter 16 - Boo likes that.
Chapter 17 - Thou are nay the one!
Chapter 18 - The Sword Coast these days is crowded with morons. I'm embarrassed.
Chapter 19 - Don't move, you abortion!
Chapter 20 - Children...hoho...
Chapter 21 - kissa me quickly.
Chapter 22 - you are the mostest stupish idiot stumblin' through the Realms.
Chapter 23 - Quickest keep talkin', little man!
Chapter 24 - Was well to choose commander for lust.
Chapter 25 - I knew this road to wealth would get me the best of chicks in the end.
Chapter 26 - Jen'lig and commander not do for breeding.
Chapter 27 - Do not become hopeless just now, my poor besta friend.
Chapter 28 - Good chance for elfling to be used as toy by strong girl.
Chapter 29 - The chance to get a few minutes of rest from that hungry beast that drained me tonight.
Chapter 30 - 'twas all blood and blurry, n' I guess I killed some orcs with empty hands, huh?
Chapter 31 - Hey say that slowly again? Orphn rear end?
Chapter 32 - I can still hear their lovesick moaning at the moon from your last visit, hahaha.
Chapter 33 - A nocturnal lullaby of longing and sweet satisfaction.
Chapter 34 - Pink is the bestest of all colours, I say it all the time.
Chapter 35 - Now the Black Archer is satisfied by Tazok's dead, he has no need for his tool any more.
Chapter 36 - Beware of the traitors... *snooze*
Chapter 37 - Mystra be praised, she does not require her priestesses to be chaste!
Chapter 38 - Demon hunting is the funnest of funs.
Chapter 39 - Oh, yes, she's a perfect whore thanks to you.
Chapter 40 - Nether lips.
Chapter 41 - Tututu, sleep, my little girl, sleep, tututu.
Chapter 42 - Oh, how lucky I am to be loved by such two wonderful pussycats at once.
Chapter 43 - Ya mem'ry's as sharp as mine.
Chapter 44 - Sweet little deceiver.
Chapter 45 - Can you admire a moonblade wielder running around in the colours of a circus geek?
Chapter 46 - Hello, my not-so-little-girl-any-more, would you recognize your old growler, as you liked to call me?
Chapter 47 - This is quite a compliment from a lady of the world like you.
Chapter 48 - You do not need to bleed from your wounds if you want my company after a fight.
Chapter 49 - Then onward, let us see the final chapter, the *EPILOGUE* of this *BOOK*.
Chapter 50 - Together we can channel the powers of the godly seed inside of you into the direction that Gorion had wanted for you.
Chapter 51 - I will make sure this damned god will not get a drop of water in my desert garden. May his seed be eaten by the ants and the snails. Bhaal begone!
Chapter 52 - Commander and Sandrah in union are strong for any future.
Chapter 53 - She always has *helpful* advice, but ask yourself who has the most profit from your heeding it.
Chapter 54 - Jen'lig learn to trust Sandrah, no longer will hide from her.
Addendum 1 - Mystra's Army
Chapter 55 - If I can stand it you should as well, be no baby.
Chapter 56 - ..mmh...that wonderful middle toe graced by the silver engraved ring that I dreamed of kissing...
Chapter 57 - A bad choice, my sssweet sssoon to be lovessslave.
Chapter 58 - The lovelelelely Sandrah...
Chapter 59 - I would be interested in that wine - and especially the dessert thereafter - right here and now.
Chapter 60 - If you are going to try to kill us then go right ahead, but give us some credit for intelligence!
Chapter 61 - Sandrah of Waterdeep, priestess of haha Mystra.
Chapter 62 - Make yourself comfortable over here, you deserve some special care from me today.
Chapter 63 - Dwarfling only half size of manling but stink like mountain of manure used to cultivate our hydroponic gardens in the depths of a city's mass.
Chapter 64 - Not for use by unclean. Jen'lig only clean to use.
Chapter 65 - DRIZZT DO'URDEN AND ELMINSTER'S BABY GIRL IN ONE CATCH - CELEBRATION TIME AGAIN!!!
Chapter 66 - Everrithing is wrrong with you and false. You have the stink of the city's backwater deep in yourr expensive dresses and made up hairdo.
Chapter 67 - Cherchez la femme *A*.
Chapter 68 - (Smile) I am learning daily - from the best, from you.
Chapter 69 - And then - please understand me right, I am not talking out of vanity - I felt so disappointed that she never had the pleasure to get to know - me.
Chapter 70 - Oh, my bestest puffing daddy, let me kiss and kiss ya quickest.
Chapter 71 - you are a bit too sweaty for my taste at the moment.
Chapter 72 - Are you prepared for a hard fight, loverboy? There will be one in our bedroll tonight if you have the stamina not to run away from me.
Chapter 73 - (Hiss) Try to become weak manling god must end like this. Commander wise not to choose such path, Vichan made to destroy gods rather than become useless one.
Addendum 2 - Murderer! You will pay for this!
Addendum 3 - MEN!

