BG3 Honour Mode: strategy & tactics (many spoilers)

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This might be the happiest my Durge has ever looked...

Watching Gnolls explode into mist and puddles of gore lol

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Had to leave Nah Din on the literal cliffhanger so I could play 'Minthara and Me' with Bah Din.

Bah Din is a horrid Gold Dragon lineage Sorcerer with a lawful bent. Rocking orange and red gold as the safety colors this time, playing against type. A fools gold. His ethical code is wolf eats world and highly Cynical, but the dogs get a pass so he's at least gotta little Good in there somewhere. Otherwise though it's daggers out. Scorching Ray first, ask questions later. That sorta deal.

He locked himself into the evil path super early on, making a number of terrible decisions in rapid succession. Got Us killed on the Nautiloid and almost biffed it completely right out the gate vs the Cambions, but Lae'zel somehow pulled that one out at the last second hehe

Hit the beach running, and never looked back. Alfira went down almost immediately, like I must have jumped the gun. She showed up at camp before we even met the squirrels and got knocked off. I'm still not sure whether or not Shadowheart might have been responsible. Or at least that was the line we might have spun to Lae'zel.

Disguise Self seemed intriguing while still giving the fire resistance (pretty reliable since fire damage is all over the place.) Seemed slightly more compelling than Burning Hands for the Red dragon lineage, which is also fire. We'll get around to that one eventually I'm sure, but this time figured to go for a more lawful than chaotic evil vibe and keeping it pure class. Anyhow got that one for flavor from the lineage, just in case we need to dissemble and use guile.

Our Charisma is usually reliable, but then we also crit failed to persuade Astarion not to drink us to death, so who knows? Lol

That was pretty funny, just face planted twice in a row and got completely exsanguinated haha. Serves us right I suppose. Anyhow dusted that one off with a zombie scroll and called it a wash.

We sided with Minthara and slew the Grove. Made some plans to reconnect at Moonrise and then immediately fell into something with Lae'zel.

I had skipped over Byrnna and Andric initially by accident in the rush get everything sorted at the Goblin camp. Trying to basically ignore the Grove and everything connected to it as best we could after springing Sazza from jail. Figured to just lock myself into villainy right from the getgo. There was some weirdness, as when I came back later everyone at the owlbear cave behaved like we didn't know what the Absolute was (as if we didn't just have a big camp celebration with Minthara, and Volo in his cage and everything!) but we just went with it. Rolling punches.

Managed to save the Owlbear cub again for good measure, then sent them about their business. We put zombie Brynna in charge of "the New Emerald grove" for the time being. She's the 'Arch druid' of goodberries and protection from poison hehe. I enjoy the zombies more if you don't ask them why they're "talking like that" makes em feel more personable hehe.

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I had poisoned most of the Goblin camp on the way out to play it safe, so when we got back there was a new Gobbo trader waiting who I hadn't met before. He said Minthara told him to stay behind and collect the goods haha. That was sorta convenient, cause I thought we'd have to just rely on Paladins of Tyr. Just barely dodged Karlach with deception so we wouldn't have to put her down. Lae'zel smooth talked her way through the Voss encounter so the mountain pass is open, but first had to stomp some Gnolls.

I had forgotten all about Lump and the gang, so we went battle royale Gnolls vs Ogres. The Flind faught with a fury, and Frank was dunzo pretty quick style, but Lump prevailed in the end, only to get nailed by an errant firebolt at the last second, courtesy of Bah Din hehe. Chock just took off running!

I think we're going to have to bring the mayhem to the Monastery now, but I'm intrigued by something Crimson posted the other day, that if I can cast Silence on the group once we recruit Minthara at Moonrise, that we can then travel back from the Shadowlands to the earlier areas with her.

Might experiment with that a bit. I don't think she'll have anything to say, but maybe I can get her to pull the sword in the stone or something if I play my cards right lol.

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Anyhow, still humming!

Have a fun week all!
 
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