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Title: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 13, 2012, 01:56:16 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/title.gif)

Every once in a while I get a wild hair to replay this game -- it's like Nethack in that respect, I suppose. Unlike Nethack it's such a slog I've never actually finished it before! So get the Let's Play rolling while I still have some desire to play this, while I try out some new screencap methods that will hopefully keep my files in better shape.

But to make it less of a slog, I'm going to do the NES version, rather than the original PC version.
:deal:
Mostly because it streamlines the dialog: in the PC version, you ask everyone you meet keywords by typing them in -- NAME and JOB and so on --
leaving you fumbling around to ask the right questions. In the NES version you just walk up to people and hit A to talk to them, and they tell you anything relevant they know.

That said, I'm going to play this game as though I didn't have foreknowledge about it -- I won't be collecting items until NPCs tell me where they are, and so on.

So here's the deal. The world of Sossaria was threatened by evil sorceror dude Mondain, so Lord British summoned a guy from a different realm -- IRL Earth --to beat him. He did.

Then his student/lover Minax tried to avenge him. She didn't.

Then it turns out Mondain and Minax had some sort of offspring/creation, later revealed to be a demonic computer sort of thing, named Exodus. It got closest to destroying Sossaria -- leveling about three-quarters of it -- but too was defeated.

So without any villains left to defeat, and with only Britannia remaining as the inhabitable section of the world, Lord British summons yet another person from Earth. This time it's not to fight against a threat, but to become a moral leader of the people -- the Avatar.

Upon arriving in Britannia, you're awarded a class! At least I assume that's what happens, since you're probably not a Mage or a Tinker on modern-day Earth but your character starts as one in the game. So let's pick a class! Vote in-thread, voting will continue until it doesn't anymore.

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Representing the virtue of Compassion, Bards are generalists, although they lean more towards spellcasting than fighting. They're good with ranged weapons, though, and that's not to be understated.

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Representing the virtue of Justice, the Druid is a second-string spellcaster. They're not as good at slinging spells as the Mage, but have a bit more staying power and better armor. They can use the Wand, which is the best ranged weapon in the game.

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Representing the virtue of Valor, the Fighter is good at fighting. He has no magic capability at all, but can use the best not-Avatar-only melee weapon in the game.

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Representing the virtue of Honesty, the Mage is the dedicated spellcaster. Their weapons and armor are sticks and clothes (until you find a Wand), but their MP growth is unmatched. Their main problem is running out of herbs to cast their spells, and running out of money to buy more.

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Representing the virtue of Honor, Paladins are more or less like Fighters, but geared more toward defense than offense. Whereas Fighters get the best weapon in the game, Paladins get the best armor. Paladins also have a little spellcasting ability.

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Representing the virtue of Spirituality, Rangers are... pretty much the same as Bards. They're geared slightly more towards physical might than spellcasting prowess, but they're not as good at fighting as Fighters or Paladins.

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Representing the virtue of Magikarp Humility, the Shepherd... kind of sucks. Her stats are crazy-low and her starting equipment is terrible, but she can equip and use some of the best stuff in the game. She cannot use magic.

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Representing the virtue of Sacrifice, the Tinker sucks.

Multiple votes OK, I'll just pick whatever has the most votes overall.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: BŁge on July 13, 2012, 02:04:32 PM
I like a challenge. Gather your rod and staff and be a Shepherd.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Friday on July 13, 2012, 02:06:15 PM
I like swords.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Beat Bandit on July 13, 2012, 03:16:57 PM
If there's one thing an R2 can never get enough of, it's Sacrifice.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Smiler on July 13, 2012, 03:17:49 PM
The Master System version of the game is pretty cool because it gives you all of your dialogue options for you to choose from in a menu. I don't remember anything else about it.

Also be a shepherd.

On the PC version Druid was probably the coolest choice because by Ultima 6 the streamlining would make you pretty much the most well rounded character. Or at least it did in my memories.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Classic on July 13, 2012, 03:32:17 PM
What? You're not going to put up the personality test? We need that shit.

EDIT:
Also Spirituality guy is generic and balanced and you deserve whatever you can get to make the battles breeze by more quickly for this one.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 13, 2012, 03:42:50 PM
If you want me to quickly prosper and get into the game, then Bard is the way to go. He starts with a sling for ranged combat, near Britain castle for quick free healing.

Given the tide of votes so far, though... (currently 2 Shepherd, 1 Tinker, 1 Ranger).

Also hey guys I need a name. No more than five letters, capital/lowercase. -, !, and space allowed.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Niku on July 13, 2012, 04:53:51 PM
Peep
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: LaserBeing on July 13, 2012, 05:15:26 PM
I AM THE BARD

Wizard Fire - I AM THE BARD!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGzymXaHgXE#)

I AM THE BA~RD!


your name of course will be Riger
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: BŁge on July 13, 2012, 05:16:22 PM
Any Shepherd worth his salt is named Moses.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: A≤ on July 13, 2012, 05:17:25 PM
7 of my names vote for bard, and 3 vote for Paladin.

As for name, Popoie
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Doom on July 13, 2012, 06:02:53 PM
Druid, Shepherd, Tinker.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 13, 2012, 06:13:03 PM
I'm about to go to bed so I guess voting will stay open until I get off work tomorrow and start, you know, playing and screencapping.

For my own ease of keeping track, we're currently at:
Three votes for Shepherd, named either "Peep" or "Moses" (Buge, Smiler, Doom). Arguably four votes depending on whether Niku moving a name counts as a vote for the class.
Two votes for an unnamed Tinker (Beat Bandit, Doom)
Two votes for Riger the Bard (LaserBeing, Lyrai)
One vote for Ranger (Classic)
One vote for Paladin (Lyrai)
One vote for Fighter (Friday)
One vote for Druid (Doom)
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Brentai on July 13, 2012, 06:17:01 PM
No seriously just do the Arcana thing.  That's in the NES version right?
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Friday on July 13, 2012, 06:17:30 PM
My post was a vote for Fighter. Not that it matters.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 13, 2012, 06:19:31 PM
Friday how could I have known that like six of the eight classes can sword people to death
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Friday on July 13, 2012, 06:32:26 PM
Not an 8-bit reader I see
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Bongo Bill on July 13, 2012, 07:31:48 PM
A Shepherd named Commander, I guess.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: McDohl on July 14, 2012, 05:29:12 AM
Seconding Bongo.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Disposable Ninja on July 14, 2012, 05:36:37 AM
Seconding McDohl
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Esperath on July 14, 2012, 06:07:45 AM
Shepherd named Wrex.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Beat Bandit on July 14, 2012, 06:08:34 AM
Now I'll be saying her name in Legion's voice for the whole thing.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 07:11:41 AM
There's a five-letter limit, so the closest I can get is CMNDR Shepherd or somesuch nonsense.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Esperath on July 14, 2012, 07:13:43 AM
Wrex.  DO EET
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Bongo Bill on July 14, 2012, 07:24:01 AM
Wrex would be a close second.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: BŁge on July 14, 2012, 07:37:43 AM
I changed my mind. The Shepherd will be named Book.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Classic on July 14, 2012, 10:11:02 AM
Come to think of it, early Ultima and Wizardry games had some bonkers sci-fi stuff going on in the late game and background didn't they? That might be too appropriate.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 10:54:15 AM
Mondain had an immortality relic, so the first Ultima game required you to find a time machine and go back to when he wasn't immortal and kill him. And Exodus, as aforementioned, was a rampant AI. So sci-fi fits.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: LaserBeing on July 14, 2012, 12:20:41 PM
Ultima 1 has a bit where you literally go up in a space shuttle to shoot down TIE fighters
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 12:36:39 PM
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Right. Let's get started.

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I know more Firefly jokes than Mass Effect jokes.

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Offscreen Gypsy: I can see into the future. I shall foretell your destiny.

And here we are, the personality test. You're asked a series of questions to determine which of the eight virtues appeals to you the most, and you're given that class. When I do this legit I end up with Mage, because I am bad at Werewolf. Since you all overwhelmingly voted for Shepherd, we're going to answer in ways that show us as the humblest person ever.

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...of gold, thou dost meet a poor beggar. Dost thou deliver the gold, knowing the trust in thee was well-placed, or show Compassion, giving the beggar a coin, knowing it shant be missed?

All of the questions are like this. Since we're determining virtues, you're asked to choose between two justifiably "right" answers. Since we're shooting for Humility, neither the Honesty or Compassion answers matter.

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...dragon in defense of thy life. A poor warrior claims the offered reward. Does thou Justly step forward to claim the bounty, or Humbly go about thy life, secure in thy self-esteem?

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Dost thou Valiantly refuse and attack the knight, or Sacrifice your food unto the hungry knight?

Our answer doesn't matter again, but man, fuck that knight guy.

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Now thou art on a quest in distant lands, and thy lover has asked thee to keep thy vow. Dost thou Honor thy promise to wed, or follow thy Spiritual crusade?

Doesn't matter.

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Be moderate always!

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I keep my vow to fight against evil!

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Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 12:47:19 PM
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Dude, Richard Garriott! I helped edit some video footage of you doing an interview and showing off your crazy mansion a couple years ago! Not that you know me, but I'd recognize you anywhere!

Maybe.

Richard Garriott Lord British: I welcome thee, Book, unto my fair kingdom!

Yeah, fair to middlin'.

Lord British: The ages of Darkness are no more, yet still doth Evil swell in the hearts of the people. I have long sought an adventurer who would master the Eight Virtues of Avatarhood and guide our people into a new age of enlightenment. Book, I know in my heart that thou shalt become this Avatar! Go forth now, and conquer the frontiers of the self!

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Visit the good King often!

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Then shalt the western moon guide thy way.

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...through deeds of merit.

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...nor open another's chest! Keep thy hands from temptation!

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...companions await thee!

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So I'm off, to wherever the outside of this castle is!

