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  1. alhoon

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    I found an old Drakon in a crypt, very old apparently, one of the first created. He's against cannister mass consumption (and he told me to do the same) and accused Ghaldring of being shaper-wannabe. My question is... how long ago were the events of GF2? In the beginning of the game, we're 10 years or so in the rebellion. How can a drakon be "very old" already? I thought we were like 20-30 years from GF2
  2. I found it in this forum, this link http://spiderwebforums.ipbhost.com/index.php?/topic/21737-geneforge-graphics-enhancement/
  3. Hi! Welcome here. I'm new myself. Good luck to your project. May I suggest you use the mod for Geneforge that updates the graphics?
  4. alhoon

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    QUESTION: If I attack Alwan's forts (for the XP and loot, I don't mind the people there) do I go Auto-rebel? It makes kinda 100% sense for everyone to consider you an enemy of the Shapers if you go berserk and take down a whole fort... but, I have to ask just in case I can soar up some nice XP.
  5. alhoon

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    I haven't played G1 and G2, but from what I heard in GF4 and in Penta, the awakened serviles were all about "we are sentient creatures, we can coexist with the shapers if they let us"... like Penta does. The very existance of Penta is a testament to what I think awakened work for, although the serviles there think that one day or another a Shaper will come by and kill them all. I also haven't played GF3 (more than a few mins that is), but in GF4 the character, while important enough to be there, is not the one making the plans AT ALL. They are made by zealots and fanatics. Alwan plans to destroy every last rebel. Drakons ignore everyone and decide by themselves to kill every last shaper. You are left with a switch. You either doom the rebellion or doom the shapers with Trakovite option (a single batch of Unbound) being the most moderate. I wish there was a more moderate option; something like convincing the Drakons to create batches of 50 Unbound instead of 100, that would wither and die within 3-4 weeks, instead of having a lifespan of years. Back to GF5, I am conflicted between going for Astoria and going for the rebels. I want to kill Rawal (haven't met shaper Taygen the mad yet) but I don't want the Drakons to win; they will just become as bad as the shapers. I was also thinking about my, kinda naive, "let's kill X councilor real quick cause I really think he's bad for the world, but I'll side with Astoria" Agent Astoria (or any councilor) may want some of their rivals out. I doubt that includes "Dead". Even if it does mean they prefered some of them dead... what about the hundreds of other shapers? To kill Rawal for the indignities he brought on me, I'll have to cleave through his (innocent) guards and assistants. Then, word that "the treacherous freak in Rawal's employ killed him!" would spread like wildfire! It's not that shapers need a lot of convincing to turn on me. No councilor, even those that agreed with the act, would be even able to stop his or her guards from attacking me. If anyone tried, he or she would be branded rebel\traitor. And again, it's not that the shapers are hard to convince to call others traitors (i.e. Astoria).
  6. alhoon

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    Well, considering that Astoria says "You're too close to the shapers, I can't trust you" it seems the developers thought the same. If you're too good with the shapers, Astoria doesn't trust you. Hence, Astoria is oddly...the moderate. For both sides.
  7. alhoon

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    Ahem... I figured the bad way that I need to remove the control tool first. I have guessed he would go for the autokill option, but I wanted to see how much I could harm him before he did that. QUESTION: Rebels = Ghaldring only? No moderate rebel faction, like Astoria is for the shapers? I thought there would be Shaper harsh\moderate and rebel harsh\moderate + Trakovite or Rawal
  8. alhoon

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    Ahem... what's that quest I got from Rawal about a possible Trakovite Councilor? A disease to wipe out all creations (of course myself with them)? Has everyone got really, really mad? That's near-Monarch level insanity. And I say that after going for the Trakovite ending in GF4 (because I didn't like the Unbound, not because I'm against shaping) EDIT: I defeated the Unbound! An army of them (ok, that's 6-7) holed up in the castle! I also found materials to make artifacts. I have artifacts and items to give my creations a ton of bonuses to their stats. New creations I can make are about the same level as most of my leveled up ones. I could banker up next to an essense pool, keep my high lvl war trall and send out waves of creations to slowly whittle down defenders from the security of the room. I.e. I could play Moseh-like I am unstopable now. Should I go kill Rawal now? Or he will kill me with the command tool automatically? If I kill him, do the shapers turn upon me? Oh well, I'll see. I'll save the game and attack him.
  9. alhoon