Siege of Dragonspear:

Chapter 74 - Sandrah - my friend - live long and prosperous.
Chapter 75 - Poisoned weapons as far as I can say.
Chapter 76 - We will keep all these sweet moments we had with her in our common memory.
Chapter 77 - Congratulations, dumb fools!! Round one clearly goes to you.

Vichan fucked around with this message at 18:35 on Mar 6, 2021

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Vichan
Oct 1, 2014

I'LL PUNISH YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR CRIME



Victims of The Beast as of chapter 73, by System Metternich



GIF by By popular demand








By Midnight Voyager

Vichan fucked around with this message at 21:17 on Mar 5, 2021

Vichan
Oct 1, 2014

I'LL PUNISH YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR CRIME

Chapter 1 - Buzzurk! Gorschabarmarzabuldarvel!

quote:

Nestled atop the cliffs that rise from the Sword Coast, the citadel of Candlekeep houses the finest and most comprehensive collection of writings on the face of Faerûn. It is an imposing fortress, kept in strict isolation from the intrigues that occasionally plague the rest of the Forgotten Realms. It is secluded, highly regimented, and it is home.

Within these hallowed halls of knowledge, your story begins. You have spent most of your twenty years of life within this keep's austere walls, under the tutelage of the sage Gorion. Acting as your father, he has raised you on a thousand tales of heroes and monsters, lovers and infidels, battles and tragedies. However, one story was always left untold: that of your true heritage. You have been told that you are an orphan, but your past is largely unknown.

Lately, Gorion has been growing distant from you, as if some grave matter weighs heavily on his heart. You have asked about his concerns as gently as possible, but your queries have been in vain. Your sole comfort is the knowledge that he is a wise man, and you know he will tell you when the time is right. Nonetheless, his silence is troubling, and you cannot help but feel that something is terribly wrong...

Today, Gorion has appeared more agitated than ever, and now he has uncharacteristically interrupted your chores in the middle of the day. Imparting hurried instructions for you to equip yourself for travel, he has handed you what gold he can spare, but given no clue as to why. Nevertheless, you now stand before the Candlekeep Inn, ready to purchase what you need for an unplanned and unexpected journey.



We begin our tale in front of Winthrop's inn in Candlekeep. Let me introduce our main character for the next few minutes:



Young Vichan (or CHARNAME if you prefer) is eager to make his mark on the outside world with his extraordinary acrobatic skills, impressive swordfighting abilities and dazzling charm and good looks. Nobody is going to upstage this budding protagonist, let me tell you!

From my experience most mods don't really add all that much to Candlekeep so let's just enter the inn to get some gear so we ca-





...Oh. It seems we've already stumbled on our first NPC mod right out of the gate. While the dwarf runs off to sulk in the corner we approach Winthrop, the jovial innkeeper.



A mysterious gift, eh? Let's see what it is!



Interesting...



...Though a bit too light on the information part. The unofficial guide mentions that the sword “has limited enchantments and is usable by any class.“ It'll probably be a while before we're able to identify the thing so let's just equip it and see what we're working with here.





drat, those 'limited enhancements' are quite something. A -1 AC bonus, a -3 for Thac0 and 1d10 + 2 damage? Not bad considering we haven't even left Candlekeep yet. It also protects us from fire, I guess the flames on the sword cancel out other fires.



Looks pretty snazzy as well. I can't wait to meet this 'Sanna' so I can thank her in person!

