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Hints for "Lord Bafford's Manor"
General Remarks about "Lord Bafford's Manor" in the "Lytha Way"
"Lord Bafford's Manor" is not only one of the easiest missions in the
entire game, it is also a good mission to train one's sneaking abilities.
As soon as one is able to master all of the difficult areas in this
mission without even getting seen, it is most likely that the other
missions will not be such a problem no more. :-)
Hints for the more difficult Areas
The chest in the basement
You want to steal the 2 flashbombs from the
chest that this Guard is facing.
Instead of waiting that he reaches his guarding position, you can
run past him, and hide under the stairs until he quieted down again.
Or you thrown items on the metal floor behind this Guard, until he
starts searching. Use the time when he has his back turned, to run to
this chest, and to the stairs.
He is also a perfect target for NPC-jumping practice.
Only negative aspect of that: he tends to hear the sound of Garrett
recieving damages, when the player is whacked against a wall...
So, this is where Bafford keeps is dirty little secrets...
The 'secret' room of Lord Bafford. Besides the
interesting book of where his money is going to, it contains also a
key and a bottle of FineWine.
The way into this room should be known by a player who is mad
enough to try to play in the "Lytha way". The easiest possibility to
reach it, though, without being seen or heard by the two Guards on
patrol, is the small bathroom opposite of the Throne-Room. Moving
slowly on the noisy floor tiles, helps also.
I am also sure that it is possible just to run into
this room. The Guards will follow the player, of course - but it is
an easy thing to wait that they calm down again, while one is just
sitting under the stairs.
The final frontier for the beginner in the
"0 damage way" (AKA "Lytha way"): The Throne-Room of Lord Bafford's
Manor. Clickety clackety floor tiles, a strong guard, and lots of
torches. 7 torches, to be more exactly.
Well, the general way through this room is: Douze the torches as
soon as you can see them. For the 3 torches in the Throne-Room itself:
You can also douze a torch that you can't see directly, as long as the
water arrow hits a wall close to that torch. Time for some experiments.
The noisy floor tiles can be crossed by moving very slowly, being
ducked, plus walking. If you experience problems with that, then you
should have a look at the Newbie-FAQ
for Thief. :-)
Another, very unstylish but useful, solution is to run
into the Throne-Room (make sure that one of the doors is unlocked and
open!), to ignore the Guard, grab the sceptre, and run out of the
Throne-Room. Avoiding to be killed by the 3 angry Guards needs a
little bit of practice - a perfect area to flee to is of course the
pool. Jump from the balcony in the E, so that it is less likely that
you kill yourself with that jump.
Some Fun Stuff
Fun is a very subjective thing. I, as an example, enjoyed one evening
(it's a while ago now) to knock out exactly one person (in this case, it
was the Guard in the Throne-Room), and to carry him to the starting
position. The clue was that I never even touched the other people in this
mission, so that it was a very extreme practice of the sneaking abilities.
And after that, I had some more fun - to describe it in very few words:
After some hours, I had a living (and awake) Guard locked in the
well-house (he was unable to leave it, because he had no key, and I had
locked the door before I fled into the well); and one living (and
awake) Guard locked behind the gate in the sewers. I fed him with
the apples of the mission, so that he did not starve. ;-)
Well, fun is a very subjective thing. I am sure that it is not very
funny for everyone to sit on a ladder of the sewers, waiting that the
Guard falls into the open entrance to the sewers - because this takes
The Pool of Lord Bafford.
I am sure, though, that this example here is fun for
everyone. It is easily done: Reach the roof of Lord Bafford's Manor
(these small railings at the 2nd floor of the garden are perfect:
run+jump at the outer walls). Find your way to the E of the roof.
Turn your Gamma to the maximum, and the brightness of your monitor
Now you can see a grey wall in the darkness. (W of the eastern roof).
Approach it, and hop onto it. Be careful, because the wall is not very
thick... what you want to do now, is to approach the center of the wall,
and to jump into the pool.
It is even more fun when you shout a loud and panicked
"Aaaaaaaaaaargh" whilst you are falling... ;-)