The Daemoness Arrives in Ancaria (Sacred)

It’s been a long time since I’ve played Sacred. In fact, I bought and played through it when it first came out a few years ago, and have only recently gotten back to it. It’s had an expansion since then too, so when I saw the Gold version on sale on Steam, I immediately bought it and started a new Dark Elf character. The Dark Elf was my first Sacred character back when I first played, so I figured I’d continue with him through a new game plus expansion.

And then I suddenly got the urge the make a new character that I’d never played before. It’s not that I disliked the Dark Elf, and would still like to continue with him at some future point, but at this time Sabine the Daemoness has appeared on the surface of Ancaria. Sabine doesn’t make a very good daemoness so far as fiendish deeds go, but the trait does run through half her family, so she has some second-hand experience at least. Not that anyone on the surface of Ancaria notices her lack of hellish qualities as they are too busy running around in circles yelling, “Ahhh a demon!” whenever she walks through town.

I nearly keeled over laughing when I saw the townsfolk doing that in the game because my Dark Elf did not get even half of such an amusing reaction from them. ย He might as well have been a fluffy, cute kitten by comparison!

And Sabine is *still* missing her tail! (The missing tail is one of the background stories I have for Sabine that allows her to travel to so many worlds in so many forms. Although she does what she can to help out the natives, her overall goal is to hunt down her tail ever since it went missing in a portal accident.)

Sacred is a wonderful game for a combination of both action and RPG elements. Though you’re going to run into hordes of monsters, and it has uniques and set items similar to Diablo 2, it also has a huge open word to explore and tons of quests. You’ll also run into various scrolls and books that you can add to your journal that fills you in on more details of Ancaria’s history. So far I’ve uncovered what seems like a lot of the map, but when I look in my journal statistics page, it tells me I’ve only explored 2.00% of the world.

You also get to have a horse *and* can fight while mounted on the horse. (It makes sense, but one thing that annoyed me about horses in Oblivion was having to dismount for everything.) You can pick up loot while on the horse too so long as you use the “A” key to pick up all instead of clicking on it with the mouse. You can get better horses as you progress in the game too. I’ve already moved up to light nag and to heavy nag. The horses can wear protective armor as bridles, and they can also gain levels. I’m not really sure of the specifics of how these horse levels work, but I’m guessing that if I quit upgrading my existing horses for different ones, the horse that I finally stick with could get pretty powerful as applies to my character.

What’s both bad and good about Sacred is that it’s going to take a long time for me to finish this game. I’m the type of player who has to complete every quest and explore every explorable area, and pick up everything that’s not nailed down.

Current game goals:

  • Finish clearing area between Urkenburgh and Porto Vallum for map exploration
  • See how far south I can go before the “you shouldn’t be here” message appears
9 Responses to The Daemoness Arrives in Ancaria (Sacred)
  1. Rakuno
    July 30, 2012 | 9:31 am

    Having people running away every time your character enter town must be extremely amusing. Though I wonder… How do you do to sell your loot? I mean, wouldn’t vendors be scared too?

    Oh, on a side note, on Skyrim with the latest patches you can fight while mounted. It is not exactly easy, nor I would say exciting. Seems like they tried to go for realism in that you need to have your weapon drawn and then run at the direction of your opponent. But easier said than done. Also no using spells while mounted right now either. Dunno if they intent to change that ever. Now that I think about I haven’t tested it with bow and arrows either…

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      July 30, 2012 | 10:08 am

      It seems that the vendors and horse dealers and various quest givers are all very stoic people as a whole. They stand firm in the midst of the chaos. Children also appear to be braver than the adults…though they run around making comments, those comments are much less fearful and more curious. Also, the townspeople who run tend to run randomly within small circles, which is especially funny in enclosed rooms since they never actually run out the open door and will instead just crowd around Sabine making it harder for *her* to get out the door.