First we've got to deal with the elephant in the room, though. Said elephant being the eccentric dwarf still hanging around the inn.



(In screenshots I will be highlighting my chosen dialogue options)



And with that we get our first quest.



Breagar doesn't seem to appreciate our helpfulness.

While all this is going on a noblewoman is wandering around the inn, let's see what she has to say for herself.







Making a mental note to visit the infirmary I decide to circle around to do the usual Candlekeep quests, most of which seems to be unchanged from the original. I do run in to the errand boy, however.





Rather stereotypical, don't you think?



Ah, clearing rats out of the cellar. The way all great adventures start!



Funny, I don't remember him being here. Let's oblige him.



He's as much of a pushover as the other Candlekeep assassins. The studded leather armor on his corpse is appreciated though. I wonder which mod he's connected to?



Boy, is he going to be in for a surprise when he checks the basement!

Inside the infirmary we meet Sir Trun, Linda's husband-to-be.







Shortly after leaving the infirmary Linda approaches us.



What a nice moment. We also get a reputation point for playing psychiatrist.

We finish off the miscellaneous quests before heading through the gardens back to the inn. On our way Imoen greets us. Try to guess where the original dialogue ends and the mod dialogue begins.





Hard to tell, right?



Sandrah mod allows you to pick Imoen's class here. Thief, mage or mage/thief. We'll go with the middle option because

1. I'm already playing as a swashbuckler.
2. We're probably going to go through NPCs like nobody's business and having a steady mage on hand makes sense.
3. Mage Imoen apparently has extra content with Sandrah. I also don't want to diminish Sandrah's effort in teaching Imoen magic.

Anyway, onward to th-





Could this be this Sanna girl I've heard so much about? Before I can thank her for her gift she storms off and Gorion doesn't seem to have anything to say about what just happened. Oh well.


In the gardens we meet Finch.



(A lot of dialogue options here, I'll be sure to get better screenshots of them in future)



I love Finch. One of the better NPC mods for Baldur's Gate 1. She's supposed to have crossmod content with Sandrah so we'll definitely be seeing her again.

Now all that's left is to deliver the book!





We'll definitely look him up should we ever pass by Beregost.

After completing this quest I gained a level, I don't think I've ever had this happen to me this quickly before. All these mods are really paying off!



Enough long-winded silliness though, it's finally time to leave this boring place.

Vichan fucked around with this message at 19:05 on Feb 16, 2021

Cythereal
Nov 8, 2009



I'm excited to see how wild this trainwreck gets!

I was a member of the Baldur's Gate modding community, and a staff member on one of the largest modding sites, for years. Besides all the modding drama and horror stories I witnessed, I even made two mod NPCs who may turn up in this LP (without my permission for Sandrah's modder to do crossmod with them, for the record), one of whom I'm still rather proud of, and one not so much.

This Sandrah Saga, though, happened after I parted ways with that community so this is going to be all-new to me. I'm familiar with the likes of Chloe, Saerileth, and the Imoen Romance, so I'm quite interested to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes on this one.

anilEhilated
Feb 17, 2014

But I say fuck the rain.



Grimey Drawer

Oh dear. Good thing they let you know right away that she is beautiful. Judging by the average fan romance, this is going to be... a thing. Definitely interested in seeing the trainwreck develop.

mitochondritom
Oct 3, 2010



Oh my god..it's even more atrocious than some of the screens you posted in the other thread. Can't wait to see this progress.

cigaw
Sep 13, 2012


Getting in on the ground floor!

I'm looking forward to this glorious trainwreck. May you manage to maintain at least a tenuous grip on your sanity.

Black Robe
Sep 12, 2017

Generic Magic User



Oh.

Oh dear.

Dalris Othaine
Oct 14, 2013

I think, therefore I am inevitable.

Ground floor of an amazing thread. I got into CRPGs somewhat after Baldur's Gate was a thing, so it'll be interesting to see what the ~community~ made of it.

TheGreatEvilKing
Mar 28, 2016



Something is bothering me about nuImoen I can't quite articulate - mostly the portrait.

Angry Lobster
May 16, 2011

Served with honor
and some clarified butter.


