Star Trail : Realms of Arkania II       An Unofficial FAQ (v2)
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I have cobbled together this FAQ of info for Star Trail from a
number of messages posted by people to usenet;  if I've not
credited you for info in the game please forgive me, it's not
intentional.   I have rounded off the FAQ with some data at
the end noted from spells and experience in the game.

The FAQ is split into general questions and questions on 
particular parts of the game.

If you have any additions/corrections, pop them in an e-mail to me.
This is really a second "draft" at a FAQ;  I'll take any more
comments and add them later and repost (and STILL I haven't finished
the game myself ;-)

Credits:   	Garfield (4darkow@informatik.uni-hamburg.de)
	   	Bobbie (bobbiekat@aol.com)
		Dirk (Dirk.Bruggemann@durham.ac.uk)
		Rick (redrick@delphi.com)
		Lance (pfrench@clark.net)
		Ernst (Ernst.Eigenbauer@VM.AKH-WIEN.AC.AT)
		Drifter (banz@pegasus.rutgers.edu)
		Clark (clump@cs.mcgill.ca)
		Mike (Spectre350@AOL.com)
		Lord Soth (cmd@aimnet.com)
		Barbara (barbara@albion.franken.de)
		Scott (author of a mini-FAQ)
 		+ others!

Enjoy!					Tim (tjc@ecs.soton.ac.uk)

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  WHAT IS STAR TRAIL?

     Star Trail is touted as a "fantasy role playing simulation", the
     reason being that there is a lot of attention to detail in the game.
     The game system is based on the (supposedly) popular German role 
     playing system called "Das Schwarze Auge".  

     The game comes with a manual, reference card and a fold-out colour 
     map of the realm.  The map covers about 400 by 300 miles of land, 
     and has over a dozen villages/towns marked on it.  The manual is
     70+ pages, thoughtfully written and well indexed.  There are no 
     details of monsters or weapons in the manual, but there is enough 
     info to get you going and involved in the game.  A separate clue 
     book (I don't have it) retails for #13.99 or so.

     The game features 3D graphics in towns and dungeons (similar to
     'Arena: Elder Scrolls', but oddly without the people - encounters
     either yield pop-up menus or combat).  Combat is isometric and
     turn-based with good, but not great, graphics.  On the CD version
     there are combat sounds, including spell chants.  Travel between 
     towns is done on an overhead map, with movement restricted to
     paths that you find.
 
     Characters can be from any of 12 races, and have around 50 skills
     they can develop, and a larger number of spells.  You can skip a
     lot of the detail by playing in "novice" mode.   There's a fair
     chance that if you'd like a cross between 'Arena' and 'Betrayal at
     Krondor', you'd like this game.

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  GAME SPECS

     The reference card says the game needs a 386PC or better (486/33 
     is recommended), 4Mb RAM (though it says only 2Mb on the box!), 
     580k of free base RAM, 670k min EMS and 64k min XMS (which is a 
     bit of a pain, especially on the CD version).  The CD version, 
     which I have, claims to need 31Mb of HD space too.  Sound support 
     looks good.  I played on a DX2/66, 8Mb, SB16 with no trouble.  
     Graphics appear to be regular VGA.

     The game comes on 3.5" disk or CD; I got CD and thus have some 
     extra graphics (though I'm not sure where!) and digitised speech, 
     which seems to pop up in cut scenes.  To install the full game 
     from CD to HD would take over 100Mb, but luckily you only need a 
     fraction of that to play off the CD.  Copy protection is a one
     word lookup the first time you save in any game session.

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  ADVENTURING

     Star Trail has a relatively free-flowing plot;  there are some
     linear elements, but you can spend a lot of time wandering
     rather aimlessly early on!   To start off, save the woman being
     attacked by Orcs SW of the starting town - this gets you a bonus
     two levels of experience.   Then make your general way towards 
     the Finsterkamm and the dwarven pit.   The quest in Gashok isn't
     too hard and can be completed early in the game.

     ** SPOILERS FOLLOW **

     If you go to sleep in the first inn SW of the starting town
     you will be visited in the night by someone seeking the missing
     axe called Star Trail (in fact it could be the first time you 
     sleep at *any* inn - not sure on this :).


 General

 (Q) My characters get ill a lot - what can I do?
     Buy sleeping bags as soon as you can; these cut down on colds 
     and flu-type infections dramatically.  Always carry herbs for
     healing and curing disease.  Early in the game sell off excess
     ones as the cash is more useful to you.

