Our playgroup is about to close out AD3 (things have been a breeze since we got past the base scenarios), and so we'll be picking our roles soon. I saw a couple of Kyra's posted on the midpoint thread, but I thought there might be a few more out there, so I'm curious for the people that have played her into AD4, or beyond, if they've taken Dawnflower's Flare or Everlight's Grace. The flare's impressive, but the extra card of hand size is also very tempting.
I used to play in this D&D campaign where the game master always had awesome music to match the mood/theme of whatever was happening in the game. I realized I've played through both Rise and S&S w/ no music playing, and I'd like to fix that as we're getting ready for Wrath. So, I'm looking for suggestions of thematic music/soundtracks.
I think we just have a different play styles. For the way I played her, three cures was helpful as she didn't do too much scouting before AD4; she just heavily explored locations and blessed everyone. All the better to take advantage of those sphere's you mentioned. She's a solid early nuker. I ran with two cures for awhile and was having to hold back a turn or two on most scenarios, and with the third one that problem evaporated (and it was easier to heal others, which allowed everyone to play a bit more aggressively).
She'd scout as more of a last resort for cards she couldn't use before hand reset or if we were particularly scared of hitting something at a particular moment (which wasn't common). The problem with scouting pre-stargazer is it doesn't actually advance your position.
I played Alahazra all the way through, and I think she is by far the most powerful S&S toon. One you get the Stargazer role card, she's truly amazing, and she's super solid before that as well.
Before you get the role card:
plan on using most of your hand every turn and then heal it all back, turn after turn. Start by playing three Cures (yes, three), and three attack spells. Play w/ Swab, and try to not use that to explore, but instead to use it to control what you heal back. Old Salt's another good ally, but you're pretty much using the others for their explores. Take blessings card feats first. Pick locations that are light on Monsters. Keep exploring until you run low on explore again cards or you're out of attack spells. Then heal yourself up if you need to, recharge the rest of your divine cards to scout, and draw back up to your hand size at EOT. If you happen to not draw any attack spells, scout a few times before the next player explores to get your hand size down. With three cures in the deck, when I get low on deck size, I opt to not recharge one of the cures so I can also get it back EOT using the divine swap ability.
After you get Stargazer:
You'll want to get to max handsize (with power feats 1,2,4).
Try and get as many items as possible to be divine. Letter of Marque is also nice for Alahazra, as you get to banish it once you use it so it won't clog up your engine for the rest of the scenario.
Have fun w/ her!
4-character (and player) group. We had quite the romp. No deaths, no failed scenarios, a couple were close but most weren't...many with over 10 cards left in the blessings deck at the end. Things got easier after Oloch got his third power feat...omg! After a few of the "B" scenarios, we added in the fifth player location to add some extra challenge, and played that way for the rest of the game (though I think there was one scenario in AD5 or AD6 with a really wonky setup where that didn't make sense and we just setup up for a normal four).
I'm also happy to report that the final check against the Hurricane King was Alhazara drowing him with a World Wave!
Our end decks aren't exactly what Mike asked for...they lack the final card feats, as none of us figured out what our final card feats should be...none of us were really sure we wanted to take them, as they tended to be fringe types that would dilute our decks. So we've sort of left that for a later time should we ever play them again.
Final ship: Abrogail's Fury
Character Name: Alahazra
Character Name: Damiel
Character Name: Jirelle
Character Name: Oloch