Introduction

Meet Adrian Sianodel, a 33 year old half-elven mage who, after several recent catastrophes, managed to land a brief but involuntary stint as Irenicus' pet wandmaker. Kill the duergar who guard him, and he'll be quite happy to lend his magic to your cause. To repay the debt, to exact vengeance... and perhaps because he simply has nowhere else to go anymore.

Adrian has lived an interesting life, for lack of a better term, though he's hoping to finally put his past behind him. Aside from his magic, he has a background in espionage and a decadent -- some might say romantic -- streak that has gotten him into trouble in the past. He once pursued (and ultimately wrecked) a political career with one of the most notorious organizations in the Realms, and may very much enjoy the opportunities for intrigue the Shadow Thieves have to offer... if you can drag him away from fighting with the Harper and the Red Wizard long enough to notice, that is.

Adrian may be somewhat difficult to get to know. He is not the most tolerant of people, and while he is intrigued by your powers and heritage (and has far more experience with the machinations of dark gods than he would like), neither his respect nor his trust is particularly easy to earn. That said, he will appreciate a leader willing to take him to task.

Content

  • A colorful new sorcerer NPC
  • SOA and TOB content
  • Banters with the original Bioware NPCs
  • Interjections and other commentary
  • New encounters
  • A romance for an eligible female protagonist
  • A friendship path for a protagonist not romancing him
  • Player initiated dialogue and flirts
  • Original portrait by MiLeah
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Installation

PC

The Adrian NPC mod is a WeiDU mod, packaged in an extractable .RAR archive. Simply unrar "adrian_v1.rar" (WinRAR) into your Baldur's Gate II directory and run "setup-adrian.exe".

To uninstall, run "setup-adrian.exe" again and select the uninstall option.

Compatibility and Installation Order

Adrian should be compatible with all WeiDU mods, however, we cannot test every single one. If you do encounter an error, please contact K'aeloree (kae@spellholdstudios.net) or alternatively post on the forums.

Although it is not required for the Adrian NPC to function properly, it is always a good idea install the latest version of the BG2 Fixpack.

Throne of Bhaal must be installed to play Adrian.

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Details

Adrian is Lawful Evil by alignment, but your experience with him may vary. While he has been involved in some unambiguously evil dealings in the past (and is mostly unapologetic about his history), he's not particularly enamored of aimless or obvious villainy. His worldview is influenced by some very dark philosophy, but he isn't a monster. Expect conflict when adding him to a good-aligned party, but don't expect bloodshed.

Statistics

  • Stength 12
  • Dexterity 16
  • Constitution 10
  • Intelligence 17
  • Wisdom 16
  • Charisma 14

Biography

When asked about his past, Adrian smiles slightly and says that there are enough demons to face in the present without worrying about yesterday's as well. Given his recent enslavement, it would appear that he has more than a few of his own with which to contend. Despite his slippery responses, you eventually glean that he spent some time in Sembia, working as a hirespell wizard for a rising merchant prince. You quickly learn that further prodding will win you nothing but headaches.

NPC Relationships

There will be conflict, occasionally on the edge of violence, but you can keep him with any Bioware NPC without fearing a lethal outcome. Jaheira in particular is recommended, as her presence can significantly affect the epilogue. This is doubly true if you are romancing him.

Classes

Adrian was conceived of as a sorcerer, but his character and history lend themselves to the cleric/mage and mage/thief multiclasses as well. For this reason, both are included as alternative installation choices. Dialogue may vary in places to take this into account. Installing him as a sorcerer is still recommended, but both alternatives are internally consistent.

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Romance

Requirements

  • Gender: Adrian will only romance a female protagonist.
  • Race: Adrian will only romance humans or half-elves.
  • Alignment: No restrictions.
  • Class restrictions: No restrictions.
  • Stat restrictions: INT 12+ and CHR 12+. Adrian admires a keen mind and a strong personality.

Notes

  • The romance doesn't start immediately. There are a handful of early talks, but the actual romance will not begin until after you have completed his quest.
  • Adrian is not particularly thin-skinned. While a PC who treats him overly harshly is unlikely to gain his trust, Adrian values a strong will and prefers a woman who can stand up for herself. Overly righteous or naive behavior will not impress, nor will he care for a stereotypically Chaotic Evil protagonist.
  • The first talk will trigger upon resting in an inn after escaping Irenicus's dungeon. There are several other talks that trigger upon rest as well.
  • If the romance has stalled, try resting in a forest.
  • Reaching the committed stage of the romance before arriving at Spellhold is recommended. You may miss out on some content otherwise.
  • Anyone can attempt to flirt with Adrian, but the actual flirtpack will not be available until after you have completed his quest and the romance has begun. Once the romance commits, you can ask him to initiate flirts as well.
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Credits

A huge thanks to K'aeloree for always being there (and for putting up with a barrage of ridiculous questions). Additional thanks to MiLeah for her artwork and to all of my playtesters for their patience and enthusiasm. You guys are amazing.

Writer: Rhaella
Coder: K'aeloree
Portrait: MiLeah
Proofreaders: K'aeloree, Stnemele, berelinde, Elizavet, Allahandra
Testers: K'aeloree, AmyAE, Myzandria, Seeka, Agashi, BGII-addicted, Brei, eSqr, IceDragon, Oracle, OutofSHD, ramenbito, Sappho, Silver Dawn, soledestiny, Tatyan
Music:
Prelude No. 19 (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 3.0


Programs/tools used in creation:

Copyright Notice:

The Adrian NPC was developed by Rhaella, based on material from the game Baldur's Gate II and its expansion.

All mod content is © Rhaella.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal © TSR, Inc. The BioWare Infinity Engine is © BioWare Corp.

Please note that any and all redistribution and/or hosting of this mod is prohibited without permission from the author(s).

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Version history

19 August 2012 - Version 1.0:
  • Initial release
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