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    I Met with Ghaldring. Except this time he proclaimed himself lord of the Rebellion. He was less annoying than usual (despite the tests; they were less demeaning than GF4). "We heard about a powerful shaper coming out of nowhere, acting as an unaligned agent" owww... He even didn't do his test stuff on me when I told him I'll be insulted. Flatery from Ghaldring. I am top-notch. And yes, I see what you were all saying about the cannister background. For a Drakon to say that... he talks to a non-human. My char was a cannister junky to a degree that Drakons consider him valuable. Hence, I am, indeed, a creation. Greta had a lot to say about the Drakons... including a warning she gave "His Arrogance" Ghaldring that when the war is won, ALL of the rebels will be free, whatever the Drakons think about it. Or they will face a 2nd rebellion. Well, it wasn't a secret but to listen her say it to Ghaldring's face... Again... I had to play hide-and-seek with the Unbound. Unbound mk-2 actually. Akhari Blaze had trouble enough containing the Mk-1 ones in GF4 and those seemed more powerful\crazy. It's TOO great a risk. For everyone. If a couple of them slip out of control in the rebel lands, there will be loses which would trigger more Unbound becoming rogue prematurely as their handlers die. And if 10-12 Unbound break away... there will be ruins this side of the Line too. I believe Ghaldring is lying about his offer of truce. The even-worse Unbound are being tested. I believe he plans to break his own truce in a year or so, after having slipped a few Unbound and Unbound mk2 (or mk3, why stop at 2 after all??) in the shapers' lands. The part that he was lying to me when I was talking to him, doesn't give him much credibility anyway. This made betraying him for that awesome, awesome creation str+4, dex+4 belt and giving info about the Unbound mk-2 and the castle (as if Shapers will ever reach it) easier. That belt... I can't pass it up. Now, with my Kashyyk, War Trall, veteran Drayk and high level, boosted Cryora and that nice nice belt... I can finally try to fight the Unbound. Those beasts were hunting me for half the game. Now it's payback! Another thing: Alwan kiiinda recognised me. Greta knew about my memory loss, acted as if she knew me; Ghaldring too. My character considered Greta very familiar but couldn't remember Could it be that I'm playing a GF2 or GF3 shaper? (don't answer me please! It's a rhetoric question) Servile stuff: I met Mekhen, the servile that helped me in the very beginning. The one I -did not- betray to Rawal. She told me that after the first year back, she was more a worker than a spy, that servitude is bred in serviles. That shook my loyalty to Astoria. After all, Astoria is a shaper, even if a peculiar one. Also, she agrees with me that Rawal cares about power and not to squash the rebellion, he's not a big threat (yet)
  10. alhoon