Here we go, this is going to be a wonderful trip.

Comrade Koba
Jul 2, 2007





MagusofStars
Mar 31, 2012




So is the mod setting up Sandrah to be the understudy of a god but a cooler and more badass one than you-know or some lore legend like Elminster? Could see that overheard conversation being indicative of either.

JohnKilltrane
Dec 30, 2020


I've never heard of the Sandrah Saga before this thread (though admittedly I've never really poked my nose into mod NPCs) so I'm very, uh, curious.

I think my first question is: Why? Like, this is easily one of the most ambitious and comprehensive efforts I've ever seen for an NPC mod. How did that wind up paired with an NPC concept so... ill-conceived?

tithin
Nov 14, 2003

[Grandmaster Tactician]



This looks like a loving trainwreck.

Tell me about the Finch mod though, is it a similar epic spanning mod, or is it limited to bg1?

DisgracelandUSA
Aug 11, 2011

Yeah, I gets down with the homies



Ground floor, first page, etc. I'm hyped to see Sandrah in all her terribad glory.

Cythereal
Nov 8, 2009



JohnKilltrane posted:

I think my first question is: Why? Like, this is easily one of the most ambitious and comprehensive efforts I've ever seen for an NPC mod. How did that wind up paired with an NPC concept so... ill-conceived?

I can't speak to Sandrah specifically, she was made after I parted ways with the Baldur's Gate modding community, but making mods for the Infinity Engine is a huge amount of work. It's not exactly a mod-friendly engine. You don't make a mod for these games without being very passionate about what you're doing and, well, what one person is passionate about can seem rather off to others. It's like any artistic community, really.

If I had to guess, Sandrah's modder really, truly loves her and wants to share their artistic vision with the world.

And sad to say, but it was my experience with the community that many of the most technically brilliant and talented modders were also the most broken human beings.

Xerophyte
Mar 17, 2008

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MagusofStars posted:

So is the mod setting up Sandrah to be the understudy of a god but a cooler and more badass one than you-know or some lore legend like Elminster? Could see that overheard conversation being indicative of either.

Judging by the things posted in the IE thread it's possible that you will figure out what her deal is from the mod's deft and subtle hints. It's worse than you think, and far as I can tell the mod will beat you about the face with her absurd Mary Sue backstory at every opportunity.

Are the portrait changes to Imoen and Finch part of the Sandrah mod?

Vichan
Oct 1, 2014

I'LL PUNISH YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR CRIME

tithin posted:

This looks like a loving trainwreck.

Tell me about the Finch mod though, is it a similar epic spanning mod, or is it limited to bg1?

quote:

This mod includes:

One neutral good, gnome cleric of Deneir
One NPC-related quest
One new soundset of dubious entertainment value
2-4 banters with each of the Bioware NPCs
Dozens and dozens of interjections
Banter with Indira and Mur'Neth custom NPCs, if installed
Some PC-init talks

BG1 NPC mods were few and far between in the early days, especially compared to its sequel. Finch stood out to me as one of the few that was actually worthwhile, though my knowledge of BG1 NPC mods is somewhat limited. She does not have content for BG2. From looking at the unofficial guide she has quite a bit of content with Sandrah, including a quest.

Xerophyte posted:

Judging by the things posted in the IE thread it's possible that you will figure out what her deal is from the mod's deft and subtle hints. It's worse than you think, and far as I can tell the mod will beat you about the face with her absurd Mary Sue backstory at every opportunity.

Are the portrait changes to Imoen and Finch part of the Sandrah mod?

I have no idea, the only portrait mod I knowingly installed was an alternate portrait for Sandrah since I didn't really care for the original:



It just doesn't capture how truly amazing she is, you know?

Cythereal posted:

If I had to guess, Sandrah's modder really, truly loves her and wants to share their artistic vision with the world.

We're probably going to say some nasty things about her project further along the road but I want to go on the record that I truly admire the tremendous amount of work she put in to make this mod. It does make it all the more baffling that her VO work is one of the laziest I've ever encountered, though not for the reason you might think. More on that later on.

Vichan fucked around with this message at 23:16 on Jan 18, 2021

cheesetriangles
Jan 5, 2011



I'm hyped as hell for this trainwreck.

