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                            BALDUR'S GATE: DARK ALLIANCE II
                                    FAQ/Walkthrough
                       Copyright © 2004 Marc "Darth Maul" Binda
                              E-mail: m_binda@hotmail.com
                           http://www.geocities.com/dmaully
    
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                                   File Information
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    Version   : 1.08
    Updated   : April 2nd, 2004
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= IMPORTANT NOTE -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
    This version will be the last update for a while. I've played the game a total
    of six times now and I'm moving on to some other games. I might do some further
    updates at a later date but for now, this last update will complete this guide.
    For those who want to ask me questions about the game, please make sure to
    check all of the guide out before sending me e-mail about it (especially the
    Frequently Asked Questions section) because I won't be answering any e-mails
    anymore. Thank you.
    
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                                    Version History
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    Version 1.00 - February 2nd, 2004
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    - Reached Halls of the Hammer III with Dorn on Easy. First published version.
    
    Version 1.01 - February 4th, 2004
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    - Restarted a new character since I'd actually missed a few dungeons.
    - Added more details for the Firewind Manor sections.
    - Added the Waterfall Cave to the Skull Gorge section.
    - Added more details for the Lyran's Hold section.
    - Added some questions and answers in the FAQ section.
    
    Version 1.02 - February 5th, 2004
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    - Completed Act II and Dorn Redbear's special quest in Act III.
    - Added some details about Lyran's Ossuary and the force fields.
    - Added the Bloodmire sheet music question in the FAQ section.
    
    Version 1.03 - February 6th, 2004
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    - Completed Act III and reached Mordoc's Gate in Act IV.
    - Added some questions and answers in the FAQ section.
    
    Version 1.04 - February 8th, 2004
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    - Finished the game on Easy with Dorn Redbear.
    - Starting new game on Easy with Vhaidra Uoswiir.
    - Added Playing History for Game #1.
    - Changed the format in the Spells and Feats section.
    - Added "Creating Items" in the "Items, Workshops and Item Creation" section.
    - Added "Dorn Redbear" in the "Combat Strategies" section.
    - Added some details to the "Secrets and Easter Eggs" section.
    - Added the "Main Differences between BGDA and BGDA2" section.
    - Added the "My Review" section.
    - Added Available/Special Feats/Spells to "Dorn Redbear" in "Heroes of Baldur's
      Gate" section.
      
    Version 1.05 - February 16th, 2004
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    - Finished the game on Easy with Vhaidra Uoswiir.
    - Finished the game on Easy with Ysuran Auondril.
    - Starting new game on Easy with Borador "Goldhand".
    - Changed my version numbers.
    - Added some details concerning Vhaidra's special quest and the Keep of Pale
      Night Dungeons (rescue of the Heroes of Yore).
    - Added some details concerning Ysuran's special quest and the Keep of Pale
      Night Dungeons (rescue of the Heroes of Yore).
    - Added Available/Special Feats/Spells for Vhaidra Uoswiir and Ysuran Auondril
      in the "Heroes of Baldur's Gate" section.
    - Added "Vhaidra Uoswiir" and "Ysuran Auondril" in "Combat Strategies".
    - Added some differences in "Main Differences between BGDA and BGDA2".
    - Added the Gem effects in "Items, Workshops and Item Creation".
    - Added some questions and answers in the FAQ section.
    
    Version 1.06 - February 28th, 2004
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    - Finished the game on Easy with Borador "Goldhand".
    - Finished the game on Easy with Allessia Faithhammer.
    - Starting new game on Extreme with Ysuran Auondril (from Game #3).
    - Added some notes throughout the guide about Borador's Disarm Trap ability.
    - Added some details concerning Borador's and Allessia's special quests and the
      Keep of Pale Night Dungeons (rescue of the Heroes of Yore).
    - Clarified some details about the rescue of the Heroes of Yore in the Keep of
      Pale Night Dungeons (Thanks to Amanda D. & Greg T.).
    - Added Available/Special Feats/Spells for Borador "Goldhand" and Allessia
      Faithhammer in the "Heroes of Baldur's Gate" section.
    - Added "Starting Stats" in "Heroes of Baldur's Gate".
    - Added "Borador 'Goldhand'" and "Allessia Faithhammer" in "Combat Strategies".
    - Added "Damage Type Colors" to "Weapon Types & Combat".
    - Added the gem combinations in "Items, Workshops and Item Creation".
    - Added "Character Statistics" to Drizzt in "Secrets and Easter Eggs".
    - Added a question in the FAQ section (concerning the Basilisk).
    
    Version 1.07 - March 7th, 2004
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    - I'll not be playing the game for a while, so this will be the last update
      for a while. I've now played the game through 6 times and it gets sort of
      repetitive after a while and I've unlocked everything in the game.
    - Finished the game on Extreme with Ysuran Auondril.
    - Added some details about Extreme mode in "Secrets and Easter Eggs".
    - Added "Character Statistics" to Artemis Entreri in "Secrets and Easter Eggs".
    - Added a question in the FAQ section (about the level limit).
    
    Version 1.08 - April 2nd, 2004
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    - Small update: Added some details about the "Zhentarim Attack" level that can
      easily be missed after the "Halls of the Hammer" level.
    
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                                   Game Information
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    Title     : Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II
    Platform  : Playstation2
    Player(s) : 1-2 player (2 player mode is cooperative)
    Year      : 2004
    Publisher : Interplay Entertainment
    Developer : Black Isle Studios
    
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                                     Introduction
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    Set in the very popular Forgotten Realms Dungeons and Dragons world, Baldur's
    Gate : Dark Alliance II is the sequel to the very popular Baldur's Gate: Dark
    Alliance game released in 2001. Highly anticipated by players who loved the
    first game, this sequel was often delayed because of some legal disputes
    between the gaming companies involved in its making. We no longer have to wait
    though, the game is finally here!
    
    The game's introduction starts off right where the first game left us hanging.
    The three heroes from the first game: Vahn the Arcane Archer, Kromlech the
    Dwarven Fighter and Adrianna the Elven Sorceress come out of the portal, after
    having defeated Eldrith the Betrayer in the Onyx Tower, surrounded by strange
    creatures. Leading these creatures is someoned named Mordoc SeLanmere. As Vahn,
    Kromlech and Adrianna are captured, the game begins as new adventurers make
    their way south, along the Trade Way, towards Baldur's Gate...
    
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                        Playing History / Character Statistics
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    Game #1: Easy - Dorn Redbear, Human Barbarian            [11 hours, 31 minutes]
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    Character Statistics
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    Level        : 26
    Experience   : 359,216
    Next Level   : 361,000
    Health       : 522/522
    Energy       : 133/133
    Armor        : 96
    Base Attack  : 44
    Damage       : 95-97 (54-75)
    Strength     : 27 [+8 hit/+8 dmg]
    Dexterity    : 10 [+0 armor]
    Constitution : 14 [+2 hit points]
    Intelligence : 10 [+0 max energy]
    Wisdom       : 11 [+0% experience]
    Charisma     : 11 [+0% buy/sell]
    Weapon 1     : +4 Superior Dervish's Great Axe    (48-50)
    Weapon 2     : +5 Grand Bastard Sword of Coldfire (39-69)
    Chest Armor  : +4 Imperial Chain Mail of Rage     (AC 35)
    Shield       : None
    Helmet       : +3 Grand Half Plate Helmet         (AC 12)
    Gloves       : Grand Full Plate Gloves            (AC 11)
    Boots        : Superior Half Plate Boots          (AC 8)
    Ring 1       : +3 Flawless Ring of Fire
    Ring 2       : +2 Grand Ring of Fire
    Amulet       : +1 Fine Keen Amulet
    Gold Pieces  : 134,212
    
    Skills       : Animal Friendship   (2 ranks)
                   Armor Proficiency   (3 ranks)
                   Barbarian Rage      (2 ranks)
                   Barskin             (2 ranks)
                   Combat Reflexes     (5 ranks)
                   Death Blow          (5 ranks)
                   Dodge               (5 ranks)
                   Endurance           (4 ranks)
                   Great Fortitude     (5 ranks)
                   Great Weapon Focus  (5 ranks)
                   Heart of the Bear   (5 ranks)
                   Heart of the Wolf   (4 ranks)
                   Hero's Arm          (1 rank)
                   Hero's Mantle       (5 ranks)
                   Improved Critical   (5 ranks)
                   Power Attack        (1 rank)
                   Resist Elements     (5 ranks)
                   Sprint              (1 rank)
                   Toughness           (5 ranks)
                   Two-Weapon Fighting (5 ranks)
                   0 skill points left in reserve
                   
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    Game #2: Easy - Vhaidra Uoswiir, Dark Elf Monk            [9 hours, 36 minutes]
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    Character Statistics
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    Level        : 26
    Experience   : 357,475
    Next Level   : 361,000
    Health       : 394/394
    Energy       : 247/247
    Armor        : 118
    Base Attack  : 36
    Damage       : 41-57
    Strength     : 20 [+5 hit/+5 dmg]
    Dexterity    : 19 [+4 armor]
    Constitution : 10 [+0 hit points]
    Intelligence : 14 [+10 max energy]
    Wisdom       : 10 [+0% experience]
    Charisma     : 13 [+5% buy/sell]
    Weapon 1     : +4 Imperial Silvery Full Plate Gloves (Unarmed Combat)
    Weapon 2     : +4 Imperial Hissing Throwing Knife    (18-28)
    Weapon 3     : +5 Flawless Fey Staff                 (24-44)
    Chest Armor  : +2 Superior Full Plate Mail           (AC 36)
    Shield       : None
    Helmet       : Superior Chain Helmet                 (AC 7)
    Gloves       : +4 Imperial Silvery Full Plate Gloves (AC 16)
    Boots        : Flawless Full Plate Boots             (AC 13)
    Ring 1       : +2 Superior Ring of Coldfire
    Ring 2       : +2 Superior Ring of Coldfire
    Amulet       : +3 Superior Amulet of Thunder
    Gold Pieces  : 159,691
    
    Skills       : Accuracy          (5 ranks)
                   Armor Proficiency (3 ranks)
                   Combat Reflexes   (5 ranks) +4 with Gloves
                   Crushing Blow     (1 rank)
                   Death Blow        (5 ranks)
                   Deflect Missiles  (5 ranks)
                   Dodge             (5 ranks)
                   Diamond Body      (5 ranks)
                   Endurance         (5 ranks)
                   Evasion           (5 ranks)
                   Great Fortitude   (5 ranks)
                   Hail of Knives    (5 ranks)
                   Improved Critical (5 ranks)
                   Iron Will         (5 ranks)
                   Long Weapon Focus (3 ranks)
                   Sprint            (1 rank)
                   Stealth           (4 ranks)
                   Sweep Attack      (1 rank)
                   Toughness         (5 ranks)
                   Unarmed Combat    (5 ranks)
                   Willpower         (5 ranks)
                   3 skill points left in reserve
                   
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    Game #3: Easy - Ysuran Auondril, Moon Elf Necromancer     [9 hours, 32 minutes]
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    Character Statistics
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    Level        : 28
    Experience   : 401,489
    Next Level   : 417,000
    Health       : 333/333
    Energy       : 436/436
    Armor        : 116
    Base Attack  : 20
    Damage       : 32-42
    Strength     : 20 [+5 hit/+5 dmg]
    Dexterity    : 12 [+1 armor]
    Constitution : 10 [+0 hit points]
    Intelligence : 27 [+40 max energy]
    Wisdom       : 21 [+25% experience]
    Charisma     : 10 [+0% buy/sell]
    Weapon 1     : +5 Flawless Defending Staff                (24-44)
    Weapon 2     : Superior Morning Star                      (20-30)
    Chest Armor  : +5 Remarkable Guardian's Full Plate Mail   (AC 39)
    Shield       : Imperial Iron Shield                       (AC 10)
    Helmet       : +3 Imperial Half Plate Helmet              (AC 16)
    Gloves       : +5 Flawless Unrelenting Half Plate Gloves  (AC 19)
    Boots        : +3 Grand Full Plate Boots of Speed         (AC 17)
    Ring 1       : +5 Flawless Blazing Ring
    Ring 2       : +5 Flawless Blazing Ring
    Amulet       : +4 Imperial Ice Witch's Amulet
    Gold Pieces  : 139,924
    
    Skills       : Alchemical Lore   (1 rank)
                   Animate Dead      (3 ranks)
                   Armor Proficiency (3 ranks)
                   Clarity           (3 ranks)
                   Claws of Darkness (3 ranks)
                   Dark Possession   (1 rank)
                   Empower           (3 ranks)
                   Enchant Item      (5 ranks)
                   Endurance         (5 ranks)
                   Enervation        (5 ranks)
                   Flame Arrow       (5 ranks)
                   Great Fortitude   (5 ranks)
                   Iron Will         (5 ranks)
                   Life Drain        (5 ranks)
                   Melf's Acid Arrow (3 ranks)
                   Shadow Conjure    (5 ranks)
                   Shadow Shield     (5 ranks)
                   Shadow Spray      (5 ranks)
                   Shield            (1 rank)
                   Vampiric Touch    (5 ranks)
                   Willpower         (5 ranks)
                   30 skill points left in reserve
                   
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    Game #4: Easy - Borador "Goldhand", Dwarven Rogue         [9 hours, 51 minutes]
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    Character Statistics
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    Level        : 27
    Experience   : 382,816
    Next Level   : 388,000
    Health       : 471/471
    Energy       : 206/206
    Armor        : 140
    Base Attack  : 49
    Damage       : 87/87
    Strength     : 18 [+4 hit/+4 dmg]
    Dexterity    : 25 [+7 armor]
    Constitution : 16 [+3 hit points]
    Intelligence : 10 [+0 max energy]
    Wisdom       : 14 [+10% experience]
    Charisma     : 14 [+10% buy/sell]
    Weapon 1     : +5 Grand Ice Wyrm's Crossbow           (51)
    Weapon 2     : +5 Flawless Flaming Great Axe          (68-84)
    Weapon 3     : +3 Grand Angelic Morning Star          (33-45)
    Chest Armor  : +3 Fine Watcher's Half Plate Mail      (AC 29)
    Shield       : Flawless Iron Shield                   (AC 9)
    Helmet       : +4 Grand Chain Helmet of Conflagration (AC 14)
    Gloves       : +4 Grand Unrelenting Full Plate Gloves (AC 17)
    Boots        : +3 Flawless Firestorm Half Plate Boots (AC 16)
    Ring 1       : +3 Flawless Ring of Fire
    Ring 2       : +3 Flawless Resonating Ring
    Amulet       : +4 Flawless Amulet of the Wisp
    Gold Pieces  : 23,828
    
    Skills       : Accuracy           (5 ranks)
                   Armor Proficiency  (3 ranks)
                   Combat Reflexes    (5 ranks)
                   Death Blow         (5 ranks)
                   Dodge              (5 ranks)
                   Dwarven Warsong    (5 ranks)
                   Endurance          (3 ranks)
                   Evasion            (5 ranks)
                   Forge Lore         (5 ranks)
                   Great Fortitude    (5 ranks)
                   Hail of Bolts      (5 ranks)
                   Hand Weapon Focus  (3 ranks)
                   Improved Critical  (5 ranks)
                   Iron Will          (5 ranks)
                   Precise Shot       (1 rank)
                   Ransack            (5 ranks)
                   Shield Bash        (2 ranks)
                   Shield Expertise   (2 ranks)
                   Smokepowder Bolt   (3 ranks)
                   Toughness          (4 ranks)
                   Willpower          (5 ranks)
                   1 skill point left in reserve
                   
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    Game #5: Easy - Allessia Faithhammer, Human Cleric of Helm     [9 hrs, 31 mins]
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    Character Statistics
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    Level        : 28
    Experience   : 388,636
    Next Level   : 417,000
    Health       : 394/394
    Energy       : 258/258
    Armor        : 105 (134 with Protective Ward)
    Base Attack  : 59 (with Divine Strength and Bless)
    Damage       : 160-160
    Strength     : 37 [+13 hit/+13 dmg]
    Dexterity    : 12 [+1 armor]
    Constitution : 12 [+1 hit points]
    Intelligence : 14 [+10 max energy]
    Wisdom       : 16 [+15% experience]
    Charisma     : 12 [+5% buy/sell]
    Weapon 1     : +5 Imperial Templar's Bastard Sword         (81)
    Weapon 2     : +5 Flawless Shortbow of Disruption          (36-52)
    Chest Armor  : +2 Superior Full Plate Mail                 (AC 37)
    Shield       : None
    Helmet       : Fine Full Plate Helmet                      (AC 9)
    Gloves       : +2 Remarkable Unrelenting Full Plate Gloves (AC 12)
    Boots        : Imperial Full Plate Boots                   (AC 13)
    Ring 1       : +2 Flawless Blazing Ring
    Ring 2       : +2 Flawless Blazing Ring
    Amulet       : +2 Flawless Amulet of Holy Flame
    Gold Pieces  : 60,412
    
    Skills       : Accuracy           (5 ranks)
                   Armor Proficiency  (3 ranks)
                   Bless              (5 ranks)
                   Clarity            (3 ranks)
                   Combat Reflexes    (5 ranks)
                   Cure Wounds        (5 ranks)
                   Death Blow         (5 ranks)
                   Divine Resilience  (5 ranks)
                   Divine Strength    (5 ranks)
                   Dodge              (5 ranks)
                   Empower            (3 ranks)
                   Endurance          (2 ranks)
                   Flame Strike       (5 ranks)
                   Great Fortitude    (5 ranks)
                   Great Weapon Focus (3 ranks)
                   Hand Weapon Focus  (3 ranks)
                   Improved Critical  (5 ranks)
                   Iron Will          (5 ranks)
                   Protective Ward    (5 ranks)
                   Purity             (3 ranks)
                   Shield Expertise   (1 rank)
                   Smite Evil         (5 ranks)
                   Sprint             (1 rank)
                   Toughness          (5 ranks)
                   Turn Undead        (3 ranks)
                   Willpower          (4 ranks)
                   1 skill point left in reserve
    
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    Game #6: Extreme - Ysuran Auondril, Moon Elf Necromancer  [7 hours, 29 minutes]
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    (Started from character built during Game #3)
    
    Character Statistics
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    Level        : 40
    Experience   : 914,422
    Next Level   : 99,999,992
    Health       : 545/545
    Energy       : 597/597
    Armor        : 141
    Base Attack  : 34
    Damage       : 88-88
    Strength     : 15 [+2 hit/+2 dmg]
    Dexterity    : 16 [+3 armor]
    Constitution : 14 [+2 hit points]
    Intelligence : 28 [+45 max energy]
    Wisdom       : 20 [+25% experience]
    Charisma     : 10 [+0% buy/sell]
    Weapon 1     : +5 Flawless Salamander's Morning Star        (68)
    Chest Armor  : +5 Flawless Crimson Half Plate Mail          (AC 46)
    Shield       : +4 Flawless Resonating Iron Shield           (AC 13)
    Helmet       : +5 Imperial Full Plate Helmet of Retribution (AC 19)
    Gloves       : +4 Flawless Guardian's Full Plate Gloves     (AC 19)
    Boots        : +4 Flawless Full Plate Boots of Woe          (AC 19)
    Ring 1       : +4 Flawless Ozonic Ring
    Ring 2       : +4 Flawless Noble Ring
    Amulet       : +4 Imperial Ice Witch's Amulet
    Gold Pieces  : 405,188
    
    Skills       : Accuracy            (5 ranks)
                   Alchemical Lore     (1 rank)
                   Animate Dead        (3 ranks)
                   Armor Proficiency   (3 ranks)
                   Chill Touch         (5 ranks)
                   Clarity             (3 ranks)
                   Claws of Darkness   (3 ranks)
                   Contagion           (5 ranks)
                   Dark Possession     (3 ranks)
                   Empower             (3 ranks)
                   Enchant Item        (5 ranks)
                   Endurance           (5 ranks)
                   Enervation          (5 ranks)
                   Fear                (5 ranks)
                   Flame Arrow         (5 ranks)
                   Ghoul Touch         (5 ranks)
                   Great Fortitude     (5 ranks)
                   Hand Weapon Focus   (3 ranks)
                   Haste               (5 ranks)
                   Hold                (5 ranks)
                   Iron Will           (5 ranks)
                   Life Drain          (5 ranks)
                   Long Weapon Focus   (5 ranks)
                   Melf's Acid Arrow   (5 ranks)
                   Ray of Enfeeblement (5 ranks)
                   Shadow Conjure      (5 ranks)
                   Shadow Shield       (5 ranks)
                   Shadow Spray        (5 ranks)
                   Shield              (5 ranks)
                   Shocking Grasp      (5 ranks)
                   Slow                (5 ranks)
                   Sprint              (5 ranks)
                   Vampiric Touch      (5 ranks)
                   Willpower           (5 ranks)
                   78 skill points left in reserve (All skills maxed)
    
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                                   TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- GAME BASICS -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
    
    A. Background Story
    B. Controls
    C. Heroes of Baldur's Gate
    D. Character Statistics Screen
    E. Character Abilities
    F. Weapon Types & Combat
    G. Spells and Feats
    H. Items, Workshops and Item Creation
    I. Helpful Tips
    J. Combat Strategies
    K. Main Differences between BGDA and BGDA2
    
    -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* PROLOGUE - THE CARAVAN *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
    
    0-1. The Trade Way
    0-2. Trollbark Forest
    0-3. Red Fang Goblin Lair
    0-4. Wayfork Village
    
    -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* ACT I - THE RED FANGS *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
    
    1-1. Purple Wyrm Inn & Tavern
    1-2. Sewers [Optional]
    1-3. Warehouse
    1-4. Hands of Glory Guildhall
    1-5. Argesh's Lair
    1-6. Bloodmire Manor I
    1-7. Bloodmire Manor II
    1-8. Luvia's Laboratory I
    1-9. Luvia's Laboratory II
    1-10. Wood of Sharp Teeth I [Optional]
    1-11. Cloak Wood
    1-12. Red Fang Base
    1-13. Firewind Manor
    
    -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- ACT II - THE ELEMENTAL KEYS -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
    
    2-1. Wood of Sharp Teeth II [Optional]
    2-2. Skull Gorge [Optional]
    2-3. Lyran's Hold
    2-4. Brigand's Ruins [Optional]
    2-5. Halls of the Hammer
    2-6. Dragonspear Castle
    2-7. Sea-Cave
    2-8. Hill's Edge
    2-9. Artifacts Recovered
    
    -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- ACT III - THE ELEMENTAL FOUNDATIONS -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
    
    --- Optional Character Special Quests ---
    3-1-1. Allana's Home       (Dorn only)
    3-1-2. Dark Monastery      (Vhaidra only)
    3-1-3. Zarad's Clock Tower (Ysuran only)
    3-1-4. Gandam's Hold       (Borador only)
    3-1-5. Unholy Mausoleum    (Allessia only)
    
    3-2. Wood of Sharp Teeth III [Optional]
    3-3. Skull Gorge II [Optional]
    3-4. The Harpers
    3-5. Air Elemental Plane
    3-6. Earth Elemental Plane
    3-7. Fire Elemental Plane
    3-8. Water Elemental Plane
    3-9. Foundations Activated
    
    -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- ACT IV - THE KEEP OF PALE NIGHT -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
    
    4-1. Battle of Bones
    4-2. Keep of Pale Night
    4-3. Mordoc's Gate
    4-4. Onyx Tower
    4-5. Plane of Shadow
    
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    L. Frequently Asked Questions
    M. My Review + Editorial
    N. Credits, acknowledgments and legal stuff
    
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    A. Background Story
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    NOTE: I'm including this section to help people who've never played the first
    game. It provides a lot of background information on the events that occured
    in the first game, the characters encountered, etc.
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    Eldrith, commander of the Company of the Bladed Crescent, was one of the
    greatest generals of the Sword Coast. But when Eldrith's pride led her to defy
    the dukes of Baldur's Gate -- the very city she was sworn to defend -- she was
    exiled. Enraged in her dishonor, Eldrith the Betrayer and the remnants of her
    broken army stormed the city walls.
    
    They were soundly defeated.
    
    Eldrith fled to the Marsh of Cherlimber, where she was hunted down and felled
    with arrows from afar. Clutching her wounds as she sank into the muddy waters,
    Eldrith cursed Baldur's Gate and vowed revenge upon all that dwelled within.
    
    Years later, rumors arose of a dark alliance gathering against Baldur's Gate,
    of the hateful spirit of Eldrith the Betrayer, of a black tower of onyx in
    which she seethes and plots. Eldrith meant to raze the city and its surrounding
    lands with one of the greatest hordes of monsters ever to gather under one
    banner: the Company of the Bladed Crescent had returned.
    
    But even the best-laid plans can succumb to a twisted fate, as three
    strangers entered the City of Baldur's Gate...
    
    Vahn, a human Archer, Kromlech, a dwarven fighter, and Adrianna, an elven
    Sorceress, each entered the city of Baldur's Gate seeking fame and fortune...
    though they found only thieves, cutthroats who robbed them of all gold and
    possessions and left them for dead.
    
    Determined to find the culprits -- and their stolen belongings, the
    adventurers began their search at the Elfsong Tavern. There they were
    befriended by Alyth, owner of the tavern, who offered them gold in exchange
    for exterminating an infestation of sewers rats in the cellar.
    
    While performing this task, our heroes stumbled upon a small army of kobolds
    and bugbears camped in the sewers. The monsters were vanquished, but where had
    they come from? Who had organized them? The adventurers were aided by Ethon and
    Jherek, two members of an organisation promoting good in the Realms, the
    Harpers. After being invited into the Harpers, they discovered that a clue was
    to be found in the crypts of a local cathedral, where something horrible was
    about to be buried...
    
    Investigating a disturbance in the city's crypts, our three heroes discovered
    a dreadful orb with power to raise the dead, its sole purpose to create an
    army that might wreak havoc upon Baldur's Gate.
    
    A massive battle ensued and the orb was destroyed. The adventurers traced the
    placement of the orb to the new thieves' guild; the same ruthless criminals
    that once robbed them. The thieves were led by Xantam, a beholder hiding deep
    beneath the city, who had secretly entered Baldur's Gate using a closely
    guarded, magical shadow portal.
    
    After defeating the beholder, it became clear to our heroes that the multi-eyed
    monster was simply a pawn in a much greater scheme. Determined to discover the
    source of the evil and also at the urging of Jherek, the adventurers stepped
    through the shadow portal...
    
    The shadow portal led to the Sunset Mountains, where our heroes found a dwarven
    mining camp under attack by wicked drow -- dark elves. Suspicious of the drows'
    motives, the adventurers helped drive off the dark elves and ignited a torch
    to signal for reinforcements.
    
    A second shadow portal was then discovered, exactly like the first -- only this
    gate led to the Marsh of Cherlimber... the site of Eldrith's death. There, the
    heroes met Sleyvas, a peaceful lizard man who spoke of a great Onyx Tower that
    had suddenly appeared one day as if out of nowhere. Convinced that the Onyx
    Tower must hide the source of Baldur's Gate latest troubles, the three heroes
    set off to find it...
    
    Our heroes battled their way to the top of the Onyx Tower, where they found
    Eldrith the Betrayer waiting for them. Consumed with vengeful hatred over her
    exile from Baldur's Gate, Eldrith proudly confessed her orchestration of the
    monstrous armies.
    
    A final showdown ensued, and Eldrith was inevitably defeated by the heroic
    trio. But with Eldrith dead, the powers that held the Onyx Tower together began
    to falter. Our heroes were forced to make a hasty exit through a final shadow
    portal.
    
    As the tower fell, a mysterious, lone figure watched from nearby. Had the
    threat to Baldur's Gate truly been vanquished, or was even Eldrith merely a
    pawn like so many of those she had employed? This lone figure was Sleyvas, the
    lizard man the adventurers had befriended who seems to have betrayed them...
    
    Our heroes emerged somewhere very far from Baldur's Gate, far from the Sunset
    Mountains, far from Marsh of Cherlimber, far from safety... but that... is
    for another tale... and this is where the second game begins...
    