 (Q) How much food/water should I carry?
     It depends where you are exploring; in mountain and desert areas
     you should carry at least two full water skins each and probably
     at least 6 ration packs (you can top these up with overnight
     foraging).  

 (Q) Where can I get alchemy recipes?
     There aren't too many around.  It may be that Realms of Arkania I
     recipes will work.  You'll find two in the Dwarven Pit.
       Vomicum:        lamp oil, shurin bulb, mandrake.
       Hylailian fire: 2 brandies, licorish, 2 lamp oils.

 (Q) The markets seem always shut?
     No.  The markets arrive one day a week in Kvirasim (Fireday) and
     Gashok (Praiosday).  Time your visits to the towns accordingly or
     spend a few nights in an inn.

 (Q) Which "obscure" spells might I need later?
     These will help - the last two are certainly important:
      Teleport Spell
      MELT SOLID (Temple of Nameless One)
      BANE GHOSTS (Temple of Phex)


 The Dwarven Pit

     The pit is in the Dwarven town in the Finsterkamm mountains.
     Herein lies the salamander stone and a few other handy items
     including a magic waterskin and a number of +5 STR belts.

     It is important NOT to rob anything (the altar, the graves and
     the axes) else you'll anger the Dwarven god.  You may find
     a rope, spade, crowbar and more than one lockpick useful for
     the pit.  Oh, and a torch and tinder box.

 (Q) How do I get in?
     You can use the back entrance, but better still ask the priest
     in the temple of Ingerimm (inside the mountain) about the pit 
     three times and he will give you the key.

 (Q) How do I get out?
     Either go out the back way, or get the key from the gnome and
     leave by the main entrance.  The back tunnel will collapse the
     first time you pass through it.  The back exit is at the lowest 
     level.  Just keep climbing down (not using the stairs) till you 
     can go no further.  Or you can leave a character with a key
     outside the double door entrance.

 (Q) Where is the magical water skin?
     The skin must be found in the watery level;  if you turn the
     wheel on the higher level the water (and the skin) drain away.
     You need to turn the wheel later to get through the trapdoor
     on that level (and you need a crowbar for that).

 (Q) When does the hammer strike?
     After getting the stone, go to the altar room with the lit torches
     and stay there for a day.

 (Q) What is the Asthenal Ring?
     It seems to be a fire resistence ring.  It's in the brazier on
     the first level north and east of the main pit double door.
     You will take temporary damage retreiving it.  It may be useful
     in the hot "hole" on a level further down, and possibly entering
     there with a rope ladder and the ring on may be worth trying.

 (Q) How do I get across the fire plates?
     You need the leathers from the chest; wear them and put them back
     when you are done (else the stairs won't come back).  Take only
     one set for one person.  The character crossing the plates should
     ideally wear the Asthenal Ring.  To getto the golem you *must* use
     a torch and tinder box, not magic light.

 (Q) What is the answer to the gnome's riddle?
     MOOSE!

 (Q) Can I get the sword and the stone?
     The only way I've found to get both the sword and the Salamander Stone
     and get out alive is to do things in this order:  Talk to Golem first 
     time. Go to far SE chest and take stone *but* when offered chance to 
     swap or not hit ESCAPE instead of choosing.  Then go back to Golem and
     when he's done with the sword you'll get it.

 (Q) My druid and elf aren't allowed in the pit - help!
     Use spells to disguise them or make them invisible so that they
     can walk past the dwarf guards.

 (Q) Where are the hot plates?
     In the pit, there's a shaft you can climb up or down. Go to the top,
     search, and you'll find a key. Go down to the area filled with water
     (you need to drain this by turning the wheel in room with the dwarfs)
     Use a crowbar to open the slab, go down to this new level. There is 
     one door you can oen with a blank wall behind it. the new key opens 
     this door.


 Gashok

     Situated just north of Lowangen, the town of Gashok has at least
     one quest to solve.   

 (Q) I've heard the sword and bow of atherion (sp?) mentioned,
     but haven't run into them in any of the dwarven pit/orc cave/phex
     temple (i've been through them all in this or other games...).
     where do you run into them?
     To find these weapons you'll need to investigate the burnt out
     mill in the town.  Ask around about it, one good place in particular
     is the market place area.  The clues should lead you out of town
     to Artherion, and you can then help him.


 Lowangen

     This is the city under seige by an Orc army.
     Here you will lose the Salamander Stone when you enter the city
     with it.  If Antharon is with you, he will take it, if not, the 
     stone will get lost in the crowd.  You need to recover the stone
     and find the secret way out of the town.  Be prepared to lose the
     real Stone again when you leave town!

 (Q) Can I sneak into Lowangen?
     You'll have to give your non-magic items to the orcs first time
     in, but after that you should find a secret passage in/out.
     To keep your stuff put it in a warehouse or (much better) leave it 
     with another party member outside the town in a temple (you can 
     create just a "dummy" character or two for this).

 (Q) Where is Black Jandora
     Four squares west of the eastern wall, about halfway up.
     Or: 4 paces north of the Rod and Mare brothel in Colorful Flight.

 (Q) Who is Gavron?
     Usually, a party who enters Lowangen carries the stone with them and 
     get it stolen by Gavron.  To get it back you have to find him (wait
     in the Orc Death tavern).  You will also find out about the fake 
     stone if you get yours stolen.  Or ask Dragan (close to the western
     wall) about Gavron.

 (Q) Where is Vidaria Leechbronn?
     Her house is located in Eydal...1 pace east and 3 paces south of the
     Canal Tavern.

 (Q) Where is Vinsalter?
     Find the Temple of Rahja on your automap, Vinsalter is five steps 
     west and one step south of there.

 (Q) How do I get into the castle?
     You`ll find out if you find Dragan and ask him about travelling.
     (This is important to do!).


 The Swamp

     The swamp is in the middle of the main map.  
 
 (Q) How do I catch the Rantzy?
     Equip a character with a net, then use it in combat, ie. equip the
     net in that character's left hand.

 (Q) What do I do with the Swamp Rantzy wearing the necklace?
     Catch him with the net.  Then find heather plants W of there.  When 
     you get back near Lowangen use the 18th heather on him.  There are
     also two documents related to this problem.  (Or: Go to where the 
     heather is. Pluck each bush, until you find the one that makes the 
     rantzy react. Throw away heathers that do not make him react.)

     To transform the character back into a human, have a character with
     adequate skills hold the rantzy, the dcoument, and the magic heather.
     Use the document, then use the heather. If you do not have adequate
     healing skills, wait till you are about to enter Lowengrin. If your
     party has a healer, you can cure his disease and adventure with him.

 (Q) How do you open the chest in the swamp?
     Turn stepwise mode off to get into the chest.(!)  You should then
     be able to click on or press SPACE by the chest to open it.  Some
     people report this as being rather buggy though ... it may depend
     on the character opening the chest.
     [According to the sir-tech people, the only narrative requirements 
      to open the chest are to have been to Lowangen, and to have talked 
      to the witch (lady). You can email sirtech yourself 
      "76711.33@compuserve.com", but if my experience is any measure, 
      don't expect quick or intelligent responses.]

 (Q) How do I get into the tower?
     Talk to the witch.  It seems wise NOT to pull up the witch's herb
     garden before you try to speak with her.

 (Q) How do you appease the Fire Elemental?
     Answer with one word at a time......
     Love, Mercy, Pity, Justice, Life ... any of these will do.


 Blood Peaks and the Orc Pit

     Herein lies a lot of fights, a couple of NPC's and the Salamader
     Stone (if you lost it "to plan").   You are brought here if you
     are captured by an orc patrol near Lowangen (which is NOT good as
     you lose a lot of your kit).


 Tiefhusen

     A port in the NW of the map, Tiefhusen contains the Temple of Phex
     and is a place to go to find Star Trail.

 (Q) Who do I ask about Star Trail?
     Try the priest in the Hesinde(?) temple, or ask in the tavern.

 (Q) Where is Hensgen?
     You should be able to find him sitting by a tree outside the city 
     walls (I think it's in the north, but I'm not sure).


 The Phex Dungeon

     This dungeon is good for experience, though not a lot more.

 (Q) Can I escape the first skeleton trap in the Phex dungeon?
     There is a way: you should find another scroll in that region. 
     When you pick it up, the barrier vanishes

 (Q) What is the answer to the the riddle?
      - NIGHT.

 (Q) How do I solve the "Memory Game" ?
     You have to find the animal representing Phex.
     Look into your Manual. It should become pretty clear.

 (Q) How do I get the Helmet and Shield of Phex ?
     When you take these items, a Poltergeist appears and blocks your way
     back out. He can be dispelled using the BANE GHOSTS spell.

 (Q) I searched the whole dungeon, but I still can't open some secret
     passages. What must I do ?
     Solve all the riddles. You also have to put 60 Ducats(sp?) into the
     bowl standing on a desk (or it may be >50 Ducats, but by now 9
     Ducats won't hurt you :)


 Tjolmar

     Try here for the Temple of Nameless.

 (Q) Can someone please tell me how to finish this level?
     Do you mean the door behind the secret passage in the south-eastern 
     part of the level? You need a statue to open this door. Opposite the 
     secret passage is  another secret door (on the west wall) and behind 
     you'll find the statue.


 The Final Dungeon and the Temple of Nameless

 (Q) How do I get in?
     Look at the scroll you get from the Dwarf's house; it has the 
     letters "2L 4R 4L" on it;  you have to push the walls is the right
     order, ie. 2 Left, 4 Right and 4 Left from that passage.

 (Q) Which four-digit code do I have to enter on one of lowest floors?
     The code is 1325 and I got the answer from someone else who never
     explained how *they* got it.  Apparantly the code in the German
     (original) version of the game is 1945; it's obtained as follows -
     the answer is related to the message on the wall opposites the 
     stairs.  You'll probably have a document with the word 'cult' on 
     it. Look for the letters 'c','u','l' and 't' in the message (they 
     should appear only once). Count the position of the letters starting 
     from the beginning of the row they're in (NOT from the beginning of 
     the word they're in)!

 (Q) How do I release the girl?
     To free the NPC you have to use melt solid (if you have spent more
     than 100 D to HESINDE(?) during the game she will help you by
     increasing melt solid by 15 points; the girl NPC will help you on
     the first two levels and then disappear (too much fear).

 (Q) What do I do with the 4 amulet chunks?
     There is a crack near the southeast corner of the map.  It requires
     a sun-shaped key to open a secret door.  Get all the amulet pieces 
     (don't worry about putting them together) then immediately go to that
     crack on the wall.  It should open once all the pieces are there.  I 
     had to use teleport *a lot* to get those damn pieces. 

 (Q) Any other points?
     - to get the key from the plant and go out of the room you have to 
       split your group, but you can bring out all of them.
     - the visible door (first level) is an illusion.

  
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  WEAPONS
		               Attack  Defense
	      	      Damage    Bonus   Bonus   Weight   Type

Knife			1-6	-3	-4	 10	pointed
Obsidian dagger		1-6	-2	-3	 30	pointed
Kukris mengbilar (*)	2-7	-3	-4	 20	pointed
Dagger			2-7	-2	-3	 20	pointed
Asthenil dagger         2-7     -2      -3       20     pointed
Kukris dagger (*)	2-7	-2	-3	 30	pointed
Heavy dagger		3-8	-1	-2	 30	pointed
Foil			4-9	 0	-1	 30	pointed
Epee			4-9	 0	-1	 35	pointed
Rapier			4-9	 0	-1	 35	pointed
Wolf knife		4-9	 0	-1	 50	pointed

Magic wand (+)		2-7	 0	 0	 70	polearm
Quarterstaff		2-7	 0	-1	 70	polearm
Catchogre               3-8     -2      -3       30     polearm
Trident                 4-9      0      -3       90     polearm
Pike                    4-9     -1      -4      150     polearm

Whip        		1-6	 0	-6	 60	edged wpn
Grain flail		3-8	-2	-3	100	edged wpn
Sickle     		3-8	-3	-4	 30	edged wpn
Scythe     		4-9	-3	-4	100	edged wpn
Seal Slayer		4-9	 0	 0	 60	edged wpn
Cutlass			4-9	 0	-1	 70	edged wpn
Sabre			4-9	 0	 0	 60	edged wpn
Mace			5-10	 0 	-2	110	edged wpn
Kunchomer		5-10	 0 	-1	 70	edged wpn
Babak Bully             6-11    -1      -2      120     edged wpn
Morning Star            6-11    -1      -3      120     edged wpn
Gruufshark              7-12    -2      -4      180     edged wpn
War Hammer              5-15    -2      -4      150     edged wpn
Goupillon               6-21    -3      -4      240     edged wpn

