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Endless BG1 - A Mod for BG:EE, BG:SoD, BGT, and EET!

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Endless BG1 Modification

for BG:EE, BG:SoD, BGT, and EET!

For the EE games, the main aim of this mod is to provide the possibility to remain in the BG1 "world" after Sarevok is defeated. Original progressing/ending of the game will be done by talking to Duke Belt inside the Palace.
For EET, it also adds the possibility to move on to BGII by skipping SoD completely. This was included because it was easy to add, not because I think it should be skipped. (Also note that there might be mods that expect SoD events to have happened in BGII).

For BGT, the main component of the mod adds some praise for the PC to Duke Belt's dialogue and removes some oversights with regard to references to Sarevok after he died.

There are several optional components that give more flavor to the situation and prepare for the SoD story events in all games. For most additional content I was inspired by how Baldur's Gate city looks in SoD. Two components are for SoD/EET only.

DESCRIPTION:
1 Main Component (Required):

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For BG:EE, BG:SoD, and EET this component adds the following functionality:
-prevent end of game/transition to SoD after Sarevok's death: after the "Sarevok died" movie, the game returns to the Undercity Temple
-add basic dialogue to Duke Jannath (if Jannath is still alive and present)
-erase references to Sarevok as new Duke etc. in dialogues of city folk after his death (includes new lines with slightly altered text to consider that he is already dead)
-door to Palace will be open
-Duke Belt will be alive and inside the Palace
-Duke Belt will name the PC Hero of Baldur's Gate
-in dialogue with Duke Belt, player can decide to
A - remain in the BG1 world
B - leave the BG1 world and move on with the game (BG:EE: end of game, SoD/EET: SoD campaign starts)
C - (EET only) skip SoD completely and start BGII directly.

For BGT, this component adds more lines to Duke Belt's dialogue after defeating Sarevok, reflecting the PC to be the "Hero of Baldur's Gate". It also removes some oversights with regard to references to Sarevok after his death.


2 More Flavor to Hero of Baldur's Gate (includes PC's Residence inside Palace):

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For SoD and EET only, naming of the PC "Hero of BG" will happen on rostrum we all know from SoD (in a really short cutscene).

Room in the northwest of the 3rd level in the palace will be assigned to the PC. A servant will be there to instruct about the PC's personal chest: it is the "same" one that is used in SoD to transfer the items to the first camp. This chest (at the far west of the room) will now be unlocked. For SoD/EET the content will be moved to the "same" chest inside the SoD campaign (in bd0103.are) automatically.
For all EE games, all chests inside the PC's room will be emptied, the contents will now be inside the drawer on the 2nd level of the palace.

This component also changes the dialogues of the guards inside the palace to something more friendly (guards in the cellar will not turn hostile any more) and adds friendly guards in front of the palace, as well.


3 Sarevok's Unique Items:

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This component adds unique items to Sarevok that he will drop upon his death: special armor and helmet.
The armor will have AC -1, 30 % magic resistance bonus, and weights 70 pounds.
The helmet has 5 % magic resistance bonus.
The custom BAMs for armor and helmet were created by Tantalus for his Mod "Sarevok Recovery Mod" ( http://www.baldursgate-refugium.de/mods/sarevok-wiederherstellung/ ), licensed under "Creative Commons" von Nicolas Peters. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ ).

Sarevok will drop the items upon his death. They can be looted then.


4 Sarevok's Sword

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This component adds a sword to Sarevok that he will drop upon his death.
The sword will not be usable. It is a story item only.
 
For BGT, the sword of Sarevok will be stolen at Labyrinth exit by someone the PC will meet again in BGII. (This is in accordance to what the Djinni tells about the sword in BGII.)
For EE games, Sarevok's sword can be handed to the Dukes. (This is in accordance to SoD where sources tell that the sword was stolen from the palace.)

 

5 Imoen and Duke Jannath (Imoen gets Residence inside Palace):

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With this component installed, Duke Jannath will be alive and inside the palace and talk to Imoen a little about possible magic training later.

On the third floor of the palace, Imoen will get the room in the southeast. If she is in party, a servant will welcome here and tell her about her personal chest: it's the one in the far west of Imoen's room ("Imoen's chest" in SoD). The chest will be unlocked. For all EE games, the content of most of the chests will be moved downstairs into the drawer on the 2nd level of the palace. For SoD and EET, the contents of this chest will be moved into the "same" one inside the SoD campaign automatically.
In case Imoen is not in party, she will have taken residence in the Palace top ground and tell the PC about her chest herself.
Imoen's kickout dialogue was altered to reflect her new residence: after revceiving her room, Imoen can be send to the Palace upon kickout. This should be compatible with other "sent NPC to wait somewhere" mods (calls higher weighted dialogue which circles back to the normal one if the PC doesn't want her to wait at the Palace).


