GOTHIC II

RPG by Piranha Bytes

A guide by Lu Richardson
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("Paladin" version)


The game:

I thought Gothic was one of the best RPGs I had ever played, so Gothic 2 came 
as the answer to a prayer.  Having enjoyed the first product so much I feared 
the second would be "improved" beyond recognition.  Not so.  To my joy (and to 
everyone else's who has played Gothic) this is simply more of the same, of 
which we cannot get enough.  The same realistic world, the same excellent 
graphics and simple interface, the same sort of logical and interesting 
plot... only bigger.  And you get to play the whole thing in three slightly 
different ways.  At the price of the game, you get tremendous value for your 
money:  hours and hours of superb entertainment.  One can hardly hope that 
there will be a Gothic III.  This would be just too good to be true.

General tips:

I will assume you will have read the manual cover to cover and will know all 
about the game before you even start.  Even though the manual takes you 
through the start (the "spoiler") I would like to give you more details.  I 
will pick you up at the Tower's door when you are loaded down with everything 
you took, including the kitchen sink, and with your Heavy Branch already 
equipped (TAB for inventory, put the cursor on the weapon with the correct 
arrow key, press CTRL).

Before we go on, the general rule is that you will talk to everyone you meet 
with a name label; and when I say "talk" to someone, I mean use every line.  
If you need to say or not to say something specific to anyone, I'll let you 
know.

I will take it for granted that you will look carefully about you and pick up 
anything you can and that you will also take whatever people/animals carry 
after you've killed them.  Examine item new to you to find out what it is.

At all times, explore to your heart's content.  There are many caves around 
which contain all manner of interesting and dangerous things.

Combat is the most difficult part of the game.  The beasts just love to get 
behind you and gnaw the seat of your pants while you while are fighting for 
your life against one of their number.  You have to try and get your back 
against a wall, a tree, whatever - or, with a bit of luck, find a narrow 
doorway.  Short-range, I found that pressing CTRL and alternatively left arrow 
and right arrow I did quite a lot of damage while preventing the nasties 
getting quite so much at me.  Preferably, though, try and shoot them from a 
distance, backing away when they come too close.  

Learning points are hard to come by and pretty vital.  Don't waste them.  You 
need to use up 5 for skinning animals and 5 for lockpicking.  The rest should 
be distributed between strength, dexterity and mana.  As to weapons, try to 
stick to learning two-handed swords and crossbows as far as you can.

There are oodles of side-quests designed to give you gold and experience, but 
since it would take for ever to write them all up I will only mention the 
necessary ones.  The rest is up to you.

As you are aware, you can join three different groups of people; this solution 
is for a citizen/paladin since it will be the easiest way to complete the game 
the first time around.  You can later play it again and join another group and 
see what happens.

Finally, it will be make your life easier towards the end of the game if you 
hang on to the following items when you find them:  5 lab water bottles, 3 
swampweed, 1 holy water vial.

Well, here we go.


CHAPTER I

The Path
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Leaving the Tower, follow the road towards the city and, without deviating too 
much from the path, take all you can find - keep your eyes peeled.  You are 
going to need a lot of gold and that means selling surplus items.  Ignore the 
sheep.

The first thing that happens is that you get attacked by a goblin.  It should 
be easy to kill.  As the manual says, he is defending a cave - save your game, 
turn to your left to the waterfalls and go down towards them, then right.  
You'll find a little complex of caverns and a few goblins and goods (when you 
kill the goblins, search their bodies:  CTRL, then CTRL to get what they are 
carrying singly.  If there are multiple items, ALT will let you get them all 
at once).  If you find you can't cope with this fight yet, reload and come 
back later.

You'll next be attacked by a wolf along the road, get the meat on it.  Carry 
on and you will come to a goblin encampment, fight them all and search for 
items.  If you go through the rocky arch behind the camp you'll find more 
items.

Carry on along the path and you'll come to a Bandit.  You could give him a 
wide berth or you could save your game and have a go.  First talk to him and 
say "Later".  He will attack you.  Once you've knocked him down, rob him and 
examine what you have.  Now, if you are fit (you could always go and rest at 
the Tower), go up the stairs and dispatch the other two bandits (robbing them 
- remember their weapons roll away from them).  In a chest, you will find a 
bow and arrows which will be handy.  Examine all you have and read the 
message, equip the bow.  From here on, if you want to use the bow to fight 
you'll have to press 2; 1 will ready whatever other hand weapon you have. 

Continue along the path and you'll come to a statue.  Don't rob it.  Donating 
100 gp at these statues gets you permanent mana or hit points.  The problem is 
cash, of course, and at first you have to conserve it.

Further on you will find Canthar sitting on a bench at a T-junction (there is 
a scroll by the cart nearby).  Talk to him but don't take the paper.  Instead, 
trade with him and turn everything you don't need into gold pieces.  Go along 
the path in front of him and when you spy a man surrounded by sheep to your 
right, go talk to him.

Use all the lines - if you killed the bandits you get experience points.  He 
gives you a hint as to how to get into the city.  Go to Lobart up the road and 
to the left; talk to him and don't commit yourself at first, ask for work and 
agree to pick the turnips, they are on a field to your right.  Go pick them 
all up and take them to Lobart, then buy the togs he offers at a discount.

Go into the house, find the chest in the bedroom, get the clothes (and nothing 
else).  Bring up your inventory with TAB, put the cursor on them and press 
CTRL.  You'll wear the clothes.  Now go to Hilda and give her the turnips.  If 
you want to earn more experience points agree to fetch her the pan.  Run to 
Canthar, trade and buy the pan, take it back to Hilda.  Ask her for food and 
she will give it to you.

Now you can get back to the path to the City.  If it's getting dark, use a bed 
in Lobart's barn to sleep.  At the start of the new day, get to the City.

How to become a Citizen
-----------------------

At the gates of the town you will be challenged by the guards - say you have 
to go to the Smithy.  Once inside, talk to Lothar and get all the info he has. 
 When he goes, you will see in front of you two shops, one to the left and one 
to the right.  First, talk to Rupert at the stand on your left.  Get all the 
info, and trade if you have things for sale.  Now go to the shop on the right 
and talk to Bosper.  You want to be his apprentice.  He'll tell you about 
Bartok.  Get all his info and learn to skin animals (you should have some 
learning points to spend by now, you'll need 5 in this instance).

Leave the shop and go across to the other one and talk to Matteo.  Keep 
talking to him till he tells you about Gritta.  Agree to help.  Don't buy the 
armour until you are sure you have the cash to spare; you are going to need a 
lot of gold for other things right now.

Leave the shop and talk to Regis.  On, talk to Thorben:  he asks you to get a 
blessing from two priests.  Don't mention Gritta.  Go on towards the Smithy 
and Pablo will speak to you - pretend everything is fine.  When he goes, you 
will see Harad the smith ahead of you.  I would advise you not to talk to him 
for the moment.

Turn to your left and head towards the Harbour.  In the first house to the 
left there is a moneylender.  Continue towards the Harbour.  At the last 
buildings, you will see the Red Lantern on your left (don't do anything about 
it yet) and on your right you will see the Pegleg tavern.  Here Moe will try 
to bully you; refuse to give him gold, fight him, rob him while he is out and 
when he comes to, question him.  Inside the tavern, Kardif will give you info 
for gold.

Outside the tavern turn right and find Brahim sitting on a bench outside his 
hut.  Buy the two maps from him.  It will be worthwhile visiting him later on. 
 Continue right and talk to Garvell.  Further on there is a Warehouse, don't 
bother to go in yet.

Now turn around and follow the edge of the harbour and talk to Jack and to 
Lares, but don't follow him to the farm (you do this only if you want to 
become a Mercenary).  When you've done, go back to the Smithy.

Face it and turn to your right and you will see an archway to your left and a 
house to the right.  Go into the house and talk to Gritta; be firm with her 
and threaten to sell her stuff.  She will give you the money she owes Matteo. 
 Leave the house and enter the archway.  A door on your left:  pop in and talk 
to Constantino.  Say you want to join another master and he will raise no 
objection.  Leave and come out of the archway.

To the left there is a tavern you needn't enter yet and to the right you will 
see the Temple.  Talk to Vatras and ask for a blessing, then answer the truth 
to all his questions.  You get the blessing.  You needn't give a donation, 
save your gold.

Turn your back on Vatras and go to your right past the tavern.  You'll come to 
some free beer and Bartok (don't talk to him yet).  Ply with beer the guy on 
his right while getting his info.  It is probably nearly night time by now, so 
just turn to your right and along here to the Hotel.  In, talk to Hanna and 
ask for a room.  Go upstairs, find a free bed and sleep till morning.  When 
you go out of the hotel, turn right and go towards the gate.  Canthar will 
make you an improper proposition - there are several possibilities here.  The 
man is a positive pest; if you ignore him or agree to what he says but go 
instead to Andre (up the stairs near here and to the left) and have him 
arrested, he's going to give you grief.  I have a feeling it doesn't really 
matter what you do.  At any rate, by the gate, talk to Daron and get his 
blessing, i.e., pay up.  Don't ask about the Monastery since you only do that 
if you want to become a magician.

Now turn around and go find Bartok.  Talk to him (don't learn anything from 
him) and ask him to take you hunting; you'll have to pay for the privilege.  
Follow him out of the city gates but save your game.  He will kill the 
beasties as he goes along and you will get the experience:  watch his health 
bar, though, and help him (preferably with a bow) without hurting him.  With a 
bit of luck he will kill six wolves, which you must skin.  At some point he 
will ask you if you want to continue.  If he is fit, carry on helping him as 
before - if his health bar is looking dodgy, vote for going back to town.  
After all, you have your six skins - if you have only five, you'll find 
another wolf on the other side of the path to the city.

Once inside, go to Thorben and ask for his approval, then go to Matteo and 
give him his gold, asking for his help.  Finally, go to Bosper and talk about 
wolf skins.  Say you want to become his apprentice.  You are in.  Continue 
talking to him to get all the information.

Right, before we go any further, there are a couple of things we have to do.  
First of all, make sure you have at least 15 learning points to use.  If you 
don't, either go out of the city and find small creatures to kill or start 
doing jobs for people to get gold + experience.

For instance:

Alwin (the fellow with all the sheep) wants you to stop Fellan making a 
racket.  He lives around the corner, get tough with him, knock him out and rob 
him, wait till he comes around and threaten to beat him again if he doesn't 
leave off.  Then go to Alwin for your reward.

Alrik (behind the warehouse) wants his sword back.  (You can fight him first 
to get 50 g by beating him but don't rob him while he is out).  Go to Jora in 
the Marketplace and buy the sword back (take it to Alrik afterwards).

Jora has been robbed and wants his money back.  Talk to Rengaru (standing by 
Canthar) and he will run off.  Follow him and talk to him.  After you get the 
purse you can either have him arrested or take pity on him.  I have a feeling 
being kind to him and other malefactors has to do with joining the Thieves' 
Guild, a locked door to which is to be found at the Hotel before the stairs.  
Have him arrested and return the gold to Jora.

Go to Regis, get behind him and go around the back of the shop to the left.  
Keep going past Carl the smith and, in the last house, you will meet Ignaz.  
He wants you to test out a spell.  Agree.  What I did was to go to the tavern 
next to the Temple and was lucky enough to find Coragon the landlord on his 
own (if not, wait till he is).  Save.  TAB, put the cursor on the spell, press 
CTRL.  You will notice a number 4 appears on the spell icon.  OK, knock 
Coragon down and, while he is out (you can rob him) press the number 4 key and 
CTRL + arrow up to cast the spell on him.  Wait for him to come to and trade 
with him.  He should not remember a thing.  Go back to Ignaz for some 
experience.  Don't waste your learning points on him just yet.

If you have 15 learning points, talk to Carl and use 10 on strength - this 
will make fighting a lot easier.  Next go to Thorben and spend 5 lp on picking 
locks.

Joining the Militia
-------------------

I think that before we go to the upper part of town it would be a good idea to 
join the Militia.  You need to go to the Marketplace and up the stairs.

Speak to Andre and ask about paladins, join the Militia.  Ask for a weapon and 
you will be told to find Peck, ask also for an assignment.  At the end, don't 
put on your uniform yet.  Talk to everyone around, particulary Mortis.  Now go 
to the Red Lantern and go upstairs to find Peck.  Talk to him and persuade him 
to go back.  Go to the Warehouse and upstairs.  Talk to the guard and kill 
him.  Search his body for a key and open a couple of chests on this floor, 
you'll find the package.

Back to Andre, talk to him about Peck but don't say you found him at the Red 
Lantern.  Hand over the package of weed and ask for your next assignment.  You 
can now go to the armoury where you will find Peck, talk to him and get a 
sword; talk to Mortis again.

Now go to town to the Pegleg tavern and pay Kardif to tell you about the weed. 
 Go to Meldor, who stands in front of the moneylender's house and talk to him.

Go to the Red Lantern, go in, talk to Bromor and hire Nadjia.  Follow her 
upstairs and ask about the weed.  She'll tell you to talk to Borka.  You can 
also have "fun" if you want.  Afterwards go to Borka and talk to him but don't 
mention Nadjia.  Buy some weed from him and then report to Andre.  Get your 
final assignment from him, for which you will have to go to Lobart and fight 
the nasties in the fields in front of him and to his right.  Make sure you 
kill them all and then go talk to Lobart.  Go back to Andre to report.  I hope 
you have had all the info he could give.

Right, now you can don your uniform and go to the upper part of town, if you 
remember, up the stairs by the S gates.  Have a look around here and talk to 
people, but you need to speak to Lord Hagen at the big building with the 
banner on the top.  Get all the information he has and before you know it, 
it's...


CHAPTER 2

Finish talking to Hagen.  You can now leave these quarters and go to the E 
gates of the city, at the Marketplace.  As you come out, talk to Mika and give 
him 10 gp.  We have a little bit of unfinished business, so go left to the 
Lighthouse.  You will be attacked by bandits and, if you can't cope, lead them 
to the City Guards by the gate, who will deal with them.  Back to the 
Lighthouse and go inside - if there are any more bandits in there, you know 
what to do.  Go all the way upstairs and get the goods you'll find there and 
then leave the Lighthouse.  In your forays around you might see some blood 
stains.  Don't follow them all the way to the cave because there is a very 
nasty shadowbeast there.

Go back into town, talk to Jack and to Garvell for more experience points.  
You can buy a new map, too.  Before you venture forth, now is the time to sell 
your surplus goods, buy what you need (make sure you have plenty of arrows) 
and to use your learning points in any way you like.  Learning dexterity from 
Lares would be a good move (10 lp); you also need to learn the bow, crossbow, 
one-handed and two-handed weapons, plus you require oodles of strength.  So 
I'll leave you to take the decision.  Press B and see how many experience 
points you need for the next level:  if not many, it might be worth your while 
to go out and pick some more fights.

When you are as ready as you are ever going to be, go out of the E gates.  By 
the way, if it is getting dark, sleep at the Hotel.  Never get caught in the 
dark outside the city if you can help it.

The Way to the Pass
-------------------

Look at your map:  you need to go to the S centre of the map, where there is a 
lake.  Keep checking your map so that you don't get lost.  Things are going to 
get pretty tough along the way so save often and don't rush into situations.  
Use your bow and fight from a distance whenever you can, backing away if 
necessary.  Now would also be a good moment to equip all your magic scrolls, 
remembering which number is which.  For instance, if Light is in slot 4 and 
Fireball is in slot 5, you don't want to press the wrong number when you are 
up to your neck in trouble.

On the march along the way, check out the scene of a fight where there is a 
cart.  There are lots of items here.  Up some stairs there is a farm (look at 
the map) where Akil is talking to some people.  Talk to Kati and she will ask 
you for help.  Pick on one of the two mercenaries making very sure you don't 
hurt anyone else - the other people will tackle the other guy.  At the end, 
talk to Akil and refuse any reward.  Talk to Randolph.

Down the stairs and on to the Tavern, go in and talk to Rukhar.  Bet on 
someone else (Randolph).  Talk to the landlord and hire a room for a week.  Go 
up and sleep till midnight.  Come down and, if Rukhar is outside, open the 
chest, take the gin and put in a bottle of water (if you don't have one there 
are three in the unlocked room upstairs).  Now go to sleep till morning, go 
back to Randolph and give him some money so that he can challenge Rukhar.  Go 
to the tavern but leave them to it for now.

Continue past the tavern and, at the crossroads, follow the sign to "The Pass" 
and later the one to "The Prison Colony".  In front of the entrance to the 
valley, by the lake, you will meet Gaan.  Talk to him.  Then talk to the 
guards and go through the door.  Take the path to the left and go through the 
cave and several rats and, at the other side, go over the bridge and again 
through the cave.

The Colony Revisited
--------------------

Save as soon as you are through.  I hope you are ready for this.  Those who 
played Gothic will recognize where they are and feel entirely at home.  Those 
of you didn't need to go left and follow the path downwards under the wooden 
bridge.  Soon you'll witness a terrible sight.  Onwards, you will meet Jergan, 
talk to him.

Go down the path and to the left so that you are below Jergan.  Swim to the 
long sandbank and kill the lurkers.  Walk to the other end of this strip of 
sand, killing any others, and jump into the river; follow it to the right, 
keeping a watchful eye on lurkers - if they start swimming towards you, get to 
land to kill them.  You should swim under two wooden bridges and, after the 
second one, look for a bit of flat land on your right.  Climb out and, if you 
move forward, you should see in the distance, in front of you, a broken siege 
machine against the Castle's walls.  Run to it dodging the orcs and climb onto 
the wooden beam that reaches the top of the wall.  The orcs won't follow you. 
 At the end of the beam you'll have to ALT + arrow up a couple of times to 
clamber inside.

Start talking to everybody and exploring around, reading books, picking up the 
odd stray item, etc.  You know what to do.  Your main tasks here, apart from 
meeting Garond, is to find your old mates.  You will find Milten in one of the 
buildings, speak to him.  (Upstairs in this building you will find a rune for 
getting back here, get it.)  Be sure you speak to Parcival and Oric.  When you 
speak to Garond ask him to free Gorn and pay up.  If you don't have the money 
you'll have to go around opening chests and selling surplus items to Tandor or 
Engor.  To open the locked chests save first to a file called Chests, try CTRL 
+ arrow left or arrow right till they open and write down the correct 
combination.  Then reload and do it for real.  Go to Gerold at the other end 
of the castle and talk to him.  Go in and free Gorn (use the switch by his 
door), you'll agree to meet at Milten's.  Go there and wait for him, then talk 
to them both.

When you've done everything you could here, go back to the broken siege 
machine.  Study the map Garond gave you and note the position of the mines.  
Save your game here and don't overwrite it because sometimes there is a bug 
that does not allow you to see the mines marked on the map once you are on 
your way.  If you can't remember where they are when you are miles away you'll 
have to save there and reload this game.  

To the Mines
------------

Scramble down the beam as before and, dodging the orcs run straight on and 
into the river.  Go right and swim to a low bridge.  Here you will have to 
land to the right and follow the path and, with the minimum of diversions, get 
to a crossroads.  Examine your map and take the middle road.  Along here, on 
your left you will see some wooden walls.  Enter the mine and you'll find 
everyone dead, also some minecrawlers.  Fight them from narrow doorways and 
don't let them get behind you.  Explore the mines and you will find Silvestro 
in the last cave.  Get his belongings and read his note.  Thank goodness, 
Diego is OK, even if we don't know where he is.

Leave:  you can turn left and follow the path to the Tower.  Just get right to 
the top avoiding side rooms and get the rune and the scrolls.  The skeleton 
goblins are a minor bother.  Go back to the mine and this time follow the path 
towards the left till you come to some snappers and the other mine.  Talk to 
everyone; find out about Diego from Jergan.  Fajeth will ask you to kill all 
the snappers.  Don't argue and do so.  Some are in front of the mine, some 
above.  When you've killed them all go to Fajeth.

To find Diego, look at your map.  Between the big tower and the castle you 
will see a horseshoe-shaped structure.  Take the path to it and you will find 
Diego in there.  Talk to him.  Make for the river and the next mine.

This time follow the river all the way north (dodging orcs and killing 
lurkers) till you come to a waterfall.  Actually, you can go under this 
waterfall to find a lurker and some items.  If you don't want to go in, turn 
to your right and get out of the river, you will see the mine tower in front 
of you.  Go in and talk to Grimes.  To follow Marcos, go back to the river and 
cross the wooden bridge.  You will meet a variety of challenges on the way but 
you will eventually come to a derelict building with lots of rats.  Behind it, 
in a cave, you will find Marcos.  Talk to him.

Equip the rune for getting back to the Castle, cast the spell and go report to 
Gerond.

Get back to the Pass.  As you go through, it will be...


CHAPTER 3

When you get to the gate you will meet a seeker; crowd him and kill him.  
Outside the gate you will see the two knights dead.  Collect what they are 
carrying, particularly the rune.  Further on you meet Lester, who gives you 
another rune and requests that you visit Xardas.  Do so and talk to him.

Head to town avoiding the seekers like the plague.  When you get into the 
upper quarters, talk to Fernando and to Hagen.  Report and ask to join their 
order.  Go back down the stairs and talk to Diego.  Agree to help him - let's 
get that out of the way.  Use the rune to get back to the pass, go into the 
newworld.  If you have one of those potions which make run like the wind, use 
it now.  Run to your right dodging orcs till you get to the pond, the satchel 
is on the left side of it.  Grab it and run back to the pass.  Use the rune to 
get to the harbour town and give Diego his money.  He will ask you to take a 
letter to Gerbrandt in the upper quarter.  Do so and then come back to Diego 
for experience points.  Go to see Bosper and unload your surplus.  Go to Lares 
and ask for news, he'll tell you about Bennet.  Go to Andre and ask to see 
Bennet; go to his right, talk to the gaoler and then use the switch by the 
door to two prisoners.  Talk to Bennet. Leave him locked up.

Go to Hagen and speak to him about Bennet.  When you have all the info, go 
upstairs and confront Cornelius.  Keep talking to him till you say "I don't 
believe you".  Ask him what he wants and cough up the money.  Go to Hagen and 
show him the proof.  He frees Bennet and allows you to become a paladin.  Talk 
to Albretch to get a fine rune.  

Back to town, visit Vatras at the temple (he gives you a message to carry) 
then head for the harbour, talk to Pablo, buy a very old map from Brahim, talk 
to Andr? and finally Canther.  Pay what he wants for a bit of peace.

The Eye of Innos
----------------

Leave town by the E gate and, avoiding seekers, go to the tavern to see about 
the contest.  Talk to everyone involved.  If it's getting late, sleep at the 
tavern.  Go out and look at your map:  the monastery is the reddish building 
around the centre of the map.  Get there.  Before you arrive, on your left, 
you will see Isgaroth, give him Vatras's message.  Continue and, at the 
bridge, you will meet Jorgen.  Talk to him.

Cross the bridge and speak to Milten, who will give you the key to the 
monastery.  In, don't go into the church yet, go everywhere and talk to 
everyone and get all the info.  To help Babo, buy his papers from Igarz and 
give them to him.

Enter the church and tall to the three guys.  Out, talk to Jorgen and jump 
into the water.  You need to get under the rocky arch and swim to the NE. 

