In my last post, I presented the Basilica of Lost Hope, an area that I recycled from one of the modules of Mask of the Betrayer. Well, I'm junking this area in favor of a brand new one, courtesy of Josh (a.k.a. Anduraga). Josh has done a couple of beautiful area prefabs (namely, Surague Escarpment and Tropical Shore) and is currently designing areas for "Misery Stone," a highly anticipated NWN2 horror module. Seeing that I had ripped the basilica right out of MotB, Josh decided to make a better one. The resulting area kicks serious ash and is even more terrifying than the one I made.
In terms of floor area, the original basilica and the one that Josh made are the same size. The latter looks far more spacious, however, because of its higher ceiling. The stained glass windows are more realistic and are an integral part of the walls. Josh created this area using the RWS Pocket Cathedrals hakpak by Robinson Workshop. He also set up the lighting of the area and added the visual effects of light streaming through the windows.
The one modification that I made to this area was to add beams of light streaming from the ceiling to illuminate the skull piles. The original area had these beams of light, but they were absent in Josh's version. I can understand why he didn't add them. The cathedral tileset doesn't have ceilings with holes to let the skylight through, which makes it awkward to explain the presence of these beams of light. Also, a new VFX would have to be made for the light beams because the one used in the original area isn't tall enough to stream from the ceiling. I figured that the lighting in the basilica is so dark and the ceilings so tall that it's entirely possible that the ceiling has holes that are too far away to be seen. As for creating a new VFX, that is a task that I gladly undertook.
What can I say? The new basilica is scary and beautiful. Don't get married in this place, boys and girls. It isn't called the Basilica of Lost Hope for nothing.
Thank you so much for this area, Josh. The willingness to share talent is what makes the NWN2 community great.