Hey Alienbob, long time no read. I used my bull's strength on the half-orc, and I think I either forgot I had a barkskin, or never had one (?)
I did something like that. First I ran frantically in circles, persuading the guards (keep in mind my persuade skill was 0, for roleplaying reasons, and still is). He must have lost me in the process
I had taken a little damage, so I rested, not wanting to use one of my precious potions. But hit and rest? Not my style. I wasn't that desperate, at least not yet. You have to draw the line somewhere, you know.
For me, that would only be a last resort after many reloads and no success whatsoever. But that's just me.
Here's another thought: what difficulty do you guys play at? I play with the core rules, which perhaps makes the game harder than the designers might have intended. Among other things, this means that your opponents get a free shot at you whenever you use a potion. *Insidious devourer smacks Gilthanas...heroic Gilthanas attempts to gulp a healing potion...evil devourer laughs and sucks his brains out* I've had this problem throughout the game, not just with the devourer. I always end up getting criticalled when I try to down a life-saving potion.