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Kelsey Romance (BG2)
« on: August 12, 2010, 01:09:54 PM »
By: Aldeth the Foppish Idiot
BG2/ToB Kelsey Modification Pack
Versions: SoA â?? V2.1 ToB â?? V2.2 (both are the latest versions â?? no V2.2 for SoA)
First Posted On: July 23, 2004
Review Updated On: July 24, 2004
Get the Mod: http://www.pocketplane.net/kelsey

Overview:

Kelsey is a neutral good human sorcerer NPC, and is romancable if you are a female human, elf, half-elf or halfling. He can be found in the Government District of Athkatla, near Keldorn's family home. Kelsey is easily the most integrated NPC mod that I have seen for the BG series. There is voice acting for all of the love talks with the PC, and all of the banters with the party members have voice acting for Kelsey, although not for the other NPCs. To my knowledge, this is the only NPC mod available with all these features, and I have played a great many NPC mods. Some NPC mods donâ??t even have voice acting when you click on their portrait, never mind for individual banters, flirts, and lovetalks. The end result of this is Kelsey appears more like an original NPC than a mod, which I suppose should be the goal of any NPC mod. The only thing that it lacks, (and this is something that couldnâ??t be avoided) is there are no voice actors when Kelsey banters with the other NPCs â?? just Kelsey himself. Since the original voice actors obviously werenâ??t available for this mod, there was no way this could have been avoided. Of additional interest, if there is no active romance between the PC and Kelsey (if, for example, you are male), Kelsey will flirt with and romance Imoen once you get to ToB. I cannot confirm this personally, as I did romance Kelsey, but according to the Readme file, this is supposed to occur.

Character Attributes:

One thing that is immediately apparent with Kelseyâ??s attributes is how average they really are. Kelseyâ??s highest attributes are Dexterity at 16 and Constitution at 15 (although he has an item that raises it to 16). All the other attributes are tightly spaced between 12 and 14, so he is well balanced, being neither overly impressive nor deficient in any of his attributes. Kelsey is an overpowered character because of his class, but not because of his starting attributes.

Strength: 12
Dexterity: 16
Constitution: 16
Intelligence: 12
Wisdom: 13
Charisma: 14

Starting Equipment:

Kelsey starts with mostly standard equipment, although he does have one overpowered item. His equipment includes a non-magical sling and quarterstaff, Gladiatorâ??s Bracers (theyâ??re bracers AC6 â?? they have a special name, but donâ??t do anything beyond the standard bracers AC6) and his overpowered yet appropriately named, Kelseyâ??s Cloak. Kelseyâ??s Cloak is like a super Cloak of Protection +1. In addition to giving a +1 bonus to AC and saves, as a standard Cloak of Protection +1, it has several other effects. It gives Kelsey a +1 to Constitution. This is a big deal because Kelseyâ??s base Constitution is 15. With the cloak raising it to 16, it gives him +2 hp per level as opposed to +1 hp per level. As a result, Kelsey has 9 more hit points when this item is equipped compared to when it isnâ??t equipped. Quite frankly though, you wonâ??t ever take off this cloak, because it has several other effects: 20% magic resistance, +1 level one spell, +1 level 2 spell, and Cast Fire Shield (Green) once per day. Technically, Fire Shield (Green) isnâ??t a spell available in the game. It works just like the Blue and Red versions of the spell, except it does acid damage instead of cold and fire damage, respectively. Also, as might be expected, the shield looks green, instead of blue or red.

