Part 12: Carl Has a Bad Day
Chapter 7 Carl Has a Bad Day
Cleaning up Broken Valley
Folo and David
I already did the first part of the village earlier so I could get the 533 XP of mind-reading debt I needed to avoid levelling up in the Black Boar.
Since Im nearly level 3 already, and by turning in Hjalmars mask, Ill reach level 4, I decided to clear out all the remaining goblins from Broken Valley first. That got me to level 3.
Video: Cleaning up Broken Valley
Since Ill start finding lock level 3 chests, I spent a skill point on Lockpick. I have no other real use for my spare skill points yet.
Rank increased to 1.
Video: Broken Valley
(Captain Rodney) What brings you to the barracks again, friend?
(Dragon Slayer Yara) I killed Hjalmar. Here is his mask.
Well done! Here is your reward, Slayer. Remember, there is more gold to be earned if you manage to eliminate those other outlaws too.
"Hjalmar" complete! Quest Reward: 1200 XP, 300 gold. Bonus Chosen: 600 XP Level up!
Rank increased to 2
Damage Bonus: +5->15%
The graves have inscriptions which the narrator will read.
- Here lies Father Paul. Finally where everybody wanted him.
- Here lies Bessy. The first pig interred with full burial rites, just as Folo wished it.
- For sale: beautiful one-person plot with commanding view of the village. For more information, see Willy of the Broken Valley Real Estate corporation.
- Here lies the unknown soldier. We all knew him as Bobby.
- Here lies Vlad. Please do not disturb.
- Here lies Sleepy Joe. Doing what he does best.
- Here lay Terrance. Until a necromancer got to him.
- Here lies Simon the Liar. At least thats what we think.
- Here lies Boothe. Murdered
but by whom?
- Here lies Lucky Tom. Ever since he just ran out of luck.
- Here lies Little Gracy. Her grave serves as a reminder to us all: trolls are not big cuddly teddybears.
- Here lies Stan. Inscription pending.
- Here lies Saucy Sally. And the women, they cheered, and the men, they wept
(Folo) What are you coming around here for if youll not help me?
(Richard) I enjoy gloating, Folo. You should try it sometime. Hahaha!
Miserable man! I bet you never felt affection for a thing in your life!
Thats right Folo! I never even stay for breakfast! Hahaha!
Intolerable! Just leave me be!
The armoured man walked off. Yara decided to see what Folo was so upset about.
(Folo) Slayer, please listen: Im in desperate need of help! Its my pigs, you see!
Whats the matter with your pigs?
The New Order impounded three of them, but theyre my pets and were never intended to be eaten!
(- 33 XP) Bessy! My poor pig! She was too young to die, my Bessy!
Why would the New Order impound them?
They say theres a famine somewhere, but I dont want to lose my little ones!
1. I understand your attachment. Consider them rescued! (Accept)
2. A famine? Then I cant in good conscience retrieve your pigs. Im sorry. (Decline)
3. I sympathize, but I wont oppose New Order directives. (Decline)
The thread voted that we will be rescuing the pigs. You can still get a partial quest reward from going to tell Lieutenant Louis, but its smaller than what you get for helping Folo.
I understand your attachment. Consider them rescued!
Oh, bless you, Slayer! The pigs are over at Jacksons farm. Whisper Rosebud in my Kevins ear and theyll move to a safe location.
Saving some pigs, potentially at the cost of human lives Actually, thats exactly the kind of judgement Ive come to expect from Dragon Slayers.
At the bottom of the hill was the impolite man in armour.
(Richard) Hey there, Dragon Slayer. Im Richard of Aleroth. Care to make some extra money?
You sure look like you belong to some military order.
The best! I am a Champion of Aleroth, defender of the Healer City. We are garrisoned inside the city and keep a large presence in the Orobas Fjords. You wont find better soldiers in Rivellon, Slayer. Not even those of your order, I might add. And certainly not those New Order softies. Them and their damned devoutness! Just go find something to kill already!
