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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:56 pm 
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Rygal Deros is a ironman mage with an unique mindset. His believe is that killing from a distance is not a fair fight and every battle should be fought up close. His lonely journey to save the world will not be easy.

The rules for this challenge are simple. You create a new mage character and try to survive without using any distance attacks. So no staves or wands, daggers are the only weapons you are allowed to use. Also skills that attack from a distance are forbidden. This limits your starting skills. Here is a list of the forbidden skills:
- Fireball
- Ice storm
- Lighting bolt
- Staff mastery
- Wand mastery
- Arcanist
As additional difficulty you are not allowed to use companions for this challenge since it would be too easy then. Even the buyable weak warriors are not allowed.

Some tips for completing the challenge:
- Summoning isn't forbidden so this'll be a major help. In the beginning you can only use the sparkling but as soon as you get better reputation with the wizards you'll be a lot stronger with the golems by your side.
- Sacrificial dagger is a possible drop very early in the game and one of the best weapons available in this mode. After a while you'll be able to get the bluesteel dagger, which will be your strongest option until you manage to kill a primeval bear and afterwards finally find the scalpel in the ark.
- Since you can only wear daggers, agility will be one of your major skills. Personality will also be important later in the game to unlock the stronger summons. You might want to pick up some endurance too to counter the mages weak starter health.
- Disintegrate is an option since it just buffs your next attack. I tested it with another mage character and it works.

Good luck! If anyone tries this challenge I would love to see how it goes in a reply on this post. I'll be posting my progress in this challenge here as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:18 pm 
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Ouch... unless you grind insanely, this is going to be a pretty short run 8-)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:46 pm 
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DavidBVal wrote:
this is going to be a pretty short run 8-)


You were right about that. Rygal bit the dust when a bunch of monsters ganged up on him and his sparkling when his mana was low. I also underestimate this run a little bit, there were a few points I didn't expect:

- The damage daggers do is even lower then I expected. Maxing out agility helped a bit, but even then the damage is barely enough to fend off enemies. The sparkling helped a lot for this though and was my main source of damage at the lower levels. And at the higher levels this'll be even worse since you'll be stuck with the bluesteel dagger until you manage to kill a primeval bear and leveling up agility will be even more expensive.
- Mana. Since the sparkling was so important, suddenly I needed a lot of mana to keep summoning him and keep my mage shield up. But since I spend all my points in agility and endurance I barely had enough mana to keep summoning.
- A big problem too was money. For the ironman run I had to keep some potions with me at all time to use in time of need, but I also had to spare up the 1000 gold to buy a bluesteel dagger in the sewers. And since all my stats except agility were low I could never pick the best route in quests so I earned a lot less. I needed to rest a lot in inns too, so that was a big unexpected gold drain.

I'll try this challenge again someday in the future but I'll probably change my strategy a bit to prevent those things from slowing me down again. I'm a bit worried for the time between getting a bluesteel dagger and getting good enough reputation with the wizards guild to summon golems though since I fear I'll be very weak then.

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 8:00 pm 
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Here I am a few months later to try this challenge again with a fresh start. Meet Korg Croc. Another member of the honorable mages clan. Unlike the previous mage, Korg is surviving a lot better and made it safely to level 5 already.

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A few more things I changed for this run:
- To deal with the damage issue I just played it a lot safer. In the beginning you'll need to go back to the inn after every few fights. Without companion or reliable damage you have to think about every challenge very carefully. Long dungeon runs are also out of the question. However, I liked this. It really made me feel like I was just an adventurer trying to survive and not an overpowered demi god blasting away everything in my path.
- I waited with upgrading to Lesser Summoning II until after I got Mana Surge I. For a mage with low intellect, mana is limited and having to pay 20 every summon + mage armors is just too much to afford. A level 2-3 sparkling is not that less helpful at the lower levels and 40% cheaper which allows you to keep up your much needed mage armor.
- To solve the money problem I didn't fully go for Agility first like last time, but invested some points in the dialog skills (Intellect, Awareness, Personality) This helped me maximising my early game profits and allowed me to buy the bluesteel dagger in the sewers very early (the thirth best weapon available in the entire game) With this weapon I was then able to finish up the harder start game areas. Even with this, the constant inn visits weight very heavily on my budget and I really feel like the adventurer just trying to get by and earn some coin to keep living, like it is said in the opening of the game. That is a feeling that I never got when playing through the game normally.

Also as a sidenote, I was forced to cheat the challenge a little bit. I severly underestimated the difficulty of the Unknown dungeon and almost died from the guards. In a last desperate attempt to survive while running away with only 2 health left I set Adaon free and he dispatched the guard easily. Technically this does mean that I used a companion for this part, but I'm not counting this since I just see him like one of those obligatory quest companions like Zilda and Breno. (However if/once I die I'm going to try and do the dungeon Adaon free next time)

Hopefully I can do a level 10 update post sometime in the future, but we'll see.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 1:46 am 
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Man killing those primeval bears is going to be really tough on that guy. I could solo them on hardcore with my cleric at level 11, but that character was super tanky(full health bar restore on death) and even then I needed quite a few potions.

Think how glorious it will be when you get that drop though


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