I hope getting Gaun's Share doesn't/didn't get you killed, it certainly has its risks.
Yeah, it did. I saw you do it, and I was like OK, let's go! The first death was a learning experience in how Shadowing aggro works, or rather, that you need to let the mobs "touch" you before running off. My first attempt resulted in me running off with everything chasing me, and by the time it expired, I had a Spectre standing right next to me, and welp, that was all she wrote. My second death was more my fault, I waited too long to activate Shadowing, and again, Spectre got me. I've become rather proficient in the first hour or two of the game though...
Do you have any suggestions for sabres?
I ended up using Resolution (4th level Od Nua, not risky by level 8-9) and Purgatory (Blood Sands Archdruid, not risky by 9-10), simply for their +0.5 crit damage multipliers. Nothing fancy like Crit -> Stun or Crit -> Prone, but then again, I never really found myself in a situation where it was necessary, even the final fight. Earlier that that, you have Paralyze/Maelstrom scrolls for all your "hard fight" needs. The final fight was pretty anticlimactic.. with Corrosive/Vessel Slaying on the Sabres, each doing 20-35 damage or so, I was critting the statues for 70-90+ and they died in a short handful of hits, I think I took maybe 1 or 2 attacks from them, but the Exceptional armor (DR 26ish on slash/pierce and 24ish on crush) made it a pittance. Thaos died in 2 or 3 attacks I believe.
Why no Sanguine Plate... Well I have to admit that one, the patch changes didn't really register with me. And two, I thought you had to have Pallegina to get it, rendering it useless for TCS runs. If that is not the case, the quest that makes it accessible might make it onto my list of high priority quests for its xp. I probably wouldn't use it unless I can substitute for the movement speed somehow. But like I said, choice of armor pretty much comes down to personal preference. Alltho, not beeing able to see the endurance might probably make me change one of the rings to a Ring of Wonder.
Yeah, it is not the case. You need to talk to her once after finishing the trading company quest, but after you deny her joining your group, you can still go to the embassy and get The Forgotten quest. Though, like the more intensive fights (Raedric quest, Banshee quest) it is probably best going in prepared. Paralyze would probably be enough in combination with Touch of Rot, as long as you survive the first few seconds of the fight, it isn't difficult to recover and end it.
At first I was hesitant about Sanguine Plate and doing those near-end-game-hard-fights without being able to reliably see my Endurance, but after a few of them, I realized that when Sanguine procs, so does Shod-in-Faith, so as long as I know what I'm getting into, I'll still be doing a lot of endurance healing, but I'll have notably more damage output to boot. I ended up getting it at level 8 and using it through the end, and nothing got close to killing me that wouldn't have with Au-Brekr. And some might consider it shady/borderline abusive, but the low endurance auto-pause can serve as a warning when you can't see your endurance.
But yeah, a Ring of Wonder wouldn't be bad. Not sure which ring you'd drop though... I guess Deflection, since you mind less getting crit, since you have better armor/damage mitigation.
On a side note: Having thought a bit about skill distribution and certain challenges in the game, I think that a Lore 2 / Stealth 10 / Mechanics 8 approach would be really viable too.
How do you deal with the Banshee quest Spectre fight or the Burial Isle pre-hole fight? You're pretty reliant on Lore for both of those, and I don't think you could sneak past them? Do you think you could use Shadowing to break the encounter? I guess so, if people are doing 17 kill Pacifist runs with Rogue, no reason you couldn't skip those fights.
Right now I am prepering a Wizard TCS run tho, might come back to test that afterwards.
Good luck... after failing 15 or so of those at level 4, I gave up. No Shadowing means you actually have to fight the Cad Nua spectre fight, which can be really rough and RNG dependent. I kept getting stun locked by 1-2 remaining spectres after I managed to kill the rest. Perhaps no armor, really high deflection and some Fan of Flames scrolls to go with your level 1 spell repertoire would be enough to push me over the top. This Rogue run has really shown me the value of Lore... almost to the point that I think it is a bit OP as a skill.
I do have extensive step by step documentation. I need to polish it a bit and then find a good way to publicize it. It's by no means the most optimized thing that can be done tho, and a few sections might be outdated or erroneous. But I will post here again once I got it ready.
Would love to see a list, I really admire how you streamlined the first half of the run, would be a great pattern to follow for almost any speed run.