Kobra Kai Dragon's Guide to PAGAN - ULTIMA 8

 

Secrets and Gameplay Guide – For Advanced Players Only!

Copyright (©) 2003 Elton Kheid Takara

Ultima, Avatar and Pagan are trademarks of Origin Systems and Eletronic Arts

 

 

IV. PART TWO: ADVANCED GUIDE

 

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Continue only if you want to discover a new world within Pagan!

The next two sections are the basic knowledge you must acquire in order to do so!

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1. UNFREEZING THE AVATAR (the most important section of the Guide!)

2. THE AVATAR MUST BE THE CENTER OF UNIVERSE! (The second most important)

3. OUCH! RAISE YOUR HAND WHOEVER HIT ME! (Disarming Mages)

4. THE POWERLESS TEMPEST, NECROMANCER, THEURGISTS AND SORCERERS

5. DISORGANIZING SCENARIOS

6. PYROS’ STATUE AND THE SHAMELESS PRETENDERS (Infinite Staves)

7. THE INVASION OF THE UNDEAD!

8. MASTERING DEVASTATION

9. A DEAD MAN FEARS NO ONE BUT HIS DIARY

10. HALT! YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PASS!

11. INFINITE HEALING TOUCH FOCI, HEALING MUSHROOMS AND TORWIN’S RINGS

12. GOTTA PISS OFF TORWIN!

 

 

1. UNFREEZING THE AVATAR (the most important section of the Guide!)

 

To save the Avatar from being paralized during halting scenes (such as a conversation), you may use the following items, spells or actions:

DON’T USE (you may think they work, but they don’t):

If you didn’t undestand anything, read the following examples:

  1. For instance, if you double-click a Dagger, a target will appear. Double-click on a person. You’ll begin a conversation. While you are at it (and without undoing the target), try to talk to a second person. A second dialogue should begin without finishing the first one! Now say farewell to only one person (you may choose). You’ll regain movement right away and you can leave the other person talking to him/herself (See next section for better understanding).
  2. Now cast Summon Creature Spell. When the cursor turns into a target, talk to a person. Just after, point it anywhere (to a wall, for example). You’ll regain movement as soon as you get up. However, the screen is not centered at the Avatar...the next section should fix this problem.

 

 

2. THE AVATAR MUST BE THE CENTER OF UNIVERSE! (The second most important)

 

As stated in the previous section, there are some ways to make the Avatar remember to carry the screen with him (sometimes he leaves it with another person and/or forgets to take it back, oh well...). Here they are:

Examples:

  1. Example (a) from the previous section
  2. Use Flash Spell, but, before actually casting it, double-click a person. You’ll start a conversation. Now it’s time to release the spell: just do it anywhere you wish. OK! You’re done! Balance is restored!

 

 

3. OUCH! RAISE YOUR HAND WHOEVER HIT ME! (Disarming Mages)

 

This section is intended to initially fool some Pagans into thinking they were hit by some unknown force and freeing you from any charges. This is useful to disarm all irritating mages who want to kill you. To make them your inseparable followers, read the instructions:

Note: None of this techniques will work for Beren in Tenebrae. However, once you disarm him properly (section THE IMPOTENT BEREN), he'll be your favorite punch bag.

 

 

4. THE POWERLESS TEMPEST, NECROMANCER, THEURGISTS AND SORCERERS

 

This section will cover the many ways avaliable to avoid being killed, harmed or, sometimes, harassed by those mages. Notice that they won’t attack you again until you have Reloaded the screen or cast Confusion Blast.

  1. Mordea:
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  3. Vividos:
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  5. Theurgists
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  7. Sorcerers:

 

 

5. DISORGANIZING SCENARIOS

 

To make a mess of as many scenarios as you want, just use an Unfreeze item/spell before you trigger the flag that starts an event. For instance, go to the prison to read Bentic’s Journal (and to trigger the second execution). Before doing that, cast Summon Creature or Dead. Right after you double-click the Spell Book or the Bony Token, press the Pause Key. While the mouse pointer is still an arrow, double-click the book. Now, unpause the game by pressing any key. The book shall open. Read it if you wish and then wait until you are at the docks and Salkind begins to talk. Now, double-click on you and double-click on the backpack in the display. Search for Mythran’s Scroll and cast its magic now (while the pointer is still a cross hair target – because the Summon Creature/Dead doesn’t work if you change the Map). Now you can talk to Darion, Shanna and the guards (they will keep walking around), you can cast Call Quake for to total disorganization, etc.

