Spoilers for us finally getting away from Cyseal in Divinity: Original Sin
Happy Friday! Friday has to start with FRIDAY!
Warning: Kids up at five. Nugget insane. Very tired.
But a deeper update: So yesterday, finished looting Rex’s lair, and there’s all sorts of great stuff. Handy skills! Talked to Arhu again (he is EVERYWHERE!) and there was story. As for your question re: chests/last chest/is it in there, I…don’t know. There was a chest I found a key for, and one I didn’t. It was called “Source King’s chest,” it had a level 99 lock, and a weird purple shimmery padlock icon on it and I couldn’t make heads or tails of it. No key anywhere, didn’t talk…weird.
Went back and told the Legion all was over with the undead (more on that in a second) and decided Cyseal is so last week so off I went to Silverglen which I thought would be easy.
The troll? He was cool. We chatted. He let me by. But poison? Bad. Fire? Worse. So eventually I said “Ok, Scarlett’s going through, she’s gonna sneak, she’s gonna find a waypoint, we’re gonna teleport to it, done. And I did! And when we teleported we started a fight with a fiery thing that, apparently had little flying exploding friends! So I died.
Forever. This took forever.
But I made it! And saw Silverglen! And talked to the weird guard! And I thought “Whoo hoo! Now I shall explore this new town and pick up where the O’Ladybrains are!”
So imagine my surprise when Arhu shows up and pretty much says “Yeah…..not yet dude. Go do the witch bit first. No, really, do the witch bit. This will be here later. Do the witch bit.” Had there been a dialog option where I could have said “But Femmy said….” I would have picked it.
But it was late, so I said “Ok, I’ll ask Femmy tomorrow, but first I’ll wander around, find the Inn, find the market, find the waypoint in Silverglen….”
Where the FUCK is the market, inn and waypoint in Silverglen? There’s fucking NOTHING in Silverglen! Like, what, a smithy and a place with weird dudes I haven’t gone in yet and that’s it. What? Am I missing something? And a mine. There was a mine. But I didn’t want to get involved with that cuz Arhu said do the witch.
I’m so confused! What should I DO, man!?!?!?!
Back to the Legion.
So in yesterday’s post, we talked on XP. Well, after killing Rex, the log was all “I should talk to the legion” so I did. This consisted of me saying “All set, dude!” and her being all “Cool!” This got me 13,500 XP. 13,500! Like…DUDE! Which is so weird! Ok, sure, end of a long quest, but really, wasn’t the end of the quest killing Rex? Why tack on this rather perfunctory chat with the legion that was, literally, one dialog click to get the jackpot of XP?
This game does some odd things re XP.
And, considering yesterday’s post, did you live long enough in the Rex fight to notice who his friends are? If not I won’t spoil.
You mean the Baron of Bones, the Ghoul-That-Used-to-Guard-the-Lighthouse and the Twins Joined by Fire? Yeah, we saw them briefly before we died. They didn’t really get a chance to attack us because we were already dead, but they were there. Good times.
There’s not a market per se in Silverglen, but there’s a bar/brothel…people sell stuff there. Wander around, check it out. There’s buying and selling in the town for sure.
We basically talked to a few people in Silverglen and then went to look for the witch. Like Arhu said. (We’re so obedient! Occasionally.) We got some quests about goblins and the mine, but we haven’t explored that yet.
Also, there’s totally a waypoint kind of around the corner, outside the village, but not directly in Silverglen.
So my advice, I guess, is to talk to a few people, unload some stuff, buy a few things, and then go look for the witch? That’s how to follow us, anyway.
If you want to strike off on a completely different path just to be different, you could clearly do that, with the mines and the goblins and all that, but we’re on the witch storyline.
Ooh, ooh!–we leveled up to 11 yesterday and got another Talent. I can finally talk to animals! Obviously, I haven’t met any animals with any information.
Yeah, I meant the “Ghoul that Used to Guard the Lighthouse.” I admire his commitment to the accuracy of his name. Nice touch.
I missed a brothel? A brothel? Whoa.
Hmm. I shall check it, and then ponder the fact that a brothel is there, in the village of religious folks, and not in Cyseal.
OK…Not counting the waypoint that’s right there when you get to this part of the map?
On that, is this the part of the map that was blacked out on the Cyseal map or is this some other map? Is there something where parts of the map that you can move the cursor over aren’t accessible? Are things smaller than we think?
Probably not. I heard mention of some other plane that isn’t Cyseal or Hibernium last night. Game’s big.
Rats! Always talk to rats!
Ok, go back to Cyseal and talk to the cat in the Inn. Or, better, first go talk to those ghosts by the church. You can do both quests in about ten minutes, and bloggage abounds. If you’re level 11 and have the collar, it’ll take less time to do it than it will to write one blog email.
We’ll get on that!
Eventually. We’re kind of in the middle of some stuff in the winterland, fighting…stuff. But we’ll be back in Cyseal one of these days. Braccus Rex is waiting! And ghosts. And the legion with some weird XP.
We’re on it.
I THINK Silverglen is a whole new map? I know Hiberheim is. But it’s possible Silverglen is actually a subset of the Cyseal map, the way the Black Cove, etc. are. I honestly don’t know for sure. I know it contains a bunch of mines and stuff, so…there’s got to be a lot more than just the actual village of Silverglen, just like there’s a lot more on the Cyseal map than the town itself.
Perhaps this will become clearer as we do more poking around.
Oh, and kind of random spoiler, but your ‘multiple worlds, one of which is our normal Japan-containing world’ theory?
Just got some very strong evidence in support of that. VEEEERY strong evidence. Hm.
We’ll talk. Later.
Really? Hmm. I got some less strong but still interesting stuff. Also some evidence about your time bending theories when I went back to the end of time there.
Much to unpack.
Could some of our WILD SPECULATION be right this time? Are we playing at the same speed? Are we in one of those random dimensions ourselves right now?
I kinda hope so, cuz a lot of this dimension sucks and it would be nice to go back to the old dimension. Or Cyseal. They have cheese.
Wow, you went all that way out?
That was some weird, weird XP. I mean, I’ll take it, sure. But 13,500? Wow.
Then poke we shall. That we shall.
Gotta say, digging this game. And digging it more and more as I go.
WE COULD BE RIGHT. Wild speculation for the win!
We’ve got a lot of poking around to do still.
We’re digging the game too. It’s pretty fun co-op, actually. It’s a nice D&D-ish thing we can do together of an evening.
This could save our marriage! Which would otherwise probably be collapsing due to the horrible mistake of having had a second child and purchased a house.
Oh, your marriage is fine. If mine can endure, you have nothing to worry about.
Indeed, I just got some! Which presented as an interesting case study. For Xmas, I got a very generous gift certificate to the cheese shop here in town. This is quite the cheese shop. It has many, many lovely cheeses. Cyseal would be proud. But it also has wine. It is quite the wine shop. Many, many lovely wines. So I went there today, and used much of my gift to buy wine. My mother was watching Meatball, and when she got home she said “You bought wine and not cheese?”
Which is an interesting question. My answer was a rather “Well…yeah.” Obvious. But should it be obvious? Should it? I never even looked at the cheese!
This would be a perfect thing for Scarlett/Roderick dialog. Do you agree about the wine/cheese balance? Or lack thereof.
Hm. I do love cheese. Cheese is good!
But on the other hand, booze. Hm.
It might depend on the specific moment. Do I feel more hungry right now, or booze-needy? Flip a coin!
The Scarlett/Roderick dialogue would definitely come down to a rock-paper-scissors argument.
It would. Reason vs. Charm, really.
It’s the end of the week after snow days. Wine won by a landslide. And I ain’t reloading to try again.
Didn’t use the whole gift card. Maybe cheese will prevail next time.
Though probably not.
Plus Mrs. McP is on that diet (she’s down ten pounds!) and if she’s gonna splurge and get extra calories, I know which way she’s gonna go. And it ain’t cheese.
I always forget how awesome that store is. Which is good cuz if I frequented it I’d be poor. But full of cheese. And wine.
Poor but full of cheese and wine is kind of how I want to eventually die.
Spend all the money on the good stuff while you still can!
And clinging to a controller. Can’t forget that.