When you see a tramp at a bend, get out of the water and talk to him.  Go 
upwards here and across the bridge.  Soon you'll come to a faint branch of the 
path, keep left and follow the trail of dead bodies.  Eventually you will see 
a camp, go and talk to Grimbald and help him with the snappers.  Then ask him 
about the missing novice.  He'll tell you about a rocky arch.  Look at the 
map.  You will see a troll cave marked (go in and have a go, if you like), but 
you need to follow the path to the SW, to the circle of stones.  Go through 
the SW arch and you will meet some tramps who want to kill you.  Kill them 
instead and keep going to the circle of stones.  There you will learn that the 
Eye of Innos has been broken.  Fight all the seekers, find Dragomir's crossbow 
(he is off a road parallel to the one to the Monastery) and teleport back to 
the monastery.

Speak to Pyrokar and he will send you to Vatras.  Go to town and speak to him. 
 Get a load of everything he has to tell you.  While you are here, buy a magic 
sword from Harad, buy the book the guy from the Library wanted from Zuris at 
the Marketplace, talk to Lares about Bennet (he suggests you go visit him).  
Do whatever else you need to do here and teleport to Pyrokar.  He will not 
work with Xardas.  If you have the necessary cash, consecrate your sword at 
the statue; do this as soon as you can.  Give the book to the guy who wanted 
it at the library and teleport to Xardas.  Talk to him twice.  The proof you 
are going to need is in Sekob's farm.

So follow signposts to the Landlord - Sekob's farm is to the N of the big 
fields you will see on the map.  Talk to Sekob and he'll ask you to get the 
seekers out of his house.  Go in and kill all four and retrieve Xardas goods 
from the chest.  Speak to Sekob.

While you are here, and if you don't have the 3 swampweed you need, go and 
visit Sagitta who lives in a cave N and slightly E of Sekob's farm, near one 
of those statues you have to purify - you know, you kneel in front of the 
statue first.

Go to the Landlord's farm and speak to Bennet.  Not only he will give you a 
gift but he can also mend jewelry, which is handy.  Get him to repair the 
setting of the Eye.

Finally, teleport to Pyrokar and give him Xardas' book.  Now all you have to 
do is go to the stone circle again.

If you are short of cash and try to make a detour to the temple to the NE 
where the path branches, as marked in the very old map, be on the look out for 
a troll.  Actually, there isn't that much treasure.  There is a little more in 
some caverns to the NE of the main temple, but don't even think of going in 
there.

Anyway, watch what happens at the stone circle.  Before you continue, make 
sure you have at least 5 lab water flasks.  If you don't have them you can buy 
them from Ignaz at the town.  


CHAPTER 4

Teleport to the Pass and go into the oldworld, teleport to the Castle.  Speak 
to Garond and then to Oric.

Hosh-Pak is directly S of the castle.  Run down the beam of the siege machine: 
 before you actually jump off it, you might try a little exercise.  It would 
appear that the orcs in front of you cannot come up the beam, so you could try 
to shoot them all dead before you leave the safety of the beam.  At any rate, 
follow the path by the river towards your right.  Kill Hosh-Pak and any other 
shaman first, then deal with the other orcs.  Because they move around a lot I 
found shooting them easier, even if I caught the odd blow.

Teleport to the Castle and report to Garond, then talk to Oric.

The Dragon Hunt
---------------

You need to get to the swamp to the W of the city, but first make sure you are 
wearing the Eye of Innos.  Again, look at your map and get there as fast as 
you can.  Once there, take a few orcs/lizards at a time, don't rush in and, 
above all, don't get yourself surrounded.  The dragon is in the SW corner of 
the swamp.  Talk to him.  When you attack, come right up close to him and 
don't let him get away from you.  Once dead, click on it to collect his heart. 
 Check out the hoard nearby for cash and items.  Teleport to the Castle, use 
the alchemist table to recharge the Eye of Innos and be sure you are wearing 
it.  Report to Garond and talk to Oric.  This pattern is repeated for every 
dragon.

Look at the map:  you next have to go to the reddish structure S of the 
castle, so get to the river as usual and swim S till you get to the low wooden 
bridge, then follow the path, not rushing and killing every enemy in your way, 
preferably from a distance.  Wear protection against fire and use ice magic 
against the fire golem.  Once you've done the bit with the dragon, you can 
clamber to his hoard if you look around for an accessible spot.  Again, 
teleport to the Castle and do as before.

Next go to the river and swim N/NW to the frozen area.  Swim to the waterfall 
as before, climb out to the right, cross the bridge.  The dragon is to the SW 
of this area.  Use fire magic against the ice golems.  You know the rest.

The last dragon is to the SE, in the Fortress.  Swim S past the low bridge and 
pick up the path on your left before the large waterfall streaming down on 
your right.  Follow the path to the Fortress dispatching enemies as you go.  
You can try lightning magic on the stone golems.  When you get to the first 
floor of the Fortress find ways of climbing higher and higher until you find 
the dragon at the top.  You know what to do.  Teleport to the Castle, recharge 
the Eye, report to Garond and do whatever you need to before going to the Pass 
and to the newworld.  As soon as you go through it's...


CHAPTER 5

Teleport to Xardas and talk to Lester.  Read the note.  Teleport to the 
Monastery and talk to Pyrokar.  He gives you permission to get the book.  
Leave the church, go down to your cellars to the left.  If you found an egg in 
your travels, talk to Neoras and ask for the potion he is researching.  Out, 
find Talamon and he will let you go through.  Pick up the book and use it to 
read it, plus the note.  Look to your left and you will see in the far wall a 
bookshelf.  To the right of it, a lamp - use it to open the bookshelf.  Cast a 
light spell, go in and be prepared to fight skeletons.  Go generally right 
and, at the end, when you can see a larger chamber with a door and a pillar, 
stay this side of the pillar, ignore the skeletons and then run around next to 
the door to kill the spirit which is generating the skeletons.

Get through to the library and fight the demons.  Search their bodies - the 
Demon Lord has a useful spell on him.  With it you can summon demons to help 
you in a tight spot.  Read the books and collect what's on the table.  Examine 
all the items you've just picked up, specially the map.

Now you need to create a rune.  If you don't have the holy water, teleport to 
the town and buy it from Lutero (upper quarters, through archway to the left 
of the main building).  Take the opportunity to talk to Hagen.

Teleport back to the Monastery (avoid Milten just now), go to the library to 
the left there and use the rune table, use the rune to teleport and get the 
Paladin's armour (wear it).  Go to Pyrokar and, when you explain about the 
book, say you were lucky.  Ask about the Tears of Innos.  Leave and enter the 
room of consecration, use the statue to reconsecrate your sword and you will 
have the perfect weapon.

The ship
--------

Now you need to recruit a captain and a crew (your old pals Milten, Lester, 
Gorn, Diego and Lares).  Go outside and talk to Milten, then go inside and 
talk to Jorgen.  Next, talk to Pyrokar - if you want to free Jorgen you'll 
have to teleport to Xardas' tower and clear it of demons from top to bottom.  
Go there, recruit Lester who is nearby, kill all the demons and teleport back 
to Pyrokar.  After you speak to him talk to Jorgen and he'll be off.  Teleport 
to town and go talk to Diego in the upper quarters, recruiting him.  If you 
haven't talked to Hagen before, do so now.

Find Lares and recruit him, too.  Leave town by the E gate and make for the 
Landlord farm.  You should meet a chatty orc, kill him and take his goods but 
don't wear his ring.  When you get to the farm enter the main building and go 
right.  There you will find Gorn, recruit him.  Teleport back to town.

Turn to the sea and go left following the seawall.  Under the arch, to the 
ship, up the ramp and bully the knights into letting you go on board.  As soon 
as you have done so (you can explore it if you want) go down the ramp again 
and to your left.  In the distance you will see the paladin Girion.  Talk to 
him and persuade him to come along.  Now go talk to Jorgen, who will be 
sitting by the ramp to the ship.  He will tell you to get yourself sorted out 
before you go on board.  Do so:  once on the ship, turn left, up the stairs, 
through the door and through another door.  The moment you enter the Captain's 
cabin it will be...


CHAPTER 6  

Turn around and talk to everybody on board before you continue.  Give the orc 
ring to Girion.  When you are ready, leave the boat.

Explore the caves killing everyone.  At the Troll guarding three rooms, go up 
the ramp to the left.  Kill all the orcs and search the Colonel.  You get a 
key.  Go down the ramp and through the arch, open the door to the left.  Talk 
to Pedro but don't kill him.  Rather, lead him back to the ship.  Once there, 
question him.  
Go back to the place where the colonel was and pull the left torch then the 
right one.  Go through.  You will come to a large chamber - this is going to 
be tough.  Be sure you are wearing the Eye of Innos.  Go to the right killing 
everybody and you will as you come around towards the entrance you will meet 
another dragon.  Talk to it and fight it with a bow or crossbow and running 
around.  At the end, get his heart.  Before you go you might like to pick up 
all the dragon eggs in the middle of the chamber, not that it will do you much 
good.  Go behind the dragon and shoot two switches high up either side of the 
chasm.  Just enter into combat with a bow or crossbow and shoot - you hit them 
automatically.  A bridge will appear.  Cross it and go to your right to kill 
the seeker.

You need to go up both towers either side of the bridge and pull a switch at 
the top of each.  Now continue to a passage with columns and go kill the 
seekers before you deal with the skeletons.  Up the stairs and to your left.  
Stand in the archway and kill the skeletons and Shadow Lord Archol.  Search 
him and, before you go through the door to the right, turn right around and 
open the door in front of you.  Use the Alchemist's bench to recharge the Eye 
of Innos.  Look around you.  Now continue through the door in the other room.

You'll come through another battle (though there is another handy archway) and 
then you will come to a round chamber with doors all around.  Start with the 
first on your left and get at the seeker for a key.  Go back up, open the next 
door and pull both switches then go back down and through.  In the last room 
look for switches to push which will bring up another switch in the middle of 
the room.  Turn that and go up and go to the room with the gears, watching out 
for Skeleton Mages along the way.  Pull the switches again and go to the next 
door.  Go on up and through and press the switches till another comes in the 
middle, turn it and leave.  Every time, look out for Skeleton Mages on the way 
back.

You have to do this again, this time on the other side.  Open the middle door 
and pull the switches.  Go down the first door going down and press the switch 
in the far wall.  Two zombies will appear, fight them and push the two new 
switches.  Another switch will appear in the centre of the room, turn it, go 
and turn the gears again and go up the last room.  Here you must push the 
switches in the following order:  centre, left, right.  Once you turn the new 
switch, you can go back to the round chamber and push the four switches which 
will have appeared.

Another will appear.  Before you push this last one, get ready.  You might 
like to cast Summon Demon a couple of times before you actually push the 
switch so they can aid you when you go through; fight all the seekers and, at 
the other end of the room, talk to the Black Magician, kill him and collect 
his key.  Search the four side rooms and in one of them you will find a chest 
with the Eye of Power in it.  Take it and go to the door with the glowing 
eyes.  You have to "use" it as you would a statue, so move a bit till you are 
in the right position.  You will kneel and the door will open.

Go either side of the wall and up the stairs.  Wearing the Eye of Innos, are 
you?  Talk to the undead dragon.  When the fight begins, get right close to 
him and don't let up, chase him around and kill him.  Watch what happens.

You can get back to the dragon and get his Soul if you like, but then start 
back for the ship.  You will meet some of your pals on the way back, talk to 
them.  At the ship you'll have to fight the odd orc.  Find the captain 
(asleep) and talking to him starts the last cut scene.  Watch.  

This ends the Paladin version of the game.  Watch the credits to the end, 
there is a nice little extra to see.


***

("Mercenary" version)

I gave a "quickie" solution for the Paladin version of the game; the Mercenary 
version will have more detail, though some parts are exactly the same.  
However, the rules for survival still apply:  in combat, hit from a distance. 
 If you must fight hand to hand, get the first blow in and don't let up.  When 
the nasties are chucking spells at you, run at them at a slant and hit them 
quickly.  Ah, yes, and don't get caught in the dark outside the town or safe 
buildings if you can help it.

Remember that learning points are hard to get so don't waste them.  You need 
more as a Mercenary than as a Paladin; look out for 
potions/herbs/rings/amulets which give you more strength/dexterity/mana and 
concentrate on weapon skills.  You will probably end up with a two-handed 
sword and a crossbow, which are the most powerful weapons in the game, so aim 
for those skills.  Also it is worth remembering that learning costs more 
points in some places than in others.  The cheapest is the Castle in the Old 
World.

If you have plenty of cash, using the Statues of Innos you'll find all over 
the place will improve your statistics permanently.  Later on in the game you 
can buy a map with their locations.

Pick up all the bits of ore you come across; you'll also need a black pearl 
and sulphur.  Just hang on to these things.

As ever, I give the most logical sequence of events, but you can do them as 
and when you can.  I couldn't possibly tell you EVERYTHING you could do, so 
feel free to explore around and do your own thing.


CHAPTER 1

After you've talked to Xardas and Chapter 1 begins, talk to him again then 
start searching.  You will see a huge gate to the left of Xardas.  Go to the 
fireplace in the other room, stand close to the right hand side of it and 
"use" the practically invisible switch - the gate will open and you will be 
able to access the items inside.

The Path
--------

After you've searched around and got everything, step outside the tower.  
Advance to the waterfalls on your left, kill the goblin and search on the left 
of the waterfalls to find some items.  Then enter the caves under the path and 
explore them until you come into the valley.  Go down the ramp and find the 
camp site - talk to Lester and persuade him to go to Xardas.  You can search 
around here and find another cave.  When you've finished, go up the ramp and 
leave the caves; follow the path again.  When you come to the Bandit at the 
foot of the stairs, keep choosing the second line (e.i., neither "follow him" 
nor "leave").  Eventually you will tell him you are a convict and he will get 
on your side.  Bribe him to tell you who is after you.  When you've done 
talking to him, leave and don't go up the stairs yet.

Follow along the path and when you get to the Statue of Innos turn to the 
right and behind it and go find Maleth amongst the sheep.  Talk to him till 
you get all the info.  Go back to the Bandit and talk to him.  He will make 
himself scarce.  Go on up and fight the two bandits upstairs and return to 
Maleth for your reward.

Talk to Lobart and say you are for the peasants.  Carry on talking and get the 
job of picking the turnips.  Go to the field to the right and pick them all 
and give them to Lobart.  Buy some clothes from him at a discount (don't 
forget to pay).  Go in the house and into the bedroom, open the chest and take 
the clothes only (wear them).  Then go to Hilda and give her the turnips.  She 
will feed you every day.  You can also do another job for her:  buying her a 
pan.  Just follow the path out of the farm till you get to Canthar and do so, 
taking it back to Hilda.  You can also sell all your surplus to Canthar if you 
need cash.

Get back to the path and on to...

The City
--------

Although you don't have to become a citizen to be a Mercenary it doesn't hurt 
to collect a whole lot of experience points by doing so.

At the gates of the town you will be challenged by the guards - say you have 
to go to the smithy.  Once inside, talk to Lothar and get all the info he has. 
 When he goes, you will see in front of you two shops, one to the left and one 
to the right.  First, talk to Rupert at the stand on your left.  Get all the 
info, and trade if you have things for sale.  Now go to the shop on the right 
and talk to Bosper.  You want to be his apprentice.  He'll tell you about 
Bartok.  Get all his info and learn to skin animals (you should have some 
learning points to spend by now, you'll need 5 in this instance).  Make sure 
you buy plenty of arrows from him.

Leave the shop and go across to the other one and talk to Matteo.  Keep 
talking to him till he tells you about Gritta.  Agree to help.  Don't buy the 
armour until you are sure you have the cash to spare; you are going to need a 
lot of gold for other things right now.

Leave the shop and talk to Regis.  Go and talk to Bosper about the bow.  On, 
talk to Thorben:  he asks you to get a blessing from two priests.  Don't 
mention Gritta.  Go on towards the smithy and Pablo will speak to you - 
pretend everything is fine.  You will see Harad the smith ahead of you.  Talk 
to him and try to get his support.  He wants an orc weapon.

Turn to your left and head towards the Harbour.  In the first house to the 
left there is a moneylender.  Continue towards the Harbour.  At the last 
buildings, you will see the Red Lantern on your left (don't do anything about 
it) and on your right you will see the Pegleg tavern.  Here Moe will try to 
bully you; refuse to give him gold, fight him, rob him while he is out and 
when he comes to, question him.  Inside the tavern, Kardif will give you info 
for gold.  You will notice Nagur sitting at a table, but you won't get much 
out of him.

Outside the tavern turn right and find Brahim sitting on a bench outside his 
hut.  Buy the two maps from him.  It will be worthwhile visiting him every new 
chapter.  Continue right and talk to Garvell.  Further on there is a 
Warehouse, don't go in yet.

Now turn around and follow the edge of the harbour and talk to Jack and to 
Lares, but don't follow him to the farm.  

Go back to the warehouse and follow the path to the right of it to find Alrik. 
 Talk to him (he wants his sword back) and fight him.  After you knock him 
down wait for him to recover (don't rob him) and talk to him again.

Follow the other path behind you till you come to Alwin (the fellow with all 
the sheep), who wants you to stop Fellan making a racket.  He lives just 
around the corner here; get tough with him, knock him out and rob him, wait 
till he comes around and threaten to beat him again if he doesn't leave off.  
Then go to Alwin for your reward.

Go back to the smithy.  Face it and turn to your right and you will see an 
archway to your left and a house to your right.  Go into the house and talk to 
Gritta; be firm with her and threaten to sell her stuff.  She will give you 
the money she owes Matteo.  Leave the house and enter the archway.  A door on 
your left:  pop in and talk to Constantino.  Say you want to join another 
master and he will raise no objection.  Leave and come out of the archway.

To the left there is a tavern you needn't enter yet and to the right you will 
see the Temple.  Talk to Vatras and ask for a blessing, then answer the truth 
to all his questions.  You get the blessing.  You needn't give a donation, 
save your gold.

Turn your back on Vatras and go to your right past the tavern.  You'll come to 
some free beer and Bartok (don't talk to him yet).  Ply with beer the guy on 
his right (Rangar) while getting his info.  Don't bother with Ulf.  It is 
probably nearly nighttime by now, so just turn to your right and along here to 
the Hotel.  In, talk to Hanna and ask for a room.  Go upstairs, find a free 
bed and sleep till morning.  When you go out of the hotel, turn right and go 
towards the gate.  Talk to Daron (the fellow in the red frock) and get his 
blessing, i.e., pay up.  Don't ask about the Monastery since you only do that 
if you want to become a magician.

Now turn around and go find Bartok.  Talk to him and ask him to take you 
hunting; you'll have to pay for the privilege.  Follow him out of the city 
gates but save your game.  He will kill the beasties as he goes along and you 
will get the experience:  watch his health bar, though, and help him 
(preferably with a bow) without hurting him.  With a bit of luck you will kill 
between you six wolves, which you must skin.  At some point he will ask you if 
you want to continue.  If he is fit, save your game and carry on helping him 
as before - if his health bar is looking dodgy, vote for going back to town.  
He must not die.  And after all, you have your six skins - if you have only 
five, you'll find another wolf on the other side of the path to the city.  You 
might like to try your luck here, though:  instead of following Bartok to 
town, carry on into the woods but you'll probably have to negotiate a 
shadowbeast to deal with the Orc and get his weapon.

Back in town, go to Thorben and ask for his approval, then go to Matteo and 
give him his gold, asking for his help.  If you have the orc weapon, hand it 
to Harad.  Finally, go to Bosper and talk about the skins.  Say you want to 
become his apprentice.  You are in.  Continue talking to him to get all the 
information.

Right, before we go any further, there are a couple of things we have to do.  
First of all, make sure you have at least 15 learning points to use.  If you 
don't, either go out of the city and find small creatures to kill or start 
doing jobs for people to get gold + experience.

Remember Alrik wants his sword back?  Go to Jora in the Marketplace and buy 
the sword (take it to Alrik afterwards).

Jora has been robbed and wants his money back.  Talk to Rengaru (standing by 
Canthar) and he will run off.  Follow him and talk to him.  After you get the 
purse you can either have him arrested or take pity on him.  We are going to 
join the Guild of Thieves for a bit of fun and apparently there are two ways 
of doing this:  if you are kind to Rengaru and the other thief you'll meet 
later on you'll get an invitation, but this doesn't work because some bug or 
other prevents you from involving a third party, namely Nagur.  So we'll do it 
another way.  Have Rengaru arrested by going up the stairs and talking to 
Andre (don't get involved with him otherwise).  Give the gold back to Jora.

Go to Regis, get behind him and go around the back of the shop to the left.  
Keep going past Carl the smith and, in the last house, you will meet Ignaz.  
He wants you to test out a spell.  Agree.  What I did was to go to the tavern 
next to the Temple and was lucky enough to find Coragon the landlord on his 
own (if not, wait until he is).  Save.  TAB, put the cursor on the spell, 
press CTRL.  You will notice a number 4 appears on the spell icon.  OK, knock 
Coragon down and, while he is out (you can rob him) press the number 4 key and 
CTRL + arrow up to cast the spell on him.  Wait for him to come to and trade 
with him.  He should not remember a thing.  Go back to Ignaz for some 
experience points.  Don't waste them on him.

If you have 15 learning points, talk to Carl and use 10 on strength - this 
will make fighting a lot easier.  Next go to Thorben and spend 5 lp on picking 
locks.  Buy all the picklocks he has.

Go to the N gate and talk to all the tradesmen, particularly Sarah and Hakon. 
 The latter will tell you about the bandits, so question him and then go find 
Pablo for more info.  Don't let on to him you are the fellow on the poster.

Jobs outside town
-----------------

Leave through the N gate and outside talk to Mika.  Pay what he asks.  (A 
point to remember here is that, if you go to the right of the gate into the 
woods and go E all the way you will find a cave with a shadowbeast in it.  
You'll need to know this later.)

For now, turn left and follow the path to the Lighthouse.  You'll have to kill 
a few scavengers and also the bandits.  If things get tough, lead the nasties 
to Mika and he'll deal with them.  Search the Lighthouse, going all the way to 
the top.

Note that behind the Lighthouse a trail of blood leads to a cave with a 
shadowbeast in it.  Remember this but don't go there just now.

Get back to the town gate and continue along the path till you come to some 
stairs.  Go up and turn left, following the path and looking out for a cave on 
the rockface.  Go inside and fight the bandits, collecting everything you can 
lay your hands on.  One of the items you'll find will be a light fish.  Go 
into your inventory and use it.  You will get a stinking note.  Read it.

Leave the cave and follow the path to the right.  When you get to Akil's farm 
talk to Kati who will ask you to help.  Save and attack one of the 
mercenaries, being careful not to hurt anyone else.  When it's over talk to 
the farmer and ask for nothing.  Next, talk to Randolph and find out about the 
Tavern.

Go back down the stairs and go to the Tavern.  Go in and talk to Rukhar.  Bet 
on someone else (Randolph).  Talk to the landlord and hire a room for a week. 
 Go up and sleep till midnight.  Come down and, if Rukhar is outside, open the 
chest, take the gin and put in a bottle of water (if you don't have one there 
are three in the unlocked room upstairs).  Now go to sleep till morning, go 
back to Randolph and give him some money so that he can challenge Rukhar.  
Don't forget to go to the Tavern two days later for your reward.

For now, trot to town and talk to Jack so that he can go back to his 
Lighthouse.  Don't bother to talk to Garvell till you have some info on the 
paladins later on.  Go to Halvor, the fishmonger at the other end of the 
waterfront, and confront him with the stinking note.  It's prison for him.  Go 
to Andre and report Halvor.  Tell Hakon about the bandits.  

[At this point you might like to save a special game so that if you want to 
try your hand at being a magician or a paladin, you won't have to do all you 
have done so far all over again.] 

Continuing with the Mercenary version, enter the warehouse, kill the guard, 
get his key, open the chests.  You will find some swampweed - keep that.

Amble to the Pegleg tavern and Kardif will give you some information for free.

Go to where Halvor was, go behind his stand by his house and you will meet 
Attile.  Talk to him and kill him, collecting the key he is carrying.

If you go on behind him you'll meet Edda.  Talk to her and you will find out 
you can sleep at her house and that she has been robbed of a statue of Innos. 
 Should you find such a statue on your travels and return it to her you'll get 
some experience points.  

Go back and follow the waterfront to the other end, past the warehouse, and 
jump into the water.  Swim to the right and you will see the entrance to...

The Guild of Thieves
--------------------

Before you go in turn right around.  If you were to swim in that direction 
you'd get to an island to the left of a sunken ship (nothing in it).  It's 
patrolled by some nasty lizards but there is an interesting cave with lots of 
treasure.  One of the chests can only be opened with a key.  This belongs to 
the leader of the Guild of Thieves and you'd have to kill her to get it.  
Don't!

Enter the Guild and go first to the left, fight some rats and get to a room 
with a chest.  The combination is RRLLR.  Inside you'll find some peoples' 
belongings which you must return to them for experience.  Save.  Carry on 
exploring till you come upon Jesper.  Talk to him and ask him to take you to 
his leader.  Talk to Cassia, get all the info and join the guild.  She will 
tell you to prove yourself by getting a ring from Constantino (under the arch 
by the smithy).  At the Guild, you must learn how to pickpocket and how to 
sneak.  Talk to Jesper (now or next time) and ask about the locked door in the 
sewers and he will give you the key to it; inside there is a chest with very 
interesting items.  The combination is RRRLRRRLRLRLRRLLLRRL.  If you get it 
open and tell Jesper, you get experience points.  Talk to Ramirez in a room 
nearby.

Leave, go to the Hotel and sleep till midnight.  Go to Constantino's house 
(save) and, before you enter it, get into sneak mode (press the X key).  Go to 
the chest and open it (LRRLR), get the ring, sneak out of the house and go and 
sleep in the Hotel.  In the morning, give the ring to Cassia.  She gives you 
the key to the Hotel (up the stairs from this room) and gives you another job. 
 You have to collect 6 Blood Chalices.  Talk to Jesper and Ramirez again, just 
in case.

There is no point in even trying to get the chalices right now.  And don't be 
tempted to pick pockets till you have enough dexterity (at least 30)... always 
save before you try.  Purses are not worth the trouble but keys are.

It's about time we went to join the Mercenaries.  Go out of the N gate and 
walk to the Tavern; look for the post which points to the Landowner.

How to be a Mercenary
---------------------

Follow the path to the Landowner's farm; first you might like to follow the 
path 
to your left till you reach Dragomir (fighting some scavengers on the way).  
Talk to him; he is missing something and later he will teach you the crossbow 
skill.  Go back to the path to the Landowner's, follow it and you will bump 
into Buster.  He will challenge you.  Knock him out and, when he comes to, 
talk to him again.  Be friendly and get all the information he has to give.

Continue along the path and you will come to Fester.  Talk to him and offer to 
help him because you want to join.  Follow him to the cave and help kill all 
the beasties.  Talk to Fester again and he won't want to know you.  Fight him 
and knock him out.  Leave him and follow the path again.

When you reach Sentenza, be polite and pay up.  Go into the farm and you will 
see the smithy on your left.  Talk to Wolf on your right and say you want to 
join.  If you talk any further you will find out that he can teach the bow and 
also that he is looking for a job.  Don't help him with this.

Turn to the smithy and go through the door to the tavern.  Talk to Jarvis and 
get all the info.  Out, talk to Cipher (he is looking for his swampweed, so 
give him the package you found at the warehouse) and then to Torlof, at the 
door of the farmhouse.  Ask about duelling and say you want to join.  Talk to 
Rod and Raoul, they are both rude to you so teach them good manners.  Wait 
till they draw their weapon before you attack and don't rob them when they are 
out.  Talk to them when they wake up.  Enter the tavern again and go towards 
Sylvio, who gives you a warning.  Bullco will tell you to clear off and you 
won't, of course.  Fight him and don't rob him.  Talk to Jarvis again - you 
have his vote.  Talk to Thekla.  Talk to her again and she will give you some 
stew (boosts your strength).  Ask for some more and she will tell you to get 
her some herbs from Sagitta.  We'll do that later.  By the way, if it gets 
late you can sleep at the barn.

Go into the house and the two guards will challenge you; just say you want to 
join.  Go in and to the right, talk to Lee.  At the end he will send you to 
Torlof.  Go to him and say you want to be put to the test.  When he's done 
talking you can choose one of two tasks - try dealing with the militia.

Just go to Bengar (follow the path S and turn right at the rock) and talk to 
him, then kill the militia.  On the way back to Torlof you might want to take 
a detour to the other side of the path S and go round the cliffs till you see 
a path rising to the Tower.  Go on up and at the bridge you will be 
challenged.  Say Dexter and go over the bridge, straight on and left into the 
tower where a fellow is hammering away.  Talk to Dexter and leave peacefully. 
 As you go back to the bridge, note the mines on your left but don't enter 
them yet.  Just leave without treading on anyone's toes and get back to 
Torlof.

Having talked to him, he will send you to Lee, who will send you to Onar 
across the way in the other room.  Talk to Wasili and then to Onar.  Say Lee 
sent you and talk about your pay - accept 50 gp.  Back to Lee.  You are in.  
For the first assignment you have to see Lord Hagen (at long last!) but speak 
to Khaled before you go and sort your weapons out.

The Mercenary Trail
-------------------

Torlof will welcome you into the mercenaries as you come out of the house.  If 
you go to your left you will see Cord, who will train you when you have enough 
experience with weapons.

Along the road to the Tavern Raoul will tell you you cannot kill a black 
troll.  Say "no problem" and move on.

At the Tavern the contest should be over (or sleep there until it is), talk to 
the participants.

In to town, get to the upper quarters.  You'll be challenged all the way to 
Lord Hagen, keep saying you have a message from Lee.  Talk to Hagen and, when 
the 2nd Chapter begins, go on talking to him.


CHAPTER 2

Leave and come close to Fernando to get a job.  Go to Vatras and he'll give 
you another job - well worth doing straightaway since you can get a ring of 
dexterity when you report back.  Report to Bosper and give him your skins.  
You can now go to Garvell since you have all the information he wanted.

When you've finished in town go to the Tavern and run Vatras errand.  Head for 
the Monastery and you will find your man when you are almost there, in an open 
air temple to your left.  Once you've handed over the message get back to 
Vatras and choose the dexterity ring.

Back to the Tavern and this time find the signpost to the Pass.  Follow the 
path, over the bridge and right towards the waterfalls.  Talk to Gaan.  Before 
you cross the bridge to the gate, go around the lake to the other side and 
find the beast Gaan wants killed; talk to him when you've done and then go to 
the Gate.  The guards will speak to you, open the door and go through, look 
for an opening to your left, go through the tunnel killing rats and at, the 
other side, cross the bridge.  You will come to the passage through the old 
mine and out to...

The Old Colony
--------------

Save as soon as you are through.  Those who played Gothic will recognize where 
they are and feel entirely at home.  Those of you didn't need to go left.  It 
will be night and you can't do anything about it; if you have a Light spell, 
cast it and if not, use a torch.  Go up the ramp and across the wooden bridge, 
kill the beasts and grab a rune on the barrels which will allow you to 
teleport here.  Go under the bridge and on.  Soon you'll witness a terrible 
sight.  Onwards, to your right you will find a Paladin being chewed up by a 
Dragon Snapper.  Kill the snapper and collect what the Paladin is carrying, 
principally his Light rune.  Go on down the path and you will meet Jergan, 
talk to him.

Just down the path and to the left, where the fence is broken, swim to the 
long sandbank and kill the lurkers.  Turn left and walk right to the other end 
of this strip of sand, killing any others and collecting Swampweed (you need 
3), then jump into the river; swim on keeping a watchful eye on lurkers - if 
they start nibbling at your toes, get to land to kill them.  You should swim 
under two wooden bridges and, after the second one, look for a bit of flat 
land on your right.  Climb out and, if you move forward, you should see in the 
distance, right in front of you, a broken siege machine against the Castle's 
walls.  Run to it dodging the orcs and climb onto the wooden beam that reaches 
the top of the wall.  The orcs won't follow you.  At the end of the beam 
you'll have to ALT + arrow up a couple of times to clamber inside.

Start talking to everybody and exploring around, reading books, picking up the 
odd stray item, etc.  You know what to do.  But first sleep till morning.  
Save.  Find the open doorway with a guard in front, walk in and right to the 
end, turn left, up the ramp, open the door and use a bed.  Sometimes you get 
attacked if you do this because you are a mercenary and these are the knights' 
quarters.  Worth trying, though, it usually works; but be careful where you go 
in the Castle.

Your main task here, apart from meeting Garond, is to find your old mates.  
You will find Milten in one of the buildings, speak to him.  (Upstairs in this 
building you will find a rune for getting back here, get it.)  

Be sure you speak to Percival and Oric.  When you speak to Garond ask him to 
free Gorn and pay up.  Go to Gerold at the other end of the castle and talk to 
him.  Go in and free Gorn (use the switch by his door), he'll give you some 
armour and you'll agree to meet at Milten's.  Go there and wait for him, then 
talk to them both.

As I said before, you can get trained cheaply here if you have the experience 
points.

When you've done everything you could, go back to the broken siege machine.  
Study the map Garond gave you and note the position of the mines.  Save your 
game here and don't overwrite it because sometimes there is a bug that does 
not allow you to see the mines marked on the map once you are on your way.  If 
you can't remember where they are when you are miles away you'll have to save 
there and reload this game.  

To the Mines
------------

Scramble down the wooden beam as before and, dodging the orcs, run straight on 
and into the river.  Go right and swim to a low bridge.  Here you will have to 
land to the right and follow the path (note the tents on a cliff to your 
right) and, with the minimum of diversions, get to a crossroads.  Examine your 
map and take the middle road.  Along here, on your left you will see some 
wooden walls.  Enter the mine and you'll find everyone dead, also some 
minecrawlers.  Fight them from narrow doorways and don't let them get behind 
you.  Explore the mines and you will find Silvestro in the last cave.  Get his 
belongings and read his note.

Leave:  as you come out you can skirt the rock in front of you going right and 
then follow the path to the Tower.  Clear the tower of nasties and get right 
to the top where there is a rune which will allow you to get back here.  One 
floor down there is a bed on which you can rest.  

Go back towards the first mine and this time follow the path towards your left 
till you come to some snappers and the other mine.  Talk to everyone; find out 
about Diego from Jergan.  Fajeth will ask you to kill all the snappers.  Don't 
argue and do so.  Some are in front of the mine, some above.  Usually another 
one appears near the lake.  When you've killed them all go to Fajeth.

To find Diego, look at your map.  Between the big tower and the castle you 
will see a horseshoe-shaped structure.  Take the path to it and you will find 
Diego in there.  Talk to him.  Make for the river and the next mine.

This time swim along the river all the way north (dodging orcs and killing 
lurkers) till you come to a waterfall.  Actually, you can go under this 
waterfall to find a lurker and some items.  If you don't want to go in, turn 
to your right and get out of the river, you will see the mine tower in front 
of you.  Go in and talk to Grimes.  To follow Marcos, go back to the river and 
cross the two wooden bridges.  You will meet a variety of challenges on the 
way but you will eventually come to a derelict red-roofed building with lots 
of rats.  Behind it, in a cave, you will find Marcos.  Talk to him.

Equip the rune for getting back to the Castle, cast the spell and go report to 
Gerond.

Get back to the Pass.  As you go through, it will be...


CHAPTER 3

When you get to the gate you will meet a seeker; after he has spoken, crowd 
him and kill him.  Outside the gate you will see the two knights dead.  
Collect what they are carrying, particularly the rune.  Further on you meet 
Lester, who gives you another rune and requests that you visit Xardas.  Do so 
and talk to him.  When you've finished, head for town.  The path will be 
strewn with Seekers and the best policy is to walk with your crossbow/bow at 
the ready because their labels will appear on the screen and you can creep up 
on them and shoot them before they can cause you any harm.  Inevitably, some 
will get at you; it doesn't matter, just try to kill them quickly.

Once in town go to Hagen and talk to him.  Leave and talk to Fernando.  Go 
down the stairs and talk to Diego.  Agree to help him - let's get that out of 
the way.  Use the rune to get back to the Pass, go into the Old World.  If you 
have one of those potions which make run like the wind, use it now.  Run to 
your right dodging orcs till you get to the pond, the satchel is on the left 
side of it.  Grab it and run back to the pass (or teleport to it).  If you 
don't have such a potion you will have to fight the orcs one at a time.  Once 
in the New World, use the rune to get to the Harbour Town and give Diego his 
money.  He will ask you to take a letter to Gerbrandt in the upper quarters.  
Do so and then come back to Diego for experience points.  

Go to see Bosper and unload your surplus.  Go to Lares and ask for news, he'll 
tell you about Bennet.  Buy some more maps from the cartographer.  Go to Andre 
and ask to see Bennet; go to his right, talk to the gaoler and then use the 
switch by the door to Bennet.  Talk to him.  Leave him locked up.

Go to Hagen and speak to him about Bennet.  When you have all the info, go 
upstairs and confront Cornelius.  Keep talking to him till you say "I don't 
believe you".  Ask him what he wants and cough up the money.  When he runs off 
you might have a bash at stealing the Blood Chalice in the next room, but save 
first (and remember to sneak!).  Read the book Cornelius gave you.  Go to 
Hagen and show him the proof.  He frees Bennet.

Go to the Hotel and talk to Hanna.  Ask how things are and be sympathetic.  
She'll ask you to get her an old document.  Be helpful and give her the 
treasure map you've just bought, without asking for anything in return.
  
When you've finished here, go to the Tavern (watching out for Seekers) and buy 
a rune to get back there.  Go to the Landlord; along the way Buster will make 
a proposition to you; learn how to deal with shadowbeasts, if you like.  At 
the farm, Torlof will ask you to do a couple of jobs.  Go in and talk to Lee 
(he will give you a rune for travelling back here); ask for another job.

First go for the Seekers.  Find the path to Dexter's tower.  You'll find a 
Seeker at the start, shoot him.  Save and go up.  You will see another Seeker 
just over the bridge.  Shoot him and run away before all the bandits come 
after you.

Now go to Sekob's farm.  Ask him for the rent, beat him up, don't be put off 
and you'll get the money.  Don't get involved with anything else here at this 
point.  Since we are around, we might as well go to Sagitta who lives in a 
cave to the NE of here (there are a couple of shadowbeasts in the woods along 
the way, to the left) - just follow the rockface till you find her.  Talk to 
her, learn about the Sun Aloe and get the herbs for Thekla; return to the farm 
to give them to her and to talk to Torlof.

Teleport to the Harbour Town.  Go to the house to the right of Lord Hagen's 
and find the Judge.  Save and talk to him:  see if you can pinch his key.  
Talk to him and offer to put yourself to the test.

If you were able to get his key without problems (i.e., if you had at least 
30% dexterity), try and get the following keys:  Salandril's (potion shop in 
upper quarters); Wambo's (upper quarters), his key opens the doors on the city 
walls (behind the one near Gritta's house you can free Joe and get a nice 
weapon); Valentino's (listening to Vatras).

OK, teleport to the Tavern and go to the Monastery.  At the foot of the bridge 
talk to Jorgen.  Go over the bridge and talk to Milten.  He'll give you a key 
which opens the door and you can walk right across to the chapel.  Talk to 
Pyrokar.  Ask him to heal your possession at the end.  Serpentes might want to 
give you a job, but you can refuse it (it really isn't important).  Go to the 
shop and talk to Gorax.  He might want to give you a job but refuse it before 
you hear it (there is no point).  Buy a Sleep scroll.

Go down the stairs and straight across along a short carpeted corridor.  Equip 
the Sleep scroll and at the end of the corridor turn left.  Creep behind the 
guard (Garwig) inside the room and cast Sleep on him.  Grab the hammer from 
the altar and leave.  Outside the monastery talk to Jorgen.  Turn your back to 
him and go to the middle of the bridge then turn to your right.  Save and jump 
in the water.  If you get killed you'll have to restore, teleport to the 
Tavern and walk along the path past Dragomir.

If you survived the jump, you need to swim under the rocky arch to the NE. 

When you see a tramp at a bend, get out of the water and talk to him.  You 
could go to the left of the path and find a couple of shadowbeasts.  At any 
rate, go upwards here and across the bridge.  Soon you'll come to a faint 
branch of the path (this leads to two pyramids with treasure chests on the top 
and a cave with some treasure, go there if you like); otherwise, keep left and 
follow the trail of dead bodies.  Eventually you will see a camp, save, go and 
talk to Grimbald and help him with the snappers using your bow/crossbow.  Then 
ask him about the missing novice.  He'll tell you about a rocky arch to the 
left of the camp as you came into it.  Look at the map.  You will see a troll 
cave marked (go in and have a go, if you like, saving first).  Outside this 
cave you will find the Sun Aloe for Sagitta.  

Go through the SW arch and you will meet some tramps who want to kill you.  
Kill them instead and keep going towards the circle of stones.  If you follow 
the rockface to your right you will find a cave which contains a wonderful 
weapon, but save before you go in.  At the circle you will learn that the Eye 
of Innos has been broken.  Fight all the seekers, get the amulet from the 
altar, find Dragomir's crossbow around here and teleport back to the 
Monastery.

Speak to Pyrokar and he will send you to Vatras.  Go to town and speak to him; 
when talking about the representatives, propose Xardas.

Before we do anything else, I think the time has come to sort out the problem 
of... 

The 6 Blood Chalices
--------------------

If you have the Judge's and Valentino's keys, you are all set.  Sleep till 
midnight and get yourself to the upper quarters.  First, find Wambo and say 
you come from Ramirez; pay up.  He will make himself scarce.  Save before you 
attempt each house.

OK, from the top of the stairs, to your right, you'll see Diego's house.  Look 
around to make sure nobody is looking (ignore Diego) and go in; you needn't 
even sneak.  Go up the stairs and open the chest (RRLRRL) to get the chalice. 
 Leave.  
The house next to Diego's is Valentino's.  Again, look around to make sure 
nobody is watching and sneak in, go up the stairs and use the lamp right in 
front of you.  This is rather difficult but keep trying.  Once you see the 
lamp turned on its side, sneak down again and a wall will have opened to 
reveal a chest.  Get the chalice.  Sneak out.  The next house along belongs to 
the Paladins and we have no business there.

Go instead to the Judge's house.  Sometimes he is up late, so if he is awake 
reload and come back later.  Ignore the guard but, once in, sneak up the 
stairs.  Push the shield on the wall behind the armchair and sneak down.  
Again, a wall will have opened and you can get the chalice from the chest.  
Sneak out but straighten up next to the guard.

If you didn't get the chalice in the room next to Cornelius's you'll have to 
walk up the stairs and sneak around till you find it.

Right, now we go to the merchants quarters through the archway.  The first 
house on the left belongs to Lutero and if you were to sneak upstairs you'd 
find a Note of Debenture which tells you Lutero pawned the chalice with the 
moneylender.

In the next house along, sneak up the stairs and get the key to the chest 
between the beds, which is on the mantlepiece.  This is extremely difficult 
while you are sneaking but keep trying.  Inside the chest there is a chalice.

This is not necessary but, if you like, sneak into the potion shop, go behind 
the counter and press the switch and the wall to your left will open.  If you 
have the key, you can open the chest.  Nothing very much in it but it's fun.

Finally, go to the moneylender's house, sneak in and open the chest (LRRLR) to 
get the last chalice.

Go to the Hotel and sleep till morning.  Go to Cassia and hand over the 
chalices, collect your reward.  If you talk to Ramirez he'll ask you for a 
sextant which you will easily find later on.

The Treasure Trove
------------------

If you wish to know what is in the locked chest on the island I mentioned 
before, you could save your game, kill everybody at the Guild, get the small 
key from Cassia, go and have a look and, since it probably wasn't worth the 
effort, reload and carry on as if nothing had happened.  However, you might 
like to get at the other chests without killing anybody so, to find the cave, 
swim from the sea door to the sewers straight to the island and, when you get 
there go a little to the right to find a place to land.  Follow the rockface 
to your left and be prepared for lizards.  Past a few barrels you will see a 
heap of large rocks which are different from the natural rockface.  Go round 
them and you'll see an opening covered with vegetation.  Sword/axe at the 
ready, go in and fight the lizards.  Go to the torch on the wall and use it to 
disable a trap.  Now you can go into the last cave, open the chests and pick 
up other treasure.  Teleport back to town.

Right, that's that.

Go to the Judge and give him the hammer - he has another job for you.  
Teleport to the Landowner and you will find, on the way to the house and near 
Cord, the very guy the judge wants you to kill.  Don't.  Speak to him instead 
and ask what you could do against the judge.  He will give you a letter, take 
it to Lee.

Afterwards, talk to Bennet and he will give you a present (armour).  Get him 
to fix the Eye of Innos, hand it over.  If you have the Black Troll skin give 
it to Raoul.  If you have the Sun Aloe, give it to Sagitta.

If you want to pass the time till the amulet is ready there is an old 
graveyard to the N of the farm (read the tombstones for famous last words).  
This is rather pointless but you do get experience.  Enter the mausoleum and 
press the two switches on the walls either side of the sarcophagus.  It opens, 
so jump down till you get to a skeleton sitting against the wall.  Get the Old 
Letter and read it.  Save.  Move forward and you will see three chambers.  
Start with the one on your left, kill the Crypt Guard and get his key, open 
the chest.  A Skeleton Mage will appear, it will summon skeletons.  Get the 
Skeleton Mage first, then the skeletons.  Do this in all three chambers.

When last one is done all hell breaks loose.  The Shadow Lord Inubis will 
appear.  He is carrying some indifferent items.  When you've killed everybody 
you can leave, a little richer, perhaps, but none the wiser.  Clamber out of 
this hole to the graveyard or teleport to the Landlord.

You can also go to sleep in the barn until the next morning but the important 
thing is not to leave without getting the repaired amulet from Bennet.  It's 
the easiest thing in the world to forget to collect it and find yourself miles 
away without it when you really need it.

Now go to the Monastery and talk to Pyrokar.  He will want proof of Xardas's 
good faith.  Go to Xardas and talk to him.  When he moves off, talk to him 
again.  Teleport to the Landlord and go to Sekob's farm.  Talk to Sekob and go 
into his house, kill all four Seekers (there is another one in the bedroom) 
and open the chest in the main room, getting what's inside.  Talk to Sekob 
again.  Take the book to Pyrokar and he will set out for the Circle.

Go there yourself.  At the altar, speak to Vatras and say you've done 
everything.  Get out of the way of the fireworks.  After you've waited a 
while, talk to Vatras again.  Xardas will speak to you and then you must talk 
to Pyrokar.  Wear the 
amulet.  Teleport to the Pass of Khorinis and get to the Old World.


CHAPTER 4

Walk to where you found the dead paladin and you'll meet a lot of Dragon 
Hunters.  One of them, Biff, will join forces with you if you ask (he, by the 
way, is recruitable when you need a crew later on).  After you've talked to 
them teleport to the Castle and start talking to everyone.  Angar, 
particularly, is worth talking to because he is recruitable.  However, there 
must be a bug because I can never find him again when I try to recruit him.  
Still, you can but try.

You'll easily figure out how to help various people:  with Jan, talk to 
Garond, vouch for him and talk to Jan again.  In the case of Udar, the missing 
guy is across the river behind a huge tree trunk, but you'll have to fight the 
orcs to search his dead body.

When you've talked to everyone and done whatever you had to do, climb down the 
beam of the siege machine, attract the orcs to you but shoot at them from the 
safety of the beam.  For some reason, they cannot climb it and get at you.  If 
you are short of learning points (and you are going to need 10 pretty soon) 
you can run to other groups of orcs nearby and run back onto the beam to shoot 
them at your leisure.


The Killing of the Dragons
--------------------------

When you are ready to move on, look at your map.  You are aiming to get to the 
tower to the SE.  Get into the river and swim to the low bridge.  At this 
point you can get out to the right, climb to the tents you will see from the 
ground, kill Hosh-Pak and retrieve Fero's sword which is laying about near 
him.  (Be sure to tell Oric and Fero, respectively, when you get back to the 
castle.)  

(You can also visit the place above Fajeth's mine, where you killed the 
snappers for him.  There you will meet your old pal Ur-Shak.  Talk to him and 
tell him Hosh-Pak is dead and he will leave.  If you were to visit him again 
where you killed Hosh-Pak and talk to him, you would find out more about Ur-
Shak.)

To continue, climb down the cliff and cross the low bridge to the other side, 
making your way to the tower.  If the orcs are too much for you, take to the 
water; they won't follow you there.  However, if you can shoot them from a 
distance they are easy to kill.  If caught in open ground, standing inside the 
opening of one of those large tents will be helpful.

Just before you start to climb to the tower, after you've meet some fire and 
ordinary lizards, look to the right almost under the path and you will meet 
Gestath.  Talk to him and learn how to collect dragon blood and scales.  Talk 
to Gorn, too.  If you want he will come with you and help you with the nasties 
on the way to the dragon.  It's up to you.

At any rate, climb up and kill all the lizard men, then go over the bridge and 
start fighting your way up a zigzag path.  Expect a couple of stone golems - 
if you can hit them just before they land their punch they will quickly fall 
to pieces.

When you get to the top, clear the field.  The harpies are best shot.  You can 
explore the first floor of the tower, if you like.  In the room with the 
circular carpet and the harpies, pull a lever near the chest to move the 
bookshelf.  Inside, a Demon and some potions, also a bed to sleep in.

When you have finished go outside and clamber up the pedestal with the two 
statues and the harpies.  Go on up and go through the second floor outside 
where there is a very visible rusty axe.  Kill the harpy, get onto the ledge 
and turn left - kill the other harpy and go along here.  After killing two 
more lizard men go into the cave and talk to the dragon.

At the end, crowd him and kill him moving around and following him.  Collect 
his heart, blood and scales.  Go to the mound of treasure and take everything: 
 you'll find a sextant for Ramirez, too.

Teleport to the Castle and use the Alchemist's Bench to recharge the Eye of 
Innos.  Wear it.  This routine must be followed every time you kill a dragon.

Leave the Castle and this time make for the red-roofed building you went to 
before to find Marcos.

By the entrance to the swamp, in front of the building, you will find two 
dragon fighters (Rod and Cipher) who will accompany you if you want.  At any 
rate, fight your way in and kill the dragon.  Repeat the routine.

When in the Castle talk to Oric and he will point you to the next dragon, 
namely on the red hill to the S of the Castle.  Once more, swim to the low 
bridge and find your way there.  I could not find any dragon fighters around 
here.  On the way up you will meet with Fire Golems which are easily killed:  
run to them at a slant and hit them quickly.

When you go back to the Castle to recharge the Eye of Innos DO NOT speak to 
anybody.  If you talked to Rethon you will know the last dragon is in the 
white portion of the map, to the NW.  

Swim to the single mine as before and, when you get to the waterfall, you 
could get out on the left and find a whole lot of dragon fighters in a cave; 
invite them to come along if you like.  Cross the river and then the first 
bridge, killing any lizardmen you might encounter.  Instead of crossing the 
next bridge, go to your right.

Behind a huge log you will find Sylvio, who is his usual charming self.  He'll 
ask you to kill the Ice Golems.  Agree.  Turn your back on Sylvio and advance 
till you see the two golems.  Zigzag your way to them till you are right close 
and let fly with your sword/axe.  You should be able to kill them easily.  Go 
back to Sylvio to tell him for experience points.  Go back to the opening 
where the golems were and go in hugging the left wall.  Fight your way to the 
dragon and do the usual.  Behind this hoard there is a dragon egg.  Get it.

When you have finished don't teleport to the Castle, rather walk back to the 
entrance of the cave.  Sylvio will be waiting for you and you will have to 
fight him and kill him.  You'll have to fight Bullco, too.  When that is done, 
climb up the ramp to your right.  You will meet several snappers and there is 
a cave nearly at the top, on the right, with a wonderful bow.  Get right to 
the top, fight the skeletons and find Angar at the camp site.  Save your game.

Talk to him and propose you fight together.  Run ahead of him and down the 
cave in front of the sarcophagus.  Make straight for the Skeleton Mage and 
kill it, and then fight the skeletons.  When Angar arrives he will leave 
immediately.  Search the Skeleton Mage and pick up the potions and the holy 
water.

Leave the cave and talk to Angar:  give him his amulet.  He'll start walking 
away.  Follow him and, if you see trouble ahead, run forward and clear the 
path for him.  The object of the exercise is to get him to the house with the 
red roof in one piece.  Should he die, it's worth the trouble to clear the way 
before you actually talk to him.  Once he is settled down by the camp fire 
talk to him again.  He will tell you he will go to the Pass and meet you at 
the other side.  I even cleared the way to the Pass but could not find him 
anywhere again - you might have better luck.

Well, now you can teleport to the Castle, recharge the Eye and report to 
Garond. Do whatever else you want to do here then teleport to the Pass and go 
through.


CHAPTER 5

Teleport to Xardas but he is gone.  Fight the lizardmen attacking Lester then 
talk to him; he will give you a letter from Xardas.  Read it.  Walk to town 
killing lizardmen and clearing Lobart's farm of Orcs (tell him about it).

Report to Hagen and to Vatras, do whatever else you need to do here and 
teleport to the Landlord.  Talk to Lee and show him the egg.  He tells you to 
talk to Bennet.  Do so and he will give you a map to collect more eggs.  Sell 
him the dragon scales.  

Talk to Wolf about the minecrawler scales armour if you want, but you'll have 
to part with 5 lp to learn how to collect the scales.  It's not really 
important.

Now comes the tedious business of collecting eggs and scales, not to mention 
ore, from all those caves which are not very well represented on the map.  Not 
all the caves contain what you want but the only way to find out is to go 
there.

Start with the mine opposite Dexter's house.  Here you will find eggs, ore 
(you only need 5 lumps) and minecrawler scales.  When you come out turn to 
your right and follow the ledge to another cave which also contains eggs.  
I'll leave you to it, you work out the easiest way to get to each group of 
caves.  You need 12 eggs.

When you've done, take the eggs to Bennet and, if you were going to search for 
them, the scales to Wolf.

Teleport to the Monastery and talk to Pyrokar.  Go downstairs to the room 
opposite the one where you took the hammer.  Talamon will challenge you but 
will let you in.  Get the book from the Alchemist's Bench and read the note 
that came out of it.  Face the bookshelf and look at the lamp to its right.  
Pull it.  The bookshelf will open.  Go tell Talamon.  Come back, cast Light 
and get into combat mode.  Go down the stairs, kill all the skeletons, find 
the door, go through, kill everything in your path.

When the dust has settled, get the stuff from the table.  Don't look at the 
map yet but read the dusty book and the Almanac.  Leave and talk to Talamon.  
Talk to Pyrokar (don't let on about Xardas's magic words).

Teleport to the Landowner, save and talk to Bennet.  Learn to forge and ask 
about forging magic weapons.  If you've asked all the questions and bought all 
you needed you should end up with a red hot blade and a hammer and the 
knowledge to forge the weapon of your choice.  If you have such a blade all 
you have to do is use the anvil and say what you want.  Obviously you'll want 
the last option, i.e., the two-hander.

When you have what you want go to sleep and collect the armour from Wolf.  See 
how you like it, but you don't really need it.

On Our Way
----------

Having done all that we are ready to look at the map you got from the vault.  
This allows you to recruit people to be your crew.  Talk to Lee and ask him 
how to get the ship.  Recruit him, Gorn, Bennet and Wolf.  Talk to Torlof.

Go right now to the Castle by teleporting to the Pass, go to where you usually 
slept but don't go up the ramp.  Go through the door on the ground floor and 
then through the other door.  Talk to the guard and pick his pocket.  Go 
through the door and pull the lever.  Teleport to the Pass, go through and 
teleport to the Landlord to recruit Torlof.

Teleport to the Monastery and recruit Milten.  Teleport to Xardas and recruit 
Lester.  Teleport to the harbour town and recruit Diego, Lares and Vatras.  
Dump everything you don't need on Bosper.  Go to the Judge and exert pressure.

Now you are all set to go along the waterfront to the ship.  Get on board; you 
can explore around if you want.  Back out, talk to Torlof and give him the 
map.  He will tell you to do whatever you need to do before you set off 
because there is no coming back.  It's up to you.

When you are ready, go on board, turn left, up the ladder, through the door 
and into the cabin.  As you enter it there is a cut scene and it's...


CHAPTER 6

Turn around and go talk to everyone.  Get trained if you need to.  Leave the 
ship.  Start slaughtering orcs as you come to them - deal with the shamans 
first.  You'll come to a room with a troll guarding some rooms.  Go left up 
some stairs and deal with the orcs there.  Search de Orc Colonel and get 
everything he has.  Go back to the troll, kill it and open all the doors 
starting from the right.  In the last room you will find Pedro, talk to him, 
be understanding and lead him back to the ship.  He'll tell you what you need 
to know.  

Go back to the Colonel's room and pull the torches by the wall, first right 
then left.  As you go through you will see some stairs going up - to your left 
there is a hidden Seeker, so watch out.  Up.

You'll come to a large chamber full of lizardmen guarding dragon eggs.  If you 
keep left you will come to a Seeker straightaway.  Keep going left and you 
will see a dragon; concentrate right now in going right around the chamber 
killing all the lizardmen.  Collect all the eggs.  Now deal with the dragon in 
the usual way.

Go past the dead dragon and shoot two switches high up either side of the 
chasm.  Just enter into combat with a bow or crossbow and shoot - you hit them 
automatically.  A bridge will appear.  Cross it and go to your left to kill 
the Seeker.

You need to go up both towers either side of the bridge and pull a switch at 
the top of each.  Now continue to a passage with columns and go kill the 
Seekers before you deal with the skeletons.  Up the stairs and to your left.  
Stand in the archway and kill the skeletons and Shadow Lord Archol.  Search 
him and, before you go through the door to your right, turn right around and 
open the door in front of you.  Use the Alchemist's bench to recharge the Eye 
of Innos and wear it.  Look around you.  Pick up everything, read the diary 
and the recipe.  If you have the eggs, the black pearl and the sulphur you can 
make a potion which will make you strong.  Save before you drink it, just in 
case.

Now continue through the door in the other room.  You'll have to go through 
another battle (though there is another handy archway) and then you will come 
to a round chamber with doors all around.  Looking at the big door in front of 
you there are three doorways either side of you, the middle ones locked.  
Let's call the open ones top left, bottom left, top right and bottom right.  
Start with the bottom left doorway and get at the seeker (Key Master) to get a 
key.  Go back up, open the left locked door and pull both switches, it doesn't 
matter in which order.  You'll get access to the top left chambers.  Go in 
there and in the last one there are three switches.  When you are free to push 
them, the order is:  Centre, Right, Left.  Another switch will appear in the 
centre of the room, turn it.