Things we learned:
- There are eight virtues: Compassion, Valor, Honor, Honesty, Justice, Sacrifice, Spirituality, and Humility. I have to exemplify them all in order to become the Avatar.
- "Deeds of merit" are required to develop the eight virtues. Basically, I have to actually act like a good guy to be a good guy.
- This includes not taking treasures from chests people own. Chests I am explicitly allowed to open are okay, as are chests in dungeons.
- I can recruit allies in cities.
- Things called Moon Gates are found depending on the phases of the moon. The two moons constantly shift through their phases. One moon determines where the gate appears, and the other determines where the gate goes. (Okay, we didn't learn all of that, but I don't think anyone actually explains it further and that's how they work.)
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 12:58:51 PM
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And I'm taken to a tiny island, maybe a peninsula, near a small ridge of mountains and a town. Maybe one of my allies awaits in this city!

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...or maybe the city's a total shithole.

Those gray patches are poison swamps. They hurt to step on and may cause poison status to slowly sap HP. I avoid them.

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In true old-RPG fashion, my commands are all out of a menu, rather than context-sensitive. I have to open a menu and hit "Talk" to talk to people, otherwise the game might assume I'm trying to search them or something, I dunno.

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Thanks, it's so nice to b-- heeeyyy!

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There's a balrog at the entrance and a skellington over here in the field. Yep, this town's gone totally to hell. Somewhat literally.

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Is this what thou seek... or do you desire the worship of thousands?

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...bs! AHAHAHAHAHA!! Ah ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Heh heh. Heh. Hmm.

*sigh*

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I doubt we shall have need for it!

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Some areas are darkened.

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But they're lighted when you enter (which in turn dims the outside). The trick sometimes is figuring out that you can do this in the first place.

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And Death exulted in our folly...

Oh. Well there you go.

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the mold started growin' on the food...

You are a skellington. You cannot eat food. It'd fall out.

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Island. We're stuck.

Things we learned:
- Magincia sucks.
- But has some treasure I'm free to take squirreled away somewhere.
- I need a boat or something.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 01:08:14 PM
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Even if you stand in one place...

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Random encounters! They count down on a timer rather than counting the number of steps you take, like Dragon Quest-derived systems.

See how far the enemies are from me to start? Any unit on the battlefield can either move one panel up/down/left/right or make an attack/cast a spell. If I had a sling or a bow, I could pelt the enemies with ammunition while they ran across that wide, wide expanse of grass to get to me.

Moving off the battlefield flees the fight, should that ever be an issue. (It's bad for Valor.)

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Drive closer! I want to hit him with this stick!

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yay.

After a couple rounds of same:
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Experience is doled out to whoever gets the kill. This is at times frustrating.

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Eventually -- 44 HP worth of "eventually" -- I win.

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And am whisked back to the world map. (I got into the encounter here, contrary to the prior world map screenshot. It didn't move me.)

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The enemy left a treasure chest behind! Since I killed the owners already, I'm free to loot it.

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"Search" command justified.

So I get into a couple more scrapes and wander around for a bit, when...
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Moon Gate! They appear near Magincia when the left moon is waning crescent.

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It's my only way off this godforsaken island, so in we go!

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And now we're somewhere else!

...on a different isolated island. ::(:

But with a new town to explore! Maybe this one's not so busted up! :glee:
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 01:36:22 PM
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Seems legit. That guy over there looks human!

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Near our gates appears the door of the moons!

No kidding, that's how I got here.

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Mondain... ohhh...

Wait, what? He's supposed to be dead!

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LIAR.

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Cure Poison removes poison status, Heal restores HP, and Resurrect brings an ally with 0 HP back to life.

Once you have a few more levels (and thus enough HP to survive the process aftermath), the healer will ask you to donate blood. This drains 100 HP but is good for Sacrifice.

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For now I just restore my HP.

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missing from Dungeon Hythloth! All the earth shall end!

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missing, as is the Stone.

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My good brother Ramsel set out towards that cursed eastern isle. Never to return, it seems...

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Oh, I guess it's legal here for medicinal pu--

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Oh.

These are spell reagents. Casting a spell takes some of them out of your inventory (Light spell takes an Ash, Wind spell takes a Garlic and a Moss, and so on). Since Shepherds aren't spellcasters, I don't care.

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beyond the reach of men or horses!

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Probably should have stayed here to heal up instead of going to the Healer, this is less expensive. They offer to save my game, too.

Finally, one last guy:
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I found an ally! Shamino the Ranger joins the party!

Things we learned:
- There's a place called Abyss, and I'm supposed to go there. It's east of Skara Brae.
- There is a stone of Spirituality. It is white. It should be in a dungeon called Hythloth, but isn't. Instead it's off in some mountains, in a hard-to-reach spot.
- There's also a rune of Spirituality. Wherever it should be, it isn't there either.
- Something Mondain something something Pirate's Pub
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 02:14:06 PM
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So here's a status screen for where we are now. Name lists the character's name and class. Level is experience level -- it goes up to 8, but no character starts at 1 (most start at 2, some at 3). EXP, HP, and MP all do what you'd expect.

STR is Strength. It determines damage in combat. DEX is Dexterity, and determines how many MP your character has (max MP level is DEX times  a multiplier depending on class - 2 for Mages, 1.5 for Druids, 1 for Bards/Paladins/Rangers, .5 for Tinkers, and 0 for Fighters and Shepherds). INT determines attack accuracy. Yes, it appears DEX and INT are backwards, but that's what they do.

SWD, BOW, and ARM are melee weapon, ranged weapon, and armor respectively. My shepherd currently has a staff and cloth armor, the ranger a sword and leather armor. Neither has a ranged weapon.

GP is gold pieces. Money can be exchanged for goods and services.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 03:33:24 PM
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Confident that the Moon Gates appear outside the city, Book and Shamino wait for the next one to open.

It's possible to sit on top of the town square and avoid random encounters, but we don't do that. We need the money.

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There it is!

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Another island, another town. There's a structure of some sort across the sea to the south, though.

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Valor is always welcomed here!

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He said his business is none of ours, and fell me with the flat of his sword!

Sephiroth?!

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I fear I have failed in my quest.

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You can mark down your prices a skosh so I can buy a bow. ::(:

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Since the Shepherd can't wear armor anyway, this is less of a letdown.

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You can pay whatever you like for your drink. Tipping is encouraged.

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We're a little beat up from random encounters, so we rest at the hotel.

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Full HP, we're right as rain.

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'Sup Jeff.

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Jeff joins the party!

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He's so butch.

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Also there is a door we cannot pass.


What we learned:
- Getting into the "island shrine" requires the Rune of Valor. There's apparently a rune for every virtue.
- The Stone of Valor is red. There's apparently a stone for every virtue, too, and they're all different colors.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 14, 2012, 04:22:44 PM
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Waiting for the next Moon Gate to open, we run into a new sort of enemy. These are magicians, and as such can cast spells at us from across the battlefield. We have to close the distance while being pelted with missile and fire spells.

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Yes, like that.

But the random encounters give me a little more cash to spend, so...
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I am then notified that, no, Shepherds cannot use bows. They are limited to the staff, the club, and the sling for weapons. And that's terrible.

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Ah well. Onward.

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...shit.

We wait for the next Moon Gate instead.

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Now we're somewhere new!

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Blast these doors, they confound my every step.

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We don't.

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Eight Cities of Virtue. Ours is beyond the river to the south!

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oath, even at thy own peril?
We answer yes, because duh.
Then thou must never steal from the townsfolk, nor of their treasures.
Duh.

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Soon we shall harvest what we have sown.

That's generally how agriculture works, yes.

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In the time of harvest, he often tells wonderful stories!

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Dark damn forest for the middle of a city.

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But deep inside, there are secrets. With the magic of savestates I get the tip without the poison.

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Spurned. I think you can only have as many allies as you have experience levels.

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Anyway, having found a landmass large enough to explore, we go hiking instead of waiting for the next Moon Gate.

What we learned:
- Tipping well at Jhelom's pub leads to a Sextant.
- Honor is made of Courage and Truth.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: LaserBeing on July 14, 2012, 09:32:06 PM
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Oh, I guess it's legal here for medicinal pu--

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Oh.

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Psst. These Britannian scumbags wouldn't know quality if it cut off their ears. I can hook you up with the good shit.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 15, 2012, 12:39:11 PM
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It's a schlep.

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But hey, a town.

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This isn't a town of _____ or a town where ____ is held sacred or anything? I guess there are more than eight towns on the world map, so there are some that aren't represented by virtues.

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in a hidden room in the great castle! Seek the Rune near the soldier's western chambers. Then enter the Gate of the Full Moons to find the shrine!

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Hey, this wall looks funny. (Look closely, there's literally one pixel amiss.)

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Secret passage!

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To nothing of interest!

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Canst thou see fit to help the other seven?

It's a beggar! If you talk to a beggar and give him some money -- just one gold will do -- it's good for Compassion. If you talk to a beggar and decline him alms, it's bad for Compassion. If you ignore them entirely, you'd think it'd be bad for Compassion but really nothing happens because there's no flag checked in that case.

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Seven years ago he ventured into Hythloth at the hidden gate behind Castle Britannia! And he has yet to return to me...

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but the sulfurous ash, ginseng, garlic, and fungus cost too much for a mage of my meager means.

The Reflect spell makes the caster immune to a couple of attacks. The fungus it calls for isn't sold in shops, so it's a pain to gather the reagents. Enemies love to cast it, though.

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Speaking of magic, we actually know a bunch of spells already -- everyone starts with the same spell recipes, regardless of class or magic ability. Missile, Fire, Ice, and Energy are attack spells. Cure, Heal, and Awaken are restorative.  Protect and Reflect are protective, and Dispel gets rid of them. Light allows you to see in dark dungeons (and the ash it costs is cheaper than a torch), View lets you look at the world/dungeon map depending on where you cast it, and Exit removes you from a dungeon. Finally, Wind makes the wind blow in a certain direction.

