I had a wonderful heroic encounter last night that I wanted to share.
About 2/3 of the way through an Easy / Long mission - playing a dwarf warrior, and I hadn't found fresh water yet. My potion count, while decent (think I had 10) had no way of replenishing it.
Finally as a blind stab (I was playing All resources On, but not visible), I found the well guarded by skeletons. Far too many skull and crossbones for my level, and the little red bar on the map site was all the way up. My party was myself (level 9 - sword and board defender), an Acolyte (still level 1) and a level 7 hunter with a bow.
I knew I was in trouble when I needed to get within range of one of the monsters to actually identify what the site was, and the level 11 zombie was none to happy to see me...
I pull them out one at a time, taking a long time to kill them, but surviving and healing up between pulls... until the last two that seemed to be standing on top of each other and not moving...so I knew they would both be coming together. A level 11 skeleton and a level 13 Fallen Hero ! Deciding that I need some more firepower - I head back to town and grab the highest level towns-person I could find.. a level 4 rancher. Drafted him into service as a caster with a wand, the second best shield I could find, plate armor, and a + attack misc item and set off back to my doom.
My goal was to gun down the level 11 as quickly as possible while enduring the punishment from the Fallen hero - but of course it didn't turn out like that. My caster was happy to assist me with the Skeleton, while the archer decided he could take the Fallen Hero by himself... needless to say he got out of there by the skin of his teeth (fled) - while I kept pounding away on the Skeleton... the Hero took off after the fleeing archer, which gave me and my Rancher time to finish off the skeleton and await the return of the Fallen Hero. My Acolyte's arms must have been falling off from casting so much.... Incoming Hero....
....Who Immediately runs over and 1 shots the rancher... ( ) he dropped like a ton of bricks, and nothing in my power could have stopped it. An EPIC battle ensues - my healer doing his best, and me supplementing his regeneration with Health pots for a 4 minute (!) slugfest which I barely won. Little more than a sliver of life left, and 1 health potion left in the bag.
a 10 attack (very fast) 1h sword, a set of 8 AC magical plate armor, A crystal Ball, 45 gold, and A CHEST full of all sorts of other goodies.... Almost doubling my attack power while simultaneously more than doubling my defense, and giving 2 of my followers weapon upgrades as well.
Oh - and access to the well to boot.