Source Priority Failing checks
Babau
Medium
Bhaalspawn Powers

<CHARNAME> has gained the ability, usable once per day:

Hand of Murder (Necromancy)
Range: Caster
Duration: 1 rounds/5 levels
Casting Time: 1
Saving Throw: none

When this power is called upon by the Bhaalspawn, <PRO_HESHE> immediately does extra damage with each hit to <PRO_HISHER> target with any melee weapon desired (whether it be fist or sword). <PRO_HISHER> dark energies travel through <PRO_HISHER> weapon and assaulting <PRO_HISHER> victim... and absorb that damage as healing for <PRO_HIMHER>self.
The effects vary by level as follows:
10th: 2 rounds, 4 hp extra damage, 4 hp healed
15th: 3 rounds, 6 hp extra damage, 6 hp healed
20th: 4 rounds, 8 hp extra damage, 8 hp healed
25th: 5 rounds, 10 hp extra damage, 10 hp healed
30th: 6 rounds, 12 hp extra damage, 12 hp healed
Medium
You won't be the first to try and kill me... and probably not the last!
Medium
I sense no innate goodness within you, <CHARNAME>...though your deeds are hailed far and wide as above reproach. It is... interesting that one like you who must struggle so much with our father's taint inside <PRO_HIMHER> has done so much to fight true evil.
Medium
Actually, I am the perfect person to judge, <CHARNAME>. I, too, contain the taint of our father within me. I, too, have felt its yearnings for blood, its efforts to exert chaos upon my life. I have mastered it... but only barely. Too well I know what it is capable of.
Medium
I have little doubt that you know whereof I speak. The taint is strong within you... stronger than any single other spawn of our sire that I have seen. You have felt the dreams, the urges, have you not? The chaos that is your destiny has ripped wantonly through your life, regardless of your wishes, has it not? Do you deny that you bring violence and destruction wherever you go, <CHARNAME>?
Medium
No. I have brought my share of death and destruction to this land. But I see a larger purpose behind it... I seek to end the possibility of Bhaal's return forever, and to wipe his taint from the land.
Medium
I have mastered the power within me and held the evil in check, but I know as well... if not better... then most of my brethren the threat that it holds for all of Faerun. I will not allow this. I have dedicated my life to preventing it.
Medium
If only we had met under other circumstances, <CHARNAME>...I would have liked to sit and compare the paths that have brought us to this point. If we had not been forced by destiny to bear this taint upon our souls, what would have become of us? I regret what I must do, yet I know it must be done.
Medium
Then we should fight her together! How do you know she still can't summon Bhaal... everything you've fought for will be for nothing!
Medium
Yet another death added to your tally? And what then, once you kill her? Once you have all that power and it's yours alone... you think you're going to resist that?
Medium
What makes you think you could kill her? I'm the one that has defeated all the Bhaalspawn... while you were doing nothing but hiding in this fortress making the peasants miserable.
Medium
I thought you were going to kill yourself after I was dead. Sure you won't see some more evil once Melissan is dead, too? You'd probably make a promising Lord of Murder, you know...
Medium
No. How could I trust you? What if we were to vanquish Melissan, I would be weakened... you could end my life there and everything I have been working towards will be for nothing.
Medium
I had thought when this moment arrived, I would hold clearly to my purpose. We must... end this, <CHARNAME>. I wish this to be over with, one way or the other.
Medium
Alright, Balthazar. If that's what you want... let's end this now.
Medium
I am at a loss, <CHARNAME>. You question me, and I have no good answers for you. My heart tells me that you must be killed, but I am not sure if I should listen to it. What... what would you have me do?
Medium
Yes... you are right.
Medium
You must take the battle to Melissan. It is your destiny to see that Bhaal's legacy ends here and now. But you must promise me, <CHARNAME>...you must promise me that you will not give into the temptation. Should you defeat Melissan and the power become available to you, you must turn away from it... you have seen your struggle as it is now, with only a sliver of that taint. Do not take it, <CHARNAME>...even a god can be tempted, you must realize that. Promise me you will turn it away.
Medium
If I am given the option, Balthazar... I will refuse the taint. I swear it.
Medium
Then I am satisfied. The essence of our sire ends with me... and with you. May the gods forgive me. May you... may you forgive me, <PRO_BROTHERSISTER>...
Medium
Then we must do battle. I... I am sorry, <PRO_BROTHERSISTER>. I had hoped this would be otherwise.
Medium
And I cannot trust that you will turn aside the power when it is offered to you. You have experienced the struggle even a sliver of Bhaal's taint has brought you, yet I cannot believe that you would turn it aside. I... I am sorry, <PRO_BROTHERSISTER>...but I have no choice.
Medium
So be it. Come, my pupils... may the gods help us all.
Medium
No. Further dialogue is pointless. Let us end this now, <CHARNAME>...and may the gods have pity on us all.
Medium
Perhaps what you are saying holds merit. But what if I died during the battle? What if I was weakened, in the end... you might find yourself... tempted. How could I trust you?
Medium
She used you to get rid of the other Bhaalspawn, obviously. Think about it! She knew what you were planning all along. She wanted all the Bhaalspawn dead... and she wants us to fight! She *wants* this to happen!
Medium
You... may be right, <CHARNAME>. But that does not mean that my plan will fail. Melissan underestimates me, I am sure of that... just as she underestimates you.
Medium
I... perhaps you are right, <CHARNAME>. I see the wisdom of your words. Still... this does not mean my plan is doomed to failure. Or is it?
Medium
But... you have shown great willpower, as well. Despite the taint in your soul, you have struggled against it just as I have. What makes me more worthy...? No, I must not question myself! Not now!
Medium
Strength is nothing, <CHARNAME>. You may vanquish me with your might, and you may even vanquish Melissan. But you will never vanquish yourself. Might will bring you no peace... this I know. And this is why I must be the last.
Medium
You are impressive with your words, <CHARNAME>. I can feel destiny altering to your will, how you are the center of it all... how is it that I did not see this before?
Medium
Perhaps... perhaps there is something to your words. I look within myself and see how rigidly I have held myself to my destiny... and I feel hollow. But I... cannot believe that this has been for nothing.
Medium
It was told to me by a Solar, an agent of prophecy! It... oh, I know how it sounds, but it's true!
Medium
I have been told many things by agents of Alaundo's prophecy... higher beings that have sought me out to prepare me. Alaundo's prophecy does not necessarily mean what you think it does, Balthazar.
Medium
A Solar has been my mentor since this began, guiding me and preparing me for what is to come. The prophecy is not so simple as you think it to be, no matter how we assume it to be. Think about it and you'll know it to be true, Balthazar... everything has more than one side.
Medium
You plant a seed of doubt in me, <CHARNAME>, and I begin to wonder. Yet... it seems that my destiny may differ from yours. I have no heavenly guidance. Perhaps my path has been made for me, yet.
Medium
What you say is incredible, and yet... it does make sense. Have I prepared myself for all this time in error? How could this be?
Medium
But perhaps I have resigned myself to a path that is not what it seems. You are... hardly what I expected for the last of the Bhaalspawn, <CHARNAME>. Perhaps there is hope... or perhaps I am only deluding myself.
Medium
No! You have listened to nothing I have said! It *is* that way because there is no choice for us! You would have me forget all the murders I have committed with my own hands, all the wrongs I have done in the name of the greater good... I cannot forget! I will not forgive myself and I will *not* allow others to be afflicted with the taint I possess!
Medium
You have considerable charisma, <CHARNAME>...but it is because we are siblings that we cannot work together. You know as well as I what the essence seeks, and it will not be satisfied until our destiny is culminated.
Medium
A truly good man would have stood against Melissan from the beginning. You say you wanted to find out who the Five were... and yet I defeated them without your scheming. It was your choice to join the Five in their reign of destruction, so live up to it!
Medium
It... it is true. I paid little attention to my men's actions, but I... I knew what they were doing. I thought it a great sacrifice, necessary to maintain secrecy, to attain my ultimate goal that they, in their ignorance, did not know would benefit them more in the end. But... it is how we treat the most helpless of our brethren in the worst of times that marks the goodness of a man, does it not? I... I am ashamed, <CHARNAME>. I sought... only to do what was best for us all.
Medium
You found out who the Five were through Melissan's scheming... and through, in no small part, my own. But who is to say that things might not have been different? Who are *you* to say that things might have been different?
Medium
But... it is true, nevertheless. I have taken the easy path, and have done much that has brought harm to others in the name of necessity. But when does 'necessity' cross into the realm of evil? I... I am ashamed, <CHARNAME>.
Medium
I do not stand here proud of my accomplishments in attaining what I see to be a necessary goal... but neither should you. You have blundered about, causing more harm by your negligence than I ever could by my plotting.
Medium
I... know only what the temptations are that the taints puts upon us, <CHARNAME>. I know only that if our power was to grow, if your power was to grow, that so would the temptation.
Medium
But... you have been successful in fighting temptation. More successful than I. I have... done much that I regret, in the name of good. My people suffer because I held my ultimate goal above all else... but is it not true that our treatment of the least of our brethren is the true judge of a man's soul? I... I am ashamed.
Medium
And despite what you might profess, I think the taint sits closer to your heart then you would have me believe. I must walk my own path, <CHARNAME>...and you must walk yours.
Medium
Very well. Come, my students... my teachings are ended. We make our last stand now for what is right. May the gods have pity on us all.
Medium