With a party of Shepherd and Fighter, we're kind of dumb when it comes to magic. Shamino will have to cast any spells for us when we need them.

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See also: confounded door.

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I can't tell if he's making a horse noise or protesting being in the care of the killer ranchhand over there.

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Well, we got some information. We're off again, to see what we can see.

What we've learned:
- The Castle of Truth and the Castle of Love (I have that DVD) hold the strongest weapons and armor.
- The Rune of Spirituality, missing from Skara Brae, is in the "great castle", in a hidden room.
- The Shrine of Spirituality can be reached by entering a Moon Gate when both moons are full.
- There's a hidden door to the dungeon Hythloth at the back of Castle Britannia.
- The recipe for Reflect: ash, ginseng, garlic, fungus.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 15, 2012, 02:52:15 PM
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Hey, a town and a castle!

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Castle first!

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Yessssss

See, Castle Britain is kind of your home base, for reasons I'll get into shortly. A modern game would probably start you here, but not this one! Back in my day you were expected to wander around aimlessly and write down clues until you figured out what you were supposed to do and where you were supposed to go! And that's just how we liked it! :crankykong:

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He who laughs last, laughs the loudest! Ho! Ho! Ho! Can I look yet? Is it over?

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...question mark? Or maybe this was a designers note -- "This is where the player learns about Cove" that was misapplied to dialog. We'll never know.

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Slowly but surely, thou shalt rise to Avatarhood!

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Someday we shall all fight together!

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At first, thou hast better not stray far from civilization!

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Evil trembles at thy coming.

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Why so hostile? Oh.

Travelers from across the realm often gather here to await the arrival of their companions.

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This guy acts as a healer, with the additional function of splitting members from your party if you want. We don't want to do that yet.

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odd-order intermodulation distortion in linear power stages!

Waaaaait a minute. This is a pretty great castle. And we're on the western side.

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We got a thing!

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determined by the eastern moon. The western moon's phase marks its spot!

Oh. So somebody does break it down for us.

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of men, a lasting peace can never come.

Puff.

Only the Avatar of Legend can save us!

So let's go talk to King Garriott.
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Dude, harsh. I'm the avatar here.

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Oh.

See, Shamino's been killing a lot of monsters, so he's the first one to earn a level-up. And yes -- once you get enough experience, you have to come talk to Lord British to get the level.

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You accidentally a word.

Anyway, you can ask him about each of the eight virtues. Here's what he tells us:
Without Humility, the practice of all other virtues is in vain. Walk among the ruins of Magincia, and learn.
Others seek to strengthen their arms or their minds, but the rangers of Skara Brae strive to perfect their souls.
The knights of Trinsic revere honor. All are worthy of thy deepest trust!
Minoc, to the northeast, is a city whose folk are strong in the virtue of Sacrifice. They have much to teach!
Deep in the northern forest, the druids uphold Justice with diligence.
Many of our bravest soldiers hail from Jhelom, where valor is celebrated!
The bards in the towne of Britain sing of Compassion.
Moonglow, a town on Verity Isle, holds Honesty sacred!


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The three Principles are Love, Truth, and Courage. Let's ask about them.

Love: Empath Abbey, far to the northwest, is a fortress open to all who seek understanding of Love's ways.
Courage: The flower of Britannia's knighthood live and train in the mighty Serpent's Hold, on an island to the south.
Truth: In the Lycaeum, north of Moonglow on Verity Isle, dwell scholars who seek lives in pursuit of truth.

And if you ask Lord B about health:
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We say no!

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HP/MP restored! (But we're still hungry.)

Anyway, we're almost done in Castle Britain.

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We swing by the prison, dangerously close to the throne room.

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One last stop.

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Hawkwind will tell you if you're closing in on potential avatarhood in each of the eight virtues. Talking to him is itself good for Spirituality.

He tells me I'm progressing well in all of the virtues except... Humility. :whoops:

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Loose brick?

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Yep.

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remotest entrance to the dungeon Hythloth!

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Truth, Love, and Courage!

a) Don't you mean eight dungeons? b) There's one altar room each for Truth, Love, and Courage.

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Blast!

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We'll just go this way, then.

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Wait, there's a secret passage in the back of a prison cell?

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When the Skull of Mondain is used in towne, it feels GOOD. Dost thou also enjoy the destruction of pitiful innocents?

We say no. It's good for Justice.

Thou art a wimp!

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Another other secret passage. It eventually leads, through needless stairways and more secrets, to:

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Once thou dost enter, thou canst not return whence thou came!

Presumably this is the secret entrance to Hythloth. But ahead is just another blocking door, so we can't check.

Things we learned:
- There is a hidden village called Cove. Heard of it.
- Some basic geography, and the names of the eight cities of virtue.
- The names of the castles of Truth, Love, and Courage.
- The remotest entrance to Hythloth has a lighter-than-air device nearby.
- All the dungeons are connected by the altar rooms of Truth, Love, and Courage.
- Mondain exists, but only as a skull. And using it is linked to the destruction of pitiful innocents.
- Once you enter Hythloth through the secret behind Castle Britain, you can't exit the same way.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 15, 2012, 03:07:09 PM
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Let's chiggity check out the nearby town.

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The moongate rises east of the great castle, before the bridge.

For once we did not arrive by moongate, so this is helpful information should we wish to leave by one.

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Yesssssssssssss

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pitiful little man, with bubonic plague. Oh! Did I say... I meant leprosy... Hast thou any gold for me?

We do, because Compassion.

Oh, thank ye! Now I can seek treatment for my terminal leg rot!

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The bard then sings for you, changing the background music until you leave the screen.

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Compassion -- 'tis yellow, 'tis said.

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the east, across two bridges!

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Search at the foot of the inn's stairs...

Um, okay.

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Refreshingly straightforward!

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Gotta catch 'em a--
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Long story short, he's the Bard ally, but like Dupre, we can't get him until we're stronger.

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We're done in Britain! Where do we go from here? Or do we just stand around and grind monsters for EXP and money while the healing is free? Tune in next time!

Things we learned:
- The stone of Compassion is yellow.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 15, 2012, 03:12:15 PM
Let's review what we've learned so far!

Virtues: Every virtue has an associated town, a shrine, a rune, and a stone. You have to have the rune to enter a virtue's shrine.
Here's what we know:
Compassion: Yellow, Britain
Valor: Red, Jhelom
Honor: Made of courage and truth, Trinsic.
Honesty:
Justice:
Sacrifice: Minoc
Spirituality: White, Skara Brae
Humility: Magincia

There are also castles: Empath Abbey (Love), Serpent's Hold (Courage), and Lycaeueauaueueuaeuaum (Truth).
- The Castle of Truth and the Castle of Love hold the strongest weapons and armor.

- The Shrine of Spirituality can be reached by entering a Moon Gate when both moons are full.

- There's a hidden door to the dungeon Hythloth at the back of Castle Britannia. Once you enter Hythloth there, you can't exit the same way.
- The remotest entrance to Hythloth has a lighter-than-air device nearby.
- The Stone of Spirituality should be in the dungeon Hythloth, but isn't. Instead it's off in some mountains, in a hard-to-reach spot.

- All the dungeons are connected by the altar rooms of Truth, Love, and Courage.

- Something Mondain something something Pirate's Pub
- Mondain exists, but only as a skull. And using it is linked to the destruction of pitiful innocents.

- Don't take treasures from chests people own. Chests I am explicitly allowed to open are okay, as are chests in dungeons.
- Things called Moon Gates are found depending on the phases of the moon. The two moons constantly shift through their phases. One moon determines where the gate appears, and the other determines where the gate goes.
- Magincia has some treasure I'm free to take squirreled away somewhere.
- There's a place called Abyss, and I'm supposed to go there. It's east of Skara Brae.
- Tipping well at Jhelom's pub leads to a Sextant.
- The recipe for Reflect: ash, ginseng, garlic, fungus.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: A≤ on July 15, 2012, 04:12:40 PM
I remember reading about this in Nintendo Power a few times. The idea that the game actually makes you not be the normal RPG hero kleptomaniac sociopath to get the rewards is neat to me, especially in an early NES game. Eagerly looking foward to this.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Pacobird on July 15, 2012, 04:35:51 PM
I love this game so much.

So, so much.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Bongo Bill on July 16, 2012, 01:31:35 AM
The conversation system alone makes this look significantly more playable than the PC version.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 04:23:40 AM
That is largely the reason why I'm playing this version! I'm told there's a free Flash version online for those who want to try the old-school way.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 06:34:36 AM
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Ah, wonderful. Book can now target enemies from anywhere on the battlefield, for about as much damage as the staff.

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Conveniently, that one battle is all I needed to level.

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Netting us another ally. Iolo starts with a sling, so he's useful for pinging enemies to death as they close in.

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We got some directions from Lord British about nearby towns. We're headed up to the northern forests to look for the druid-town.

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Which is a pain because once you're in a forest, you can't see a damn thing.

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That is not a town. That is a castle. Oh well, in we go.

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Ah.

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virtues, a great honor awaits above!

Those are clearly stairs leading downward sir.

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This room loops indefinitely if you aren't yet the avatar. And we're not.

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each dungeon altar room, one of the Three Keys will appear.

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My Lord Robert can tell thee more!

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Here love is held most sacred of all!

Actually that told me very little.

See also: door.  :rage:

What we learned:
- The Stones are used in the altar rooms of Truth, Love, and Courage to get Keys.
- We need to wear Exotic Armor to enter the Abyss.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 06:41:09 AM
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Hey, there it is.

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even though they are not to your liking, is Justice. Flamis can tell thee more.

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far to the north. Hast thou its Rune?

We do not.

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I'll have a cheeseburg--
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Another beggar, another dollar.

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Art thou guilty of any offense?

We are not.