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    B. Controls
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    L1 button               Shift
    R1 button               Block/Parry (Melee) / Aim (Ranged)
    L2 button               Drink Rejuvenation Potion
    R2 button               Drink Healing Potion
    R3 button               Reset Camera Angle
    X button                Attack (+Shift:Set or Use Lower Feat/Spell)
    Circle button           Use Feat/Cast Spell(+Shift:Set or Use Right Feat/Spell)
    Triangle button         Jump (+Shift:Set or Use Upper Feat/Spell)
    Square button           Action/Talk (+Shift: Set or Use Left Feat/Spell)
    SELECT button           Inventory/Character Statistics/Level Up
    START button            Pause/Menu
    
    Directional buttons :
    Up/Down                 Toggle Spells and Feats List Up/Down
    Left                    Toggle between Automap modes
    Right                   Toggle between 1-handed, 2-handed and ranged weapons
    Left analog stick       Move Character
    Right analog stick      Adjust Camera
    
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    C. Heroes of Baldur's Gate
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    You can now choose from 5 classes in Baldur's Gate : Dark Alliance II.
    
    [Parts taken from the game manual]
    
    Allessia Faithhammer, Human Cleric of Helm
    ------------------------------------------
    Allessia is a cleric of Helm, the Watcher, the Vigilant One, deity of Guardians
    and Protectors. She adventures for the cause of Good, in support of the Church
    of Helm, and in defense of the Innocent, to whom she feels a divine duty to
    protect. She heard of the troubles in Baldur's Gate when a letter from Huros,
    her old mentor, arrived at her home in Secomber. Allessia is powerful in melee
    combat, can wear any armor, and can learn many defensive and bolstering spells.
    
    Starting Stats
    Health       : 13/13
    Energy       : 22/22
    Armor        : 12
    Base Attack  : 2
    Strength     : 12
    Dexterity    : 11
    Constitution : 12
    Intelligence : 14
    Wisdom       : 12
    Charisma     : 12
    
    Available Feats/Spells: Accuracy, Armor Proficiency, Bless, Clarity, Cure
    Wounds, Divine Resilience, Divine Strength, Dodge, Empower, Endurance, Flame
    Strike, Great Fortitude, Great Weapon Focus, Hand Weapon Focus, Iron Will, Long
    Weapon Focus, Protective Ward, Purity, Sanctuary, Spiritual Weapon, Sprint,
    Toughness, Two-Weapon Fighting, Turn Undead and Willpower.
    
    Special Feats/Spells (available in Act III): Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Death
    Blow, Improved Critical, Power Attack, Shield Bash, Shield Expertise and Smite
    Evil.
    
    Starting Equipment:
    - Shoddy Lt. Mace
    - Cloth Boots
    - Cloth Bracers
    - Wooden Shield
    
    Starting Spells and Feats:
    - Armor Proficiency (3 ranks)
    - Cure Wounds (1 rank)
    - Divine Strength (1 rank)
    - Turn Undead (1 rank)
    
    Borador "Goldhand", Dwarven Rogue
    ---------------------------------
    Borador is a treasure-hunter, a particularly tough breed of rogue who
    adventures for the singular purpose of looting otherwise unclaimed wealth from
    ruins, monster lairs, and other extremely dangerous places. Foul-mouthed,
    greedy, and taciturn, Borador refuses to speak of his past, and his clan-name
    is a closely-guarded secret. He has, however, been given the moniker "Goldhand"
    for his legendary avarice. Borador is a decent combatant who excels with a
    crossbow and has numerous "treasure-hunting" abilities that allow him to foil
    traps and collect extra loot from monsters and chests. Like many dwarves, he
    also has a penchant for explosives. He cannot wear a shield or medium or heavy
    armor without training.
    
    Starting Stats
    Health       : 16/16
    Energy       : 10/10
    Armor        : 16
    Base Attack  : 3
    Strength     : 11
    Dexterity    : 15
    Constitution : 16
    Intelligence : 10
    Wisdom       : 10
    Charisma     : 10
    
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    NOTE: Borador is also the only character in the game that can disarm any traps
    he encounters during his adventure. Pretty useful ability, if you ask me.
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    Available Feats/Spells: Accuracy, Armor Proficiency, Combat Reflexes, Dodge,
    Endurance, Evasion, Forge Lore, Great Fortitude, Hail of Bolts, Hand Weapon
    Focus, Improved Critical, Iron Will, Long Weapon Focus, Precise Shot, Ransack,
    Smokepowder Bolt, Smokepowder Bomb, Smokepowder Satchel, Sprint, Stealth,
    Toughness, Two-Weapon Fighting and Willpower.
    
    Special Feats/Spells (available in Act III): Cleave, Death Blow, Dwarven
    Warsong, Great Weapon Focus, Power Attack, Shield Bash and Shield Expertise.
    
    Starting Equipment:
    - Shoddy Short Sword
    - Shoddy Crossbow
    - Cloth Boots
    - Cloth Bracers
    
    Starting Spells and Feats:
    - Armor Proficiency (1 rank)
    - Ransack (1 rank)
    
    Dorn Redbear, Human Barbarian
    -----------------------------
    Dorn is a massive, carousing, thrill-seeking barbarian from one of the many
    tribes that roams the plains of the Western Heartlands. He adventures for the
    glory and the sheer thrill of it, hoping to drink as much liquor and love as
    many women as he can in the process (my kind of guy, really!). Dorn is an
    exceptional melee combatant who earns many powerful special attacks. As a
    barbarian, he is fleet of foot and able to go berserk in battle, but cannot
    wear heavy armor without training.
    
    Starting Stats
    Health       : 17/17
    Energy       : 8/8
    Armor        : 10
    Base Attack  : 4
    Strength     : 16
    Dexterity    : 10
    Constitution : 14
    Intelligence : 10
    Wisdom       : 10
    Charisma     : 11
    
    Available Feats/Spells: Accuracy, Armor Proficiency, Barbarian Rage, Cleave,
    Combat Reflexes, Death Blow, Dodge, Endurance, Great Fortitude, Great Weapon
    Focus, Hand Weapon Focus, Hero's Arm, Hero's Mantle, Improved Critical, Iron
    Will, Long Weapon Focus, Power Attack, Sprint, Sunder, Toughness, Two-Weapon
    Fighting and Willpower.
    
    Special Feats/Spells (available in Act III): Animal Friendship, Bale Arm,
    Barksin, Heart of the Bear, Heart of the Wolf and Resist Elements.
    
    Starting Equipment:
    - Shoddy Handaxe (Primary weapon)
    - Shoddy Short Sword (Off-hand weapon)
    - Cloth Boots
    - Cloth Bracers
    
    Starting Spells and Feats:
    - Armor Proficiency (2 ranks)
    - Barbarian Rage (1 rank)
    - Sprint (1 rank)
    
    Vhaidra Uoswiir, Dark Elf Monk
    ------------------------------
    Vhaidra fled Menzoberranzan when her family fell under attack by a coalition
    of other noble houses. Driven by a cruel mixture of rigid honor and seething
    hatred, Vhaidra now adventurers to hone her already deadly martial skills --
    all in preparation for her triumphant and bloody return. Her half-sister Ulua
    awaits her arrival in Baldur's Gate; Vhaidra intends to use the troubles there
    for her own benefit. As a monk, Vhaidra is a quick, hard-hitting combattant
    who can learn a wide variety of special attacks and abilities. She cannot wear
    a shield or medium or heavy armor without training and cannot use great
    weapons.
    
    Starting Stats
    Health       : 14/14
    Energy       : 12/12
    Armor        : 19
    Base Attack  : 3
    Strength     : 12
    Dexterity    : 17
    Constitution : 10
    Intelligence : 10
    Wisdom       : 10
    Charisma     : 10
    
    Available Feats/Spells: Accuracy, Armor Proficiency, Combat Reflexes, Crushing
    Blow, Death Blow, Deflect Missiles, Dodge, Diamond Body, Endurance, Evasion,
    Great Fortitude, Hand Weapon Focus, Improved Critical, Iron Will, Piercing
    Strike, Long Weapon Focus, Spinning Strike, Sprint, Stunning Blow, Sweep
    Attack, Toughness, Two-Weapon Fighting, Unarmed Combat and Willpower.
    
    Special Feats/Spells (Available in Act III): Arterial Strike, Crippling Blow,
    Hail of Knives, Poison, Stealth and Sweep Attack.
    
    Starting Equipment:
    - Cloth Boots
    - Cloth Bracers
    
    Starting Spells and Feats:
    - Armor Proficiency (1 rank)
    - Sprint (1 rank)
    - Unarmed Combat (1 rank)
    
    Ysuran Auondril, Moon Elf Necromancer
    -------------------------------------
    The brooding, mysterious Ysuran has few memories to speak of -- stumbling into
    the Greycloak Hills and being wordlessly turned away by his moon elf kin there
    -- carrying a black tome, presumably his, from which he learned his name and
    trade: necromancer, a wizard specializing in the dark art of death magic.
    Wandering in search of his identity, Ysuran finds himself strangely compelled
    to aid those he comes across. While traveling to Baldur's Gate to seek answers
    from the well-known sage Omduil, he hears of the troubles plaguing the great
    port city. Ysuran is a potent spellcaster who, despite his poor physical
    combat ability, can grow to become awesomely powerful. As a necromancer who has
    chosen evocation as his school of opposition, he is very skilled with spells
    that create, modify, or destroy life force, but cannot use spells such as
    fireball or lightning bolt. He cannot wear any armor without training or wield
    great weapons or bows.
    
    Starting Stats
    Health       : 11/11
    Energy       : 35/35
    Armor        : 13
    Base Attack  : 1
    Strength     : 10
    Dexterity    : 12
    Constitution : 10
    Intelligence : 17
    Wisdom       : 10
    Charisma     : 10
    
    Available Feats/Spells: Accuracy, Alchemical Lore, Animate Dead, Armor
    Proficiency, Chill Touch, Clarity, Contagion, Dark Possession, Empower, Enchant
    Item, Endurance, Enervation, Fear, Flame Arrow, Ghoul Touch, Great Fortitude,
    Hand Weapon Focus, Haste, Hold, Iron Will, Life Drain, Long Weapon Focus,
    Melf's Acid Arrow, Ray of Enfeeblement, Shield, Shocking Grasp, Slow, Sprint,
    Vampiric Touch and Willpower.
    
    Special Feats/Spells (Available in Act III): Claws of Darkness, Shadow Conjure,
    Shadow Shield and Shadow Spray.
    
    Starting Equipment:
    - Dagger
    - Cloth Boots
    - Cloth Bracers
    
    Starting Spells and Feats:
    - Life Drain (1 rank)
    - Shield (1 rank)
    
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    [Some parts taken from the game manual]
    
    This screen can be accessed by pressing the SELECT button. There are different
    tabs for each of the types of information presented.
    
    Carrying Capacity: On the main screen, in the top left corner, there's a
    percentage of the character's total carrying capacity. The number on the left
    is the current weight of the equipment and loot you are carrying. The number on
    the right is your total weight capacity. You cannot carry more than your total
    carrying capacity. Your carrying capacity can be increased with the Endurance
    passive feat (See Section G. Spells and Feats).
    
    Gold Piece Total: To the left of the Carrying Capacity, there is the total
    number of gold pieces you are carrying. There is no limit to the number of gold
    pieces you can carry.
    
    Weapons Tab: You can view the weapons you carry on this screen. Weapons that
    are currently equipped have a green background. To equip/unequip a weapon,
    press the X button. To drop a weapon, press the Triangle button. Some
    characters can equip a weapon in each hand. The weapon in the character's
    off-hand will have a grey background. To equip/unequip an off-hand weapon,
    press the L1 button.
    
    Armor Tab: Here, you can view the armor you are carrying/wearing. You can wear
    shields, helmets, chest armor, gloves/bracers, leggings and boots. Equipping,
    unequipping and dropping armor is done the same way as with weapons.
    
    Potions/Magic Items Tab: This tab lists all of the potions and magic items your
    character is carrying. Potions include:
    
    - Healing Potions: These potions heal damage your character has taken. They
      come in many varieties, each which heals a varying amount of damage to your
      character (3 types of potions: Lesser, Normal and Extra Healing Potions).
    
    - Rejuvenation Potions: These potions can restore Magic Energy (which is used
      when casting spells or using active feats). They also come in many varieties,
      each which restores a varying amount of Magic Energy to your character
      (3 types of potions: Lesser, Normal and Extra Rejuvenation Potions).
    
    - Recall Potions: These potions can teleport your character to the nearest safe
      area (which may be many maps away from your current location). Recall potions
      are useful for when you need to return to a safe area to sell some equipment
      that's loading you down, or restock on potions or new weapons and armor.
      
      You can use Recall potions by pressing the START button and choosing the
      Recall option. Using the Recall option again will return you the the previous
      location, as long as you don't leave the area you have recalled to. This
      allows you to jump to Baldur's Gate with a Recall potion, then use the same
      potion again to return to the point in the dungeon you just left, provided
      you don't walk out of Baldur's Gate before you use the Recall potion again.
    
    Statistics Tab: This tab lists all of your character's abilities, which are
    explained in Section E. Characters Abilities.
    
    Quest Journal Tab: Your current quests/tasks are listed here.
    
    Spells and Feats Tab: List of your character's spells, feats, and their
    respective ranks. See Section G. Spells and Feats for details.
    
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    E. Character Abilities
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    [Taken from the game manual]
    
    There are a number of abilities that define your character:
    
    Strength:
    This measures your character's physical power. Characters with a high Strength
    have a better chance to hit opponents in melee combat, do more damage when they
    hit, and can carry more weight than weaker characters.
    
    Intelligence:
    This determines how well your character learns and reasons. The higher your
    character's Intelligence, the faster your Magic Energy regenerates, and the
    more Magic Energy points you gain each time you advance a level.
    
    Wisdom:
    This describes your character's willpower, common sense, perception and
    intuition. The higher your character's Wisdom, the more experience points your
    character will gain when they kill monsters and accomplish quests.
    
    Dexterity:
    This measures your character's hand-eye coordination, agility, reflexes and
    balance. Characters with a high Dexterity have a better chance to hit opponents
    with ranged weapons and have a better Armor Class.
    
    Constitution:
    This represents your character's health and stamina. A high Constitution means
    your character will have more hit points and a faster hit point regeneration
    rate.
    
    Charisma:
    This measures a character's force of personality, persuasiveness, personal
    magnetism, and physical attractiveness. The higher your character's Charisma,
    the less trouble they will have buying and selling items at the local store or
    merchant.
    
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    NOTE: As you gain levels, you will gain points to spend on increasing these
    abilities. Every four levels, you will be able to increase one of your ability
    scores. You get one point at level 4, one at level 8, one at level 12, etc.
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    Experience:
    You get experience by either killing monsters and creatures or finishing the
    quests you receive. When playing in the 2-player game, both players receive
    50% of the experience. However, the two players receive both 100% of quest
    experience point rewards.
    
    Next Level:
    The number of experience points needed to reach the next level of experience.
    
    Health:
    Total number of hit points. Number on the left is your current total. Number
    on the right is your total. When a character has 0 hit points, he or she dies.
    Hit points can be recovered by either using Healing Potions or with time. High
    Constitution makes hit point regeneration faster. Some feats improve your
    health and regeneration rate (See Section G. Spells and Feats).
    
    Magic Energy:
    Total number of Magic Energy points. Number on the left is your current total.
    Number on the right is your total. When a character has 0 Magic Energy points,
    he or she won't be able to use spells or active feats. Magic Energy can be
    recovered by using Rejuvenation Potions or with time. High Intelligence makes
    Magic Energy regeneration faster. Some feats improve your Magic Energy and its
    regeneration rate (See Section G. Spells and Feats).
    
    Armor:
    This represents your character's Armor Class. The higher this score, the
    better. You can increase your AC by wearing armor, with a high Dexterity score
    and with the Dodge feat (See Section G. Spells and Feats).
    
    Base Attack:
    This is the bonus your character has to hit an opponent in combat. The higher,
    the better your chances of hitting your enemies. You can increase your Base
    Attack by going up levels, with a high Strength, with a magical weapon and with
    various feats (See Section G. Spells and Feats).
    
    Damage:
    The amount of damage your character inflicts on a successful hit. The higher,
    the better. You can increase your Damage by going up levels, with a high
    Strength, with a magical weapon and with various feats (See Section G. Spells
    and Feats).
    
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    F. Weapon Types & Combat
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    [Taken from the game manual]
    
    Your character's skill with a given weapon type or style of combat will
    determine how he or she attacks. Each rank in the relevant skill -- Hand Weapon
    Focus, Great Weapon Focus, Long Weapon Focus, Two-Weapon Fighting, Unarmed
    Combat, and Accuracy -- will increase the damage inflicted, to-hit chance and,
    for melee weapons, allow for automatic combination attacks (multiple
    sequential strikes where each attack inflicts more damage than the last) and
    special attack effects.
    
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    HAND WEAPONS
    ------------
    Hand weapons are those that can be wielded in only one hand. One of their chief
    benefits is that they allow the use of a shield, which is helpful in defending
    yourself in combat.
    
    One-Handed Blades
    ------------------
    Swords and daggers are relatively agile weapons and have a higher chance of
    critically striking an opponent (inflicting double damage) than other weapons.
    A character can earn up to a 3-hit combination, with each additional attack in
    the sequence increasing the chance of a critical hit.
    
    One-Handed Axes
    ---------------
    Axes are brutal but effective weapons; while not as precise as swords and
    dagger, they can inflict more damage when they strike. A character can earn up
    to a 3-hit combination; the second and third attacks in the sequence inflict
    extra damage in addition to the extra damage already inflicted by sequential
    attacks, while the third attack also inflicts extra critical hit damage.
    
    One-Handed Bludgeons
    --------------------
    Includes clubs, maces, morning stars. Bludgeons have a chance to stun enemies,
    briefly rendering them unable to attack or defend themselves. A character can
    earn up to a 3-hit combination, with each additional attack in the sequence
    having an increased chance to stun the target.
    
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    GREAT WEAPONS
    -------------
    Great weapons are so large and heavy that they must be wielded in two hands.
    Great weapons inflict much more damage than smaller hand weapons but a
    character cannot use a shield with one.
    
    Great Swords
    ------------
    Like their smaller variants, two-handed great swords have a higher chance of
    critically striking an opponent than other weapons. A character can earn up to
    a 3-hit combination, with each attack in the sequence increasing the chance of
    a critical hit. In addition, the second and third attacks can strike additional
    enemies around the character's primary target, though they suffer reduced
    damage from the blow.
    
    Great Axes
    ----------
    Like their smaller variants, two-handed great axes do not critically hit as
    often as swords but inflict more damage when they do. A character can earn up
    to a 3-hit combination, the second and third attacks in the sequence inflict
    extra damage in addition to the extra damage already inflicted by sequential
    attacks, while the third attack also inflicts extra critical hit damage. In
    addition, the final attack strikes all enemies in an arc before the character.
    
    Great Bludgeons
    ---------------
    Like their smaller variants, two-handed bludgeons (like warhammers) have a
    chance to stun opponents. A character can earn up to a 3-hit combination, with
    each attack in the sequence increasing the chance of stunning the target. In
    addition, the final attack strikes all enemies in an arc before the character.
    
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    LONG WEAPONS
    ------------
    Long weapons are primarily defensive in nature, having the ability to attack
    enemies from a distance and push them back. Like great weapons, long weapons
    require two hands to wield and prohibit the use of a shield.
    
    Staves
    ------
    Along with polearms, staves have the best reach of any melee weapon; they can
    also stun enemies, like bludgeons. A character can earn up to a 3-hit
    combination, with each attack in the sequence increasing the chance of stunning
    the target. In addition, the second and third stikes cause increasing levels
    of knockback, pushing the enemy away from the character.
    
    Polearms
    --------
    Along with staves, polearms (spears and halberds) have the best reach of any
    melee weapon; they also have a higher chance of inflicting critical hits; like
    one-handed blades. A character can earn up to a 3-hit combination; the second
    and third attacks in the sequence inflict extra damage in addition to the extra
    damage already inflicted by sequential attacks. In addition, the second and
    third strikes cause increasing levels of knockback, pushing the enemy away from
    the character.
    
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    Two-Weapon Fighting
    -------------------
    Two-weapon fighting is what it sounds like: the character holds a weapon in
    each hand and attacks with them almost simultaneously. A character can earn up
    to a 3-attack combination, where each attack consists of two strikes; depending
    on whether the attack is armed or unarmed. Skilled unarmed combatants begin
    with a two-attack combination and can earn up to six in total. Sequential
    attacks inflict additional damage as well as having an increasing chance to
    stun targets; the final sixth attack knocks enemies back as well.
    
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    Accuracy
    --------
    Accuracy affects all ranged weapons -- bows, crossbows, and hurled weapons like
    throwing axes and daggers -- by increasing both to-hit chance and damage
    inflicted. Ranged weapons don't have the same high damage potential as melee
    weapons, but allow you to attack targets from a distance.
    
    Bows
    ----
    Bows have a high rate of fire and inflict fair damage. Bows require some
    training to use and not all characters can equip them.
    
    Crossbows
    ---------
    Crossbows don't fire as quickly as bows, but inflict more damage per shot.
    Any character can use a crossbow.
    
    Hurled Weapons
    --------------
    Hurled weapons like throwing axes and daggers aren't as slow as crossbows but
    inflict less damage than other ranged weapons. However, strong characters
    inflict extra damage with hurled weapons as if they were making a melee attack.
    
    Again, combination attacks occur automatically once your character can perform
    them. You do not need to perform a sequence of actions to make them happen,
    simply equipping the appropriate weapon and attacking will cause these attack
    combinations to occur. For a more detailed description of the weapon skills and
    earning combination attacks, see Section G. Spells and Feats.
    
    There are other combat effects your character should be aware of:
    
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    Knockback
    ---------
    Every time you hit an opponent he gets knocked back slightly; if you are doing
    a sequence attack, your character will move forward slightly to compensate.
    
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    Blocking
    --------
    You can only block permanently if you are two weapon-fighting, having a shield
    equipped or are an unarmed monk. While two-handed weapons may do more damage,
    sometimes it pays to have a decent one-handed weapon and shield at the ready.
    A character wielding a ranged weapon cannot block.
    
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    Damage Type Colors
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    If you turn on the Damage Text option, you'll be able to see how much damage
    you're dealing to the foes you are attacking. Usually, the damage color will
    be white. There are various other colors that can give you hints about what
    type of weapon to use against which type of enemy. Here are the various colors:
    
    Color        Damage Type
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    White        Target has been hit normally
    Yellow       Target has been critically hit
    Red          Target is resistant to the particular attack, half damage
    Blue         Target is vulnerable to the particular attack, extra damage
    Green        Target has been healed instead of damaged
    
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    G. Spells and Feats
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    [Some parts taken from the game manual]
    
    Spells and Feats are special abilities your character gains, such as new attack
    types, additional health points and so on, that help you customize your hero
    as you go up in levels. Every time you gain a level of experience, you gain a
    number of points equal to your new level. You can spend these points to gain a
    new spell or feat or improve on one you already have. At 1st level, you'll get
    1 point, at 2nd level, 2 points, etc. Some spells and feats cost more points
    than others to gain or improve, so you may want to save your points from level
    to level to get access to some of the more expensive spells and feats, later in
    the game. It's a trade off though, since your character won't be as strong in
    the starting levels.
    
    Spells and Feats work on a rank system, and many spells and feats have multiple
    ranks. The more points you place in a spell or feat, the more powerful the
    spell or feat becomes. Here is a list of all the spells and feats a character
    may choose during the game. Each character has access to different spells and
    feats, although some are common to all classes and can be chosen by anyone.
    However, no character in the game has access to all the spells and feats.
    
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    NOTE: Spells and Feats are described more in detail in the Spells and Feats tab
    accessible through your character screen. Always pay attention to what each
    spell and feat does to improve your character.
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    Passive Feats
    -------------
    Passive feats are always on and do not need to be activated to function.
    
    Accuracy: Improves the accuracy and damage of ranged attacks.
    
    Armor Proficiency : Allows the character to wear heavier types of armor. Rank
    one allows light armor (leather and studded leather), rank two allows medium
    armor (scale and chain mail) and shields, while rank three allows heavy armor
    (half and full plate armor). Allessia starts with three ranks, Borador and
    Vhaidra with one and Dorn with two. Ysuran must choose this feat when he levels
    up to wear any armor in the game.
    
    Clarity: Reduces the casting cost -- the amount of Magic Energy required -- of
    all your spells.
    
    Combat Reflexes: Increases the speed of your attacks.
    
    Death Blow: Increases the damage inflicted by a critical hit.
    
    Deflect Missiles: Gives a chance to automatically block missile attacks.
    
    Diamond Body: Resist the effects of poison and acid.
    
    Dodge: You are harder to hit. Increases Armor Class.
    
    Empower: Increases the damage caused by your spells.
    
    Enchant Item: Decreases the amount of gold needed for creating and breaking
    down magic items.
    
    Endurance: Increases your carrying capacity. More useful than it looks.
    
    Evasion: Aids in damage reduction from certain magical attacks.
    
    Forge Lore: Decreases the cost of creating and breaking down magic weapons.
    
    Great Weapon Focus: Increases your ability to fight with two-handed great
    weapons.
    
    Great Fortitude: Increases your hit point regeneration rate.
    
    Hand Weapon Focus: Increases your ability to fight with one-handed weapons.
    
    Heart of the Wolf: Increases your running speed.
    
    Heart of the Bear: Increases your Hit Points.
    
    Hero's Arm: Allows you to wield great weapons in only one hand. Very awesome!
    
    Hero's Mantle: Resistance to physical damage.
    
    Improved Critical: Increases your chance to score a critical hit with melee
    attacks.
    
    Iron Will: Increases your Magic Energy regeneration rate.
    
    Long Weapon Focus: Increases your ability to fight with staves, spears and
    polearms.
    
    Shield Expertise: Gain an additional armor bonus and physical damage resistance
    from your shield.
    
    Toughness: Grants you extra Hit Points.
    
    Two-Weapon Fighting: Improves your ability to fight with two weapons at once.
    
    Unarmed Combat: Improves your ability to fight bare-handed. Note that magical
    effects on gloves and gauntlets come off as attack effects, e.g. +1 Leather
    Gloves of Frost add 1-6 cold damage to any character's unarmed attacks. Vhaidra
    begins with one rank in this feat.
    
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    Spells and Active Feats
    -----------------------
    
    Alchemical Lore: Allows you to switch nearby potions on the ground from Healing
    to Rejuvenation and vice-versa.
    
    Animal Friendship: Allows you to charm animals.
    
    Animate Dead: Animate the spirits of the dead to aid you.
    
    Arterial Strike: Wound enemies with a sneak attack, causing gradual Hit Point
    loss.
    
    Bale Arm: Allows you to hurl two throwing weapons at the same time.
    
    Barbarian Rage: Allows you to enter a state of barbaric rage. Dorn begins with
    one rank in this feat and cannot block while enraged.
    
    Barkskin: As the name implies, makes your skin as tough as bark.
    
    Bless: Increases the combat abilities of you and any allies.
    
    Chill Touch: Your touch instills a deathly chill.
    
    Claws of Darkness: Attack with claws of deadly shadow that freeze and weaken
    your enemies.
    
    Cleave: An attack that strikes all enemies in front of you.
    
    Contagion: Curse your enemies with the plague.
    
    Crippling Blow: Slow the enemy with a sneak attack.
    
    Crushing Blow: An unarmed attack that adds damage to unarmed attacks.
    
    Cure Wounds: Heals yourself and any allies. Allessia starts with 1 rank in this
    spell.
    
    Dark Possession: Control humanoids and lesser undead creatures.
    
    Divine Resilience: Temporarily boosts your Great Fortitude (i.e. Hit Point
    regeneration rate).
    
    Divine Strength: Temporarily boosts your Strength. Allessia starts with 1 rank
    in this spell.
    
    Dwarven Warsong: Bellow to increase attack speed and HP regeneration.
    
    Enervation: Death magic; attack with pure negative energy.
    
    Fear: Cause enemies to flee in sheer terror. Undead and constructs are
    unaffected.
    
    Flame Arrow: Hurl bolts of flame. Each rank adds one arrow.
    
    Flame Strike: Holy fire rains down on your enemies.
    
    Ghoul Touch: Your touch paralyzes and corrupts enemies.
    
    Hail of Bolts: Allows you to fire multiple bolts at once.
    
    Hail of Knives: Allows you to throw multiple knives at once.
    
    Haste: Increases attack speed for you and any allies.
    
    Hold: Magically paralyze enemies.
    
    Life Drain: Drain enemies' life to bolster your own. Ysuran starts with 1 rank
    in this spell.
    
    Magic Missile: Missiles of magical energy strike your enemy.
    
    Melf's Acid Arrow: Summons a magic acidic arrow.
    
