------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THIEF GOLD GUIDE Author: Stoxy Contact: email@example.com Started: 02/06/02 Last Modified: 26/08/02 To do: There are more .cfg commands I need to test. To date, I have only listed the basic 'cheat' commands Most of the guide needs proof read ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT THIS GUIDE This guide is written for players of Thief Gold, both beginners, and experts. It is intended to inform and guide, without "holding the reader's hand" i.e. it is not a walkthrough. When I said "beginners and experts", I mean playing on Normal (and I assume for the first time); and playing on Expert difficulty. I won't cover Hard and to be honest I have never played on Hard. I have assumed that you are smart enough to read the manual and work out the basic controls. The only controls I would like to point out are: FORWARD LEAN: LEFT SHIFT + LEFT ALT + W SWIPING AT YOUR FEET: When standing: SWORD SWIPE then immediately LOOK DOWN + CROUCH SCREENSHOT: Alt+f10 As for conventions used, I write proper British English, so some words (e.g. "centre") might look slightly wrong to Americans; however I will use the American convention of calling the ground floor of a building the "first floor", as this is how Thief names it's floors. Because this is maybe the only FAQ I'll ever write, I can't pass up teh oppurtunity to say: THIS FAQ IS COVERED BY US FEDERAL COPYRIGHT LAW IF YOU SO MUCH AS COPY A SINGLE LETTER FROM IT MY DAD WILL FIND OUT AND YOU WILL GO TO JAIL FOR NO MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AND PAY A FINE OF NO MORE THAN US$15,000 AND MY COUSIN CAN GET YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS FROM YOUR IP ADDRESS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CREDITS I learnt a huge amount about playing this game from other guides or message boards (namely material at http://www.thief-thecircle.com and http://www.ttlg.com ); but this guide was written entirely by me, and contains only information that I personally found useful in playing the game. For some of this guide's content, I only deserve credit for compilation. I would like this guide not to be changed. E-mail me if you want something added or changed or credited. Thanks to Jeroen for proof reading this guide. The following TTLG users (and probably others I unfortunately don't recall) deserve credit: Azal; Luthien (provided advice and corrections on several occasions, also listed CFG commands); BR796164 (specifically: advice on playing Return to the Cathedral); Santaclaws; Our Newest Acolyte; Darkwanderer ("Lytha" sneaking); Tacky; Theef; MechLean (explained the undocumented forward lean, among other help); ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONTENTS A. WEAPONS AND ITEMS 1-Blackjack 2-Sword 3-Broadheads 4-Water Arrows 5-Fire Arrows 6-Moss Arrows 7-Noisemaker Arrows 8-Rope Arrows 9-Gas Arrows 10-Compass 11-Lockpicks 12-Health Potions 13-Speed Potions 14-Breath Potions 15-Mines 16-Gas Mines 17-FlashBombs 18-Holy Water 19-Food 20-Keys and puzzle items 21-Papyrus (Papyrii?) B. DEALING WITH PARTICULAR ENEMY TYPES Basic AI guide 1- Swordsmen 2- Archers 3- Hammers 4- Hammer Priests 5- Zombies 6- Burricks 7- Spiders 8- Hammer Haunts 9- Apparitions 10- Fire Shadows 11- Fire Elementals 12- Elemental Mages 13- Craymen 14- CrayBeasts (Blue Craymen) 15- Frogbeasts 16- Apebeasts 17- Bugbeasts 18- Innocents C. LEVEL GUIDES 1- A Keeper's Training 2- Lord Bafford's Manor 3- Break from Cragscleft Prison 4- Down in the Bonehoard 5- Assassins 6- The Downwind Thieves' Guild 7- The Sword 8- The Haunted Cathedral 9- The Mage Towers 10- The Lost City 11- Song of the Caverns 12- Undercover 13- Return to the Haunted Cathedral 14- Escape! 15- Strange Bedfellows 16- The Maw of Chaos 17- Blooper Reel D. SPECIAL TECHNIQUES 1- Lean 'n Jacking 2- Hopping 3- NPC Jumping 4- Stacking 5- How to kill (without it counting against you) 6- Nudging E. MISCELLANEOUS 1- SHAS 2- Level Skipping 3- Config commands F. DARKLOADER (Playing Fan Missions) 1- Getting Darkloader 2- Installing Darkloader 3- Getting Missions 4- Playing Missions G. DROMED (Level editing) 1- Installing Dromed 2- The Tutorials 3- Where to get more tutorials/help ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A. WEAPONS AND ITEMS 1- Blackjack. This is used to knock enemies unconcious. The manual makes the obtuse statement that you should "aim for the head, if indeed your enemy has a head". In fact, you can be quite sloppy when aiming at your foe; and whether a foe has a head does not imply it can or can't be blackjacked. Anyway, I'll cover particulars in section B. DEALING WITH PARTICULAR ENEMY TYPES. In general, an enemy must be unaware of you to be blackjacked. The exceptions are innocents, who will always go down, and enemies struck using the "Lean 'n Jack technique" (see D. SPECIAL TECHNIQUES). In all cases, the blackjack does 1 point of damage. If the enemy has only 1 point of health, they will die. It is possible to guard with the blackjack, using the spacebar or third mouse button (press mouse wheel in, if you have one); but I never use this. 2- Sword. Some question Garrett possessing a sword. It's rather misleading for new players, who may spend a lot of time trying to sword fight everything in Lord Bafford's. However it can be useful, and later in the game it is essential. The sword will make Garrett more visible, and slow him down. It can make certain Non Player Characters become hostile, but only in special cases. Put it away with the key left of '1', above the tab key. To swipe, just tap the left mouse button. The stronger blow occurs if you hold the mouse button for a second. You can tell when this is by Garrett's grunting. The overhead blow is performed by holding the mouse button longer still. Garrett will make a second grunt, and raise the sword over his right shoulder. Note that Garrett slows when attacking, and is much slower still when ready to make an overhead swipe. The quick swipe does 2 points of damage, 4 for a hard swipe, and 6 points of damage for an overhead swipe. To block, hold space, or the third mouse button (i.e. press in your mouse wheel). You will need to 'aim' to actually catch your opponents blow. Turning left and right is *very* slow while holding block. In general, the best way to sword fight (and you should always aim *never* to sword fight) is to try and keep behind your enemy's back. Keep half an eye out for an escape route (up or off a ledge is best, so your enemy can't follow). To sword fight facing an opponent, the most important thing is to keep the right distance away. Stay out of reach, but not too far, or you will prompt them to close in on you. Charge up an overhead strike, and move in and strike. If you do it right, you will stun your opponent long enough to pull out again; but more usually when using this tactic, the enemy will get a quick side swipe in. If playing on Normal, you can live with this; on Expert you may have to consider re-loading. 3- Broadhead arrows. Basic arrows, but pretty useful. You should practice hitting at a distance. I find overlapping the bottom centre of the aiming reticle with my target helps, it's easier to judge the power from there. The broadhead flies in an arc, and does a random amount of damage, affected by the arrows velocity and the target's AI state. If the broadhead strikes grass or wood, it can be retrieved and re-used. You are slightly more visible with broadheads selected. 4- Water Arrows. I find putting my target just below centre of the aiming reticle helps (the target is usually near to you, if not just round the corner). Water arrows can be used to put out torches, and clear up bloodstains; but the level designs mean you rarely *need* to use one. Water arrows are totally silent, you can hit an enemy in the face and they won't notice. I believe dousing a fire makes a hissing noise, that can be detected. Enemies will forget though, if they aren't disturbed again for the next few seconds. You are quite visible with water arrows selected. Water arrows do no basic damage, but harm some fire-based enemies; and can be made holy to damage the undead, either using a holy water vial (see 18- Holy Water), or holy water font. Holy water arrows remain holy for 30 seconds, in which time an undead enemy can be taken out with 1-2 arrows. They do "splash damage" i.e. they damage in a radius, so try to bunch up enemies to make the most of your arrows. I don't think the velocity of the arrow affects damage. 5- Fire arrows. The top of the aiming reticle determines what direction the arrow will go. The length of time you draw back the bow determines the velocity. I do not think the velocity affects damage; in any case fire arrows do a *lot* of damage, and should be used sparingly. Fire arrows do some splash damage, and can relight torches. You are a lot more visible with fire arrows selected. All enemies can be killed with fire arrows, bar fire haunts and elementals (in fact, elementals will regain health from them). 6- Moss Arrows. Like water arrows, these arrows can be fired without fear of attention. Aim carefully to hit the part of the ground you want to silence. Several moss patches will appear. You can walk silently anywhere inside the square they make up, not just on the moss patches themselves. They do zero damage to enemies. 7- Noisemaker arrows. Fire in an arc, they bounce off walls until they come to rest. For a while, they will make noise that alerts any enemies in the area. Noisemakers are pretty useless, it's probably better to use a broadhead. You can retrieve noisemakers after they have landed. Experiment with them, but I do not recommend ever buying any at the start of a mission. They do zero damage. 8- Rope arrows. Rope arrows are very useful. Fire them into wood or earth, and they will drop a rope straight down for climbing. If you hit an unsuitable surface, your arrow is destroyed. They act just like Broadheads, up until they hit something. Enemies do not notice these ropes, no matter how obvious their position. Rope arrows can be retrieved, by grabbing the arrow at the top of the rope. If you are climing the rope at the time, you will fall. If you have more than one rope arrow, you can fire it nearer to a ledge, and get the first rope arrow by climbing the new rope, then collecting the second rope arrow from the ledge. Note that you do not *have to* get your rope arrows back. Rope arrows are slightly buggy, I would save before firing them, and recommend you do not save while actually on them. When you load a game, the ropes are respawned. A final note: it's possible that if you can't see a wooden edge, but you can see the corner where it adjoins another surface, you can try firing the arrow at the corner. 9- Gas arrows. Share the fire arrow's flat trajectory; these arrows are expensive, rare, but powerful. They knock out enemies with a small cloud of gas. It's hard to knock out more than one enemy at a time, but you should try, so as to make the most of the arrow. They can also extinguish torches, and possibly damage fire elementals. 10- Compass. Simple, the red arrow points north, which is usually the top of the page on your map. Not too useful, as the maps aren't to scale, let alone complete or accurate. 11- Lockpicks. Appear after you complete 'Down in the Bonehoard'; these will open chests and doors, and also defuse mines. To use them, you have to be near the object in hand. You can open doors from about 5 feet, but need to be roughly within 2 feet to pick the lock. Try to learn the sounds they make, rummaging noises mean progress, while a click means the pick won't work; try the other pick. If you can start to pick an object, then it can be fully picked i.e. there are no "half-pickable" red herrings; and you can't fail. One more thing, Mr. Garrett: try to open doors and chests with keys first, as it's quicker and quieter. 12- Health Potions. Restore some health. You get one point back as soon as you consume, and about 3 slowly regenerate later. Not a lot, but proportionally more on expert. You can drink more than one at a time, they will act independantly of each other. 13- Speed Potions. For a few seconds, Garrett is granted more speed. Useful for escaping, quickly moving while the enemies back is turned, or fighting. It can also help Garrett reach platforms he normally could not, but the level designs mean there's nothing you need a speed potion exclusivly to see (well... nothing they intended you to see, anyway...). Note that Speed potions are not bound to a key, you will need to use the inventory cycle keys (Default '[' and ']'). 14- Breath Potions. Restore Garrett's air to full when underwater. Use when air is low to make the most of it. The level designs mean you never *need* one of these, and they are rarely needed, but are useful when swimming somewhere you have never been before, or somehow miss an essential air pocket. 15- Mines. These landmines cause damage similar to a fire arrow. Drop or slide them across the floor, you do not need to worry about them exploding as they land. If you want to slide them, aim nearer to your feet than you might expect, they slide quite a bit. When they come to rest, they will take a couple of seconds to arm, then anything that comes nearby will cause them to explode. This includes yourself, or inanimate objects (but not doors). The object need not be moving either. The sound of their landing often invites enemies to investigate. The main aspect that you will need to consider when using them, is that they do damage in a radius, but also trigger when their radius is intruded. The consequence of this is that enemies are likely to be only at the edge of the blast radius. If possible, try and tempt enemies to run straight over it in order to take full damage. Mines can be lockpicked, so as to be made safe, and reused. This is quite tricky, you need to get just close enough to use the picks, without being close enough to set them off. Finally, if you see one lying in the level, and you didn't set it there yourself, then it's not armed, and you can safely pick it up. 16- Gas Mines. Similar to regular mines, but release a burst of gas instead of a blast of fire. This will knock out but not kill enemies, but only damage enemies that can be KOed. The gas burst is quieter than the explosive mine, and can extinguish torches. Possibly, it can also damage Fire Elementals? Useful against guards who are hard to approach, can also be used to take out pursuants, but with the 3 second set up time, you might have a Benny Hill style chase on your hands to get your enemies to trigger the mine. 17- Flashbombs. *Very* useful. These objects cause a bright flash that stun some enemies, and damage others. If used improperly, you will catch yourself in the flash, and for some reason, the enemies will then get away without being affected. Anyway; to use them, either lean round a corner and toss; toss and turn away; or drop straight to the ground while running (it will be behind you when it lands). You have about 6 seconds to blackjack any guards caught in the flash. I find it good to have these ready to hand when exploring new areas where you don't know the guard layout. 18- Holy Water. Turns Water arrows holy for 30 seconds, so that they can damage the undead. Killing one or two zombies will take about 10 seconds, and you might be tempted to dash off looking for more to get your 30 seconds worth, be careful not to put yourself in a precarious position. If possible, round up some enemies before using. If your 30 seconds runs out while you have your bow raised, the arrow remains holy; but cancelling the shot will make the arrow turn back into a plain Water arrow. 19- Food. Does nothing, apart from the large purple fruit later in the game, which has the most... restorative effect. 20- Keys and puzzle items. Click right mouse button once to put these in the centre of the screen, them press again while facing a door or recepticle. 21- Papyrus (Papyrii?) Click right mouse button to read. If the bottom right corner is dog-eared, you can click it to see the next page. Press the right mouse button, or a keyboard key to return to game. The game is effectivly paused while reading. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ B. DEALING WITH PARTICULAR ENEMY TYPES Basic AI guide AI either stand around, or patrol (it's possible for them to patrol entirely at random, but I do not think any AI in the game actually do this). There are 4 basic AI states: completly unaware, suspicious, actively searching for you, and attacking you. You can tell what state an AI is in by their animation, and what sounds they use. Human AI make rather obvious noises, for most other AI you will have to learn what each sound means (you can also guess by the tone and inflection). Being familiar with an enemies grunting/hissing etc also goes some way to being less afraid of them, too! AI have a morale associated with them. This is basically a health level at which they will stop fighting and run. Some AI will immediatly run on becoming aware of you; while some never run, and will fight to the death! A morale broken AI will try and put some distance between you and them, then go back to the state of actively searching for you. If they take any damage, they will flee again. As far as I know, AIs neither run to their comrades, nor get a morale boost from being near comrades; although they will stimulate any other AI they encounter. 