There is also one additional Kelsey-specific item that you can acquire, although youâ??ll only get it if you take Jan along with you. In one of the banters with Kelsey, Jan tells him that while he is very proficient in arcane magic, he isnâ??t nearly as â??flashyâ? as he could be in combat. As a result, Jan gives Kelsey the â??Jansen Sorcerer Visual Enhancement Sphereâ?. It is a blue sphere that can be placed in the helmet slot on the paper doll, so basically, itâ??s an ioun stone. In the item description it says (and I wish I was kidding here): Effects: Makes Kelsey more â??flashyâ? in combat. Side-effects: Nothing that you need to worry about. Despite my gut feeling that it actually did something besides make Kelsey look more â??flashyâ?, and my near certainty that there would be negative side effects when using this item, the description turns out to be completely accurate. When you activate it, Kelsey and his clothing shine with multi-colored hues that kind of sparkle and move during combat. Other than that, it has absolutely no beneficial or negative effects. Thatâ??s Jan for you â?? another piece of pretty much useless Adventurewear. EDIT: Jason Compton informs me the item has a small chance of elctrocuting Kelsey. I only used the item a couple of times, so I guess I got lucky.

Starting Spell List:

I picked up Kelsey right after I escaped from Irenicus, so naturally, I was low level, and Kelsey was correspondingly only at level 10. This turns out to actually be an advantage, as you get more control over his spell selection. Kelseyâ??s starting spell selection can only be described as odd, but yet, this fits in well to what Kelsey tells you about his past. Kelsey never intended to become a sorcerer, and developed all of his initial powers completely accidentally. This is why some of his spells would not typically be chosen if you were playing a PC sorcerer. For example, he has spells like Protection from Evil (level 1), Vocalize (level 2) and Slow (level 3). While none of these are horrible spells, given the fact that you only get five spell choices per level, these spells probably wouldnâ??t make the cut. Hereâ??s the complete list:

Level 1: Burning Hands, Chromatic Orb, Magic Missile, Protection from Evil, Spook. Choices Remaining: None

Level 2: Blur, Glitterdust, Melfâ??s Acid Arrow, Vocalize. Choices Remaining: One

Level 3: Fireball, Flame Arrow, Slow. Choices Remaining: Two.

Level 4: Fire Shield (Red), Stoneskin. Choice Remaining: Three

It should also be noted that Fire Shield (Red) is also a wasted selection, seeing as how his cloak allows him to cast Fire Shield (Green). Plus, I never really saw the point of that spell for a character that does not get involved in melee, as it requires him to get hit for the full effects of the spell to be realized. The good part of getting Kelsey early on is that you get full control of all of his spell selections from Level 5 on up. Plus, with the exception of level 1, you have some control, and itâ??s not like all of his choices are horrible. For example, I definitely would have taken Magic Missile, Chromatic Orb, Melfâ??s Acid Arrow and Flame Arrow anyway.

Character Specific Quests:

Kelsey is hunted by a mage that is in need of a sorcerer for her research project. While it is not explicitly stated as such, she makes it quite clear that Kelsey will likely not survive the research she wishes to perform on him. Despite the obviously strange nature of this request, it appears that this rogue mage has a romantic interest in Kelsey as well, although she may have simply been trying to seduce him so that he would agree to help her. The hunt culminates in two encounters, spaced about one week after Kelsey joins the party, and one week after the first encounter. The first one is with some hired thugs that have come to bring Kelsey to her, and the second with the mage herself. The first encounter is mostly with fighters, and it is just a hack and slash battle, but the second encounter involves two fairly high-level mages. You also receive some strange unique equipment in the battle. For example you get a rod called Inquisitorâ??s Friend. The item description states the rod was initially created for Inquisitors, and has the following abilities: Cast Clairvoyance once per day (which I can say is one spell I donâ??t think Iâ??ve ever used), and cast Remove Magic once per day. Itâ??s not overpowered, and not even particularly useful, but itâ??s an item you havenâ??t seen before, so I suppose that counts for something.

Strangely, an additional quest for Kelsey materializes in ToB. This is especially odd, seeing as how none of the original NPCs have individual quests in ToB. In the lovetalks and banters during SoA, Kelsey tells you a lot about his past, which actually results in him having a very deep history that you donâ??t get with the original NPCs. His family was in the merchant business, with his father running things, and he and his mother helping out. His father died, and shortly thereafter his uncle started running the business. Evidently, the uncle did not have the same business acumen as his father, as the business started going downhill. When Kelsey brought this to the attention of his mother, instead of letting Kelsey take over, they basically sent him out on the road so he would have very little involvement with the business. In Saradush Kelsey meets his brother, Kelvim, who ran away from home with his girlfriend, which starts a series of events that eventually leads to Kelsey and company resolving the problem, with battles along the way of course.

Romance:

Kelseyâ??s romance is extremely long, with literally dozens of lovetalks. Even after the romance is completed and active, and youâ??ve gone through all the lovetalks, Kelsey will continually flirt with the PC (as opposed to the original NPC romances where once all the lovetalks are finished the NPC says nothing further until he or she is kidnapped by Bodhi). Perhaps the best part of the romance is it finally gives the female PC an alternative to Anomen. In order to romance Kelsey you must be female, and be a human, elf, half-elf or halfling. There are no alignment restrictions for romancing Kelsey.

Conclusion:

This mod is without doubt the best BGII mod Iâ??ve ever played. As integrated as any mod can ever hope to be. With a very detailed history of what Kelsey was like before he joined the party, and even having an additional character specific quest in ToB, it could be argued that the Kelsey mod actually outshines some of the original NPCs. Kelsey obviously fits in very well with a good party, but he didnâ??t have any trouble getting along with the neutral members of the party either, which included Jan and Jaheira. In fact, I even had Viconia in my party for a while, and there were no arguments there either. So it is highly probable that Kelsey would accompany any party, although he may balk if you ask him to do something particularly evil (like stealing from the Temple of Lathander, or joining Bodhiâ??s guild).

In short, this mod is the real deal, and Iâ??d recommend it to anyone.

Final Score: 10 of 10

EDITS: Added halfling to the list of races that can romance Kelsey.

Added that â??Jansen Sorcerer Visual Enhancement Sphereâ? can electrocute Kelsey. Thanks to Jason Compton for bringing this to my attention.

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Re: Kelsey Romance (BG2)
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2010, 01:24:26 PM »
Kelsey is a male human sorcerer (neutral good) and sometimes merchant. You can download him here: Pocket Plane Group - Bending Baldur's Gate 2 and the Infinity Engine
Kelsey romances females, and I can not comment on the romance. As a sorcerer, he is an acceptable choice for power gamers, without having exceptionally twinky stats, equipments, or abilities. The dialogue is well done, in regards to the frequency, content, and quality of the voice. He could easily have been another NPC from Black Isle. This character is very well done.

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Re: Kelsey Romance (BG2)
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2010, 01:38:55 PM »
Its Midnight once again, here to review one of the better known npc mods-Kelsey. Before I begin, I just want to say this is a partial review, as I like to run a mod twice through from start to finish, in order to check for bugs, story interaction, script flow and enjoyability before I give my opinion on the mod, so still got 1 run though to go offically. For first impressions though, I would have to say Kelsey is a pretty good mod overall. For those who havent tried him yet, Kelsey is a good aligned human male sorcerer who is romancable for females. He has a fair amount of interactions with the player and the stock npcs, and some good cross banter with custom npcs as well. You diffinently get an npc that follows the charactors lead, without trying to steal the spotlight, and you can save his bacon in more than one encounter with his stalker ex gf (actually some girl he met once that fixated on him). Unlike most npc mods, Kelsey isnt super or exciting in regards to background-he is a merchant on bussiness in Amn, and doesnt even require your help to wrap up old grudges or family feuds, he just wants to join you for some interesting adventure. I was very impressed playing a sorcerer for the first time, the flexability they offer is quite impressive if you've only tried mages before. The overall interactions can be a tad stale though, though my first run through is without the romance-2ed run will be to see that aspect. I was a little disappointed with the dropoff interactions in tob-I didnt see but one time he talked with Imoen which was suprising, since he supposedly will romance her if the player isnt into him. It was nice to have an npc though that doesnt need counciling or moans about somesuch every 5 minutes. My only advice so far from what ive seen is he needs to have a "conclusionary" quest that will help resolve his family issue with his uncle and stepmom-its a minor story he brings up a few times, not super important to the ongoing plot but it did get my interest somewhat-and the mod never followed up on it. His portrait too is well, bland. I would suggest if you like his mod and want to do the romance--use another picture. The voice acting for this mod is top notch however, and I've yet to discover a bug in the mod yet. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being best, I would give Kelsey a 8 out of 10 ranking. Give him a run for your next good aligned party and see what you think of him. Until next time, Excelsior! -Midnight, Mod Reviewer