    Otiluke's Icy Sphere: Summons a sphere of cold damaging and freezing your
    enemy.
    
    Piercing Strike: An unarmed-only attack that reduces your enemies' Armor Class.
    
    Poison: Inflicts additional poison damage.
    
    Power Attack: Inflicts additional damage.
    
    Precise Shot: You can make more accurate, damaging shots with a crossbow.
    
    Protective Ward: Creates a protective aura around you.
    
    Purity: Temporary poison and acid resistance. Additional ranks also grant
    immunity to various status effects. Rank 2: Immunity to Curse, Rank 3: Immunity
    to Sunder, Rank 4: Immunity to Enfeeblement, Rank 5: Immunity to Slow.
    
    Ransack: Knock additional loot out of enemies! Borador begins with 1 rank in
    this feat.
    
    Ray of Enfeeblement: Weaken and slow enemies.
    
    Resist Elements: Aids in elemental damage resistance.
    
    Repulsion: Repulses and damages nearby enemies.
    
    Sanctuary: Enemies will not attack you unless you attack them.
    
    Shadow Conjure: Summon a shadow to aid you.
    
    Shadow Spray: Ribbons of shadow damage and weaken your enemies.
    
    Shield: Create a magical shield for defense. Allessia starts with 1 rank in
    this spell.
    
    Shield Bash: A short dash forward that damages and stuns your enemy.
    
    Shadow Shield: Create a shield of shadow.
    
    Shocking Grasp: Your touch electrifies your enemies.
    
    Slow: Slow your enemies down.
    
    Smokepowder Bolt: Fire a burning crossbow bolt.
    
    Smokepowder Bomb: Hurl an explosive bomb.
    
    Smokepowder Satchel: Place and later detonate an explosive satchel charge.
    
    Spinning Strike: A devastating staff-only attack that strikes all enemies
    around you.
    
    Spiritual Weapon: Summons the avatar of Helm's sword, Ever Watchful.
    
    Sprint: A quick burst of running speed. Both Dorn and Vhaidra begin with 1 rank
    in this feat.
    
    Smite Evil: Inflicts additional damage and can disrupt undead creatures.
    
    Stealth: Allows you to avoid enemies and make sneak attacks.
    
    Stunning Blow: An unarmed-only attack that damages and stuns your enemy.
    
    Sunder: Reduces your enemies' Armor Class.
    
    Sweep Attack: An unarmed-only attack that strikes and knocks back all enemies
    before you.
    
    Turn Undead: Repels and damages nearby undead.
    
    Vampiric Touch: Your touch drains life and bolsters your own.
    
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    H. Items, Workshops and Item Creation
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    General Item Attributes
    -----------------------
    
    Weapons, armor, amulets and rings can have a number of attributes that relate
    to their quality or magical properties.
    
    Quality
    -------
    An item's quality refers to how well made it is. Higher quality armor protects
    better, higher quality weapons inflict more damage, and higher quality rings
    and amulets are worth more. Note that many damage bonuses (such as those from
    Strength and the Power Attack feat) also scale up with higher quality weapons.
    
    Quality              Armor          Weapon          Amulet/Ring
    -------            ----------     -----------     ---------------
    Shoddy             -15% to AC     x0.5 damage     Decreased Value
    Normal                 -               -                 -
    Fine               +15% to AC     x1.5 damage     Increased Value
    Remarkable         +30% to AC     x2.0 damage     Increased Value
    Superior           +45% to AC     x2.5 damage     Increased Value
    Grand              +60% to AC     x3.0 damage     Increased Value
    Imperial           +75% to AC     x3.5 damage     Increased Value
    Flawless           +90% to AC     x4.0 damage     Increased Value
    
    Magical Effects
    ---------------
    
    An item's magical effects, such as "of Blood" (e.g. a Long Sword of Blood) are
    the result of between 1 and 3 components: Rune Stones and Gems, used in the
    creation of that item. The number of Rune Stones and Gems determine how
    powerful a particular effect is. Various Gems create different effects based
    on what sort of item they are placed in. For example, a Jacinth in a shield
    does something different than a Jacinth in a ring. You can also combine various
    gems to create interesting effects.
    
    Creating Items
    --------------
    
    The first thing you'll need if you want to customize an item to your own
    choosing is to find a Fine or greater quality item and at least one Rune Stone.
    Rune Stones can sometimes be found in dungeons but they are also sold by
    Bartley. Once you're ready to customize your item, choose "Workshop" from
    Bartley's menu. Here are the basics on item customization:
    
    - There are 3 separate "slots" in which you can put Rune Stones and Gems. The
      first "slot" is for inserting Rune Stones and you can insert up to 16 Rune
      Stones in this slot for Body Armor, Helmets, Shields, Gloves and Weapons.
      You can insert up to 176 Rune Stones (!) in Rings, Amulets and Boots in
      Extreme mode only though. The amount of Rune Stones inserted determine the
      item's bonus or the item's level, if you prefer.
      
      Body Armor, Helmets, Shields, Gloves, Weapons, Rings, Amulets, Boots:
      1 Rune Stone    = +1         (Level 1)
      2 Rune Stones   = +2         (Level 2)
      4 Rune Stones   = +3         (Level 3)
      8 Rune Stones   = +4         (Level 4)
      16 Rune Stones  = +5         (Level 5)
      Rings, Amulets, Boots ONLY (Extreme Mode only):
      32 Rune Stones  = +6         (Level 6)
      48 Rune Stones  = +7         (Level 7)
      64 Rune Stones  = +8         (Level 8)
      80 Rune Stones  = +9         (Level 9)
      96 Rune Stones  = +10        (Level 10)
      112 Rune Stones = +11        (Level 11)
      128 Rune Stones = +12        (Level 12)
      144 Rune Stones = +13        (Level 13)
      160 Rune Stones = +14        (Level 14)
      176 Rune Stones = +15        (Level 15)
    
    - If you insert only Rune Stones in your item, it will have the following
      effects, depending on the item's type: Body Armor, Helmets, Shields, Rings,
      Amulets and Boots grant the character a bonus in defense while Weapons and
      Gloves grant the character a bonus in damage (the amount of the bonus depends
      on how many Rune Stones are used).
      
    - The second and third slots in an item are used for Gems. There are 13 types
      of gems in the game (excluding Rune Stones): Amethyst, Aquamarine, Coral,
      Diamond, Emerald, Jacinth, Jade, Jet, Moonstone, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire and
      Topaz. Each Gem has a different effect depending on the item's type and you
      can combine two types of Gems in the 2nd and 3rd slot of an item to produce
      enhanced effects. You cannot put more than one type of gem in any particular
      slot. See "Gem Effects" below for more details.
      
    - Try not to insert 3 Rune Stones in an item, since it's a waste of a Rune
      Stone, really. You are better to wait to get another Rune Stone or buy
      another one so that your bonus actually increases. Check the above chart to
      know how many Rune Stones you'll need to get to the next bonus "level".
      
    - You can "extract" Gems from items you find in your travels, if you deem the
      item to be too weak. It costs money to break down an item though and you
      CANNOT break down an item to extract Rune Stones. You can also break down
      an item if you want to try another Gem combination.
    
    - The most important thing to remember when customizing items is BALANCE. For
      example, there's no sense in putting 16 Rune Stones in an item's first slot
      and then putting only 1 Gem in the second slot. If you do that, the item will
      remain at the +1 bonus level since the 1 Gem you put cancels out the 16 Rune
      Stones you put in the first slot. Same goes if you put 16 Gems in slot #2 and
      only 1 Rune Stone in slot #1. So, for example, if you want a +5 Ring of
      Strength, put 16 Rune Stones in slot #1 and 16 Jacinths in slot #2.
      
    - Finally, the aspect that most people forget is that item creation costs a lot
      of gold, depending on the power of the item you are creating. Make sure you
      have enough gold to start making an item because if you need to purchase
      several Rune Stones and Gems to make an item and that you end up without
      enough money to actually MAKE the item, you'll have wasted your gold on
      "useless" Rune Stones and Gems. Always SAVE your game before attempting to
      create an item, just to be on the safe side.
      
    Gem Effects
    -----------
    
    Each piece of equipment you find can be put in 3 main categories:
    
    Type         Items in Category
    --------     ------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        Helms, Body Armor and Shields
    Weapons      Weapons and Gloves
    Trinkets     Rings, Amulets and Boots
    
    Here are the effects of each Gem type depending on the item type:
    
    --------------------------------- Rune Stones ---------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +1 to Armor Class per level
    Weapons      +1 to hit and damage per level
    Trinkets     No effect (increases the effects of other gems though)
    
    ----------------------------------- Amethyst ----------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +3% damage resistance per level
    Weapons      Inflicts 1-8 extra damage per level when you critically hit
    Trinkets     +1 Charisma per level
    
    ---------------------------------- Aquamarine ---------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +5% cold resistance per level
    Weapons      Inflicts 1-4 cold damage per level; may freeze enemies
    Trinkets     +1 Intelligence per level
    
    ------------------------------------ Coral ------------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +1 rank of Shield Expertise feat per level
    Weapons      +20% to minimum damage
    Trinkets     +10% chance per level of ignoring Knock Back
    
    ----------------------------------- Diamond -----------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +3% Fire/Cold/Shock/Acid/Poison damage resistance per level
    Weapons      +15% chance per level of disintegrating undead on critical hit
    Trinkets     +1 rank of Bless per level
    
    ----------------------------------- Emerald -----------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +5 to magic energy; -15% weight of item
    Weapons      Absorbs 5% per level of damage received as magic energy
    Trinkets     +1 rank of Iron Will per level
    
    ----------------------------------- Jacinth -----------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +5% fire resistance per level
    Weapons      Inflicts 1-6 fire damage per level; effective against trolls
    Trinkets     +1 Strength per level
    
    ------------------------------------- Jade ------------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +5% acid and poison resistance per level
    Weapons      Inflicts 1-4 acid damage per level
    Trinkets     +1 Constitution per level
    
    ------------------------------------- Jet -------------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +5 hit points per level
    Weapons      +1 Armor Class for each Armor Piece worn
    Trinkets     +1 rank of Sanctuary per level
    
    ---------------------------------- Moonstone ----------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        Reduces duration of Slow/Stun by 20% per level
    Weapons      +1 rank of Combat Reflexes per level
    Trinkets     +1 rank of Sprint per level
    
    ------------------------------------ Pearl ------------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +1% chance per level of getting additional treasure from monsters
    Weapons      +1 rank of Improved Critical per level
    Trinkets     +1 Wisdom per level
    
    ------------------------------------- Ruby ------------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        Reflects 5% melee damage when struck
    Weapons      Enemy bleeds 1 damage per level per second for 1 second per level
    Trinkets     +1 rank of Greater Fortitude per level
    
    ----------------------------------- Sapphire ----------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +1 rank of Power Attack per level
    Weapons      +1 rank of Cleave per level
    Trinkets     +1 rank of Sunder per level
    
    ------------------------------------ Topaz ------------------------------------
    Type         Effect
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Armor        +5% shock resistance per level
    Weapons      Inflicts 1-8 electrical damage per level
    Trinkets     +1 Dexterity per level
    
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    NOTE: See the section below, Combined Gem Effects, to see the names attributed
    to the items once you've inserted gems into them.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    --------------------
    Combined Gem Effects
    --------------------
    
    Since there are two slots in every item, you can put two different types of
    gems in every item. Again, I must stress the importance of balance. If you
    plan to put two types of gems inside of an item, try and put the same amount
    of gems in each slot, else the item will be unbalanced and thus, less potent.
    Here are the combination effects by item type. All the effects are for level
    1 items only. The effects go up as the item's level goes up (by adding more
    gems into the item, see above for details).
    
    ----------------------
    Armor Gem Combinations
    ----------------------
    
    Amethyst Combinations        of Thunder (+3% damage resistance)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Amethyst + Aquamarine      = of Winter (+5% cold resistance)
    Amethyst + Coral           = of Conquest (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Amethyst + Diamond         = of the Herald (+3% resist all elements)
    Amethyst + Emerald         = of the Warp (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Amethyst + Jacinth         = of Conflagration (+5% fire resistance)
    Amethyst + Jade            = of Corrosion (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Amethyst + Jet             = of War (+5 hit points)
    Amethyst + Moonstone       = of the Sky (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Amethyst + Pearl           = Resonating (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Amethyst + Ruby            = Warlord's (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Amethyst + Sapphire        = of Power (+1 Power Attack)
    Amethyst + Topaz           = of Lighting (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Aquamarine Combinations      of Frost (+5% cold resistance)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Aquamarine + Amethyst      = of Winter (+3% damage resistance)
    Aquamarine + Coral         = Ice Wyrm's (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Aquamarine + Diamond       = of Purity (+3% resist all elements)
    Aquamarine + Emerald       = Ice Witch's (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Aquamarine + Jacinth       = of Coldfire (+5% fire resistance)
    Aquamarine + Jade          = of Sorrow (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Aquamarine + Jet           = Glacial (+5 hit points)
    Aquamarine + Moonstone     = Silvery (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Aquamarine + Pearl         = of Crystal (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Aquamarine + Ruby          = of the Wolf (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Aquamarine + Sapphire      = of the North (+1 Power Attack)
    Aquamarine + Topaz         = Ice Storm (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Coral Combinations           of Battle (+1 Shield Expertise)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Coral + Amethyst           = of Conquest (+3% damage resistance)
    Coral + Aquamarine         = Ice Wyrm's (+5% cold resistance)
    Coral + Diamond            = Templar's (+3% resist all elements)
    Coral + Emerald            = War Wizard's (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Coral + Jacinth            = Salamander's (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Coral + Jade               = Murderous (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Coral + Jet                = of Besieging (+5 hit points)
    Coral + Moonstone          = Dervish's (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Coral + Pearl              = Noble (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Coral + Ruby               = of Rage (+1 Barbarian Rage)
    Coral + Sapphire           = Myrmidon's (+1 Power Attack)
    Coral + Topaz              = Charged (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Diamond Combinations         Sacred (+3% resist all elements)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Diamond + Amethyst         = of the Herald (+3% damage resistance)
    Diamond + Aquamarine       = of Purity (+5% cold resistance)
    Diamond + Coral            = Templar's (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Diamond + Emerald          = Wyrd (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Diamond + Jacinth          = of Holy Flame (+5% fire resistance)
    Diamond + Jade             = Necromancer's (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Diamond + Jet              = Guardian's (+5 hit points)
    Diamond + Moonstone        = of Retribution (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Diamond + Pearl            = Angelic (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Diamond + Ruby             = Inquisitor's (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Diamond + Sapphire         = of Punishment (+1 Power Attack)
    Diamond + Topaz            = of Justice (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Emerald Combinations         Fey (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Emerald + Amethyst         = of the Warp (+3% damage resistance)
    Emerald + Aquamarine       = Ice Witch's (+5% cold resistance)
    Emerald + Coral            = War Wizard's (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Emerald + Diamond          = Wyrd (+3% resist all elements)
    Emerald + Jacinth          = of Hellfire (+5% fire resistance)
    Emerald + Jade             = of the Hag (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Emerald + Jet              = Watcher's (+5 hit points)
    Emerald + Moonstone        = of the Moon (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Emerald + Pearl            = Sidhe (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Emerald + Ruby             = Vampiric (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Emerald + Sapphire         = Bale (+1 Power Attack)
    Emerald + Topaz            = of the Wisp (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Jacinth Combinations        of Fire (+5% fire resistance)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Jacinth + Amethyst         = of Conflagration (+3% damage resistance)
    Jacinth + Aquamarine       = of Coldfire (+5% cold resistance)
    Jacinth + Coral            = Salamander's (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Jacinth + Diamond          = of Holy Flame (+3% resist all elements)
    Jacinth + Emerald          = of Hellfire (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Jacinth + Jade             = of Woe (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Jacinth + Jet              = of Magma (+5 hit points)
    Jacinth + Moonstone        = Mercurial (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Jacinth + Pearl            = Blazing (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Jacinth + Ruby             = Infernal (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Jacinth + Sapphire         = of Wrath (+1 Power Attack)
    Jacinth + Topaz            = Firestorm (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Jade Combinations            of Corruption (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Jade + Amethyst            = of Corrosion (+3% damage resistance)
    Jade + Aquamarine          = of Sorrow (+5% cold resistance)
    Jade + Coral               = Murderous (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Jade + Diamond             = Necromancer's (+3% resist all elements)
    Jade + Emerald             = of the Hag (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Jade + Jacinth             = of Woe (+5% fire resistance)
    Jade + Jet                 = Executioner's (+5 hit points)
    Jade + Moonstone           = Hissing (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Jade + Pearl               = Assassin's (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Jade + Ruby                = Vile (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Jade + Sapphire            = Plague (+1 Power Attack)
    Jade + Topaz               = Scarred (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Jet Combinations             of Warding (+5 hit points)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Jet + Amethyst             = of War (+3% damage resistance)
    Jet + Aquamarine           = Glacial (+5% cold resistance)
    Jet + Coral                = of Besieging (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Jet + Diamond              = Guardian's (+3% resist all elements)
    Jet + Emerald              = Watcher's (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Jet + Jacinth              = of Magma (+5% fire resistance)
    Jet + Jade                 = Executioner's (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Jet + Moonstone            = Unrelenting (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Jet + Pearl                = Gilded (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Jet + Ruby                 = Crimson (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Jet + Sapphire             = of Might (+1 Power Attack)
    Jet + Topaz                = Vibrant (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Moonstone Combinations       of Speed (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Moonstone + Amethyst       = of the Sky (+3% damage resistance)
    Moonstone + Aquamarine     = Silvery (+5% cold resistance)
    Moonstone + Coral          = Dervish's (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Moonstone + Diamond        = of Retribution (+3% resist all elements)
    Moonstone + Emerald        = of the Moon (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Moonstone + Jacinth        = Mercurial (+5% fire resistance)
    Moonstone + Jade           = Hissing (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Moonstone + Jet            = Unrelenting (+5 hit points)
    Moonstone + Pearl          = Flashing (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Moonstone + Ruby           = Stirge's (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Moonstone + Sapphire       = Reaver's (+1 Power Attack).
    Moonstone + Topaz          = Crackling (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Pearl Combinations           Keen (+1% increased treasure drops)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Pearl + Amethyst           = Resonating (+3% damage resistance)
    Pearl + Aquamarine         = of Crystal (+5% cold resistance)
    Pearl + Coral              = Noble (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Pearl + Diamond            = Angelic (+3% resist all elements)
    Pearl + Emerald            = Sidhe (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Pearl + Jacinth            = Blazing (+5% fire resistance)
    Pearl + Jade               = Assassin's (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Pearl + Jet                = Gilded (+5 hit points)
    Pearl + Moonstone          = Flashing (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Pearl + Ruby               = Hunter's (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Pearl + Sapphire           = Mercernary's (+1 Power Attack)
    Pearl + Topaz              = Ozonic (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Ruby Combinations            of Blood (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ruby + Amethyst            = Warlord's (+3% damage resistance)
    Ruby + Aquamarine          = of the Wolf (+5% cold resistance)
    Ruby + Coral               = of Rage (+1 Barbarian Rage)
    Ruby + Diamond             = Inquisitor's (+3% resist all elements)
    Ruby + Emerald             = Vampiric (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Ruby + Jacinth             = Infernal (+5% fire resistance)
    Ruby + Jade                = Vile (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Ruby + Jet                 = Crimson (+5 hit points)
    Ruby + Moonstone           = Stirge's (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Ruby + Pearl               = Hunter's (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Ruby + Sapphire            = Savage (+1 Power Attack)
    Ruby + Topaz               = of Terror (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Sapphire Combinations        of Striking (+1 Power Attack)
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    Sapphire + Amethyst        = of Power (+3% damage resistance)
    Sapphire + Aquamarine      = of the North (+5% cold resistance)
    Sapphire + Coral           = Myrmidon's (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Sapphire + Diamond         = of Punishment (+3% resist all elements)
    Sapphire + Emerald         = Bale (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Sapphire + Jacinth         = of Wrath (+5% fire resistance)
    Sapphire + Jade            = Plague (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Sapphire + Jet             = of Might (+5 hit points)
    Sapphire + Moonstone       = Reaver's (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Sapphire + Pearl           = Mercenary's (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Sapphire + Ruby            = Savage (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Sapphire + Topaz           = Bolting (+5% shock resistance)
    
    Topaz Combinations           Shock (+5% shock resistance)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Topaz + Amethyst           = of Lighting (+3% damage resistance)
    Topaz + Aquamarine         = Ice Storm (+5% cold resistance)
    Topaz + Coral              = Charged (+1 Shield Expertise)
    Topaz + Diamond            = of Justice (+3% resist all elements)
    Topaz + Emerald=           = of the Wisp (+5 energy, -15% weight)
    Topaz + Jacinth            = Firestorm (+5% fire resistance)
    Topaz + Jade               = Scarred (+5% acid & poison resistance)
    Topaz + Jet                = Vibrant (+5 hit points).
    Topaz + Moonstone          = Crackling (Reduces stun/slow by 20%)
    Topaz + Pearl              = Ozonic (+1% increased treasure drops)
    Topaz + Ruby               = of Terror (reflects 5% melee damage when hit)
    Topaz + Sapphire           = Bolting (+1 Power Attack)
    
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    Weapons Gem Combinations
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    Amethyst Combinations        Thundering (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
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    Amethyst + Aquamarine      = Icy Burst (+1-4 cold damage) 
    Amethyst + Coral           = of Conquest (+20% minimum damage)
    Amethyst + Diamond         = of the Herald (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Amethyst + Emerald         = of the Warp (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Amethyst + Jacinth         = Flaming Burst (+1-10 crit, +1-6 fire damage)
    Amethyst + Jade            = Corrosive Burst (+1-4 acid damage)
    Amethyst + Jet             = of War (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Amethyst + Moonstone       = of the Sky (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Amethyst + Pearl           = Resonating (+1 Improved Critical)
    Amethyst + Ruby            = Warlord's (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Amethyst + Sapphire        = of Power (+1 Cleave)
    Amethyst + Topaz           = Shocking Burst (+1-12 crit, +1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Aquamarine Combinations      Frost (+1-4 cold damage)
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    Aquamarine + Amethyst      = Icy Burst (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Aquamarine + Coral         = Ice Wyrm (+20% minimum damage)
    Aquamarine + Diamond       = of Purity (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Aquamarine + Emerald       = Ice Witch's (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Aquamarine + Jacinth       = of Coldfire (+1-6 fire damage)
    Aquamarine + Jade          = of Sorrow (+1-4 acid damage)
    Aquamarine + Jet           = Glacial (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Aquamarine + Moonstone     = Silvery (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Aquamarine + Pearl         = of Crystal (+1 Improved Critical)
    Aquamarine + Ruby          = of the Wolf (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Aquamarine + Sapphire      = of the North (+1 Cleave)
    Aquamarine + Topaz         = Ice Storm (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Coral Combinations           of Battle (+20% minimum damage)
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    Coral + Amethyst           = of Conquest (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Coral + Aquamarine         = Ice Wyrm's (+1-4 cold damage)
    Coral + Diamond            = Templar's (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Coral + Emerald            = War Wizard's (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Coral + Jacinth            = Salamander's (+1-6 fire damage)
    Coral + Jade               = Murderous (+1-4 acid damage)
    Coral + Jet                = of Besieging (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Coral + Moonstone          = Dervish's (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Coral + Pearl              = Noble (+1 Improved Critical)
    Coral + Ruby               = of Rage (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Coral + Sapphire           = Myrmidon's (+1 Cleave)
    Coral + Topaz              = Charged (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Diamond Combinations        of Disruption (+15% disintegrate undead)
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    Diamond + Amethyst         = of the Herald (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Diamond + Aquamarine       = of Purity (+1-4 cold damage)
    Diamond + Coral            = Templar's (+20% minimum damage)
    Diamond + Emerald          = Wyrd (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Diamond + Jacinth          = of Holy Flame (+1-6 fire damage)
    Diamond + Jade             = Necromancer's (+1-4 acid damage)
    Diamond + Jet              = Guardian's (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Diamond + Moonstone        = of Retribution (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Diamond + Pearl            = Angelic (+1 Improved Critical)
    Diamond + Ruby             = Inquisitor's (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Diamond + Sapphire         = of Punishment (+1 Cleave)
    Diamond + Topaz            = of Justice (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Emerald Combinations         Fey (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
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    Emerald + Amethyst         = of the Warp (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Emerald + Aquamarine       = Ice Witch's (+1-4 cold damage)
    Emerald + Coral            = War Wizard's (+20% minimum damage)
    Emerald + Diamond          = Wyrd (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Emerald + Jacinth          = of Hellfire (+1-6 fire damage)
    Emerald + Jade             = of the Hag (+1-4 acid damage)
    Emerald + Jet              = Watcher's (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Emerald + Moonstone        = of the Moon (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Emerald + Pearl            = Sidhe (+1 Improved Critical)
    Emerald + Ruby             = Vampiric (+5% damage dealt added to health)
    Emerald + Sapphire         = Bale (+1 Cleave)
    Emerald + Topaz            = of the Wisp (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Jacinth Combinations         Flaming (+1-6 fire damage)
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    Jacinth + Amethyst         = Flaming Burst (+1-10 extra critical hit damage)
    Jacinth + Aquamarine       = of Coldfire (+1-4 cold damage)
    Jacinth + Coral            = Salamander's (+20% minimum damage)
    Jacinth + Diamond          = of Holy Flame (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Jacinth + Emerald          = of Hellfire (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Jacinth + Jade             = of Woe (+1-4 acid damage)
    Jacinth + Jet              = of Magma (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Jacinth + Moonstone        = Mercurial (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Jacinth + Pearl            = Blazing (+1 Improved Critical)
    Jacinth + Ruby             = Infernal (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Jacinth + Sapphire         = of Wrath (+1 Cleave)
    Jacinth + Topaz            = Firestorm (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Jade Combinations            of Corruption (+1-4 acid damage)
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    Jade + Amethyst            = Corrosive Burst (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Jade + Aquamarine          = of Sorrow (+1-4 cold damage)
    Jade + Coral               = Murderous (+20% minimum damage)
    Jade + Diamond             = Necromancer's (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Jade + Emerald             = of the Hag (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Jade + Jacinth             = of Woe (+1-6 fire damage)
    Jade + Jet                 = Executioner's (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Jade + Moonstone           = Hissing (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Jade + Pearl               = Assassin's (+1 Improved Critical)
    Jade + Ruby                = Vile (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Jade + Sapphire            = Plague (+1 Cleave)
    Jade + Topaz               = Scarred (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Jet Combinations             Defending (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
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    Jet + Amethyst             = of War (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Jet + Aquamarine           = Glacial (+1-4 cold damage)
    Jet + Coral                = of Besieging (+20% minimum damage)
    Jet + Diamond              = Guardian's (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Jet + Emerald              = Watcher's (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Jet + Jacinth              = of Magma (+1-6 fire damage)
    Jet + Jade                 = Executioner's (+1-4 acid damage)
    Jet + Moonstone            = Unrelenting (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Jet + Pearl                = Gilded (+1 Improved Critical)
    Jet + Ruby                 = Crimson (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Jet + Sapphire             = of Might (+1 Cleave)
    Jet + Topaz                = Vibrant (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Moonstone Combinations       of Speed (+1 Combat Reflexes)
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    Moonstone + Amethyst       = of the Sky (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Moonstone + Aquamarine     = Silvery (+1-4 cold damage)
    Moonstone + Coral          = Dervish's (+20% minimum damage)
    Moonstone + Diamond        = of Retribution (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Moonstone + Emerald        = of the Moon (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Moonstone + Jacinth        = Mercurial (+1-6 fire damage)
    Moonstone + Jade           = Hissing (+1-4 acid damage)
    Moonstone + Jet            = Unrelenting (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Moonstone + Pearl          = Flashing (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Moonstone + Ruby           = Stirge's (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Moonstone + Sapphire       = Reaver's (+1 Cleave)
    Moonstone + Topaz          = Crackling (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Pearl Combinations           Keen (+1 Improved Critical)
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    Pearl + Amethyst           = Resonating (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Pearl + Aquamarine         = of Crystal (+1-4 cold damage)
    Pearl + Coral              = Noble (+20% minimum damage)
    Pearl + Diamond            = Angelic (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Pearl + Emerald            = Sidhe (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Pearl + Jacinth            = Blazing (+1-6 fire damage)
    Pearl + Jade               = Assassin's (+1-4 acid damage)
    Pearl + Jet                = Gilded (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Pearl + Moonstone          = Flashing (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Pearl + Ruby               = Hunter's (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Pearl + Sapphire           = Mercenary's (+1 Cleave)
    Pearl + Topaz              = Ozonic (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Ruby Combinations            of Wounding (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
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    Ruby + Amethyst            = Warlord's (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Ruby + Aquamarine          = of the Wolf (+1-4 cold damage)
    Ruby + Coral               = of Rage (+20% minimum damage)
    Ruby + Diamond             = Inquisitor's (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Ruby + Emerald             = Vampiric (+5% damage dealt added to bar)
    Ruby + Jacinth             = Infernal (+1-6 fire damage)
    Ruby + Jade                = Vile (+1-4 acid damage)
    Ruby + Jet                 = Crimson (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Ruby + Moonstone           = Stirge's (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Ruby + Pearl               = Hunter's (+1 Improved Critical)
    Ruby + Sapphire            = Savage (+1 Cleave)
    Ruby + Topaz               = of Terror (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Sapphire Combinations        of Mighty Cleaving (+1 Cleave)
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    Sapphire + Amethyst        = of Power (+1-8 extra critical hit damage)
    Sapphire + Aquamarine      = of the North (+1-4 cold damage)
    Sapphire + Coral           = Myrmidon's (+20% minimum damage)
    Sapphire + Diamond         = of Punishment (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Sapphire + Emerald         = Bale (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Sapphire + Jacinth         = of Wrath (+1-6 fire damage)
    Sapphire + Jade            = Plague (+1-4 acid damage)
    Sapphire + Jet             = of Might (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Sapphire + Moonstone       = Reaver's (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Sapphire + Pearl           = Mercenary's (+1 Improved Critical)
    Sapphire + Ruby            = Savage (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Sapphire + Topaz           = Bolting (+1-8 Shock damage)
    
    Topaz Combinations           Shock (+1-8 Shock damage)
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    Topaz + Amethyst           = Shocking Burst (+1-12 extra critical shock damage)
    Topaz + Aquamarine         = Ice Storm (+1-4 cold damage)
    Topaz + Coral              = Charged (+20% minimum damage)
    Topaz + Diamond            = of Justice (+15% disintegrate undead)
    Topaz + Emerald            = of the Wisp (+5% damage dealt added to energy)
    Topaz + Jacinth            = Firestorm (+1-6 fire damage)
    Topaz + Jade               = Scarred (+1-4 acid damage)
    Topaz + Jet                = Vibrant (+1 AC for every piece of armor)
    Topaz + Moonstone          = Crackling (+1 Combat Reflexes)
    Topaz + Pearl              = Ozonic (+1 Improved Critical)
    Topaz + Ruby               = of Terror (Target bleeds 1 damage for 1 second)
    Topaz + Sapphire           = Bolting (+1 Cleave)
    
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    Trinkets Gem Combinations
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    Amethyst Combinations        of Thunder (+1 Charisma)
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    Amethyst + Aquamarine      = of Winter (+1 Intelligence)
    Amethyst + Coral           = of Conquest (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Amethyst + Diamond         = of the Hearld (+1 Bless)
    Amethyst + Emerald         = of the Warp (+1 Iron Will)
    Amethyst + Jacinth         = of Conflagration (+1 Strength)
    Amethyst + Jade            = of Corrosion (+1 Constitution)
    Amethyst + Jet             = of War (+1 Sanctuary)
    Amethyst + Moonstone       = of the Sky (+1 Sprint)
    Amethyst + Pearl           = Resonating (+1 Wisdom)
    Amethyst + Ruby            = Warlord's (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Amethyst + Sapphire        = of Power (+1 Sunder)
    Amethyst + Topaz           = of Lighting (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Aquamarine Combinations      of Frost (+1 Intelligence)
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    Aquamarine + Amethyst      = of Winter (+1 Charisma)
    Aquamarine + Coral         = Ice Wyrm's (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Aquamarine + Diamond       = of Purity (+1 Bless)
    Aquamarine + Emerald       = Ice Witch's (+1 Iron Will)
    Aquamarine + Jacinth       = of Coldfire (+1 Strength)
    Aquamarine + Jade          = of Sorrow (+1 Constitution)
    Aquamarine + Jet           = Glacial (+1 Sanctuary)
    Aquamarine + Moonstone     = Silvery (+1 Sprint)
    Aquamarine + Pearl         = of Crystal (+1 Wisdom)
    Aquamarine + Ruby          = of the Wolf (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Aquamarine + Sapphire      = of the North (+1 Sunder)
    Aquamarine + Topaz         = Ice Storm (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Coral Combinations           of Battle (+10% Ignore knock-back)
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    Coral + Amethyst           = of Conquest (+1 Charisma)
    Coral + Aquamarine         = Ice Wyrm's (+1 Intelligence)
    Coral + Diamond            = Templar's (+1 Bless)
    Coral + Emerald            = War Wizard's (+1 Iron Will)
    Coral + Jacinth            = Salamander's (+1 Strength)
    Coral + Jade               = Murderous (+1 Constitution)
    Coral + Jet                = of Besieging (+1 Sanctuary)
    Coral + Moonstone          = Dervish's (+1 Sprint)
    Coral + Pearl              = Noble (+1 Wisdom)
    Coral + Ruby               = of Rage (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Coral + Sapphire           = Myrmidon's (+1 Sunder)
    Coral + Topaz              = Charged (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Diamond Combinations         Sacred (+1 Bless)
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    Diamond + Amethyst         = of the Hearld (+1 Charisma)
    Diamond + Aquamarine       = of Purity (+1 Intelligence)
    Diamond + Coral            = Templar's (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Diamond + Emerald          = Wyrd (+1 Iron Will)
    Diamond + Jacinth          = of Holy Flame (+1 Strength)
    Diamond + Jade             = Necromancer's (+1 Constitution)
    Diamond + Jet              = Guardian's (+1 Sanctuary)
    Diamond + Moonstone        = of Retribution (+1 Sprint)
    Diamond + Pearl            = Angelic (+1 Wisdom)
    Diamond + Ruby             = Inquisitor's (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Diamond + Sapphire         = of Punishment (+1 Sunder)
    Diamond + Topaz            = of Justice (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Emerald Combinations         Fey (+1 Iron Will)
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    Emerald + Amethyst         = of the Warp (+1 Charisma)
    Emerald + Aquamarine       = Ice Witch's (+1 Intelligence)
    Emerald + Coral            = War Wizard's (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Emerald + Diamond          = Wyrd (+1 Bless)
    Emerald + Jacinth          = of Hellfire (+1 Strength)
    Emerald + Jade             = of the Hag (+1 Constitution)
    Emerald + Jet              = Watcher's (+1 Sanctuary)
    Emerald + Moonstone        = of the Moon (+1 Sprint)
    Emerald + Pearl            = Sidhe (+1 Wisdom)
    Emerald + Ruby             = Vampiric (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Emerald + Sapphire         = Bale (+1 Sunder)
    Emerald + Topaz            = of the Wisp (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Jacinth Combinations         of Fire (+1 Strength)
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    Jacinth + Amethyst         = of Conflagration (+1 Charisma)
    Jacinth + Aquamarine       = of Coldfire (+1 Intelligence)
    Jacinth + Coral            = Salamander's (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Jacinth + Diamond          = of Holy Flame (+1 Bless)
    Jacinth + Emerald          = of Hellfire (+1 Iron Will)
    Jacinth + Jade             = of Woe (+1 Constitution)
    Jacinth + Jet              = of Magma (+1 Sanctuary)
    Jacinth + Moonstone        = Mercurial (+1 Sprint)
    Jacinth + Pearl            = Blazing (+1 Wisdom)
    Jacinth + Ruby             = Infernal (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Jacinth + Sapphire         = of Wrath (+1 Sunder)
    Jacinth + Topaz            = Firestorm (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Jade Combinations            of Corruption (+1 Constitution)
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    Jade + Amethyst            = of Corrosion (+1 Charisma)
    Jade + Aquamarine          = of Sorrow (+1 Intelligence)
    Jade + Coral               = Murderous (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Jade + Diamond             = Necromancer's (+1 Bless)
    Jade + Emerald             = of the Hag (+1 Iron Will)
    Jade + Jacinth             = of Woe (+1 Strength)
    Jade + Jet                 = Executioner's (+1 Sanctuary)
    Jade + Moonstone           = Hissing (+1 Sprint)
    Jade + Pearl               = Assassin's (+1 Wisdom)
    Jade + Ruby                = Vile (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Jade + Sapphire            = Plague (+1 Sunder)
    Jade + Topaz               = Scarred (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Jet Combinations             of Warding (+1 Sanctuary)
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    Jet + Amethyst             = of War (+1 Charisma)
    Jet + Aquamarine           = Glacial (+1 Intelligence)
    Jet + Coral                = of Besieging (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Jet + Diamond              = Guardian's (+1 Bless)
    Jet + Emerald              = Watcher's (+1 Iron Will)
    Jet + Jacinth              = of Magma (+1 Strength)
    Jet + Jade                 = Executioner's (+1 Constitution)
    Jet + Moonstone            = Unrelenting (+1 Sprint)
    Jet + Pearl                = Gilded (+1 Wisdom)
    Jet + Ruby                 = Crimson (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Jet + Sapphire             = of Might (+1 Sunder)
    Jet + Topaz                = Vibrant (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Moonstone Combinations       of Speed (+1 Sprint)
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    Moonstone + Amethyst       = of the Sky (+1 Charisma)
    Moonstone + Aquamarine     = Silvery (+1 Intelligence)
    Moonstone + Coral          = Dervish's (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Moonstone + Diamond        = of Retribution (+1 Bless)
    Moonstone + Emerald        = of the Moon (+1 Iron Will)
    Moonstone + Jacinth        = Mercurial (+1 Strength)
    Moonstone + Jade           = Hissing (+1 Constitution)
    Moonstone + Jet            = Unrelenting (+1 Sanctuary)
    Moonstone + Pearl          = Flashing (+1 Wisdom)
    Moonstone + Ruby           = Stirge's (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Moonstone + Sapphire       = Reaver's (+1 Sunder)
    Moonstone + Topaz          = Crackling (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Pearl Combinations           Keen (+1 Wisdom)
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    Pearl + Amethyst           = Resonating (+1 Charisma)
    Pearl + Aquamarine         = of Crystal (+1 Intelligence)
    Pearl + Coral              = Noble (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Pearl + Diamond            = Angelic (+1 Bless)
    Pearl + Emerald            = Sidhe (+1 Iron Will)
    Pearl + Jacinth            = Blazing (+1 Strength)
    Pearl + Jade               = Assassin's (+1 Constitution)
    Pearl + Jet                = Gilded (+1 Sanctuary)
    Pearl + Moonstone          = Flashing (+1 Sprint)
    Pearl + Ruby               = Hunter's (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Pearl + Sapphire           = Mercernary's (+1 Sunder)
    Pearl + Topaz              = Ozonic (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Ruby Combinations            of Blood (+1 Great Fortitude)
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    Ruby + Amethyst            = Warlord's (+1 Charisma)
    Ruby + Aquamarine          = of the Wolf (+1 Intelligence)
    Ruby + Coral               = of Rage (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Ruby + Diamond             = Inquisitor's (+1 Bless)
    Ruby + Emerald             = Vampiric (+1 Iron Will)
    Ruby + Jacinth             = Infernal (+1 Strength)
    Ruby + Jade                = Vile (+1 Constitution)
    Ruby + Jet                 = Crimson (+1 Sanctuary)
    Ruby + Moonstone           = Stirge's (+1 Sprint)
    Ruby + Pearl               = Hunter's (+1 Wisdom)
    Ruby + Sapphire            = Savage (+1 Sunder)
    Ruby + Topaz               = of Terror (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Sapphire Combinations        of Striking (+1 Sunder)
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    Sapphire + Amethyst        = of Power (+1 Charisma)
    Sapphire + Aquamarine      = of the North (+1 Intelligence)
    Sapphire + Coral           = Myrmidon's (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Sapphire + Diamond         = of Punishment (+1 Bless)
    Sapphire + Emerald         = Bale (+1 Iron Will)
    Sapphire + Jacinth         = of Wrath (+1 Strength)
    Sapphire + Jade            = Plague (+1 Constitution)
    Sapphire + Jet             = of Might (+1 Sanctuary)
    Sapphire + Moonstone       = Reaver's (+1 Sprint)
    Sapphire + Pearl           = Mercenary's (+1 Wisdom)
    Sapphire + Ruby            = Savage (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Sapphire + Topaz           = Bolting (+1 Dexterity)
    
    Topaz Combinations         = Shock (+1 Dexterity)
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    Topaz + Amethyst           = of Lighting (+1 Charisma)
    Topaz + Aquamarine         = Ice Storm (+1 Intelligence)
    Topaz + Coral              = Charged (+10% Ignore knock-back)
    Topaz + Diamond            = of Justice (+1 Bless)
    Topaz + Emerald            = of the Wisp (+1 Iron Will)
    Topaz + Jacinth            = Firestorm (+1 Strength)
    Topaz + Jade               = Scarred (+1 Constitution)
    Topaz + Jet                = Vibrant (+1 Sanctuary)
    Topaz + Moonstone          = Crackling (+1 Sprint)
    Topaz + Pearl              = Ozonic (+1 Wisdom)
    Topaz + Ruby               = of Terror (+1 Great Fortitude)
    Topaz + Sapphire           = Bolting (+1 Sunder)
    
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    NOTE: Gem effects that give you extra ranks in spells and feats will always
    allow you up to a maximum of 10 ranks in any given spell/feat. That's the
    game's effective maximum. Therefore, if you already have 5 ranks in a spell or
    feat and you use a Level 15 item that increases said spell/feat, you'll only
    have 10 ranks in that spell/feat. Also, you must already have the spell/feat
    learned to gain these bonuses in ranks. Certain 'unique' combinations don't
    seem to have this restriction, though.
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    I. Helpful Tips
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
    1. In the beginning of the game, your character is weak. If you get swarmed
       by many enemies, retreat to a safe place and fight them one by one. This
       also allows you to recuperate your hit points and magic energy. If you have
       a ranged weapon and are running low on health, make use of it by killing
       monsters from a distance.
    
    2. Smash and break everything you can. Barrels, urns, crates and vases
       sometimes contain gold pieces and other useful items.
    
    3. Watch out for exploding barrels. If you approach a barrel and it says
       'Ignite', wait for the right moment and ignite it with the Square button
       when enemies are near it. Make sure to be far away from the exploding
       barrel.
    
    4. Save often. As in any game of this type, saving your game often is a
       necessity. Contrary to some other RPG games, there is no penalty in this
       one for saving often so use it well.
       
    5. Don't forget the camera. You can move it around using the right analog
       stick, and it can allow you to see into corners or sections of a room that
       might be otherwise blocked to your line of sight. It can prevent you from
       missing barrels and chests that are hidden in the shadows.
    
    5. Recall potions are useful, especially in the later parts of the game where
       convenient exits back to a safe point aren't near. Always make sure to carry
       at least 4 or 5 recall potions on you at all times. Also, remember that you
       can use a recall potion when you're in a safe point to return to your
       spot in the dungeon or wilderness.
    
    6. Use the map. It's an often forgotten extra feature in games like these.
       Using it makes the game a bit easier but it's useful whenever you are lost
       in a dungeon or the wilderness somewhere.
       
    7. The Wood of Sharp Teeth and Skull Gorge areas can be visited more than once
       throughout the Acts. Make sure to make the necessary detour to fully explore
       these areas as they give you experience and more loot.
    
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    Dorn Redbear - Human Barbarian
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    Dorn is the melee fighter in the game, really. He can wield a hand weapon in
    each hand (and even possibly a great weapon in each hand once he learns the
    Hero's Arm feat) and can therefore wreak havoc on enemies in close quarters.
    When you first start with Dorn, you'll have to decide if you want to go with
    fighting with two hand weapons, a great weapon or a hand weapon and a shield.
    I personally prefer great weapons and once you reach Act III, you should be
    able to gain access to the Hero's Arm feat which allows you to wield a great
    weapon in each hand, which causes massive damage. Always good to get the final
    rank in Armor Proficiency to be able to wear the heavy armor items. Combat
    Reflexes, Death Blow, Hero's Mantle, Improved Critical, Heart of the Bear,
    Heart of the Wolf and Resist Elements are all very useful feats to have.
    
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    Vhaidra Uoswiir - Dark Elf Monk
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    Vhaidra's specialty is unarmed fighting. Investing points in her Unarmed Combat
    feat early on in the game will make her a real powerhouse capable of dishing
    out massive damage to enemies. Some players might also want to specialize in
    Long Weapons with Long Weapon Focus (for staves, especially) and Accuracy, for
    ranged weapons such as bows and throwing knives. Useful feats include Hail of
    Knives, Stealth and of course, Unarmed Combat. Also remember to spend some
    points in Armor Proficiency, to gain access to the heavier armor items. It's
    also a good idea to create some potent magical gloves that have special
    properties such as fire, acid or lightning damage. Finally, Evasion is a must
    have feat for Vhaidra.
    
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    Ysuran Auondril, Moon Elf Necromancer
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    Ysuran is a spellcaster, not a melee fighter. He can't wield any of the great
    weapons or bows, for that matter. Therefore, you need to concentrate on his
    spells. His starting offensive spell, Life Drain, is fairly good at the start
    of the game but becomes obsolete once more powerful spells become available as
    he gains levels. A good spell selection at first should include Animate Dead,
    Flame Arrow and Enervation, the latter especially useful in the middle of the
    game. Once Ysuran gains access to his special Shadow Weave spells, Shadow Spray
    and Shadow Conjure become his two main offensive spells. Other useful feats to
    choose include Clarity and Empower, which make spells cost less magic energy
    and makes them more powerful. Finally, a strong Iron Will and Willpower is
    very important for this character. The best strategy when it comes to Ysuran
    is to summon an ally (either a skeleton or a shadow) and have it attract the
    attacks from enemies while he fires away with his spells.
    
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    Borador "Goldhand", Dwarven Rogue
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    At the start of the game, Borador's strength lies in his crossbow skills. It's
    a good idea to invest points in Hail of Bolts, as hitting an enemy at point
    blank range with this feat can be very devastating. Make sure to also invest
    some points in Iron Will and Willpower, as these skills need magic energy. I
    also like specializing in hand weapons, mostly because Borador does need to
    use melee weapons when his crossbow skills aren't as effective, especially
    against undead creatures. Investing points in Ransack and Forge Lore is also
    a very good idea. Once you gain access to his special feats, you can either
    concentrate on the new shield feats like Shield Bash and Shield Expertise or
    go with something like Great Weapon Focus.
    
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    Allessia Faithhammer, Human Cleric of Helm
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    She's fairly weak at the start of the game but gets really powerful later.
    Some good starting skills to invest in include Bless, Cure Wounds, Divine
    Strength, Dodge and of course, Flame Strike. The latter is extremely useful
    at the start of the game, to take care of bosses and large groups of enemies
    but becomes less useful later in the game. I prefer focusing on hand weapons
    at first and then, later in the game, with great weapons. Once you gain access
    to her combat-related feats in Act III, invest in Combat Reflexes, Death Blow
    and Improved Critical, to improve even more your combat ability. Always use
    bolstering spells such as Bless, Divine Strength, Divine Resilience and
    Protective Ward to help you through the rough battles. Finally, Turn Undead
    is extremely useful in areas populated with undead creatures.
    
    [More on the secret characters coming soon!]
    
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    1. The game is longer. The dungeons are more extensive. There are more areas to
       explore. There's a World Map, where you can choose your destination. There
       are 4 Acts instead of just 3 (although the last two Acts are short compared
       to the first two and feel incredibly rushed, at times).
       
    2. Five heroes to choose from instead of three.
    
    3. Greater variety in gameplay styles. In the first game, you could easily
       make Vahn as a melee fighter, making the differences between the classes a
       lot less noticeable. In this game, I've noticed more fundamental differences
       between the classes that help separate them.
       
    4. Greater variety in weapons/armors/items. Gems are now useful in this game.
       You can insert gems into your items to customize them to your liking.
       
    5. You can reach higher experience levels. The maximum is 40, I believe.
    
    6. The game is a bit less linear. Sometimes, you can choose which quests to
       accomplish first and in which order. Also, each character has a "special"
       quest he/she can perform later on in the game that gives access to special
       feats and spells that weren't available at the start of the game.
       
    7. A lot more spells and feats, especially with the addition of weapon type
       focus feats that allow you to customize your character's prefered weapon
       fighting style (either hand weapons, great weapons, long weapons, ranged
       weapons, two-weapon fighting or unarmed combat).
       
    8. When playing two-player mode, gold is now shared in this game. That means
       that all the gold you pick up is shared between the two characters, there's
       just one huge pile of gold for both characters. In the first game, each
       character had his own stash of gold and one character couldn't affect the
       other character's gold. This had advantages but also disadvantages, esp. if
       someone wanted to buy something but the person didn't have enough money,
       etc. In this game, there's one pile of gold for both characters, so players
       will have to agree not to spend too much on certain equipment or else both
       characters will end up very poor.
       
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    Instead of launching you straight into Act I like in the original game, this
    sequel offers a fairly extensive prologue adventure that helps develop the main
    villains for the first Act. I really like this part of the game, it really
    helps get you back into the whole Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance experience if
    you've not played in a while.
    
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    NOTE: With the help of the Automap function, the first areas in the game are
    very easy to navigate. Throughout the rest of this guide, I will only use
    directions where orientation can be tricky and leave you the benefit of finding
    your way throughout the caves, dungeons and wilderness.
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    You are on your way towards Baldur's Gate, traveling on The Trade Way. Walk
    east and you'll eventually encounter a wounded female caravan guard called
    Keaira standing close to a save pedestal. She's not wounded that badly and says
    they were ambushed by the Red Fang marauders. They captured some of the caravan
    people and took them into the Trollbark Forest, southwest of here. However,
    most of them continued southeast to Wayfork Village and that they're probably
    going to raid it or burn it. She asks for your help. You agree to help. She
    tells you to continue down the road until you see a path leading into the
    trees. It eventually leads into the Trollbark Forest. She'll meet you later in
    Wayfork Village.
    
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    NOTE: Fans of the first game might recognize Keiara. She encountered the 3
    heroes in the first game, asking them to retrieve a box of spices from the
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    Continue going east along the road and you'll encounter some goblins. You'll
    come up to a hill heading north. Go up and around the hill and you'll find
    some barrels and a chest containing some gold and items. Search all the various
    crevaces on the side of the main road for chests and barrels containing gold
    and items. Continue along the main road and you'll come up to a save pedestal.
    You'll eventually end up in Trollback Forest.
    
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    As you enter the Forest, you see some crows hovering over a corpse. Attack
    the crows and make your way through the Forest, always checking your Automap if
    you get lost. You'll encounter some more goblins and some wolves on the way.
    Search all the weapon racks you find next to the goblin tents. After the save
    pedestal you will have three different paths to take. Right will bring you to a
    dead end with a trio of wolves, up, a dead end with a chest and left to the
    rest of the Forest and yet another save pedestal. You'll eventually discover
    the entrance to the Red Fang Goblin Lair.
    
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    Use the save pedestal in the first room because the next room is the toughest
    in the game, so far. It's filled with goblins wielding spears and bows, behind
    some crates. Head into the room and kill everything that moves. You'll come up
    to another pedestal flanked by two locked doors. Proceed in the tunnel to the
    north and you'll end up at another locked door. Take the tunnel to east but
    beware the goblins again, some of them now wield flaming arrows. Look for the
    chest on one of the tables, inside is a Gate Key that will allow you to open
    the locked doors you saw before.
    
    Head back to the save pedestal and take the eastern tunnel. There will be an
    underground pond with some mushrooms surrounding a little island with a chest
    on it. Beware the mushrooms, they release poisonous spores. Kill the goblins
    there too. Look for the entrance to the Bat Cave. Fairly straightforward cave
    filled with bats. Make your way to end of the cave and you'll find two chests
    with some more bats and a really large bat. Kill them all, loot the chests and
    head back the way you came.
    
    Return to the save pedestal at the crossroads in the tunnels and take the
    western tunnel, past the locked door. You'll find another cave filled with
    goblins and a goblin shaman. Lure the goblins back to the tunnel so that they
    can't swarm you and kill them off one by one. Head back to the cave and pick
    off the remaining archers. Finally head to the pile of crates and attack the
    shaman. Loot the cave and head back to the intersection with the save pedestal.
    
    Take the final, northern tunnel, past the locked door. From there, you can
    either go east or west. Go west first to find another cave with some goblins.
    Kill them all and loot the chest on the table to find a Cell Key. You'll find
    some locked cell doors containing 3 prisoners further down in the tunnels. Take
    the back tunnel, kill the bats and you'll end up to another locked door. Open
    it and you'll find some more locked cells with the remaining prisoners. Free
    them and they might leave you some gold and items for your troubles.
    
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    NOTE: There is a cavern entrance blocked by some stacked crates in this area.
    Be careful not to destroy all the barrels in the nearby area. Push one of the
    barrels close to the crates, jump atop the barrel and then jump over the crates
    to access the chests and weapons racks in the cavern.
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    Once you have freed all the innocents taken from the ambushed caravan, your
    quest will be completed (500 gold coins and 500 experience points)... but where
    is the Caravan Master? Head a little south, past the cells and then east and
    you'll find the entrance to Bile-Tooth's Treasury next to a save pedestal.
    
    Inside the Treasury, you'll encounter some more goblins and some spiders and
    even some goblins riding some spiders. The large spider with the goblin riding
    it is Bile-Tooth, leader of the Red Fang Goblin clan. You can either head for
    him first or take care of his minions first. I suggest the latter. You'll find
    a key once you kill Bile-Tooth, that will allow you to unlock the stuff in his
    Treasury. Save your game at the pedestal and then head to the Spider Breeding
    Pit. Attack all the spiders, making sure not to let them swarm you. Search the
    Pit to find some gold lying on the ground and a Rune Stone, too. Head back to
    the Treasury.
    
    Loot all the chests in the Treasury and unlock the door. You'll finally find
    the Caravan Master. Talk to her. Her name is Randalla Brasshorn, owner of the
    ambushed caravan. You have her gratitude. As a reward, you get 1000 experience
    points. She tells you that you will be well rewarded upon her return to
    Baldur's Gate. She offers you a job as her bodyguard until she reaches the
    city's walls. If you are done in the Goblin Lair, accept her offer and you'll
    be off to the next part of your adventure...
    
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    It seems the village is under attack by the marauders. You meet Randalla near
    the entrance to the village. She says she'll remain outside and search for
    wounded villagers to help. Head for the save pedestal nearby and save your
    game. Head into the village and you'll see the goblins are terrorizing the
    villagers. Rescue villagers by freeing them from the goblins' clutches. There
    are 9 villagers to rescue in the village. Once you have rescued all the
    villagers, your quest is completed and you receive 250 gold coins and 750
    experience points. But where are the other villagers still trying to hold the
    Wayfork Village Inn?
    
    Continue exploring the village, killing goblins as you go. Use the pedestal in
    front of the Wayfork Village Inn and enter the Inn. You'll encounter a
    hobgoblin called Harnak the Butcher leading some goblins. Kill his minions and
    then attack Harnak. Beware, his melee attacks are powerful. Once Harnak is
    defeated, the villagers are freed, Randalla, Keaira and the Innkeeper, Larani,
    enter the Inn. Talk to Larani first. She thanks you with all her heart. She
    gives you 500 gold coins as a reward and you also get 1000 experience points.
    You can talk to Keaira but all she talks about are the Red Fang marauders.
    Finally, talk to Randalla. She congratulates you on your success. Seeing how
    you can't exit the Inn any other way, tell her you are ready to continue
    towards Baldur's Gate.
    
    Watch the cutscene at the Keep of Pale Night, between Mordoc and his lieutenant
    Xanhast. They speak of the interrogation of the 3 prisoners and about the
    events that lead to the Onyx Tower's destruction. Mordoc speaks of Kharne,
    Xantam's employee and how Kharne works for the Zhentarim and that he apparently
    did not die at the hands of Vahn, Kromlech and Adrianna...
    
