Prologue | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Tales of the Sword Coast | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 |
Avastrian | Yeslick | Khalid | Jaheira | Kivan | Imoen |
Asteroth | Kagain | Shar-Teel | Montaron | Viconia | Edwin |
The Other NPCs |
Two Weapon Style **
Why He's Included and How to Use Effectively
When deciding upon creating your protagonist, my personal feeling is that there are two criteria that should determine how to go about it:
1) Your main character should provide the party with something that the NPCs in Baldurs Gate 1 and Baldurs Gate 2 cant provide. For example, there is a Paladin in both BG1 and BG2. The same goes for a Ranger, a Cleric, a Thief, etc.
2) Your main character is the offspring of a once powerful god who is now deceased. For sentimental reasons at least, your main character should be one that becomes very powerful and commands respect as such.
My choice is Avastrian, an Elf Fighter/Mage. There is no fighter/mage in either BG1 or BG2 (without another mod at least). In the early stages of the game this may be the hardest combination to get off the ground. Indeed when I first started playing BG1 I had a significant number of reloads in the early going because his hit points were lower than a single class fighter and because he couldnt wear armor and still cast spells. But once this multi-class combination is off the ground it is arguably the most powerful, especially in BG2. Also it surely befits a Child of Bhaal to command both the prowess of a warrior and the power of sorcery.
I imported Avastrian from when I first rolled his stats during a previous playthrough. Maximizing the strength, dexterity, constitution, and intelligence scores is self-explanatory. I was willing to let Wisdom and Charisma take a hit. I can get around low Charisma with a certain spell if I have to. I'll find a few Tomes that allow me to raise my Wisdom over the course of the game as well.
Avastrian can be vulnerable because his hit points and Armor Class will not be as good as the other fighters in the party. Mirror Image and Blur, and Stoneskin later on, will be essential defensive spells for him. Use them often! Keep in mind that I am also playing this in Easytutu, so now is the time for me to lay the foundations for BG2. I have him begin with dual-wielding longswords.
In the party you will need at least one single class mage. That character will need to emphasize offensive spells. In this respect, the fighter/mage can lighten her load by emphasizing spells of a more preparatory or defensive nature, such as Haste.
Primary Weapon: Flametongue
Off-hand Weapon: Longsword +2 'Varscona'
Helmet: Helm of Balduran
Amulet: Gorion's Amulet
Cloak: Cloak of Balduran
Armor: Elven Chainmail
Gloves: Gauntlets of Weapon Expertise
1st Ring: Ring of Protection +2
2nd Ring: Ring of Wizardry
Belt: Golden Girdle
Boots: Boots of Speed