Well, I did it! Final tally: three attempts and about five hours total.
I believe this is the single hardest quest in the entire game, correct? I don't think I ever spent as much time with any other quest. Really challenging, but also really rewarding. You feel like an absolute boss once you finally manage to beat it.
So, here's how it went.First attempt:
I got a really good start in the first part, buying the Balanced Dagger and spending no potions at all. I was really happy to see that the fixed class was Bloodmage (my favorite), but the inability to use blood pools really threw me off at first. In the end, though, it was probably the easiest first stage out of all three triple quests.
The second part was tough, as I couldn't really level up effectively. Although I had prepared Namtar's Ward, I had a hard time with the 100% death gaze and probably didn't use blackspace all that well. As a result, I ended up using virtually every single potion to beat the two bosses. I also got a Dragon Soul, as well as Taurog's sword and armour to take with me to the next part.
The third stage was basically a reality check. There was no way I was ever going to beat it with what I had. I managed to barely level up to LV8, take out the Avatar "shells" and after using up all my resources, I only brought one of the "true" Avatars down to about 20% health. However, I had completely run out of steam by that point and died.Second attempt:
I got a fantastic start in the first stage. I bought Dwarven Gauntlets and found the BYSSEPS glyph. This time I prepared the Dragon Shield, because I figured Namtar's Ward would be utterly useless in the final stage.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271815103
I managed to level up much more efficiently in part 2 with the added damage bonus, killing enemies 2-3 levels above me. Everything was going fine and I also found Platemail in one of the shops, which I could buy after killing the bosses and take it with me to make the third part even easier.
However, I made a few small mistakes in the boss fight and was literally 1 fireball short of killing the physical immune boss. I had planned my money carefully to afford a potential Platemail in part 2 or 3, so I skipped buying a Schadenfreude potion in part 1. That essentially cost me the game, because I forgot that the first killed boss also drops 25 gold.Third attempt:
Not so lucky this time in the first part. Although the stage itself is basically a cakewalk, I got no useful glyphs at all, never mind useful items. I basically hoped that the Balanced Dagger + WONAFYT combo would once again carry me through the second part.
I actually did a lot better in part 2 this time, avoiding some of the mistakes I did in the first run, such as exploring way too much before even killing anything. Once again, all of my health and mana potions were used up. I assume that heavy potion use is intentional here, because the Glowing Guardian in stage 3 hates potions anyway. I also spent my Quicksilver potion and a Schadenfreude, but picked up a Blue Bead, as well as a Soul Orb to better fight the Thralls in part 3. Once again, I took Taurog's sword and armour after the bosses were dead.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271815156
Realizing the lack of inventory space at the beginning of part 3, I immediately converted BURNDAYRAZ at LV1. I figured that HALPMEH - especially for a Paladin - would be the superior choice in such a long fight. I had 24 gold and kept an eye out for a Platemail, which never showed up. I ended up buying Dragon Soul at LV8. I found the shop really late and every other choice was horrible.
The boss fight was... epic. Truly epic. Anyone who's played this quest would likely agree that this fight can't really be described in any other way. Thanks to the resists from Paladin's trait, Dragon Shield and Taurog's armour, I fared much better against the Avatars. I converted WONAFYT, the Dagger and Orb for more damage and started taking Protection boons with the occasional Cleansing if a suitable target presented itself.
After the first Avatar fell, I almost started dancing with joy thanks to the full piety refill and extra gold. That made the rest of the fight infinitely easier, because my Dragon Soul was being completely uncooperative. As my inventory was getting rather full of prayer beads, I had to convert Taurog's sword before I realized that the little LV1 enemies that appear after each killed Avatar occasionally drop Compression Seals. Dang it.
Thanks to the extra money, I bought a Fine Sword and Tower Shield for more damage and resists. Fortunately, I only had a few situations where I had no choice but to attack an Avatar and take 100+ damage. At one point, all four remaining Avatars even decided to be really kind and had 6, 9, 12 and 24 damage for me to choose from. I continued the beatdown with more Protections, HALPMEHs and my last remaining Schadenfreude potion until all Avatars were dead.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271815202
I then killed all the corrosive little gits, bought a Burn Salve and wiped all the stacks. Did the same with the mana burning ones and used a Cleansing afterwards. I saved the cursebearing ones, as I set up an Enlightenment boon (with 20 beads in the inventory) before heading down to fight the final boss, so I could come back, kill them all, level up and wipe all the curse stacks in one swoop.
Next to the legendary Avatar fight, however, the final boss was almost pitiful. I literally killed him with a Can of Whupaz, two HALPMEHs and three tiles of exploration. Didn't even need Enlightenment or the level catapult.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271815257
I also converted everything for fun and took the Enlightenment boon for a pretty damn ridiculous stat boost after killing the boss:http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271815292
Many thanks to the developers of this great game! The amount of content is truly fantastic. I never imagined I would spend so much time on this game (or any game for that matter), not to mention enjoy every moment of it.