Note: You can change these items or spells as you see fit.

 

 

6. PYROS’ STATUE AND THE SHAMELESS PRETENDERS (Infinite Staves)

 

This section will prove that Pyros will not do anything bad to Pagan if the Sorcerers fail to control him during the Ritual of Fire. To make things easier, take the Master’s Staff before Banishing his Daemon. After you do it, he’ll ask you to drop his Staff. Before you do it, however, make sure you have a unfreeze item/spell ready to use. Now drop the Staff (OPTIONAL NOTE: You have enough time to pick it up again if you Pause the game) and use the spell/item afterwards. Remember that Summon Creature Spell can’t be cast after you leave a Map, so make sure you have Mythran’s Scroll available in your backpack too. Now follow step (d) from section ANGER MALCHIR AND PYROS and make sure you’re not over the Great Pentagram by the time Malchir summons the Lord of the Flame (or he’ll never appear) and use any spell of invincibility. After Pyros sets himself free and kills everybody, cast a Flash spell right before he hits you for a second and deadly time (the timing for doing this is horrible! You must not hasten nor delay too much). Another alternative should be to cast Flash once just to Center the screen on the Avatar and Teleport (using the Recall item) by the time Pyros is to hit you (it’s a good idea to cast another Flash spell before teleporting, but do not release its power before you’re teleported to another map area).

If you successfully survive to this scene, you’ll see that Pyros, instead of killing some Pagan fools, just stands there like a statue. In addition, the Sorcerers, who are apparently dead, can talk to you normally! Only the First Acolyte dies, nonetheless. If you stand near Pyros (most possible in front of him) and double-click him, the conversation will begin once more. Oh my GOD! Not again! (Hint: Infinite Staves! But Pyros will try to kill you twice per round!)

Note1: You’ll not be able to continue the game (without cheating) if you really wasted your time with this pointless section.

Note2: The second staff appears when Pyros ‘kills’ the Master. Three problems regarding staves:

 

 

7. THE INVASION OF THE UNDEAD!

 

Another section dedicated only for cheaters! In case you have not been informed, there should’ve been Earthquakes and Ghouls invading Tenebrae after you steal the Heart of the Earth from Lithos.

Now you can enjoy what was never supposed to be omitted. Press F9, click on View/Edit and then on Usecode Flags and type ‘hasHeart’ (it’s CASE SENSITIVE). Change its value to 1. Note that you must have enabled change Usecode Flags earlier.

I will not spoil the experience to you, but be sure to talk to every NPC in Tenebrae, to Vividos and to Mythran (after you kill Malchir and have the Tongue of Flame).

Note: There are no earthquakes, though.

 

 

8. MASTERING DEVASTATION

 

Devastation was supposed to be a spell whose effects would be similar to the Armaggedon’s in Ultima7 (all creatures of Pagan would die). However, probably because of technical limitations, they had to turn it into an impossible-to-be-cast spell, making the caster die too.

But what kind of Avatar will you be if you cannot avoid this miserable thunderbolt? Yes! The answer is the same: you must use an unfreezing item/spell before casting this damned spell! Invincible Spells, purple potion and Withstand Death are also welcome. Now you can cast the Devastation Spell. Every creature will vanish and a Lightning Bolt will fall on you. But you’ll survive and be able to move again.

Now you can see why this spell was supposed to kill you everytime. Not only all living things (NPCs or non-NPCs) who were not on the screen will still be alive, but also all NPCs who were caught by the spell will return just after you Reload the Map or one period of time passes. The only permanent effect that always takes place after the spell is cast is the activation of a Fire Storm similar to the one Pyros does when he regains his power.

 

 

9. A DEAD MAN FEARS NO ONE BUT HIS DIARY

 

In order to join the minions of Lithos, but retaining your free will, you must die! Not actually. To do this trick, simply attack Mythran after you have used an unfreezing item/spell and an invulnerability spell, Withstand Death spell or purple potion. He’ll Call Destruction upon you. If you follow this instruction correctly, you will notice that you are DEAD! Try to press the Z key or double-click on yourself. Your status screen will be similar to the containers of the dead bodies (you can still wear or take ALL armors/weapons from you, including your leggings).

