Makes sense. For CO I just accept there are no resistances/they aren't as reliable and go for something else if possible.
This thread has inspired me to try the dangling PQI - purist Halfling Assassin. I thought what the heck, at least I won't lose gold on preparations. Success!
Got balancing dagger and +10hp neck early - that didn't help much past level 4. HP pact and Consensus from Pactmaker, then took Binlor. Had ENDISWAL by then - pretty much nothing else til late game. Got stone heart and knockback eventually. They worked about as well as the dagger
By the time I got to level 8 I was a 140HP guy with whopping 40 or so damage (fine sword included). I didn't really believe I can do the two bosses but went for it anyway. At least the poison worked on the first boss. Leveled up midfight, scrounged the remaining few regen spots with LEMISI. Ended up against the curse shade with, well, 1 potion and a few glyphs. Converted all but fine sword. With luck, shade kept porting next to the plants for knockback. Killed it with lightfoot and 19HP remaining. "DING! Max!"
Couldn't believe I actually won a purist in CO. Still can't. Didn't even use Fireball, found it too late.
Darvin - I compared the ending screenshots to see if there's anything I could improve, and... 13 minutes?! You did the ENTIRE CO with a crazy combo in... *speechless*. Naah. I'll stick to my half an hour fully prepped marathons