Short sword             3-8      0      -1       40     sword
Sword			5-10	 0	 0	 80	sword
Asthenil Sword          5-10     0       0       80     sword
Sword of Artherion	6-11	+3	-1	 80	sword

Rondracomb   		4-14	-2	-2	150	2-handed
Bastard sword		6-11	-1	-2	140	2-handed
Two-handed sword	6-16	-2	-3	160	2-handed
War axe			6-16	-1	-4	150	2-handed

Skraja			4-9	 0	-2	 90	axe
Hatchet			5-10	 0	-3	120	axe
Halberd			5-10	-1	-3	150	axe
Orc hook		6-11	-1	-3	120	axe

Short bow		4-9 	 0	 0	 20	missile
Long bow		5-10	 0	 0	 30	missile
Bow of Artherion	7-12	 0	 0	 30	missile
Crossbow		7-12	 0	 0	200	missile
Heavy crossbow		8-13	 0 	 0	220	missile

Throwing knife          1-6     -3      -4       10     thrown
Shurikan                2-7      0       0       15     thrown
Born thorn              3-8     -1      -3       30     thrown
Francesca               4-9     -1      -3       60     thrown
Throwing axe            4-9     -1      -4      120     thrown
Cutting tooth		5-10	 0	 0	 50	thrown

(*) weapon carries poison
(+) can hold special charges

Note certain weapons can only be used by certain character races.

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  ARMOURS

Name           AR      Hind    At       Pa     Weight

Quilt Armor     2       2       1        1 	120
Leather Armor   3       3       1        2 	180
Toad Skin Armor 3       3       1        2 	150
Chain Shirt     4       4       2        2 	320
Scale Armor     5       4       2        2 	480

Shield          1       0       0        0 	140
Iron Shield     2       1       0       -1 	200

Leather Cap     1       0       0        0 	 90
Pot Helm        2       1       0        1 	100
Iron Helm       3       2       1        1 	180

Leather Greaves 1       0       0        0 	 70
Chain Greaves   2       2       1        1 	 80 
Plate Greaves   2       1       0        1 	100

Skull girdle    -       -       -        -       10   Necrophobia -4


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  CREATURES

Name		Lvl    At  Pa  AR  MR  Att Dam    LP  AP

Orc		 1      3   0	2 -17	1  3-8	  13   0
Stag Beetle	 1      8   2	3  10	1  2-7	  30   0
Frost spider	 1      9   0	1  10	1  2-7	  16   0
War Ogre	13     17  14	6   0	1  8-18	  60   0
Goblin		 3      7   3	2   4	1  4-9    18   0
Lion		 1     11   6	1   4	2  5-10	  40   0
Elf		 4     12   9	3   4   1  5-10   44  20
Harpy		 1     15  10	2  10	1  5-10   40   0
Forest gnome	 1     14   6	6   7   1  7-12   28   0
Tusk tiger	 1     15   7	1  -2	2  5-20	  52   0
Robber		 8     15  12   3   5   1  7-12   57   0
Deregon	(*)	10	8   6   2   6	1  7-12   62   0
Exholt (*)	10     16  14   3   6   1  7-12   72   0
Ogre		 1	9   3   3  -2   1  8-18   48   0
Arkanian	 3	5   3   3  -3   1  5-10   36   0
Gargoyle	 1     10   5   6  12   1  7-12   60   0
Dwarf undead	 8	9   5   3   5   1  7-12   40   0

(*) Individual "NPC" in game.

This is not a complete list of adversaries!

Life Points are LPs observed from healthy opponents via spellcasting;
these will vary for individual creatures.  It may be that other stats
vary too (including for example their levels for orcs).

Beware the priests in Phex; they cast weapon-breaking spells.

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  NPC's

There are a number of NPC's you can encounter.  These include:

 - Antharon some miles before Lowangen, he just needs the group to go 
   there, but if you make the dwarfen pit with him, he stays with the 
   group (until Lowangen, where he takes the Salamanderstone which will 
   be stolen anyway)
 - some sort of magician (GESTALTWANDLER) in the orc pit, it did not take 
   him (after i knew waht he really wanted)
 - some sort of Orc prisoner in the orc pit, he will just help you 
   fighting and leave the group when you go out the pit
 - a warrior (female) in the temple of the nameless god, all she thinks 
   is that it is still cold (she was frozen), but she will help you in 
   the first two levels.

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That's all - please e-mail additions/corrections to tjc@ecs.soton.ac.uk