During this mode, nobody will attack you (except for the Titans), and if they did, it’d be of little importance, since you are now dead and immortal (?? The antithesis of life and death). Nonetheless, you can still talk to people and there’s nothing that can prevent you from finishing the game. In addition, it’ll also stop the rain and fire storms and you will be able to hackmove yourself without cheating (because you will act as an item and some of your animations will be off).

There are some negative points, though. You cannot press the ESC key nor you can save using the hotkey (F7), since you’re dead already. Water and Soft Lava are not fatal, but will halt the game. Another problem is that you cannot use Call Destruction anymore.

Some funny things you can do with this mode:

Note1: Another way to activate this Dead Mode is by calling the Guards upon yourself while you are invulnerable (be sure to disarm Beren first or he’ll find you guilty of murdering yourself).

Note2: Alternatively, you can press ‘alt-5’ on your keyboard to enter or quit this mode through cheating (this is the only way to become a living being again). The advantage of using this shortcut comes to the fact that you can switch from dead to alive (and vice-versa) anytime and, thus, you’ll be able to do the funny (and useful) things described above and yet, you’ll be able to save your current game (if you disable dead-mode).

 

 

10. HALT! YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PASS!

 

This section describes the best way to block people’s passages. While you can do it by dropping a chest, a barrel or a wooden plank in front of a NPC, it may be of little use if an event takes place with many NPCs already positioned somewhere and/or your blocking items are removed from the area. This happens, for instance, during the second execution scene. If you had dropped any items you had near the pier, it’d be stored into one or more barrels that appears next to the scene.

To avoid this, think about something that can’t be stored anywhere... a corpse, of course! To create a creature that doesn’t disappear after you reload the scenario, cast Summon Creature Spell. It doesn’t matter which monster appears, so kill it (wait for the Changeling to turn into the Avatar before killing it) and drop it in the way that the NPC you want to block will be heading.

To exemplify, drop the corpse in the place of the dock where Salkind will be during the second execution. Now read Bentic’s Journal and trigger this event. Notice that Mordea will not be able to move, so she will never be fed to the Lurker, but she’ll die anyway.

 

 

11. INFINITE HEALING TOUCH FOCI, HEALING MUSHROOMS AND TORWIN’S RINGS

 

Applying the knowledge learned above, you can make a collection of these items. First, go to Windy Point, Summon a Creature (preferably a Troll), kill it and leave its body between the two pillars. Now, trigger the scene in which Torwin commits suicide. He’ll be unable to do that because the creature is blocking his way. After his ridiculous show, you can either double click on him or reload the scenario and all the dialogue will be reloaded.

Do this as many times as you want. And when you get tired, return to Torwin’s house. There will be many barrels with a lot of Healing Touch Foci, Healing Mushrooms and Torwin’s Ring (worthless junk!). Beware to not fall into water. It usually happens when:

 

 

12. GOTTA PISS OFF TORWIN!

 

Another section intended only for cheaters. If you want to piss off Torwin, then press F9, click on View/Edit and then on Usecode Flags and type ‘passedTests’ (it’s CASE SENSITIVE). Change its value to 1. Note that you must have enabled change Usecode Flags earlier.

If you talk to him again, he won’t believe that you have completed the Tests faster than him. He’ll be pissed!

If you think he had not enough, then you are going to REALLY piss off him! Press F9, click on View/Edit and then on Usecode Flags and type ‘mordeaDead’ (it’s CASE SENSITIVE). Change its value to 1.

When you go to Windy Point to contemplate Torwin’s death, there will be a new dialogue! He’ll be –REAL- pissed...and he will die anyway! Poor Torwin: His father was executed, his mother was left alone, he couldn’t pass the third test, he stole Xavier’s focus, he was bested by the Avatar, he couldn’t avenge his father death, and he couldn’t be more humiliated because he died before this happened.

Note1: To trigger this event, in which Torwin is going to jump to his death, press F9, click on View/Edit and then on Usecode Flags and type ‘torwinGottaJump’ (it’s CASE SENSITIVE). Change its value to 1, and go to Windy Point. If you are near Torwin when you activate the flag, he’ll not leave where he is (id est, the event will take place inside of his house, for exemple).

Note2: If you activate the flag that ‘kills’ Mordea (she’ll not be physically dead, only theoretically), some people, such as Kilandra and Gwilli(a)m, will be particularly happy with the news.

 

 

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This Guide is Copyrighted (©) 2003 to Elton Kheid Takara

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