FM: The Wedding of Sir Andre (Lord Ashton series #8)
Ghost - Success
Perfect Thief - Failed - couldn't find loot
Time - 03:40:39
Loot - 7685 / 8100
Pockets Picked - 7/14 !
Locks picked - 18
Damage dealt - 0
Damage taken - 0
Secrets Found - 0 / 0
This mission is interesting mainly because of its pastries. Yum, yum!
Also, there are some nice crystal goblets to add to the loot collection, together with the usual nice textures, fish and teddy bear, Christine's trademarks.
From the ghosting standpoint, however, it is routine. There are no really tricky spots. The main difficulty is navigating a lot of marble floors in the first floor. The mansion is huge, so that's a lot of marble to cross. Also, water arrows seem to be in short supply early on, so I did not use them, which slowed me down quite a bit. I found lots of water arrows on the second floor after I no longer needed them.
The main problem was finding loot and objective items. The mission reminds me a little bit of Casing the Joint in that there are a lot of wooden hallways with similar architecture, so it is easy to get lost. There is not so much variety as Casing. Most of the hallways are without decoration and the same style, so it really is tough to remember where you have been. Doors left open, like a trail of bread crumbs, is the only thing that prevents brain damage. Even then, I found myself retracing steps several times before I found all the items in the objectives list. By then, I was not too eager to keep hunting for loot. Christine is a great loot hider, so I felt like I could be hunting for several hours looking for the last coin -- just like Casing. I guess the way to beat it is to BJ all the AI (there aren't very many, and they are sitting ducks), then do a grid search and make a loot list.
One thing that seemed strange to me is that I see a large third floor from the outside, but I found no access into it. I guess it is just for decoration.
The most fun in the mission, to me, was finding the crystal shard, a fancy crystal sword. Too bad there is no way to use it. It reportedly can kill undead, of which I found none.
I am surprised at my total pickpocket count. I thought I had sniffed them all. None of the arrow quivers contain pickable arrows, so far as I can tell. Maybe there are more AI hanging out in the third floor or the basement with the undead.