Gavin NPC for BG2

A Gibberlings Three Mod
Author: berelinde

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Version 20 - Check for the most recent version
Languages:
English
Platforms:
Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

Overview

This mod adds the NPC Gavin Mor to your BG2 game. Gavin is a Dawnbringer of Lathander.

If you met Gavin in Baldur's Gate, you may pick up where you left off or you may decide that you met him for the first time in Athkatla. The choice is yours.

Once in your party, Gavin will banter with all BioWare NPCs. He has an extensive friendship track and can be romanced by any female Bhaalspawn whose wisdom and charisma are 8 or higher. Enjoy!

Compatibility

This mod is designed to work with Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn with or without the Throne of Bhaal expansion pack. The mod should be compatible with other WeiDU mods.

Installation

Windows
Gavin for BG2 is packaged and installed with WeiDU and is distributed as a self-extracting archive. To install, simply double-click the archive and follow the instructions on screen.

Alternatively the files can be extracted from the archive using WinRAR. If properly extracted, you should have a gavin_bg2 folder and setup-gavin_bg2.exe in your BG2 folder. To install, simply double-click setup-gavin_bg2.exe and follow the instructions on screen.

Please run setup-gavin_bg2.exe in your BG2 folder to reinstall, uninstall or otherwise change components.

Mac OS X
If the mod was previously installed, uninstall it before extracting the new version. Gavin for BG2 is packaged and installed with WeiDU. To install, simply extract the contents of the mod into your BG2 directory.  If properly extracted, you should have a gavin_bg2 folder, setup-gavin_bg2, and setup-gavin_bg2.command in your BG2 directory. To install, simply double-click setup-gavin_bg2.command and follow the instructions on screen.

Linux
Extract the contents of the mod to the folder of the game you wish to modify. Download the latest version of WeiDU for Linux from WeiDU.org and copy WeiDU and WeInstall to /usr/bin. Following that, open a terminal, cd to your BG2 installation directory, run 'tolower' and answer Y to both queries.
You can avoid running the second option (linux.ini) if you've already ran it once in the same directory. To save time, the archive is already tolowered, so there's no need to run the first option (lowercasing file names) either if you've extracted only this mod since the last time you lower cased file name. If you are unsure, running tolower and choosing both options is the safe bet.
Run WeInstall gavin_bg2 in your game folder to install the mod. Then run wine BGMain.exe and start playing.

Contents

The mod contains several components that can be installed independently of one another.

Gavin for BG2

This is the main component that will add Gavin to your Shadows of Amn game. He can be found in the Slums of Athkatla, in the Temple of Ilmater on the roof of the Copper Coronet.

Gavin has frequent banters with the PC. These can be hushed by asking him. If you find his interjections annoying, these can be silenced as well, though he will always react to decisions that offend him.

To continue a committed romance begun earlier, the PC will need to have met his requirements for romance in BG1: female, good-aligned, wisdom of 10 or better, charisma of 12 or better, and not an assassin, bounty hunter, or necromancer. To choose this option, you can recognize the ring you find in the opening dungeon, or you can acknowledge him as "love" in his joining dialogue. To begin a new romance in BG2, do not recognize the ring and avoid calling him "love" in his joining dialogue. In BG2, any female PC with both wisdom and charisma of 8 or better who is not an assassin may begin a new romance.

If the PC is male and if Gavin knew him in BG1, Gavin will have a short romance arc with Imoen after she is recruited in Spellhold.

Gavin heals the PC when below 50% health
Requires Gavin for BG2

Some players appreciated the fact that Gavin would heal the PC when his or her health dropped below 50%, other players did not. Now the component is optional. Please note that if you install this component, you can disable the auto-heal behavior at any time through player-initiated dialogue, but if you don't install the component, he will only heal the PC if you select him and cast the spells manually.

Multi-romance cheat
Requires Gavin for BG2

Applies only to Anomen and Edwin.

You're on your 47th playthrough of BG2, and you really, really wish there was a way that you could get in as many romances as possible. Or maybe you're a saint in real life, but you'd like your pixelated alter-ego to live a more daring lifestyle. Either way, you would like to see all the conflict dialogues, but you don't want relationships to end over them. If you install "No romance kills" you can multi-romance to your heart's content. You'll still get all the conflict dialogues, and somebody may even say that the relationship is over, but it isn't. This component affects Romantic Encounter reactions, too. Gavin will complain, and you'll get the conflict dialogues, but a relationship will never end because you've got too many names on your dance card. If you mortally offend Gavin by telling him off bigtime or kick him out of the party in an exceptionally rude manner, the relationship will end, but it won't be because you were seeing someone else.


Alternate Portraits
Requires Gavin for BG2

This multiple-choice component allows you to optionally install one of seven alterate portraits for Gavin.

Contact Information

berelinde created this mod. Visit the Gibberlings Three forums for information on this and any other Gibberlings Three mods on which I may be working.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Special thanks cmorgan, Eleima, Grottenolm, Jessception, KIrving, Kitanna, luda, Shaitan, and sibel. They tested, they proofread, they told me when I was being silly. They totally rock.

And thanks as well to the bigg and to Steve for making sure that the mod installs on Linux and Mac OSX!

Extra-special thanks to J for not complaining about sloppy housework, uninspired dinners, and obsessive writing sessions over the last six months

Tools Used in Creation
BAM Workshop by Glenn Flansburg
BAM Batcher by Miloch
Crimson Editor
WeiDU Highlighters by Idobek and cmorgan
IESDP maintained by igi
Infinity Engine Tileset Map Editor by TheoTeamBG
Infinity Engine Editor Pro by ToddTeamBG
Near Infinity by Jon Olav Hauglid
DLTCEP by Avenger
Shadowkeeper by Mud-Master
WeiDU by Wes Weimer and the Bigg

Credits and Copyright Information

Gavin for NPC for Baldur's Gate II is fair game. Knock yourselves out. Don't repackage or redistribute without the consent of the owner, berelinde, or the mod's current maintiner.

Gavin's theme is a portion of "The Pearl" by Silly Wizard and is available on the Best of Silly Wizard album, available through Amazon or elsewhere. Good music. You need this.

If Silly Wizard or its agents object to the material included in this modification, please contact me and I will remove it... with great reluctance, but fair is fair.

Gavin's friendship theme is Lanagan's Ball, used under license from MusicLoops.com.

Version History

Version 20 - December 25, 2010

Version 19 - October 24, 2010

Version 18 - July 24, 2010

Version 17 - July 18, 2010

Version 16 - May 24, 2010

Version 15 - May 17, 2010

Version 14 - May 10, 2010

Version 13 - May 7, 2010

Version 12 - May 4, 2010

Version 11 - April 30, 2010

Version 10 - April 27, 2010

Version 9 - April 25, 2010

Version 8 - April 25, 2010

Version 7 - April 22, 2010

Version 6 - April 22, 2010

Version 5 - April 21, 2010

Version 4 - April 21, 2010

Version 3 - April 21, 2010

Version 2 - April 20, 2010

Version 1 - April 20, 2010