Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 17, 2014 23:52:33 GMT
From TUFFF (August 2011)...
Unless you go advanced-mode FF adventuring is a fairly solitary business. From the books I've read the NPCs (non player characters) tend to have a life expectancy of roughly 2 paragraphs (or roughly 5 minutes in real-time). However there are 1 or 2 that stick in the mind. My favourites are:
Throm (Deathtrap Dungeon): Your alliance with Throm starts out warily but soon blossoms into a full-blown bromance. Together it feels like you just might make it through this thing alive. Sadly the dwarf trial-master has other ideas...
Istu (Siege of Sardath): The demon who becomes your guardian angel, so to speak. Istu stays with you for a large portion of the book as nothing can really threaten him save other demons, even those he tends to rip apart with his claws. Yet he also remains a somewhat mysterious ally, the hinted-at rivalry between Istu and Pnea only raises further questions.
Vantaine, the warrior girl you rescue from the vampires in Heydrich Mansion always stuck in my mind, despite only really having anything to do with her in a single paragraph. She gives a very decent attack bonus gameplay wise, but otherwise is another bland companion that I wish had more involvement in the storytelling.
Grog, an orcly companion who you can actually converse with, has more dimensions than many other so-called allies often thrown at you, and as luck would have it, he's carrying part of your destiny in his knapsack.
Jesper the Mongoose is perhaps my favourite (until I remember a better one). He speaks in a witty tongue, performs tricks, hatches eggs, decapitates snakes, and is quite the 'ladies mongoose'. Can any other ally ever do these things? Didn't think so.
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 17, 2014 23:56:27 GMT
Nice, what books are those ones?
I should also give an honourable mention to Zoot Zimmer (Return to Firetop Mountain): The helpful guy who gives adventurers a free lift on his giant eagle. When you later find him in a prison cell he has been blinded but despite that he still offers to come along and help you. Alas you know his survival hopes are practically zero, in fact he doesn't make it past the end of the corridor.
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 18, 2014 0:03:07 GMT
Of course Jesper takes the prize as the best companion ever, but aside from him I liked the Skull of Mora Tao from Moonrunner and Throm from Deathtrap Dungeon. I think I should give mention to Symm from Crypt of the Sorcerer, solely due to his epic moustache. The worst ally ever has to be Littlebig from Eye of the Dragon. I hated that chatty little runt, and Ian even forced your character to grow fond of him again your will. Grrr...
I hated that chatty little runt, and Ian even forced your character to grow fond of him again your will. Grrr...
You can always imagine those slaps on the back your character always seems to be giving him get progressively harder and harder . . . I think Reinhardt from Magehunter deserves points for being such an obnoxious liability of a companion.
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 18, 2014 0:06:15 GMT
Having played Howl of the Werewolf I think we must add Ulrich to this list. He saves your life in the opening scene and then risks his life again to help you. Not since Deathtrap Dungeon did I feel so remorseful about having to kill my new best friend.
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 18, 2014 0:08:03 GMT
From TUFFF (May 2012)...
van Richten from Howl of the Werewolf. He gave me a flintlock pistol and came as far as the last level of the castle to confront Countess Isolde. He fought a lot of bad guys alongside me. A brave man . *SALUTE*
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 18, 2014 0:10:54 GMT
I never read Blood of the Zombies. I read here that people were curious to know if the old Ian Livingstone could be back. ("the old" - city of thieves, caverns, deathtrap dungeon, crypt of the sorcerer). So? Is this book as great as his old books? Or did he lost his brightness?
Post by deadshadowrunner on Mar 18, 2014 4:11:41 GMT
Talking about Jesper reminded me of Vesper.He's a good bad guy,and didn't ditch you like I thought he would.Earns you a quick buck too.
1 You are in a dark corridor. You can go forwards (go to 2) or backwards (go to 3). 2 You walk forwards. After a while, you pause. Go to 1. 3 You turn around and walk forwards. After a while, you rest. When you finish resting, go to 1. 400 Eh? How did you get to this section? No matter, for the Deadshadowrunner has found you. The last things you see are a pair of sly eyes and a grinning mouth with sharp teeth floating in the darkness.