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Hi there, my name is Beefcake Esquire, and I feel dirty. You see I have done something terrible and can't stop, I learned the secret of "quit' game, ALT F4 and even CTRL ALT DEL a long time ago. Oh look a group of burly King Sewer Rate double teamed you and you died, ha ha not on my watch look what I can do. I am a weak weak man, if you nerds don't understand : my will stat is in the negative. All i am asking is that quit game saves (even during combat) and then you leave. ALT+F4 and CTRL ALT DEL keystroke should delete the save. 

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Well I lied a bit, it's called _trial_of_iron_read_me.txt on win7. It's located in your save file folder. I guess you need to demagnetize your kernel on Linux and rub and apple on the file path to see it. 



______ ___ ___ ______

/\__ _\ __ /\_ \ /'___\ /\__ _\
\/_/\ \/ _ __ /\_\ __ \//\ \ ___ /\ \__/ \/_/\ \/ _ __ ___ ___
\ \ \/\`'__\/\ \ /'__`\ \ \ \ / __`\ \ ,__\ \ \ \ /\`'__\/ __`\ /' _ `\
\ \ \ \ \/ \ \ \/\ \L\.\_ \_\ \_ /\ \L\ \ \ \_/ \_\ \__\ \ \//\ \L\ \/\ \/\ \
\ \_\ \_\ \ \_\ \__/.\_\/\____\ \ \____/\ \_\ /\_____\\ \_\\ \____/\ \_\ \_\
\/_/\/_/ \/_/\/__/\/_/\/____/ \/___/ \/_/ \/_____/ \/_/ \/___/ \/_/\/_/

"Bushido is realized in the presence of death. This means choosing death whenever there is a choice between life and death. There is no other reasoning."
- Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

"I would prefer to fail with honor than win by cheating."
- Sophocles

The Trial of Iron mode has been presented in Pillars of Eternity as a special, optional challenge for players who wish to undertake it. This mode restricts players to a single save game. If the party is ever defeated, the save game is deleted.

We do not believe it is necessary for us to police how players manipulate their save game data. You may choose to play Trial of Iron in whatever manner you see fit. However, I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to consider the following: what does it mean to achieve victory in Trial of Iron if the spirit of the challenge has been broken? What does defeat mean if you have pursued victory in the spirit of the challenge?

Think upon this and act as your conscience dictates. Thanks for reading.

J.E. Sawyer
Director and Lead Designer


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Let us all have a prayer for my Barbarian Scientist eaten by a swarm of sentient lions, but before he died he bestowed upon me a great wisdom. You can actually run out of an encounter. If your party dies far enough from the spawn of hostiles and somehow one of your guys survived far away and with no agro on him (summons help), once the enemies loose interest in your carcasses they will walk away like nothing happened and your friends will stand up fresh and new (a chunk of health missing but nothing that sleep can't solve).


Are there any other mechanics that could make my run last longer?

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