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    NOTE: People who have played the first game will remember Kharne. He was
    working for the beholder Xantam and was a major villain in the game. It looks
    like they changed Karne's name to Kharne for this game, though. Still, he's
    a really cool villain.
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                       A C T   I   -   T H E   R E D   F A N G S
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    Once in Baldur's Gate, Randalla Brasshorn gives you your reward for being her
    bodyguard, 1000 gold coins and you also receive 1000 experience points. She
    asks you what you will do next. Randalla says she has some matters to take
    care of: informing the relatives of the slain guards, the recovery of the
    caravan's goods, that sort of thing... but she says that if you need her help
    or are looking for work, to please find her at the Purple Wyrm Inn. She has
    associates that could use an adventurer of your formidable skills.
    
    Baldur's Gate is a large city. There are many areas to explore. Depending on
    which character you are playing, some areas and denizens won't be very useful.
    The first area worth visiting and that you can actually visit for now is the
    Purple Wyrm Inn. Head there as soon as possible.
    
    Also, make sure not to forget Bartley. He's standing around on the street in
    front of the Inn and he's very easy to miss if you are not paying attention.
    I actually went through about 50% of Act I without ever visiting him, during my
    first game. Sell off your extra equipment and restock on potions as need be.
    He also mentions he has hired someone named Durbem, a skilled dwarven artisan
    who can work on your equipment. You can meet Durbem in the Purple Wyrm Inn.
    
    Also, you can find Sollus Duncirc, Captain of the City Guard near the city
    exit. When you first speak to him on your arrival at the city and ask him
    if he's heard of any rumors of note, he says the Purple Wyrm Inn would be a
    better place to look for those. However, he does mention that he may have work
    for you. Hazardous, but paying work just the same.
    
    A trio of adventurers (the heroes from the first game, actually) recently tore
    through the city's sewers, slaughtering monsters and unsealing portals. Now the
    sewers are crawling with all manner of carrion beasts... beasts he wants dead.
    You can accept his offer but first, head to the Purple Wyrm Inn after making
    a stop at Bartley to sell of your extra loot.
    
    Here is a list of all the areas in Baldur's Gate:
    
    - Purple Wyrm Inn & Tavern (most quests during Act I can be found here)
    - Church of Helm (useful only if playing with Allessia)
    - Omduil's Manor (useful only if playing with Ysuran)
    - Warehouse (entrance is barred until relevant quest is acquired)
    - Bloodmire Manor (entrance is barred until relevant quest is acquired)
    - Sewers (entrance is barred until relevant quest is acquired)
    
    Church of Helm (Allessia only)
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    When playing any other character than Allessia, the priest in this church,
    Huros, won't ever have anything useful to say. However, if you are playing as
    Allessia, Huros will be your contact in Baldur's Gate. When you first arrive
    to see him, it warms his heart to see you again. He asks if things are well in
    Secomber. You say that they are but that you left home as soon as you had
    received his letter. He speaks of Eldrith's defeat.. and that he sent his
    letter too late. Nonetheless, Baldur's Gate is in dire need of adventurers.
    He says that you should speak to Sollus Duncirc and Randalla Brasshorn, if you
    haven't already, for they may have tasks for you. Even though the church
    abolished the tithe long ago, the church is always grateful for whatever you
    can offer. Good deeds will be done with your donations, such as building a home
    for the orphans of the war veterans, building four massive catapults emblazoned
    with the symbol of Helm, each occupying a tower on the walls of Baldur's Gate,
    building a defensible wayside temple to Helm north of Wayfork Village; its
    clerics will watch over passing caravans and nearby settlements and farmsteads
    and finally, building the warship "Helm's Glory", which will patrol the harbor
    of Baldur's Gate.
    
    During Act I and II, you can offer the following amounts of gold to the Church:
    2000 gold coins  = 2000 experience points
    4000 gold coins  = 4000 experience points
    8000 gold coins  = 8000 experience points
    16000 gold coins = 16000 experience points
    
    Starting on Act III, Huros says there is a perilous quest your superiors in the
    church have asked that he assigns you. They have received word that Goreth
    Vileblack, a cleric of that foul god Cyric, is raising an army of skeletons in
    preparation to invade the town of Asbravn. He is gathering these forces in an
    ancient mausoleum at the foot of the Sunset Mountains. You must assault the
    unholy mausoleum and defeat Goreth. More on that later.
    
    Omduil's Manor (Ysuran only)
    ----------------------------
    Omduil, sage and seer, can be quite useful to Ysuran and his quest to find his
    lost identity and past. He's willing to help you but his time is expensive.
    You can give him 2000 gold coins to start with and he'll confirm that your name
    is indeed Ysuran Auondril, a noble name. He says you are no longer welcome in
    Evereska, the last of the great hidden cities of the elves but he can't tell
    you why yet. Come back when you have more gold and Omduil will reveal more
    about Ysuran's past.
    
    During Act I, II and III, you can give Omduil the following amounts of gold:
    2000 gold coins  = 2000 experience points
    4000 gold coins  = 4000 experience points
    8000 gold coins  = 8000 experience points
    16000 gold coins = 16000 experience points (Only during Act III)
    
    As mentioned above, when you give him 2000 gold coins, he confirms that your
    name is indeed Ysuran Auondril, the name you found in the black tome you're
    carrying. When you give him 4000 cold coins, Omduil speaks of the tome you're
    carrying, something about Shadow Magic symbols that you apparently wrote there.
    He also talks about the Shadow Weave, about the goddess Shar and how the Shadow
    Weave is an alternative conduit and methodology for casting spells and that it
    is dangerous and shunned by most who know of it. When you give him 8000 gold
    coins, Omduil speaks of Evereska and about how speaking of you over there is
    forbidden. You were exiled from there more than 50 years ago. Some say you
    murdered your betrothed and her lover.. Omduil knows this to be false. Finally,
    when you give Omduil the last payment of 16000 gold coins, he'll speak of
    Zarad's Clock Tower and its link to your past. More on that later.
    
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    Many patrons frequent this establishment.
    Among them are the following people when you first begin the game:
    
    Keaira
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    She speaks to you of the troubles the city has had in recent times, what with
    the dark alliance and the three adventurers that found Eldrith's tower and slew
    her... the tower crumbled and the heroes are presumed dead. She says she met
    them once, in the Elfsong Tavern... an archer, a shield dwarf warrior and a
    moon elf sorceress. She speaks of Xantam and how the adventurers defeated him
    and all the thieves but that then, the Hands of Glory came.
    
    The Hands of Glory is a society of assassins who've risen to power in the
    city's criminal underworld. Xantam destroyed the old thieves' guild, the
    adventurers destroyed Xantam's and now, it's the Hands of Glory, the worst of
    the lot so far.
    
    Randalla Brasshorn
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    Randalla has gotten wind of some disturbing occurences about Baldur's Gate, and
    she thinks you might be able to help. First, there has been a series of
    kidnappings; some victims number among the city's wealthy elite. Death lies in
    their future should ransom or rescue not be made. There has also been a rash of
    mysterious, grisly murders. There have been some leads, but little progress,
    and more mutilated corpses turn up each night. She says she'll reward you well
    for your efforts, of course. You can decide to either investigate the murders
    or the kidnappings. Personally, I suggest you investigate the kidnappings first
    as it's an easier quest than the investigation of the murders one.
    
    If you choose to investigate the kidnappings, Randalla says the Hands of Glory
    are responsible. The ransom demands are ridiculous, far beyond the means of 
    even the wealthiest victims' families. Some think it all merely a sadistic
    excuse to send back severed body parts. The city guard knows a formal attack
    could result in the murder of the hostages. Many families think a small group
    would have the best chance of success: this is you. Her "less savory" friends 
    have informed her of where the victims are held: a Hands of Glory lair hidden
    beneath an old warehouse in southwest Baldur's Gate. Head to Section 1-2. 
    Warehouse for more details on that area.
    
    If you choose the murders, Randalla speaks of some strange happenings in
    Bloodmire Manor and of the woman who lives there, Luvia Bloodmire. Some say
    she is very strange. Randalla suggests you begin your seach there. See Section
    1-6. Bloodmire Manor I for more details.
    
    Durbem
    ------
    When playing any character other than Borador, if you buy him some ale, he'll
    tell you that he has the vault key for a treasure chamber in the Halls of the
    Hammer and that it could be of some use to you if you're ever there. The Halls
    of the Hammer is an abandoned dwarf-hold far to the north of the city, across
    the High Moor. You can try offering him gold for the key but you probably don't
    have enough for now. Make sure to talk to him at some later time when you've
    acquired more gold. Besides, the Halls of the Hammer can only be explored
    during Act II, so hang on to your gold for now.
    
    However, if you are playing as Borador "Goldhand", when you first talk to
    Durbem, he welcomes you as his clan-brother. He says a cloud is hanging over
    your clan but that you must stand proud. He says that the debt remains unpaid.
    You owe thousands to those cursed moon elves. You can't rebuild your clan hall
    until the fey folk are satisfied. You can offer him gold coins to help repay
    the debt owed to the elves and restore your clan's honor.
    
    During Act I, II and III, you can give Durbem the following amounts of gold:
    2000 gold coins  = 2000 experience points
    4000 gold coins  = 4000 experience points
    8000 gold coins  = 8000 experience points
    16000 gold coins = 16000 experience points
    
    Also, if you ask him if he's heard of any rumors lately, he'll tell you that he
    has the vault key for a treasure chamber in the Halls of the Hammer and that it
    could be of some use to you if you're ever there. Contrary to the other
    characters, you don't have to pay Durbem to get the key, you get it free of
    charge. Now, that's what clan-brothers are for!
    
    Starting on Act III, if you speak to Durbem, he says he has received word of a
    most unusual nature. Your clan-brother Urkald has discovered Gandam's Hold!
    More on that later in the guide.
    
    Ulua (Vhaidra only)
    -------------------
    A mysterious drow female. If you are not playing as Vhaidra, she says she has
    nothing to say to you. However, if you are playing as Vhaidra, Ulua is, of
    course, your half-sister that's been waiting for you. She's surprised to learn
    that you escaped, as she had heard reports of your death. She says she's the
    only living family you have left. She speaks of the lesser noble houses of
    Menzoberranzan and how they purchased the favor of the Dark Ravens, a splinter
    sect of the Black Raven monk order, assassins for hire of the most lethal
    caliber. You speak of your desire to return to Menzoberranzan and have your
    revenge. Ulua has begun preparations, a network of allies. It is only a matter
    of time... and coin.
    
    If you have 2000 gold coins to offer her, you will gain 2000 experience points.
    Your gold is used to fund a hidden base of operations for House Uoswiir. You
    can return to Ulua later in the adventure and offer her more gold to fund this
    base of operations, thus gaining experience every time you give her some gold.
    The next amount of gold that Ulua requires is 4000 gold coins. Return to her
    with the gold once you've amassed the coins.
    
    During Act I and II, you can give Ulua the following amounts of gold:
    2000 gold coins  = 2000 experience points
    4000 gold coins  = 4000 experience points
    8000 gold coins  = 8000 experience points
    16000 gold coins = 16000 experience points (Only during Act II?)
    
    I'm uncertain whether or not you need to have given Ulua all the gold before
    the start of Act III. If anyone knows for sure if not having paid all the gold
    until Act III is a problem, let me know. Starting on Act III, Ulua will have
    something more to say to her half-sister. More on that later.
    
    An interesting first quest would be to go clean up the sewers, so to speak, for
    Captain Duncirc. Head for the sewer grate in one of the streets and head down.
    
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    NOTE: Most of the quests in Act I can be accomplished in the order you wish.
    However, the order I'm presenting in this guide is the one I've always used and
    I find it's the easiest. People going straight to investigating the murders at
    Bloodmire Manor are in for a tough journey, as the monsters inside are fairly
    powerful for a low-level character.
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    When you first enter the sewers, you'll notice some huge beetles flying around.
    Kill any you encounter. There are around 120 monsters to kill down in the
    sewers. There will be a countdown showing you the remaining monsters for every
    10 monsters you slay. The western passage is blocked by a door. There are some
    more beetles in the room to the north. Go east and fight some rats. Don't miss
    the chest in the alcove nearby. Continue east and then north to fight more
    beetles. In the following room, you'll encounter some green slimes. Fans of the
    first game will remember these as pretty tough opponents. Go the room to the
    east and fight some more beetles. Continue north to fight even more. The next
    room is blocked by a few barrels, including an exploding one. Ignite it and
    watch the rats go boom. Keep going from room to room, fighting monsters as you
    go.
    
    You'll end up in a big chamber with some water in it and some beetles and an
    otyugh (the beast with the tentacles). Kill them all. From this room, go south
    and fight some more green slimes. There's a chest and some crates in the little
    rooms too. Then, take the north passage. Beware the following room! Lots of
    green slimes that hurl their stuff at you. Not good. Retreat if you're getting
    whacked too much. A ranged weapon can be handy here. Don't forget the save
    pedestal in the SE corner. Some more green slimes in the next room. Continue
    west to fight some more monsters along the way. Always keep an eye on your
    Automap to make sure you've explored all the areas. Find another save pedestal
    and save your game. After defeating the slime, you should have 10 monsters
    remaining, if you've killed everything so far. The 10 remaining monsters are
    all slimes in the rest of the rooms. Find the lever to open up the door. Once
    you've slain all the monsters, return to the surface and report to Sollus. As
    a reward for your help, he gives you 1000 gold coins and you receive 1000
    experience points.
    
    Your next assignment should bring you to the Warehouse.
    
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    NOTE: If you are playing as Vhaidra, Ysuran, Allessia or Borador and assuming
    you've been picking up the most stuff you can carry and selling it off, there
    are some chances you'll have enough gold (4000 coins) to give to your contact
    to get the 2nd experience bonus.
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    When you first enter the warehouse, you are attacked by some men. Navigate
    through the halls. You'll come up to a fork in the hall, head north first.
    There will be some assassins behind some crates, along with some guard dogs.
    Kill them and you'll find a crowbar, which is useful for opening things, of
    course. Head back to the fork in the hallway and head east. There'll be a
    locked door but you can unlock it easily with the crowbar. Inside are two
    chests.
    
    Go back to where you found the crowbar and head north again. You'll come up to
    another fork. Head west first to find another chest and then head back east.
    You'll encounter some more assassins and guard dogs along the way. Save at the
    pedestal before proceeding any further. You'll find a gold key on one of the
    assassins you kill in the next room. Open the door and you'll find a stairway
    leading down to the Hands of Glory Guildhall, behind some crates.
    
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    As you open the door leading into the guildhall, you are attacked by some
    stronger looking assassins that throw daggers at you. Beware the next room,
    where there are some more assassins and a pillar that shoots fireballs. At the
    intersection, head north first but beware the next area, there are about 6
    assassins throwing daggers at you. Continue onward and open the door to the
    next room. The assassins release the dogs... Kill everything in sight and loot
    the chests. Head back to the intersection and go west. At the next fork, go
    north and you'll find some more assassins. One of them has a key ring that
    allows you to release two of the hostages from the nearby rooms. Go back to the
    fork and go south. Save your game at the pedestal and continue over the wooden
    bridge to fight some bats.
    
    You'll fight some more assassins, one of them carrying another key ring that
    unlocks the three cages that are holding the remaining 3 hostages. The last one
    you rescue says there is one more hostage in Argesh's Lair and gives you a key
    stolen from one of the captors. You get 1000 experience points for this quest.
    Continue exploring the guildhall and you'll find another save pedestal. Enter
    the door that leads to Argesh's Lair.
    
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    As you enter the room, you overhear a conversation the man Argesh has with his
    Red Fang goblin minions. He's unhappy with the way some of them have handled
    the kidnappings and kills one of them, promoting the other. Argesh also
    mentions someoned called "Mistress Luvia". You are eventually discovered though
    and Argesh orders his men to find and kill you. Argesh packs one mean looking
    weapon on his wrist... try and kill his minions before taking him on. Once
    Argesh is defeated, you discover a map to the Red Fang's secret base and a
    small iron key on his disfigured body. Open the door and find one last cage
    holding the remaining hostage inside. You receive 250 experience points for
    finishing this quest. Go up the staircase and you'll return to the surface.
    Return to the Purple Wyrm Inn and talk to Randalla.
    
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    Purple Wyrm Inn
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    Randalla offers you the reward offered by the families of the freed. You get
    4000 gold coins and you gain 1000 experience points. Randalla asks who this
    Argesh person was. If you'd taken the kidnappings as your first quest, she then
    talks about the murders and mentions you should start your seach at Bloodmire
    Manor, on the northeastern side of Baldur's Gate. It's the home of Luvia
    Bloodmire, sole heiress to a vast fortune. Many have sent sons there in hopes
    of marrying Bloodmire gold, but she turns them all away. She's an eccentric
    woman: morose and, it's said, macabre.
    
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    NOTE: If you are playing as Vhaidra, Ysuran, Allessia or Borador, with the
    reward money you get from completing this quest, you should have enough gold to
    give to your contact for the experience bonus.
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    However, if you have already done the Bloodmire Manor section, go to the end
    of Section 1-9. Luvia's Laboratory II.
    
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    NOTE: The humanoids in this manor are actually undead creatures. If you're
    playing as Allessia Faithhammer, Turn Undead is very handy in this level.
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    As you first enter the Manor, you'll notice a sort of piano called an
    Harpsichord. You can try playing a tune on it but it comes out all wrong.
    Go up the stairs and you'll fight some flesh hounds that can poison you. You'll
    also encounter some strange mutated humanoids. Open the doors along the hallway
    and you'll eventually rescue one of the 5 servants to be rescued. Save your
    game at the pedestal and make sure to search the hallways for secret passages
    behind certain bookcases. You should find the first of 5 sheet of Harpsichord
    music in a chest inside a room behind a secret passage. Continue in the rooms,
    searching everywhere. You might come upon a locked door eventually. Leave it,
    you need to find the key for it first. Continue exploring the passageways and
    rooms of the Manor, rescuing servants and finding the sheets of Harpischord
    music as you go. You should find the key to the library in a chest in one of
    the rooms. Head back to the locked doors you encountered earlier to find
    another sheet of music.
    
    Look for the stairs leading to the Bloodmire Manor Cellar, while you're at it.
    Just keep using your Automap feature to explore areas you've not found yet and
    you will eventually find your way around the Manor without any problems. Down
    in the cellar, you will fight some skeletons, ghouls and some spiders. Once 
    you've cleared the Cellar, head back up and find the save pedestal and stairs
    that lead to the Manor's second floor.
    
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    NOTE: There are 5 servants to be rescued in Bloodmire Manor. All of them can
    be found on the first floor. When you've rescued them, you receive 500 gold
    coins and 1000 experience points. There are 3 sheets of music to be found on
    the first floor. The remaining two are to be found on the second floor of the
    manor.
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    As you come up to the second floor of the Manor, go slightly to the east and
    open the door to the north to find another sheet of music in the chest at the
    foot of the bed. Head back to the hallway and go around it, killing everything
    you see. Don't forget the secret passage that leads to a room full of statues
    and some chests. Eventually, you'll find a save pedestal next to some stairs
    that lead to the Bloodmire Attic.
    
    Guess what awaits you in the attic? Your old friends, the rats! Hooray! Kill
    them all. You'll also find some bats. Pretty standard attic, really. Explore
    all the rooms of the attic, making sure not to forget the huge pile of gold
    behind some crates towards the eastern room. You might come upon a high stack
    of crates, eventually. Just jump on top of the nearby crates and make your way
    over the wall of crates. The attic is a dead end though, so head back down
    when you are done to continue exploring the second floor.
    
    Continue exploring the second floor, finding the hidden passageways that lead
    to the remaining sheet of music. Once you've found all the sheets of music,
    you receive 1000 experience points as a quest reward. Once you have them all
    and that you've rescued all the servants from Luvia's monstrosities, head back
    down to the entrance hall of the Manor and play the Harpsichord.
    
    As the haunting melody echoes through the entryway, a secret passageway leading
    down to Luvia's hidden laboratory is revealed. Head down there.
    
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    1-8. Luvia's Laboratory I
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    You'll encounter even more of Luvia's monsters down here. First, head NW to
    a series of cells that contain some of Luvia's creations. After opening the
    chest, the monsters will be set loose and they'll attack you. Then, head for
    the NE part of the laboratory. You'll find a letter written by Luvia Bloodmire
    to a "Lady F." in one of the first rooms on a table. The letter speaks of
    Argesh as Luvia's "pinnacle of her creations". The Hands of Glory are also
    mentioned in the letter. You'll also find a woman inside a cell but she
    apparently doesn't want to come out because it isn't safe. Make sure to step on
    the loose stone inside one of the cells containing a beast, as it opens a door.
    
    Head to the northwest and you'll find another locked door. Look for a hidden
    lever nearby and the door will open, leading to a chest and some barrels. Go
    east and you'll find a save pedestal. You'll come upon a huge chamber with
    more of Luvia's monsters. Stay on the raised section and pull the lever to open
    the door that leads further into the laboratory. You'll end up in a big room
    with some more flesh hounds, including a very big two-headed one called
    Atrocious. Kill the surrouding minions first and then whack away at Atrocious.
    Once Atrocious is defeated, you hear a faint ethereal voice in the distance
    that says "Now that you are done playing with my pets, come and visit me." A
    nearby door opens invitingly. Head south through the door and into the Lower
    Laboratory.
    
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    Save at the pedestal and follow the passageway, fighting more of Luvia's
    minions as you go along. You'll open a door and you'll encounter Luvia herself.
    Standing behind her are two more of her strange creations. If you've killed
    Argesh, she mentions that the creatures behind her were made just for you. She
    leaves you to your fate. Be careful, these minions are very tough. After
    defeating her minions, you head over to Luvia and you realize that she is quite
    mad. As she makes her leave, she releases poisonous gas in the lab. You must
    escape quickly before the fumes overcome you. As you make your escape, doors
    open, releasing more of Luvia's creations on your heels. Head back towards the
    exit of the Manor. Return to the Purple Wyrm Inn.
    
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    Purple Wyrm Inn
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    Talk to Randalla and she mentions that several terrible malformed creatures
    fled Bloodmire Manor. City guards killed a few but some escaped. You explain
    what happened to her. She offers your reward for your efforts: 1500 gold coins
    and 2000 experience points. Now, if you've not investigated the kidnappings
    yet, Randalla will tell you to check out the Warehouse in the southeastern
    part of Baldur's Gate. See Section 1-3. Warehouse for more details.
    
    However, if you have investigated both the kidnappings and the murders,
    Randalla suggests you speak to Sollus Duncirc, captain of the city guard. Also,
    she mentions that she recently acquired an interesting map that leads to some
    ruins deep within the Wood of Sharp Teeth... ruins likely filled with monsters
    and treasure. She asks if you'd be interested in purchasing it. She accepts
    400 gold coins for the map.
    
    If you have enough gold, you can also purchase Durbem's vault key for the
    treasure chamber in the Halls of the Hammer. He'll accept the sum of 4000 gold
    coins for the key, nothing less. However, remember that you won't be able to
    use the vault key until you reach Act II, so you'd better save your gold, for
    now.
    
    Go talk to Sollus. He speaks of the Red Fang Marauders that have been troubling
    the city of late. The city guard has been unable to locate their main base. You
    mention that you found a map on Argesh's body. Sollus says their base is in the
    Cloak Wood. He asks that you take the Red Fangs out. You accept and he suggests
    you move down the shore and approach from the eastern side.
    
    So, for now, you have two choices you can make. You can either head out to
    destroy the Red Fang Marauders at their main base in Cloak Wood or investigate
    the ruins in the Wood of Sharp Teeth. I suggest you head to the Wood of Sharp
    Teeth first.
    
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    You'll encounter some crows in the ruins. Follow the little stream and explore
    the ruined buildings. You'll eventually encounter some hobgoblins and their
    camps. Continue following the stream, fighting everything along the way. You
    will eventually make your way to a save pedestal and a path leading back to
    the World Map. Head back to Baldur's Gate to sell extra equipment and to
    restock on potions and then head to the Cloak Wood Lower Cliffs.
    
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    You will thank me later, trust me. ^_~
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    You'll encounter some Red Fang Marauders riding wolves. Travel along the cliffs
    fighting your way through the goblins and their wolf mounts. You'll discover
    a cave alongside the cliffs. Enter it.
    
    Inside the Cloak Wood Cave, you'll fight some more Red Fangs. However, the
    major event here is that you will discover a dead Rust Monster! A normally
    harmless creature whose lightest touch destroys ferrous metal. The raiders
    may have another one trapped within, so it might be wise to unequip any metal
    weapons or armor. A rust monster won't attack unless it smells iron to rust and
    eat!
    
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    Be extremely careful here. If you do not want to lose your metal weapons and
    armor, equip some non-metal weapons and armor or else you might lose these
    metal items, even if they are magical in nature. Attack the two rust monsters
    as you explore the cave but remember to re-equip your standard metal weapons
    once you are done with them because there are more Marauders deep in the cave.
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    After defeating the Marauders, head outside and to the Upper Cliffs area.
    
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    Fight your way along the cliffs again. Very easy section that will eventually
    lead you to the Cloak Wood itself and the Red Fang Camp. Continue killing the
    marauders as you discover them. You'll soon arrive at the entrance to their
    hidden base.
    
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    Deep inside these mines, you'll encounter more of the Red Fangs. At the next
    intersection, you have two choices. You can either follow the tracks or you
    can head the other way around. Be careful when you start seeing black pits
    surrounding you.. if you fall off, it's game over and you'll need to load your
    game. You might even encounter some otyughs along the way! Both paths actually
    lead to the same place but if you keep following the tracks to stay on track
    (pardon the pun), you'll find a save pedestal next to the entrance to the Red
    Queen's Lair.
    
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    NOTE: In the following areas, you will encounter your first traps in the game.
    If you're playing as Borador, the Dwarven Rogue, always remember that he can
    automatically disarm any trap he encounters. Just use the Action button when
    the text "Disarm Trap" appears on screen. Very useful and he's the only
    character who can do this in the game.
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    Inside the Red Queen's Lair, you'll find a goblin shaman talking to a creature
    called the Red Queen. Run around the cave, making sure to dodge the fireballs
    coming from the statues, killing off her minions first. Then, attack the Red
    Queen. She has a fairly powerful special attack, so always keep an eye on your
    Health meter. You can only wound her and she she vanishes, you hear the sound
    of grinding stone.
    
    You find a bloody footprint down the secret passage behind her throne. It seems
    the Queen is trying to escape. Pursue her and put and end to the Red Fang
    Marauders! Be wary of the booby traps laid out in the tunnels ahead. You'll
    eventually find the entrance to the Red Fang Secret Passage.
    
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    Your old friends the rats have returned. More booby traps await you in the
    next passages, including the never-before seen spikes that come out of the
    ground... Once you reach some more dark pits, head west, jumping from platform
    to platform, to find the lair of another otyugh and some chests. Follow the
    secret passage along its course and through some more rats, bats and traps and
    you'll find the entrance to Firewind Cellar inside Firewind Manor.
    
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    From there, you will see a cutscene between the Red Queen and her mistress.
    Needless to say, the mistress is not happy of the Red Queen's failure...
    
    Explore the dark passages of the cellar. You'll encounter some more dogs and
    some marauders too. In the first main room, don't miss the false wall behind
    the barrels leading to a secret room with some crates and a chest. Go north of
    the first main room and don't miss the room where there are some crates stacked
    high in front of two weapon racks. Just push the nearby crate near the other
    crates and jump over them. From there, go west to find another room. Jump on
    the crates and find the loose stone that's behind some barrels. Push to reveal
    another secret room with two weapon racks and two chests. From there, go south
    and then west again. You'll see some arrows start flying at you. Block if you
    want to avoid them or you can dodge them easily by hugging the walls. There's
    a chest in the NW corner of the room. Go south.
    
    Find the room with the lever and pull it to open a door somewhere. Head to the
    western part of the cellar first. You'll find a hole in the wall behind two
    crates. You'll enter a room with some dogs. Head south and check the back of
    the wall at the southern end of the room to pull a torch, it'll open up a
    secret passage to a room with 3 weapon racks. Head to the eastern part of the
    cellar and you'll eventually find a save pedestal and an entrance to another
    big room. Inside the room, you will encounter the Lady of the Manor but she
    doesn't talk much and opens up a trap door beneath you. You are in the Firewind
    Dungeon now.
    
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    Lady Argozia Firewind, the true power behind the Red Fang Marauders, has
    dropped you into the dungeons beneath her manor. You must escape and confront
    her to complete your quest. There are three doors that can be opened inside
    your cell, one of them having a lever you can pull inside.
    