      Is it easier to “drive” the horse in Skyrim too? I had the hardest time steering it in Oblivion and was always running it into things or in the wrong direction.

      • Rakuno
        July 30, 2012 | 8:47 pm

        Haha. I guess the merchants and horse sellers just go by the thinking “Hey, as long as she pays, who cares what she is.” While the children probably don’t have the same cultural baggage or knowledge about the dangers as their parents do. In any case, that is pretty amusing. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Hm. I don’t find it particularly hard. They certainly don’t turn as fast, as say mounts in Everquest 2 or another MMORPG, but to me it felt just about as right as a real horse. I didn’t use horses enough in Oblivion to make any comparison with them. They seem to not be much faster than walking on foot though, at least in the vanilla game. According to the lore it is because the horses in Skyrim are slower but studier than in other regions of the empire. Given some of the colder and more mountainous areas of Skyrim that seems pretty reasonable.

        There are mods to raise the running speed of horses. Although I can’t raise that setting by much as the game doesn’t render the scenery fast enough if I do that. I am not sure if it an issue with my computer, because I have my game heavily modded or it is an issue with the engine. Or all 3.

        In any case, I wouldn’t give up on the mods I use as they make Skyrim even better. And one of those mods is one that makes horses worth having by giving the option of making them immortal (enemies still have a tendency to want to murder your horse), an option to make them come to you if they stray too far, changing they run speed, add several style of armors to them, etc.

        • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
          July 30, 2012 | 9:11 pm

          Oh I forgot all about enemies doing whatever they can to murder your horses. Yes, that annoyed me too! I typically only kept a horse because I could have one and because they were neat to have, but ended up leaving it in the stable more often than not since I really couldn’t do anything with it except ride for a bit, hop off to kill enemies, leave it outside the cave I’m exploring only to find out it’s getting attacked or wandered off. Annoying!

  2. Gwendolyn
    July 31, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Is that the Sacred game we got years and years ago? Whichever one we both got (UK version) went to Dylan when I was living with my grandparents. I had been playing it and he came to stay for the weekend and got addicted and asked if he could have it. How could I say no? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      July 31, 2012 | 6:33 pm

      Yep, it’s the same game! Except the Sacred Gold version that I bought off Steam also includes the expansion that came out sometime after we bought the game. The expansion includes the Dwarf and Daemon classes, and more map area and quests. I don’t believe it’s the UK version though. I paid about $10 for it.

      Oh and since I haven’t answered your email yet and you were asking about Steam, it’s a place where you can buy digital versions of various PC games, and they often have huge discounts and sales. They also have a game overlay that you can use when playing your games that allow you to chat to other friends who are currently playing a game over Steam, even if it’s not the same game you’re playing. You can also add non-steam games so that you can launch them all in the same place. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up, but of course the catch is that they hope you will buy your games from them instead of other places. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Rakuno
        July 31, 2012 | 8:53 pm

        I would add also that steam can be a very convenient way to play games that have a multiplayer mode. For example Left 4 Dead. At this point I would also add a *hint, hint* but considering my terrible aim skills and propensity to friendly fire and difficulties with voice chat that might be better be left off.

        • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
          July 31, 2012 | 10:19 pm

          a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
          July 31, 2012 | 10:19 pm Edit

          Steam has voice chat too? I thought it only had the IM type chat box thingee. Thatโ€™s pretty neat then!

          Iโ€™ve seen you playing Left 4 Dead a couple times amidst all the Civ V. Had no idea you played shooters. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Rakuno
            August 1, 2012 | 8:05 am

            I am not much a fan of shooters basically because I have the worst aim ever. Really, the only way I can shoot most things is either because they happen to move in front of my shooting or if they stand very, very still and not trying to kill me. Some times I do make exceptions though if I think the game is interesting enough like in the case of Left 4 Dead. The levels are pretty short but neat and have a lot of tension to them. So I thought it would be nice to play when I needed something that required less thinking.

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