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So I'm posting this because I'm doing a replay of Arcanum, and I really didn't want to kill Hervor, makes me feel like an ass, but I need that 800 XP!

All the guides I could find claim that killing Hervor is unavoidable if you want to destroy the steam engine, but after a lot of trial and error I managed it. Here's my method:

1. Tell your companions to wait somewhere outside the room Hervor is in.
2. Make sure the doors are closed.
3. Go into the far right corner of the room Hervor is in and Prowl. (I did this with 13 Dex and no Prowl skill)
4. Make sure he can't see you.
5. Equip a bow.
6. Shoot the lantern so its dark.
7. Shoot the control box until it breaks.

If it works the same as it did for me, he shouldn't notice what you're doing. I can't swear it'll work the same way for everyone else, but this was super fun for me to figure out.
Urg, never mind. I should have known better than to challenge fate. I just sort of assumed that if Hervor never sees you he won't tell anyone but apparently he still tattles on you.
Still, that's an ingenious method. :salute:
Orenash: ...but I need that 800 XP!
All right, I'm curious. Why?
goral: Still, that's an ingenious method. :salute:
Thank you, good sir!
Orenash: ...but I need that 800 XP!
TwoHandedSword: All right, I'm curious. Why?
Mostly I'm just a completionist and want to do all the quests. But also I'm trying to make a theif who can also fight, and being a low level theif suuuucks.
Post edited July 20, 2017 by Orenash
Orenash: being a low level theif suuuucks.
If you don't mind exploiting the system, there's a thief build that is the most overpowered in the game - even more than a Harm spamming mage. You can slaughter almost any monster at level 1 using nothing but a dagger.

Other than that, I applaud you for playing a thief. It's one of the most fun character types in the game.

Don't read this:
I just had Virgil and Sogg beat him into unconsciousness with pieces of pipe, and then kicked him almost to death, leaving him with like -200 fatigue.
Post edited August 05, 2017 by Marrik