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    I want to cry... I passed up a Rotgroth cannister. Well, it's still there near the grave of that Gazer with the 6-7 weird things (thanks for that Rebels) that I had to fight like 6-7 times to win without losing anyone of my trusty creations. But at the tme, I have found a shaper to train me in Kashyyks, so... Anyway. I found a spellcasting outsider serving Rawal inside rules-crazy Alwan's city! I hope that this guy's mention of "resources in the foundry repository" means books or stuff and not cannisters for shaping his followers. Like Rawal gave to me once. And it's the geneforge in the basement too... So, things start to look quite bad for Rawal. He's teaching (at the least, quite possibly shaping) outsiders to use magic. Not just "freaks" like me, but outsider humans. Of course, Rawal being a councilor (till I kill him!) he may actually say "I'm a councilor so I declare that person eligible to learn a little of magic". But I have the STRONG suspicion that Rawal trains (or shapes) his followers without any regard of the Shaper law. To surmise my feelings so far: - Rawal is not interested in the least about shaper law or values, he's just interested in power and quite possibly enforcing "Rawal Law" instead of Shaper law if he wins. He's immoral and powerhungry and if left unchecked he may well become a great threat to the land. - Alwan is a fanatic. Loyal, willing to bend the law as long as it's done to win the war. He 100% believes in the shaper laws but he seems to think that to win the war, exceptions to those sacred laws must be made. I wouldn't be surprised if at the end of a victorious war he may request to stand trial for his crimes. - Astoria is... sensible and realistic. She betrays SOME of the most sacred shaper laws but she does it because the situation seems to be "change and humiliation or total annihilation within a few years" - Rogue, non-rebel Drayks everywhere cursing the Drakons. But tidings for the rebelion. In the light of this, I think that Astoria's is the best way. Not even a "least bad" way, but a good way. Shapers keeping control of most of the land with more respect to creations while Drakon plans for annihilation of anything shapers hold (and the majority of other life) fail. Other stuff: I see ruins everywhere. Drayks are opposing the Drakons. Unbound give me a merry chase through half of Mera province. Agent Astoria wants to deal with the Drakons (through me). General Alwan is willing AGAIN to trust an outsider that according to his beliefs should not exist. A shaper gal, in Alwan's land studdies barred creations. And Rawal... Rawal ignores every shaper law in existance. When I saw the "rebel" ending in GF4, I didn't think that things would go THAT bad.
  11. alhoon

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    Really? I had dialogues of "You seem not that much affected by cannisters" I get here and there and there are times that I get a "you manage to keep your temper down". But I guess cannister-madness doesn't affect everyone the same way. Monarch went completely bonkers \ megalomania GF4 hero flew into rage Litalia was... weird in GF4. Jared lost his humanity to the point Drakons considered him shaped enough for respect. GF5 got Amnesia... So, aside of one encounter, I won't have any problems from cannister use? I consider "dialogue interruptions" as problems even if they don't get to combat. (and yes, consequences aside I would totally take a cannister for War Tralls and I already got one for Drayks. I will also get Gazers and Drakons, consequences be damned)
  12. alhoon

    MOSEH FREEZE CURSE

    I would like to add, that at the point you hit the door, stuff happens. The AI takes control of your character and creations as you walk in the room and stand nicely around Moseh. Perhaps it doesn't find the character if the first slot is empty and goes ????
  13. alhoon

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    But... shaping the living is as illegal as it gets! QUESTION: I am level 30 in GF5. I just got permission to go to Alwan's place (wander a bit there and all). I still cannot defeat an Unbound (and I have a quest to do it) because, while I am uber-high level... I still haven't got -any- rank 3 creations! And I also have kinda low spells. Is that normal? I had wingbolts and Kyshaak by this time in GF4. Have I missed something? I avoid cannisters like the plague BTW to avoid the cannister-madness. I have used 2-3 or so and I plan to use cannisters if they give me gazers, drayks and drakons. I have a few places I didn't go in Astoria's area, cause I want to progress the story, get rid of Rawal's tool and of course... do as much as possible AFTER I get Drayks to level them up. EDIT: The fort I talked about, in Alwan's area, called Defiance... it's under attack in the east. And everyone sits calmly inside with people commenting "send more creations" while ... stuff fights at the east wall.
  14. alhoon

    MOSEH FREEZE CURSE

    Aren't infiltrators supposed to be acting alone, and be bad in shaping? I play a shaper and I never got over 5 creations.
  15. alhoon

