Prince of Qin Walkthrough By Steven W. Carter scarter831@earthlink.net Last Updated February 13, 2003 * ================= * * Table of Contents * * ================= * 01.00.00 Introduction 02.00.00 Characters .01.00 Classes .01 Assassin .02 Muscleman .03 Paladin .04 Witch .05 Wizard .02.00 Attributes .01 Strength .02 Constitution .03 Dexterity .04 Savvy .05 Charm .06 Wisdom .03.00 Experience Table .04.00 Companions 03.00.00 Locations .01.00 Details .02.00 Map 04.00.00 Equipment .01.00 Components .01 Animal Parts .02 Rock .03 Wood .02.00 Gems .03.00 Making Items .04.00 Unique Items 05.00.00 Gameplay Tips 06.00.00 Walkthrough .01.00 Notes .02.00 Chapter One .01 Zhaocun Village .02 Yangzhou .03 Beidi Courier Station .04 Beidi Prefecture .05 Lixian County .06 Yanmen Pass .07 Hun Barracks .08 North Suburb of Xianyang .09 Xianyang .03.00 Chapter Two .01 Zhaocun Village .02 North Suburb of Xianyang .03 Yongxian County .04 Hanzhong Prefecture .05 Sanchuan Prefecture .06 Yingchuan .07 Yinghuiling Mountain .08 Handan .09 Peixian County .10 Dangshan Mountain .11 Pengcheng .12 Taishan Mountain .13 Jiujiang .04.00 Chapter Three .01 Hengshan Village .02 Hengshan Prefecture .05.00 Chapter Four .01 Huqiu .02 Hejiang Village .03 Wuhua Village .04 Changsha .05 Cloud Valley .06 Taishan Mountain .07 Treasure Hunting .08 Paradise .06.00 Chapter Five .01 Lishan Mountain .02 First Emperorís Tomb .07.00 Chapter Six .01 Lishan Mountain .02 Xishui Village .03 Breaking the Siege .04 Chencheng .05 Handan .06 Julu .07 Chencheng .08.00 Chapter Seven .01 Xishui Village .02 Fengxian County .03 Xuecheng .04 Fengxian County .09.00 Chapter Eight .01 Xuecheng .02 Sanchuan Prefecture .03 Xianyang .04 Xishui Village .10.00 Chapter Nine .01 Julu .11.00 Chapter Ten .01 Yangcheng .02 Wancheng .03 Epang Palace .12.00 Chapter Eleven .01 Xianyang 07.00.00 Recognition 08.00.00 Revision History 09.00.00 Permissions and Updates ****************************************************************************** * 01.00.00 INTRODUCTION * ****************************************************************************** Prince of Qin is a role-playing game similar in style to Baldurís Gate (some compare it to Diablo, but I think Baldurís Gate is more accurate). It was developed by Object Software and published by Strategy First. For the most part, Iím concentrating on the single-player walkthrough for this guide, but Iíll try to provide other information where I can. Iím using the normal difficulty setting and version 1.16b. (Iím also using version 1.02 for some parts of the game that are broken in 1.16b. Yes, both versions have their share of bugs, and Iím not sure which one is better to play.) The walkthrough is now complete, and while Iíll continue to update the guide, itíll never have all the information people potentially want. So if what youíre looking for isnít here, try one of these two places: Strategy Firstís Prince of Qin forum http://www.strategyfirst.com/forum/cgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum;f=30 and the official Prince of Qin web site http://eng.objectgames.com/products/zhuanqu/qinshang_english/default.asp ****************************************************************************** * 02.00.00 CHARACTERS * ****************************************************************************** /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 02.01.00 Classes | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ * ================= * * 02.01.01 Assassin * * ================= * Job: Ranged attacker Speed: Fast Gains: 24 hit points, 4 mana points per level Equipment: Concentrate on items that give strength, hit points, mana, elemental defense power, and common attack power The Meteor Crossbow should not be your final weapon. Itís good for a while, but your final weapon should be paladin-created with high level materials so it has a high common attack power. Attributes: Add 5 strength, 1 constitution, 2 dexterity, and 2 wisdom per level Skills: Meteor Arrows (9 points) should be your standard left-side attack. Fury Arrows (9 points) should be your mana-intensive left-side attack. Use it as much as possible. It adds 400% to your common attack power, and assassins donít have anything else to spend their mana on. Device Master (9 points) and Gold Vision (9 points) are also useful for opening chests and disarming traps. * ================== * * 02.01.02 Muscleman * * ================== * Job: Melee attacker Speed: Slow Gains: 38 hit points, 4 mana points per level Equipment: Concentrate on items that give strength, hit points, hit point absorbing power, common defense power, elemental defense power, and common attack power The Pan Gu Gigantic Axe should be your final weapon Attributes: Add 5 strength, 2 constitution, 2 dexterity, and 1 wisdom per level (but go with more wisdom if you find yourself with a weapon that does a lot of elemental damage, or if you decide to use a lot of the mana-intensive muscleman skills) Skills: Tiger Paw (9 points) should be your standard left-side attack. Roaring (9 points) is an excellent crowd control skill. Itíll knock down or stun most nearby enemies, and itís one of the best ways in the game to protect your spellcasters during large fights. I like this skill enough that I donít waste mana on other potentially useful skills like Accumulate Strength and Nail Armor. Burning Bloody Blade (~5 points) is a useful early-game party enhancing skill (stop using it when your witch gets Invincible). * ================ * * 02.01.03 Paladin * * ================ * Job: Melee fighter, equipment builder / repairer Speed: Fast Gains: 28 hit points, 4 mana points per level Equipment: Concentrate on items that give strength, hit points, hit point absorbing power, common defense power, elemental defense power, and common attack power The Star-inviting Falchion should be your final weapon Attributes: Add 5 strength, 2 constitution, 2 dexterity, and 1 wisdom per level (but go with more wisdom if you find yourself with a weapon that does a lot of elemental damage, or if you decide to use a lot of the mana-intensive paladin skills) Skills: Fierce Advance (9 points) should be your standard left-side attack. Illusion (~5 points) should be your standard right-side skill until you get Overwhelming Thunder (9 points). Use one of these two skills before every big fight. Stanching (1 point) is useful early in the game when you donít have anything else available. Art of Forging (6 points) and Art of Remedy (3 points) are useful utility skills. * ============== * * 02.01.04 Witch * * ============== * Job: Slinger of fire spells Speed: Medium Gains: 22 hit points, 5 mana points per level Equipment: Concentrate on items that give wisdom, mana, common defense power, elemental defense power, and fire attack power (and make fire attack power attributes your highest priority) Attributes: Add 1 strength, 1 constitution, 2 dexterity, and 6 wisdom per level Skills: Earth-fire Dragon (9 points) should be your standard left-side spell. As long as you wear fire attack power equipment, you can use this spell all game long. Invincible (9 points) should be your standard right-side skill. Use it before every fight. It increases common attack power by 40% for your entire party! Burning All (9 points) is a useful spell during large fights when itís difficult to tell whatís going on. * =============== * * 02.01.05 Wizard * * =============== * Job: Slinger of water spells, healer Speed: Slow Gains: 22 hit points, 6 mana points per level Equipment: Concentrate on items that give wisdom, mana, common defense power, elemental defense power, and water attack power (and make water attack power attributes your highest priority) Attributes: Add 1 strength, 1 constitution, 2 dexterity, and 6 wisdom per level Skills: Icy Hidden Weapon (9 points) should be your standard left-side spell. As long as you wear water attack power equipment, you can use this spell all game long. Hail Storm (9 points) should be your standard right-side spell. Cure Diseases (9 points) is a little under-powered for a healing spell, but itíll often save you from having to use healing items. Superior Doctor (1-3 points) is useful for healing your entire party, and it can be useful during early battles where your entire party gets hit. Identification Magic (3 points) is just convenient to have. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 02.02.00 Attributes | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ * ================= * * 02.02.01 Strength * * ================= * Each point of strength adds: -- 1.5 to a characterís carrying capacity. -- 1.00% to a musclemanís common attack power, 0.67% to a paladinís common attack power, and 0.50% to an assassinís, wizardís, and witchís common attack power. * ===================== * * 02.02.02 Constitution * * ===================== * Each point of constitution adds: -- 1.00% to a musclemanís common defense power, 0.67% to a paladinís and wizardís common defense power, and 0.50% to an assassinís and witchís common defense power. Constitution also increases a characterís hit point regeneration rate. (My conjecture: Common attack power determines how much damage you take from common attacks, not whether youíre hit or not.) * ================== * * 02.02.03 Dexterity * * ================== * Each point of dexterity adds: -- 4 to a characterís shoot rate, plus an extra 1.00% for assassins, and 0.67% for musclemen, paladins, witches, and wizards. -- 3 to a characterís dodge rate, plus an extra 1.00% for assassins, 0.67% for paladins, witches, and wizards, and 0.50% for musclemen. (My conjecture: Shoot rate is what the game uses for determining accuracy.) * ============== * * 02.02.04 Savvy * * ============== * Each point of savvy increases your experience gain by half a percent. That makes it sound useful, but perhaps it isnít. Enemy difficulty scales with your level in the game, and so you want to be as powerful at your level as possible, and savvy doesnít make you more powerful. Plus, you can get as much experience as you want through random encounters. So go ahead and add points to this attribute if you want, but donít go crazy with it. There isnít any reason to raise it over 100, and 50 is probably plenty. * ============== * * 02.02.05 Charm * * ============== * Charm improves the amount of gold you get through trade. That makes it a completely worthless attribute. If you need more gold, just have Fu Su make stuff, or wander around and pick things up from random encounters. * =============== * * 02.02.06 Wisdom * * =============== * Each point of wisdom adds: -- 1.00% to a witchís and wizardís elemental attack power, 0.67% to an assassinís and paladinís elemental attack power, and 0.50% to a musclemanís elemental attack power. Wisdom also increases a characterís mana regeneration rate. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 02.03.00 Experience Table | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ 01. 0 26. 570,561 (+74,421) 02. 400 (+400) 27. 656,145 (+85,584) 03. 1000 (+600) 28. 754,567 (+98,422) 04. 2350 (+1350) 29. 860,206 (+105,639) 05. 4825 (+2475) 30. 972,033 (+111,827) 06. 8605 (+3780) 31. 1,088,677 (+116,644) 07. 13,708 (+5103) 32. 1,208,431 (+119,754) 08. 19,832 (+6124) 33. 1,329,275 (+120,844) 09. 26,738 (+6906) 34. 1,462,202 (+132,927) 10. 34,729 (+7991) 35. 1,608,422 (+146,220) 11. 43,411 (+8682) 36. 1,769,264 (+160,842) 12. 54,264 (+10,853) 37. 1,946,191 (+176,927) 13. 67,830 (+13,566) 38. 2,140,810 (+194,619) 14. 84,788 (+16,958) 39. 2,354,891 (+214,081) 15. 103,441 (+18,653) 40. 2,590,380 (+235,489) 16. 124,129 (+20,688) 41. 2,849,418 (+259 038) 17. 148,955 (+24,826) 42. 3,134,360 (+284,942) 18. 178,746 (+29,791) 43. 3,447,796 (+313,436) 19. 214,495 (+35,749) 44. 3,792,575 (+344,779) 20. 246,669 (+32,174) 45. 4,171,833 (+379,258) 21. 283,670 (+37,001) 46. 4,589,016 (+417,183) 22. 326,220 (+42,550) 47. 5,047,918 (+458,902) 23. 375,153 (+48,933) 48. 5,552,710 (+504,792) 24. 431,426 (+56,273) 49. 6,107,981 (+555,271) 25. 496,140 (+64,714) 50. 6,718,779 (+610,798) Every level after 50 appears to require 10% more experience points than the previous level. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 02.04.00 Companions | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ * ============== * * 02.03.01 Notes * * ============== * You can have up to five characters in your party, including Fu Su. Since there are also five classes in the game, you might want to try a party including one character from each class. Then you can have two melee characters (paladin and muscleman), two spellcasters (witch and wizard), and one character who can use melee or ranged attacks (assassin). That being said, you can probably finish the game using any combination of companions you want, and probably even using fewer than four companions. There is almost no difference between companions of the same class. So use whatever arbitrary means of selection you want when deciding who should be in your party. When a character joins your party for the first time, he or she will gain experience to be near Fu Suís experience level. So while itís fine to replace party members as you make your way through the game, itís a bad idea to swap characters in and out. There isnít any way to resurrect companions, so be careful with them. * ================ * * 02.03.02 Details * * ================ * Earliest Chapter Class Location Kong Gang 1 Muscleman Yangzhou Liao Yi 1 Wizard Beidi Prefecture Modu 1 Muscleman The Hun Barracks Yao Tong 1 Witch Lixian County Chunyu Qiu 2 Witch Handan Jing Wuji 2 Assassin Pengcheng Tian Yuelin 2 Assassin Sanchuan Prefecture Zhang Liang 2 Wizard Yinghuiling Mountain Zhao Qian 2 Assassin Zhaocun Village Han Xin 3 Paladin Hengshan Prefecture Kun Pu 4 Wizard Hejiang Village Yin Zhu 4 Witch Cloud Valley Fang Zhong 5 Wizard Lishan Mountain Li You 8 Paladin Xianyang Qing Bu ? Muscleman Jiujiang ****************************************************************************** * 03.00.00 LOCATIONS * ****************************************************************************** /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 03.01.00 Details | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Earliest Number of Courier Chapter Companions Station? Beidi Courier Station 1 0 No Beidi Prefecture 1 1 Yes Hun Barracks 1 1 No Lixian County 1 1 No North Suburb of Xianyang 1 0 No Xianyang 1 1 Yes Yangzhou 1 0 No Yanmen Pass 1 1 No Yongxian County 1 0 No Zhaocun Village 1 1 No Dangshan Mountain 2 0 No Handan 2 1 Yes Hanzhong Prefecture 2 0 No Jiujiang 2 0 No Peixian County 2 0 No Pengcheng 2 1 Yes Sanchuan Prefecture 2 1 Yes Taishan Mountain 2 0 No Yingchuan 2 0 No Yinghuiling Mountain 2 1 No Hengshan Prefecture 3 1 Yes Hengshan Village 3 0 No Changsha 4 0 No Cloud Valley 4 1 No Hejiang Village 4 1 No Huqiu 4 0 No Julu 4 0 No Wuhua Village 4 0 No Lishan Mountain 5 1 No Chencheng 6 0 Yes Xishui Village 6 0 No Fengxian County 7 0 Yes Xuecheng 7 0 Yes Yangcheng 10 0 No Wancheng 10 0 Yes /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 03.02.00 Map | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Zhaocun Yanmen The Hun Village---Yangzhou------ Pass -----Barracks | \___ | \ Lixian Beidi Beidi Courier County----Prefecture--- Station Wancheng---Yangcheng---Julu | | / ____/ | | | __/ / | | North Suburb / / Peixian Taishan | of Xianyang / Chencheng---Handan-----County ----Mountain | / | / / | / | \ | | / | / ____/ | / | \ | Yongxian | / Xishui / / Fengxian | Dangshan \ | County ---Xianyang----------Village / County | Mountain---Pengcheng / | \ \_________ / / | / / | \ \ / / | / / Epang Lishan Sanchuan / | / / Palace Mountain Prefecture---Xuecheng Yinghuiling / / \ Mountain / / \ _______/ / Hanzhong Wuhua \ / / Prefecture Village Yingchuan-----------------Jiujiang \ / \ / | \_ \ / \ / | \ Hejiang \ Hengshan | \ Village \ Village | Huqiu ____/ \ \______________ \ | / \_______________ \ \ | Cloud \ Hengshan Valley Changsha----------------Prefecture ****************************************************************************** * 04.00.00 EQUIPMENT * ****************************************************************************** /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 04.01.00 Components | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ * ===================== * * 04.01.01 Animal Parts * * ===================== * Animal Level Element ------ ----- ------- Dog 1 Water Tiger Fish 2 Wood Wolf 3 Fire Boar 4 Earth Tiger 5 Metal Bear 6 Earth Monster Paoxiao 7 Water Monster Zhuyan 8 Metal Monster Shanyi 9 Wood Ogres (monkeys) never drop animal parts. * ============= * * 04.01.02 Rock * * ============= * Type Level Element ---- ----- ------- Low Grade Copper 1 Fire Low Grade Iron 2 Earth Low Grade Silver 3 Water Low Grade Gold 4 Metal High Grade Copper 5 Fire High Grade Iron 6 Earth High Grade Silver 7 Water High Grade Gold 8 Metal Kunwu Red Copper 9 Wood * ============= * * 04.01.03 Wood * * ============= * Type Level Element ---- ----- ------- Red Pine 1 Fire Plum Pine 2 Wood Wuling Pine 3 Earth Sandalwood 4 Water Rosewood 5 Metal Black-yellow Sandalwood 6 Earth Longan Wood 7 Wood Flame Tree Wood 8 Fire Sky-scraping Wood 9 ? /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 04.02.00 Gems | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Type Level Element ---- ----- ------- Agate 1 Fire Amber 1 Metal Dark Green Stone 1 Wood Gray Jade 1 Earth Sapphire 1 Water East China Sea Stone 1-6? -- Jingwei Stone 2 -- All-color Stone 3 Fire Dark Purple Stone 3 Water Dongling Stone 3 Earth Emerald 3 Wood Tianhuang Stone 3 Metal Kallaite 5 Wood Lapis Lazuli 5 Metal Plum-blossom Jade 5 Fire Qinghai Jade 5 Water Shoushan Stone 5 Earth Alexandrite 7 Wood Dushan Jade 7 Water Ink Jade 7 Earth Malachite 7 Fire Zircon 7 Metal Heaven-repairing Stone* 8 -- Krocodylite 9 Metal Olivine* 9 Wood Red Sun Stone* 9 Fire Suet Jade* 9 Water Yellow Emperor Stone* 9 -- * Not verified by me. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 04.03.00 Making Items | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Even if you collect equipment materials all throughout the game, you probably wonít be able to compete with what you find in the shops and what you find on fallen enemies. But that doesnít mean forging items is a waste of time. Forging allows you to do two things: 1. It allows you to make money. If you make an item (even a bad item) youíll get way more for the item than for the individual components. 2. You can make items with a high common defense power (armor) or a high common attack power (weapons). Thatís because the level of the materials used in the forging (plus your forge level) determines the level of the object created, and the level of the object created determines the common defense power or the common attack power. Everything else is either random or comes from the attributes of the materials used. For armor and jewelry, the attributes are usually more important than the common defense power, but for weapons the common attack power is most important. So you should hang onto your high level wood and rocks so you can make at least one really good weapon for an assassin or for a muscleman. Just be sure to save first because there is some randomness to the items you forge. Otherwise, from my experience itís best to just go shopping every time you enter a town, and hope the shopkeeper has something good. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 04.04.00 Unique Items | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Note: The ìtopî attributes of unique items are slightly random. Boots of Monster Nafuís Hoof (any class): Common defense power +24 Fire defense power +50 Move speed +30% Dexterity +30 Maximum mana +100 Dodge rate +20% Requires level 35, strength 45 Bought from the treasure craftsman after completing the Monster Nafuís Hoof quest (06.11.02). Deer-hunting Dagger (assassin): Common attack power 37-42 Metal attack power 8-16 Common attack power 20-40 (concealed, metal) Critical strike frequency +100% Strength +40 Dexterity +40 Shoot rate +40% Requires level 30, strength 110 Acquired after giving monkey fruit wine to Song Ji in Pengcheng (06.05.07). Extraordinary Green (wizard, witch): Common attack power 46-65 Attack speed +30% Wood attack power 6-9 Common defense power +50% (concealed, wood) Critical strike frequency +50% Hit point absorbing rate +25% Magic absorbing rate +25% Maximum hit points +200 Maximum mana +200 Requires level 20, strength 75, dexterity 75 Acquired from the herbalist when you complete his quest on Yinghuiling Mountain (06.03.07). Fake Moye Sword (paladin): Common attack power 13-20 Water attack power 40-49 Attack speed +20% (concealed, water) Critical strike frequency +30% Magic absorbing rate +10% Wisdom +30 Shoot rate +20% Requires level 22, strength 75, dexterity 110 Acquired by defeating the head robber in Huqiu (06.05.01). Ganjiang Sword (paladin): Common attack power 45-57 Fire attack power 15-18 Attack speed +40% (concealed, fire) Deadly strike frequency +50% Hit point absorbing rate +15% Strength +60 Shoot rate +40% Requires level 22, strength 110, dexterity 75 Acquired by defeating the head robber in Huqiu (06.05.01). Ghost-fire Dagger (assassin): Common attack power 6-10 Attack speed +30% Fire attack power 51-59 Blindness rate +100% (concealed, fire) Wisdom +60 Attack distance +2 Fire attack power +60% Maximum mana points +30% Requires level 40, dexterity 210 Acquired from Wu Xin at Taishan Mountain after completing his sword materials quest (06.07.04). God-Beast Armor (any class): Common defense power +30 Metal defense power +60 Reduce physical damage +20% (concealed, fire) Constitution +80 Maximum hit points +200 Common defense power +75% Hit point restoration speed +100% Requires level 43, strength 250, dexterity 200 Found in the Mysterious Cave in Cloud Valley (06.05.07). Golden Dragon Helmet (any class): Common defense power +35 Wood defense power +40 Common defense power +20% (concealed, metal) Strength +30 Constitution +30 Maximum hit points +120 Anti-shock rate +60% Requires level 22, strength 120, constitution 90 Found in Hejiang Village after defeating the wanderer in Sanchuan Prefecture (06.03.05 and 06.05.02). Gongbu Sword (paladin): Common attack power 24-26 Wood attack power 25-31 Savvy +40 (concealed, wood) Constitution +40 Strength +40 Dexterity +40 Wisdom +40 Charm +40 Requires level 16, strength 80, dexterity 65 Acquired by completing the estranged son quest in Jiujiang (06.03.13). Juque Sword (paladin): Common attack power 48-50 Attack speed -20% Earth attack power 14-22 Common defense power +50% (concealed, earth) Knockdown rate +150% Strength +40 Anti-shock rate +100% Dodge rate -40% Requires level 18, strength 100 Acquired by completing Moduís quest at the Hun Barracks (06.02.07). Master Guigi Zi Shield (paladin): Common defense power +25 Fire defense power +30 Common defense power +30% (concealed, water) Dexterity +40 Maximum hit points -100 Shoot rate +20% Requires level 15, strength 60 Acquired from Guigi Zi in paradise (06.05.08). Meteor Crossbow (assassin): Common attack power 36-44 Attack speed +60% Wood attack power 6-9 Common attack power +30% (concealed, wood) Strength +40 Dexterity +40 Attack distance +3 Maximum hit points +120 Requires level 20, strength 80, dexterity 100 Acquired by completing the fishing rod quest in Lixian County (06.02.05). Moye Sword (paladin): Common attack power 12-15 Water attack power 47-56 Attack speed +40% (concealed, water) Critical strike frequency +50% Magic absorbing rate +15% Wisdom +60 Shoot rate +40% Requires level 22, strength 75, dexterity 110 Acquired by completing Mo Hongís quest in Julu (06.07.05). Pan Gu Gigantic Axe (muscleman): Common attack power 83-102 Attack speed -20% Earth attack power 16-30 Deadly strike frequency +50% Strength +80 Dexterity +80 Hit point absorbing rate +15% Maximum hit points +300 Requires level 40, strength 250 Found in the Mysterious Cave in Cloud Valley (06.05.07). Star-inviting Falchion (paladin) Common attack power 65-77 Attack speed +60% Water attack power 14-19 Attack speed +60% (concealed, water) Critical strike frequency +50% Visual field +3 Hit point absorbing rate +15% Shoot rate +100% Requires level 38, strength 65, dexterity 155 Acquired by completing Liu Yanís quest in Fengxian County (06.09.01). Sun-shooting Bow (assassin, paladin) Common attack power 7-14 Fire attack power 51-54 Wisdom +60 (concealed, fire) Blindness rate +60% Shoot rate +600 Attack distance +2 Maximum hit points +200 Maximum mana +200 Requires level 40, dexterity 200 Acquired by completing the woodsmanís (second) quest at Dangshan Mountain (06.03.10). Taiíe Sword (paladin): Common attack power 77-87 Attack speed -10% Critical strike frequency +50% (concealed, metal) Strength +60 Shoot rate +300 Attack distance +2 Maximum mana +200 Requires level 42, strength 180 Found in Hu Haiís living quarters in the Epang Palace (06.11.03). Warrior Club (muscleman): Common attack power 5-5 Attack speed +20% Earth attack power 5-5 Common attack power +100% (concealed, earth) Strength +20 Constitution +20 Maximum hit points +50 Shoot rate +20% Requires level 24, strength 140 Located in a cave in Dangshan Mountain (06.03.10). Yuchang Sword (assassin): Common attack power 35-38 Attack speed +50% Water attack power 12-14 Deadly strike frequency +50% (concealed, water) Shoot rate +300 Hit point absorbing rate +25% Maximum hit points +120 Knockdown rate +60% Requires level 20, strength 75, dexterity 100 Acquired after completing the scholarís quest in Yongxian County (06.03.03). Zhanlu Sword (paladin): Common attack power 15-19 Attack speed +30% Water attack power 50-57 Water attack power +40% (concealed, water) Frozen rate +60% Fire defense power +180 Dexterity +40 Maximum mana points +100 Requires level 35, strength 80, dexterity 140 Acquired from Wu Xin at Taishan Mountain (06.05.06). ****************************************************************************** * 05.00.00 GAMEPLAY TIPS * ****************************************************************************** The on-line manual includes more information than the hardcopy manual, so be sure to look through it as well. You can leave objects on the ground and not worry about them disappearing. So once you start accumulating more equipment components than you know what to do with, pick a central city (like Xianyang) and leave excess objects there. Donít try to chase fleeing enemies. Usually theyíll just lead you to more enemies. Instead, ignore them. Shortly theyíll return to attack you again. You donít need to use the ìexchange itemî interface when transferring objects between characters. You can just drag the objects to a characterís portrait (no matter how far away the characters are from each other). Similarly, you can click on character portraits when using the repair and make-items skills. You donít need to transfer objects to the paladin. Of the five elements, the most important one to be able to resist is fire. Thatís because the (difficult) final battle of the game will expose you to fire attacks. Your party gains experience for disarming traps. In general, during conversations youíll get the best results if you: look at the other person, be humble, never ask for a reward. After you finish conversations with people, immediately talk to them again to see if they say something new. There are a few quests that are initiated that way. If spellcasters have an elemental attack power attribute attached to a piece of equipment, then when they cast a spell, any attack power that is from the same element as the spell will be added to the spell. (For example, all fire attack power attributes will be added to the ìearth-fire dragonî spell for witches.) You must enhance spellcasters in this way for them to be effective. When adding gems to weapons, add common attack power for paladins, musclemen, and assassins; add fire attack power for witches; and add water attack power for wizards. To gain the use of a concealed attribute on a piece of equipment, the corresponding ìrevealingî piece of equipment must be marked by the correct promoting element. The equipment relationships work this way: the left ring reveals attributes for left-handed and two-handed weapons, the right ring reveals for right-handed weapons and shields, belts reveal for body armor, and necklaces reveal for helmets. To disarm traps or unlock chests, make ìdevice masterî the right hand skill for your assassin, and then right click on the trap or chest. Skills and spells that cause a symbol to appear over your charactersí heads do not overlap. So, for example, donít try using ìburning bloody bladeî and ìinvincibleî at the same time. Characters will only use one of the two. ****************************************************************************** * 06.00.00 WALKTHROUGH * ****************************************************************************** /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.01.00 Notes | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Some notes on the walkthrough: 1. Iím treating the top of the screen as north. Characters in the game will often give you directions, but their directions are usually wrong (and all but random), so believe me rather than them. 2. Iím putting locations in the first chapter where you can visit them (more or less). If you donít want to do them in that order, you donít have to. 3. Iíll refer to Fu Su as ìyouî most of the time. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.02.00 Chapter One | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Your main goal in this chapter is to reach Xianyang so you can talk to your father. But there isnít any hurry, so you can do a lot of exploring along the way. Once you reach Xianyang, youíll need to talk to General Huan Feng to complete the chapter. * ======================== * * 06.02.01 Zhaocun Village * * ======================== * You start out in the northwestern corner of the area. Youíre wounded, but since your constitution isnít very high yet, you wonít regenerate your hit points automatically. So one of the first things you need to do is find a healer. Luckily, there is one in the village. Her name is Zhao Qian, and you can find her on the eastern side of the village, standing next to a house. Once you get close enough to her, youíll initiate a cut scene, and sheíll heal you. Now you just need to explore the rest of the area. Some of the things youíll find include: -- Zhao Si: Heíll give you some background information. If youíre rude to him, eventually youíll be able to attack him. (And he attacks with a bow, so heís easy to kill.) -- Old woman (in a house on the eastern side of the village): Sheíll tell you she has lost her recipe book. The book is right next to her front door, in a pot. When you give the book to her, tell her twice that you donít need a reward. Then in total youíll receive 150 experience points, 2 fame points, and a low-level magical sword (in the well behind the house). If you ask for a reward, youíll only receive the experience. ìYoung man, if you still canít find [the sword] for me, it must be fate!î -- Old woman Note: The sword is random, and itís not created until the old woman tells you itís in the well. So feel free to save before talking to the woman, to make sure you get a good sword. -- Hunter (at an intersection near the center of the village): If you look at him youíll notice heís poisoned, and then you can get a quest to retrieve some antidote for him. The antidote is in his house, and his house is on the southern edge of the village. When you bring the antidote to him youíll receive 150 experience points, unless you demanded a reward when you talked to him, and then youíll receive a tiger skin. -- Old man (outside a house near the center of the village): Heíll tell you about the five elements. Everything he says is covered in the manual, but if you listen to him youíll receive +1 wisdom. -- Zhao Cheng (outside a house on the western side of the village): Pat him to get his attention, and then take the ìif people were not so greedyî conversation option. Youíll receive 200 experience points and a quest. Donít worry about the quest for now. You wonít find the paradise heís looking for until a later chapter. -- Zhao Qian (the second time): Tell her you hope you can see her again, and sheíll give you two double-spore mushrooms. -- Woodsman (next to a well east of the village): Heíll ask you to retrieve his axe from a bear in the cave. There are actually two bears in the cave, but you should be able to draw them to you one at a time and defeat them relatively easily (especially if youíve done some of the other side quests first). When you give the woodsman his axe, youíll receive 300 experience points. -- Cave (northeast of village): This is the cave where you end up after Zhao Qian heals you. Inside you can fight some tiger fish, and at the back of the cave is a treasure chest. The tiger fish re-spawn after a short time, so you can hang out inside the cave for a while if you want some extra experience. Also, you donít have to worry about poison; it wonít last long or do much damage. Note: The chest will always have a metal-based (yellow) ring, and the sword you find from the old woman will always be water-based (blue). So if the sword has a concealed attribute, the ring will bring it out. There are also some wolves in the forest around the village, which you can kill for some extra experience. Once youíre ready to move on, head southeast and take the Yangzhou exit. * ================= * * 06.02.02 Yangzhou * * ================= * As soon as you enter the area youíll trigger a cut scene, and then Kong Gang will join your party. There isnít any reason not to accept him, so leave him in your party and then explore the city. Here are some of the things youíll find: -- Carpenter (wandering west of the magistrateís office): Heíll offer to teach you how to make saddles, fishing rods, and ropes and hooks -- for 300 gold each. You probably canít afford his tutelage yet, but remember where he is. All three objects will be part of quests later. -- Chef (inside the inn): Heíll ask you to fetch him some red dates. There are two places you can get the dates, from the vegetable peddler right next to the inn (for 50 gold), and from a house next to the prison (on a table). When you give the dates to the chef, heíll reward you with 100 gold. Then if you talk to the chef again, heíll tell you about cooking, and youíll receive +2 charm. -- Prison (eastern side of city): You need to have Kong Gang in your party so you can talk your way past the gate guard. But once inside, you have a choice. You can either continue to let Kong Gang talk so you can move around freely, or you can fight the prison guards. Youíll get more experience plus some equipment if you fight, but itís the more difficult approach. If you decide to fight, itís best to move away from the entry stairs since guards will regularly spawn there. Regardless of your choice, eventually youíll need to head south into the prison and talk to Meng Tian. Once that (automatic) conversation finishes, youíll be teleported outside of the prison and not be able to go back inside, so do as much fighting and looting as you can first. Once outside the prison it wonít matter which choice you made. The guards wonít be hostile, and youíll be able to go about your business. Note: As far as I know, there isnít any way to rescue Meng Tian. When youíre ready to move on, head to the southwestern corner of the area, and then take the most eastern of the two exits there. * ============================== * * 06.02.03 Beidi Courier Station * * ============================== * This is a tiny area. Just go inside the station and tell the courier that you are there to relieve him. Heíll give you an official document, and youíll receive 500 experience points. (If you make the wrong dialogue choice, youíll have to fight the courier to get the document. Youíll receive fewer experience points that way, but you might pick up some equipment or gold, so either way is about as good.) Then head for Beidi Prefecture. * ========================= * * 06.02.04 Beidi Prefecture * * ========================= * This area is mostly wilderness, and youíll get to fight wolves, white wolves, white tigers, and even bandits. Plus, there are a couple points of interest: -- In the southwestern part of the area youíll find a hunterís house. The hunter inside will pay 80 gold for wolf bones. That sounds like a good deal, since itís about twice as much as shopkeepers will pay, but as long as Fu Su has the ìmake-thingsî skill, you should instead combine the wolf bones with low-grade copper rocks (assuming you have more rocks than you know what to do with) to create rings you can sell for about 300 gold each. -- In the eastern part of the forest youíll find a man next to a well. Heíll tell you thereís a treasure in the well and ask you to help him retrieve it. Inside the well youíll find a middle-aged man who will warn you to leave, and youíll also meet up with the first man again. When you talk to the first man, youíll discover that he led you into a trap, and about five tigers will appear and attack you. ìTiger brothers, come on! Here comes your supper!î -- Man Once you defeat the tigers, go back and talk to the middle-aged man. Youíll find out that the first man was an unhappy spirit who was killed by the tigers and then decided to lead others to the same fate. But because you killed the tigers, the middle-aged man will be able to rest in peace, and youíll receive 1000 experience points. -- At the northern edge of the area is another cave. Inside you can find some tigers and tiger fish, plus two treasure chests. At the gate to Beidi Prefecture you can either bribe the guards to let you in (not a good idea), or you can claim to be a courier and show them the official document you picked up earlier. When you do, youíll be able to move past the guards and open up the gate to the city. ìHey, do you know? The First Emperor is dead! It seems that thereíll be some world-shaking turmoil.î -- Citizen There are also some side quests in the city: -- In the inn (at the eastern edge of the city), you can convince the waiter that there is nothing wrong with the innís well, and for your efforts youíll receive 800 experience points and 1 fame point. -- Also in the inn you can do a quest for the innkeeper. Heíll tell you about a ìrascalî who has been eating and drinking at the inn for the last 10 days but who hasnít paid his bill. So head east and confront the rascal. He wonít think much of you, and youíll have to fight him to teach him a lesson. The rascal has a lot of hit points and hits hard, but he doesnít hit often, and so Fu Su and Kong Gang should be able to take him. Once youíve defeated him, heíll surrender and give you the gold he owes the innkeeper. When you return to the innkeeper, youíll have some options. You can keep the gold yourself (-2 fame points), give the gold to the innkeeper but then accept half of them back (800 experience points, 2 fame points), or let the innkeeper keep all of the gold (1600 experience points, 3 fame points). ìOuch, ouch. Iím hurt! My stomach...