Totemic Cernd

A Gibberlings Three Mod
Author: Eric Kerr (aka Cirerrek)

Version 2 - Check for the most recent version
Languages: English
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

Overview

Totemic Cernd is a minor modification to Baldur's Gate II that changes Cernd's druid kit from that of a Shapeshifter to a Totemic Druid. In the process, I also decided to increase Cernd's physical statistics somewhat to make him a reasonably attractive alternative to other clerics or druids, such as Jaheira or Anomen.

Compatibility

This mod is designed to work with BG2: Shadows of Amn with or without the expansion pack Throne of Bhaal. At present there are no known incompatibilities.

Installation

Windows
Totemic Cernd is packaged and installed with WeiDU and is distributed as a self-extracting archive. To install, 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 "totemiccernd" folder and setup-totemiccernd.exe in your BG2 folder. To install, double-click setup-totemiccernd.exe and follow the instructions on screen.
Please run setup-totemiccernd.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. Totemic Cernd is packaged and installed with WeiDU. To install, simply extract the contents of the mod into your BG2 folder.  If properly extracted, you should have a "totemiccernd" folder, setup-totemiccernd, and setup-totemiccernd.command in your BG2 folder. To install, double-click setup-totemiccernd.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're unsure, running tolower and choosing both options is the safe bet.
Run WeInstall totemiccernd in your game folder to install the mod. Then run wine BGMain.exe and start playing.

Contents

Totemic Cernd is a minor modification to Baldur's Gate II that changes Cernd's druid kit from that of a Shapeshifter to a Totemic Druid. In the process, I also decided to increase Cernd's physical statistics somewhat to make him a reasonably attractive alternative to other clerics or druids, such as Jaheira or Anomen.

Fortunately for me, not one dialog in the entire game mentions the fact that Cernd is a Shapeshifter. So, no in-game dialogues had to be altered, which made this modification a relatively easy one in terms of the amount of files I had to edit.

Altered Files:

.CRE

.BCS

.ITM

The adjustments to the scripts are primarily to deal with the situation when Cernd is not in the party and challenges Faldorn to ritual combat for the Druid Grove. Faldorn's script causes Cernd to transform into a special werewolf with the MINHIP1.ITM, meaning it is impossible for Cernd to lose the fight. The script changes prevent the transformation from occurring and also gives him the MINHP1.ITM temporarily.

Attribute Previous New
Strength 13 16
Dexterity 9 17
Constitution 13 16
Intelligence 12 12
Wisdom 18 18
Charisma 15 15
Total 80 94

An increase of 14 attribute points is a large jump, but I believe it can be justified by looking at the attribute totals of the Shapeshifter Werewolf form, WEREWODR.CRE (89) and the Shapeshifter Greater Werewolf form, WEREGR01.CRE (105).

Contact Information

Eric Kerr (aka Cirerrek) created the Totemic Cernd mod. You can visit The Gibberlings Three for information on this and any other mods on which we may be working.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Black Isle Studios - For producing such an excellent RPG
Bioware - For the Infinity Engine and making such an outstanding RPG
Jon Hauglid - Near Infinity
Westley Weimer - WeiDU
the bigg - gudiance on .tp2 coding issues
Ghreyfain - The Ashes of Embers mod helped me slog through the vagaries of on and off
Orions_Stardom - giving me the impetus to make an attempt at refreshing an old mod of mine
Borsook - some helpful examples and suggestions
jcompton - clarifying variable usage in WeiDU land
Jessica Kerr - explanation of regular expressions
CamDawg - pointing out cernd14 was missing its override script and showing how to fix it

Tools Used in Creation
WeiDU by Wes Weimer
Near Infinity by Jon Olav Hauglid
IESDP maintained by igi
DLTCEP by Avenger

Credits and Copyright Information

This mod may not be sold, published, compiled or redistributed in any form without the consent of its author.

Version History

Version 2

Version 1.6

Version 1.5

Version 1.4

Version 1.3

Version 1.2

Version 1.1

Version 1.0