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    After pulling the lever and defeating the skeletons, head out of your cell.
    Find another lever but beware because one of them, once you pull it, makes some
    fireballs shoot out of the nearby statue and releases some skeletons. Beware
    also the next halls, as they have fireballs coming out from holes at regular
    intervals. Don't miss the loose stone along the way that opens up a secret
    room containing two chests and two weapon racks. Find the lever at the end of
    the hallway to open up the door. You'll find a save pedestal. Continue
    exploring the dungeon, finding levers and chains to pull, revealing new
    passageways. You'll eventually discover a staircase leading to the Firewind
    Catacombs.
    
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    You are immediately confronted by the Ghost of Felldane. Apparently, Argozia
    built Firewind Manor atop the ruins of Felldane Manor. He speaks of the tragic
    fate of his family and how they were all turned into ghouls. He asks you to
    destroy the Manor and with it the shame of house Felldane.
    
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    NOTE: By now, you should be getting normal Healing/Rejuvenation potions from
    monsters instead of the usual Lesser potions. If you've accumulated a lot of
    Lesser potions, now would perhaps be a good time to sell them off for extra
    gold and also, extra carrying capacity.
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    Explore the catacombs, destroying the skeletons and ghouls you encounter. At
    the first intersection, head east to find a room with some coffins, skeletons
    and ghouls. Head northwest to explore some more rooms with undead creatures
    roaming around. There's a room that contains a huge skeleton that comes out
    from under a crate along with some chests towards the NE. After a while, you'll
    find another staircase, this one leading up to Firewind Manor itself.
    
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    After climbing the stairs, you will be on the first floor of Firewind Manor.
    Open up the passageway and save at the pedestal. You'll eventually come up to
    a passageway where you can hear voices inside the chamber ahead. You hear two
    people talking. You can slip into the nearby alcove and eavesdrop or you can
    barge in and interrupt them.
    
    A man named Kharne is talking to Lady Argozia. She plans to burn the manor to
    the ground. Kharne leaves but Argozia has noticed you. She says even her
    treasure has been moved. She says you will be witness to her true form...
    Aizagora, the Red Death. Lady Argozia transforms into a Red Dragon! She sets
    fire to the whole manor. You must escape before the inferno consumes you!
    
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    Run around the halls of the manor as the flaming ceiling collapses. Keep an
    eye on your Health meter constantly. Look for chests in the halls that contain
    keys that can unlock the doors on this floor. You can rescue a bunch of
    servants from one of the locked rooms for a quest reward of 1500 gold coins and
    1500 experience points. Please note however that there are some doors you can't
    unlock in this section. You need to head out of the manor, on the way out, you
    will meet the Ghost of Felldane again. He gives you a +1 Grand Ring of Fire,
    a +1 Remarkable Sacred Amulet, 1000 gold coins and you get 250 experience
    points. Not too shabby, eh? Head outside to Baldur's Gate.
    
    Return to Sollus for your reward with your success in clearing out the Red
    Fangs base and routing the Red Dragon. You get 3000 gold coins and 3000 exp.
    points for your troubles. Head to the Purple Wyrm Inn next.
    
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    Talk to Randalla. You explain to her that the Red Fangs were led by the dragon
    Aizagora, who used sorcery to disguise herself as a noblewoman. She had been
    funding Luvia's work and controlled the Hands of Glory. You tell her that she
    set fire to the manor and left, thinking it a death trap. Randalla says she has
    a friend who would like to meet you and that you can find him at the abandoned
    warehouse. His name is Jherek. He's a man with very powerful friends and many
    connections. She has told him of your exploits and he is eager to meet you.
    
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    NOTE: Those who have played the first game know that Jherek is a member of the
    Harpers. Sadly, he is no longer voiced by actor John-Rhys Davies. The new
    voice is familiar, somehow, though. Must have heard him in a cartoon. Bill
    Ratner. He played Flint on the original G.I. Joe series in the 80s. ^_^
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    Thus ends Act I of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II.
    
    Another Keep of Pale Night cutscene occurs...
    
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    NOTE: Like in the previous Act, some of the quests can be done in the order
    you prefer. The order I present here is the one I find the easiest, with the
    priority on the side quests before proceeding to the main quests of the Act.
    As always, the choice is yours...
    
    Also, it should be noted that Bartley will be selling a lot more wares,
    including several new gems and magical weapons/armor. Make sure to check these
    out if you've accumulated a lot of gold in your adventures, so far. Finally,
    he is selling Normal Healing/Rejuvenation potions, so it's definitely a good
    idea to sell all your Lesser potions and purchase Normal ones, if you can spare
    the gold.
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    Warehouse
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    Inside the warehouse, open the door and talk to Jherek. He mentions that there
    are a number of artifacts scattered across the Western Heartlands he intends
    to collect. He means to do so by hiring trustworthy, capable adventurers...
    someone like you. Dangerous work but fairly compensated. The first artifact is
    called the Orb of Thunder, an engraved copper sphere studded with enormous
    topazes. It was used to power a weather machine in the observatory of Lyran's
    Hold in the Forest of Wyrms, now a fell and haunted place. That's your next
    main objective. Exit the warehouse and go to the Purple Wyrm Inn.
    
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    Purple Wyrm Inn
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    Talk to Randalla, ask her if she's heard any rumors of note lately and she'll
    mention Skull Gorge. It was the site of a great battle between men, orcs and
    demons. There is much treasure to be found there, and danger... She marks the
    area on your map for you to explore. Head out of Baldur's Gate. You should have
    3 different destinations. Head back to the Wood of Sharp Teeth first.
    
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    Once you return to the Wood of Sharp Teeth, it is now inhabited by goblins,
    wolves and some gnolls now as well. Follow the same path as before, killing
    everything in sight and looting everything. Once you're done, you should head
    to Skull Gorge.
    
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    NOTE: Before heading to this area, it would be wise to have either some flamed
    based or acid-based weapons or spells. Trolls are ahead!
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    This area is populated by golbins, wolves and gnolls and contains two goblin
    caves and two gnoll caves. Explore each area for experience, gold and items.
    The two goblin caves are on the eastern side of the gorge, while the two gnoll
    caves are on its western side.
    
    In Goblin Cave II, there's a bugbear in one of the rooms to the east. Flip the
    switch on the throne to open a secret door to another room filled with gold and
    items. Inside that room, twist the torch sconce to reveal yet another secret
    room. Inside are three treasure chests. One of them contains an exploding
    barrel, so be careful. However, one of them contains a useful item for this
    dungeon: a +1 Fine Flaming Dagger.
    
    Inside the gnoll caves, in addition to the gnolls, you'll encounter some
    trolls. Equip the Flaming Dagger you found to finish the trolls off, if you
    don't have any other fire-based weapons handy. If you don't use either fire or
    acid to kill the trolls, they will always regenerate and attack you.
    
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    NOTE: Since the Fine Flaming Dagger is a fairly weak weapon to use, I suggest
    you break down the weapon in the workshop to get the Jacinth inside. Use the
    gem in a stronger weapon instead. Flaming weapons are fun!
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    You'll also find a decorative gem shaped like a reptilian eye in the second
    gnoll cave once you kill one of the gnolls. You'll find a dragon idol figurine
    in the cave and it's missing an eye. Place the decorative stone in it and
    you'll hear the sound of grinding rock in the distance. Make sure you examine
    the idol two times to place the gem in the socket. The door that opened leads
    to a room with some chests inside.
    
    Finally, don't forget to check out the cave behind the waterfall at the north
    end of the gorge. Inside are some troglodytes and more treasure.
    
    Once this area is complete, head for Lyran's Hold to find the Orb of Thunder.
    
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    2-3. Lyran's Hold
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    Forest of Wyrms Ambush
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    On your way to Lyran's Hold, you are ambushed by a marauding band of ettins
    and hobgoblins while traveling through the Forest of Wyrms. You must fight your
    way out. Head north. Follow the small river to find two smalls areas that have
    chests. Follow the main road north and continue to Lyran's Hold.
    
    You'll see a cutscene between Kharne and the lizard man, Sleyvas. Kharne orders
    Sleyvas to retrieve the Orb of Thunder and to bring it to Darkhold.
    
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    Lyran's Hold I
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    Proceed north in the Hold and you will encounter some animated suits of armor
    that attack you. At some point in your exploration, you will come upon an
    intersection. You can go north or west. 
    
    Go north first since the other areas on the first level are all unaccessible
    for now. You will then face animated furniture: tables, chairs, benches, the
    kitchen sink (Okay, that last one was a joke...) Continue going north, through
    the pair of doors that are side by side and to a save pedestal near the stairs
    leading to the second level of the Hold.
    
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    Lyran's Hold II
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    You'll face more animated suits of armor. Be careful in the next room, certain
    tiles have spiked traps on them. From this room, you can either go north, east
    or west. The door to the north is locked, so you can either go east or west.
    
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    NOTE: If you want to fully explore the second floor of Lyran's Hold without
    having Lyran pursuing and attacking you throughout the level, stay away from
    his private study until you've searched everywhere else. However, if you make
    the mistake of triggering Lyran before you finish exploring the level, you can
    get rid of him chasing you around for that level only, by simply recalling out,
    and then recalling back in.  This works in both normal and extreme modes. This
    does not work for the Cellar, unfortunately.
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    Both the eastern and western passages lead to the same place, eventually, so
    you can pick whichever you want. The western part contains a room filled with
    pillars that shoot fireballs, spiked traps and many chests while the eastern
    passage is a bit easier. Make sure to look at your Automap frequently to spot
    hidden passages and rooms.
    
    You'll follow the secret passages around and access the locked room through
    another secret passage, encountering animated books, this time. Lyran's private
    study is located in the middle of this level and to access it, you must search
    for the hidden doorway. Inside Lyran's private study, there's a chest with a
    key that unlocks the door to his study (to the south) and a bundle of scrolls
    that reveal the location of Lyran's remains, in Lyran's Cellar. Lyran is a lich
    and the only way to truly defeat him is to destroy his remains. After you've
    taken the key from the chest and searched the bundle of scrolls, as you unlock
    the door to his study, Lyran appears and starts pursuing you throughout the
    second floor.
    
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    NOTE: It's very important that you search the bundle of scrolls on the table
    in Lyran's private study or else the door leading to his Cellar will remain
    locked and you'll have to run back to his study. Huge waste of time.
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    It's no use trying to harm Lyran, all your attacks have no effect. Run south
    and back down to the first floor. Some new animated suits of armors and books
    will have returned to hinder your progress. Return to the first floor's main
    intersection and take the eastern passage to find the entrance to Lyran's
    Cellar.
    
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    Lyran's Cellar
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    As you enter the Cellar, you are confronted by Lyran. He says you must leave
    his castle and that he won't warn you again. He'll pester you throughout your
    exploration of the Cellar, so just try and ignore him as best you can, dodging
    his attacks. In the room nearby, you will find a decaying body. Search it to
    find a journal that speaks of Lyran being impervious to all harm and that he's
    no normal lich. Head north and follow the passage. At the intersection, go
    north still and fight a huge animated suit of armor guarding a chest and two
    weapon racks. Head back to the intersection and go west. Follow the passage
    northwest around the chasm and continue south. You'll find a save pedestal.
    Head into the next room. Continue west to find the door to Lyran's Ossuary.
    
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    Lyran's Ossuary
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    As you enter his Ossuary, Lyran confronts you yet again and the battle begins.
    The idea here is to destroy all of the urns containing his remains. Some of the
    areas in the Ossuary are sealed off with force fields. The trick is to destroy
    each urn, destroying some urns will release some force fields, allowing you
    access to the other urns and so forth. Some of the urns can be tough to find
    since they are in little alcoves along narrow passages. Use your camera angle
    function to find them. Eventually, you'll make a room filled with urns
    accessible. Destroy them all and in one of them, you will find Lyran's Hand,
    which is useful for unlocking his Observatory. Once you've retrieved his hand,
    Lyran falls down. Make sure to loot all the treasure chests located in his
    Ossuary before heading out. Find the stairs in the northeast corner to exit the
    Cellar. Back on the first floor, you are in a room that was previously
    unaccessible. Search the chests and the racks and then exit the room. Head east
    to find a save pedestal. Then, go directly west and use Lyran's Hand to open
    the doorway to his Observatory.
    
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    Lyran's Observatory
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    There is a chest inside the Observatory and of course, the Weather Machine.
    Examine it and you'll find the Orb of Thunder, your main objective for this
    quest. However, as you are about to exit the Observatory, the lizard man
    Sleyvas arrives with a few henchmen. He demands that you leave the Orb to him
    and that you should leave. He says that all who serve Jherek soon fall, much
    like the three that preceded you. You tell him you won't surrender the Orb to
    him. A battle ensues...
    
    Kill Sleyvas' henchmen first. Sleyvas is a fairly potent spellcaster. Just
    keep attacking him and he'll eventually fall. Once the deed is done, head back
    to Baldur's Gate to talk to Jherek.
    
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    Baldur's Gate
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    Return to the abandoned warehouse to find Jherek. Give him the Orb and accept
    your reward: 2000 gold coins and 4000 experience points. You tell Jherek about
    Sleyvas and the black-armored men. He says they are part of the Zhentarim and
    he says he'll increase the reward on future missions to reflect the increased
    risk. You ask him about the other artifacts he'd mentioned before. There were
    four in total, including the Orb of Thunder you've just recovered. The others
    are the Jade Octahedron, the Brazier of Eternal Flame and the Oceanic Urn. You
    can ask him about each artifact but be warned that whichever artifact you ask
    about first and accept to retrieve will become your next assignment, so choose
    wisely.
    
    The Jade Octahedron is located in the Halls of the Hammer, an abandoned dwarf
    stronghold across the High Moor. The Brazier of Eternal Flame was once in the
    treasury of Dragonspear Castle but lies somewhere in the caverns beneath the
    place now, having been stolen by monsters. The Oceanic Urn was last seen in the
    hands of pirates based out of Seer's Cove. One of Randalla's ships could get
    you there, though you'd have to row ashore yourself.
    
    I picked the Jade Octahedron first, so we'll explore that area first.
    Check section 2-4. Brigand's Ruins and 2-5. Halls of the Hammer for details.
    For the Brazier of Eternal Flame, check Section 2-6. Dragonspear Castle. For
    the Oceanic Urn, check Section 2-7. Sea-Cave. If you've recovered all the
    artifacts, check Section 2-9. Artifacts Recovered.
    
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    NOTE: Make sure not to exit back to the World Map without having explored it
    all once you reach this area. Once you return to the World Map, the location
    on the map becomes unavailable, possibly making you miss out on the Lady
    Cadmere rescue quest entirely.
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    On your way to the Halls of the Hammer, you are ambushed in the High Moor by
    some troglodytes. You'll find a wounded bodyguard called Landen nearby. He says
    the troglodytes must be based in Brigand's Hold. His lord and lady Cadmere were
    traveling back to Baldur's Gate from Waterdeep when the wagon was attacked. He
    believes all the other guards are dead. He saw Lady Cadmere being carried off
    over one of the troglodyte's shoulders. He doesn't know what happened to his
    lord and he asks for your help. Landen says the troglodytes are several miles
    west of here, a ruined keep and village. He says there's supposed to be an
    extensive network of cellars and dungeons below ground. Bandits often use the
    place to hole up. He marks the area on your map. He's in no condition to fight,
    so he says he'll check his fallen companions for survivors and continue down
    the road for help.
    
    Explore the surrouding area, fighting some more troglodytes as you go.  Follow
    the road north to eventually return to the World Map. From here, you should
    head just a little west, to the Brigand's Ruins.
    
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    Brigand's Ruins
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    Head east. You'll encounter some more troglodytes. Follow the path through the
    ruins and you'll find the stairs leading down to the Brigand's Hall guarded
    by some troglodytes and their larger leader. Head down the stairs.
    
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    Go north and follow the passage. Troglodytes will attack you. You'll come up
    to an intersection going north, east and west. Go west and you'll find two
    rooms, one of them having a secret room containing some crates and a chest. Go
    east to find two more rooms with trogolodytes, chests and crates. Finally, go
    north to find Sart Sarkat, the leader of the troglodytes. Kill his minions
    first, as usual and then attack him head on. Once you've defeated him, you'll
    find a key that will unlock Lady Cadmere's cell. Once you've rescued her, you
    get 4000 gold coins, a +1 Grand Keen Amulet and 2000 experience points. Head
    out of the Brigand's Hall and continue on towards the Halls of the Hammer.
    
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    NOTE: If you have not already done so, purchase the Vault Key from Durbem the
    dwarf at the Purple Wyrm Inn. You should have more than enough gold by now to
    be burdened with the 4000 gold pieces price tag. Also, if you don't have a
    flame or acid based weapon by now, I suggest you get one, as there are some
    trolls wandering around in the Halls of the Hammer. Buy a Jacinth and/or a Jade
    and create yourself a flame and/or acid based weapon that way.
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    Halls of the Hammer I
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    It's the return of your old friends, the green slimes! Explore the side
    passages to find some trolls. Be careful on the narrow walkways, you can fall
    to your death. Keep on going north past the save pedestal. You'll come upon a
    huge chamber with narrow walkways and orcs patrolling them. Be very careful,
    retreating back to the save pedestal after having killed a few monsters.
    Explore all the side caverns. Continue north into the cavern with the columns.
    There's a save pedestal in the NW corner of the cavern. You'll find the
    entrance to the second level of the Halls.
    
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    Halls of the Hammer II
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    You'll see a short cutscene showing some mimics (monsters that can mimic chests
    among other things). You'll fight some helmed horrors. Explore the various
    rooms but be warned that some of the chests are mimics. At the first main hall,
    go north to find a room with a save pedestal and then go back to the main hall
    and go west. Explore the side rooms along the passage to find gold and items.
    You'll come upon another big hall. Go north. Save at the pedestal at the
    western end of the next hall and then go east. At the next hall, go to the
    eastern wall to find the door to the Treasury that's locked by the key you
    bought from Durbem. Enter the room and you'll be attacked by an animated
    hammer. You can make it fall but it always comes back up. If anyone knows how
    or even if you can defeat it completely, let me know. Anyway, loot the Treasury
    for lots and lots of gold pieces. Go back to the other room, head north and
    save at the pedestal. You'll find the entrance to the third level of the Halls.
    
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    Halls of the Hammer III
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    You enter a huge cavern inhabited by a chimera. Kill it and you'll retrieve
    the Jade Octahedron from its bowels (Ick!). Make sure to loot the six treasure
    chests that the beast was guarding but beware, some of the chests can be
    mimics! Head back to Baldur's Gate to give the Jade Octahedron to Jherek.
    
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    NOTE: To return to Baldur's Gate, you have two choices. The quickest and
    easiest, of course, is to use a Recall Potion to get back to the city. However,
    if you make your way back to the entrance of the Halls of the Hammer by foot
    and return to the world map and select Baldur's Gate, you'll be attacked by
    a group of Zhentarim soldiers. See below.
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    As you are making your way back to Baldur's Gate, you are ambushed by a group
    of Zhentarim soldiers. They say you've meddled in their affairs long enough and
    that they will bring your head to Darkhold (By the way, Darkhold is the
    Zhentarim's main base in the Western Heartlands). The soldiers attack you.
    After defeating them, make your way around the clearing and kill off the
    remaining soldiers. Once you are done, head north and return to the city.
    
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    Return to the Warehouse and speak to Jherek.
    You receive 3000 gold coins and 4000 experience points as a reward.
    
    For the Brazier of Eternal Flame, check Section 2-6. Dragonspear Castle. For
    the Oceanic Urn, check Section 2-7. Sea-Cave. If you've recovered all the
    artifacts, check Section 2-9. Artifacts Recovered.
    
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    On your way to Dragonspear Castle, you are camping and you awake in the middle
    of the night to find your camp overrun by monsters from the nearby Trollclaws.
    Explore the area surrounding your camp and kill all the trolls. Once you're
    done, return to the World Map and continue to Dragonspear Castle.
    
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    Dragonspear Castle
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    As you enter the castle's courtyard, you're attacked by goblins and bugbears.
    Explore the large courtyard and then head north to find yet another large
    courtyard populated by goblins and bugbears. After having explored the
    courtyards, head for the inner building. There's a save pedestal to the west
    and a Cleric of Tempus standing near it.
    
    His name is Felleth. He asks if you've come to enter the dungeons beneath
    Dragonspear Castle. After you say yes, he blesses you. He says there has been a
    shrine to Tempus on these ruins for many years. He also says that when the hero
    Daeros Dragonspear passed on, his castle was abandoned and inhabited by a
    succession of fell beasts and monsters. In time, a fiendish gate to the very
    hells was opened in the castle's bowels. Armies purged the place, but priests
    of Tempus erected a shrine here. And so they remain, in a perpetual siege
    against the hordes of monsters that work their way into the castle dungeons
    from the Underdark below... He says adventurers are welcome here and that there
    is a lot of treasure to be found here. He asks if you could find an item for
    him. A holy symbol of Tempus. It was lost some months ago by a young cleric
    who entered and never returned. You ask him if any other adventurers have
    entered the ruins lately. Some days past, a band of black-armored men entered
    them but they have not yet returned. East of Felleth lies the entrance to the
    Dragonspear Dungeons.
    
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    Dragonspear Dungeons I
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    Pull the two levers in the first room to open the adjacent doors. Follow the
    corridor north and you'll find a closed door you can't open. Continue on to
    find a save pedestal. The next room has some adjacent rooms. Goblins will come
    out of them and attack you. Inside the western adjacent room, you'll find a
    lever. Pull it and it will have opened both the first closed door you'd
    encountered and a secret passage in the previous hallway. Pull all the 6 levers
    in the secret room but beware the pillar, it will start shooting fireballs.
    If there's an order to which you can pull these levers, I haven't really tried,
    seeing how the fireballs are easy to dodge, anyway. You'll find two treasure
    chests and two weapon racks in the next room. Head back to the hallway and go
    through the previously closed door to the east. You'll fight some goblin
    shamans, a bugbear and some hell hounds, even.
    
    As you enter the next room, the door will close behind you and you'll be
    ambushed by bugbears and goblins. Pull the two levers in the adjacent western
    and eastern side rooms and the doors to the north and south will open. Proceed
    south to find a room with some tents in it. From here, you can go either south
    or west. Head west first. You'll find a room with some small cells. Search
    one of the cells and you'll find the Holy Symbol of Tempus that Felleth wanted
    you to retrieve. Head back to the other room and go south. Beware, there are
    some fireballs that will come out of the walls as you pass. You'll find another
    save pedestal.
    
    Explore the side passages to the north and south of the next room to find the
    required four levels you need to pull to open the door in the western passage.
    Beware, as secret passages will open up and monsters will attack you as you
    search for the levers. Once all the levers have been pulled, the path leading
    to the second level of the Dragonspear Dungeons will open. Head downstairs.
    
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    Dragonspear Dungeons II
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    Go west and you'll find an intersection. The door in the western passage is
    closed. Instead, take the southern passage and then at the intersection,
    go SE to find some levers that open nearby doors. After opening one of the
    chests, secret passages will open up, releasing some hell hounds. Search the
    secret room for treasure. Head back to the previous intersection and go west.
    At the next intersection, go SW to explore that part of the dungeon. There will
    be three cells, one of them hiding a switch that opens up a secret door to the
    east of the room. Inside the secret room are 4 treasure chests and 2 weapon
    racks.
    
    Back at the previous intersection, go north. There will be a save pedestal and
    another intersection. Head west and explore all the rooms with the coffins. Go
    back to the intersection and then continue north and then explore the NW part
    of this level. You'll find another cell block. Back to the previous
    intersection, head east to explore the NE part of the dungeon. You'll find a
    room guarded by 3 bugbears, some goblins and goblin shamans. Pull the lever
    on the raised platform and it will open the Tomb Door, the one you couldn't
    open at the western passage at the start of the level. The Tomb room has many
    pillars that shoot fireballs at you. Piles of gold are scattered everywhere.
    Continue west and you'll find a small well leading down to the Dragonspear
    Caverns.
    
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    Dragonspear Caverns
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    Head NE but be careful, there are some poisonous mushrooms around. At the next
    intersection in the tunnels, continue NE to find a cavern populated by ropers.
    Ropers are rock creatures that take shape of stalactites/stalagmites. There's
    a gem in the cavern (a Jade when I was playing, although it's possible the gem
    is randomized). Go back to the intersection and go NW. Follow the tunnel and
    you'll encounter a band of driders (dark elves who have been transformed into
    spider-like creatures). Looks like the driders attacked some of the black-
    armored men Felleth spoke of. Continue NE to encounter some more driders and
    ropers. Make sure to spot the gems lying around near the poisonous mushrooms.
    Head SW to find a save pedestal. Follow the passage through the tunnels and
    caverns and you'll find another save pedestal next to the entrance to
    Ulchalothe's Lair.
    
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    Ulchalothe's Lair
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    Ulchalothe is a mind flayer, a creature that can control and influence minds.
    She tries to control you but you resist. She orders her minions to attack you.
    Her minions, by the way, seem to be those black-armored men Felleth spoke of.
    Beware her mind blast, it can stun you for a period of time while her henchmen
    attack you. Take care of her henchmen and then attack her. Once she has been
    defeated, you recover the Brazier of Eternal Flame from her body. Thankfully,
    you don't need to trek back through all the dungeons you've just explored.
    Open the cell door in her lair. Behind the chest, there's an escape tunnel
    that will return you to the surface.
    
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    Dragonspear Castle
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    You'll be in the northeastern part of the castle. Head to the inner building
    to find Felleth. Give him the Holy Symbol of Tempus you found in the dungeons.
    Felleth will give you a +1 Remarkable Flashing Battle Axe and you'll gain 2000
    experience points. I'm not sure if the item is changed depending on which
    character you are playing, though. Hopefully... Anyway, head back to Baldur's
    Gate to give the Brazier of Eternal Flame to Jherek.
    
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    Baldur's Gate
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    Return to the Warehouse and speak to Jherek.
    You gain 3000 gold coins and 4000 experience points as a reward.
    
    For the Jade Octahedron, check Section 2-4. Brigand's Ruins and 2-5. Halls of
    the Hammer. For the Oceanic Urn, check Section 2-7. Sea-Cave. If you've
    recovered all the artifacts, check Section 2-9. Artifacts Recovered.
    
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    After getting out of the boat, head NW. You'll encounter some zombie pirates.
    At least, I think they're zombies, with the grunts they make... but you never
    know. Anyway, the way to the next save pedestal is pretty straightforward. Keep
    following the path and you'll find another save pedestal. You'll find your way
    to a large area filled with pirates and their leader, Captain Khoris. Don't
    bother attacking the pirates surrounding him, he'll revive them. After you've
    defeated the Captain, you realize he doesn't have the Oceanic Urn and that it
    perhaps lies in the Sea Temple said to be beneath Seer's Isle. The entrance
    to the Sea Temple is pretty hard to miss, what with the huge doors... Go in.
    
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    Sea Temple I
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    There's a secret passage directly north when you first enter. Then, head east.
    You'll encounter some kuo-toa (fish-like humanoid creatures). Always check
    your Automap to spot hidden rooms and secret passages. As always, use the
    Action button to open the secret passages. Follow the tunnels to the next save
    pedestal. This level is fairly easy, direction-wise, seeing how there's usually
    only one direction to head in. You'll find the way to the second level of the
    Temple.
    
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    Sea Temple II
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    This level is a bit more extensive. From the main intersection, you have a few
    choices to make regarding the direction. There are some tunnels and caverns in
    the NE and NW sections but the NW section has a few locked doors leading to
    some treasure chests. Look for the secret passage between the two doors and
    another passage that leads around to the other locked room. Head north from the
    main intersection to face Dibtolpt, High Priest of the Sea-Mother. After his
    speech, he attacks. Once he's dead, proceed north and explore all the side
    rooms. By exploring the western rooms, it opens up locked doors that were
    locked. One of the two eastern rooms is locked. Find the secret passage in the
    other room to access it. Don't forget the northern secret room that contains
    thousands of gold pieces. Examine the altar in the middle of the room to find
    the Oceanic Urn. There's also lots of gold atop the altar. Jump on it to get
    it. Since there's no convenient exit anywhere, better use a Recall potion to
    return to Baldur's Gate.
    
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    Baldur's Gate
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    D'oh! As you return to the city, you realize that the Oceanic Urn is missing!
    Someone among the men you were sailing with from Seer's Isle must have taken
    it. Return to the Warehouse and tell Jherek about the theft. His sources tell
    him that the thieves are en route to the town of Hill's Edge, where they will
    hand the item over to a band of Zhentarim. Better head for Hill's Edge.
    