1- Swordsmen There are a few variations on the basic guard, they vary in health, attacking strength, AI (how easily they notice you), and morale level. Avoid getting into a sword fight with them, especially if the mission has a No Kill condition, as you simply can't win. The best thing to do is to sneak past, or methodically blackjack these guards. If they are unaware of you, you can easily blackjack them, and walk right behind them no problem. You can also backstab them with your sword, but this is slightly trickier than blackjacking, and risks leaving bloodstains. They never regain consciousness from blackjacking anyway, so really backstabbing is a bad option. Note, 'backstab' is just a phrase, you can strike any part of them, as long as they are unaware of you. If the guard is suspicious, they will complain, call into the darkness, and look about. If possible, wait a bit, and see if they go back to their business, then have another go at getting past. If you attack or move past them at this point, you may or may not get away with it, depending on your visibility and noise. If they are actively looking for you, they will confidently demand you come out and face them, or call out to fellow guards. At this point, you can sneak past if in total darkness and over a quiet surface, but you have no chance of blackjacking or getting a backstab damage bonus; with the exception of the Lean 'n Jack trick (D.1- Lean 'n Jacking). Guards in this state will basically cheat, and move right towards you, even if they have no logical reason to suppose that is where you are. Eventually, they may go back to patrolling, but they will retain alertness and will be harder to catch unawares. To handle guards in this state, either run (try not to let them know what direction you took), fight, hide somewhere they can't get to, or use an item such as a flashbomb or gas arrow. A guard attacking you can be Lean 'n Jacked when running at you, but not while actually sword swinging. Guards in this state will run straight for you, and can see you even in complete darkness. Run, use a gas item or a flashbomb, or stand and fight. If you get far enough away, or somewhere they can't get to, they'll curse you, and return to the actively searching state. The final guard state is to flee. When their health drops to a certain level, they'll run off shouting at the top of their voice. I'm not sure how they choose where to go, they don't seem to actively find comrades. After a while, they will stop running, but remain alert. Sword guards can swordfight *much* better than you, doing more damage, and landing more blows. If you want to fight them, try using broadheads as they run at you; you can *almost* draw the arrow right back in the time it takes them to recover from an arrow, so you can take off most of their health by the time they reach you. When actually melee fighting, keep some space behind you, and don't get within striking distance unless you are going to strike yourself. A good tactic is to circle strafe behind, and make many quick swipes at the guard's back. As soon as their morale breaks (he will change animation and cry out), get in and KILL HIM. Don't let him run, and don't worry about him hitting you back. A final tip, if you are unsure what direction a sword guard faces, note that their sword is always in their right hand. 2- Archers Similar to the sword guard, and normally used in combination with sword guards (usually 2 or 3 swordsmen to one archer); or placed where they can view a large area. The difference from sword guards becomes apparent when they start to attack: rather than getting right up to you, archers will try and put at least 10 feet or so between you, and then start shooting arrows. Once an archer starts firing, he will always fire, he never stops halfway through firing. Use this aiming period to either get sprinting, or break line of sight. Sprinting isn't a great solution, the archer's have a good aim, although jumping as well can improve your chances. To break line of sight, simply put something between your self and the archer. The archer will then move to where he can get a clear shot at you. If you get enough distance, he will revert to searching for you. There's a few tips you can learn here: a. If you hide behind wood or earth, the archer's arrows will stick into the surface, and you can steal them later; b. If you get another enemy between you and the archer, he will shoot them instead! Because he is commited to firing once he starts, he will even hit his own comrades; c. This is a bug really, but the arrows are particle projectiles, that start from the tip of the archers bow, and are fired in your direction. If you can get *behind* an archer when he's aiming, then the arrow he fires will be shot *backwards* from his bow; and hit himself! If you wish to fight an archer, the obvious tip is to get close up. They *will* still fire even if they are right beside you, but being next to them makes it easier for you to maneuver. A good tip is to use either weak sword slashes, or even blackjack blows on them. The reason is that the archers will be knocked back with each blow and need to recover; and hopefully you can land another blow before they recover. If they start to aim an arrow, however, it may be impossible to put them off, no matter how hard or quick you hit them; so either take cover (may not be time for this), or run and jump behind them. 3- Hammers A nasty surprise; Hammers are similar to sword guards, but tougher. They weild heavy hammers that do a good amount of damage, but the really nasty thing is that they can pull off three hits in quick succession. This means death, or at least an unacceptable amount of damage. The levels where Hammers appear don't lend themselves to archery, although you might be able to land 4-5 arrows on one running down a passageway before he gets into swinging range. In general you should try to stealth past, or methodically blackjack them. The levels are designed so you can sneak past Hammers, so always look for the quiet route through. If you alert one, either Lean 'n Jack; reload; or use a flashbomb. 4- Hammer Priests Not a lot of these fellows in the game, but they are your first encounter with the 'mage' AI caste. Weaker than the Hammer guards; Priests use a ranged spell, similar to an archer. Because of the long casting time, the melee tactic of constant quick attacks works well: you can kill these enemies just by constantly blackjacking. 5- Zombies A warm welcome if you've just joined us; yes, I expected you might skip straight to this section! There are quite a few of the walking dead in the game; and if you engage them expecting them to act like zombies are supposed to (George Romero/Resident Evil style), you would get a nasty surprise. They have a strange stabbing action, and can pull off several 'stabs' in quick succession; that will tear through your health as fast as a sword. I think they also have a biting attack, but you should never be close enough to find out! The next nasty surprise, is that they are almost invunerable. Knock them down, they will get up almost immediately if you hang around, and they are only slightly easier to knock over the second time. They need to be 'gibbed' with holy, fire, or flashbomb items. The actual way their health works is a bit odd. Enough damage of any type will knock them to the ground. Then, they will start to regain their health. To destroy them, you need to put their health below zero, which means doing more damage than they can heal. Unfortunatly, your sword is not fast or strong enough to compete with their healing; you need to use Fire; Holy; or Flashbomb items. If they have been lying down long enough, they may regain full health, and your flashbomb or holy arrow will only reduce their health, and not destroy them. I'll handle zombie encounters in the level guides, but in general you should take advantage of the zombie's sluggishness and stupidity. Here's a few zombie fighting tips: a. While they can strike with lightning speed, they move and react slowly, you can run past them quite easily, and they will soon give up chasing you; b. Don't worry so much about your visibility when you are moving close to a zombie. While they can't see into dark corners, they will sense you, if you are within a couple feet. With their slow reactions, you can make quite cheeky dashes between 'safe' positions. Because they don't stay alert for long, and can never be caught unawares; you can safely alert them if you have somewhere to dash to. I don't think simply leaving their sight is enough; putting a good distance betwen you is best; c. Zombies will investigate disturbances, but are unconcerned by corpses, noise arrows etc., that would normally panic an enemy; d. A dead end is a THE end. There's a few places in the game with dead ends that you might get trapped in. I don't really have general advice for this situation; except to say be careful where you quicksave, and remember that you can flashbomb them to stun them for a few seconds, and you need not worry about catching yourself in the flash; e. Zombies have no particular grudge against you, they will attack anything living; let someone else handle them! However, there's only a few places you can take advantage of this, and if a zombie is alerted, they will home in on *YOU*, even if it was another creature that disturbed them. f. If there are several zombies, try and 'round them up' to make best use of the items that will destroy them. Mines work well, on Expert you will have few other uses for them. If there is only one zombie, you should think of just getting past it, or using one item just to distract it and get past. g. To swordfight a zombie isn't actually that tough. If you are going to do this, consider luring it to a quiet corner, where others won't join in, and you need never disturb the thing again. To fight the thing, move in and out of it's stabbing range, teasing it into wasting it's blows, then move in and hit it. You can get strong blows in, but overhead attacks might let it get in a quick swipe. Zombies can block your sword attacks with their arms. h. While sneaking up on them is tough, hitting them unawares with an arrow or thrown item will do extra damage. i. When shooting water or fire arrows at them, aim at their midsection, where their spine is exposed. Possibly this is an intended weak spot, or possibly it puts the centre of the arrows particle effect at their centre point, for maximum damage. After facing them a few times on expert, they aren't so bad. I have also read in a couple of places that zombies can be destroyed by luring them into water, but I have never managed to do this. I lured one into roughly shoulder high water (high enough that I could not use my sword), and it was entirely unaffected. 6- Burricks Strange reptilian animals that live in burrows. They are not entirely hostile, and in fact seem more distressed and afraid if you run into one. They attack by breathing gas, which starts at their mouth, and spreads out towards you. They will fire at point blank if necessary, and taking them out with quick swipes has variable success; both because of their attack, and because their morale breaks easily. You should avoid these creatures, just run past, they won't give chase. If you are nervous dealing with them, try for a backstab, then several quick stabs before they get to run or attack; but beware they are rarely alone. Oddly, you can Blackjack these animals, they will bow their heads and stand stock still; but it's tricky to do. 7- Spiders Appear in three versions; small, large, and super. Small spiders are an annoyance more than anything else, but losing energy to them is a waste. They have only one point of health, so anything will kill them. They can easily be outrun, as they usually appear in caves etc. with ledges and pools. The annoying thing is that they are rarely alone, and are hard to hit. If you try and sword swipe while crouched, Garrett will stand up. Irritating. To strike the ground, you need to start your swipe, then crouch. However, the best way to kill these things is with broadheads. Even if they are real close, and you only draw the bow back lightly, it'll kill them. The skill is picking them off at a distance without wasting arrows or making them charge at you. They can jump, which normally puts them somewhere close to you; so if one does jump, move away and turn to find it again without letting it bite. The larger spiders have more health, and are best dealt with by backstabbing, or firing several broadheads before it know where you are. They can also jump, and have a habit of landing on your head, which does no harm, but can panic you if you're trying to find where the critter went! These spiders can block swordswipes with their legs, strangely. The 'super' spiders are the same size as large, but use magic and 'web' projectiles. The magic projectiles damage you, while the webs hold you until you can get rid of them; a counter bottom centre of the screen shows how many mouse clicks you need to do before you will be freed. Against one of these spiders, you can get one or two sword attacks in before they web you again; but against two they can keep you constantly webbed. So, best bet is to backstab, or use some heavy firepower, or just avoid them altogether. 8- Hammer Haunts Hammer bodies pervaded by an evil power; they are as tough as living Hammers, but quick and fearless. As they are possessed , rather than having a conscience; they never morale break, and they cannot be blackjacked. If *you* decide to run, these nightmares can keep up with you easily, so look for a ledge to put between yourselves. THE way to get rid of these things is to backstab them. Be careful, as they go from unaware to alert quickly; and the backstab may not deal enough damage to kill. Fighting these things close up is a bad idea, they are as vicious as Hammers, and a bit faster with it. Even with practise, they will usually be able to land a quick sword swipe or two. This damage is maybe acceptable on Normal, but on Expert you may need to consider re-loading. Fire, unholy, and flashbomb items will do most damage, catching them unawares does extra damage; they will also recoil so you can get in some sword swipes; or make a break for it. 9- Apparitions The ghosts of Hammer Priests. They are similar, but tougher; have no morale break; and their spell casts three skulls, rather than one or two cogs. Get them on their own, and use several quick sword swipes. Be careful of them if they get to start casting, as they will normally get to finish no matter what you do; so try to stay at their side or back. 10- Fire Shadows Found lurking in a couple levels, Fire Shadows are similar to Hammer Haunts in behaviour. They are new to Gold, and added to cover the problem of players getting stuck on levels that have puzzles involving fire arrows. Upon being defeated, they drop a fire arrow crystal, and run away. They will return at full health after a minute or so, at normal AI state, but if you are still hanging around, they will immediatly start attacking you again! Presumably, using fire arrows and mines is ineffective; and generally a backstab is best, to make beating them "cost effective". A final note, they generate light, and might spoil your nice dark corner. On the other hand, you can see them coming around corners easier. 11- Fire Elementals Sentient balls of fire. They fly in midair, but follow the same route- finding AI as other enemies. The trickiest aspect of these entities is working out their state. You can see what direction they are moving from their tail, but they are expressionless and all their sound effects are similar (they do have a full set of sounds though, I think it's possible to learn what their different noises mean). They grow and shrink according to their health. Fire Elementals generate their own light, and can spot you from a distance. They attack by firing fire particles at you, and also having a charge attack they use less often. Water arrows are best against them, but sword and broadheads also work though it would be a bad idea to try. If you are actually stupid enough to use a fire arrow on them, they will regain health. One water arrow will usually kill, if not; hopefully it will do enough damage to make the thing flee. Remember you only need the water arrow to touch it, pulling the drawstring further back won't inflict any more damage. The best strategy against these things is to dash past them quickly but discretely with water arrows ready. Lurking isn't as good as it is against other enemies, as you'll get little notice that they've spotted you. If you know there are Fire Elementals in the area; keep on the move, but peer around corners rather than run straight out. If you are spotted, find cover, preferably where you can predict where the Elemental is going to re-appear, so you can pull off a water arrow. 12- Elemental Mages Four types: Earth, air, water and fire. Similar to hammer priests, and can be easily killed by keeping them stunned with weak attacks. They attack using their respective elements, the Earth Mages using crushing vines. You will need to tap the mouse button to break free; if you come up against two Earth Mages, you'll be in trouble, as they'll keep piling the vines on. 13- Craymen Humanoid creatures that attack with their claws; and act rather similar to swordsmen. Not too tricky really, they can be backstabbed and blackjacked. They aren't too quick, if you want to run; and if you're not too bad with your sword, killing them won't break a No Kills goal. Often the best tactic is to run, though, as they donn't guard anything useful. 