Thou dost seem honest to me. Speak with the penitent Vorpal, that he may enlighten thee.

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I assume that's Vorpal, locked up in a cell where I can't talk to him.

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I am compiling the definitive book on magic. 69,105 pages, and not finished yet!

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to say to thee but... I don't remember!

...

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Vorpal is the man, not a place. But yes, he is.

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Druid ally, need to level up to recruit her, etc.

What we learned:
- Vorpal the penitent prisoner knows about the Rune of Justice.

Man, this was actually kind of useless. FUCK YEW.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 06:55:09 AM
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The problem with my party setup is that Shamino and Jeff both have melee weapons, but as Book is the party leader, she's always on the front lines. Jeff has to take three or four turns just walking around her to get to the enemies, and by that time I've pelted them with enough sling bullets and stabbed them with Shamino's sword enough that he has no one left to fight.

Besides, having more people in the party just makes more enemies appear -- which doesn't always translate to a bigger reward in EXP or gold.

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I mean really I only got him for the free sling. He gives that to Shamino and buggers off.

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So just the two of us head off on another hike. We're on the biggest continent on the world map, it turns out, so we have more to explore.

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It's a long walk, but we find another town.

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thou must know.

We did, in fact.

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Why, 'tis care for others before oneself. Seek the rune, and travel to the shrine in the east!

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Being a town occupied by tinkers, smiths, and sick people, the first two of those mean Minoc has some nice equipment for sale. Not that we buy any.

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A very, very busy smith!

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Dost thou have the courage to love others less fortunate than thyself? Show thy commitment!

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There's a clinic full of beggars. This one just asks for money and thanks you.

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This one tells you:

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And this one...
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Tells you:
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To level a city, to slay all within! Such power I can scarcely hope to claim!

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And if I recruit you at all, it'll be at level 8.

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Anyway. There's only one fireplace around...
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Which is basically a bunch of damage-floor panels.

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Ow.

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Ow.

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Ow.

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Yay. You see how we had to sacrifice a bunch of HP to get it? Do ho ho!

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Yeah, let's sleep off these major burns.

What we've learned:
- Sacrifice is made of love and courage.
- Zircon the busy, busy smith awaits a scale.
- The Skull of Mondain has the power to level entire cities.
- The Stone of Sacrifice is orange.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 07:09:47 AM
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One little swamp tile, off by itself? Suspicious.

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:shrug:

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Another hike, another dozen random encounters, and we find another town.

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Looking around a bit more does in fact indicate that we've reached the end of the continent. Except for a few shrines (which we can't enter, lacking the runes) and poison swamps and stuff on the way, we've pretty much been from one end of the world to the other.

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wilt thou swear to use it justly?

Better. I swear to not use it at all, because I can't cast magic in the first place.

Pearl and Fungus make the magic Destroy!

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Got a bad razsch, huh? (Remember, Fungus isn't sold in reagent shops.)

He takes a liking to good tippers!

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Not everyone has something useful to say. But talking to everyone in the game is how you develop Humility, so I do.

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Verity being where Moonglow is.

There dwells a devil there, so beware!

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The crossbow here is one of the more powerful ranged weapons, for those who can use such a thing. Shepherds (and mages) cannot; Bards, Paladins, Mages, Druids, and Rangers have better options. So I guess it's a good option for Fighters and Tinkers, except they can both throw magic axes. Never mind, Crossbow isn't so great!

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Torches, which I'll have to buy sooner or later because I can't cast Light... Gems, which I'll have to buy sooner or later because I can't cast View... molotov cocktails... and...

...and..

A KEY.

A KEY THAT OPENS DOORS.

A key that is slightly more expensive than I can afford.

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And I'm too nice a guy to steal this treasure when there are monsters outside I can murder for their pocket change.

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I'll get you yet, door.

Fight fight fight fight fight

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in the village of Paws...

...


...



...



...WORTH IT.


Things we've learned:
- Tip well at Trinsic to learn about Fungus.
- The recipe for Destroy: Pearl and Fungus.
- The Scale, probably the one that Zircon seeks, is in the mountains somewhere.
- The Rune of Humility is in Paws, in a moor behind a meadow.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Beat Bandit on July 16, 2012, 09:29:45 AM
One in Vorpal.

One in some Moor behind a meadow.

Kids, if you see a rune laying on the ground, leave it there. There is a very high chance it has been smuggled in a butt at some point.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 10:11:43 AM
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Back to Yew!

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Fuck you, door!

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I now reflect upon Justice and its rune, which is within this jail.

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Fuck you, door!

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Just a beggar? Take a gold and get out of here!

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Fuck you, door!

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moss of blood, and Manroot, Drains most life from every creature! 'tis the Squish spell, don't ye know.

To Empath Abbey!
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Fuck you, door!

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from love are Compassion, Justice, Sacrifice, and Spirituality. Use only these stones in the Altar Room of Love!

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When the Three combine in Eight ways, Love alone is Compassion!

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When the Three build the eight, Truth tempered by Love becomes Justice. Justice is the Love of Truth. Is it not beautiful?

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What I practice is not a religion, but a way to strengthen my own inner self through the understanding of Love, Truth, and Courage.

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When Love lends Courage to face even death for another's sake, Sacrifice is shown!

We swing by Britain:
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I'm still progressing in all my virtues, including Honor...

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Go forth and seek the blessing of its shrine!

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Level 4!

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To keep any given guy from getting overleveled, I drop Shamino for Iolo. It's his sling, after all.

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Fuck you, door!

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Courage, and speak with all named Antos!

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Now that I'm level 4, I'm able to give blood at the healer's. Doing so costs you 100 HP but is good for Sacrifice. Doing so in Britain lets you grind up Sacrifice by giving blood at the healer, then going to see Lord British to restore your HP for free.

To Paws!
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Fuck you, door!

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A man in black passed in the night, murmuring of tremors and searching for blood moss...

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To Trinsic!
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Fuck you, door!

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Blast.

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Let's give this dude 100 gold for a glass of ale!

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Tell him I sent thee!

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Fuck you, door!

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dungeon Shame, near the mountain lake. I am told of an altar of courage and truth...

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Fuck you, door!

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Turns out it was just a backdoor out of town.

Wait... is that...

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A ship? Yes! These also appear once you hit level 4.

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Turns out it's a pirate ship.

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But once we defeat the pirates, it's our ship!

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IIIIIII'm sailiiiiing aaaaa wayyyyyyy...

What we've learned:
- Recipe for Squish: Ash, Silkweb, Moss, Manroot
- Recipe for Tremor: Moss and some other stuff.
- Use the stones of Compassion, Justice, Sacrifice, and Spirituality in the Altar Room of Love.
- Love alone is Compassion, Love with Courage is Sacrifice, Love with Truth is Justice, and all three combined is Spirituality.
- Honor is made of Courage and Truth.
- The pubmaster in Trinsic tells us to talk to Brazil in Moonglow to learn about Fungus.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 10:29:41 AM
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There are different random encounters at sea. These are a pain, because all monsters have ranged attacks or spells, and after the battle, there's no treasure chest for a monetary reward.

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To Jhelom!

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Let's give this guy 100 gold for a mug of ale!

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Say SELECT in the Vesper guild!

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Fuck you, door!

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To find the key of Courage, the Red Stone is necessary.

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Indoor poison swamp. ::(:

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of Courage can be found. It connects to the dungeons Covetous, Shame, and Hythloth.

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"I have found the Rune, but I cannot leave this room. In my stead, canst thou take the Rune and venture into the Shrine?"

We agree to.

The Rune is in the corner of this very room.

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Then he vanishes! Scary!

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On a different island, we find another castle. Maybe our princess is inside!

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There's a standard beggar outside, so -1 gold, +something Compassion.

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and find the Dungeon Shame. Therein the stone of Honor lies. Take it, in thy name!

Yeah, bust a few mad rhymes, random nurse!

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Blue, green, purple, white... the stones dwell in my dreams... This is 'truth' -- why here?

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We hold Courage dear, as do the cities of Jhelom, Minoc, Trinsic, and Skara Brae.

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I have heard that thou shalt need the Bell of Courage, so search beneath the waves of the shoal just north of this castle!

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new wellsprings of Courage within thee? This is what we need in these times!

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must be used on the Altar of Courage! All else shall fail thee!

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There's nothing in the closet you're guarding, but still: Fuck you, door!

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Deadly fungus, black pearl, and Manroot. Thy enemies shalt turn against one against the other at thy command!

What we've learned:
- Valor is Red, and is made of Courage.
- The virtues made of Courage are red, orange, purple, and white. Use those in the Altar Room of Courage.
- The virtues made of Truth are colored blue, green, purple, and white. By process of elimination, we use those in the Altar Room of Truth!
- The virtues of Courage are associated with the cities of Jhelom, Minoc, Trinsic, and Skara Brae -- so Valor, Sacrifice, Honor, and Spirituality.
- The Bell of Truth is found by searching a shoal.
- The recipe for Jinx is fungus, pearl, and manroot.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 10:46:39 AM
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Our journey takes us back to the shithole where we started -- Magincia.

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That strip along the left side of the river, beyond the poison swamp? Walkable.

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Pride and vanity ruled here... and behold our fall! And thee? Dost thou seek to cleanse thy heart of pride?

Trick question. If you say yes, then you have pride in your heart, and are a sinner. If you say no, it's not because you're too proud to improve yourself, but because you've already cleansed. So good for you.

I bid thee fortune of the soul, friend.

If I were any other class -- and I'm starting to wish I were, since combat is getting really tedious at this point -- Katarina would offer to join now.

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I bid the FUCK YOU, DOOR.

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The Robe is Shepherd-only armor, and second only to the Exotic Armor only the Avatar can wear. Yes, it's better than enchanted platemail.

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I equip that shit.

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Hey, a shoal.

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New town!

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A great quest shall lead thee into the Abyss, where the Codex awaits!