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    Head down the hill and you'll encounter hill giants. Follow the path around the
    hills and you'll encounter some black-armored men, members of the Zhentarim.
    You'll surprise the thief handing over the Urn to the Zhentarim. The Zhentarim
    will attack. Locate the thief (he has blue clothes on) to recover the stolen
    Urn. Kill all the remaining Zhentarim soldiers in the surrounding camps and
    houses. Make for the NE end of the village to return to the World Map and
    return to Baldur's Gate.
    
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    Baldur's Gate
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    Return to the Warehouse and speak to Jherek.
    You gain 3000 gold coins and 4000 experience points as a reward.
    
    For the Jade Octahedron, check Section 2-4. Brigand's Ruins and 2-5. Halls of
    the Hammer. For the Brazier of Eternal Flame, check Section 2-6. Dragonspear
    Castle. If you've recovered all the artifacts, check Section 2-9. Artifacts
    Recovered.
    
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    Once you've recovered all the artifacts, Jherek says he has many things to
    speak of with you, important things, but now is neither the time nor place.
    He asks you to meet him in Omduil's Manor, here in the city. You'll speak again
    there.
    
    Thus ends Act II. On to Act III now.
    
    Another Keep of Pale Night cutscene occurs.
    
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          A C T   III   -   T H E   E L E M E N T A L   F O U N D A T I O N S
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    NOTE: Like in the previous Act, some of the quests can be done in the order
    you prefer. The order I present here is the one I find the easiest, with the
    priority on the side quests before proceeding to the main quests of the Act.
    As always, the choice is yours...
    
    Also, it should be noted that Bartley will be selling a lot more wares,
    including several new gems and magical weapons/armor. Make sure to check these
    out if you've accumulated a lot of gold in your adventures, so far.
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    The first quests in this Act should be the character-specific quests. Each
    character has a "special" quest he/she needs to accomplish to gain access to
    special feats and spells that were unavailable until now. Each character has
    a different way of reaching this special quest. These ways are detailed below.
    
    Dorn Redbear
    ------------
    If you're playing as Dorn Redbear, your first order of business should be to
    head to the Purple Wyrm Inn and speak to Randalla Brasshorn. She says word of
    your deeds have reached even the keepers of the Reaching Woods, well east of
    here. The druid Allana seeks your help. She marks the location of her home on
    your map. See section 3-1-1. Allana's Home for more details.
    
    Vhaidra Uoswiir
    ---------------
    If you're playing as Vhaidra Uoswiir, you should first go to the Purple Wyrm
    Inn and talk to Ulua. Assuming you've given her the 2000, 4000, 8000 and 16000
    gold coin payments to fund the hidden base of operations, Ulua will have
    gathered news on where the monastery is hidden of the branch of Dark Ravens
    that were unleashed on your family. It's located in the Cloud Peaks, far south
    of Baldur's Gate. Their archimandrite is a master murderer named Draezen, the
    Direhand. She also says that the secret scrolls each monastery guards will
    doubtless prove useless to you in your quest for power. See section 3-1-2. Dark
    Monastery for more details.
    
    Ysuran Auondril
    ---------------
    If you're playing as Ysuran Auondril, you should go to Omduil's Manor and give
    him the final payment of 16000 gold coins. He says he knows where you went
    after your banishment from Evereska. You wandered the Sword Coast for no more
    than a dozen years before making for Zarad's Clock Tower. He asks if you've
    heard of this place. You have not. Zarad Duskmarrow is a wizard of no mean
    skill, with a reputation dark and ominous. He dwells in a great clock tower
    hidden in the depths of the Cloak Wood, where it is rumored that he studies
    chronomancy and other strange arts. Omduil says you need to go to him for he
    must have answers for you, for you served him as an apprentice, and you wrote
    the black tome under his tutelage. See section 3-1-3. Zarad's Clock Tower for
    more details.
    
    Borador "Goldhand"
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    If you're playing as Borador "Goldhand", you should first go to the Purple Wyrm
    Inn and speak to Durbem. Assuming you've given him the 2000, 4000, 8000 and
    16000 gold coin payments to reclaim the honor of your clan, Durbem will speak
    about your clan-brother Urkald having discovered Gandam's Hold and the mines
    below as well. Urkald says a great basilisk lurks in the depths of the
    abandoned hold. He saw the last of Gandam's clan, who'd been turned to stone
    trying to recover the place. Durbem says that if you can slay the beast and
    recover the hold, your clan may take it as your own and that you'll all be
    able to clear the Goblinbreaker name once and for all. See section 3-1-4.
    Gandam's Hold for more details.
    
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    NOTE: I'm uncertain if you actually need to have paid all the gold payments to
    Durbem for this quest to become available. If anyone knows, let me know.
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    Allessia Faithhammer
    --------------------
    If you're playing as Allessia Faithhammer, you should first go to the Church
    of Helm and speak to Huros. Even if you haven't made all the donations to the
    Church during Acts I and II, he will offer you a quest given to you by your
    superiors. They have received word that Goreth Vileblack, a cleric of that foul
    god Cyric, is raising an army of skeletons in preparation to invade the town of
    Asbravn. He is gathering these forces in an ancient mausoleum at the foot of
    the Sunset Mountains. You must assault the unholy mausoleum and defeat Goreth.
    See section 3-1-5. Unholy Mausoleum for more details.
    
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    NOTE: If you are having some trouble with your character's special quest, I
    suggest you go get some experience and loot in the side quest areas of the
    Wood of Sharp Teeth III and Skull Gorge II.
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    Once you are done with your character's special quest, go to Section 3-2. Wood
    of Sharp Teeth III.
    
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    3-1-1. Allana's Home (Dorn only)
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    Approach Allana the Druid. She welcomes you as Dorn of clan Red Bear and that
    she's one of the caretakers of the Reaching Woods. She has been expecting you.
    She speaks of an evil that disturbs the harmony of these lands. The vile green
    dragon, Baragoth, has taken up residence in the Reaching Woods. His very
    presence befouls the land. You must find him and destroy him. Follow the path
    past her home, it will lead you to where the dragon dwells but she warns you
    that several monsters have come to serve Baragoth and that they will try to
    bar your way. Follow the path as she said. You'll enter the Reaching Woods.
    
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    Reaching Woods
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    Head west first. You'll fight various creatures including wolves, gnolls, hill
    giants, etc. After the first save pedestal, continue NW to find some gnolls,
    then head east to eventually find another save pedestal. Head north to enter
    Baragoth's Lair.
    
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    Baragoth's Lair
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    You face Baragoth. After his speech, the battle begins. Beware Baragoth's
    poison breath, it can kill you in practically one shot if you're not careful.
    Try to not stay in front of his jaws and attack from the side instead. Once
    Baragoth has been defeated, you retrieve a tarnished copper key hanging from
    a chain wrapped around one of his talons. Head for the NE corner of his lair
    to find Baragoth's hoard. I found a very nifty +4 Imperial Chain Mail of Rage
    in one of the chests, with 35 AC. Not bad. Return to the Reaching Woods and
    Alanna's Home
    
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    Allana's Home
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    Speak to Allana. You gain 8000 experience points and Dorn gains access to new
    spells and feats, such as Animal Friendship, Bale Arm, Barkskin, Heart of the
    Bear, Heart of the Wolf and Resist Elements (See Section G. Spells and Feats
    for details on these new spells and feats). Once you are done, best head for
    the Wood of Sharp Teeth again.
    
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    3-1-2. Dark Monastery (Vhaidra only)
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    As you enter the monastery, you are confronted by drow monks. At the first
    intersection, go west to find a room where you'll inevitably trip an alarm,
    alerting monks to your presence. Back at the intersection, go east and explore
    the adjacent corridors, fighting more Dark Raven monks along the way. Turn
    west at the corner, continuing north, past the pool of water, to a round
    room that looks like a cathedral. There's a chest atop a pillar there to the
    north. Jump up to open the chest. Monks will attack you. Go back south and then
    continue west to another round room. Go north from there and then west again.
    
    You'll find a save pedestal. Go south down the corridor to a room with two
    treasure chests. Go through the doorway south and you will come face to face
    with Draezen Direhand. The duel begins. Once he has been defeated, return to
    Baldur's Gate and speak to Ulua. Don't bother trying to find the scrolls she
    mentioned, it seems you automatically find them when you defeat Draezen. Ulua
    advises you should learn the secrets of the scrolls to augment your already
    potent skills. You gain 8000 experience points and access to the new special
    feats: Arterial Strike, Crippling Blow, Hail of Knives, Poison, Stealth and
    Sweep Attack. See Section G. Spells and Feats for details on these new spells
    and feats. Once you are done, best head for the Wood of Sharp Teeth again.
    
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    3-1-3. Zarad's Clock Tower (Ysuran only)
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    As soon as you enter the Tower, you are confronted by Zarad. You ask him why
    you can't remember him or this place. He doesn't want to answer you and orders
    his automatons to show you the way out. After defeating the clockwork knights,
    use the save pedestal and head west, through the door. You'll encounter some
    shades, creatures of shadow and more clockwork knights. There will be a secret
    passage behind a bookcase to the north. The room contains a big chest, two
    weapon racks and two barrels. Continue through the hallways of the Clock Tower
    to find another save pedestal. There's another secret passage nearby behind a
    bookcase leading to a secret room with a big chest, three barrels and a weapon
    rack.
    
    Beware the next room, as it has several pillars that shoot some arrows and one
    that shoots fireballs. There are also some explosive barrels near the two
    treasure chests, so be careful. Another save pedestal and directly ahead,
    another secret room behind a bookcase, this one with two treasure chests and
    a weapon rack. The next room where there are several pillars shooting arrows
    is a trap. Several shades will appear as you are crossing the room. Retreat
    back to the room's entrance and kill them. At the next intersection, you can
    go either east or west. Go west first and you'll find room. Inside is a huge
    clockwork giant, reminescent of the Onyx Golem from the first game. Be careful
    as one swipe from this big guy can kill you in one shot. Once you've destroyed
    the giant automaton, you'll find a key with the letters 'BT' engraved on it.
    That's the key to Zarad's secret Bell Tower. You can't enter Zarad's Study just
    yet so return to the intersection and go east. You'll find a ladder leading
    to Zarad's Bell Tower.
    
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    Zarad's Bell Tower
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    Save at the pedestal and then go north. More clockwork knights and shades
    guard the Bell Tower. Proceed north to the next room but beware. As you enter,
    several shades appear out of nowhere and surround you. Retreat back to the
    entrance of the room and kill them off more easily. I found Enervation to be
    a real nice spell here. Once they're all destroyed, open the chest to find the
    key to Zarad's private study. Head back but be careful as even more shades
    will appear in the other room, trying to surround you. Retreat back and use the
    same strategy to kill them. Head back down and open up the door to his study
    with the key you just found.
    
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    Zarad's Study
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    Zarad is surprised that you made it through his automatons. He mocks you when
    you try and ask him for some answers. Many years ago, you approached him to
    serve as an apprentice. He was impressed by your boldness and decided to take
    you under his wing. He taught you a lot of secrets about the dead, about the
    shadows. He speaks of Eldreth Veluuthra, butcher of men. You were exiled by
    your own kindred. Your organization's radical, bloody view regarding the
    extermination of all humans across Faerūn disgusted even them. Zarad says you
    would have slain him once you'd learned all you could. He says that this time,
    there will be no escaping him and that you were lucky to escape only with your
    memory destroyed. The battle begins.
    
    The strategy here is fairly simple. Zarad will summon some shades to attack
    you. You can either possess them using Dark Possession or use Enervation to
    your heart's content. If too many shades start surrounding you, retreat back
    to the first room and Enervate them from a distance. He will also summon some
    Mirror Images to try and confuse you. Once he has been defeated, make sure to
    grab the +4 Imperial Ice Witch's Amulet he was carrying. Loot the treasure
    six chests and return to Baldur's Gate. Go speak to Omduil in his manor and you
    tell him that you learned what you'd been searching for but that it may have
    been best if you hadn't. Omduil says you should examine the last pages of the
    tome you're carrying and that you will find that you can read them now...
    
    You gain 8000 experience points and access to some shadow magic spells that
    include Claws of Darkness, Shadow Conjure, Shadow Shield and Shadow Spray. See
    Section G. Spells and Feats for details on these new spells and feats. Once you
    are done, best head for the Wood of Sharp Teeth again.
    
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    3-1-4. Gandam's Hold (Borador only)
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    From the entrance of the hold, head north and you'll encounter some goblins
    and hobgoblins, lots of them, lying in wait to ambush you. Loot the treasure
    chest in the small alcove to the east and proceed north in the corridor. You'll
    meet a spider-riding goblin, like Bile-Tooth, in the Red Fang Goblin Lair in
    the prologue. Turn east from there and at the next intersection, head north.
    You'll find a dead-end with a pit with some goblins and hobgoblins guarding it.
    Inside the pit are two treasure chests. Return to the intersection and head
    south. Turn east to find a save pedestal. There's another intersection. Go
    north first but be ready to face several monsters, including two more of those
    spider-riding goblins.
    
    From that room, continue north and then take the first door to the east. Follow
    the winding corridor and take the first door you see to the west. Inside are
    more goblins and hobgoblins and one of the hobgoblins is carrying a key that
    unlocks a door in another part of the hold. Explore the other rooms in the
    southern part of the corridor to face more hobgoblins. You will find another
    key on the body of the hobgoblin leader, along with two more treasure chests.
    Head back to the previous intersection and go south, past the save pedestal you
    encountered earlier. You'll unlock the door to a treasure room containing two
    chests and two weapon racks. Make sure to ransack the chests for extra gold and
    items. Go past the save pedestal, continue north and you'll find another save
    pedestal. You'll find a cave leading deep into Gandam's Mine.
    
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    Gandam's Mine
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    Head north and face some giant bats. Those white pillars are actually some of
    your clan brothers that have been turned to stone by the basilisk. Continue
    through the halls and you'll eventually enter a big cave where the basilisk
    is lurking. Be careful not to fall down into the chasms in this cave. Approach
    the beast cautiously and try to attack it from a distance using your crossbow.
    Hail of Bolts and Precise Shot are real lifesavers here. Try and turn your back
    to the basilisk whenever it's trying to turn you to stone, or else it will
    damage you greatly and temporarily 'stun' you. The basilisk can't really turn
    you to stone, though. Once it has been defeated, you'll find a +4 Imperial
    Battle Axe of Mighty Cleaving. Wicked! Explore the rest of the mine, being
    careful not to fall off the ledges and killing more giant bats and some goblins
    along the way. Once you've ransacked all of the chests in the mine, return to
    Baldur's Gate to speak with Durbem at the Purple Wyrm Inn. He's overjoyed about
    your success at the hold.
    
    You gain 8000 experience points and access to several combat-related feats such
    as Cleave, Death Blow, Dwarven Warsong, Great Weapon Focus, Power Attack,
    Shield Bash and Shield Expertise. See Section G. Spells and Feats for details
    on these new spells and feats. Once you are done, best head for the Wood of
    Sharp Teeth again.
    
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    3-1-5. Unholy Mausoleum (Allessia only)
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    Go north through the first door and you'll be assaulted by many skeletons and
    skeleton archers. Turn Undead is a useful feat in this mausoleum, of course.
    In the next room, there are more skeletons and zombies. You can either go west
    or east. There are also doors to the north that lead to Goreth's Sanctum but
    they are magically sealed and you'll have to find another way in. Go west.
    Beware the swinging scythe traps in the hallway. Explore the hallways, bashing
    undead as you go. You should gradually make your way through the back door to
    Goreth's Sanctum. After his little speech, Goreth Vileblack will attack you.
    After he's been defeated, among the items on him, there will be a +4 Imperial
    Templar's Bastard Sword, a pretty potent great weapon. Return to Huros at the
    Church of Helm in Baldur's Gate. He says the church has received news of
    Goreth's defeat at your hands and asks if you are prepared to serve Helm as a
    knight of the temple.
    
    You gain 8000 experience points and access to several new combat-related feats
    and spells such as Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Death Blow, Improved Critical,
    Power Attack, Shield Bash, Shield Expertise and Smite Evil. See Section G.
    Spells and Feats for details on these new spells and feats. Once you are done,
    best head for the Wood of Sharp Teeth again.
    
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    3-2. Wood of Sharp Teeth III
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    Same area as the last two times, with new monsters roaming around. Creatures
    include ettins, bugbear, goblins and goblin shamans. Kill and loot everything.
    Next side quest destination: Return to Skull Gorge.
    
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    3-3. Skull Gorge II
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    Same area that you'd visited before except the goblin caves you'd cleared out
    before are now inhabited by orcs. You'll find a blocked room in the the first
    orc cave. You need to head to the former Golbin Cave II, that is now an Orc
    Lair and head for the throne room. After flipping the switch and the torch
    sconce, you'll find a secret passage way that leads back to the orc cave and
    the previously unaccessible caverns. Push the loose brick behind the crates
    to open up the passageway. Loot the orc cave and the orc lair completely.
    
    The first gnoll cave is now a Malodorous Cave... Must be all those gnoll bodies
    that are decomposing, right? Nah, just some trolls that have taken up residence
    there for the time being. Clear the cave out. Nothing really special here. The
    second gnoll cave is now a Troll Cave. Guess who's inside? You guessed it. More
    trolls. But wait! There are also some spiders in here. Yay! There's no need to
    find that decorative gem to put into the dragon idol again, the secret passage
    has remained open.
    
    Finally, don't forget to recheck the Waterfall Cave at the north end of the
    gorge. It's now being populated by ropers and trolls. Kill and loot. There's
    also a treasure chest under the other waterfall to the west. When you are done
    with visiting Skull Gorge, return to Baldur's Gate to speak to Jherek in
    Omduil's Manor.
    
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    Jherek reveals to you that Randalla, Omduil and him are members of the Harpers,
    a group whose members have dedicated their lives to the safety of the Realms
    and its people (People who've played the first game already knew Jherek was a
    Harper). He mentions the artifacts you recovered and the threat of the Onyx
    Tower. The Tower is in truth a massive gate: a construct with the ability to
    move itself anywhere in Faerūn with each new moon. In addition, Onyx Keystones
    fashioned in the tower's forges may be used to construct smaller "shadow
    portals", pairs of magical gates which link to one another, outside of the
    tower. Eldrith the Betrayer, seeking vengeance, intended to use the portals
    to move troops into Baldur's Gate. Now, the Zhentarim wish to use the tower
    to expand the reach of their Black Network. The Tower must not fall into their
    hands. The Onyx Tower wasn't really destroyed.. it's true shape spans other
    realities. We must travel to each of the elemental planes and reactivate the
    tower's four Elemental Foundations. The four artifacts you recovered in Act II
    can do so.
    
    Omduil's magic can transport you to any of the four elemental planes. Which
    will you enter first? There's either Air, Earth, Fire or Water. You must decide
    which plane you want to go to first. Once you've chosen a Plane, talk to Omduil
    and he'll teleport you to your chosen Plane.
    
    For the Air Elemental Plane, see Section 3-5. Air Elemental Plane.
    For the Earth Elemental Plane, see Section 3-6. Earth Elemental Plane.
    For the Fire Elemental Plane, see Section 3-7. Fire Elemental Plane.
    For the Water Elemental Plane, see Section 3-8. Water Elemental Plane.
    If you've activated all Foundations, see Section 3-9. Foundations Activated.
    
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    3-5. Air Elemental Plane
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    There's a cutscene between Kharne and someone called Habdazar Doomwing. Kharne
    tells Habdazar that he must guard the Air Foundation with his life.
    
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    Air I
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    Okay, first off, be very careful not to fall off the edges or you'll fall to
    your death. Also, there are gusts of wind that push you around, so be careful
    about those too. Continue along the path to encounter some will o' wisps. You
    will also encounter some air elementals, little tornadoes that throw boulders
    at you at regular intervals. Navigate on the narrow paths, making sure not to
    fall off. Dodge the rocks thrown at you too else they'll push you off. Pretty
    frustrating part of the game, I must say. Take EVERY opportunity to save at the
    pedestals because one wrong move or a bad break will mean you'll have to load
    your game. You'll eventually make your way to the Air Foundation.
    
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    Air II
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    As you enter the area, you are attacked by Habdazar Doomwing, skymage of the
    Zhentarim and his manticore mount. There are also a few Zhentarim soldiers.
    Once the manticore is slain, Habdazar casts a spell and vanishes like a
    sniveling coward. Head for the north and you'll find the Air Foundation.
    Activate it.
    
    Another cutscene between Kharne and Habdazar, with the skymage making up lies
    about many men having attacked him. Kharne will hear nothing of it and runs
    the coward through with his sword. You'll find yourself back at Omduil's Manor.
    Speak to Jherek and you'll receive 5000 gold coins and 8000 experience points
    as a quest reward.
    
    For the Earth Elemental Plane, see Section 3-6. Earth Elemental Plane.
    For the Fire Elemental Plane, see Section 3-7. Fire Elemental Plane.
    For the Water Elemental Plane, see Section 3-8. Water Elemental Plane.
    If you've activated all Foundations, see Section 3-9. Foundations Activated.
    
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    3-6. Earth Elemental Plane
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    NOTE: Before heading to the Earth Elemental Plane, make sure you have some non
    metallic weapons and armor. You guessed it, our old friends, the rust monsters,
    are back with a vengeance...
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    There's a cutscene between Kharne and Luvia Bloodmire. Kharne orders Luvia to
    guard the Earth Foundation.
    
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    Earth I
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    As mentioned above, there are some rust monsters and also some umber hulks
    wandering around in these caves. You can bash certain parts of the tunnels with
    your weapons/spells to make yourself a path through. Also, make sure to smash
    all the little rock pillars you see, they'll often contain valuable gems. Keep
    heading in a generally northern direction and you'll find a big cavern with
    some earth elementals in it. Save at the pedestal to the west. Then, go north
    and then east, following the tunnels. You'll find the path to the Earth
    Foundation. Re-equip your metal weapons/armor.
    
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    Earth II
    --------
    
    As you approach the Foundation, you are confronted by Luvia. After her speech,
    she attacks. Kill off the Zhentarim soldiers and then take her head on. She
    shouldn't pose too much of a threat in her first form... it's her second form
    that packs a punch, especially her poisonous breath weapon. After the creature
    formerly known as Luvia has been defeated, activate the Earth Foundation. You
    will automatically be returned to Omduil's Manor. Speak to Jherek and you'll
    receive 5000 gold coins and 8000 experience points as a quest reward.
    
    For the Air Elemental Plane, see Section 3-5. Air Elemental Plane.
    For the Fire Elemental Plane, see Section 3-7. Fire Elemental Plane.
    For the Water Elemental Plane, see Section 3-8. Water Elemental Plane.
    If you've activated all Foundations, see Section 3-9. Foundations Activated.
    
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    NOTE: Of course, in this Plane, flame-based weapons are not the best way to
    go. You might want to invest in some cold-based weapons by creating them
    yourself using Aquamarines or if your character has access to cold-based spells
    (Otiluke's Icy Sphere comes to mind), use them in this Plane.
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    There's a cutscene between Kharne and Lady Argozia/Aizagora.
    
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    Fire I
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    Fairly extensive network of caverns. There are some pools of lava surrounding
    you. Stepping in them; not a good idea. You will also encounter some flaming
    bats (best name I could come up with) and some fire elementals. Don't forget
    to smash the little volcanoes too. They sometimes will contain gems. Head for
    the southeast section of the area and you'll eventually encounter some
    Zhentarim soldiers near a save pedestal. Head for the southeast path that leads
    to the Fire Foundation.
    
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    Fire II
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    Aizagora the Red Dragon is guarding the Fire Foundation. Beware her fire breath
    of course, as it causes massive amounts of damage if taken directly. Try to
    stay on her flanks as much as possible. Once Aizagora has been defeated, go to
    the Fire Foundation and activate it. You'll automatically be returned to
    Omduil's Manor. Speak to Jherek and you'll receive 5000 gold coins and 8000
    experience points as a quest reward.
    
    For the Air Elemental Plane, see Section 3-5. Air Elemental Plane.
    For the Earth Elemental Plane, see Section 3-6. Earth Elemental Plane.
    For the Water Elemental Plane, see Section 3-8. Water Elemental Plane.
    If you've activated all Foundations, see Section 3-9. Foundations Activated.
    
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    There's a cutscene between Kharne and Illudra, some crazy old woman.
    
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    Water I
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    Break the little mounds of ice you find wherever you go, as they contain
    valuable gems. Follow the path in the water and you'll encounter some weird
    looking creatures with tentacles. I have no idea what they're called. You'll
    also eventually meet some yetis. At the first major intersection you find, go
    north to fight some more yetis down in a crevace. Head back to the intersection
    and then go east. You'll find a save pedestal in a cave. Follow the tunnel
    east, wading through the water. Next intersection, go south first for more
    yetis down a crevace and then go to the west, past the big cave with the large
    chasms that have waterfalls. You'll find a room with a hole leading down to
    the Water Foundation.
    
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    Water II
    --------
    
    Illudra, Mistress of the Deeps, awaits you near the Water Foundation. I'm not
    sure if it was intended to be that way but the water in this room is pitch
    black. Illudra unleashes her kraken on you, its tentacles will come out of the
    water and attack you. Once you've defeated Illudra, head north and activate
    the Water Foundation. You'll automatically be returned to Omduil's Manor.
    Speak to Jherek and you'll receive 5000 gold coins and 8000 experience points
    as a quest reward.
    
    For the Air Elemental Plane, see Section 3-5. Air Elemental Plane.
    For the Earth Elemental Plane, see Section 3-6. Earth Elemental Plane.
    For the Fire Elemental Plane, see Section 3-7. Fire Elemental Plane.
    If you've activated all Foundations, see Section 3-9. Foundations Activated.
    
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    3-9. Foundations Activated
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    As Jherek is about to explain the situation, Kharne shows up. He reveals that
    although the Zhentarim have lost the Onyx Tower, so have the Harpers. He tells
    of Mordoc SeLanmere and of his plans to use the Onyx Tower for his own
    nefarious purposes. Kharne and Jherek come to an agreement and Jherek asks you
    if you will help them stop Mordoc. You can ask Omduil about Mordoc and about
    how he keeps a hidden keep on the Battle of the Bones and that he's a vampire.
    It is said that he created the Orb of the Undead that caused so much havoc in
    Baldur's Gate recently. Before talking to Jherek, you can head back outside
    and shop for a while, if you want. Once you speak to Jherek, he says the Keep
    of Pale Night awaits you all...
    
    Thus ends Act III. On to Act IV.
    
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    NOTE: It should be noted that Bartley will be selling some new weapons and
    armor. Make sure to check these out if you've accumulated a lot of gold in your
    adventures, so far. He also starts selling Extra Healing and Rejuvenation
    potions. Also, those who like to take notice of these things might notice
    Randalla Brasshorn has disappeared from the Purple Wyrm Inn...
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    Battle of the Bones I
    ---------------------
    
    With Jherek and Kharne by your side, you must explore the Battle of the Bones
    to find Mordoc SeLanmere's Keep. You'll encounter some wraiths along the way.
    You'll also encounter some other undead, like skeletons. After hacking your way
    through the undead creatures, you'll find the path leading to the Keep of Pale
    Night.
    
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    Battle of the Bones II
    ----------------------
    
    The entrance to the Keep is being guarded by one of Mordoc's shadow creatures,
    the Nightcrawler. After defeating it, head north and into Mordoc's Keep of
    Pale Night.
    
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    As you first enter, Jherek does a little inspirational speech.
    
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    Keep of Pale Night I
    --------------------
    
    Head north through the main entrance hall, fighting shadow creatures as you go.
    There's an old pipe organ at the northern end of the hall. Playing it will make
    spectral chests appear. However, you must be quick to retrieve them as they
    will disappear as quickly as they were summoned. The trick here is to play the
    organ and then quickly run around the hall, opening the six chests that have
    appeared before they disappear. Shadows come out to hinder you. A nice ability
    to use here is Sprint, so you can run past the shadows and open the chests.
    Anyway, when you're done with the pipe organ, go NW and explore the rest of
    the Keep. You'll find a room with two chests. You'll also come up some stairs
    to a save pedestal. First head to the SW section to find the stairs leading
    down to the Keep Dungeons.
    
