The animal encountersSo, to gather 20 bear asses, uh, 21 gerbil skins for Blacky, Boar must kill gerbils, or steal the skins from people around. I didn't want to invest any point in Thieving (since I decided that Sullen would be the thief), so Boar will be killing gerbils for the skins.
In case you're wondering, this is what a Gerbil looks like (sort of like a chipmunk)
Each of the 3 animal encounters contains a limited amount of Gerbil, like this:
- Rat grove (difficulty 1): 11 Gerbils
- Forest hunting (difficulty 2): 7 Gerbils
- Prairie game (difficulty 3): about 15 Gerbils
So, I decided that I would go to the Rat Grove and Prairie game encounters
Another neutral animal is the Pigbull, which drops some much-needed meat at this early point in the game.
Note: Critical hits in this game knock down human characters and make them drop their currently held weapon. If you're unlucky enough to suffer another crit when you haven't finished getting up, then the character will fall down again AFTER getting up. And the cycle of hurt repeats itself.
After reloading, I was more careful and used my ammo more sparingly. I also wear the Industrial Zone guard clothes, which provides a tiny bit of protection. Things went relatively well.
Against dangerous enemies, it's recommended that you put them down as fast as you can. That usually means using guns.
Next to the dead Pigbull are two Baboons with a knife. Yes. Baboons with knives. No, they don't drop knives when killed.
They sometimes carry necklaces, presumably from their dead victims.
Two more dead guys. More stuff!
Boar finds a Chinese hat. Also, he's gathered 21 Gerbil skins. Time to see Blacky now.
Blacky's errands (two more)Boar visits the market to sell of his loot then brings the skin back to Blacky, who quickly finds more things for Boar to do that have absolutely nothing to do with his real mission.
Boar: Yeah, rough up an old cook. My kind of thing.
Fortunately, Boar is not alone on this mission.
After the excitement dies down, Blacky shoves another task at Boar. If you don't remember Hunchback, it's probably because I didn't post a screenshot of him on the previous update
Oakbreaker and Ash kindly dropped all the stuff they were carrying in Taipen District on the ground. Cue Boar spending a few minutes running back and forth selling the junk to the food merchant, who literally buys anything.
There's an option to run an errand (yes, another!) for Hunchback to get those earrings, but Boar is sick of errands now.
... then Hunchback himself. Watch that Chinese sword in action!
Boar brings back the good news... and the earrings... and the ears...
To part 6: Boar frees Sullen, and the two embark on a series of random arbitrary "Main quests"