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Seek first the rune, then the Blue Stone of Honesty which lies in the dungeon Deceit!

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I thought your name was Brazil.

Oh, all right! Ye forced it from me! Search 149, 46 on the night of the twin new moons!

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Um... no?

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The gate appears when the left moon wanes...

We barely use Moon Gates anymore now that we have a ship. :shrug:

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Dost thou strive always to be honest? That is good.

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the untruths thou dost tell. Art thou content with anything less than the unblemished truth? Honesty is derived only from Truth.

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And I am so weary of this place! Art thou on a noble quest? Might I accompany thee?

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Having recruited Mariah, we take three steps south...

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The magic of Sleep is made from Ginseng and Silkweb!

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leading magic book service.

There's a lengthy ingame explanation, but basically this is where we take all those recipes we've learned and convert them into spells on our spell list.

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So we scribe Reflect, Destroy, Squish, Jinx, and Sleep.

What we've learned:
- The Codex is inside the Abyss.
- The Stone of Honesty is Blue.
- Honesty is made of only Truth.
- Fungus can be found at 149, 46... whatever the hell that means.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 11:03:33 AM
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A little north of Moonglow, a castle!

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Love, and Courage, but only by use of the proper stones of Virtue!

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Only a master of the Eight Virtues may claim it!

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My magic is strong enough to raise the dead! Life, thou Knowest is given only unto the highest of wizards. And it requires garlic, moss, fungus, and... hmph, well... And Marina of Empath Abbey will tell thee its final ingredient! I'm quite busy right now, no time for chitchat!

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Its principles are Truth and Courage!

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than by giving of thy life's blood.

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Search for the Book of Truth where others are found!

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Four there are: Honesty, Justice, Honor, and Spirituality.

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My lady Beth can tell thee more!

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of one or more of the Three Principles of Truth, Love, and Courage! The Avatar must know the ways!

Way to tell us this well after we'd already worked that out, chief.

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This is the same world map you get by using the View spell outdoors (takes Fungus and Manroot, fuck that noise) or by using a Gem (available for sale at guilds). The brightly glowing spots are dungeons! The smaller glowing spots are towns. Castle Britain gets a bright spot, since it's an entrance to Hythloth.

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Fuck you, door!

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a book by Calumny of Yew. Sadly, the page on which its location appeared had been torn.

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Sulfurous ash, garlic, black pearl, and precious Manroot!

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Looks like a place where books are kept to me.

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In any spiritual crusade it's important to eventually find yourself. (Nah, it's the Book of Truth.)

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We push the select button on the controller!

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You can get where you are if you use it. That'll be 900 GP. Okay?

It is, even though your description makes no sense!

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What he meant was that using the Sextant gives you the coordinates for where you are on the world map. When Basil/Brazil told us Fungus was at 149, 46, that's latitude and longitude! I'll keep that in mind in case I ever want some. :shrug:

What we've learned:
- Recipe for Life: Garlic, Moss, Fungus, _____. Someone in Empath Abbey will give me the last ingredient.
- Recipe for Negate: Ash, Garlic, Pearl, Manroot.
- Calumny in Yew can tell me where to find Manroot.
- Truth is part of Honesty, Justice, Honor, and Spirituality.
- Humility is made of... well, none of the three Principles.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 11:12:14 AM
We've been to almost every settled area on the world map, so let's review what we've learned again!

Virtues: Every virtue has an associated town, a shrine, a rune, and a stone. You have to have the rune to enter a virtue's shrine. The stones are hidden in dungeons named after the antithesis of the virtue the stone stands for (Shame, Deceit, and so on). The exception is the White stone, which is up in the mountains somewhere instead of in Hythloth.

A little deduction, process of elimination, and basic color theory fill us in on the things we haven't been explicitly told:
Compassion: Yellow, made of Love, Britain
Valor: Red, made of Courage, Jhelom
Honesty: Blue, made of Truth, Moonglow.
Honor: Purple, made of Courage and Truth, Trinsic.
Justice: Green, made of Love and Truth, Yew
Sacrifice: Orange, made of Courage and Love, Minoc
Spirituality: White, made of Courage and Truth and Love, Skara Brae
Humility: made of no principles, Magincia

- Lycaneum holds the Sword of Paradise; Empath Abbey the Exotic Armor. Both are usable only by the Avatar.

- The Shrine of Spirituality can be reached by entering a Moon Gate when both moons are full.

- There's a hidden door to the dungeon Hythloth at the back of Castle Britannia. Once you enter Hythloth there, you can't exit the same way.
- The remotest entrance to Hythloth has a lighter-than-air device nearby.
- All the dungeons are connected by the altar rooms of Truth, Love, and Courage. Placing the proper stones in these altar rooms gives you capital-K Keys.
- The Altar of Love demands the stones of Compassion, Justice, Sacrifice, and Spirituality (yellow, green, orange, and white).
- The Altar of Truth demands the stones of Honesty, Honor, Justice, and Spirituality (blue, purple, green, white).
- The Altar of Courage demands the stones of Valor, Honor, Sacrifice, and Spirituality (red, purple, orange, white).

- Something Mondain something something Pirate's Pub
- The Skull of Mondain can level a city and kill everyone inside.

- Don't take treasures from chests people own. Chests I am explicitly allowed to open are okay, as are chests in dungeons.
- Things called Moon Gates are found depending on the phases of the moon. The two moons constantly shift through their phases. One moon determines where the gate appears, and the other determines where the gate goes.

- Zircon the smith in Minoc wants a Scale. Said Scale is in the mountains.

- There's a place called Abyss, and I'm supposed to go there. It's east of Skara Brae.
- I need the Exotic Armor to enter the Abyss.
- The Codex is inside.

- Calumney in Yew can tell me where to find Manroot.
- Fungus is found at latitude/longitude 149, 46.

- Recipe for the Life spell is Garlic, Moss, Fungus, and a mystery ingredient given to me by someone at Empath Abbey.
- Recipe for Negate is Ash, Garlic, Pearl, Manroot.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: A≤ on July 16, 2012, 12:22:54 PM
At first I thought you were moving at a fast clip, collecting the runes, but given there's four seperate things for each virtue, this is average for U4?
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 01:56:43 PM
All the Runes do is allow me access to that Virtue's shrine. While collecting them, I'm also building up my virtues until I'm worthy of Avatarhood in them. Winning battles nets me Valor, giving to beggars nets me Compassion, talking to Hawkwind gets me Spirituality and talking to everyone else nets me Humility, and so on. Once I'm worthy of Avatarhood I'll start hitting up shrines.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 04:12:28 PM
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We drop Iolo off back at the Hostel, leaving Book and Mariah in the party. Mariah, naturally, has the much-passed-along and much-loved sling now.

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Manroot, eh? Let me consult my book... Ah, near Minoc, at latitude 54, longitude 182, there is a swamp of poison. Search there on the darkest of nights!

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Level 3, yo.

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Fuck you, door to Hythloth!

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It is dark, something something grue.

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We can see! Yes, we're on level 8. The backdoor to Hythloth leads to a central column that takes you straight to the bottom floor. But we don't have any reason to explore the Altar rooms yet, so...

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As the "furthest" exit from Hythloth is surrounded by mountains, this is the only way to access it.

We ignore the device to the west and head back inside, finding a crystal ball around the first corner.

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Mariah is canonically female, but the game doesn't distinguish. Anyway, touching this ball costs you 700 HP (only level 8 characters can survive) but gives you +5 STR, +5 DEX, and +5 INT.

Clearly the thing to do is have my main touch it also.
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Yep.

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Rise now and fight again, and be more cautious in the future!

The penalty for dying is to be teleported back to Castle Britain. Whatever your money total was, it's set to the starting allowance of 400 gp. Since we had less than that after blowing all our cash on a Sextant, we got a free stat boost and a little bit of money from the ordeal.

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So I do the logical thing and grab Shamino and Jeff.

And repeat the process.

Two or three times.

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Everyone but Iolo's stats raised, I drop Shamino and Jeff back off and leave with Mariah again.

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This time we Exit Hythloth and head for the lighter-than-air device.

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It's a balloon!

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A balloon that drifts wherever it likes! Seriously, you have very little control over where the Balloon goes. It can only land in flat grasslands, and left to its own devices you might eventually drift over one.

The closest thing you can do to control the Balloon is cast the Wind spell, and choose which direction the wind will blow from. So if you want to go north, you need to choose that the wind blows in from the south. Then you hope you drift to where you're going before the wind, quite at random, changes on you.

It's as if someone looked at the Final Fantasy airship and said "This is good and all, but how can we make it really obnoxious?"

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Well, that's interesting.

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Eventually we land near Moonglow, allowing me to buy some Moss and Garlic so Mariah can cast Wind.

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Every reagent seller in the world is blind, so every time you buy ingredients you can choose to rip him off to save money, or pay/overpay to increase your Honor and, I think, Justice.

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We swing by Spells Unlimited to scribe Negate, too.

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Back adrift, we happen to float by a cave. With adequate control over the wind, we land nearby to explore it.

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It is the dungeon Despise, where the Stone of Compassion is hidden!

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It is full of monsters, both in random encounters and scripted rooms!

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Including some we've never seen before. A Gazer, the beholder ripoff there to the far left, can put my party to sleep with its ranged attacks. They're quite dangerous, as people can stay asleep for several turns even with monsters pounding on them.

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Like that.

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These guys are pushovers, though, weaker than the skellingtons in the overworld.

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But the exit is not to the south, as advertised.

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Secret passage!

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Full of treasure!

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Treasure chests only give you the usual random amount between 1 and 99, so any appealing treasure horde has multiple chests to loot. This one has almost a dozen.

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Secret passage in the other direction!

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On to another trove...

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Eventually our Light spell goes out.

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Three doors. (The middle door is the right one, as the ones on the sides just lead to the middle room.)

