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* LivingMuseumExhibit: H. T. Parnell's museum in Tarant is home to Gar, the world's smartest orc. He sold himself to Parnell as an indentured servant in exchange for Parnell saving his family from poverty, and works off the debt by performing as a "freakshow" exhibit, impressing visitors to the museum with his above average (by orc standards) knowledge.
6th Oct '17 12:54:16 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: The level cap of 50 can be reached before you've even finished half the game, quite easily at that. And because followers only level-up with player's character, [[GuideDangIt it can get really tricky]] to find and recruit them before you've surpassed their starting level, which in turn affects their competence.

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* AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: The level cap of 50 can be reached before you've even finished half the game, quite easily at that. And because followers only level-up with player's character, [[GuideDangIt it can get really tricky]] to find and recruit them before you've surpassed their starting level, which in turn affects their competence. Patches addressed this by allowing the experience meter to roll over endlessly at 50, granting no bonus for your character but allowing others to benefit.



** While you can't have a complete female party in game, you can still have a party which consists of the female PC, Jayna, Raven and Z'an Al'urin (though you have to be extra charismatic to held together the latter two), plus the temporary followers like Swyft and Lady Druella at some point of time.

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** While you can't have a complete female party in game, you can still have a party which consists of the female PC, Jayna, Raven and Z'an Al'urin (though you have to be extra charismatic to held hold together the latter two), plus the temporary followers like Swyft and Lady Druella at some point of in time.



** Near endgame [[spoiler:Nasrudin]] summarizes the moral of the story to Virgil: "Blind faith is bad, question everything". This holds true with the [[spoiler:Panarii religion run by the agents of its devil-figure]], and [[spoiler:the deceptions of Min'Gorad which Loghaire admits that he should've been more suspicious of]], and even [[spoiler:the Gnome Ogre-breeding conspiracy which only functions as long as not too many people question the mysterious increase in the Half-Ogre species]].
** The other Aesop is "even when life is suffering, it's still worth living".

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** Near endgame [[spoiler:Nasrudin]] summarizes the moral of the story to Virgil: "Blind faith is bad, question everything". everything." This holds true with the [[spoiler:Panarii religion run by the agents of its devil-figure]], and [[spoiler:the deceptions of Min'Gorad which Loghaire admits that he should've been more suspicious of]], and even [[spoiler:the Gnome Ogre-breeding conspiracy which only functions as long as not too many people question the mysterious increase in the Half-Ogre species]].
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** The other Aesop is "even "Even when life is suffering, it's still worth living".living."



* AndManGrewProud: Vendigroth was the height of humankind's technological development. The city was so advanced that they didn't take the threats of a powerful mage seriously enough and he ended up wiping them off the map. On the other hand, the moment he started to cause troubles, [[spoiler: the scientist of Vendigroth created a device perfectly capable of killing god-like mages of the Age of Legends]].

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* AndManGrewProud: Vendigroth was the height of humankind's technological development. The city was so advanced that they didn't take the threats of a powerful mage seriously enough and he ended up wiping them off the map. On the other hand, the moment he started to cause troubles, [[spoiler: the scientist scientists of Vendigroth created a device perfectly capable of killing god-like mages of the Age of Legends]].



** The game has a ton of potential backgrounds which modify your character's base stats, but most of them are terrible. All of backgrounds that provide boosts based on time or locale have areas in which they just won't work. Anything that gives you items in exchange for reducing your stats isn't worth it because they'll be rendered obsolete (and money is easy to steal). Finally, increases in beauty are pointless because all that does it modify reaction, which is only a problem if it drops so low as to render people hostile, which is very rarely a problem.
** A borderline case with the Mechanized Gun. It is hands-down the best firearm in the game stats-wise. However, where most firearms use 1 or, in extreme cases 2, bullets per shot fired, the Mechanized Gun uses 6. ''Six''. Ammunition in this game is not weightless, meaning that most of your carrying capacity will be used up for ammunition.

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** The game has a ton of potential backgrounds which modify your character's base stats, but most of them are terrible. All of the backgrounds that provide boosts based on time or locale have areas in which they just won't work. Anything that gives you items in exchange for reducing your stats isn't worth it because they'll be rendered obsolete (and money is easy to steal). Finally, increases in beauty are pointless because all that does it modify reaction, which is only a problem if it drops so low as to render people hostile, which is very rarely a problem.
** A borderline case with the Mechanized Gun. It is hands-down the best firearm in the game stats-wise. However, where most firearms use 1 or, in extreme cases 2, bullets per shot fired, the Mechanized Gun uses 6.six. ''Six''. Ammunition in this game is not weightless, meaning that most of your carrying capacity will be used up for ammunition.



*** Further reinforced with normal boots, which are a common and cheap item sold by pretty much all merchants selling clothes and also by lesser blacksmiths. They provide +5 Damage Reduction, which is more or equal to most of early game armours.

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*** ** Further reinforced with normal boots, which are a common and cheap item sold by pretty much all merchants selling clothes and also by lesser blacksmiths. They provide +5 Damage Reduction, which is more or equal to most of early game armours.



** Once you make it to Tarant, there's a quest in the warehouse district which tasks you with clearing a warehouse of rats. The reward isn't great[[note]]unless you are aiming to arm yourself and your party with Featherweight Axes[[/note]], but the warehouse has nine chests (or chest-like storage containers) which you can use as permanent free storage. It's placed closed to most of the stores, just over the bridge when you arrive by map, and near the dock if you arrive by ship. It's the perfect hub for any adventurer.

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** Once you make it to Tarant, there's a quest in the warehouse district which tasks you with clearing a warehouse of rats. The reward isn't great[[note]]unless gold you are aiming to arm yourself and your party with Featherweight Axes[[/note]], get for completing it anything special, but the warehouse has nine chests (or chest-like storage containers) which you can use as permanent free storage. It's placed closed to most of the stores, just over the bridge when you arrive by map, and near the dock if you arrive by ship. It's the perfect hub for any adventurer. As an added bonus, one of the chests has Dwarven Ores for crafting Featherweight Axes.



** [[spoiler: Being able to nullify magical resurrection is also why the Vendigroth Device is so desperately sought after by both sides of the conflict.]]

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** [[spoiler: Being able to nullify magical resurrection is also why [[spoiler: the Vendigroth Device is so desperately sought after by both sides of the conflict.]]



* DifficultySpike: Black Mountain Mines is just this. Enjoy the rock sprites, seething masses, and ore golems which do damage to any melee weapons you try to hit them with. Also, there's tons of traps all over the place that will damage you if you're not careful and a huge maze-like dungeon that will certainly get you lost if you don't know where you're going.
* DirtyCop: Implied with detect alignment spell. The vast majority of Tarant's guards show up as negative.

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* DifficultySpike: The Black Mountain Mines is just this. Enjoy the rock sprites, seething masses, and ore golems which do damage to any melee weapons you try to hit them with. Also, there's tons of traps all over the place that will damage you if you're not careful and a huge maze-like dungeon that will certainly get you lost if you don't know where you're going.
* DirtyCop: Implied with the detect alignment spell. The vast majority of Tarant's guards show up as negative.



** An in-game character called Gilbert Bates. Considered the inventor of [[strike:[=MS-DOS=]]] steam engines, [[spoiler:actually turns out he stole the idea from the dwarves]]. Reminds you of any old, debunked conspiracy theories? He even has a pissed-off, borderline incompetent competitor named Cedric ''Apple''by.

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** An in-game character called Gilbert Bates. Considered the inventor of [[strike:[=MS-DOS=]]] steam engines, [[spoiler:actually turns out he stole the idea from the dwarves]]. Reminds you of any old, debunked conspiracy theories? He even has a pissed-off, borderline incompetent competitor named Cedric ''Apple''by.



* DugTooDeep: The Dredge in Wheel Clan mines is a subversion. Rather than actually digging too deep, the dwarves simply abandoned the corridors after digging out all the ore and the monsters nested in, eventually growing both in size and numbers to the point where the tunnels had to be sealed and guarded, because it's too late for cleaning. The maze of corridors is one of ''the'' toughest [[DungeonCrawling crawls]] in the entire game and the monsters can put a serious fight even without the end boss getting involved. Should the party came unprepared, it can easily escalte to TotalPartyKill.

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* DugTooDeep: The Dredge in Wheel Clan mines is a subversion. Rather than actually digging too deep, the dwarves simply abandoned the corridors after digging out all the ore and the monsters nested in, eventually growing both in size and numbers to the point where the tunnels had to be sealed and guarded, because it's too late for cleaning. The maze of corridors is one of ''the'' toughest [[DungeonCrawling crawls]] in the entire game and the monsters can put a serious fight even without the end boss getting involved. Should the party came unprepared, it can easily escalte escalate to TotalPartyKill.
8th Sep '17 2:03:08 PM Magnimik
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** Torian Kel and Bane of Kree, to the point that Torian attacks Bane on the sight, as Bane destroyed Torian's homeland, Kree, and helds his sword.

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** Torian Kel and Bane of Kree, to the point that Torian attacks Bane on the sight, as Bane destroyed Torian's homeland, Kree, and helds his sword.



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8th Sep '17 1:38:41 PM Magnimik
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* AmazonBrigade: One of the few {{Role Playing Game}}s with enough female companions for a complete party -- any combination of a female PC, Cynthia, Druella, Z'an, Raven, Jayna and Swyft can become this.

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* AmazonBrigade: One of AmazonBrigade:
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the few {{Role Playing Game}}s with enough female companions for Isle of Despair which consists solely of women who couldn't stand the misoginyst order in the encampment.
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a complete female party -- any combination in game, you can still have a party which consists of a the female PC, Cynthia, Druella, Z'an, Raven, Jayna Jayna, Raven and Z'an Al'urin (though you have to be extra charismatic to held together the latter two), plus the temporary followers like Swyft can become this.and Lady Druella at some point of time.



---> [-"Nothing will ever raise my comrades from the dust. They will live on... without voice, without dreams, without vision..."-]

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---> [-"Nothing --->"Nothing will ever raise my comrades from the dust. They will live on... without voice, without dreams, without vision..."-]"



* MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers: Raven and Z'an will refuse to travel with one another thanks to the differences between Elves and Dark Elves, in addition to the fact that you need a completely opposite moral alignment for either one. Magnus also develops a hatred of the undead as a result of the quest involving P. Schuyler and Sons, and will refuse to travel with Torian Kel. Subverted if you have a Charisma stat of 20 and Master Persuasion, which allows you to recruit anyone regardless of alignment or personal issues, but only after you first address said issues and talk some sense into chosen followers.

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* MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers: MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers:
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Raven and Z'an will refuse to travel with one another thanks to the differences between Elves and Dark Elves, in addition to the fact that you need a completely opposite moral alignment for either one. Subverted if you have a Charisma stat of 20 and Master Persuasion, which allows you to recruit anyone regardless of alignment or personal issues.
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Magnus also develops a hatred of the undead as a result of the quest involving P. Schuyler and Sons, and will refuse to travel with Torian Kel. Subverted as well if you you have a Charisma stat of 20 and Master Persuasion.
** Perriman Smythe hates Geoffrey Tarellond-Ashe and won't join your party if you have Geoffrey as your companion. In comprassion to the examples above, you can't held them together even if you have 20 of Charisma and Master
Persuasion, which allows you due to recruit anyone regardless of alignment or personal issues, but only after you first address said issues the bug.
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and talk some sense into chosen followers.Bane of Kree, to the point that Torian attacks Bane on the sight, as Bane destroyed Torian's homeland, Kree, and helds his sword.



* NoWomansLand: The Isle of Despair is very harsh to the convicted women ([[SinsOfOurFathers and their offspring]]). The men of the encampment treat the local women as property and constantly abuse them. Those women who couldn't stand the oppression and are willing to fight join together in the nomadic group outside of the encampment.



* PsychoForHire: Sebastian, Vollinger, and Chukka.
26th Aug '17 10:43:29 PM Motherdragon64
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There's only one survivor, the player character -- and, as they crawl out of the wreckage, a dying gnome begs them to take [[MacGuffin his ring]] to "the boy". The player character soon meets a man named Virgil, who claims to have found the reincarnation of a long lost prophet... and that's where the story properly takes off.

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There's only one survivor, the player character -- and, as they crawl out of the wreckage, a dying gnome begs them to take [[MacGuffin his ring]] to "the boy". The Immediately after the gnome succumbs to his wounds, the player character soon meets emerges from the rubble and is approached by a man named Virgil, [[TheLancer Virgil]], who claims to have found the reincarnation of a long lost prophet... and that's where the story properly takes off.



* AmazonBrigade: One of the few {{Role Playing Game}}s with enough female [=NPCs=] for a complete party -- any combination of a female PC, Cynthia, Druella, Z'an, Raven, Jayna and Swyft can become this.

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* AmazonBrigade: One of the few {{Role Playing Game}}s with enough female [=NPCs=] companions for a complete party -- any combination of a female PC, Cynthia, Druella, Z'an, Raven, Jayna and Swyft can become this.



* UnidentifiedItems: The game has magick items which must be identified to unlock their potential; this can be done by either learning "Divine Magick", a fifth-level divination spell, or paying 100 gold to a wise woman. Since [[PointBuildSystem character points]] are finite and gold isn't in short supply, sensible players opt for the latter.

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* UnidentifiedItems: The game has magick items which must be identified to unlock their potential; this can be done by either learning "Divine Magick", a fifth-level divination spell, or paying 100 gold to a wise woman. Since [[PointBuildSystem character points]] are finite and gold isn't in short supply, the majority of sensible players tend to opt for the latter.


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* UnproblematicProstitution: Madam Lil's brothel is more or less portrayed as this. One of the sidequests involves a lower-class housekeeper who is mistreated by her rich masters, and there's an option to get her a job at Lil's so she can have a better life.
22nd Aug '17 10:30:45 AM MDWoods
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** An early sidequest has the ghost of a cursed individual imploring you to kill the priest who cursed him. [[spoiler:If the ghost's body being labelled "dead bandit" isn't enough of a hint, the Detect Alignment spell reveals that the ghost is evil-aligned and the priest is good-aligned.]] Detect Alignment in general is pretty much intended to provide interface spoilers.

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** An early sidequest has the ghost of a cursed individual imploring you to kill the priest who cursed him. [[spoiler:If the ghost's body being labelled "dead bandit" isn't enough of a hint, the Detect Alignment spell reveals that the ghost is evil-aligned and the priest is good-aligned. The curse was a punishment for the bandit stealing a holy relic.]] Detect Alignment in general is pretty much intended to provide interface spoilers.
10th Aug '17 11:41:35 AM Magnimik
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* EvilVersusEvil: In [[WretchedHive the Boil]] there is a conflict between the gangs of Maug and Pollock. Both sides consist solely of violent thugs who don't hold any redemptional traits. The only way to get a good ending for the Boil is to kill leaders of the both gangs.
29th Jul '17 4:36:56 AM Ramidel
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* {{Speedrun}}: Normally, the game can take upwards of 20 hours to complete, but that's if you try to do ''everything''. However, if your goal is simply to beat the BigBad and get the ending, it can be done in 6 minutes and 54 seconds, as demonstrated in this [[http://speeddemosarchive.com/Arcanum.html video]].

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* {{Speedrun}}: Normally, the game can take upwards of 20 hours to complete, but that's if you try to do ''everything''. However, if your goal is simply to beat the BigBad and get the ending, it can be done in 6 minutes and 54 seconds, as demonstrated in this [[http://speeddemosarchive.com/Arcanum.html video]].[[note]]While not technically cheating, this abuses a major glitch that allows you to skip past 90% of the game.[[/note]]
29th Jul '17 4:24:46 AM Jan_z_Michal
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** Rapier. A bog standard weapon with neutral amplitude, meaning it can be wielded by any character having even most basic melee proficiency. It deals great damage and has one of the highest speed ratings in the whole game. Despite that it costs pocket change and can be even bought in the shop ''before the game starts''. The rapier is wickedly good and is by far one of the most powerful, yet widely accessible and common melee weapons, able to keep up with enemies up until about reaching Caladon.

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** Rapier. A bog standard weapon with neutral amplitude, meaning it can be wielded by any character having even most basic melee proficiency. It deals great damage and has one of the highest speed ratings in the whole game. Despite that it costs pocket change and can be even bought in the shop ''before the game starts''. The rapier is wickedly good and is by far one of the most powerful, yet widely accessible and common melee weapons, able to keep up with enemies up until about reaching Caladon.Stillwater or so.
28th Jul '17 7:59:36 AM Jan_z_Michal
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** Rapier. A bog standard weapon with neutral amplitude, meaning it can be wielded by any character having even most basic melee proficiency. It deals great damage and has one of the highest speed ratings in the whole game. Despite that it costs pocket change and can be even bought in the shop ''before the game starts''. The rapier is wickedly good and is by far one of the most powerful, yet widely accessible and common melee weapons, able to keep up with enemies up until about reaching Caladon.
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