Today was unusual, in that I played about 3.5 hours, and I was not exactly motivated by the fun of it. Essentially, I spent the day wandering around killing monsters, slowly raising my party members up to 5th level. At this point, the only remaining party member that I do not yet have is Geoffrey, the fighter in Jhelom. Everyone else is nearly prepared for the abyss! The hardest character to raise in level seemed to be the tinker, Julia, for some reason. The ranger, Shamino, was the easiest. At present, everyone is equipped with the best weapons I had on hand for them--magic bows for most of us, except I gave myself a crossbow (which ultimately I will give to Geoffrey as he cannot use magic weapons), and Katrina is stuck with her stupid sling because she is an incompetent loser who can't use any better ranged weapons. Mariah the mage has a magic wand, which to my surprise is an extremely effective weapon. Raising her to level 5 was easy as a result.
In the realm of absurdities, I realized that I had spoken to no one about the word of power needed at the end of the abyss, and I am glad I didn't hit the abyss already. Annoyingly, I had to go back to Cove to do that, which meant I had to navigate with the balloon for awhile.
I also dragged them all to the Abyss for a brief adventure there, and died on the third level (after not bothering to heal or cure after battles). I wanted to get a taste of what I was into.
I noted two things--my good weapons still worked most of the time, and I was not stuck with the damned mystics. I hate non-ranged weapons. I also noted that I got in with only seven characters in my party, but it may be that at the end I will not be able to win without all eight.
What remains? Well, after I raise my fighter to 8th level I will still need to visit some of the dungeons to touch painful orbs and raise stats. Specifically, I think I will spend a lot of time in Wrong, because there I can find dexterity/strength orbs, which are the key needs in the Abyss. Other prep for the final dungeon will include maxing out my heal, cure, and maybe some attack spells, as well as buying lots of torches and gems.
The screenshots are a bit boring today, but I had never seen a ghost with wisps before. It's weird that I played for longer today than usual, considering the tediousness of what I was doing. I guess i went on autopilot in an effort to get it done with.