Store also has chocolate. It’s a wonderful store.
That store needs to be next door to my house.
Except that we would then almost immediately lose the house due to spending all the mortgage money on booze, cheese, and chocolate.
When we’re in the home! That store will be in the home.
Man, I can’t wait.
That’s a pretty awesome home.
But to tie this back to the game, thus coming full circle:
I kinda love the cheese vendor. You know who I don’t love? The asshat who came up with “Lettuce see if you can pick the finest greens!”
I’d kill that vendor if the guards wouldn’t attack me.
Ha! Yeah, that ‘lettuce’ line is eyerollingly bad. But I try to cut that poor vendor some slack. YOU try to come up with some fun ways to sell veggies!
I like “join the spud club if you’ve an eye for fine potatoes…” she could have just stuck with that one. I enjoy the idea of a spud club. Regular get-togethers to eat and discuss potatoes. Ideally potatoes prepared with cheese, consumed with wine, and followed by chocolate.
And now the potato song from Odd Squad is in my head.
But there should be a spud club! It should have been a side quest. “Join the spud club.”
We would definitely have done that one! Way more enticing than the Fabulous Five. Those jerks…I’m glad we were able to complete that quest without actually joining them.
I’m still not at all sure we won’t see them again. It’s a big world. One of many.
True. Very true. They might turn up in Hiberheim when we least expect it.
It is very odd in games when you have that kind of set up and then nothing.
By the way, do I have to do the brothel bit when kids aren’t looking? Is there nudity?
Phew. It was tough to get that one in today. This game encourages too much thought.
Hm…I didn’t SEE any nudity. There’s a woman who’s all “hey, come with me to my room!” but we both turned her down. I’m not sure what happens if you agree, though, so. Probably there’s no nudity. It seems like the kind of game that wouldn’t have nudity. But I can’t promise that, unless you’re virtuous and decline to sleep with prostitutes.
And I know your Geralt, so I’m not making any assumptions on that.
Hey, it wasn’t his fault. He was lonely! It wasn’t like he had a BEBHBB who wanted to bang him on a unicorn….or, short of that, a redhead who sure looked a lot like Morrigan save the hair who wanted to bake him warm cakes after making her clothes disappear. Man had needs.
And since Roderick and Scarlett don’t have those either, I’m placing no bets on their ability to resist the charming hooker.
But they have each other, man! Each other!
And one looks like Geralt and the other like Morrigan! It’s a match made in heaven!
This game does blur planes of existence, doesn’t it?
They are getting very, very, VERY flirty. If you play it that way. And you know I’m playing it that way.
Gotta choose your underwear well. That you do.
Phew. We once again got Friday in before the end of Friday.
Ha! Dude, you know how your gear wears out after a while and you have to repair it?
Wolgraff has actually broken a couple of wands. Our Wolgraff is a total doof. Careless with his equipment, always getting killed…last battle we were in, he was going to invisibly sneak up behind the main baddie, but walked into a burning patch and caught on fire, which wrecked his invisibility for some reason. Then two wolves gnawed on him for 20 minutes. I CANNOT get him to be a badass like yours is, and I blame myself because I’m playing him, but at this point it’s just part of his place in our game. The doof. Who did help us past some stuff by sneaking and teleporting, so he’s OK outside of combat, but man, he just cannot fight. We mainly keep him around for lock-picking.
But that’s a side note. The main thing I meant to say about this topic was, a couple of fights ago I got the little ‘check equipment’ light, and my UNDERWEAR was almost worn out. Apparently from battle.
I don’t even want to know.
My Wolgraff even got cool armor yesterday. He. Is. A. Beast. And he doesn’t say stupid shit like “A stitch in time, eh my friends?” cuz he’s mute. Love him.
Shit, even when he died against Rex, he essentially committed suicide and STILL made a grand, heroic entrance.
Dude, I’m a guy. Underwear wears out. It’s a fact of life. Jockey shorts have a shelf life. At least in Cyseal you can repair them with a hammer.
Home ownership tip for the day: One of the few things hammers can’t do is repair your underwear.
That is good to know. I bet duct tape will do it, though!
Duct tape can BE underwear.
Home ownership taught me that.
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