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After the fight, we're free to roam...

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Secret passage inside a wall. Dick move.

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Needless to say, giving alms to this guy is important to getting the Stone. It still doesn't have to be more than one gold.

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One stone down. Having taken it there's the stairs in the corner to get right out.

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So out we go.

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What we've learned:
- Manroot can be found in that suspicious swamp, but only during two new moons.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Bongo Bill on July 16, 2012, 04:33:07 PM
A mixture of first- and third-person dungeons? That's odd.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 04:44:21 PM
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Hey, tiny cave in the mountains only accessible by balloon!

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doth evil still stalk the land?

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Indeed the white stone is before the Ankh of this very cave. Open the box, and take up the stone!

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When thou dost look upon the Codex, thou shalt know all. Thsi journey is thy destiny. Go, and seek the ultimate knowledge!

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entrace ringed by the sea of fire! Only the one who hath mastered the Eight Virtues may enter.

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We drift away from the cave, around the globe for around ten minutes, and eventually end up near another little town ringed by mountains.

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Ask the blissful sea horse!

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Meditate in the shrines of Honesty, then Compassion, and last Valor, if thou art truly foolish enough to knock at the gate of the Abyss!

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I am Mentallion, Master of the Gates! Know now that sulfur ash, black pearl, and Manroot are necessary for the Gate spell.

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Love, Courage, and Truth -- all are joined in the White Stone of Spirituality.

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Hast thou considered this?

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Thou must have recovered the Blue Stone from Deceit!

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next to the Ankh, before some luckless soul stumbles through it!

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'tis the only Virtue which exists apart from Truth, Love, or Courage.

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world's troubles are small.

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second floor of the village shrine! Fear not to open the chest.

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All knowledge rests within the codex of Ultimate Wisdom. The stones open the way!

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Oops, we stumbled through the hole in the wall.

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What we've learned:
- The end goal of our quest is to retrieve the Codex out of the Abyss.
- All eight stones are needed in the Abyss.
- Only the Avatar can enter the Abyss -- alone.
- Recipe for Gate: Ash, Pearl, Manroot
- The Black stone is for Humility.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 05:09:28 PM
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Another new place!

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And I learned in a place far away to live without Virtue. Happily, I might add!

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East of Serpent's Hold, in the midst of three volcanoes. Ye don't want it. Now go away!

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And for overtipping at the pub:
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We already found Cove via Balloon, so we don't need to sail around for hours looking for a whirlpool that moves around the map at random to take us there.

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Search the island north of Magincia.

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Wands for sale here. They're great ranged and melee weapons, but only Druids and Mages can use them. Also they're expensive as all get-out.

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Meh.

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The password is 'SELECT'!

Well, that's a lot more convenient that waiting around for the new moon in a poison swamp.

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Search the Altar of the Spirit...

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Yep, he sells the stuff. I don't buy any, because it's 20 gp each and I'm saving up for a Wand for Mariah.

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You know what Cove and Buccaneer's Den don't have? Hotels or healers! So all that damage we took in Despise adds up, and the damage tile outside the Buccaneer's Den reagent seller was enough to drop Mariah to 0 HP. Without a caster in the party, I'm left to drift on the breeze, unable to control where I go.

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I drift by Skara Brae, but not close enough to land.

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Eventually -- after nearly fifteen minutes of watching scrubland and mountains and oceans and poison swamps go by under the balloon, I land a short hike away from Castle Britain. There's a healer in Britain town, so I drop by to resurrect Mariah. (Lord British will heal to you max HP if you're wounded, but can't bring back the dead unless there's a total party wipe.)

We've learned:
- The Skull of Mondain is between three volcanoes east of Serpent's Hold.
- The Silver Horn is north of Magincia.
- Being stuck in a balloon without anyone who can cast Wind is very boring.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 16, 2012, 05:12:47 PM
Dungeons are first-person affairs while you wander the hallways. Certain rooms use the usual battle engine, and once the battle is won, the town/map engine to look around for e.g. secret passage switches. Once you leave that screen, you're back in first-person view for the dungeon corridor again.

I'll go into more detail as I explore the other dungeons in the game.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 17, 2012, 07:01:13 PM
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We start today's adventure by dropping our balloon off near Britain and hopping a ship. (And by "hopping a ship" I flippantly refer to murdering a crew of pirates and sailing off while Mariah mops the blood up off the deck.)

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Because as much of a pain as sea travel is I'd still rather do it than walk through that poison swamp to get to this valley.

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Which in turn leads to this little building tucked away.

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Enter in peace, friend!

It's a shrine! I haven't been keeping track of the tips on where the shrines are, because I've seen most of them from my balloon anyway. The guard will tell you which shrine it is, and open the gate for you if you have the associated rune.

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Speak now unto the Ankh!

This old guy says the same thing in every shrine (swapping out virtues as appropriate) so I'm going to skip him from now on.

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I assume they mean cycles of the moon, as a measure of time. :shrug:

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One down, seven to go. Hawkwind tells you when you're worthy of partial avatarhood, and thus worthy of this step. If you're not and you meditate anyway, you get tips regarding the associated virtue.

In this case:
Allow that which is not evil to flee thy wrath.
Give freely of thy wealth to those less fortunate.
Light the Candle of Love at the gates of the Abyss!


We swing by Minoc.
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For thee I shall fashion the Axe of Legend, for I have witnessed thy coming in my dreams!

Dude I don't wanna know who you have dreams about coming.

If you return too soon:
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Be patient, worthy Seeker.

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Time to grab another ship.

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Sail around the cape to another shrine.

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awhhhuuuuuuuut?!

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Hot diggity damn, he's right! Nobody told me where it is, so I never picked it up!

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Fine, we'll go to this shrine instead.

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Same deal. Talk to the Ankh, choose to meditate, and...

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The clues you get about Valor are:
Flee not from strife with that which is evil!
To flee uninjured from a just battle is cowardice!
Ring the Bell of Courage at the gates of the Abyss!


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Jhelom is right there.

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Yeah, yeah.

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earth split asunder and from his sash hung a sprig of that poison the mages call Manroot!

I just missed the relevant information the first time I came through.

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While we're at it: three volcanoes.

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You now prosess Mondain's Skull.

The Skull of Mondain can be used as an item. In battle, it destroys all enemies. In a town, it kills everyone. I think Lord British himself is the only person immune, probably Hawkwind too. Pretty sure everyone else just vanishes. Using the Skull for either purpose completely wrecks all your virtues.

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I have never noticed this secret wall before.

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moongate when the sky is dark!

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even devils must flee it!

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Gotta sail again.

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'Cause balloons can't land on this island.

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While we're sorta-kinda in the area...

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We've been warned that approaching the shrine in this area gets you attacked by devils -- and it's true, every step on this screen results in a random encounter, usually with demons and balrogs and liches and mages and stuff.

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But as we also learned, blowing the Silver Horn prevents that from happening.

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I tried to get the screencap while all four lines of "Thou hast achieved partial Avatarhood in the virtue of _____!" were on screen at the same time, but clearly my timing was a hair off.

Take no pride in thy deeds, for pride serves only the self.
Wield never the power of Evil, for it shall destroy thee.
The black stone doth appear on the night of the new moons. Search beneath the moongates!


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Gotta blow the horn on your way out, too.

Anyway, three down, five to go. I'm worthy of Avatarhood in Honor but can't get into the shrine without the rune. I'm progressing well in Honesty, Justice, Sacrifice, and Spirituality, but I'm not worthy of Avatarhood in them yet.

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It calls for a reagent that's expensive or hard to procure, so I've never cast it. But I think Gate just takes you to whatever place a moongate would take you depending on the phase of the moon that determines where moongates go.

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Welp, it's two new moons, so we jump into the gate.

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It takes us right back here. (Yew has a gate that does the same thing, putting you back where you entered it.)

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But Yew's gate doesn't have an important thing at that spot.

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Maybe if I were playing a character who could use a bow or something I could kill enough enemies that I wouldn't get outclassed by my assistant. :whoops:

What we've learned:
- The Candle of Love and Bell of Truth are used at the gates of the Abyss.
- The second ingredient for the Tremor spell is Manroot.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 17, 2012, 07:37:43 PM
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Well, these dungeons ain't gonna loot themselves.

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Again, the back entrance to Hythloth -- and now that I think about it, the only entrance, since you can't get to the other one without a balloon, and leaving that was is the only way to get the balloon in the first place -- takes you straight down to level 8, the bottommost level of any dungeon. And every dungeon is connected by altar rooms on level 8, so...

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All of the dungeons based on virtues derived from Truth connect here -- so Spirituality (Hythloth), Honor (Shame), Honesty (Deceit), and Justice (Wrong).

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So it's a good shortcut to save yourself a lot of map-exploring and dungeon-crawling.

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Of course, the bottommost levels also have the strongest monsters. A Xorn, a Treant, and three Ettins aren't even the worst of it.

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And secret switches in damage zones are not rare.

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But Wrong is a good place to start, since the stone room is on level 8 too. This is not always the case!

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the course of thy travels?

Well, yeah.

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I'm assuming your script wasn't quite programmed right, buddy, prompting you to say the "Expel from dungeon" lines before your "You get a thing" line.

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The wall vanishes.

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Everybody must get stones!

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We trek back to the Altar of Truth.

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And shortcut into Deceit.

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There are some tougher battles here, including one that has three Gazers and a Balrog that I didn't screencap for some damn reason. I make it to the stone room nonetheless.

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Now here's the trick. No matter what the NPC in these rooms says, no matter how obvious the "right" answer is, their questions are always basically "Do you want this stone?". The answer is always yes. If you ever say no, they kick you out of the dungeon.

I guess in this case I'm being honest enough with myself to admit that no one is ever perfectly honest.

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We can't take another round of fighting to get back to Hythloth, so we Exit from Deceit and end up at the normal entrance. Thankfully a ship is along shortly so we can sail back to Britain, heal up, and go back into Hythloth.