What a prick.
Why do you call Aleroth the Healer City?
Why, because of the Source, of course! It is a magical stream of water that heals every wound. What do you think is the main ingredient of those little red potions you have?
Hopefully not Goblin hearts.
Yes, the Source is the pride and joy of the city and has survived the two Aleroth slaughters and the last war with Damian. Long may she run, Slayer! Hail the Source and hail Aleroth!
Aleroth was the starting village in Divine Divinity. Back then it was a quiet place with a population of 6, representing 4 of the 7 races. All of them were healers or retired healers. Im not sure if an incident from Divine Divinity counts as one of the Aleroth Massacres.
Aleroth was mentioned again in Beyond Divinity, as the site of a massacre by Paladins crazed under the influence of chaos magic. It was presumably a larger town since the first game.
In the 50 years since Beyond Divinity, Aleroth has prospered and grown into a large city, and the game does acknowledge that it took 50 years to make it that big.
Have you seen any Dragons around here?
The last Dragon was dispatched well before my time and nowhere near Broken Valley! So I doubt a Dragon Knight will turn up here.
What was that you said about extra money?
I specialize in tracking down and exterminating goblins. Obviously there are plenty of the little bastards to go around, so Ill pay you for every goblin heart you bring me.
(-400 XP) These peasants are so gullible. The hearts they fetch me are worth three times as much back home!
Slaughtering goblins and getting paid for it? Count me in!
Thats the spirit! Bring me the hearts and coin will follow!
This is a simple quest. Kill goblins in Broken Valley, and theres a chance their heart will drop when they die. Turn them in to Richard for 50 gold and 50 XP per heart. If you mind-read him, though, thats upped to 150 gold and 150 XP per heart, so the mind-read will pay for itself in just three hearts!
You can decline this quest, and Richard will run off to hunt the goblins by himself. You can find him later near a small goblin village. Im pretty sure that they wont be able to kill him, and Im pretty sure that even if they did, he would only drop generic loot at best. Also, declining the Hearttaker quest locks you out of another quest, so theres really no benefit in doing that.
I carved out some goblin hearts for you.
Good show! Lets have them!
Here you go.
And heres your money! Id spend it on drink and girls, but thats just a suggestion!
Hold on a second. I could get more gold for these in Aleroth! A lot more!
Where did you hear that?
Does it matter, or should I take these hearts elsewhere?
Alright, all right, Ill pay you in full!
See you around, Richard.
7 Hearts turned in: Reward, 1050 Gold, 1050 XP.
Blacksmith! A moment of your time!
(Derk) Not now. Im terribly busy!
You wouldnt turn down a customer like that, would you?
Id turn down the Divine right now! I have work to do!
Bah! Look, my sword needs
I dont care what your sword needs!
Whats so important anyway?
I have been ordered to erect Dragon defences.
Dragon defences? In a two-bit town like this? What a waste of time!
Good Lord, not another Slayer! Stop disturbing me, will you, or Ill never be able to finish..
Not very fond of Slayers are we?
Lot of fairytale-believing infants playing soldier, nothing more.
Remind me not to rescue you if a Dragon attacks.
Yeah, when Folos pigs fly!
(-133 XP) I think I lost my cellar key last time I saw Dana in Tims barn. But oh, it was worth it!
The second part of the Rivellon Guards set is for sale here.
Ill pick it up after I lower Derks prices some more. The third part wont be seen for a while, and its a warhammer, so no use for us anyway.
(Sean) If it isnt the Champion of Aleroth! Right grand to have a Champion round. Dont you miss the city, though?
Not really. I have a great remedy for home sickness: decapitating goblins!
Hahaha! I hear you! Man, I could use a beer right about now!
Lets meet up in the tavern later, why dont we?
Good idea! Tim serves some fine brew!
Hell have to compete with the Aleroth Ale Im used to!
Oh, hell cope, I assure you!
Lets look for Derks cellar key in Tims barn.
Its here only after you mind-read. In the upper-right you can also see a book.
Danas book of conquests
Since Im level 4, and have wiped out all the low-level enemies from Broken Valley, I went ahead and officially re-did Chasing the Dragon and To Lay a Ghost to Rest, which advanced the story and kicked me up to level 6.
I put in the attribute point from Arbens tomb into Spirit.
That granted me access to the level 6 skills.
The Battle rage skill does exactly what it describes: like a mad barbarian would sieze upon a poorly protected convent, you launch yourself into the fray, heeding not the danger it leaves you in. Most likely any clear and present danger will soon be eliminated, but do remember that this rage detracts from your defensive prowess for its duration.
Mana Cost: 27 -> 195
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Duration: 60 -> 180 seconds
Melee Damage Bonus: +20% -> 160%
Melee Armour Penalty: -42 -> 0
A powerful boost to your melee damage at the cost of melee armor. Points increase the bonus and reduce the penalty. With enough points, eventually the penalty becomes 0. This is a buff Ill try to have up all the time, and I should be able to keep it up most of the time, since the cooldown is short compared to the duration.
I also found an amulet in Arbens Tomb which gave me +2 to Fear.
Fear may paralyze you: block all functions, body and mind. But this is something different. This is fear that strikes at the very core of ones being, catapults one into a sickening frenzy and leaves the victim with no other impulse but to flee. In other words: you cast the spell and your enemies do a runner.
Mana Cost: 23 -> 149
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Duration: 10 -> 22 seconds
Distance: 4 -> 12
Enemy Level: 9 -> 51
At Rank 2: You inspire fear in all unfriendly creatures that are level 16 or lower and closer than 5 meters to you. They run off for 12 seconds.
The enemy level requirement means you have to keep pumping points into this for it to remain effective. But it isnt really needed often to make enemies take off. It also isnt likely to work on bosses. There are no enemies higher than Level 12 in Broken Valley, so this might see some use if I get into trouble.
Music: Jackson's Farm
Video: Jacksons Farm
(Tarn) Good day to you! Talk to I-do-things-by-the-book Lomax if you need something!
(Tarn) Why must we always get stuck doing guard duty?
(Lionel) Yeah! And to think Merill and his pals are having the time of their lives in the Black Boar right now.
(Lomax) Just quit your grumbling, would you? Were New Order, not guard recruits.
(Tarn) Well excuse us for wanting to wrap our lips around a large ale and not Louis arse!
Theres a lot of people around here. It wont be easy to sneak the pigs out.
(Carl Jackson) Top o the morning to ya, Slayer!
Yes, and some generic greeting to you. All is well, I trust?
Aye, its a quiet life on me farm. Fair enough when rainll fall and them goblins keep to emselves! Mind you, that New Order or summat is a wee bit of a pain in the old backside! Some of em gave taken over one of me barns, but I reckon theyll be gone soon enough.
(-33 XP) Right good day for farmin this! Right good day anyday!
Aye! Be safe now!
(Dana) Oh hello, Slayer. Here would you mind doing me a little favour?
Eh not much else to do, I guess.
But of course not, madam!
Wonderful! Please bring this letter to Derk the blacksmith in the village.
But dont tell my husband. Its private, you know?
(-40 XP) Why must Carl keep that key up on a beam? I can never reach it! Wait a minute Maybe thats why!
A Private Delivery
Hey, thanks for the spoilers, game! I havent even opened it yet! There are several variations to this quest. Its tied in with another quest. The one the thread voted on, though, was the one which is the most beneficial to us. All other options are worse for us.
Another disturbance. What is it with you people? Cant you see Im busy?
I have this package for you.
Derk opened the letter and read it. To Yaras surprise, the gruff smith actually blushed.
Oh I was wondering when shed Im in your debt, Slayer.
Care to share whats in the package?
Dana is finally ready to leave that miserable old peasant! I shall take her away from him this instant!
"A Private Delivery" complete! Quest Reward: 600 XP, 150 Gold, Derk lowered his prices by 25%! Bonus Chosen: 300 XP.
Carl was rather despondent when Yara returned to the farm.
Its a miserable life, Slayer!
Cheer up Carl! Youll find someone else!
Hopefully her legs wont open as often as tavern doors on penny ale night!
I dont know, Slayer! Its hard to find decent folk nowadays!
Speaking of which, I wonder what Carl was trying to hide from his wife in their cellar.
This recruit is going to busy herself snooping around a farmers dusty cellar, while a mere kilometre away, the other Slayers are preparing to ambush the last Dragon Knight? I have better things to watch than this.
Got the key!
Hmmm nothing much here except a diary. Eh I already broke into his cellar to satisfy my curiosity, I may as well go all the way.
This booklet is filled with boring information about crop rotation and livestock, not to mention the worst spelling you ever saw. Suddenly your eye is caught by a passage about a man named Boothe and how he apparently wooed Carls wife. Carl murdered Boothe! Even though he expresses guilt, he sure is glad he was never caught
Poor Boothe. My sympathy for Carl only goes so far. I know what I have to do with this.
Skeletons in the Closet
The key is always on the beam , even if you never mind-read Dana. The quest determines the fate of Carl Jackson. If you resolve this before handing over Danas letter, it can affect the reward from that quest. If you resolve this without taking on Danas quest, you never get it or the reward.
What brings you to the barracks again, friend?
Captain, you should take a look at this journal.
Whats this? Farmer Jacksons diary? Why did you bring this to me?
Because he wants all his friends to sign it, but he was afraid to ask you!
Dont get cute with me, Slayer! Tell me!
Just turn your attention to this page.
Rodney read the diary. Yara was pleasantly surprised to see that his lips hardly moved at all while reading.
By the Divine! Carl a murderer? Then I have no choice but to arrest him. You just solved a ten-year-old murder case, Slayer! Im impressed! And grateful!
"Skeletons in the Closet" complete! Quest Reward: 1200 XP, 300 Gold. Bonus Chosen: 600 XP. Level up!
Given that weve levelled up 5 times in this update alone, it might seem like were levelling absurdly fast, but were nearly done with this part of Broken Valley, and the next area starts off with level 7 enemies.
Carl, I am here to arrest you.
Arrest me? Whats all this then?
You botched up the perfect crime by writing about it in your diary, you fool!
Me diary? How did ye ? Oh no. This cant be!
Come along now Carl. Youll have to spend a few years in a cell! More than enough time to reflect on your stupidity!
What a shame. Now if I can just distract those New Order guards, there will be no witnesses to the pigs escaping.
(Lomax) Hail, Slayer! The New Order greets you!
Yes, yes, yes, formalities give me itches in uncomfortable places!
Regardless, I put value in some decorm! So tell me, how can I be of assistance?
Im in no need of assistance, thank you!
Very well, just shout when that changes!
Hey, Slayer! Those are New Order pigs, okay?
Yeah, the likeness is striking.
Ha, ha. Very funny! Please leave them be. Theyll be shipped to Rivertown soon.
Hmm I bet I know how to get those guards to leave.
Hail again, Slayer!
Yes. Hail again, Seeker.
So tell me, how can I be of assistance?
Dont you have anything better to do than guarding pigs?
It would seem three stunning round-bosomed sisters are lost in the woods and in need of assistance.
Then we have a duty to save them! Off we go, Seekers!
(Tarn) With pleasure!
Slayer! Why did you send us on a wild-goose chase? There are no gorgeous triplets in the woods!
Mores the pity, I should say.
Exactly! I mean Were here to help, you know. Ahem. But, hold on! Where where are the pigs?
Theyve moved on, Lomax. At some point, you just have to let go.
What are you even talking about? Divine, you slayers are a strange bunch!
Time to make my getaway while theyre still confused.
(Joris) We heard you exposed Carls dirty little secret. I bet Captain Rodney was grateful.
Whats the matter with your face?
Im smiling. It doesnt happen a lot!
Any particular reason? Or does nature try to correct itself?
Nothing you would understand!
Ha! Its a woman, isnt it! Good luck to you!
Video: Folo and David
Youre back! My pigs, are they safe?
Safe and sound! I whispered Rosebud and off they went!
Oh, that is fantastic! Here is your reward, Slayer! I am so grateful!
"Saving the Bacon" complete! Quest Reward: 1200 XP, 300 gold Bonus Chosen: 600 XP.
I suppose I should do something about that deserter hiding in the tavern.
Increased from Rank 1 to Rank 3
I upgraded Lockpick to Rank 3 because Rank 3 chests start showing up in Broken Valley, and I may as well show off something in the Black Boar which requires Lockpick Rank 2.
(David) Who? Oh, its you again.
Still a picture of calmness, I see.
Look: I dont know what you want, but I cant help you, whatever it is!
So, youre a deserter? My, my, what a bad boy we have been!
Divine, you know! Please, dont tell a soul or Im as good as dead!
I think Ill tell Richard. Im sure hell be very thankful.
No, dont! You dont know him, hell kill me for sure!
Yes, yes, yes, Im off to see Richard!
No! I must flee! Run for the hills! Away, get out of my way I say!
That should ensure Richard wont spot him when he comes for that drink. What else did I have to do Oh yes, Lieutenant Louis wanted to see me for something
Cleaning up Broken Valley
Folo and David
Next Ill post an update about the Level 3 and Level 6 skills, then the summary dungeon update, and hopefully somewhere in there Ill get the videos finished.
On the third floor of the Black Boar are two locked rooms. They require Lockpick level 2. The left door just has a chest and some loot. The right door, though
Just has this book.
The clue tells us where to go.
The second part.
The reward for following the trail is a Skill Book hidden in the fireplace. Its one of the easier ones to find, so dont miss it.
(Winthrop) Oh my! You startled me, citizen!
An easily startled guard! The people of Broken Valley can sleep soundly
Id like to see you sleeping soundly after having witnessed what I have.
And what, pray, might that be?
Interesting! Where, exactly?
Down in the valley. Large as a house it was! Nearly scared me to death! I need to breathe for a bit, excuse me!
(-40 XP) The drill sergeant will kill me if he finds out I lost my mace. It must have slipped from my hand near old Jacksons farm. I remember holding on to it before I reached the place.
The mace is on the far side of the pig pen.
Its not very good.
In Carl Jackson's cellar, there's a button hidden on a wall.
Pressing it lowers a weapon on a chain.
I think it might be the weapon which murdered Boothe, but I'm not sure.
For some reason, Carl was back at the farm. I dont know why, maybe its because I already had Peavey in jail. We can talk to him and he thinks hes in jail, so may as well
Eres the cretin whot got me incarceratd!
Youre hard enough to understand as it is Carl, lets not use big words, okay?
Im no alf-wit even if ya think I am!
(-30 XP) Ill be out of ere in no time! All I need is a spoon and a zepplin pilots uniform!
Oh, go on! Git out a here! Leave me ta rot! Thats whot ye want, isnt it?
1. Lieutenant Louiss jailbreak?
a) Escape tunnel immediately. = 1 Vote
b) Mind-read, THEN escape tunnel. = 3 Votes
2. Optional dungeons
a) Videos only = 1 Vote
b) Summary update with screenshots and videos = 3 Votes
3. Stabbeys Narrative: Peavey and Quincy
a) Peavey can redeem himself. = 2 Votes
b) Peavey will remain a coward. = 2 Votes (Tiebreak roll = 4, 5, 5)
SQR = Standard quest reward
1. An assassin offers us a choice.
a) Defend an old man and his innocent daughter (Default) (Reward: SQR * 1.25, 25% Trading discount )
b) Aid the assassin and kill both of the civilians. No reason, just because. (Reward: SQR, trader is unavailable due to being murdered. )