Nissin Cup Nudist
Sep 3, 2011

Sleep with one eye open

We're off to Gritty Gritty land






Was Sandrah around for the OG games, or is this an enhanced edition only thing

Sindai
Jan 24, 2007
i want to achieve immortality through not dying

If you're going to use a modern name instead of a fantasy one, why not just go with Sandra instead of adding an extra h?

cigaw
Sep 13, 2012


Sindai posted:

If you're going to use a modern name instead of a fantasy one, why not just go with Sandra instead of adding an extra h?

Part of her backstory is inheriting Jon Irenicus’ missing H.

Kangxi
Nov 12, 2016

The hat is mandatory.


Here we go. I'm excited for this.

Seyser Koze
Dec 15, 2013


Nap Ghost

what the hell is that imoen portrait

rojay
Sep 2, 2000



Seyser Koze posted:

what the hell is that imoen portrait

I hear Britney Spears did the voice work.

Private Speech
Mar 30, 2011

I HAVE EVEN MORE WORTHLESS BEANIE BABIES IN MY COLLECTION THAN I HAVE WORTHLESS POSTS IN THE BEANIE BABY THREAD YET I STILL HAVE THE TEMERITY TO CRITICIZE OTHERS' COLLECTIONS

IF YOU SEE ME TALKING ABOUT BEANIE BABIES, PLEASE TELL ME TO

EAT. SHIT.


Nissin Cup Nudist posted:

Was Sandrah around for the OG games, or is this an enhanced edition only thing

I think it's been around for about 8 years or so? Which is to say OG games.

Ferrosol
Nov 8, 2010

Notorious J.A.M


Getting in on the ground floor of this trainwreck.

Tzarnal
Dec 26, 2011



Oh boy oh boy oh boy. I've been avoiding Sandrah Saga and its developer for a variety or reasons for a while but I guess i'll just keep an eye on what its actually like here.

Slashrat
Jun 6, 2011

YOSPOS


My eyes glaze over as an instinctual defensive reaction to the concept, but I'm bloody well still going to try and watch this glorious trainwreck to its conclusion

Strawberry Pyramid
Dec 12, 2020


Oh boy, hitting the ground running with my "favorite" BG Dialogue Mod sin: character assassinating poor Imoen. I swear, there does not seem to be a single mod author who knows how to write Imoen in a non-terrible manner and it's frustrating as hell.

biscuits and crazy
Oct 10, 2012



An LP of my favourite game ever, with an obnoxious Mary Sue NPC megamod? This sounds amazing, really looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Cythereal
Nov 8, 2009



Private Speech posted:

I think it's been around for about 8 years or so? Which is to say OG games.

Nah, the EE games came out almost ten years ago. I was very active in the Baldur's Gate modding community until that time, and Sandrah came after I parted ways. However...



I do recognize this portrait. Either Sandrah's modder used an existing portrait that was around (plausible), or they'd just started work on Sandrah at that time.

Vichan
Oct 1, 2014

I'LL PUNISH YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR CRIME

Cythereal posted:

I do recognize this portrait. Either Sandrah's modder used an existing portrait that was around (plausible), or they'd just started work on Sandrah at that time.

I thought the exact same thing, it might be a NWN portrait.

EDIT:



I knew it.

Vichan fucked around with this message at 13:40 on Jan 19, 2021

Shugojin
Sep 6, 2007

THE TAIL THAT BURNS TWICE AS BRIGHT...




Ah, the terrible mod shoe is on the other foot now!

Vichan
Oct 1, 2014

I'LL PUNISH YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR CRIME

Part 2 - *sadly* Me too.



Our escape from Candlekeep seems to have hit a snag.



Oh dear...





Crap.



10 year old me got teary-eyed at this bit.



*record scratch* Yep, that's me. You're probably asking yourself how I g-



God drat it, Imoen! Quit stealing my thunder!

Because Imoen was added to the game in the 11th hour of development this is the last time she speaks during the vanilla experience, at least in BG1. But because we're punishing ourselves with mods she'll have a *lot* more to say. Most of this content will be from both the Sandrah mod and the BG1NPC project which adds BG2-style banters and even romances with some characters. The BG1NPC additions range from okay to obnoxious, going by her Sandrah-related dialogue in the previous chapter I'm beginning to fear that her Sandrah mod content is much, much worse.

