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Thaluikhain

Herding NPCs

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A lot of friendly towns have monsters in them, and a fair few monster filled dungeons have friendlies in them.  Something I've tried doing (normally without much success) is to box in friendly creatures to drive them towards where I know the monsters are, so I'll have help when I fight them (if the friendly is aware of the monster and trying to kill it already, don't need to do this of course).  For example, trying to herd a guard towards a doorway which has a special encounter with a monster when I open it.

 

Is this something other people try doing, and if so, with any success?

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Practice with herding cats in real life. It's not more successful, but it gives you the same experience. :)

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It's probably easier to lure the enemies into the area with friendly creatures. In some games, you can use this to force friendly NPCs to fight and possibly be killed by hostile monsters and NPCs, particularly if you use the Wand of Carrunos to power them up. Nethergate in particular offers several opportunities for this, especially since it doesn't have the super-powered Guards that the Avernum games have.

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Doesn't the Wand of Carrunos turn townspeople hostile though? It's supposed to be a cursed item and is functionally an attack item, so I'd expect it to turn them hostile.

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