14- Craybeasts (Blue Craymen) Tougher versions of the craymen. Appear towards the end of the game, and are best avoided; certainly there's little point in standing and fighting. 15- Frogbeasts They don't follow the usual AI, or at least their patrol routes are strange, and they have no expressive animation. Their sounds are all similar, so it's hard to judge what they are up to. They basically just hop about. When they see you, they'll stand for a second, then jump at you and explode! Nasty. If you suddenly find yourself near to one, be very cautious; it's hard to tell if it can see you. The best way to take them out is from a distance with a broadhead. Your sword is useless, as you'll be in their blast radius. They can be blackjacked, but it's too tricky to be a useful tactic. The explosion will damage and alert other enemies. 16- Apebeasts Look and sound like rats, maybe slightly baboonish up close. Basically sword guards, but slightly weaker and a bit faster on their feet (their reaction times are about the same). With practice, you can cut them down with your sword easily, but that's not as elegant as a blackjack, and they're normally found in groups; and backed up by a bugbeast; see next entry... 17- Bugbeasts Praying Mantii like creatures, quite slow, and have a *lot* of health. They have no melee attack, but instead spit out swarms of bugs (possibly wasps). These swarms either impact for damage, or become a stationary cloud that hurts to walk through, and eventually explode outward, damaging anything nearby. The bugswarms appear to hurt anything other than Bugbeasts, so try and get some Apebeasts in between. When you face these creatures, Gas arrows and mines are your best bet; indeed, the levels in which they appear will give you plenty of Gas items, so this may well be the intended way you are to deal with them. 18- Innocents Human, non-combatant characters. Follow the basic AI, except on becoming alert, they will flee instead of attacking. Therefore, they have no real moral breaking point. The other difference in AI is that they can always be blackjacked. They can usually be found standing around, and often can be pickpocketed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ C. LEVEL GUIDES Beginner's sections cover the Normal difficulty levels. Expert covers the levels playing on Expert, and points out things of interest, alternative ways to play the level etc. 1- A Keeper's Training Overview- A small training mission, but a mission nonetheless. Teaches the basics, but you'll spend a while dying miserably anyway when you get into the game, don't expect this mission to make you any better. Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Follow the Keepers' instructions to complete the training course. If this is the very first time you've played Thief, this mission will cover the basics. If you've ever played a First Person perspective action game, it's a piece of cake. Use the mouse to look about, and W, A, S and D to move about. Other controls appear as text tips when necessary. This course doesn't teach all the controls, and you should have a go at leaning (Q, E, and Shift+Alt+W) as well. Expert Guide- Objectives: Follow the Keepers' instructions to complete the training course. Not much to it. There is one secret though; run through the level as fast as you can, get the key off the table in the courtyard, then beat the sparring guard as quickly as you can. When you beat him, quickly run down the passage he walks down, there is a secret room at the end if you got here quick enough. 2- Lord Bafford's Manor Overview- Straight up burglary. Get in, past all the guards, and steal the sceptre. Starts out on the streets, and makes you enter from the sewer, then work your way to the top floor. Expert difficulty is pretty much the same, but with some extra conditions, mainly that you have to get back out. On normal, the level can be completed in just over about two and a half minutes. Beginner's guide- Objectives: Get into the manor by breaking into the well house. Get the sceptre. Don't try the front door! It won't work. Wait outside the wall, and listen to the guards, then continue on up the street. Don't forget your arrow cache at the SouthWest corner, water arrows are always useful. All in all a rather fun mission, but if you are new to the game, you will die many, many times. Biggest tip I can give you is to keep your sword sheathed, as the game progresses swordfighting will be out of the question. Try and blackjack guards, then hide the bodies somewhere dark. Try and spot which of the four AI states a guard is in, and see how cheeky you can be in terms of making a disturbance then running away. If things do turn sour, load or restart, or pull out your sword and try your luck. It's possible to get lost in Bafford's, dues to the psuedo-symmetry of the place. You're best remembering objects and places around the level; rather than trying to use the map. Later in the game, your map is near useless. If you happen to pick something up but it turns out to be useless, stand on carpet or grass, crouch, and press 'r', and you will drop it as quietly as possible. On the top floor, there are a lot of hard tiled surfaces. Even a single step will put the guards on alert. There's about three or four guards up there, and you might want to pickpocket at least one for the key to Bafford's 'throne room'. Another copy of the key is kept in Bafford's counting room. There is a staircase in the centre of the top floor, that eventually leads down to a room with a chest, the throne room key on the wall, and a ledger book on the table. You can also get in there by a secret passage hidden behind a banner in one of the roof garden areas, but getting down from there can be tricky without disturbing the guard. If he gets to strike the gong, dodge him until his two comrades show up, then try and flashbomb them all. Actually, his first reaction is to strike the gong, at that point you could just grab the scepter. You have about five seconds to wait before the level actually ends, just stay off the guards' swords and you'll be fine! A final tip- if you hear two Non Player Characters talking, don't disturb them, wait for their conversation to end, and they'll go about their patrols. Expert Guide- Objectives: Get into the manor. Get the sceptre. Get 700 loot. Kill no-one. Get out. Not too bad, if you are used to playing no-kills. You'll either have to run away, reload, or learn to Lean 'n Jack if you get caught out though. If you choose to run, try and lead the enemy round somewhere you have been before, and take corners and close doors behind you, until you can't hear footsteps. Keep an ear out for the guard muttering or cursing. He'll return to his normal patrol, hopefully. A useful tactic if you have a guard on your tail is to run and jump into the pool in the centre of the manor. The 700 loot shouldn't be too hard. In the sewers out in the streets, there's some loot in the room with a switch, that also allows you to exit the sewers beside the well house, handy for getting the key and getting down the well without even a KO. Once you fall down the well, find the small chamber below and to your left that contains 4-5 spiders and a chest. Vault out of the water, open the chest, run back into the water. Get the loot in the library and master bedroom, both northeast of the top floor. That's about 400 cleared, you'll have to do some random burgalry about the manor. The "get out" goal is easy. There's a side door on the north side of the manor, the switch to open it is in the alcove just before it. The front door's not that tricky, if you want to try it. On the top floor, two archers overlook the foyer. There is a swordsman near each one too. Blackjack one swordsman, then douse the torch behind the archer then KO the archer. Hopefully, all is dark, and the other archer can't see. If he does see you, and starts running round, get back out to the corridors, or simply jump down to the foyer. If he hasn't seen you, go round and deal with him, then get down to the foyer. Douse the two torches beside the main gate, then flick the switch to the right to open the gates. Just run through the three guards, and you're out. Not much to see on this level, you can get on the roof if you like, though. Also, from the roof garden area, there is a passage leading into the throne room. The roof of this passage is incomplete, and you can jump up and see stuff you're not supposed to. 3- Break from Cragscleft Prison Overview- You got the sceptre, but your fence Cutty has been thrown in jail. The jail is in a mountain face, above an old mine, and you will be breaking in via the mines. Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Get into the prison area Get Cutty out alive Righto, best get under way. This level has new enemies for you, first and foremost, zombies. Your best bet is to just avoid them, and keep on your feet, but you can maybe take them on one at a time with your sword. Just remember to get moving again when you do knock them down, as they'll get back up in a couple of seconds. To get out of the mines, you need to get to the third floor. Find the elevator, and press the top button. There's a couple of zombies on this floor, just run until you see or hear the Hammer guards. At this point, you can either wait for the Hammers to talk, and go about their business, or lure them to fight the zombies for you. Their Hammers can break the zombies limb from limb. Just be careful, when one side wins, they may be alert and looking for you! Once you are up the stairs, you are in the factory area. From here on in, it's a case of carefully moving between dark areas, dealing with the Hammers one at a time. There's some tricky bits where the floor is metal, use moss arrows to soften the ground at those points. The level is quite tight, so getting away from a guard chasing you is hard, and killing the Hammers is *very* hard, so make good use of quickload and quicksave. When you get to the prison, you'll need to open Cutty's prison cell. Opening the others risks having prisoners running about drawing attention. Each cell block has a guard post overlooking, with a Hammer guard, alarm button (one alarm system for each cell block), cell door buttons, and a book listing prisoners. Once in Cutty's cell, the goals change. You need to get even further up in the complex to get into the evidence box. Follow directions to the barracks, there's more sneaking involved, but you have a bit more breathing space. Wait wait, I've been meaning to say: if you don't already know, the loot you collect in a level is the money you get to buy equipment in the next mission. If you're feeling confident, or want to make the most of your time here, the upper levels here are a good opportunity to get some loot. You can't carry equipment over to the next level, so you might as well use it getting loot. Anyway, eventually, you'll come across a T-junction, with a hammer emblem on the wall ahead. At this point, the room to the right has a secret passage behind a banner with some loot, and the room to the left has the evidence box. Expert Guide- Objectives: Get into the prison Break Out Cutty Break Out Basso Find Issyt the Beggar and get back the Lucky Hand of Glory Get 1000 loot Don't kill anyone This level changes a bit from Normal difficulty, the lift no longer goes to the third floor, so you will have to climb up the hard way. Where the tracks go outside, and there is a zombie lying, the wall to the right is cut away, and this is the start of the route up. There is also no holy water font on the second floor (the floor you start on), but there is a ruined Hammer chapel on the third floor, with a water arrow, holy water vial and a font, and some loot. You might want to clear the third floor of wandering zombies as you'll be coming back later. When you get into the Hammer area, there is a chest that puts a heavy hammer in your hands, you might want to take it with you (see section D.5- How to kill (without it counting against you)). When you get to the area with the security camera device, there is a hole in one dark corner that's worth investigating, you'll be asked to come back later. The way the goals change in this mission, when you find Cutty he will tell you to get Felix' notes from the evidence safe. When you get to the safe, there is a note saying a prisoner has escaped with the plans and half the loot in the safe. If you come across Basso before you're ready to go, keep a note of where he is, and leave him for later. The loot condition on this level isn't too tough, there's a couple of whiskey bottles behind the banner in the room next to the evidence box room, some more in the Hammer habitation area (I think there's only one Hammer around there), and some in the mines. One weird thing you can do on this level is KO Cutty when he's talking- and he won't die! 4- Down in the Bonehoard Overview- Cutty couldn't pay you for doing the Bafford job, but he gave you the notes of another thief, which talk of a valuable relic residing in a series of underground tombs. Presumably Felix failed, so you're going in to get the relic yourself. 'Down in the Bonehoard' is hard and scary, and perhaps not what you expected to see in the game, but is all in all a very nice level. The designers have put in plenty of traps and triggered events, and seems like they had fun making it. Beginner's guide- Objectives: Get the Horn of Quintus Yup, more zombies. Stock up on holy water, water arrows and fire arrows. Try not to kill zombies in the first half of the level unless necessary, and you should be fine. The map for this level is pretty appalling, I would try and navigate by memory. Keep a look out for hairlines on the ground, indicating a trap. Also keep an eye out for holes in the wall, that might shoot arrows. Another thing to look for: Felix' party scratched arrows into the wall to help them find their way back out. Since you are going IN, you'll want to head the other way. You should be able to get through the first bit without getting stuck. Eventually you'll come across a hexagonal tunnel with glowing mushrooms on the wall. I'd like to comment on this area. First of all, this is where Felix started marking arrows, remember you want to go the other way. Your eventual goal is 'The Halls of Echoing Repose'. Second, you will meet a new enemy here. The lovable Burricks. The previous section on how to deal with Burricks maybe made light of them, and I want to be careful you don't run up and try to stroke them! The first one you encounter is in the adjoining stone tunnel. This is maybe too tight a space to disregard the Burrick as a threat, wait until it is at the far, uphill end before running downhill to the next tunnel section. Finally, I want you to make a small detour, turn right at the next junction instead of left as the arrow might indicate (actually it indicates to go up the tunnel you came down, but anyway...), follow this tunnel to a drop into some water, then swim ahead to a stony area. There's some traps in here, and I'll let you find your own way round them, but your reward is six fire arrows. On harder difficulty levels, you might need these to complete a puzzle, but you are free to use them to kill zombies. Later, you'll meet more burricks. Keep moving, and you should be okay. There are two ways to get into the halls of echoing repose, one is to fall down into a large vertical shaft flooded with water. Look for a golden bone floating (floating?!), then find the way out, it's a spiral staircase. The other way in is through a red burrick shaft, in any case you'll know when you're in the halls due to the haunting tune that plays. It's actually the Horn, and you can use the sound to roughly guess which way the Horn is. Once in the Halls of Echoing Repose (you might like to make a seperate save here if you feel you have done well), you will face many zombies. At least 10 are just wandering around. The next paragraph details how to kill them 'for free', but you should have enough items on you. Use holy water arrows and fire arrows to gib them. If you can hit two with one arrow, all the better. There's a few more zombies lying around the level, but the main threat are these ones wandering around. Felix corpse is around here somewhere too. Somewhere near the downward steps will be two more golden bones. If you didn't get the one in the water down the stairs, get it now. Next, find the ramp that leads up to the walkways above, as you walk up, you will hear small explosions to your left. This is a constant fire projectile trap that shoots across a passageway, and out the door. This is the aforementioned zombie killing oppurtunity. Lure zombies here, and a couple of hits will gib them. The only problem is that it you will have to engage them close up to keep them in the blast radius. If you kill a zombie here, you will hear the zombie 'splat' noise constantly for a while, this is because the explosions are pushing the zombie parts about. Yuck. I will leave you free to wander the upper ramps, but will detail the chambers you might come across (although I really insist it's more rewarding discovering this stuff yourself): There is a room with a pit containing bones, and a face on the wall. Use a rope arrow to get down (fire it into the ceiling). I'll let you find out what's down here yourself, but I'd like to point out a small bug in the game. You might not be able to get out on the rope. In which case, find the chest in the room