î -- Rascal -- In Peng Yuís house (near the center of the city) youíll meet Peng Yuís wife. Sheíll tell you that her husband is a drunkard and ask you to help. Agree to help (which rewards you with 1 fame point) and then head back to the inn. In the northern room is a ìdrunkardî who is really Peng Yu. Tell him that his wife only nags him about drinking because she loves him so much, and heíll head back home a new man. Youíll receive 500 experience points and 2 more fame points for the deed, and when you talk to Peng Yu and his wife again youíll receive a book of +10 wisdom and 600 more experience points. (You should save the book for a spellcaster rather than use it on Fu Su or Kong Gang.) -- In Liao Yiís house (at the western edge of the city) you can find Liao Yi. If you talk to the ìnaughty childî outside his house, youíll learn heís a wizard, and youíll be able to start a long conversation with him about somebody named Lu Buwei. After the conversation you can ask Yi to join you. Heíll say he has to think about it, and when you ask him again heíll still be undecided, but on the third try heíll join you (there might be some sort of requirement for Yi to join you, but if so it is very low). Note: In a shelf behind Yi is Luís Almanac (permanent +80 mana points). When youíre ready to move on, take the westernmost exit inside the city. * ====================== * * 06.02.05 Lixian County * * ====================== * This is a small area with a few side quests: -- Old man (wandering near the center of the village): Heíll tell you he has broken his fishing rod and needs a new one. If you learned the fishing rod schematic from the carpenter in Yangzhou (and have some tendon), you can make a rod for the old man and gain the Meteor Crossbow in return. (You wonít be able to identify the crossbow until you reach Xianyang.) -- Tuaníer (wandering just north of the village): Sheíll ask you to pretend to be her father (who was forced to work on the Great Wall and who is probably dead), to help lift the spirits of her mother. Ask the girl questions about her family and then agree to help her (which is worth 2 fame points). The mother is in the easternmost house in the village, but save your game before talking to her. Sheíll test you to make sure youíre her husband, and while some of the answers you should know from talking to Tuaníer, some require trial and error. If you navigate the conversation correctly you can earn up to 3700 experience points and 3 fame points, plus make the mother happy. But note: Youíll give the mother one quarter of your gold at the end of the conversation, so drop all your gold before talking to her. Then go back and talk to Tuaníer to receive an emerald. -- Middle aged man (wandering west of the village): Talk to him and heíll teach you how to make puppets. -- Herbalist (west of the village): Heíll tell you how his thousand-year fungus was stolen by bandits, and ask you to retrieve it for him. The bandits can be found at the northwestern corner of the map, and the fungus is in one of their huts. (The other hut has a locked chest youíll have to ignore for now.) When you bring the fungus back to the herbalist youíll receive 1000 experience points and 1 fame point. ìThis Thousand-year Fungus must be sold at a good price. Ha, ha, ha, I will be rich!î -- Herbalist -- Ji Quan (in a house on the eastern side of the village): Tell him how tasty roasted meat is, and then donít interrupt him. Shortly youíll receive an iron ring that always seems to include a bonus to strength. Note: You must have completed the chefís quest in Yangzhou and also talked to the chef about cooking in order to do this quest. Another note: This quest doesnít work in the retail release of the game. Unknown: Does anybody ever want a puppet? Then head back to Yangzhou and take the exit to Yanmen Pass. * ==================== * * 06.02.06 Yanmen Pass * * ==================== * The main place of interest here is the inn north of where you start. Inside youíll find ìa young man of a different race.î If you talk to him long enough five assassins (the men who had been standing outside the inn) will jump in and attack him. When you help the man defeat the assassins, youíll learn that he is really Modu, son of the Khan, and that he has some family problems similar to yours. Heíll ask you to help him kill his father, and then heíll leave the area and wait for you at the Hun Barracks. There are also some side quests in the area: -- Merchant (standing next to the inn): Heíll offer to either sell you a leather coat (for 800 gold) or sell you a leather coat and teach you how to make leather coats on your own (for 1500 gold). Youíll need a leather coat for a quest later on in Chapter One, but itís possible to get a leather coat for free in Chapter Two, so decide if you want to spend your money. Note: Even though the leather coat the merchant sells you might be pretty good, any coat you make will be level 1 without any attributes (itíll be just like any other quest item you make). However, if you learn the schematic, the merchant will offer to pay you 700 gold for leather coats, so you could potentially make a profit on the deal, provided you have an excess of materials and donít mind coming back to Yanmen Pass. Also note: The leather coat has the ì%dî cost forging bug in 1.16b, giving you even less reason to buy the schematic. -- Cui Xiao (in the eastern house): Heíll ask you to figure out why his neighborís well works, but his doesnít. When you go to the neighbor (in the house to the west), heíll tell you that a strange sound has been coming from Xiaoís well. So go back to Xiaoís house and then enter the well next to it. Inside youíll find a few tiger fish, plus a tiger fish king. When you kill the creatures youíll receive 1 fame point, and when you go back and talk to Cui Xiao youíll receive 1000 experience points. ìHow can a monster get into a well? Strange! Incredible!î -- Cui Xiao -- Cave (northern part of area): The cave is locked, but youíll notice a sculpture of a woman with a hairpin and a man with a bow and arrow. Just keep the cave in mind for later. Once youíve finished the side quests, head to the northeastern corner of the area. Youíll find some Qin soldiers, led by a commander named Wu Qi, standing next to the gate. If you attacked the prison in Yangzhou (or perhaps if youíve attacked soldiers anywhere), then talking to Wu Qi will cause the soldiers to attack; otherwise Wu Qi will simply mention there are bandits in the area. The soldiers arenít too difficult to kill (although there are a lot of them); just keep Liao Yi out of harmís way. Then exit the area for the Hun Barracks -- provided you can. You have to be at least level 10 to visit the barracks, so if you havenít reached that level yet, either wander around for a while and fight some random battles, or else come back to the barracks later. * ===================== * * 06.02.07 Hun Barracks * * ===================== * Youíll find Modu in the southern part of the area, right next to where you start out. Eventually youíll have to add him to your party (if you want to do his quest), but you donít have to add him right away. If heís not in your party, then the Huns in the area will attack you on sight (after youíve talked to them once), and youíll be able to pick up some equipment and experience. Otherwise, if Modu is with you, youíll be able to move around unhindered. So attack the Huns or not, but add Modu to your party before entering any of the tents. In one of the northwestern tents, youíll find a Hun soldier who thinks you look like a spy, but who will be willing to ignore that fact if you find his sword for him. The sword is located in the tent to the east. Itís called ìDi Mengís long sword.î When you return the sword to the soldier youíll receive 3000 experience points plus the Record of Warring States (permanent +10 strength). Note: In the southeastern tent youíll be attacked for being a spy no matter what. In the Prime Ministerís tent, the Prime Minister will decide to support Modu rather than Touman the Khan, and heíll tell you that Touman went hunting and only took a few escorts with him. So head to the northeastern part of the camp (near a stage) and confront Touman. This will probably be your most difficult fight so far. Not only will you have to attack Touman and his escorts, youíll also have to deal with a couple ìmonsters.î So as soon as the cut scene ends, take your entire party and send it west to (roughly) the Prime Ministerís tent. Most of the enemies will chase you but then stop and go back to the stage. So once youíve escaped the initial battle, go back to the stage and draw out the enemies one or two at a time. The monsters wonít stray far from the stage, but you should be able to draw out Touman and his escorts. Touman will be tough to kill, even if you have him all by himself. He has lots of hit points, he regenerates quickly, and he has an attack that causes your characters to run away in fear. But just plug away and use healing items when necessary, and eventually he should go down. The monsters will also be tough, but not as tough as Touman, and you should be able to handle them even fighting both at once. When you go back to the Prime Minister youíll discover why he didnít tell you about the monsters -- he wants to be Khan himself, and he wants you dead. So, just as soon as the cut scene ends, and just like in the last battle, immediately take your party and have it run away. Then use hit and run tactics to whittle away the Prime Ministerís forces and eventually kill the Prime Minister himself. Heís not as tough as Touman, but itís still better if you can kill him without any of his guards around. Once the battle is over, Modu will leave your party and youíll find yourself in the Khanís tent. Modu will then give you the Juque Sword. Go ahead and start a conversation with Modu and invite him back into your party. Even if you donít want him back, you have to invite him so you can steal his equipment, especially the body armor he starts with (assuming you didnít grab it before). Then either keep him or dismiss him and head to the North Suburb of Xianyang. * ================================= * * 06.02.08 North Suburb of Xianyang * * ================================= * This is a small area, mostly made up of an encampment for the Second Emperor. If you approach the encampment, a commander will warn you off, even if you claim to be a courier. North of the encampment you can talk to a woodsman who will tell you of a secret way to get in. All you have to do is go through the dangerous cave to the east. (You can also storm the gate if you want, but itís more difficult.) The cave has three tigers in it, but they shouldnít pose much of a problem. Outside the cave youíll run into a bunch of Qin soldiers. Luckily, you can face them in small groups and dispatch them relatively easily. Just make sure you donít chase fleeing enemies and cause nearby soldiers to join the fight. In the southeastern corner of the area youíll find a tent marked ìthe emperorís living quarters.î When you go inside youíll get to eavesdrop on a conversation between your brother the emperor and his advisors, where it becomes clear the advisors are in control rather than the emperor. Once the cut scene ends, kill any more soldiers you want (realizing that newly spawned soldiers donít give experience or equipment), and then exit the area for Xianyang. * ================= * * 06.02.09 Xianyang * * ================= * Note: You can identify level 9 objects (like the Juque sword and the meteor crossbow) in Xianyang. Just go into a shop and use the identify option. Explore the city to discover several side quests: -- Old man and Mingíer (outside in the southwestern part of city): Talk to the old man and heíll tell you how Mingíer damaged a scarf left to him by his mother. Agree to help them, and youíll receive 800 experience points. You can fix the scarf at the embroideressí house in the northern part of the city. Tell the embroideress the reason you need the scarf repaired so sheíll only charge you 100 gold (otherwise itíll cost 500 gold) and then walk all the way across the city to talk to the old man again. Then walk across the city to fetch the repaired scarf, and then walk all the way back to give the scarf to the old man. Your reward for all that walking? 1000 experience points and 1 fame point. -- Scholar (in a house in the southwestern part of the city): Ask the scholar to tell you the story of Zhi Shen, and youíll have some options. If you say ìZhi Shen was the head of the family...î then youíll receive 1500 experience points. If you say ìWhoever can bring prosperity...î then youíll receive 1800 experience points. If you say ìZhi Guo was objecting....î and then agree, youíll receive 1000 experience points and +2 charm. Otherwise, if you disagree, youíll receive 1000 experience points and +1 wisdom. Since Fu Su doesnít need charm, getting the extra point of wisdom is probably the best idea. -- Le Bo (outside in the southern part of the city): Heíll approach you and start a conversation. Eventually heíll give you the back door key to Fu Suís residence, and heíll suggest you talk to General Huan Feng. -- Pingír (in a house on the eastern side of the city): Sheíll tell you how she broke her fatherís wine jug and ask you to help her replace it. Go ahead and agree. You can buy a new jug in the shop near the center of the city. The grocer there will initially ask you for 800 gold, but if you decline that and talk to him again, heíll sell it for 600 gold. When you give the jug to Pingír youíll receive 1000 experience points plus the hairpin necessary to enter the cave in Yanmen Pass. Note: The hairpin cave has some difficult monsters in it, and you can only enter it once, so donít rush right off to explore it. -- A girl (outside a house on the eastern side of the city): Sheíll tell you how sheís in love with Brother Lin, but how Lin canít afford her dowry. If you pay the dowry yourself youíll receive 1000 experience points and 1 fame point. If you instead go into the house and convince the father to let the girl marry Lin, youíll receive 1500 experience points and 2 fame points, plus youíll be able to talk to the girl again and receive 1500 more experience points. Note: There is a matchmaker in the city, but there doesnít seem to be any way to get her involved. -- A house servant (wandering around the intersection near the center of the city): Heíll offer to pay you 2000 gold for a leather coat. This is the payoff for buying the leather coat (or the schematic) in Yanmen Pass. When you give the coat to the servant, heíll also give you some amber. -- Fuqiu Bo (wandering in the northern part of the city): Talk to him and heíll give you the book of songs (permanent +10 charm). -- Old man (standing outside south of the prison): Talk to him to earn +1 wisdom. -- Fu Suís residence (western side of city): You canít go in the front door, but you can go in the back, just as soon as you get the key from Le Bo in the southern part of the city. Inside the residence you can find a bunch of enemy guards, plus two documents -- Yaíerís (your wifeís) suicide note, and The Art of War by Sun Bin (permanent +60 earth defense power). ìWe canít live together in this life, and I hope to continue our happy fate in the next.î -- Yaíer Once youíve completed the side quests, head over to General Huan Fengís residence in the northern part of the city. Tell the gate sentries that youíre a courier so theyíll unlock the gate. Then talk to Feng to discover your father might have been murdered. Once the cut scene ends, talk to Feng again and heíll suggest looking east of Xianyang to find a ìskilled craftsman,î someone who can help you enter your fatherís tomb. Note: You donít need the official document any more. Or the suicide note. As soon as you leave the area, Chapter Two will start. However, instead of following Fengís advice and going east, return the way you came and head back to Zhaocun Village. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.03.00 Chapter Two | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to find a skilled craftsman (Xiao Qi in Pengcheng) and then perform a quest for him. * ======================== * * 06.03.01 Zhaocun Village * * ======================== * When you arrive back in the village, youíll find that some soldiers have put it to the torch and are now intent upon finishing off the last few of its citizens. Zhao Qian can last indefinitely, but the hunter and the woodsman are vulnerable, and if you can keep them from getting killed, youíll receive 4000 experience points for the woodsman and 3000 experience points for the hunter. Zhao Qian will offer to join your party after the battle. You can also talk to some of the remaining villagers. Zhao Cheng is still looking for paradise, and the village head will tell you the legend of Gui Guzi, who might have created just such a paradise. All you have to do is find the entrance to the paradise through one of the caves in the area. There are four caves east of the village. The one leading to the paradise is the northernmost cave. To get to the paradise youíll have to pass some tests and kill some monsters. You can probably pass through some of the earlier tests without problem, but there isnít any way to reach the paradise this early in the game. So just poke around the northern cave as much as you can, and then explore the other three caves. (See 06.05.08 for information on the paradise.) When youíre ready to move on, head to the North Suburb of Xianyang (via the Beidi Prefecture). * ================================= * * 06.03.02 North Suburb of Xianyang * * ================================= * This area is about the same as before, except now the emperorís encampment is gone. Furthermore, lots of wolves and ìogresî (aka monkeys) will have taken up residence in the area. The wolves in particular are useful because they re-spawn quickly, and so you can use them to pick up lots of low-level animal parts for building things. When killing wolves gets boring, go to Yongxian County (via Xianyang). * ======================== * * 06.03.03 Yongxian County * * ======================== * Fight some wolves on the eastern side of the area, and then head west into the village. The main event here occurs in the pawn shop (on the eastern side of the village). When you go inside youíll trigger a cut scene where you help a girl buy some medicine. The girl looks like Yao Tong, the wife of your twelfth brother Ying Gao, so follow her when she leaves. When you find her south of the village youíll arrive just in time to thwart some guards trying to kill her and her husband. Dispatch the dozen or so guards and then find Tong and Gao in one of the southern houses in the village. Youíll trigger another cut scene where Gao tells you that the emperor and his advisor Zhao Gao have hunted down and killed most of your brothers and sisters. Then heíll die and Tong will leave for Lixian County. There are also a couple of side quests: -- Scholar and Ah Lan: Talk to the scholar (in a northern house) and then trade messages between him and Ah Lan (in a southern house). This is their way of agreeing to marry each other, and when you complete the quest, the scholar will offer to give you a short sword -- just as soon as he can find it. Heíll tell you to come back in a few days, but really itís a matter of fame and not time. (36 fame isnít enough, but 41 is.) Once he gives you the sword, youíll discover itís the Yuchang sword, a pretty good weapon for assassins. Note: If you take the (badly translated) dialogue option ìI hope youíll take itî then youíll receive 1 fame point. -- A wandering boy (northwestern corner of area): The boy will tell you how his father left some valuables in the cave nearby. Agree to help and then go in the cave. Youíll have to defeat a bunch of bandits, but at the back of the cave youíll find two chests. Just in case their descriptions scroll off the edge of your screen, the left one reads, ìThe treasure contained in this chest can never be used up through all the ages.î The right one reads, ìThe treasure contained in this chest is only enough for one lifetime.