What I'm saying is that it's all downhill from here, folks. Strap in.



You've probably already noticed but Imoen is sporting a new portrait. It's a bit too grainy but I actually quite like it. I've always had the sneaking suspicion that Imoen's vanilla BG1 portrait was supposed to be the default female CHARNAME portrait. Since her lore skill is higher than mine I let her identify my mysterious gift for me.



Anyway, time to go back to the scene of the ambush to see if there's anything we can do for Gorion, when we arrive however...



SANNA!





Sandrah's not only extraordinarily beautiful as well but also pretty loaded.

Before I could even enter the menu Imoen interjects.



A Xvart village? As if such a thing actually exists! Silly Imoen...

Speaking of Gorion, let's strip his remains and have a eulogy.







Gorion's corpse actually disappears after this. A nice touch. Gorion had a dagger on him, when we examine it further:



Interesting, I wonder who this 'A' person is. Better keep it close.

Anyway, let's examine Sandrah more closely. Biography first:



What the hell, Roxanne, you aren't going to go with the 'When asked about her past' format?

Anyway, the identity of Sandrah's father is something of a mystery. Each time you pick up a clue you gain a 'sanpoint' and if you get enough you can finally ask her about it and learn the truth once and for all. The game will drop some subtle hints as to her father's identity, see if you can spot them all!

On to stats:



Yes, you read that right. Sandrah has a whopping 60 lore which means she can easily identify early BG2 items. She also has a book in her inventory that can sometimes boost her lore skill up to 120.

Speaking of her inventory:



That's quite a bit of unique items. Let's take a closer look:









Oh, our first clue! I almost missed it.

Time to exit the inventory and go check on Gori-



poo poo, to arms!



I spit my cashews all over my keyboard the first time this happened to me. Having a wolf companion show up was the last thing I expected. I'm still at a loss for words.



We also get this whistle:



Before setting off on our adventure proper I wanted to circle back to Candlekeep to see if anything's changed, before I could talk to the gatekeeper, however...



Wait, what just happened?



What the hell....? Let's rewind a bit.





Before you ask: She pulls the exact same poo poo if you're rude to her at the end there.

Let's see if the keeper of the portal will let us in.



Hey! No fair!



Say what you want about Imoen, at least she's loyal!

Well, it seems like there's nothing left to do but press onward!





There's a new world map, by the way. From the dales to Calimshan and from Waterdeep to Thay. It's *huge* and would take dozens of screenshots to show in its entirety.

We barely take one step before



...Could we be so lucky?

Not two minutes later we run into Kollsed, a merchant on the road.



It really can't be overstated how much Imoen babbles.

Xzar and Montaron are met shortly afterwards.



Heeding the sage advice of my companions I tell them to hit the curb, I do accept their potion however.

Almost done with this map, let's take the diamond that's hidden in a nearby tree and get the h-



Oh, for heaven's sa-



...We're never going to get through it all, are we?

Vichan fucked around with this message at 10:59 on Jan 20, 2021

Vichan
Oct 1, 2014

I'LL PUNISH YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR CRIME

A bit disappointed at my lack of progress here but I wanted you all to suffer along with me for this one. The next post should take us all the way to the Friendly Arm Inn.

Leraika
Jun 14, 2015

slime time



I don't think any of the writers involved with these mods would know subtlety if it hit them with a brick.

Cythereal
Nov 8, 2009



I cannot stress enough how much modders love Imoen. At the time I left the modding community there were three separate mod NPCs who romance her, a mod for the PC to romance Imoen, and I'm sure there's more now.

That 'Sandra's hammer can assimilate abilities from slain enemies' seems interesting to me. In a 'oh God how broken is this going to get?" way.

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Black Robe
Sep 12, 2017

Generic Magic User



I'm sorry, I can't get past the description of Sandrah's armour. That just sets the tone for this entire shitshow and I can't stop laughing.

Also the hilarious tone whiplash of 'you have a pet wolf! Except gently caress you it likes Sandrah better despite you having raised it for four years and she literally only just appearing'.

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