containing a rope arrow, and use this to get up. Collect your original arrow from the roof, it will work next time you use it. There is a room with tiled floor, and you can see a firey but dark humanoid wandering around inside. This is a fire haunt, and it might be hard for you to sneak up to him and beat him. Rest assured, on Normal you need not worry about him, or the contents of this room, unless you feel up to the challenge, and have 5-6 spare fire arrows. There is a Hammerite crypt with a large hammer lit up on the floor. There is a trap here, but it can't kill zombies (although it does hold them in place quite well). Anyway, there is a ladder leading down in this room. Down there is an open sarcophagus and two golden bones. Throw the gold bones in, and any you have in your inventory. If you collected all three (two near the staircase on the floor of the halls, and one in the water down the stairs), you will be awarded with some more zombie killing equipment. Rocking. There is a deep chamber with many purple projectiles flying about, and many stone beams crossing the chamber. You need not worry about this room, but if you do try exploring it, you will come to a room with many statues, seemingly randomly placed. If you step in front of any statues, you will die. Sneak behind the statues, and use the columns for cover (this bit is admittedly very hard). The best route is along the right hand side of the room, then weave closely in and out of the columns, then follow the left hand wall out to the exit. In the next room you will get an early encounter with a Hammer Haunt. These are very tough, so run past it, grab the crystal from the pedestal, then stand in the white marble booth behind the pedestal... and you're free! Finally, near the roof of the halls you will find a circular platform with 3 posts firing projectiles. A passage leading off from here takes you to the Quintus family tombs, and your goal. First though, more burricks... If you found Felix' corpse and read his diary, he'll mention the horn soothes the normally territorial creatures; and you should be able to just wander through this set of caverns freely. Expert Guide- Objectives: Get the Horn of Quintus Get the gem 'The Mystic's Soul' Get 2000 loot Get the gem 'The Mystic's Heart' Get out alive A rather tricky level, to do it on expert you should have no fear of zombies. You should scour this level for loot; but note that the two gems you are charged with getting will add to your loot total. There's a few points where you can get more items: firstly, a room below the Burrick tunnels holds six fire arrows; next, if you collect the three golden bones and take them to the Hammer crypt you will get some more equipment; finally you can get fire arrows by beating off the fire shadow (use water arrows on him if you have spare). To get the Mystic's soul, find the chamber with tiled floor, and a Fire Shadow patrolling inside. Shoot the unlit torches with fire arrows to open the trapdoor on the floor, then jump in, to get to the chamber holding the gem. On your way out, you'll hit hard tiles, and probably gain some attention. You can cause some free carnage by running next door to the Hammer crypt and luring enemies onto the booby trapped floor. To get the Mystic's Heart, find the chamber with two ramps along the side, and a Burrick in the middle. Beyond there is a room where you have to drop off beams to get to the ground. The room after that is tricky. A good route through is walk towards the right hand side of the rightmost column, then walk behind and round it, then follow the left side of the next column closely, and weave as close as you can in and out of the next two columns, finally hug the left wall of the chamber to get to the next room. Getting the horn should be easy, but on the way out, the Burricks may be agitated. I would just run for it, you can get through these caverns without passing too close to any, and they won't give chase. To escape the level, there is a crawlway leading out on one of the higher walkways; there's nothing else up there except a barrel you can knock off the edge for a laugh. Not much of interest, there is a bug to point out in the room with the stone face. If you use a rope arrow to get down, the rope might not be climable when you try to get back up! The designers put in a chest with another rope arrow to make up for this. Also, near the start of the level is the entrance to the 'Alarus Extension', but it's long destroyed. However, Thief lore reputes this is the location of the Bow Upgrade. If you look at the gap at the top, there *is* room to get through. A few players have got over (Yametha at http://www.ttlg.com deserves credit for this), and report nothing but rubble on the other side. Several more possible locations for the Bow Upgrade have been suggested, including above the Holy Water Font, where the light shines in, and the map area marked 'Noble Houses'. These two *might* be the same place though. (Disclaimer: The Bow Upgrade is a myth. If it does exist, it's a coincidence; or only the very first whispers of it's existance were true.) 5- Assassins Overview- After selling the Horn of Quintas, Garrett has money to spare, and invests in some quality lockpicks. Eager to try them out, he decides on the spot to rob the local Hammer temple. However, he has picked up some unwanted attention... An arrow shoots through the window, killing the shopkeeper! You hear voices and realize the arrow was meant for you... The mission goals change completly in this level, and (*rejoice*) we're burgling a mansion again! It's back to swordsmen and archers, but these ones are tougher than Lord Bafford's, and this Lord is more security conscious than Bafford was... Beginner's guide- Objectives: (Initially) Raid the Hammer temple for 1000 gold (Becomes) Trail the thugs without being detected to find out who wanted you dead. This adventure begins in Farkus' Functionals. You'll have your new lockpicks and their instructions in your inventory. After Farkus is shot, you can hear the thugs talking. Beware you can alert them while they are talking, and automatically fail the new objective to trail them. After they start moving, you might notice all the stuff left in the shop. You have time to grab it all, but you'll have to run to catch up with them. They headed down the street, to the right as you leave Farkus', then left. Trailing these guys takes about four minutes. It's quite easy, but peer round corners if you are not in absolute darkness, and be careful of metal surfaces. Once they get to their boss' place, the objectives change again: Objectives: (Final) Teach Lord Ramirez a lesson, steal the purse from his belt! Get 1000 loot while you're at it At this point, the mission is similar to Lord Bafford's; but you should take note that the guards here are tougher, and Ramirez has a security alarm system. Once an enemy becomes alert, they might run for the nearest alarm button, and it's hard to stop them. Once the alarm is sounded, any guards who hear it will be alerted... furthermore, guards will rush and stand in the doorway of the room Ramirez is in! If possible, get through without allowing the alarm to be set off. One specific tip I'd like to impart on this mission, keep to one side when opening doors, and lean to look inside rooms. There's a couple of places where guards have been placed so they can see the doorways easily. You can also use the anti-terrorist tactic of leaning into a room, chucking in a Flashbomb, and leaning back to avoid the flash. This is the first mission you'll get to try out your lockpicks. To use them, you'll have to stand near to a door or chest, have a lockpick selected, and hold down the right mouse key. Make sure that the door isn't already unlocked, or that you don't already have the key first though. The level from here on in is pretty small, so you might like to make a save point starting at the mansion. Then, you can retry just the mansion part of the level. Don't be afraid to use your items too, given the level's size, you can use as many water and moss arrows as you like. You'll have to explore a bit to get your 1,000 loot; but to get to Ramirez you'll need to find the basement key, which is kept in a chest beside his bed on the top floor of the mansion. There's also a secret passage in his bedroom, see if you can find it. Once you get down to the basement, getting Ramirez' purse is tough if the alarm was set off, as there will be two guards watching him. You'll need to lure them out to deal with them one at a time. Ramirez himself carries a mace; and will attack you. Search inside his counting room for a couple of documents, and some loot. Expert Guide- Objectives: (Initially) Get 1,000 loot from the hammer temple Don't kill anyone (Becomes) Follow the thugs without being detected, to find out who wanted you dead This one's a good bit tougher on expert. Following the thugs, however, doesn't seem to be any different, possibly they look over their shoulders a bit more, but that's all. Your final objectives are: Objectives: (Final) Steal the purse from Ramirez's belt Get 2000 loot Get Ramirez prized fire poker Get out when you are done Don't kill anyone The best way inside seems to be to get over the outer wall by stacking crates from the streets, or firing a rope arrow into the wooden shutters of the buildings in the street. Just to the right of the main gates is a good spot; take a wooden crate with you to get on top of the wall surrounding the mansion, then drop down and blackjack the archer (this might take a few attempts). From the ramparts, you can walk round to the west hand side, and a small hut in the outer wall lets you jump into Ramirez's bedroom. The no kill objective is quite a nuisance, you might like to make a save point before you enter the mansion so you can retry quickly. Don't hoard your items, you'll have little margin for error with the guards. They'll run for the alarm if there's trouble, and they are placed in some sneaky places. If you don't consider it a cheap way to play, the Lean 'n Jack is literally a lifesaver. Once inside, a good tip is to avoid the first floor. Scour the second floor for loot; and the silver firepoker, which will add to your loot total. It can be found by searching in his bedroom. There is also quite a bit of loot on the Eastern side of the second floor. You can make up the rest of the 2000 in Ramirez counting room; unless you count on not knocking him out and not letting him see you; in which case getting the loot in that room will be hard if not impossible (perhaps it's do-able with speed potions and good timing?). The Northwesterly staircase will take you right down to the basement from the second floor. I think there is only one guard you can encounter here, and he has a long patrol route, so you may well never encounter him. Getting Ramirez in the basement is tricky if you set the alarm off; as a couple of guards will stand right in his counting room doorway. Even the Lean 'n Jack might not help here. Oh, for a gas arrow! It's possible to lure Ramirez and his bodyguards round the back of the basement to the Burricks, but it's hard to set up the guards in the gas clouds without getting gassed yourself, and without letting the guards land any blows. The upper basement (that is, the first floor underground) gives you more space to play, you can maybe lure the guards out here to give them room to wander about and eventually revert to patrolling. If Ramirez is alone in his counting room, he's easy to deal with. I suspect that if you get crates and put them in front of the alarm button, you can alert him and he will get stuck trying to run through them. When you have Ramirez's purse, several thugs will appear around the mansion, making an escape hard. The waterway out to the East is the best route. If the alarm in the mansion was never set off, you're finished. But if the alarm was set off inside the mansion then Ramirez will have men out on the street, and you need to get safely back to your home turf! Look on your map, it's to the south, but you will need to go right up north to get onto the path. From this point, there's nothing to it, you can methodically blackjack your way through, or you can just run for it. 6- The Downwind Thieves' Guild Overview- New to Thief Gold, this level spans a few urban locations, starting out on the streets, and has a more linear feel than the other levels so far. Plenty of guards to deal with here, and although there's plenty of shadows, the level often makes you run through well lit passages with the knowledge that a guard is somewhere close by... Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Break into the Downwind Thieves' Guild by the secret passage in the Overlord's Fancy Find out where the Sapphire Vase is, and steal it Get 1000 loot Get back out onto the streets when you are done This is quite an easy level, compared to the last few, the biggest problem is that it's so well lit. You should have plenty of water arrows, so use them. You will also get a few mines to play with in this level. They're a bit crude, but do a lot of damage, and can be quite fun to watch a cocky guard have one go off in his face. If you are tempted to buy one at the shop, don't bother, as they're a bit pricey; and you'll pick them up during the mission. Stick with healing potions and water arrows. At the very start of this mission, creep forward in the dark patch on the ground, so you can see the conversation taking place while remaining completly obscured. The three characters will disappear inside, and you can start on your way. As usual, you want a side way in. The soldier on patrol will leave you alone if you do not have a weapon readied. Hopefully you can get inside and upstairs on your own, the next tricky bit is what to do when you get upstairs. Look for a metal opening going into the floor. See the wooden roof above it? A rope arrow will take you down to a fireplace inside the Overlord's Fancy. You *can* grab your arrow while on the rope, but you will have a hard landing (Clang!), and you will get the oppurtunity to get the arrow back later anyway, so just leave the rope hanging for now... Now, the casino area is quite tricky. To the left of the fireplace, a passageway lets you get behind a lookout, and to the right leads to the main casino, which is well guarded. Use some water arrows, and take your time dealing with the guards. You are looking for a secret passage into the Thieves' guild, and if you look at the walls carefully, you can see the door's outline; and the secret switch for it is nearby. The main entrance to the guild is here too, but seemingly impossible to get through quietly. Once into the thieves' den, your next goal is to work out where the vase is, and get it. A conversation just inside reveals that Donal has the vase locked up, but Reuben has the only key to the safe. From here on, the level is quite well mapped. Keep an eye out for control panels you can operate, you are looking to get into the sewer systems to get to Reuben and Donal's houses. You will come across an area with planks laid down to walk over, and two guards overlooking from a gray stone area. In the area they are patrolling is a couple of sewer gate switches, make sure you get these. You want to go to Reuben's first for the key. His house is quite well guarded, but there's a couple of secret passage ways inside to help you. One is in the fireplace just as you come up from the basement, the other is opened with a secret switch on a waist high bookcase on the first floor. To get to Donal's, get back to the Thieves' guild and follow your map again. Inside Donal's isn't so bad, but watch out for hard surfaces. A note to the servant will give you a clue as to where the vase is, and a downstairs door leads outside to complete the mission. Expert Guide- Objectives: Get into the Thieves' Guild Find and Steal the Vase Get 2000 loot Get Lord Randall's bracelet as well Don't kill anyone Get out onto the streets, when you are done For a laugh, distract the thieves talking at the start so they don't go inside. If you can keep them wandering about till the street guard shows up, he'll attack them. Be careful, he'll be looking for you if he kills them! Inside the casino is probably the trickiest part of this level. Security is *tight* and there's not many places to run to. Use plenty of water arrows, and flashbombs if you need them. After that, the level's not too bad. You might have to reload quicksaves if you are seen, or run away to the sewers until your pursuer calms down. Again, the loot goal isn't too hard, but requires you to visit most of the level. There's a few easy to overlook items, but plenty to get to make up 2000 anyway. There's a few purses to pickpocket too. Getting ALL the loot on this level would be quite a challenge, I notice more bits and pieces every time I play. The bracelet goal is maybe the trickiest goal to complete, as it's location is easy to overlook, and I don't think there's any clues to where it is. The general location of it is in the small sewer den just before Reuben's basement door. Once you are done, there are three 'street' areas to get to. Where you start; at Donal's; and strangely, the courtyard at Reuben's (looks like a street, but is surrounded on all sides by Reuben's house). Not a lot to see on this level. It's quite easy to get on the roofs back at the start, by stacking a couple of boxes on the south wall. Nothing you can't see from on the ground, but check out the roof above the restaurant's