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    Keep of Pale Night Dungeons
    ---------------------------
    
    For some reason, Kharne and Jherek don't follow you down here. You'll encounter
    some skeletons and ghouls in the next huge chamber filled with pillars that
    shoot fireballs at you. You need to find the 5 levers to pull to unlock the
    prison door. Head for the prison and you'll find the heroes of Baldur's Gate
    that destroyed Eldrith and the Onyx Tower: Kromlech the dwarven fighter,
    Adrianna the elven sorceress and Vahn, the arcane archer. Use the save pedestal
    before trying to free them. You must make a choice of who you want to rescue.
    Each hero gives you a different item to help you.
    
    You gain 12000 experience points for freeing the heroes, no matter which
    character you are playing. You get something more if you choose a certain hero
    while playing a certain character (namely 10 gems and a more powerful magic
    item than usual, see below for details).
    
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    NOTE: Any other character combinations besides the one shown below will wield
    lesser results, namely no extra gems and less powerful magic items. Kromlech's
    magic axe will be a +5 Flawless Great Axe, Vahn's magic bow will be a +5
    Flawless Shortbow and Adrianna's magic staff will be a +5 Flawless Staff.
    You still get the 12000 experience points though, no matter what. Make sure to
    choose carefully! Please note that you can't get a better weapon nor gems while
    playing Drizzt or Artemis, no matter who you choose to rescue first.
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    Dorn / Vahn
    -----------
    If you choose to rescue Vahn and are playing as Dorn Redbear, he thanks you in
    the rough, boisterous manner of your tribe, having met and fought alongside
    your people once before. He explains that his powerful magic bow was sealed
    within one of the sacrophagi in this dungeon. If you can recover the weapon
    before it is corrupted by the Keep's lingering evil, it is yours. You gain the
    12000 experience points and 10 Corals. Vahn's magic bow will be a +5 Flawless
    Shortbow of Wounding.
    
    Vhaidra / Adrianna
    ------------------
    If you choose to rescue Adrianna and are playing as Vhaidra Uoswiir, Adrianna
    expresses her gratitude, surprised to see a dark elf so far from home. She
    explains that her powerful magic staff was sealed within one of the sarcophagi
    in this dungeon. If you can recover the weapon before it is corrupted by the
    Keep's lingering evil, it is yours. You gain the 12000 experience points and
    10 Sapphires. Adrianna's magic staff will be a +5 Flawless Fey Staff.
    
    Ysuran / Adrianna
    -----------------
    If you choose to rescue Adrianna and are playing as Ysuran Auondril, Adrianna
    expresses her gratitude, surprised to see a fellow moon elf so far from home.
    She explains that her powerful magic staff was sealed within one of the
    sarcophagi in this dungeon. If you can recover the weapon before it is
    corrupted by the Keep's lingering evil, it is yours. You gain the 12000
    experience points and 10 Diamonds. Adrianna's magic staff will be a +5 Flawless
    Defending Staff.
    
    Borador / Kromlech
    ------------------
    If you choose to rescue Kromlech and are playing as Borador "Goldhand",
    Kromlech of the Bruenghor Clan expresses his gratitude, surprised to see a
    fellow dwarf. He explains that his powerful magic axe was sealed within one of
    the sarcophagi in this dungeon. If you can recover the weapon before it is
    corrupted by the Keep's lingering evil, it is yours. You gain the 12000
    experience points and 10 Amethysts. Kromlech's magic axe will be a +5 Flawless
    Flaming Great Axe.
    
    Allessia / Vahn
    ---------------
    If you choose to rescue Vahn and are playing as Allessia Faithhammer, Vahn
    expresses his gratitude, thanking Helm as well when he sees the insignia you
    bear. He explains that his powerful magic bow was sealed within one of the
    sacrophagi in this dungeon. If you can recover the weapon before it is
    corrupted by the Keep's lingering evil, it is yours. You gain the 12000
    experience points and 10 Jacinths. Vahn's magic bow will be a +5 Flawless
    Shortbow of Disruption.
    
    Head out to the huge chamber and look into each of the sarcophagi. You'll find
    the hero's weapon, eventually. Some skeletons will come out and attack you for
    each sarcophagi you inspect, even if you find the right one first.
    
    Before leaving the dungeon, don't forget the loose stone in the NE corner of
    the huge chamber. It will open up the nearby secret room that contains two
    treasure chests and two weapon racks. The two chests contain a lot of gems, so
    make sure to loot them carefully. Head back upstairs to the first floor and
    then head north to find the stairs leading to the second floor of the Keep.
    Jherek remains behind to hold off the shadow creatures, so it's just Kharne and
    you now...
    
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    Keep of Pale Night II
    ---------------------
    
    Head east through the corridor and you'll see a small cutscene showing the
    mummies that inhabit this floor. Head down the stairs and then head north to
    the next intersection with the save pedestal in the middle. Go west first for
    a small alcove with a sarcophagi and some urns and then go north. There will
    be some raised sections in this area. Find the stairs leading up to them and
    then head east. At the next intersection, go east to find another pipe organ
    like the one you found on the first floor. When you play this one though, it
    only makes shadows appear. Then, head south and then west, to find the save
    pedestal and the stairs leading to Mordoc's Sanctuary. Kharne says that this
    is as far as he'll go, that it's been interesting and that you two should meet
    again...
    
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    Keep of Pale Night III
    ----------------------
    
    After your chat with Mordoc, the duel begins. After the climatic battle, the
    defeated vampire turns into mist and flees. A cutscene occurs between Mordoc
    and Xanhast on the Plane of Shadow. Next thing you know, the Onyx Tower appears
    outside of Baldur's Gate and terrorizes the citizens.
    
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    4-3. Mordoc's Gate
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    Mordoc's Gate I
    ---------------
    
    As you enter Baldur's Gate, you notice that several buildings are on fire and
    that it's raining. A huge stack of crates is in the middle of the road. Just
    off to the side, Bartley's there. He's happy to see you, to say the least. He
    says he was on his way back up the road from Beregost when he saw a great black
    tower just appear out of nowhere and it sent out a great ring of black
    lightning. He says that the citizens have been transformed into a mass of
    crazy cannibals and he's fairly sure it's because of that tower. You tell him
    it's the Onyx Tower and that you intend to save the city. Bartley offers you
    his wares for the final battle.
    
    Jump over the stack of crates and explore the city. You'll encounter some
    zombies, former Baldur's Gate citizens. Don't bother trying to enter any of the
    city's buildings, they are all inaccessible. Head north along the main street
    and you'll eventually meet up with Randalla Brasshorn. Players who pay
    attention to details might notice that her clothes are different... darker,
    somehow... if that's any indication of foreshadowing, I don't know what is.
    Anyway, she says that the Onyx Tower suddenly appeared and that people began to
    die and then rise again. She says she can lead you to the base of the tower.
    
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    Mordoc's Gate II
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    As you approach the base of the tower, you are confronted by Randalla. She says
    that Xanhast made her his just now, she'll make you hers. The battle begins.
    She fights unarmed. After you've defeated her, she says that Xanhast is
    guarding his master, Mordoc and that you must save Baldur's Gate. Head into
    the Onyx Tower.
    
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    4-4. Onyx Tower
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    Onyx Tower I
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    NOTE: Of course, people who've played the first game will find this tower very
    familiar. It's the same Onyx Tower from the first game. The layout seems to be
    different, though.
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    As you explore the Onyx Tower, you'll encounter some gargoyles that can throw
    fireballs at you and iron golems that spit poison gas at you. Go north, past
    the save pedestal and in the side passages to find the room with the stairs
    leading to the second level.
    
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    Onyx Tower II
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    NOTE: Again, people who've played the first game will recognize the layout of
    this floor of the tower. It's the Black Forge level from the first game.
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    Here, you'll encounter more fire-breathing gargoyles and iron golems again. Go
    through the western door first to eventually reach a room with two weapon
    racks. Head back to the other passage and you'll find a save pedestal. Head
    north to find the third level of the Tower.
    
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    Onyx Tower III
    --------------
    
    Here, more gargoyles and huge iron golem that greets you. Take the eastern
    passage first to find a weapon rack at the end of the hall. Then take the west
    passage to find treasure chests and the way to the top of the Onyx Tower.
    
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    Onyx Tower Top
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    You are confronted by Xanhast at the top of the tower. He says that he turned
    Randalla into a vampire and that perhaps he shall add you to his harem as well.
    After you've defeated Xanhast, you gain 10000 experience points as a quest
    reward. Just a note: If you want to return to Bartley, go back down to the Onyx
    Tower's 3rd level or else it won't allow you to recall from the top.
    
    Go through the portal to the Plane of Shadow at the top of the tower whenever
    you are ready.
    
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    4-5. Plane of Shadow
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    As you enter the Plane of Shadow, you encounter Mordoc SeLanmere. He says he
    controls the Onyx Heart and that nothing can defeat him. The strategy here
    really depends on what character you are playing. It's fairly dangerous to
    engage Mordoc in melee combat since he has a sword draining attack that
    literally sucks the life out of you and replenishes his own. Stay away from
    that attack at all costs, if you can, engaging him with ranged weapons or
    spells if you have to. Also, if he summons his shadow, make sure to kill it
    as soon as possible or else he will get to restore his health as well. After
    the tough battle, you receive 16000 experience points as a quest reward.
    Shatter the Onyx Heart to free the citizens of Baldur's Gate from its curse.
    
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    Baldur's Gate
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    You are returned to Baldur's Gate. Randalla says she owes you her life. You are
    then treated to a fairly short cutscene between a priest and some sort of
    pharaoh-god type creature... which opens up the door for another sequel. Fairly
    disappointing ending, if you ask me. The whole final two acts of the game
    seemed entirely rushed to me. Oh well. Enjoy the ending credits and try the
    game another time at another difficulty level or with another character!
    
    Congratulations!
    
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    NOTE: If you're playing as Dorn Redbear, Randalla says something different to
    him, something about him having her heart, or something. Just a continuation
    of the flirtation between the two that is present throughout the game.
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                       S E C R E T S   &   E A S T E R   E G G S
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    Play as Drizzt Do'Urden
    -----------------------
    Complete the game on any difficulty level at least once to unlock Drizzt. You
    can start a new game with him or import him into an existing game. He starts
    off at Level 16 Ranger and has his usual equipment (Twinkle, Icingdeath, + 4
    Mithral Chain Mail and 3 Healing Potions). Drizzt cannot wear anything heavier
    than Scale Mail or Chain Mail and he cannot wield great weapons. Actually, you
    can't unequip Twinkle or Icingdeath. To play as him in a new game, at the hero
    selection screen, press right when you're at Allessia. Here are Drizzt's
    starting character statistics:
    
    Starting Stats
    Health       : 160/160
    Energy       : 72/72
    Armor        : 41
    Base Attack  : 45
    Strength     : 13
    Dexterity    : 20
    Constitution : 15
    Intelligence : 17
    Wisdom       : 17
    Charisma     : 14
    
    Available Feats/Spells: Armor Proficiency (2 ranks maximum), Combat Reflexes,
    Death Blow, Deflect Missiles, Dodge, Endurance, Great Fortitude, Hand Weapon
    Focus, Otiluke's Icy Sphere (unique to Drizzt), Improved Critical, Power
    Attack, Repulsion (unique to Drizzt), Sprint, Iron Will, Sunder, Toughness,
    Two-Weapon Fighting and Willpower.
    
    Starting Equipment:
    - Icingdeath (+3 Frost Scimitar)
    - Twinkle (+5 Defending Scimitar)
    - Mithral Chainmail +4
    - 3 Healing Potions
    
    Starting Spells and Feats:
    - Armor Proficiency (2 ranks)
    - Death Blow (5 ranks)
    - Deflect Missiles (3 ranks)
    - Great Fortitude (2 ranks)
    - Otiluke's Icy Sphere (3 ranks)
    - Improved Critical (5 ranks)
    - Repulsion (2 ranks)
    - Two-Weapon Fighting (1 rank)
    - Willpower (1 rank)
    
    Play as Artemis Entreri
    -----------------------
    Complete the game on Extreme mode to unlock Artemis. You can start a new game
    with him or import him into an existing game. He starts off at Level 16 Human
    Assassin and has his special sword, Charon's Claw, among other equipment. Like
    Drizzt, Artemis can't unequip his main weapons, Charon's Claw and his Defending
    Dagger. Artemis can't wear any armor heaving than padded, leather or studded
    leather armor. To play as him in a new game, at the hero selection screen,
    press right two times when you're at Allessia. Here are Artemis' starting
    character statistics:
    
    Starting Stats
    Health       : 160/160
    Energy       : 72/72
    Armor        : 35
    Base Attack  : 45
    Strength     : 14
    Dexterity    : 20
    Constitution : 15
    Intelligence : 16
    Wisdom       : 16
    Charisma     : 13
    
    Available Feats/Spells: Armor Proficiency (1 rank maximum), Arterial Strike,
    Ash Blade (unique to Artemis), Combat Reflexes, Crippling Blow, Death Blow,
    Dodge, Endurance, Evasion, Great Fortitude, Hand Weapon Focus, Improved
    Critical, Iron Will, Poison, Power Attack, Sprint, Stealth, Sunder, Toughness,
    Two-Weapon Fighting and Willpower.
    
    Starting Equipment:
    - Charon's Claw
    - Defending Dagger
    - +4 Grand Leather Armor of Thunder
    - 3 Healing Potions
    
    Starting Spells and Feats:
    - Armor Proficiency (1 rank)
    - Ash Blade (1 rank)
    - Death Blow (5 ranks)
    - Great Fortitude (2 ranks)
    - Improved Critical (5 ranks)
    - Poison (1 rank)
    - Two-Weapon Fighting (1 rank)
    - Willpower (1 rank)
    
    Unlock Extreme Mode
    -------------------
    Complete the game on any difficulty level to unlock Extreme Mode. Extreme Mode
    is the hardest difficulty level in the game and you can only play existing
    characters in this mode. The monsters are harder than in any mode but you get
    better items and more gold in your adventure. I strongly recommend finishing
    the game at least once with a character before tackling this mode. Also, make
    sure you always upgrade your equipment. Gems can't be bought as much at
    Bartley's but you find more during your adventure than in other modes. If you
    ever need some gems, try buying some equipment from him that has the gems you
    need and breaking the items down.
    
    Loading Screen Flames
    ---------------------
    While the game is loading and you see the text Loading, use the R3 analog stick
    to move the flames left, right or up. Pretty useless but it's there.
    
    Annoyed Comments
    ----------------
    If you stay put for too long, your character will express his dissatisfaction
    with your inaction. Each character will have different stuff to say and there
    are different comments and they seem to appear randomly.
    
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    NOTE: I think there are more annoyed comments from the characters than the ones
    I've listed here and I haven't included the annoyed comments from the secret
    characters. Possibly more coming in a further update.
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    Dorn 1: "I should go find some trouble!"
    Dorn 2: "You call this 'adventure'? I'm doing nothing!"
    Dorn 3: "You there! I thirst for blood and glory!
             Get back to playing, before I disembowel you!"
                     
    Vhaidra 1: "This waiting serves no purpose."
    Vhaidra 2: "Perhaps I should sit and meditate."
    Vhaidra 3: "If I have to wait any longer, I'm strangling you with that
                controller cord!"
    
    Ysuran 1: "I suppose I could use this time to study."
    Ysuran 2: "I will learn nothing just standing here."
    Ysuran 3: "There is no purpose to my standing here."
    Ysuran 4: "May the shadows take whatever player has left me here to rot!"
                       
    Borador 1: *snore*
    Borador 2: "Bah! I won't find any gold doing this!"
     
    Allessia 1: "There must be something I can do."
    Allessia 2: "I feel as if I have no direction."
    Allessia 3: "I should be more vigilant."
    Allessia 4: "Helm, hear my voice.
                 Please find me a player that will actually DO something!"
    
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    L. Frequently Asked Questions
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    As the name implies, this section deals with questions that are frequently
    asked by people who are playing the game. Some of these questions might seem
    dumb to you but please note that not everyone is a gamer and some of these
    can be tricky, for some people. With that in mind...
    
    Q: Can you import characters from the first game? Can you play as them?
    A: No and no.
    
    Q: Where is the shopkeeper in Baldur's Gate? I can't seem to find him!
    A: Bartley, the shopkeeper from the first game, can be found on the street
       across the front of the Purple Wyrm Inn. When you first see him, he will
       have an exclamation point over his head.
       
    Q: I've tried getting information out of certain characters in Baldur's Gate
       but they don't seem to budge. What's wrong?
    A: Certain people in the city will only be useful if you're playing a specific
       character. Check the guide to see who will interact with who.
       
    Q: Where's the person I can pay to get experience points with Dorn?
       There's Durbem for Borador, Omduil for Ysuran, Ulua for Vhaidra and Huros
       for Allessia but no one for Dorn! Where is that person?
    A: As far as I know, there isn't anyone you can pay with Dorn to get those
       bonus experience points. Seems kind of odd that he'd be the only character
       not to have a person like that, though. The only person that reacts kind
       of differently towards him is Randalla but you can't pay her gold to get
       experience... Okay, that came out so wrong...
       
    Q: There are two locked doors in Omduil's Manor that I can't see to get past.
       Is there a way to unlock them? What's behind them?
    A: There is no way to unlock these doors. If you'll notice, whenever you
       encounter some locked doors in the game, you can see what's inside the rooms
       on the other side. It's not the case with these doors and you don't even
       see the rooms on your Automap either. My guess is that these doors were
       supposed to lead somewhere (possibly another location where you'd meet with
       Omduil and Jherek to talk about the Elemental Foundations during Act III)
       but that those plans were eventually scrapped and/or forgotten when the game
       was coded. As for what's behind them, your guess is as good as mine.
       Omduil's stash of erotic literature?
       
    Q: How do you get into the room blocked by the stack of crates in the Red Fang
       Lair located in Trollbark Forest during the Prologue section?
    A: Assuming you've not bashed in all the nearby barrels, push one of them near
       the stack of crates and jump on top of it. Jump over the crates that way.
       
    Q: I can't seem to kill those large green humanoid creatures! They keep
       getting back up! How can I kill them for good?
    A: Those creatures are trolls and they regenerate. The only way to permanently
       kill a troll is to use either fire or acid. Use fire-based or acid-based
       weapons and/or spells to kill them.
       
    Q: I can't find all the sheets of music in Bloodmire Manor. Where are they?
    A: Well, without being able to draw a map of the manor itself, all I can say
       is that you should use the Automap feature included in the game and make
       sure you open every single chest you encounter. As far as I know, the sheets
       are always in the same place and there are 3 on the first floor of the manor
       and two on the second floor. Some of these sheets are in rooms that are
       behind secret passages. To find these passages, check your map and use the
       Action button to open the bookshelves. There is no sheet of music in the
       attic.
       
    Q: I've found a woman trapped in Luvia's Laboratory. When I tried opening her
       cell, she refused to come out. Later, when Luvia released the poison gas in
       the laboratory, I came back but the woman was gone. Can something be done?
    A: Nope. Just a detail the makers of the game decided to add, I suppose.
    
    Q: There's a locked door in Luvia's Laboratory I can't seem to unlock.
    A: Look in one of the nearby cells. There's a loose stone you can press to open
       the door.
       
    Q: There's a Dragon Idol in the Gnoll Cave/Troll Cave in Skull Gorge.
       How do I use it, exactly?
    A: When you first visit Skull Gorge and the Gnoll Cave, after defeating a
       certain gnoll inside the cave, it will drop a reptilian eye. You need to
       insert the eye into the Dragon Idol and it will open up the passage to the
       secret treasure room in the cave. When you return to Skull Gorge during Act
       III, the passage will have remained open, so the Dragon Idol is useless.
       However, if you didn't put the eye in the idol the first time through and
       you return later in Act III, you won't find the eye and the passage to the
       treasure room will remain closed.
       
    Q: How can I defeat Lyran the lich when he appears to me in his private study?
       None of my attacks have any effect on him!
    A: Well, assuming you've read the bundle of scrolls that are on the table in
       his study, you'd know that they speak of Lyran's remains stored in his
       Cellar. Head to Lyran's Cellar and from there, you'll learn that you need
       to destroy the urns containing his body parts to destroy him.
       
    Q: Where is the Orb of Thunder in Lyran's Hold?
    A: Once you've defeated Lyran down in the Cellar, you'll have Lyran's Hand.
       Use it to gain access to Lyran's Observatory on the first floor of his Hold.
       The Orb of Thunder is inside the Weather Machine in the Observatory.
       
    Q: Where is the Jade Octahedron?
    A: Deep inside the Halls of the Hammer, inside the bowels of the Chimera.
       
    Q: Where is the Brazier of Eternal Flame?
    A: Ulchalothe the mind flayer has it. Her lair lies deep beneath Dragonspear
       Castle.
       
    Q: Where is the Oceanic Urn?
    A: It's on the altar in the room past where you fought Dibtolpt in the Sea
       Temple on Seer's Isle. Once you return to Baldur's Gate, it gets stolen and
       you must recover it from the village of Hill's Edge from the Zhentarim.
       
    Q: Where is the Holy Symbol of Tempus under Dragonspear Castle?
    A: It's on the first level of the Dragonspear Dungeons in a closed cell.
    
    Q: Where are those scrolls Ulua mentions to me that are being guarded in the
       Dark Monastery? I can't find them!
    A: Actually, by defeating Draezen Direhand, you automatically find the scrolls,
       it seems. Just return to Baldur's Gate and speak to Ulua to complete the
       quest and gain access to Vhaidra's special feats.
       
    Q: One of the hints that appear during the periods of loading time speaks of
       a basilisk and how its gaze can turn you to stone. I've never encountered
       one. Where is it?
    A: The basilisk can only be encountered during Borador's special quest in
       Gandam's Hold.
    
    Q: How do I open the prison door in the Keep of Pale Night Dungeons?
    A: In the huge chamber with the sarcophagi and the fireball pillars, there are
       five different levers you need to pull. Once they've all been pulled, the
       prison door will unlock.
       
    Q: How do I open that secret side room where near where the 3 heroes are kept
       as prisoners? I've tried looking for a lever but I can't find it.
    A: Actually, to open that secret door, you need to push on a loose stone that
       is located in the northeast corner of the main room. Use your action button
       to press the stone and the passage will open.
       
    Q: Where is the hero's magic weapon in the Keep of Pale Night Dungeons?
    A: Search all the sarcophagi in the surrounding huge chamber.
    
    Q: How do I unlock Drizz Do'Urden? How do I choose him?
    A: Beat the game on any difficulty setting. Then, you can either start a new
       game or import him into an existing one. To play as him in a new game, on
       the hero selection screen, press right at Allessia to select him.
       
    Q: How do I unlock Artemis Entreri? How do I choose him?
    A: Beat the game on Extreme mode. Then, you can either start a new game or
       import him into an existing one. To play as him in a new game, on the hero
       selection screen, press right two times at Allessia to select him.
       
    Q: Do Drizzt and Artemis have any special quests like the other characters?
    A: Sadly, no. It would have been a really nice touch to have special quests
       related to these characters, possibly from the novels or something but alas,
       there is none. They can still participate in the other character's quests
       if they're playing with them, though.
       
    Q: What is the highest level my character can reach?
    A: The game's limit seems to be set to level 40. Once you reach level 40, the
       amount of experience points required to level up is set to 99,999,992. I'm
       sure there are people out there who will find ways of reaching higher levels
       either by using some cheat codes or some other tricks but the game's actual
       limit is 40.
       
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    M. My Review
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    (Written before I first finished the game.)
       
    The first Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance game was a sleeper hit when it was
    released in late 2001. It eventually made it the Greatest Hits collection and
    fans of the game were waiting impatiently for the sequel, especially with the
    cliffhanger ending of the first game looming. The game was delayed a lot for
    various legal reasons but it's finally here. Does it compare to the original?
    Is it better? In my opinion, yes to both questions. 
    
    Graphics : 10/10 
    Even though the quality of the graphics hasn't really improved compared to the
    original, they are still just as amazing. What I really like about the graphics
    in this game is the attention to detail. The way enemies fall down after you've
    slain them (they all fall in different ways, pieces of their equipment being
    thrown sometimes pretty far away), the lighting, the ambiance, the shadows,
    everything about this game graphically is a wonder to watch. Don't base
    yourself on screenshots along to gage the graphics for this game. You need to
    see the game in action to get the full impact. 
    
    Sound : 8/10 
    This is the part of the game that disappointed me the most. Some themes from
    the first game reappear and some are even remixed, including the main theme on
    the menu selection screen. However, some music is completely copied over from
    the first game. In itself, that's not necessarily a bad thing but I just wish
    there'd been more original music for this game. The sound effects are pretty
    much the same as in the first game and they work well in immersing you in the
    gaming experience. 
    
    Story : 10/10 
    In my review for the first game, I talked about how the story was weak compared
    to the PC version of the Baldur's Gate games and looking back, I can see that
    it's not really a fair assessment. It's a given that the PC versions of
    roleplaying games will have more extensive stories, simply because the style of
    game the Dark Alliance series has taken has been more hack & slash than actual
    role-playing. However, what I really like about the story in the sequel is that
    there are returning characters from the first game and it all ties in
    wonderfully well with the events that happen in the first game.
    I've not completed the game yet but I'm totally intrigued in the story, so far.
    If you actually take the time to think about the story and how the various
    plots weave together, it's fairly interesting. 
    
    Gameplay : 10/10 
    Fans of the first game will find the same amazing gameplay in the sequel, along
    with some improved controls to make switching between feats and spells that
    make combat a lot easier. Navigation using the analog control stick is smooth
    and intuitive and a real joy to play. 
    
    Replayability : 10/10 
    Like in the first game, there are 4 difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, Hard and
    Extreme, the last level being unlocked once you finish the game once on any
    level). I hear there are some secret characters to be unlocked once you finish
    the game once and another time on Extreme mode. Since there are now 5 character
    classes to choose from instead of only 3, there's a lot more replayability in
    this one too. The game is also longer than the first one, with more extensive
    dungeons. However, since none of the dungeons are randomized, after you've done
    them a few times, it'll be pretty easy. The game is less linear than the first
    one, meaning you can sometimes accomplish the various quests in the Acts in the
    order you prefer, so that gives a little bit more replayability. Also, they've
    included an item creation feature in the game, that allows you to customize
    your equipment using rune stones and gems, so there's a lot of different
    combinations to try out. 
    
    Rent/Buy : 
    Definite buy for fans of the first game. I personally wouldn't be able to
    understand why fans of the first game would not like this sequel. The sequel
    reprises all of the good things about the original and adds in some more
    features to improve the game. Nothing in the formula that made the original so
    popular has been changed. So, people who bought the original and loved it
    should definitely buy the sequel. However, as mentioned above, this is more of
    an action game than an actual roleplaying game, so people who want just a few
    hours of quick fun could rent it as well. 
    
    Overall : 9/10 
    I can't really give a perfect score to this game, since there are some things
    that bother me a little bit and I gave the first game a 9 out of 10 overall.
    However, I seriously considered giving it a perfect score. Bottom line: if you
    loved the first one, you'll love the second.
    
    --- Editorial ---
    I've since finished the game and again, I must say that I was very disappointed
    by the ending. The ending of the first game was exciting, leaving us hanging
    and wondering what would happen next. The ending for this game, with the priest
    and the pharaoh/god, I was like... Where did these fools come from? I don't
    know, it just felt incredibly rushed and not really thought through. Then
    again, the last two Acts of the game feel rushed and unfinished, really. I'm
    almost tempted to remove a point from my overall rating but eh... still, it's
    a great game.
    
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    N. Credits, acknowledgments and legal stuff
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    Thanks to
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    The Crimson Phantom    : For allowing me to use parts of his Item Creation
                             Guide. Check out his guide here:
    http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/file/baldurs_gate_da2_workshop.txt
    
    Joseph Browne          : For pointing out the location of the Waterfall Cave in
                             Skull Gorge.
    Alan (aka DataDrainOK) : The part about recalling out to escape Lyran on
                             Lyran's Hold II after having encountered him.
    MagnusZeel             : Another Allessia Annoyed Comment.
    Amanda D. & Greg T.    : Clarified the details on the rescue of the Heroes of
                             Yore section of the game.
    M&A Kallstrom          : Details on Allessia's special quest and the donations.
    
    Portions of this FAQ/Walkthrough are taken from the game manual and the
    accompanying bonus DVD. This FAQ/Walkthrough may not modified in any way
    without explicit permission from the author. See start of document for contact
    information.
    
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    Copyright © 2004 - Marc "Darth Maul" Binda.
    Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II © 2004 Interplay Entertainment Corp.