î When you go back out to talk to the boy, heíll give you a key to open one of the chests. The left chest contains a message from the father chastising the boy. The right chest contains a ìmoneybagî (2000 gold). It doesnít matter which one you open. Either way youíll receive 2000 experience points and 3 fame points, unless you open the right chest and keep the money, and then youíll lose 1 fame point. Unknown: What does ìan old man gifted in making riddlesî do? When youíre ready to move on, head back to Lixian County so you can add Yao Tong to your party (assuming you want her). While youíre in the area, you can also unlock the chest in one of the bandit huts. Then head to Hanzhong Prefecture (via Xianyang). * ============================ * * 06.03.04 Hanzhong Prefecture * * ============================ * Explore the area and discover the side quests: -- Scholar (outside on the eastern side of the village): Talk to her to learn about the jade seal of the First Emperor, and earn +1 wisdom in the process. -- Hunter (outside near the center of the village): Heíll ask you to find him a quality trap for catching animals. You wonít be able to make a trap for him until Chapter Three (see 06.04.01), but when you do youíll have a choice. You can remind him to pay you (500 experience points, 500 gold), or you can forget it (8000 experience points). Note: In version 1.16b you probably wonít be able to complete this quest because of the ì%dî cost forging bug. -- Lu Pingís house (eastern side of village): Lu Ping will tell you how he has a secret room under his house, but how he doesnít know how to get inside. Agree to help him and then take the ìsecret tunnelî underground. Explore until you find the door, and realize itís just a riddle. The correct answer is ìfrost.î Inside the secret room youíll find three locked chests, plus a copy of The Book of Mountains and Seas (permanent +80 hit points) in one of the shelves. When you go back to Lu Ping heíll reward you with 2000 gold. -- Xiaoli (inside a house on the eastern side of the village): Sheíll ask you to read a letter from her husband. Youíll lose fame and savvy if you tell her what the letter really says, so instead lie to her and say that her husband is in good health. Youíll receive 1 fame point, +1 savvy, and +1 charm. You can also find a ìwandering blacksmithî (merchant) south of the town, and a bandit camp east of the town. When youíre ready to continue on, head to the Sanchuan Prefecture. ìI am... a fat lamb? Only if you have the capability!î -- Fu Su * ============================ * * 06.03.05 Sanchuan Prefecture * * ============================ * Explore the city and find the following people and side quests: -- Beggar (sitting outside of inn): Talk to him and take the ìyou have your own handsî dialogue options. Then youíll receive 1500 experience points. (If you talk to him a second time youíll also receive a journal entry.) -- Drinker (inside of inn): If you pay him 200 gold, heíll tell you about Jin Hai, a trainer of assassins. (This isnít necessary if youíre not looking to add another assassin to your party.) Then if you talk to him again heíll offer to tell you another secret for 400 gold. Donít pay him this time; he wonít really have a secret. -- Xun Huo and Ma San: As you walk east of the inn youíll be approached by Xun Huo. Heíll tell you that Ma San is planning to attack him. So walk over to Ma San (standing north of the inn, in front of Xun Huoís house) and talk to him. If you decide to teach him a lesson (that is, attack him) youíll receive 1000 experience points when you talk to Huo next. If you talk some sense into him, youíll receive 1500 experience points and 2 fame points, and then when you report to Huo youíll receive 1500 more experience points. ìI want to take his life because I want to!î -- Ma San -- Hou Xun: As you move through the southern part of the city youíll be approached by Hou Xun (not to be confused with Xun Huo). Heíll tell you how he lost a gem at Yan the Butcherís shop, and heíll ask you to get it back. So go visit Yan the Butcher next to the inn and demand the gem back. Youíll have to fight Yan, but eventually heíll surrender and give you a sapphire. When you give the sapphire back to Xun, heíll give you a leather coat, and youíll also receive 1 fame point. (If you decide to keep the sapphire youíll lose a fame point.) -- Jin Haiís estate (southern part of city): If you go in the main building you can talk to Jin Hai. Assuming you learned that he trains assassins (from the drinker at the inn) Hai will offer you the assassin Tian Yuelin for 6000 gold. Yuelin is in the side room of the estate, but before sheíll join your party you might have to defeat her in battle with Fu Su alone (depending on how your conversation with her goes). -- Peasant (standing in the southwestern part of the city): Talk to him and heíll teach you how to make spades. Youíll need a spade for a quest later. -- Rain-Goose Pagoda (southwestern part of the city): If you go inside and defeat ìThe Wanderer,î heíll tell you that you can find the Golden Dragon Helmet in a well near the tavern at Hejiang. (but donít get too excited; you wonít be able to reach Hejiang until Chapter Four.) Note: You canít get into the commanderís compound or the prison yet. * ================== * * 06.03.06 Yingchuan * * ================== * There are several side quests here to complete: -- Xiaolong (standing on the northwestern part of the village): Heíll tell you that Ah Zhu stole his wooden sword and then beat him with it. Agree to help him get the sword back. You can find Ah Zhu wandering on the western side of the village. If you scare him into giving the sword back youíll receive 1500 experience points. If you instead persuade him, youíll receive +1 wisdom. ìI donít want to be a robber. I want to be a good man!î -- Ah Zhu When you give the sword back to Xiaolong, heíll tell you that he hid a ìwonderful stoneî in a tree in the forest. The tree is in the northeastern corner of the area, and it always seems to contain a Plum-blossom Jade. Note: The blacksmith can teach you how to make wooden swords, but having your own wooden sword doesnít seem to influence Xiaolongís quest. -- Sheng Cai (wandering in the northwestern part of the village): Heíll tell you about a minor official named Wang Yan, and how Yan offended the local Magistrate and then suddenly found himself arrested for hiding weapons in his house. Agree to help, and then find Yan in the prison. (There doesnít seem to be any way to avoid the 3000-gold bribe.) A desk near the center of the cell area will have the key to Yanís cell, and youíll need the key so you can enter the cell and talk to him. Yan will give you more details about his problems with the Magistrate. Now you have a choice about how to complete the quest. If you finish your conversation with Yan by using the ìI can settle thatî dialogue option, then youíll try to clear his name. If you finish with the ìIíll get prepared and rescue youî option then youíll try and break him out of prison. If you want to clear Yanís name, leave the prison and go to his house (on the eastern side of the village). Inside youíll find a jade pendant on the floor. Go back to Yan and ask him about it, and heíll recognize it as belonging to his neighbor Li Duo. Go talk to Duo (in his house next to Yanís) and heíll admit the pendant is his but deny having been in Yanís house. Go talk to Sheng Cai again and heíll mention that Duo suddenly come into a lot of money recently, and that he has been visiting the County Office regularly. Go back and search Duoís house and youíll discover ìkeys to the door.î Trek back to the prison and Yan will tell you that the key belongs to his door. Go back and talk to Duo again (in his house), and heíll admit the Magistrate put him up to framing Yan. Finally, go to the County Office and confront the Magistrate, and heíll let Yan go. In total youíll receive 8500 experience points, +2 wisdom, and The Art of War by Shang Yang (permanent +60 fire defense power). It is much simpler to rescue Yan from prison. For that case all you have to do is leave the prison, tell the official in charge of the prison (the guy you bribed before) that youíre starting a jailbreak, and then kill whoever gets in your way until you reach Yan. Then when you talk to Yan heíll be freed and youíll gain 2000 experience points, +2 wisdom, and The Art of War by Shang Yang. But note: Because of all the guards youíll have to kill, youíll end up with more experience this way, plus gain some equipment. -- Rich merchantís estate (northern side of the village): When you go inside, the rich merchant will approach you and start a conversation. Select the ìtake it easyî and ìdonít overreactî dialogue options and youíll receive 3000 experience points. Then the merchant will tell you how some bandits on Yinghuiling Mountain have decided to blackmail him. If he doesnít give up a family heirloom named the Jade Dancer, the bandits will kill his family. Agree to look into the matter for him, but youíll have to wait until the next area to complete the quest. -- County Office (western side of the village): Youíll find some rude guards in here, and itís ok if you kill them. -- An old man (standing next to the inn): The old man tells fortunes. If you have Kong Gang in your party, the old man will tell him his fortune, and that will be enough to convince you heís for real. Then you can learn your own fortune, but nothing seems to come of it. When youíre ready to move on, go to the northeastern corner of the area and leave for Yinghuiling Mountain. * ============================= * * 06.03.07 Yinghuiling Mountain * * ============================= * Note: You canít enter this area until you take on the rich merchantís quest (06.03.06). Follow the path east and talk to the scholar Zhang Liang when he approaches you. If you make friends with him, then youíll be able to use his name when talking to the bandits later, and be able to move around their camp freely. (It doesnít matter if you tell him your true name or not, but youíll see a cut scene if you do.) Also, if you talk to Liang a second time, youíll be able to ask him if he knows of any assassins. Heíll remember one who lives in Zhaocun Village, but itís Zhao Qianís father, who is dead. Farther down the path youíll run into an herbalist who is trying to get roots off the cliff face. Heíll ask you to bring him a rope and hook. If you learned the schematic from the carpenter in Yangzhou, then you can make the rope and hook for him. When you give it to him youíll gain 1 fame point, and the herbalist will tell you about a weapon you can have in his house (on the eastern side of the area). What youíll find is Extraordinary Green, a weapon that looks good for spellcasters but isnít since it doesnít include enough elemental damage. Note: In version 1.16b you probably canít complete this quest because of the ì%dî cost forging bug. Finally, youíll run into the bandits, and you can fight them or not as you wish. In the back of the camp youíll find the ìHero-gathering Hallî (a big tent). When you go inside youíll first see a cut scene, and then youíll have to fight the bandits. Zhang Liang will help you, and the battle will end once youíve defeated the bandit leader Han Cheng. So if you want to get more experience and equipment, save him for last. Just be sure you donít let Liang get killed. After the battle, the bandit leader will agree to end the blackmail threat against the rich merchant, and Zhang Liang will become available to join your party, provided your fame is high enough. (28 isnít high enough but 34 is.) Then go back to Yingchuan and talk to the rich merchant. Youíll receive 1000 gold, 500 experience points, and 2 fame points for your efforts. Then head to Handan (via Sanchuan Prefecture). * =============== * * 06.03.08 Handan * * =============== * Here are some of the people and side quests you can find in the city: -- Sun Yi (wandering outside the southwestern city gates): Heíll tell you that Liu Bang is in Peixian County. -- Treasure merchant (inside inn): If you pay him 1000 gold, heíll name a treasure you can retrieve for him. That doesnít sound like a good deal, but go ahead and do it. The first treasure is Monster Nafuís Hoof, which you wonít be able to find until Chapter Ten. -- Liu Yan (inside inn): If you talk to the merchant standing outside the inn, youíll learn that Liu Yan recently bought an expensive pearl. Then when you talk to Yan heíll offer you a quest to deliver the pearl to Fengxian County. (However, you wonít be able to deliver the pearl until Chapter Eight.) -- Chunyu Qiu (in a ìcivilian houseî on the western side of the city): After listening to her sing and having a short conversation with her, sheíll give you a quiz. The answers are ìCai Wei,î the option that starts with ìYin and Yang,î and ìChunyu Yue.î Once you get the answers correct, sheíll lead you to a secret library located under her house. ìBut generally speaking, it is not proper to burn so many books and kill so many people.î -- Fu Su During the ensuing cut scene, Qiu will attempt to kill herself, and youíll get a quest to save her. Youíll need to find three herbs, and you can get them from the ìvagrant doctorî who wanders around the southern half of the city. Heíll ask you for 8000 gold, and if you agree heíll reveal that heís really Feng Yu, former doctor of the First Emperor, and heíll give you the herbs for free. Plus, heíll also give you six ìgod pillsî which completely restore hit points. With herbs in hand, all you have to do to heal Chunyu Qiu is approach her. Then when you talk to her again sheíll offer to join your party. Note: On one of the shelves in the library you can find a copy of The Art of War by Sun Tzu (permanent +60 metal defense power). -- Ding Xunís house (near the center of the city): Ding Xun will be involved in a quest in Chapter Four (see 06.05.07). -- Cui Na (wandering around the eastern side of the city): If you talk to him youíll gain +1 charm. Note: You canít get into the commanderís compound yet. When youíre ready to move on, head to the southeastern corner of the area and leave for Peixian County. * ======================= * * 06.03.09 Peixian County * * ======================= * This area is all about Liu Bang, the constable of the county. If you talk to people youíll find out that Bang has rebelled against the empire by releasing hundreds of prisoners, and that he hasnít been in the county for some time. If you go to the northeastern corner of the area, youíll find Bangís house. Inside you can talk to his wife Lu Zhi. Tell her that soldiers are looking for Bang, and youíll receive 2000 experience points. Then go outside and talk to Bangís son Xiaobao. Heíll offer to tell you a secret if you give him a wooden sword. You can get a wooden sword by learning the schematic from the blacksmith in Yingchuan. When you give the sword to Xiaobao, heíll let you know that Liu Bang is at Dangshan Mountain. There are two other ways to learn Liu Bangís whereabouts: -- Fan Kuai (in the dog meat shop on the eastern side of the village): When you have the option, take the ìI think he can help meî dialogue option. Then talk to him again and take the ìYou are not frank at allî option. Kuai will then tell you where to find Liu Bang. -- Xiahou Ying (in the inn): Talk to brother Wuís wife (also in the inn) first, and sheíll tell you that Xiahou Ying is a friend of Liu Bangís. Then start a long conversation with Ying. Answer ... o ìDonít you feel lonely?î o ìWe are fated to be togetherî o ìIím here for youî o ìI just want to make friends with youî o ìOh, forget itî ... to earn 1500 experience points. From that point on getting the information out of Ying should be relatively straightforward. Once you complete one method to locate Bang, the others will become unavailable, so the best method is the one involving his son. There are also some people and places unrelated to Liu Bang: -- Citizen (wandering in the southwestern corner of the area): You can ask the citizen about famous people in the area, and heíll mention Xiao Qi, who can ìmake a flying bird from a piece of wood.î Upon further prompting, the citizen will let you know that Qi is currently abroad, but that his brother Xiao He or his friend Liu Bang might know where he is. However, not only is Bang missing, if you go to Heís home (near the center of the village), youíll find out heís out of town, too. -- Ah Cai (wandering near the center of the village): Heíll ask you to help him beat off two dogs. When you do youíll gain 2 fame points. -- The tower (northern part of the village): Inside youíll find Xu Wu. If you can beat him three times in one-on-one combat with Fu Su, youíll gain (in total) 3 fame points and a random (level 7) King Nie sword. ìI admire you! I admire you so much!î -- Xu Wu Note: There is some requirement you have to meet before you can challenge Wu, but I donít know what it is. (I donít think itís fame.) Unknown: Does Liu Kun have any purpose? Since Liu Bang seems to be important, head south and leave the area for Dangshan Mountain. * ========================== * * 06.03.10 Dangshan Mountain * * ========================== * Note: You canít enter this area until you complete one of the quests to determine Liu Bangís location (06.03.09). Near where you start out is a thatched hut. Go to it and talk to the old woman inside. Sheíll ask you to find her grandson and bring him back home. The grandson is west of the hut, wandering in the forest. When you find him, offer to play with him, and heíll demand you bring him his ìdarling baby.î The darling baby is at home, so go back to the hut and talk to the old woman. Sheíll tell you that the baby is locked in a chest, but that her husband has the key. So leave the hut again but this time head south until you see an old man. Talk to him and heíll give you the key. Now head back to the hut, unlock the chest, grab the toy, and go find the grandson again. This time when you talk to him you can give him the toy (worth 2000 experience points) and tell him his grandmother worries about him as much as he worries about the toy. Then you can let him play a little longer (worth 3000 experience points), threaten to take his toy away if he doesnít go home (4000 experience points), or tell him he can play some more tomorrow (4500 experience points). Near where the grandson was playing, youíll find a woodsman and a cave. The woodsman will tell you how something in the cave frightened him, and how he dropped a jade pendant when he ran away. So explore the cave. Youíll find three groups of monsters: three paoxiaos, two shanyis, and two zhuyans. The best way to deal with the monsters is to draw them to your party one at a time. Fortunately, the jade is next to the paoxiaos, and so you donít have to face the other two groups if you wonít want to (or canít). However, if you make it all the way to the back of the cave, youíll find a Warrior Club. And when you give the jade back to the woodsman, youíll receive 1500 experience points and 2 fame points. The woodsman also has a second quest. Iím not sure if thereís any requirement for receiving it. Anyway, after you give the woodsman back his jade, talk to him again and heíll tell you about some ìoverbearing and fierceî people heading to Chencheng for a bow. (Talk to him a final time for +2 charm.) In Chencheng youíll find ìa young womanî west of the commanderís office who will tell you that she was just robbed. Tell her to treat her wounds first (for 8000 experience points), and then agree to help her. At the eastern gate of the city youíll be approached by a robber. Heíll tell you that the bandit leader Hu Dao has gone mad and has started killing his own men. Youíll find Hu Dao farther to the east. Once you talk to him and kill him, youíll find the Sun-shooting bow, the book Classics on Stars, and some other treasures. Then just talk to the woman again to automatically return the book to her and also receive 8000 experience points and 3 fame points. Sheíll let you keep the bow as your reward. On the western side of the forest is the reason you came to the area -- Liu Bangís rebel encampment. If you tell the rebels that youíre looking for Bang and that his wife sent you, theyíll let you move around the encampment freely. Otherwise youíll have to fight them. Regardless, make your way to the big tent labeled ìHall of the Mountain Village.î Inside, youíll trigger a cut scene where you meet Liu Bang for the first time, and Bang lets you know you can find Xiao Qi in Pengcheng. After the cut scene ends, you can talk to Liu Bang again. If you suggest that he ìestablish moral standardsî for his men (perhaps only available if you attacked the rebels), youíll receive 2500 experience points. You can also ask Bang about Xiao Qi and how to get to Pengcheng. When you leave the tent, Xiao He (Xiao Qiís brother) will be standing outside, but he wonít say anything interesting. Thatís it for the area. When youíre ready to move on, head to the southeastern corner and leave for Pengcheng. * ================== * * 06.03.11 Pengcheng * * ================== * Note: You canít enter this area until you talk to Liu Bang at Dangshan Mountain (06.03.10). When you enter the area youíll discover a girl named Jing Wuji being attacked by three bears. However, after you ìrescueî her youíll find out she didnít want your help, and sheíll challenge you to a duel. The fight should be pretty easy. After youíve defeated her, talk to her again and say you got lucky. That will earn you 2500 experience points. Then go ahead and explore the rest of the area. (You canít do anything else with Wuji at the moment.) Here are some of the people and things youíll find: -- Song Ji (in the inn): Heíll complain heís never tasted the best wine. Youíll find some wine for him in Chapter Four (see 06.05.07). -- The wanderer (wandering near the pagoda in the northern part of the city): Supposedly he has a good forging skill, so if you donít learn that skill with Fu Su, the wanderer is where you should go when you want to make things. -- Courier (standing outside the courier station): Heíll complain that his saddle was stolen. You can make a saddle if youíve learned the schematic from the carpenter in Yangzhou. When you give the saddle to the courier, heíll give you 2000 gold. -- Woman weaverís home (eastern side of the city): Talk to the weaver to learn that her shuttle is broken. Then go to the western side of the city to find the carpenter in his house. Heíll offer to sell you a shuttle (1000 gold) or teach you to make shuttles (500 gold). Once you have the shuttle, give it to the weaver to receive 3500 experience points and 2 fame points. -- Jing Wujiís home (northeastern part of the city): Inside you can finally talk to Xiao Qi. Offer to help him if he helps you, and heíll tell you about a monster shanyi that is terrorizing the city. Youíll have two option -- to find heavenly iron (in Jiujiang) and iron-pine wood (at Taishan Mountain) so Qi can make a trap for the monster, or simply go out and kill the monster yourself (on the high ground north of the city). When you complete one of the quests, Jing Wuji will return to her home, and youíll be able to recruit her into your party. Qi will also let you know that Tian Gang of Hengshan Village helped build the First Emperorís tomb, and that you should go talk to him. Then when you leave the area, the chapter will end. ìShould I find him, in terms of certainty, we can make another 10 percent!î -- Fu Su Itís probably best just to kill the monster shanyi (assuming you can). If you pick up the trap parts for Xiao Qi, you wonít get any experience for the quest, and, as far as I can tell, Qi never finishes making the trap anyway. (Youíll have to tell him time is running out so that he stops and introduces you to Jing Wuji.) Meanwhile, if you kill the shanyi youíll get some experience and perhaps a useful body part. However, for the purposes of the walkthrough, Iím going to assume youíre looking for the trap parts. Mostly that just means Taishan Mountain and Jiujiang appear in Chapter Two rather than Chapter Three. When youíre ready to continue, head to Taishan Mountain. * ========================= * * 06.03.12 Taishan Mountain * * ========================= * The main thing to do here is get the iron pine for Xiao Qi (assuming youíre doing that quest). You can find the iron pine tree on the western side of the area, guarded by some monkeys. Then just click on the tree to get the pine. You can also find some other things of interest in the area: -- Xuís house (southern part of the village): Inside you can talk to Xu Shi and decide he looks familiar. Heíll come up again in Chapter Four (see 06.05.06), so remember where he is. ìYou know only money is important in this world.î -- Xu Shi -- The old beggar (standing next to the inn): He wonít talk to you unless you buy him wine, so go into the inn and buy a jug of wine for 100 gold. When you give it to the beggar youíll receive 500 experience points, but the beggar still wonít talk to you. This time heíll demand ìholy wine.î So go back into the inn and ask for it. The innkeeper will try to charge you 6000 gold for two bottles, but when you complain about the deal, heíll offer to give you the wine if you can bring him some ìmonkey fruit wine.î That gives you two options -- to pay for the wine or go on a quest for it. Youíll have to fight the beggar when you give him the wine, and heís much tougher than he sounds, so the slower (and cheaper) option is probably best (see 06.05.06 regardless). -- Wu Xin (northwestern corner of the area): He wonít talk to you until you complete the old beggarís quest (see 06.05.06), but you can explore the buildings and the cave near him. Plus, if you go underground you can find a ìcave blocked by a huge stoneî (not to mention a bunch of tiger fish). Just keep this area in mind for later. When youíre ready to move on, head to Jiujiang (via Pengcheng). * ================= * * 06.03.13 Jiujiang * * ================= * This is a small area. Mostly all you need to do here is pick up some heavenly iron from the meteor on the eastern edge (south of where you start). But, of course, there are also some side quests: -- Wu Fugui (wandering in the village): Heíll tell you how he bought a wolf thinking it was a puppy, and then heíll ask you to kill the wolf so he can use his house again. So go inside and kill the wolf (itís just an ordinary wolf), and when you return to Fuqui youíll receive 500 experience points and 1 fame point. -- Zhi Bo (in one of the northern houses): Heíll talk to you about death, and, when you have the choice, take the (long) dialogue option with ìregretî in it. Then Zhi Bo will tell you about his estranged son Zhi Qin, who conveniently lives right next door. So talk to Qin, then talk to Bo again, and then talk to Qin again. For resolving the conflict, Qin will give you the Gongbu Sword once your fame reaches 35 points. Finally, talk to Bo again to receive 1 fame point. -- Xiaoqi (wandering southwest of the village): Heíll tell you he lost his brother Xiaoyi. You can find Xiaoyi in a cave west of the village. Youíll have to defeat three monster paoxiaos, but once you get to Xiaoyi and talk to him youíll receive 4000 experience points and 2 fame points. -- Qing Bu (a muscleman in the northwestern part of the area): Heíll eventually ask to join your party, but I donít know what triggers the conversation. Iíve heard of it happening in Chapter Eight, but it can probably happen before then (and might require a certain amount of fame, or something else). Also, there is a quest youíll need to complete for Bu involving killing somebody named Zhuang Jia in Jiujiang. (All of this is unverified by me.) Unknown: A citizen west of the village will ask you if youíve seen his dog Ah Huang. You can find Ah Huang in the northeastern corner of the area, but there doesnít seem to be any way to get them together. When youíre ready to move on, head back to Pengcheng and give the trap parts to Xiao Qi. Then head to Hengshan Village (via Jiujiang). /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.04.00 Chapter Three | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to find Tian Gang, a man who helped build the First Emperorís tomb. * ========================= * * 06.04.01 Hengshan Village * * ========================= * The main reason to be here is to find Tian Gang. However, when you talk to the villagers -- like Liu Gang (standing in the northeastern corner of the area) or Liu Jing (wandering near his house) -- theyíll tell you no such person lives in the village. But they will mention that the local blacksmith has suddenly improved his skills. So go talk to the blacksmith (in his shop on the western side of the village). Heíll tell you that his forging hammer was stolen, and that Feng Zhuang, Liu Jing, and Quan Si were in the area when it happened. Youíll need to solve the mystery, so talk to all three suspects: -- Feng Zhuang (in his house near the middle of the village) will say he simply went to the blacksmithís shop to buy traps. -- Liu Jing (now in his house near the middle of the village) will get scared when you question him. If you tell him to ìbe a manî youíll receive 500 experience points. Jing will then tell you about the bad luck heís had with his relatives. If you feel sorry for him, give him some gold for medicine, and youíll receive 500 more experience points. (Youíll lose 20% of your gold, so if you drop all your gold on the ground first, you wonít lose anything.) Finally, Jing will admit to having larceny in his heart, but heíll claim Quan Si came into the shop at just the wrong moment and spoiled his plan. -- Quan Si (with his rascals camped west of the town) has the hammer. If you immediately call him a liar and then lie yourself and say someone saw him take the hammer, heíll give you the hammer and youíll gain +3 wisdom. At that point you can admit to lying and fight him, or simply leave. (You can also buy the hammer from him for 2000 gold if you want.) When you give the hammer back to the blacksmith, youíll receive 500 experience points. The blacksmith will then ask you who took it, and you can answer with Quan Si (+3 wisdom), Liu Jing (4000 experience points), or ìitís not importantî (+3 charm). Finally, you can ask the blacksmith about Tian Gang. Heíll tell you how he found a forging book authored by Tian Gang near the ìbackhill,î and heíll teach you how to make animal traps. Note: Animal traps also have the ì%dî cost bug in version 1.16b. The backhill is simply the mountain range on the northern edge of the village, and you can find a cave in it roughly north of where Quan Si is (or was). Inside, youíll find the cave to be heavily trapped, so hopefully your assassin has some skill points in gold vision (to detect traps) and device master (to disarm them). If not, just walk through the traps and rest as you need to. Note: What you might discover at this point is that disarming traps costs 20 mana. So if you havenít worried too much about wisdom and mana items for your assassin, now is a good time to think about it. This isnít the last place where youíll see a lot of traps. After disarming the traps and killing some tiger fish, youíll finally reach Tian Gang. Of course, he wonít tell you how to get into the tomb -- at least, not yet. First youíll have to prove your worthiness to him by stealing a jade pendant from a merchant named Wu Jie in Hengshan Prefecture (aka Hengshan City). So leave the cave and head for the city. * ============================ * * 06.04.02 Hengshan Prefecture * * ============================ * The main thing to do here is get the jade pendant from Wu Jie. So head to the Wu residence (in the southern pat of the city) and approach Wu Jie. Heíll start a conversation with you and tell you that his son Xiaohu has been kidnapped by bandits. To get the jade pendant, you can either pay Jie the ransom amount (10,000 gold) or you can rescue the son from the bandits. The latter approach is cheaper and more fun -- and worth way more experience -- so thatís the one you should take. You can find the bandits on the high ground north of the city. Once you kill them, go into the hut and approach the boy. Heíll thank you for rescuing him and youíll receive 6000 experience points. Then head back to the city and talk to Wu Jie again. Heíll give you the pendant and a book called Tactics of Shima Rangju (permanent +60 wood defense power). Note: As soon as you rescue Xiaohu, Han Xin will appear in the courtyard of the Wu residence, and youíll be able to recruit him to your party, provided you can defeat him in one-on-one combat with Fu Su. (It shouldnít be too hard since Xin wonít use illusion or stanching.) There are also some side quests to complete: -- Carpenter (inside a house on the eastern side of the city): Heíll tell you that he lost his toolbox and ask you to find it for him. Heíll even suggest it might be in the forest west of the city. So go out there and look around. Youíll find the toolbox in a tree just north of the path, and when you give it to the carpenter youíll receive a piece of longan wood and 1 fame point. Note: Donít use the longan wood to make anything. Youíll need it in the next chapter. -- The merchantís wife (in a house near the middle of the city): Sheíll ask you to take a winter coat to her husband in Pengcheng. Her husband is the grocer in that city, and his shop is next to the eastern gate. When you give him the coat heíll give you a random level 6 sword, and youíll receive 1 fame point. -- Kid (wandering in the western side of the city): When you talk to him youíll gain +1 charm. -- Mao Senís house (in the northern part of the city): Mao Sen will be part of a quest in the next chapter, so just remember where he is. Unknown: Does the Magistrate have any purpose? Once youíve completed the side quests and gotten the jade pendant, head back to Hengshan Village and give the pendant to Tian Gang. Heíll tell you about a secret tunnel that leads into the tomb. The only problem is that youíll need two objects in order to enter the tomb -- the ìgold-toad pearlî and ìan elite magic weapon.î Gang will explain that the pearl can be found along the southwestern border of the land, and heíll list seven swords that you can use: Ganjiang, Moye, Zhanlu, Taiíe, Yuchang, Gongbu, and Juque. (You should already have the last two swords.) After the conversation, talk to Gang again and heíll sell you Mo Ziís Book of Sundry Moral Principles (permanent +10 dexterity) for 5000 gold. ìHey, you seem pretty capable!î -- Tian Gang As soon as you exit the cave, the chapter will end. Then head for Huqiu (via Jiujiang). /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.05.00 Chapter Four | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to find a gold-toad pearl, plus look for (level 9) magic swords. * ============== * * 06.05.01 Huqiu * * ============== * The main reason to come here is to pick up a magical sword. If you talk to the old man standing near the center of the village, heíll let you know that the King of the Wu State was buried nearby, and with him the swords Ganjiang and Moye. The kingís tomb is located in the northeastern corner of the area. Youíll have to fight some robbers next to the entrance, and then once you go inside youíll (eventually) trigger a cut scene where more robbers talk about the swords theyíve found. It seems the sword Ganjiang was in the tomb, but the sword Moye was only a fake, the real Moye having last been seen in Julu. ìI plan to go back home and buy a huge piece of land, marry a good woman and have several concubines.î -- Tomb robber Of course, the robbers wonít just hand the swords over to you, so youíll have to fight them. Theyíre not too difficult to kill, but hereís a trick. The robbers wonít start out aggressive towards you; the head robber will want to talk to you first. So send Fu Su into the area with the robbers, catch the head robberís attention, and then retreat. The head robber will follow you however far you go away, and then after you talk to him you can attack him out of sight of the other robbers, and kill him easily. Then you can just mop up the other robbers (or not, since the head robber has the swords). There are also some side quests in the area: -- Beggar (sitting near the center of the village): If you give him gold three times, youíll gain +1 charm and 1 fame point. -- Strongman (standing outside a house on the eastern side of the village): Heíll give you a quest about bending and restoring a sword with no effort. If you go into the house behind him, youíll make a log entry of what you see (after you leave). Then if you talk to the strongman again and answer ìvatî youíll receive 1000 gold and +2 wisdom. -- Passerby (wandering south of the village): Heíll approach you asking if youíve seen a yellow package. The package (a ìsmall cloth bagî) is sitting on the ground in the northern part of the village. If you return the package to the man, youíll receive 400 gold, 500 experience points, and 2 fame points. If you keep the package, youíll receive 2000 gold and lose 1 fame point. Note: The passerby only appears after you pick up the package. The Ganjiang sword is one of the best paladin swords in the game, so immediately head to Xianyang to get it identified. Then go to Hejiang Village (via Hanzhong Prefecture) to start your quest for the gold-toad pearl. * ======================== * * 06.05.02 Hejiang Village * * ======================== * This area has a major quest to it, which youíll learn about when you go to the village headís house on the western side of the village. The village head will tell you that the village is full of an ìominous smellî that poisons its inhabitants. Further, heíll say that the wizard Kun Pu is working on a antidote, but that he suspects Kun Pu created the curse in the first place. Even Puís apprentice Zong Da suspects him. Talk to the village head twice to learn all this. Note: The village head will also tell you there is a gold-toad pearl in Cloud Valley, provided you ask him about the pearl before asking him about the village. If you wander around the village and talk to the villagers, theyíll all chime in about Kun Pu, Zong Da, and the curse, but to get the quest rolling you have to talk to the two wizards: -- Zong Da (in his house on the northern side of the village) will tell you that you can save the village by killing the curse maker, Kun Pu. Agree to do it (rather than asking more questions) and Da will give you five double spore mushrooms. He'll also warn you not to talk to Pu because ìhe will burden you with an even more evil curse.î If that wasnít enough to make you suspicious of Da, notice he has a secret tunnel leading under his house, which you canít enter yet. -- Kung Pu (standing well south of the village, near the inn) will suggest Da has something to do with the curse, and then heíll leave for Daís house. When you arrive back at Zong Daís house, Kung Pu will be there but Da wonít. So talk to Pu and then watch the cut scene. Youíll find out Da was upset that Pu was named the villageís sacrifice wizard instead of himself, and so he decided to frame Pu with the curse. Once the cut scene ends, youíll have to fight Da and his henchmen, but the battle shouldnít be too tough, especially since Pu will be helping you out. Once Zong Da is dead, loot the chamber to find the Book of Mountains and Seas (permanent +80 hit points) and then return to the village. The villagers will all be singing a different tune now, and Kung Pu (standing back where he started) will be available to join your party. Note: If you instead kill Kun Pu for Zong Da, nothing much will happen. Da will simply cure the curse on you after you do the deed. Another note: The game might screw up Fu Su when it cures him of the curse, and the attribute bonuses from his equipment will no longer be counted. To fix this, either save and load the game, or unequip and then re-equip all of Fu Suís equipment. There arenít any other side quests in the area, but there are two more things of interest: -- On the eastern side of the area, among the ruins, you can find a bandit camp. -- In the well next to the inn you can find the Golden Dragon Helmet, provided you defeated the wanderer in Sanchuan Prefecture (06.03.05). Cloud Valley leads to some difficult fights, so rather than heading straight there for the gold-toad pearl, instead take the scenic route and head to Wuhua Village. * ====================== * * 06.05.03 Wuhua Village * * ====================== * This small village has one main quest plus a few minor quests. The main quest involves the inn. Talk to the innkeeper and agree to stay the night. Then go through the door in the back of the inn and enter the bedroom. A cut scene will ensue where the innkeeper is killed during the middle of the night. The magistrate will arrive and decide you did it, but, after confiscating half your gold, will give you three days to solve the murder. ìPure is pure, dirty is dirty! In three days I will reveal the truth to you.î -- Fu Su So wander around and talk to all of the suspects: -- Wang Laigui (in the kitchen) is the father of Xiaocui, the servant girl. Heíll tell you that Ding Lairui likes his daughter, but that she likes Zhao Laifu. Heíll also say that somebody strong must have committed the murder, which rules out Zhao Laifu, who broke his leg two weeks ago. -- The waiter (in the main inn room) will tell you that the innkeeper was ìvery interestedî in Xiaocui and therefore disliked Zhao Laifu. In fact, the innkeeper might have been planning to fire Laifu for that reason, with his broken leg as the excuse. (Note: You can threaten the waiter to avoid bribing him.) -- Ding Lairui (in the main inn room) wonít tell you much that you didnít already know. (Note: If you start out by observing him and then ask if heís worried because of a girl, youíll receive 8500 experience points.) -- Xiaocui (in the house next to the inn) will confirm that she and Laifu are good friends. Since the suspects donít know enough to help you solve the case, expand your search. The vegetable salesman next to the inn will tell you that Wang Kaigui bought insecticide recently to kill some white ants; the merchant at the medicine shop will mention that Zhao Laifu came in to buy honey about a month ago; and Zhang the blacksmith will tell you that Ding Lairui came in to buy whetstones also about a month ago. When asked about the insecticide, Kaigui will say that white ants recently showed up out of nowhere, but that the insecticide didnít help much. Furthermore, heíll conjecture that maybe somebody left a can of sugar open in the kitchen, since white ants like sweets. Laifu will simply say that he used the honey for stomach pains, and Lairui will claim he bought the whetstones to upset the innkeeper. As far as I know, thatís all the information you get to solve the murder. So go over to the county office and tell the magistrate that Zhao Laifu committed the crime. Youíll receive 15,000 experience points and youíll get your gold back from the magistrate -- but then youíll give some of it to Laifu and Xiaocui so they can start a new life. (To save your money, drop all of it before the first cut scene in the inn, and then again before telling the magistrate that Laifu did it.) Here are the other quests: -- Street entertainer and villager standing by (standing near the entrance to the village): There are two ways you can handle this quest, and both give about the same reward. You can bet the villager 400 gold that the hammer used by the entertainer is fake, and then buy the hammer from the entertainer to prove it. Or you can buy the hammer from the entertainer and then show it to the villager to prevent him from buying any of the entertainerís vigor pills. Both give 4000 experience and +2 charm, but if you talk to the entertainer first, you can discover the hammer is fake and receive an additional 500 experience points. (You can also kill the entertainer instead of doing the quest.) Note: The fake hammer isnít useful for anything, so you donít need to hang onto it. -- Villager (standing outside a house near the center of the village): Sheíll hire you to beat up a nearby hooligan. Once you complete the job sheíll pay you 2000 gold. -- House (northern part of the village): Thereís a sleeping man inside plus a table you can loot. If you loot the table youíll find a level 7 ìsuperior silver mineî rock, but youíll lose 2 fame points. -- Temple (western side if village): The sacrifice wizard inside will ask you to find him five wheat cakes and two holy winter peaches so he can complete his ceremony. You can find cakes and peaches for sale from the travelling doctor sitting near the entrance to the village or from the medicine shop next to the temple. When you give the wizard what he wants, youíll receive two gold rocks, the Book of Legalists by Shang Yang (permanent +10 savvy), and 1 fame point. Unknown: Is there a quest involving the sleeping man and the silver rock? When youíre ready to move on, head for Changsha. * ================= * * 06.05.04 Changsha * * ================= * There are three side quests in this area: -- Chen You (wandering in the western half of the village): Heíll tell you about a ìdeflowering thiefî who has been abducting young women from the village. Youíll find the thief (named Yin Ge) in a cave north of the city, and youíll have two choices for how to deal with him: you can ìshow understandingî and let him continue on (+2 charm) or you can kill him (6000 experience points). If you talk to the girls in the cave, theyíll all say theyíre happy, but theyíll also appear to be hypnotized, so the best choice is probably to kill Ge. If you do, youíll also receive 500 experience points for talking to the magistrateís daughter (in the cave), plus 7000 experience points and 3 fame points when you talk to Chen You to let him know that the threat is over. -- Cheng Pingís house (southern side of the village): Ping will warn you against going to Nanshan Mountain because a ferocious tiger lives there. If you offer to kill the tiger, youíll gain 2 fame points, and Ping will tell you to see Uncle He (in his medicine shop to the west) about getting some free medicine (five gold oranges). Nanshan Mountain is just the hilly region in the southeastern part of the area, and the tiger shouldnít be too tough to kill. Once itís dead, go back to Uncle He to get five more gold oranges. Note: If you face the tiger without going to Uncle He for medicine, youíll gain 5 fame points when you kill it. -- Su Ze (in the tavern): Heíll tell you that his mother is sick, and that the only cure for her, a nine-leaf fungus, is being held by Qi the rich man. Moreover, heíll tell you that Qi will only give him the fungus if he pays him 2000 gold or allows Qi to use his wife as a concubine. ìZe, my son, is suffering so much, he worried till his hair turned white.î -- Su Zeís mother There are two ways to handle this. You can pay Ze 2000 gold so he can buy the fungus from Qi (500 experience points and 2 fame points) or you can kill Qi and his henchmen and then give the fungus to Ze (8000 experience points). Finally, head to Cloud Valley. * ===================== * * 06.05.05 Cloud Valley * * ===================== * As soon as you enter the area, a man named Yan Jiang will approach you. Heíll warn you that there is a group of wild Maio people living in the area, and heíll suggest you work together to take the gold-toad pearl from them. His plan? To kidnap Yin Zhu, the daughter of the Maio chieftain, and then get the pearl in ransom. There are three ways to handle the situation: -- You can agree to Jiangís plan and try to kidnap Yin Zhu. Sheíll struggle and youíll have to kill her, but youíll find a pearl on her corpse. -- You can agree to Jiangís plan but then tell Zhu about it when you meet her. Sheíll ask you to kill Jiang, and sheíll give you a pearl when you do. -- You can kill Jiang when you find out his plan, and then Zhu will give you a pearl because youíre such a good person. It doesnít matter which method you use, but if you take Yin Zhuís side, sheíll offer to join your party after she gives you the pearl. Also notice the large tree near where Yin Zhu is standing. Thatís the tree where monkey fruit ferments, so be sure to pick up a couple bottles of monkey fruit wine before you leave. You now have what you need to enter the First Emperorís tomb, but letís instead finish off some side quests. * ========================= * * 06.05.06 Taishan Mountain * * ========================= * Go into the inn and trade a bottle of monkey fruit wine for holy wine. Then go outside and talk to the beggar again. Give him the bottle of wine (or not; it doesnít matter) and ask him the three questions that appear. Heíll let you know that Wu Xin (in the northwestern part of the area) has the sword Zhanlu. Eventually, no matter what you say, the conversation will lead to a fight. ìIíll teach you a good lesson! Otherwise Iíd rather jump from the top of Taishan Mountain!î -- The old beggar The beggar is a fairly nasty wizard, and heíll keep casting ìmeteoriteî and ìsquallî at you. So try to maneuver your party so the characters arenít all standing in a line, and then just hack away at him. Eventually youíll defeat him and heíll surrender. Then if you call him a ìloserî and observe him closely, youíll recognize him as Lu Sheng, an old enemy. This gives you two options: -- If you let him live, heíll tell you two secrets. The first is that the man claiming to be Xu Shi is really Xu Fu. Then if you confront Xu Shi (in his estate to the south) youíll hear his story and get 3000 gold. The beggar will also tell you he suspects the First Emperor was poisoned with a slow acting toxin. -- If you kill him, youíll get a Book of Changes (permanent +30 wisdom). Regardless of what you do, you should next visit Wu Xin. Heíll ask you to prove you are worthy of the Zhanlu sword. Again youíll have two options: -- You can fight him to prove youíre a better swordsman. Your entire party gets to participate, so the fight isnít too bad, and youíll receive 3 fame points plus the sword. -- You can help Wu Xin create a new sword by producing water in the nearby cave. If you explored the cave before, you might remember there was a ìcave blocked by a huge stoneî inside. Simply create a spade (you should have learned the schematic in Sanchuan Prefecture) and click on the stone to remove it. That will create a river in the cave. Then just return to Xu Win (fighting some monster zhuyans along the way) to get the sword. Note: Supposedly you can also talk to (or kill) one of the servants in the nearby buildings to get a spade. Youíll have to decide whether itís better to have fame points or monster zhuyan body parts. Note: I donít like the Zhanlu sword as much as the Ganjiang sword, but it might be a better choice for the final fight, so keep it around somewhere. ìDonít ever do bad deeds with it. Otherwise you will be in big trouble!î -- Wu Xin If you talk to Wu Xin again, heíll tell you that he needs an earth-fire stone and cedar in order to forge his new sword (there is a pre-requisite for this conversation, but I donít know what it is). Further, heíll tell you that Mao Lin in Hengshan Prefecture might know where cedar is, and that you might find an earth-fire stone in Cloud Valley. So hop on over to Hengshan Prefecture and find the passerby wandering in the eastern part of the city. The passerby will claim to know everyone in the area, and when you ask him about Mao Lin, heíll suggest you talk to Mao Linís brother Mao Sen. So go to Sen (in his house in the northern part of the city) and ask him about Lin. Heíll agree to tell you where Lin is, provided you give him some longan wood. You should have gotten longan wood by completing the carpenterís quest in this city (see 06.04.02). If you donít have it any more, youíll just have to hope you find some in the future. (Longan wood is just a regular kind of wood, and itíll drop from trees sometimes.) Otherwise, give it to Sen and heíll tell you Mao Lin moved to Chencheng. Youíll also receive 1 fame point. (You might think you can skip this part and head directly to Chencheng, but it wonít work. If you donít complete Mao Senís quest, you wonít be able to find Mao Lin.) You canít get to Chencheng yet, so just keep the cedar part of the quest in mind. You can get the earth-fire stone in the next section. * ========================= * * 06.05.07 Treasure Hunting * * ========================= * Now go to Pengcheng and find Song Ji in the inn. Give him your other bottle of monkey fruit wine (without hinting at a reward), and Ji will give you the Deer-hunting Dagger. Then, if you talk to him again, heíll tell you the legend of the ìHoly-Beast Armorî and the ìPan Gu Gigantic Axe.î Even better, heíll tell you he knows of a treasure map leading to the two objects. All you have to do is find Ding Xun in Handan and tell him Song Ji sent you. So head to Handan and talk to Ding Xun (in his house near the center of the city). Youíll discover that Xun is sick. Offer to help him and then, when you click on the door to leave, youíll trigger a cut scene where a doctor arrives and heals him. Then talk to Xun again to get the treasure map. The treasure map will point you to Cloud Valley, so head back there. Youíll find a ìmysterious caveî in the middle of the northern wall of rocks. Inside, after a while, the tunnel will fork. The northern path will lead to a room with the axe and five tiger fish in it. The southern path will lead to numerous tiger fish, including a pair of tiger fish kings, and then it will branch as well. The southern path off this branch will lead to the earth-fire stone you need, while the northern path will lead to a pair of monster shanyi and the armor (now called ìGod-Beast Armorî). The shanyi will probably be all but impossible to kill (at least around level 30). So your best bet is to leave most of your party next to the entrance to the cave, and have your fastest character run past the shanyi and grab the armor, and then run to the exit. (Just be careful of the tiger fish, since they re-spawn quickly.) Of course, things wonít get any easier once you leave the cave. Youíll discover that Song Ji and Ding Xun were just using you to get the treasure out of the cave and now plan to take it from you. If you healed Xun in Handan, heíll eventually leave, but youíll still have to face Ji. Song Ji is more difficult to kill than the old beggar, mostly because heíll teleport around the forest, and melee fighters will have a hard time navigating around the trees and rocks to get to him. Plus, heíll cast a nasty hailstorm from time to time that might all but kill your characters in one shot. But just keep pecking away, and eventually he should die. (If you find you canít kill him then just have your characters run east and leave the area.) Note: If the Cloud Valley part of the quest is just too hard for your party, then feel free to come back to it later. The objects you get are level 40+ anyway. * ================= * * 06.05.08 Paradise * * ================= * Now head back to Zhaocun Village so you can track down Gui Guziís paradise. The paradise is located through the northernmost of the four caves in the area. On the first level of the cave youíll find some monster paoxiaos, but theyíll only attack one or two at a time and shouldnít present much of a problem. On the second level youíll meet the King of Beasts. Heíll force you to pass five tests before heíll let you continue on to the next level. The first four involve killing monsters: two zhuyans, three paoxiaos, three tiger fish, and then two shanyis. At this point you can probably go toe-to-toe with the monsters (these shanyis are much easier than the ones in Cloud Valley), but, if you have trouble, send one character to talk to the King of Beasts to trigger the next test, and then try to lure the monsters to your party one at a time. The fifth test involves fighting the ìshadow of Fu Su.î This would probably be a tough battle if Fu Su had to fight the shadow alone, but your whole party gets to participate, and so it should go fairly easily. Once youíve defeated the shadow, youíll be allowed to head down to the third level. ìYou have passed all the tests. Go ahead then!î -- The King of Beasts The third level of the cave is filled with tiger fish and a couple of treasure chests, and eventually youíll come to the exit to the fourth level. However, next to the exit youíll find a ìman-eating monster.î Talk to it and then answer its riddles (donít attack it; you can attack it later if you want). Here are the answers: -- ìEven God canít tellî (1500 experience points) -- ìA was honestî (1500 experience points) -- ìYou are not meî (2500 experience points) -- ìFourî (2500 experience points) -- ìYou will eat meî (3000 experience points) Once you answer the riddles correctly, youíll be able to move on to the fourth level. (Note: If you answer the last riddle wrong, then youíll get the experience from the first four riddles and still be able to kill the monster. The monster has a nasty ìmeteoriteî attack, but otherwise it is fairly easy to kill, and it is worth a whole lot of experience. Plus you might get a body part.) On the fourth level, after defeating some tigers, youíll find ìthe old man with a lanternî (he blends in with the rocks, so look carefully). After a short conversation, the man will ask you what youíre willing to give up to reach Gui Guziís paradise. The only correct answer is ìpositionî (worth 4000 experience points). Once you say that, the man will give you the Beacon of Heart, and youíll be able to cross the bridge and enter paradise. Note: Make sure you put the beacon in Fu Suís inventory. Otherwise youíll end up in a void. It turns out paradise isnít a very big place. In fact, there are only two things to do there: -- You can talk to Guigu Zi (aka Gui Guzi) and play ìfive-element chessî with him. Recollect The Art of War by Sun Bin (1500 experience points), then show your weakness to the enemy (1000 experience points), and finally hit the weakest point (3000 experience points) to demonstrate your tactics ability to the old man. Lastly, tell Zi that ìyou praise me too highlyî and heíll give you the Master Guigu Zi Shield and the Master Guigu Zi book (permanent +20% move speed). -- You can visit a couple ìhatchesî on the western side of the area. One of the hatches has a chest containing The Art of War by Wu Qi (permanent +60 water defense power). Note: If you have Zhao Qian with you, sheíll comment about how nice it would be to live in the village with you once youíve taken your revenge. Now that youíve discovered the paradise, head back to Zhaocun Village (via the cave north of the hatches) and tell the news to the village head (10,000 experience points, 3 fame points) and Zhao Cheng (10,000 more experience points). Since youíre in the area, head over to Yanmen Pass and enter the cave that requires the hairpin key. Inside youíll find some tiger fish and a pair of chests. When you open one of the chests, youíll receive some (level 9) sun- shooting arrows, but two shanyis will also appear. The shanyis can be reasonably nasty, so you might want pick up the arrows and then run away to the cave exit. Note: When you leave the cave, you wonít be able to enter it again. Finally, head over to Lishan Mountain so you can enter the tomb of the First Emperor. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.06.00 Chapter Five | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to explore the tomb of the First Emperor. * ======================== * * 06.06.01 Lishan Mountain * * ======================== * There isnít a whole lot to do in this area. Basically, just follow the path and kill wolves and monkeys until you come to the cave leading to the tomb. * ============================= * * 06.06.02 First Emperorís Tomb * * ============================= * This first level of the tomb is a maze of sorts. There are two things to watch out for: -- Traps: There are all sorts of traps. So carefully send your assassin in front of your party to detect and disarm them. Itís boring but necessary. -- Terra-cotta warriors: Some of the statues will come to life and attack you, so try to keep your party moving together. (Note: The warriors wonít necessarily ìwake upî in version 1.16b.) The second level is much like the first, with lots of traps and terra-cotta warriors that may or may not attack you. Fortunately, the hallways are wider on this level, so moving around is easier, even without access to an overhead map. Note: Save often. Sometimes assassins step on traps you tell them to disarm, and the traps on the second level can kill characters outright. Eventually youíll come to a four-way intersection where one direction takes you back the way you came, but the other three directions lead to exits from the area. This is what youíll find for each exit: -- Northwestern stairs: Youíll find a large mechanical beast that looks much more difficult than it is. Once youíve defeated it, grab the tiger tally from the sarcophagus. -- Southeastern stairs: Youíll find another large mechanical beast and another tiger tally. -- Door to the First Emperorís grave: Once you have both tiger tallies, you can go through the door. A cut scene will ensue, and youíll discover that the First Emperor was not only poisoned but strangled as well. Plus, youíll find a jade pendant that belongs to your brother Hu Hai (the current emperor) clutched in the First Emperorís hand. Once the cut scene ends, youíll be transported back to Lishan Mountain and the chapter will end. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.07.00 Chapter Six | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to run errands for the rebel army. * ======================== * * 06.07.01 Lishan Mountain * * ======================== * As you exit the area, youíll run into Fang Zhong. Heíll think youíre working for somebody named Zhao Ba. Tell him youíve never even heard of Ba, and Zhong will describe to you the Mohist School and how Ba has tried to take it over. At that point youíll come under attack by several of Baís lackeys. Take out the wizards first and then mop up the others. If Fang Zhong survives, heíll tell you a little of the rebel movement, and how three rebel armies are closing in on Xianyang. Heíll also become available to join your party. ìHey! If people could make a good living, who would rebel?î -- Fang Zhong Then go to Xiangyang and talk to Huan Feng (in his estate in the northern part of the city). Heíll conjecture that Zhao Gao is controlling Hu Hai. Heíll also suggest you meet Zhou Wen in Xishui Village so you can assist the rebel army and weaken Zhao Gao in the process. * ======================= * * 06.07.02 Xishui Village * * ======================= * When you enter the area, head northeast to find the rebel camp. Zhou Wen is in the big tent in the back. When you talk to him, tell him ìMaybe I am more experienced than you areî and ìWhat else can it be?î and youíll soon receive 6500 experience points. Then if you guess the opposing army is made up of prisoners, youíll gain another 500 experience points. Finally, no matter what you say, Zhou Wen will ask you to find Chen Sheng in Chencheng to ask for reinforcements. ìYou donít seem to be an ordinary man since you have an impressive bearing.î -- Zhao Wen There are also a couple points of interest in the nearby village: -- Middle-aged woman (in a western house in the village): Sheíll ask you to tell her daughter Yuanyuan to come home. You can find Yuanyuan wandering near the village with her dog. When you talk to her and tell her to go home, youíll receive 500 experience points. Then when you talk to the woman again youíll receive +1 charm and 1 fame point. -- Qui Shi (in a western house in the village): Sheíll tell you that the village leader has ìevil intentionsî towards her. The village chief (in an eastern house) will merely say that Qui Shi is ìcute.î Thereíll be a quest involving these two in the next chapter. Once youíre ready to continue on, take the exit on the eastern side of the area and prepare to break through the siege. * =========================== * * 06.07.03 Breaking the Siege * * =========================== * This area plays much like a random encounter -- you start out at one end of the area and then you have to fight your way through to the other -- but itís bigger and more difficult. So try to scout ahead with one of your characters and then lure enemies back to your party. If you just try to bludgeon ahead, youíll probably get into trouble (especially near the center tent). Also, just like in a random encounter, you wonít have access to an overhead map, so just keep heading northeast until you find the exit. However, you will be able to return to the area after you leave it, so donít worry about leaving objects on the ground. * ================== * * 06.07.04 Chencheng * * ================== * You can find Chen Sheng in the compound on the western side of the city. When you give him the ìasking-help letterî youíll receive 20,000 experience points, but Sheng wonít make any move to send reinforcements to Zhou Wen in Xishui. Furthermore, heíll sound less than enthusiastic about another of the rebel generals, Wu Chen. So leave the compound and talk to the strategist Cai Ci (standing next to the door). Heíll tell you that he just saw something strange: General Wan Yong and several soldiers rushing out the western gate of the city. So go investigate. In the forest west of the city, youíll find Wu Chenís wife, son, and concubine. The wife will tell you that Wu Chen didnít follow one of Chen Shengís order, and so Sheng decided to kill them. If all the rebel generals and their motivations are confusing at this point, donít worry; just agree to save the lady. When you do, General Yong and several soldiers will appear to the southwest. Just mop them up and then talk to Chenís wife again. Youíll receive 20,000 experience points, and sheíll suggest you talk to Cai Ci to try and resolve the matter. Talking to Cai Ci will lead to a cut scene where Chen Sheng decides that the best way for him to deal with Wu Chen is to have Chen use his troops as reinforcements for Zhou Wen. Heíll then ask you to act as the envoy to deliver the news to Chen. Before heading off to Handan to visit Chen, explore the city to find a couple quests: -- Old gatekeeper (standing on the western side of the city): Heíll tell you that the estate heís guarding is haunted, and that the problem started when a hole appeared in the backyard. (The hole is at the far west of the estate. Itís not the well next to the entrance.) When you enter the hole youíll find a whole mess of tiger fish. Fight your way through them, and eventually youíll come to a couple of cave entrances. If you click on them, youíll discover that the eerie sound people have been hearing is just the wind moving through the caves. When you go back to the surface to tell the gatekeeper the news, youíll receive 20,000 experience and +2 wisdom. -- Mao Linís home (northern part of city): You might remember Mao Lin as the guy who potentially has the cedar you need for Wu Xinís quest. However, when you try the door of his home youíll find it locked. So wander around until you find a little girl (called ìkidî) near the inn. Talk to her and sheíll tell you that she knows Mao Lin, and that he just got back home. So go back to Linís house, and not only will the door be open, but youíll find Lin inside. When you talk to Lin youíll learn some good news and bad news -- that he has the cedar wood but that he promised it to his neighbor Lan Er in exchange for an asthma cure. So go next to and talk to Er. Youíll automatically convince him to give up the asthma cure. ìI want to borrow your secret recipe for curing asthma.î -- Fu Su When you talk to Mao Lin next, youíll exchange the cure for the cedar, and youíll gain 1 fame point. Then when you give the cedar and the earth-fire stone to Wu Xin, heíll give you the Ghost-fire Dagger. * =============== * * 06.07.05 Handan * * =============== * As soon as you enter Wu Chenís office, youíll trigger a cut scene where Wu Chen decides heís not going to send reinforcements to Xishui either. Plus, heíll decide that your party is a potential problem and have it placed under house arrest. When you gain control of your party again, have Fu Su open the door of his room and kill the guard in the hallway outside. The guard will drop a key, and youíll be able to use the key to free the rest of your party members. Then just kill all the guards you encounter until you fight your way out of the compound. Youíre supposed to go back to Chencheng to report to Chen Sheng, but since youíre in the area, head for Julu first. * ============= * * 06.07.05 Julu * * ============= * The main reason to be in Julu is to pick up the Moye sword. To that end, talk to Cui Jiu (wandering in the western part of the village). If you ask him if there are any good sword-makers in the village, heíll tell you that Mo Hongís grandfather was a master forger. But unfortunately, last year Hongís wife committed suicide after being raped by two men, and so Hong has shut himself in his house, ignoring everybody. Agree to hunt down the two rapists, and Jiu will ask you to wait in his house (right next to him) while he summons Hong. When you enter Jiuís house youíll trigger a cut scene where you discover that Mo Hong is a descendent of Mo Ye and that he has the Moye sword stashed away in a secret room. Youíll find one of the rapists, Zhang San, in his house in the southern part of the village. Youíll find the other, Zhang Wu, wandering in the village. Once the two are dead, head back to Mo Hong and talk to him to receive the Moye sword and 2 fame points. * ================== * * 06.07.06 Chencheng * * ================== * When you return to Chencheng and approach the commanderís office, a rebel soldier will let you know that General Zhou Wen was routed at Xihui. Then heíll go on to say that Liu Bang is leading a rebellion in Fengxian County, and that thatís where heís planning to go next. ìAfter my wound is healed, I will go to Liu Bang. Unlike Chen Sheng, Liu Bang cherishes brotherhood!î -- Rebel soldier Inside the office, Chen Sheng will once again decide not to send any reinforcements to help General Zhou Wen, and heíll tell you to go away. So go visit Xishui Village on your own, to witness the carnage. As soon as you leave the area, the chapter will end. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.08.00 Chapter Seven | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to help Liu Bang capture Fengxian County. * ======================= * * 06.08.01 Xishui Village * * ======================= * You wonít find any remnant of the rebel army. The rebel encampment and all of its soldiers will simply be gone. But there is a quest you can still do in the area. In the northwestern part of the area youíll be approached by a woman named Qui Shi. If you explored the village in the last chapter, you might remember that the village chief was lusting after Shi, even though she was married. Now youíll find out that her husband has died, and that the village chief claims she should be buried with him. As soon as you agree to help her, some villagers will show up and Shi will agree to go back to the village. So follow them to the village and talk to the village chief. A cut scene will ensue. Shi will accuse the chief of killing her husband, and the villagers, believing her, will kill the chief. But the villagers will still want to bury Shi with her dead husband, and theyíll ask you to kill a monster to the northwest, to obligate them to change their minds. Youíll find the monster, a zhuyan, in the northwestern corner of the area. Like with most zhuyans, it should be easy to kill as long as youíre careful about its ìmeteroiteî attacks. So kill it, make sure you have its skull, and then return to the village. When you talk to Grandpa Qui youíll receive 5 fame points. You wonít get anything for talking to Shi again. Now head to Fengxian County (via Handan) so you can meet up again with Liu Bang. * ======================== * * 06.08.02 Fengxian County * * ======================== * Youíll find the area divided into two parts: a rebel camp to the west and a city to the east. The city will be locked up because of the rebel siege, so enter the camp and look for Liu Bang. Heíll tell you that heís had problems taking Fengxian County, and heíll ask you to go to Xuecheng to round up some reinforcements. So leave the area (using the southern exit) and do just that. * ================= * * 06.08.03 Xuecheng * * ================= * You can find General Xiang Liang, the leader of the rebel forces in Xuecheng, in the commanderís office on the northern side of the city. Heíll actually let you have 5000 reinforcements, and heíll also tell you that Chen Shengís forces were eliminated at Chencheng. Then heíll ponder naming himself king, and you should tell him, ìI think thatís not a proper way.î At that point Liangís teacher Fan Zeng will arrive to agree with you, and, during the ensuing conversation, Zeng will convince Liang to look for a descendent of the King of Chu, who is rumored to be in the city. Agree to help them look for the child. Youíll receive 20,000 experience points at the end of the conversation. (Note: If you support Liang naming himself king, you wonít get the quest to find the descendent.) ìHey, worthy brother, if you donít have urgent things to do, please give us a hand.î -- Fan Zeng Then head out the eastern gate of the city and talk to the shepherd boy. Heíll tell you that an ogre stole his lamb. Agree to help him and then go ogre hunting. Youíll find the ogres along the southern edge of the area. Thereíll be a lot of them, so advance slowly and try to keep your party in check so you donít get swarmed. Eventually youíll come to an ogre larger than the others, and thatís the one you need to kill so you can get its head. When you give the ogre head to the boy youíll receive 5 fame points, and the boy will try to give you a piece of jade. The jade will identify him as a descendent of the king of Chu. So go back into the city and let Fan Zeng know about the boy, and youíll receive 20,000 experience points. Note: You must complete this quest before returning to Fengxian County. There are also a couple side quests in the city: -- Wei Ching (wandering around the eastern side of the area, near where you start out): Heíll tell you how boars have been ìhanging aroundî his family gravesite. Agree to kill them, and then find the boars on the high ground to the north. Once you kill them and return to Ching, say ìDonít mention itî instead of ìSureî and youíll end up with 20,000 experience points, 1 fame point, and 2000 gold. -- Zhang Zhipeng (in the tavern on the eastern side of the city): Heíll tell you that a tiger has been appearing in his backyard at midnight, scaring away customers. Agree to look into the matter for him, and then go through the tavern corridor on the eastern side of the room. Drop your gold in the hallway, and then exit into the backyard. Itíll suddenly be midnight, and youíll find a tiger. However, when you defeat the tiger youíll discover itís just a man in a costume. During the ensuing conversation youíll find out that the inn owner hired the man to help drive the tavern out of business, and youíll give the man about 10% of your gold so he doesnít have to take such jobs any more. When you talk to Zhipeng again, donít ask for a reward, and youíll receive 15,000 experience, 1 fame point, and +2 charm. Then go to Xue Feng the innkeeper and warn him about trying anything like that again. Youíll receive 10,000 experience, 1 fame point, and +1 charm. (If you try to get money out of the tavern keeper and the innkeeper, youíll succeed but lose fame points and charm.) -- Liu Yangís house (west of city): Yang will tell you that his neighbor has been noisy during the night, making it difficult for him to sleep. So enter the neighborís house and then go down into the secret tunnel. Youíll find a passage that leads to the cave near where the big ogre was, and youíll also find a set of stairs leading down. The stairs lead to a treasure room, and when you loot the chests and containers there, three robbers will appear and try to kill you. Once you kill them instead, go back up to talk to Yang to receive 2 fame points. Note: In the treasure room youíll find (level 9) icy bolts. You should save them for the final battle. Unknown: Do Wu Ping, Li San, or Ah Dai (near the west gate) serve any purpose? Does a ìyoung man from a rich familyî (near the courier station) do anything? Does anything happen in the holy pagoda? Now head back to Liu Bang in Fengxian County to let him know the good news, that reinforcements are on their way. * ======================== * * 06.08.04 Fengxian County * * ======================== * Go into the rebel encampment and talk to Liu Bang. Right away youíll receive 20,000 experience points. Then Bang will talk to you about infiltrating the city rather than using a frontal assault, and heíll direct you to talk to Xiao He (standing nearby). Xiao He will tell you that the western city walls are adjacent to a cliff and suggest you might be able to use that to your advantage. So exit the encampment and explore the western wall of the city. As you approach the point where the wall meets the high ground (north of the encampment), youíll trigger a cut scene and find yourself inside the city. Furthermore, youíll find out your objective: to kill the cityís commanding officer, Yong Chi. The quest sort of looks like you should use stealth. Thereís even a back door to the compound where Chi is. But instead just make your way through the town killing the guards you see. Plus, you might want to complete some side quests: -- Hu Ke (wandering in the eastern side of the city): Heíll tell you that the government has levied a ìwater taxî on the city, and that the only person who tried to bypass it, Zhang the Elder, had his leg broken by a goon named Han Ji. So go talk to Zhang (in his house near the center of the city), and heíll tell you that not only is Han Ji charging for water, heís also sacrificing children to try and appease the gods. So go to Han Jiís house (in the southern part of the city) and kill him. Youíll receive 40,000 experience points and 2 fame points. Youíll also find a key on Han Jiís corpse, which opens a cabinet on the southern side of his house. Inside the cabinet youíll find a copy of The Spring and Autumn Annals (permanent +30 strength). Note: You must do this quest in Chapter Seven before you kill Yong Chi. Otherwise Han Ji will disappear when the rebels take over the city. -- Heís home (western side of village): Inside you can talk to He Jiís wife. If you navigate the conversation correctly, sheíll give you a precious fungus. But donít worry about that conversation too much. After you complete it, talk to her again, and this time sheíll tell you how her husband fell in with some hooligans. Agree to try and persuade the husband to change his ways. (Donít offer to kill him.) You can find He Ji in the tavern. Heís the ìman drinking unhappily.î Lie to him about why youíre there (otherwise youíll have to fight him), and then talk to the two hooligans by the door. The conversation will lead to a battle, which you should win easily. Then talk to He Ji again. Heíll agree to go home to his wife, and youíll receive 40,000 experience points. ìYou should treat your wife nicely. Otherwise I wonít forgive you.î -- Fu Su -- Liu Yanís house (southern part of the city): You might remember Liu Yan from Handan. There he asked you to deliver a pearl to him, and if you have it with you now youíll receive 8000 gold and the Star-inviting Falchion. (You should make the falchion Fu Suís new weapon.) When you go into the office and talk to Yong Chi, heíll summon a bunch of soldiers to help him. Try to get your spellcasters somewhere safe, and simultaneously try to take out the enemy spellcasters. Then mop up the rest, saving Chi for last since heíll take a long time to kill. Also, pick up any items that fall to the ground right away. As soon as you kill Chi, the battle will end, youíll be transported to the rebel encampment (where youíll find out Liu Bang is heading for Xuecheng), and you wonít be able to re-enter the office. Once you leave the command tent in the encampment, the chapter will end. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.09.00 Chapter Eight | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to help the rebels capture Sanchuan Prefecture and then try to rescue Li Si from prison in Xianyang. * ================= * * 06.09.01 Xuecheng * * ================= * Go to Xuecheng and talk to Liu Bang (in the commanderís office). Heíll say that his next target is Sanchuan Prefecture, where Li You, Prime Minister Li Siís son, is in charge. Youíll tell Bang that you know Li You, and that you might be able to get him to surrender the city. So head on over to Sanchuan Prefecture. * ============================ * * 06.09.02 Sanchuan Prefecture * * ============================ * Go to the commanderís compound and talk to the sentry next to the gate. When you claim to be an imperial envoy, the sentry will tell you that an imperial envoy came just yesterday, and that it is staying in the guest room of the compound. Enter the compound and check it out. There are a few ways you can deal with the ìsecret envoyî and get the letter he is carrying. You can kill him, you can scare him, and you can fool him. The best way is the last. Say that you were dispatched by Zhao Gao, that you need to ìsee whether you have done what he asked you,î and that ìZhao Gao is afraid you will give the letter to the wrong person.î In total youíll receive 45,000 experience points and the letter. The letter is from Zhao Gao, and in it he asks Lu Fang, the Governor of Sanchuan Prefecture, to slander Li You with the intent of discrediting him and his father, Li Si the Prime Minister. When you show the letter to Li You (in the commanderís office), heíll be upset enough to agree to surrender the city to the rebels and pretend to have been killed in the fight. Further, heíll tell you that when he leaves the city, heíll go to Xianyang and wait for you in one of the inns there. When you leave the office youíll be confronted by Lu Fang and a few allies, and all the soldiers in the city will turn against you. So try to keep your party close to the office door, so you donít attract more enemies than you start with. Then when the soldiers are dead, head for Xuecheng so you can tell Liu Bang the good news. Youíll receive 50,000 experience points when you do. Then head for Xianyang so you can meet up with Li You. * ================= * * 06.09.03 Xianyang * * ================= * There are two inns in Xianyang. Youíll find Li You in the southernmost one. When you talk to him, the two of you will decide to rescue Youís father from prison, and youíll also decide to go to Huan Feng for help. Then Li You will offer to join your party. Huan Feng (in his compound in the northern part of the city) will give you an official document allowing you access into the prison. So head there and then go all the way down to the third level. Youíll find Li Si in the northwestern part of the level, but shortly after talking to him youíll discover that Huan Feng betrayed you and caused guards to surround the prison. So fight your way back to the staircase leading up to the second level, and there youíll find Huan Feng. After you defeat him, heíll ask you to kill him to release him from Zhao Gaoís magic. If you have Zhao Qian in your party, sheíll step in and suggest a Maio wizard might be able to save him. Otherwise, Feng will throw himself on your sword and die. Unknown: Can you really save Huan Feng? As far as I can tell, itís not possible to get back into the prison after you leave. That means either Feng escapes from the prison and you have to heal him somewhere else, or you have to have a certain type of party to heal him (I tried with Kun Pu in my party, but it didnít work). To escape from the prison, go up to the second level and do some more fighting. However, when you get to the stairs leading to the exit youíll find that youíre not allowed to go up. So look more closely at the prison cells, and notice a guy named ìZhou San the prisonerî in one of the eastern ones. When you talk to San, youíll learn that heís a powerful thief. If you ask him how such a powerful thief managed to get caught, heíll tell you that he did it on purpose so he could hide in the jail (youíll also earn 15,000 experience points). Then if you ask San how he plans to escape from the prison, heíll show you a tunnel he created that leads to Xishui Village. * ======================= * * 06.09.04 Xishui Village * * ======================= * Near where you start out should be a villager and a soldier named Jing Chen. The villager will tell you to talk to Chen, and Chen will tell you that the rebel army is now in Julu. So thatís where you should go next. As soon as you leave the area, the chapter will end. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.10.00 Chapter Nine | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you just need to visit Julu and decide Liu Bang is a better leader than Xiang Yu. * ============= * * 06.10.01 Julu * * ============= * As you explore the area youíll run into a soldier named Sima Xin. Heíll tell you that Zhao Gaoís assassins are after him. Agree to protect him, and heíll lead you south to where half a dozen or so soldiers are waiting. After defeating the assassins, talk to Xin again. Heíll explain how heís an envoy of General Zhang Han, and how Zhao Gao wants him dead so Han wonít achieve any more victories and become too popular. So take Xin prisoner and head northeast to the rebel base. (If you try to enter the rebel base before capturing Xin, they wonít let you in.) Youíll find the commanding officer, Xiang Yu, in the large tent in the middle of the base. Once you go inside the tent, youíll trigger a cut scene where Xiang Yu decides to allow Zhang Han to surrender, but also decides to sacrifice his 200,000 troops as revenge for his uncleís death. Youíll be disgusted by this decision, and so youíll decide to follow Liu Bang instead. ìIf I do not do this, how can I appease my anger and resentment?î -- Xiang Yu However, as you try to exit the area and head for Yangcheng, youíll be accosted by a large group of rebel soldiers. Theyíll announce that you were too rude to Xiang Yu when you were in his tent, and then theyíll try to kill you. So do the usual thing -- run away -- and then come back to pick off the group little by little. Once the way is clear, head for Yangcheng. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.11.00 Chapter Ten | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to help Liu Bang capture Wancheng, and then hunt down Hu Hai. * ================== * * 06.11.01 Yangcheng * * ================== * There isnít very much to the city here. Itís basically just a large command center plus two shops. Youíll find Liu Bang in the command center. When you talk to him, Bang will ask you for advice. Tell him ìthat is not a good ideaî and youíll receive 15,000 experience points. Then Bang will tell you to talk to Xaio He about Wancheng. You can find Xiao He in the side room of the compound. When you find Xiao He, the two of you will discuss a plan for capturing Wancheng. Youíll decide to create a diversion while a small group of soldiers -- namely your party -- infiltrates the city and opens the gate. Youíll receive 20,000 experience points once the conversation ends. ìWe may well bolt the door and beat the dog.î -- Fu Su But before rushing off to Wancheng, explore Yangcheng to find the following things: -- Woman (standing on the western side of the city): When you talk to her youíll gain +1 charm. -- Xu Wei (wandering in the western side of the city): Youíll catch her trying to pick your pocket. Tell her ìYouíre swift enough!î and youíll gain +3 charm and 1 fame point. Otherwise youíll have to attack her. -- Chen the carpenter (standing in the center of the area): Heíll tell you of a dispute with Huang Qi. Agree to play mediator, and then go find Qi in his house in the northern part of the city. Qi wonít want to pay the money he owes Chen, but after teach him a lesson heíll suddenly find enough money for the payment. When you give the money to Chen, youíll receive 20,000 experience points and 2 fame points. -- Robbers (south of the city): Thereís nothing special about them, but you can kill them for experience points and equipment. Unknown: Do Shi Yi or Wang San do anything? * ================= * * 06.11.02 Wancheng * * ================= * Youíll start out next to a rebel encampment. A gate sentry there will let you know that the rebels are ready to help out, but you wonít be able to go into the camp to see for yourself. So wander around the area and kill a lot of wolves, boars, and tigers. Eventually, head west and talk to the gate sentry of the enemy city. Heíll let you enter the city for the pittance of 10,000 gold. If you donít have that much or if you donít want to pay that much simply attack the sentry (setting Fu Suís right side skill to ìfierce advanceî and then right-clicking the sentry works). Once you clear away the soldiers, youíll be able to enter the city. Inside the city, head west to the command center. Even if you bribed the sentry to get in, once you open the gate to the compound, the soldiers there will attack you. So kill the guards and then enter the office. A cut scene will ensue where you convince the governor to surrender the city. But then some more soldiers will show up to disagree with that solution, and youíll have to fight them. Send your spellcasters west to keep them on the periphery of the battle, and then just wade in with your melee fighters and let them do most of the work. Once the soldiers are dead, the governor will approach you and speak to you. As soon as the conversation ends, youíll be whisked away from the command center and find yourself talking to Liu Bang in the rebel camp. You wonít be able to get back into the command center, so be sure to pick up everything you can during the fight. ìNow Wancheng has been conquered and I have no worries in my rear.î -- Liu Bang Thatís all you need to do in Wancheng, but of course you should explore the city to find a couple more things of interest: -- Old man (in a house in the northeastern part of the city): When you talk to the old man youíll recognize him as a former general named Wei Liao. If you have at least 100 savvy youíll then discuss calligraphy and swordcraft, and, as a result, youíll receive 50,000 experience points and +30 wisdom. And if that wasnít enough, Liao will also tell you about a secret room under his house where you can find the Yellow Emperorís Book of Eighty-one Adversities (permanent +30 constitution), plus other random treasures. (Just be wary of the terra-cotta warriors on the way to the secret room.) -- Ma Ping (standing outside his house in the northern part of the city): Heíll tell you that a ruffian kidnapped his son, and that the ruffian and son are in his house right now. So go in the house and kill the ruffian. When you do, Ping will give you a Monster Nafuís Hoof, and youíll also receive 1 fame point. Unknown: Do Grandma Wang, Ah Bao, or Li Tong play any role? How about the hunter in the grocerís shop? Before heading to the Epang Palace to deal with your brother, make a short stop in Handan. There you can give the Monster Nafuís Hoof to the treasure merchant in the inn (and receive 3000 gold) and then talk to the treasure craftsman who is also in the inn. The craftsman will offer you Boots of Monster Nafuís Hoof for 5000 gold. * ===================== * * 06.11.03 Epang Palace * * ===================== * Slightly east from where you start youíll find a soldier named Zhou Zheng. Talk to him to gain his allegiance, and also to find out that Zhao Gao entered the palace not long ago. Then go inside. Once you go through the gate, the area will become a big battlefield. Youíll have to fight numerous groups of guards. In fact, youíll have to do so much fighting that youíll probably need to make a trip or two back to Xianyang just to sell all the loot youíll pick up. So proceed slowly and carefully, and try to draw enemies to you in small groups. There are a few buildings in the area, but only two advance the plot (the others just contain more soldiers to kill): -- Living quarters of Hu Hai (northern side of area): When you enter the building, youíll see a cut scene where assassins kill Hu Hai under orders from Zhao Gao. But youíll arrive in time for Hu Hai to tell you with his last breath that Zhao Gao was responsible for your fatherís death, and that Zhao Gao might be in Zi Yingís (your sonís) quarters. ìWhat evil! Zhao Gao, you killed my father. I canít stand to live under the same heaven with you. You wait for me!î -- Fu Su Before leaving, grab the Taiíe sword from the cabinet next to where Hu Hai died. I donít like the Taiíe sword as much as the Star-inviting Falchion, so I never use it. -- Living quarters of Zi Ying (eastern side of area): The bad news is that youíll have to defeat a room filled with soldiers. The good news is that itís a big room, and not all the soldiers will be able to see you at first. So right after Zhao Gao flees and the cut scene ends, send your party west into the antechamber and defeat all the soldiers there, plus whatever soldiers follow you in from the main room. If things start to look dicey, just have your party leave the building, heal, and then return to do more fighting. Once the antechamber is yours, draw out the enemies from the main room and kill them a few at a time. Note: The door to this building will be locked until you talk to Hu Hai. Now all you need to do is track down Zhao Gao in his residence. So head to Xianyang, dispatching any (newly spawned) soldiers that might get in your way. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ | 06.12.00 Chapter Eleven | \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ In this chapter you need to kill Zhao Gao. * ================= * * 06.12.01 Xianyang * * ================= * When you enter Zhao Gaoís residence, youíll discover killing him wonít be as easy as you might have thought. Instead of finding him in his residence, youíll discover an underground passage, and so youíll have to fight your way through three underground levels just to get to Zhao Gao, and then fighting him wonít be a picnic either. Note: The ìunderground palaceî is the last part of the game. So donít worry too much about picking stuff up (except to check if you can use it), and spend your remaining money on healing supplies before you go in. The first level is a maze of sorts, and you wonít have the overhead map available to help you out. But there will be three sets of stairs leading down to the next level (one in the eastern corner, one in the western corner, and one on the southern corner) and so you shouldnít get lost. Also, all youíll find on the level are soldiers and treasure chests, so you donít need to explore the whole thing if you donít want to. Just find the stairs and go down. The second level is divided into two parts. The stairs down to the third level will be in the northern half, and you can get to that half using either the eastern or western stairs from the first level. Otherwise, the second level will be much like the first, with lots of enemy soldiers to kill and lots of loot dropping to the ground. The third level is where youíll find Zhao Gao. When you arrive at his chamber, and after youíve watched the cut scene, Gao will jump to the west. That means you should run away to the east (back the way you just came). Then pick off the enemy soldiers in the area without disturbing Gao. If you do run into Gao, finish off all the other soldiers in the area first, and then concentrate on him. Youíll have to defeat Zhao Gao three times to kill him. The first time will be the easiest since he wonít have much power then (which is why you should take that opportunity to kill all his helpers). About the worst thing heíll do is summon in a monster or two to attack you. The second incarnation will teleport around and drain mana from your characters, and sometimes heíll hit you with a ranged attack, but in this phase Gao will be more annoying than deadly. The third incarnation is the one you might have to watch out for. Heíll be fire enhanced then (meaning you should wear fire defense items and hit him with water attacks), and heíll hit you with fire spells. He might also summon in monsters again. But if you have enough fire defense power, this shouldnít be too difficult, and it will mostly involve chasing him down. Also, remember that this is the last fight in the game, so be liberal with your use of healing items. Once Zhao Gao dies, youíll win the game. Note: There are seven possible endings to the game, based on the activities you perform (for example, if you helped Modu become Khan), but my knowledge of these endings is sketchy at best. If anybody has detailed information about what the endings are, how you get them, and what happens if you qualify for multiple endings, then please feel free to send me the information. Otherwise, please donít. ****************************************************************************** * 07.00.00 RECOGNITION * ****************************************************************************** Thanks to the following people who have provided information for this guide: Aelith Chriswan Winata HighSky Lost Hope Olaf Sslar Thomas Teh Vigo Plus all the people at Strategy Firstís Prince of Qin forum. ****************************************************************************** * 08.00.00 REVISION HISTORY * ****************************************************************************** January 1, 2003 --------------- Initial release. Includes all of Chapter One. January 4, 2003 --------------- Added Chapter Two and Chapter Three. January 7, 2003 --------------- Added Chapter Four. January 9, 2003 --------------- Added Chapters Five, Six, and Seven. January 12, 2003 ---------------- Added Chapters Eight, Nine, and Ten. Also added three quests I missed before (Wu Xinís quest, the Hun Barracks sword quest, and the Lixian County roasted meat quest). Added an experience table to Section 2 (incomplete) and a map to Section 3. January 14, 2003 ---------------- Added Chapter Ten, thus competing the walkthrough. Also added more character information to Section 2. Added more information to the Peixian County section (06.03.09). Made some minor corrections. January 19, 2003 ---------------- Completed the experience table (02.03.00). Made other minor additions and changes. January 23, 2002 ---------------- Learned some more of the high level gems (thanks Chriswan Winata). February 5, 2003 ---------------- Found out Qing Bu can indeed join your party (thanks Aelith). February 7, 2003 ---------------- Added some more contributed information (thanks Vigo and Sslar). February 13, 2003 ----------------- Added in the quest for the Sun-shooting Bow (thanks again to Sslar). ****************************************************************************** * 09.00.00 PERMISSIONS AND UPDATES * ****************************************************************************** This guide may be posted on any web site as long as the text is not changed and as long as I am informed of the posting. I will always submit new versions to GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com) first, so if you are looking for the most up-to-date version of this guide, that is the place to look. ***** Copyright © 2003 by Steven W. Carter