side door, you slide about and can't jump! 7- The Sword Overview- After humiliating Ramirez (or killing him), your reputation is spreading in the city. A woman named Viktoria would like to pay you for your services; steal a magic sword from a nobleman's mansion. She admits the job will be tough, but the pay will be good. Garrett's main concern, however, is that the nobleman is new in town. No-one knows for sure who he is, or what the mansion's layout is like; but Garrett isn't going to be put off; a nobleman's a nobleman, and a mansion's a mansion... Beginner's guide: Objectives: Get the sword from the upstairs in the mansion Get 500 loot Get out of the mansion with the sword From the start, go left (North) and look for wooden struts above that will let you fire a rope arrow up. Once in the mansion, your biggest question is probably how to handle the guards. On this mission, they are quick and alert, but not that tough fighting wise. You should try to blackjack *carefully*, failing that, pull out your sword. The key to sword fighting these guys is to pick your swipes. You only need three good blows to kill them ,but they can land blows on you very quickly, especially when you've struck them. Overhead swings aren't such a good idea, as they slow you down, and let the guards get a stab in. The mansion can *roughly* be divided into it's three floors, plus the garden. The first floor is what we're used to. Be careful of the marble floor tiles, and generally take your time. The second floor is a bit strange. Be very careful of booby trapped floor pieces, and bas relief faces that shoot at you. Double doors lead to stairs, you will need to get a key (pickpocket a guard) to unlock the stairs up. The third floor is twisted. It's full of guards, and all the hallways are well lit, with marble floor. However, grass tunnels 'swiss-cheese' this part of the mansion, you can duck into them to escape, if needs be. The sword is in the centre, floating in a large chamber. It's held up by magic, if you can destroy the generator above this chamber (you can get there by one of the grass tunnels), it will fall to the floor. Or, you can use rope arrows to grab it in midair. Either way, it's almost certain that you will cause a stir. Best thing to do now- run for it! If any guards keep up with you, detour through the grass tunnels, climb/drop ledges so they can't follow, and get to the second floor again. As long as there weren't guards right on your tail, you can forget about them. Now... notice the sword has replaced your normal sword. Don't think you can go on a killing spree now, but see if you can work out what's so special about it... You won't need to visit the garden on normal difficulty, but I find it good to make up the 500 loot easily, and you can go here first to get some extra equipment. There's about four guards patrolling about, quite spread out, so they shouldn't be a nuisance. There is another large area of the map, exclusive to Thief Gold. If you come across this area, well done! I'll talk about it in the expert guide. You might want to consider spending time in this level to get plenty of loot, every couple of hundred you collect here is another item in the next level. For the 'Get out' goal, either get to the balcony you entered by (the balcony itself counts as 'outside', you won't need a rope arrow); or you can be cheeky, and run through the main gates! Expert guide: Objectives: Get the sword Get 2000 loot Find some information on this 'Constantine' Don't kill any guards Rather a nice level, you can take your time, or do a mad commando run! The guards really restrict your freedom though, they are quite alert and quick to react. Often, your blackjack attempts may fail, all I can imagine is that the single step out of the shadows to get into range makes them suspicious. Either that, or they are somehow aware of you even out of their view! There's a theory about the guards on this level, their attributes are very similar, if not identical to, a later enemy... I would advise going to the gardens early on to get some equipment and loot. Possibly, you could go upstairs and get Constantine's key first; as it's needed in the garden for the 'Get Information' goal. A good way to get loads of arrows is to visit Little Big land. There's a room with two pillars, with stone faces on them. A small bridge crosses over to a doorway. In this room is a switch, which opens a gate just in the stream below. Go through there, follow the current, and you'll be in 'Little Big land'. Little Land has a breath potion, and one guard. A waterpipe leads to Big Land. Some nice ideas here: You can get rope arrows from the pincushion on an upper shelf, and from the bedside chest; fire arrows from the matchbox on the next shelf; water arrows in the watertub and the ink well on top of the desk; and moss arrows on the bed and the food plate While you're here, be sure to check out the mouse trap, and the back of the sofa. The mouse hole by the bed is the way out. I imagine it's possible to get stuck in here, if you waste rope arrows. So don't. To get the full 2000 loot, you'll have to explore most of the mansion. Little Big Land has only 20 loot, I think, and upstairs does not have much either. You'll have to explore the first and second floors and garden quite thoroughly. There's plenty of vases sitting about, some chests, and gold and silver lumps just lying around (?!) The drinks bar downstairs has a bit of loot too. A couple of the guards can be pickpocketed for money, but not a huge amount In order to get the sword, either jump down on it (it's hard to aim though), climb up to it with rope arrows, or destroy the magic generator above and collect the sword from the pedestal. In any case, it's likely the guards will all be on alert, and running might be the best option. The guards won't wander down to the other floors, so unless they're right on your tail, you're fine. Constantine's Sword does normal damage, but does not increase your visibility when drawn. There's a slight bug in this level, your old sword is removed from your inventory, and moved somewhere in the level. Where exactly? I think it changes, but you may come across your old sword. It might even be beside the new sword's pedestal. If you collect it, you will lose Constantine's sword for the rest of the level. The 'Get Sword' goal remains completed, however. To get out of the mansion, either return to the balcony on the western side (you only need to be on the balcony for the goal to be completed), or run out the front door! A guard patrolling near the front door has a purse, get him on your way out, if you're after total loot. There's some fun climbing to do on this level. At the start, when you are on the western balcony, you can get up onto the western and south-western outer walls, and also onto the south-western roof of the mansion. An invisible barrier prevents you walking all over the roof though. There's a couple of hidey holes on the turrets on the mansion's south face. I've tried hard to get into these, but never managed it. There's nothing in them anyway, but I suspect that the western one is *possible*. You can also climb the tree in the garden, but save first as the tree's physical shape does not match it's appearance, and you might loose rope arrows. It's apparently possible to get *inside* the tree, too. Big Land is an obvious climbing opportunity, if one knows how to use rope arrows well. A series of rope arrows can get you very high up the two doors. [A CUTSCENE FOLLOWS] 8- The Haunted Cathedral Overview- Garrett has been hired to retrieve a gemstone from an abandoned Hammer cathedral. To be more precise, a cathedral in an abandoned part of town. No-one's sure what happened, but the whole area is burnt out, infested by zombies, and walled off. (You might have seen part of the wall in the far northeast of 'Assassins'). Sounds daunting, but the pay is too good to refuse. Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Find the cathedral Steal the Eye Get 750 loot Get out of the ruins with the Eye Yes, more undead to deal with. Note the shop sells a 'tip'. A small cheat here, buy it, read it, then restart the mission, and spend the 50 gold on something else. I like to buy destructive items. I'd like to give you a tip here about the flashbombs, as I did not know this the first time I played Thief: they damage the undead. They are very useful as they are cheaper and quicker to use than arrows and mines. The downside is that they do less damage. Back in B. DEALING WITH PARTICULAR TYPES OF ENEMIES, I said that zombies must have their health depleted in order to make them fall over, at which point they will lie down and regain health; and in order to destroy them, their health must drop below zero having taken damage from fire, holy, or flashbang items. This may sound confusing, and you normally won't need to worry about this with the severe damage that fire and holy water arrows do, but this health system should be understood when using flashbombs. Three flashbombs are usually needed to destroy a zombie, but less if you've already damaged it. If you get the chance, weaken a zombie with sword or broadheads, then flashbomb it as it staggers to fall. Once it's fallen over, it will be regaining health, and may regain enough health to necessitate three flashbombs again. Another point is that it's easy to damage several enemies at once with the flashbomb, compared with the difficulty of bunching up zombies for fire or holy water arrow attacks. Finally, the undead will take damage, regardless of whether you get caught in the flash or not. As far as I can tell, the flashbomb wil still do normal damage. Also note that this level has plenty of drops, ledges, and overhead wooden structures, which you can take advantage of to keep enemies out of clawing range. The level requires that you cross the entire map to get to the cathedral. Use whatever items you need to get there, don't worry about hoarding items. Be sure to check dark corners for loot of extra items. This level has a Fire Shadow like in the Bonehoard. It's in a cellar underneath a building, and you will hear it as you approach. See if you can drop down and backstab it, that'll deal with it in one hit. Pick up the fire arrow, and get out of the room. When it returns, you can sneak up and backstab it again. There's about four utility buildings in this level, which turn on the nearby electric lights. You can turn these on if you like, I find it helps to reveal items lying around. Around the middle of the level, you may come across a draw bridge, with buttons to operate. If you are on the far side of the river, a nice trick is to use a broadhead to shoot the buttons. When you have found your way to the cathedral, have a look at the front doors. No good. Head round the back of the cathedral, and climb up to where you can see inside. There's the eye, just out of reach. You will get new objectives here. If you can't make out, or forget what the eye says, it's instructions are to head back west to where the bridge is, find the Keeper statue, stand on the centre pedestal then 'light the way'. When it says 'light the way' it means light the two torches either side of the Keeper statue. Use mines or fire arrows here, then take the new passage to your left. To get through the next door, you need to add weight to the two pedestals either side. Once inside the building, keep an eye out for pressure plates. There is one door inside with a pressure plate immediatly below it. Vault up and over instead. Examine the tables in the two small libraries. Expert Guide- Objectives- Find the cathedral Steal the Eye Get 2000 loot Find the Serpentyle Torc Leave coins at the Watchman's Grave Get out of the ruins The more loot you got from The Sword, the better. Don't hoard items, but see if you can bunch up enemies first of course. If an apparition joins in, you might want to use whatever items are possible to kill everything. Around the middle of the map you will find the Fire Shadow. By jumping down and backstabbing, you can get fire arrows easily. To the east of the level, I found a good spot. The bridge by the Keeper statue has maybe four or five zombies wandering about. The bridge has a wooden overpass above. Make a commotion, then use a rope arrow to hang up out of harms way. The zombies will hang about below you, and you can just drop flashbombs on their heads! There's a few burricks here as well, I found they can appear out of nowhere. Avoid or backstab them. To make up your loot total, keep an eye out on dark corners and splintered rafters for plates and cups. The Serpentlye Torc is hinted at in a small room in the middle of the map. It's in a small Cul de sac you may find off the main street, or as an exit from the underground tunnels. It's worth finding the hint, there's also a few fire arrows nearby. To actually get the torc, find the drawbridge near the north (if you are on the wrong side of the river, use a broadhead to trigger the lowering button). Look up to your left, and you can see a doorway. You'll need to mantle to get up there, but it will lead you to the house where the Torc is kept. The door is locked, but the house owner was a senile old man, so he kept a key nearby. A couple of Hammer Haunts patrol inside. Sword fighting them would be a no-no, a good tip is to run back to where you came from, and mantle up onto the ledge. There's nothing they can do now, you can sit and listen to their taunts for a bit. If you have many broadheads left, take them out with this. If you are *good* at swordfighting, you could have a go at one on it's own, or just use whatever items you can to get rid of the thing. Inside the house is the Torc, and some more items. The watchmans grave is in a courtyard near the centre of the map. A gate will let you see inside, but it can't be opened. Go back out to the street, and climb up to find an upper way in. Some spiders lurk in the courtyard, if the lights are off they can be dealt with easily. If not, you could possibly run in, use the coins on the dish at the grave,then run back and up the fallen rafters. This level is dissapointing for climbing, the broken up buildings look like a fun challenge, but the invisible ceiling is set low, so often you can't get on roofs. However, making up for this is the cathedral. You can climb right on top of it. You'll need to do a bit of stacking, the bones lying nearby are enough. Be careful where you save, or you'll be stuck. 9- The Mage Towers Overview- Nothing is ever simple! Garrett will have to track down all four talismans in order to get the Eye. New to Gold, this mission is to steal the Talisman of Earth from a sect of mages known as the 'Hand Brotherhood'. Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Break into the Central Library and discover where the talisman is being kept Get the Talisman of Earth Get 400 loot Get out by the sewers We start at the north end of the map. Have a quick look at your map, this level consists of a central Keep, surrounded by four gardens, and with four elemental towers at each corner. This probably goes against the grain a bit, but the front door is a possability here. There's guards having a conversation inside, in fact. Right across the main hall, dark passageways lead off left and right, which are good for getting deep into the keep. If you want, you can head east or west into the gardens. Guards and mages are wandeing around, it's rather fun to run about in the dark bonking them on the head! This level's nice and big, clearing one or two of the gardens of enemies helps as it gives you somewhere to run if things get hot. Once you are in the library, a note on a table on the top floor completes our first objective. Sort of. When I first played this game, I got rather confused about what to do from here. Seemingly, each tower guards another's key. But how do you get into any tower in the first place? There's no way I can 'hint' at this, so I'll just tell you that the door at the bottom of the Water Tower is damaged and unlocked. So that's your next stop. Each of the four towers is similar, a door on the side can be unlocked to let you get into the keep, and a chest at the top holds the key to another tower. The Water Tower is rather simple, it will give you the Earth Key. This unlocks the lower door of the Earth Tower, it fits into the recipticle beside the door. The Earth Tower is trickier, but not too hard. Don't bother with the floating platforms on the second floor, use a rope arrow in the ceiling to get to the stairs. Now, you have a couple of floors where you will have to sneak past Earth Mages. Best not to let these guys fire at you, use right mouse button clicks to escape if they manage to wrap you in vines. If you need to kill them, use many quick attacks (the Blackjack will even do the job) to stop them pulling off an attack or running. The last floor requires you to climb and jump about to get to the chest containing the Air Tower key. The Air Tower isn't too bad. There's a gas arrow on the first floor, it's a dark crystal with smoke rising from it. An extremely useful item, read the above description, and remember you have it if you need it later. To get the chest on the top floor, run across the top walkway and lower the two telescopes. Quickly drop down and lockpick the chest. You will have to lower the chest 3-4 times in order to pick the lock and open it. The Fire Tower is a bit tougher. Use plenty of moss and water arrows. Near the top, two Magi wander around a pool of lava (as you do!), note there is no way for them to get out, so you can run past; or you can gas arrow them if they are close together. The side door leads out to the Keep, the metal stairs up take you to the final room. Hot plates surround the chest, you will need to lockpick while keeping half an eye out on the ground beneath you. The Treasure Room key is your reward. The Treasure Room is at the top floor of the Main Tower in the Keep. A couple of Magi patrol inside, if they become alerted, run back out into the stairwell, and wait for them to calm down, or sword fight using the stone supports for cover. There are apparently eight Earth Talismans up in here! Only one is real, the others will hurt you. You might have come across a clue during the level. Draw your sword to make sense of the third line of the clue. As for the fourth line, you need to count starting with the talisman you can see just to your right as you enter the room. Grab the other treasure in the room while you are at it. Almost done. I'd like to point out though, that 400 loot is rather pitiful. Remember, the loot you get in one level makes the next easier. If you've cleared out this level of guards and Magi, take some time to explore for loot. The last thing you have to do is escape. The central staircase will take you to the basement. Here, one secret passageway will lead back up into the garden; another leads to the sewers. Both are 'out of place' brickwork, which you can see if you pay attention to the walls. Expert Guide- Objectives: Break into the Central Library and discover where the talisman is being kept Get the Talisman of Earth Get 1800 loot Get the jewelled reading glasses hidden in the Central Library Get the Medallion of St. Burringden from the Captain's Quarters Get out by the sewers Kill No-one Not a lot to it, really. By now, you should be used to playing with No Kills, and getting most of the loot. There's a few more guards and Magi running around, but no cruel enemy placements. The loot total is a bit strange in that it asks for 1800, even though it's no harder to get 2000+ than in the other levels. The other two objectives demand you track down particular items. The Reading Glasses are in the Central Library. As you get to the top of the stairs inside the library, the wall straight ahead opens up. A book in a nearby bookcase is the trigger. The Medallion is sitting on a table in a room to the south of the Keep. This is presumably the guards' and servants' living quarters. To get here, there's a side door off from the central staircase. The captain's quarters are to your right (south). A few guards patrol, but there's plenty of darkness to work with. There's a bit of climbing to do on this level, but it's fairly tricky. The secret passage from the basement to the garden has three crates, the level's a bit sparse apart from that (in fact, I found the level design in this level rather poor; apart from the library, the level is pretty empty and unconvincing). One good stacking opportunity (kind of) is in the fire tower, stacking just one item protects your feet from hotplates; useful for lockpicking the chest at the top. 10- The Lost City Overview: One down, three to go. The Keepers have hidden one of the two talismans they held in the ruins of an ancient city, buried under the city. The Old Quarter library pointed out how to get in, so Garrett begins his search in the streets marked as being the entrance... Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Get into the Lost City Get the Talisman of Fire Get out Run through the streets until you find the river. Jump in and use the stone you got on the cleft. Swim through the caverns until you can break the surface. At the bottom of this cavern, you will reach a path that extends left (you can see a firey burst spraying out of the wall) and right. To the right will give you a view of the Fire Talisman, and left leads to the Lost City proper. It is actually possible to make the jump, and get the talisman, but I'll put that in the Expert guide. Again, we only have a rough map to go on. It's not entirely useless, though. Throughout the level, stone pillars have emblems corresponding to where you are on the map. You can only get to the talisman by a long roundabout route (of course), so just explore the whole level. If you get stuck, a major branching of the level is at the central area, marked by wheat sheiffs (is that what they are called?), so explore around there. A new enemy on this level is the Fire Elemental, read up on them in Section B. Once you get to the central tower, inside part of the stairway is destroyed. Turn around, and climb out the window. Travel around three sides of the tower, and look up for a good rope arrow opportunity. Try to hit the wooden block as far away from the tower wall as you can, or climbing up will be tough. With the talisman in hand, you just have to get out! More fire elementals have appeared, you can generally run through them, keep your water arrows to hand and plug any that stand in your way. The platform at the very bottom of the waterfall cavern counts as outside the city. We're done. Expert Guide- Objectives: Get into the Lost City Get the Talisman of Fire Get 2000 in loot, including 500 in gems Retrieve the medallions of the Keepers who perished secreting the talisman Get out Not much different from Normal difficulty. In fact, this level doesn't even impose No Kills. There are more burricks and magi, but not many more fire elementals, if any. Don't forget any fire arrows you have, but don't use them on fire magi or elementals. The density of burricks, where they appear, is a nuisance. If you face more than one, you might be best finding a nice corner to hide in, as it can be hard to keep track of where gas clouds will be coming from. The 2000 loot isn't too hard, but if you need to backtrack to make it up, it would be annoying. You should have 2000 by the time you get the Fire Talisman. For the 500 gems, make sure you find the building with blue gems around the walls, near the centre of the map. The Keeper medallions are easy to get, one is found outside the building where you get the drawbridge lever; the other is by the collapsed obelisk just before the Fire Medallion tower. Now, it's possible to do this level in about 3 minutes; but only on Normal difficulty. You will need to get both speed potions from the shop. Then head right after the waterfall cavern, and you will get the 'teaser' view of the Fire Talisman. The jump across is very tricky, but not impossible. 11- Song of the Caverns Overview: The Keepers made a new hiding place for the Water Talisman. Not far from reach, but many Keepers died putting it there, so it's unlikely to be easy; plus the Keepers will have put their own protection around the talisman. Of course, it won't be *impossible* to get, so let's get to work. The Song of the Caverns is one of my favourite levels, the design is excellent, and perhaps hints at the quality of level design to come in Thief 2. Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Find Giry to get information on the caverns Find and steal the Water Talisman Get 200 loot Get out We start out on the streets. Doors to the right lead down into the cave system. You'll soon find Giry. There's one objective done already... continue down into the water. When you get out of the water, there's a chance you won't have met the enemies wandering in this area before. They're the Craymen; treat them like swordsmen. Running is your best bet, but which way? The way out is to the SouthEast. Another swim will lead you out into a cavern with brickwork ahead. This is the Keeper shrine. Open the chest. You didn't think it would be that simple, did you? Oh well, onwards... step out of the shrine, and there's another water passage. Stop before you jump in... listen. Then swim through till you come out in another cavern, with a wooden hut ahead. If you KO or kill the man in the hut, you weren't supposed to. You haven't failed the mission, but I'd highly advise playing again and leaving him alive. Approach the man and listen. Look to the ground for the map and key he speaks of, then up the rope, and along the passageway. Examine the scroll Raoul gave you, then turn left (East) at the sewer. New Objectives: Find and steal the Talisman of Water Break into the opera house Get 700 loot Get out of the opera house when you are done. From the sewers, you should come out in a store room; this is in the basement of the operahouse. Examine your map again. Large 'X's indicate a secret passageway. This level isn't too tricky to get through, although you have to take the upper floors carefully, as the theatre has marble flooring and electric lighting. Use the secret passageways to avoid contact as much as possible. I would advise going for the Water Talisman first. If you cause trouble with the guards, two men will be posted by the talisman, making nabbing it that much harder. A secret passage leads right into Lady Valerius' office; and the key Raoul gave you will unlock the chest holding the talisman. As for the loot; again I advise you get as much as possible, and not just the required 700. If you are good, you can get around 2000. To get out of the opera house, return to the sewer you came in by, then take the western exit hatch out, or simply walk out the front door. It's hard to get to the front door without raising trouble, but all you have to do is run through the guards, and survive for about five seconds out on the street, and you're finished. Expert Guide- Objectives (final): Get into the opera house Steal the Talisman of Water Get 2000 loot Get Cribb's silver flute Get the takings box from the ticket office Don't kill anyone Get out of the opera house when you are done Quite challenging. Lots of guards, lots of hard surfaces, lots of electric lights. Fortunately, there's plenty of places to run to. Make sure you get into the armory in the basement for some more gear. Also check out your map for the large 'X's that indicate a secret passage. I'd advise getting the Water Talisman first; as at the first sign of trouble, extra guards will be posted. If they show up, you'll have to either gas them, or lead them on a merry chase, the latter option being hard as two more guards stand just outside. While you're in Lady Valerius' office, get the key from her desk and read the note. Cribb's room is upstairs, by the stage. The takings box is on the first floor, the ticket office is the small room with 3 or 4 small booths. As for loot, be sure to pickpocket the patrons. The first and second floors are quite well furnished with plates and vases, as well. 12- Undercover Overview: One talisman to go. This one is held by the Order of the Hammer, and is heavily guarded, day and night. The usual off-the-cuff thievery just isn't going to cut it: Garrett needs a plan. Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Get into the temple as a novice Get the Talisman of Air Get out to the streets This makes a nice change! Of course, you'll have to behave. The way the enemies on this level work: they will ignore you unless they detect something amiss; at which point they will regard you as an enemy. They may return to patrolling, but if they see you again, they will know you are Garrett. While alerted, the Hammers will get the attention of other nearby guards, and these newly alerted guards will view you as an enemy, even if they did not see you do anthing wrong. Here's a quick list of things that will distress a guard: Seeing you with a weapon drawn; Being struck by you; Hearing your weapon striking a solid surface; Seeing a dead or unconscious body or blood; Nearby loot being lifted (even if they cannot see the loot from where they are standing); The alarm being activated (even by you!); Seeing you in an area that you are not allowed to enter (these rooms have an upside down red hammer symbol outside the door to let you know); They will normally say something, this will let you know that your cover is blown. It's possible, though, to trigger them to say this line, but not actually alert them. Presumably there is a difference in the amount of stimulus required for them to talk, and the stimulus required for them to be alerted, so that the Hammers will stand about while they say their line, and not immediatly start to bludgeon you? At the start of the level, when the guard asks for your papers, use the scroll in your inventory, then exit back to game, and the Hammers will let you inside. Once inside, explore around as much as you can without causing alarm, but always look for a red hammer before you enter a doorway. Keep an eye out for Hammers on their own, and nearby dark corners where you can stash them. You may want to blackjack them later. It's likely that you will be caught out during this level, so doing away with a few guards quietly will make things easier. There are catacombs under the temple, they are loosely guarded, and pop up in three parts of the temple, so you can use this to travel around. Note that one of the catacomb exits comes out in an out of bounds area. When I refer to floors on this level, the top floor is the second floor; the floor with the outside areas to the East and West is the first floor, the floor below is the basement. At the NorthWest of the second floor (i.e. the one you entered the building on) is a small locked room with a locked chest inside. This chest contains details of how to get the Talisman. To unlock the chest, you will need the High Priest's key. His quarters are in the center of the first floor. Wait until there are no guards within earshot, then run in (the door is unlocked) and close the door behind you. There is a small window between this room and the corridor, but it doesn't carry sound between, so you can slaughter the High Priest. Grab the key off his table and listen for a patrol outside before you leave. At the East of the second floor, just NorthEast of where you entered the temple, is a room with a scroll on the table, you will need this too. Once you have the scroll from the locked chest and the prayer scroll, you are ready to get the talisman. Five switches need to be triggered within 5 minutes to get to the talisman, and you must recite the prayer to remove the ward spell on it. Note that you don't need to do the whole lot in five minutes, you just have to get all five switches. Their locations are (in no particular order): 1. Behind St. Yora's skull, NorthEast 2nd floor 2. Under the ledge running round the Eastern garden area, behind a tree 3. In the ceiling of one of the Hammer tombs, outside West area 4. In the treasury in the basement (this is where the kitchen was at the time of writing) 5. Behind the rack, in the South of the basement (you can get here from the catacombs, or from the North if you deal with the Inquisitor) A noise will let you know that all the switches have been triggered, and the talisman is accesible; a different noise informs you that 5 minutes have passed since the first switch was triggered. To get to the talisman, go to the South of the first floor. Stand on the Hammer tile, and a bridge will extend. Walk across, and use the switch in the left cell. Go into the right cell, and use the Hammer prayer scroll. The particle effect around the talisman will dissappear, and you can grab it. Oh good, alarms. You've overstayed your welcome. As always, you need only survive a few seconds outside the building to win the level, even if a hammer is only a hair's breadth from your head at the time. You can either escape out the front door on the second floor, or out of the West and East outside areas, a reasonably low wall lets you out onto the street. You can use the second floor balconies to escape over these walls. One last thing- this level has no loot requirement, but I would highly advise you get as much loot as possible. Once you are ready to grab the talisman, this is a good point to go back into the temple and use up all your items dealing with Hammers so you can lift loot easily. Bear in mind if you find the next level hard, this one is quite easy and short the second time round and you can replay it to get more loot, and therefore more items. Expert Guide- Objectives: Get into the Hammer temple under the guise of a novice Get the Talisman of Air Get the "First Hammer" Get 2400 loot Don't kill anyone Get out onto the streets when you are done Quite a few demands are made on you; but it's still a small level. The loot and "First Hammer" objectives stop you just running through the level. You should re-acquaint yourself with the level's layout, before going round and taking out lone Hammers. Getting the talisman is no different on Expert, but this time round you don't need to get the instructions (although both the room with the chest and the room with the key for the instructions contain loot). The First Hammer is the shoddy looking one in the reliquary. The Hammer guard here can be easily blackjacked and flung into the Eastern garden. It's possible to hide inside the large bell too, and it's fun for a while to watch the Hammers strike the bell to try and get you. You're not completly safe here, unfortunately, as they can swing underarm too. The loot objective is tricky not because the loot is hard to find; but because it means dealing with most of the guards. You can either deal with guards whilst they are fooled by your disguise, or you can experiment saving and loading to see whether or not you get away with stealing the item(s). If you want to have fun on this level, bear in mind that there are only two enemies capable of long range attacks, and they are both in the same place unless you disturb them. Causing a ruckus, and then grouping up Hammers for a gas attack is a good idea, but there's not a huge amount of space to run about in. You can get up on the roofs of this level quite easily, about four wooden crates will get you on top of the front gate of the temple, then you can run and jump everywhere else. As all the action is *inside*, with only lone guards outside; there's no real vantage points from up here. 13- Return to the Haunted Cathedral Overview- With all four talismans, Garrett can now get into the haunted cathedral and steal the eye. This won't be easy: the cathedral is infested with the Undead; and was sealed up for a good reason... Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Get the Eye Get out of the Cathedral I hope you got a lot of loot from the Hammer Temple; as you will want to stock up on zombie killing items (fire arrows, holy water and water arrows, flashbombs and mines). Some general tips for this level: You will encounter several types of enemy in the one place. You will need to prioritise which ones to deal with. The Hammer Haunts are almost certainly the trickiest to deal with; and should be handled very carefully. Sword fighting them isn't ideal; and if you are going to run, find a ledge/drop/ladder so they can't give chase. If they are on their own, you can swordfight them; see the section above on dealing with them, and swordfighting in general. Apparitions are a nuisance. On their own, they can be sliced up easily. If there are other enemies to be dealt with, then don't give them a good line of sight, use the other enemies as a shield. Zombies aren't so bad, but it's very tempting to kill them rather than avoid or run away from them. On this mission, there are some rooms that are pretty much dead ends. If you know a zombie is nearby, don't run into side rooms as you may get trapped. Also note, zombies will be alerted if they see a defeated Hammer Haunt. Use whatever items you need. You cannot waste items as such, but every enemy you get past without using an item is a bonus. There is a lot of equipment strewn throughout the level, so keep your eyes peeled. Don't be afraid to restart this level. You might like to make save points at different places, so you can avoid having to do the whole level again. Now, on with the actual level. Use the four talismans to open the main door. Have a look at the general layout of the cathedral - one large central area, and passages and rooms to either side. You will need to get up to the second floor to grab the Eye. Just to the east of the Eye on the first floor is a holy water font and a holy water vial. Once you grab the Eye, the haunts will be enraged. You may as well deal with them, bunch up the baddies on the first floor and flash bomb 'em. You may need around five flashbombs, and take several attempts at doing this. If a zombie drops to the floor but does not explode, leave it; you should have room to stay away from the corpse. There is one more zombie, up on the second floor, western side; you might want to dodge or carefully sword fight this one With the Eye in hand, time to leave. Of course, nothing's ever easy, and as the introductory movie suggested, you will need to leave by the back door. When you get outside, notice the friendly looking Hammer ghost. Sidle into his view and he will introduce himself. From here, note the passage to the right. It leads to a broken staircase that will take you down to the main part of this level. There is a known bug here, walking on this broken staircase will sometimes kill you. Jumping down the stairs can help, though you might attract attention at the bottom. Listen to Brother Murus again, and you will get a new objective- you need to do what Murus asks of you to escape the Cathedral. A brief run-down of this level's layout: the main Cathedral AKA "The Sanctuary" you have already seen. You are now in the cloister area, which leads to the other buildings. The cemetary is to the North, and there are also underground tunnels connecting the buildings in the cloister area. Mechanical lifts let you into the tunnels, they can be powered up by using the generator back in the cathedral - it's in the far south of the basement. To get back into the cathedral, you will need to travel through St. Yora's, This building is tricky to get through, with the zombies patrolling; but you should be able to get through without using any items on them. Just be careful not to enter a room and have a zombie block your way out. If travelling from the cathedral to the cloister area, remember you can just jump down the broken staircase. Murus' instructions are to do the following: Retrieve his Rosary beads; Get a Holy Symbol; Find the Builder's prayer; Get a candle; When you have all the above, consecrate Murus' grave to free his soul. You can collect the items in any order, and you do not need to see Murus every time you get an item. Note that when you forge a Hammer symbol, it is not Holy. In order to Bless it, you will need to visit the observatory at the top of St. Jenel's. When you have these items, see Murus at the cemetary to the North. Eventually you will get a key that lets you into the armory in the cathedral, 3rd floor West wing. In here, you will get an explosive device needed to bust open the cloister gate. You need to place this by the gates, and blow it up either with an explosive mine, or a fire arrow. If you don't have either of those left, there's no way to blow the explosive device. This is unlikely, but if you are in this situation, see the expert guide for an alternative way out. Expert Guide- Objectives: Get the Eye Get out of the Cathedral To finish this level on Expert takes guts. It's about the same as on Normal, but with a few more chores to complete; and plenty more Undead to deal with. You should know in advance, you will be required to kill all of the Hammer Haunts, so you can deal with them as you go. An overhead backstab is the preferred way to deal with them. There are nine Haunts to deal with, including one in the Winter Tunnels. You will also have to bury two bodies. One body is in the Northwest, third floor of the cathedral; the other is in the wine cellar in the basement. You will need to find the wine cellar key first, or bust open the door with a hammer. Upon doing this, you will be told of a secret cache in the Winter Tunnels. Find the small room with the design on the wall, then 'use' the red- on-white tile at the very top right. A cache to your left will open. Note, you do not need to be told about this to be able to open it. It is possible to finish this level without Murus' help. Once you have recieved the new objectives however, you must help him, to check the objective box. In the original Thief, it was possible to stop the front door from shutting by wedging it with a skull or rib cage. In Thief Gold, this was rectified by making the doors super heavy; and seemingly impossible to jam. It's still possible to escape though, by climbing over the walls (once you have the Eye, obviously). In the courtyard between St. Yora's and the cathedral you can stack some items to climb onto the covered walkway. Zombie parts are good for stacking, or there are the boxes outside the armory. A few more items are required to get onto the roof of St. Yora's, then you can walk around the outer wall, and jump down onto the wall running along the West, South and East of the cathedral. You still need to get to the mission end area. Walk around on this wall, then fall off outside (away from the cathedral) on the Eastern side. Run North (you can't fall off the edge that seems to drop into outer space), then you can see the end area ahead. Make sure to jump over the gap, or you will be stuck. Then drop down by the gates, and walk to the centre of this area to clear the level; or stand by the gate and tease the Undead on the other side. It is also possible to keep the four talismans. By collecting the bones strewn outside, you can stack the surrounding wall. From here, you can jump and mantle onto the tall wall surrounding St. Yora's garden (and you can jump straight down, if you land in the water pool); or you can also get onto the cathedral roof via the palisade on the Western side. Stand on the actual palisade in order to vault up to the sloped roof. [A CUTSCENE FOLLOWS] 14- Escape! Overview- This is not good. Getting stiffed is an occupational hazard; but Garrett is in over his head, he's injured, and he's defenceless. All that matters right now is that he escapes with his skin. Beginner's Guide- Objectives: Get out You might recognise the starting room. Behind you leads out into Constantine's garden. Note the "smoking" gas arrow. Keep an eye out (sorry Garrett!) for these, as they are extremely useful. Behind the desk is more of your gear. In general, there are LOTs of arrows just lying around in this level. This mission introduces new baddies, namely: ApeBeasts; BugBeasts; and FrogBeasts. See section B for advice on dealing with these creatures. BugBeasts frequently appear along with a couple of ApeBeasts; and you should gas arrow the BugBeast and deal quickly with the ApeBeasts. A perfect example of this is just down the stairs at the start. You will come to a platform overlooking two ApeBeasts and a BugBeast patrolling. Use your gas arrow to take out the BugBeast. If possible, hit it as it walks past a torch to take out the torch as well; or aim to take out one of the ApeBeasts at the same time. If the ApeBeasts see the fallen BugBeast, they will panic and search for you. You might want to get used to sword fighting these creatures; with practice you can kill them quickly without taking damage; just remember to only get within swinging range if you are swinging, but don't get too far or the enemy will run up to you. When you have dealt with these enemies; go back up onto the platform. By the picture behind you is a purple fruit. Pick this up. Unlike other food, this restores health; even better than a Health Potion in fact. Turn around and you can see a small window across the gap, and a gas arrow suspended in mid air. Use a rope arrow to jump through the window. Note that it's hard to vault up the lower lip of this window, so you'll have to aim to jump clean through. There's a pile of gear in here, including gas mines. You can get the floating gas arrow by leaning out of this window. Once you are back out, note that one of the fires at the bottom of the slopes has a fire arrow. Get this. You should now have enough equipment to work through the rest of the level. The map on this level is useless. Generally, you will want to travel up, until you find yourself in the mansion; and then get out either by the front gate, or the balcony on the West side of the mansion. I don't have a lot of specific advice to impart for this level; you can either work through it thoroughly, or run like hell. Expert Guide- Objectives: Get out Find out what Constantine is planning (note: Getting your gear is not a proper objective; it's listed seemingly as a hint that it's in the level and useful to get) Get your gear from behind the altar. Your loot bag is missing unfortunately. It's on the first floor of the mansion, at the bottom of the central staircase leading to the second floor; and guarded by a bug beast. To complete the information objective, you need to find and read two books, both are found inside "tree houses". This level can be quite annoying, with the volume of enemies. In most cases, you can make a run for it though. Starting out, you should use a rope arrow to get into the small room overlooking the first enemy patrol you come across. You will need to jump cleanly through this window, you probably won't be able to vault in. You can get the gas arrow by leaning out of the window; you might want to use it on the BugBeast; or alternatively use one of the gas mines here, as they are trickier to use. Broadheads work quite well on the ApeBeasts. There is a theory that the guards in "The Sword" were in fact ApeBeasts in disguise; given that Constantine despises humans, and that they behave similarly. 15- Strange Bedfellows Overview- The Trickster is planning something big, and Garrett realizes that his personal greivances must be put aside. He's not stupid; he knows he'll need help, and the experts on the Trickster are the Hammers. Due to all the trouble you've given them, getting in touch with someone in charge will be tough. You'll need to break back into the Hammer Temple and sneak past the Hammers to see the High Priest. Beginner's Guide: Objectives: Break into the Hammer temple and find the Hammer High Priest Don't kill any Hammers Hopefully you'll have a nice amount of loot to spend here. I recommend gas items. If you like rope arrows, buy one here too. You can always restart and make your purchases after you have got a feel for the level. You've been to the Hammer temple before, so make your way to the front entrance. Your objectives change; you no longer need to find the High Priest. It's unlikely they'll need convincing about the Trickster, you just need to work out what happened to the Hammers in the Temple. There were no Hammer corpses outside, so inside we go. You should search the whole temple for items, before using the secret exit the Hammers escaped by. There are about 3 Healing potions, 80 broadheads and several explosive mines and flashbombs to collect. Once you get underground, you'll need to work your way further down. Of interest, there is a locked door and stairs leading even further down to an area called the "siege window". Head West at the wooden 4-way platform to find the siege window. You can speak to a Hammer here, you will need to help them by saving the High Priest. You will recieve a key and a map. The key is for the door I mentioned earlier. Looking at your map, you have two more floors to get down through. Your map doesn't show a waterway connecting these two floors, but look for a "dock" on the Eastern side. In the original Thief, I believe there was a boat that you could use here, but in Gold we will have to swim. You should clear out these two floors to make bringing the High Priest back easier. The High Priest is unconscious when you find him. He can die from taking damage; in which case you will fail. This includes falling and drowning damage. Bring him back to the siege window the long way; don't try swimming with him. Expert Guide: Objectives (final): Find out what happened to the Hammers Save the High Priest Find the Holy Chisel Don't kill any Hammers Kill all BugBeasts* *The Bugbeast objective appears when you attack, or are attacked by, a BugBeast. If you avoid all contact with them, this objective will not appear and therefore does not have to be completed. Note that it is *kill* and not disable; if you use gas items on them, you need to finish them off. This level is heavily populated, which provides most of the challenge; but you can run through the level very quickly. The Chisel objective is annoying. There's no puzzle or exploring involved, it's simply lying on the floor in the darkness; but even when lit up to be taken, you may not be able to see it. This is one of those things were I cannot provide any hints as such, I'll just tell you that it's in the SouthEastern chamber of the first floor beneath the temple. There are two large spiders and an upturned pew here. 16- The Maw of Chaos Overview- The Trickster seeks to plunge the world into chaos by binding this world with his own realm, using the Eye. The Hammers have given you a fake Eye, so that you can get the Eye back from the Trickster. This level starts at the portal that the Trickster is using to move beasts into your world, and is quite linear; ending at the portal that is used to move beasts from the realm of chaos into the Maw; and then to the area where the Trickster is to perform the ritual to plunge the world into chaos. Beginner's Guide: Objectives: Swap the fake Eye with the real one A long, linear level, this. The level isn't very well explained, in my opinion. Deep in the belly of the Maw, beasts are being spawned through a portal. They travel inside bubbles to near the top of the maw, where they "hatch", and then walk up to the portal right by your starting position. You do not need to deal with the enemies you encounter on this "production line", and you are best running from them, as they are infinite in number. From the start, a slope runs down to the "hatching" area. Side tunnels allow you to mostly stay off the main path and each contains two Gas arrows. You should wait for enemies to pass before dashing to the next safe spot. At the spawning point, a large chamber with lava flowing; you should look for a ledge below the one you enter the chamber on, it's to your left hand side as you enter. Drop down and look for a way along the wall (towards the lava-fall) that lets you The rest of the Maw is split into distinct rooms. There are a couple of chambers that are icey, and you will slide down. There are blue crystals here, and you should avoid touching them; but try and get the ice arrows. Another chamber contains a huge tree, with spiders inside. You can carefully broadhead the spiders, or you can also use rope arrows to climb the outside of the tree. The weird sparkly column running up inside the tree works like a ladder. When you come across the entry portal, you should make a save point here, as you are near the end. Ropes let you climb up and into the ritual chamber where the Trickster is creating the compasses that will show the Eye the way into this world. You need to get up to the Eye in the centre, and grab it. The fake Eye will be automatically put in it's place. If the Trickster becomes aware of you- it's over, and you will need to reload. The Trickster cannot be killed, and he can kill you even if he can't see you. You can get across the room using moss arrows or putting rop arrows in the ceiling. Once the Eye has been replaced, get back to where the Trickster can't see you; then watch him complete the ritual. Expert Guide- Objectives: Swap the fake Eye for the real Eye Destroy the portal so no more beasts can enter the world Not much different from on Normal mode. In order to destroy the portal (i.e. the one at the bottom of the Maw); you will need to strike the four "torches" around it; using an arrow of the opposing element. You will need one each of Fire, Water, Gas and Moss arrows to do this. The Moss arrow can be hard to land, and when I first played this level I thought my logic was wrong, and it was not a Moss arrow needed; so don't worry if you use a few moss arrows and the gas cloud is not disposed. 