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#1 Sergio

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 01:52 AM

Isra [BG2] -> ok mod. I would rate it a “must”  with some refinements. Warning: Romance mods are subjective reviews, so I encourage everyone to play them.

I’ve romanced Isra.

I would like to split my opinions between SoA part and ToB part. Note: I didn’t play BG1.

[SoA] I’ve enjoyed the SoA romance very much. It is tastefully executed and the voice of Isra is on point with the portrait she has.

The only “flaw” I’ve found (that’s a personal idea, rather than an objective “opinion”) is that I found myself a bit lost during her family quests. Why? Because as a player I didn’t know what was going on and what was the relationship between Isra and all these people you were meeting.
It seems that you are intended to know who these people are if you are playing BG1; but I didn’t, and as such I was not too fond of these quests.

So I guess the weak part of SoA for me were the personal quests.

Note about the Bodhi abduction



[ToB] ToB is the weak part of Isra. If Soa was a 8, ToB would be a very weak 6.

Why? Because it felt to me like the addition of a ToB part was an afterthought, rather than an exploring of the relationship between Isra and Charname.
One thing I liked about the SoA part very much is that the answers you could give Isra were all good, in the sense that you could characterize your charname according to how you played him.

But I felt no real attachment playing ToB Isra; it was like playing with a now tired romance that is bound to end because it just goes on without any meaningful purpose.

Honestly I would have loved to see more of a “we”, rather than “we will leave each other” or “melissan did good but it wasn’t enough”.

So... how would I have enjoyed it better?

> A chance to explore the relationship with her. After everything that transpired to Suldanesselar, I think even the most loving girl would have talked about what happened in Hell. I’m not referring specifically to Irenicus, but the challenges you have faced here. Did Charname best every challenge? I guess it is assumed, but a comment or rather an exploring of the feelings Isra has for what has transpired (“I’m proud of how you’ve acted ... etc) would have been cool.

> Isra falls for the “melissan” charade and to be honest I didn’t enjoy it. I’ve been playing with Wheels of prophecy for long, and I abhor with all my being the fact that you are railroaded on what Melissan does. No sane character would fall for her.

> Why doesn’t Isra ask what you’re going to do? Well, she does, but it’s more like “it will happen, etc” rather than a “I’ve quit you once, don’t dare to do the same”.


> Last, but not least. The magnitude of Yagashura siege camp fight requires (according to me) an exploration. I know it is silly in “normal” ToB (I mean without the ascension improved challenge component) but I guess that even the most loving person would be scared/thoughtful/anxious of what has just transpired. Both for what happened materially (you destroyed many people) and what everything that just happened transpires (You are truly the scion of murder, aren’t you? You are proud of that?)

Well, these were my ideas. Thanks for reading.

Edited by Sergio, 26 July 2019 - 01:53 AM.

Low hung brow, dazed look on your face..... It appears that you are correct, my friend. You are indeed a complete imbecile.

#2 jastey

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:11 AM

I liked very much the touch of a Fallen Isra being added. It is an unexplored ground that I saw being used only in your mod.

As pointed out elsewhere,I used the theme for my Ajantis BGII mod.
But even so, a paladin falling for doing evil even if not having done it out of free will is canon so it would have been weird if Isra wouldn't go through this, as well.

#3 Sergio

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 07:18 AM

My intention was to rectify in the topic later.


I think I should have phrased the statement better, as I meant


Amongst all the mods I've played, the falling for a paladin when kidnapped by Bodhi is a concept that I wouldn't have never thought to see explored in Baldur's gate and for me was a novelty. I never experienced such a scenario before.

rather than “only your mod does that

Jastey, thanks for answering to my queries.

Edited by Sergio, 27 July 2019 - 07:18 AM.

Low hung brow, dazed look on your face..... It appears that you are correct, my friend. You are indeed a complete imbecile.

#4 maus

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Posted 28 December 2020 - 05:57 AM

Walking with Isra through BG1 (in an EET installation) being close to end: 


- I don't like that she has no XP adjustment when joining the group. 

- She has nice dialogues and a plausible personality

- I miss a small quest or something


Overall it is worth taking her in one's party. With appropriate equipment, she can be a real damage dealer and cavaliers are always powerful in BG 1. Regarding other (Mod)-NPCs for BG 1  I would rate her above average, but not among my top five (I guess they are in fact my favorite six ;) ).