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    I don't feel that the enslavement is being pushed to the periphery in GF4 and GF5. I haven't played the other games but it certainly shocked me to find out the shapers MADE a race destined to be slaves. The serviles rising up is one of the main pillars of the rebellion. In GF5 I have often questions\quests about "how you feel about the Serviles?" and I find out that being decent gives Rebel reputation, so I may "lie" on occasion to get shaper rep. (And I think I have to kill some serviles for the crime of not wanting to be slaves just for the better training shapers offer. I know, I'm a hypocrite ) Perhaps you feel it's pushed in the periphery cause you had exposure to the issue on other games so it didn't feel fresh? The -MAIN- reason I side with rebels is... the serviles. I don't mind that much if a guild of mages becomes over-protective of their secrets and powers. Sure, they need to chill but a devastating war is not the answer. But ... a sentient race DESTINED to be a slave race? killing Drayks and Drakons just because they are "inconvenient"? That's kinda too much and worthy of war.
  16. alhoon

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    Personally I believe shaping should be more controlled than the rebels do and that the shapers should really, really chill about those weird controls. I am also against enslaving Serviles.
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    Yeah, and we all saw where that led them! And in their defense, they barred the whole island around it. Knowing what happened and making a geneforge in a place where creations come and go with a "Shapers only, don't enter" warning as if rogue creations would care is both against everything shapers stand for and... irresponsible. Also, I did a quest more for Rawal and now...he wants me to bring him a book on how to make cannisters! Because he claims that "at some point it will be allowed and I want a headstart!" (Yeah, right. Cause we will believe a powercrazed opportunist wizard with a geneforge on his basement. I am amnesiac buddy, not a fool)
  18. alhoon

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    Thanks! As for Shapers... lifecrafters are shapers too but they don't have the title. I was meaning shaper as per member of a secretive, paranoid organization under threat by the very existance of the geneforge. More or less, Rawal is an insult to nearly everything shapers stand for but everyone is angry with Astoria.
  19. alhoon

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    Hmmm... so, Councilor Astoria lets rogue creations (serviles) hang around in her province. That was weird. Not to mention that it's a thiiiinly kept secret that rebels abound on those two places. I wonder how the rebel settlements cope with the unbound. They are close to them and they don't seem to have enough defences to fend one off, without much damage.
  20. alhoon

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    I did ... most of the rebel quests and some shaper ones. At one point, the shapers stopped giving me quests. Yet, while I was at 1st loyalty reward for rebels at that point. But I haven't thought about the "doing both mechanichs and battle path" way to be sincere. Once I was through an area, I kinda found it boring to go back and disarm mines for 9xp each. Thinking of it, I didn't do stuff worth probably about 4-5K exp, so I would have ended at about 45 lvl.
  21. alhoon

    Features You'd Want In Geneforge Remakes

    42 With 7 Creations? I was like 40-41 with 3 creations and I thought I did most... I even farmed XP from the infinite-respawn areas. Thanks, I'll keep it on mind
  22. alhoon

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    Only for the creations? But I get less XP from kills and quests with many creations than with a few. Or the "you get 27 XP" thing is a bug?
  23. alhoon

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    Yeap, I did that too. I always left about 50-70 essence after creations. So, when I reached like 600 essence, I had 3 costly creations. Drakon, Gazer, Kyshaak.
  24. alhoon

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    Yes, but at least in GF4 (The only one I've played to the end) there's an XP penalty for having too many creations. I didn't put a single dot to my Drakon or Kashyyk or something. But I see what you said. My creations had +8 str, +6 dex from my equipment or something. However, in GF5, I am literally swimming in essence and I don't have high level creations yet, just got Vlish and Clawbugs and I have about 300 essence. I have 3 creations at about 60-70 essence cost each so I buffed my cryora (I don't like roamers)
  25. alhoon

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    Actually, I found them doing ok against mental attacks. Anyway, I wasn't suggesting a Cryora to be as good as a cryodrak. But a Cryora at 35 lvl that costs 100 essence shouldn't be THAT much worse than a cryodrayk that it makes keeping the Cryora a sentimentality choice. A Kyshaak could pack about as much damage to an enemy with strong magic resistance as my cryora with 0 damage resisted. And had 2-3 times the health. That's when I let my trusty Cryora go, and it was a painful choice. I felt... like a shaper! Using my creations as tools and then disposing them. If at least when you absorbed them, there was not the death animation and that pool of blood to remind you what you did... it would be better.
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