6 Duke Eltan is in the Palace:

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With this component installed, Duke Eltan will also be alive and in the palace. This component also removes Duke Eltan from the Harbormaster's Building in case he was introduced there e.g. by bg1re and/or bg1ub mods.

For compatibility with bg1re's "Scar's Return" bonus quest, please note: this component will enable the final appearance of resurrected Scar, but nothing more. As in the original bg1re component, you need to have gathered all needed items and spoken to Duke Eltan up to the point where he will see to Scar's resurrection before killing Sarevok. Then you will be able to prolong Scar's appearance until after Sarevok is killed by talking to Duke Eltan inside the Palace.

Note for compatibility: this component introduces a cre file "C#STELTA.cre" which has the DV "DELTAN" and the dialogue "DELTAN2.dlg".


7 Flaming Fist Healer come into Undercity Temple:

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After Sarevok and his three minions inside the Undercity Temple are defeated, a Flaming Fist Healer and a FF Scout will come into the temple to take away their bodies. They also offer to heal and resurrect all party members and disarm the traps on the Bhaal symbol (note: this does not include the trigger points at the sides for the Battle Horrors). The player can chose not to benefit from this offer.


8 Elminster makes an Appearance:

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Elminster will turn up once again in front of the palace.
There are two install choices:
1 - jastey's version (as in Version 1 of EBG1)
2 - Restored BG1 Text (This version restores original lines unused in BG1.)


9 First Refugees come to Baldur's Gate (SoD/EET only):

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Time and again, refugees will arrive in BG in front of the palace and talk about trouble far up in the north. There are three waves with a timer of ten ingame days to increase the number, but all are in front of the palace so overall, this is more of a cosmetic thing and will by no means swamp the city with refugees as it is in SoD.


10 Ophyllis the Treasurer in inside Palace Dungeon (SoD/EET only):

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Ophyllis the Treasurer from SoD can be met in the Palace dungeon. He will be inside the small office and prepare to take in the PC's gold for safekeeping as per the Duke's request. This will not actually happen as long as the game is in BG1, though.


11 Denkod in Thieves Guild comments on Sarevok's Death:

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Denkod in Thieves Guild who told the PC where Sarevok went will still be there when the group comes back and will talk to PC again before leaving.

The BAMs for Sarevok's unique items where taken out of Tantalus' Sarevok Recovery Mod, licensed under "Creative Commons" von Nicolas Peters (License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) and the items are subject to the same license.

 

Modpage at Kerzenburgforum

Download at GitHub

 

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This is a cool idea! Thank you for making it :) 

I'll probably use the skip SoD part often - not because I actively dislike it but because the continuity of the games from 1 to 2 is already pretty good without it (and I'm lazy).

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Do my eyes deceive me? This reads too good to be true. It seems virtually everything I was hoping for in a BG1-after-Sarevok mod is included, plus some continuity enhancements - those are always welcome! It sounds terribly complicated to code,  and I cannot begin to imagine how much work you put into this. What a wonderful present for the new year, new BG!

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Thanks you two for the kind words!

I should mention that I tested on BGT, BG:EE, and BG:SoD but not EET, so I hope it all works as intended.

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1 hour ago, Isewein said:

It sounds terribly complicated to code

Actually, the "stay inside BG1" part is fairly easy once you know how to get REPLACE_TEXTUALLY to work (it's a bit picky and does not patch unless you hand-feed it). What I am quite proud of, though, is how I made all the dialogue additions to the Dukes modular by patching my own mod's dialogue after just having installed parts of it (not that I invented this, but it's a neat trick if you know how to do it).

This way, everyone can chose and pick what they like for their install.

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14 minutes ago, jastey said:

but not EET, so I hope it all works as intended.

I guess I will, then 😅 any load order tips?

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Hm... At the end of the install for testing? ...

As for official install order, although it is theoretically a tweak mod I'd prefer to see it in the place of a quest mod, rather at the beginning of the mod list so it finds everything it is expecting for patching the way it is expecting it (plus doesn't patch other things it's not meant to, e.g. if other mods added script blocks with the same triggers etc).

Short: as a first quest mod is my spontaneous recommendation.

If you or anyone have an EET save game right before the fight with Sarevok, I can give it a quick check run to see whether I borked anything obvious.

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I'll put it shortly after EET core, then. See how it goes.

As for the savegame, I've never done a proper EET run 😆

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And bam, you're a playtester! Some things evolve without you expecting it. :groucho:  On a serious note, thanks for trying this out, and let me know how it goes!

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So, this basically allows me to play EET, without SoD part? Not that Iplan to skip it, but as I remember SoD part is mandatory for EET runs. I'm not sure if I understood the description right, but what are the benefits of this mod if I play EET and I *do* plan to walk through SoD part too?

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@Cahir The main content of the mod is that you will remain in the BG1 "world" after killing Sarevok. You then can decide when to start with the SoD part (or skip it completely).

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