Here's my Noob. As you see, he's in Bastion Spire with the Crux of Ages. Unfortunately, placing the Crux nets him 2500 xp, which is kind of a kick in the teeth after everything I went through to avoid killing anything. I could have just made the deal with Magruk (or whatever his name is), but I wanted to see if I could get by him without killing him. I did, but it would have been a lot easier if I hadn't used my only invisibility potion at the bottom of the stairs. I think.
Apologies for poor quality of image; I'm bandwidth-challenged.
For the record, the only creatures I killed were the Dimensional Eye in Shadowmirk and the two Goblin Chiefs--one of whom I was able to get with a portcullis so I only got 25 XP--Yea! Aha, you say--you must have killed the raptor in Shadowmirk too! Not so. I hid while the raptor killed the two noximanders, then I bombed it with demon oil until it wasn't quite dead. I can't take credit for planning it this way, but I noticed it was still taking damage from the noximander poison, so I stood back and let it expire. No xp for me, but the gates opened.
Against that, I did for some reason get 150 xp for a spider that Walter killed! Especially egregious considering that Walter heroically sacrificed his life in the process.
BTW, my character is wearing (almost) nothing but what he woke up in--not even sandals. No armor (the armor penalty there is for the Burglar's Gloves I donned to help me through the locked door--note lockpicking skill), no amulets, no rings (except brewmaster and that barely used), for weapons only darts (for inanimate objects), hammer (ditto, though I admit I did swing it at the raptor a couple of times) and demon oil. Not saying I wouldn't have used a Shadow Cloak if I'd found one, but the loot isn't that great at low levels, and I didn't go out of my way to look, obviously, lest I have to kill something.
It was a hoot to play it this way--I particularly enjoyed watching the baddies follow me from one area to the next and mix it up with another set of critters. Bloodsippers vs. walking dead, goblins vs. noximanders, and of course the perennial favorite: thugs vs. town guards. Oh yeah, and gatekeepers are pushovers. I'm never paying that 100 gp again.
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