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Just one more for Truth...

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Shame is laid out oddly. The stone is on level 2, but if you enter from the world map entrance, you have to go all the way down a ladder shaft like in Hythloth to get to level 7, fight a mandatory battle, climb back up a different shaft, and know there's a secret door to access the rest of the dungeon on level 4 before you accidentally climb back out and leave from level 1. Or you can start from Hythloth and fight your way up to level 2, passing this secret trove on level 6 on the way. There are 22 chests here giving the usual 1-99 gold, so you average about a thousand gold for making this detour.

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And as you climb, the scripted fights get easier.

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along the path of honor, for so long as thou shalt draw breath?

Obvious yes.

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This time I take the stairs out, reenter the dungeon from the entrance, drop to level 7, fight, up to 4, into the dungeon proper, and descend from there to reaccess the Altar room. Why?

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Because the treasure room resets when you leave the dungeon.

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Anyway, this is the first scripted fight you get into coming from Hythloth, and the last fight you have to do before you leave. Dragons and Hydras are some of the toughest monsters in the game. When I came in, they all ganged up on Mariah, and she had to go through all of this mess with her HP cut by half from getting so beat up in the very first fight.

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Anyway, I make it back to the Altar of Truth, mage intact.

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There are four holes to put stones into. Do you want to put this stone here?

Yeah, we worked out what to do here already. The stones for the virtues derived from Truth are blue, purple, green, and white. You know, the ones I just got from the adjoining dungeons. Mostly. :derp:

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Aw yeah. Now, uh... what do I do with this thing? Everyone's told me I need it, and how to get it, but not what it's for!

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Since there's no other way out of this valley, and no way to get from Hythloth to Castle Britain, the balloon is always here waiting for you whenever you exit to keep you from getting stuck.

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We happen to drift by Empath Abbey first, which is okay since there's a Healer there and we're awfully beat up. (Inns cost 20 gold and restore +100 HP to everyone in your party. Healers are 70 gold and completely restore one character. Lord British, of course, will completely heal you for free.)

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While we're here, we'll follow up on a lead.

Or would, if she actually told us the last ingredient for the Life spell. Wait a minute... her last name is Mandracha! Dracha sounds like "drache", the German word for Dragon. Dragons collect hoards of gold. Gold... old... cold! It's always cold underground. Roots grow in the ground... Manroot! It's so obvious!

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Having swung by Skara Brae to restore some reagents (and by overpaying the blind reagent seller, pumping my Honesty a little), it's back to Britain.

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You know the drill.

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Hythloth being the dungeon of Spirituality, and Spirituality being derived from Truth, Love, and Courage, Hythloth connects to all three altar rooms.

So we head from the Altar of Love into Covetous, and shortly...

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blood from a dying companion?

...yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyes?

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:shrug:

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Now. Sacrifice is derived from Love and Courage, so the bottom level of Covetous connects to both of those Altar Rooms. And since I'm only missing one more stone -- having collected White and Black elsewhere, picking up Yellow earlier, and having grabbed the Green, Blue, and Purple ones from the Alter of Truth -- I head down and out the exit leading to...

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And from there...
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To the bottom of Destard, the dungeon of Valor.

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No sweat.

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............................y... yes?

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:shrug:

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Welp. You know the drill. Red, purple, orange, and white stones go here.

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Yellow, green, orange, and white.

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Oh, yeah.
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Using a Gem or casting the View spell will give you a map of your current dungeon level. This is Hythloth level 8. All of it. See, the edges of the map wrap around, so it's possible on some levels to walk straight in one direction and come back to the ladder you just entered the level from. The Chalices, in this case, are Altar Rooms, but stone rooms use the same icon. Hollow boxes are scripted encounters. Arrows are ladders -- this being the bottom, none point down from here. Secret doors are (blessedly) marked on this map, so that's one reason to buy a lot of Gems to bring with you on any crawl.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 17, 2012, 07:57:25 PM
Back to Britain town.

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Talk to this guy in town. (Sacrifice+)

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Talk to this guy in the castle, and say no. (Justice+)

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Talk to this guy in the castle, and ask about some of the virtues I need to build. (Spirituality+)

Go heal by talking to Lord British. Repeat a couple times.

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The harvest time is nigh!

I guess that's the only clue you're going to get that there's something here to pick up.

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You don't even have to wait for the harvest to come in. You can start as the Paladin so this is your starting town, walk straight to this field, and pick up the Rune. And I'd have grabbed it on my first visit except I said I'd play the game straight.

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...Sacrifice. More bad timing.

It is most noble to give if it doth costs thee thy last coin.
To flee and leave thy friends to fight is wicked.
Give of thy very life's blood, so that others may live.


Between meditations, you must take a specific number of steps on the world map before you're ready to meditate again. Thankfully, riding in the balloon counts -- and since the balloon never takes you directly to where you want to go, it's a pretty safe bet you're well-rested enough to hold your Avatar vigil whenever you get to where you're going.

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But while we're in the area...

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Only Jeff can.

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Remember, dive in when both moons are full to reach the Shrine of Spirituality. And near Minoc is where the gates appear when the left moon is full, so...

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You're warped straight into the building, and taken back to the Minoc cliffside when you leave. The Shrine of Spirituality does not otherwise exist on the world map.

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Visit the seer Hawkwind often, and learn of thy own Spirit!
Meditation casts light upon the shadows of thy spirit.
The Great Mountain holds the white stone at its heart!


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You can't get in by boat through those shallows. Mandatory poison swamp.

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Do not open another's chests uninvited!
Stir not strife among the peaceful!
Seek no quarrel with creatures not evil!


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A thief is but a begger without honor.
To slay the innocent doth not show thy honor.
Never turn away from a challenge, nor shirk a quest!


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I had to grind up Honesty with the reagent seller in Paws before I was ready for this part.

The tips here:
Never steal in the townes or castles!
Do not deceive the shopkeepers.
Open the Book of Truth at the gates of the Abyss

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Not bad for a level 4 Shepherd. My MP rocket up to 99, so I don't really need Mariah around anymore.

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Empath Abbey!

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Infinite stairs no longer!

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How well you came!

Master of Virtue thou art now, yet soon thou must master the Great Stygian Abyss as well. Open this box and take up the Exotic Armour, that thou might survive its perils!

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Whoa. Inventory overload can lead to big problems, I guess.

Mariah, hold my old cloth armor for me.

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Infinite stairway no more!

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Thou hast earned at last the fabled Sword of Paradise!

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So, other than being the one sword everyone can equip, what can this d--

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SWEET JESUS

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Fun fact: the balloon can get sucked through moongates, which disembarks you. Lucky me this was the two-new-moon gate that takes you back to where you were. Still gotta wait until the gate goes away before I can fly off again.

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Might as well wrap up this sidequest while we're at it.

Next time: The Great Stygian Abyss!
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 17, 2012, 08:04:22 PM
Well, as sidequests go, we have...

well, only one loose end. We have two of the three ingredients needed for the Tremor spell. I think we'll let that one slide, since I've only cast four spells the entire game (Light, Wind, Exit, and Energy).

So all we have left unresolved on our "What we've learned" list is:


Virtues:
Compassion: Yellow, made of Love, Britain
Valor: Red, made of Courage, Jhelom
Honesty: Blue, made of Truth, Moonglow.
Honor: Purple, made of Courage and Truth, Trinsic.
Justice: Green, made of Love and Truth, Yew
Sacrifice: Orange, made of Courage and Love, Minoc
Spirituality: White, made of Courage and Truth and Love, Skara Brae
Humility: made of no principles, Magincia

- My last goal is to enter the Great Stygian Abyss. I can survive doing so with the Exotic Armor I'm wearing, but I still have to go alone.
- The Bell, Book, and Candle are used to enter the Abyss.
- The Codex is in the Abyss. Reading from it wins the game.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Brentai on July 17, 2012, 08:28:55 PM
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I parsed that as Book grasping out in awe for the hard-won armor of legend, realizing for the first time that she doesn't actually know how to use any armor, and experiencing a complete mental breakdown.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: LaserBeing on July 17, 2012, 11:18:22 PM
I'm assuming the "exotic armour" is some kind of ancient space suit, in keeping with the tradition of random incongruous endgame science fiction elements.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Stush on July 18, 2012, 06:43:22 PM
Good luck with the LP, Artoo~
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 03:33:08 AM
I'm assuming the "exotic armour" is some kind of ancient space suit, in keeping with the tradition of random incongruous endgame science fiction elements.

Seems legit. Apparently you die in the Abyss without it (mental note: test whether this is actually the case). Could be that the air in the Abyss is sulphurous or otherwise toxic, and you need a sealed suit to survive.  The Exotic Armor does not appreciably decrease incoming damage!
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 11:26:53 AM
With all three Principle keys in hand, and having attained Avatarhood, I'm actually further in the game than I've ever been before! So I'm going into the Abyss blind -- I'm not going to use any maps, guides, or hints.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1070.png)
I've spent pretty much all my time since getting the Key saving up cash to get Mariah a Wand. But she can't come with me into the Abyss anyway, so instead I blow all my savings on reagents. I buy 99 of the usual six reagents, and 50 Manroot.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1071.png)
:getout:

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1072.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1073.png)
Once you've attained Avatarhood, Lord British has a new greeting for you.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1074.png)
So good to cast for myself.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1075.png)
There it is, folks. Nowhere to land nearby, though.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1076.png)
There is this tiny island nearby, though... with a shrine we haven't visited.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1077.png)
Paradise may conquer the Abyss. All else face certain doom!