Go back to the previously locked door and throw the switches again.  You get 
access to the bottom left chambers.  In the last room look for switches to 
push which will bring up another switch in the middle of the room.  Turn that 
and go up and go to the main room.

You have to do this again, this time on the other side.  Open the middle 
locked door and pull the switches.  At the last chamber on the top right, the 
combination of switches is Centre, Left, Right, you know the rest.  Back to 
the locked room to use the switches and go to the bottom right chambers.  At 
the last room, press the switch in the far wall.  Two zombies will appear, 
fight them and push the two new switches.  Another switch will appear in the 
centre of the room, turn it.

Now go to the main room and push all four switches on the pedestals and a last 
pedestal will appear.  Turn it and go through.

Fight all the seekers and, at the other end of the room, talk to the Black 
Magician, kill him and collect his key.  Search the four side rooms and in one 
of them you will find a chest with the Eye of Power in it.  Take it and go to 
the door with the glowing eyes.  You have to "use" the door as you would a 
Statue of Innos, so move a bit till you are in the right position.  You will 
kneel and the door will open.

Go either side of the wall in front of you and up the stairs.  Wearing the Eye 
of Innos, are you?  Talk to the undead dragon.  When the fight begins, get 
right close to him and don't let up, chase him around and kill him.  Watch 
what happens.

You can get back to the dragon and get his Soul if you like, but then start 
back for the ship.  You will meet some of your pals along the way, talk to 
them.  At the ship you'll have to fight the odd orc.  Talk to the other 
members of the crew.  Find the captain and talking to him starts the last cut 
scene.  Watch.  

This ends the Mercenary version.

***

("Magician" version)

This is probably the most boring of them all; still, let's have a go.

If you look at the walkthrough for the Mercenary version I mention a point in 
which to save the game to play the other versions.  If you do not have such a 
saved game, just do exactly as for the Mercenary version up to that point.

To avoid repetition I will not explain again the tasks which you also had to 
do as a mercenary.

To become a Magician the first step is to talk to Ulf and the square where he 
is drinking free beer.  Get all the info.  As you can see you are going to 
need a lot of money so unload all your surplus at the merchants.  

Go to the Tavern and then to the Landlord.  Be sure you clear the way of 
nasties.  Buster will challenge you and you'll have to fight him, talk to him 
again when he comes round; he can teach you to fight.  Remember you don't want 
to join the mercenaries.

Along the way, you don't need to get involved with Fester and you can fight or 
pay Sentenza - up to you.  Do talk to Wolf because he is an old friend and can 
also teach you, and look into Lee (say you go way back) and have a chat with 
him about Gorn and what he is doing there.

Basically, you want to talk to Wasili in the room opposite (so that you can 
later exchange the old coins) and talk to Onar.  Say you want to buy a sheep 
from him and he will send you to Pepe.  Find him (actually to the SE of the 
farm) and talk to him.  Offer to kill the wolves.  You'll find them behind 
them in a camp (you can see the torches from where Pepe is), kill the four 
wolves and talk to Pepe (don't buy the sheep yet).  He mentions Bullco, so go 
to the tavern behind the smithy and talk to him.  Pick a fight with him but 
don't rob him.  Talk to Thekla and you'll get the job of going for the herbs 
to Sagitta.

Before you go back to Pepe you might like to do the Sagitta job and also visit 
Dexter.

Then go to Pepe and buy a sheep - Betsy is just by his side.  Talk to her and 
she'll follow.  Now you have the tedious task of leading the sheep all the way 
to the Tavern and all the way to the Monastery.  You have to keep waiting for 
her to catch up - never lose sight of her.  If you see trouble ahead, tell the 
sheep to stop and come back for her when the path is clear.  Save often and 
good luck.

How to be a Magician
--------------------

When you get to the monastery speak to Pedro and say you want to join.  At the 
end of the conversation, open the door and go to Parlan right in front of you.

For now just obey his orders and don't ask questions.  Take Betsy to Opolos 
and talk to him (he wants to take a look at a recipe).  Talk to Gorax and buy 
a Sleep spell from him, you'll need it later.  Go to Parlan - ask how to serve 
the community and for an assignment.

To sweep the chambers talk to all the novices and ask them to help (don't 
forget there are some in the chapel and one downstairs).  Some will and some 
won't and some will want something done for them.  Talk also to all the 
magicians and ask for assignments.  All of them are self-explanatory; for 
instance, for Marduk's task just pop into the room next to him and use the 
Statue of Innos to pray for the paladins.  Sergio will thank you.  Just go 
back to each magician when you've completed your task.

Gorax wants you to distribute some sausage (you have to go to the larder 
downstairs to collect it); be sure you give no-one a double ration.  Fourteen 
sausages for fourteen novices:  and don't forget Garwig downstairs.  Talk to 
him.  The recipe for Neoras is in the larder but be sure to show it to Opolos 
first.  The fire nettles are to be found at the other end of the bridge, 
either side.  When you give these to him you'll get a spell to give to Babo, 
he'll help with the sweeping.  Talk to Sergio about Babo and then go to Babo 
who will then be able to train you.

When you complete your task for Gorax he will give you another job.  Talk to 
Parlan and since you got four novices to work for you he will give you the key 
to the Library.  Go there, read all the books (particularly The Test of Fire) 
and talk to the guys.  Karras will have another job for you.  So now you've 
got to walk all the way to the Tavern and all the way to Town (just buy the 
three spells) and back again.  Didn't I say it would be boring?

The Test of Fire
----------------

When you have finished, talk to Parlan and insist on taking the test of fire. 
 He will send you to Pyrokar.  Talk to him and ask for the test.  Ask the 
others, too.  This is what you do:

Serpentes:  Go downstairs and cast a Sleep potion on Garwig.  Get the sacred 
hammer from the altar.  Go to the Tavern and towards the Landowner but turn 
left along a path.  You'll meet Igaraz and Dragomir.  Talk to them.  Equip the 
sacred hammer.  Continue along the path and follow it all the way to the 
bridge.  As soon as you see it, turn your back on it and go to your right 
following the rockface.  You should come to a Magic Golem, destroy it with the 
hammer.

Pyrokar:  Go back to the path and this time cross the bridge.  Talk to the 
highwayman and ask if he has seen a novice.  Pay him to get the answer and 
move on.  You'll meet Ulf - talk to him and go on (if he follows you, talk to 
him again), all the way to Grimbald.  You can run past him without talking to 
him but then you have to kill the snappers on your own.  Look for a little 
bridge and cross it, follow the path into the cave and walk straight on.  
There is a cave but you can hardly see it for the vegetation growth.  Go in 
and take the path to the right.  When you get into the large chamber you'll 
meet Agon by the chest.  He will boast that he has won.  Congratulate him.  
Nevertheless he attacks you - fight him, get everything he has and open the 
chest.  Get back to the Monastery.
Ulf will attack you too along the way, so you'll have to kill him.

Back at the monastery talk to Serpentes then to Pyrokar.

Ulthar:  Go to the Library, talk to Hyglas, look at the books, make sure you 
have the right ingredients for the Fire Arrow spell and use the rune table.  
Take it to Ulthar.

Afterwards, talk to Pyrokar again.  You can even have a wish and help one of 
the novices (your choice).  But the important thing is that you get to see 
Hagen.  Talk to Parlan before you go.

By the way, under the bridge on the road to town from the Tavern there is a 
cave with a chest in it for which I haven't found the key in all my roamings. 
 These things happen in the best-ordered games.

Well, after you've seen Lord Hagen the pattern is the same as for the 
Mercenary version.  Do the Vatras errand for the dexterity ring, get to the 
Pass and you know all the rest.

Things change slightly when you head for the Monastery with Lord Hagen's 
letter, in search of the Eye of Innos.  After you've talked to Serpentes talk 
to all the other magicians.  When you talk to Marduk you find out about 
Bennet.

When you've finished talking to one and all, startle everyone in town by 
teleporting there.  Apart from talking to Lee and Bennet (if you haven't freed 
him already), you might as well talk to merchants such as Zuris, Canthar, 
Hakon, Bosper, Matteo:  buy their shares.  Look at them.  Salandril is the 
guilty party.  Buy his shares, tell him to go to the Monastery and when he 
refuses, beat him up.  Talk to him again.  The rest of the shares are in the 
hands of Orlan at the Tavern, Elena at the Landlord's and Rosi at Sekob's 
farm; buy them all.

If you approach Fernando in the upper quarters he turns into a Seeker.  Beat 
him up and search his belongings for a book - take it and read it.  Wait till 
he wakes up and tell him he is possessed. 

Finish freeing Bennet if you need to.

While you are around here, deal with Bromor at the Red Lantern.  Do exactly as 
with Fernando.  Buy the book for Hyglas from Constantino.  If you go to 
Lobart's farm and to the stone ring to the N of his house you'll catch some 
Seekers possessing Vino - unfortunately he dies.  Get his Almanac.  You'll 
find Malek in an open archway near the path to Dexter's tower.  Do the usual 
and get his Almanac.

Take these almanacs to Pyrokar and he'll ask you to take one to Karras. Do so 
and come back later to find out his conclusions.  Pyrokar gives you a magic 
letter so that you can find out who is being possessed.

The part of the pursuit of Pedro and the Eye of Innos is exactly as in the 
Mercenary version right up to the point when you are meant to go after the 
dragons.  Be sure you talk to Karras before you travel to the Old World.  The 
stone he is after is behind the Statue of Innos near Xardas' tower.  Take it 
to Karras; come back two days later and you'll have a nice protection against 
the hordes of Seekers.

The dragon hunt is just as for the Mercenary version only there could be some 
minor variations.  For instance, your talk with Angar is different.  And you 
don't need to collect the dragon blood and scales.

When you have killed all the dragons and reported to Garond, don't rush off.  
Look at Pyrokar's magic letter and you will see two more names.  You will find 
Engrom in the cave where you left Marcos, behind the red-roofed house.  Go to 
him and do the usual - if you wait till he wakes up, after you've taken his 
Almanac, and talk to him he will run off.  Leave him to it.

You can now go to the New World.  As soon as you are through look at Pyrokar's 
letter.  More names have appeared.  Since Brutus is at the Castle, you might 
as well turn around, go back to the Old World and teleport to the Castle.  
Down the stairs, out, keep going left.  Get his Almanac.

Back to the New World and teleport to Xardas.  Talk to Lester and read 
Xardas's letter and carry on as for the Mercenary version.  Before you go to 
Pyrokar, though, deal with Randolph and Sekob.  Pyrokar will tell you there 
are more Almanacs to get but in fact no more names appear on his letter.

From here on it's exactly as for the Mercenary version save that the 
instructions in the Almanac are different, but simple enough.  Make the rune 
and talk to Pyrokar about the Aura.  Now you can look at the chart and start 
recruiting.  Might as well engage Jorgen as the captain, but first you'll have 
to clear Xardas's tower.

Recruit the same people as for the Mercenary version.  Angar, of course, is 
nowhere to be seen.  To take possession of the ship, just talk to the guards. 
 Board and come off the ship.  At the entrance of the harbour you will see 
Girion.  Talk to him and get him to join you.

That's it, just follow the solution to the Mercenary version to get to the 
end.

***

There are a couple of mysteries I have not been able to solve, such as who has 
the key for the chest under the bridge, near the Tavern.  Why doesn't Nagur 
correspond to any quest?  Who has the spike which allows you to use a winch 
and open a gate in a cave?  Why does Angar go AWOL?  Etc., etc.  If anyone 
knows the answers, I'd like to hear them.

Because the characters in this game are "intelligent" and like to do their own 
thing, events don't always happen as I have explained - that's part of the 
fun.  But if anybody has any queries, e-mail me at:

lu_richardson@hotmail.com 





 

 
 

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