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Re: Kelsey Romance (BG2)
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2010, 03:13:42 PM »
Name: Kelsey (ToB)
Version: 2.2
Website: http://www.pocketplane.net/kelsey
Type: NPC
Score: 88 %
Overview:
The Kelsey NPC mod features a neutral good, male, human, sorcerer with a large amount of dialogues and banters. Additionally Kelsey has possible romance tracks with both the PC and Imoen. Of important note is that a significant amount of Kelseyâ??s lines are voiced, making him possibly the most complete non-Bioware NPC available. Unlike most NPCâ??s available, Kelsey does not have ridiculous stats and instead derives most of his strength and usability from his class.
Balance: 9/10
Kelseyâ??s character is well balanced and is not overally powerful. He features average stats and only one over-powered item instead deriving most of his usefulness from his class, sorcerer. Kelsey wonâ??t make your game ridiculously hard with unavoidable sidequests nor will he make it boringly easy with overpowered abilities, resulting in a near-perfect balanced NPC.
Creativity: 18/20
One of the top aims for any mod is that it should add new creative and original content to Baldurâ??s Gate II. Kelsey, being a neutral good male sorcerer adds something that is sorely missed in unmodified Baldurâ??s Gate II â?? a good aligned single class magic user (not to mention a sorcerer, a class not represented among the default NPCs). Kelseyâ??s romance with Imoen is also a creative plus as it helps not only to expand Kelseyâ??s character but also the character of Imoen. Even Kelseyâ??s seemingly uneventful background as a merchant is original compared to other NPCs (who hail from distant lands or were born from nobility). Kelseyâ??s items could use a little more background but they do allow Kelsey to cast completely new spells which have new graphics.
Dialogue & Quests: 15/20
Kelseyâ??s dialogue is particularly well written and fits in fairly well with the normal game. Although the Kelsey and Imoen romance is an inventive aspect of the mod, I found their dialogue to be largely marginal but with a few bright spots â?? not quite as good as the rest of his dialogue. The largest mark against Kelseyâ??s dialogue is the volume (size) of it, there is a ton of it, and it seemed as if Kelseyâ??s relationship with Imoen attempted to push itself in front of the main storyline in Throne of Bhaal (this may not be as big an issue with people who have completed the game multiple times, but this was on my first go around of Throne of Bhaal). (On a side note I never did Kelseyâ??s Shadows of Amn quests as I only played Throne of Bhaal with him â?? as such they have not been taken into consideration.)
Integration: 45/50
Kelseyâ??s character integrates with the game and normal Bioware NPCs fairly well, and with few exceptions makes a smooth addition Baldurâ??s Gate II. The most stark examples of how Kelsey does not quite fit in are that he levels up during your first meeting, which allows you to set most of his spells (not wholly a bad thing, just inconsistent), and he talks far more than any other NPC. Besides those couple points Kelsey fits into Baldurâ??s Gate II extremely well.
Portrait: 8/10
Most people may think it odd that I rate portraits when I rate a mod, but what is the most eye-catching part of any NPC mod? What initially grabs your interest? What gets you to click on that link to a site to learn more about the NPC? Thatâ??s right, it's the portrait! I normally pick my class, race, and gender for a PC based on the most interesting portrait I kind find, in a large sense the portrait of a character is just as defining as his/her/its dialogue. Although Kelseyâ??s portrait is not a particularly riveting work of art, it does have correct head proportions and fits in very nicely with the other portraits of normal Bioware NPCs, which easily projects it ahead of many other mods in this category.
Voicing: 20/20
Kelseyâ??s voicing is exceptional â?? it has the correct volume to be consistent with Biowareâ??s NPCs, is in character, and he has some entertaining select sounds. Just about perfect.