That's me, bubby!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1080.png)
And thou must face it... alone.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1082.png)
The black knight always triumphs!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1084.png)
I hail a ship as it passes by, mop the blood up off the deck, and sail into the valley.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1085.png)
Poison swamp. Figures.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1086.png)
But hey, I can cast magic now.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1087.png)
Lava. Figures.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1088.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1089.png)

Those passingly familiar with Catholic exorcism (or the same ritual in Nethack) know which order to use the next three items in.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1091.png)

A massive earthquake!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1092.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1093.png)

Another massive earthquake!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1094.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1095.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1096.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1097.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1098.png)
Welp, here goes.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 11:33:16 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1099.png)

We light a torch and have a look into one of them fancy-seein' gems.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1100.png)
Remember, the map loops around, and our location is in the center. Level one is refreshingly straightforward! East through two scripted encounters, turn south, two more scripted encounters, turn east and then north for the chalice.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1101.png)
Encounter square one! Free pass.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1102.png)
Encounter two! Firebreathing dinosaurs! These guys are kind of tough, made more so by the fact that to kill them in a reasonable time I have to run up and sword them. On the upside, the one guy kind of wanders back and forth through the lava until it kills him, so there's that.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1103.png)
Dum de dum

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1104.png)
More dinos! And some hydras. Every time they breathe fire, it leaves a damage panel under my feet.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1105.png)
sword sword sword

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1106.png)
I didn't screencap the fight, but it was more of the same.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1107.png)
This game doesn't have healing potions, and the Heal spell only recovers double-digit HP. Good thing I bought so many reagents.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1108.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1109.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1111.png)
Full HP restores are not a thing I expected to find in the final dungeon.

Anyway, to the chali-- oh. The chalice icon on the map is...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1112.png)
An actual chalice.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1113.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1115.png)
No sweat. We've had this association pretty well hammered in by now.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 11:39:39 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1116.png)
Level two!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1117.png)
So a gauntlet of six scripted rooms, then a little maze-wandering and -- as the four holes in the wall indicate -- a secret passage to reach the chalice. You're not gonna fool me with a ladder, no way the Abyss is that easy.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1118.png)
Well, the first step is easy.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1119.png)
As is the second.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1120.png)
Oh right, except Treants can cast Sleep, and the Exotic Armor doesn't defend against status ailments.

(The Lava is a side effect of the Energy spell. If I'm fighting enemies who need to file through a chokepoint, I'll use Energy to put some damage floors down and save myself some trouble. Even the fiery wisp monsters -- burning and flying as they are -- take damage from the Energy-Lava.)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1121.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1122.png)
Another easy fight. The only threatening monster is the dragon in the middle -- the beasts I can take out with a single sling shot.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1123.png)
Dum de dum.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1124.png)
A balrog, two demons, two skellingtons, and a serpent.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1125.png)
Dum de dum.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1126.png)
Oh, right. The east passage out led to a dead end. I head back in...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1127.png)
And hit the obvious "secret" switch tile.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1128.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1129.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1131.png)
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 11:43:12 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1133.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1134.png)
Hah, I knew the ladder down was a trap.

Anyway, looks like only two scripted encounters this time. Or one, a healing fountain, return to the one, complete the other, chalice. w/e

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1135.png)
We should have enough Heal spells that we can skip the fountain.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1136.png)
Demons love to cast Reflect, making your attacks useless against them for a few turns, but they're not otherwise dangerous.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1137.png)
GEE A DEAD END WHAT DO I DO

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1138.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1139.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1141.png)

Well, that was an easy level.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 11:46:44 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1142.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1143.png)
Do they just assume you don't think to use the map items/spells here? I mean yeah going south -- four encounters to a dead end, then having to come back through the first three -- would be a pain, but I can tell there's a secret passage immediately to my east leading to two encounters and a chalice.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1144.png)
The first encounter is with Gazers. Even if their attack misses, it can put you to sleep. (It does.)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1145.png)
But their follow-up attacks are rather lacking.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1146.png)
Orcs and ettins. No sweat.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1148.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1149.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1151.png)
This would be a lot harder if you weren't asking for these in the order they're listed on the menu.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 11:54:03 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1152.png)

I didn't screencap the map of level 5. Sorry.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1153.png)
A balrog, a headless, and a xorn. The xorn can cast Negate, preventing me from casting spells for several turns, but gets stuck on the local geography and can't close to melee to be an actual threat.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1154.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1155.png)
Speaking of Negate, two sleep-inducing Treants and a Gazer demand my own use of it here. Otherwise I'd sleep for three or four turns, get pounded on, wake up, and have one of the three monsters put me back to sleep again before I could move. So I cast Negate, sword the Gazer, sword the Treants, and let Negate wear off while I finish off the other phantoms and stuff.

This was, and I wish I were kidding, the hardest fight in the game. And it was neutered with a single spell.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1158.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1159.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1160.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1162.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1163.png)
WHAT IS THE NEXT ITEM ON THIS LIST

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1165.png)
WHICH COLOR IS IN THE SAME PLACE ON THIS LIST
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 12:00:08 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1166.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1167.png)
As you can imagine, there's only one path through this gauntlet of encounters. And if you miss that there's a secret entrance leading to said path, you can wander around poking at side rooms from the wrong direction for well over half an hour.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1170.png)

Not that I did that, of course.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1171.png)

I'd never do something like that.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1173.png)

At all.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1174.png)

Ever.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1175.png)

Ahem.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1176.png)
This is the proper way in.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1178.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1179.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1181.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1183.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1185.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1186.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1188.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1189.png)
YOU DICK

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1190.png)
And as a last check to make sure you're paying attention, a secret passage to the wrong direction.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1191.png)
Last encounter of the level!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1193.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1194.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1196.png)
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 12:06:41 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1197.png)

For some damn reason I didn't screencap the map of this level either. It's a twisty passage of scripted encounters leading generally northwest.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1198.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1199.png)
Phantoms, no problem.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1200.png)
This shit again.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1202.png)
Hydras. And this is the first room to not have a four-directional entrance/exit map...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1204.png)
DO YOU THINK I HAVE NEVER PLAYED ZELDA BEFORE COME ON

(To be fair, the original game came out in 1985, so uh)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1206.png)
I don't remember what monsters were in this room, but finding secret passage: justified.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1207.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1209.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1211.png)
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 12:16:19 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1212.png)
Dungeons got eight levels, right?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1214.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1215.png)
Zat all you got?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1218.png)
Forgot to screencap the monsters again, but why take pictures of speedbumps? To avoid taking a wrong turn here, make sure you find both secret switches. One opens the wall, the other creates the bridge.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1220.png)
Five demons and a mimic.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1222.png)
These are the highest-HP monsters in the game, but they're walking around on lava on turns they're not spitting fireballs at me. Not really a tough battle.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1224.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1225.png)
Two more encounters to go.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1226.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1227.png)
Well, this was somewhat unexpected. Hey guys what's up in this eighth level of the Abyss

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1228.png)
Squish is basically Gravija, hitting all enemies onscreen and reducing them to about a quarter of their max HP.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1229.png)
But if that's 3/4 of their HP, I could have just sworded them anyway.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1232.png)
These doppelgangers still love their melee, so I put down a few damage floors for them to walk through to get to me. The lava takes out the not-mage, not-druid, not-bard, and not-ranger by the time the battle's over.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1234.png)
I sword the rest of them and get ready for the FINAL BATTLE

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1235.png)
Let's roll. This is gonna be so great you guys. Maybe it's the man in black going around terrorizing everybo--

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1236.png)
Seriously?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1237.png)
I might as well have sneezed these guys away.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1238.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1239.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1240.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1241.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1243.png)
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 12:47:21 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1244.png)
This is new.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1247.png)
The Ankh has little pokey bits sticking out?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1248.png)
Fun fact: It is entirely possible to get to this point without the keys necessary to proceed.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1249.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1250.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1251.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1252.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1253.png)
the knowledge of the Universe.

What is this world?

What is life?

What is our future?

And, at last, the answer...

The Eight Virtues lend the path their light. Their Principles are Three.

The One Pure Maxim, known but lost, is named...

Infinity.


(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1262.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1263.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1264.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1265.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1266.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1267.png)
All rise before the Avatar, proven master of the Codex! Greet now the one who has led us from ignorance into truth, from hatred into love, from fear into courage.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1271.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1272.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1273.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1274.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1275.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1276.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1277.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1278.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1279.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1280.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1281.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1282.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1283.png)
Never forget that virtue, once possessed, must be guarded. It is more precious than diamonds. This world, this peace, shall last forever.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1288.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1289.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1291.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1292.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1294.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1295.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1296.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1297.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1298.png)
All things considered this game was put together by like seven or eight people total.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1299.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-u4/u4lp1300.png)

And that's it! No "The End" or anything, the game just stops doing anything else here. But hey, I'm the Avatar! I won! For the first time!

Maybe next I'll do a Let's Play of Nethack.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: Classic on July 19, 2012, 12:53:48 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

EDIT:
Seriously, please, not NetHack.
Title: Re: No bald kids or blue cat-people -- Let's Play Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar!
Post by: R^2 on July 19, 2012, 02:13:28 PM
So what did we learn?

Like any NES RPG, Ultima 4 is a bit of a grind at times. But there's a point in any game with random encounters where you roll your eyes every time you get sucked into a battle, so eh.

It doesn't matter what class you choose, really. My Shepherd grind was only slightly slower than my Paladin or Wizard grind.

The only difference between GOD TIER and SHIT TIER is what ranged weapon your hero can equip, because that's how you'll make 90% of your attacks in the game, and the only equipment choice you have once you become the Avatar. Armor choice is almost irrelevant.

The only reason to have another party member is if your main can't cast spells. Equipping a whole party is just too damn expensive and makes more monsters show up in random fights. It makes dungeons a little easier to have more guys, but not so much easier all the money-grinding is worth it.

Most spells are pretty useless. Even if you need a secondary caster, it's mostly to use Wind, Light, and Exit. Energy is moderately useful as a combat spell if you can't just do enough damage to things to kill them outright. Negate can help you with one particular battle. Other than that, :shrug: