How I thought things would go

What was planned

Chapter 1

  1. Fight the kobolds, rescue civilians
  2. Go to the kobold hang-out, fight without questions, probably murder everyone. Sweet dragon fight. Three-tooth would reveal that their actions were good intentioned, and reveal the three evil people behind the plot.
  3. Head directly to Musei to investigate the three dudes
  4. Based on the vision, figure out that Estavan was chillin’ at the dock. Go kill him, find the key.
  5. Find the warehouse based on either the blacksmith clue, or Ryan’s memory.
  6. See Rafa and get suspicious, but ignore him and investigate warehouse, only to be surprised by him once inside
  7. Challenging battle where Rafa has minions, and you must shut the gate to stop them
  8. After interrogating Rafa, determine that Lucio is the real threat
  9. Find Lucio at the Harvest, maybe talk to him and push him, but realize that there are too many guards to fight him. Either leave him, or fight and get captured
  10. After the fight, Wilsmith captured. Take some time to find that Wilsmith is in jail, then learn that he is being transported to Novara
  11. Attack the caravan, freeing him, then heading to Novara
  12. Go to Novara, con some guy out of his ticket
  13. Sweet fight on the riverboat where Bong Tao is revealed to be bad news

Chapter 2

  1. Set sail to Farport with Danilo
  2. Investigate the location of the Lost City in Farport
  3. Head to Academgorodok, encounter the residents (spriggans)
  4. Get curious about the strange nature of the spriggans and their odd carvings, go to investigate the Botanical Garden
  5. After figuring out their secret, and maybe some other secrets about the city, head to the Hall of Knowledge and the Temple of Light
  6. Battle the Twins, shut down the gate. Depending on time taken in the City, could meet and stop Varen, or have to fight Air Avatar
  7. Return to Farport; Leobin-centric side quest

Chapter 3

  1. Meet Danilo in Farport, head to Musei to meet the Admiral
  2. Go to Novara to help
  3. Work with the Navy and local militia, setting up a defense of the city. Little mini-game where you guys plan out how to protect the city, culminating in some a big battle, maybe some behind enemy lines work
  4. Head to the mountains to investigate the Monastery
  5. Head to the volcano, fight Fire Avatar, enter the portal to the elemental prison
  6. Fight on a ship against the Fire Aspect of Ishaarl.

What you did

Chapter 1

  1. Fight the kobolds, rescue civilians
  2. Go to the kobold hang-out, become friends with everyone. Still learn about the three dudes, and decide to investigate.
  3. Spend a session or two investigating all the other towns that have been attacked, looking for a common link. Ambush cultists, beat up kids.
  4. In Musei, investigated the Keepers, search through Estavan’s stuff.
  5. Captured/killed Estavan, attacked by shadowy assassin
  6. Find the warehouse by talking to blacksmith
  7. See Rafa, discuss ‘ladies’, make us all hate our lives
  8. Chase Rafa, subdue him quickly because he doesn’t have element of surprise and wasn’t supposed to be a tough guy. Overall just make the encounter a lot easier
  9. Interrogate Rafa, find out about Lucio at the Harvest
  10. Without much talk, fight Lucio and all his goons, Wilsmith captured
  11. IMMEDIATELY go to the jail to bust Wilsmith out of jail.
  12. Head to Novara to find the riverboat, conning someone out of a ticket
  13. Sweet fight on the riverboat where Bong Tao is revealed to be bad news

Chapter 2

  1. Go talk to Three-tooth and Thraesk about what’s up.
  2. Sail to Farport with Danilo
  3. Investigate the location of the Lost City in Farport, taking several weeks to set up a fake science exploration trip, buying slaves and things
  4. Head to Academgorodok, encounter the residents (spriggans)
  5. Weirded out by spriggans, but who cares
  6. Head to the Hall of Knowledge and the Temple of Light
  7. Battle the Twins, shut down the gate, too late to catch Varen thanks to delays getting here. Fight Air Avatar of Ishaarl due to late arrival.
  8. Return to Farport, Leobin-centric quest

Chapter 3

  1. Spend like 3 weeks in Farport setting up a restaurant/nightclub/undercover arms dealer
  2. Meet Danilo, but instead of going to Musei, head straight to Novara
  3. Liberate Novara, working with a rebellion and utilizing many awkward “Chewbacca” setups to free prisoners
  4. Head to the mountains to investigate the Monastery
  5. Head to the volcano, fight Fire Avatar, enter the portal to the elemental prison
  6. Fight on a ship against the Fire Aspect of Ishaarl.

How I thought things would go

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