Christmas and the End of Neverwinter Nights 2

Current System Configuration: VACATION, finished Neverwinter Nights 2

Earworms:
-nothing in particular right now

Sustenance:
[Breakfast]: Cereal
[Lunch:] Tomato basil pasta
[Dinner] –
[Coffee] –

Current Reading List:
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Almost done!)
The Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore
Promise of the Witch King by R.A. Salvatore

Got the following:

Electronics and Software:
-Laptop (AMD Turion 64 x2, 1 GB DDR2 RAM, 50 GB HD x2, DVD Super drive.) My dad said this counted as both my Christmas AND Birthday gift, but he gave me extra money anyway. Got this machine a few months ago.
-Linksys wireless router for the house. (Bought)
-Neverwinter Nights 2 (Bought this myself)
-Half of a tablet (I have to pay for the other half) from my uncle and aunt.

Books:
-The Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore (from my boss)
-Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (bought this)
-Promise of the Witch-King by RA Salvatore (bought at a low low price)
-A Narnia trivia book from a student
-The Bride of Far Side by Gary Larson (Far Side anthology) from my uncle

Misc:
-A wakizashi-shaped letter opener from a student
-A bottle of cabernet sauvignon 2004 from a student
-A Parker pen
-A card holder
-A towel
-A coffee mug

Cash:
-Php 2000 from a rather generous uncle. A little more than US $ 40. Doesn’t seem like much, but it goes a long way in the Philippines.

With all the material things we receive, however, it’s quite easy for us to forget why we give gifts in the first place. In fact, people focus on the material gain so much that crime shoots up during Christmas. I read in the news last week that a woman was brutally shot to death in front of her children while the beasts who murdered her took away half a million Php (which was payroll money.) May God strike you down, wherever you are. People like you make me forget that I actually want to love people.

Ironic, considering Christmas was supposed to be a huge milestone in God’s plan of redemption.

Not only that–many “liberal” societies have been diluting the true meaning of this celebration with obese bearded men in red, arctic fauna with glowing noses and presents. Sure, presents are a good thing, but are they the focus of this celebration? The meaning of the commemoration of Christ’s coming into this world is hijacked by political correctness.

Aside: I honestly despise political correctness. I find that many times it offends the non-offender to defend the non-oppressed. Not to say that we should be tactless, coarse and abrasive—I just believe that we should call things by what they are.

Alright, I think I’m getting a bit too scathing. It really is hard to be kind—again a testament to our own depraved nature. But see, that depraved nature is why He came.

It doesn’t stop at the manger, doesn’t stop at the cross. It only begins at the empty tomb.

We are the reason, but He is our reason to live.Greeting you a Blessed and Holy Christmas, albeit a day too late,Your Black Lion

The rest of this post is about the ending of Neverwinter Nights 2. If you are not interested or are averse to spoilers, you do not need to continue. Otherwise, read on.

At the End of the Night, Dawn is Uncertain

I finished Neverwinter Nights 2 on Christmas Eve. The final steps to the end were interesting, to say the least.

Black Garius

Black Garius was the chief Shadow Reaver, the highest servant of the King of Shadows. He used to be human, but at this point he’s already a guy with a burning skull for a head. Thankfully the Scroll of True Names was already used on him, so he was no longer indestructible.

Unfortunately, he was able to sweet-talk some of my party members into betraying me.

Bishop betrayed me because he really felt his obligation to help me was done. However, he didn’t really fight me—Black Garius made some stupid casual remark, causing him to leave the battle altogether. Good on you, Bishop.

Neeshka’s story hurt me a bit more. I really felt sorry after she said this. (The skull guy to the side is Black Garius.)

Fortunately, Sand did not betray me. I checked the game files after the ending and I discovered that despite my low influence with Sand, Qara had even lower (negative) influence–which was my own doing, since I couldn’t stand her. Qara betrayed me simply because she hated Sand. 

The penultimate battle was quite brutal, but Garius went down rather quickly due to his stupidity. He cast Acid Fog on the area he was standing on, so it was difficult for my fighters to approach him. However, Khelgar was tough enough to shrug off the damage, so he went in there and made Garius’s life difficult with a large, electrically-charged Greataxe. Soon enough, Garius teleported out of the cloud—opening the way for my other fighters to crush him. In fact, the hardest part of the battle was the Balor that Garius gated in right in the middle of my party. Thankfully my character sliced the demon to ribbons. Garius’s companion Shadow Golems and the traitor Qara didn’t bother to leave their fenced-off area. While the barrier kept my fighters from beating them into a pulp, Sand’s spells could still go through the barrier. The Shadow Golems and Qara died quite easily, and so did Neeshka after she tried to attack my character and Khelgar. (Not a good idea.)

King of Shadows

Now it gets interesting.

The King of Shadows, the former Guardian of the Illefarn Empire, now comes out of his portal. It was a bit tragic to see that he refused to let go of his duty, despite the object of his duty having ended ages ago. Don’t let his wiry frame fool you, because he’s taller than three houses.  The hulking rock in the foreground is Elanee in her Earth Elemental form. The blue-gray figure in the center of the image is Construct, Grobnar’s pet blade golem. It only goes up to Elanee’s waist. And yet when you compare Elanee (who is in the foreground) to the King of Shadows (in the background)—she’s easily only half his height.

The King of Shadows has three forms—though they all look alike, they vary in size.

The first form was just about the size of Elanee in her Earth Elemental form. That died easily. Then he broke apart into a dozen or so manifestations the size of Construct. They died quickly, but there were a lot of them. My character died at this point and had to be resurrected. The final form is the gigantic one pictured above. He’s kneeling in that picture, and the giant red circle on the floor is actually the target lock-on indicator. See how huge it is.

We had to destroy the statues in the chamber to prevent him from getting power off of them, then we had to destroy his portal. After that, it was just a matter of hacking him to bits. (The portal could only be destroyed by the Silver Sword of Gith). It was tough, but I managed to beat him in one try.

And thus, it ended. However, the explosions of the King of Shadows’ death collapsed the Vale of Merdelain, trapping my party. All seemed to end. 

Or did it?

I hope you enjoy this game as much as I did.

~ by J. R. R. Flores on December 26, 2006.

3 Responses to “Christmas and the End of Neverwinter Nights 2”

  1. I just started NWN2 about 2 months ago and finally finished it today. I was a little disappointed in the end – I expected to live happily ever after with Elenee in Crossroad Keep. It looks like the first expansion pack will be a completely new plot thread and won’t use the characters from the core game. Before I found out that Elenee was the only romance option, I was working Neeshka hard so I had tremendous influence with her and she did not betray me. Sand just up and walked over to the dark side, however, and that seemed odd to me. We never really got along, but we didn’t not get along. Bishop I hated and told him that frequently so I expected him to betray me. Qara I had some influence with (bonded as a fellow magic user) but I think she stayed just because Sand left.

  2. The ending really was a disappointment, and what I would give for that Neeshka romance option!

    You can only keep either Sand or Qara, and not both. They hate each other that much. The influence check for Sand happens earlier, so if your influence score with him is lower, he automatically betrays you as he considers Qara a greater threat. (In an outtake, you’ll see a scene between Sand, Qara and Bishop in which Qara manifests a very high level of power that freaks out even Sand. That’s why he’s so afraid of her. Too bad the scene was cut out.)

    The game really lacks a lot of polish. I really didn’t appreciate how the King of Shadows shares the same boss theme as all the other encounters in the last dungeon, or how Tholapsyx, (arguably the most challenging boss in the game) shares her boss theme with the goblins in Riverguard Keep. Most of the music was actually recycled from NWN1 as well. Sad.

  3. Yes, Christmas and Neverwinter Nights 2.. not the end for me since I bought the game only 2 weeks ago. I’m half-way through Act 1.

    I’ll be finishing up to MotB, then I’ll buy SoZ.

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