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If you like a good 16th-century European detective story, Pentiment should be for you. This offbeat point-and-click RPG has you embroiled in the death of a baron in the abbey where your character, Andreas Maler, worked. You’ll have to use both your wits and knowledge to come up with an appropriate result and talk to all sorts of local people, including nuns, monks and villagers. So what is the best way to gain positive favor with NPCs in Pentiment?
How to gain positive favor with NPCs in Pentiment
As you play Pentiment, you’ll engage in hundreds of conversations with NPCs, many of which lead to decisions. Most of them don’t directly affect your relationships, but occasionally they are more significant. Unfortunately, you only realize this after replying to a seemingly unimportant line. But right after that you’ll know, because under your answer there is a line that says: This will be remembered which are marked with a red and blue diamond. The best way to gain positive favor is then to be consequent with that character in all future dialogues until a result occurs.
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You’ll know a pivotal moment is happening with an NPC when you get a dialog box with the same blue and red diamond in it, to the right of a normal dialog box (see below). When you have enough positive results, a blue bar will appear under the title. This will give you additional information and guidance as you progress. Otherwise the dialog chain breaks off here.
Tips for talking to NPCs
- Look for the cloud: You sometimes get a cloud appearing under your dialogue options. This can give you an indication of how best to respond.
- the baron: Be polite but respect his position. However, you may need to anger the monks to fully gain his favor.
- Illuminata: Be helpful and compassionate, but you can hold your own.
- Martin: Don’t scold him, be friendly and invite him to lunch.
As with everything in Pentiment, arguing with NPCs won’t stop you from progressing. But if you want to repeat a conversation, remember the game only save automatically when you see the script appear in the bottom right corner of the screen so you can always reload it.
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