17- Blooper Reel ***Note: to get to this level, you will need to edit the file "user.cfg" in Notepad. Make a back up copy of this file, then open it in Notepad and enter the following two lines: play starting_mission 16 Then start Thief, pick "New Game" and "Skip Training". You should make a save game here, so that you can simply load it to play this mission in the future.*** Overview: The Blooper Reel is a showcase of bugs and out-takes in Thief. Explore Bafford's manor, and see what you can find. Hit the button by the front doors to quit. The basement and sewers are removed from this version of the manor; but it's possible to hop the wall into the Southern streets and get to the well house, although the well is blocked up. Here's a list of things to find: Baby burricks Rejected ambient effects Graffiti "Jorge" texture Unanimated guards Dancing undead Apple archer Minature guard (a failed attempt to populate Littlebig world? This guard has his own sound bank, rather than his voice being altered by the game engine) Hostile chests Drunken guards Fire Elemental in the hearth Basso floating (the High Priest in Bedfellows is the same, but plants were put under him to make it look like he was lying on them) Bugged Fire arrow Bugged Gas arrow Rejected BugBeast design Fireworks display Kung Fu servants Albino Guard Bugged swimming pool Spawning apples (these appear in the swimming pool, I can't tell if they relate to the apple archer or not) Burrick in the bathroom The "Throne" Garrett's "portrait" Guard who won't fall down Basketball court Weird doors Missing ceiling (this appears in the actual game) Dinner plates that go into the inventory when picked up (this appears in the actual game) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ D. SPECIAL TECHNIQUES These techniques exploit the game system, either making the game easier, or allowing fun ways to play. 1- Lean 'n Jacking This trick is very useful, especially when playing on Expert. To do it, you stand in total darkness, lean forward, and blackjack your opponent. The advantage is that it works on alerted enemies, whether they are unaware, actively searching for you, or even running straight for you! In the latter case, it can be hard to do. You need to catch the guard just as he runs into range. If it fails, you can reload and try again; or run away and find another dark patch to have another go. This doesn't work on enemies who can not normally be blackjacked. 2- Hopping Quite simple, when Garrett jumps, he gets a speed boost. If you jump twice in a row, he will keep momentum from the first jump, and get another boost for the second. Jump a third time, he will get more momentum still. You can jump as many times as you have the room to do it. When hopping, turning will make Garrett turn, but he will continue in the direction he is moving. When he lands, he will get a boost in the direction he is facing, but lose momentum from the previous jumps, so this needs to be done in an open area. It is possible to take damage from going too fast; but in most levels you do not have enough room to manage this. This trick is good for chasing a fleeing enemy; or for moving faster while carrying weight or bearing your sword; or for simply travelling through an area where you have no fear of alerting enemies. 3- Crab walking Very simple trick, Garrett can move slightly faster if you hold forward and one of the strafe buttons at the same time. He will move at an angle though, so you need to turn to one side to compensate. This trick is never really needed in game; it's useful for running up slopes however. You can also use it to crawl faster, but with slightly louder footsteps. 4- Slow and silent moving The amount of noise you make moving depends on your speed. This trick is simple, but slow to pull off. You simply tap a direction as lightly as possible, then stop. Tap it again, then stop. This way, you can get across tiled floors silently, although it can take a long time, and the levels are designed to not put tiled surfaces in unfair places. 5- NPC Jumping An odd bug that is hard to make practical use of (NPC- Non Player Character). A good place to practice is in Undercover, where Hammers stand about and let you move around freely. To do this trick, stand right beside someone, then lean into them. Use the mouse to turn around, and you should spin around oddly. If you turn fast enough, you will be flung across the room. You can also jump for extra speed. It's hard to pull off, and harder still to aim your flight (if it is at all possible). You will also take damage if you hit a wall at speed or fall too far. 6- Stacking A very nice technique. Put simply, it's making vertical stacks out of objects. I found this technique out from users of the Through the Looking Glass forums (www.ttlg.com/forums); and I cannot write this without mentioning Azal and Luthien; who push for new feats in stacking, including Azal's 27 zombie torso stack; and Luthien's mammoth climb to the top of Angelwatch (in Thief2). You know that Garrett can drop and throw items, the skill is to make neat vertical piles. This technique takes advantage of two things: 1. The physics system in the game is such that if an object is dropped straight down, it will land in a predictable way; with it's Centre of Gravity at the centre of the screen; 2. Garrett has no legs; To look straight down, you need to pull the mouse back until the view cannot look down any further, and can only slide from side to side. If you press 'r' to release the object in your hands, it will drop straight down. Take another object, and drop it, and it will land on top of the first object. If you looked straight down for both objects, the second one will not slide off the first, no matter how irregular it is shaped. Only problem... you are *in* the stack, and will disturb the objects if you move. Next step, start a new stack, and this time when you drop, jump up. You should land on top of the object. Drop a second object, and jump again, and you will land on top of it again. Drop as many items as you have, and you will reach quite a height! I find it is often easier to drop the item, then jump after; because it is possible you will land on the stack before the item lands and get stuck in it. You might also want to hold jump down, in case you manage to get within vaulting height of a ledge above (if you are aiming to get up on a wall). Next step, how many items can you stack? Well, there are all the items in the level that you can carry, and the items in your inventory. Out of the level items, the vast majority are stackable; excepting plates, which slide "into" the stack and add no height; and hammers. Out of your inventory items; many items are not stackable. Flashbombs, and mines are not, because dropping them counts as using them offensivly. Some scrolls will land on the stack but add no height. Keys can be hard to stack as well. You should keep your inventory items until after you have stacked the level items. To use as many level objects as possible, gather them all in one place, so you can stack one, take one off the ground and stack again. Here's a small problem- when you have built a stack so far, you will be too far of the ground to pick things up. There are four things you can do here: 1. Leaning will get you slightly closer to the ground; 2. Arrange the items as close to where you will stack as possible; 3. Consider the order you are picking the items to stack. E.g. you may have a skull and a ribcage on the ground. Stacking the rib cage will make the stack bigger, but put the skull out of reach. Stacking the skull won't make the stack as big, but will leave the ribcage within reach; 4. Drop off the stack, and make a new one right beside it. When this stack is too high to collect items off the ground; you can pick items off the original stack. The original stack is now a "support stack". Some general tips for stacking: Crates are very good for stacking, but are destructable. They can take any amount of weight on top of them, but will take damage if dropped too far, or have an object fall too hard on them (crouch to drop heavy objects on them); It is possible to land on top of a stack, and also to drop an object on top from any angle; but both are very hard to do. You can save/reload though; Bodies are very hard to stack, but zombie parts are good; both the head and torsos can be stacked. 7- How to kill (without it counting against you) When playing on Expert, no matter how serious you take your non-violent role; there are times when just want an enemy dead. This section deals with making enemies die, but not *killing* them; if that makes any sense... Anyway, there are a few ways to do this: First and foremost is the mighty Hammer. They first show up in Cragscleft prison, where you get one out of a chest and need to drop it quietly. The trick with these is to press the right mouse button to throw these at enemies. They do quite a bit of damage, and cause your foe to recoil. Two to four blows will kill most enemies; the harder it hits them the more damage it will deal. Using hopping (see above) you can kill opponents with one blow. If an enemy takes more than one blow, you will need to pick up the hammer again. Keep an eye on where it lands and pick it up while your opponent is reeling. The hammer can also open doors easily, sometimes this saves you having to find a key. Another way to get an enemy to take damage is to trick long range attackers like archers into shooting them. When an archer gets a clean line of fire, he will ready his bow; and is commited to firing. If an enemy is between you and him when he fires, they will take the arrow. It's also possible to make an archer kill himself by running behind him as he readies his bow. Luring enemies into damaging themselves is another technique, either by tricking them into falling off ledges; walking into water or lava; fighting another enemy; or triggering a trap. In order to get enemies to fall off ledges, you should note that the game cheats slightly, and enemies can walk out into mid-air! Presumably this is because they don't normally have to have their effects under gravity calculated, so the game doesn't bother to do it every frame. However, when a level is loaded, gravity is calculated for all objects, so if you see an enemy standing off an edge, save and reload and he/she/it will fall. 8- Nudging Put simply, when you stand very near an enemy, they will move away from you slightly. This is possibly to avoid AI "deadlocks". By repeatedly standing right beside an enemy, you can move them around. However, this is very slow and the enemy must not become aware of you. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ E. MISCELLANEOUS Features of the game that don't fit into any other catagory. 1- SHAS This stands for "Sudden Heart Attack Syndrome". SHAS is a strange bug where the player simply dies. The "heart attack" refers to both the unexpected death, and the fright you might get from it happening. It most commonly happens at when walking on the broken staircase between Saint Yora's garden and the cloister area in the cathedral. It has been noted to happen when the shapes of the map terrain ("brushes") are small and close together; as in this example where the edge of the stairs are ragged. The cause is unknown, but it's possibly a "clause" in the game engine that provides that Garrett should die if he enters too small a space. Not that interesting, it's mostly noteable because the game is normally very well behaved. 2- Level Skipping You can skip to the next level by holding Control+Alt+Shift and pressing End (below the "Home" key). A pretty plain cheat, but I find it useful for replaying old missions, and it frees up save slots that you might normally use for a "level select". 3- Config commands There is a file in your ThiefG folder called "user.cfg". You can alter the way the game plays (not just cheat, you can also make the game tougher) by editing this file in NotePad. You should make a spare copy of the file if you are going to do this. Some useful commands are: (copy the lines at the very left, not the indented ones) play starting_mission xx Replace xx with a number, 1 to 17 to pick the starting mission when you pick "new game" at the main menu. cash_bonus xxxx Replace xx with a number for bonus cash when you are at the shop. You only have this bonus once each time you run the program, as when you leave the shop and start the next level you loose unspent loot. cheats_active nokillgoalcheat This line makes you exempt from "No Kill" objectives. 4- CRF files In your ThiefG directory, and on the CD-ROMs, are several files of type ".crf". If you open these files with Winzip, you will see they are archives, containing all sorts of resources used in the game e.g. textures, text strings, sound files; that you can view at your leisure. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ F. DARKLOADER (Playing Fan Missions) There are many Fan Missions (FM)s available for you to play in Thief Gold. Darkloader is a program that will back up essential parts of your Thief Gold game, then alter it to play the FM. Darkloader may not be the only program for playing FMs. 1- Getting Darkloader At the time of writing, Darkloader can be downloaded from http://www.thief- thecircle.com . If this site or download no longer works, go to Google or Yahoo! and search for "Darkloader". 2- Installing Darkloader As far as I know, Darkloader can be installed anywhere on your computer. When you first run it; it will ask for the directory that Thief is installed to; the directory where Thief2 is installed to (if you have that game); and the directory that will contain your missions. You can change these folders later if necessary. 3- Getting Missions Fan Missions (FMs) are kept as .zip files. They can be found from http://www.thief-thecircle.com or you can run an internet search for them. Some fan missions are very large (measured in hundreds of megabytes). It is possible to get FMs on CD; and as they are shareware you can freely exchange them with friends. There are missions for Thief: The Dark Project; Thief Gold; and Thief 2. Thief Gold can run FMs for both Thief Gold and the original Thief. Once you have downloaded a mission, put it in the folder you specified as the missions folder in Darkloader. *DO NOT UNZIP IT!* Leave it as a .zip file. Unzipping the file might work, but chances are it won't, and will cause problems. 4- Playing Missions The Darkloader interface is simple. Click on a mission name; and it's details will appear to the right and it's readme below. Then click one of the options: Install only; Play (this option installs the FM if it is not already installed); or Dromed (open it in a level editor). On the mission list, there will also be an entry that represents the original Thief missions; this will restore Thief back to normal. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ G. DROMED (Level editing) A short section on how to get started with Dromed- the level editor for Thief. I may expand this section to cover level editing; but at the moment I'm just going to cover a few key points for starting out. Namely... 1- Installing Dromed Dromed is found on the first CD-ROM. Open up "My Computer" on your desktop (or in the Start menu); then right click on the CD-ROM icon and pick "Open". Open the folder "Goodies" then the folder "Dromed", and unzip "dromed.zip" to the folder on your hard-drive you installed Thief Gold to. *IMPORTANT*: You will be warned that unzipping will overwrite certain files. You should allow all the files to be overwritten. 2- The Tutorials Documentation on Dromed is scant, however there is a tutorial that will explain how to make basic levels. It is called "DromedTutorial.doc" and was one of the files unzipped to your Thief install folder when you installed Dromed. 3- Where to get more tutorials/help Dromed was released with no official support, and the first users of it had to work it out themselves. Indeed, experimenting/messing around is a good way to find out new features of the programs. There is a lot of material on the internet, fortunatly. I wish to refrain from putting URLs in this FAQ; a good place to try is the forums at http://www.ttlg.com . You should get any questions you have answered there, but read the FAQ, and search for topics asking your question before posting.