Paying fines raises your reputation to -5. In Ilmara and Thuram there are quests that first lower your reputation, and raise it back up after successful completion, which could be used to nullify your negative reputation. See points: 5, 6, 7 for Thuram, and points: 15, 16, 17, 18 for Ilmara...
Tip for you:
1. Make a new character, choose Cleric class
2. Finish Three versus Eleven quest
3. Learn the Guardian Wolf advanced skill
4. Get to Icemist
5. Learn the Summoner skill
Congratulations! You have gained a wolf 🐺 companion, that you can summon, level up, and give elemental damage...
Fines in Mercia and Ilmara are a minor inconvenience, since you can pay them whenever you feel like it. You just need to be careful not to reach that -20 rep.
Getting 26,4k for Thuram trick is a damn chore. It's bearable just because Thuram is a high level area, and you can do it later in the...
Give that shield to Hirge, she's better with this stuff than any rogue will ever be ;). Rogues can focus on Evasion, hit&run tactics, and maybe Magical training to raise your companion in case she can't chug the potion fast enough ;)
What's the difficulty you're playing on? What's holding you trapped?
If you have a quick save from outside the dungeon available, you can press the yellow folder next to your character, when you're choosing which game you want to continue
Personally I liked all the equipment with high elemental resistances, because rogues can't use heavy shields and armors (Assasins set is the best you can get pre ark). Ivory ring, Ring of the Bull, Ilmaran signet ring, Nivarian cloak, Tiara of the heavens, Abbots ring, Oasis ring and all similar...
At this point I believe you can kiss that quest and the black shard goodbye 🙋. It's not a game over though, the entire thing is optional and you can get substitute items for the ones you won't be getting here ;)
-20 and below makes you a wanted criminal. Sydaryun and Jabal use both reputation of the town and kingdom to determine if they like you or not. Other than that, there's no benefit to good reputation, other than bragging rights on the forum (I got 72 in Mercia AND 49 with the Varannari btw ;x )
Something like this? That was my first character on normal difficulty. Basically nothing can kill you as long as you have a healer, and some extra healing scrolls just in case. Putting down strong enemies, such as Ancient guardians can be a chore, Flurry helps a lot here, it's not on the list...
Enemies scale up to a certain limit, and that's great, but in case of traps there's no limit, and I can't imagine some incompetent grunt setting those up. Advanced devices require expertise and frequent maintenance, and in case of Kingsbridge, there's noone like that in this area!
It's another variation of this: bash skill bug
Many enemies who use the Bash skill, also possess shields, so they should stun for 1 second longer, but this doesn't work like that, and they don't get that bonus. The problem concerns the following: